Rise and Shine


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

12:45PM:  Pres. Obama participates in a town hall at Binghamton University, NY

4:40PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden deliver remarks on college affordability at Lackawanna College, PA

5:50PM: Pres. Obama departs Scranton, PA

6:50PM: Pres. Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews

7:05PM: Pres. Obama arrives at the White House





Democrat and Chronicle: Park Ave. Lunch Crowd Gets A Presidential Surprise

Evalyn Gleason had a fairly unremarkable Thursday lined up: a panel discussion on education around lunchtime, then some babysitting in the afternoon. Wednesday morning, her plans changed. The panel discussion was a ruse – instead, the recent University of Rochester graduate learned she’d be dining with the president of the United States…. “I was shocked,” she said. “I thought someone was pulling a prank for a second.”

…. “It was a real normal conversation,” said Gleason, a 22-year-old Rochester native. “He’s very down-to-earth, someone who really cared and wants to make a difference. … He wanted to listen and he wanted our opinion.”

…. Andrea Hughes and her daughters, Meadow and Ava, of Gates were in the next ring of fortune. They were plucked from the crowd gathered on Park Avenue to stand outside while the president was exiting and shake his hand. “When we got picked out of line down there, I just started to cry because this is so exciting for them,” Andrea Hughes said. “I’m just so happy they got to do something that’s history.”

…. The bus and motorcade rumbled west on Park Avenue on its way to the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historical Park, leaving behind a city exhilarated by a brief brush with the presidency.

Eight-year-old Ava Hughes, the girl chosen to shake Obama’s hand, couldn’t come up with a question or comment to capitalize on the chance. But that momentary lapse didn’t detract from her once-in-a-lifetime moment.

“I didn’t really say anything — I was so surprised,” she said. “It was the most amazing time in my life, ever.”

Full article here – short video here




Greg Sargent: GOP Pollster Sounds The Alarm

As I noted the other day, various data points suggest Republicans now know their position on Obamacare — pushing endlessly to destroy the law while offering no meaningful alternative — is untenable, and they are grappling with it at the highest levels. Politico has also quoted multiple Republicans worrying aloud that the drive to shut down the government over Obamacare has brought this untenable position into even sharper relief. A new poll done for Republican members of Congress has found huge public opposition, and solid opposition among Republicans, to the idea of shutting down the government over the issue of funding Obamacare.

What’s important here is who did this poll: David Winston, a longtime pollster for the GOP leadership. Now that same pollster has actually conducted a poll designed to warn Republicans off their shutdown crusade, by pointing out widespread public opposition to a shutdown, even among Republicans.

More here



Hadas Gold: NSA Capabilities ‘Scary To People’

President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Friday that the capabilities of the National Security Agency are “scary to people.” Speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Obama said the capabilities are not unique just to the United States and that other countries have similar technologies. “There’s no doubt that, for all the work that’s been done to protect the American people’s privacy, the capabilities of the NSA are scary to people. And, by the way, these aren’t unique to the NSA,” Obama said.

Obama touted a website the White House set up about privacy and previously classified documents on the program the administration has been releasing, but said there is potentially more that can be done, including a possible public advocate. “What I’ve said is that I am open to working with Congress to figure out, can we get more transparency in terms of how the oversight court works? Do we need a public advocate in there who people have confidence in?” Obama said. “Are there additional reforms that can be taken that preserve the core mission of the NSA, which is making sure that we have enough intelligence to protect ourselves from terrorism or weapons of mass destruction or cybersecurity, but do it in a way that Americans know their basic privacies are being protected? I think that could be achieved.”

“Congress doesn’t have a whole lot of core responsibilities. One core responsibility is passing a budget, which they have not done yet,” Obama said. “The other core responsibility that they’ve got is to pay the bills that they’ve already accrued.” Obama called on Republicans in particular to think less about politics and more about what’s good for the country.

More here




Steve Benen: When A ‘Job-Killing’ Law Creates Jobs

It’s never been altogether clear why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act quite as much as they do. It’s a moderate law, which relies on private insurers, and is based largely on ideas that mainstream Republicans have embraced for decades. Indeed, it mirrors Mitt Romney’s state-based model and a reform plan touted by the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s. So why the need for hysterics, sabotage, hostage standoffs, and several dozen repeal votes?

Also keep in mind, Republicans aren’t just wrong in Missouri about jobs and Obamacare. This USA Today piece made the rounds yesterday, and if you missed it, it’s worth checking out. Small-business hiring and confidence about the future are rising, a signal of the economy’s growing strength and diminishing concerns about employee insurance coverage required by the new health care law. Job creation at small companies has almost doubled in the past six months, reaching 82,000 jobs at firms with 49 or fewer employees in July, payroll processor ADP says. Borrowing by small businesses and sales of franchises have also climbed, indicating businesses are willing to take on new expenses and risk.

More here




Attorney General Eric Holder: Defendants’ Legal Rights Undermined By Budget Cuts

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that everyone who is charged with a serious crime has the right to an attorney. In Gideon v. Wainwright, Justice Hugo Black observed for the court that “in our adversary system, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured of a fair trial unless counsel is provided to him.” As a prosecutor, as a judge and as our nation’s attorney general, I have seen this reality firsthand. Despite the promise of the court’s ruling in Gideon, however, the U.S. indigent defense systems — which provide representation to those who cannot afford it — are in financial crisis, plagued by crushing caseloads and insufficient resources. And this year’s forced budget reductions, due largely to sequestration, are further undermining this critical work.

draconian cuts have forced layoffs, furloughs (averaging 15 days per staff member) and personnel reductions through attrition. Across the country, these cuts threaten the integrity of our criminal justice system and impede the ability of our dedicated professionals to ensure due process, provide fair outcomes and guarantee the constitutionally protected rights of every criminal defendant. I join with those judges, public defenders, legal scholars and countless other criminal justice professionals who have urged Congress to restore these resources, to provide needed funding for the federal public defender program and to fulfill the fundamental promise of our criminal justice system.

More here




Hadas Gold: Obama: Syria Situation ‘Troublesome’

President Barack Obama called recent reports of violence in Syria “troublesome” but warned against “jumping into” the situation, according to an interview aired Friday morning on CNN. “It is very troublesome,” he said. “That starts getting to some core national interests that the United States has, both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating, as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region.” In response to calls by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for military intervention, Obama warned against jumping into a situation that doesn’t turn out well, alluding to the war in Iraq. “What I think the American people also expect me to do as president is to think through what we do from the perspective of what is in our long term national interest,”

Obama said. “Sometimes what we’ve seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations, can result in us being drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region.” Additionally, Obama said in order to take action there are international laws and U.N. mandates that need to be followed. “When we take action there are rules of international law and if the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence being presented then there are questions in terms of whether the international law supports it,” he said.

More here (Video at link)




Dan Merica: Obama Plans To Embrace A Hero At The White House

President Barack Obama said he plans to invite Antoinette Tuff to visit the White House. Tuff is the hero bookkeeper who talked a suspect into surrendering during a Georgia school shooting Tuesday. During an exclusive interview with CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo that airs Friday, Obama said what Tuff did was “remarkable” and something that “probably saved a lot of lives, including the life of the potential perpetrator.” “Here is somebody who is not just courage, not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about him,” Obama said. The president continued: “I think we might have to have her maybe make a visit to the White House.”

Tuff convinced suspect Michael Brandon Hill to surrender to police after he entered the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy and fired a shot from an AK-47 at the ground. The academy is located outside of Atlanta. Tuff approached Hill and began to try and talk him into surrendering. She divulged her personal struggles to the gunman, spoke to him about love, and even offered to walk outside with him to surrender so police wouldn’t shoot.

More here (Video of Pres. Obama discussing his call and Antoinette Tuff receiving his call at the link)




Justin Sink: Obama: New Dog To Help Ease Pain Of Daughters Growing Up

President Obama said that the addition of the first family’s new Portuguese Water Dog, Sunny, was intended help him and first lady Michelle Obama prepare for his daughters’ teenage years and eventual departure for college. “I think there is an element from Michelle and me, we see what’s coming, and we need to make sure that we have somebody who greets us at the door when we get home,” Obama told CNN’s “New Day.” While Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, are still years away from entering college, the president says that the teens are among the few people in Washington not interested in spending time with him.

“What I’m discovering is that each year, I get more excited about spending time with them, they get a little less excited,” Obama said of his daughters. He also said that school and sports practices were keeping the Obama daughters from spending as much time with Bo, the family’s first dog, who they got shortly after moving into the White House. “They still have some responsibilities for him, but they’re not always around with school, sports practice, all that stuff,” he said. “And so Bo was starting to look a little down in the dumps inside the house.” Obama said that since the addition of Sunny to the family, Bo has cheered up.

More here (Video at link)


On This Day:

President Obama greets Holli Benson during a visit with wounded warriors in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 23, 2012. Benson accompanied her brother, SSG Michael Benson, during a tour of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)


118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. August 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Just happened to be cruising by…….hope everyone has an awesome Friday!

  2. August 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    National Politics|By Amy Walter, August 21, 2013

    There’ll Be A Democratic Primary. With Or Without Hillary

    When people find out what I do for a living, the first question they inevitably ask is “Is Hillary running?” When I answer that I think she will, the follow up is almost always: “Will anyone run against her?” My answer is, of course. Why wouldn’t they?

    My view is not necessarily conventional wisdom in DC. Talk among the chattering class here is that she’ll have a glide path to the nomination. It’s hers for the taking. She’ll have the money. She’ll have the political infrastructure. And, more important, she will have gobs of goodwill among a Democratic base eager to put the first woman in the White House.

    All true. But, it was also true in 2008. More important, being a frontrunner – especially this far out from 2016 – is a very dangerous and precarious spot to be. Long before the first bumper stickers are printed or the first volunteers start their door-knocking, Hillary Clinton has already been dragged into a veritable A-B-C of controversies: Anthony Weiner, Benghazi, and the Clinton Foundation. News organizations have already designated “Hillary” beats for enterprising reporters to rack up scoops (and dig for scandal) for the next three years. GOP organizations from the RNC to the opposition research group American Rising have already been filling my inbox with negative and/or unflattering stories about the former Secretary of State……


  3. August 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Karl Rove Is Half-Right About Republicans and Health Care


    Karl Rove is feeling a little defensive today. President Obama recently suggested that Republicans have no serious ideas for health care reform. Writers like Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman (and, yes, me) have written similar things many times. Rove thinks that’s nonsense. “Republicans,” he writes today in the Wall Street Journal, “have plenty of sensible ideas to make health coverage more accessible and more affordable.”

    Actually Rove is at least half-right. Republicans do have plenty of ideas. But they are not the kind of ideas that would come anywhere close to achieving universal coverage, at least in the way most people understand it. At best, Republican proposals would make insurance a bit cheaper, mostly for people who are healthy and need coverage the least. At worst, these ideas would make coverage less accessible for people with pre-existing conditions—and leave more of the insured exposed to crippling medical bills.

    The reforms that Rove describes in his op-ed fall into two categories, more or less. One category consists of reforms that most experts would support and, in many cases, are already part of Obamacare. An example of this would be efforts to curb defensive medicine. Even most liberals would admit that the existing malpractice system encourages physicians to provide tests or procedures that might not be necessary—and that these extra services make health care more expensive at the margins. Obamacare attempts to address this problem, by funding pilot programs in alternative ways of settling malpractice claims. These ideas include creating no-fault systems that would compensate all victims of medical errors, creating special health courts to hear cases before they go to lay juries, as well as the “sorry works” scheme (in which providers admit mistakes upfront and negotiate settlements) that the University of Michigan Medical System developed.


  4. August 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

    August 22, 2013, 11:26 am 109 Comments

    Karl Rove Shouldn’t Pretend He Understands Health Policy
    by Paul Krugman

    It’s always helpful here to keep your eye on the problem of Americans with preexisting conditions. That’s the best starting point for understanding why Obamacare has to look the way it does; it’s also often the best way to see what’s wrong with alleged Republican solutions.

    So, ask the following question: how is it that many Americans with preexisting conditions have health insurance now? The immediate answer is, they get it from their employers. But why do employers do that? Well, employment-based health insurance is tax-advantaged: it’s a benefit employers can provide that isn’t counted as taxable income, which makes it better, in some cases, than offering higher wages instead.

    But for company health plans to receive this tax-advantaged status, they have to obey ERISA rules, which essentially require that the same benefits be made available to all full-time employees — no discrimination based on health history, and you can’t provide benefits only to your highest-paid workers. So employer-based insurance is, when you come down to it, a lot like Obamacare, with enforced non-discrimination and a fair bit of subsidization of less-well-paid workers……


  5. 18 Dudette
    August 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning Starshine!!!! Here’s your early morning singing song… 😀

  6. 19 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

    UT – this is a fantastic R & S post. Amazing newspaper pics and headlines which ACCURATELY reflect the public’s sentiment around our President’s bus trip!!! Thanks again. 🙂

  7. August 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Completely ***WONDERFUL**** R&S, UT – thank yooooooooou legend!

  8. August 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The Morning Plum: John Boehner searches for a way out

    By Greg Sargent, Published: August 23 at 9:01 am

    John Boehner to conservatives: Guys, c’mon, check it out, we’ve already won! Can’t we just declare victory and throw a party?

    With pressure mounting for a defund-Obamacare stand, John Boehner held a conference call with Republicans late yesterday in which he provided the clearest glimpse yet of how he’ll try to get out of this mess. He said the plan is to pass a Continuing Resolution this fall funding the government temporarily at current sequester levels — effectively acknowledging the threat of a shutdown is off the table.

    Conservatives are greeting this as full scale surrender, which is why Boehner sought to package the extension — at sequester rates — as already representing a victory for austerity. As Lori Montgomery relates, GOP aides say they may use the debt limit for a stand against Obamacare later, but even that’s not clear, with one claiming: “This is all in the discussion phase right now.” The key nugget:

    Instead, Boehner urged his rank and file to follow the strategy he laid out earlier this summer that calls for “holding votes that chip away at the legislative coalition the president is using to force Obamacare on the nation.” Meanwhile, he urged them to focus on the victory of the sequester, which is scheduled to slice nearly $100 billion a year from the Pentagon and other agency budgets over the next decade.

    This is exactly what GOP-aligned commentators who recognize that a shutdown is nuts have urged: declare the sequester cuts as a victory — which in some ways they are — and don’t ruin things with insane Obamacare brinksmanship. But conservatives won’t accept this, because the sequester has been their only real victory in the epic struggle over the size and scope of government that has defined the Obama era, which won’t be settled until Obamacare lies in smoking ruins.


  9. 24 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2013 at 9:51 am


    The Truth Continues to Trickle Out on the Greenwald Family Reality Show

    By Bob Cesca


    I’m not sure if this can become more ridiculous, but I’m sure they’ll find a way to top it.

    You can be sure this event will continue to fuel Greenwald’s penchant for raking his tin cup across the prison bars of his own victimization — his sanctimonious, indignant hyperbole about how the big, bad U.S. and U.K. governments are trying to suppress his ability to deliver this (misleading) version of the truth to his paranoid, apoplectic herd of disciples.

    By overplaying this victim posture, Greenwald has skewed the debate he so desperately wanted to generate into a Kardashian-style tangent better reserved for the E! channel than serious news headlines. And given the utter inability to preserve any minuscule thread of journalistic integrity by following the basic rules of News Reporting 101 (such as “when in doubt, leave it out” for starters), Greenwald and The Guardian have descended to the same level of transparent fakery as seen on so many of TV’s staged and scripted “reality shows.”



  10. August 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    • August 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Have you seen this Forbes article on Wikileaks?

      I’ve been saying that the NSA “scandal” (involving Libertarian Glenn Greenwald of Cato Intitute and Paulbot Snowden) is another RW fake scandal. It’s not about privacy. It’s about undermining government, specifically the democrat in the White House, for political purposes.

      “Forbes: Assange’s Emerging Politics: Rand Paul And Libertarian Wing of GOP Represent ‘Only Hope'”

      Forbes (Page 2): UPDATE: Wikileaks Party under fire in Australia for what some are describing its “lurch to the right,” revealing in filings that “they want the fascist Australia First Party, the pro-shooting-in-National-Parks Shooters and Fishers Party , and the “mens rights activist” Non-Custodial Parents Party to win a seat instead of the Australian Greens. Maybe this really is an international conservative movement.”

      NOTE THIS: “What’s fascinating is that Paul (the father, less so the son, who still has aspirations to actual head up the vast government he says he despises) largely rejects a modern view of democracy, claiming that “pure democracy is dangerous” and that the founders never intended actual democratic rule. “Democracy is majority rule at the expense of the minority,” wrote Paul last year. “Our system has certain democratic elements, but the founders never mentioned democracy in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration of Independence.”

      READ IN FULL: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2013/08/17/assanges-politics-rand-paul-and-libertarian-wing-of-gop-represent-only-hope-in-u-s/

      • August 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

        Thank you kfreed, the more I read about Wikileaks/Assange/Greenwald/Snowden and their shady political connections, the more convinced I am that this, as you said, “is about undermining government, specifically the democrat in the White House, for political purposes”. As others have suggested, ‘follow the money’ – would love to see who is funding all these people.

        • 28 Vicki
          August 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

          Thank you kfreed. I heartily agree with your view. And with your take, Chip, “follow the money.” I wish MSNBC would drop the entire Chris Hayes, David Sirota, Glen Greenwald etc. bunch of propagandists into the deepest bin of forgotten history.

  11. 29 Dudette
    August 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

    NC Republicans lost their damned minds!

    • 30 99ts
      August 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I hope all the folks passing this legislation build lovely homes along the sea shore – then try to get them insured. Insurance companies know the difference between science and fantasy.

      • August 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

        We are really burning it up here in North Carolina, in terms of blatant stupidity
        in our state legislature. It’s one ridiculous thing after another.
        Really: a lot of us cannot believe our eyes. Those of us who WILL turn this around
        appreciate your support; and in general, I suppose what we are experiencing,
        in terms of what ignorant leadership can do, is a cautionary tale for all the states.

        • 32 jacquelineoboomer
          August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

          Yes, you are right, Sara. It’s a cautionary tale. Hang in there, as we will! #GOTV2014 – local, state, federal!

    • 35 99ts
      August 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

      I worry about my paranoia but I am thinking the whole event of Miranda at Heathrow was staged. I would assume he could have flown home from Germany without going anywhere near Heathrow – was GG simply looking for a reason to start complaining about the UK – has he run out of things to say against the US and President Obama?

      • August 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

        I think you’re spot on 99ts, almost every step of this story seems staged to me, from Snowden’s job hunting and fun visits to Hong Kong and Russia, to the Heathrow business. As I keep saying, I just wish there was someone out there, with the resources and desire, to get to the bottom of this. One day, hopefully.

        • 37 99ts
          August 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

          I appreciate that you think I can have such views – and not be paranoid tending insane.

          Perhaps I have been too indoctrinated via my boomer roots post WWII & the long cold war of 40 years – but to have someone attacking the “democracy” of the UK and the US while screaming the virtues of China, Russia and some South American countries – is seriously crazy.

          • August 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

            Absolutely 99ts, and the ultimate craziness in this whole story is that some people still actually believe Greenwald and Co don’t have an agenda. I mean, really!

  12. August 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “I think there is an element from Michelle and me, we see what’s coming, and we need to make sure that we have somebody who greets us at the door when we get home” 😥

    • 40 Dudette
      August 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

      #ilovedogs 😀

    • 41 dotster3
      August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

      The Obamas have figured out what all parents who get a doggy ‘for the kids’ find out—–it always, sooner or later, becomes the parents’ dog/responsibility as interest wanes and other kid stuff takes precedence——-and mostly to the mom in the fam. I remember when it was dog walk time or pick up poo time, there were no daughters in sight, the ones who begged for the cute little guy and promised they would take care of everything! 🙂

      • August 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

        Ha, the story of every dog-owning family, Dotster! My own mother would make the very same (and reasonable) charge against me – I was often, um, busy when our fella needed walking!

        • 43 Dudette
          August 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

          I know this story well!!! 😀

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          August 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          Ha. With my teenage son, it was the two kittens he brought home in a cardboard box from his friend’s house, and tried to hide in his bedroom. Right before he told me he would “totally” take care of them. Not sure he ever even looked at them, again!

    • August 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Ha! I knew it! I knew that’s what they were thinking! So cute. And so very poignant.

    • 46 57andfemale
      August 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      this was the most honest, endearing story of PBO’s self-awareness as a father and what it means to be a family. I was completely enchanted.

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Both the President and First Lady are going to be hit hard when the girls are grown and away at college and beyond, and not home “to greet them” every night! So sweet and loving.

  13. 48 Dudette
    August 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

  14. August 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    “President Barack Obama said he plans to invite Antoinette Tuff to visit the White House”


  15. August 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    August 22, 2013 3:53 PM
    All Killings Are Tragedies, But Some Become Travesties

    By Ed Kilgore

    If you pay any attention to conservative news/views sites, you have probably heard a lot over the last couple of days about Chris Lane, an Australian baseball player who was shot to death in Oklahoma in what was apparently a random act of violence. Two African-American teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder; a third, who drove the getaway car, is being charged with lesser offenses.

    To hear a lot of conservative gabbers (including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and every other right-wing blogger), this case is George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin without the alleged self-defense motive, but it’s not being discussed by the president or deplored by liberals because it’s a black-on-white crime, which PC rule out noticing.

    Salon’s Alex Seitz-Walk makes short work of this idiotic analogy, which, unlike the original Martin case, really does involve the political exploitation of a tragedy and a heinous crime…..


    • 58 japa21
      August 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

      My main concern with this artilce, and I don’t have time to read the full thing, is this phrase: ” Two African-American teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder; a third, who drove the getaway car, is being charged with lesser offenses.” By the rules of grammar, it is saying that the third teenager is also African-American, which he wasn’t. The third was white.

      May sound petty, and may have been corrected further in the article, but it really bugs me when mistakes like that are made.

      • August 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

        Hadn’t read it yet Japa, but that’s an amazing line, intentional or not, it says so much about the mind-set of the author.

      • 60 utaustinliberal
        August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Thanks for the clarification Japa. Journalism….*Sigh*

      • 61 hopefruit2
        August 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Unless the author truly believed that the third teenager was Black (and it is worrisome if he were allowed to publish this piece without the facts), this was no mistake – it was intentional. The author was clearly thinking about the race of the offenders to begin with, and it is unlikely that he would have simply missed the race of the third offender. For whatever reason, he did not want to let on that the third offender was white. He was passively pushing the same narrative of black-on-white crime that he is accusing the conservatives of actively doing.

      • 62 99ts
        August 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

        First thing I noticed japa. My next thought was these kids were instantly arrested and charged. Zimmerman’s standing his ground was instantly accepted and he was sent home with a “thank you for keeping us safe”. The privileged white of the right wing variety love their false equivalences.

      • August 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        That doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that the passenger received the same charge as the one who actually pulled the trigger. He was less involved than the driver.

  16. 64 Dudette
    August 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Nice panorama from yesterday

  17. 65 a4alice
    August 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great post UT! GM TOD 🙂

  18. 66 japa21
    August 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

    GM all TODvillians and other seekers for truth, justice and whatever else you are seeking. Sunny day in Chicago after a very wet day yesterday.

    One aspect of the trips PBO is making and the speeches he is making has been tremendously underreported by the media (what else is new). Yes, he is taking the case for his and Dem’s agenda to the people. But perhaps even more important, since the likelihood of the current House doing anything productive is nil, is making a strong case against the GOP.

    Watch for this to continue, specially in districts currently represented by a GOPer but flippable in 2014. This will continue all through next Summer, with the pace picking up next August and September. And next year, he will have Dem Congressional candidates with him.

    He is putting the screws to the GOP and ratcheting up the pressure. The media doesn’t really want to focus on this aspect of his speeches as that would mean actually having to say something about the GOP obstruction that is going on.

    I will be sporadic today. Making final preparations for tomoorow when I will disappear off the grid for 9 days.

    I will throw out a few of my usual irrelevant tweets.

    Have a great Friday everybody.

    • 67 57andfemale
      August 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Did you get a lot of rain in your area? We got some in the city, but not nearly enough. I have the soaker next to my pine tree which I fear is getting distressed in this dry spell.

      Your tweets are far from irrelevant!

      Have a wonderful trip. We’ll miss ya!

  19. 68 japa21
    August 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

    • 69 Don
      August 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

      GG’s lack of credibility is the least of his problems, anything GG does going forward is just sauce for the goose as far as the DOJ is concerned.

  20. 70 amk for obama
    August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

  21. 72 mtmarilyn
    August 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Good morning TOD family. We have relief this morning here in Montana. It is cool and some sprinkles with some wind. The fire outside of Missoula, about 20 miles from my house is the No 1 fire in the US. We have all the high officials and firefighters here. The good thing is only 5 homes have burnt. So many have been evacuated. Hwy 12 is still closed and will be until the fire is out. This is a major road between MT and ID. Anyone needing to use it must go all the way up thru Spokane or way south. This will be a long term problem here. I feel sorry for anyone with breathing problems. Here is one story, on this same page are pictures and a map that shows where the fire is.


    I was able to listen to the President’s speech at Syracuse. He handled the heckler beautifully. I am so happy to wake up every morning and know the our President is Barack Obama.

    Thank you for the wonderful R&S, UT.

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  23. 75 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

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  25. August 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Outstanding Rise and Shine UT. There is 0 other places where I can go and see what PBO is really doing and how the people react to his open honest sincerity. I can laugh and cry and leave feeling good all in the space of 10 minutes. I will always be grateful to Chips for her amazing vision and for choosing a wonderful crew to support her.

  26. August 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Transgender ex-Navy Seal Team 6 Kristen Beck (formerly Christopher and author of Warrior Princess) shares her thoughts on Manning:

  27. 82 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2013 at 11:06 am


    Dem Governor Sends Sens Paul and McConnell Reeling with a Powerful Defense of Obamacare

    By Sarah Jones


    It’s not 2010.

    As Republicans preach hatred of Obamacare to a dwindling audience even among their own members, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear chose to use the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast to make a powerful case for Obamacare to 1,600 diners. Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, also attending, weren’t expecting the onslaught. Jill Lawrence reported, “It was not what anyone expected—least of all Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, who sat stone-faced onstage with Beshear as he unloaded on them without using names.”

    Beshear finished with this stab to the heart of GOP’s NoCare no alternative, “It’s amazing to me how people who are pouring time and money and energy into trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act sure haven’t put that kind of energy into trying to improve the health of Kentuckians,”
    according to the National Journal.



  28. 84 99ts
    August 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Boehner never stops putting his own words into the mouth of the President. He lies, constantly.

    I get tearful thinking of all the wonderful things PBO could be achieving – if the GOP thought about anything except the color of his skin – and the fools on the edge of the left recognized the good he can do – if they would support rather than criticize.

  29. August 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

    POTUS is a generous tipper, too.

  30. 91 amk for obama
    August 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Shares in Microsoft jump 9% after the software giant announces that chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months.


    lol. talk about vote of confidence in your leadership.

  31. August 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

  32. 106 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

  33. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    August 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

    For any of my DMV (DC, Maryland & Virginia) peeps that will be at the rally/march tomorrow you will be able to locate me volunteering here:

    • 108 Dudette
      August 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      That’s so cool! Unfortunately, I won’t make it this Saturday, but I’ll be there grinning a big grin on Wednesday!!!!
      Any other TODers going on Wednesday?

  34. August 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

    New post in a bit!

  35. 111 yardarm756
    August 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

    All hail you motley lot. Open all hatches and make sail for the weekend.

  36. 113 japa21
    August 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

    • 114 yardarm756
      August 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Grounds, GROUNDS, you say! They don’t need grounds for uppity ah,er Kenyan, Muslims. He has two black dogs. So there.

    • 115 Sandy1110
      August 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      We don’t need no stinking grounds!

      Honestly, I think the Teabagger constituents are so stupid they think you can impeach a president if enough people don’t like them.

  37. 116 JER
    August 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Livestreaming Now – President’s Visit: http://www.wbng.com/livestream

  38. 118 HZ
    August 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Good Morning my beautiful Chips, UT, and TOD family. Thanks again UT for a lovely Rise and Shine. Chips, you are surrounded by beautiful and brilliant contributors I am grateful for your hard work with your beautiful contributors. Our haven here is always in good hands. TY.

    I am grateful to be here this morning. Still preparing for today’s business and hoping and praying for the very best. Not giving up. A lot of the hard work has been done, now some more numbers.

    I am so stressed, but yet I feel a sweet calmness within and that keeps me moving and believing.

    Blessings to my Chips, UT, amk, vc, Layla, Fred, Donna for helping tomorrow, and All of our beautiful, hard working TOD family who are continuously working to help our great President.

    ((((((((((((((( Healing prayers to AG Beau Biden and Family)))))))))))))))))).

    A big and great Thank You, to Ms. Tuff. So glad to see she will be coming to the White House. Great, Mr. President.

    Everyone: Have a great Friday. Enjoy each moment of your day. Hugs your loved ones, Call someone to say, “I care and love you.” Tweet your kids away at college, and give a prayer for our military men and women who are protecting all of us.

    Remember, we all are already lovingly using our gifts to meet the challenges of this day, not matter what may come our way. We have invested in beautiful friendships and loving family relationships to help us get through it all.
    We are so firmly equipped with resources we have never tapped into, so tap them today.
    We each have within us a measure of good works that have already been deposited into our ‘goodness account.’ Use the account today.
    We are covered with goodness within our inner core to do good things for ourselves and other with little fuss.
    We will rise to the occasion to allow our better angel to guide our steps to help others today.
    We have victory written all over us, now run the race.
    We have the best, most caring, brilliant, and humble president ever in the Oval Office.
    We have a beautiful loving, kind, cheerful, great man with a big heart standing right beside our wonderful President; VP Joe Biden. We Are Going To Be Fine.

    Be good to your space today, TOD family. Remember we have each other, so let us all stand with our wonderful President with great support to get the job done.
    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Lots of loving strong hugs to our Chips and Team))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

    Please keep me in your prayers, TOD family TY, TY, TY., so much HZ

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