Rise and Shine

President Obama greets the crowd after campaigning in support of Rep. Edward Markey at a rally in Boston, June 12



11:40: The President meets with Congressman John Dingell (at 3:30 there will be a ceremony on Capitol Hill to honor the longest-serving member of Congress)

12:0: Newtown Action Alliance holds press conference at Capitol to mark 6 month anniversary of Sandy Hook shootings. Live on C-Span

12:15: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

5:05: The President delivers remarks at LGBT Pride Month celebration


In case you missed this incredible photo – See Smartypants

In a protest, Renata Teodoro, right, and her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported in 2007, met at a Mexican border fence.



Steve Benen: Jobless claims show unexpected improvement

Lately, just about all of the news on initial unemployment claims has been good, and the new figures out this morning were unexpectedly encouraging.

…. In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are being created rather quickly. We’ve been below the 370,000 threshold 23 of the last 26 weeks, and below 350,000 in 7 of the last 10 weeks.

More here



NY Post: In a stunning move, the Obama Administration has thrust itself into the middle of the explosive federal stop-and-frisk trial and is taking sides against the NYPD, raising the odds of a outside monitor being appointed to oversee the controversial crime-fighting program.

…. The source said that Attorney General Eric Holder’s office notified the city that it intends to file briefs in support of claims by the Center for Constitutional Rights that cops are stopping suspects on the basis of race.

More here


Legal Times: When President Barack Obama nominated two women to a key appeals court last week, he was adding to his lead when it comes to adding women to the federal bench, according to a new study.

Obama has successfully appointed a greater percentage of women to federal judgeships than any other president in American history …. The study doesn’t include the two recent nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—Patricia Millett and Cornelia Pillard. (Neither pick has been confirmed.)

Forty-two percent of Obama’s successful nominations have been women, according to the study. That’s well above the rates of President George W. Bush (22 percent) and President Bill Clinton (29 percent), the study found. President Obama is the first president to appoint two women to the Supreme Court.

“This administration deserves credit for working to create a federal judiciary that more closely reflects the richness and diversity of the American people,” said AFJ President Nan Aron.

More here


NYT: Six months after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., and with no major gun legislation on the horizon in Congress, the White House is quietly moving forward on an executive package of gun safety measures.

The package, which includes 23 executive actions announced by President Obama earlier this year, is intended to bolster the nation’s database used for background checks and make it harder for criminals and people with mental illnesses to get guns.

Among other things, the executive orders relax health care privacy regulations that some state executives say prevent them from putting the names of those Americans with mental health records into the database. The orders also give states more money to help them add data to the system and compel federal agencies to share more mental health data on workers. The goal is to add thousands of new people into the database — those with a history of mental illness, for example — who would not legally be allowed to buy a gun under current law.

More here



Kevin Drum: …. there’s a little piece of me that admires such naked chutzpah. Issa is basically saying that it’s OK to release little pieces of the interviews that are ripped out of context to create a false impression of White House involvement, but it would be reckless to release full transcripts that pretty clearly shows the White House had nothing to do with any of this.

Who thinks up this stuff?

More here



Bill Scher (The Week): Why conservatives can’t whitewater Obama – The Republican Noise Machine is falling on deaf ears

Twenty years ago, conservative media mavens seemed able to turn any minor flap into scandal gold …. yet today, no matter how loud conservatives scream “Benghazi,” “Solyndra,” “Fast and Furious” and even “Intim-O-Gate” (Glenn Beck’s failed attempt to brand the IRS and leak investigation controversies), President Obama glides past. His poll numbers remain relatively stable.

There is not really a “what did the president know” drumbeat, and no suggestion he warrants independent investigation. Calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation died down following his meeting with Washington media bureau chiefs. Benghazi lightning rod Susan Rice just got a promotion, and her Republican antagonists are pledging cooperation.

What happened to the Republican Noise Machine? Here are three reasons it’s sputtering….

More here



Mediaite: …. Stephen Colbert sent up the NSA’s expansive surveillance programs, saying, “Millions of Americans whose privacy has been invaded were shocked to learn that anything on the internet was ever private.”

“Now, I have to admit, at first I found this program to be a shocking breach of the public trust,” Colbert said of PRISM. “The intimate details I share from my Gmail account are no business of big government. They are for one purpose only: so I can get targeted ads for boner pills.”

“But then I learned that PRISM targets only foreigners!” Colbert put up a photo of the Statue of Liberty. “Evidently that torch of freedom is only for Americans. For the rest of the world, she’s holding a boom mic.”

More here – including the video




Washington Post: The CIA’s deputy director plans to retire and will be replaced by White House lawyer and agency outsider Avril D. Haines, Director John O. Brennan said Wednesday.

Haines, who will succeed career officer Michael Morell on Aug. 9, has served for three years as President Obama’s deputy counsel in charge of national security issues and as legal adviser to the National Security Council. Although she has never worked inside the intelligence agency, “she knows more about covert action than anyone in the U.S. government outside of the CIA,” Brennan said in his first interview since becoming CIA director in March.

More here


Steve Benen: ….. Wisconsin Republicans are poised to approve a rather remarkable piece of legislation. The state Senate, led by an enraged Senate President Mike Ellis, pushed through an anti-abortion measure that would, among other things, require women in Wisconsin to have an ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy….

…. It is a profound example of big government run amok: the bill Scott Walker intends to sign puts politics between people and their doctors, on purpose, requiring invasive medical procedures to satisfy the agenda of a right-wing culture war.

…. This is, of course, exactly the kind of right-wing agenda voters rejected in 2012, when Republicans were slammed for having launched a “war on women,” giving Democrats a crucial gender-gap advantage.

More here





Greg Sargent: House GOP stomps all over Republican rebranding

Consider what the House GOP is up to right now. House Republicans recently passed an immigration amendment, pushed by anti-reform diehard Steve King, that would effectively mandate the deportation of the “DREAMers” who were taken to the U.S. as children. House Republicans are planning a vote next week on a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, after defeating amendments that would exempt cases of rape or incest. And yesterday, House Republicans approved a version of the 2012 National Defense Reauthorization Act that contains what The Advocate calls “three controversial, antigay amendments, one of which is aimed at delaying repeal implementation of don’t ask, don’t tell.”

More here



ThinkProgress: Connecticut is on the cusp of enacting a major new law to protect people who are homeless from discrimination.

Last week, Connecticut lawmakers passed the “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights” at the literal 11th hour — 11:30pm on June 5th, one half hour before the legislative session ended. The bill, SB 896, a landmark piece of legislation to protect homeless individuals’ rights, adds homeless people as a protected class who can’t be discriminated against in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It also includes protections for homeless people to move freely in public spaces, such as parks and sidewalks, without being singled out for harassment by law enforcement officers.

More here



Headline of the Week?

‘Congressman Demands Obama Apologize To Oklahoma For Investing In Climate Change Research’




TPM: A survey released Wednesday by a Republican-aligned pollster found Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) earning the support of nearly half of voters and claiming a decisive 12-point edge in the Massachusetts special U.S. Senate election.

The automated survey from Harper Polling showed Markey with the support of 49 percent of Massachusetts voters, while Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez trailed with 37 percent support. Harper launched in December with the intention to rival Democratic-leaning outlets such as Public Policy Polling that have long owned the automated poll market.

More here




A year ago….

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama present a birthday cake to Assistant Usher Reggie Dickson following a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner, June 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. June 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good morning. Busy rise and shine.

  2. June 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  3. June 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good morning Chipsticks, TODer’s…Everyone!

    So much to read through in the Rise and Shine! Thanks Chipsticks for compiling this.

    Hope everyone has a positive and rewarding day.

    Remember, you don’t have to be better than everybody else. You just have to be better than you ever thought YOU could be. And Smile! It will make you feel better. 😀

  4. June 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hope everyone in the IL area is safe and suffered no harm or damage from last evenings storms.

    Hope that those in the MD/DC/VA stay safe from today’s impending storms.

  5. 15 japa21
    June 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Notice the difference between the WH tweet and Shaheen’s. The WH just sends best wishes to the Hawks, Shaheen is basically trash talking. Well, wonder how she feels this AM after the fantastic Hawks victory last night. That game put anything Chelsea could ever do to shame.

  6. 21 GGAIL
    June 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks &TOD family. Too much good reading this morning!

  7. 23 anniebella
    June 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The Blackhawks won the first game in overtime if I’m not mistaken.

    • 24 carolyn
      June 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

      They won in the third overtime. My husband quit watching after the first overtime. I have a feeling this is how the series is going to happen. These are two tough teams.

  8. 25 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Great round-up Chiparoo.

    1. So happy for John Dingell. His fight for ObamaCare was a beauty to watch because he never gave up and now millions of people have and will have healthcare coverage. His presence at the signing ceremony of the Affordable Care Act made me feel as though even though Teddy Kennedy wasn’t there physically, he was there in spirit and John Dingell was right by his side.

    2. The picture of Renata Teodoro and her mother Gorete Borges Teodoro, is beyond heartbreaking. These are just some of the faces we fight for. These are just some of the lives we fight for and very soon, the only tears on their faces will be tears of joy because fair, sensible, and commonsense immigration reform will be the law.

    3. The good economic news = YES! YES! YES!

    4. When Pres. Obama says he is pro-women, he doesn’t just talk the talk, noooo….he walks the walk. Women have seen such strides and gains under this president and it’s going to continue to be one hell of a fantastic ride.

    5. I am so proud that the Obama Admin is putting words to action, not waiting for congress and doing whatever they can do to curb gun violence.

    6. GOP and Greenwaldians trying to bring Pres. Obama down….HA! I laugh in their faces. Their nefarious plans aren’t working with the public. Now, that is FANTASTIC news.

    7. One state is rolling back women’s rights – hey Wisconsin, welcome to the hell Texan women face as the state has steadily rolled back privacy rights between a woman’s control of her body and disgusting rightwing policies; but also, welcome to the fight to change those vile laws – the other state is helping homeless people hold their head high. There really are two Americas.

    8. Yay ObamaCare!!!!!!!!!! Proving to be just as awesome as chocolate and strawberries and pineapples and cucumbers and ice-cream and tomatoes, and……

    9. BOOYAH! Colbert for the win and the cartoons mocking those who yell about the NSA while giving up all privacy rights to tech and non-tech companies? Brilliant.

  9. 30 anniebella
    June 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I love the picture of FLOTUS and POTUS with the birthday cake for the assistance usher, you see how they think of people. This guy is no big timer, POTUS and FLOTUS don’t even have to think of him, but they did and that is so nice. Speaking of FLOTUS, this have been a quiet week for her, I guess she is preparing for the trip to Ireland.

    • 31 anniebella
      June 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

      By the way have anyone heard if Malia and Sasha will be going with them to Ireland.

      • June 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

        I would think that POTUS and FLOTUS wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to take Malia and Sasha to his ancestral home town to experience the place and all the fabulous people. I’m really hoping they all travel together and we get the same great coverage.

    • 33 amk for obama
      June 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Class always tells.

  10. 34 Jovie
    June 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    For some reason Bernanke is trying to ruin the recovery.
    Just when things are looking promising, he tapers of stimulus and threatens to raise rates.
    As a result, their is a little sell off on the Market.
    I hope his reign is over in January and Yellen takes over!

  11. June 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Congrats 99ts on being first. Lots to catch up and read.

  12. June 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good morning, TODville, on what promises to be another action filled day!!

  13. 37 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

  14. June 13, 2013 at 9:44 am


    Can you believe it’s Thursday already? OY!

  15. 48 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

  16. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    June 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning all. You can tell a terrific R&S roundup when you laugh and cry from one topic to the other. So many Karmic pigeons are coming home to roost for Issa and Greenwald that the “cooing” sound is going to be deafening. I look forward to the day when these two highly unappealing faces disappear from our tv screens. Yuck.

    On another note, severe thunderstorms with hail and high winds are headed our way today, so power may be shaky. Everybody keep safe if your area is affected.

  17. 50 anniebella
    June 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    How the hell did Darrell Issa get elected? He is from California, the man is a crook, a liar, and he is in Congress.

    • 51 Vicki
      June 13, 2013 at 10:09 am


    • June 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

      He is in a conservative area of San Diego and until they become more liberal he will be in the house. He tried to buy the Governorship but Arnold swooped in and took it from him. No one would have voted for Issa and the GOP knew it. I am hoping that California is DONE with GOP governors and now that we have an independent group drawing our districts there won’t be gerrymandering to keep him there, I hope.

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Boy do I hope you’re right. It would be great to get Issa out of the House so he can rant and rave on his own private time.

      • 56 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        Actually his district includes both San Diego County and Orange County. So it’s not just San Diego. But you are right about his district being very conservative.

  18. 57 sherijr
    June 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Way to go Connecticut! What a great and humane law. As to WI, I am just sick to death that we have to continue to fight these ignorant abortion battles over and over.

    Thank you everyday Chips- I get all of my news here- and have been since you began- so grateful for everything you continue to deliver to us- for all your hard work, and for all of our rising ‘mini blog tyrants’ following in your giant footsteps 😉

  19. 68 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good morning, TOD Family! Good morning, Chips!

    Just stopping in to say hello. Miss you all. As VC may have told you, I recently lost my mother unexpectedly. VC told me she posted in a night owl thread so I will go back and find the comments. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.

    A special thanks to you, VC, for reaching out to me. Bless you!

    Take care everybody. ♥ ♥ ♥

  20. 86 amk for obama
    June 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

  21. 88 Jovie
    June 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Well, Tiger doesn’t Tee off until 1:15 but a downpour has delayed things a bit.

  22. 90 99ts
    June 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Does anyone know what decisions may come from SCOTUS today?

  23. 91 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 9h


    Irony: @ggrenwald tonight on @allinwithchris saying “he”, the Guardian & the Wapo decided what Americans should know & what shld be



  24. 92 Jovie
    June 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Former top Obama administration aides Robert Gibbs and Ben LaBolt announced Wednesday that they have formed a new consulting firm, the Incite Agency.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/305263-gibbs-and-labolt-form-consulting-firm#ixzz2W6ZfJQU4

  25. 93 lisalovesobama
    June 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Lots of yummy goodness on this morning’s thread.

  26. June 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Amazing rise and shine.

  27. 100 MightyPamela
    June 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    “Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed.” ~ The Buddha ~ [Dhammapada Atthataka 193]

  28. 101 MightyPamela
    June 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    G’day y’all!

  29. 102 99ts
    June 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I have such trouble with the SCOTUS blog when they give a shout out to the “Drudge Report” – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Otherwise their reporting on the decisions is good – seems unbiased.

  30. 103 Linda
    June 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Supreme Court ruling on DNA

    The Court holds that natural isolated DNA is not patentable. Synthetic DNA is patentable.

  31. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Well a couple of weeks ago I announced to you all that I was “finally” going to be a grandma after waiting 8 long years for my son and daughter-in-law to get there careers off and running. So I was thrilled to pieces when they told me that I was finally getting my wish. Those of you who know me know that I have twin sons. Well guess what???? She is having TWINS!!!!!!!!

    I told her KARMA for making me wait so long. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Needless to say they are in total shock and I am over the moon thrilled with this news!!

    Have a great day everyone!!

  32. 120 japa21
    June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

  33. 121 vcprezofan2
    June 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I found this article by Harvey Gold from a link over at FayPax. Take a look; it is a wee bit long but ….


    “This Liberal’s Beef right now has got to be the abject stupidity and short-term memory failure of anyone who thinks that Benghazi-gate, IRS-gate and AP-gate, even if stacked on top of one another and then super-sized, come close to the original “gate”; the Big Kahuna; the Mother Lode of “gates”; the “gate” of course being the obligatory suffix ever since the biggest “gate” of them all: Watergate.

    No matter how much the media may blather on and on about them, none of these scandals has the mass, the cultural, political and social ponderosity of Watergate. These are all skirmishes in an age of “gotcha” polarization. All of these even added together is like comparing recent cruise ship snafus to the sinking of the Titanic.


  34. 124 debz
    June 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Great R&S. Now that more info is coming out about Snowjob, that he didn’t take a leave, but disappeared from his job and his employer called the Fed right away, I wonder if GG realizes that he’s been had. This guy played GG for the fool that he is and the emoprogs went along with the hero worship crap just because GG thinks this guy is a hero. I am kind of enjoying this take-down of the left’s great hero.

    • 125 57andfemale
      June 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Where’d you find that? I wanna read!

    • 126 pkayden
      June 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Is GG really on the left? I just heard on the Stephanie Miller show that GG writes for the Cato institute. I’m not getting a left-wing vibe from GG — just a libertarian, self-serving vibe. Seems like he’s drifted into the libertarian/right wing territory with all this anti-President Obama criticisms.

    • 127 Linda
      June 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Do you have a link for that…????? I cannot find it …

  35. 128 Nena20409
    June 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    GM TODers.

    Great informative R & S. Brilliant.

    PJ and Jovie, I feel for you both. I am so sorry. {{{{hugs}}}}

  36. 129 Nena20409
    June 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    The Toon with the Naked Couple is So funny and 1001% accurate.

  37. 134 amk for obama
    June 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This is for donna dem.

    A couple desperate to have a baby went to their priest and asked him to pray for them.

    “Next week I am going to Rome and while I am there I will light a candle for you,” he replied.

    Three years later the priest returned to his parish and went to the young couple’s house to visit. He found the wife to be pregnant and busy attending to two sets of twins. The priest felt very elated and asked the girl where her husband was so that he could congratulate him.

    “Oh, he has gone away for a while,” came the harried reply.

    “Where has he gone?” asked the priest.

    She replied,” To Rome, to blow that damn candle out!”

    • 135 misspat
      June 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I have one almost like this. Except the young groom was using the navel button so the priest volunteered to show him the right place. I m not a good story teller like you amk for obama. I just cut to the chase, forty words or less just like twitter.

  38. 137 desertflower
    June 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Good morning!!! OMG, so much goodness here this morning:) Just readin’ and sippin’, readin’ and sippin’……..{{{{PJ}}}}} So good to see you here after your absence. We all missed you. Send my love and hugs to you and sorry for the loss of your mom. I know that hearttbreak, but I can tell you, with time, it gets better.
    {{{Jovie}}}} sorry for the loss of your aunt. Thinking of you…she lived a good long life. Hold those memories close.

    Mr. President is doing the people’s work everyday. Love him. Love him. Love him. Thanks just don’t seem enough.

    GREAT R/S, Chips!!! Love you, too! Back to sippin’ and readin’…..

  39. 138 Bill R.
    June 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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