Rise and Shine


Happy 21st Anniversary!


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

10:40AM: President Obama delivers remarks at M. Luis Construction Company

12PM: President Obama and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

12:30PM: Press Sec. Jay Carney briefs the press



Sy Mukherjee: Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love ObamaCare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,0000

Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas who used to wake up every morning at 4 A.M. to deliver canned beverages to retailers before retiring in 2010. A lifelong Republican, he was heavily skeptical of the Affordable Care Act when it first passed. “I did not think that Obamacare was going to be a good plan, I did not think that it was going to help me at all,” he told ThinkProgress over the phone.

But after doing a little research, Matthews eventually realized how much the law could help him. And on Tuesday, his local Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) provider confirmed that he would be able to buy a far better plan than his current policy while saving at least $13,000 per year through Arkansas’ Obamacare marketplace.

The mid-level “Silver” policy that he picked out also offers a significantly better benefits package. “It’s a lot better plan,” Matthews said. His old plan was considered to be “Bronze” and had much higher co-pays. Under Obamacare, when Matthews visits a doctor, it will no longer cost him around $150. It will cost $8.

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Texas Tribune: The Big Conversation

What’s likely to be one of the nation’s most closely watched 2014 races kicks into full swing today. After months of speculation about whether she would parlay her newfound political stardom into a bid for higher office, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to formally announce today that she’s running for governor.

Davis’ announcement last week of the event — which will be held around 5 p.m. at the auditorium in Haltom City where she received her high school diploma — all but confirmed that she would run. At The Texas Tribune Festival over the weekend, she talked at length about why and how she would run, but stopped short of confirming that she was doing so.

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Nick Kristof: Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Think about it. Suppose Russia or Iran said, “we will use cyberattacks to shut down your government and wreck your economy, unless you make concessions.” Would we then blithely sit down and negotiate an amicable solution? Yet that’s what the House Republicans are saying. They’re insisting that Obama make concessions on a 3-year-old law, or else they will dock wages of government employees and damage the national economy to the tune of $300 million a day. In effect they’re assuming that Obama is more responsible than they are, and that he will capitulate to this blackmail and protect the economy.

Let’s be clear. This is not government as usual. I’ve watched politicians for decades and have seen any number of backstabbings, scandals, vituperations, and Machiavellian machinations. But I can’t think of the last time a major political party undertook a serious campaign to damage the American economy, unless the other party gives in.

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Think Progress: Under ObamaCare, Disney World Will Promote Its Part-Time Workers To Full-Time Status

Walt Disney Co. announced on Wednesday that it is offering full-time employment to the 427 part-time employees at its Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida who work at least 30 hours per week — the threshold at which the Affordable Care Act requires large employers with 50 or more workers to offer basic health benefits to employees or risk paying a $2,000 per employee fine after the first 30 workers.

Disney already offers a level of health coverage that is acceptable under Obamacare to its full-time employees. But part-time workers, including those who work at the 30-hour cutoff set by the health law, receive more limited benefits. Instead of rolling back these workers’ hours to avoid expanding their health coverage, Disney is choosing to promote them to full-time status.

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USA Today: Extended Shutdown Could Be Matter Of Life And Death

The federal shutdown has forced pre-kindergarten classes to close. Patients with incurable diseases have been turned away from a federal hospital. Millions of America’s poorest children are at risk of losing baby formula and healthy meals provided by federal programs.

The National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center closed its doors due to the shutdown, turning away about 30 children who come seeking cures for incurable illnesses from cancer to infectious diseases, said Francis Collins, director of the NIH. “When I think of the patients who come here — we are their last hope and to have to turn them away, how can I not feel emotional about that,” he says. “It’s pretty disheartening. … As the director of the NIH, I feel powerless.”

More here



Yahoo: Health Insurance: Which ACA Tier Is Right For You

Planning to buy health insurance on the state-run marketplaces? Find out which “metal” tier is right for you. Consumers turning to the new marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will find health insurance plans organized by “metal” tiers — bronze, silver, gold and platinum — that signal a new era of comparison shopping.

The system, which also includes a “catastrophic” tier, will help consumers “make rational comparisons” when choosing the insurance option that best suits their health and budget needs, says Michael Miller, director of strategic policy for Community Catalyst. “For a lot of people, the process of choosing a health plan has been more of a crapshoot than an analysis. Now they’ll have more information.”

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida attend their joint press conference after the Japan-U.S. security talks in Tokyo


AP: Kerry: ‘Diplomatic Malpractice’ Not To Engage Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it would be “diplomatic malpractice of the worst order” not to test Iran’s willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program.

In his first public comments since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and the West not to trust Iran in an impassioned address to the United Nations, Kerry said they would not be played for “suckers” with a charm offensive from new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Kerry said the U.S. would not take any Iranian offer at face value and said Iran would have to prove it is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

“We have an obligation,” Kerry told reporters in Tokyo after he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with the foreign and defense ministers of Japan. “It would be diplomatic malpractice of the worst order not to examine every possibility of whether or not you can achieve that before you ask people to take military action and do what you have to do to prevent it.”

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E.J. Dionne: Why This Shutdown Is Different

Why is this political crisis different from all the others? It’s different because Republicans are badly divided over the government shutdown while Democrats are united. President Obama and his party want to say, firmly and unequivocally, that they will never again give in to the Republicans’ abuses of the governing process — or to their willingness to risk catastrophe. Among many in the GOP, by contrast, there was buyer’s remorse about the party’s current adventure even before it began.

It’s different because the new health-care system got up and running on the very day the shutdown began. Conceding to the GOP would take health insurance away from people and ruin a program for which we now know there is a public appetite. It’s not going to happen.

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On This Day:


Dr. Jill Biden, along with Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Hahn, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, listens to Dr. Constanza Cocilovo during a tour of the Inova Breast Care Center in Alexandria, Va., Oct. 3, 2011. During the tour, Dr. Biden visited with breast cancer patients, clinicians, survivors and family members to discuss breast cancer prevention and awareness and commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Aniston and Hahn were in Washington for a screening of their breast cancer-related film, “Five.” (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



Staff from ABC and the White House watch monitors in the East Room as President Barack Obama participates in an interview with George Stephanopoulos nearby in the Blue Room, Oct. 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


136 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    October 3, 2013 at 10:01 am


  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    October 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Please make this go viral until the media picks it up. Its a clear indication of how conniving these sickos really are.

  3. October 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thank youuuuuuuuuu UT!!!!!! Morning everyone!

  4. 16 pkayden
    October 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Didn’t know that Cecile is Ann Richards’ daughter. Thankfully the apple really didn’t fall far from the tree.

    • 17 globalcitizenlinda
      October 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

      learned about the connection last week – then it all made sense (of course, one great lady is a child of the great TX lady)

  5. 18 Linda
    October 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Social Security could go BANKRUPT if the country DOESN’T RAISE the debt ceiling….

    Social Security Trust Fund are sitting in US TREASURIES….US Treasuries will go BELLYUP if the debt ceiling isn’t raised….

    What are these people doing ???

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Oh, I don’t know, getting the wrath of all the seniors in the country who freakin’ EARNED those Social Security benefits? Please proceed, Republicans. We’ll give ya one more day to destroy your party. But you’re NOT destroying our country.

    • 20 57andfemale
      October 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

  6. 21 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 10:13 am


    Marlin Stutzman and post-policy nihilism

    By Steve Benen


    t was a moment that captured the entire fiasco quite beautifully. A petulant, out-of-control Republican leader shut down the government largely to spite the president who made him feel bad.

    We don’t yet know if a similar moment will come to define this Republican shutdown, but I’d like to nominate this gem as an early contender.

    “We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

    Go ahead, Republicans, tell us another one about how the shutdown is Democrats’ fault.



  7. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    October 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Look who responded out of all the media that I tweeted this to! 😯

  8. 42 99ts
    October 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Dear heavens – Chuck Todd apparently grew a small pair for 5 minutes today & his twitter is singing his praises because he called out a lie – no child expects to be praised for being truthful – they know that is what you do – so I can’t compare Todd to a child – maybe he can be compared to Boehner – needs praise so he won’t cry.

    • October 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Actually, when I taught elementary school the teachers were instructed to catch children that normally behaved badly doing something good and praise them as a tool in teaching them acceptable behavior.

  9. 45 japa21
    October 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    GM all. Don’t know how often I will be around today, boss is actually asking me to earn my salary today. A real Ebeneezer Scrooge he is. Wait, not him, that’s the GOP.

    Anyway, I will pop in and out. Have a great day everybody.

  10. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    October 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    morning everyone! another day to fight for the country to move foward

  11. 47 japa21
    October 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    • 48 Ladyhawke
      October 3, 2013 at 10:29 am


      From a letter … to a train wreck: How the GOP derailed the government

      Defunding “Obamacare” grew into derailment of government.

      By By Jerry Zremski


      The story of how Boehner changed his mind – and how mainstream Republicans such as Collins and Reed did, too – is, in essence, the story of why the federal government shut down this week.

      It’s also the story of the outsize power of a group of 30 to 40 GOP lawmakers, most of whom you’ve probably never heard of, who have come to infuse the House with the don’t-tread-on-me spirit of the tea party voters who elected them.

      You can see that spirit in the tone of Meadows’ Aug. 22 statement announcing his letter to Boehner, which calls on the GOP leadership to defund “Obamacare” in the continuing resolution that Congress had to pass by Monday to fund the government for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

      “We want House leadership to know they have a large group of members ready to stand with them to stop the president’s destructive and unaffordable health care law,” said Meadows, who got 79 of his GOP colleagues to join him on the letter. “Despite sending the letter today, I will continue to keep a running list of members who choose to lend their names to this crucial effort.”



    • 49 Vicki
      October 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Premeditated treason.
      Bobfr says “coup d’etat.”
      I call the GOP attacks on our democratic system Acts of War.

      Maybe all of us are giving the enemy too much credit.
      Maybe cornered rats fighting to stay alive is a better label.

      For example, as I said on the last thread, in New York City the propaganda corporatist ship is sinking far beneath the surface. All their money, all their media stranglehold, and past their sell-date rich celebrities have yielded a 50 point deficit behind the next Mayor of NYc Bill deBlasio.

    • 51 57andfemale
      October 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      is it too early in the day to nominate The Best Tweet of the Day? This is a serious contender, japa.

  12. October 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    10:40 AM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the M. Luis Construction Company


    • 53 hopefruit2
      October 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Chips for the gentle ‘minder. For those who have access, CSPAN 3 will also carry it live 🙂

    • 54 99ts
      October 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

      “We can all relate to that – Imagine if you weren’t sure of getting your paycheck” – I can relate to that

  13. 55 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    HAPPENING NOW: This stream is up. President Obama remarking on economy from Rockville business. Watch: http://bddy.me/GBcFmW

  14. 56 vcprezofan2
    October 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    ♫ Goood ♫ Morning to yoooouu! ♪ ♩ ♫ Goood Morning to yoooouu! ♪ ♩
    ♫ Goood and sunny♫ Morning, dear TOD vill-a-a-g-e! to yoooouu ♪ ♩
    ♫ ♫ Goooood ♫ Morning to yoooooooooouu! ♫ ♫

    Sure hope you all had your mute button on while you read that! 😆

    Blessed Thursday!

  15. 58 vcprezofan2
    October 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Thank you Utal and Chips for the Obama Anniversary pics [this one and the ones in the 21 pics post]! This link to the BET 20th Anniversary tribute has a couple of others. (As if we need anymore! We ARE like the Repubs in this respect, I guess – the more we get, the more we want!)


  16. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    October 3, 2013 at 10:48 am


    Please let me know if any of the cable shows picks up the hot mic story.

  17. 72 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 10:54 am


  18. 81 dotster3
    October 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I liked the story of the origin of the construction co. where PBO is speaking—-immigrants from Portugal, started the co. with a pick up truck and a wheel barrow, spoke no English, worked hard and were able to send their 2 daughters to college, first in their family, daughters eventually bought the co. from parents, now a $60 million co. American story.

  19. 82 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    PBO is on fire! (sorry japa, just had to say it). 🙂

  20. 83 99ts
    October 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    PBO is not holding back!

  21. 90 cookemom
    October 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    A collision between a semi and a church bus kills 8 senior citizens killed in Tenn. NTSB is unable to send investigators to the scene due to gov’t shutdown.

    • October 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Yes. It has dominated our news since yesterday. Just dreadful and so very, very sad. It was a violent crash. Not driver error…….front left tire blew out on the bus.

  22. 92 Linda
    October 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    ” End this Farce Right Now ” !

  23. October 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I won’t interrupt our President’s speech for long, just wanted to say congrats to DesertFlower for #1.

    It’s the early (Pacific time) bird that gets the worm!

  24. 95 amk for obama
    October 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

  25. 96 Nena20409
    October 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Morning and Hello TOD Sunshine 😉

    Great posts Bts. Thank you.

    Happy 21st Anniversary to POTUS and FLOTUS.

  26. 97 dotster3
    October 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Perfect from PBO—-leading up to “stop this farce and take a vote”, making mince meat of the overheard Repub comments—–“we gotta get something out of this but I don’t know what it is” etc.—–and PBO reminds them of what they “get”—–the long list, starting with the honor of serving the public etc. He is good, that President Obama.

  27. 98 Nena20409
    October 3, 2013 at 11:11 am


    The Hastert Rule is a FAKE…..Folks…..the truth comes out.

    The media Knew this and went with the crazy malarkey to protect Boehner for his Weak Behavior as the Speaker of the House.


    Former House Speaker Denny Hastert told the Daily Beast on Thursday that the “Hastert Rule”—an unofficial mandate that a Republican speaker not bring a bill to the floor unless it has the majority of the GOP caucus’ support—was meant more as his personal guideline than as the hard-and-fast rule it’s come to be taken as.

    “The Hastert Rule never really existed,” Hastert said. “It’s a non-entity as far as I’m concerned.”

  28. 102 Desertflower
    October 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    OMG! Listening to Stephanie miller this morning and some guy from Arizona called in and was mad that “this administration ” shut down the Grand Canyon! And she AGREED WITH HIM! WTF! Can someone get ahold of her? She really ought to know better

    • 103 amk for obama
      October 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

      All the lefty pundtwits turn into disappointing loony left at some point, don’t they?

    • 105 COS
      October 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

      DF, I agree with you. I love Stephanie Miller but sometimes they do not push back and correct things like they should.

    • 106 99ts
      October 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

      It’s slow df – but the media is taking some hits – getting them all to stop lying/not correct GOP lies might take a little longer

      • 107 Desertflower
        October 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

        They’ve had YEARS to get their shit together and while they are busy fumblefucking around, our livihoods and democracy is at stake!

        • 108 99ts
          October 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Slow learners – the intertubes seems to be bringing about their downfall – not before time

        • 109 99ts
          October 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

          About the only valid thing our ABC US correspondent said yesterday – “When the U.S. sneezes, Australia catches cold.”

          So many things at stake & the GOP & the media think its a game to be won or lost. I still hold the view that they can’t survive without a war – they don’t much care if it is at home or abroad.

    • 110 4morefor44
      October 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

      i heard her yesterday and she was talking about how she has some new tv deal that they’ll be announcing soon. i wonder if you indeed have to promise some obama-bashing in order to get a television show nowadays?

      • 111 COS
        October 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

        The left talk show hosts waste a lot of time. They have a wide audience and could be a lot more helpful in promoting the progressive agenda and informing folks about the ACA and other things.

    • 112 Nena20409
      October 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

      SM is probably the Number one supporter of this president on Radio who is not a person of color. I didn’t hear what you heard. She is on behind me almost always M-F. She mocks people and she corrects them.

      I heard the POTUS speaking on the PC and SM running in the background while I was trying to do my daily business. So I didn’t hear her say what you said she said.

    • October 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I stopped listening to Stephanie during the Syria “debate”. Tried to listen last week, but it was all negative, and I can’t handle listening to right wing callers in the morning (or ever).

    • 115 57andfemale
      October 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      that had to be a slip up. I don’t get to listen to her entire show but she is pushing back every single second. I didn’t hear this exchange, but of all the progressive shows, hers is the absolutely most reliable push back on Republican b.s. and support for PBO.

  29. 116 ouapiti
    October 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hi, all — have been absent for quite some time but I am so happy to have this site to support our President. He is so smart and so honest and honorable. I am so happy to hear him speak the truth. And proud!

  30. 118 dotster3
    October 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

  31. 120 vcprezofan2
    October 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    A shout out ‘Thank you!’ to WhiteHouse.Gov for continuing to give us a few second extra after each non-WH speech. Still much appreciated, guys! 😀

  32. 121 amk for obama
    October 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    His closure was fantastic. Let me repeat, We are not negotiating.

  33. 122 Desertflower
    October 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Politicalwire.com has the story Donna broke! Teagan Goddard . Donna, you win the day!

  34. 123 cookemom
    October 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Flipping through channels. Faux decides to air a segment on oil during and after PBO’s speech.

  35. 124 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

  36. 125 Desertflower
    October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    TPM has the story too!

  37. 127 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

  38. 128 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

  39. 129 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

  40. 130 COS
    October 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Wow, Dow dips below 15,000.

  41. 131 sherijr
    October 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    woohoo Donna, seeing that video of Paul & McConnell showing up all over now! Well done 🙂

  42. 132 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

  43. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    October 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you to everyone who helped me get the mic story into the MSM.

    Now I had better get back to work 😉

  44. 136 japa21
    October 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Okay, I am back. This is actually the result of doing some work related activity, so I am not be a total slouch. I have posted comments from this person before but this column may well be his best yet.

    Great line:

    It angers and saddens me to see and hear the derisive, uninformed, and flat out wrong comments by the Bachmans and Issas of the world. But more importantly, it shows that they really don’t understand, or perhaps don’t care, that their grand-standing will do lasting, and real damage to our country.

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