Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama talks with will.i.am, following an event The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

10:15AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

12:30PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet for lunch

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

2PM: Pres. Obama conducts regional television interviews

3PM: Pres. Obama nominates Janet Yellen for Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Ben Bernanke will be in attendance

4:30PM: Pres. Obama meets with House Democrats at the White House



NY State Of Health: NY State Of Health Announces Exchange Has Signed Up Tens Of Thousands Of New Yorkers For Low Cost Health Insurance

The NY State of Health (NYSOH), the official health plan marketplace, today announced that over 40,000 New Yorkers have signed up for quality, low-cost health insurance in just a little over one week, more than any other state reporting thus far. These 40,000 New Yorkers completed the full application process and were found eligible for health insurance plans allowing them to now choose the low-cost health care plans they applied for. The exchange was launched on October 1 marking the beginning of a six-month enrollment period offering individuals and small businesses across the state access to quality, low-cost health plans.

In addition, the State’s customer service center operators have provided assistance to more than 26,000 callers. The rates for the health plans on NYSOH represent a 53 percent reduction compared to the previous year’s individual rates. In addition to this cost-savings, it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of individual enrollees will qualify for financial assistance.

More here



President Barack Obama attends a briefing on Afghanistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


TPM: Obama Invites House Dems To The White House

President Barack Obama is having House Democrats to the White House as a showdown over the budget extends into its ninth day. The White House says the private meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday. The White House added that the president intends to invite Republicans and senators in the coming days.

More here



President Barack Obama attends a meeting on regulatory reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White Photo by Pete Souza)


The Atlantic Wire: Obama Will Nominate Janet Yellen For Fed Chair On Wednesday

The President will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen for her boss Ben Bernanke’s job, according to the Wall Street Journal. That announcement, based on multiple reports, will happen on Wednesday. Bernanke is expected to leave the Fed Chairmanship in January at the end of his term.  Of course, Yellen’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, and Congress is a bit preoccupied with the current government shutdown and impending debt limit deadline. In other words, it’s not clear when her confirmation would make it to the top of the Senate’s to-do list.

More here



President Barack Obama meets with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Catherine Thompson: White House Denies Suspending ‘All’ Military Aid To Egypt

The White House released a statement Tuesday night denying reports that the United States would suspend “all” military aid to Egypt. “The reports that we are halting all military assistance to Egypt are false,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. CNN on Tuesday cited an unnamed U.S. official who said that an “accumulation of events” led to the U.S.’ decision on a “full suspension” of military aid to Egypt, according to Reuters.

More here



President Barack Obama makes a statement on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


Greg Sargent: GOP Shutdown Shenanigans Giving Dems A Big Recruiting Boost?

Rep. Steve Israel, who is in charge of winning House races for Democrats, told Dem lawmakers at a closed door meeting today that GOP shutdown shenanigans were giving Dems a big recruiting boost, by prompting reluctant Dem candidates to express renewed interest in running in very tough GOP-held districts.

Israel, the chair of the DCCC, also said that if the 2012 House elections had been held today, with polls showing what they are now showing, Dems would have taken back the House, according to several sources present. Israel cited a Quinnipiac poll showing Dems up by nine points in the generic House ballot matchup and a Public Policy Polling survey, commissioned by MoveOn, showing that GOP incumbents in 17 districts are trailing generic Dem challengers,  and concluding that Republicans are in “grave danger of losing control of the House of Representatives.

More here



Senior Advisors David Axelrod, left, and Valerie Jarrett along with other staff, watch from the Colonnade as President Barack Obama makes a statement on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Brian Beutler: How To End The Shutdown Mess: Introducing The Beutler Plan

It’s fair to say that the House GOP’s “strategy” in merging the government shutdown and debt limit fights is to deploy one gimmick after another in the hope that one of them effectively changes the game. Today’s is no different, but it could point the way to a mutually agreeable stand down if House Republicans agree to a simple swap.

The swap I’m proposing is this: The Senate accepts the working group plan if the House accepts the temporary funding bill and a year-long debt limit increase. That removes the threat of default for a considerable time, and reopens the government long enough for the two parties to have the negotiation Republicans now claim to want. If taxes aren’t part of the discussions, fine. That just assures they won’t go very far.

The working group plan stipulates that members “shall meet on each calendar day thereafter unless both co-chairs jointly determine that there is good cause to dispense with such meeting.” After five weeks, if Democrats won’t submit to a cuts-only approach, and Republicans won’t agree to new revenues, the group can disband, and the only threat would be another government shutdown. One that could be averted by a narrow appropriations agreement, subject to sequestration.

More here



President Barack Obama reads over his remarks regarding the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize with Senior Advisor David Axelrod and staff in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Greg Miller: CIA To Call Back Thousands Of Furloughed Employees

The CIA plans to begin calling thousands of furloughed employees back to work Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an effort to contain the cumulative toll of a government shutdown stretching into its second week.

In a statement issued Tuesday to the CIA’s workforce, Director John Brennan cited concern about the “potential adverse cumulative and unseen impact on our national security” of furloughs that had forced employees across almost every category of the agency’s workforce to leave their jobs.

U.S. officials said that other intelligence agencies were taking similar steps but declined to disclose specifics on how many or which categories of employees would be summoned back to their jobs, citing the classified nature of their work.

More here



President Barack Obama attends an economic meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Reid Wilson: Arizona Law May Restrict Voting In Local Elections

Arizona residents who registered to vote using forms provided by the federal government will not be allowed to vote in state and local elections next year, according to an opinion issued by the state’s attorney general, setting up the possibility of a two-track electoral system that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and impact just a small handful of voters.

In a legal opinion presented to Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), Attorney General Tom Horne (R) said voters who registered using a federal registration form but failed to provide a document proving their citizenship are eligible to vote in federal elections, but not in state and local elections.

Horne also held that voters who registered using the federal form won’t be eligible to sign petitions for candidates or ballot initiatives. The opinion means Arizona counties will have to print two separate ballots: One set that will allow voters who used the state form to register to vote in federal, state and local elections, and one that will allow voters who used the federal form to register to vote only on federal elections.

More here



Bryce Covert: The Government Shutdown Has Cost $1.6 Billion So Far

The government shutdown that started last Tuesday has already cost $1.6 billion in lost economic output, according to market research firm IHS Inc. Should the shutdown last through October 9, the total will come to $2 billion. That’s equivalent to the cost so far of the “biblical” flooding that has ravaged Colorado. If it lasts three to four weeks, Moody’s has estimated that the total cost to the economy could come to $55 billion. The shutdown could reduce economic output by 1.4 percent.

More here



A U.S. Secret Service agent prepares to open the door to the Oval Office for President Barack Obama following his statement on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Josh Israel: Federal Courts Expected To Run Out Of Funding Next Week If Shutdown Continues

 if the federal government shutdown continues for another week, the entire federal judiciary system could run out of funding and cease normal function. According to the New York Times, once the courts’ funds are depleted, the impact — especially on lower courts — could be “disastrous,” including “extensive furloughing of staff, and reductions in probation, pretrial and courthouse security services.”

The U.S. Department of Justice, also partially paralyzed by the shutdown, has been forced to ask for delays in a wide array of civil cases. A major Federal Trade Commission anti-trust case, at least one Commodity Futures Trading Commission anti-competitive policy case, and a case brought by an injured citizen against a U.S. Postal Service driver have all been put on hold until the shutdown ends.

More here



President Barack Obama makes a statement about the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Steve Benen: Default Deniers Complicate GOP Extortion Plan

Over the last two years, however, as the radicalism of extremist Republican politics has intensified, the argument has gone mainstream. Both the New York Times and Politico have lengthy reports this morning on the growing number of GOP lawmakers — some in the House, some in the Senate, some new to Congress, some who’ve had lengthy congressional careers — who genuinely seem to believe the crisis they’re creating on purpose won’t be “that bad.”

The evidence is overwhelming that their argument is, among other things, dangerously insane. What they’re suggesting — the Treasury can simply “prioritize” expenditures to prevent default on our debts — is illegal and literally impossible. We are, at the risk of sounding impolite, talking about a group of ignorant radicals, with an uninterrupted track record of failed predictions, who have the fate of the global economy in their hands. Good luck to us all.

More here


On This Day:


First Lady Michelle Obama greets a young girl during an autumn picnic for the U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protective Division on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


8228428410_8e178ae790_hPresident Barack Obama and Annie Glenn, wife of former Senator John Glenn, greet each other following an event at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    October 9, 2013 at 9:22 am


    • October 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Morning VC! Congrats!!!

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hope everyone has a positive day!
      I’m feeling in a huge ‘thank you’ mood, so I hope some of you will join me. I just got this feeling that the Dems in the forefront of this unnecessary #GOPShutdown could probably use some encouragement today. It surely wouldn’t hurt.

      • October 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

        Good Morning VC, congrats on first. Thanks for your positive attitude. It cheers me up. 🙂

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          October 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

          /thumbs up/ Betsy. 😀

          [Can’t give the irrational bozos carte blanche over our spirits on a daily basis – it would shorten our lifespan IMO. 😉 ]

  2. October 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Good Wednesday Morning UT, TODers…Everyone!

  3. October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Moooorning swbluega, moooooorning VC, moooooorning everyone – and thanks a gazillion UT!

  4. 19 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    GM! The stupid continues unabated…..we have HUGE work to do.


    Yesterday, Rand Paul tweeted that the solution to the debt ceiling crisis is for the United States to “cut up the credit card and balance our budget.”

    Interesting, considering how since 2009, the budget has been balanced more rapidly than at any time in modern history. A congressman from Florida, Dennis Ross wrote yesterday, “For the first time since the Korean War, total federal spending has gone down for two years in a row.” Ross is a Republican who supports a the passage of a clean continuing resolution, and Politifact declared his statement to be unequivocally “TRUE.” Of course it is.

    The deficit, specifically related to Paul’s call for a balanced budget, has declined by more than 50 percent and, by the end of the president’s second term, it will have dropped to around two percent of GDP. That’s superb especially considering the deficit was a record $1.4 trillion four years ago.

    As for the debt, do we really need to do this dance again? Yes, the debt is high, continues to rise and long-term debt will eventually become problematic. But why is the current debt so high? Several things, according to CBPP and Bloomberg: two wars during the Bush years; the Bush tax cuts; the Great Recession; and the bailouts (TARP, the stimulus, etc). So if the GOP is this radically against long-term debt, why didn’t they speak up years ago? A question for the ages.

    • 20 japa21
      October 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Plus, the fact that the way to reduce debt is not through a balanced budget, that would just keep debt at same level. It is necessary to run a budget surplus. But the minute that happens, like under Clinton, the GOP runs around talking about how that extra money should go to the people, not the government and insist on cutting taxes which recycles into a deficit which increases debt.

      • 21 desertflower
        October 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

        There’s always that:) Ever get the feeling that Republicans and money actually DON’T mix?! Gee, if they would appropriate the REVENUES to actually pay for the things we all want and need as a nation….BEFOREHAND!….we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we? Instead, they keep the tab OFF THE BOOKS, don’t pay for things they vote for, and blame the President… THIS PRESIDENT.

  5. 22 utaustinliberal
    October 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

  6. 23 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

    ‘Unconditional surrender’

    By Steve Benen


    In this case, the Speaker of the House literally doesn’t seem to understand what the word “surrender” means, which regrettably doesn’t discourage him from using it.

    Obama isn’t asking anyone to “surrender”; he’s asking Boehner to move forward on the same policy Boehner supported a month ago.
    As of this morning, Boehner’s official position is that (a) Congress needs to meet its responsibilities; (b) if Congress fails to meet its responsibilities, the results will likely be catastrophic; and (c) Republicans will refuse to meet its responsibilities unless Democrats accept concessions intended to make GOP extremists happy.



    • 24 Ladyhawke
      October 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Comment at this post ………


      Boehner has already surrendered unconditionally to the tea party. Now he wants the President to do the same? HAH!

      #5 – Wed Oct 9, 2013 8:14 AM EDT

  7. October 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. October 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    GOP Lawmaker Says Republicans are Prepared to Lose House


    “Republicans Say Obama Underestimates Their Resolve as Debt Default Nears”


    … House Republicans insist they are prepared to bring borrowing authority to a screeching halt.

    “I can assure you it’s not posturing. It’s not a political play or anything like that,” Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday.

    Gingrey said Republicans were “absolutely” prepared to lose the House to extract concessions on the CR and the debt limit, and he said the White House is “missing the determination of the Republican Party.”

  9. 45 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

  10. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

  11. 53 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 9:56 am


    The truth is that, right now, this battle isn’t about the budget, the debt, or even Obamacare. It’s about democracy and the legitimacy of government.

    This is a constitutional crisis – as in Republicans have thrown out the idea of following the Constitution, democracy and law, recognizing only power. Republicans have one power that We the People have not yet managed to take away from them: the power to destroy. And they’re using that power to get what they want for the billionaires and giant corporations who fund them.

    If we are going to maintain the idea of government by We the People, using elections and the legislative process and everything else the country is supposed to be about, we can’t let them win again. If they win again, they’ll just escalate.

    Were Democrats to cave to any GOP demands at this point, it would not only violate the will of the majority of the American electorate, but would validate and legitimize hostage-taking as a method of governance.

    And make no mistake, if Democrats give in this time, the hostage-taking will continue. Next time it will be Social Security, or Medicare, maybe environmental regulations or worker protections… Democrats and the country can’t afford to perpetuate this cycle of hostage crises.

  12. 55 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Because the GOP cares SO MUCH about veterans??????????????????????????????????? Especially the ones that DIED for their country?????


  13. 56 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 10:02 am


    What does Ryan have to say about the Affordable Care Act? Nothing. In fact, the 1,000-word op-ed doesn’t mention the health care law at all.

    Much to the chagrin of right-wing activists, Ryan apparently wants to change the ransom note. He’s comfortable with threatening deliberate harm to the nation unless Democrats meet Republican demands, but the Budget Committee chair wants to replace Tea Partiers’ priority (taking health care benefits away from working families) with his priority (tax reform and entitlement cuts).

    Now, I have a hunch I know why Ryan ignores “Obamacare” in his preferred ransom note, and it’s not because he forgot about it. Republicans are reluctant to admit it, but the Affordable Care Act vastly improves the nation’s finances in the coming years, and repealing it would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt. Ryan can’t afford to destroy the health care law — he uses it in his own plan to balance the budget over the next decade.

    More important, though, in the bigger picture, Republicans aren’t just flailing, they’re lost.

    They shut the government down last week, and they’re prepared to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States next week. They freely admit they’re prepared to impose self-inflicted wounds on Americans, on purpose, unless their demands are met.

    And what are those demands? Even now, after months of planning and fiascos of their own making, the party’s own leaders and members haven’t the foggiest idea.

  14. 57 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 10:06 am


    If ObamaCare had been as unpopular as conservatives believed, their plan for the shutdown — that there would be a public uprising to force Democratic senators in close races in 2014 to defund it — would’ve worked. It didn’t. Not a single senator budged.
    Their tactic failed, and now what they are left with is House Speaker John Boehner basically begging the president of the United States to negotiate with him.
    One thing we know for sure is that it’s not an equal fight, this fight between a man who received 65 million votes nationwide and a man who received 246,000 votes in one congressional district in Ohio.

  15. 58 vcprezofan2
    October 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Quite an analogy! You might appreciate the entire article, which does make a few good points..

    Analysis: Republicans twerking for the cameras like Miley: (by)Neil Macdonald

    Republicans are doing that now: sticking out their tongue, grabbing their crotch, waggling their rear end and “twerking” for the cameras, to use that awful neologism.

    Absurd behaviour is fuel in America’s public square. The place has run on it for years. Shamelessness pays. Ms. Cyrus is a brazen example, but hardly an exception.

    Earlier this week, an illustrative exchange occurred at the White House press briefing.

    A reporter asked presidential spokesman Jay Carney whether Barack Obama would consider giving Republican Speaker John Boehner some “political cover” and let him climb down from the threat of a catastrophic default on America’s debt obligations, given “the politics of the House.”



  16. 59 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

  17. October 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I guess all those people who are stuck on “glitches” have never gone through a system implementation before….their online services have never gone offline for maintenance.

  18. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    at some point, a person threatening undertake a stupid harmful action may need to be told to just go ahead and go through with their threats.

    so I am at a point where any gop who says they are ready to blow up the global economy should just be told to – go ahead do;(enough with the threats!)

  19. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    great line up of Rise and Shine content – as usual;

    will.i.am is wearing the hat from one the members of The Ohio State University (OSU) marching band aka “The Best Damn Band In The Land”

  20. 63 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 10:25 am



    3. Do Members take an Oath of Office when they enter the House?

    Article VI of the U.S. Constitution requires that Members of the U.S. Congress be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. Members-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives typically take the Oath of Office on the House Floor on the first day of a new Congress, immediately after the Speaker of the House has been elected and sworn in.

    The Speaker administers this oath:

    “I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).



  21. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Republicans Are Awfully Close to Violating the Constitution

    Who cares if President Obama has 14th Amendment obligations? The critical sentence in that block of text should be read as instruction for lawmakers first, and last.


    • 65 amk for obama
      October 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Do you think AG is working on suing these assholes?

      • 66 desertflower
        October 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

        If Bobfr has anything to say about it, they are!! He’s been Tweeting his fingers off!

      • 70 Ladyhawke
        October 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

        I certainly hope so. At this point I just feel like the Republican Party leadership in the House should be arrested before they can cause any more harm. I know that’s not going to happen but that’s what they deserve. They are a clear and present danger to the well being of the country. What a disgrace. For what? All of this because of a bunch of members who don’t even understand basic government 101 and have relinquished their judgment to forces outside of the government didn’t get their way? It’s an assault on our democracy that can not stand.

        • 71 amk for obama
          October 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

          In our style of democracy, if shit like this happens, the president (who is mostly a figurehead but has powers to dismiss) will dismiss the government and call for immediate elections.

          I have always felt that US style of 2 year elections cycle is flawed since the pols will only be thinking of next election from the moment they are sworn in. Terms for our congress critters is five years both at state and federal level.

  22. 72 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

  23. 73 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The Debt Ceiling is Breaking Ben Bernanke’s Heart

    The cardiac Congress is undermining the Fed chairman’s economic crusade.

    By Patrick Reis and Catherine Hollander


    That’s where Congress is so damaging to Bernanke’s efforts. By precipitating one crisis after another, lawmakers are sending investors running back to the type of investments that keep their money safe but do precious little in the way of economic stimulus.

    If Congress wanted to spook lenders, it could hardly pick a better method than flirting with default. “It would be the opposite of what the Fed’s wanted to do,” says Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services. “It basically says something has happened outside the Fed’s control that could shock the economy into recession.”

    For Bernanke, the current debt-ceiling standoff may be all the more infuriating because he’s seen it, and its destructive effects, play out before. When the country last brushed up against the debt ceiling in the summer of 2011, investors flocked to Treasury bonds, looking for a safe place to park their assets while they waited to see if Congress was going to unleash economic chaos.



  24. 74 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

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

    Happy Wednesday, and thanks UT for another great R & S round-up!!

  25. 76 Allison
    October 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Must See Press Briefing today!!! Let’s see how the jackals treat Jay. Maybe they will now ask better questions, if that is at all possible!

  26. 79 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Sigh…after 2017 I will miss that smile… 😦

  27. 80 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The Senate Dem Caucus will have a rally at 11:30ET which will be carried live on CSPAN.

  28. 81 Layla
    October 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Good morning all. I need sooo manby prayers today. Yesterday I met with my neuro surgeon. 2 years ago I underwent major brain surgery for a huge meningioma. Today a part of the titanium mesh inserted ( a big part of my skull was removed) to protect my brain is exposed and the risk of infection of the brain is high. My options are to have the mesh removed, leaving my brain exposed, leading to wearing a helmet for the rest of my life. My another option, which I am choosing is to hope no infection sets in and if it does, so be it, I will not have the mesh removed and wear a helmet for the rest of my life. So PLEASE pray that infection does not set in. I am choosing to live my life to the fullest until I no longer can. I choose no intervention.

  29. 105 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Senaotor Dick Durbin calling out the Republicans right now…..CSPAN2

  30. October 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!! A great getting up day on the TOD stump again!!!!

    RWNJ heads are exploding and Paul Ryan has been officially deemed a RINO. Pretty soon there won’t be a republican left in congress without that tag. Even Cruz has to tread carefully now, or they’ll toss him overboard like they did Rubio. Rand Paul is hiding so far under the bed, he won’t be seen nor heard from til 2016.

  31. 107 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 10:52 am


    104 Republicans Who Are In Congress Today Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling Under Bush Without Hostage Threats

    Boehner says that Congressional Republicans “are not going to pass a clean debt limit increase” because “it is time to deal with America’s problems.” But in 2004, he joined with 205 other House Republicans to pass S. 2986, a bill that added $800 billion to the nation’s statutory debt ceiling with no strings attached.

    There goes that SELECTIVE MEMORY AGAIN!!

  32. 109 debz
    October 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Yesterday POTUS gave an hour long press conf that even broke into local channels. Today the msm is spinning their “both sides” BS for all it’s worth. No one should EVER say that the President or dems are terrible at messaging or complain about the WH press office.

  33. 111 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    In Which I Explain the Debt Ceiling and Financial Apocalypse to Rand Paul and Sarah Palin

    By Bob Cesca


  34. 112 cookemom
    October 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m listening to the Healthcare Law implementation hearings on CSPAN3 and they are questioning the IRS person who represents that part of the rollout. As usual the Pubs are in full attack mode and have brought in everything from religion to the Salem witch trials. It’s embarrassing how they are treating this woman. A Dem apologized to her and the watching public in advance for what she and we were going to witness.

  35. 113 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

  36. 114 Allison
    October 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

  37. 118 Gazelle
    October 9, 2013 at 11:19 am


    Political rookie Michelle Nunn is about to underline her status as the leading Democratic candidate in Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate with an eye-popping $1.7 million raised in the first three months of her campaign.

    We’re told the figure is about to be released via social media. The cash comes from about 6,700 donors – an average of $253 per contribution. She’s on a path to outraise every Republican in the contest. […..]


  38. 119 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 11:20 am


    Those who wrap themselves in the Constitution

    By Steve Benen


    But that only helps reinforce the importance of the question for congressional Republicans who swear to support the Constitution before they’re permitted to hold office. The document says, “The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned.” It doesn’t say anything about justifying extortion schemes, or holding the public debt hostage, or protecting the integrity of U.S. finances in exchange for right-wing goodies to satisfy U.S. House candidates who won fewer votes than their rivals.

    Likewise, Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution — known as the Full Faith and Credit Clause — doesn’t include any asterisks about what happens when one party really hates health care reform.



  39. 120 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

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