Rise and Shine

A Year Ago Today: The President pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



Steve Benen: The Right’s Realization: Websites Can Be Fixed

The political establishment has obviously been deeply invested this week in exploring the technical problems associated with the Affordable Care Act’s website, and the glitches are now the core Republican message. But there’s always been a serious flaw with the GOP’s strategy.

For one thing, tech troubles don’t reflect on the underlying merits of “Obamacare” itself. For another, as some in the party are starting to realize, website glitches, no matter how severe or systemic, can be fixed …

…. I get the sense that GOP officials, feeling desperate after their party’s standing went into free fall after their government shutdown, saw website glitches as a life-preserver ….  But as the storm subsides, Republicans find themselves adrift with an unhelpful floatation device. They’re not only attacking a health care law that’s far more popular than they are, they’re also relying heavily on a problem with a finite end….

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Jonathan Cohn: A Chart That Will Help Dispel Your Obamacare Hysteria

The Obamacare online saga may be reaching the phase where media and political hysteria is out of proportion to the actual problem. A case in point is the controversy over enrollment numbers.

…. I suspect the numbers will come out soon enough …. when they do, enrollment in Obamacare private plans will probably look pretty dismal. Most people will assume that’s primarily because of website problems at healthcare.gov. They will be wrong.

The main reason for low enrollment will be that people don’t sign up for health insurance programs right away. They wait until the last minute. This is true of public insurance and this is true of private insurance. And while you’ve heard people (including me) say this for months, this is one of those cases when numbers tell the story better than words. And there are some numbers very few people have seen.

The numbers are from Massachusetts, the state whose health reforms became the template for the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion….

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Michael Tomasky: The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity

What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know.

But spare me a moment here — plus a thousand words down the page — and I think maybe you’ll agree with me that the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done is try to push through a $40 billion cut to the food-stamps program. It’s just unspeakably cruel.

They usually say publicly that it’s about saving money. But sometimes someone—one congressman in particular—lets slip the real reason: They want to punish poor people. The farm bill, which includes the food-stamp program, goes to conference committee next week. That’s where, the cliché has it, the two sides are supposed to “iron out their differences.” The only thing the Democrats on this committee should do with an iron is run it across the Republicans’ scowling faces.

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CBS: President Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Spying As World Leaders Push For New Limits On Surveillance

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “We wanted to ensure we’re collecting information because we need it and not just because we can.” But Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron pointed the finger back at Snowden, saying the leak of classified information would make it harder for his and other countries to keep citizens safe. He said, “What Snowden is doing, and to an extent what the newspapers are doing in helping him doing what he’s doing, is frankly signaling to people who mean to do us harm how to evade and avoid intelligence and surveillance.”

 The U.S. already has a no-spying agreement with four countries: Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Senior officials in the White House tell CBS News they’re giving allies a heads-up on what may come next as a result of Snowden’s leaks. They also say the White House is open to talks with European governments about a no-spying agreement. Germany and France want to be added to the list. And Brazil is leading a push for a United Nations resolution to limit intelligence gathering. If it passes, it will be non-binding.

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Star Tribune: MNsure Signs Up 3,700 So Far For Health Insurance; Another 1,800 Finish Applications

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange on Wednesday released its first data on enrollment, showing that two weeks into its launch more than 3,700 people have signed up for health insurance coverage. MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, said she expects the pace of enrollment to pick up speed with the approach of a Dec. 15 deadline to lock down coverage before it takes effect Jan. 1. Between those who already signed up and those who just need to pick an insurer, 5,569 people in all have completed the application process. MNsure estimates the number of people who will be covered under those plans at 11,684 — since many plans cover more than one person in a family.

Mitch Grussing, a self-employed musician from St. Paul, told the MNsure board Wednesday that he had successfully signed up for coverage through the site. There were a few technical glitches, he said, and he was still waiting for the ability to make his initial payment. But Grussing said he will save about $35 a month on his premium compared with his previous insurance, that his deductible would be cut in half and that he’d be eligible for more office visits. “I would say MNsure has done its job, at least for me,” Grussing said. “I got exactly what I wanted to get out of it.”

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BBC: JP Morgan Settles For $5.1bn With U.S. Housing Regulator

JP Morgan has reached a $5.1bn (£3.2bn) settlement with the US Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) over charges it misled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the housing boom. A separate settlement with the US Justice Department is expected to be announced soon.

“This is a significant step to address outstanding mortgage-related issues,” the FHFA said in a statement. It is the biggest settlement ever by a US bank. As part of the agreement with the FHFA, the bank will pay $4bn to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to settle claims that it violated US securities law. It will pay the agencies an additional $1.1bn for misrepresenting the quality of single-family mortgages.

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On This Day:

Bo peers into the Outer Oval Office from the White House Colonnade, Oct. 26, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama jokes with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and personal aide Reggie Love, right, prior to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Fla., Oct. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama adjusts Sway Calloway’s hat following an interview for a Live MTV special, in the Blue Room of the White House, Oct. 26, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama greets guests at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Fla., Oct. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


147 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 9:27 am


  2. 4 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 9:28 am


  3. 9 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

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

    What a fabulous R & S to start our day with! Thanks again UT 🙂

  4. 11 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    me tee hee. Now I gotta go read UT’s fabulous post! 😀

  5. 13 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Wooohooo! Top of the Mornin’ To Ya! 😀

  6. 14 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Morning Utal! You forgot to wake me up, or give me a personal shout-out….again! 😉
    Maybe Chips hasn’t given you the rules re moi?

    Chiiiiips! Yo, Chips! Did you miss something when giving Utal the lay of the land?

  7. 17 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Nice roundup there, UT! Thank you!

  8. 19 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

  9. 29 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Morning everyone. Thanks, UT, for another excellent R&S. Happy Saturday all. #Obamacare is here to stay.

  10. 30 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Here’s to all the news organizations that insist on being slanted in their ACA coverage:

  11. 31 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    warning to bt

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  12. 66 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

  13. 68 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

  14. 69 anniebella
    October 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Happy Birthday desertflower.

  15. 70 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

    DF, It is your birthday!!! Happy Birthday and many, many more returns. God Bless!!

  16. 71 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    • 72 a4alice
      October 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Boy I wasn’t the only one that got steamed last night watching CBS. Good. I’m glad that people are saying something!

  17. 73 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    May he be kicked out on his keister.

    • 74 carolyn
      October 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I read this article, and see that gov and lt gov run as a ticket. The lt gov candidate on the Demo side is Jill Docking, a relative of two former Kansas governors, Robert and George. They were good governors. Kansas was actually progressive then and not a reactionary mudhole. Some Kansans will remember the good the Dockings did as governors.
      Kansas had a superb educational system in the 50s and 60s…..I attended high school there, and when I went to college on the East Coast, the education I had received in high school was on a par with any in New York or Massachusetts…..It has been sad to see Kansas descend to the depths of rightwing nuttery in the past two decades. This poll, though early, is the most encouraging news I’ve seen out of Kansas since before 2000.

    • 76 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

      His approval ratings is in the mid 30s…..36% was the number I had seen earlier in the week.

  18. 77 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    New sport to add to the President’s list of many talents: Pumpkin-Signin’

  19. 78 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

  20. October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good Saturday Morning UT, TODers…Everyone!!! It’s a frosty morning in Georgia; the kind of morning where you want to stay snuggled under the covers.

    Thanks UT for another fantastic Rise and Shine and for continuing to give us the positive news that the MSM refuses to communicate.

    Everyone enjoy your weekend.

  21. 94 desertflower
    October 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good morning TOD family!! Thank you all so much for the perfect birthday greetings! My present, to myself, was to stay in bed a little longer this morning and lounge a little….and you all were partying and well wishing before I even got out of bed! Oh dear….I felt badly about that…but I’m here now! amk…you really did a great job with the card! I expected that little man to whip is clothes off or something, but it was very tasteful and nicely done…thanks:) vc, thank you for the cheesecake delivery! That was wonderful….I say, let’s just have a great day long party….time out for tutoring, but what the heck…it’s all good. THANK YOU TOD FAMILY!!

    ps. amk…I am NOT 793 years old…it’s the 27th anniversary of my 29th birthday….geesh. Though if I WAS that old, I look pretty damn good:)

  22. October 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Good morning all. Special Happy Birthday wishes to df. Such a wonderful lady!!!! May you have many, many more celebrations! 🙂 🙂

  23. 110 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    For Chips! 🙂

  24. 114 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    • 115 99ts
      October 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Something weird happening with Rasmussen – they have McAuliffe ahead by 17 – every other poll has him leading 7-8 points

  25. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Happy Saturday TOD!!!

    To our wonderful Desert Flower:

    Have fun, have a ball, do your thing cause you’ve earned it all
    Happy Happy Birthday dear!!!

  26. 118 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I think we were just talking about voter disenfranchisement yesterday sometime and here pops up an interesting article about voter suppression by Repubs

  27. 119 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Allright. Chore time. see you kiddies! 🙂 DF it’s your day ~ do whatever you feel like! Happy B-Day 😀

  28. 122 elo4obama/biden
    October 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning TOD! Your Danny looks lovely and such a cutie pie. Ok, he looks like trouble, but the oh so adorable kind Chips. Happy Birthday to DF- your 28th 29th? You look maahvelous 🙂

  29. 125 Layla
    October 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

    21,969,473 hits

  30. 127 CEB
    October 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    The ACA working for my family part 2:

    Flu shot for me: no charge (60-80 dollars in drug stores; and more from Dr. in the past)
    Mom’s presciption (she is a senior): no charge
    My prescription for allergies: 3.74
    My 20 year-old nephew who is currently hospitalized following a car accident (he is on the road to recovery) and has only recently begun a part-time job is covered on his mom’s health insurance. He is in a beautiful private room receiving the best of care.
    My entire family: relieved and grateful for the ACA.
    Next up: my second foray into applying on-line to lower my cost for healthcare.

  31. 130 dotster3
    October 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Vomitous Ted Cruz was the big speaker last night at the Iowa Republican Reagan dinner—–that sounds fun, doesn’t it? He said that even tho he was mad at his fellow Repubs for not “holding together” to defund Obamacare, they were still victorious. As proof, he cited a SNL skit and Jon Stewart skewering Obamacare on the Daily Show. Proof! He also said that the notion that Repub presidential candidates have to run right for the primaries and yank back to the middle for the general election was “poppycock”. Yay—-good plan! Stay way right for the presidential election, Repubs! Winner!


    • 131 99ts
      October 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Senator for Texas – travelling the country instead of looking after his state – Hope those in Texas who have no health care learn who cares about them.

  32. 132 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Here they go again – making it all about President Obama, and not about the millions of hard-working immigrants affected by the law….

  33. 136 Vicki
    October 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good morning TOD
    Has this been posted here yet?
    Rob Brown, Delmond In Treme, was arrested yesterday in Macy’s NY after buying a $1,000.00 watch for his mother.
    This Has To Stop.

  34. 139 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 10:40 am


    Want her to:
    Win OH Sec of State, then Governor, then on to the White House! Go Nina!!!

  35. 141 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

    paging bt. 1-1 almost at half time.

    Going for dinnah. bbl.

  36. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2013 at 10:50 am

    A very Happy Birthday Desert Flower (DF)! Wishing you many more extremely happy one in the future!

    I do not know if you got a chance to see this earlier. But as a person with roots in The Ohio State University, I thought that on your birthday, The Best Damn Band in The Land had to show up and represent the Buckeyes in wishing you the best!

    Enjoy your day and life ahead

  37. October 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Gooood weekend morning, TODville!!

    OK, so my healthcare plan is changing and I went to a 2 hour workshop yesterday in Berkeley to learn all about the choices we have this year. BTW, this is an annual event because this is a huge system and they re-evaluate plans every year and change as needed to save money.

    The presenter went through all the endless details of each new plan option, explaining a lot of the differences between last year and this year. We have very good coverage and choices so this took quite awhile – HMO, PPO, FSA, HSA, co-pay, co-insurance, deductible, yadda-yadda-yadda. This is very complicated stuff and overwhelming for most people. Throughout the presentation, questions were asked about whether particular exams and treatments are covered or not. Several times the presenter answered that they were covered for free due to “health care reform.” I was really struck that in this very educated and left-leaning crowd, there were a lot of people who didn’t know that a lot of basic preventative care is now free due to Obamacare. In fact, some questions were repeated because it seemed some people didn’t quite grasp the revolution right in front of them. It may take a while to sink in……..Interesting!

    Also pretty interesting…..on my way home, I heard English, Chinese, Spanish and a Middle Eastern language on the train and then English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French and an Asian man with a thick Australian accent on the bus. I love the diversity in my town!!!!

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