Rise and Shine


Katie Johnson, President Barack Obama’s personal secretary, far right, talks with Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council, before the start of the President’s daily economic briefing in the Oval Office, Sept. 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The Week Ahead:

Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: Attends meetings at the White House and sits down with network and cable news outlets to discuss Syria

Tuesday: Addresses the nation from the White House

Wednesday: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The President will then travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony

Thursday: The President will hold a Cabinet Meeting. The Vice President will attend

Friday: Welcomes to the White House the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah




MPR News: MNsure Unveils Costs Of Health Plans

Uninsured Minnesotans in the Twin Cities can expect to pay as little as $91 a month for health care coverage bought through MNsure, the state’s new online marketplace. “We believe that … these rates that we’re announcing today undeniably are extremely competitive,” Minnesota Commerce Department Commissioner Mike Rothman said. His department regulates insurance products.

Rothman said that Minnesota has the lowest average rates in the country compared to plans offered on 11 other exchanges. A total of 141 plans for individuals and families will be offered on MNsure, and 63 plans will be available to small businesses. “Many individuals and small businesses through MNsure will get even lower cost coverage,” said MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov. She said roughly half of the people who use MNsure will be eligible for the subsidies. Subsidies are available for people with annual incomes of $23,000 to about $46,000. For a family of four, the income range is $55,000 to $110,000. Government health plans are available for people making less.

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Truth Team: Did You Say Free?



Michael Sallah: Left With Nothing

On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb. Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television. Next came the things that were closest to his heart: his Marine Corps medals and photographs of his dead wife, Martha. The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go.

All because he didn’t pay a $134 property tax bill. The retired Marine sergeant lost his house on that summer day two years ago through a tax lien sale — an obscure program run by D.C. government that enlists private investors to help the city recover unpaid taxes.

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Ruby Cramer: Alongside His Family, Bill de Blasio Denounces Bloomberg Comments

At a rally in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, Bill de Blasio responded to a recent interview with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man he hopes to succeed in City Hall, calling his charges of racism “very unfortunate and inappropriate.” Just days before Tuesday’s New York City primary, Bloomberg told New York Magazine, in an interview published Saturday morning, that de Blasio has run a “class-warfare and racist” campaign because of the way in which he has used “his family to gain support,” the outgoing three-term mayor said.

“I think we have run a campaign about the ideas, about the issues, about how to move this city forward,” said de Blasio, who led a recent Quinnipiac poll with 43 percent of the Democratic vote. “I’m very proud of that. I’m exceedingly proud of my family, and as you’ll know meeting every member of my family, they are each and every one strong and independent and make their own decisions.”

 After the rally, where de Blasio appeared alongside Ken Thompson, a candidate for Brooklyn District attorney, his daughter Chiara told reporters she and her mother and brother, 16-year-old Dante, participated in the campaign on their own terms. “My mom, my brother, and I are all capable of making our own decisions,” she said. “Twenty years ago, my dad did not know he was running for mayor and did not seek to marry a black woman to put on display.”

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Reuters: Kerry Says No Decision Yet On Whether To Seek U.N. Vote On Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States did not rule out the possibility of returning to the United Nations Security Council to secure a resolution on Syria once U.N. inspectors complete their report. Speaking at a news conference in Paris with his Qatari counterpart Khaled al-Attiya, Kerry said President Barack Obama had yet to make a decision on the issue.

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Steve Benen: Bush Casts A Long Shadow

Karl Rove argued this afternoon that President Obama has created a “longing” for a “decisive” George W. Bush. I’m reasonably certain Rove wasn’t kidding. He might as well have been. Bush excelled in being “decisive,” which is admirable just so long as we ignore whether those decisions had merit. The problem for the failed former president, however, is that Americans care less about whether a leader makes decisions quickly based on instinct and care about whether a leader makes the right decisions. Pausing to reflect and think through decisions based on evidence is not a bad idea.

In Bush’s case, the Republican had a unique ability to decisively make the wrong call in every possible instance that really mattered. He was “decisive” when he chose to ignore warnings about Osama bin Laden in August 2001; he was “decisive” when he brushed off concerns as Hurricane Katrina barreled down on New Orleans; he was “decisive” when he pursued one misguided economic policy after another; and he was “decisive” when he launched a catastrophic war in Iraq based on lies and ideological ambitions.

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Niraj Chokshi: White House’s McDonough Argues Chemical Weapon Prohibition Has Benefited Troops

In pressing the case for military intervention in Syria on the Sunday morning political talk shows, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough argued that a ban on the use of chemical weapons has benefited American troops. “As a result of that prohibition, our troops have not faced that chemical weapon since World War One,” McDonough said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It has a very direct consequence for our men and women.”

In multiple appearances Sunday morning, McDonough challenged lawmakers to watch recently released videos of Syrian citizens suffering from the alleged attack before coming to a decision on whether to authorize the use of military force in Syria. Congress reconvenes on Monday and will begin debating the issue this week.

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Right On!

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose for a photo with Supreme Court Justices prior to the investiture ceremony for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2009. From left: Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John Roberts, the President, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Vice President, Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, and retired Associate Justice David Souter (Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama watches a monitor in House Speaker John Boehner’s Ceremonial Office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., before addressing a Joint Session of Congress to outline the American Jobs Act, Sept. 8, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


115 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. September 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

    PBO has truly exposed the charlatans who have hoodwinked us all these years, both right & left

  2. September 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Wooooooot!! 😎

    Thank yooooooooou UT, another R&S gem!

    Just bringing this over:

  3. 22 Betsy
    September 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good Morning Chips, good morning all. I love waking up to the glorious fact that Barack Obama is still my President!

  4. 24 Vicki
    September 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    It is great to see the interest on TOD for our NYC Mayoral race. Here’s something that may interest you:

    In 2009 Mike was running for his third term. Unopposed, so no primary.
    Bill Thompson won his primary race and on that night when by rights the cameras should have been pointing at candidate Thompson celebrating his primary win… what happened?
    Where was The Press?

    Mike Bloomberg “stepped on” his victory. Mike held a huge expensive bash to which the bought and paid for Press flocked.
    That was the start of an ignominious campagn where Bloomberg bought up virtually all the TV time, owned the newspapers and smothered crushed stifled Thompsons ability to reach voters.
    Nevertheless, the election was pretty close. Thompson lost by 4%.

    In 2009 Bloomberg got 500,000 votes.
    Bill deBlasio got 700,000 votes for Public Advocate!!!!!!!

    In response to that Bloomberg sought to eliminate the Public Advocate’s position, which would leave deBlasio out-of-office. Unable to get that done Bloomberg contented himself with slashing the Public Advocate’s budget, shrinking Mr. deBlasio’s staff and ability to reach New Yorkers.

    Which brings me to Tuesday night. I hope Bill deB does well and that nothing dims his victory.
    Stayed tuned…

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      September 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Wow! thanks for that insight!

      explains a lot WHY he is so anti-deBlasio & why months from now, it will be sweet to say Mayor Bill De Blasio;

      I despise that imbecile Bloomberg for this and other bigoted actions;

      • 26 Vicki
        September 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

        Yes, globalcitizenlinda, Bloomberg’s history is dreadful and as it is exposed we might see an ever angrier, more bitter guy fighting against the dimming of the cameras.

  5. 28 a4alice
    September 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I just saw this go by on my twitter feed. hilarious but it bites as there’s a lot of truth to it

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      September 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      This one brings back memories, a4A. Some good ones too – the creator is a guy whose vids I tweeted a lot during the election. TY

  6. 30 dotster3
    September 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Face the Nation talking to Charlie Rose who just interviewed Assad. I didn’t learn much from this exchange, about what you would expect, not surprisingly——that Assad said he may or may not have chemical weapons, but that his govt. was not responsible for this chemical weapons attack in question, that there has been no proof that he is responsible, that if the U.S. has proof they should show it, that he appealed to the American people to think about the horrible consequences of U.S. military exercises in the Middle East and to pressure our congress to vote nay, like now we’re supposed to pay attention to the sterling advice of Assad now. Sounded like a big waste of effort by Rose to me—-his entire interview will be shown on CBS tomorrow night, with segments shown tomorrow a.m.

  7. 35 Luna
    September 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Its easy to do nothing.
    Its very hard to do the right thing.
    I think everyone struggles with Syria because something has to be done but noone wants to be the one to make the sacrifice.

    This might not be a good analogy but its the one that always come to mind when i think of this dilemma.
    Its like the assistant coach that walked in on sandusky and the little boy and reported to paterno. but in reality, he didn’t really do anything but try to ease his own guilt. he will have to live with that forever. Yes he might have lost his Job and maybe noone would have believed him but he would have been doing the right thing and saving a victim.

    So there can be posturing about whats going on and public condemnation and sanctions for assad…etc but its only easing the guilt of knowing that nothing is really been done…

    whats the point to having the greatest military in the world? whats the point of having the biggest defense spending in all the world? what are we planning on using all the resources and technology that everyone boasts about all the time. what catastrophe will be big enough for all these to be used.

  8. 37 vcprezofan2
    September 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Okay, I’ve…
    … made a hearty breakfast, fed and waved offspring off on his journey to church
    … cleaned the kitchen thoroughly, including mopping the floor and polishing fridge, stove and micro
    … mopped the hallway
    …put away 2 loads of laundry and started two more, and
    … made my bed,

    Now I’m reporting for my shift in the village, and ‘don’t nobody dare mention that I’m a bit late’.

    ♫ Morning Chips! ♫Good Morning, ♪ dear TODobots! ♫
    Hope everyone is having/has had a Super Sunday!

    • 38 a4alice
      September 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

      you’re my hero #LAZYSUNDAY

      • 39 vcprezofan2
        September 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Morning, a4A! 😀
        You’d better believe that’s it for the day; well, except maybe finishing off a few more laundry loads. When I do so ‘much’ so early I always feel the need to reward myself. 😉

  9. 40 vitaminlover
    September 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Stephanie Cutter is so smart.

  10. September 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Chips on #1 🙂

    Thanks UT for another fantastic R & S!!

  11. September 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    For those who would like to see glorious dolphins now, check out this short (less than 2 minutes) video posted in May.

    I tweeted this to Yardarm, and asked how they can be so unfraid of somehing so much larger than themselves. Nothing like fearless, frolicking, dolphins to set the mood for the day.

    • 46 desertflower
      September 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

      As the wife of a retired submariner 🙂 I can safely say that dolphins are always around submarines…doing this ALL the time! Maybe that’s part of the reason for “getting your dolphins” when you qualify for submarine duty.

    • 47 arkluvspbo
      September 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

      So beautiful.

  12. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I wish today’s anti-Syria-war movement could focus their voices & energy on the real problem ( Putin and China) that is helping to perpetuate the carnage or mass slaughter of civilians.

    Putin & China are not only standing in the way of a diplomatic solution (through their blocking of UN Security Council Resolution), but they (together with Iran) are actively providing the weapons that are used to attack civilians and/or the money to buy weapons & help him run his government.

    I know that are number of people on TOD & among our personal networks who are conflicted or opposed to military action. I humbly suggest that one way to help out is to find a way for people to focus on challenging the current activities & moral stand of Putin, China, Iran.

    the world needs to shame those nations who are funding/enabling the attacks on civilians

  13. 49 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    • 50 desertflower
      September 8, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Assad has the largest CM stockpile in the world. He can’t just wipe is hands of this fact. If he were a REAL leader, he would have locked them down YEARS AGO and gotten rid of them. Sorry, not buying that line of BS. He’s the President of that country…no matter what he says, all fault/ blame lies with him.

    • 54 Nena20409
      September 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Good Sunday Morning TODville

      This so called interview by Charlie Rose with Assad was done way before the Aug 21 2013 gassing of his people. For MK and FTN not to make that crystal clear is once again, another way the DC/NY Media pundits have failed this nation. Seriously? I remembered Rose playing this interview on his CBS Morning show awhile back. Yes the interview was this year…..but before the latest CW attacks.

      • 55 hopefruit2
        September 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Thanks for pointing this out Nena.

        • 56 Nena20409
          September 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

          YW HF2. The interview was done in May. I am unable to find the Youtube version. I could only find the one Rose conducted with Assad about 3 yrs ago.

          • 57 hopefruit2
            September 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

            That is a very interesting (and IMPORTANT) revelation. Someone asked Knoller if that was true, and he hasn’t responded.

          • 58 hopefruit2
            September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

            Nena, all the media sources (including PBS) say that the interview was conducted today. Someone just tweeted me a link from PBS saying that the interview was done today.

            There is no way to really verify one way or the other, but we need to be sure that he did actually do the same interview in May.

      • 59 Don
        September 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

        Thanks for letting us know, Nena, but my question is why would CBS air it now if not to sway public opinion?

      • 61 dotster3
        September 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Not according to CBS—–they made a big deal of saying that Rose had been trying to get this interview for a long time, that he just completed the interview, went to Beirut and called Scheiffer on Face The Nation. Were they lying? That would be unbelievable—-if they’re trying to pass off an old interview as current because of the present circumstances. But I put nothing past any of them.

        • 62 Nena20409
          September 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          Rose per GOOGLE was in Beirut, Lebanon and had called in to FTN. I had not seen FTN today. I know that Charlie Rose interviewed Assad in May 2013.

          Was this interview on the Phone, audio only or on Taped video?

        • 63 Don
          September 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

          Maybe we should ask Assad when was the interview conducted seeing as the media is taking his story hook, line and sinker.

    • September 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      hf, thank you for all your spectacular tweets!! So glad UT featured them in today’s R&S.


      • 65 hopefruit2
        September 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks Bob – very much appreciate your kind words, UT’s featuring my tweets on the front page, and all the retweets from our TOD Twitter Brigade!!! 🙂

  14. 66 Don
    September 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Interesting interview by Charlie Rose of al- Assad, interesting in that Assad knows that the end is near and now he wants sympathy from the world. Assad is now playing for time which he doesn’t have and he knows it, he knows well that President Obama is going to get him one way or the other. Believe it or not Assad is looking for a way out.

  15. 67 Don
    September 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Amidst all this turmoil the only thing that gives me solace is that President Obama will make the right decision.

  16. 69 desertflower
    September 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    No wonder Assad was talking to Charlie Rose.


    It isn’t the U.S. cruise missiles that terrify Saleem, a pro-government militia fighter who survived some of the toughest battles of Syria’s civil war. It’s the rebel onslaught that could begin once American bombs start to fall.

    Holed up on bases where loudspeakers blare patriotic songs, or scattered for their safety in tented camps, Syrian soldiers are bracing for an attack by a superpower which they have little power to resist.

    Orders have been given to stand firm. Headquarters buildings have been evacuated, infantry dispersed into small formations, hospitals stocked with emergency supplies and radar stations placed at the highest level of alert.

    “I’m more afraid now than I was ever when we fought in Qusair or Khalidiyeh,” said Saleem, referring to some of the most hard-fought battles of the past six months.

    “If a foreign strike comes and the rebels manage to intensify their operations simultaneously, that’s a whole new level of combat. I’m still more scared of rebel mortars than U.S. cruise missiles.”

    Interviews conducted remotely with more than a dozen Syrian soldiers, officers and members of militia groups backing President Bashar al-Assad reveal deep fears as they prepare for U.S. strikes at locations across the country.

    • 70 desertflower
      September 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Many said their greatest worry is not the American missiles themselves, but the prospect that outside intervention could embolden their rebel enemies, who could launch an offensive and tip the balance of power in the two-and-a-half year civil war.

      Although commanders spoke of unspecified plans to fight back against U.S. attacks, junior service members described the notion of actually taking on U.S. forces as absurd.

      “Our small warships are spread around the coast on full alert, and why? To confront the U.S. destroyers? I feel like I’m living in a bad movie,” said a Syrian Navy sailor reached on a vessel in the Mediterranean.

    • 71 Don
      September 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Oh well, maybe this guy needs to rethink his loyality.

  17. 72 vcprezofan2
    September 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    That ‘Left With Nothing’ story is plain and simply wrong, truly, truly sick. 😦

    • 73 Don
      September 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Very sad, it left me speechless.

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        September 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

        Me too, Don. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that in an advanced country such as America we can throw people out of their homes so easily for such small debts. Unbelievable to me. I guess tomorrow I’d better go pay that $33.77 property tax that is overdue and for which I received a pink slip reminder 2 days ago.

        • 75 Don
          September 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

          The elderly and the sick should not lose their homes and get kicked out into the streets all because of the amount of money that it cost to fill up a gas tank.

          • 76 vitaminlover
            September 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

            Spot on!

          • 77 vcprezofan2
            September 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

            No arguments here! What surprised me even more was the fact that there was no REAL solution at the end of the article. I didn’t get the impression that a) this has been ‘fixed’ and b) the elderly and sick who were unfairly treated had been returned to their home or recompensed.

            The thought that you can be permanently removed from a home you own outright for a couple of thousand dollars or less is disheartening. That it can be done to you while you are ill or aged is devastating knowledge.

    • 78 globalcitizenlinda
      September 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      I commented on this on the prior post – simply heartbreaking and need a strong course of action

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        September 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        I was extremely disappointed to not see a ‘course of action’ at the end of the article, GCL. It was the only reason I read that unbelievable sad accounting to the end.

        • 80 globalcitizenlinda
          September 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

          I believe that a law suit is in order – that is the only way to get discovery & the only thing that seems to get the attention of Americans

  18. 82 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    A little food for thought…

  19. September 8, 2013 at 11:52 am


  20. 84 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    For tennis fans out there, the US Open Women’s Final is on CBS at 4:30 Eastern today: Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka

    • 89 Dudette
      September 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Deleted that one… re-created below

      • 90 HZ
        September 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. Thanks Dudette for this. I will be watching.

        A beautiful congratulations for our meta!!! An Elegant Book from an elegant and very gifted TOD family member. Meta, is it only a Kindle book? Is it possible to purchase it in paper format? ((((((((((((((((((((((( Congratulations, Meta)))))))))))))))))))) So much beautiful talent on this beautiful space.

        Let us listen to the best orchestra today in our lives. Choose the best instruments of sound, form, shape, and purpose when played to produce the most beautiful and uplifting and thoughtful music for our lives and situations with the world that we are living in today. I am so grateful that we have President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and VP Joseph Biden right alongside him to make wonderful things happen.

        I was moved to tears while reading the story about the Marine who lost everything due to that law in our land. What great pain. This should not be. I am praying for something better to come out of this.

        TOD family enjoy your Sunday. Enjoy making your own music to soothe your hearts to the most beautiful delights of love, peace, and goodness. There is enough of those beautiful instruments to choose to perform your compositions today:

        Gather these instruments:
        Piano: to pluck the keys of major and minor chords to blend into a lingering of stirring strings to enhance our inner moments of peacefulness in the midst of horrendous injustices in the world all around us.

        Violins/Viola: Blending your spirit to come to a beautiful mixtures of sweetness to pour over each life represented here.

        Bass: Balance out the smooth and deep thoughts that are weighing down upon our minds to do the right things for humankind.

        French Horns: Enjoy lifting up the distinctness of those in our lives that bring so much uniqueness of their character to share in our lives.

        Flutes: That beautiful mellow sound that takes great breath control for those rapid and beautiful rolls that will take each of us to be able to pause and take in a breath before we speak.

        Cello: Nothing but the best of putting our hands to run the bow across the strings to bring out the stronger and best in our collective personalities.

        Kettle Drums: Keeping us in the moment to bring out the best to our ends while traveling with this great president.

        Cymbals: Bring them together and get the attention of our world to seek goodness, peace, love, hope, and actions of justice for all.

        Trumpets: Wake up to our focus calling by our CIC to stand with him to respect All people on this earth.

        And choose your own Maestro. I already enjoy our current one, so I have no need to look any place else. I am ready, Mr. President to take the time to learn my music and show up for the most Majestic Concert ever. Raise your baton, Mr. President, your TOD Orchestra is ready to play the most wonderful, and majestic composition ever. Dim the lights. Quiet in the Concert Hall. We are about to play the most beautiful and powerful music together, Ever!!! On tickets to this concert today are free. The Creator already paid for them in full by the grace granted to us this beautiful Sunday.HZ

  21. September 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hopefruit, do you have a link for this so we can help get the word out?

  22. September 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm


  23. 100 desertflower
    September 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Sunday Funnies:)

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told a New Hampshire radio station that he’s running for president, the New York Daily News reports, becoming the first person to throw his hat into the ring for 2016.

  24. 102 dotster3
    September 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t know what the truth is with this Assad interview, but all are reporting that Rose said he interviewed Assad Sunday in Damascus. I presume that was supposed to mean this Sunday, not some Sunday a while back. That would be just unbelievable if they’re purposely misleading as to the timing.

  25. 103 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  26. 107 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Yes, and as was etched on the outside of the synagogue across the street from my Catholic elementary school, back in the ’50s:

      We vowed to remember it all. To remember and never to forget.

  27. 109 desertflower
    September 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm


    WASHINGTON — Syria’s top leaders amassed one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons with help from the Soviet Union and Iran, as well as Western European suppliers and even a handful of American companies, according to American diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records.

    While an expanding group of nations banded together in the 1980s to try to block the Syrian effort, prohibiting the sale of goods that would bolster the growing chemical weapons stockpile, the archives show that Syria’s governing Assad family exploited large loopholes, lax enforcement and a far greater international emphasis on limiting the spread of nuclear arms.

    Now, as President Obama confronts enormous difficulties in rallying a reluctant Congress and a skeptical world to punish the Syrian government with a military strike over what is said to be its apparent use of deadly nerve agents last month, he appears to be facing a similar challenge to the one that allowed the Assads to accumulate their huge stockpile. While countries around the world condemned Syria for adding to its arsenal as most nations were eliminating their own, few challenged the buildup, and some were eager to profit from it.

    Yet another mess that was put off dealing with and left for PBO’s integrity to clean up after….

  28. 110 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  29. 112 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    • 113 hopefruit2
      September 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I guess they’ve been receiving SOME feedback about how ridiculous and agenda-driven they appear when they make it all about PBO to the exclusion of everything else.

  30. 114 Dudette
    September 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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