Rise and Shine


Today (all times Eastern)

10:50: The President delivers a statement on the confirmation of Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney


NYT: Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.

State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.

Supporters of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, credited the drop in rates to the online purchasing exchanges the law created, which they say are spurring competition among insurers that are anticipating an influx of new customers. The law requires that an exchange be started in every state.

“Health insurance has suddenly become affordable in New York,” said Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for health initiatives with the Community Service Society of New York. “It’s not bargain-basement prices, but we’re going from Bergdorf’s to Filene’s here.”

“The extraordinary decline in New York’s insurance rates for individual consumers demonstrates the profound promise of the Affordable Care Act,” she added.

More here


AG Eric Holder: “So Trayvon’s death last spring caused me to sit down to have a conversation with my own 15-year-old son, like my dad did with me. This was a father-son tradition I hoped would not need to be handed down. But as a father who loves his son and who is more knowing in the ways of the world, I had to do this to protect my boy. I am his father, and it is my responsibility, not to burden him with the baggage of eras long gone, but to make him aware of the world that he must still confront. This is a sad reality in a nation that is changing for the better in so many ways.”

Full NAACP speech from yesterday (transcript here):


Michael Tomasky: Reid Crushes McConnell

…. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell struck a deal, abetted apparently by John McCain, that averted the invocation of the nuclear option by Reid and the Democrats. Reid got just about everything he wanted. The Senate is going to pass through all seven nominees that Reid brought up in this skirmish….

…. About as clear a win for one party over another as we’ve seen in a long time. Why did it happen? Because everyone in the room knew that the Democrats had the 51 votes to change the rules. Stand together or fall apart, as the old cliche goes. It’s true. It’s still pathetic that it had to come to this for the president to fill his cabinet (and sub-cabinet), but it goes to show that holding the line as a group works.

Full post here



Steve Benen: …. Will what transpired in the Senate yesterday actually, you know, matter? …. The cautious answer is that it’s evidence of incremental progress, the results of which will have a real-world impact on the lives of real people.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for example, looks out for consumers against predatory excesses from the financial industry. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Chris Hayes last night, in light of yesterday’s deal and Richard Cordray’s confirmation, “We know this agency is here to stay. No more clouds over what it legally is entitled to do. No more attacks that say maybe we’re going to be able to undercut it in this way or weaken it in that way. We’ve got a full-fledged watchdog. The one we fought for, and [Cordray] is going to be there to fight for us.”

…. I’ve heard plenty of criticisms of yesterday’s agreement, and detractors have raised fair concerns … But in today’s environment, incremental progress is still progress, and there’s ample reason to believe yesterday’s deal moves the ball forward.

Full post here


McClatchy: Congress revisits Voting Rights Act

Congress is taking the first steps toward bringing back pre-clearance of voting laws under the Voting Rights Act this week, as activists express tempered optimism in lawmakers’ willingness and ability to act.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month tossed out the Voting Rights Act’s formula that determined which jurisdictions must submit their voting law changes to the federal government before enacting them. The 5-4 ruling did not get rid of pre-clearance altogether but said Congress must come up with an updated standard to enforce it rather than the 1965 version that covered Georgia and other Deep South states with a history of overt discrimination.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will kick off the congressional response with a hearing Wednesday featuring Congress’ civil rights conscience: Atlanta Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

More here



Michael Tomasky: …. the narrative about the IRS targeting Obama’s enemies has been thoroughly debunked….

The IRS “scandal,” lately dormant, is returning soon to cable-news channel near you: Tomorrow, Russell George, the Treasury Department inspector general who produced the original report at Darrell Issa’s request, is going back before Issa’s committee, and this time he’s in for some pretty serious grilling from Democrats. The evidence is now even more preponderant than it already was that there was absolutely no political agenda in the IRS’s review of 501(c)(4) applications. In fact, evidence is mounting that if anyone was behaving politically here, it was George — and, of course, Issa and the other Republicans who launched into their baseless tirades about “enemies lists” and other such nonsense.

…. what about the mainstream media that swallowed whole from the Republican-conservative spoon, running huge headlines and ominous editorials, all those breathy stories that got nearly half the American public believing, on the basis of zero hard evidence, that the White House was involved here? It’s not in the nature of the beast to run huge headlines saying “No Scandal Here.” But it should be in the beast’s nature to take a much harder look at Issa, George, and the other perpetuators of this non-story. And it should start tomorrow, when George testifies.

Full post here


Reuters: President Barack Obama on Tuesday for the first time admitted that it was unlikely that the Republican-led House of Representatives would pass sweeping immigration reforms before lawmakers left Washington for a month-long break in August.

In television interviews taped with four Spanish-language newscasts, Obama said he thinks many Republicans need more time to grapple with concerns about border security and the changing demographics of America.

…. Obama has insisted that reforms must include the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. “It does not make sense to me, if we’re going to make this once-in-a-generation effort to finally fix the system, to leave the status of 11 million people or so unresolved,” he told Telemundo’s Denver affiliate.

Many House Republicans oppose that measure, calling it “amnesty” for people who have broken existing immigration laws. But Obama said ignoring the problem would resign undocumented immigrants to “a lower status.” “I think that’s not who we are as Americans,” he said.

More here


Wendy Davis and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro (left) and his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, in Austin on July 7, 2013

Texas Monthly: The Life and Death (and Life?) of the Party

Democrats once ruled Texas. Then came five decades of steady decline. Can Wendy Davis, the Castro brothers, and Team Obama’s vaunted field operation return their party to power? And if they can’t, can anyone?

“Somebody has to step up,” Wendy Davis observed one evening in late May over drinks at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. “As long as the Democrats continue to buy into the same bullshit that some of the Republicans are saying — ‘Oh no, it’s Texas, it’s hopeless’ — and continue to act like it won’t happen for six, eight, twelve, sixteen years from now, that perpetuates the problem.”

“So are you going to run for statewide office?” I asked.

Her green eyes sparkled. “One day, someday,” she said coyly.

One day, someday, about a month later, on the morning of June 25, the petite fifty-year-old Democratic state senator from Fort Worth fixed herself a single boiled egg for breakfast. It would be her only meal of the day. She slipped on a pair of pink tennis shoes, headed over to the Capitol, and stepped up……

More here


President Obama hosted members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the White House on Tuesday as the group gather in Washington for their annual convention. The Oval Office meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the African-American sorority and the 51st anniversary of its convention. Obama met with members including the sorority’s president, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre.


@petesouza: Pres Obama with make-a-wish visitor Suhail Zaveri, 14, and his family in the Oval Office


CBS: Cuban and U.S. officials will hold the first migration talks between the two nations since 2011 in Washington on Wednesday. Analysts believe both countries have a strong interest in getting them off the ground again.

…. The Bush Administration broke off these twice-yearly talks, along with taking other measures such as severely restricting the rights of Cuban Americans to travel back to the island – limiting them to only one visit every three years.

President Obama reestablished the rights of Cuban Americans to visit their homeland as much as they want and resumed the talks, only to break them off over the detention and jailing of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, which the State Department has repeatedly said remains a major obstacle to any improvement in relations between the two neighboring countries.

More here




176 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 africa
    July 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Morning all.

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Wait! Oh, hi Africa!

  3. July 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Good morning! I decided to take a little time to visit this morning. Haven’t been around much because I didn’t want to make everyone jealous because you can’t do what I’m doing. I’m packing to move and I know you envy me. 🙂

  4. 19 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning, Ms Chips! It is always good to see you smiling face before all the dew has dried on the grass! Wishing you a Wonderful Wednesday! 😀

  5. 23 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Lovely bang PBO’s guest is wearing!

  6. 24 hopefruit2
    July 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats africa on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for another excellent R& S round-up and Happy Wednesday!!

  7. 27 hopefruit2
    July 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My President looks very nice in the pic above. I will leave it that for now. Yardarm is probably on vacay or not up yet, so I won’t look for trouble.

  8. 28 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    To be clear, the day of the verdict the prosecutors asked the judge if Manslaughter and a 3rd degree felony could be considered.
    The Judge refused the 3rd degree felony assault charges but approved the manslaughter consideration.
    This, the Jury only could choose between 2nd degree murder and Manslaughter.
    My point is, the state should have included aggravated assault charges, brandishing a gun qualifies for that charge in Florida!!
    Case closed!

    I am a better Lawyer than the State of Florida!


    • 29 sabreen60
      July 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

      I believe (who IMO put on a lousy case) attempted to get a lesser charge, but the Judge (whom I thought was lousy) wouldn’t go for it.

      • 30 sabreen60
        July 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

        I believe “prosecutors” – Obviously, it’s too early for me 😦

      • 31 Jovie
        July 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

        In the beginning when charges were first being discussed, this should have been included, rather than last second!

      • 32 57andfemale
        July 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

        If aggravated assault includes brandishing a gun – these charges should have been brought initially. You throw the book at a defendant – that’s what prosecutors are supposed to do. I said to my husband that it used to be that gun charges were the way to get slimy defendants some jail time. I assumed that these laws have virtually disappeared in the new age of ALEC-written stand your ground laws, etc.

        I remember the reports the day the case went to the jury – I thought the aggravated assault charges referred to stalking of a minor, like a sexual aggravated assault charge. I admit I did not listen to the trial, so I’m relying on heresay.

        Could it be that because Zimmerman had a permit, the charge of brandishing a gun could not be brought?

        Don’t know.

        I do know that this was a badly prosecuted case, that’s for sure.

  9. 33 Layla
    July 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh Oh Eddy!!!!! Did not think about this one did you….

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested in an interview with The Hill Tuesday that the United States should boycott the 2014 Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden.
    Russia is set to host the games in 2014, in the coastal city of Sochi.
    “I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” in response to a question from the newspaper about whether he would support a boycott.
    “At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States,” Graham told The Hill.


  10. July 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Hope everyone strives to have a good day.

  11. 35 africa
    July 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    This Richard Cohen column nauseates me.

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I can’t take it. If Black crime is so prevalent, who are all these people who get arrested?


    • 37 anniebella
      July 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I was thinking maybe we are going to have to arm our young black men with guns, legally. Go through all the legal channels for them to carry a conceal weapon. Next time one of them meet a George Zimmerman kind ( Racists ) at least they might have a chance. And by the way I think the state of Florida did as much to set Zimmerman free as the defense team and jury.

      • 38 ericfive
        July 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

        If Black people started arming themselves, all this Second Amendment stuff would go out the window. During the 1960’s the Black Panthers armed themselves and patroled their own neighborhoods in California (to counter rampant police brutality). That lead then Gov. Reagan and the State legislature to radically change the state’s gun laws and outlaw citizens from carrying firearms without a permit. When the state legislature was debating the law, the Black Panthers entered the state capital building armed to the teeth (which was counter productive, but did send a powerful message).

    • 39 ericfive
      July 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

      All this talk of “hoodies” and tattoos are just excuses these racists are using to justify their deep-seated hatred/fear of the Black male. Many of these same people have referred to PBO as a “Chicago thug” who shook down BP when he held them financial accountable for the oil spill. PBO does not wear hoodies or have tattoos, but is still a “thug” in their eyes based solely on the color of his skin. The same is true for Trayvon.

    • 40 LDS
      July 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Dear Africa,
      The KKK wore hoods(white) and their coward assess burned crosses. They were terroists that got away with murders we will never ever know. But God knows….

      • 41 arkluvspbo
        July 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Maybe THAT’S it…that is why these “people” are so afraid of hoodies, because it’s projection on their part…they’re aren’t afraid of the white hoods.

  12. 42 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good Early Evening, Amk! You prepared my supper yet? 😉

    • 43 amk for obama
      July 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

      No money, no food.

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        July 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

        For lawd’s sake, Amk, you can’t eat doubloons! How about feeding me so I have energy to go earn the money to pay you /in your dreams/?

        I really have to stop reading these long links that CC & others share. They take up too much time – If only I wasn’t so ‘nosey’! I was reading the Battleground Texas article

  13. 54 desertflower
    July 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    SMH. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/07/2013716234341816802.html

    UK selling weapons to human rights abusers
    Parliamentary report finds “inherent conflict” in arms export and human rights policies.

  14. 58 anniebella
    July 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I always like it when POTUS have these kids from Make a Wish over to the Oval Office. It’s a nice thing to do.

  15. 59 amk for obama
    July 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    that reid/mcturtle toon is spot on.

  16. 60 amk for obama
    July 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says relations with the US outweigh intelligence “squabbles”, in his latest comments on the Edward Snowden case.


    wanna bet the moment spyboy steps into russia, he is on the 1st plane back to DC ?

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    • 63 amk for obama
      July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

      What’s wrong with that ? You’re adorable. You should let them.

      • July 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Oh, it’s lovely, but much as I’d like to believe it’s specifically directed at me, I suspect not – in fact, I suspect it’s directed at, oh, 25 million websites every day. Afraid to click the link, but it appears to be a Polish site dedicated to mangoes. 😕 You’ll find it spam, dare you to click. If you do, come back and report!

  18. 67 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Notice what PPP says here?

    A weak GOP field is a contributing factor, this Little Nate doesn’t know shit!

  19. July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning Family!

  20. July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Obama meets with leaders of black sorority

    7/16/13 4:09 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama hosted members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the White House on Tuesday as members of the group gather in Washington for their annual convention.

    White House spokesman Kevin Lewis said the Oval Office meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the African-Amercan sorority and the 51st anniversary of its convention. Obama met with members including the sorority’s president, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. Given the national dialogue on race since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case — and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Monday comments to the group about the case — it wouldn’t be unexpected for the conversation to veer in that direction.

    “As parents, as engaged citizens, and as leaders who stand vigilant against violence in communities across the country, the Deltas are deeply, and rightly, concerned about this case,” Holder said Monday. “The Justice Department shares your concern – I share your concern – and, as we first acknowledged last spring, we have opened an investigation into the matter.”


  21. 81 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    And what happened to this law in Florida?


    See? The State had other avenues to explore!!!

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Jovie, if they want someone, you know they can get them. Remember when they arrested OJ for the robbery? They charged him with everything from eye-rolling to breathing…because they intended to get a conviction.

      • 83 57andfemale
        July 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

        When the Scott-picked special prosecutor filed the charges I thought, “They must have a lot of evidence we don’t know about to go for 2nd degree murder.” And over the next year I kept waiting for all this overwhelming evidence. There was some, but it was far from overwhelming to prove 2nd degree murder. I started to get suspicious about the motives of the prosecution……..

  22. 84 forus50
    July 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This is my own prediction about ObamaCare; that when history judges it – let’s say within 5 years even – it will be considered the most important, successful legislation passed in the US in the past 60 years.

    As an example, I am a voting member of a charitable foundation established by our company that provides needed assistance to employees and their families. Most all cases we receive are specifically associated with medical bills leaving the families in dire straits because of the pre-existing medical condition that the insurance companies have in place, essentially robbing these employees and their family of their life’s savings –not to mention their humanity — in having to beg for help. We are expecting that ObamaCare implementation will significantly change all of this in the next year and what a wonderful change that will be to not read these heart-breaking stories over and over. I am sure there will always be some of course, it will never be 100% elimination of these situations.

    And then what about the fact that 60% of all bankruptcies are due to medical costs? Will some bankruptcy attorneys go out of business? Now THAT would be progress!

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

      But it doesn’t have the public option. Deal with it haters.

    • 87 57andfemale
      July 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

      The headline is misleading, although the article is not: 50% lower premiums for individual policy buyers.

      The law also precludes an individual from opting out of employer-provided health care and choosing to go on the exchanges. I’m 90% sure I’m correct about that – correct me if I’m wrong.

      However, competition is competition. I can’t imagine a scenario where employer-provided insurance would cost more than individual plans but it may take awhile to shake out. There will be growing pains and we will be ready to debunk the liars at every turn.

      A public option would have guaranteed a significant lowering of premiums and it would have happened very fast. But we needed the best relief we could get, and there’s a lot of great stuff in this bill.

      There are back door alternatives to public options built into the bill, however. I’m going to be researching this in the coming weeks and will share what I find. Here in IL, for example, there’s a small business advocacy organization that is setting up co-ops. Co-ops have been immensely successful in Oregon and are truly non-profit health insurance alternatives. Unfortunately, the grants for funding these alternatives were eliminated in the deficit deal at the end of 2012. If you already had the grant money, you were fine but it was one of the unfortunate sacrifices PBO had to make.

  23. July 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. I have been a non lurker/poster since the Trayvon Martin verdict. I was in mo running all over again since his tragic death. New hope this morning with the confirmations by the Senate yesterday. Thank you as always Chips for a fab R&S.

  24. 91 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Same song, different verse. Another fool with a gun DECIDES to kill a black child he assumes did something criminal instead of letting the police handle. He can’t claim self-defense, so he’s using an insanity plea. [SMDH]

    76-year-old man to stand trial in shooting death of 13-year-old boy

    In a case that bears some striking similarities to George Zimmerman’s, a 76-year-old Milwaukee man is set to stand trial this week in the 2012 shooting death a 13-year-old boy he had accused of stealing from him.

    Police say John Henry Spooner confronted Darius Simmons, who lived next door with his mother, as the teen took out the trash. Spooner, who is white, had suspected that Simmons, who was black, stole $3,000 worth of shotguns from him, and demanded that the sixth-grader return them. Simmons denied stealing the guns, and his mother, Patricia Larry, told Spooner to go back inside.

    Instead, prosecutors say, Spooner pulled out a handgun and shot the 13-year-old in the chest from near-point blank range.

    “When police arrived, Spooner was still on the sidewalk, holding the gun,” according to the criminal complaint. “When told to drop the weapon, he placed it on the ground and told police, ‘Yeah, I shot him.'”

    • 92 anniebella
      July 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

      This is down right crazy, why not let the police handle things. Shot the child right in front of his mother, and I am telling you if I were the child’s mother and I had a gun I would have shot that old bastard.

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Good Grief. You call the police, let them investigate and if necessary obtain a search warrant. If they find your stuff then there’s your case. If not then you move on. What’s so hard about that? “I’ll kill him for stealing my guns even though I have no proof he did.” The war on Black males continues.

    • 98 arkluvspbo
      July 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Wow, takes a lot of guts to shoot a 13 year old boy while he’s taking out the garbage. Maybe SpoonfedfromFox felt sorry for the garbage because he felt a kinship to it.
      Disgusting toothless old redneck.

  25. 99 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    • 100 arkluvspbo
      July 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Dudette, have you ever noticed how the GOTPs always have that tightlipped weird frown face — it’s a very telling sign of someone who doesn’t like to tell the truth — always have to keep their mouths closed because they’re afraid of what will come out.

  26. 101 desertflower
    July 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Stinks to high heaven.


    Embattled Donor Tied To All Three Past GOP Nominees For Virginia Governor

    Both McDonnell and Cuccinelli, who is currently running for governor, originally reported thousands of dollars in gifts from Williams and his company, only to have further gifts or financial ties come to light later.

    But Williams’ ties to top Virginia Republicans go back further than the current administration. Williams and his company, Star Scientific, gave heavily to the 2005 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Jerry Kilgore. Kilgore, who served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2002 to 2005, lost to Democrat Tim Kaine. Currently a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods, Kilgore now serves as Williams’ attorney, and has acted as his spokesperson during the current scandal.

    In other words, Williams and his company have had financial ties to Virginia’s past three attorneys general, and its past three Republican gubernatorial nominees. And one of those former attorneys general is now his lawyer. (McDonnell served as attorney general from 2006 to 2009.)

  27. 102 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Deval Patrick rules out 2016 run for President!
    He is the best Governor In America!

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

      This makes me so sad. I love his spirit and his vision and I think he would make a great candidate. Maybe someday?

    • 104 sabreen60
      July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Can’t say that I blame him.

    • 105 Dudette
      July 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

      No surprise there. He’s said several times he wants to go into private firm and leave politics. I hope he changes his mind though — maybe does something in the next administration’s cabinet or the Supreme Court. Wouldn’t that be cool.

  28. July 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The last several days have been tough, but I also want us to see that there is also HOPE:

  29. 109 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

  30. July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    The AG ‘looking suspicious’

  31. 114 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Fantastic round-up Chipster!

    1. The healthcare news has me grinning like the cat that got the cream.

    2. YES! Wendy Davis, Julian and Joaquin Castro: the future of Texas Democrats. She’s right about the DNC not ignoring red states that have growing minority populations. They only do so at their peril. Pres. Obama in 2008 showed that Democrats can go in red and purple states and give the GOP a run for their money and in many cases W-I-N. Democrats have got to begin a grassroots network in red and purple states. Don’t concede. Brick by brick we build until we flip the state blue.

    3. The Attorney General Eric Holder cartoon showing contempt for congress? Winning!

    4. The AG Holder NAACP speech was one for the history books. He looked hate in the eye and called it out; and that’s why conservatives and emoprogs are pissing their pants in terror. The man has no time for nonsense.

    5. Richard Cordray? Congratulations! About damn time.

    6. The Howard University “Do I Look Suspicious?” video is one for the ages. Bless those brave men.

    7. Finally, thank goodness there’s some movement on fixing the destructive SCOTUS Voting Rights Act ruling.

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Moooooorning UT! So you people bid for my Wayne, huh? If you get him, there’s going to be some seriously back and forth between me and you/LL next season 😕

      Still can’t get over that Wendy Davis only had a boiled egg before her filibuster – HOW did she stay standing?!

  32. July 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good looking out with the Howard University Trayvon video. I remember when we put that out. We were still trying to get Zimmerman arrested.

  33. 118 sabreen60
    July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

  34. 119 amk for obama
    July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

  35. 120 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

  36. 121 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The National Republican Congressional Committee outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in June, bringing in $7.1 million to the DCCC’s $6.7 million.
    The NRCC now has $11.3 million in the bank and $2.25 million in debt after paying off $2.5 million in debt during the month, Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced to GOP members Wednesday morning.

    This is the first time this year that the NRCC has outpaced the DCCC in monthly fundraising.
    The DCCC still holds a lead in cash on hand, with $13.2 million in the bank and no debt.
    Democrats need to win 17 seats to take House control — a tall order considering how few true swing districts are left after redistricting.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/311605-nrcc-beats-dccc-in-june-fundraising#ixzz2ZJJ8A400

  37. 124 desertflower
    July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am



    Last year, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) admitted that voter identification efforts were designed to suppress Democratic votes, telling a Republican Steering Committee meeting that Voter ID “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”
    Romney ended up losing the state, but Republicans still believe that they successfully kept Democrats from supporting President Obama. As Pennsylvania’s GOP Chairman Rob Gleason told Pennsylvania Cable Network, the party “cut Obama by 5 percent” in 2012 and “probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that.” Watch it:

  38. 127 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

  39. 129 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

  40. 130 JER
    July 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    LIVE NOW: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at NAACP Convention, Orlando, Florida – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  41. 132 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    EPA nominee vote coming as soon as Wednesday
    By Zack Colman
    The Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to approve Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as early as Wednesday, according to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) office.
    The nominations of McCarthy and Labor Department nominee Thomas Perez are slotted behind Fred Hochberg’s nomination to lead the Export-Import Bank, so it’s not certain that a vote is coming Wednesday.

  42. 133 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

  43. 135 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    The export import bank guy is being voted on at ten, final vote later today if 60 vote threshold .

  44. 136 anniebella
    July 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    How many people sign the NAACP petition to the DOJ concerning looking into the Trayvon Martin case

  45. 138 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Let me guess? This poll -without even looking inside, reveals that Republicans think its ok for Sexual assaults in military


    • 139 57andfemale
      July 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Here are the Dem’s that are against removing sexual assault from the chain of command: Carl Levin, Tim Kaine, Angus King, Claire McCaskill (!), Bill Nelson, jack Reed, Joe Manchin and Angus King (I).

  46. 140 desertflower
    July 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Wednesday Funnies!! http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/16/conservative-christian-group-mailed-vibrator-to-michele-bachmann-report/

    The CEO of Strategy Group for Media, Rex Elsass, reportedly sent “female pleasure machines” to Bachmann by accident.

    “Female pleasure machines” AH….that just cracked me up:)

    • 141 arkluvspbo
      July 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      The irony with that is just so sweet. Poor Shely with the migraines — perhaps if she divorced her hubby, stopped being such a b*, and stopped lying about everything, including the president, she wouldn’t have to deal with such things.

  47. 142 japa21
    July 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    GM to all TODvillians and particularly to Chips, the Contessa of Sandwich of the intertubes, always serving up tasty treats.

    Some people complain about Reid not going nuclear, but he got what he wanted, which was up and down votes and has sent the message that if the issue is important enough, the Dems are ready. At the same time, he keeps the filibuster around in case the Dems need it. And with all the whining the GOP has done about how getting rid of the filibuster would ruin the Senate, they will look foolish if they win control and try to abolish it. I know, I know, looking foolish has never been a deterrent to the GOP.

    I start a little kerfuffle here on Monday with my comments on the Zimmerman verdict. Looking back I realize that I did not explain what I meant very well, which is not an uncommon occurence with me. The trial and the outcome brings out the strongest emotions in all of us. SO all I will say is that if I was on the jury, it probably would have been a hung jury because I would have stayed with a guilty of manslaughter verdict until the cows came home. And the final verdict was a result of the following:

  48. 151 desertflower
    July 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Audio- Ted Nugent: “The Black Problem” Could Be Solved If Blacks Put “Heart And Soul Into Being Honest” And “Law-Abiding”


    I said this yesterday, and again today…..they need to keep their mouths shut. There is nothing constructive that comes from their mouths….

    • July 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

      What is “the Black problem?”

      • 153 desertflower
        July 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

        Well…good question! Looks like HIS problem, to me.

      • 154 nathkatun7
        July 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        The “Black problem” (formerly known as the “Negro Problem”) is their presence in this country expecting to be treated as human beings entitled to equal treatment under the law. Most sociological books written before the 1960’s about black folks sought to study “The Negro Problem in America.” Here is a title of the book that was, and still is, highly regarded in academic circles: “An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and the Modern Democracy” by Gunnar Myrdal.

        • July 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Hi Nath! I’ve had Myrdal’s book for years. I started reading it years ago and it made me so angry, I put it down and never picked it up again. Gotta know your limits. 🙂

    • 156 Eveingeorgia
      July 17, 2013 at 10:24 am


      This ” makes me want to holler, throw up Both my hands!”

    • July 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

      We try so hard Ted. Forgive us for not rising to your standards.

    • 158 ericfive
      July 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Ted Nugent is a racist, draft dodging piece of sh*t. He literally sh*t his pants in front of the draft board to get out of serving in the Vietnam war. Now he perpetrates the fraud that he is some kind of all American patriot. I’m glad this Zimmerman verdict has caused the true racists among us to show their faces. I hope they keep talking.

    • 159 anniebella
      July 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

      And the White Racists Problem can be solve if those white people would realize that their whiteness does not make them better than black people.

      • 160 anniebella
        July 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

        I always take the time to say that all white people are not racists.

      • 161 ericfive
        July 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

        They are sounding more and more like Nazis everyday. Hitler spoke of the “Jewish Problem”. Is talk of the “Final Solution” next?

      • 162 nathkatun7
        July 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        The late Law Professor, Derrick Bell, in his provocative book, “Faces At The Bottom Of The Well,” Identified what he labelled “The Rules of Racial Standing.” Here is Rule #2, which I think applies not only to the Trayvon case, but also to many other cases involving Black defendants.

        “Not only are blacks’ complaints discounted, but black victims of racism are less effective witness than are whites, who are members of the oppressor class. This phenomenon reflects a widespread assumption that blacks, unlike whites, cannot be objective on racial issues and will favor their own no matter what. This deep-seated belief fuels a continuing effort … to keep black people off juries in cases involving race. Black judges hearing racial cases are eyed suspiciously and sometimes asked to recuse themselves in favor a white
        judge–without those making the request even being aware of the paradox in their motions.”

        • July 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          Exactly! I am grateful to share this space with someone with your obvious depth of knowledge. Thank you, fine sir for allowing me to chat with you.

    • July 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      ted has a short man mentality which equals a SMALL DICK problem for a few bad men

      • 165 arkluvspbo
        July 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        If they would just learn to “eat” out, perhaps they wouldn’t feel so bad about having that “little” problem. Seriously, there are ways around it.
        I’m just sayin’ 😉

  49. July 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) discusses the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on July 12, 2013. Senator Warren introduced the legislation with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME).

  50. 169 Dudette
    July 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

  51. 170 JER
    July 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • July 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I like Carter but he’s wrong on both counts.

    • 173 Jessica
      July 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I like Jimmy Carter and he is liberal but this is a strong reminder that white liberals still don’t understand most of the times. Simply the fact that he said “right decision.” Wrong. The jury went by the lies GZ told and the pathetic SYG law but it’s not right PERIOD!!

  52. 175 Jovie
    July 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    The glen greenwood channel, I mean msnbc is interviewing that punk again, and again.

  53. 176 arkluvspbo
    July 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    LOVE the HU video, and I’m really diggin’ the new face of the Texas Democratic Party.

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