Rise and Shine


On This Day: President Barack Obama meets with advisors prior to a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

10:10: President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly; the First Lady also attends

C-SPAN  White House

10:50: The President meets with John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly

11:35: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Michel Sleiman of the Republic of Lebanon

12:50: Meets with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

1:15: Attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

3:0: Holds a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

4:55: Participates in a conversation with former President Clinton about the future of health care reform

7:35: Delivers remarks at DNC reception, Waldorf Astoria Hotel

9:40: The President and First Lady depart New York en route Andrews Air Force Base

10:50: Arrive the White House


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a kiss before departing for separate events after arriving at the Wall Street Landing Zone aboard Marine One in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23 (Pete Souza)




Get Registered!


Greg Sargent: Nancy Pelosi Moves To Pressure Republicans On Immigration

With House Republicans seemingly stalling on immigration reform, Nancy Pelosi has hit on a plan that is designed to force them to deal with it this fall. Within the next two weeks, Pelosi may introduce a version of the Senate immigration reform bill in the House, in an effort to pressure House Republicans to sign on as co-sponsors, according to an aide familiar with her thinking. No decisions have been made.

Some reformers and Dems had hoped Pelosi would introduce what is known as a “discharge petition,” which would force a vote on the House floor if 218 House Members signed on to it. But the current plan Pelosi is eying does not involve a discharge petition, which is opposed by some who worry no Republicans would sign it, the aide tells me.

More here




David Corn: Slate Pitch: Obama Is The Shrewdest Political Tactician Since LBJ

The conventional view in Washington these days is that President Barack Obama is not having such a great second term and might already be suffering a bit of lame duckery. But here’s a Slate pitch: Obama is the most wily tactician in the nation’s capital since Lyndon Johnson. Consider what Obama has recently done to two of his most bothersome foes: Vladimir Putin and John Boehner.

The Russian leader was now acknowledging that Assad’s stockpile was indeed a problem and, more important, assuming the role of guarantor. Certainly, the subsequent negotiations would be difficult, with Assad likely to slow-walk and obfuscate. But having sucked Putin into the process, Obama had increased the odds of achieving his chief goal: preventing the further use of chemical weapons by the regime.

Back home, Obama has placed House Speaker Boehner in a different sort of hot seat. By declining to negotiate with Boehner about defunding Obamacare in order to prevent a government shutdown, the president has fueled the ongoing civil war within GOP ranks. True, this pitched battle would wage with or without Obama, as tea partiers try to hold the government hostage in order to destroy Obama’s health care program and less extreme Republicans contend that this act of political terrorism will backfire against their party. But sometimes in politics, it takes discipline to stand back and not get in the way when an opponent is self-immolating.

More here




Greg Sargent: House GOP To Ted Cruz: Win, Rocky, Win!

When last we checked in on Ted Cruz’s crusade to defund Obamacare, he was callingon Senate Democrats to refrain from passing any amendment to the House “CR” funding the government that would strip its defunding of Obamacare by a simple majority vote in the Senate. The idea is that if Dems allowed this amendment to be subject to a 60 vote threshold (Dems are going to amend the bill to take out the defunding, and kick it back to the House), Senate Republicans could then presumably filibuster it.

Alas for Ted Cruz, that isn’t going to happen. A Senate Democratic aide tells me there is no chance the amendment getting rid of Obamacare defunding will be subject to filibuster, meaning only a simple majority of Senators will have to pass it. Since Dems control 54 votes, that won’t be difficult.

More here



NJ.Com: ObamaCare Impact: More Patients, More Healthcare Jobs, Experts Predict

Two years before the Affordable Care Act became law and three years before its full implementation, a cadre of concerned professionals was already asking an important question: Who will take care of all these new patients? Which is why the job openings will include much more than just doctors, she said, but also nurse practitioners, lab techs and medical assistants.

“Because of shortages due to new technologies, specifically information technology,” Wise said, “there will also be more need of information specialists to respond to federal mandated electronic health care records. Wise predicted that nurses and nurse practitioners and home care and health care aides will be of critical importance.

More here



BBC: China Bans Several Weapon-Related North Korea Exports

China says it has banned the export to North Korea of several weapon-related technologies which could be used in the development of nuclear weapons. China’s Commerce Ministry published the list, which includes components for nuclear explosive devices and rocket systems, on Monday. It said the move would help implement UN resolutions on North Korea, and would be effective immediately.

Analysts say the ban shows China taking a firmer line against its ally. The list includes technology in nuclear, missile, chemical and biological fields. It says the restrictions are developed in accordance with several UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea. China is North Korea’s only ally and its major trading partner.

More here



BBC: President Obama jokes ‘I’m Scared Of My Wife’

US President Barack Obama conquered a long-term smoking habit because he was afraid of his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, he has joked with a UN official. The jesting admission, which the president made apparently unaware he was on camera, came at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. Mr Obama privately told a human rights campaigner that he had not had a cigarette in roughly six years.

“That’s because I’m scared of my wife,” he said with a smile. The conversation between Mr Obama and Maina Kiai, the UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, occurred near an open microphone and was later broadcast by CNN. “I hope you’ve quit smoking,” Mr Obama said to Mr Kiai, a Kenyan. “Sometimes,” Mr Kiai responded, as the two smiled and shook hands. Both Mr Obama and Mr Kiai attended Harvard University Law School.

More here

Video here



Igor Volsky: Sorry, The Latest Anti-ObamaCare Article To Go Viral Is Totally Wrong

An article published by Forbes claiming that Obamacare will increase health care costs by$7,450 for a typical family of four is spreading like wildfire across the internet, but causing eye rolls from economists across the country. One economist interviewed by ThinkProgress, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Paul Van de Water, described this calculation as one of the stupidest things he’s read in a long time and likened it to arguing that college costs will increase for a “typical” family if the federal government adopts policies that help lower-income Americans afford college educations.

Yes, the nation will spend more on education if more students enroll in colleges and universities, but the “typical” student already attending college won’t; she or he will continuing paying tuition at more or less the same rate, while the newly-enrolled student will presumably benefit from some sort of subsidized tuition rate.

In fact, if anything, the CMS report that Conover links to shows that Obamacare is a good financial proposition. In 2022, total health care spending will increase by 1.5 percent, while the number of non-elderly adults with health care coverage will increase by 9 percent. That’s a pretty good deal any way you slice it.

More here



HHS.Gov: Countdown To Coverage

Today we’ve reached yet another milestone on the road to affordable health care: 100 days to coverage. For years, millions of Americans have been denied the security and peace of mind of having health insurance. Too many have been priced out, locked out, or dumped out by insurance companies. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all of that is changing. January 1, 2014 — 100 days from today –marks a new day, when coverage will be more accessible and affordable. On that day, coverage will begin for those who signed up for a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace by December 15, 2013.

The Marketplace is a new, simpler way to purchase health insurance –all in one place.  You can go online or call to find and compare options, see if you qualify for lower costs, and select coverage that meets your needs and budget. October 1, 2013, marks the beginning of an extensive six-month-long open enrollment and public education campaign. You can enroll through the end of March.

Many will enroll online at www.HealthCare.gov. For some, it will be easier to enroll by phone (1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325) or by mail.  To make the process even easier, we have trained local assisters to help answer all of your coverage questions.

More here



On This Day:


First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis with members of the band Big Time Rush in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during a taping for NIckelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



President Barack Obama confers with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom following the United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the National Day of Play on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Sept. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



Prior to a luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama and the spouses of United Nations General Assembly leaders tour the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture with Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



President Barack Obama confers with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan E. Rice, NSC Advisor Gen. Jim Jones and Special Assistant to the President Gary Samore prior to the U.N. Security Council Heads of State meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)


95 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    September 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning Chips.

  2. 10 Roberta in MN
    September 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Have been lurking for days. Can’t seem to catch up. Trying tho. Good morning all. Wonderful coverage yesterday. I watched the Civil Council yesterday live, it was just wonderful. Our President is leading the way for better society world wide and changing the tides of war. I sincerely hope other nations understand, they have to start living in peace. And then we have McCain & Ms Graham, I sure hope he gets beaten in this next election, those two need to disappear from view. Have a good day everyone.

  3. September 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Good Mooooorning Everyone!

  4. 13 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

    • 14 Roberta in MN
      September 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Dudette, I sure hope this does happen. What a change this whole year has been so far. Our President just keeps working for peaceful world and I am so glad he has John Kerry as his SOS right now. What an asset to his team along with Rice & Powers. POTUS is one mart cookie.

  5. 16 JER
    September 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody!

    LIVE NOW: Arrivals At The UN General Assembly In New York – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 19 LDS
      September 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Thank you, Ms. Dudette, I really really needed that!
      You will never know how you just blessed me.
      It IS a beautiful day……all day. For the rest of my life days.
      Thank you, again.

  6. 21 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 8:37 am


    Better Business Bureau Warns: Scammers Exploiting Affordable Care Act Confusion



    BBB urges consumers to ignore these pitches and use the follow precautions when dealing with this type of scam:

    Be cautious with your identity. Never give personal information to someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether by phone, email, social media or in person.

    Hang up, don’t press any buttons and don’t call back. Returning the phone call may just give the con artist information he can use.

    The government uses regular mail. Government agencies normally communicate through the mail, so be cautious of calls, text messages or emails.

    Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers have technology that lets them display any number or organization name on your screen.

    Keep your personal information to yourself. Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, date of birth or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar callers.

    For more information on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, go to healthcare.gov. For more tips you can trust, visit bbb.org. To Report a Scam or sign up for BBB Scam Alerts, go to bbb.org/scam


    Read the full post here ……..


  7. 25 utaustinliberal
    September 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Spread the news!

    • 26 globalcitizenlinda
      September 24, 2013 at 9:14 am


      wonder if people can be encouraged to add this phone number to their phones so that they can share it to others.

      By “others” I am thinking of those people we meet randomly during the course of the day and who need a quick answer but who have no access to internet at the time – like people on the bus-line or ridding trains etc)

  8. 27 mtmarilyn
    September 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Wow what a R&S. Glad I woke up early. I hadn’t realized the President was speaking so early.

  9. 28 CindyH
    September 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    That photo of our fabulous FLOTUS among the colorful tires joins my top 5 – thanks for sharing that!!

  10. 29 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

    • 30 99ts
      September 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thanks amk – I mentioned the BJ posts on the last thread – the author talks about himself on the first one he posted


      “I’m a bureaucrat at a health insurance company which most of you have never and will never hear about. My job is to be a subject matter expert on a fairly arcane set of knowledge. I have seen some posts and some great comment threads at Balloon Juice where great questions are being asked and basic mechanical knowledge would be very useful. I will be writing a series of posts over the next couple of weeks/months that attempts to explain why a profit seeking insurance company does what it does.”

  11. 32 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

    This is what it’s all about! Wooooooot!

  12. September 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Mooooooorning UT, thank yoooooooou Chelsea Girl!!! Moooooorning everyone!

  13. 35 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

  14. September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning UT, Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!!!

    One day closer to ACA open enrollment!!!! Another day to watch the GOP and MSM stumble over themselves trying to anticipate what the President will do…and failing miserably.

    Another day to watch the genius who is our President at work! Another reason to SMILE!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    I hope that everyone has a great day!

  15. 37 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Gooooood Morning Neighbor!!!!

      The media is trying to make it seem that PBO is really scared of FLOTUS. There are many people who love and respect their spouse enough to acknowledge their concerns and make changes…and it is obvious that PBO loves and respects his wife enough to do just that.

      • 39 anniebella
        September 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Most people with any sense knows POTUS was joking about being scared of his wife. Now it depends on the media you are listening too, because some of the media is not making a big deal of it, at least the media I’ve seen .

      • 40 Dudette
        September 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

        They are stupid people! They hold no sway with me. The President was joking. It’s a cute joke and with an important message: It’s hard to quit smoking. Find something/someone that will help motivate to you to quit smoking.

  16. September 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Have a wonderful day everyone. I’m off to visit my MIL and help her get some stuff done in her house. Don’t let the Toddler idiots get to you today. Hope Jovie stays in touch. Some days we all need some extra love.

  17. 42 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Words of wisdom!

  18. September 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

    “Facebook, other banned sites to be open in China free trade zone: report”



    (Reuters) – Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

    Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms for licenses to provide Internet services in the zone.

    Facebook and Twitter were blocked by Beijing in mid-2009 following deadly riots in the western province of Xinjiang that authorities say were abetted by the social networking sites.

  19. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Another example of how TOONs convey truth.

      The US is quick to point out human rights offenses in other countries, but seem to be in denial that the same thing is happening here. Yes, poverty exists in the US….there are people who are homeless and hungry through no fault of their own. No, everyone does not have equal access to opportunities.

      And contrary to GOP beliefs, the majority of people in this country are not looking for a handout; people are proud and would rather do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

  20. 48 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

    It’s because of stupid people like Lindsay Graham, we can’t have nice things

  21. 49 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

  22. September 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

  23. 54 CEB
    September 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good morning from the very rainy Sunshine State.

    Thank God and PBO for the miracle of the ACA.; this will improve the quality of so many American lives. No matter what the repubs try nationally and state wide, this is moving forward.

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Good news, CEB. I’m a fellow Floridian and discovered that no info. re exchanges will be available until Oct. 1. So, since I’m self insured, I called my provider (Bc/Bs) to see if they will be on the exchange. Talked to their “Obamacare” expert. There will be 10 companies (including BCBS) on the exchange. I was surprised because our governor has actively worked to sabotage and though we’d end up with 2 or 3 choices at the most. Looking forward to Oct. 1.

  24. 56 desertflower
    September 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I swear the 2014 can’t come soon enough. I mean it.

    David Drucker reports on the new plan being hatched by House Republicans:
    The package that House GOP leaders plan to unveil when their members return to Washington late Wednesday will be anchored by proposals to simultaneously raise the federal borrowing limit and delay for a year further implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the legislation would likely include a collection of previously introduced bills popular among House Republicans and difficult for Obama to dominate, including construction of the job-rich Keystone XL pipeline.
    The debt-ceiling package, set for a House vote by week’s end, could include a variety of GOP-friendly economic proposals, including tax reform, Medicare means testing, medical liability reform, an overhaul of the federal employee retirement system, elimination of the Dodd-Frank bailout, the easing of Environmental Protection Agency rules, restrictions on federal regulators and an expansion of offshore energy production.
    Gee, that’s it? Maybe Republicans should also ask Obama to impeach himself while they’re at it.
    The meaning of this is plain. House Republicans will likely cave in the shutdown fight — probably by passing a “clean CR” funding the government at current levels. Hoping to soften the blow among conservatives who will scream “surrender,” GOP leaders are already signaling they will demand a whole grab bag of conservative goodies — including undermining Obamacare — in exchange for a debt limit hike.

    Whole sorted mess here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/24/the-morning-plum-gops-problem-isnt-which-hostage-to-take-its-the-extortion-strategy-itself/

  25. 57 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

  26. 58 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

  27. 59 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

  28. 60 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

  29. 61 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

  30. 62 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

  31. 67 desertflower
    September 24, 2013 at 9:30 am
  32. 69 desertflower
    September 24, 2013 at 9:32 am
  33. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Here is my dilemma:

    From the point of view of advancing international peace, I so badly want PBO to shake hands with the President of Iran at the UN. this would be a powerful image on so many levels. Gestures are part of the dialogue/diplomacy.

    However, given how the republicans and media want so badly to undermine anything PBO does, it probably should happen in private and be documented by Mr. Pete Souza

    I am scared that once they see this handshake, then the reflexive O-haters and those who stand to make huge money from conflict will turn this complex issue into a political football. Remember how they reacted to PBO receiving a book from the late Venezuelan President ?

    These PBO-haters will use the gesture to try and carry favor with Israel by once again saying their usual crappy lies about how PBO doesn’t care about Israel.

    I am also scared that some extremists in the Iran may also use it as a way to undermine the PM.

    Any thoughts similar to mine?

  34. 73 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

  35. 74 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

  36. 76 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:36 am


  37. 77 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Another good resource for information on the ACA is the AARP website. The ‘health law answers’ tool is excellent. Very informative and clear. The tool asks a few basic questions and then provides detailed information on the responses you provide.







  38. 78 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

  39. September 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hijacking their hashtag is fun:

  40. 80 desertflower
    September 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Chips..can you please highlight this??? TODAY IS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY!!!


  41. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

    watching to see if the US delegation (and other Western delegations) sit through the speech by Iran’s President. Previously, they would stand up and leave once the former President would start the Holocaust-denials

  42. 85 africa
    September 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

  43. 86 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

  44. 87 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 9:41 am


    Health Reform Quiz

    By Kaiser Family Foundation


    The health reform law promises to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system. But, as with other sweeping pieces of legislation, it can be hard to get the real facts about what it does. And it is all too easy for misinformation about the law to spread.

    Take our short, 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law, and then share your results with friends on Twitter or Facebook.



  45. September 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

  46. 90 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare


    Published on Jul 17, 2013

    2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect. To download the video, please visit http://www.kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons­-obamacare-video/


  47. 91 sherijr
    September 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

    oh good grief Brazil’s president making an issue of “spying”. Glen Greenwald should be proud.

  48. September 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Morning all. Great R&S Chips. I hurried up and got ready for work so I wouldn’t miss the President. What a busy schedule he has today! I’m tired just thinking about it.

  49. 93 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

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