Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama waves to people along the motorcade route while traveling from the University of Indonesia to the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The Week Ahead:

Today: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: The President and First Lady host a breakfast for veterans from across the country. Later in the morning, the President will travel to Arlington National Cemetery where he will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and deliver remarks there

Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Wednesday: The President will address the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

Thursday: The President will travel to Philadelphia where he will participate in a campaign event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House



National Journal: American Health Care’s Good Old Days

If you’ve been following the news cycle, you probably read the stories about Obamacare’s victims: the healthy, employed couples making $70,000 or $80,000 a year, just above the subsidy threshold for Obamacare, who now need to pay a bit more each year for insurance.  But the reason that couples’ insurance is more expensive now is because insurers are no longer able to discriminate against the less fortunate, driving up the costs for the relatively healthy and wealthy. To put Obamacare victims’ strife in perspective, let’s take a trip down memory lane. You know, the golden years of American health care in … oh, let’s say 2007, back when you could be denied coverage for something as benign as acne or as mundane as pregnancy.

Back then, anecdotes about people who were denied coverage abounded. They included this 12-year-old boy who died in 2007 from an abscessed tooth after his family’s Medicaid lapsed. And this 17-year-old boy whose insurance was revoked after he tested positive for HIV. This woman who was denied coverage for breast cancer because she wasn’t diagnosed at the correct clinic. And this woman whose double mastectomy was denied after her insurance company learned she had visited a dermatologist for acne treatment the year before. Ah, yes, those were the days!

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Bryce Covert: Forty Percent Of Workers Made Less Than $20,000 Last Year

Nearly 40 percent of all workers in the country made less than $20,000 last year, according to data from the Social Security Administration, which doesn’t include figures on benefits such as health insurance or pensions. That’s below the federal poverty threshold for a family of four and close to the line for a family of three. On average, these workers earned just $17,459.55.

This income inequality has been growing since the 1970s, as the richest 20 percent of Americans saw their income grow much faster than the bottom 20 percent. But things have accelerated in the economic downturn. For the past three years, those at the top of the income ladder saw their incomes grow by 5 percent while everyone else’s income dropped. The top 10 percent of the country’s earners took home half of the income in 2012, the largest amount on record.

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CBS: No Deal Reached In Iran Nuke Talks

Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program ended with no deal early Sunday after France objected that proposed measures didn’t go far enough. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “significant progress” had been made on the remaining differences. Six world powers and Iran agreed to resume talks Nov. 20.

Both sides badly wanted agreement. The U.S. and its five partners were looking for initial caps on Iran’s ability to make an atomic bomb, while Tehran sought some easing of sanctions stifling its economy. But France would not soften its concerns over Iran’s plutonium project and the level of its uranium enrichment program.

The talks showed the enormous complexity facing negotiators after a generation of mistrust between Iran and the West since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Any agreement would be a breakthrough after nearly a decade of mostly inconclusive discussions. Still, Kerry’s talks in Geneva were the longest high-level negotiations between Iran and the United States in decades – a sign of the improved atmosphere between the two countries since moderate President Hassan Rouhani took office in August.

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Sabrina Tavernise: Cuts In Hospital Subsidies Threaten Safety-Net Care

The uninsured pour into Memorial Health hospital here: the waitress with cancer in her voice box who for two years assumed she just had a sore throat. The unemployed diabetic with a wound stretching the length of her shin. The construction worker who could no longer breathe on his own after weeks of untreated asthma attacks and had to be put on a respirator.

Many of these patients were expected to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act through a major expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor. But after the Supreme Court in 2012 gave states the right to opt out, Georgia, like about half the states, almost all of them Republican-led, refused to broaden the program.

“I understand that the state needs to balance its budget, and control the runaway costs of Medicaid, but to turn a blind eye and say, ‘Let the chips fall where they may,’ you’ll end up with a gutted health care system,” said Maggie M. Gill, chief executive at Memorial Health.

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USA Today: Feds Seek $864M From BofA Over Countrywide Loans

Federal prosecutors want Bank of America to pay about $864 million over losses incurred by the government after it bought thousands of home loans made by Countrywide Financial during the housing boom. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara made the request in documents filed late Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

A jury in October found Bank of America, which acquired Countrywide in 2008, liable for knowingly selling thousands of bad home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between August 2007 and May 2008. The panel also returned the verdict against Countrywide and a former executive, Rebecca Mairone.

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Bob Cesca: Millionaire Dylan Ratigan Whines About His New Obamacare Premium

“I bought a catastrophic health policy for $170/mo when I left MSNBC. Obamacare cancelled the policy. New rate $600/mo. Thnx Mr. President!” Awww. Let’s all shed one tear for poor, poor rich guy Dylan Ratigan who made millions on cable news and, according to Wonkette, recently sold his Manhattan apartment for $1.38 million. Evidently Ratigan can’t afford an additional $4000 per year for this alleged $600 per month health insurance plan, which is more expensive this his previous “catastrophic” plan that only covered major injuries and nothing else.

Meanwhile, this $600 plan, Christopher noted, is likely a Platinum top-of-the-line policy offered in the exchange. Interesting that Ratigan would compare his former bare-bones premium with, obviously, a high-end plan. Honest of him. And what about “Obamacare cancelled the policy?” That’s a lie. Obamacare isn’t canceling any policies — insurance companies are. Full stop.

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MSNBC: Abortion Right Advocate Wendy Davis Declares, ‘I Am Pro-Life’

Wendy Davis hinted at how she’ll handle the issue of abortion on the campaign trail in the conservative Lone Star State. The Democratic candidate for Texas governor declared, “I am pro-life,” suggesting her stance on women’s reproductive rights doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about people or life itself.

“I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future,” Davis said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

“This isn’t about protecting abortion. It’s about protecting women,” Davis added, The Huffington Post reported. “It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”

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Tufts University:  The Battle Lines Of Today’s Debates Over Gun Control, Stand-Your-Ground Laws, And Other Violence-Related Issues Were Drawn Centuries Ago By America’s Early Settlers

Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control. Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The gun debate was refreshed in September by the shooting deaths of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, apparently at the hands of an IT contractor who was mentally ill.

Such episodes remind Americans that our country as a whole is marked by staggering levels of deadly violence. Our death rate from assault is many times higher than that of highly urbanized countries like the Netherlands or Germany, sparsely populated nations with plenty of forests and game hunters like Canada, Sweden, Finland, or New Zealand, and large, populous ones like the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. State-sponsored violence, too—in the form of capital punishment—sets our country apart. Last year we executed more than ten times as many prisoners as other advanced industrialized nations combined—not surprising given that Japan is the only other such country that allows the practice. Our violent streak has become almost a part of our national identity. What’s less well appreciated is how much the incidence of violence, like so many salient issues in American life, varies by region.

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama joins former NBA Miami Heat, Alonzo Mourning, right, at the Grande Oaks Golf Course in Ft. Lauderdale, Nov 9, 2013


President Obama arriving in Miami, Nov 8

President Obama at the Port of New Orleans, Nov 8 – all photos by @dougmillsnyt


Nine ….. nine! …. years ago this week:

Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia in a Chicago hotel room as they wait for election returns to come in


On This Day:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the main prayer hall during a tour of the Istiqlal Mosque with Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children of U.S. Embassy staff at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      November 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Morning Maryl!


      • November 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

        You’re up early-ish, vc! I’m about ready to leave but I just stopped for a chat with Danny. And yes, there is little attention paid to anything positive this administration does.

      • 6 hopefruit2
        November 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

        EXACTLY! That’s the point that everyone seems to miss. This is a HUGE and significant step in the right direction, and I know if a Republican was Prez, that’s all we would be hearing in the news and on the Sunday GOP love-in TV.

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          November 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

          Morning, Hopef!

          Well, my dear, a Democrat is president so #wethepeople will have to do the repetition as often as we think of it. I say, this week halve the time we would mention the biased goofballs and drop a hint/reminder instead about the good that’s occurring under their noses.

          Although Hf, on second thought, it might be best that media IS floundering around, occupied trying to make news out of non-news. That way they are not poisoning the peace water unduly with their unintelligent take, because sure as the sun does its work, they would find a little piece of nothing to squawk about 24/7.

        • 8 99ts
          November 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

          If a republican was prez there would be no talks – they prefer the “fools rush in” approach.

      • 9 a4alice
        November 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

        she has done a great job. what a breath of fresh air to just get the news. no hair on fire the sky is falling.

  1. November 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Thank yoooooooooooou Legend UT!!!! Morning everyone!

  2. 13 hopefruit2
    November 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    A pleasant good morning to UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Maryl1 on #1 🙂

    Brava to The UT for a fine, fine Sunday R & S round-up!!!

  3. 17 amk for obama
    November 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

  4. 18 africa
    November 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Thanks, UT. R&S rocks.

  5. 20 Jovie
    November 10, 2013 at 10:32 am


  6. 21 hopefruit2
    November 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    • November 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Ooooh, what a perfect reply Hopefruit.

    • 23 anniebella
      November 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Mark Knoller is a sorry Jack “A”.

      • 24 anniebella
        November 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

        Rick Perry is no better. No fraud has been prepetrated on me. I’m happy to see that millions of Americans finally has a chance to get affordable healthcare.

    • 25 africa
      November 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Pitch perfect, Hope. Thank you. These guys are dishonest.

    • 26 a4alice
      November 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

      excellent HF!

    • 27 4morefor44
      November 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

      why in the world would a “white house correspondent” being randomly quoting a laughingstock republican in texas?!? oh yes, he’s a white republican insulting our 2-term, winning by landslides, liberal president, so “the news” will quote any talking point they spew, with no challenge from these so-called “journalists” no matter how false or insulting they get. thanks, mark! little something extra in your check this week, buddy!

  7. 29 JER
    November 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

  8. 30 vcprezofan2
    November 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

    THANK YOU for today’s R & S, Utal – lots here to keep me out of trouble!

    ‘Thank YOU!’, all TODvets and families. Thanks too to those who work(ed) in military related roles.

    ………………………….. ‘If you’re not lighting any candles, don’t complain about being in the dark.’ ~Unknown

  9. 31 amk for obama
    November 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    So they had only 6% errors in the early days of aca launch ? And yet everyone made a big effing deal about it?

  10. 33 dotster3
    November 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Must see! A real life Band of Brothers, wounded warriors “using music to recover from unbearable loss.” Heartbreaking, humbling, inspiring———another sterling story on CBS Sunday Morning…..


  11. 34 Jovie
    November 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

  12. 35 Vicki
    November 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    So predictable…….”Iran talks Failed,” rather than “Remarkable Progress in USA EU Iran talks”

    “Christie landslide” rather than “Incumbent Governor wins race he rigged by removing Popular Democrat from Ballot”

    Silence rather than “MacCauliffe wins Governor’s seat in Swing State VA.”

    And so on.
    Danny is a handsome little guy.

  13. 36 Jovie
    November 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Btw that talking point that republicans are garnishing that the President lied to the American people etc… They ate all repeating it all the time… This shouldn’t be taken lightly, as in where are they going with this?
    You see my point ?

  14. 37 rikyrah
    November 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Black voters were a big reason McAuliffe won in Virginia
    By NBC’s Domenico Montanaro

    Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost white voters to Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by 20 points in the Virginia governor’s race, 56-36 percent.

    But McAuliffe still won the election by 3 points, 48-45 percent. How is that possible when more than seven-in-10 (72 percent) of Virginia voters Tuesday were white?

    Simple: Black voters.

    McAuliffe won black voters by a 90-8 percent margin, a similar spread to the 93-6 percent President Barack Obama ran up in the 2012 presidential election in the Old Dominion.


    • 38 anniebella
      November 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

      I have to ask this, what the hell is wrong with those white voters in Virginia? I don’t know how any sensible woman could vote for something like Cuccinelli.

      • 39 ERICFIVE
        November 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        Racial identity trumps sexual identity for many of these women. Racial identity is akin to tribalism. The rise of PBO and his multi-racial coalition has freaked out a lot of white folk, both male and female. They fear that they are losing their preferred place in the society. They fear that the racial pecking order is being upended and that their “tribe” will lose access to resources it has enjoyed since the country’s founding. This racial anxiety is also what is fueling this new wave of abortion restrictions, IMHO. They want more white babies to be born in an effort to combat the “browning” of America.

        • November 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

          Do Democrats get the majority of the White vote in presidential elections? I don’t think so. But I agree that for some reason the majority of White voters (male and female) are attracted to the Republican Party. I find that bizarre since I’m a die hard Democrat, but I hope it’s something beyond racial identity which ties Whites to the GOP.

          • 41 99ts
            November 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

            The majority of white voters are attracted to white candidates – not necessarily republicans. During the Obama administration in some areas race has overtaken party regardless people wish it was not the truth.

            There was NO reason for white women to vote for Cuccinelli – excepting those who are so under the thumb of their husbands they are terrified to vote for their own interests.

        • 42 pkayden
          November 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

          Here is the breakdown of the percentage of White voters who voted for Democratic Presidential contenders since Carter. Interesting that Republicans have always gotten the lion’s share of White votes (even when they lose).


          • 43 ERICFIVE
            November 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

            “Interesting that Republicans have always gotten the lion’s share of White votes (even when they lose).” Its part of Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy” which used fear of African-American advancement resulting from Democratic civil rights legislation during the 1960’s to drive whites into the GOP. The white racists in the Democratic party (Dixiecrats) joined the GOP and have remained there ever since. This is why the GOP concentrates so much on the politics of resentment, racial anxiety and white victimhood. Just look at FOXnews or listen to Rush Limbaugh and you will see the southern strategy in action. It goes back to the tribalism I spoke of in my prior post. If you view the world through a racial prism and believe in the concept of limited resources, you will view any advancement of people of color as a loss for whites. Majority of whites vote for the GOP in an effort to maintain the racial status quo. This is also why the GOP works so hard to disenfranchise black voters, because without them the Democrats cannot win an election.

  15. November 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    GM TOD, Great roundup UT! Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead 🙂

    Official SBE has R-Oberstein up 55 votes……

    Right now the projections have D-Herring up 82 votes, but we don’t know what the VA GOP has up their sleeve. Spread the word!

  16. November 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Since it is Sunday, and people typically go to Church……. an article on religion.

  17. 46 vcprezofan2
    November 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I notice that Sarah Kliff tweet in the post which seems quite objective – just states the fact. That’s the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve seen her doing that and didn’t spot EK anywhere near on those occasions. It occurred to me to wonder if Ezra only hides behind her when she does negative articles about the admin.

  18. November 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Breathless coverage of the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking allied foreign leaders aside, spying on allies — even friendly ones — is nothing new in international politics. In the mid-sixteenth century, the pious King Philip II of Spain and the pope kept tabs on each other as they prepared for the sailing of the Spanish Armada against Britain. The reason? The pope thought the king indecisive, and the king believed that the pope was hedging his bets.

    Centuries later, in early 1917, the British government wanted the United States, then neutral, to enter World War I on its side. According to Keith Jeffery, the official historian of MI6, London’s intelligence service, the British used a “whole range” of overt and clandestine methods to gather intelligence and run influence operations. For example, thanks to its secret surveillance of a U.S. transatlantic cable, MI6 learned of a German plot to win Mexico’s allegiance by promising the country a chunk of U.S. territory. Masking its source, MI6 delivered the alarming news to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and thus nudged the United States toward a declaration of war.

    Friends don’t just tap friends’ phones and read their mail. In one particularly notorious case, the Israeli government bought sensitive intelligence from a U.S. analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence for espionage in 1987. Despite appeals from the highest levels in Tel Aviv, Pollard remains in a North Carolina prison. Meanwhile, in 2003, the United States was caught spying in Italy because it wanted to render a terrorist out of the country. The Italians were not amused and, in 2009, convicted the American station chief and 22 others. To catch the operatives, Italian law enforcement had monitored the cell phones of a friendly intelligence service.

    • November 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      We had a large Corporation hire people to drive around our neighborhood to watch what we were doing. There’s only five houses. Creepier than NSA + one trillion. Glad that’s over.

  19. November 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

    …..But the implications of the struggle extend well beyond even this court. The loose architecture of the constitution turns out to leave wide gaps where the relative power of the two branches is undefined. The debt-ceiling showdown was one such gap: Does this power to destroy the world economy grant Congress the right to force the president to accept unrequited concession? Advice and consent is another such gap. The custom has been to allow the president to nominate at least somewhat friendly judges. But mere custom has taken the place of settled law. There’s no formal rule forcing the opposing party to confirm the president’s appointments for anything. There probably ought to be some mechanism preventing the majority from appointing hacks and wild ideologues, but if no such mechanism can be arranged, the system will default to the parties using their formal power to the maximum extent.
    Or consider the implication lying just down the line.

    We may assume that another Supreme Court vacancy would result in the confirmation of a mainstream judge in the president’s broad ideological mold. But if one of the five Republican-appointed justices were to fall ill or suddenly retire, would Republicans really allow Obama to replace him with another Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor? We believe that the Senate would yield because that’s simply the way things have always been done. But in the Obama era, the way things have always been done has not turned out to be a reliable guide.

  20. 58 Linda
    November 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning.

    My chickens have gone missing.

    I am now the proud owner of one $35.00 egg,

  21. 64 Linda
    November 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    NSA chief Alexander announce last week that he will be retiring soon..

    Today…McBitter demands he resign !

    • 65 99ts
      November 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      McCain loves to jump on the bandwagon so he can be the statesman – see what I did – reminds me of Palin – the only candidates who win with her support are the ones she supports after all the polls indicate they will win.

  22. November 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    The former head of Israel’s domestic security service in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday expressed support for the U.S.-led talks with Iran over its nuclear program, saying, “The American policy is a policy of wisdom.” “In my eyes, American policy is not coming out of weakness. It comes out of power,” said former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon.

    ….But it doesn’t appear that Netanyahu’s view has widespread support among Israel’s security establishment. While Gillon praised the U.S. Iran policy, others like former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy have indicated that they’re keeping the door open on the P5+1 talks with Iran. In fact, Yadlin said Netanyahu is “crying wolf too early,” the Times reports:

    “It seems like he thinks that this is the final agreement — it is not,” said Amos Yadlin, the director of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “The real judgment of whether it’s a bad deal or an acceptable deal will be in the end of the negotiating period.” Mr. Yadlin said the prime minister seemed to be “crying wolf too early,” adding, “You should keep the wolf for the final agreement.”

  23. 67 Linda
    November 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Tomorrow I will contact the Senate Health Committee and ask them to hold a hearing about the cancelled HC plans ….

    Bring in the Top people at the Insurance companies and make them explain themselves to their customers.

    Senator Harkin is the chair.Phone: 202-224-3254

    • November 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Good idea. Sen. Harkin is one who fought hard for mental health, addiction help, preventive care. Will their offices be open on a Federal Holiday? The letters I get from my creamy critters makes my skin crawl.

  24. 69 yardarm756
    November 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Good day all. I typing this, on the eve of Veterans Day, with mixed emotions.
    As I look at the news and read the various blogs, I ask myself if my efforts, along with MANY others was/is worth it.
    Redemption when you have done nothing wrong is a difficult concept to grasp.

    • 70 Layla
      November 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Oh Yardarm, I respect you so! What are your thoughts about ‘was/is it worth it’..I will think of you tomorrow as I do every day!

  25. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    November 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

    These media types are in constant need of education and monitoring.

    Why does the beltway think that it is normal (and expected) for them to trivialize what PBO and SoS Foreign Policy Stand is and deliberately go out and try to undermine it using PM Netanyahu’s grandstanding?

    The PBO-undermining is done by the press and elected officials and should be called out when it happens. Unless I am crazy, I thought that a POTUS is charged with defining and protecting US interests and these should be criticized through debate and re-affirmed at the ballot box. I don’t recall any media seeking out the dictator who heads my country of birth to ask them about what the correct US policy should really be – once the POTUS and his/her State Department have said it publicly

    So, yes, this is the reason I had to pile on Nora O’donnell’s display of idiocy today.

    Had to remind her that PBO is POTUS and NOT PM Netanyahu – at least 66 Million voters just reaffirmed this a year ago.

    PM Netanyahu should look out for Israel’s interests (the voted for him after all) and PBO can look after US and Global interests.

    We cannot let PBO be undermined by another leader using a media platform – we have to say something.

    Expect many in Congress and Senate to take PM’s side versus PBO – disgusting but must be challenged

    we must also remind them how consistently wrong most in the beltway have been about PBO’s policy moves

    • 72 4morefor44
      November 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

      how does “major progress is being made in our talks” and excitement for the next meeting to possibly get something signed, which was the consensus response from all the countries involved, translate to “deal falls apart” for these “news” people!?!?! oh yes, when you’re a racist paid propagandist of the billionaires that own the entire major media, everything must be made into a negative about the president who is trying to raise their tax rates a few percent. silly me…almost forgot.

    • 73 Dudette
      November 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Go Linda! Love how you’re taking it to Ms. O’Donnell. Well done!

  26. November 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Kerry, speaking after the talks early Sunday, did not explain why a deal couldn’t be closed here, but said he thought an agreement is within reach. “We came to Geneva to narrow differences, and I can tell you without any exaggeration we not only narrowed differences and clarified those that remain, but we made significant progress,” Kerry said at a press conference after the talks. “There’s no question in my mind that we are closer now, as we leave Geneva, than we were when we came, and that with good work and good faith over the course of the next weeks, we can in fact secure our goal.”

    Iranian diplomats said the meetings between Zarif, Kerry, and Ashton and their top deputies had been good and productive, and expressed optimism about prospects to finalize a nuclear accord in the upcoming weeks. “I think it was natural, when we start dealing with the details, that there will be differences in views,” Zarif, speaking in English, said at the press conference with Ashton. “I am not disappointed at all, it was a good meeting.”

    • 75 4morefor44
      November 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

      clearly, the “deal falls apart” with that kind of talk from SOS Kerry. thanks, nora o’donnell…edward r. murrow would be so proud of you, snora!

      • November 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Bingo, 44! I wanted to highlight an objective report, (by a premium reporter) from somewhere actually there, and knows the nuances of what is going on behind the scenes. 🙂

        • 77 4morefor44
          November 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

          almost feels weird now when you read or see someone practicing actual journalism. don’t know much about her, but rozen does seem good.

          • 78 vcprezofan2
            November 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

            ‘almost feels weird now when you read or see someone practicing actual journalism’

            IMO this is one of the major ways MSM and GOPs have done the public (and democracy?) a disservice. They have dumbed down reporting consistently and repeatedly that peoples’ standards have been lowered in many ways.

  27. November 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Morning : ) On CBS Sunday Morning there was a refreshingly positive piece by Paula Poundstone (nice alliteration!) re: the President and ACA. I’d imbed it but I am srsly lame. The transcript is up. Major puppy love for danny…

  28. 83 4morefor44
    November 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    omg. just clicked to snorah o’donnell’s twitter feed…ugh. apparently she thinks her job is to be stenographer for chris “copter” christie and nut-and-yahoo. oh wait, that is precisely her job. that’s why the billionaires continue to pay her.

    of course, nothing about deBlasio winning by historic margins after proudly waving the liberal/progressive flag during his campaign, or how democrats in general won big this week. nope, just all about an incumbent governor winning re-election after years and years of media fluffing for him.

    • 84 Layla
      November 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      And the moral of the story is…….finger restraint!

      • 85 hopefruit2
        November 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        🙂 I would LOVE for Chips to do one of her parody MSM headlines (like she used to do for GOPolitico), mocking the media’s hysterical and phony reaction to the ACA (6% error rate on a website branded by the MSM as a “disaster” that will doom PBO’s presidency), and their hyperbolic reaction to the Iran talks (Significant progress being branded as a “failure to reach a deal” ZOMG…Barack Obama fails!). 🙂

  29. 86 Ladyhawke
    November 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm




    1) Is Christie turning away from the GOP?

    Charlie Stile of the Bergen Record joins Up to explain why Chris Christie is going to war with one of the top Republicans in his state.


    2) Stile: Christie’s strategy of wooing key Democrats pays off big


    • November 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I was really impressed by Buono’s concession speech, which was basically a rallying cry for Dems to work together.

      If you have 3 minutes, take a look at TPM’s excerpt of her speech.

      BTW, LH, how do you get the video URLs from MSNBC site? When I view videos there, I can’t get the specific URL for the video I’m viewing.

      • 88 Ladyhawke
        November 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        It’s not that evident. What I do is when the video is playing I click on the SHARE box at the bottom of the screen and then I click on email and just copy of link that is provided.

  30. November 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    When Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to John Kerry at the UN in September for a mere half an hour, the flak he took from hardliners at home was enough to put him briefly in a wheelchair, complaining of back pain brought on by stress. Quite what the physical effects on the Iranian foreign minister will be after seven hours of talks in Geneva with the US secretary of state remains to be seen. But although Mr Zarif, who is also his country’s chief nuclear negotiator, came away without a deal that would lift at least some international sanctions on Iran, this has in fact strengthened his position – at least in the short term – by shielding him against criticism from those who have accused him of being ready to sell out to the west.

    “Mr Zarif behaved in Geneva like a first-class diplomat and a decision-maker who spoke fluent English, knew [where] Iran’s ‘red lines’ were and was hence able to take a decision on the spot, which is unprecedented,” a reform-minded Iranian politician said on Sunday.
    Certainly, the failure to reach a deal disappointed many Iranians, including the business community, as the country continues to struggle under the weight of sanctions. But at home, the blame is being directed squarely at France, rather than Mr Zarif.

  31. 92 Layla
    November 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry re the link source and it is in French! But McBitter tweeted ‘Vive la France’! Unpatriotic asshole!!!!!!!!

  32. 93 Dudette
    November 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  33. 94 Dudette
    November 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  34. 96 Dudette
    November 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  35. 97 Dudette
    November 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  36. 98 Dudette
    November 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Everyone! Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!
    Just poked my head in for a sec. Catch ya later! 🙂

  37. November 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    In the past I’d put these all in the same comment, but doing so recently has meant needing to await a moderator to allow them to appear. So …

    • November 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Nice way to saying ‘Bibi ain’t got this’ ….

    • 106 vcprezofan2
      November 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for the link, Bobfr, Interesting to see a slightly different take re the negotiations. According to this report …

      a) Kerry was the one who needed to be convinced, and in the end the entire group was in agreement on the changes made in the copy Zarif got

      b) During the two hours of discussion following the ‘final draft’ they thought Zarif was going to sign, but he finally said he had to consult Tehran.

      It is so true that every story has two multiple sides.

      “A aucun moment au cours de la discussion à six, assure un officiel français, l’une des délégations a pris à partie la France. En réalité, le plus intransigeant n’était plus, à ce moment là, Fabius mais Kerry…”

      Quoi qu’il en soit, Catherine Ashton a présenté vers 21 heures et au nom des Six ce projet d’accord au négociateur iranien, Jawad Zarif. “Au cours des deux heures de discussion qui ont suivi, nous avons cru à un moment qu’il allait signer mais finalement Zarif a fait comprendre qu’il devait consulter Téhéran

  38. 107 africa
    November 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  39. 109 Nena20409
    November 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    So Rafael Parera Nadal wins over Federer? It’s in 😉

    LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal puso fin a las esperanzas de Roger Federer de terminar bien una temporada floja al derrotarlo el domingo por 7-5, 6-3 en semifinales de la Copa Masters


  40. 111 africa
    November 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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