Rise and Shine

President Obama waves to his family, standing on the Truman balcony of the White House, as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn after returning to Washington from California, June 9



11:30: The President delivers remarks on the Equal Pay Act

1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

2:10 The President makes a personnel announcement (see below)


News that actually, you know, impacts people’s lives:

USA Today: The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles.

The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, some auto and parts companies are doing something they’ve been reluctant to consider since the recession: Adding floor space and spending millions of dollars on new equipment.

…. The auto industry’s stepped-up hiring will help sustain the nation’s job growth and help fuel consumer spending. On Friday, the government said U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, roughly the monthly average for the past year and a sign of the economy’s resilience.

More here



Steve Benen: Proponents of comprehensive immigration reform were in need of some good news. Whereas it looked like the “Gang of Eight” bill was on track for 70 votes in the Senate two weeks ago, the prospects deteriorated quickly last week — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threatened to oppose his own legislation; bipartisan House talks crumbled; senators questioned whether the bill could overcome a GOP filibuster; and a House Republican vote on Dreamers offered a reminder of just how right-wing the caucus is on the issue.

So, are reform hopes slipping away? Not just yet. In fact, the effort got a bit of a boost over the weekend….

Full post here


TPM: President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he intends to nominate Jason Furman as the new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House official said.

Obama will make the personnel announcement at 2:10 p.m. ET at the White House. Furman will succeed Alan Krueger, who is stepping down from the post to return to Princeton University in the fall.


ThinkProgress: Rep. Elijah Cummings pledged to release transcripts of interviews with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials that Republicans insist demonstrate that the agency’s targeting of conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) status was directed by the Obama administration.

Cummings made the remarks on CNN’s State of the Union, a week after Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on the program and insinuated that the White House directed IRS agents to single out tea party and patriot groups for additional scrutiny. Issa has refused to provide evidence that substantiate that claim.

“I wrote Chairman Issa on Thursday and I wrote to him this morning. I want those transcripts to be released,” Cummings said. “I’m willing to come on your show next week with the chairman with the transcripts if he agrees to do that. If he doesn’t, I’ll release them by the end of the week.”

Cummings insisted that the interviews will prove that “the White House was not involved in this,” pointing out that the Cincinnati IRS manager of the screening group, a career veteran at the agency who identified himself as Republican, told investigators that Washington did not direct the targeting….

More here


Kinda reckon this is all we need to know about Edward Snowden….

…. but soooo many questions, like the ones Goldie Taylor was asking this morning:


Steve Benen: …. the Snowden story is quite fascinating for a variety of reasons. Indeed, consider the statement released yesterday afternoon by his employer….. the part that jumped out at me was the “employee of our firm for less than 3 months” line.

Booz Allen, in other words, which happens to rely overwhelmingly on government contracts for its very existence, provides detailed information on highly classified NSA programs to employees who’ve been around less than three months?

…. Also note, Snowden is currently in Hong Kong, which he believes has “a spirited commitment to free speech.” That’s … odd. There’s certainly ample room for criticism of the U.S. system, but China not only has a vast surveillance state, it also relies on heavy-handed censorship of speech, press, and online communications…..

Full post here





The so-called American left taking Snowden up as a “cause célèbre” is probably more amusing, but any way…..

Michael Tomasky: Here’s something I’ll certainly be keeping one eye fixed on as the Edward Snowden story advances: the degree to which the American right takes him up as a cause célèbre. They’re up a tree either way. If they do, then they’re obviously guilty of the rankest hypocrisy imaginable, because we all know that if Snowden had come forward during George W. Bush’s presidency, the right-wing media would by now have sniffed out every unsavory fact about his life (and a hefty mountain of fiction) in an effort to tar him. If they don’t, then they’ve lost an opportunity to sully Barack Obama. Since they like smearing Obama a lot more than they care about hypocrisy, my guess is that they will lionize him, as some already are. But in the long run, doing that will only expose how deep the rifts are between the national-security right and the libertarian right, and this issue will only extend and intensify those disagreements.

…. The war caucus still dominates inside the GOP. But what really dominates the Republican Party mindset, what conquers everything, is the thermogenic desire to see Barack Obama have a bad day at the office, whatever it takes. So to the extent that Snowden proves useful to them in the coming days and weeks, they will use him. And liberals should say: let them.

Full post here



Now, this is a hero:

Allegiance: Bob Fletcher, a former California agriculture inspector who, ignoring the resentment of neighbors, quit his job in the middle of World War II to manage the fruit farms of Japanese families forced to live in internment camps, died on May 23 in Sacramento. He was 101.

His death was confirmed by Doris Taketa, who was 12 when Mr. Fletcher agreed to run her family’s farm in 1942, the year she and her extended family were relocated to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas.

“He saved us,” Ms. Taketa said.

…. For the next three years he worked a total of 90 acres on three farms — he had also decided to run Mr. Tsukamoto’s farm. He worked 18-hour days and lived in the bunkhouse Mr. Tsukamoto had reserved for migrant workers. He paid the bills of all three families — the Tsukamotos, the Okamotos and the Nittas. He kept only half of the profits.

Full post here


Loved this:


165 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. June 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Morning fellow TODers!

  2. 11 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi TOD villagers! Are you all suited up and ready for duty? GO forth with conviction, a positive attitude, and with your mind focused on victory.

    • 12 Judith Fardig
      June 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

      YES!! Find out what your local OFA is up to.

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        June 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Yes. Yes. Yes. Zizi has done a good job putting info together, and I remember her asking for help to supplement the data from those who had additional info.

  3. June 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good mooorrnnniinnnng, CheesyChipstar and TODville!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SASHA OBAMA!! You’re a beauty and a shining star!!

  4. 16 Allison
    June 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

    • 17 Layla
      June 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

      What about re-establishing the US credit rating as it was prior to the repub debacle on the debt ceiling

    • 18 Nena20409
      June 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

      GM TODers in every Corner of this green Earth 😉

      Someone better call Erin Burnett, its has been 667 or whatever days she laments; what are we doing to get it back 😆 Meme ❓

  5. 19 africa
    June 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Morning all, Morning Chips!!

  6. June 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂


  7. 22 Layla
    June 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    good morning Chips and all!!!!

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    A carry-over, because it’s relevant. This seems like a very literal example of ‘boots on the ground’ to me, and it shows how ‘one voice can change a room’ without benefit of TV cameras, etc. Someone shared Bob Fletcher’s story here recently, but Charles Pierce highlights it here in contrast to Snowden’s.

    “How do you preserve your freedom?

    Stop talking about it and help preserve someone else’s.

    The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was an insult to the American idea and a blot on the civil liberties of this country almost unparalleled in American history — yes, it was even worse than what the NSA has been doing since 2001. This guy stood up against someone worse than faceless bureaucrats. He stood up to his neighbors. That is always the toughest things, especially in a small place.

    Mr. Fletcher’s willingness to work the farms was not well received in Florin, where before the war some people had resented the Japanese immigrants for their success. Japanese children in the area were required to attend segregated schools. Mr. Fletcher was unruffled by personal attacks; he felt the Japanese farmers were being mistreated. “I did know a few of them pretty well and never did agree with the evacuation,” he told The Sacramento Bee in 2010. “They were the same as anybody else. It was obvious they had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor.” After the war, resentment against the Japanese in Florin continued. If Mr. Tsukamoto tried to buy a part at the hardware store only to be told that the part was not in stock, he would ask Mr. Fletcher to buy it for him.”

    Read more: How To Save Your Freedom – Esquire


    • 27 99ts
      June 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Who gives someone access to all information after 3 months employment! Very weird

      • June 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

        It really is 99ts, this story is bizarre – I just hope there are some honest reporters out there who will actually investigate it.

      • 29 desertflower
        June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Who knows! I thought that was the PROBATIONARY PERIOD!!

        • 30 99ts
          June 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

          Govt places I worked, probation was 12 months – and extended if you received a bad review. Something not quite right here.

          • 31 desertflower
            June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

            There are LOTS of somethings that aren’t quite right here.

          • June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

            Plus you have to go through a very thorough background check…..I guess they don’t do that anymore. The company should lose their Gov’t Contract for lax security of sensitive information.

          • 33 debz
            June 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

            This whole story is off. Less than 3 months on a job and he tells his supervisor that he is going away for awhile? No questions asked and he wasn’t fired? He is 29 and allegedly had all of these important jobs and dropped out of HS. Even Walmart would question a potential employee about job hopping.

      • 34 nathkatun7
        June 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        It is bizarre, 99ts! Something doesn’t smell right.

      • 35 nathkatun7
        June 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        May be I’ve overlooked it, but did Snowden quit on his own or was he fired?

  9. 36 Ceb
    June 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Happy Birthday to Miss Natasha (Sasha) Obama!

    Good morning TOD ohana.

    I have retired after 30 years of teaching Language Arts in high schools.
    After resting up a bit and reconnecting with parts of my life that I have neglected, I will give twitter another try and join the brigade. While I know that I will not be nearly as good as the awesome UT and Bobr, I hope to add my voice to the cause of perfecting our union.

    Have a great day everyone.

    • June 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Happy Retirement, Ceb!! I hope you enjoy every moment of your freedom!

      • 38 carolyn
        June 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

        Happy retirement from me too. I retired after 36 years teaching high school and college. I now do some adjunct teaching in college, but it’s on my time table…..perfect.
        To me the best thing about retirement is being able to leisurely drink coffee and read in the morning, knowing I don’t have to get dressed and get out the door by a certain time. You’ll especially appreciate this after school starts next fall! Life will open up.

        • 39 CEB
          June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

          Thanks for your good wishes. You are exactly right about “being able to leisurely drink coffee” Carolyn. In the past I would only be able to get a few sips from the cup before leaving it on my desk to get cold as I went about they day’s duties. I am signing off now to enjoy a cup while I am sitting on my deck and reveling in the quiet.

          • 40 andogriff
            June 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

            Huge congrats to CEB and Carolyn on their retirement! I have a couple of years left to go, and looking forward to it as well… enjoy those free mornings, and leisurely breakfasts!

    • 41 99ts
      June 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Hey Ceb – thank you so much for making a difference for high school students – enjoy retirement

    • June 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Congratulations! Time to rest on your laurels! 🙂

    • 46 MightyPamela
      June 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Will done, CEB! From time to time, I hear people say ‘retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be’, but I’m sure that varies from one person to another, and wouldnt I just love to find out for myself! You will enjoy your time, as you venture into the timeless! Congratulations!

      • 47 MightyPamela
        June 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

        *Well Done ( oh sheesh)

        • 48 CEB
          June 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

          Thanks MP. I am one of those who is thrilled about the boundless possibilities in this part of my life. When I started teaching the children of my former students (I had five such cases this year), when former students joined me on the faculty and when the new principal was young enough to be my son, I knew that it was time to go.

          • 49 Judith Fardig
            June 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

            Congratulations on retiring from active-duty teaching. All the teachers I know bring those skills with them into whatever they do next and function as the reserve. Enjoy your possibilities!

    • 51 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Congrats on your retirement! Teachers have a special place in my heart.

  10. 52 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Morning Ms Chips and thank you for your ‘early’ R & S. It’s looking good at a glance and I’ll be back to savour it after I’ve had a quick breakfast. (stomach’s protesting vociferously).

  11. 55 japa21
    June 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning all. Had a busy weekend. Glad to be back at work where I can spend some time with this wonderful community.

    Once again, reading and listening to reports on the NSA situation (I refuse to call it a scandal) and very few reports are actually utilizing the facts. I have no problem with people who have problems with the program existing, but I wish they would base their arguments on the facts.

    More than once I heard people talk about how the government can just dip into your records on a whim. On one radio show, I person did call and say they needed aa warrant to check into individual records and the host said “No, they don’t!” Well, yes they do. The program is a data base. Yes, all the records, except names and content are in there, but the government, before they can begin checking out individual records.

    Additionally, there are frequent audits whcih can verify if the data has been accessed and by whom. There are safeguards.

    Again, one can argue that the program is open to abuse, and that is possible and should be assessed. So an open debate is warranted, as long as it is based upon facts.

    Then there is the question of Snowden. A big topic of discussion is whether he shoudl be considered a hero or a traitor, and comparisons of this to the Pentagon Papers. Well, the Pentagion Papers, number one, dealt with things that had already happenied. This release impacts a current running program.

    I also heard someone quote then Senator Obama saying he would protect any Federal work who exposed abuse of power in the government as if that applied to this situation. Unfotrtunately, it does not. If it has exposed people gettuing into the records without warrants, then that would be one thing, but this is a legally created program.

    And my biggest problem with anyone who does this and then runs, is that they are basically cowards and unwilling to take the consequences of their actions. Personally, I think the fact he went to China will work against all those protesting these actions.

    • June 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Morning Japa, it’s all very intriguing, more than anything I’d love to know if he acted alone or if his media best friend, as Goldie Taylor and others are wondering, was more involved than he has quite let on. We’ll see.

      Him running to Hong Kong is almost too funny to be true, really.

      And, again as Goldie Taylor is asking, how on earth could he be deemed a whistleblower?

    • 57 Vicki
      June 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Hero or coward?
      Apparently Bradley Manning released personal info on Americans serving in Iraq/Afghanistan. Hero to PL. Traitor to most of the rest of us.
      Michael Moore is now calling Snowden a hero. No, Michael, maybe we’re not quite sure what he is—-patsy? GOP operative? Moron?
      But for sure Not a Hero.

      • 58 japa21
        June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Definitely agree with you there. Not a hero. Not sure I would go so far as to say he is a traitor. He reminds me of Manning in that I think he is a naive, foolish person who was manipulated into doing something. Remember, despite all the shock of this revelation, the existance and substance of this program has been known for years.

      • 59 anniebella
        June 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

        Well I don’t make movies, I’m not sitting on tv all the time running my mouth, but my opinion counts too and Edward Snowden is not a hero, that man is a traitor to this country.

  12. 60 99ts
    June 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    GM MS Chips and all

    In other news – markets going up today – they are more interested in employment than “scandals” – shame congress isn’t inclined the same way

  13. 61 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2013 at 9:40 am


    Some Random Thoughts About the NSA Story

    By Bob Cesca


    –And finally, as I’ve spent many years discussing here, the war on terrorism has to end. The 2001 AUMF has to be repealed. The PATRIOT Act has to be rolled back. There’s a series of changes that have to occur in order to return us back to a more reasonable and sensible counter-terrorism process. So deploying our military around the world to hunt down “evildoers” is out of the question. Allowing the president extra-constitutional war powers in perpetuity is also out of the question. Drones are out of the question. And now, digital intelligence gathering is on the chopping block. Of course, I’m also in favor of rolling back the reach of the NSA on this front, but I get the sense that some, like Greenwald, would prefer to see intelligence gathering utterly weakened and occurring in the light of day, thus making it totally ineffectual. Some things need to remain secret, and we need to have some sort of covert intelligence apparatus. No, fighting terrorism isn’t worth endless war or limitless power, but we still have to do it somehow. And so what level of counter-terrorism is acceptable? I’m seriously asking.



  14. 62 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I posted this late last night…didn’t know if anyone got a chance to read it.


    Libertarians can keep holding up their dream of perfection because, as a practical matter, it will never be tried in full. Even many who say they are libertarians reject the idea when it gets too close to home.

    The strongest political support for a broad anti-statist libertarianism now comes from the tea party. Yet tea party members, as the polls show, are older than the country as a whole. They say they want to shrink government in a big way but are uneasy about embracing this concept when reducing Social Security and Medicare comes up. Thus do the proposals to cut these programs being pushed by Republicans in Congress exempt the current generation of recipients. There’s no way Republicans are going to attack their own base.

    But this inconsistency (or hypocrisy) contains a truth: We had something close to a small-government libertarian utopia in the late 19th century and we decided it didn’t work. We realized that many Americans would never be able to save enough for retirement and, later, that most of them would be unable to afford health insurance when they were old. Smaller government meant that too many people were poor and that monopolies were formed too easily.

    And when the Great Depression engulfed us, government was helpless, largely handcuffed by this anti-government ideology until Franklin D. Roosevelt came along.

    In fact, as Lind points out, most countries that we typically see as “free” and prosperous have governments that consume around 40 percent of their gross domestic product. They are better off for it. “Libertarians,” he writes, “seem to have persuaded themselves that there is no significant trade-off between less government and more national insecurity, more crime, more illiteracy and more infant and maternal mortality . . . .”

    This matters to our current politics because too many politicians are making decisions on the basis of a grand, utopian theory that they never can — or will — put into practice. They then use this theory to avoid a candid conversation about the messy choices governance requires. And this is why we have gridlock.

  15. 64 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Before we anoint him “hero” status, there are a few questions I have about Edward Snowden

    By Smartypants


    Now that we know that the guy who leaked the information about NSA is 29 year-old Edward Snowden and we’ve heard what Glenn Greenwald wants us to know about him, there are a few questions that real journalists should pursue about this story. On twitter I ran across a potential candidate: Jan Crawford with CBS News.


    Read more here ….


  16. 65 JER
    June 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

  17. June 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

    This information about Glenzilla and Snowden hooking up in February before Snowden’s employ at BZ sure looks a lot like the other shoe. And I’m thinking that Glenzilla may be acting as his attorney giving him horribad advice on how to proceed.

    The answer I’m dying to know is, exactly HOW did they meet?

  18. 67 JER
    June 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

  19. 69 amk for obama
    June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    So, new week, new ‘scandal’ or new week, old ‘scandal’ ?

    Fucking third rate, fourth estate.

  20. 71 amk for obama
    June 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Just now saw the pic of the effing ‘whistle blower’ on beebs (really bbc, 24 point headline for this moron)? Is he effing chris hayes’ brother ?

  21. 72 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

    This is the morning when the SCOTUS could screw everything or move us forward. Decisions on Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action, and Marriage Equality; just to name a few.

  22. 76 japa21
    June 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

  23. June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Anyone else been up since 4:30 AM? I had my occupational therapy session already and I am ready to zonk out but I have physical therapy at 11:00, then lunch.

    Also trying to keep up with Edward Snowden and all the drama.

    Hope you all have a great day. Yes, even today, Monday 🙂

  24. June 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Morning / Afternoon everyone 🙂

    Hm…a few days of not paying overly much attention to this blog and I´m already lost. 😦 Did I miss anything of importance on the “scandal” front?
    Also, who is that Snowden guy?

    • 91 desertflower
      June 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Oh!! ::)) You need to grab a cup of coffee and read the older threads..TMI to summary:) GM, niliathiel 🙂

      • June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

        I grabbed a bit from everything that´s going on but can´t make the time to read everything unfortunately. *le sigh*

        • 93 desertflower
          June 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

          Too much information (TMI) There’s a lot and it changes quickly…you’ll be able to catch up by osmosis. Not to worry:)

  25. 94 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2013 at 10:11 am



    Check out the link below to see how a real journalist conducts an interview. Joy Reid has done her homework and knows the facts. She asks questions of the panel (Jonathan Alter, Joan Walsh and Ari Melber) to get their input and at the same time she challenges some of their responses and assertions. It makes for a very informative and thought provoking discussion. It was beyond refreshing to watch this interview because it is such a rarity. There were good points made by the panel, but pay close attention to the points and challenges that Joy makes. She just makes sense. She goes right to the heart of the matter. Have you heard any other hosts interject facts like that in an interview in real time on the spot?

    I would like nothing more than for MSNBC to give Joy Reid her own show so I could witness her kind of brilliant journalism on a regular basis. I am always happy to see Joy Reid on a panel, but it’s never enough for me. As a political analyst, she makes most of her colleagues look like amateurs. You rarely hear Joy just going along with what everybody else is saying. She thinks outside the box, and in so doing she makes think.



  26. 95 99ts
    June 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    According to the SCOTUS blog

    “To respond to the many questions pouring in, no Fisher, no voting rights, no same-sex marriage, no gene patenting today.”

    Nothing on these issues today

  27. 96 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

    According to SCOTUSblog looks like decisions for VRA, Affirmative Action, DOMA, Prop 8, Baby Girl & Gene Patenting might come on Thursday.

  28. 97 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am


    Obamacare Critics Should Stop Using Young Men To Fuel Their Arguments

  29. 98 amk for obama
    June 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

  30. 108 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

  31. 109 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2013 at 10:38 am


    Holding Congress accountable for NSA excesses


  32. June 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

  33. 116 Jessica
    June 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Happy 12th to Ms Sasha Fierce!!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Oh please don’t conflate that posed young girl with Beyonce’s giggly alter-ego. Not a model for a 12 year old. IMHO.
      [Yes, I’m a prude when it comes to kids. Sue me.]

  34. 118 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Ethan Peretz ‏@MperiousRex 44m


    My take-away from Manning and Snowden is that we have a remarkably open security state where it is far to easy to get clearance/access.


  35. 119 dotster3
    June 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    • 120 Layla
      June 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

      as per the above article “Snowden had not revealed to reporters exactly where in Hong Kong he was staying, although he told The Washington Post he was holed up at a hotel near the CIA base at the consulate, which is located in the heart of Hong Kong island.”

      • June 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

        He registered under his own name and described the location of the hotel as being posh and near the CIA office. Apparently, there’s only one such place.

        He’s just plain stupid.

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      June 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Far left progressives are already hailing this libertarian nut as a hero. Can you believe they already have a petition that has over 100K signatures asking that he be pardoned? Unfrigginbelievable!!!!!!!! 😯

  36. 132 donna dem 4 obama
    June 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Smartypants is so good!!!

    Full Disclosure: My son works at Booz Allen and his cell phone was blowing up yesterday evening. The CEO sent them a message yesterday evening and boy oh boy a whole lot of things are gonna be changing there starting today!!

  37. June 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Frankly I’m stunned.

  38. June 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

  39. 152 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Goldie Taylor ‏@goldietaylor 8m
    RT @ggreenwald For all of you criticizing Snowden’s choice about where to go: feel free to offer what you think was better alternative.
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    I got one! How about GO TO HELL

  40. 153 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Pardon my observation here….but doesn’t all this Snowden stuff prove the OPPOSITE of what what he wanted to prove?? NSA obviously wasn’t tracking HIM!

  41. 154 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 11:13 am


    Wieland ‏@lawscribe 3m
    @_JGR @80mercy right, May 1 left house, May 20 left job. Still takes us back to Feb. Did he join w/ intent to take docs after he knew GG?
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  42. 155 itgurl_29
    June 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I think today is Sasha Obama’s birthday. She’s 12!

  43. 156 amk for obama
    June 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Rating agency Standard and Poor’s raises its credit outlook for the US economy from negative to stable, as confidence returns.



  44. June 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Translation: He’s an idiot

  45. 160 Vicki
    June 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    POTUS 0n CSPAN 1 coming up!

  46. 161 amk for obama
    June 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Nasa’s ageing Opportunity rover on Mars continues to make significant discoveries with the observation of an indicator of ancient water activity.


  47. 163 desertflower
    June 10, 2013 at 11:23 am


    The leaker who revealed top secret U.S. surveillance programs says he hopes to find shelter in Iceland, but he may be disappointed by the reception from a new government seen as less keen than predecessors to attract exiles and Internet renegades.


    But the government of newly-elected conservative Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, while still untested, is widely seen as closer to Washington than past administrations and less keen to foster the island country’s cyber-haven image.

    Snowden has yet to make a formal application for asylum and would have to go to Iceland to make the request, said Kristin Volundarsdottir, head of Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration. Gunnlaugsson’s government did not otherwise comment on the case.

    “I would be very surprised if they (the government) would be eager to engage in any international disputes with the U.S. And it is pretty difficult to be granted asylum here,” said Stefania Oskarsdottir, lecturer in political science at the University of Iceland.

    “I think what this guy is saying is based on something he is imagining or hoping for rather than actual facts.”

    Sucks to be him right now….

  48. 164 andogriff
    June 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the great R & S, Ms Chips! Loved the Bob Fletcher story…. but that NSA mess is becoming “curiouser and curiouser”.

  49. June 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Good Morning ToD. It’s a rain, rain and more rain here. Just listen to 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. The law, signed by John F. Kennedy requires employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. Pres. Obama delivers remarks on that legislation and its impact on pay equity.

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