News Of The Day


 At a birthday celebration for the First Family’s dog, Bo, his brother Cappy sneaks a treat from a table in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Sy Mukherjee: After Facing Opposition From His Own Party, GOP Governor May Expand Medicaid By Executive Order

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has long been a proponent of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Now, hamstrung by reticent state lawmakers in his own party, Kasich may take things into his own hands and expand the program through executive order.

There have been persistent rumors that Kasich may take this course of action. On Wednesday, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols told reporters, “We continue to explore all our options and just want to get this done.”

Expanding Medicaid is projected to cut Ohio’s uninsurance rate by almost 61 percent while extending health insurance to 275,000 low-income Ohioans. The expansion would be fully funded by the federal government for the first three years, after which it would continue to cover 90 percent of the tab.

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Ian Millhiser: On Eve Of Shutdown, House Republicans Rigged The House Rules To Prevent Democrats Reopening Government

Less than two hours before shutting down the government, House Republicans created a special rule to prevent Democrats from reopening the government. The House’s normal rules provide that “[w]hen the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged” — a provision that House Democrats believe would have enabled any member of the House to force a vote on a bill to fund the government that had already passed the Senate. Yet, as Dylan Scott reports, the Republican caucus thwarted the maneuver by enacting a special rule preventing this vote from taking place.

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Igor Volsky: GOP Governor To Congressional Republicans: Stop Trying To Defund Obamacare

A prominent Republican governor is calling on congressional Republicans to end their efforts to defund Obamacare, arguing that her state needs the money included in the law. Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) — who raised eyebrows for pushing her party into expanding Medicaid in June — told the Arizona Daily Star, “the bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas.” “It’s all about jobs and getting back federal dollars that our taxpayers have paid to the federal government, to bring them home,” she added.

Indeed, multiple studies have have shown that expanding Medicaid under Obamacare reduces states’ uninsurance rate and brings in more money to hospitals and doctors. In Arizona, hospitals will gain “$108 million in the first six months of 2014 under a Medicaid expansion plan” and increase the number of people with coverage by about 300,000. Overall, “expanded Medicaid coverage will boost that hospital’s bottom line by more than $749,000.”

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Greg Sargent: Dems Sense A GOP Cave

Democratic aides view today’s House GOP debt ceiling proposal as a clear sign that Republicans will agree to a clean debt limit hike in the end, whether or not Democrats agree to the negotiations Republicans want.

The Democratic view is that Republicans are deliberately keeping their proposal ambiguous on the core question of whether Republicans will or won’t agree to raise the debt limit if Dems don’t agree to their demand for talks even as the government remains closed. The actual text will clear things up, but one thing that is clear is that Republicans don’t want to clarify their intentions on this point. And it’s the deliberate maintenance of ambiguity here that makes Democrats think Republicans will ultimately agree to a clean debt limit even if Dems don’t agree to talks.

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TPM: Deputy Secretary Of Defense To Step Down

Deputy Secretary of the Defense Ashton Carter will step down on Dec. 4, Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday, according to Federal News Radio.Details on why Carter is leaving his post were not immediately revealed, but Hagel praised Carter as an excellent employee.

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Igor Bobic: Carney: Obama ‘Happy’ That House Is Willing To Raise Debt Limit

President Barack Obama is pleased that Republicans at least seem willing to raise the debt ceiling, if only for a short period, instead of threatening the full faith and credit of the U.S., White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

Asked about a new House GOP proposal that would extend the debt limit by six-week period, but sustain a government shutdown, Carney sounded an optimistic note but stressed that the administration would need to see the actual bill.

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123 Responses to “News Of The Day”

  1. 4 nospin
    October 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    wow! I did it.

  2. 5 nospin
    October 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    trick… post first read after. off to read all the goodies.

  3. 6 nospin
    October 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    “Less than two hours before shutting down the government, House Republicans created a special rule to prevent Democrats from reopening the government. ”

    this needs to be communicated far and wide.

  4. 7 Judith Fardig
    October 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Congrats, Nospin, on your hat trick at the top!

  5. 9 nospin
    October 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I am so sick of this dysfunctional GOP. Aren’t there laws to deal with officials who deliberately make the decision to sabotage their own government?

  6. 10 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    What exactly is Chuckles referring to here? They’re releasing the poll at around 6:30PM ET.

    • October 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      He seems a tad too happy. Or maybe he really is shellshocked.

      • 12 hopefruit2
        October 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        I was wondering about this as well. I’m pretty sure that congress’ approval is in the toilet – no surprise here, but I’m wondering what’s the situation with PBO’s and/or the Dem’s numbers. Why does Chuckles seem so upbeat with this tweet?

        Let’s hope it just comes off that way, as you say, because he’s genuinely surprised by the result.

      • 13 hopefruit2
        October 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Here we go! Glad it’s good news for PBO

    • 14 Layla
      October 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I read somewhere that the fattyboombalayees’s numbers are very high re the election!

  7. 15 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm


    • 16 Layla
      October 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Maybe he was told that his arrest is imminent! a girl can hope…right…

      • 17 nospin
        October 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        I hope Layla. I really do. I am getting sick of these fools. there are so many families in my area who are military families. People who work for the government or are contractors in government agencies and these morons are deliberately screwing up the country because they can.

        Sick.of.it. Arrest them all. And who the heck is going to reimburse tax payers for all the money wasted over the last 8+ days?

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        October 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        I wish! Or if not arrest, told that IF he continues his stance he and the other House GOP leaders will be charged under (Bob’s favourite) Sect. 4 of 14th Amendment.

    • 22 99ts
      October 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Might not be a good sign for Boehner – now I really want to know why he refuses to let the majority of republican reps hear the truth direct from PBO. I think Boehner and Cantor, like the media – are feeding b.s. to all – including their reps in congress.

  8. 23 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    They’re pissed. Things didn’t go their way. PBO must’ve given them a solid spanking. GOOD.

  9. 26 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm


    I knew it! Thank you PBO.

    • 27 Lovepolitics2008
      October 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm


      Either the President rejected it because it contained some poison pills, and/or because he wants a clean CR added.

      The VP said it: President Obama has a spine of steel.

    • 28 CEB
      October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Good. PBO is not playing with them. It is time to stop careening from on fabricated crisis to another. These mofos set this up, misjudged PBO’s resolve, and now there is no clear way out of their bull shit that will allow them to emerge from this smelling like a rose.

    • 29 GGail
      October 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      The comment section of the NYTimes article is full of supportive positive comments for POTUS!

  10. October 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    And here’s the poll: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20902490-nbcwsj-poll-nearly-two-thirds-say-not-raising-debt-ceiling-would-be-a-serious-problem?lite

    Basically, the GOP is confronted with a citizenry unified in thinking that it’s insane. Even 57% of GOPers believe not raising the debt ceiling is untenable; that rises to 71% of non-TP Republicans.

    • 31 99ts
      October 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Sad reflection when Jan Brewer is the sane one of a political party. From the poll 37% of all Americans do not think raising the debt ceiling is a serious issue – there is some serious dumb happening – and/or – more likely – the RW media is refusing to promote the truth.

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  12. 36 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  13. 37 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  14. October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm


  15. October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Obama: “My offer is this: Nothing. Not a six-week debt limit raise so we can go through this all over again. Not cutting the medical equipment manufacturer tax. And when you reopen the government, you’ll still have to take care of your own towels in the gym. That’s my offer.”

  16. October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    HAHAHAHAHHAHA…………… OK, about to take my Lab Exam……….Wish me luck!!!!!

  17. October 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  18. October 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  19. 54 Vicki
    October 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Cheers, Mr. President.
    We need the government open and everybody back to work.

    I advise the GOP to put their 1/2 assed proposals that are hurting our friends family neighbors and fellow Americans, put those proposals up somewhere the sun don’t shine.

    God bless our beloved President.

  20. October 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  21. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    October 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    hahahahahaha… Their biggest fear is coming to fruition. 🙂

  22. October 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  23. October 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  24. October 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Full Poll PDF http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/Oct_poll.pdf

    • 64 dotster3
      October 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      NBC Nightly News just tried to combat that news—–said that Obamacare was the subject of ridicule, said numbers of signees thought to be “embarrassingly low”—–the whole report was ugly. Wonder why they felt the need to do that…..

      • 65 Vicki
        October 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        Their paychecks must depend on this attitude.

      • 66 nospin
        October 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        I bet everyone at NBC Nightly News has healthcare so they can say whatever they like.

        It’s all BS

      • 67 desertflower
        October 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Fools. You know, most of the time when something new comes out….cars, cell phones, computers etc….my husband has a tendency to let the bugs get worked out before he buys them. Never jumps right in the first days or weeks. He always gets what he was going to anyway….but he doesn’t have to be the first one in line….I have a feeling that’s what others are doing now, too. Looking at their options and talking about what suits their family needs. They are all well aware of the deadlines and they know that they need to buy this before the end of the year if they want it to kick in Jan. 2014. Corporate masters making the calls…..who cares about them anyway? They never get ANYTHING RIGHT…so this is same shit, different day.

      • 69 99ts
        October 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        Our friend Chuck is throwing the negative tweets at the President “the one true shutdown negative for POTUS …” Chuck is done – when he tells the truth the RW attack him – when he lies – the democrats bury him.

      • October 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        Dotster, you are indispensable! I always count on you to give me my NBC nightly news update. TY!

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  28. 74 Bill R.
    October 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

  29. October 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    • October 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      I just walked into our office kitchen and Crossfire was on. There was Van Jones, Ted Cruz and a Dem Senator or Representative but not sure who. Jones hit Cruz hard about being new and high profile and that he has caused the shutdown, and should he take a back seat now an try to learn something from this mistake. He just sat there with a smug look on his face, with heavy mascara on his eyelashes. I might add. I wanted to gag. The Dem told him about his experience in Rhode Island – that a couple has previously signed up for Obamacare and had returned a couple of days later with tubs of donuts and coffee because they were so happy with the experience. Cruz accused him on managing to find one couple with a positive experience. He also claimed the President’s approval rating was at 39%. He continued on the same old talking points — that the American people want jobs, and do not want Obamacare. And now this poll.

  30. October 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  31. 79 utaustinliberal
    October 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm


  32. October 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      October 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Zizi, I just shared this on twitter because it popped into my head!! {I have a personal stache of vintage PBO tucked away in a corner} I come back to the village to catch up and it had already popped into *your* head. 😀

  33. October 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  34. 83 japa21
    October 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  35. 84 Lovepolitics2008
    October 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    NBC/WSJ very good news. I’ve prayed for JUSTICE. And this IS justice. President Obama has always had faith in the american people.

    However, now that he has refused the repubs proposal for a short extension of the debt ceiling, he has to make a statement explaining why. And the media better report the facts accurately…

    • 85 99ts
      October 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Why is it always President Obama who has to make all the WHY statements? It seems John Boehner and Cantor can walk away without ANY explanation – but not the President. It is obvious to all except the RW media and its avid followers why the President would reject a 6 week extension. Who wants to start this all over again in 6 weeks. He has said from day 1 what is needed – and still the media keep showing surprise – every time PBO refuses the GOP “non offers”.

      • 86 nospin
        October 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        “Why is it always President Obama who has to make all the WHY statements?”

        Our President has been explaining this in detail the past few weeks, took the time to do the rounds at with national and local media to explain. If they don’t know the reason why it is important to shut these crazy nut jobs down for playing with the reputation of the nation just for shits and giggles then they will never know. Ignorance is not an excuse. Not at this point.

        • 87 99ts
          October 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

          Being fed lies by the media creates a % of the ignorance – it is good to see the power of the 4th estate waning.

      • 88 Lovepolitics2008
        October 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        Oh I’m as frustrated as any but we ALL know the media will use vague language or worse, will spin this as a negative for the president. What I’m saying is that President Obama has to keep talking directly to the american people. He always makes total sense and that’s why his numbers are still high in the midst of this chaos.

  36. 90 Lana
    October 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Boehner continued:

    We have met the President half way.

    We agreed not to burn down his house,

    but we will not return the television and jewelry from the robbery.

    MauiyankeeHaiku, HI

    * Comment on NYT article about Boehner leaving without speaking to cameras.


  37. 91 japa21
    October 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  38. 92 desertflower
    October 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    AH! Just got home from work and naturally came here first to see what went on all day….shocker of shockers! The RWNJ’s were “too smart” by half! SURPRISE!! The shutdown/ debt ceiling bomb went off in their hands! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of assholes. Happy damn day….America, you FINALLY woke up???!!

    Notice that piece about Jan Brewer…still a flaming POS…..was all about the $$$ not the people that would now have access to affordable healthcare. She’s as selfish and self serving as she ever was. You want to know for sure that the GOP stands for $$$ and profits over people…she made that clear as a bell.

  39. 93 Jovie
    October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Well they shutdown my twitter account so I reopened it.
    I did not negotiate.

  40. 98 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  41. October 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm
  42. October 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm
  43. 103 africa
    October 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  44. 105 desertflower
    October 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again today….THIS is PBO’s long game…..not just about ACA or role of govt…..this exposing of the GOP for what they really are and always have been…so that even the most ignorant, stupid and “in denial” person could see for themselves and understand that they’ve been lied to for years….all the the absolute staunchest RWer will leave this party. Hard to stay with a group that has used you to get elected, abused you, abused their office, and lied about everything they ever did….and don’t believe in the Constitution they swore to uphold. Seriously…this deserves a G&T….. they need to go into the dustbin of history…maybe they can get back to their original roots. One day.

    • 106 vcprezofan2
      October 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      While I agree that PBO intended to shine a light on the GOP I also have the sense that he believes in the worth/value of a committed opposition, so what do you see him encouraging in their place, so to speak?

  45. 107 africa
    October 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  46. 108 a4alice
    October 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    saw this in the jon favreau tweets in the last post this is hysterical.

  47. 110 jziglar
    October 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Republicans are so stupid. People were telling them that this was going to happen especially when they were already unpopular. Now the health care law is becoming more popular while their numbers are sinking.

  48. 111 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Dana Bash is working over time to make it seem as though the GOP extracted some kind of “concession” from PBO, when nothing could be further from the truth.

    The only ones staying up tonight will be the GOP, trying to grapple with the sinking hole they’ve dug themselves into.

  49. 113 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

  50. 114 desertflower
    October 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm
  51. 115 anniebella
    October 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    MSNBC says the White House didn’t say yes or no to Boehner plan.

    • 116 hopefruit2
      October 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Sorry, it’s already out there that PBO rejected the plan. And based on the GOP’s reaction when they first left the WH, I’m inclined to believe that it’s exactly what happened. Seems like MSNBC got their RNC/Rove/Memo on what to report, so they’re trying to now help the GOP save face.

  52. 117 hopefruit2
    October 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    More shenanigans from the GOP….they claim they are “working on” reopening the government by Monday. What is there to work on? All they need to do is bring the current Senate CR bill to a vote, and the government will be open by tomorrow if PBO signs the bill.

    The GOP is still playing shitty games – and the MSM is there to help them along. Thankfully, if these recent polls are accurate, it means the American people aren’t buying it.

  53. 119 a4alice
    October 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  54. October 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ok, so now I see that the scuttlebutt is that the govt will be reopened by Monday. Really, WHAT did PBO do to Tan Man?!

    • 121 hopefruit2
      October 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I’m taking this with a grain of salt. I think it’s another GOP stunt. They could open the gov’t by tomorrow if they really wanted. There’s a clean CR bill waiting for an up or down vote in the house. That’s all it takes. This talk of Monday is just more crap from Boehner and his ilk.

    • 122 99ts
      October 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I think he promised to lock him up in a non-smoking environment until the government was re-opened.

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