Rise and Shine


First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children attending Camp Noah as they make trail mix at the McAlpine Park Recreation Center in Birmingham, Ala., July 18, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11:25: The President delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act

12:25: First Lady Michelle Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule visit Urban Alliance Chicago

3:0: The President participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony (closed press)



Steve Benen: Jobless claims show sharp improvement, reach three-month low

Last week’s report on initial unemployment claims was unexpectedly discouraging, making the good news this morning that more reassuring.

The number of people who applied for regular state unemployment-insurance benefits dropped 24,000 to 334,000 in the week that ended July 13, hitting the lowest level of new claims since early May, signaling a slower pace of layoffs, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected initial claims to fall to 341,000 from an original estimate of 360,000 in the prior week. However, it’s difficult to precisely measure claims this month because of distortions from events such as annual auto plant shutdowns and the July 4 holiday, they said…. The four-week average of initial claims, a less volatile gauge, declined 5,250 to 346,000.

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Philip Bump: Those of you who are old enough may remember a time when Barack Obama was plagued with scandal. “Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill,” Politico yelped. The suffix “-gate” was added to various words. So what happened to the scandals? For the most part, they’ve been hollowed out. The scandal: Benghazi. What it was: The death of four Americans at a diplomatic (read: CIA) outpost in the Libyan city of Benghazi last September 11th bubbled for a while. The release of emails suggesting a cover-up kicked conspiracy theories into high gear.

How real it was in the first place: Not very. Current status: Last rites administered Those emails reported by ABC News were only part of the story. The White House released the full email chain, making it clear that the administration’s involvement in drafting a set of post-attack talking points wasn’t what opponents suggested. (We even declared the scandal dead the same week.)

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President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office before a phone call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, July 18, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Chris Mizelle, Director for Russia and Central Asia, NSS; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; and Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Paul Krugman: Obamacare Is the Right’s Worst Nightmare

News from New York: it looks as if insurance premiums on the individual market are going to plunge thanks to Obamacare. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; in fact, the New York experience perfectly illustrates why Obamacare had to look the way it does. And it also illustrates why conservatives should be terrified about this legislation, as it takes effect. Americans may have had a lot of misgivings in advance, thanks to vast, deliberately spread misinformation. But I agree with Matt Yglesias — unless the GOP finds even more ways to sabotage the plan, this thing is going to work, it’s going to be extremely popular, and it’s going to wreak havoc with conservative ideology.

Conservatives are right to be hysterical about this: it’s an attack on everything they believe — and it’s going to make Americans’ lives better. What could be worse?

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Abby Ohlheiser: House Republicans followed up on the Obama administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the employer mandate for one year by voting to make that decision a law, and to extend that delay to all individuals, too. It’s a more limited protest vote than what we’re used to seeing from the House GOP on Obamacare: There have been 38 legislative attempts to revoke either all or part of the health care reform law since 2011.

On Wednesday, both votes to delay passed easily: 264 – 161 for the employer mandate, and 251 – 174 for the individual mandate. They will not become law: President Obama would veto both bills if they made it to his desk.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraces Richard Cordray following a statement by President Barack Obama on Cordray’s confirmation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, July 17


Happy 95th Birthday Nelson Mandela!



Statement by the President and Mrs Obama on Nelson Mandela International Day:

On behalf of our family and the people of the United States, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes and prayers to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as well as to Graça Machel, the Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa as they mark the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day.   Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.

On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service.  Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people – and the world – the path to justice, equality, and freedom.  May Nelson Mandela’s life of service to others and his unwavering commitment to equality, reconciliation, and human dignity continue to be a beacon for each future generation seeking a more just and prosperous world.


Something is wrong in a country where the future President of the United States was racially profiled just because he’s black

Josh Lederman: In 1999, a fresh-faced state senator on Chicago’s South Side heard constituents complain that police were free to pull over drivers because they were black. So Barack Obama proposed a bill to tackle racial profiling. When it failed, he revised it and proposed it again and again. “Race and ethnicity is not an indicator of criminal activity,” Obama said when his bill finally passed the Senate four years later. He said targeting individuals based on race was humiliating and fostered contempt in black communities.

More than a decade later, Obama’s efforts to pass groundbreaking racial profiling legislation in Illinois offer some of the clearest clues as to how America’s first black president feels about an issue that’s polarizing a nation roiled by the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Obama has spoken only rarely about his own experience with incidents he perceived to be race-related. In his 2006 book “The Audacity of Hope,” he described his struggles with the injustices of “driving while black” and the vigilance he felt was still necessary for him and his family.

“I can recite the usual litany of petty slights that during my 45 years have been directed my way: security guards tailing me as I shop in department stores, white couples who toss me their car keys as I stand outside a restaurant waiting for the valet, police cars pulling me over for no apparent reason,” Obama wrote.

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Tal Kopan: Trayvon Martin’s parents are asking President Barack Obama to go through the details of the shooting death of their son with a fine-tooth comb, saying American teenagers don’t know how to behave in its wake. Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was asked what she wanted the president to do. “That’s pretty tough. To say the least, at least investigate what happened. At least go through it with a fine-tooth comb and just make sure all the T’s were crossed and all the I’s were dotted, because this is sending a terrible message,” Fulton said. “It’s sending out a terrible message to young teenagers. Trayvon was walking too slow, so should they be walking too fast? You know, so I don’t think teenagers in whole know exactly what to do now.”



David Simon (Creator of the critically acclaimed series The Wire): You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead. In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all.  And bring a handgun. The legislators are fine with this blood on their hands. The governor, too. One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.

If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.  I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own. Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies:  Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible.  I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country.

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Meredith Shiner: A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans. McConnell’s tone, according to multiple sources, implied that he had been kept in the dark about the talks between some in his own ranks and Democrats. However, those same Republicans say they kept McConnell updated throughout their negotiating process.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., got so frustrated with McConnell’s presentation of events, that he called “bullshit” loud enough for the room to hear, nearly a half-dozen sources said. The heated exchange underscored the “buyer’s remorse” among some Republicans, especially leaders, one senior Republican said on background.

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ThinkProgress: Bruce Springsteen Dedicates ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ To The U.S. ‘For Justice For Trayvon Martin’

During his concert in Limerick, Ireland Tuesday night, Bruce Springsteen dedicated “American Skin (41 Shots),” a song he debuted in 2000 about the February 4, 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo by four plainclothes New York City police officers, as “a letter back home…for justice for Trayvon Martin.”

If you haven’t heard the song before, part of what’s chilling about hearing it again in this context is that the lyrics, which describe a black woman talking to her child about how not to get killed by the police, remain as applicable now as they were a decade and a half ago. When Springsteen sings “Lena gets her son ready for school / She says ‘On these streets, Charles / You’ve got to understand the rules / If an officer stops you, / promise me you’ll always be polite / And that you’ll never ever run away / Promise Mama you’ll keep your hands in sight,’” he could be quoting Levar Burton explaining the tactics he uses to try to avoid a deadly outcome during traffic stops by the police…..

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The Future of Texas


Mayor Julián Castro, Senator Wendy Davis, and U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro


Tom Kludt: Vice President Joe Biden opened up about his presidential prospects in the latest issue of GQ, telling the magazine that he’d” be at peace if he never makes it to the White House — but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t run in 2016. “I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America,” Biden said in the interview. “”But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in the Oval Office, July 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Have A Jose Mourinho Leading Chelsea To Victory Day! 😀

123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    That R&S was delicious, until the last line. BLOCKED.

    But before that, thank yoooooooooou UT!!

  2. 11 vcprezofan2
    July 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Morning! Morning! Morning! 😀 😛

    • 12 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Great Twitter convo with Knoller 🙂

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        July 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

        TY for the chance to participate. I also appreciate Mark responding. I’m suddenly reminded of PBO’s stance that we can disagree without being disagreeable, and I have to say that Knoller, more than most of the MSM types, is not quick to shut you out.

        • 14 hopefruit2
          July 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

          Yes – I appreciate that he doesn’t block people for disagreements. Unlike his colleagues at CNN (Tapper and Henry).

  3. 15 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats to Layla on #1, and thanks again UT for this fantastic R & S! 🙂

  4. 16 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I guess I will be missing PBO’s ACA speech. 😦

  5. 17 Mellesia Barnett
    July 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good Morning Ut and my fellow TOD’ers

  6. 18 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    • 19 amk for obama
      July 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

      A brilliant tweet, isn’t it?

    • 23 ericfive
      July 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Remember how when the Boston Marathon bombing first took place the MSM was pushing the story that the bombers were “dark skinned”? Post racial my ass.

    • 24 Nena20409
      July 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

      That is The Race Divide. Brilliantly stated.

      Until the philosophy which Holds one Race/man superiori and another Inferior, is finally and permanently discredited……..the late Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie in a 1963 UN speech on race. 50 yrs later……….Pigmentation is still the difference in Humanity and indifference.

  7. 25 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

  8. 26 Mellesia Barnett
    July 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

    • 27 sherijr
      July 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Eff Mat Laur (sp) Just can’t stand him or his biased questions.

      • 28 Dudette
        July 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Hi-five! {thwap!}

      • 30 arkluvspbo
        July 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

        OMFG, I’m only at 3:30 and ML is such a douche …ughhhh. I used to like The Today Show, but haven’t watched it in years and I don’t miss it.

        • 31 sherijr
          July 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

          me too- used to watch, but haven’t in 7 years. I actually had to turn this video off, couldn’t stand Lauer’s attitude/questions/tone. Who speaks to parents who’ve lost their child, in this manner, this way?? This is not journalism, its torture.

    • 32 Nena20409
      July 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

      The blatant media bias……the 1st clip of protesters shown where mostly unruling crowd……95% of better of the protesters were calm, organized and Very Peaceful. The injustice biased media style continues. Shame on Matt Lauer and The Today Show.

  9. 34 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 9:52 am


  10. July 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. July 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning Everyone. Thanks UT for busy rise and shine.

  12. 38 japa21
    July 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    GM all. A wonderful R&S UT.

    This week started as such a downer, but it has been steadily moving upward.

    Personally, I would love to see Biden run and win. Mainly because there would be two consecutive beautiful, intelligent, really human FLOTUSes in a row. (That isn;t really true, in the sense of being the main reason, but it would definitely be a plus.)

    It is sauna time here in Chicago. Supposed to hit 95 with heat index of 105 today. I have so much yard work to do, but even in the evening it is just to miserable to go out there.

    • 39 desertflower
      July 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

      If you do decide to go do yardwork today…drink plenty of water BEFORE you even go outside. Drink more while you’re outside. Wear sunscreen, a hat….and I like to put a cool, wet towel over my neck. It really takes a toll on you. If you can wait on the yardwork until this heatwave breaks…then do. People exert themselves too much and end up in distress. No different than shoveling snow in the winter….

      You know I know what I’m talking about:) This is what I live with every single day…actually, we’re HAPPY when the summer only brings 105 degree days….But for those not used to this heat, it’s very dangerous. Please be careful. Nothing to mess with…and no one would fault you for leaving your yard “as is” right now.

    • 43 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

      If Biden decides to run, I would support him 100%. 🙂

  13. 48 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hot Dam!

    Ya know, this got me thinking… NBC could save a lot of money but just reducing CNBC to a chyron with numbers & stats and maybe some music playing in the background. Would anybody miss their anchors? Certainly not me.

  14. 49 amk for obama
    July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    ruiney moves to chelasea.

  15. 56 amk for obama
    July 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

  16. 59 amk for obama
    July 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

  17. 60 amk for obama
    July 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

  18. July 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    More progress from SOS Kerry:

    • 62 desertflower
      July 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news:)

    • 63 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Excellent news! Will GOPolitico report, or are they still worried about Kerry’s yacht?

      • 64 Jovie
        July 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

        They have no idea live in that Republican bubble.

      • 65 Dudette
        July 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

        It really is! Although, in a way, I kinda wish the work would stay out of the news the key players are actually sitting in a room talking, so the saboteurs get fewer opportunities to derail things.

        • July 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

          The State Dept says there are currently no plans for announcement on resumption of Israeli-Pal. peace talks. So I do believe they are flying under the radar on this, being careful and deliberate about keeping it quiet.

    • 68 57andfemale
      July 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Expect Republicans to start shrieking that John Kerry is a member of al-Qaeda.

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      July 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      That’s good, but IMO it’s kinda sad the fact the groups are ‘prepared to RESUME peace’ talks causes such furor. Check that out; they are only going to start negotiating again – maybe.

  19. 70 jackiegrumbacher
    July 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Just checking in to say morning all. I miss everyone and the chance to catch up on what’s happening. Still baby consumed and will be until Saturday. The unbearable heat makes all of our planned outdoor activities impossible, so we’re stuck in doors, which can make for a bored and cranky baby. She’s the most wonderful grandbaby in the world and it’s been a joy to have her, but the old gray mare……is wearing out. Still..PBO is president and that helps.

  20. July 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Only 2 Republicans Attended Today’s Voting Rights Act Hearing and Both Left Early
    By: Jason Easley Jul. 17th, 2013

    Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held their first hearing on the post-Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act. Only two Republicans attended the hearing, and both of them left early.

    Ari Berman of The Nation reported, “Beyond Sensenbrenner, there wasn’t much enthusiasm among Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to revise the VRA. Only two Republicans attended the hearing, Senators Grassley and Cruz, neither of whom stayed the full time. Cruz praised the Supreme Court’s decision, while Grassley and witness Michael Carvin, a prominent Republican lawyer at Jones Day, suggested that Section 2 would be an adequate replacement for Sections 4 & 5. (Section 4 determines how states are covered under Section 5, which requires that states with the worst history of voting discrimination clear their voting changes with the federal government.)”


    • 72 Linda
      July 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I watched some of that …Grassley was reading from prepared notes from his staff and it came across like he had no idea what he was talking about…Michael Carvin was a disgusting right wing lawyer……

      Section 2 is to late …..it only allows for claims after the damage has been done and can take as long as 2 years to be resolved in court.

  21. 76 Mellesia Barnett
    July 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

  22. 78 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

  23. 80 Jovie
    July 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Tiger isn’t doing so well.

  24. 81 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

    • July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

      From the article: “The United States and European Union expressed concern over the conviction, saying it raised questions about the rule of law in Russia and Putin’s treatment of opponents.”

      Where have these people been? Putin is no Boris Yeltsin. He’s Stalin in a suit and has been from day one. Snowden is such and coward and so terrified to take his medicine that he’s convinced himself disappearing inside Putin’s Russia would be better. the worse nightmare of his life hasn’t even begun.

  25. 83 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • 84 Nena20409
      July 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

      So with Manufacturing up, hiring up, housing up, retail up, even consumer spending up and income slightly up, how come the GDP was down in the 1st qtr? That 1.5% or whatever is Not computing well with me…….just saying.

  26. 85 dotster3
    July 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    It’s sickeningly hot here—–as everywhere. Could hardly stand to be out there long enough to give thirsty flower darlings a drink. Mr. dotster exercised poor judgment and played golf yesterday with some other nuts. Why would you be outside in the sweltering heat if you didn’t have to be? Luckily he survived. I couldn’t handle the alternative AND my washing machine passing on in the same week. 🙂

    • 86 japa21
      July 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Doing without the washing machine is a real tragedy.

    • 89 57andfemale
      July 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Golfers are nuts. Mr. 57 helped a friend move a 100-lb industrial router, while the bratty grandkids of the friend (strapping 15 year old, 19 and 20 years old) couldn’t tear themselves away from some shiny device to come help. Mr. 57 is 73 and his friend is 70.

  27. 90 japa21
    July 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

  28. 92 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

  29. 93 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 7m
    @Steverocks35 Brazil’s media is the most gunned down group in the world followed by Russia. Greenwald just simply hates America
    View conversation Reply Retweet Favorite More

  30. 94 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

  31. July 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

  32. 97 dotster3
    July 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Another gun tragedy. And on and on it goes…..

    • 98 Dudette
      July 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

      This has GOT to stop!

    • 99 vcprezofan2
      July 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      I don’t understand why they showed a picture of the little boy. If I’m not mistaken this is the first time I’ve seen one of these child to child cases where the suspect is shown. If there is no law that juveniles’ pics should not be shown, there should be.

  33. 100 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Yeah, baby! http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/18/2319271/obama-administration-falling-premiums/

    Obama Administration: Premiums Under Obamacare Will Be Even Lower Than Originally Predicted

  34. July 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Israel’s crash into the diplomatic iceberg
    A combination of arrogance, complacency and moral stupor caused Israelis to continue to dance on the deck even as their ship was cruising straight into an iceberg. The skipper didn’t swerve in time. Nor did the passengers demand that he swerve in time.

  35. 103 Nena20409
    July 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    GM TODers, finally I am on the R&S thread…..Wow. Loads of information.

    Thanks. Great Job, UT.

  36. July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Interesting profile of VP Joe:

    “I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America,” he said one day at his residence in Washington. “But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”


  37. 113 Nena20409
    July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Happy 95th Birthday to the Majestic Madiba, Nelson Mandela.

  38. 115 anniebella
    July 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    FLOTUS and the girls were at Beyonce concert last night in Chicago. Hope they enjoy the concert.

  39. 116 Jovie
    July 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

    If democrats don’t vote in 2016 midterms, with all this crap going on, then we will never vote in midterms.
    Me thinks a lot of republican governors are going to lose jobs in. 2014.
    I also think terry will win in a couple of months in Virginia.

  40. 117 JER
    July 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Right now on the CBS LIVE FEED is a bipartisan congressional gathering to mark Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  41. July 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Fox Guest Decries Immigration Reform: Naturalized Immigrants Can’t Be Exploited (Video):

    CUTLER: I had a front-row seat to the ’86 amnesty. If you give lawful status to a bunch of illegal aliens who are being exploited, guess what, they will no longer be willing to be exploited. They will demand to be paid on the books, they will have the right to expect that they will be treated equally as Americans, but more importantly, they will have an equal standing in a labor pool that’s already unable to find work. An alien who is naturalized or given employment authorization legally cannot be discriminated against, so they could get the same jobs that Americans desperately need to avoid losing their homes to foreclose.


  42. 120 Linda
    July 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

    John Cornyn is on the Senate floor with a giant sign pretending he cares about Unions and using their complaints about Obamacare to further the rights lying about it.

  43. July 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Republicans in Disarray

    by BooMan
    Thu Jul 18th, 2013 at 10:32:39 AM EST

    Apparently, there is plenty of butt-hurt to go around in the Senate Republican Caucus, after a rump of moderates and neo-conservatives bonded together to preserve the filibuster, but sold out the conservative effort to permanently weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the National Labor Relations Board. Most of them are also pissed off that another Latino will head the Labor Department, although they pretend it is about a lack of responsiveness to some House subpoena.

    A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans.
    McConnell’s tone, according to multiple sources, implied that he had been kept in the dark about the talks between some in his own ranks and Democrats. However, those same Republicans say they kept McConnell updated throughout their negotiating process.

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., got so frustrated with McConnell’s presentation of events, that he called “bullshit” loud enough for the room to hear, nearly a half-dozen sources said.

    Needless to say, the House Republican Caucus, which actually has chairmen on committees, was relying on the Senate’s obstruction on labor and consumer issues, and they will now be forced to deal with a harsher reality


  44. 122 arkluvspbo
    July 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I love that our POTUS and VPOTUS are comfortable enough to show affection towards each other — they obviously care a great deal about each other, and that is just so important.

  45. 123 vitaminlover
    July 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    OMG !!!! I loooove that picture of Pres and Vice-Pres grabbing hands!!!!

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