Early Bird Chat

MoooOOOooorning everyone, the legend that is UT will be along later with Rise and Shine – meanwhile, chat away!

43 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 9 cookemom
    July 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

    So up and at ’em all you O’s!!! It’s a fine great getting up day once again ’round the old TOD stream. I’ve been so busy with the grandkids, that by the time I finally sit down, I’m fast asleep. There’s nothing like it to keep you on the go! I plan on a 2 week coma when they leave.

    I’m just popping in to say howdy. Can’t stay long, there’s a kiddie cartoon that I simply must watch with undivided attention.

    I see that PBO is still in office, I take it that the election still holds and he is still in control. I can’t wait until the ‘pubs overreach on absolutlely everything prove them for the idjits they are…..the stoopid party. They can’t help themselves.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      July 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

      That’s the day I pray for as well, cookemom, and I’m hoping it comes in November 2014.

  2. 11 COS
    July 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Early GM to everyone from the west coast.

  3. July 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Good morning from Vancouver!

  4. 13 Carol
    July 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Good morning from Montreal!

  5. 14 dotster3
    July 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    President Obama hosts Loyola U. (Chgo) 1963 NCAA champion bball team at the WH today. This team had 4 AA starters and was known for playing in the “game of change”, which helped to integrate bball. They met the team from Ms. St. in a regional final who defied their governor and left the state to play in the game before he could issue an injunction and stop his state’s team from playing an integrated team in the tourney. I think it would have been nice to invite the team from Ms. St.too, to meet up with their old rivals in that historic game.


  6. July 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats to vetivera on #1 🙂 Looking forward to UT’s R & S!

  7. 16 dotster3
    July 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    • July 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Not just Republicans – the MSM & PL too.

      After they joined forces with the Teabaggers in 2010 to attack Obamacare and depress Dem enthusiasm in the midterms, they are truly scared that Obamacare will provide the needed shot for Dem enthusiasm in 2014.

  8. July 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Good morning from the quiet morning darkness of California!

    MMMM, Chips, your morning coffee looks reallllly good.

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  11. 24 GGAIL
    July 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. So good to see Chipsticks with coffee on this rainy morning in Los Angeles 🙂

  12. July 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. July 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Republican filibuster derails student loan bill

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:24 PM EDT

    Congress already missed its deadline last week on protecting student-loan interest rates from spiking, but Senate Democrats had a plan to keep the lower rates in place for another year while negotiations continued on a more permanent solution.

    That bill reached the floor this afternoon, and a majority of senators supported it. But in today’s Senate, we don’t count whether a bill has a majority — we count whether a bill can overcome a Republican filibuster.

    The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance a bill backed by Democratic leaders that would keep student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year.

    In a 51-49 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster and proceed with the bill.

    It would have been 52-48 but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to switch his vote for procedural reasons. Regardless, literally every Republican in the chamber supported the filibuster, as did Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine), who prefer a separate compromise bill that ties interest rates to the 10-year Treasury rate.


  14. 28 Jovie
    July 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Not this really got them mad. They were going to run on this and this was the messy part…
    So, here we go again, scandal, part 400!

  15. 29 sonjiaduncan
    July 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. It’s almost the Weekend.

  16. July 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

    House, Senate prepare new attacks on federal health care law
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:15 AM EDT

    It was just two months ago that House Republicans voted for the 37th time to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. Soon after, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that Americans should expect more of the same from his party for the indefinite future. “We’re going to keep the focus on Obamacare,” he said.

    He really wasn’t kidding. Here’s what we saw from the House GOP yesterday…

    Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced Wednesday that the House will vote in July to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year, a move that comes in response to the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year

    and here’s what we saw from the Senate GOP yesterday.

    Senate Republicans are launching another effort to defund parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including what their campaign chairman referred to Wednesday as “the death panel.”

    All 46 Republican senators signed on to a letter spearheaded by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that calls for a permanent delay of the health care law.


    • July 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      This a thumb in the eye for every American who expects their government representatives in Congress to spend their time there (their PAID time) to actually work for the betterment of their lives. If people don’t punish these Republicans in 2014, then they will have cemented their disregard for Americans, and it will only get worse. This makes me ill.

  17. July 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

    This Emo-moron wants to suggest that PBO is covering up illegal crimes – similar to that of pedophilia and other crimes covered in the Catholic church!!

  18. July 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Boehner warns House GOP will be weaker without immigration reform

    By Russell Berman, Molly K. Hooper and Erik Wasson – 07/10/13 06:36 PM ET

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged their House Republican colleagues to pass immigration reform legislation in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, with the Speaker arguing his conference would be “in a much weaker position” if it failed to act.

    A divided House Republican conference met for more than two hours in the basement of the Capitol to begin hashing out a response to the sweeping immigration bill the Senate passed last month.

    Boehner spoke at the outset of the meeting and reiterated his pledge that no immigration bill, including a final House-Senate conference report, would come to the floor without the support of a majority of the House GOP. But both he and Ryan, the House budget chief and the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, made the case that the House GOP should take action on immigration in a way that reflected the party’s principles, Republicans in the room said.

    Boehner “said we’d be in a much weaker position if we didn’t act,” according to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “He clearly wants to act, thinks something needs to get done. Frankly, our principles are probably closer to where the American people are, but it’s incumbent upon us to act.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/310259-boehner-gop-would-be-in-much-weaker-position-without-action-on-immigration#ixzz2Yk6sruMz
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  19. July 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor

    By Rebecca Leber on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.

    On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election.

    In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against:


  20. July 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

    House GOP pushes immigration reform to the brink
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    House Republicans have found themselves in an awkward position on the signature policy dispute of this Congress. A bipartisan Senate coalition has approved a popular immigration reform bill that enjoys the enthusiastic backing of President Obama, business leaders, GOP strategists, leaders from the Latino community, and a clear majority of the country.

    The problem, of course, is that House Republicans, for reasons that range from mysterious to dumb, hate the bill and are eager to kill it.

    So, what’s a House majority caucus to do? GOP leaders and members met in a Capitol Hill basement yesterday afternoon for two-and-a-half hours in the hopes of figuring something out. They didn’t come up with much, but they did reach one firm conclusion: House Republicans have no intention of even considering comprehensive immigration reform.


  21. July 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Don’t Buy The Media Lie: Democrats Aren’t Why Student Loan Interest Rates Doubled

    By: Jason Easley
    Jul. 10th, 2013

    The media is blaming Senate Democrats for student loan interest rates doubling, but the truth is that 0 Senate Republicans voted to lower the student loan interest rate.

    The media is spinning the failure to pass a bill that would return student loan interest rates to previous levels as the fault of Senate Democrats. Time’s Swampland blog described the situation as, “The gridlock paralyzing the Democrat-controlled Senate springs from arguments between two factions, one bipartisan and one Democratic.” This story line of division among Senate Democrats has been repeated over and over again. Heck, even The Washington Post has been pushing this narrative.

    See if you can spot the Democratic division in the partisan breakdown of today’s vote to move forward on the student loans bill:


  22. 40 Jovie
    July 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Chuck Todd just said, the house republican caucus held a meeting and said Senate immigration bill is dead and no conference.
    They basically only want border security!
    Oh and he said in the fall they will be arguing about the debt limit and funding the government.
    These guys can’t govern, it’s time to throw them out. #Midterms2014

  23. 42 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good Morning Dear Ones! Top of the Morning To You!
    Hope it’s a beautiful day for each and every one! Don’t forget to hug someone today!! 😀

  24. 43 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    GM folks, GM bt.

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