Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama speaks with White House Counsel Gregory Craig in the Oval Office, June 11 2009. (White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Sara Kliff: The Obama administration will comply with a court order to allow over-the-counter emergency contraceptive sales to women and girls of all ages, according to documents filed late Monday.

While the Department of Justice initially appealed this policy, it has now asked a judge with the Eastern District Court of New York to withdraw that challenge, provided he approves the federal government’s plan for compliance.

The reversal means that emergency contraceptives, a heated policy area that has vexed two presidential administrations, will soon be available to young women off of the pharmacy shelf.

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John Stanton: House Democratic Assistant Leader James Clyburn charged Monday that a series of high-profile leaks about secret domestic spying programs are part of a broader effort by opponents of President Barack Obama to damage the administration politically. “There is an attempt by several people to do political harm to this president. I just think this is part of that,” Clyburn told BuzzFeed.

Clyburn, one of the top Democrats in the House, said he “absolutely” believes Snowden, who is currently in Hong Kong, should be extradited back to the United States to face charges.

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Brad Plumer: On Monday evening, the Senate voted 66 to 27 to approve a massive farm bill that will set the course of U.S. food policy for the next half-decade. The old farm bill expired last year, and its replacement is 1,150 pages long, costing some $955 billion over 10 years. So what’s actually in it?

Food stamps and nutrition, $760.5 billion over 10 years. This is by far the biggest part of the farm bill, with the bulk taken up by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income families pay for food. The Senate bill tweaks some of the rules governing eligibility and cut spending slightly by $3.9 billion compared to what would happen if current policy was kept. (There’s also a controversial amendment by David Vitter to ban anyone convicted of a violent crime from food stamps for life.)

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This is a hero.                          This is not a hero.


Booz Allen says Edward Snowden has been working for them for less than three months, yet he contacted Poitras in January and Glenn in February so does that mean he went to Booz Allen with the intention of stealing and leaking national security secrets? There’s something very stinky about this entire episode.

So how did this all begin?

I was originally contacted in January, anonymously.

By Edward Snowden?

Well, I didn’t know who it was.

What was the format?

Via email. It said, I want to get your encryption key and let’s get on a secure channel.

And he didn’t say what it was about?

He just said — that was the first, and the second was, I have some information in the intelligence community, and it won’t be a waste of your time.

Why do you think he contacted you? Were you the first person he contacted?

I can’t speak for him. Glenn and I just touched base about, what was your story, because we connected later in the spring. He, I think, got an email in February. But I didn’t know he’d gotten an email.

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But you know, President Obama is a “socialist” 🙄

USA TODAY: Standard & Poor’s boosted its outlook for U.S. government debt Monday, citing stable government debt levels and predicting the U.S. economy will continue to improve. The credit rating service affirmed the U.S. government’s “AA+” long-term and “A-1+” short-term unsolicited sovereign credit ratings. It revised the outlook for Treasuries to “stable” from “negative,” meaning S&P is less likely to downgrade U.S. bonds soon.

Monday’s announcement came after the Congressional Budget Office projected the U.S. deficit will shrink to $642 billion this year, from over $1 trillion the past four years.

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I trust Al Franken a heck of a lot more than Glenn Greenwald

The Daily Banter: Senator Al Franken confirmed that the Senate Judiciary Committee is well aware of how the intelligence community conducts itself and he downplayed some of the more hyperbolic implications out there. Franken: These are classified briefings. I can only discusses it in limited detail, but because I’m on the Judiciary Committee and because the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction on NSA, and on FISA, and on the Patriot Act, this is something I availed myself of these briefings so nothing surprised me.And the architecture of these programs is very well aware. There are certain things that are appropriate for me to know that’s not appropriate for the bad guys to know. That makes a lot of sense. So anything the American people know the bad guys know. I have a high level of confidence that this is used to protect us and I know it has been successful at preventing terrorism.

I don’t believe that the American people should have to take the government’s word for it. I think there should be enough transparency so the American people understand whats happening. I think maybe they do to a greater degree now understand, but I can assure you that this isn’t about spying on the American people. This is about having the data available so that if there are suspicions about foreign persons or persons that have connections with terrorist organizations that we can connect the dots. Look I am chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. There’s probably no one in the Senate that looks at these issues in terms of American’s privacy more than I do.

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This is reality

Pew: A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable. And while the public is more evenly divided over the government’s monitoring of email and other online activities to prevent possible terrorism, these views are largely unchanged since 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, conducted June 6-9 among 1,004 adults, finds no indications that last week’s revelations of the government’s collection of phone records and internet data have altered fundamental public views about the tradeoff between investigating possible terrorism and protecting personal privacy.

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Steve Benen: President Obama was in California over the weekend for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, there was an agreement on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which Jon Chait saw as a “big deal,” in part because it will help combat the climate crisis, and in part because of what it tells us about the near future.

They invariably argue, “Even if the climate crisis is real, a meaningful remedy would require action from the U.S. and China, and since the Chinese won’t act, we shouldn’t either.” I’ve never cared for the argument, not just because it’s a defeatist attitude that dooms the future of humanity, but also because it ignores the potential for American leadership.

But the agreement over the weekend suggests the premise of the right’s argument isn’t correct, either — China will negotiate and will take steps to address the climate crisis. It’s more than I can say about congressional Republicans.

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

9:30AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

10:20AM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform

11:20AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with Pres. Ollanta Humala of Peru

12:30PM: Press Sec. Carney briefs the press

12:45PM: VP Biden hosts Pres. Humala for a lunch meeting at the Naval Observatory

4:30PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with Sec. Def. Hagel

5:20PM: Pres. Obama hosts a screening of ‘The President’s Gatekeepers’ at the White House

6:45PM: VP Biden attends a campaign event for Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)


June 11, 2012: President Obama talks with Betty White in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)


June 11, 2009: President Obama’s signature on a wall in a health classroom at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin (Photo by Pete Souza)


Two years ago today, Pres. Obama and VP Biden have fun with children at a birthday party for Sasha Obama at Camp David. (White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann)


Have A Pete Souzatastic Day And Remember, The NSA Is Watching You! OooooOOoooo….Spooky. 😀


153 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. June 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Arisen and ready to shine!

  2. 2 Roberta in MN
    June 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

    You were reallyf ast maryl1 Congrats on first. Having trouble typing today. Just sat down to check in, doing morning chores. Looks like a really nice sunny day finally.
    Have a great one everyone.

  3. 3 sonjiaduncan
    June 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good morning Maryl1.

  4. 4 vcprezofan2
    June 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Rise and shine! It’s morning time – for some of us anyway. Howdy folks!

  5. 5 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats Maryl1 on #1! 🙂 Excellent round-up UT.

  6. 6 Ladyhawke
    June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Nobody breaks it down like Joy Reid.

  7. June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Mooooooooorning everyone, thanks a billion gazillion for the wonderful round-up UT, you’re pure gold!!

  8. 8 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    • 9 amk for obama
      June 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

      This is a BFD. The job lock is bonded labor.

      • June 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

        If Kasich hadn’t been such a dope and turned down the money for high speed rail Ohio would really be taking off.

        • 11 57andfemale
          June 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

          The REAL story is that these deluded RWNJ governors have NOT been able to spur economic growth WITHOUT stimulus by the Federal government. This was part of Hamilton’s original vision for this country, for God’s sake. All of our economic stability has come because of government investment.

          I hope Howard Dean and his firebagger pals understand what’s really at stake if they hurt the Democrats.

          • June 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

            Good morning 57 and you are so right. Look at Perry in Texas. Pretending the Texas miracle had nothing to do with the federal government which is a flat out lie. The sad part is people believe it and the media does an atrocious job reporting the facts.

            • 13 57andfemale
              June 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

              Every other one of the RWNJ governors who point to any economic growth – it comes from the auto industry, for example or other government investment. Conservative politics is nothing but myth that has been sold to Americans over the last 30+ years and has become ‘fact’ to way too many people, with no truth to support their ridiculous claims. Economic growth does not ‘trickle down’. We have never recovered from an economic downturn without huge investment in job creation by the government. We are in unprecedented waters and it frustrates me that it’s so hard to get our message across.

              • June 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

                Economic growth does not ‘trickle down’

                You totally nailed it. Trickle down was the biggest con job that’s ever been. Reagan swore by it yet how many times during his two terms did he have to eat those words?

                Look at the current crop of hypocrites who voted against the stimulus and ACA but secretly ran around begging for more money. Even Paul “Ayn Rand” Ryan was shown to be a complete phony. And the media takes him seriously and refuses to call these people out? Give me a break.

          • June 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

            That would make them have to realize that the Founders were generally moderate-to-progressive in how they approached and addressed various issues in this nation. Something many in today’s GOP refuse to acknowledge or understand.

  9. June 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Morning / Afternoon everyone.
    And I very much endorse that smug smile in the first photo.

  10. 17 amk for obama
    June 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

    FLOTUS looks gorgeous in that pic.

    And PBO should do more photo-ops with Ms White. Pun intended.

  11. June 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Morning ALL!!! Have a great day.

  12. 27 Kyle
    June 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    While PBO is busy doing his thing, it felt good to email my congressperson yesterday and let them know we are still watching him and waiting for him to do the right thing for the people he represents RE: guns & immigration. I usually don’t get much back from him, but will keep you posted.

    Also for a great article discussing how MN and WI are on such sharply different paths and the impact that will have on both states.

  13. 28 99ts
    June 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Thanks UT – hello all

    I’m having great trouble believing this GG nonsense is anything but a joke against someone – but I can’t work out who – perhaps the young man who sees himself as the savior of the world – Now he is talking of going to Russia. He should research Kim Philby – perhaps read this article from the Guardian


    How anyone can hate their country so much – beyond understanding.

    • 29 Bill
      June 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Stephanie Miller just read something from his girlfriend who followed him to Hawaii. She is not happy saying “she is lost at sea”.

    • June 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

      99ts I don’t know if it so much hatred as it was greed. I think somebody promised him a big payday and he figured the amount quoted was well worth giving up his citizenship for. Just speculation but not even Ron Paul supporters making 200k would be dumb enough to throw it all away without getting something in return.

      • 32 99ts
        June 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

        If that was his reason he really wasn’t thinking. Being stateless in a world that really seems to hate immigration is not where anyone would choose to be. I don’t think he thought this through at all – or he was railroaded by someone.

    • 34 misspat
      June 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Russia. The man is going around the world. Hope he finds a resting place but I doubt it. The Chinese leader was here in California with the President, they are not enemies. Russia is no longer a threat. Maybe North Korea will take him. We will just wait and see. Whatever happens in the dark will reveal itself in the light. Foolish man. I know people with a college degree and computer skills that would love to make two hundred dollars a year. Something is not right and we will soon find out the truth.

  14. June 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    UT, another U-Terrific Rise and Shine! 😀 Thanks for putting together this synopsis of the recent — and not so recent — events.

  15. June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

    “Dream big dreams” – SOOOO that’s where I stole it from?

  16. June 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    GG has a high opinion of his brilliance. He is very smug in his answer to LOD’s question as to how, given the level of surveillance the government has on individuals, his and Snowden’s communications were not detected/intercepted. The high school drop-out/college drop-out is so much more advanced in his knowledge of encryption than any IT person that would work in government intelligence.

    At any rate, even if it is after the fact, their communications will be deciphered as the government builds its case against these two traitors.

  17. June 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

  18. 44 utaustinliberal
    June 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    • 45 57andfemale
      June 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I’ve been saying this since the debate on the law began in 2009. The administration should have ALWAYS been making job creation as a result of ACA a major selling point. It spurs innovation and freedom for self-employed and small business. It also creates jobs with the health of Americans as the product.

      Don’t know why PBO and Sebelius haven’t listened to me on this. Oh, wait – they can just read my tweets and comments at TOD (snark)

      • June 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

        I agree with you 57. It was disappointing that the Republicans were allowed to drive the narrative with all that deficit reduction nonsense. Where’s Gov. Deval Patrick?!

      • 47 99ts
        June 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

        The administration is no doubt swapped with the implementation of the ACA – the dems in congress should be shouting this from the rooftops. They are either incredibly quiet – or the media is ignoring them – probably both are involved.

        • 48 57andfemale
          June 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

          Dem’s should have been screaming this message for the last 4 years. This is what Republicans do well and Dem’s refuse to learn. It’s maddening. These truths should have replaced the myths by now. The Dem’s failed in countering RWNJ fantasies effectively. Damn it, PBO had every right to expect his party’s support. However, I believe framing of this law could have started with the administration and been more effective. It’s a sore point with me.

          • 49 99ts
            June 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

            Understood 57 – It also was a long term implementation. in my world (c.1973) the law and the implementation happened very quickly. My state was the last to sign up – but they didn’t stay outside of it for very long (and their choice only related to hospitals – everything else was automatic in).

            When it is fully implemented – there may well be a number of states who change their mind and realize the benefits in many different ways.

            • 50 57andfemale
              June 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

              As long as Dem’s stay ahead of the message. Imagine these red states and all the b.s. they believe. I can see their media flooded with “See! Obamacare doesn’t work!” when it’s their own state governments denying them Medicaid expansion, etc. We can no longer assume that what we laugh at and see as ridiculous is not a force to be reckoned with. These nefarious bastards are masters.

              That being said, ACA will work. I, as a 63 year old self-employed person, intend to be one of the first to sign up in October. I am also looking into co-ops for small businesses that are being set up with government grants. IL got some of this grant money before Repubs extorted the elimination of these grants in the bargain made at the end of last year. (my husband and I are a ‘business’)

  19. 51 carolyn
    June 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’m hoping that one good result from this present kerfuffle is the reining in of private contractors who are in the “security business.” My husband watched most of Rachel last night (I went to the library). He said this morning something interesting came up about these private contractors…she is concerned about them. There are hundreds of thousands of people under this privatization plan who have access to confidential info. This is WRONG! I hope some contracts get snatched from these contractors. This started as we know in 2001 under GWB……our national security has no business in the hands of Snowdens and others like him!

    • 52 desertflower
      June 11, 2013 at 9:49 am


      More than half a million private contractors can access the country’s secrets. A large degree of surprise also was related to the fact that Snowden had access to many of the documents he obtained so soon after beginning to work for Booz Allen. Once obtained, a clearance is a relatively hard thing to lose, so long as you remain employed by a company that does work requiring you to hold one. These clearances also only need to be renewed every five years while active. According to a 2013 report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a total of 483,263 contractors held Top Secret clearances in 2012, the highest level one can obtain, with another 582,524 holding them at the Confidential and Secret levels.

      As my husband would say: UNSAT

    • 53 Roberta in MN
      June 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

      It has started even earlier than that. NO draft, Reagan privatizing anything he cab, schools, roads, utilities, building, prisons. It has been pernicious and all consuming for the republicans to privatize anything the government did. Reagan tried it with e FAA. This kirfufle today is just so much shit going on.

      • 54 57andfemale
        June 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

        I read an in-depth investigative piece during the Bush years. I have no recollection of the author of the piece. Yes, Reagan went full out to privatize damn near everything he could. But we forget the Clinton years and their complicity in what has befallen the country since. I understand that a ‘business friendly’ Democrat was necessary to win in the 90’s but Clinton was RW in Democratic clothing (he’s only progressive during campaigns). Clinton was in the position to reverse the abandonment of the anti-trust laws and didn’t. He put mergers on steroids – the Telecom bill being particularly egregious.

        And then there’s privatization. Clinton could have undone a lot of Reagan/Bush damage but he not only didn’t, he put it on steroids, putting Al Gore in charge of privatizing large swathes of government. So when Al Gore gets on his high horse about PBO, let’s remember that they were riding the peace dividend (what better time to undo privatization?), a booming economy that fell in their laps. and instead of protecting the middle class, they put privatization on steroids, shredded deregulation of the media, turning it over to Murdoch and Rush, and destroyed regulation of the banking industry that led directly to the economic collapse of 2008. And of course, NAFTA.

        If Hillary’s our candidate I’ll support her. But she sure better have answers for what her husband’s administration did to the American way of life. Not that anyone will ask. It’s only PBO who must answer for absolutely everything, no matter how substance-less or ridiculous.

        • 55 Roberta in MN
          June 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

          You are correct, .my mind doesn’t always function, I should have taken the time and thought through my points. Mind isn’t functioning at 100% today, nor my typing. I will vote for Hillary if she is the Dem nomination, but it would be a hold my breath. I have no use for her or Bill after his Presidency and her campaign. She really didn’t do much in SOS, except work on the women’s issued and she can do that under Bill’s world wide initiatives. My thoughts.

          • 56 57andfemale
            June 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

            Thank you! I’ve been scratching my head over the “Hillary was a GREAT SoS”. What, exactly, did she do?!?!

            What’s wrong with your brain, Roberta? You’re functioning optimally, as always IMO.

    • June 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

      I think he would be considered a whistle blower if instead of talking about people having the capability/authority to access confidential information, he was able to give instances where people were abusing this authority and were actually accessing confidential information and using it for nefarious purposes.

      But as many have said, just having the ability to access information is not so much an issue since we provide personal information — whether intentionally or unintentionally — through our use of technology as part of our everyday lives.

      I agree that it does raise the question of how easy it is for these employees to gain top level clearance and also how many people actually have this level of clearance. It also raises the question of how much we are paying these companies ($200,000/year salary with his credentials?) in a time when the GOP is yelling about the need to cut government spending.

      • June 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

        I said yesterday that the only thing Snowden did was reveal the PBO plays everything by the book.

      • 59 99ts
        June 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

        “he was able to give instances where people were abusing this authority and were actually accessing confidential information and using it for nefarious purposes.” –

        Surely when you release information to Media persons that is exactly what you are doing. So Snowdon is his own example perhaps??

  20. 60 Ladyhawke
    June 11, 2013 at 9:42 am


    If You’re Wondering Who Helped Pass the NSA’s Eavesdropping Powers, Here Are Some Familiar Names…

    By Bob Cesca


    It was advocacy like this from Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Beck and the right-wing establishment that created the Protect America Act and especially the FISA Amendments of 2008, which included Section 702, under which the operation that Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the others have been describing for the last handful of days was initiated. No, the FISA debate wasn’t solely about wiretapping phone conversations, it also included internet data monitoring. This was widely discussed and debated during the final two years of President Bush’s second term in office. It’s all on the record.
    So we can assume that Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Joe Scarborough and Bill O’Reilly will pitch in and finally help to repeal the 2001 AUMF, the USA PATRIOT Act and all the rest of the post-9/11 madness they helped to establish. Great! Now we can finally ejector-seat that horrendous era onto the slagheap of historical American blunders. We can also assume that, if there’s another attack, that these same actors won’t turn around — yet again — and blame the Democrats and Obama for weakening our national security structure. No. Of course they won’t do that.



  21. June 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

  22. 63 utaustinliberal
    June 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Booz Allen is distancing themselves from this fool as fast as they can. 😆

    • June 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Not often a company tries to downplay what they are paying an individual. When you add benefits — as companies tend to do, what is his salary? Does this $122K include benefits?

    • 68 misspat
      June 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

      That is still a lot of money to pay to someone that just started in a company. My son with a degree is looking for a job . He would love to make a half of that. Something is not right.

    • 69 Cha
      June 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Why doesn’t it matter, Sam Stein? It sounds like another lie coming from Edward Snowden.

      thanks UT

  23. 70 57andfemale
    June 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

  24. 71 jackiegrumbacher
    June 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    So I’ve been walking the floor with a teething granddaughter for the last two days and am so overwhelmed with information that I feel as if I’m jumping in on a “Double Dutch” game coming back this morning. Intense baby time gives you a good understanding of what it’s like for a lot of working parents across the country whose lives are so busy and all consuming that they have no time to follow any kind of news. Most people simply do not follow the news and get only the glimmers of ideas from the general environment. That’s why I think so many of the faux scandals are falling flat as pancakes. Spying, so what? Who doesn’t know that? Benghazi, huh? AP huh? The IRS–oh, I paid my taxes. For the tens of millions of people who voted for PBO, he’s a good likeable guy..end of story.

    The thing that struck me about the whole GG/Snowden deal is why would anybody–GG, the Chinese government, anybody, use such a stupid person as Snowden as a tool? If you’re going to play a high level game to undermine a US president, shouldn’t your ‘plant’ be smarter than Mo, Larry or Curly? Can’t wait to find out why/how Booz Allen hired this idiot. That question should haunt the company until its last day as a NSA contract, which may come sooner than they think.

    • June 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

      “why would anybody…use such a stupid person as Snowden as a tool?”

      Brings to my mind Joe the Plumber from the 2008 campaign.

      • 73 99ts
        June 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

        Loving your comments today swbluega

      • 75 LDS
        June 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        Just catching up……
        “why would anybody……use such a stupid person as Snowden as a tool?”

        Oh, well GWB and Sara Palin comes to mind.
        The GOP/Teabaggers just don’t care as long as they get the job done.
        I am so grateful for POB and his Administration in so many ways. As I have said before and will continue to say….the covers have been pulled off the dark and evil doers who have corrupted this country for decades. They are going to turn on each other before POB leaves office and the so-called liberals, emprogs, et al, true colors will show who they really are.
        They have been hiding under their own white sheets long enough.

  25. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

  26. 77 Ladyhawke
    June 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    IRS Management Culture Must Be Fixed

    By David Cay Johnston


    Lost in the scandal over how 80 or so low-level IRS employees in Cincinnati tried to cope with irreconcilable conflicts among the law, regulations, and their duty to investigate applications for section 501(c)(4) status is a deeper story — one getting zero attention from Congress so far.

    It is the story of the IRS’s management culture and how it is shaped by congressional oversight. It is partly a story of how an agency has become so depersonalized that it treats taxpayers as objects rather than people. It is the story of how the culture of secrecy that grows from section 6103 affects not only external communications but also internal attitudes. It is the story of an agency that is drowning, unable to do the multiple tasks assigned to it by a Congress that has slashed its training budget by 83 percent since 2010.



  27. 78 cookemom
    June 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!!! IT’s a great getting up day agaoin for us TODdies don’cha know!!! I think this whole Snowden issue will shed some light on just how important it is to work together for the good of national security. All the polls are saying that the majority of Americans don’t mind the surveillance and prefer it to feeling unsafe. The discussion has moved from the crazy talk of Greenwald to the important stuff like who, what, and how do contractors, hiring unknowns, get access to our top secrets. We are seeing a nonpartisan, or at the very least, a bipartisan effort to have a mature discussion around this issue.

  28. 79 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

  29. June 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Heads up:

    10:20 EST: President Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform


  30. 81 desertflower
    June 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Something seems to be going on in GA….

    AJC ‏@ajc 38m
    Breaking: Checking reports of an explosion at Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson. Concourse D evacuated.
    Retweeted by Goldie Taylor
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    Edgar Zúñiga Jr. ‏@edgarzuniga 19m
    Two bomb threats near the #Georgia state capitol. One at building home to Attorney General and state Supreme Court. #ATL #breaking
    Retweeted by Goldie Taylor
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    • 82 desertflower
      June 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Airport thing was an explosion in a maintenance shed. Seems to be ok now….the bomb threat is still ongoing

    • 83 Bill
      June 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Also, the FLOTUS family monument south of Atlanta in Clayton County was turned over.

    • 84 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

      The airport saying it was a maintenance accident…..

      They are ok and planes are being boarded……..

  31. 85 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Anyone with half a brain knows that Greenwald’s concern is not about data mining….

  32. 87 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

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    • 93 Nena20409
      June 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

      LOD also had that segment last night. Rep Cummings has given Issa until Friday or He Cummings will release the whole OH IRS texts.

  36. 97 utaustinliberal
    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    HEADS UP: Pres. Obama speaks on immigration reform at 10:20AM ET / 9:20AM CT.



  37. 98 Lovepolitics2008
    June 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Greenwald has a narrative in his head: the government is evil and “freedom”. He will look at all facts through the prism of his hate for government. The perfect example of a libertarian ideologue. There’s NO reasoning with this guy. He’s having a lot of tv time right now and the more he’s in the spotlight, the more he’ll feel comfortable to say what he really thinks, and the more the media and the public will realize how irrational he is.

    • 99 hopefruit2
      June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I don’t believe that Greenwald’s problem is with the “government.” I have never believed that – based on his history and his current actions. Greenwald has a problem with Barack Obama and Eric Holder (for obvious reasons).

      And this latest episode will reveal just that – despite Greenwald’s efforts to disguise his motives.

    • 100 57andfemale
      June 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

      He’s also pissed because he can’t marry his partner in order to bring his partner to the United States. Because the Republican Hell he foments will allow him to do that?

      • 101 misspat
        June 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

        So why not bring him on some kind of visa. Visitor’s visa, ten year visa, work visa. I am sure he can afford the visa fees. If his sweetheart has to go back and get his visa renewed it would be no problem, he has connections. Bring him here and marry him anyway. The man just plain hates the President.

        • 102 57andfemale
          June 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

          the man who says PBO is over-reaching is the same guy who wants PBO to wave a magic wand, ignoring pesky laws on everything from marrying his immigrant partner to closing Gitmo. He’s ridiculous, his hate is toxic.

    • 103 Nena20409
      June 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Not the Govt……just the gov’t under this POTUS. It has 17 yrs Brazilian written all over it. Note, Bush didn’t help with the 17yrs old. However, in his Mind, Pres Obama should have, must and has refused……all in GG’s mind.

  38. June 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    • 106 misspat
      June 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

      So who hired him? Did he go through the same process? Lots of questions for that Booz company to answer to.

      • 108 nathkatun7
        June 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Totally agree with you, misspat! This whole scenario about the timing of his hire and his leaking of classified information needs to be thoroughly scrutinized. What took Booz so long to fire him when it’s obvious he has not been working for almost a month? Is that standard procedure for this company?

  39. 109 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

  40. 110 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I wish someone would buy new drapes for the East Room……Ugh !

    • 111 misspat
      June 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

      They are faded for sure. Miss Ann was going to change them but she didn’t get the chance. Poor soul.

  41. 112 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Here he is!

  42. 113 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    What an outstanding young lady (Dreamer from Nigeria).

  43. 114 vcprezofan2
    June 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    What an emotional introduction!

  44. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 10:40 am


    UT, you have outdone yourself, as usual, on this post. So many sweet memories, mixed in with the brouhaha of today. I shall concentrate on the former, not the latter, as I rise and try to shine!

    I wonder if Betty White knows President Obama is watching her? I’m thinkin’ that would be just fine with ol’ Betty. Ha!

  45. 117 desertflower
    June 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Love this man:) Beautiful, touching introduction

  46. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    OMG – Almost missed President Obama! There he is!

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

      CNN “steps away.” Yeah, we wouldn’t want the country to actually hear this important topic, now would we, CNN?

      • 120 jacquelineoboomer
        June 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

        MSNBC gave the remarks 10 minutes. Not sexy enough, I guess. Luckily, C-Span has it all. (Insert expletive here, on my behalf.)

      • 121 Nena20409
        June 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

        The Most Trusted News in the News Business? Hell No…….the most trusted Teabaggers parrot network in the Media business. They gave Bachmann a rebuttal to pres Obama’s SOTU in 2010/2011. TeaNN has lost it’s way.

  47. June 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      June 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Oh please, Sirota can talk to the hand. He won’t be happy until there is a Republican in the White House.

      • 124 57andfemale
        June 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

        I tuned to Chris Hayes prime time show once and saw Sirota. I haven’t been back except for one time. Chris Hayes was flaying his arms around, screeching in that high pitched voice. I would give my 3 year old godson a timeout for that behavior.

    • 125 amk for obama
      June 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • 126 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

      How dumb he is….

      The amount of electronic data is what has increased…not the program.

      Looks like he is not willing to downsize his own electronic footprint . What will he give up ?

    • June 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

      See this just irritates me to no end. PBO built it? A program that was around before he became President and yet he built it. Does megalomania include calling yourself a journalist but purposely disseminating false information?

  48. June 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

    My hospital roommate had her husband bring me apples (cuz it’s all I ask the nurses for) and a nice big slice of tiramasu. Nice surprise to wake up to. But she’s going home – waah!!

  49. 137 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

    MSNBC cut away for punditry.

  50. 138 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 10:52 am


    Attorney General Holder schmoozing with guests in the East Room awaiting Pres Obama’s statement shortly in Immigration Reform Bill.

  51. 141 Jovie
    June 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I see?

  52. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I borrowed our Rock’s People’s Champ, which always makes me smile!

  53. 143 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    vote to limit debate in Senate is at 2:15 today

  54. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Loved who was on that stage with the President of the United States! Wow – he was dead serious about this topic. Got that steely-eyed look on his face, that we’ve come to know so well.

    I support President Obama and all his “dreams” for our nation!

  55. 145 Ladyhawke
    June 11, 2013 at 11:02 am



    Senate blocks $60 billion infrastructure plan, another part of Obama jobs bill


    The chamber failed to advance a measure to spend $50 billion on highway, rail, transit and airport improvements and another $10 billion as seed money for an infrastructure bank designed to spark private investment in construction. The vote was 51 to 49 in favor, but the measure needed 60 votes to proceed to a full debate.



    • 146 desertflower
      June 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Old news..2011 Though with the rate and frequency they still do this, it’s an honest mistake:)

      • 147 Ladyhawke
        June 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

        oops my mistake. thanks for catching that DF. In my zeal to post I didn’t notice the date. As you say, sadly it still applies today.

  56. 148 Nena20409
    June 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    GM TODers 😉 Hey You, TODers 🙂

    Great R & S 😉

  57. 150 MightyPamela
    June 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hi and Bye! I’m taking the bus downtown today, before the rain sets in, have to apply for my disabled fare rider card… I am a little nervous, I kinda wish I didn’t have to go alone; so you lot think of me okay, and I know I will be safe! Will check in on return, if I am not a basket case by then! Yikes! 😉

  58. 152 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Bomb threat at Princeton U – not sure if posted here:


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