Rise and Shine

On this day: President Obama greets bystanders as he tours earthquake damage in L’Aquila, Italy while attending the G-8 summit, July 8, 2009 (Pete Souza)



10:30: President Obama holds a Cabinet Meeting; VP Biden attends

11:50: President Obama delivers a statement on his management agenda

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press


USA Today: President Obama has added events to his Monday schedule, a Cabinet meeting and a statement on his “management agenda” for “smarter government.” …. the White House said Obama will discuss progress in three key areas: “Delivering government services better, smarter and faster … finding ways to reduce waste and save taxpayers money; and … opening up huge amounts of government data to give entrepreneurs and businesses the ability to create jobs and solve problems.” … he “will direct his Cabinet and key members of his Administration to build on the progress made over the first term, and challenge them to go even further.”



Washington Post: Obama’s summertime push: Immigration and the economy

With several controversies fading and a period of intense foreign travel over, President Obama is narrowing his focus this summer to two issues, immigration and the economy….

On immigration, Obama is devising a new, more public strategy that will include events in states with large Latino populations, advisers say — part of an aggressive effort to pressure House Republicans who remain skeptical of proposed changes…..

The president also plans a series of summertime events focused on steps the government can take to drive economic growth, aides said. Many in the White House see a Sept. 30 deadline to renew government funding as probably the last opportunity for Obama to scale back the deep domestic spending cuts known as sequestration before the 2014 midterm elections.

….  His aides say the president is buoyed by the Senate’s passage of an immigration bill and by a steady stream of positive economic news, including a report Friday showing robust job growth.

“When you’re toiling in the vineyard through a tumultuous spring, it can be hard to see it all coming together,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. But now, she said, “you can see it coming together.”

More here



Steve Benen: The Voting Rights Act was gutted, but it’s not yet dead

With lightning speed, state Republican policymakers responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act by moving on a series of new voting restrictions, primarily targeting minority groups, students, and the poor. Before two weeks ago, many states would have needed Justice Department approval for these changes – approval they would not have received – but it is now “open season” on Americans’ access to their own democracy.

There is, however, a possible hurdle for those waging the “war on voting.” The Supreme Court undermined the Voting Rights Act by targeting Section 5 of the law – the provision related to pre-clearance – ordering Congress to come up with new standards and leaving this area of the law unenforceable. But Section 2 of the VRA – described by Chief Justice John Roberts in his ruling as “permanent” and applicable “nationwide” – remains intact…..

More here




Michael Tomasky: Starting today, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ propaganda arm, will run an ad, the first of several that are planned, to attack Obamacare. This marks the official opening salvo of the 2014 election campaign. Republicans — with no accomplishments, no remotely popular vision of the country, on the cusp of possibly killing immigration reform, and perhaps admitting (at least to themselves) that Benghazi and the IRS are not going to be Barack Obama’s undoing after all — have been reduced to grasping at their final straw: frightening people about health-care reform…..

…. this is all the GOP has. They have tried to beat Obama on every front, from the economy to terrorism to the environment to the recent “scandals” to the question of his very legitimacy as president. They’ve lost most of these fights …. and, of course, they lost the big fight, the world-historical state versus anti-state fight — the one over Obamacare.

They are going to spend the next three-and-a-half years trying to reverse that loss…..

Full post here


In that Tomasky post he bemoans the fact that Stacey Lihn, who spoke so powerfully at the Democratic convention about Obamacare, hadn’t been used since by the campaign. Just spotted the new ad:



Washington Post: On Wednesday, just before the Fourth of July holiday, North Carolina Republicans added a slew of anti-abortion restrictions at the last minute to a bill otherwise concerned with banning Sharia law (already a questionable endeavor, but never mind that now).

….. In pretending to promote safety, the actual accomplishment of these amendments would be to place an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Fewer clinics means less access to licensed, well-equipped providers. Where is the safety in that? These restrictions are disingenuous attempts to infringe on a woman’s ability to make constitutionally protected decisions in consultation with her doctor.

…. disrespect for process is a disturbing commonality in many of these proposed restrictions and further evidence of their true intent. Any law that will limit women’s access to abortion and to much other health care deserves a public hearing. Honesty about the true motivation of these laws would be welcome, too.

More here



Steve Benen: ….. perhaps now would be a good time to consider why Gov. Rick Perry and his party are preoccupied with reproductive rights, but have done nothing to address exploding fertilizer plants.

Tim Murphy reported on Friday: In the two and a half months since an explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer storage facility left 12 first responders dead and at least 200 people injured, two things have become clear. The disaster could have been avoided if the proper regulations had been in place and enforced — and state and federal agencies don’t appear to be in a hurry to put those regulations in place or enforce them.

…. Lawmakers in Austin have a handy excuse for punting on new fertilizer regulations: That would be intrusive.

…. Got that? When the issue is exploding fertilizer plants, which recently leveled part of a town and killed 15 people, state Republican policymakers are concerned with “overregulation.” When the issue is uteruses, state Republican policymakers believe there is no point at which you can overregulate.

Full post here



Star Telegram: Despite Democrats’ requests for a series of hearings statewide, Sen. Jane Nelson has scheduled one hearing on the abortion restrictions bill.

The hearing, to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Texas Capitol, will be at least the third time this year that testimony will be taken in a Senate committee on the proposal.

…. Gov. Rick Perry called a second special session to deal with the comprehensive abortion bill, as well as transportation funding and sentencing guidelines for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder.

More here



Spandan C (The People’s View): Republicans Revive Empty Debt Ceiling Threats in Suicide Move

The National Journal is reporting that John Boehner and his unruly herd of Republicans are preparing once again to issue empty threats on the country’s debt ceiling – putting up a brave front and demanding that Medicare be dismantled, or Social Security privatized, or food stamps cut back further for them to give the president a debt ceiling increase. Huh? What debt ceiling increase? Two months ago, we talked about how the president’s policies resulting improving economy (and raising taxes on the rich) made the bottom fall out of the GOP’s debt ceiling square dance, as the president paid down the debt and cut the deficit in half (when measured against the size of the economy).

But fret not, think Boehner and Ryan, maybe the President’s policies took that candy from their petulant hands back in May, but we will reach the debt ceiling again….

More here



Smartypants: President Obama’s foreign policy: Moving from dominance to partnership

During the Cold War, all foreign policy issues for the United States were defined as good vs evil…capitalism vs communism. Of course that kind of binary view of the world had disastrous consequences – not just in Viet Nam in the 60’s, but also in Africa and South/Central America in the 70’s and 80’s as attempts by countries all over the globe to extricate themselves from colonialism got labelled “communist.”

The neocons of the Bush/Cheney administration tried desperately to recreate that good vs evil frame with their Global War on Terror. Playing on the anger/fear after 9/11, they had us going for a while on that one. I suspect that one of President Obama’s greatest legacies will be that the very policies many on the left so vociferously criticize him for will prove to be effective enough to actually end not only that “war,” but also the frame the neocons wanted to reignite.

More here





President Obama returns to the White House from Camp David, July 7



On this day…

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Clio Napolitano, wife of President Napolitano, at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, July 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



102 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 99ts
    July 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning Ms Chips and all

    • July 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Moooooorning 99ts, morning everyone.

      • 3 99ts
        July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Fabulous R&S – I just went back to read it all – after lucking onto 1st – woohoo. It is so pleasing to see many coming out in support of women’s rights – quite unbelievable that the GOP think they can win an election with white men only. It will be good to watch the FAIL.

        • 4 Don
          July 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

          Their belief stems from the 2010 midterms, a golden opportunity was missed to deliver the knockout punch all because some democrats stayed home and pouted.

          • 5 99ts
            July 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

            Good morning Don – Fortunately there is another chance – I hope it goes well in 2014

  2. 6 Don
    July 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning TOD Family, may your day is filled with joy and happiness.

  3. 8 Don
    July 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’ve got some choice words for Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.

  4. 9 amk for obama
    July 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

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    GM folks. GM bt.

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

      😆 That’s a HOOT!!!! Morning Amk!

      • 11 amk for obama
        July 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

        camey boy sez murray deserves a knighthood. What next, fedex is the king of england?

        • July 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

          Their problem is they’ve set the bar so low in recent years for these kind of gongs, even if you got through to the second round at Wimbledon you’d probably have earned a knighthood.

        • 13 criquet
          July 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Well then they should make both Serena and Venus Williams Dames or something because between 2000-2010 they won 9 of 11 titles and one was in the final 10 of 11 times.

          People tend to forget just what these young ladies achieved. Oh and added to the 5 titles Venus won , she with Billie -Jean ,of course, was the primary driving force behind Wimbledon finally giving equal prize-money from 2007.

          • 14 Bill
            July 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

            I think one has to be a UK citizen. John Templeton, the American mutual fund tycoon and Anglophile, denounced his US citizenship and moved to the Bahamas to take on “Sir”.

            • July 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

              They sometimes award the KBE to non-British born people, eg Bob Geldof – it’s effectively a knighthood, but they’re not entitled to call themselves ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, which flippin’ defeats the purpose!

        • 18 Bill
          July 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

          “Sir” Nick Faldo received one. Andy seems like a much better person, and his story is more compelling. Why not?

          • July 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

            In fairness, Bill, Faldo won six majors, it just seems to be quite early in Murray’s career to be knighting him??

            • 20 Bill
              July 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

              Murray was a student at the Dunblane Primary School massacre in 1996 when it occurred which he does not play up. I was never a Murray fan until yesterday but the 77 year deal was exciting.

              • July 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

                I’m the same Bill, was never a fan of Murray but have grown to like him recently. He spoke about Dunblane for the first time recently in a BBC documentary and he began to cry, the scars from something as horrific as that must run so deep.

  5. July 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good morning everyone. Wishing you all a great day!

  6. 24 99ts
    July 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Not only the GOP who want to change the voting rules. A system whereby members of the majority party vote for their leader has existed since forever in Australia and a long time before that in the UK – from whence cometh most of our laws.

    What Rudd is proposing would be the equvalent of every registered republican voting to decide who should be the speaker of the house. All because he was defeated in the party room by Julia Gillard. Talk about power hungry – the man worked for 4 years to bring down Ms Gillard & the media supported him. He wants to be President – except we don’t have one.

    This is our so called “left” party – Rudd doesn’t want to lead a government – he simply wants to ensure he is the worshipful leader. Guess I have some letters to write.


  7. 26 sonjiaduncan
    July 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good morning all. It’s a new day make the most of it.

  8. 27 japa21
    July 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good morning all TODvillians from wet, hot and humid Chicago and its environs. Another dynamic week is upon us. Lots of goodies, as usual, Chips, the Perle Mesta of the intertubes.

    The GOP is the antimatter of politics. There is nothing they are for, absolutely nothing. Even if they try to frame something as being “for”, they really are anti everything.

    And this is the phraseology that we need to use at all times. When speaking of the GOP the prefix anti must always be used. They are not “pro-life” they are anti-choice and anti-life saviong programs. They are not “pro lower taxes” they are anti-fair share. They are not “pro-fewr regulations” they are anti worker safety and anti clean air and anti clean water, etc.

    The list goes on and on. American people really like to think of themselves as optimistic positive thinking people. They don’t like negativity all the time, which is why the GOP tries to wrap their policies in positive language. We must counter that at every opportunity.

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

      “the Perle Mesta of the intertubes” – ha, thank you Japa!!

      Oh, you’re so right about the pro/anti labels, isn’t it amazing how they’re allowed define themselves in ‘pro’ terms by the media, eg not as ‘anti-choice’, etc.

  9. July 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

  10. 30 amk for obama
    July 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

    A r&s puzzle

    The police rounded up Jim, Bud and Sam yesterday, because one of them was suspected of having robbed a bank. The three suspects made the following statements under intensive questioning: Jim: I’m innocent. Bud: I’m innocent. Sam: Bud is guilty. If only one of these statements is true, who robbed the bank?

  11. 47 jackiegrumbacher
    July 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Good morning all. Frustration with what’s happening on women’s rights, immigration and the Koch-funded attack on health care makes me so angry that I need a productive outlet for all the rage. That’s why I’m working to ensure that our forthcoming county fair is staffed with lots of Dem volunteers so we can register voters and get the word out. I’m looking for a nice, concise brochure on health care reform that I can get in bulk to hand out. Anyone know a source for this? We’re also gearing up for our second annual Democratic/Latino picnic where I want to have lots of information about immigration reform and health care (in Spanish) plus fun games, good and music. Keeping busy, registering, reaching out to voters, getting good information in people’s hands is therapy for rage; we also get more voters who are better informed. Please check out all the activities in your area this summer. There are always county fairs, street fairs, events that involve crowds and chances for outreach.

  12. 53 dotster3
    July 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The 2 Chinese girls who were victims of the plane crash were highly accomplished, excelling in many different endeavors, with bright futures. And as article states, it is particularly heartbreaking for their parents because of the one child policy in China, the only children in their families. And it sounds like they were headed to an English immersion summer program which I am familiar with because of family, not a religious based program as previously reported.


    • 54 0388jojothecat
      July 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Just heard that one of the teens may have survived the crash landing but was hit by one of the rescue vehicles rushing to the scene of the accident. It’s already said that these two bright young women were taken from their families too soon but to have survived then was killed by the very folks who were there to help is even more tragic. You would think that they would know to be more careful of survivors wandering in the area due to being dazed and confused.

  13. 55 MightyPamela
    July 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Mornin’ y’all.. Chipsticks, you rock my world! 99ts, sorry to hear this dismal news. Maybe Gillard will be persuaded to run if enough people ask her…. ?

    • July 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Moooooooorning Mighty!

    • 57 99ts
      July 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hi Pamela – I think Julia has had enough – labor will fall over itself for the next 5 years in opposition & then hopefully get it together. Sadly the right will help the rich get richer and dig up more of the country in the intervening time

  14. 58 MightyPamela
    July 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

    😳 I was amiss in not letting you know the new moon in Cancer came in during the night 3:44am EDT. 😳

  15. 59 Jovie
    July 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I saw a Rand Paul for president ad this morning, or at least it seemed that way.
    He was saying to abolish the IRS and Obana this and that and the Evil Government is coming to get you and…


  16. 61 criquet
    July 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Morning all.

  17. 62 Linda
    July 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

    “Meet The Press host David Gregory misrepresented the Affordable Care Act’s “medicare surtax” to suggest that it will be felt by “anybody who gets a paycheck in this country,” though the provisions will only affect individuals with an annual income above $200,000.

    Gregory’s claim failed to recognize that both of the healthcare law’s Medicare tax increases affect only the wealthiest of Americans. A 0.9 percent Medicare payroll tax increase will apply to individual earners whose annual income exceeds $200,000 or households earning more than $250,000 – a group representing only 4.2 percent of taxpayers. An additional 3.8 percent tax will apply to the investment income of some Americans. As Forbes noted, “for individuals who have little or no net investment income, their 3.8% Medicare Surtax will be minimal if not zero.


    I won’t hold my breath waiting for a correction……my guess is that the media will continue to misrepresent this and no one will challenge it.”


    • 63 MightyPamela
      July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      I’m guessing OFA and the administration is anticipating this bullshit attack. Let the twisters try to do the damage, and next month when people are focussing on the fall and winter, the true information and guidelines will be presented in a factual and logical, non-hysterical manner, true to form. Gotta go!

  18. 64 MightyPamela
    July 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I will again offer my view on the shirt being periwinkle…. Easy to check out in the yard, here it covers the base of an enormous spruce! 😉 bye bye my pretty butterflies, PT and a bus ride await MP! Back later to check on your work! Thoughts and Light around VC, Layla and the Chinese families in their loss. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  19. July 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    This is funny, in that Michael Tomasky post I linked he bemoaned the fact that Stacey Lihn, who spoke so powerfully at the Democratic convention about Obamacare, hadn’t been used since by the campaign. Just spotted the ad:

    • 66 utaustinliberal
      July 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

      This is beautiful. I love it. They’re not sitting back and folding their hands. They’re counteracting disgusting lies with truth and doing it in a human way. Bravo.

    • 68 arkluvspbo
      July 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I just LOVE that they call it Obamacare. The poor repubbies thought that by calling the ACA Obamacare, that it would tie his name to a bad law.
      Too bad the repubbies aren’t very smart.

  20. 69 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Regulating a fertilizer plant that wrecked the town of West, TX, the GOP finds “too intrusive.” People died. People lost everything and just a few simple regulatory tweaks could prevent that from occurring anywhere else in the future but the party that is soooooo “pro-life” shrugs and looks the other way because of monied interests.

    But hey, stuffing a transvaginal probe up my vagina, regulating my uterus, limiting my birth control access, limiting my access to healthcare, probing their grubby hands all over my womb, restricting my access to an abortion, yanking autonomy of my person from me; hey that’s just fine and dandy right?


    • 70 arkluvspbo
      July 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Yes, but UT, at least you still have your 2nd Amendment rights — that’s most important. Yup yup

  21. 71 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

  22. 72 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

    • 73 57andfemale
      July 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      GOP & Koch will fight in print media, broadcast TV & regular cable and direct mail. Administration still relying on the Internet. This is what scares me – the people who need to know do not have access or interest in the Internet, which cedes the messaging to the Evil Ones.

      I know Repubs refuse to fund. But I’m frustrated that the administration apparently doesn’t yet have a plan to get the word out low-tech. The clock is ticking dangerously.

      • 74 utaustinliberal
        July 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        These are 30 second TV ads. Jeez…calm down on the hyperbolic panic. The administration is using various outlets to spread the message of ObamaCare. From sports organizations to libraries around the country, to higher education institutions, to local governments, to women’s magazines like Essence, Cosmopolitan, to Youtube ads, To TV ads, to Web ads that pop up all over the internet, to doctors, to women’s healthcare clinics, to nurses. Their plan is innovative and it works. Be proactive not reactive; donate money to OFA so that they can counteract the lies the Koch Bros are spreading. OFA needs funds too. So stop with the panic and be proactive. Write a letter to the city newspaper and university newspaper about ObamaCare. Carol from WY is doing that. She spotted lies in her local newspaper about ObamaCare and she is using my “The Good That Is ObamaCare” post to help her send them a letter with links to actual facts on ObamaCare so that citizens can read them. That is how we counteract the nonsense. We don’t whine or throw our arms up in defeat. We become proactive and educate one person at a time and also find other creative ways to inform on the wonderful benefits ObamaCare provides.

        • 75 57andfemale
          July 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

          If there are TV ads I have not seen them. Not one. There has not been one official piece of mail that we have received. Ever.

          I send plenty of money to OFA. I post on FB, talk to people, calm them down. I send links all the time, print out plenty of paper for people who do not have computers. I engage with the under-insured and seniors (who still don’t have the message that they are benefiting from ACA) I’m dealing, I’m being proactive, I’m supporting.

          I am not defeated. I will refrain from any further comments.

    • 76 anniebella
      July 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      I’m glad to see that POTUS is not sitting around letting the Republicans lie their heads off concerning Obamacare. Fight back with the truth.

  23. 77 99ts
    July 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Anyone know what this is about

    President Barack Obama on Monday will deliver a statement on his management agenda, the White House said.

    I think it’s too late for me – tis almost past bedtime in my world.

    • July 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Here it is 99ts:

      • 79 99ts
        July 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

        Thanks Ms Chips – that explains a little better than “management agenda” – thought he was going to rearrange the administration!

        I’ll watch the replay tomorrow – sure to find it on TOD 🙂

        nite all – have a great day – I see the markets are still good with PBO.

  24. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Good on them!!!!

    Des Moines-based firm refuses to insure schools that allow armed teachers.


    A new Kansas law allowing gun owners to carry weapons in public buildings, including schools, has thrust a major Des Moines-based insurer into the national gun control debate.

    The EMC Insurance Cos. insures 85 percent to 90 percent of all Kansas school districts and has refused to renew coverage for schools that permit teachers and custodians to carry concealed firearms on their campuses under the new law, which took effect July 1. It’s not a political decision, but a financial one based on the riskier climate it estimates would be created, the insurer said.


    • 81 Jessica
      July 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

      I would be pissed if my child’s elementary school teacher was packing a 9mm in her purse. We don’t have a federal law nullifying this.

      • 82 anniebella
        July 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        This makes no sense at all, if someone is having a bad day and you look at them the wrong way, or say something not nice, or you get into a argument, people carrying the gun is more likely to pull the gun. This is just not right. This will lead to more shooting and killings.

  25. July 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

    March on Washington………


    Check out the sponsors….the unions are on deck!!!!

  26. July 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi all. I am trying to watch the trial but I have to change the channel every time I hear the tape of the screams. How can people here these screams for help and do nothing. Here is a true story that happened in 2008 at my middle sons high school graduation.

    We were in a convention center in Ft. Lauderdale. The center was packed….needless to say parking was a mess. There was ONE parking garage with seven levels. Single file all the way down with EVERYONE trying to get out at the same time. My husband went up to the 6th level where we parked. I waited downstairs with my three children. The line was going really slow as everyone else was also waiting for their driver to get down to the exit to pick them up. It was twenty minutes of waiting already when a car stopped. The driver got out and started a long conversation with people he had not seen in a long time. Traffic coming down was now STOPPED. The conversation was now dragging on for at least five minutes. Mind you NO ONE was moving because of this. A young man stepped out of the crowd and asked him to “get a number and call them later”… Needless to say this made the over 6ft tall man to take a few steps towards the young man that said this.

    I am 5 feet nothing and weigh less than 100 lbs. As the man stopping all the traffic started towards the young man with arms raised in fists and screaming at him…..I stepped out of the crowd to stop the confrontation. I rushed up to him with crossed arms trying to keep him from advancing. Mind you my head came up to just above his waist. He could not see who I was. He was pushing me by just walking forward with NO effort what so ever. it wasn’t until he looked down to see this little woman trying to stop this that he backed down. He looked down at me and then the crowd. He said nothing but turned and got back in his car and left.

    Where were the apartment dwellers in this complex when they heard screams for help?

  27. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    July 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Well there ya go!

    How the media outrageously blew the IRS scandal: A full accounting
    Almost everything “reported” about the big Obama scandal was wrong, and no one has been held to account. Until now


    While the initial reports about the IRS targeting looked pretty bad, suggesting that agents singled out tax-exempt applications for Tea Party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny, the media badly bungled the controversy when supposedly sober journalists like Bob Woodward and While the initial reports about the IRS targeting looked pretty bad, suggesting that agents singled out tax-exempt applications for Tea Party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny, the media badly bungled the controversy when supposedly sober journalists like Bob Woodward and Chuck Todd jumped to conclusions and assumed the worst from day one. Instead of doing more reporting to discover the true nature and context of the IRS targeting, or at least waiting for their colleagues to do some, the supposedly liberal mainstream press let their eagerness to show they could be just as tough on a Democratic White House as a Republican one get ahead of the facts. We expect politicians to stretch reality to fit a narrative, but the press should be better.Chuck Todd jumped to conclusions and assumed the worst from day one. Instead of doing more reporting to discover the true nature and context of the IRS targeting, or at least waiting for their colleagues to do some, the supposedly liberal mainstream press let their eagerness to show they could be just as tough on a Democratic White House as a Republican one get ahead of the facts. We expect politicians to stretch reality to fit a narrative, but the press should be better.


    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      My jaw is still dropped at the idea that anyone would consider we have a liberal media, supposed or otherwise, Donna. And the idea that the media tries to show they are as tough on a Democratic president as a Republican one is laughable. The media were sycophants when Bush was president as you know. They are all obviously and outrageously slanted Republican and would NEVER move a muscle to get at the truth of a slander against a Dem president. It’s their mission to destroy PBO and Salon is being disingenuous to suggest anything else is going on. The real story is why the media is slanted and untrustworthy and how it has lost the trust of the American people.

  28. 88 yardarm756
    July 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    G’day! Weathers lousy here and it’s going downhill.

  29. 92 Bill
    July 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Joan Walsh is “outraged”, just outraged, about FISA Court rulings.

  30. 95 japa21
    July 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  31. July 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    The MD gubernatorial candidate bears some remote resemblance to POTUS. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Though I hear Anthony Brown worked his tail off for PBO in 2012. Here’s his campaign launch site with video. http://anthonybrown.com/

  32. July 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    This makes sense to me.

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