Rise and Shine

Hair-raising …… a year ago: President Obama plays with Katia Wolfsthal, daughter of departing staffer Jon Wolfsthal, July 11, 2012. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern):

10:15AM: President Obama and VP Biden meet with Senators McCain and Schumer to discuss immigration reform

12:10PM: The President meets with the 1963 Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers championship basketball team

12:45: Jay Carney briefs the press

3:45PM: President Obama and VP Biden meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi

4:45PM: VP Biden administers the oath of office at a ceremonial swearing-in for Anthony Foxx at the Department of Transportation

5:30PM: President Obama attends a DNC event, Washington (Closed press)



USA Today Editorial: GOP poisons ObamaCare, then claims it’s sick: Our view

Making ObamaCare work was always going to be hard, which is exactly what you’d expect for a complex new program that affects one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

…. That explains — but hardly excuses — Republicans’ latest assault on ObamaCare. Having lost in Congress and in court, they’re now using the most cynical of tactics: trying to make the law fail. Never mind the public inconvenience and human misery that will result.

Their assault is under way on several fronts. The most disturbing is a concerted attempt to keep the public ignorant about how to use the health care exchanges where uninsured people will be able to sign up for coverage beginning Oct. 1.

More here


Media Matters: The Sunday Morning Shows Are Still White, Conservative, And Male

In the first six months of 2013, white men dominated the guest lists on the broadcast network Sunday shows and CNN’s State of the Union. MSNBC was the only network achieving notable diversity in its guests, particularly on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show. Republicans and conservatives are hosted significantly more on the broadcast Sunday shows than Democrats and progressives.

…. During the first six months of this year, white men were no less than 58 percent and as high as 66 percent of guests on This Week, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday, and State of the Union. Melissa Harris-Perry stands out as having a much more even distribution between white men and women and African-American men and women than all other shows.

More here


President Obama talks with Military Aide LTC Owen Ray during his departure ceremony in the Oval Office, July 10 (Photo by Pete Souza)


NYT (March 2013): Fifty years ago, as the 25th N.C.A.A. men’s final began at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., basketball fans saw for the first time something they take for granted today. As the two top men’s teams in the country, Loyola of Chicago and Cincinnati, prepared for the opening tip, most of the players on the floor, 7 of 10, were black.

… All-black colleges were not yet welcome in the N.C.A.A. tournament … but the Bearcats, the favorites in the 1963 final, had three black starters … they were hoping to become the first team to win three consecutive national titles.

They faced the Ramblers of Loyola, a Jesuit school that had never been to the tournament. They had four black starters … In the final, Loyola staged one of the most surprising comebacks in tournament history. Trailing by 15 points with less than 12 minutes to go  …. they won, 60-58, with a buzzer-beater at the end of overtime.

… During the regular season, the players on both teams had endured prejudice and humiliation: awkward moments in restaurants and hotel lobbies; hostile crowds hurling garbage and abuse; social isolation on their own campuses.

Jerry Harkness, Loyola’s star and captain, felt pressure from two sides, from the characters who sent him hate mail signed “KKK” and from the neighborhoods and churches of black Chicago.

“We were winning, we were four blacks, and boy, the black community was excited about us,” Harkness said. “We go to a dance: ‘Man you guys are great, you can’t lose now. Please don’t lose’.”

More here



Dana Milbank: Last week, the administration announced it was delaying by a year the implementation of one of Obamacare’s provisions, the requirement that large employers provide health insurance. You’d think the opposition party, which has spent four years denouncing the health-care reforms, would be delighted by the reprieve. But on Wednesday, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to condemn the administration — for incomplete enforcement of the law they hate.

President Obama was called a dictator and a socialist for passing Obamacare. Now he’s a dictator and a socialist for postponing it? “The irony of objecting to the delay of a program you’ve been trying to stop is no doubt lost on this room,” observed Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.

This unqualified opposition is counterproductive for House Republicans. On health care, as on immigration, their approach amounts to a search-and-destroy mission. They could work with Democrats to remove problematic pieces in the health-care law, and they could compromise with Democrats on legislation that would secure the borders. But instead they are devoted to shutting down both.

More here


This is MUST WATCH video. In two minutes Sara (@VictorianPrude) exposed Republicans for the cretins they are



Becca Aaronson: The House voted 96-49 on Wednesday to give final approval to proposed abortion regulations in Texas. House Bill 2, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and enact some of the strictest regulations in the country on abortion providers and facilities, now heads to the Senate. “If we’re going to ask for more children to come into this world, we should provide for them,” said state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio. She offered an amendment, which lawmakers tabled, that would have extended state benefits to children put into the foster care and adoption system by women who could not access abortion as a result of the legislation. She added, “We know there are going to be lots of cases where the mothers just cannot, even though they may want to, they cannot take care of them.”

During the final vote, a woman screamed from the gallery that she objected to the proceedings. She refused to quiet or leave, and state troopers carried her out of the gallery by her hands and feet.

House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, said five women were arrested and taken to jail by state police who were stationed in the House gallery. Several of them sat through the opening prayer and pledges of allegiance to the national and state flags. When the abortion bill came to a final vote in the House, they began shouting, “We will not be silenced,” but the vote proceeded, uninterrupted.

More here


On this day….


Sara Kliff: In Connecticut, selling Obamacare involves airplanes flying banners across beaches. Oregon may reel in hipsters with branded coffee cups for their lattes. And in neighboring Washington, the effort could get quite intimate: The state is interested in sponsoring portable toilets at concerts. The advertisements, developed with political consultants and communications firms, illustrate the ability of the health-care law’s supporters to pinpoint the precise group they want to sign up for Obamacare — young and healthy Americans who won’t weigh down the system with high medical bills.

Oregon will run a $2.9 million campaign leading up to the October launch of the state’s marketplace, called Cover Oregon. Ads went live Tuesday on television and radio featuring local musicians extolling the benefits of enrolling “every logger and lawyer and stay-at-home dad” in health insurance coverage. The state is finalizing plans for other kinds of outreach, such as putting ads in bus shelters or producing branded coffee cups

More here


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the La General Hospital in Accra, Ghana, July 11, 2009


Julie Rovner: A trade group for Catholic hospitals says a new Obama administration policy on birth control is just fine. That’s in sharp contrast to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which continues to battle against the policy, which exempts churches, synagogues and mosques, but requires other institutions run by religious organizations to cover birth control under employees’ health insurance. Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association, said the administration’s final birth control rule wasn’t what her organization would have preferred for the hospitals and other health facilities it oversees.

SISTER CAROL KEEHAN: But it was a solution that we could make work, because it allows our members not to have to buy, contract for, refer or arrange for contraceptive services.

ROVNER: Under the rule, churches and other houses of worship are exempt. Women who work for Catholic or other religious hospitals, universities and social service agencies will still get the no-cost birth control, but the religious entity won’t have to be involved in providing it. The insurance company or insurance administrator will instead.

More here




Alec MacGillis: Immigration reform was supposed to be different than health care reform. A few wonks aside, Republicans have never had any real interest in expanding health insurance coverage to those who lack it. But there are plenty of influential figures in the Republican coalition who are motivated to reform immigration laws—whether political tacticians like Karl Rove who can read demographic charts or business owners who want more reliable streams of immigrant labor. But it’s now looking increasingly as if the never-ending Republican war on health care reform could be helping block immigration reform just when it finally had a real chance.

What does this have to do with immigration reform? Well, because of the absolute refusal by congressional Republicans—and many GOP governors and state legislators around the country—to accept the Affordable Care Act as law of the land and reckon with any complications that might arise in its implementation, the Obama administration has been forced to carry off necessary tweaks and adjustments on its own, via regulatory fiat.

Such unilateral tweaks by the administration, in turn, have Republicans decrying what they see as extra-constitutional nigh-dictatorial overreach. And it’s taken no time for declamations against the administration’s regulatory freelancing on Obamacare to turn into general paranoia about what the administration might conspire to do with an immigration law.

More here


President Obama remarks to an African boy on the similarity of their ears as he greets diners at a breakfast during his visit to the Presidential Castle in Accra, July 11, 2009

Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, July 11, 2009


Have A Dance Like No One’s Watching Day! 😀


109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. July 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The GOP Is Terrified Obamacare Could Be a Success

    Jul 11, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Why are Republicans so scared of Obamacare? Because, says Jon Favreau, they’re frightened that it might actually work.

    Has anyone else noticed how pathetically frightened the Republican Party is that Obamacare just might succeed?The Koch brothers really dislike Obamacare. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

    I know, we’re all supposed to think the End Is Nigh because the government has decided to give the 10 percent of large employers who don’t insure their workers another 365 days to do so before levying a small penalty. This could not possibly be a reasonable accommodation to protect jobs and businesses, because as everybody knows, this president hates jobs and businesses.

    No, this brief delay must be a sign that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is destined to result in abject failure. After all, that’s what every Congressional Republican with the ability to hit send on a press release has told us, over and over again, hoping that repeating their prediction enough times will somehow make it true.


  3. July 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    G’morning UT – thanks for this fabulous roundup!! 🙂

    • 5 Dudette
      July 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I love it when I wake up in the morning and Barack Obama is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!

  4. 6 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Well alrighty then… I’ll just copy my little post from the last one.
    So we start off with a little deja vu! 🙂


    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!! 😀

  5. July 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    ENDA’s opponents fall silent

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:46 AM EDT.

    We talked yesterday about a key Senate committee easily approving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Though the final vote was 15 to 7, the bill enjoyed bipartisan support.

    For those who support civil rights and oppose discrimination, the vote offered new hope that ENDA might have enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster on the Senate floor. But while we wait for that, Chris Geidner noted something interesting about the developments in committee yesterday.

    The opposition to LGBT rights, a regular part of politics in the not-so-distant past, was given no voice as a Senate committee voted 15-7 in favor of legislation that would ban anti-LGBT job discrimination by most employers across the country.

    There remain wide swaths of the country where virulent anti-LGBT attitudes control the dialogue, but the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee provided an unexpected view Wednesday into what the next phase of LGBT rights battle could look like.

    No one spoke in opposition to the bill….


    • 10 57andfemale
      July 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

      My twit of a Republican Senator, Mark Kirk, voted for it, and then voted against lowering the interest rate on student loans. This little weasel knows how to play IL politics way too well — throw a few bones to look ‘moderate’, while voting with Republicans almost all of the time.

      I want him GONE and I’m going to work very hard to see that happen.

      • 11 yardarm756
        July 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Can’t say I blame ya. Be careful ’cause he’s disabled and warrants your sympathy…..NOT! 🙂

        • 12 57andfemale
          July 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

          It must be nice to suffer a stroke, be away from your job for a year and not have to worry for a second about keeping your jobs, your benefits. Any and all health care necessary will be provided, no question.

          I see the receptionist at my office torn because she has to weigh how much time she can take to be with her 18 month old with pneumonia. The stress alone of unavailable, unaffordable health care and the chance you may lose your job or have to file for bankruptcy – unconscionable in this insanely rich country.

      • 14 jackiegrumbacher
        July 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        57, I hope you can find a strong candidate who’s willing to take on Kirk. I want PA’s Pat Toomey defeated so much I will do anything to make it happen, but we need a strong person to run against him. I hope the DSCC get on the job.

        • 15 57andfemale
          July 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

          Our problem here is that our strongest people also want the governorship. It’s very weird in IL, with ‘Democrats’ in power who are just about the power. So our talent pool will be stretched. I’m so concerned that his couple of sane votes will be enough to sway enough people. He snuck through in 2010 when we were the only Northern state that didn’t cave to RW mania concerning governors (Snyder, Kasich, Walker, Corbett…..)

  6. 16 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

    • 17 theo67
      July 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      The best revenge is success.

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      July 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Dudette, this is an amazing story. This woman is so strong and courageous she puts all of us to shame. I hope she becomes a great lawyer and her daughter grows up to be a strong and brave young women who will fight for the rights of women. No one should have to go through what this woman because of a man’s arrogance and fear.

  7. 19 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

  8. 20 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:59 am


  9. 21 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

  10. 22 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

  11. 23 amk for obama
    July 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Nice round-up of rethugs’ nihilism. I hope americans vote smart in 2014.

  12. 24 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

  13. 25 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

  14. 26 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    See y’all later! Just so you know: “I love ya and there’s NOTHING you can do about it!” 😀


  15. 27 japa21
    July 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    GM all from beautiful, and finally non-sauna like Chicago. I amy actually be able to do some weeding without keeling over with heat stroke. Some of my weeds now look like small trees.

    UT, as usual, a great R&S. As Eep McDermott says, and it isn;t only in regard to their stance on Obamacare, irony is lost on the GOP.

    I love this quote from PM Carpenter this AM in describing the GOP House:

    They’re so eager to propel catastrophes, they’ve little time for urgencies and no time at all for prudent policy. The speaker’s caucus is ungovernable, dominated as it is by small, self-indulgent pols who regard the interests of their small, self-indulgent districts as superior–in every instance–to national interests. House Republicans, rapturously stumbling to the next apocalyse, couldn’t manage a milk route–yet they hold our fate, as well as the fate of the globe’s finances, in their provincial talons.

    Anyway, haven’t been around much lately. Work is actually making me do some work, the meanies. But willt try to stop be more often.

  16. 28 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

  17. 29 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    UT = Blog Tyrant Extraordinaire!!!

    Thank you for your wonderfulness!! [mmmmwah!!!]

  18. 30 japa21
    July 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • 31 57andfemale
      July 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

      And Pat Robertson is telling his sheep to go out in the streets “like Egypt” to protest Obamacare and remove him from office.

      How did “Christians” become this perverted? What is wrong with providing affordable health care that is DENIED right now to millions of Americans?!?!

      Boehner called it a burden on the ‘struggling middle class’. How does that struggling middle class family keep its family healthy or deal with an accident?

      What the EFF is the matter with these people? The destruction of the United States in order to destroy one man?

      • 32 yardarm756
        July 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        Pat Robertson and Mike Huckabee are the ‘Elmer Gantrys’ of their generation. In other words hustlers!

      • 35 theo67
        July 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        If the world sees Americans spilling into the streets, demanding the ousting of their President because he extended health care security and access to health care to Americans… this country will be the laughing stock of the world. Other countries have people spilling into the streets and giving their lives in order to GET a president like President Obama!

      • 36 anniebella
        July 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        I hope Pat Robertson sheep have some sense, of course if they listen to him I doubt if they do.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      July 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Japa, that is exactly the right word. They Republican members of the House are traitors to their country because they work everyday to make it fail.

  19. 38 Dakota
    July 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Just stopping in to say Good Morning to my TOD Family. To co-sign my little D.J., I love it when I wake up in the morning and Barack Obama is President! Have a great one everybody! Smooches Chips darlin’.

  20. 40 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

  21. July 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

    FYI –

  22. 46 JER
    July 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

  23. July 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Why 20-week abortion bans matter
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:17 AM EDT

    As Republican policymakers nationwide push new restrictions on reproductive rights, it’s amazing how multi-faceted the crusade has become. We’re seeing trap laws intended to close health clinics and mandates for medically-unnecessary ultrasounds and requirements that doctors tell lies written by politicians to their patients and more.

    But it’s the 20-week abortion ban that seems to have become especially popular on the right. Of all the various measures, it’s the only one to generate attention at the state and federal level — the U.S. House already passed its version, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reportedly intends to do the same in the U.S. Senate, though there’s some evidence he’s getting cold feet.

    I can imagine for some, this proposal may not seem as offensive as, say, mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasounds that women neither want nor need. After all, the argument goes, what’s the big deal if the cut-off point shifts from 24 weeks to 20 weeks?

    Andrew Rosenthal had a good piece answering that question.

    The way the Catholic Association mentions “late-term” abortions, you might think the only women who had them were lazy and callous, just waiting around until the last second for no good reason.

    But as Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, told me in an email, nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks; abortions later on often involve rare, severe fetal abnormalities and real threats to a woman’s health. In many cases, women are facing the need to terminate a desired pregnancy, not an unwanted one.

    Ms. Richards cited the case of a woman in Nebraska, Danielle Deaver, whose water broke at 22 weeks, depriving her baby of most of the amniotic fluid. “Her doctor told her that the fetus could not develop or survive,” Ms. Richards said. “Despite this, she was forced to live through 10 excruciating days waiting to give birth, because her doctors feared prosecution under her state’s 20-week abortion ban.”

    It’s exactly why medical associations consider these measures so dangerous.


    • 48 57andfemale
      July 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I had to help a friend through an abortion like this, and it was devastating enough. She and I talk about the fact that we cannot fathom the cruelty of a government inflicting its strident views between a woman, her doctor and her family at such a difficult time.

      I am furious that Repubs have messaged this so well, making it sound like every one of these procedures happens because some evil woman decided she didn’t want to get fat and have swollen ankles and decides to abort her baby. These are private medical decisions. Small government, my ass. Guns for everyone, no prenatal care or care of the children when they’re born, but governors and heartless legislators should be able to make these decisions? It’s despicable.

  24. 49 desertflower
    July 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Morning!! Great R/S 🙂

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama now
    Looks like the Russians are making a break for Cuba with Snowden on board and avoiding French and US airspace. : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AFL150

  25. July 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    GM Chips, TOD….. Wonderful RS UT! ……..attention Reid just scheduled “Nuke option vote for Tuesday” GOP is going nuts!!!! Reid is filing cloture on EPA, CFPB, LABOR, NLRB etc….all today. Now as a stalling tactic GOP says they will confirm Labor(Perez) and EPA(McCarthy) but asking to put off NUKE vote…… Prince Harry has had enough…he is serious this time. Just called McConnell a liar and said the “extrordinary circumstances” the GOP is claiming is ” Like a person setting their house of fire and asking why it burned down” Lamar Alexander is now quoting Jefferson and Adams to plead his case!

  26. July 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Nancy Smash! (Immigration Edition)

    Posted by Tom Levenson at 10:36 am


    Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi, discussing Boehner/GOP phaffing on immigration reform legislation, congresssplains the Constitution to her counterparts:

    The Constitution says a majority. It doesn’t say the Hastert rule, or sometimes the Hastert rule, or when I feel like it the Hastert rule. It says the majority. And there are ways to achieve the majority that I hope they will pursue.


    • 56 Bill R.
      July 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Nancy Smash needs to press forward with a discharge petition in the House as Boehner and his goons are blocking a vote.

  27. 57 lisalovesobama
    July 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    you know who I miss? Bo. Haven’t seen him in forever. 😦

  28. July 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    • 64 carla4obama
      July 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      What a smart, articulate, poised young woman she is. What will it take for women in the USA to shout out in unison, “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take this anymore!!”

  29. July 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

  30. 67 desertflower
    July 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

    One more reason never to shop at Walmart (as if you needed another one)

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  32. July 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  33. 72 utaustinliberal
    July 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  34. 73 desertflower
    July 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm


    The apparent unwillingness of Republican politicians to look at obvious political realities is a function of the fact that the Republican party has no party leadership any more. There is no “Republican establishment” worthy of the name. The Republican party — and the conservative movement that is its only source of political vitality — is made up now of several different centers of power: the conservative media, including Fox News and the universe of talk-radio; the conservative ideas infrastructure centered around various think-tanks and intellectual chop-shops like Heritage,and, most important, the network of plutocratic sugar-daddies operating on their own agendas, and more than willing to assert that agenda even if it seems to be to the political disadvantage of the party as a whole. Last, and finishing very far up the track, is the Republican party itself. Can anyone make a serious argument that a Republican congressman is better off as a Republican politician listening to Reince Priebus than to Rush Limbaugh, or Jim DeMint, or David Koch? If said politician has the latter three behind him, when John Boehner comes to him and asks him to vote for a immigration reform bill, said politician can tell Boehner to go whistle up a tree. To fail at government is to succeed as a Republican politician. If you want to seek the source of the dementia that is overwhelming the Republican party to the point where nothing gets done by the American government, look for it there.

  35. July 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  36. 77 57andfemale
    July 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  37. 78 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Please share this video all over…

  38. July 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Must read on the decimation of AA representation in the South re: State office holders

  39. 80 57andfemale
    July 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  40. July 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm


    • 82 57andfemale
      July 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I await the details on this – very interesting.

      I heard an interesting caller on Thom Hartmann the other day. He was sick of the ‘uncertainty’ b.s. from Republicans, and here was his point: we have ‘uncertainty’ due to lack of regulation, where bubbles and crashes can happen every decade, like they did in the 1800’s. Regulation = certainty and stability and therefore reasonable, sustained growth.

    • 83 theo67
      July 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      It’s about time that Congress start working, instead of just screaming at President Obama that he should do their jobs. Legislation starts in the legislative branch of government – i.e. Congress!

    • 84 Dudette
      July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Guys, this is actually kinda terrific! That is, as long as Sen Warren can keep the GOP trolls from sabotaging it.

      For those of whose eyes glaze over when people talk about this kinda of stuff, here’s a fun “primer” on Glass-Steagall from HBO’s The Newsroom 😎


      By the way, when describing the financial crisis of recent years, even the President who signed the repeal of Glass-Steagall into law admitted “that’s what got us into trouble in the first place”

    • 85 arapaho415
      July 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Repealing Glass-Steagall was the worst act of WJC’s administration.

      Allowing banks to combine their casinos (oops, sorry, “investment banks”) with federally insured deposit operations, DC thumbing their collective noses at lessons learned during the Great Depression.

      This really kicked off the financial meltdown of 2008 and needs to be re-instated.

      Go Elizabeth Warren!!!

  41. 86 57andfemale
    July 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  42. 87 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  43. July 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Yes We Can

  44. 89 desertflower
    July 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm


    As the Senate’s Democratic majority prepares to meet Thursday to consider filibuster reform for presidential appointees, one Republican Senator is demonstrating precisely why the current system is broken. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, reaffirmed Tuesday that he will attempt to prevent allowing a confirmation vote on Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to be EPA administrator, because he is unhappy that the agency has not moved quickly enough on a levee project in his state.
    President Obama nominated McCarthy more than four months ago to head the Environmental Protection Agency — a cabinet-level position. Though the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee endorsed her nomination in May, Blunt announced that he would place a “hold” on her confirmation.
    Blunt reiterated yesterday that he will continue that hold until he gets his way on an unrelated topic. Rather than objecting to McCarthy’s qualifications, ideology, or temperament, the Missouri Republican has been candid that she is making her confirmation his hostage to get a levee constructed. “I’m placing a hold on the EPA Administrator until the Obama Administration can provide us with a concrete timeline for progress on the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project,” he explained. After administration officials sent him an update Monday noting progress, Blunt continued to complain that “internal disagreement [between EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service] surrounding the fundamental facts has caused an unacceptable and prolonged delay” of the environmental impact statement.

    More of the usual hostage taking. “If I don’t get my way!!!”

  45. 90 japa21
    July 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  46. 92 57andfemale
    July 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  47. 93 desertflower
    July 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    In America. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/11/2278871/alabama-jail-poverty/

    As Alabama Cuts Benefits, Desperate Man ‘Robs’ Bank To Get Food, Shelter In Jail

    So desperate for food and shelter, an Alabama man did the unthinkable this week: robbing a bank so he could turn himself in and get sent to jail.
    Rickie Lawrence Gardner, a 49-year-old man from the small town of Moulton, Alabama, entered Bank Independent on Monday and handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and to hand over the bank’s money. After the employee complied, Gardner took the bag of cash, walked outside, and locked it in his car. He then sat on a bench in front of the bank and waited for police officers to arrive.

    • 94 theo67
      July 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      The state of the union – thanks to Republicans waging war on the poor and middle class. The rich are continuing to thrive, though…

  48. 95 57andfemale
    July 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  49. 97 japa21
    July 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  50. July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Link includes Harry Reid’s floor speech….

  51. July 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    #magnacartaholygrail ……….this is so awesome!

  52. 101 yardarm756
    July 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Watching the Senate debate. The turtle is a piece of “work”, for want of a more accurate word. What a pitiful specimen.

  53. 106 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    So now the “threat” isn’t a violation of the law unless they actually hurt the First Lady?

  54. 107 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  55. 108 Dudette
    July 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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