Rise and Shine

@petesouza: POTUS and FLOTUS wave from aboard AF1, en route to Africa




8:45 AM: The President and the First Family depart the White House


8:25PM: Arrive Dakar, Senegal







Heather Gerken (Slate): Goodbye to the Crown Jewel of the Civil Rights Movement – People died to pass Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but that didn’t save it at the Supreme Court.

…. To understand why Section 5 was special, you have to know a bit about its history. The brutal attacks on civil rights marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge provided the push needed to pass the Voting Rights Act. When the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965, almost no African-Americans were registered to vote in the Deep South due to brutal repression and sickening legal chicanery.

Civil rights litigators and the Department of Justice were doing their best to help. They filed lawsuit after lawsuit to make it possible for blacks to register. But every time a court deemed one discriminatory practice illegal, local officials would switch to another. Literacy tests, poll taxes, burdensome registration requirements – these techniques were all used to prevent African-Americans from voting. Southern voting registrars would even resign from their positions as soon as a lawsuit was on the cusp of succeeding, thereby sending the case back to square one. The Voting Rights Act aimed to change all of this.

Section 5 was the most important and imaginative provision in the law….

More here


President Barack Obama gives his second State of The Union Address before a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC.


Sahil Kapur: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned the fierce dissent against the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Tuesday to invalidate a key section of the Voting Rights Act, accusing the conservative justices of displaying “hubris” and a lack of sound reasoning. “[T]he Court’s opinion can hardly be described as an exemplar of restrained and moderate decision making,” wrote the leader of the court’s liberal wing. “Quite the opposite. Hubris is a fit word for today’s demolition of the VRA.”

Joined by the three other liberal-leaning justices, Ginsburg scolded the conservative majority and its rationale for throwing out Section 4 of the law — which contains the formula Congress has used to determine which states and local governments must receive federal pre-approval before changing their voting laws. “Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court’s opinion today,” she wrote. “The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole story.” “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet,” Ginsburg wrote.

More here












Texas Tribune: The nation watched on Tuesday — and into Wednesday — as Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and hundreds of impassioned reproductive rights advocates stalled proceedings and ultimately defeated controversial abortion legislation in a storm of screams and shouts as the clock struck midnight.

“I am overwhelmed, honestly,” Davis said after standing for nearly 13 hours to filibuster Senate Bill 5, the abortion legislation. The outpouring of support from protesters at the Capitol and across the nation, she said, “shows the determination and spirit of Texas women and people who care about Texas women.”

…. Republican senators made a last-ditch effort to approve SB 5, voting 19-10, but by then the clock had ticked past midnight. Under the terms of the state Constitution, the special session had ended, and the bill could not be signed, enrolled or sent to the governor.

… Conservative lawmakers tried every tool in the Senate rulebook to derail the filibuster. A “three strikes, you’re out” precedent in the Senate grants lawmakers two warnings about staying germane to the bill topic … Davis received the three strikes: two were on the germaneness of the discussion and one was related to Davis receiving assistance from another senator to put on a back brace….

More here



Protesters outside the Texas Senate chamber cheer as Sen. Wendy Davis leaves on June 26






Texas Observer: It’s hard to sum up all that transpired today. An all-day filibuster in which Sen. Davis valiantly staged a one-person fight against the strict anti-abortion bill, a stand that inspired thousands of supporters to flood the Capitol. And when it appeared the bill might just pass, it was those supporters who took over: screaming, cheering, and shouting down Republican attempts to push a final vote. The Senate’s longest-serving member, John Whitmire, said he’d never seen anything like it. No one had.


Davis and her supporters reveled in the victory. When she spoke with reporters after the filibuster, Davis credited the crowd. “I felt empowered by their presence, by their support, by their letters,” she said. “They made a difference. They are what makes Texas so amazing, and I’m proud to be a Texan tonight. ” The first thing she had to eat after the filibuster? Yogurt. “Women showed a lot of strength today,” Davis said. “They showed they are paying attention. … Women in Texas are tired of being on the receiving end of some pretty abusive power plays at the Texas Capitol.”


So what now? For abortion rights advocates, this may be a temporary victory. Gov. Rick Perry may well call another 30-day special session—he can call as many as he likes—and the Legislature may yet pass SB 5. (As Dewhurst said early this morning, closing the session, “It’s been fun. See you soon.”) But this night belonged to the the people who stormed the Capitol to defeat a bill they reviled. It was a night that may help revive a dormant Democratic Party. But most of all, it’s a night no one who saw it will soon forget.

More here


















Donna Dem: “Now this is one issue where I will have to disagree with the President.”








On this day:

June 26, 2009: President Obama jokingly reacts to news that staffer Nora Becker will be leaving to pursue a joint MD and PhD in healthcare economics, during the White House staff picnic (Photo by Pete Souza)

June 26, 2009: President Obama listens to Senior Advisor David Axelrod in the outer Oval Office.. At left is Personal Secretary Katie Johnson (Photo by Pete Souza)

June 26, 2012: President Obama talks to a group of kids from Lenora Academy in Snellville, Ga., during a stop at the Varsity, a restaurant in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Pete Souza)



Have A Wendy Davisriffic Day! 😀

131 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    June 26, 2013 at 9:53 am


  2. 2 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 9:53 am


  3. 3 Layla
    June 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Hi! A big crown for you ut!!!!!

  4. June 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Good Morning again and Wendy you are my hero. You go girl

  5. 5 4morefor44
    June 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    ut: it seemed like you were in the mix on noticing the switcheroo on the senate web site last night. incredible work!! doesn’t matter what kind of tricks republican try to pull next with this…it was “mission accomplished” for us last night.

    that sleeping giant has been taking its time getting out of bed the last couple of years starting with the alarm clock that went off in the wisconsin protests, and then smaller capitol protests in some other states. i think texas last night just gave the giant some ORGANIC coffee and it’s about ready to get out of house and get busy…just in time for the 2014 midterms!

  6. 6 57andfemale
    June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Top 5

  7. June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Thank yoooooooooooooooooooou UT!!!! And for your magnificent updates last night!

  8. 9 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    • 10 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Oh, and by the way, you are a Goddess for your valiant fight in TX. Wendy stood on the shoulders of angels.

  9. 11 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    SCOTUS Blog has DOMA!!!!


  10. 12 Kreen
    June 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I am originally from Senegal…so happy 2 of my loves will be meeting today! 🙂

  11. 14 57andfemale
    June 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I ask of my sage TOD’ers who know stuff: How specific is the VRA? Is it only minority rights? Is there wiggle room language to fight any and all voter suppression?

  12. June 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    UTaustinliberal…. Thank you so much for your great work keeping us up to date last night/early this am. It was rivetting. You, my dear are also
    a Hero alongside Wendy! I went to bed elated after this show of ‘woman power’.

  13. 16 debz
    June 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Morning all. I hope the First Family have a safe trip. I look forward to seeing updates here.

  14. June 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Good morning Chips. Thanks for this Blog. It means the world.

  15. 18 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    • 19 99ts
      June 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Scalia in his dissent

      “Justice Scalia is reading from his dissent right now. The Court’s opinion both in explaining its jurisdiction and its decision “both spring from the same diseased root: an exalted notion of the role of this court in American democratic society.””

      Yet he was perfectly happy to use the “role of the court” to remove the guts of the voting rights act. I’m not sure these guys know what they say from one day to the next.

  16. 25 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Awesome R&S UT!!! Thank you. You must have had a little nap somewhere?

    I’m thinking that photo of Senator Wendy Davis in her Mizuno sneakers is going to be the iconic photo for the 2014 midterms. OFA needs to use it. #StandUpHaveYourVoteCount2014 It symbolizes so much.

  17. 28 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

  18. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    June 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    A standing ovation for our illustrious UT who brought this issue to this blog last week and was a warrior for Women’s Rights through the end. I am in awe of YOU!!!!!!!!!

    • 32 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I figured Kennedy would be the swing vote on this. He’s okay on these issues. Every other RWNJ issue, he sides with corporations, etc. But this is great.

  19. 33 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

    There’s an obvious, to me anyway, rationale behind the VRA decision coming down yesterday and DOMA today. Roberts knew how VRA decision would be received and, although he dissented on DOMA, figured that the DOMA decision would make people rethink SCOTUS. Well, no.

  20. 34 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

  21. 36 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    SERIOUSLY??????? DOMA DEAD??? hoooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 37 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    It was a night that may help revive a dormant Democratic Party

    I sure hope so.

    One of the best R&S, ut. The toons are terrific, especially the klan one.

  23. 38 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

  24. June 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

  25. 42 debz
    June 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Happy to see the supremes do the right thing on DOMA. The GOP should be pulling there hair out because there is nothing they can do about it. Now we need to push congress to work on the VRA

  26. June 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

    DOMA and DADT – dead! Progress!

  27. 46 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

  28. 47 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

  29. 48 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Love this one

  30. 49 taiping1
    June 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Thank you UT for your heroic tweets and fight along with Wendy. The fire tempers the finest steel: we will overcome.

  31. 51 Vicki
    June 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Huge News on Doma.
    Wendy Davis.
    Ed Markey.

    Yesterday was a low point with Voting Rights taking a blow.

    today we rebuild. Register to vote. Enroll in Obamacare.

    And, by the way, yesterday the MSM reported they just found out that Progressive groups were IRS targets, too.
    What rock have they been hiding under?
    The rest of us knew that weeks ago and to refresh your memory the % of GOP groups asking for special tax exemptions was many times greater than Dem groups making requests. More requests = more investigations.

    Here’s the kicker: How many GOP groups were turned down?
    How many Dem groups were turned down?
    Answer GOP= Zero. None. Not one.
    Dem= quite a few.

    Maybe that will get reported someday. Probably not.

  32. June 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    thanks UT – your coverage was wonderful yesterday

    • June 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

      DF I was shocked I saw the report on Reuters and mentioned it in the previous thread, it was like a coup the report said

    • 57 99ts
      June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I posted about it earlier df – a little weasel is Kevin Rudd – he has been running around the country generating hate against julia for some time. In reality, the only thing he has done is made sure that the conservatives will win the next election (September). it was 99% sure that they would.

      Our labor party (similar to your democratic party – but probably more to the left) is in disarray – at state and federal levels – they fight against themselves. Too many factions & very difficult to bring together – takes a strong leader to get it right. Julia was better than Rudd – but she couldn’t do it. Rudd may get some support as the main thrust now is the election – but he will lose – guaranteed – no gerrymander, no GOTV (it’s compulsory voting), no photo id needed – massive help from the media is helping the opposition build up support.

      I don’t want another government under Rudd – then again the alternative is awful as well. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      • 58 57andfemale
        June 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

        thanks for your inside information. Sigh.

      • 59 desertflower
        June 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

        So sorry to hear this…You’d think that Dem leaning parties all over the world would flipping get a clue and learn from one another! We don’t have to reinvent the damn wheel…we just need to work together to get the job done!

        • 60 99ts
          June 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

          You’d think – for sure df – but no. Our structure is different to yours – decisions are made in the “party room” and that seems to be where the internal labor fighting is all done – anything that gets to the parliament is usually assured a passage as it is rare for a party member to “cross the floor” and vote with the opposition in the lower house. The senate often has minority parties with the balance of power and bills often have to be negotiated with them. It has been a massive learning curve understanding how things work in the US – very different.

          But we do have in common the fact that social justice is only ever achieved by the party to the left of centre – and the party on the right works for the rich and the corporations.

  33. 61 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

  34. June 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Same sex marriage remains legal in California per SCOTUS

  35. June 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

  36. 64 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • 65 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Lack of standing. As narrow as they could rule. No precedent on the constitutionality of marriage equality. Kennedy was a jackass on this one?!?

      • 66 57andfemale
        June 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

        However, it appears that the ‘standing’ issue is more important than I originally thought: it means unless you can show actual,personal harm, you have no standing to file a suit. No one can prove that a gay marriage of someone else is in some way harmful to you.

        • 67 57andfemale
          June 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

          I’m wrong. CA refused to fight the lower Court, which struck down Prop 8. Individuals took up the case, and they did not have standing.

          If it’s Mississippi and the state decides to fight marriage equality, they would have proper standing, since it would be a state law.

          Ironically, if CA had fought the case, there might have been a more sweeping ruling (at least that’s what I’m hearing from activists). I think the Court would still have kicked it back to the states.

          Especially since Sec. 2 of DOMA still stands – states have the right to not recognize a marriage from another state.

    • June 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Guess he couldn’t bear to betray his cousin.

  37. 69 4morefor44
    June 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    great news on the DOMA ruling! i’ve long been a supporter and working to advance lgbt rights for many years, and it seems like success on those issues has been supercharged over the last couple of years. really happy for that.

    so maybe the privileged “activists” on those issues will stop yelling at president obama and his wife now, and help get out the vote for the 2014 midterms for the politicians who have helped with these huge advances in equality – the democrats? the reality is that lgbt issues impact a fairly small percentage of society, while voting rights impacts everyone and especially other disadvantaged populations, so we could really use every bit of help we can get on making sure republicans don’t disenfranchise millions from being able to vote. sound like a plan?

  38. 70 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

  39. 72 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

  40. 73 lisalovesobama
    June 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

    SCOTUS is crap. Good day today, horrible one yesterday.

  41. 75 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

  42. June 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Wassup O’s!!!???!!! It’s a great getting up day again in ol’ TODdytown!!

    Well, well, well, what wonderful Wednesday wondrousness.

    DOMA done….check

    Wendy Davis shero slays The Texazz stoopid….check

    PBO goes to the homeland Dakar, Senegal in Africa……check


    #2 celebrates her 25th birthday today in Ibiza……..check

    • 79 cookemom
      June 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

      oh yeah and Ed Markey, California marriage equality stands……check, check

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      June 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Happy Birthday #2! (I thought she was coming home this summer – not in time for a ‘family’ celebration, eh?)

      Offspring here celebrated his birthday yesterday with dinner out with mo-ther and his first glass of wine ordered in her presence and paid for by her. Mother does not drink and had been trying to subtly discourage the practice, but she made the mistake of having offspring participate in a student exchange to France a couple of years ago – need I say more!!!

  43. 81 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

  44. June 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

  45. 83 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

  46. 84 anniebella
    June 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

    “F” the Supreme Court.

    • 85 4morefor44
      June 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

      republicans and people being mislead into voting for them are the problem, not the supreme court in and of itself. same thing with “the government” too. i always like to make that distinction.

  47. 86 4morefor44
    June 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    wow, massachusetts…senators warren and markey. now that’s some serious representation right there!! congrats!!

  48. 87 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • 88 amk for obama
      June 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

      • June 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

        As a man speaketh…apparently these are his fantasies. 🙂

      • 90 desertflower
        June 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Is it just me, or does anyone else think that this cretin has done ALL of that? Swear to God, he doth protest too much! It’s like he needed this to be struck down to keep himself on the “right path”….what an ugly, ugly man

    • 92 99ts
      June 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

      This was added – and it explains a little more

      Comment From Chris
      If the Federal Courts don’t have jurisdiction over the Prop 8 case, then how can the Federal District Court decision finding Prop 8 unconstitutional stand? From Kevin: Good question. The reason is because the Supreme Court only found no standing by the Prop 8 opponents to appeal. It did not question the standing of the Prop. challengers to challenge the law. So the district court had jurisdiction; the court of appeals did not.

  49. 93 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Eddie Windsor who brought the DOMA case for it to be struck down.

  50. June 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    GM Chips, UT, TOD…… What a wonderful day for equality and our country moving forward!

  51. 95 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

  52. 96 Layla
    June 26, 2013 at 10:54 am


    It’s official—CNN is bringing back “Crossfire.”

    After months of speculation, the network announced on Wednesday that the debate program will return with four new hosts. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and conservative columnist and current MSNBC host S.E. Cupp will represent the right. Political consultant and former adviser to the Obama campaign Stephanie Cutter and CNN contributor Van Jones will host from the left. CNN added that the new hosts will also contribute to the network’s political coverage. The announcement did not include any additional programming details like the show’s return date or time slot.

    • 97 amk for obama
      June 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

      with van jones, it will be 3-1. real balanced.

      • 98 Nena20409
        June 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Well, amk, TeaNN’s ethnic flavor, guaranteed to bash current POTUS…….

        Affirmative Action? Check. 2 Caucasian Females. One serial cheater….who engineered a political Coup against pres Obama on Jan 20, 2009…..and has called this president all kinds of racially worded names……Is OK with CNN……just like their guys Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, etc. And Now, Van Jones……..so technically, 3 bashers against the POTUS to 1….stephanie Cutter. TeaNN, the most International biased Network in the News Business.

        Folks remember……Crossfire has TWO staunch Clintonites…..Begala and Carvillie. Now? TeaNN could not find a Jon Fav? Joy Ann Reid? A Latina or Latino? Asian American who backed POTUS?

    • 99 4morefor44
      June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

      sounds like a script for a horror movie. too bad the title “the purge” is already taken. wow, that jeff zucker sure like to surround himself with people just like him – people who continually FAIL upwards.

    • June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Why the hell is Stephanie joining the train wreck that is CNN and Newt Gingrich somebody kill me now

    • 101 Bill
      June 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

      I am sorry to see Stephanie Cutter involved with that despicable crew. Who in the world would watch it?

  53. 102 4morefor44
    June 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

    that jamison foser tweet up top is so spot on.

    “1965-2008: Minorities should be able to vote.

    2008, 2012: Black guy elected president.

    2013: Let’s rethink that voting rights thing…”

    • 103 sabreen60
      June 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Agreed. I am happy about DOMA. But it does not ease the pain and anger in my heart. Texas and other states have already moved to initiate voting restriction laws. Laws that the DOJ under Section 4 said they could not do in 2012. Well now all bets are off. They will do whatever they want and they know filing lawsuits against them is bullshit. The SCOTUS knew this would happen. They are not stupid men. The are Koch pawns. They are Republicans and whatever they can do to help Republicans win elections, they will do. Striking down DOMA will NOT hurt Republicans at the polls. Keeping as many black folk away from the polls will HELP Republicans. The Republicans on the bench do NOTHING out of good conscience.

      • 104 99ts
        June 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

        It sure seems like one group is to get equality while another has it taken away. I understand your pain. It seems the same fight has to be taken on over and over again.

  54. 105 lisalovesobama
    June 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Stupid GLAAD has made a statement. I wonder if they called to thank their precious Bubba for all his hard work and support. 🙄 losers.

  55. 106 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 10:56 am


    Today’s ruling is especially significant to the estimated 24,700 binational LGBT couples in the United States. Among the many policy implications as a result of the decision, the repeal of DOMA will permit legally married LGBT United States citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to sponsor their foreign-born spouses for green cards.


  56. 107 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    They are the cutest. They run a fashion website and blog.

  57. 108 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

    http://juanitajean.com/2013/06/26/the-eyes-of-texas-are-upon-you/ She has a certain “Texas way” of saying these things:)

  58. 109 Linda
    June 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

    TeaNN immediately puts Tony Perkins face on the screen to whine.

  59. June 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I want to thank UT also for her coverage of what happened in Texas yesterday. It was amazing.

  60. June 26, 2013 at 11:07 am

  61. 122 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

  62. 124 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

  63. 125 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Well, AAron Hernandez, a star TE for the Patriots has been released, as he was just taken into custody for Murder.
    And yes, he belongs to a Gang, and was hanging out with them, the night of the incident.
    What a waste!!!

  64. June 26, 2013 at 11:14 am


    • 127 lisalovesobama
      June 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Typical Emoprog response: “Has hell frozen over?…….. then Barack who?”
      I won’t hold my breath.

  65. 128 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

  66. June 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Prop 8 Plaintiffs just got a call from the President. How cool is that

  67. June 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Holy Sh*t President Obama just congratulated the plaintiffs from AF1 on a cell phone speakerphone live on TV!!!

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