Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama participates in a high level meeting on Libya at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2011. Pictured with the President, from left, are: Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11AM: VP Biden delivers remarks highlighting the launch of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs.

11:30AM: VP Biden attends the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue.

12:20PM: Pres. Obama arrives in Kansas City, Mo

1PM: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a luncheon at the White House in honor of the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards.

1:50PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at the Ford Stamping Plant.

2:55PM: Pres. Obama departs Kansas City, Mo., enroute to Washington.



NYT: Administration Presses Ahead With Limits On Emissions From Power Plants

A year after a plan by President Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants set off angry opposition, the administration will announce on Friday that it is not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and will press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies.

The proposed regulations, to be announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural addressthis year.  In her speech, Ms. McCarthy will unveil the agency’s proposal to limit new gas-fired power plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour and new coal plants to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide, according to administration officials who were briefed on the agency’s plans. Industry officials say the average advanced coal plant currently emits about 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.

More here



Working America Blog: Actual Accountability: CFPB Fines JP Morgan Chase For Fraud

Great news from the Consumer Financial Protection Board today. JP Morgan Chase, a major credit card issuer, has been hit with a $309 million fine for defrauding customers. More than 2 million customers will get refunds for unfair fees imposed by JP Morgan Chase. In addition, JP Morgan Chase will be required to audit its own procedures and present evidence to the CFPB that it has stopped the practices that led to the fine—specifically, billing customers for services they weren’t being provided.

This is precisely why the CFPB exists. JP Morgan Chase was breaking the law and getting away with it. The amount of money being taken through these fees was small enough to not be worth suing over individually, but in the aggregate, it represented a big transfer of money—illegally!—from customers to their credit card company. There was a time when, even if they noticed it happening, customers wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it.

More here



Jonathan Bernstein: No More Magical Thinking About The Presidency

It’s an annual ritual: we get to late summer, something goes wrong for Barack Obama, and the press piles on. This time it’s Syria — Obama is getting widely criticized for vacillation and changes of course. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you want to criticize Obama’s handling of process, then make sure you do it right. Don’t turn process criticisms into an excuse for mind-reading or magical versions of the presidency.

Another problem arises when analysts get process completely wrong. See, for example, a Politico article called “What’s Wrong With President Obama?” We get process criticism on Syria and on the Fed chair choice with a bald assertion that if only Obama was tougher, something would have been better (it’s not clear exactly what, or how).

For another example of getting process wrong, see Matt Miller’s column yesterday. Miller is explicit about some of his policy preferences: for gun control; against the Bush tax cuts; for a jobs bill. But he manages to attack not the opponents of those policies (that would be mainly Republicans in Congress) but Obama for “blinking” and “losing his nerve” in trying to get them done. But it’s nonsense to claim gun safety legislation failed in the Senate because Obama lost his nerve. It lost because the votes weren’t there. This is just magical presidency thinking, where it’s assumed that any president can get any policy he wants simply by wanting it enough.

More here



Greg Sargent: Really?

Another key finding from this week’s Washington Post/ABC News poll: Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too much, too little, or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues? Too much: 10. Too little: 64. About the right amount: 23. An astonishing 72 percent of independents say Republican leaders are doing too little to compromise.

Does anyone imagine Republicans won’t be seen as the unreasonable party here? Things will probably look even worse after the government shutdown fight. But then we’ll only be gearing up for another one in which the threat to the economy is far more serious, and the demands even crazier. Really? This is how it’s going to go? Okay.

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Rob Capriccioso: Obama Nominates Native American Woman To Federal Bench

The president announced September 19 that Diane J. Humetewa is a nominee for the U.S. District Court for Arizona. She is a Hopi citizen, and from 2002 to 2007 she served as an appellate court judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court. Obama has previously nominated one tribal citizen to serve on the federal bench, Arvo Mikkanen, of the Kiowa Tribe, but Republican senators successfully blocked that nomination during the president’s first term.

If Humetewa can pass muster with the Senate Judicial Committee and Arizona’s senators, then she will have the distinction of being the first Native American appointed and confirmed to the federal bench by Obama.

More here



President Barack Obama participates in the CNBC Town Hall Discussion on Jobs with John Harwood at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. September 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Morning all, Happy Friday!

  2. September 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    That wingnut Byron York admitted it, that PBO’s speech that MSM failed to carry to completion, jerked up GOP strategists to realize that PBO is gonna campaign on GOP obstruction & economic terrorism in 2014 just as he did in 2012. So they plan to argue that the economic growth we’ve had came only after GOP took over in 2010. Yeah that’s what they plan to LIE about with a straight face.

    • 11 Layla
      September 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

      It’s all a huge fucking game for these people!!!!!!!

    • September 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

      They won’t get away with that lie – let them try.

    • 13 japa21
      September 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

      So all this time they have been calling PBO out for not creating enough jobs and the economy growing to slowly, but now they will turn around and state the economy is doing great because of them. Brilliant. And thanks to a media which will be complicit in this, they may think they’ll succeed. But, I don’t it will work this time.

    • 14 amk for obama
      September 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

      If the voters are stupid enough to believe that kinda shite , then they will deserve all kinda shite they will get.

    • 15 jziglar
      September 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

      This approach won’t work. Everyone knows that the party stands for nothing but protecting the very wealthy, and that they opposed every job creating measure that was passed at the height of the crisis and after. they even opposed the emergency measures that stabilized the economy and reformed the Auto Industry. Also, they have been going around the country saying that the country has failed under Obama so how can they turn around and claim credit for a recovery ? It doesn’t make any sense.

    • 16 theo67
      September 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      And what legislation or actions will they point to in order to explain their ownership of the economic recovery? They’ve voted ‘no’ and obstructed on every measure to speed up the recovery, and they’ve only got a few post offices and 42 votes against Obamacare to show for their salaries and time. It’ll be interesting to see what they try and say they did that makes them deserving of the honor of claiming credit.

  3. 17 cookemom
    September 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Happy, happy, joy, joy, all you O’s!!! It’s a great getting up day in TOD town!!!!

    I missed Dudette’s birthday party last night, but I can tell from the empty bottles, cake crumbs, overturned chairs, and broken chandeliers, that a good time was had by all.

    What a good time the ‘Pubs are having eating each others lunch. I’m having an even better time watching the family feud.

  4. September 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

  5. 21 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

  6. 24 Linda
    September 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    The townhall picture is that the woman who said she was tired of sticking up for PBO ?

  7. 27 99ts
    September 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Interesting comment on the Financial news in my world tonight – the reason growth is slow in the US – and why the Fed stimulus is needed – the low wages paid to workers in the US – average wages now lower than in 1989. People have no money to spend & personal expenditure is a major part of growth; the US government has no money to spend (wonder why that would be) and government expenditure is another major part of growth

    SO – low wages and low government expenditure are stopping any growth in the US economy. This has been happening for years and still the billionaires want to take more money (goods/services) out of the system. There is little doubt the policy of the right it built on insanity – and guns.

    • 28 ericfive
      September 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

      The attitude of the 1% reminds me of the atmosphere preceding the French Revolution. This “let them eat cake” attitude will create a rising tide of anger among the “common folk”. When you add the rampant availability of guns, this is a recipe for a violent backlash against the ownership class. The MSM is, slowly but surely, losing its power to deflect blame through propaganda. Racial divisions, which the MSM is still expert at exploiting, are preventing PBO from being able to harness this simmering rage (many poor Whites refuse to rally around PBO due to the color of his skin). I honestly see a violent revolution in this country’s not too distant future, if the ownership class continues on this course. It is important to note also, that this phenomenon is not limited to the U.S. (i.e. Europe’s recent wave of austerity measures are also due to the ownership class adopting the aforementioned “let them eat cake” mentality). We are in the midst of a class war, the effects of which are all around us, but the MSM refuses to acknowledge.

      • 29 99ts
        September 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

        It may not be only in the US – but I would think – and correct me if I am wrong – the US has the lowest minimum wage of any western country. In my world the minimum wage is c. $17 per hour – and although the mining magnates, and the retail giants are trying to get it lowered, so far they have been unsuccessful. Not sure what may happen over the next few years, with the RWNJs in power – government jobs will be going and there will be fights to end penalty rates of pay.

        • 30 ericfive
          September 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

          But isn’t unemployment higher in Europe? Combine that with the weakening of the European social safety net caused by the various austerity measures and I see a comparable situation to that in the U.S. with regards to the ownership class “sticking it” to the working man/woman. The thing that makes the U.S. different in this class war situation is the availability of firearms, which could either be trained on fellow working men/women in a fight for crumbs, or trained on the ownership class if MSM efforts to keep us divided and ignorant fail.

  8. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    TOD, as you all know this has been a helluva week for me. It started with the most unthinkable thing happening only a couple of blocks away from my office and ended yesterday with someones car catching fire at our parking lot and burning up. At first due to the events of this week the police was not sure if this was an act perpetrated by someone or just a mechanical failure. Thank goodness it turned out to be the later.

    The morning of the Navy Yard incident I shared with you all that as I entered my building there was a person down and apparently shot outside of my office.

    Everyone here at my office could never figure out how this person was shot at the Navy Yard and ended up two and a half blocks away fighting for his life at my building.

    TPM chronicles the heroism of the people who tried to get him to the hospital and his very sad death right here on this corner. He was buried yesterday.

    This morning as I arrived for work Vets began to line up outside of the Navy Yard with their US flags to honor the fallen.

    It’s a week that I will never forget!

    Here is the story:


    • 32 Layla
      September 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

      God bless you Donna! There really no words for this!

    • 33 mtmarilyn
      September 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Oh Donna, all of you have been in my prayers this week. I can’t even imagine the emotional rollercoaster you are going thru. Just know that there are many arms surrounding you with love and support. This has got to stop.

      I am so mad about this SNAP vote and all the other man made crisis looming in the future. The GOP has really lost it. The media doesn’t think it’s job is to inform people of the truth. Sometimes I fear for our democracy. Thank goodness for this place we can all come here to keep our sanity.

      Thank you UT for the great R&S. #TrustBarack #Forward

    • 34 99ts
      September 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Thinking of you Donna – and all those who have been so close to what happened at the Navy Yard – may it one day help to bring about the change that is so needed.

    • 35 Dudette
      September 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Awful.. just awful Donna. I’m glad you’re okay. Stay safe, be well.

      {{{{ Donna }}}}

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      September 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Donna – I’m still catching up from this morning’s posts. Had no idea that incident had occurred outside of your building. Thank God you and your co-workers are safe. So very sorry to hear that story, Donna. Please try to rest mind and body all weekend.

  9. 37 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

  10. September 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This morning I wrote a scathing letter to my idiot right wing Congressman and told him he was a disgrace to his district and I was ashamed of him. I said his vote was inhumane and mean spirited and he should try walking in the shoes of someone on food stamps and feel their frustration, fear and humiliation. I told him to spare me the discourtesy of telling me it was a budget issue because I know that to be a lie. This was political gamesmanship of the worst kind and we all know it and are tired of it. Told him this vote was a piece with his decision to vote to defund Obamacare–a pattern of not caring about the effect on people and the millions who would be hurt or die. I don’t expect an answer beyond a meaningless form letter, but I feel better. I am so tired of being represented by idiots and no one–absolutely no one–has stepped forward so far to challenge this cardboard cutout of a congressperson in next year’s election.

    • September 20, 2013 at 10:50 am


      the congressmen from our state will not accept email from anyone outside of their district…but sending letters to all of them bypasses that…(although they may not open them) …because although they do not represent me directly…their votes impact upon me and mine….

  11. 41 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    GM all. I would strongly suggest any who did not read zizi’s post last night to go back and do so.

    Perhaps the most important take away is the PBO is one who cares about results, not credit. Politically, in domestic terms, that may not be the wisest approach, but in terms of moving ahead, it is critical.

    The people who claimed PBO got played by Putin missed the point. Kerry’s offhand suggestion had to appear to be just that. off hand. It could not have been seen as a demand or nothing would have happened. By playing it the way he did, PBO allowed Putin to make the move, Syria was, therefore more likely to follow. Additionally, it looks like Iran played a role as well.

    But PBO also did put Putin in a spot. He made a promise and now he needs to follow through.

    PBO looks for win-win strategies, where the other person walks away having saved face. Soemtimes we m,ight wish he had more of a destroy them mentality, specially in regards to GOP, but that isn’t who he is.

    • 42 Layla
      September 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Soemtimes we m,ight wish he had more of a destroy them mentality….I think PBO is very well aware that they are perfectly capable of destroying themselves! No need to intervene!

    • 43 ericfive
      September 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Those who claim PBO “got played” by Putin have an agenda. Either they are blinded by hate or are married to the narrative that PBO is “weak”. The 24 hour news cycle makes analysis of diplomatic manuveurs impossible. They are so quick and eager to deem anything PBO does a failure, that they will jump on the first sign of difficulty and call the game for the other side (its like writing about a football game having only watched the first quarter). Add to that the fact that most of PBO’s critics in the pundit class have no idea what they are talking about, but think they know everything.

  12. 44 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

  13. 45 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    And when the opportunity arises to slam both GOP and Chuckles, I can’t resist.

  14. 47 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

  15. 48 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

  16. 49 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

  17. 50 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good question.

  18. 51 amk for obama
    September 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

  19. September 20, 2013 at 10:37 am


    Spike Lee’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, has a tv movie coming on the Hallmark Channel TONIGHT, 9/20/2013, 8 pm EST

    The Watsons Go To Birmingham

    In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson, (Wood Harris and Anika Noni Rose) and their three kids, 15-year-old juvenile delinquent Byron (Harrison Knight), nerdy 11-year-old Kenny (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and eight-year-old adorable sister Joetta (Skai Jackson). When Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands’ (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama.

    So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber outfitted with a true tone Ultra-Glide turntable and head South with plenty of comedy en route. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend, Mr. Robert (David Alan Grier), who show them around town and the Watsons discover that life is very different there than in Flint – and not necessarily for the better. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in something far bigger than Byron’s antics; something that will change their lives and country forever.



    Anika Noni Rose
    Wilona Watson

    David Alan Grier
    Mr. Robert

    Skai Jackson
    Joetta Watson

    Wood Harris
    Daniel Watson

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson (aka Mrs. Samuel Jackson)
    Grandma Sands

    Bryce Clyde Jenkins
    Kenny Watson

    Harrison Knight
    Byron Watson

  20. 53 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

  21. 54 Dakota
    September 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I missed Dudette’s party…I feel awful.

  22. September 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Good morning and thanks for a busy informative rise and shine

  23. 58 Esi
    September 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Holy buckets! I can’t keep up with the beautiful minds/thoughts here. Great essay Zizi! Great comments! Happy birthday Dudette!

  24. 60 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

  25. 62 Linda
    September 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The stupid party has begun the voting .

  26. 63 Linda
    September 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

    CNN is pimping for a delay in Obamacare……..

    How pathetic

    • 64 Jovie
      September 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

      RNC talking points.

    • 65 ericfive
      September 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

      What??? The MSM siding with the GOP??? I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you. 😉

    • September 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Really wish the MSM were held accountable for being GOP propaganda outlets, just as they were back in 2009, less than 6 months after we had a new President by promoting the astroturf, bigoted Tea Party “movement.”

      Despite upChuck refusing to admit that Obamacare IS THE LAW OF THE LAND, he represents that persistent portion of Americans who believe that our President is a Kenyan-born Muslim Marxist.

      (posted earlier this week, but bears repeating; that 24% of American bigots seems to have shrunk to 23%. hehe)

  27. 67 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Fournier continues to show he is an ass.

  28. September 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

    i saw news report today about the mass shooting of 12 or more people…in Chi-Town yesterday…not sure how many were killed, they did talk about how a toddler who is in the hospital in very serious conditon…

    there will be no 24/7 cable coverage…CNN will not be rushing to the scene to interview the family of the victims/there will be no discussion of gun control or lack there of among the talking heads today…no sorrow for the victims…no flags will be flown at half mast…

    this violence is somehow not seen in the same way as the violence of Aurora…Newtown…the Navy Yard……and although the mass shooting of Aurora…etc..did cause a stir…it still was not enough of stir to move Congress to enact gun safety laws…and in a recent election,those that were in favor of gun saftey laws could not come out to protect the jobs of two legislators who did take a stand…

    and…on Sunday…Meet the Press will give the NRA a national platform to spew more lies and fear…re:guns…

    We as citizens have to take an ACTIVE. role in our Democracy…

    WE ARE the Change WE SEEK!

    • 70 cookemom
      September 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

      so true….all shootings in certain areas of Chicago are identified as ‘gang related’. Once that happens, there’s no need for further investigation, outcry, or sympathy. I’m surprised the mayor has plans to return home from a trip to campaign for Cory Booker. The victims shouldn’t have been where they were and they are disposable. That incident was one of 12 separate ones that happened last night.

    • 71 dotster3
      September 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

      The 3 yr. old is in critical condition, is expected to survive, will need plastic surgery on his face. It was the lead story on the Today Show this a.m.——so it is getting some media attention—–not that anything will change. I don’t know how much more the public can tolerate because this gun violence is out of control. Mass shootings seem to be happening with increasing frequency. And in Chgo, where it seems everyone has a gun, it has now become commonplace for anyone with a grudge (usually gang related) to just spray a whole crowd with bullets from automatic weapons trying to hit — with lots of “collateral damage”, including young, innocent children. This is intolerable. Decent people need to speak up and do everything possible to bring some sanity and change to this current horror.
      Expanded coverage of the latest mass shooting here

  29. 72 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

  30. 73 cookemom
    September 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Vote for the CR to move to the Senate with defunding of ACA. One Democrat voted yea to defund. Off it goes to the Senate where Cruz will get a chance to decide how to get out of the mess he’s created with his fellow nuts.

  31. 79 MightyPamela
    September 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    “And still, I Rise”. (Maya Angelou) Heart is breaking again with yet another mass shooting, candles alight. Happy BIrthday to Mr. DF, and happy birthday everyday to Dudette!! The new NWL magazine has a brilliant article by the president and CEO, but it doesn’t seem to have been posted to the NWL blogsite yet, or I would paste a link here for you. The article praises PBO to the far reaches of the galaxy for his speeches and efforts to highlight the urgency of action on climate change. Very worthy reading, will keep an eye out and bring it over when it’s availble. Now, I didn’t even stay up all night poor-taying wich y’all, but I’m getting the hangover vibes, and I know I didn’t drink a thing!!! See, we are so closely bonded!! 😆

  32. 80 Linda
    September 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    check out the scene on c -span.

    Looks like they are about to break out in song and take a bow.

    • 81 cookemom
      September 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Yes, they are very gleeful. I can’t believe they are joyfully putting nails in their coffins. Oh well, it’s hard to fix stupid.

  33. September 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    GM TOD….

  34. September 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    U.S. and Russian technical experts were doing preparatory work for ending Syria’s chemical-weapons capability for months before the two nations’ Geneva meetings began Friday. The initiative on Syria’s weapons capability had its roots in June 2012 talks between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin about Bashar al-Assad’s arsenal. More talks between the two followed, as well as talks between Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

    At a dinner meeting in May, Kerry and Lavrov talked about the possibility of using Libya as a model for removing Syria’s chemical stockpile under an international agreement. The two agreed that Russian and U.S. technical experts should begin quietly meeting on details, though there was little expectation that a program would be immediately needed.

  35. 87 Linda
    September 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Now they are voting to allow trees be cut down on our Federal Lands.

  36. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Has anyone seen him here or talked to Yardarm this week? Have I just been missing him here or is he away on vacation?

    • September 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Didn’t he tell us he was off to some mountain retreat where internet access may or may not work? Maybe I’m mistaken. Anybody else remember what he said?

      • 90 dotster3
        September 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Off to the northwoods, he said—-northern Wisconsin. I know he mentioned the Ho-Chunk Casino there, which he enjoys, maybe fishing and fresh air? Internet access sketchy there.

    • 91 Nena20409
      September 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I remember reading that he was out in the woods or cruise ship somewhere near AK 10 days or so ago.

  37. 92 utaustinliberal
    September 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

  38. 95 utaustinliberal
    September 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      September 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Jon Favreau kills it on Twitter!

    • September 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

      When 90% of the American people wanted gun background checks, the GOP-water-carrying media did not care what the public thought. Of course they’ll get these percentages because they have LIED endlessly without any correction from a bought and paid for media since the laws passage. I’m livid

  39. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    September 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Oh, Joe Biden, there he goes making a whole team of doctors and nurses know they’re appreciated for all they do, with the layin on of the hands. Love that photo and the rest of the post, UT!

    As my two-year-old great grandson would say upon awakening, after he looks outside to confirm that the “Moonball” has gone away: Mornin’.

    • 99 MightyPamela
      September 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      I’ve been scrolling and thinking how very good those arms of VPB must feel, draped around one’s shoulder!

      • 100 jacquelineoboomer
        September 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        Me, too! (You caught me.)

        But the funniest thing is that Joe has no concept of what “personal space” means. He’s just Joe. Which is why he’s such a wonderful Vice President to President Barack Obama! And you know he’s telling them an Irish story, which begins with something like, “As my dad used to say … ”

  40. 101 utaustinliberal
    September 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

  41. September 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Republicans hate domestic spending, but their hatred is not completely indiscriminate. Some programs offend them more, and others less. The general pattern is that social programs offend Republicans to the degree that they benefit the poor, sick, or otherwise unfortunate. The struggle over the farm bill is not the biggest policy dispute in American politics, but it is the one that most clearly reveals the priorities and ideological identity of the contemporary GOP.

    The farm bill traditionally combines agriculture subsidies (which hands out subsidies to people on the arbitrary basis that the business they own produces food as opposed to some other goods or services) with food stamps (which hands out subsidies to people on the highly nonarbitrary basis that they’re poor enough to likely have trouble scraping together regular meals). Conservative Republicans revolted against the normally automatic passage, insisting that the cuts to food stamps — $20 billion — did not slice deeply enough. Last night the House rectified its failure by cutting food stamps by $40 billion.

    …..Olsen also neglects to mention that House Republicans are not only locking in high agriculture subsidies, they are throwing more money at agriculture than Democrats want to spend. Obama has attacked the GOP farm-subsidy bill for spending too much. Here is the one chunk of social spending where Republicans are not only failing to issue hostage threats to secure the cuts they demand, they are also refusing to cut spending as much as Barack Obama asks. And the program they pick to defend is, on the substantive merits, the most unjustifiable program of any significant scale in the federal budget.

  42. 104 utaustinliberal
    September 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    When your supposed own turns on you.

    • 105 japa21
      September 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      I feel pretty confident that if their votes would have made a difference, they would not have voted the way they did. Both are from fairly red districts and will be needed next year. Their votes really don’t bother me.

    • 107 ericfive
      September 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Their votes don’t mean anything, i.e. the bill would have passed the House without them. With bluedog Dems, you have to take the bitter with the sweet. What I mean is, bluedog dems make it possible to have a Speaker Pelosi. True liberal dems cannot win in their districts, so I would rather have the necessary number of bluedogs (who will often disappoint us with their votes) to get the Speaker’s gavel removed from Boner’s hand. The pursuit of ideological purity will prevent dems from winning back the House. Sad but true.

      • 108 jacquelineoboomer
        September 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        Understand and agree. And the blue dog votes never really wreck any Dem majority votes, when there is one, so it works. Rather have them than Republicans.

  43. 109 dotster3
    September 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    In the meantime, Grand Theft Auto V had $800 million in sales on its first day and people are lined up for blocks on Michigan Ave. in Chgo currently to get the Apple iphone 5S. Priorities.

  44. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    September 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Here’s an uplifting story, for those who need to be uplifted. This Good Samaritan, currently 65 years old, was just interviewed on MSNBC. He’s still at it, helping people stranded on the highways (“San Diego’s Highwayman”), after 40 years. This is an earlier interview with him:

  45. September 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    So this is going down right now:

  46. September 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  47. 116 57andfemale
    September 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  48. 117 japa21
    September 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  49. 118 cookemom
    September 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    So big bad Cantor can call out vulnerable Dems by name during his victory speech….and Bonehead thinks he can put this on PBO….ha!

  50. 120 Jovie
    September 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The House GOP budget chief, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), said the package should include instructions for entitlement reform.
    “We think that’s going to be a big part of debt limit: mandatory savings, tax reform, entitlement reform,” he told reporters. “There are no savings from tax reform. That’s revenue neutral. You get savings from entitlement reform.”
    “It’s basically going to be like a budget,” he added, “where we’re going to have instructions, and we’re going to have a lot of entitlement reform in there.”


    • 121 ericfive
      September 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I hope that they finally get specific with the cuts to entitlement programs they want to see implemented. Those cuts will be a very hard sell, even with the help of the MSM. Actually specifying cuts will cause alot of House GOP to splinter away from the Tea Partiers. Today is the first step in the destruction of the GOP (the split between TP and mainstream GOP will be a sight to behold). Let Boner and his crew cheer and high five today, they are putting a brave face on for MSM cameras, but realize that the end is near.

    • 122 Bill R.
      September 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      This is all theatrics, because Senate Dems and PBO have said they will only consider a clean bill.

  51. 123 Bill R.
    September 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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