Rise and Shine

Sasha and the pardoned turkey, November 25, 2009


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11:50AM: Pres. Obama departs Seattle, Washington

1:30PM: Pres. Obama arrives in San Francisco, California

2:35PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center

4:10PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at a DNC event at the San Francisco Jazz Center

5:00PM: Pres. Obama attends a DNC event at a private residence

6:30PM: Pres. Obama departs San Francisco, California

7:35PM: Pres. Obama arrives in Los Angeles, California

9:10PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at a DCCC/DSCC joint event at a private residence in Beverly Hills

11:20PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC/DSCC joint event at a private residence in Beverly Hills



Yahoo: Obama, At Fundraiser, Calls GOP An ‘Impediment’

Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. “I feel the spirit of my mom,” he said. “I’m not a particularly ideological person,” he said, adding he still is passionate about giving people a fair shake, about the environment, and working for peace and national security. “But I’m pretty pragmatic about how we get there.”

 High-profile events on the schedule include a reception at the home of retired basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife, Cookie, in Beverly Hills, Calif., and one at the house of Marta Kauffman, co-creator of television’s “Friends.” Accompanied by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Obama attended a reception and dinner Sunday at the home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.

In addition to a half-dozen fundraisers, Obama intended to use the trip to keep the heat on Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. He planned to address that issue during a stop Monday at a Chinese recreation center in San Francisco, and to promote his economic agenda Tuesday at the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, Calif.

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Fred Kaplan: We Have A Deal With Iran. A Good One.

The Iranian nuclear deal struck Saturday night is a triumph. It contains nothing that any American, Israeli, or Arab skeptic could reasonably protest. Had George W. Bush negotiated this deal, Republicans would be hailing his diplomatic prowess, and rightly so. A few weeks ago, a “senior administration official” outlined the agreement that President Obama hoped to achieve in Geneva. Some reporters who heard the briefing (including me) thought that the terms were way too one-sided, that the Iranians would never accept them. Here’s the thing: The deal just signed by Iran and the P5+1 nations (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) is precisely the hoped-for deal laid out at that briefing.

It is an interim agreement, not a treaty (which means, among other things, that it doesn’t require Senate ratification). It is meant as a first step toward a comprehensive treaty to be negotiated in the next six months. More than that, it expires in six months. In other words, if Iran and the other powers can’t agree on a follow-on accord in six months, nobody is stuck with a deal that was never meant to be permanent. There is no opportunity for traps and trickery.

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Maryland Health Benefit Exchange: Maryland Health Connection Update

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced today that consumers who require health coverage effective January 1, 2014 can now enroll through December 23. This extension will allow consumers more time to review plan options, talk with their families, providers or enrollment assisters, and enroll in a plan. After enrollment in plans through Maryland Health Connection, consumers will receive their initial invoice for premiums from their insurance company. Carriers will accept payment from consumers through January 15, 2014.

Interest in Maryland Health Connection continues to be strong. Highlights from today’s report include that, as of November 16: More than 59,000 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts, and there have been more than 450,000 unique visitors to the website; Enrollments in qualified health plans increased by more than 500 during the week ending November 16 to a total of 2,253 individuals, reflecting the most enrollments in a week to date; and Counting Medicaid pre-enrollments, new Medicaid eligibles, and individuals who have selected qualified health plans for enrollment, more than 90,000 Marylanders are on track for coverage beginning January 1, 2014, under the Affordable Care Act.

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NYT: Getting To Yes With Iran

The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers is an important step toward resolving the increasingly dangerous dispute over Iran’s progress on production of a nuclear weapon. President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran deserve credit for resisting fierce domestic opposition and a 30-year history of animosity between the two countries to get to this point.

Even though the temporary agreement does not achieve permanent and total dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program, no one can seriously argue that it doesn’t make the world safer. It would freeze key aspects of Iran’s program for six months and lay the ground for negotiating a comprehensive, permanent deal. The alternatives are ratcheting up sanctions and possible military action, with no assurance that those steps would stop Iran’s nuclear advances. A negotiated solution is unquestionably better; it is alarming to hear Israeli politicians reject it in extremist terms and threaten unspecified unilateral action.

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Sahil Kapur: Why The Filibuster Change Is Fantastic News For Obama

The Senate’s historic “nuclear option” vote Thursday to end the filibuster for executive nominees and most judicial nominees is excellent news for President Barack Obama. Obama’s second-term agenda largely runs through the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which often has the final word on matters of White House and executive branch authority. That’s the strongest tool Obama has to still get things done, because as long as Republicans control the House, his legislative agenda isn’t going anywhere. The Senate rules change clears a path for the president to confirm his three stalled nominees to vacancies on the conservative-leaning court, and make it less hostile to his executive actions.

The D.C. Circuit has been the GOP’s most potent weapon against Obama’s use of executive power, as it has overturned a slew of his regulations on health care, financial reform, environmental protection, labor rules and recess appointments. Most recently, a three-judge panel on the court struck down Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Once Obama nominees Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard and Robert Wilkins become judges, the D.C Circuit’s active bench will have a 7-4 split of Democratic appointees.

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Kathleen O’Brien: Two-Thirds Of Jerseyans At Risk Of Losing Their Health Policies Will Get Subsidies, Study Says

A crunch of the numbers by Families USA, a Washington-based non-profit, shows that two-thirds of New Jersey residents at risk for losing their existing health insurance have low enough incomes to get a subsidy.

Nationwide, 71 percent will be able to get a subsidy; the New Jersey figure is 67 percent.The study goes on to say only 4.8 percent of N.J. residents under the age of 65, or 361,000 people, have private, individual plans. That’s slightly lower than the national rate of 5.7 percent.

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Susan K. Livio: Medicaid Applications Up 35 Percent Since Obamacare Exchange Opened

The opening of the Obamacare health exchange last month drove a 35 percent surge in new applications for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people, the state Department of Human Services confirmed. The number of applicants to the State’s Medicaid program — known as New Jersey FamilyCare — during October totaled 21,946, an increase of 35 percent from September when 16,339 applicants were reported, according to NJ Citizen Action Health Policy Advocate Maura Collinsgru.

New Jersey is one of 26 states that agreed to accept billions of federal dollars to expand the income eligibility limits in the Medicaid program. Doing so is expected to net the state $227 million in higher reimbursements while also enrolling 104,000 new people next year.

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Defense One: The Deal Is For Real

Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to make a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. None have succeeded. President Barack Obama just did. It starts with a single step, and it is an important one. The first phase of the agreement just reached in Geneva makes it much more difficult for Iran to dash for a bomb. It also begins to lock down the nuclear program that has plagued United States officials for over ten years.

The deal Secretary John Kerry masterfully crafted in Geneva eliminates the threat Mr. Netanyahu said was his most serious concern. It completely stops the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent. It gets rid of all the uranium Iran had already enriched to this level. As a result, it doubles the time it would take Iran to dash to a bomb, plus it adds tough new daily inspections of the nuclear facilities that could spot any such dash, giving nations ample time to take appropriate actions. Coupled with the success of the agreement to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, the negotiations are a dramatic example of the efficacy of diplomacy in resolving the most difficult of security problems. It’s the real deal.

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The Daily Banter: President Obama Ushering World Peace, Corporate Media Shrugs

When reached for comment, Republicans, bona fide warmongers and their useful idiots in the eye-rolling mainstream press determined that this is already just another failure of leadership and desperation by a lame-duck president still trying to distance himself from hisonly real achievement: Landmark healthcare insurance reform– which has since been forever and ever deemed a colossal failure because the American media, still obsessed with pretending that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush weren’t paranoid, smiling psychopathic mass-murderers and race-baiters-at-heart say so.

But make no mistake. This is another win and another huge “first” in a long line of firsts for the Obama administration which just keeps moving us forward despite the nagging fat asses of soft-racism slowing us up to complain the whole way about the alleged lies and tyrannical policies that brought them better health insurance, record DOW and S&P, reduced deficit, stable gas prices, less nukes, financial sector accountability, saved the U.S. auto industry, blah, blah, blah. The president earned every bit of his Nobel Peace Prize this weekend, which should drive his buffoonish critics to new lows to explain away his mastery of presidential politics on the world stage.

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Danny Westneat: Debunking Obamacare Sob Story

Another day, another Obamacare horror story. Only this one was different, because it came from right here in Washington state. One of the few places Obamacare was supposedly working. “Obamacare Under Fire: EXCLUSIVE,” blared CNN last Monday morning. A reporter did a live stand-up in front of the White House. “Single Mom Touted by President Loses Insurance,” read the crawl.

Except there’s a key detail none of these media outlets mentioned. Which is: Sanford’s son was discovered to qualify for Medicaid coverage at a cost of just $30 a month. He has ADHD and, according to Sanford, it costs them $250 a month for prescription drugs alone. Which will now all be covered. It’s true the rest of her insurance won’t get a big discount, as she had first thought. “That mistake is totally on us,” said Bethany Frey of the Washington state health exchange.

But a bronze-level policy for a 48-year-old woman making $49,000 can be had on the state exchange for $237 a month, and a silver-level policy for $313. So here’s a family that was totally uninsured for 15 years because it had always cost at least $500 to $600 a month for skimpy policies to cover them both. And what they can get now is full coverage for $30 a month for the son and scantier coverage in the $250 to $300 a month range for the mom. How is that a horror story?

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Reuters: ‘Great Satan’ Meets ‘Axis Of Evil’ And Strikes A Deal

Saturday night had turned into Sunday morning and four days of talks over Iran’s nuclear program had already gone so far over schedule that the Geneva Intercontinental Hotel had been given over to another event. At around 2:00 a.m., U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were brought to a conference room to approve a final text of the agreement which would provide limited relief of sanctions on Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program.

At the last minute, with the ministers already gathered in the room, an Iranian official called seeking changes. Negotiators for the global powers refused. Finally the ministers were given the all clear. The deal, a decade in the making, would be done at last. Now that the interim deal is signed, talks are far from over as the parties work towards a final accord that would lay to rest all doubts about Iran’s nuclear program.

According to a senior U.S. State Department official, Kerry told Zarif there could be no more delay. President Barack Obama’s administration would call for even tighter sanctions on Iran unless a deal was reached now. Congress members were demanding new sanctions and the White House would join them. Kerry made the case that “there would be no way to hold back new sanctions to give room for (a) new round and we would lead the charge for more sanctions if we did not come to agreement,” the State Department official said. By Saturday evening, the final language was personally approved by Obama in Washington.

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Going Nuclear


Jim Stuart: A Team Effort In The Long Game

What an exciting moment this is: a first stage, six month deal with Iran has been inked by the P5+1. The Supreme Leader in Iran has sent President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a letter of congratulations. Iranian social media is happily abuzz on both sides of the political divide – reformers and pro-regime supporters. Israel and Saudi Arabia are negative, as are many US conservatives – which to my mind is predictable and makes our getting the deal done even more admirable.

Strategic patience is what Stratfor’s George Friedman has called it. That, and both the willingness and the capacity to play the long game – to have a crystal clear picture of what you would like to see happen, and to wait, and to take the hits, and to wait some more until the moment of possibility arrives. Clear vision. A strong team. A deep and quiet space within you that allows you to take the hits without flinching or flailing about. And patience. And if the other side really does have shred interests, a deal that is good for both sides can happen. And it just did! Bravo, Mr. President and Mr. Secretary! Bravo!

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Brian Beutler: Whoops! Obamacare Turns Out To Be Great Deal Personally For Boehner

Poor John Boehner. Thanks to a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act, most members of Congress will see their government-provided health insurance lapse at the end of the year, leaving many of them no other choice but to enroll in dreaded Obamacare. As speaker of the House, Boehner is technically exempt from the requirement, but in order to avoid accusations of special treatment (i.e., because of politics) he decided to take the plunge, too. And he wants you to know how difficult it was. He even wrote a blog post about it.

t’s a bummer Boehner got that error message. Tyranny almost. But if he’d reached the point at which he was signing up for coverage, it means he’d already had a chance to shop around and pick a plan. His post is oddly quiet about that part of the experience. Which is curious. As a 64-year-old heavy smoker, it’s a marvel Boehner will be able to purchase individual market coverage at all. I wonder what crazy law guarantees that he can?

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NYT: California Encouraged By Health Plan Enrollment

Nearly 80,000 people have enrolled in health plans through California’s online marketplace, at a rate of several thousand a day in November — a sizable increase over a month ago, state officials said. Especially encouraging, officials said, was the enrollment of young people, who are considered essential to the success of the Obama administration’s health care law.

Officials said 18- to 34-year-olds made up 22.5 percent of the nearly 31,000 Californians who selected a private health plan in October. The same age group makes up 21 percent of the state’s population. The enrollment of young people is important to insurers because their relative good health offsets the costs for people with serious medical conditions.

Officials said that over 10,000 applications for coverage were now being completed each day, with more than 360,000 applications having been completed through Tuesday. Those numbers include people who are also eligible for Medi-Cal, California’s no-cost health insurance program for the poor.

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President Obama briefly glances up toward the sunset after arriving Sunday, Nov. 24, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Have a great day all

  2. November 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Busy and full rise and shine. Thanks UT

  3. 7 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Great info on #Obamacare succeeding.

  4. 8 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

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

    Thanks UT for this excellent R & S roundup, and thanks for consistently keeping us updated on the goodness of the ACA that gets ZERO mention in the corporate media. There’s so much positive ACA news I don’t know where to start. Happy Monday to all!

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Heh…funny how the US media no longer seems interested in this story – I guess as long as there’s no way to pin something on PBO and blame him for it, the US corporate media will not bite.

  6. 11 elo4obama/biden
    November 25, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Congrats globalzero! Goodmornin everybody. Hi UT! Hi Chips (and Danny)! Wow, great info UT. I coulda been 1st…maybe. I was distracted by all the goodies and went scanning down looking and reading. Upon scrolling up, noticed “leave a comment.” And then there were 8..I’m happy to be here.

    I must get busy cleaning now, after having some breakfast. Ya’ll take care.

  7. 14 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hey all I still read this blog everyday. I cried with your losses of family and friends, clapped with all of your successes, laughed at all of your jokes..amk, cringed and what the media is doing to our president, and so many emotions as I read about all of you. Life is busy for me and sometimes words do not convey all the emotions I feel for this TOD family.

    As a “Proud Member of Global Zero”…I could not be happier with how PBO is leading on the reduction of Nuclear Weapons.

    No matter what the media says////THIS IS A GOOD THING!

  8. 15 Desertflower
    November 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Stupid question maybe, but with the appointment of PBO picks to DC Circuit does that court become dem majority?

  9. 19 japa21
    November 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

    GM all fellow TODvillians. A new week, which I think is going to be a good week. Haven’t been around the last couple days.

    Anything exciting or newsworthy happen over the weekend?

  10. 21 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

  11. 23 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

  12. 24 japa21
    November 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

  13. 27 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

  14. 29 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

  15. 30 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

  16. 32 japa21
    November 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

    And to the hostess with the second mostest, UT, thanks for a fantastic R&S. Problem for you is that you have raised the bar so high, Chips may have trouble matching it.

  17. 35 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So now German intelligence reveals that Merkel’s phone was bugged by Russia, China, UK, Greenwald and US media are no longer interested…

  18. 36 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m just about ready to have my Thanksgiving meal NOW.

  19. 37 japa21
    November 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

  20. 39 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    LIVE STREAM ALERT: Llive coverage of the president’s departure at http://kiro.tv/NmmRjL .

  21. November 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Good morning Ms Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope everyone is doing well.

    This Iran nuclear program agreement achieved by President Obama, Sos John Kerry and team is monumental. IMO, this achievement will not be accepted with open arms from Hillary & The Clintanista’s, because of their very strong ties with Israel lobbyist AIPAC. Do not be surprise by the attempted undermining and underhandedness precipitated by their Minions. Just saying……

    • 50 japa21
      November 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

      I read where AIPAC is actually supportive of the agreement.

      • November 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

        I hope that to be true, but I have seen writings to the contrary. As I’ve mention on a TOD thread several nights ago; Unbeknownst to many, this Iran agreement for the time being, eliminates the last leg of the Neo-Cons “global constabulary” Mideast war strategy as spelled out in their 2000 “Project for a New American Standard” manifesto.

  22. 52 Ladyhawke
    November 25, 2013 at 11:04 am


    With eye on 2014, GOP ramps up war on voting

    By Zachary Roth


    Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.

    Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.

    Efforts underway include moving election days, ending early voting and forcing strict new voter ID laws. The results could significantly cut voter turnout in states where, historically, low participation has benefited Republicans.



  23. 54 Dakota
    November 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Had a snow storm this weekend in my neck of the the woods and got a big dump. Very cold so roads are icy (they do a terrible job with snow removal in NM. I think there may be only 1 snow plow in the entire state!). I made it to work just fine and on time. Please everyone that is dealing with these conditions, be safe and careful out there.

    My spirits are high…they always are whenever our beloved President kicks butt and takes names. I so wish I had the opportunity to laugh in the faces of each and every one of these lying jerks.

    Chipsticks!!! Thank you so much for all you do…you and everyone who helps keep this a place of sanity for all of us are simply amazing.

  24. 55 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    WATCH LIVE: Soon – Coverage of President Obama’s departure – http://www.kirotv.com/videos/news/kiro-live-news/vsbwQ/

  25. 56 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting President Obama’s departure from Seattle: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  26. 59 vcprezofan2
    November 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Happy Monday, folks!

  27. 60 GGail
    November 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Good West Coast morning UT, Chipsticks, Danny & TOD family.

    I love that pic of POTUS looking up at the setting sun. Thanks UT!

    • 61 Dudette
      November 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I love that he recognizes and seizes the special moments like that. Remember, during Inaug in January, when he looked back at the crowd to soak it all in, experiencing the enormity of that moment and how it wouldn’t be something he and the people with him would ever see again. This is why he’s my guy. I just LOVE him!

  28. 65 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    All the Indian newsies front-paged today the Iran deal.

  29. 66 dotster3
    November 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Things that are infuriating—-see a front page item on Chgo Trib website “More Americans don’t think Obama can manage the government”——what???—–and they’re citing some new bogus CNN poll——CNN is on a decidedly anti-Obama crusade—–also indicating a majority think Obama is “dishonest” and not trustworthy. This is so much b.s. This media campaign constantly dishonestly slamming PBO and taking manipulated polls to show off their handiwork—-it’s insulting and ugly.
    And The View has on that respected objective observer Newt Gingrich to give his deep thoughts re. Iran deal——-he thinks the deal is dangerously bad!—-Obama’s dealing with dictators—–even his fellow Dems are against this, Newtie said, citing Schumer. And The View ladies sat there in dumb silence. And Calista was there too touting her new childrens book which she wrote because she “loves America”. The whole Gingrich session was throw uppy.

    • 67 Nena20409
      November 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Now “we” know why Joy was terminated.

      Whoopi and Sherri would never be confrontational. They had a female with the death panel malarkey as Healthcare expert weeks ago. The Corporate media is great at what they do. For Goldberg to sit there and is not up to the challange to correct the misinformation is a disservice to the show. I am livid at this information. It is very upsettng.

    • 68 carolyn
      November 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Oh yeah, the trustworthy Chicago Trib…..remember “Dewey beats Truman”???????

  30. 69 GGail
    November 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Oh and have I bragged yet that the President of the United States, Barack Obama is going to be in my neighborhood today AND tomorrow? (she sings as she does the happy dance)

  31. 70 Linda
    November 25, 2013 at 11:56 am


    VP Biden Helps Open Domestic Violence Shelter in Chicago

  32. 71 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

    WATCH LIVE NOW: VP Biden, Emanuel attend ribbon ceremony at shelter – http://wgntv.com/breaking-news/

  33. 72 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    LIVE NOW: VP Biden Helps Open Domestic Violence Shelter in Chicago – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  34. 73 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    GM and GA TODers

    Great R&S.

    Thanks UT.

    Happy Monday….or is it manic Monday 😉

  35. November 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats on first Proud. I will know everything after reading today’s post. You’re great. Are you a
    Professor? 😉 Knowledge is power?

  36. 75 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  37. 76 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Person with Gun at the Yale Campus?

    TPM is reporting.


  38. 80 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  39. 81 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  40. 83 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  41. 84 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Something the US Corporate Media are reluctant to report


    Unlike the prime minister and his followers, the Israeli military-intelligence establishment are a sober bunch, they deal in possibilities, and they are not denouncing this agreement or the negotiations that preceded it. Instead, their message has been that an agreement which slows down but does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear project is far preferable to the alternative – which is not, as Bibi would have it, more Iranian concessions, but rather Iran’s departure from the negotiations and no Iranian concessions.

    Unfortunately, this dissent on the part of the brass is not coming through clearly in the news. But there have been a series of public statements by leaders of the military-intelligence establishment that are plainly at odds with the loud, sustained “gevalt!” coming out of the Prime Minister’s Office and cabinet.

  42. 85 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  43. 86 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  44. 87 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Nice. but it’s just step 1. Likihood of recount is, shall we say, absurdly high.

    Article from Richmond Times Dispatch


  45. 89 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm


    This the kind of story that really Makes Manic Monday A-OK.

    A 10-year old Michigan girl was reunited with her puppy Friday after the dog was allegedly taken by her mom’s ex-boyfriend.

    Hannah Wise and her mother filed a lawsuit against the mother’s ex to get the white toy poodle, named Mystery, back, the Detroit Free Press reports. Hannah’s mom, Adrienne Lenhoff, had been dating Mitchell Rector for five years until the relationship ended this year. In the lawsuit, Lenhoff alleges that Rector kept many of her belongings, including Mystery.

    When Hannah and Mystery were reunited, she said it was “one of the happiest days of my life.”

    Read more: Hannah Wise, 10, Gets Puppy Back From Mom’s Ex-Boyfriend | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/25/a-lawsuit-got-this-girl-her-puppy-back/#ixzz2lg8zgqnf

  46. 91 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  47. 94 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Linky takes you to dkos warning.

  48. 98 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  49. 99 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  50. 102 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Is melber whining about website issue still ?

    • 103 utaustinliberal
      November 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      No, he was pretty much calling out Democrats like Landrieu with her weird bill to derail ObamaCare and other Democrats who are on board with her because of 2014 elections. Maggie Haberman of Politico is the only one on the panel who was weird about ObamaCare and blamed both sides. Ari is moderating the panel since Alex Wagner is not around today. Josh Barro, Angela Rye and Aaron Blake were positive and all agreed that when the website issues are fixed, healthcare.gov will be flourishing like the state exchanges in CA, KY, etc.

    • 105 Don
      November 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Ari Melber walks in lockstep with the rest of the concern trolls.

  51. 106 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  52. 107 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  53. 108 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  54. 111 GGail
    November 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I happen to agree with Atlanta’s Mayor and his fiscal decision to let the Braves move 12 miles outside of Atlanta


  55. 112 hopefruit2
    November 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  56. 115 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  57. 116 HZ
    November 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful day to my Chips, TOD family and our handsome Danny. Thank you again for a lovely R&S. UT. So much great reading. Love it.

    Chips, thank you my beautiful angel for this beautiful haven for all of us. Your brilliant care of this site is so appreciated by me.

    Beautiful day on the west coast, and we rolled it out just for our wonderful POTUS. It is a lovely day here. So happy for him.

    Everyone, please lift him up in your thoughts and prayers today. Also be kind to your space as you enjoy each moment in it.

    (((((((((( Love you all)))))))))) HZ

    Shout out to Fred also.HZ

    • 117 GGail
      November 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Beautiful day to you too HZ. (((hugs)))

      Isn’t it wonderful that our POTUS is going to be in our backyard in Glendale at the Dreamworks Studio??!!!!

  58. 119 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  59. 120 Dudette
    November 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  60. 123 Linda
    November 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    USA Today and the Tacoma News Tribune are refusing to publish White House handout photos in protest of restrictions on press access.

    The decision comes after 38 news outlets protested White House limits that often prevent journalists from taking photos of President Obama in a letter on Thursday. Reporters raised the issue again in a press briefing last week, arguing that independent photographers play a different role from White House photographers. The clash between the media and the administration over the issue has continued to escalate.

    Now, USA Today has said that it will not publish photos released by the White House. In a memo to staff on Sunday, deputy director of multimedia Andrew P. Scott said the news organization will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary circumstances.” The exceptions would involve “legitimate national security restrictions” or “very high news value.”

    The News Tribune, based in Tacoma, WA, announced the same decision on Monday. Karen Peterson, The News Tribune’s executive editor, told staff, “From now on, we won’t publish White House handout photos of events that should have been open to news photographers, even if that means going without a photo. As the protest letter said, closing the door to the press gets in the way of “the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.”

    BooHoo……I guess they need some tissues..

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