Rise and Shine


Pete Souza: President Obama hugs Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell after viewing his statue in Boston earlier this week


The Week Ahead:

Monday: The President will welcome the five-time Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 Stanley Cup victory. Following the visit, he will deliver remarks at an Organizing for Action event.

Tuesday: The President will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and visit with wounded warriors who are being treated at the hospital and with their families. He will also visit the Fisher House, a program that supports military families by welcoming them to stay at the house while their loved ones receive specialized medical care.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Dallas to participate in DSCC events.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will travel to the New Orleans area for an event on the economy. Later that day, he will travel to Miami, Florida to participate in DNC and DSCC events.





TPM: Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Struck Down By Appeals Court

A divided appeals court panel is siding with Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law. The business owners are two brothers who say the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage would make them violate their Roman Catholic beliefs.

The ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is one of many on the birth control issue, which likely will be resolved by the Supreme Court. The appeals court panel says the mandate limits the right of free exercise of religion. The brothers are Francis and Philip M. Gilardi. They say they don’t want to provide contraceptives like the Plan B pill for their employees. The Gilardis own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio.

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AP: US Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers. Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output. The housing recovery is also lifting the furniture and wood products industry despite a recent slowing in home sales.

“We’ve become accustomed to the way Washington operates in the past couple of years and assume that it will get resolved eventually, however painfully,” said Bradley Holcomb, head of the survey committee of the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers that on Friday reported a solid manufacturing figure for October. The ISM’s manufacturing index rose to 56.4 from 56.2 in September. A reading above 50 indicates growth. U.S. factory activity has now risen at an increasingly fast pace for five straight months, according to the ISM’s index.

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USA Today: Health Website Load Times Improve By 80%

During the first few weeks of Healthcare.gov’s launch, people waited an average of eight seconds for each page to load. As of yesterday, they’re waiting less than one second, the Obama administration reported Friday.

“This is more than an 80% improvement,” said Jeffrey Zients, the former Office of Management and Budget deputy director brought in to manage the site’s upgrades. “We’re on a path to improve Healthcare.gov each week and to meet our target by the end of November,” he said in a briefing with reporters.

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Caitlin MacNeal: Biden: ‘Worth Considering’ Senate Nuclear Option For Nominees

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that it might be a good idea to change the rules of the Senate for nominee confirmations, known as the “nuclear option,” according to the Huffington Post. “I think it’s worth considering,” Biden told reporters after he was asked if nominations should only need a simple majority, as opposed to requiring 60 votes.

On Thursday Republicans blocked two of President Obama’s nominations by voting against cloture. Patricia Millett was nominated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court and Rep. Mel Watt’s(D-NC) was nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Biden told reporters that Watt is completely qualified to become chief of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. “Mel Watt is absolutely, totally, thoroughly qualified and it’s a gigantic disappointment,” Biden said.

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Bloomberg: Google, Oracle Workers Enlisted For Obamacare ‘Tech Surge’

Google Inc., Red Hat Inc., Oracle Corp. and other technology companies are contributing dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the U.S. health-insurance exchange website. Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, innovation director for smartphone application maker Mobomo, are among those helping, the Obama administration said yesterday.

“They are working through the analytics of what happens on the site to prioritize what needs to be fixed,” Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters on a conference call. Dickerson is working to improve the stability of the website, while Gershman is “helping the development process be more agile.”

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Dylan Scott: What Really Happens To People Whose Insurance Is ‘Canceled’ Because Of ObamaCare

About 80 percent of people, those who receive insurance through their employer or are already enrolled in a government program, won’t experience any change at all, Gruber said. (The Kaiser Family Foundation puts the number at 79 percent). Another 14 percent are currently uninsured people who will now be able to get covered because of the Affordable Care Act, Gruber said. (Kaiser pegs it at 16 percent uninsured). How many of those actually get covered depends on a few variables — like whether Republicans states come around and expand Medicaid — but that’s the share that stands to gain.

So then you have 6 percent who might receive a cancelation letter (Kaiser says the individual market is 5 percent). Of those, Gruber argued, about half aren’t really going to see a change: They’ll technically enroll in a new plan, but it’ll be very similar to what they already had. That leaves 3 percent who will have to buy significantly different plans, some of whom might have to pay more for them (at least before the law’s tax credits and other financial assistance kick in).

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TPM: Everything That’s Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled On Voting Rights Act

NORTH CAROLINA: Two months after the Supreme Court decision, North Carolina passed a number of measures, including strict new photo ID requirements. The law also eliminates same-day voter registration, shortens the early voting period by seven days, and specifies that ballots cast at the wrong polling station will be thrown out.

Some changes will be phased in starting in 2014, and the photo ID provision goes into effect in 2016. The North Carolina NAACP and a civil rights group called the Advancement Project have filed a lawsuit challenging the changes. The Justice Department also filed a suit of its own. But the suits venture into some new legal territory.

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AP: Still All Smiles: Newly Insured Who Became Latest Faces Of Health Overhaul Defend Their Choice

The Obama administration is now asking people who have successfully purchased health insurance to let their pictures be used. Two of them told The Associated Press they found the site easy to navigate, were happy with the plans they purchased and were eager to share their stories in any format, including becoming the new face of the health care overhaul.

Not long after she enrolled on Oct. 3, Deborah Lielasus of Portsmouth was contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services “I think it’s important to show them that you shouldn’t hide from being honest and being sincere and talking about something that you believe in,” she said. In Orlando, Fla., 22-year-old Daniel McNaughton said his experience was similar.

McNaughton, a student at Valencia College, said he will be paying $70 per month for a plan that covers “anything I could possibly need.” That’s about what he’s paying now for a catastrophic plan that covers only three doctor visits per year. “I won’t have to ration my doctor’s visits,” he said. “It gives me good peace of mind.” He told administration officials it was “more than OK” with him if they wanted to use his picture on HealthCare.gov.

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LA Times: Interior Chief Emphasizes Conservation In First Major Speech

She called out Congress for failing to add a single acre of public land to the park or wilderness systems in three years, saying that the country needs a comprehensive public lands package. “We cannot and will not hold our breath forever,” Jewell said.

She also announced an initiative to help young people connect to public lands, laying out a plan that by 2017 will: create outdoor recreational opportunities for 10 million youths in 50 cities, provide educational opportunities for 10 million elementary students, add 1 million volunteers to parks and refuges, and offer work and training opportunities for 100,000 young people.

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Media Matters: The D.C. Press Yawns While Republicans Return To Radically Obstructionist Ways

The historic element of the Watt rejection was that throughout American history it has been virtually unheard for a sitting member of Congress to be filibustered — to be denied the courtesy of a final vote — when selected by the president to fill an administration position. Prior to this week’s partisan blockade of Watt, a Congressional rejection like his hadn’t happened since before the Civil War, in 1843.

That important historical context should have been included in every story about the Watt filibuster, but it wasn’t. That’s not surprising considering the Beltway press corps seems to have made a conscious decision during the Obama presidency to omit virtually all context with regards to the Republicans’ continued radical behavior as they cling to filibusters to methodically block, stall and reject most White House policy proposals, as well as countless nominations.

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On This Day:

Ohio State Capitol, November 2, 2008 (Photos by David Katz/Obama for America)

Cleveland Mall, November 2, 2008

President Obama listens during a terrorism threat briefing in the Situation Room of the White House, Nov. 2, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Hilliard, November 2, 2012 (Photos by Scout Tufankjian)

Lima, Nov 2, 2012 (Photos by Thomas Miller)

Beloit, Nov 2 (Photo by Christopher Dilts)


120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. November 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Rising and shining here!

  2. November 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Listening to Christmas music and getting into the spirit. Anyone else do that?

    • 3 hopefruit2
      November 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Good for you Carol! It’s a bit early for the Yule tunes, but I will admit that sometimes I find myself listening to Christmas music in July, but Shhh…don’t tell anyone…

      • November 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

        I have, or had-a forum for folks who think a little Christmas out of the box is fine. I’ve always hated the fact the Christmas ended with such a thud-everything stopped at midnight, even if the next day was Saturday or Sunday. If it were up to me, we’d celebrate until January 1st.

        • 5 hopefruit2
          November 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

          I agree Carol. This is all because Christmas has become so commercialized. The music is timed to influence people to shop, and once that happens, it’s no longer needed. The season doesn’t end until Jan 6, so the music shouldn’t stop on 12/25 (once the gifts are opened).

          • November 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

            So true. I mean, why else end so abruptly the celebration? The older versions of Xmas didn’t. They either went on until the 6th, or had the gift-giving on the 1st.

            I think people still have a subconscious wish for a full Yule. Notice how the offices are really empty between Christmas even and New Years? Unless they are accountants closing up the books, try getting anyone who has vacation time to work that week. I know. I’m a temp, and some fill-in gigs are for just those days. If we could sorta celebrate those days (say work half-days), maybe the end of the Christmas season would be a bit more satisfactory.

  3. November 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    First again!!!!! UT, that is a rather awesome R&S, jam-packed with goodness. Thank you legend!!! PS Still 0-0 v Newcastle? 🙄

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats maryl1 on #1 🙂

    Excellent Saturday R & S to start the day – thanks UT!!

  5. 15 a4alice
    November 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

    holy moly UT there’s no way I’m going to get through this whole post before my battery dies. But I did retweet this

    Fabulous post 😀

  6. November 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    “From kds from one to 92”. Recenlty I listened to Biden at the Domestic Violence shelter in Texas. I was moved by his sheer sensitivity and compassion. You could tell it was a real concern of his, and could feel the love coming from him. And now the photo with those kids-it’s clear he loves them so, they love him too. Is it okay to wish he could have the chance to continue Obama’s legacy of concern and compassion? So what if he’s 74 then?

    Back to Christmas stuff. A question: when is the earliest you put up your tree? I have an artificial one with just the lights now on-waiting to later to put up ornaments, But I used to put the whole thing up the day after Halloween-it gets gray around this time of year where I live, and colored lights seem to brighten up the days.

  7. 19 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    No one got fired….obviously NBC fully authorized this dishonest report for their own nefarious purposes. Ditto for CBS.

  8. 20 a4alice
    November 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

    remember a few days ago when we were all tweeting Mary Landrieu cuz she was having a cow about #ACA and was kicking around some tactic so ppl could keep their own inadequate insurance? So I saw that article that UT posted up top and thought I’d send it over to all the senate dems in case anyone else had a bright ideas to “help”.

  9. 21 a4alice
    November 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

    just saw this go by on my TL

  10. November 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Sometimes I think the misinformation is deliberate-designed to scare people away from the exchanges. But it really says something about the state of health care in America that a whole bunch of people are willing to brave all of so-called problems to enroll anyway. The truth is the way we have structured things, not even folks who have employer-provided health insurance are really secure until Medicare. The employer can take it away, the insurer can raise the cost of it to the employer and employee to the point where it’s unaffordable. Not to mention what happens if you lose your job or the company goes out of business.


  11. 23 a4alice
    November 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

    allright I have to work today so gotta go do chores fast

    Here’s my last one for now see you cats later – thanks again UT great post! 😀

  12. 24 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    That hate rally dubbed #StopWatchingUs was filled with thousands of “pissed off patriots.” The chickens are coming home to roost…

  13. 29 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

    When will the media start making the connection between the toxic, hateful, Libertarian-influenced culture being promoted by the likes of Greenwald et al., and these shooting incidents?

    • 31 desertflower
      November 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

      They can’t seem to find their collective asses with both hands….you expect too much. What I’ve learned from all these shooting incidents, is that there are LOTS of people walking amongst us with serious mental health issues! Flipping terrifying to me. After this rampage yesterday, I got to thinking about this fact. The fact that every single one of these shooters WENT TO ANOTHER PLACE to claim their victims! So when the NRA or other gun nuts talk about “liberty” or their “constitutional rights” THEY ARE FULL OF SHIT! These people weren’t protecting themselves or their families from a threat…they were HUNTING PEOPLE TO KILL! People going about their daily lives, minding their own business…threats to no one. Aurora,Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, LAX, and all the numerous places these cowards mowed people down….I think we need to push this thought out there. This is insane.

      Morning TOD.

      • November 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Don’t look for any candor from the media.

        In 2003 a Florida appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization.  Naturally, it was a Fox News case. In other words, there is a First Amendment right for journalists and newscasters to lie.

        Then in January of 2012  as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a provision called The Smith-Mundt Act, which made it illegal for propaganda to be directed toward American audiences was repealed. So journalists and the media lie with the blessing of the courts.

        How you like them apples?

  14. 34 utaustinliberal
    November 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

  15. November 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Good morning Chips, UT and TOD! Awesome fully loaded R&S UT. It took me 42 minutes to read and retweet everything. Thank you!

  16. 37 desertflower
    November 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    h/t Blog for AZ…. http://www.pimco.com/EN/Insights/Pages/Scrooge-McDucks.aspx

    Bill Gross, co-founder of the investment firm Pimco and one of the wealthiest men in the world, spoke out today on inequality and the need to tax the top 1%. This was not Warren Buffet’s platitudes about how he should not have a lower tax rate than his secretary, or how hard he is trying to cajole fellow billionaires into signing the “giving pledge,” where they promise to leave half their wealth to a foundation, controlled by their descendants, that dribbles out contributions to charities of their choice while paying themselves generous salaries.

    No, this was straight talk about how lucky the super-rich are and how outrageous and immoral their unwillingness to pay more in tax is. Gross’ letter is not long, and well worth the read. Here are the high points, starting with Gross’ courageous confession of guilt:

    Having benefited enormously via the leveraging of capital since the beginning of my career and having shared a decreasing percentage of my income thanks to Presidents Reagan and Bush 43 via lower government taxes, I now find my intellectual leanings shifting to the plight of labor. I often tell my wife Sue it’s probably a Kennedy-esque type of phenomenon. Having gotten rich at the expense of labor, the guilt sets in and I begin to feel sorry for the less well-off, writing very public Investment Outlooks that “dis” the success that provided me the soapbox in the first place. If your immediate reaction is to nod up and down, then give yourself some points in this intellectual tête-à-tête. Still, I would ask the Scrooge McDucks of the world who so vehemently criticize what they consider to be counterproductive, even crippling taxation of the wealthy in the midst of historically high corporate profits and personal income, to consider this: Instead of approaching the tax reform argument from the standpoint of what an enormous percentage of the overall income taxes the top 1% pay, consider how much of the national income you’ve been privileged to make. In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled from 10% in the 1970s to 20% today. Admit that you, and I and others in the magnificent “1%” grew up in a gilded age of credit, where those who borrowed money or charged fees on expanding financial assets had a much better chance of making it to the big tent than those who used their hands for a living. Yes I know many of you money people worked hard as did I, and you survived and prospered where others did not. A fair economic system should always allow for an opportunity to succeed. Congratulations. Smoke that cigar, enjoy that Chateau Lafite 1989. But (mostly you guys) acknowledge your good fortune at having been born in the ‘40s, ‘50s or ‘60s, entering the male-dominated workforce 25 years later, and having had the privilege of riding a credit wave and a credit boom for the past three decades. You did not, as President Obama averred, “build that,” you did not create that wave. You rode it. And now it’s time to kick out and share some of your good fortune by paying higher taxes or reforming them to favor economic growth and labor, as opposed to corporate profits and individual gazillions. You’ll still be able to attend those charity galas and demonstrate your benevolence and philanthropic character to your admiring public.

      • 39 desertflower
        November 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

        Some people “get it”…Refreshing, huh? 🙂

        • November 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

          Thank God! You gotta wonder why any one person needs soooo much money. Nothing annoys me more than the fact that their old gray asses were able to get a toe-hold because their parent(s) were saved from the ravages of the Depression by government programs. The government gave them a ladder and now they want to destroy it for everyone else. I’m thinking of Dick Cheney who talked about how his family was saved from abject poverty by the government. They all make me sick, sick, sick!

    • 42 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Excellent article. I’ve always thought it would take the backing of some of the “patrician” class to shine a light on the horrible labor and income inequality situation in this country for people to listen. It is a Kennedy situation like Mr. Pico says. Also similar to FDR. There are a lot of people in the middle and lower classes who won’t act in their own best economic interests, and will blame all the wrong people, unless somebody super rich points out how the game is rigged.

    • 44 Dudette
      November 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Great find, df! Thank you!

      Tweeted it!

  17. November 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    We’ve seen how Obamacare has prompted every network news division to fabricate “truths” and do their best to mislead audience about any possible positive aspects of the law.

    CBS, once the gold standard of journalistic integrity jumped the shark last weekend with Lara Logan’s thinly disguised Benghazi “infomercial:”

    (Morgan Jones is a pseudonym for 60 Minutes’ star “witness”)

    “Jones has other ways of cashing in as well. This week, his book titled The Embassy House was published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is a part of CBS Corporation, which owns 60 Minutes — a fact not disclosed in the 60 Minutes story. His book is also going to make it on the silver screen. In October, Thunder Road acquired The Embassy House for a feature on the Benghazi attack produced by Basil Iwanyk and executive produced by Taylor Sheridan.

    At press time, a representative at Threshold Editions in charge of publicity for The Embassy House did not respond to a request for comment. 60 Minutes has said “We stand firmly by the story we broadcast last Sunday.”

  18. 47 desertflower
    November 2, 2013 at 11:12 am


    How Big Business Turned Welfare For The Poor Into Corporate Welfare

  19. 48 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

  20. November 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The Republican dictionary:

  21. November 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This is a fantastic Rise & Shine UT.
    Congrats on first Mary1

  22. November 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Good Saturday Afternoon TOD Family! 🙂

  23. 53 JER
    November 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

  24. 54 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  25. 55 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  26. 57 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

  27. 60 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  28. 61 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  29. 63 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  30. 68 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  31. 69 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  32. 70 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  33. 71 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Love this!

  34. 72 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  35. 73 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  36. 74 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  37. November 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Can anyone tell me if there is an organized effort to make certain people have the necessary identification so they’ll be able to vote. Strikes me as a bit of a waste to register a million people, if 2 million can’t vote for lack of identification.

    • 79 Nena20409
      November 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Call the Team in place to make TX go from Red to Purple then Blue. I am not sure what their name is in TX. Many days ago, Dr. Rachel Maddow reported that the information she had then was about 50 people of 1.4M indeed of the Now needed ID had the right ID to vote.

  38. 81 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  39. 88 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  40. 89 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  41. 90 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  42. 92 Nena20409
    November 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Now……Is that just Lovely? 😉

  43. 94 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  44. 95 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm


  45. 100 JER
    November 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  46. 102 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  47. 105 yardarm756
    November 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    G’day y’all ICYMI.

    • 106 Nena20409
      November 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Dems made a deal…..knowing her record at her age…..allowed her to be confirmed to a life term appointment.

      That was in 2005 or 2006. Now look at the two rulings this week in TX and elsewhere. Today, this POTUS’ justices are filibustered ate record numbers.

  48. 108 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

  49. 110 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  50. 111 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  51. 112 JER
    November 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    President is golfing at Ft Belvoir. Party includes Occidental college friends Hasan Chandoo and Vinae Thummalapally.

  52. 113 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  53. 114 Ladyhawke
    November 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Judicial Obstruction

    By JM Ashby


    Just a day removed from the filibuster of Patricia Millet, Charles Pierce got it exactly right on yesterdays ruling on birth control and judicial appointments.

    There’s a reason why the Republicans blocked the president’s attempts to fill vacancies on the federal Court of Appeals for the DC circuit. They have made it a decades-long project to salt the federal courts with people like Janice Rogers Brown, and they are disinclined to allow anything as trivial as two presidential elections to stand in the way. […]



  54. 115 Dudette
    November 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  55. 117 hopefruit2
    November 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Mark Knoller’s only 2 tweets for the day are about PBO’s golf.

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