Rise and Shine

President Obama hugs his campaign manager Jim Messina during an unannounced stop at campaign headquarters in Chicago, Nov. 7 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

6:0: President Obama hosts screening of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’



Mayor Julián Castro: Let’s Stop Denying Texans Health Insurance Because Of Politics

Usually, we do things bigger in Texas. But right now, when it comes to covering the uninsured, some of our neighboring states are trying to beat us to the draw. In Arkansas, for example, they¹ve cut the total number of uninsured in the state by nearly 14 percent in just over a month.

There’s one big reason for that. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid to cover more of its citizens, and Arkansas chose “yes.”  If we made that same choice in Texas, it would cover more than one million of our citizens, and save our taxpayers $1.7 billion over the next decade in unpaid hospital bills.

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USA Today: Reversing CNN’s Fortunes Proves A Daunting Task

With its heavy emphasis last week on the woes of the new national health insurance exchange website’s rollout, the cable news network registered its lowest weekday primetime ratings in over a year. For the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, the Time Warner-owned network averaged 385,000 viewers – lowest since Aug. 2012 – and 95,000 coveted adults between the ages of 25 and 54.

CNN’s ratings numbers have always popped with national breaking news. But the story about an insurance website – however comprehensive in coverage – likely wasn’t the kind that drives viewers to interrupt their day’s routines to tune in, says Andrew Tyndall, a longtime TV news monitor and publisher of industry newsletter Tyndall Report.

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Think Progress: Texans Sharply Disagree With Rick Perry On Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

While Perry hasn’t exactly been shy about his opposition to that ACA provision, his constituents have a markedly different view, according to a new poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.

In addition to wide-ranging support for various ACA components such as insurance subsidies for low-income Americans and tax credits to businesses for providing health coverage, the poll finds that two-thirds of Texans support Medicaid expansion. Over 35 percent of the respondents even said that they “strongly support” the policy

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Washington Post: Debt Collectors Face New Rules Under Proposal From Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The government is preparing restrictions on debt collectors, a loosely regulated industry under increasing scrutiny over complaints of abusive tactics. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is slated to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to modernize the legal framework governing debt collection.

The government watchdog is seeking public and business comment before formally proposing the rules, which are expected to be finalized by next year. The bureau is asking Americans whether creditors and collection agencies are providing accurate information about their outstanding debts. It also wants to know whether people are receiving threatening calls at all hours of the night or being dragged into court for money they do not owe.

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Jamelle Bouie: How High Black Turnout Gave Terry McAuliffe His Win In Virginia

One of the big questions of the next few years of politics is whether Democrats can replicate the “Obama model” of minority turnout without the presence of Obama on the ballot. If the Virginia gubernatorial election was a test case, then the early answer is a clear “yes.” Cuccinelli maintained the GOP’s traditional advantage with white and married women, winning the former by sixteen point spread of 54 percent to 38 percent, and the latter by a solid margin of 51 percent to 42 percent.

Where the change from 2009 was most significant was among black voters. Then, African Americans were 16 percent were of the electorate, a significant drop from the 2008 election. This year, blacks were 20 percent of all voters, which means their turnout was exactly where it was in 2012.

Put another way, for the second year in a row, African Americans turned out at a rate above their percentage of the population, and supported the Democrat by a 9-to–1 margin. This is huge. For McAuliffe, what it meant is that—for almost every black voter who went to the polls—he could count on a vote, giving him crucial support in a tight race. To wit, more than 37 percent of his vote total came from African Americans.

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Sy Mukherjee: No, Obamacare Won’t Cause Millions Of Workers To Lose Their Employer Sponsored Health Plans

Forbes contributor and former Mitt Romney health care adviser Avik Roy wrote a piece claiming that the Obama administration knew “93 million Americans will be unable to keep their health plans” under Obamacare and that many of them would actually be workers with employer-sponsored coverage.

Under the “grandfather clause,” a plan issued before the ACA was signed in 2010 could remain in place as long as employers or insurance companies didn’t drastically change its terms in a way that would harm the policy holder, like increasing out-of-pocket costs or dropping benefits. However, if a plan did change, it would lose its “grandfather status.” Then, any new plan issued in its place would be subject to Obamacare’s various requirements.

“So it isn’t like all of a sudden people are going to wake up and find out I don’t have my employer coverage anymore,” said Jost. “It’s just there are going to be some minor changes in those plans that benefit enrollees, and that many employers probably already covered anyway.” These small changes might include things like covering workers’ dependent children, or adding preventative care services, according to Jost.

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Sure, Bloomberg. Stop and Frisk has nothing to do with racial discrimination


Yahoo: Starbucks Wants To Recruit 10,000 Vets, Spouses To Its Ranks

Starbucks Corp is looking for thousands of good men – and women. The world’s biggest coffee chain said on Wednesday it would commit to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and spouses of active military in five years.

It also said five new and existing U.S. Starbucks cafes on or near military bases will share a portion of each sale with non-profit organizations that help veterans re-enter the workforce.

Many U.S. companies have committed to hiring thousands of military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Seattle-based Starbucks said it will have specialized recruiters to match the unique skills of veterans and their spouses with company jobs.

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Alec MacGillis: The Pundits Are Wrong. The Virginia Election Was A Big Win For Obamacare

Last night, the prospects for Robin L. and the estimated 400,000 Virginians who would be eligible under a Medicaid expansion brightened considerably. The gubernatorial election was won by Terry McAuliffe. So, the election was a clear win for Obamacare, right? Nope, say the pundits.

I’m not sure when I last saw such a stark example of election spin and punditry floating away from the substantive reality of governing and its impact on actual people. There is no mention in these accounts of the greatly enhanced prospects for the Medicaid expansion in Virginia as a result of McAuliffe’s win. No, it’s all about the exit polls and what it might mean for Obama and the Democrats.

All we know right now is that after a very rough patch for the law, the guy who ran strongly in support of it beat a guy who was strongly opposed to it, in the most purple state in the country. And as a result, hundreds of thousands of working poor may get health insurance coverage. How removed from the reality of these people’s lives does one have to be to chalk up such a result as a loss for Obamacare?

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BBC: US Economy Sees Growth Pick Up

The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.8% in the third quarter of the year, latest figures have shown. The growth rate was faster than expected, and was an improvement on the 2.5% pace seen in the previous quarter. Growth was lifted by rising exports, businesses restocking shelves and a pick-up in home construction.

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Keith Boykin: Despite What Conservatives Try To Argue, Black People Do Vote For White Candidates

Although no Democrat has run New York City since Dinkins, New Yorkers on Tuesday chose a progressive white Democrat, Bill de Blasio, who was swept into office with enormous Black support, an accomplished African-American wife and a highly publicized interracial family, all of which served as a rebuke to the racial polarization of the Rudy Giuliani regime and the racist stop-and-frisk policies of the Michael Bloomberg era.

On the same day de Blasio was elected, voters also chose Letitia James to succeed him as the city’s public advocate, making her the first Black woman in New York history to hold citywide office. The real story was about the influence of Black women, who voted 91 percent for McAuliffe while only 38 percent of white women did so, according to a New York Times exit poll.

That’s a lesson Democrats should remember as they suit up for 2014 and 2016. Democrats win when they attract a wide and diverse group of voters, just as President Obama did.

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A Year Ago Today:

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President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago, the day after the presidential election.


On This Day:

President Obama hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Cannon House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Nov. 7, 2010: “In India, the President was finally persuaded to join the First Lady on the dance floor at Holy Name High School in Mumbai.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet young dancers at a Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets students following a town hall meeting at St. Xavier College in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


99 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 3 utaustinliberal
    November 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

  2. November 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank yoooooooou UT, a majestic jam-packed R&S!

  3. November 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Rising and Shining!!!!

    Good Morning UT, TODers….Everyone!

    I hope that all of you have a wonderful day!

  4. 8 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hmmmm. That PBO.

  5. 9 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    R&S chock full of goodies. I feel like I am in a candy store. Thanks, UT!!

  6. November 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    CNN have removed the ‘KILL KILL KILL’ video, would love to know why they chose that title.

  7. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    November 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Bleak day here, but beautiful, sunny roundup. Thanks, UT, for balancing it all out.

  8. 20 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Don on #1!

    What a fabulous R & S roundup – thanks so much ut!

  9. 22 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

    GOP can live in denial all they want. But I love my president and is easy, does it method!!

  10. 23 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

  11. 24 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I am suspicious of this account. Since yesterday (or probably even before) they have been concern trolling PBO’s so-called low approval rating, sending out repeated tweets :

    • November 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

      And the stuff at the link is weird, his approval is “very disturbing”?! The only poll anyone should give a crap about is the one he won a year ago.

      • 26 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

        Exactly, Chips. I’ve seen at least five of these “low approval” tweets from this account in the last 24 hrs.

        • November 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

          Very weird, what a strange thing to be obsessing about.

        • 28 jackiegrumbacher
          November 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

          HF, these trolls seem to believe we’ve gone back to 2012 and PBO is up for re-election. He won’t be on any ballot in 2014, but the nutjobs will and their time is up. In the meantime, the president is getting it done and serving the best interests of our country. I thank God every morning he’s our president and I pray that we all have the determination and strength to reward him with a functional Congress next November.

    • 29 africa
      November 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I fell you. Weird.

    • 30 africa
      November 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Meant to say I feel you!

    • 31 Obama Grandmama
      November 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Listened to the NPR article this morning about PBO’s polling approval being low even though I almost turned it off not wanting to hear what they were going to say. The segment was surprising in that instead of being negative it talked about the numbers being high in comparison with the rest of Congress in particular with the Republicans.
      Thought about how lucky we are that he is not driven by the numbers and caring if he is popular, but by trying to get his policies in place no matter the obstacles.

  12. 32 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    oooh, lot of india today.

  13. 33 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

  14. 34 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

  15. 35 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Behold, Carl Bernstein.

    • November 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I wonder if they’re some of those people who want government “out of their lives”.

    • November 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

      This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard of.

      This privatization binge the libertarian-anarchists are on really needs to be exposed; MSM dwells on ACA website “glitches” and completely ignore its benefits (Ezra Klein being one of the worst offenders).

      Privatizing any social service is insane because citizens have no control over a private company’s actions; only shareholders do. Feels like the libertarian-anarchists want to revert back to the Industrialization era, not the 1950s.

      Hope DF is OK; she was feeling under the weather yesterday and haven’t seen her here yet (though I’m still catching up).

      • November 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

        Scratch that about DF.

        My system was slow, just now seeing DF on previous thread. 😳

      • November 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

        You can thank Clinton for opening the privatization floodgates. I wonder if he reflects on the mess he made.

      • 41 jackiegrumbacher
        November 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        Arapaho, this is what Thatcher tried to do in GB with disastrous results. Some people literally worship the private sector as if the non-governmental aspect of it makes it sacred. It’s always been a wrong headed idea and GB under Thatcher was a living example of it.

  16. 42 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

  17. 43 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 10:25 am


  18. November 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

  19. November 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    GM Chips, TOD. Wonderful R&S UT.

    The bureau is asking Americans whether creditors and collection agencies are providing accurate information about their outstanding debts. It also wants to know whether people are receiving threatening calls at all hours of the night or being dragged into court for money they do not owe.

    “Collection of consumer debts serves an important role in the proper functioning of consumer credit markets,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday on a call with reporters. “But certain debt collection practices have long been a source of frustration for many consumers.”

    Cordray noted that since the bureau began accepting debt collection complaints in July, it has received about 5,000 consumer grievances. The most-common complaints involve harassing phone calls, lack of verification of the debt and people becoming aware of a collection account only through their credit report

    Notice of rules that Cordray, is seeking public comment about http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201311_cfpb_anpr_debtcollection.pdf

  20. November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

    When he began his mayoral campaign on a freezing cold January day outside his home in Brooklyn, Bill de Blasio was just one of several Democratic candidates all claiming to be the progressive voice of change for a post-Bloomberg New York. His Democratic and Republican opponents belittled his policy proposals, his record and his supposed lack of experience.

    But he had a clear, singular focus on issues that caught the popular imagination – growing inequality between rich and poor, and widespread unease at the Police Department’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic, especially among minority communities. All summed up in his oft-quoted mantra, “A Tale of Two Cities”, which came to define his campaign.

    This is how Bill de Blasio rose from the little-known office of public advocate to become the next mayor of New York City. (10 minute documentary)

  21. 58 africa
    November 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

  22. November 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    • November 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Your retort was better than Tommy’s:

    • 63 anniebella
      November 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

      How about Lindsey introducing the ” I’m Hungry Little Child Protection Act” in the Senate today. After the big cut to food stamps, some children will go hungry, but I guess these Republicans are not concern about what happen to the kids when they get outside the womb. They have shown that over and over.

      • November 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

        And the ” Affordable Daycare Act” and the “Free Contraception Act”. Thank goodness Obama has been steadfast in including maternity and well child care in the ACA, and has supported no-copay contraception. These will prevent far more abortions than Lindsey’s silly little act. But it really isn’t about preventing abortion, for those things would already be part of healthcare. It’s about pandering to the religious right on “immorality”.

  23. 65 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

  24. November 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This is the kind of women we need to see leading our country!!

  25. November 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I think it should be pointed out that Jamie Bouie makes no reference to the 2009 candidate in Virginia, Creigh Deeds. This is significant because Deeds was an atrocious candidate who deliberately ran against The President. Deeds was campaigning in rural areas where he wasn’t going to get the vote instead of securing the PBO coalition already in place. He was proud of his opposition and it turned not just Blacks but many Virginia Dems off. Deeds created his own self inflicted landslide.

  26. 70 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    • 71 amk for obama
      November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

      The media narrative that Obamacare almost cost McAuliffe the race — see two examples right here — is grounded in its apparent narrowing in the run-up to election day, which coincided with the law’s rocky rollout. But Garin disputed the notion that the race tightened substantially. He noted that this impression was artificially created in public polls by by McAuliffe’s gains during the government shutdown, which inflated GOP negatives and temporarily obscured the underlying closeness of the race.

      “With the exception of a brief spike during the government shutdown, Terry’s lead was never less than two points, and never greater than four,” Garin said of the campaign’s internal polling. “It was a stable race.”

      Garin said the campaign specifically polled on Cuccinelli’s bragging point as the first attorney general to target the health law, and that it was a loser for him.

      “We tested Cuccinelli’s brag that he was the first attorney general to sue to stop Obamacare,” Garin said. “That actually made more voters less likely to support him than more.”

  27. 72 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

  28. 74 japa21
    November 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

  29. 75 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

  30. 76 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

  31. November 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Donna received the letter canceling her insurance plan on Sept. 16. Her insurance company, LifeWise of Washington, told her that they’d identified a new plan for her. If she did nothing, she’d be covered. A 56-year-old Seattle resident with a 57-year-old husband and 15-year-old daughter, Donna had been looking forward to the savings that the Affordable Care Act had to offer.

    But that’s not what she found. Instead, she’d be paying an additional $300 a month for coverage. The letter made no mention of the health insurance marketplace that would soon open in Washington, where she could shop for competitive plans, and only an oblique reference to financial help that she might qualify for, if she made the effort to call and find out.

    Otherwise, she’d be automatically rolled over to a new plan — and, as the letter said, “If you’re happy with this plan, do nothing.” f Donna had done nothing, she would have ended up spending about $1,000 more a month for insurance than she will now that she went to the marketplace, picked the best plan for her family and accessed tax credits at the heart of the health care reform law.

  32. 78 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 11:14 am


  33. 79 amk for obama
    November 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Ok. Got a headache now. Gunnite foalks.

  34. November 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

  35. 82 yardarm756
    November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Good day my fellow Americans. At least it until I turned on the tv and watched ole Chuckie trying to insert his nose into the ample nether parts of Christie. I guess he’s tryin’ to get in there before that slug on MTP…..ugh!

  36. 83 Linda
    November 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The Washington Post just hired Robert Costa away from the National Review for his excellent reporting on the Shutdown and Ted Cruz.

    I hope he stays far away from Bob Woodward and Ezra Klein……

  37. 84 yardarm756
    November 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    A simple truth!

  38. 85 vcprezofan2
    November 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Good! Finished the novel I was reading, so can now focus on what’s been going on in the village.

    Good VC Morning, TODobots! What’s on the menu? Has all the ACA glitch and subsequent election hoopla calmed down yet? I sure hope so.

  39. 86 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

  40. 87 Nena20409
    November 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    G’Morning TODers.

    Loads of stuff to read. Thanks.

    FDA is saying that Trans Fat is going to be eased out from Our Foods. Yeah!


    (CNN) —So long, frozen pizza: Trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats — partially hydrogenated oils — is no longer “generally recognized as safe.” If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that could not be used in food without approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold. Trans fat can be found in processed foods including desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

  41. 88 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  42. 89 Nena20409
    November 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    How about Freedom of speech? OK. Editorialize and you get fired?


    Guns and Ammo Magazine, the “world’s most widely read firearms magazine,” has fired contributing editor Dick Metcalf after the publication received immense backlash for its December 2013 issue featuring his editorial advocating for gun control.

    “Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,” Metcalf wrote in the column titled “Let’s Talk Limits.” “The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.”

    “All U.S. citizens have a right to keep and bear arms,” he added, “but I do not believe that they have a right to use them irresponsibly.”

  43. 90 Nena20409
    November 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm


    This is a column of shout-outs—and call-outs.

    Point: A Post-Nuclear Senate Wouldn’t Be So Bad, Really
    Counterpoint: A Post-Nuclear Senate Would Be a Wasteland
    First, the shout-outs, starting with John Y. McCollister, who died recently at age 92 in Omaha, Neb. The name will be unfamiliar to most readers, but the cognoscenti will know John Y., as everyone called him, as a Republican member of Congress who served in the 1970s. By today’s GOP standards, John Y. would be a raving liberal, but back in the day he was a straightforward Midwest conservative. He was also a workhorse, a thoughtful, honorable guy who cared about policy and cared about the institution of Congress. He did not shout or carry on. He just worked hard, for Nebraska and the nation. I knew him and really liked him, for all those reasons. John Y. was unusually capable and gracious, but there were a lot of members back then who cared about their own institution and worked hard to show it.

  44. 91 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    With the Toomey (R) amendment defeated, the Senate is now voting to end debate on ENDA and proceed to the final vote.


  45. 92 Nena20409
    November 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm



    Jay’s WHPC presser…. 😉 Momemtarily

  46. 93 Linda
    November 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Final vote on ENDA today at 1:45 PM

  47. 94 yardarm756
    November 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I love this.

  48. 95 Nena20409
    November 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  49. November 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve arrived in DFW. Can’t wait to see my friends.

    But first. .Idris Elba Is Off The Market… And May Be Expecting A Baby
    I am devastated! Guess I’ll have to find me a new boo while I’m in Dallas. ..lol


    A Life Lived N Fear Is A Life Half-lived

  50. 97 japa21
    November 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    • 98 nathkatun7
      November 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Great tweet! Republicans also fail point out thah most of those racists who were Democrats bacame Republicans.

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