Rise and Shine




12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

3:55: The President departs the White House


5:0: Arrives Chicago

6:30: Attends a DCCC event, Chicago Hilton (Pool Coverage)

7:45: Attends a DCCC event (Private Residence)





Steve Benen: Obama is clearly the worst socialist ever

Wall Street’s major indexes soared after U.S. home prices saw their best annual rise in seven years, and consumer confidence got another boost. But even before today’s stock-market gains, President Obama is in rare company when it comes to Wall Street returns.

…. I don’t think a strong stock market is necessarily proof of a robust economy. On the contrary, I care far more about unemployment, median wages, and economic growth than Wall Street returns. But the right shouldn’t try to have it both ways – if a bear market in 2009 is, in the minds of conservatives, clear proof that Obama’s agenda is misguided and dangerous, then by the same reasoning, should we interpret soaring Wall Street indexes as proof of Obama’s genius?

Full post here



Ed Kilgore: ….. we’re having to come to grips with the fact that about half the states appear unlikely to participate fully in the Medicaid expansion provided for in the Affordable Care Act …. that leaves quite a few (including most of the South) just flat out refusing to do anything for people with incomes under the federal poverty line. And that creates a very large “coverage gap … I’d suggest the “wingnut hole.”

Full post here



ThinkProgress: How Obamacare Is Encouraging Employers To Cut Wasteful Spending And Promote Workers’ Health

In an effort to cut wasteful U.S. medical spending, certain employers will be scaling back expensive health plans available to their employees and encouraging workers to pursue more preventative and ongoing primary care. The move is being prompted by Obamacare provisions that encourage a more cost-sensitive and efficient approach to Americans’ health care than the status quo.

More here



Bloomberg: The unofficial slogan for Massachusetts Democrats as they work toward a special U.S. Senate election next month is “Remember 2010.”

That was the year that political newcomer Scott Brown won the seat held for 46 years by the late Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy and became the first Republican to prevail in a Massachusetts Senate race since 1972.

…. To demonstrate the party isn’t resting on its 3-to-1 voter registration edge over Republicans, Democratic leaders are lining up behind nominee Representative Ed Markey, 66, including first lady Michelle Obama, who is set to host a fundraiser for him today in Boston. The president, who has a 67 percent approval rating in the state according to a recent poll by Suffolk University, endorsed him yesterday.

More here

But Dotster found this: First Lady Michelle Obama won’t be joining the president back home. She is scheduled to be in New York for Democratic National Committee fundraisers, including a gala for the lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities that features Jason Collins, the first openly gay active NBA player.” (Chicago Tribune) – so, not sure which is right. Both??




Steve Benen: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who’s made quite a name for herself over the course of four terms in Congress, made a surprise announcement overnight: she won’t seek re-election…..

…. In recent elections, the right-wing Minnesotan eked out narrow victories — she very nearly lost last November — and recent polling suggested Bachmann would struggle to keep her seat in 2014. Quitting will save her the trouble of losing.

…. Bachmann will be missed, but mostly by the nation’s comedy writers.

Full post here



ThinkProgress: The 8 Most Outlandish Moments Of Michele Bachmann’s Time In Congress – see here



TPM: Florena Carter’s shattered life didn’t make national news. Her son was killed on his 28th birthday in 2009. Carter’s brother pulled the trigger. Her father shot himself soon afterward.

The horrifying family tragedy became one more private story in America’s plague of gun violence. That year, 9,146 other people nationwide lost their lives in shootings.

The vast majority died in the type of daily gun violence that does not grab national headlines in the same way as the December massacre of 20 young children and six teachers at an elementary school in Connecticut, or the mass shooting last July in a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded 70.

…. Often lost in America’s divisive gun control politics are the stories of people whose urban communities suffer the most from shootings every day. Although violent crime has been declining in the United States, it still far outstrips the rate of other developed countries. FBI figures show 8,583 people were killed by guns in 2011, the last year for which numbers were available.

That is nearly 24 people a day……

More here




Greg Sargent: When a tornado pulverized an Oklahoma City suburb last week, it renewed a debate in Congress over whether federal aid for disaster relief must be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. In the case of the Oklahoma tornado, conservative senators such as Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe immediately declared the need for offsets. Previously, large swaths of Republicans in the House voted against federal aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, demanding it be offset by cuts elsewhere, which ultimately required that it pass the House mostly with Democratic votes.

But a new Washington Post/Pew Research poll makes you wonder who these austerity-obsessed GOP lawmakers are speaking for: It finds that even a majority of Republicans say federal disaster aid does not need to be offset with cuts to other areas of government.

More here



Least surprising news of the day:

TPM: One of the most prominent political fact-checkers has shown Republicans to be much less honest than their Democratic counterparts … The study found that PolitiFact.com has rated Republican claims as false three times more often than Democratic claims … 32 percent of GOP claims were rated as “false” or “pants on fire” by PolitiFact, compared with 11 percent of claims by Democrats.






Thinking of GB today:

Thrilled she was able to smile last night!

111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. May 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Great morning, everyone! It’s a great morning when you can wake up to the fact that Michelle Bachmann is leaving Congress. One Birdbrain down and 16 more to go. Forward!

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      May 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Maybe she can accept a lucrative Fox News gig and resign right now and the House Intelligence Committee can replace her with someone actually intelligent.

      • 6 MightyPamela
        May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

        Or just maybe she has decided to make a run for The White House in 2016, thereby insuring the GOP will never again sit in the Oval Office? And on that note, I have said all I have to say about her sorry self, she and her incapacity will get no clicks from me anywhere!

      • 7 jackiegrumbacher
        May 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        Judith, the House Intelligence Committee is headed by Republicans. How would they know?

  2. 8 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    GM TODers. Happy as a Clamp this Sunny Morning. Love always 😉

  3. May 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good morning and great work Chips!

  4. May 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Morning TOD! How’s it going?

    It was nice to wake up to “Lipstick-Gate”. 🙂 Good stuff.

  5. May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    A Very Good Morning to Chips, and the TOD family…..so glad to hear GBrooklyn is in good spirits! Wonderful R & S….

  6. 24 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

    So this POTUS in 2012 when he said the Private Sector was doing Fine…….He was not blowing smokes? Hmm? Anyone Ready to apologize? How about Lou Dobbs, Rushbo, Fox, Media in general, CNBC, etc…..when they termed the 2009 early Dow lower numbers as the Markets rejecting Obamanomics? Hmm?

  7. May 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips & TOD family. I hope everyone has a super fantastic day today. Congrats derb on being first this lovely Wednesday morning. Thank God that President Barack Obama is still the President on The United States of America.

  8. May 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Ah, that’s a wonderful tweet from GoB!!

    Let’s hold GoB in our highest thoughts today for the outcome from surgery. Rest well, GoB, we are sending you TOD LOVE!!

  9. May 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “That was the year that political newcomer Scott Brown won the seat held for 46 years by the late Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy and became the first Republican to prevail in a Massachusetts Senate race since 1972.”

    Martha Coaxley was an abysmal candidate.

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

      I can’t let the people of Massachusetts off the hook, though. They had a fantastic senator for 46 years who fought for the middle class and especially health care, and they allowed a man to take that seat who had vowed to kill healthcare reform. No matter how bad the Democratic candidate, it’s no excuse to allow a Republican to have taken that seat, especially one who was vowing to do them harm.

      • 32 57andfemale
        May 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

        My sentiments exactly.

      • 33 Lovepolitics2008
        May 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        proof that no matter what they say in polls about policy, a good portion of voters vote on very superficial things: a guy who’s good-looking, uses his charm and claims that he’s just a regular guy ( his truck, remember?). Lots of people vote for someone they identify with, someone they would like to “take a beer with”.

        And talking about Massachusetts, democrats have to be careful. Markey’s opponent is an ex-Navy seal and he looks the part: muscular, quite good-looking guy. He will play those cards to the max. Democrats will have to use a similar strategy as the one they used in the Warren campaign. Don’t make the race only about Markey. Make it also about supporting President Obama.

  10. May 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    • 35 Judith Fardig
      May 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

      YES! OFA Portland is holding a rally today in front of our Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office to thank him for being a leader on climate change. Our whole Congressional delegation has at least an 80% rating from League of Conservation voters. Both Senators and Blumenauer have 100%.

      • 36 Judith Fardig
        May 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Big OOPS – I meant to say Democrats in our Congressioinal delegation. The lone Republican, Greg Walden, who is Boehner’s right-hand man has an 11% rating.

      • 37 Bill
        May 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        Representative Blumenauer is fantastic. You are very fortunate. I love is support of traveling by bike.

  11. 38 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

  12. May 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

      • May 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

        GM Chips! Still recovering from your epic Lip Stick thread!!! I am very jealous you were able to get so many people on record. BRAVO….

        • May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

          😆 Contacts LP, contacts! 😎

          • 44 vcprezofan2
            May 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

            ‘I am very jealous you were able to get so many people on record. BRAVO’

            Bravo, indeed! Personally I was also shocked and impressed at Chips’ ‘record’. I guess, along with contacts, her experience counts for something – the dolts just couldn’t resist her charm offensives! Your report on Lipstick Gate was much appreciated, Ms Chips. I’ve returned several times and each time I cannot stop the chuckle. 😆 😆

  13. 45 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

    AP is reporting…… another potential good news ❓

    Switzerland takes step to end tax dispute with US

    JOHN HEILPRIN | May 29, 2013 10:06 AM EST |

    Compare other versions »
    GENEVA — Switzerland took a strike Wednesday to end a long-running tax evasion dispute with the United States with the government’s announcement that it plans to let banks skirt the country’s strict client secrecy laws.

    Without providing specific details of the proposals, Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said Switzerland is acting now because U.S. patience with those Swiss banks suspected of aiding American tax cheats is running out.

    She said the aim of the government’s planned deal is to “restore stability” to the Swiss banking industry, but that it will be up to the banks themselves to decide if they want to negotiate with U.S. authorities to settle legal disputes over suspected American tax evaders. The deal was agreed to by the Swiss Cabinet and will go to lawmakers in parliament for approval later this year.

  14. 46 dotster3
    May 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

    A couple more details on PBO’s Chgo visit (with Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel)—he will spend the night in Chgo— and First Lady’s NY event…..


  15. May 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The Bush administration lets terrorist go free…..

    The Obama administration relentlessly goes after those that would do harm to us…..They got the mastermind who killed 7 CIA agents today

    • 55 Linda
      May 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Have you seen “Manhunt ” , the Documentary Peter Bergen made ? Khost is the CIA location where a suicide bomber blew up 7 Americans . One of them was the woman that was the bin laden tracker.

      • May 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Yes I have Linda, I have read the book as well….CNN actually aired the documentary last Friday night, and HBO has it on demand. It’s excellent, although that Field recruiter was something else….what a character!

  16. 57 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

  17. 59 desertflower
    May 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Morning everyone! Great R/S this morning, Chips:) Imagine my happiness when I couldn’t sleep last night and checked in…only to see that the Crazy Lady from MN was calling it quits. I could have danced all night….one less loon in a Congress chock full of them, works for me!

    Lipstickgate was one for the archives. That’s a keeper! You have a killer sense of humor and it was just sooooo spot on. A lot of LOL going on from that post:)

    GoBrooklyn….great to see you in good spirits today:) Thinking of you again today and hoping the doc knows that her/his date is with YOU tonight!! Vision all of TOD holding your hands tonight as you drift off before your surgery. We’ll be there, thinking of you and sending good vibes your way.

    Damn drones killed another that would do us harm….such an outrage! (Not) Have a great day everyone….

    • May 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Mooooooooorning DF, I’m with you, Bachmann’s demise was a beeeeeeeeeeeautiful thing to wake to!

      As for Lipstick-gate – did you see that ‘spoof’ announcement from The Onion the other day, that they were closing down because the GOP were so ridiculous it was impossible to out-parody them?! I kind felt the same with that post, how do you out-parody the MSM?!

      I echo your good wishes to GB.

      Thanks DF.

      • 61 desertflower
        May 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Thanks, Chips:) No, I hadn’t seen the Onion thing the other day….I DID post the funny Onion piece about McCain wondering off into Syria and his family didn’t know where the geezer was. That was hilarious…was thinking that it really COULD’VE been true….
        Truly, I know that we have to call out the lying, ridiculous MSM almost constantly…but a big part of me thinks that we should just make fun of their sorry asses sometimes, rather than get into a lather…we should laugh at them. They are THAT bad…..maybe they would get angry enough to do their jobs if we all treated them like the jokes they are. Who knows….I can’t imagine getting paid for constantly getting things WRONG all the time! Takers.Well….we pay congress and most of THEM get things wrong all the time, too. I’m in the wrong line of work…..

        TOD hugs for GB today. This time, it’ll be for reals:)

      • 62 57andfemale
        May 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Lipstick-gate — one of your absolute best.

  18. May 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

  19. May 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

  20. 70 desertflower
    May 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Well, well, well. You don’t say……. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/28/2052381/cs-draft/

    Shell Admits Real Reason Coast Guard Had To Rescue Its Arctic Drilling Rig: Failed Tax Avoidance Scheme

    The main reason an offshore oil rig ran aground off the coast of Alaska late last year was because oil company Royal Dutch Shell was trying to depart state waters to avoid paying millions in taxes.
    Sean Churchfield, operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska, testified to the Coast Guard over the weekend that the Kulluk, an Arctic offshore drilling rig, left Dutch Harbor in December “driven by the economic factors.” When the Coast Guard’s legal advisor Lt. Cmdr. Brian McNamara asked why leaving by the end of the year was such a concern, Churchfield said:
    “The end of the year to my understanding was when the tax liability potentially would have become effective.”

  21. 74 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

  22. 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Good morning! A little chuckle for ya…

    The math teacher saw that Larry wasn’t paying attention in class. She called on him and said, ‘Larry! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?’ Larry quickly replied, ‘NBC, FOX, ESPN and the Cartoon Network!’

  23. 84 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Michele Bachmann said weeks ago that MN passing a Marriage Equality bill was a deal breaker. MN did two weeks ago. Governor Dayton signed it into law last week. Bachmann for 8 straight days was running political ads and Now she announces not to run…..with over $6M raised for 2014? Hmm?

    In 2012, she said that she was now holding a dual citizenship, American and Swiss passport. There were never any questions for her to provide any papers to prove her Swiss citizenship. Now what happens to the $6M raised? Hmm?


    • 85 57andfemale
      May 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

      She was gonna lose this time. So she bolted. And Thank God,

    • 86 Nena20409
      May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      One of the main reasons that I could Never trust Chris Matthews. Bachmann was going to be defeated by a well known Woman who had Lost her son at 12 yrs old to a kidnapper in 1988/1989. Chris Matthews decided to be a dic_K and made Bachmann famous. This tape on Hardball catapulted Bachmann as the darling of the righties and brought Mega fund raising benefits to her. This helped her win in 2008 when she was on the ropes. Bachmann went on to squeak by and stayed there until now.

  24. 87 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Banks Post record Profits…..Hmm?

    AP reports.

    U.S. Bank Earnings Soared To Record $40.3 Billion Last Quarter Buoyed By More Income From Fees
    By MARCY GORDON 05/29/13 11:05 AM ET EDT

  25. 88 Jovie
    May 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thomas Roberts has had on Sean spicer his whole show.
    1 hour of propaganda!

  26. 89 debz
    May 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Good morning all. I am still laughing about lipstick-gate!

  27. 90 japa21
    May 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

    • 91 MightyPamela
      May 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Shutup, cantor.

    • 92 theo67
      May 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      I guess Cantor wants President Obama to focus on the post office namings that have taken up Congress’ time instead? These right wingers have the gall to charge President Obama with not doing his job, when he’s just spent the last few days very visibly doing his job and viewing the results of his efforts in New Jersey less than 24 hours ago? I hope people wake up.

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      May 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Someone has to write a book about the GOP constantly projecting their sins on the President. I want to scream and at the same time this is almost funny….

    • 94 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Priceless, Japa. The president hasn’t skipped a beat and probably spends less than 2 seconds a day thinking about the GOP antics. Meanwhile the US House does absolutely nothing else but obsess over idiotic faux scandals. They are a national laughing stock.

    • 95 anniebella
      May 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      If this wasn’t so serious it would be funny. But what these racists idiots like Eric Cantor don’t get is this is about people lives and the ones who isn’t doing anything, the one who is focusing on fake scandals are Cantor and his sorry ass, racists, extreme radical Republican Party.

      • 96 anniebella
        May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Cantor think we are stupid, if it wasn’t for this President this country would be in a whole lot worse shape.

  28. 97 MightyPamela
    May 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Good morning everyone! Have lurked long enough to catch up on all the latest, heaps of loving thoughts to goBrooklyn, all day long. PT later on, and I will be riding the Metro for the first time in ages… Yikes!

  29. May 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 99 57andfemale
    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Stephanie Miller is hi-larious today about Michelle Bachmann. Show tune after show tune. Absolutely hilarious.

  31. 103 57andfemale
    May 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I hate what this world has become for workers. We’re on hospice watch for the pancreatic cancer of the father of a very close friend of mine. He managed to stay with us to be around for the high school and 8th grade graduations of his beloved granddaughters, who he and Grandma have helped raise. My friend just got a call from his mother to come home, and his wife – a close friend of mine – has to weigh whether to go home because she only gets three bereavement days from Canon. Now I love her but she has some emotional neurons missing, so I told her go home. They can afford a day’s loss of pay, and she should be with her husband, her daughters and these grandparents who have been there for them every step of the way.

    But you can’t make your family a priority anymore. It’s absolutely sick and sucking the soul out of this country.

    • 104 57andfemale
      May 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Okay, now she’s just annoying me. She and her husband got ‘called out of meetings’ last night because Grandma thought Grandpa was slipping into a coma. Coma didn’t materialize so she’s unsure if she should jump for the call today and leave work.

      The ‘meetings’: a church book club and some gaming club that the husband belongs to.

      I need more emotionally healthy friends.

  32. May 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Morning Obots!

    I feel SCADS better today. Amazing what an afternoon and evening of rest will do for you.

    I had a brilliant idea on the way to work for my missus, on how she can both work and go to school for her RN so that the loans will be lessened: work home healthcare! She could set her own hours and work as much as she wanted to. Then that would be some part time income while she did school. Nice to see that my very expensive education comes in handy sometimes.

    GB, if you’re reading, hang in there. It will all work out for the good.

    • May 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Yikes, sorry LL, as soon as you commented there was a new post 😕

      Would you mind bringing that over to the new one?

      Thrilled you’re feeling better!

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