Rise and Shine

President Obama greets the audience after speaking at the Jacksonville Port, July 25


Today – all times Eastern

9:30 AM: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Camp David where he will will host Cabinet members and their families

7:0: Returns to the White House




Paul Krugman: Republican Health Care Panic

Leading Republicans appear to be nerving themselves up for another round of attempted fiscal blackmail. With the end of the fiscal year looming, they aren’t offering the kinds of compromises that might produce a deal and avoid a government shutdown …. they’re threatening, once again, to block any rise in the debt ceiling, a move that would damage the U.S. economy and possibly provoke a world financial crisis.

Yet even as Republican politicians seem ready to go on the offensive, there’s a palpable sense of anxiety, even despair, among conservative pundits and analysts. Better-informed people on the right seem, finally, to be facing up to a horrible truth: Health care reform, President Obama’s signature policy achievement, is probably going to work.

And the good news about Obamacare is, I’d argue, what’s driving the Republican Party’s intensified extremism. Successful health reform wouldn’t just be a victory for a president conservatives loathe, it would be an object demonstration of the falseness of right-wing ideology. So Republicans are being driven into a last, desperate effort to head this thing off at the pass……

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Greg Sargent: Even Republicans are openly worried about GOP’s sabotage governing

The notion that GOP sabotage governing tactics could ultimately prove counter-productive and self defeating for the Republican Party is now being increasingly voiced by Republicans themselves.

….. with Republicans hurtling towards another set of crises over the debt limit and funding the government they are openly nervous about the GOP’s continued embrace of its intransigent scorched earth governing posture…

…. More public disunity from Republicans about their tactics – even as Dems remain relatively united behind their insistence that they won’t negotiate over the debt limit and will continue to demand new revenues as part of any budget deal – will only encourage the White House to hold a harder line.

More here

And see Steve Benen: Senate GOPer calls shutdown threat ‘the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard’


Washington Post: White House hardens stance on budget cuts ahead of showdown with Republicans

Senior White House officials are discussing a budget strategy that could lead to a government shutdown if Republicans continue to demand deeper spending cuts, lawmakers and Democrats familiar with the administration’s thinking said Thursday.

The posture represents a more confrontational approach than that of this spring, when President Obama decided not to escalate a fight over across-the-board reductions known as sequestration in an earlier budget battle with Republicans.

The change in tone has been evident in repeated and little-noticed veto threats over the past few weeks by Obama, who has rarely issued the warnings with such frequency. He has made it clear that he will not sign into law Republican spending bills that slash domestic programs even more deeply than sequestration.

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Steve Benen: Either job creation is the top priority or it isn’t

…. In addition to the voluminous list of documented problems, just over the last few days we’ve gotten a better sense of the ways in which [sequestration cuts are] hurting the military, public schools, parks, and the justice system. The poor and minorities are disproportionately suffering.

Did the political world care about these stories? Not really…. So what made yesterday different? This did:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated that keeping the spending cuts from sequestration in place through fiscal 2014 would cost up to 1.6 million jobs …. Canceling the cuts, on the other hand, would yield between 300,000 to 1.6 million new jobs, with the most likely outcome being the addition of 900,000, the CBO said.

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CNN: Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group aligned with President Barack Obama, has turned the hour-long speech the president delivered in Illinois on Wednesday into a 60-second television spot that will air on national cable.

Clips of the president are spliced together with photographs of construction workers, manufacturers, students, and families, all designed to promote the economic message the White House says will be their focus on the coming months.

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Kurt Eichenwald: Zimmerman, Abortion, and Obamacare: 25 Contemplations on Current Events

…. It makes no sense to argue that you support Stand Your Ground and then condemn Trayvon Martin for confronting a guy who was following him. You can’t pick and choose who gets to stand their ground based on a perception of threat. Which is why that law is so obscene.

….. All anti-abortion protesters should be presented, on the spot, with an application to sign up as foster parents. They should also be given the names of children in their area in need of adoptive parents. And if they won’t sign or volunteer, they should shut up.

…. If Obamacare is so awful, why do conservatives have to lie so much about what it really does? (See death panels, government takeover of health care, preventing folks from choosing their own doctors, and pretty much anything any Republican has said about the program over the last few years.)

…. The fact that some folks learned something in school does not make them elitist. It makes them educated.

Full post here – must-read!

Twitter: @kurteichenwald



Steve Benen: What ‘conservatives gone wild’ looks like in North Carolina

….. [In North Carolina} …. the most sweeping voter-suppression efforts seen anywhere in the United States in generations ….. the proposal is remarkable in its scope, including a needlessly discriminatory voter-ID provision, new limits on early voting, blocks on voter-registration drive, restrictions on extended voting times to ease long lines, an end to same-day registration, new efforts to discourage youth voting, and expanded opportunities for “vigilante poll-watchers to challenge eligible voters.”

How many North Carolina Republican lawmakers supported these suppression tactics for no apparent reason? Each and every one of them…..

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President Obama winks as he speaks at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 25


Ratchet-Ass Lawyer (The Week in Blackness): Drone Policy Is the Most Important Racism

Salon’s arc of fail last week began with David Sirota’s meditation that “we are all targets now,” which spawned a minor revolution on social media and inspired TWiB Prime to break its hiatus for the “This Motherfucker Right Here Hour.” Now, Cornel West, among many others, has repeated the parallel, alleging that Obama is a “global George Zimmerman” because the Administration has sanctioned the use of drones for targeted killing in Yemen and elsewhere.

The strange essence of the critique is that Obama is a hypocrite for publicly, personally identifying with one murdered Black boy while the Administration’s foreign policy justifies the murders of innocent brown people abroad. This inappropriate parallel between Obama and Zimmerman erases the suffering of Black people and other marginalized groups in America, allows white men to co-opt the conversation while claiming that they are anti-racist, ignores crucial differences between vigilante justice and foreign policy, and requires Obama to be superhuman to maintain authority.

There are several incidents of privilege-blindness among the mostly white male drone-obsessed elite….

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You can donate to Wendy Davis’ campaign here


Dallas News: In Washington, Wendy Davis represents a progressive Texas

It was her stance on abortions that carried Texas Sen. Wendy Davis into the national spotlight, but it wasn’t the reason behind Thursday’s trip to Washington.

A more progressive Texas, not abortion, was the focus of Davis’s trip, which included two fundraisers and multiple meetings with members of Congress and local groups,

“People all across Texas are starting to stand and see that basic Texas values are being abused and abandoned by state leaders,” she told a group of 400, who paid between $25 and $250 to crowd into a bar on Thursday evening to hear Davis speak.

“Those weren’t just Democrats assembled to complain about Republicans,” she said referring to the hundreds who flooded the Texas capitol building last month during her filibuster. “They were Texans.”

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NYT: The Gun Lobby Takes Vengeful Aim

One welcome surprise in gun safety occurred this year in Colorado, where the Democratic-led Legislature dared to defy the gun lobby and mandated universal background checks on firearm sales and 15-round limits on ammunition magazines.

The ink was barely dry, however, before the National Rifle Association was vindictively pressing for recall votes against two supporters of the stronger law….

The recall vote, set for Sept. 10, could hardly be more important as a barometer of whether the public, which repeatedly registers support for tougher gun controls in surveys, will show up at the ballot to defend politicians who bucked the gun lobby.

Full editorial here


USA Today: Obama’s Fed pick: Yellen or Summers?

An intense, behind-the-scenes battle is going on for one of the world’s most powerful jobs: Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Backers of two major candidates – current Fed member Janet Yellen and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers – are busy lobbying the only voter who counts in this type of campaign: President Obama.

Yellen is the Fed’s vice chair and has helped develop the policies of current chairman Ben Bernanke – a point made by both supporters and critics. Bernanke is expected to retire when his term expires in January.

Senate Democrats are circulating a petition in support of Yellen, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed her in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

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OFA fellows are fired up and ready for you to join them

Organizing for Action is looking for passionate new leaders who are interested in tackling our country’s big issues for our OFA Fall Fellowship program. This three-month volunteer program is explicitly designed to train the next generation of OFA leaders – if that sounds like you, you can apply today.

Fall Fellows will be working on important issues affecting our country—from protecting Obamacare, to combating climate change, to passing comprehensive immigration reform, Fellows do work that matters every single day.

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On this day…..

President Obama laughs with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius following the official Cabinet group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, July 26, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; and Attorney General Eric Holder (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Jack Lew in the Oval Office, July 26, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)




Pete Souza: Just ran into Bo on the colonnade

101 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 26, 2013 at 10:06 am


  2. 11 Suzette
    July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Good morning Pamela, Chips.

  3. 12 japa21
    July 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Chips, so you must have been at the Iftar dinner. I assume it was you he was winking at. No forget that, if it had been you, you wouldn’t have recovered from your fainting spell yet. Not enough smelling salts in the world to do that.

  4. 20 japa21
    July 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Well, I posted two tweets at the end of the last post, so, in order to massage my rather immense ego, I will redo them here.

  5. 21 MightyPamela
    July 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

    So, after reading through most everything, scrolling up, which is my tendency, I am brought to tears by the tweet from Shazi Visram, and absolutely riveted on the face of that incredible child in the top photo. With that, I leave you for a very busy day, mostly out. Hugs all around, deep appreciation to our PBO, and to all who have and continue to support him! 😉

    • 22 ericfive
      July 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I was struck by those two also. The way that child is looking at PBO illustrates what a special human being he is.

  6. July 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Howdy O’s!!!! What a great getting up day in the TOD camp!!!

    I think the hostage cartoon really sums up the stoopid party. I get a kick out of watching them self destruct.

    The Obamacare letter is exactly what will put an end to all the humphpumpery around the socialist, marxist, Kenyan, 2000 page bill that was shoved down our throats. Now the RWNJ will have to sneak into their doctor offices or lie and say they paid full price for services. They’ll have a lot of ‘splaining to do when they accept that their kids get the back to school physicals at no charge. Hmmm, wonder if they’ll insist that the doc take the money.

  7. 24 anniebella
    July 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Did Fox heard about the Iftar dinner? More proof to those haters that POTUS is Muslim.

  8. 25 Jovie
    July 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Ya I said that!

  9. 26 99ts
    July 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hello everyone – I’m late because it’s late in my world – and also because there was a lot to read in R&S today. Ms Chips has another great collection of good news. And speaking of good news – I have stolen a quote from another blog

    “We should all thank the GOP for publicizing Obamacare.” They are doing a stirling job. Everyone knows it is coming, everyone knows it hasn’t been repealed and everyone knows which President has introduced it.

  10. 28 mtmarilyn
    July 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good Montana morning everyone. It is hot, hot, hot and dry here in MT, Small fires everywhere, so far they have been contained, but if this continues, we will have a very smokey August. Still no word of which Democrat will be running for Senate.

    What a great morning post. I do believe that all the GOP is doing right now is the lowest of the low and that people are waking up and fighting back. I do get very discouraged, the NC law is awful.

    Thanks to this great site, We all can keep on top of the good news. Hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend. We are off camping by the beautiful Blackfoot River today. At least it is cooler there.

  11. 30 amk for obama
    July 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    GM all.

  12. 48 Jovie
    July 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

  13. July 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Good morning, TODville!!!!!!

  14. 58 Jessica
    July 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Got a dose of my 3 main men; PBO, Joe, and Holder.

  15. 59 Jovie
    July 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Heller introduces bill to ‘stop the EPA in its tracks’
    By Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced a bill Thursday that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing regulations that would adversely affect the economy.
    “Without oversight, the EPA has authority to issue unprecedented regulations that could wreak havoc on energy prices,” Heller said. “Energy costs seep into every aspect of the American life, and it’s past time we stop the EPA in its tracks.”

    Awesome! No clean air and no clean water?
    Oh this is just wonderful!

  16. 60 amk for obama
    July 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

  17. 63 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Wow….Chiparoo. Only your Rise and Shine can take me jumping up excitedly because of this:

    OMG! OMG! OMG! ObamaCare is freaking awesome.

    And then make me fall down in happy tears due to Alison Lundergan Grimes’s campaign ad. Wishing her the best of luck!

  18. 65 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning, TODvillage! Good Morning Ms Chips!

    Morning, Pamela! I notice you are sitting comfortably in the top seat – put your feet up and relax there, my dear!

    Everyone, have a great day; it’s Friday after all! 😀 (I’ll stick my head in if/when I’m able, just to keep an eye on YOU (whoever needs encouragement to stay out of trouble.) 😉

    • 66 cookemom
      July 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Ol’ eagle eye vc, ever on the watch for wrongdoing amongst us TODsters, yet possibly the biggest offender who influences us on most occasions. 🙂

  19. 68 amk for obama
    July 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    A woman makes a list of things she needs and then goes to the store and buys these things.

    A man waits until the only items left in his refrigerator are half of a lemon, and something turning green. Then he goes grocery shopping. He buys everything that looks good. By the time he reaches the checkout counter, his cart is packed tighter than a clown car. Of course, this will not stop him from going to the 10-items-or-less lane.

    We call it efficiency.

    • 69 japa21
      July 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I’ll have you know that I do the grocery shopping in our house and I only use a list and keep to it. My wife will also go with a list. However, almost every time, the number of items in the cart is approximately twice the number on the list.

      • 70 amk for obama
        July 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Yes, me too. The other statement must have come from a woman.

      • 71 57andfemale
        July 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

        I make a list and the hubby does the Costco run. But then he gets creative: seriously, we do not need another three-pack of pasta sauce. We have 12 jars of pasta sauce already.

        My favorite from yesterday’s Costco trip: “Why didn’t you get two, two-packs of mouthwash?”

        “It said the limit was two.”

        “Two- two-packs. Not two bottles. If the limit was 2 canned beans, would you remove all the cans from the case so there were only two cans?”

        Oh – and the entire bag of snacks, candy, nuts and chocolate that he thinks he hides in his studio.

        73 going on 5 years old.

  20. July 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Great commentaries in this rise and shine. Good morning everyone!

  21. 77 57andfemale
    July 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

      • 79 57andfemale
        July 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

        My feelings exactly.

        Besides, exactly what skill set does Weiner have to be mayor of NY? He never bothered to write any laws while he screaming his outrage in front of the cameras as congressman. Mayors have to be administrators and actually make services work and respond in an organized fashion to catastrophies, etc.

        Screaming liberal outrage does not get the garbage picked up or the potholes filled.

        • July 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

          NYC is a world class city with complex issues. It needs the intelligence and focus of someone who is mature and fully dedicated to the job. Weiner has never impressed me as anything more than a self-serving loud mouth who is more interested in promoting himself than actually doing the hard work of getting stuff done. And watching Huma just made me cringe. Sometimes I feel like feminism has been set back 50 years.

          • 81 57andfemale
            July 26, 2013 at 11:54 am


            Weiner has passion (pardon the pun) but I see no evidence that he has the least bit of interest in the nuts and bolts of governing, and that’s what a mayor must relish. Or have his act together to choose first-class administrators. He has none of these abilities and from everything I’ve ever seen, absolutely no interest in actual government, except to fuel his self-promotion.

            He needs to just go away. And I’m pissed, as I was when he was screaming insults at PBO over ACA, that he has sucked the air out of an important discussion on the economy that PBO launched this week and instead we’re talking about this petty, selfish little man.

  22. 82 amk for obama
    July 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Yet another bomb kills at least 23 in pakistan. And the pm nawaz sherif is pally, pally with extremists.


  23. July 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I finally read the article about how very few employers have actually cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare (http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/25/2353201/few-employers-cut-workers-hours-because-of-obamacare/). It probably was already mentioned here – sorry for duplication!

    Just this week I had an unexpected discussion about this same topic with my GOP S-I-L from IL. They had stopped by for just a few hours on their way past our town, returning from vacation. Time was limited, so we definitely just wanted to catch up. We never discuss politics with them anyhow.

    S-I-L and I were talking about work – she works at a small community college where they only have PT jobs that don’t pay benefits. Suddenly, out of the blue:
    SIL: So, is anyone where you work getting their hours cut b/c of Obamacare? (sarcastic vocal inflection)
    ME (caught off guard): Uh, no – not where I work. That isn’t true anyway, is it? Why, are you? Aren’t you all part –time anyhow?
    SIL: Well, Obamacare is making employers pay benefits for anyone working 30 hours or more. All the gals at the college with 30 hours are getting cut below that.
    ME: Wouldn’t it be helpful for them to get insurance where they work, though?
    SIL: Yeah, but that would be really expensive for the college.
    ME: Where do they get their insurance now?
    SIL: They’re all women, so they’re on their husbands’ insurance anyhow.

    Oh, wow. I had to check the calendar to make sure it was still 2013 and not 1950.

    I’m sorry that I was not able to respond in an intelligent manner – but I don’t think it woulda helped. I really must live a sheltered life here in my blue county – I’m not used to a GOP talking point “discussion”.

  24. 84 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Damn. Thank you GOP for screwing things up.

  25. 85 4morefor44
    July 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

    omg. that alison lundergan grimes ad is one of the best i’ve ever seen!

    the obama coalition will need to keep in mind that her state went for mccain and rmoney in huge numbers, so she’ll have a difficult challenge between supporting and distancing herself from president obama at the same time, especially when “the news” starts trying to trap her and in debates, but this ad is enough to make me support her campaign in a big way. i think she could actually get mitch mcconnell out of there, and how sweet would that be?!?

    • 86 arkluvspbo
      July 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Aww, I had a Grandma Elsie too! Can’t wait to see little turtleman crawl back into his shell.

    • 87 japa21
      July 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Notice how she smoothly said she doesn’t agree with the President on everything but… That was well done. Also, it was smart of her not to his PBO’s name. I know some here would object to that, but just hearing his name would turn off a lot of KY voters, whether we like it or not.

      • 88 arkluvspbo
        July 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        I think you are correct in your assessment, japa21!

      • July 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        It’s a depressing truth – but a truth none the same. I was annoyed by the line about her not agreeing with the President on everything, but I understand why she has to do it. It’s a strange old country.

        • 90 carol in ky
          July 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          Unfortunately you’re all correct. In KY she has to keep herself at a distance from the president,
          and I think she did it the right way in this ad. We love her here, and will support her all the way!
          She’ll have a tough fight on her hands because McC is a sleeze & will do whatever it takes to
          win, as you all know. Alison is tough tho and from a very influential Democratic family in the
          state, which will help. Also what may help her, is that she’s pro coal which you have to be to
          get anywhere here. Ugh!! On the other hand, McC is gonna have a primary challenger made
          from the same cloth as Rand Paul, again Ugh!!. It wouldn’t surprise us down here if the Tea
          Bagger beats McC…should be an interesting time in the Bluegrass!

  26. 91 57andfemale
    July 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

  27. 92 JER
    July 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

    | Live Now | – Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Sybrina Fulton, to speak at the Urban League conference – Philadelphia, PA:

  28. 95 Asher in Boston
    July 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

    GM, TODers. Have a story to share from my motherland Africa and to be precise, the nation of Kenya. People are nuts, but this is Africa were people are still very religious. At first, I thought it was the onion. Anyway, here you go.


  29. 96 cookemom
    July 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

    All this sexting objection to Weiner is not nearly as important as his other character flaw:

    “After six years in Schumer’s office, Weiner’s first chance at political office came in 1991 when the New York City Council was expanded from 35 to 51 seats. Considered a long-shot, Weiner faced strong primary competition from two other candidates whom had better local name recognition and funding. Right before the September primary, Weiner blanketed the predominantly white 48th council district with anonymous leaflets playing on the voters’ fears and racial hostility in the immediate aftermath of the Crown Heights race riots and tying his white opponents to black politicians who were deeply unpopular in the district. Weiner won the primary, besting his opponents by over 100 votes. Weiner easily won the general election in the largely Democratic district. Weiner then became, at age 27, the youngest councilman in City history.” – Wikipedia

  30. 97 HZ
    July 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. I am greeting all of my TOD family members who may also be a trying to handle with grace so situations that may seem a little heavy this morning. But look up, around, and beside you and keeping your faith, hope, and love moving in a direction that will lead you to people, places and opportunities of lots of peaceful joy as you make this journey.(((((Lots of loving hugs))))))

    My beautiful Chips, thanks again for a wonderful R&S. So much wonderful information to read. I admit, I am slow, but oh so grateful to you.
    ((((((((( Loving hugs to my Chips))))))))))))HZ

    TY to Alycee for your beautiful song a few days ago. “Open My Heart.” Beautiful. Thanks to Jackie’s comments also. Lots of love to all of you.

    Plea: If anyone in our family get an email from NEA, please go through it carefully and send your letters to your senators and Rep. So many issues to speak up for in this email. Go to the NEA website, if you do not get the email letter. TY all.

    Mtmarilyn, have a great trip and please enjoy and stay cool ()HZ
    (((((((( Hugs for Gobrooklyn))))))))
    (((((((((Hugs for tntmtgirl and hubby))))))))))

    Everyone remember to lift up POB and his Cabinet and their families as they have a great time together. Love it!!! That is our wonderful and brilliant president.

    Everyone, do not fret, speak out, speak with kindness, but speak also with firmness to the truths that will give power to your words and action. Have a beautiful Friday. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I love you all so much))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

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