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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama looks out the window in the Blue Room of the White House before holding a press conference, Nov. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe at 2PM ET.

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.

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AP: Obama: Budget Is About Choices, Priorities

President Barack Obama says budget negotiations in Congress are about choices and priorities. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama urges Congress to pass a budget that includes spending on education, infrastructure and research. Obama says there’s an obsession with cutting spending just for the sake of cutting. He says it’s not helping grow the economy. He’s pointing out that deficits are falling fast on his watch.

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Elizabeth Drew: The Republican’s War On The Poor

The way the program to provide the poor with the bare minimum of daily nutrition has been handled is a metaphor for how the far right in the House is systematically trying to take down the federal government. The Tea Party radicals and those who either fear or cultivate them are now subjecting the food-stamp program to the same kind of assault they have unleashed on other settled policies and understandings that have been in place for decades. Breaking all manner of precedents on a series of highly partisan votes, with the Republicans barely prevailing, the House in September slashed the food-stamp program by a whopping $39 billion and imposed harsh new requirements for getting on, or staying on, the program. The point was to deny the benefit to millions.

Food stamps are largely responsible for the near-elimination of the severe hunger and malnutrition that was widespread in many poverty-stricken areas,” says Bob Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Food stamps are far from an extravagant benefit. The average allocation is $1.40 per person per meal. (Try it some time.)

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NYT: This Is Why We Need Obamacare

Far more serious is the kind of catastrophe facing people like Richard Streeter, 47, a truck driver and recreational vehicle repairman in Eugene, Ore. His problem isn’t Obamacare, but a tumor in his colon that may kill him because Obamacare didn’t come quite soon enough. Streeter had health insurance for decades, but beginning in 2008 his employer no longer offered it as an option. He says he tried to buy individual health insurance but, as a lifelong smoker in his late 40s, couldn’t find anything affordable — so he took a terrible chance and did without.

By September, Streeter couldn’t stand the pain any longer. He went to another doctor, who suggested a colonoscopy. The cheapest provider he could find was Dr. J. Scott Gibson, a softhearted gastroenterologist who told him that if he didn’t have insurance he would do it for $300 down and $300 more whenever he had the money. Streeter made the 100-mile drive to Dr. Gibson’s office in McMinnville, Ore. — and received devastating news. Dr. Gibson had found advanced colon cancer.

“It was heartbreaking to see the pain on his face,” Dr. Gibson told me. “It got me very angry with people who insist that Obamacare is a train wreck, when the real train wreck is what people are experiencing every day because they can’t afford care.”

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Advocate: How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks And Families

Anand Kalra: Yes. First, the Affordable Care Act opens the door to coverage for a group of people that have been held outside. The ACA makes it illegal for an insurance company to refuse to sell an insurance plan to someone because they have “pre-existing conditions.” Historically, health insurance companies have considered gender identity disorder, the psychiatric diagnosis used to enable access to transition-related care, such as hormone replacement therapy, a pre-existing condition. So, if anywhere in your medical record you had been diagnosed with GID, an insurance company could use that against you, and refuse to insure you. Starting on January 1, 2014, that practice is prohibited for any diagnosis, including gender identity disorder.

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Irin Carmon: Abortion Restrictions In Oklahoma

On their last night in Dallas, the ramen noodles and microwave popcorn were finished. The money for the motel had run out too. So on a hot August night Jessica and Erick Davis and their three young kids slept in the Mazda rented for the trip. It had only been a few hours since Jessica’s abortion. Because the procedure needed to be performed later in her pregnancy, it stretched over three days.

 Earlier that month, at home in Oklahoma City, the Davises were told that the boy she was carrying had a severe brain malformation known as holoprosencephaly. It is rare, though possible, for such a fetus to survive to birth, but doctors told them that he would not reach his first birthday. “He would never walk, lift his head,” Jessica, 23, recalled in an interview. “I could let my son go on and suffer,” she said. Or she could accept a word she didn’t like – abortion – “and do the best thing for my baby.”

The Davises’ ordeal was always going to be painful. But the grim path that led them to a night in the car was determined, nearly every step of the way, by a state that has scrambled to be the most “pro-life” in the nation. There are no exceptions for families like the Davises. Oklahomans brag that theirs has become the reddest state.

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William H. Gross (Co-Founder of PIMCO): Scrooge McDucks

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. 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.

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LOL GOP: Obamacare ‘Horror’ Story Turns Out To Be Obamacare Success Story

This week Diane Barrette was briefly the poster woman for the estimated 3% of America in the private insurance market who will lose their insurance and pay more to get coverage that meets the new minimum standards laid out by the ACA. It turns out that she was paying $56 a month for a plan that covered — according to Yiddish experts — bubkis.

“She’s paying $650 a year to be uninsured,” Karen Pollitz, an insurance expert at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, told Consumer Reports. “I have to assume that she never really had to make much of a claim under this policy. She would have lost the house she’s sitting in if something serious had happened. I don’t know if she knows that.”

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Ian Millhiser: What You Need To Know About The Severely Conservative Judge Who Just Ruled Against Birth Control

Nine years ago, the California Supreme Court upheld a state law similar to the Affordable Care Act’s rules requiring most employers to include birth control coverage in their employee health plans. The sole dissent in that case was Justice Janice Rogers Brown. Nearly a decade later, Brown got her revenge. Though no longer a member of California’s highest court — President George W. Bush appointed her to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit over the strenuous objections of Democrats

Judge Brown is now the author of a 2-1 opinion holding that religious employers can ignore the federal birth control rules. What was once a fringe view held by a lone holdout is now the law in the second most powerful court in the country. There is a lesson here for Democrats trying to decide whether to invoke the nuclear opinion in the D.C. Circuit fight that Senate Republicans started this week. When Republicans had the courage to demand what they wanted and put a serious threat behind it, they got two of the most conservative judges in the country.

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Star Telegram: Voter ID Law Snags Former House Speaker Jim Wright

Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied a voter ID card Saturday at a Texas Department of Public Safety office. “Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn’t give me an ID,” Wright said. The legendary Texas political figure says that he has worked things out with DPS and that he will get a state-issued personal identification card in time for him to vote Tuesday in the state and local elections.

But after the difficulty he had this weekend getting a proper ID card, Wright, 90, expressed concern that such problems could deter others from voting and stifle turnout. After spending much of his life fighting to make it easier to vote, the Democratic Party icon said he is troubled by what he’s seeing happen under the state’s new voter ID law.

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Jonathan Cohn: From Boston, A Lesson About Obamacare

President Obama was in Boston on Wednesday—not to watch a baseball game, but to send a message about health care reform: The idea really works. Given all the news about Obamacare lately, it’s a message the country very much needs to hear. The template for the Affordable Care Act is the reforms that Massachusetts officials enacted in 2006.  As almost everybody knows by now, the Red Sox organization promoted the Massachusetts health reforms, sponsoring efforts to enroll people and even having players appear in ads directly addressing the young, healthy people who might think insurance was unnecessary.

That spirit still exists today, all across the country, although you might not have noticed. Leaders of the health care industry have been generally supportive of reform. You can see this clearly in the hospital industry, which rather than screaming publicly about payment changes in Medicare is quietly reinventing itself in ways that will, hopefully, make health care efficient. You also see it with the insurance industry, which rather than use website problems to endorse repeal has instead been lending the federal government technical assistance to get things working. Like everybody else in the health care business, these groups have plenty of financial incentive for playing nice. More people insured means more people paying bills.

That attitude has not prevailed in politics, obviously. At both the state and national level, Republicans have been at best indifferent and at worst hostile to implementation of the law—in some cases, openly wishing for its failure and urgingpotential partners with or surrogates for the federal government not to help enrollment.

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On This Day:

President Obama makes an election night phone call to Rep. John Boehner from his Treaty Room office in the White House residence a couple of minutes after midnight, Nov. 3, 2010 (Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office, Nov. 3, 2010 (Pete Souza)

Milwaukee, November 3, 2012

Gambier, November 2012 (Photo by Thomas Miller for Obama for America)

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124 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 a4alice
    November 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    morning

  2. November 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thank yooooooooooou UT, a maaaaajestic R&S!

    Morning everyone!

  3. 6 a4alice
    November 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    oops I hear my DH. Must go make break fast BBL 😀

  4. November 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good morning a4alice. Congrats on 1st and 2nd.

  5. 8 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

  6. 9 hopefruit2
    November 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

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

    Looking forward to PBO’s rally later this afternoon! I hope there will at least be some live streaming of the event.

  7. 14 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

  8. 16 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

  9. 17 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    All that poutrage in bbc fp is gone now. bbc showboating on spying is the height of hypocrisy.

  10. 18 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

  11. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    November 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Terrific round up, Chips. So much of it got me stirred up and angry that it’s energized me for the local GOTV I’m going to do today. Nothing like a little righteous indignation to get the feet pounding the pavement–blisters and all. Have a great day.

  12. 24 utaustinliberal
    November 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Kerry Washington was the BEST and FUNNIEST part of SNL last night. I didn’t realize how baaaaaaaaaaaaaad SNL had gotten. They really really really need a more talented, funny, and diverse cast, ASAP.

    Kerry Washington killed the opening, monologue, short, the sketches, the accents, etc. She did a better job than those who call SNL their career.

    This was her funny short. It’s a parody of the pop culture wave ‘What Does The Fox Say?’

    • 25 dotster3
      November 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I thought it was really terrible, despite Kerry’s talent and participation, other than maybe the opening when they made fun of their lack of diversity with Kerry playing all black women roles. It seemed every skit in the whole first hour was some form of Obama bashing, every skit and update continually highlighting PBO’s very bad month, beset by “scandals”, never mind the manufactured nature of same, the media’s willingness to go along and failure to report the truth of any issue. And even if one ignores the partisan politics, there was scant humor to be found in the entire show. Really weak and lame.

      • 26 utaustinliberal
        November 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

        Actually, you’re wrong. The reviews show that Kerry was the best part of SNL; and every skit was not about Pres. Obama. You’re right that the SNL cast is horrible but Kerry killed it. The opening skit was about their lack of diversity – which they mocked, was funny, but still needs very intense attention and addressing. The How’s He Doing sketch about Pres. Obama was mocking the stereotype that Black people only support Pres. Obama because he’s black and mocking white people who think that the magical Black president should fix all the problems in their lives and if something doesn’t work in a second, then it’s a disaster and doomed for failure. If they had more time to delve into that stereotype like Dave Chapelle would, it would have been excellent but it was still very good and that was the funniest Jay Pharoah has been (except for the short).

        The only sketches that were about Pres. Obama was the opening sketch, the Weekend Update, and How He’s Doing skit.

        The other sketches were Miss Universe, Ice-Cream, Date Or Diss, Career Week Speaker, My Girl (which was the hilarious musical short with Kerry and Jay) Principal Frye – Fall Carnival, Cartoon Catchphrase, Barkley and Shaq. Are you saying that 8 sketches that didn’t have anything to do with Pres. Obama is less than 3 sketches that featured Pres. Obama? That would mean your math is way off.

        The cast is bad and not funny. On that point, yes, you’re right. They need diversity, talent, and funny writers and cast. The only thing that saved the show last night was Kerry Washington. She was the funniest.

    • 27 Dudette
      November 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I didn’t see the show, but that video was FUNNY!
      It was a satirical look at the pitiful calibre of music/music videos out these days. Well done!
      Is Kerry not ridiculously cute?

  13. 29 africa
    November 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good Sunday morning everyone. Excellent R&S UT.

  14. November 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Morning all you O’s!!! It’s another great getting up day with an extra hour to spend on the ol’ TOD stoop!!! I’m just passing by, but wanted to say howdy. I’d put my feet up and set a spell with you, but I’m do some home remodel.

    Y’all take care now….ttyl.

  15. 33 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    OBSTRUCTING OBAMACARE 101

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    1) What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters (by Michael Tomasky)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/02/what-s-really-obstructing-obamacare-gop-resisters.html

    2) The Obamacare sabotage campaign (By Todd Purdum)

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-sabotage-campaign-99176.html

  16. 34 africa
    November 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love that Electablog story on Obamacare.

  17. 35 hopefruit2
    November 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

  18. 37 Jovie
    November 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    • 38 Jovie
      November 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

      You see Earths yellow sun, even during eclipse, gives me energy.
      Strangely enough, for Bizzaro, it is a death knell!

  19. 39 africa
    November 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    A Must Read history lesson from SmartyPants.

  20. 40 africa
    November 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Obamacare Derangement Syndrome

  21. 41 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

  22. 43 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

  23. November 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, TODers. I hope everyone has a very relaxed Sunday planned.

    I found out that PBO will be in SF just a couple miles away for a high priced luncheon on Monday, Nov 25th. The invitation is out of my $$ league, sadly, but maybe I can catch his motorcade!!!!

    • November 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I’ll be in SF that Wednesday, so I’ll just miss him. Drat!

      • 46 vcprezofan2
        November 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        Well, Theo, ………… you could go in a couple of days early; spend Monday with PBO at the luncheon, Tuesday giving us a detailed report and answering our questions, and Wednesday doing whatever you were planning to do. What do you say? Sounds like a plan?

  24. 47 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

    TODAY’S REPUBLICAN PARTY IN A NUTSHELL

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    (SENATE)

    GOP obstructionism pushes Senate to breaking point

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-pushes-senate-breaking-point

    (HOUSE)

    House Republicans exhausted by failure

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-exhausted-failure

  25. 48 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Poor Baby! 😀 😀 😀

    • 49 GGail
      November 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Yipes! and what about the person who took the pic?? Does bad spelling run in the WHOLE family? 😀

      • 50 Dudette
        November 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        Have to admit, I’d photograph it as it is too. It’s HiLARIOUS!
        Try to hold in laughter first, then help her fix it. But DEFINTELY take the picture!
        Maybe show it to her again when she’s all grown up! 😀 😀 😀

        • 51 Nena20409
          November 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

          Thanks. I was thinking the same very things you pointed out Lady Dudette. 😉

          The parent who took the picture did it to show for documentation and for future “blackmailing” “teasing” endless “nagging” as the little child grows into an awesome lady.

  26. 53 vcprezofan2
    November 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

    /moving fingers in a royal wave/ Hi, a4A, I see you up there! Good spot to be in. 😀

    ‘Morning TODobots! I have arisen and am shining….I think.

    ‘Morning, Utal!

    ‘MooOoorrning Ms Chips, and family! Hope everyone is well!

  27. 64 hopefruit2
    November 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

  28. 69 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

  29. 70 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

  30. 71 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

  31. 73 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

    EXPOSING THE ANTI-OBAMACARE SABOTAGE CAMPAIGN

    By Tony Carrk | September 19, 2013

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

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    The methods of sabotage discussed in this report include:

    How the House of Representatives has voted 41 times to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act

    How federal lawmakers have used intimidation to keep people from educating the public about the law and hinder those who enroll members of the public

    How Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, for example, said he would do anything he could to be an Obamacare “obstructionist”

    How 22 states have refused to expand Medicaid, putting access to health coverage at risk for millions of Americans

    How 27 states decided not to run their own state marketplace, instead forcing the federal government to step in

    How six states informed the federal government that they would not be enforcing the consumer protections of the law, including stopping
    insurers from denying coverage based on a preexisting condition

    How 16 states have imposed their own regulations on navigators. The restrictions vary, and some have the effect of making it near impossible for organizations to enroll residents in the new marketplaces.

    How some states have prohibited officials and navigators from even talking about the benefits of the law with residents

    How some states want to make it a felony to enforce or implement the Affordable Care Act

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    http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/healthcare/report/2013/09/19/74621/exposing-the-anti-obamacare-sabotage-campaign/

  32. 74 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

  33. 75 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

    JUNK INSURANCE POLICIES ARE BEING CANCELLED AND THAT’S A GOOD THING.

    =============Consumer Reports Explains===============

    That Florida woman’s canceled Blue Cross policy? It’s junk insurance.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/10/florida-woman-s-canceled-blue-cross-plan-is-junk/index.htm

  34. 76 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    VIDEO: The truth about the Affordable Care Act

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    Reporters debunk some of the claims made about the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Michael Hiltzik and Wendell Potter.

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    http://on.msnbc.com/180G2qp

  35. November 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    GM TOD. Great roundup, UT.

    On Friday’s edition of Moyers & Company, host Bill Moyers delivered a devastating take down of the Republican Party’s systematic efforts to dismantle President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Since the law passed, Moyers said, Republicans have “stalked it like Jack The Ripper.”

    Moyers began by looking at the Republican members of Congress who demanded an apology from those responsible for the problems with the HealthCare.gov website. But once they got contrition from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Moyers said, “the apology didn’t squelch the partisan tirades or quench the Republican thirst for revenge.”

    “Isn’t it fair to also expect at least a tiny bit of remorse, just a morsel of apology from Republicans?” Moyers asked. This led Moyers to his “Jack The Ripper” analogy, saying the GOP has “stalked” Obamacare “in the states, through the courts, all the way to the Supreme Court, which–uh-oh–ruled it constitutional. In last year’s election, when they lost again. But quit? Never. For Republicans, this has become their Alamo.”

  36. 78 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    • 81 a4alice
      November 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      dudette if you like him that’s good enough for me rt’ing everything about this guy i see

      • 82 Dudette
        November 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Please do Alice.

        The Democratic primary in Georgia is going to be very interesting. Might be sort of a mini Senator Clinton/Senator Obama re-match.

        Centrist, Michelle Nunn has name recognition (personal and family), a reputation for working with corps through the charity she founded ‘Hands on Atlanta’. Big money coming from on both sides, makes her chances look viable. Dr. Rad is dark horse, but I’d love to see him make it a good run. He’s not well-known right now, but legit on issues. Handles himself well in the media. Will make the primary a real race. Either of them taking the Senate seat turns GA purple, then 2016 will be freakin’ heavenly!

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      November 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      That’s the first time I’ve heard that song and I actually listened all the way through. I liked it – thanks for sharing, Dudette …and Dr. Rad. 😀

  37. 84 Ladyhawke
    November 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

    THE WRECKING CREW

    Republicans Deliberately Sabotaged the ACA Website, Hoping the Law Would Implode

    By: Sarah Jones

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    Democrats need to drive these truths home and force the media to cover them. Politicians are the actors and the beltway media is TMZ. Make a stir. Show some metaphorical leg. Point fingers.

    Yes, it will be degrading and ugly, but the truth is that Republicans are never going to stop this – they can’t be taught to behave and put country first. They will have to be shamed by the truth each time.

    This media is lazy and they like their narratives to paint the Obama (who refuses to do the beltway thing) as the bad guy. That’s fine for him, as he’s not facing re-election, but Democratic lawmakers can’t afford to let the media chase Republican narratives anymore.

    If for no other reason than this is hurting our country, Democrats need to buck up and kick back. Drop some soundbites, craft a narrative, be outraged. It’s theater, and the most dramatic wins when the media has turned into a Beltway TMZ.

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    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/11/01/republicans-deliberately-sabotaged-aca-website-hoping-implode.html

    • 85 ERICFIVE
      November 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      “Democrats need to drive these truths home and force the media to cover them.” More blame the victim nonsense. Democrats cannot force the corporate owned media to reveal the TRUTH the MSM has been tasked with hiding. If the slew of anti-ACA propaganda, trying to blame PBO/Dems for the gov’t shutdown and members of the Beltway media explicitly stating that it is not their job to point out GOP lies does not make this fact clear to this author, she is not being honest with her readers. We make a grave error when we trivialize what the MSM is doing by talking about “ratings” or “horserace” or “messaging”. The MSM is the communications arm of the GOP. This FACT needs to be trumpeted from the rooftops. The MSM’s motives are sinister and what the media is doing threatens our democracy. In my opinion we must do all we can to inform the public (many of which still believe the myth of the “liberal media”) that the MSM/GOP are joined at the hip due to consolidated corporate ownership of the news media. Democratic politicians do not have to lower themselves into the cesspool, as the author recommends (it wouldn’t work anyway because the MSM will give equal or lesser weight to Dem truth telling as it gives to blatant GOP lies). Instead, a possible course of action is for Dems to take the fight to the corrupt media, just as the GOP did in the 1980’s when the premise of a liberal media was not laughable. By highlighting how corrupt and partisan the MSM is, pressure will be put on the MSM to dispel that criticism by not being as obviously pro-GOP in all of its framing (or lose what credibility the MSM still has). We, non-politicians can use social media to spread the word about how corrupt and partisan the MSM has become by using logical arguments and giving concrete examples of the corrupt, pro-GOP slant. This will have the effect of changing people’s POV (many American’s, especially older Americans, have a vestal trust of the news media that is no longer justified) and limiting the effect of the MSM’s pro-GOP propaganda. I must repeat, we do ourselves and our country a disservice when we trivialize what the MSM is doing. It is not a benign act of happenstance that we find ourselves with the corrupt partisan MSM we see today. It all happening according to plan.

      • 86 hopefruit2
        November 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        EXCELLENT Comment Eric!!! This needs to be FRONT-PAGED! It is short-sighted to blame the WH and/or the Dems as having “messaging problems” knowing fully well that they could NEVER ever compete with the full-time 24/7 propaganda machine that is the corporate media. And as for the “horserace” or “ratings” theory – they need to be discarded completely, because the evidence shows that the media is hell bent on spreading truth-less propaganda that is anti-Dem, anti-Obama, but pro-GOP, pro-Teabag, pro-Libertarian, pro-Corporations, ratings be DAMNED!

        • 87 ERICFIVE
          November 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

          Thanks HF. Totally agree. My hope is that “MSM/GOP” will replace “liberal media” in the minds of the American people. Discrediting the messenger is the only way we can effectively combat the incessant pro-GOP propaganda.

      • 88 nathkatun7
        November 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        “The MSM is the communications arm of the GOP.”

        Bravo, Eric for speaking TRUTH

  38. 89 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

  39. November 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

    ….All across the country, Republican governors and insurance commissioners have actively and directly blocked efforts to make the law work. In August, the Obama administration announced that it had awarded contracts to 105 “navigators” to help guide people through their new predicaments and options. There were local health-care providers, community groups, Planned Parenthood outposts, and even business groups. Again—people and groups given the job, under an existing federal law, to help people understand that law.

    What has happened, predictably, is that in at least 17 states where Republicans are in charge, a variety of roadblocks has been thrown in front of these folks. In Indiana, they were required to pay fees of $175. In Florida, which under Governor Rick Scott (who knows a thing or two about how to game the health-care system, you may recall) has been probably the most aggressive state of all here, the health department ruled that local public-health offices can’t have navigators on their premises (interesting, because local public health offices tend to be where uninsured people hang out). In West Virginia, Utah, Pennsylvania, and other states, grantees have said no thanks and returned the dough after statewide GOP elected officials started getting in their faces and asking lots of questions about how they operate and what they planned to do. Tennessee issued “emergency rules” requiring their employees to be fingerprinted and undergo background checks….. via Michael Tomansky

  40. 91 dotster3
    November 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Ks. AG to decide if guns will be allowed at polling places. What could go wrong? Talk about your voter intimidation. Because of new conceal/carry law, polling places may have to accept voters with guns. Delightful. Will present problems with some polling places such as schools and some churches, nonprofits which would not be thrilled by the prospect of guns flooding their premises. I imagine this same issue will arise in all these new conceal/carry states. Gun rights/laws run amok. Nuttiness squared.
    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/02/4593990/guns-at-polling-places-kansas.html

  41. November 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Iran’s supreme leader gave strong backing on Sunday to his president’s push for nuclear negotiations, warning hardliners not to accuse Hassan Rouhani of compromising with the old enemy America.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments will help shield Rouhani, who has sought to thaw relations with the West since his surprise election in June, from accusations of being soft on the United States, often characterized in the Islamic Republic as the “Great Satan”. Iran will resume negotiations with six world powers, including the United States, in Geneva on Thursday, talks aimed at ending a standoff over its nuclear work that Tehran denies is weapons-related.Rouhani hopes a deal there will mean an end to sanctions that have cut the OPEC country’s oil exports and hurt the wider economy, but any concession that looks like Iran is compromising on what it sees as its sovereign right to peaceful nuclear technology will be strongly resisted by conservatives.

  42. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    November 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for the reminder of the events of Nov/3/2008 – PBO announcing the death of his dear grandmother.
    The photo of PBO crying for his grandmother is the one I use for my twitter avatar because it reminds me of:
    – the values of the people who parented and nurtured PBO to make him the exceptional human being he is today;
    – how much PBO values really people and that family comes first to him;
    – the challenges PBO has had to overcome to get to where he is and with much more to give in the future;
    – the exceptional support systems that has carried him to this point and how he never forgets the role many have played in his life;
    – what a gift Ms. Madelyn Dunham’s grandson has been to the world and how lucky we are that PBO chose public service;

  43. 97 utaustinliberal
    November 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome woman!

  44. 98 Nena20409
    November 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Just Horrible.

    In TX…..9 month pregnant woman stabbed in her home as husband watched helplessly while stationed overseas. He managed to call for help. Baby is delivered by caesarian and mom hospitalized in critical condition. She knew the attacker. The attacker is 19 yrs old and in custody.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/facetime-video-stabbing-pregnant-texas-woman-stabbed-during-video-chat-soldier-husband-1452426

  45. 99 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  46. 100 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  47. 102 utaustinliberal
    November 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Does anyone know any local Virginia news websites that are airing the McAuliffe event online so that we can catch all the speakers? I want to catch Kerry Washington! Hmmm…where is JER when we need her? 😀

  48. 112 Nena20409
    November 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hello TOD. Pardon my entrance without a Salute to all TODers across the globe.

  49. 113 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  50. 114 Dudette
    November 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  51. 115 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    ut, you should put all the toons in tweets in your post so that they can be spread around.

  52. 116 utaustinliberal
    November 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    As requested by Amk.

    • 117 amk for obama
      November 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Excellent. Now more peeps can see it. In future, I will follow my own big mouth and put all the toons in a tweets. I am going to start the hashtag toonsintweets or TweetToons. 🙂

  53. November 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hiya everyone, still looking for a link for PBO’s speech, but no joy so far. Hoping http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml will show it, if they do I’ll post a heads up.

  54. 119 mtmarilyn
    November 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Good Sunday morning TOD family. This is a wonderful lazy morning for me. Now I must start being productive and clean house. Looking forward to the President’s speech in VA. I read that they expected a low turnout for this election. Can people really be that complacent?

  55. 120 amk for obama
    November 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Gunnite folks.

  56. November 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Chips for looking into why my comments are being blocked.

    Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday

    #TrustBarack

  57. 123 yardarm756
    November 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    G’day all. Awoke and started my morning reading and found this gem. Nothing like a little insight I’d say.
    http://tressiemc.com/2013/10/29/the-logic-of-stupid-poor-people/


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