Rise and Shine


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Today (All Times Eastern):

10:0 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivers her farewell remarks at the National Press Club (C-Span)

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:0: President Obama meets with mayors on reducing youth violence (closed press)

2:45: VP Biden delivers remarks at The American Legion National Convention in Houston

4:0: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”

7:30: President Obama and the First Lady host a reception for the March on Washington (closed press)



Eric Eichelberger: 25 Republicans Who Supported ObamaCare Before Obama

Republicans have pulled out all the stops to kill Obamacare, the president’s landmark health care law that requires every American to purchase health insurance by 2014. There have been lawsuits; there have been bills (40 in the House so far); there has been a Supreme Court case—all aimed at rolling back a law that that the GOP says is an assault on individual liberty. Now, with only a few more months to go until the individual mandate—the requirement that we all have coverage—kicks in, Republicans are frantic; some are eventhreatening to force the United States to default on its debts if Democrats don’t agree to delay the law.

This is odd because the individual mandate, the cornerstone of Obamacare, was originally a conservative idea. It was first proposed by the Heritage Foundation in 1989. And scores of Republicans—not just Mitt Romney—have backed the idea in the past couple of decades. Here are some of the GOPers who supported Obamacare before Obama

More here




CBS: Obama Orders Release Of Report Justifying Syria Strike

President Barack Obama called his national security team together Saturday to talk about the next move in Syria. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper led off the three-hour White House meeting with detailed analysis of the evidence about the chemical weapons attack, the disposition of victims and what the administration now believes is a near air-tight circumstantial case that the Syrian regime was behind it.

Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike commences. That report, top advisers tell CBS News, is due to be released in a day or two.

More here




ThinkProgress: What Are The United States’ Options In Syria?

The world’s focus is currently on Syria and how the United States will respond to last week’s reports of a massive chemical weapons attack against civilians … President Obama has been meeting with his top national security advisors to come to a conclusion on how to move forward in Syria. Just over a year ago, Obama called the use of chemical weapons a violation of a “red-line” that would change U.S. calculations. With that in mind, here are details of at least three of the options that Obama has before him:

Stay The Course: Contrary to at times heated rhetoric, the United States has not exactly been sitting on its hands over the past three years with regard to Syria. So far, the U.S. has provided more than one billion dollars worth of humanitarian aid …. sticking to the current strategy of limited direct engagement has the added benefit of not introducing U.S. forces and assets directly into an unknown theater…..

Limited Strikes: ….  in the form of cruise missile strikes from naval ships or air strikes from one of the U.S. nearby military bases, aimed at taking out Syria’s remaining chemical weapons facilities and possibly other government targets….

The ‘Kosovo Model’ and No-Fly Zone: …. a lengthier air engagement, designed to break the Syrian government’s momentum and aiding in the eventual overthrow of Assad’s government….

More here



Chicago Tribune: First Lady To Pay Tribute To Whitney Young During Civil Rights Documentary

First lady Michelle Obama, an alumna of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, will pay tribute to the school’s namesake Tuesday at a screening of a documentary film depicting his crusade for civil rights.

Obama will make remarks at the screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” ….. The film chronicles Young’s civil rights battles during the  1960s and his journey from segregated Kentucky to the leadership of the National Urban League, aides to the first lady said. He lived from 1921-1971.

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Jared Bernstein: Sequester Watch, #19

This week, as many students head back to school, the sequester’s Head Start cuts mean that 57,000 low-income kids will not. Wahpeton, ND illustrated Head Start spots that fell victim to the sequester with empty seats and a sign that reads “these 12 chairs represent the 12 children who will not be able to attend Head Start due to budget cuts from Sequestration.”

‘Do you see the harm in sequestration?’

Head Start programs aren’t the only area where the sequester’s impact continues to sink in — see stories on scientific research, overburdened justice systems, low-income housing, economic growth and more below.  As policymakers move into a fall season laden with budget battles, they’d do well to remember what’s at stake and consider replacing sequestration with a backloaded deficit-reduction plan balancing cuts with new revenues.

Remember what we say here at OTE — those who forget the sequester are doomed to repeat it.

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TPM: Napolitano To Deliver Farewell Address Today

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is scheduled to deliver her farewell address Tuesday to reflect on the past four-and-a-half years in the Obama administration before she begins her next chapter as head of the University of California system.

The speech is expected to begin at 10 a.m. ET at the National Press Club in Washington (C-Span)

More here



Texas Tribune: Documents Still Show No Evidence of Excrement at Abortion Debate

Documents released Monday by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s provided no new evidence that officers found one jar of urine and 18 containers of feces at the Capitol before a July 12 debate on a controversial abortion bill.

DPS released a press statement the day of the debate that said officers had discovered one jar suspected of containing urine and 18 jars suspected to contain feces. After initially resisting requests for additional information about the reported discoveries, DPS on Monday released 144 pages of documents about the alleged incident. But the documents contain no official reports of the findings, and several DPS officers said they had not seen any of the suspected items.

More here



Mother Jones: Talib Kweli:  “We Send Young White Boys To The Army. We’re Sending Young Black Boys To The Prisons.”

MJ: What are your thoughts on the recent court ruling that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies are tantamount to racial profiling—and the fact that Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city would appeal?

TK: He also said that if it was is his son, he might feel different. Bloomberg is a sensible guy. He’s just privileged. He’s a goddamn billionaire, and he or his family members have never had to deal with anything as remotely degrading as stop and frisk. So he has no point of reference.

MJ: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said people in minority communities want more stop and frisk.

TK: That’s all propaganda and it’s bullshit. No one likes to be treated like that. For him to make that statement is ignorant. What it’s saying is that because you’re poor, because you live in a neighborhood that deals with oppressed conditions, you deserve to be treated like a criminal. In our Constitution it says you have the right to live without illegal search and seizure. What else is stop and frisk? These neighborhoods are unsafe not because there’s not enough cops illegally frisking people. They’re not safe because of economic conditions. They’re not safe because of all types of things in the government that people like Bloomberg and Ray Kelly should be looking to fix instead of randomly searching kids in the hood. If you go to a college campus and you do stop and frisk, you’re going to find a lot of drugs there, too.

MJ: Do you see any connection between this debate and the one over the NSA snooping?

TK: Well, I think the biggest problem in our country is mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex. From the Rockefeller drug laws to stand your ground to stop and frisk, all these are pointing people, especially and disproportionately black and brown people, towards the criminal-justice system. It’s depleting whole generations of people. We send young white boys to the Army, we’re sending young black boys to the prisons. And you have people at the top who don’t have to deal with any of that degradation getting rich off of this.

More of this MUST READ here


On This Day:

President Barack Obama and family tour the Gay Head lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass., while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Aug. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


87 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 bojoflo
    August 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    G.M. Tod — Have a good one. 🙂

  2. August 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Thank yooooooooooooooou UT, another fablicious R&S!!! Morning everyone!

    PS Just to let you all know, Manchester United beat Chelsea 0-0 last night 😎

  3. 14 amk for obama
    August 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

  4. 15 Betsy
    August 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good Morning all. Have a great day!!

  5. August 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good Tuesday Morning UT, Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Have a fabulous day!!! 😀

  6. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    August 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration is going to be awesomesauce. They have a phenomenal cast that will take part in this event.

    President Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday, marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” address and the March on Washington.

    The event will feature appearances by former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; entertainers Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker; and Robby Novak, a 9-year-old YouTube sensation better known as Kid President.

    Musical performers will include Christian singer Natalie Grant and country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes. Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, who performed at the 1963 March on Washington, will sing on Wednesday, and Congressman John Lewis, a speaker 50 years ago, will also make an appearance.

    Lynda Johnson Robb, whose father Lyndon Johnson was vice president at the time of the march, will also speak. The emcees will be actor Hill Harper and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien.


  7. 18 amk for obama
    August 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Pop star Madonna was the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year, making an estimated $125m (£80m), according to Forbes magazine.


    I love this spunky gal.

  8. 19 Vicki
    August 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

    A few random thoughts this morning:

    1) It is miserable that 57,000 kids won’t attend Head Start. It is also a sad fact that 18,000 Head Start teachers are out of a job.

    2) The entire “who has more women in high office?” article in the NYTimes, framed as a Pres. Clinton versus PBO contest is insane.

    3) The NYTimes in addition to endorsing Chris Quinn for Mayor of NYC now has an article every day, usually fluff, praising Quinn, and another article attacking Bill deBlasio, today, apparently for not being black—not really—-but they have no factual ground to attack Bill on so whatever they can make up. Much like item #2.

  9. August 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “Everyone can do something, you are never too old or too young” Asean Johnson, March on D.C. August 24, 2013 50 yrs Anniversary. I look forward to watching this young man grow into a world class leader.

  10. 23 Gazelle
    August 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    [“Attempted Disempowerment” Word!]:

    In a new TV interview, Forest Whitaker addresses a shoplifting accusation made against him earlier this year.

    The Oscar winner was mistaken for a common crook at the Milano Market in Manhattan earlier this year after a store employee suspected the actor of stealing.

    Whitaker, who was frisked in front of other shoppers, has since received an apology from the store’s owners and the employee has been fired, but Whitaker tells ABC News film correspondent Peter Travers he’ll never forget the moment he was accused of stealing.

    He says, “I was angered. It’s a humiliating thing for someone to come and do that. It’s attempted disempowerment.”

  11. 31 yardarm756
    August 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

    All hail and well met you denizens of this electronic sea. 😀
    I awoke this morning with a question on my mind……Where is the ‘righteous indignation’ for suffering Americans that is on display for Syria? Why do we keep funding Egypt? We should just give the money directly to our military/industrial complex. They have more tanks now than we do…..Protecting Israel is a joke. They would probably be fine if they stopped building those damn settlements……..#VOTE!

    • 32 57andfemale
      August 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

      And why is there no concern about cost or debt from Republicans when it comes to war, but we should sacrifice our safety net for bombs and destruction? We can pay for health care for Iraqis and Afghans, but it’s an existential battle to provide it to Americans?

      And why isn’t everyone screaming about the hypocrisy?!?

      It’s time to stop being the defense for Germany and Japan. They get health care and a strong safety net, because we take care of all defenses. It’s effing insane.

  12. 35 yardarm756
    August 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    My take on things today.

  13. 54 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good morning, TOD. Hitting the road for DC — finally! Read you later.

  14. 57 desertflower
    August 27, 2013 at 10:43 am


    Starbucks Coffee Co. has no plans to slash workers’ hours or cut employee benefits in response to Obamacare, the company’s CEO confirmed to Reuters on Monday. Although several other large companies in the food service sector have indicated that they’ll need to shift costs onto their workers in anticipation of upcoming changes under the health law, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he won’t follow suit.
    “Other companies have announced that they won’t provide coverage for spouses; others are lobbying for the cut-off to be at 40 hours. But Starbucks will continue maintaining benefits for partners and won’t use the new law as excuse to cut benefits or lower benefits for its workers,” Schultz told Reuters in a telephone interview.

    Morning everyone:) Betsy…have a great first day at school! All those eager faces looking at you:)

    The oral surgery went fine yesterday. However, it wasn’t all that wonderful for me to have my mouth open for 2 1/2 hours straight and not be able to say a word. It was tough. My mouth was either dry as a desert, or I felt like I was drowning….I have a month to recuperate, then it’s back for the other side of my mouth….did I mention that I can only have a liquid diet for the next couple days? Then only soft food….don’t you DARE have occasion to show food here! Not even cheezy puffs! ESPECIALLY not those!!

  15. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    August 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

  16. 61 Jessica
    August 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’m honestly torn. Do I want American dollars seemingly wasted, no, but do I feel comfortable with nobody doing anything not really. This is tragic all around. Why can’t Assad not be a brutal dictator, it’s very simple to not have the urge to kill your own people.

  17. 63 99ts
    August 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    UT’s link re the abortion debate contains this interesting comment/email

    “DPS director Steve McCraw indicated he was frustrated about media reporting on the incident, and in a July 14 email he asked DPS officers to give the media photos of the suspected items.

    “I’m tired of reading that we made this stuff up,” Steven McCraw wrote in an email. “Let’s get the photos we have to members and the media. Does anyone realistically believe we would fabricate evidence to support a political agenda. Amazing.””
    (The DPS officers had to explain – in 6 different ways – why they had no photos)

    hahahaha – never would a lie escape their lips when making sure women’s rights are restricted – not to mention humiliating them.

  18. 64 57andfemale
    August 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    • August 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I am not certain whose fault it is…but i think that when you have one country that can put the halt on things…it almost certain that dare i say it…gridlock will happen…sounds like our Congress…

      right now it is Russia…that it is holding up the world action on Syria…

      • 66 57andfemale
        August 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        The UN should not be as dysfunctional as it is in the 21st century. We still cannot work together as a confederation of world nations. The rules you cite – where one of a few countries can effectively stop and progress – these were the price the UN had to pay to get participation. It’s a travesty. Humankind is not yet ready to wield the awesome power it possesses and it’s terrifying.

  19. August 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This is just amazing:

  20. 73 JER
    August 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

  21. August 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    • 76 Don
      August 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Sometimes I get so mad that I have to got sit in a corner alone, and this is one of those times. The blatant disrespect that people show our black women is enough to drive some of us insane. I’m trying my best not to lose it and it is a struggle. I’m so mad I could cry.

      • August 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        It’s just so revealing Don, the casual racism of it all. Of course what it says about her is that she pays no attention to black women on Twitter, not even the First Lady (I mean, Chelsea Clinton was on the list), their thoughts are of no interest to her. But when she completed her list and looked back over it, she didn’t even notice the problem? It’s staggering – but I probably shouldn’t be surprised at all.

        • 78 ericfive
          August 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          Excellent point Chips. Love the term “casual racism”. It aptly describes what has become a daily occurence where white women in the media are displaying a stunning lack of racial sensitivity and casual racism toward AA. From Laura Ingram using a gunshot sound effect during a segment about the March on Washington, to that WaPo columnist telling AA to “get over” being treated like a criminal when shopping, what is happening is very troubling and sad. It seems like an effort to fracture the coalition that elected PBO twice, by mainstreaming this blatantly racist POV. The article in the NYT comparing PBO to Bill Clinton in terms of hiring women seems designed to increase division. The fact that none of this racist rhetoric is resulting in firings or apologies tells me that the owners have given their approval for this “racist chic” that is permeating the media.

    • 79 GGail
      August 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      On behalf of some very smart Black women, I salute you my Chipsticks for putting this out in twitterland – BRAVA!!!

  22. 81 57andfemale
    August 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

  23. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    August 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Big mess in my office just occurred. HR director sent out an email saying that because of the closed streets and traffic detours tomorrow due to the 50th Anniversay events with the Presidents speaking that people can use leave and take the day off. Well….in his message he referred to Clinton and Carter as Mr. and referred to PBO as Obama. He was ripped a new one. 😆 😆 😆

    Needless to say he has sent our a correction. I LOVE DC FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. August 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    August 27, 2013 06:00 AM
    Ronald Reagan: Martin Luther King had It Coming

    By John Amato

    Rick Perlstein gave Steve Kornacki a real insight into the way Conservatives thought about Martin Luther King back in his day. And after listening to Laura Ingraham’s use of gun shot sound to denigrate Rep. John Lewis’ speech, I think those sentiments still resonate today with most conservatives today.

    For some real historical context, this discussion on Up with Steve Kornacki this week-end is a must see. In the first segment, Rick Perlstein draws attention to St Ronnie of wingnuts’ comments after King’s assassination:

    He said he had it coming. He said, “it’s the sort of great tragedy when we begin compromising with law and order and people started choosing which laws they would break.”

    More here: http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/ronald-reagan-martin-luther-king-had-it

  25. August 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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