Rise and Shine

President Obama during a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

10:45: President Obama meets with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss Iran

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

3:15: President Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting

6:00: First Lady Michelle Obama’s interview with 106 & Park airs on BET



A word from Donna Dem:

Mr. President, I am forever grateful for your patience, tolerance, intelligence, kindness, thoughtfulness and service to our Nation at a time in history when we so desperately needed your distinct leadership. How you have been able to do this in the face of constant hate from the right, non-stop negative focus by our media and at times what appears to be people in your own party who let the media and the right cause them to lose their spine is beyond my comprehension.

The enemy hates you but you continue to fight for them even while they don’t deserve your hard work and effort. I will ALWAYS have your back. ObamaCare is your signature legislation and you will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of all time because of it. Your adversaries know this and it drives them crazy. You make all those in the media and on the Right appear so small minded. They focus on petty, negative things that in the big picture mean absolutely nothing to the average person seeking affordable health care. All the noise surrounding the launch of ACA will be forgotten because we your supporters will work our hearts out to make sure that everyone who needs insurance signs up (by whatever means necessary) to get insurance. We will promote ACA until we are blue in the face, if that is what it takes to make ObamaCare a complete success.

I’ve watched over these past six years as the media, the right and some on the left question time and again as to who you are. I’ll end this by sharing with the rest of the public what those of us who have been paying attention already know.

You are a man of strong character. You have the biggest heart of any politician I have ever seen. You are a family man. Family means everything to you. The service and sacrifices you are making today are all being done so that you will leave this world a better place for Malia and Sasha. Your spine is reinforced by a great, brilliant and beautiful woman in Michelle Obama. You look out over the universe and although there is so much negativity and ugliness to weigh you down you see the good in people. Somehow you are able to push past the filth and pinpoint the positive.

Obamacare is a gift that will keep on giving well into the future. No amount of media bashing, rightwing thrashing or some spineless Dems gnashing is going to stop this train from rolling on down the track.

The Obamacare train has left the station and its destination is affordable health care for all.

You can count on me and millions of others to make this a reality!!



Think Progress: The Obama Administration Just Gave Nine Tribal Nations $7M To Fund Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. fossil fuel boom has not been easy on American Indians. Pollution is one problem, hunger for coal is another. While the people of the Moapa Paiute Reservation in Nevada wait for a promised solar energy center, smokestacks from the Reid-Gardner coal-fired power plant cake local homes with black dust. West of the Mississippi, Indian reservations contain almost 30 percent of the nation’s coal, but regulations from the Bureau of Indian Affairs limiting reservation energy development prevents tribes from fully capitalizing.

So even when coal is developed, tribes don’t see the money — they just see soot. But American Indian land — which makes up only 2 percent of the country — also has the potential to produce more than 5 percent of total renewable power generation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which on Thursday announced an investment of $7 million into nine tribal clean energy projects.

More here




Igor Volsky: The Obamacare Cancellation Notices You Haven’t Heard About

As lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are endorsing legislation to allow Americans purchasing health care coverage in the individual market to stay in their existing insurance plans, they’re ignoring a far more pressing coverage problem in the 26 states that have yet to expand their Medicaid programs. There, five million working poor Americans could be denied access to affordable insurance altogether.

They are the working poor cashiers, cooks, nurses’ aides, waiters and waitresses who were intended to benefit the most under reform, yet will continue to struggle to afford coverage as a result of the GOP’s political calculations. Yet the very same Republican lawmakers and conservative advocacy groups who have seized on the cancellation notices to argue that the law has failed are actively campaigning to prevent states from expanding public health insurance to these people.

More here




CBS: JP Morgan Chase, Feds Agree To $13 Billion Settlement

The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have reached agreement on all issues in a $13 billion settlement of a civil inquiry into the company’s sales of low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the 2008 financial crisis. The settlement is the largest ever reached between the government and a corporation.

It eclipses the record $4 billion levied on the huge oil company BP in January in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. A person close to the talks told CBS News that the settlement addresses all civil issues in the case, but the Justice Department retains the right to continue a criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, Calif.

More here



Jonathan Cohn: Obamacare Policy Cancellations: Media Mythology, Republican Spin

The Obamacare cancellation stories have dominated the media for the past two weeks. And it’s easy to understand why. People losing their insurance is a bigger story than people getting insurance for the first time. But how big a story should it be? To answer that, you need to know how many people actually fit these descriptions—and what might have happened to these people if the Affordable Care Act had never become law.

1. People With These Policies Frequently Don’t Like Them: The best estimates suggest that about 12 to 15 million people buy insurance on their own. In other words, they are part of the “non-group” market. The best survey on this subject I’ve seen comes from the Center for Health Research and Transformation. In it, nearly half of all people surveyed rated their non-group coverage “fair or poor.”

More here




Bryce Covert: Unequal Pay Is Even More Unequal For Women Of Color

While women overall still made just 77 cents for each dollar men made last year, that gap is far wider for women of color. In an analysis of recent Census data, the National Women’s Law Center finds that an African-American woman working full time, year round made just 64 cents for every dollar a white man made and Hispanic women made just 54 cents.

NWLC notes that these racial and gender wage gaps mean that black women lost $18,650 compared to white men and Hispanic women lost $24,111. Even worse, the gap seems to be growing. The year before, black women made 69 cents for every dollar made by a white man and Latinas made 60 cents. They also face racial discrimination that means black workers earn $22,552 less than white workers a year on average and Hispanic workers earn $16,861 less.

More here




Jonathan Bernstein: No, Democrats Are Not Turning Against The Affordable Care Act

The press hype about Affordable Care Act troubles shows no sign of letting up today;Politico and National Journal both have features that seem absolutely detached from political reality. National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar has Democrats practically lining up to vote for repeal if Healthcare.gov isn’t working well in a couple of weeks. The problem with Kraushaar’s fantasy — and it is a pure fantasy, one which winds up with an imagined vote count on a repeal veto override — is that no actual Democrats in Congress can be found who are even hinting at anything resembling such a dramatic reversal.

Oh, there are plenty of Democrats who want to be on record as opposing the costs of Obamacare while still supporting the benefits. Especially when it’s a safe vote on something that has no chance to become law. That’s the real story behind the 39 House Democrats who voted for GOP Rep. Fred Upton’s “fix” to the law last week. Either way, what’s not going to happen is repeal thanks to Democratic panic from short term media frenzies. That’s not how politics works, it’s not what’s happening now, and it’s not what’s going to happen in the future.

More here




NYT: Tennessee Governor Hesitates On Medicaid, Frustrating Many

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee describes it as “trying to thread a needle from 80 yards.” Mr. Haslam is only the latest Republican tailor trying to figure out whether to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls as prescribed by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In his case, it involves trying — so far unsuccessfully — to balance some sharply conflicting concerns: struggling hospitals, local business groups, dwindling state resources and fierce conservative opposition to the new health care law

“Sometimes you’ve got to make a tough call,” said Craig Fitzhugh, the State House Democratic minority leader, who is pushing for expansion. “It’s time to say yes or no. I don’t want to get morbid or dramatic about this thing, but it’s lives we’re talking about here. It’s human beings.”  Though Mr. Haslam has said he felt under no time pressure, the state faces a Jan. 1 deadline to qualify for the first $300 million in Medicaid money for the coming year. The Tennessee Hospital Association, the state Chamber of Commerce and Democrats say Mr. Haslam cannot afford to wait much longer.

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Roger Simon: President Obama: Lying Liar Or Media Target?

The reviews are in, and Obamacare is a disaster. No, it is worse than that. Obamacare is a debacle, a shambles, a wreck, a fiasco, a flop, a failure and a farce. To the media, Obamacare is such a catastrophe that mere words cannot describe it. Only comparisons can. So Obamacare is Hurricane Katrina (The New York Times), the Iraq War (“Meet the Press”), Watergate (Bill Kristol) and “the worst thing since slavery” (Dr. Ben Carson, a columnist and Fox News contributor).

A lie, however, is an intentionally false statement. An unforgivable screw-up may be unforgivable and a screw-up, but it is different than a lie.   The Iraq War comparison was floated by David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press,” on Sunday. “And people will say this is like Katrina; I think it’s more like Iraq,” Gregory said.

“That was about life and death, this is not. The comparison is everybody looked at Bush through the prism of Iraq. Here, I think people are going to look at Obama through the implementation of Obamacare.” Maybe it’s just me, but I still find it difficult to compare a dismally functioning website to a war that resulted in more than 100,000 violent deaths and cost nearly a trillion dollars.

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Michael Hiltzik: The Myths Of Obamacare’s ‘Failure’

Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You’d think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices. You’d think the entire reform is on “life support,” as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.

Don’t buy the hype. The numbers tell an entirely different story. What they also demonstrate is that the myth of Obamacare’s “failure” is a product of the same Republican noise machine that has been working to undermine this crucial reform since Day One. It’s assisted by news reporting about canceled health policies that typically ranges from woefully misinformed to spectacularly ignorant, and even at its best is incomplete.

The fact is that Obamacare is here to stay. Its customer protections are worth real money to tens of millions of consumers, and it’s vastly expanding the insurance market. The politicians claiming that they’re only out to “fix” a broken program are playing you for suckers, and not for the first time.

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LA Times: Healthcare Plan Enrollment Surges In Some States After Rocky Rollout

Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.

“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.

Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.

More here


President Obama talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough while sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Nov. 18, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


On This Day:

President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during an arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

…. speaking to US troops at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, on November 19, 2009


…. at the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nusa Dua in Bali, on November 19, 2011


First Lady Michelle Obama greets Lianyun Wu as she awards an International Spotlight Award to The 100 Dong Songs Program of China, during the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in the East Room at the White House, November 19, 2012


A Burmese student at Yangon International airport awaiting President Obama’s arrival, Nov. 19, 2012

Nov. 19, 2012 – Pete Souza: “Police hold back the crowd as residents line the streets of the motorcade route to welcome the first sitting President of the United States to visit Burma. This photograph was taken through the bullet-proof window of the vehicle just in front of the President’s. I love that three of the police are also trying to sneak a glimpse, one with a smile on his face.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama poses for a photo in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. All visitors must remove their shoes and socks while touring the pagoda. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, guides, and Secret Service agents walk barefoot during a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama pours water over the left shoulder of the Friday Buddha during a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs a guest book during a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Crowds line a street outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi as President Obama arrives to meet her in Yangon

President Obama greets Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to her private residence in Rangoon (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama receives a floral tribute upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport for the ASEAN Summit, November 19


MoooOOOooorning! A gazillion thanks to UT for providing all the links for today’s R&S, I only had the pics done when I got stuck on a call for 30 minutes, and then had someone interfere with my TODing because he wanted to play.

133 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Dudette
    November 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning!
    Have a great day!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      November 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Good Morning/evening, Amk! On my way down my eye caught your name and I’m almost positive it said ‘amk 4 Drama’ as well as boasting a crown- at least that’s what my brain saw first. When I immediately reversed direction to see what the drama was about you had already changed it back. 😉

  3. 9 Dudette
    November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Danny O’Chipsticks is a geeky-nerdy doggie — I can just tell! 😎

  4. November 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Good Tuesday Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Congrats on First Dudette!

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. 12 taiping1
    November 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Good morning! Cheers for Chips, Danny, UT, LP, LL, AmK and all blog tyrants and members of TOD. Health care for all: we will make it happen.

  6. 15 Dudette
    November 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Had to come share the new video that I added to my Twitter profile! 😎

  7. 22 desertflower
    November 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

    The shirt AND the feet??!!! GM everyone:)

  8. 28 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

    You’re welcome, Chiparoo. Great pictures!

    Great commentary, Donna!

  9. 34 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

  10. 35 Ladyhawke
    November 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    New anti-Obamacare ads are Classic Koch


  11. 36 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

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

    Thanks Chips for this remarkable Tuesday R & S round-up. These pics bring back wonderful memories of our President’s trip to Burma – we were still riding high from the 2012 election victory, and the disgusting media had blacked out his trip (they were mighty pissed they couldn’t say “President-elect Romney”). But we STILL got to see him in action abroad, and acknowledge that wonderful reception he got from the good residents of Burma and elsewhere 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. November 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Five days a week, the Rev. Al Sharpton tapes his MSNBC show PoliticsNation at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Every time he walks through the entrance, he says, he thinks about his mother, Ada, and how she sacrificed for her family. Watch as the reverend is overcome with emotion while talking about his late mother, a woman who believed and invested in him.

  13. November 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    The Rev. Al Sharpton believes that everyone should do what he or she is called to do. The reverend says he was called to defend civil rights and enact social justice, but someone like President Barack Obama has a different purpose. Watch as the Rev. Sharpton defends the president and shares his own definition of black pride.

  14. 40 jackiegrumbacher
    November 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful, gorgeous, inspiring R&S this morning. Thank you, Chips. You made my day with these glorious photos and memories. I loved the “legend hero of our world” sign. No other president in US history has aroused such love and admiration.

  15. 41 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

    There are some excellent nuggets of undeniable truth in Donna’s comment. I just had to post them AGAIN here…

    1. You make all those in the media and on the Right appear so small minded. They focus on petty, negative things that in the big picture mean absolutely nothing to the average person seeking affordable health care.

    2. ObamaCare is your signature legislation and you will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of all time because of it.

    3. Obamacare is a gift that will keep on giving well into the future. No amount of media bashing, rightwing thrashing or some spineless Dems gnashing is going to stop this train from rolling on down the track…The Obamacare train has left the station and it’s destination is affordable health care for all. You can count on me and millions of others to make this a reality!!

    Thanks donna for these beautiful, inspiring words to our President!

  16. 43 sherijr
    November 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Couldn’t agree more w/ Donna Dem’s commentary. Thank you, awesome R & S as usual !

  17. 44 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

  18. 45 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

  19. 48 Ladyhawke
    November 19, 2013 at 9:46 am


    A process at the breaking point

    By Steve Benen


    The problem, rather, is that a minority of the Senate has decided to block every nominee for the D.C. Circuit, regardless of his or her qualifications, because Americans had the audacity to re-elect a Democratic president. Once there’s a Republican in the White House, Republican senators will presumably agree to lift the blockade.

    This is important because it has simply never happened before in American history. Senators in both parties have, in a variety of instances, blocked judicial nominees they considered offensive or extreme for one reason or another, but there is nothing in the American tradition that says a minority of the Senate can maintain vacancies on an important federal bench – indefinitely – because they feel like it.



  20. 50 amk for obama
    November 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Nice looking temple/pagoda. Gotta visit it some day. Now to look for some gf.

  21. 56 Linda
    November 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    CNN =


  22. 58 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Oh-oh…did this just happen? !?!!

    • 59 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

      OMG! I wonder what in the world happened! He was the Dem gov candidate here in VA 4 years ago… I’ll be keeping his family in my thoughts.

    • 60 Dudette
      November 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      OMG! How awful! I have cousins who worked on his campaign when he ran for VA Gov!

  23. 61 desertflower
    November 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Important! If you want to know who Republicans think are important, look no further.


    The House is likely to vote on a number of GOP bills this week related to the oil and gas industry, arguably the most sweeping of which is the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act.
    The bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), is broad legislation designed to make it much easier for oil and gas companies to obtain permission to drill on public lands. If signed into law, the legislation would automatically approve onshore drilling permits if the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) failed to act on them in 60 days.
    If an individual does not like a proposed drilling project and wanted to oppose it, he or she would have to pay a $5,000 fee to file an official protest.
    In addition, Lamborn’s proposed bill would direct the DOI to begin commercial leasing for the development of oil shale, a controversial type of production that has been largely banned by the United States since President Herbert Hoover prohibited the leasing of federal lands for oil shale. Oil shale — which should not be confused with the more common “shale oil” — is a type of rock that needs to be heated to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit to produce crude oil, which then has to be refined.

    Read this again. Send it to your friends and family.

  24. 63 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This is all I can find…there’s nothing much else being reported at the moment. Deeds is a state Senator in VA.


  25. 65 mtmarilyn
    November 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning TODbots!

    Chips, the survey popped up again. Said it was from “Giant Savings”. If you read all the small print it says it isn’t authorized by The Obama Diary, but it says Dear TheObamaDiary.com visitor. If it is coming from my end, I must need a new security program.

    Now to go back and read the R&S.

  26. 71 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

  27. 76 Linda
    November 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Virginia State Police say State Senator Creigh Deeds is in serious condition after being assaulted by his son in his Bath County home Tuesday morning.

    Democratic sources tell News4 that Deeds’ son Austin “Gus” Deeds attacked his father Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself. Police say Gus Deeds died at the scene.

    Virginia State Police were called to Deeds’ home at 7:25 a.m., and the senator was flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.


  28. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    November 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Wow thanks everyone for your kind response to my letter to the President.

    There was something in his voice last night and something in FLOTUS’ face on Sunday that gave me pause. I needed to put into words my feelings and gratitude. I know I’m preaching to the choir here but this country is fortunate to have this wonderful man lead us and one day in the not so distant future they will come to appreciate what a gift he was during his service to our Nation.

    • 80 mtmarilyn
      November 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

      That was a wonderful letter! I know you are preaching to the choir, but sometimes we need to hear the words to boost each of us. This man that is leading us is so exceptional, we need to send him all the thank you’s and support we can.

    • November 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I heard something in his voice, too. It was a different kind of frustration and a tinge emotional.

      • 82 dotster3
        November 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

        I heard it also—-thinking that he was utterly disgusted by the rejection of his D.C. Circuit judge nomination which happened late yesterday, I believe—the latest senseless rejection of his judicial nominees—–on top of all the continuing, undemocratic, unAmerican obstruction by the GOP.

  29. 84 Ladyhawke
    November 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Romneycare/Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Blasts ‘Disgusting’ Refusal To Expand Medicaid


  30. 85 amk for obama
    November 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Gunnite folks. Don’t let vc near the beer bar.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      November 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

      For once I totally agree with you. I might let the tap run freely, all ‘unaware’. 😉 G’Night pard! I’ll probably be here on your return /that should give him nightmares/. Rest well.

  31. November 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    On the “Love Him” thread, Jovie said that @CarolineKennedy was greeted by throngs in Japan.

    Has anyone seen articles on this?

    Here’s a couple of tweets from @CarolineKennedy and @StateDept. Just gorgeous. Her family must be so proud of her.

  32. November 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

  33. 96 dotster3
    November 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

  34. 97 daisydem
    November 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    OMG … the pictures. Eye candy. There is so much to take in but I had to scroll down and comment that I agree with whoever said here yesterday that the President has lovely hands, and I just want to add … he has beautiful feet too! Oh my!

  35. 98 JER
    November 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

  36. 102 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

    GM TOD.

    Remember Kathleen Harris from FL? The woman who in 2000, along with JEBUsh, handed GW Bush a better outcome that ending in the Rhequist Court on Dec 9, 2000…..to stop the FL Vote counts?

    Her super wealthy 2nd husband has committed Suicide.


  37. 103 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Now At the Liberty U……Jerry Farewell’s University? In VA?

    Wow…..VA has another sad news.


  38. 104 Obama Grandmama
    November 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Dudette, I wanted to tell you that I started checking out the blogs I ended last night on this morning. Instead of catching up all the way to the current blog I skipped ahead in case you are currently on so you can know your One Term More memory post last night greeted me this morning first thing. I am now fired up, proud to be a supporter with tears of happiness in my eyes. Thanks for the renewed inspiration.

  39. 106 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

    🙄 A child must look at the media and think, wow, I’m more of an adult than you all are.

  40. 114 dotster3
    November 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    ABC reporting that Creigh Deeds in is U. of Va. hospital in critical condition. Horrific.

  41. 116 Jovie
    November 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  42. November 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  43. 118 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm


    Virginia State Police were expected to hold a news conference at 12 p.m. ET Tuesday to address an incident that left Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds critically wounded and a second individual dead at Deeds’ residence. Watch live below courtesy of NBC News:

  44. 119 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm


    VIENNA (AP) — Since the start of talks on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran has asserted it has a right to enrich uranium — and the United States has disagreed. Both have refused to budge over nearly a decade of negotiations.

    Until now.

    Iran has suddenly gone public with a significant concession just days ahead of a new round of talks with six world powers later this week in Geneva. It still insists that it has a right to the program, but it now says that the six no longer need to publicly acknowledge its claim, opening a way to sidestep the dispute and focus on more practical steps both sides can agree on.

    It is the latest sign of Iran’s new pragmatic approach to the nuclear issue. Tehran is unlikely to ever completely stop enrichment. But by dropping a demand that makes no practical difference, it can move on to its most pressing concern; an easing of sanctions crippling its economy.

    • 120 Nena20409
      November 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm


      “Netanyahu is openly opposing the US negotiations with Iran now and it seems determined to ruin them,” he added.

      On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he had “great respect” for concerns by Netanyahu.

      “The prime minister should express his concerns and he has every right in the world to publicly state his position and defend what he believes is his interest,” Kerry said.

      However, Kerry said that Washington intends to negotiate in good faith to try to reach a deal with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

  45. 121 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Ambassaror Caroline Kennedy

  46. 124 Nena20409
    November 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    12:55 pm ET is the aniticipated time for Jay’s WHPC event


    • 125 Ladyhawke
      November 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Nena, I just can’t wait to hear the jackals asking more stupid questions like these from yesterday’s briefing. It’s just astonishing. With all of the foreign policy issues and GOP unprecedented obstruction that they are only interested in exactly what does 80% really mean as it relates to healthcare.gov website improvements. Apparently, nothing else matters as long as the website issues can be milked.


      Q The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the administration’s goal is to have 80 percent of users able to sign up for health care plans online. It is acceptable to the President if one in five of the users aren’t able to get insurance online?

      Q But is it acceptable to the President? Is he pushing his aides to do better than this? Because if you had 80 percent of people going to Kayak not eventually be able to book their travel, or 80 percent of people on Amazon — or, I’m sorry, 80 percent able to, and 20 percent not able to, they probably wouldn’t stay in business very long.

      Q There also were reports over the weekend that there’s some sort of self-assessment going on here at the White House, and that maybe there were going to be — there is going to be a shakeup, but not immediately. Why the delay in accountability for these problems?

      Q So for that 20 percent of people who might not be able to use the website smoothly by the end of the month, what stage are things at in terms of working with health insurance companies on direct enrollment, sharing the risks of that and ramping that up as an alternative, or perhaps a contingency if that 80 percent target isn’t reached?

      Q Real quick, following up on Nedra’s question. Is it fair to say that 80-percent success on the website would be the vast majority? Is that how you define “vast majority,” the phrase you keep using?

      Q On the 80-percent functionality of the website, that’s just a November 30th date, or is that something you’ve outlined as a rough ratio, let’s say, for the whole first year of the Affordable Care Act? And is it something that was built into your sort of assumptions about usability of the Affordable Care Act in its first year, or is it simply a metric that you’ve come up with since the website did not roll out as effectively as you thought it would?



  47. 126 dotster3
    November 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    That lamebrained huntress made me sick posing with her cowardly kill…….I detest people with the mindset that allows them to believe this is a fine hobby——screws are loose…..something’s missing in their brains….

    • 127 carolyn
      November 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Glad this is getting good circulation! It totally angers me.
      Another cowardly thing was that group of men with guns protesting FOUR women meeting in Sweet Pea in Dallas.

  48. 128 Vicki
    November 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Paging Jovie…….According to the NYTimes SOS Kerry and Afghanistan have ironed out differences on some rules of engagement stting the stage for our continued presence in Afghanistan way beyond 2014. Not set in stone yet so still some hope this won’t happen

  49. November 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm


    Yes We Can

  50. 130 57andfemale
    November 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  51. 131 Ladyhawke
    November 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium……

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