Rise and Shine

President Obama at the NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 …  a day after he needed 12 stitches in his lip when he took an elbow during a game of basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair


Today (All Times Eastern):

1:20: President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey

2:35: Holds a bill signing

4:30: The First Family participates in a service event



Steve Benen: Turning The Health Care Corner

Political journalism is sometimes criticized, fairly, for its “pack” mentality. Major news organizations wait for the conventional wisdom to organically take shape, and then the players stick to their scripts, reinforcing an agreed upon consensus. In practically no time at all, there are certain political facts that “everyone knows” to be true.

But soon after, that gets dull, the conventional wisdom invites skeptics, and contrarian instincts kick in. Maybe, the political world starts to wonder, those truths that “everyone knows” aren’t so true after all.

For the last several weeks, the consensus in establishment circles was that the Affordable Care Act’s open-enrollment period was not only a disaster, but a catastrophe that would destroy Obama’s presidency, the Democratic Party, the American health care system, and the very idea of progressive governance. Pundits could hardly contain their analogies – this was Obama’s Katrina, Obama’s Iraq, Obama’s Watergate, Obama’s Iran-Contra, and even Obama’s Bay of Pigs.

But the funny thing about narratives is that they’re sometimes fleeting….

More here



Paul Krugman: The Obamacare Worm Turns

I suggested yesterday that we’re probably heading for a turning point in the health reform discussion. Conservatives are operating on the assumption that it’s an irredeemable disaster that they can ride all the way to 2016; but the facts on the ground are getting better by the day, and Obamacare will turn into a Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.

And it’s already starting to happen.

…. media coverage is shifting fast. It’s still mostly trying for equivalence — each positive story of people being helped matched by a negative story of people hurt. But the stories don’t actually match up at all.

… At this rate, the whole horrors-of-Obamacare meme will be gone in weeks, not months. But the GOP echo chamber won’t be able to let it go.

Full post here



Barbara Starr: Official: U.S. B-52s Flew Over China’s Controversial New Air Defense Zone

Two U.S. military aircraft flew into China’s newly claimed and challenged air defense zone over the East China Sea, a U.S. official said. The U.S. Air Force B-52 planes — which were not armed because they were on a training mission — set off Monday from Guam and returned there without incident. The mission lasted for several hours, and the aircraft were in China’s newly declared air zone for about an hour, according to the U.S. official.

The flights came two days after China unilaterally announced the creation of a “Air Defense Identification Zone” over several islands it and Japan have both claimed. The two countries have been sharply at odds over those isles, which are believed to be near large reserves of natural resources. Washington responded negatively to what Secretary of State John Kerry characterized as an “escalatory action (that) will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident.” The U.S. government has rallied around its ally Japan, where thousands of its troops are stationed as part of a security treaty.

And specifically regarding China’s new air defense zone, the United States has said it won’t recognize it. Japan’s two main commercial airlines said Wednesday that following a request from the Japanese government, they and other members of the Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan will not submit flight plans to Chinese authorities for flights through the zone claimed by Beijing.

More here




Charles Pierce: Success Is Not News

Look, there’s something going on with the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t require an IT specialist to explain. There’s a world beyond the ginned-up anecdote. Who knew?

…. through Covered California, the state’s individual insurance marketplace, they’ve found a plan through Sharp Healthcare that will cover them both for a total premium of $142 a month …. More important than that was knowing that they couldn’t be turned down for coverage come Jan. 1. “We felt we didn’t have to panic, or worry,” Holzman says. “If not for the Affordable Care Act, our ability to get insurance would be very limited, if we could get it at all.”

….. this is increasingly looking like the last chance for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world in crafting a sensible health-care policy for its citizens. All of its citizens.

Full post here



Think Progress: Treasury And IRS To Crack Down On Super PACs Masquerading As Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidelines on Tuesday that could force dark-money political groups like Crossroads GPSand the American Future Fund to spend less of their money on campaign advertising and other overt electioneering. If implemented, this guidance would clarify what actions by tax-exempt social welfare organizations are limited “candidate-related political activity” and what actions can count toward their principal purpose.

According to the Wall Street Journal, these rules would label “campaign advertising, voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts, and distribution of voter guides and campaign materials,” as “candidate-related political activity.” None of that would be able to count as part of the group’s tax-exempt purpose — meaning only a minority of its work could fall into those categories. While 501(c)(4)s would still be free to engage in those activities, they couldn’t be the main focus. This could mean groups accused of masquerading as (c)(4)s could have to find new ways to spend their money.

More here



Sally Kohn: The GOP’s Late-Term Abortion Strategy Is Backfiring

As the Supreme Court announces it will hear a challenge to Obama’s contraception mandate, a study on late-term abortion seekers finds the GOP’s anti-abortion laws are backfiring.

Right wing politicians who are push laws to restrict a woman’s access to later-term abortions presumably do so because they don’t want women having abortion after 20 weeks. But new research from medical school-based scholars finds that other policies that conservative Republicans are pushing, including restrictions on access to clinics as well as constrained access to health insurance, actually result in more women seeking later-term abortions. In other words, not only are Republicans hypocrites—but their hypocrisy is backfiring.

More here



Mother Jones: Republicans Refuse To Cover The Poor, Then Complain That Obamacare Isn’t Covering The Poor

The New York Times has gotten hold of the “House Republican Playbook” on Obamacare, and I have to admit that it brought back warm memories. It’s just like the launch kits. In any case, it’s all pretty predictable stuff: Obamacare is an abomination; people are losing their insurance; small companies are being ruined; etc. etc.

Needless to say, this is primarily because Republicans governors have refused to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, even though it’s 100 percent paid for at first and 90 percent paid for forever. These governors literally prefer to have their state’s residents pay taxes and get nothing in return rather than give so much as an extra dime to poor people who need health care. It’s truly hard to fathom what kind of human being is callous enough to do this, but apparently there are a bunch of them in the Republican Party.

More here



Erik Wemple: ’60 Minutes’ And Benghazi: Five Hard Realities

CBS News distributed a summary of findings from an internal investigation into the discredited Oct. 27 “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi. The investigation was conducted by Al Ortiz, executive director of standards and practices at CBS News, and the findings addressed the various red flags that “60 Minutes” failed to heed in featuring the testimony of Dylan Davies, a security contractor in Benghazi at the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. interests in the Libyan city. The document cited 10 discrete issues with the Benghazi story. Lara Logan, the correspondent on the story, and the segment’s producer, Max McClellan, are taking leaves of absence following the breakdowns.

 CBS News and “60 Minutes” might as well be on different planets. For CBS News, Benghazi represents the folly of firewalls. Right after the Benghazi attack itself, “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft asked President Obama how he viewed the tragedy. “Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?” asked Kroft. Here’s how he responded: OBAMA: Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

Trouble was, the public didn’t find out about the president’s response for weeks, until just two days before Election Day — long after it might have affected the course of the campaign. Somewhere between “60 Minutes” and the rest of CBS News, the Kroft-Obama exchange got lost.

More here



Larry Derfner: Under The Radar: Israel’s Security Establishment Supports New Iran Agreement

The news from Israel is that Israel hates the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva – but the news is not entirely accurate. It’s true, of course, that Netanyahu and his government ministers (with the exception of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni) think the agreement is bad, very bad, very very bad, and that Obama and the West sold the Jews out to Hitler again. But there are some other extremely powerful Israelis who don’t think the agreement is so bad, and who certainly prefer it to the no-agreement that Bibi and AIPAC were driving toward – and these Israelis make up the country’s military-intelligence establishment.

It shouldn’t be a big surprise; these are the same people who, with an assist from President Shimon Peres and the Israeli media, stopped Netanyahu and then-defense minister Ehud Barak from bombing Iran like they wanted to last year. Israel’s generals don’t relish going head-to-head with the United States, they don’t live on paranoia, apocalyptic visions and scare-mongering, and right there you have enough to understand why they don’t go along with Netanyahu on Iran. The Israeli brass are certainly not peaceniks. They’re not sanguine at all about the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. They are not opposed in principle to bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities – in fact, like with most Israelis, their preferred solution is for the U.S. to bomb them. But unlike Netanyahu and the right, they don’t automatically see red when they look at Iran

More here




AP: Obama’s Gatekeeper Now Point Man On Health Care

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was ready to vent. “I’ve had too much humble pie,” he fumed, striding into a top aide’s West Wing office. “That was the last slice. I’m full.” McDonough had just finished another hand-holding meeting with health care advocates anxious over the disastrous rollout of the health care law. McDonough’s message: It was time to change tactics, quit lamenting the problems and start emphasizing the benefits of the health care overhaul.

McDonough is now holding evening meetings every day with key players in the health care rollout, offering support even as he holds agency leaders accountable. “We went straight into problem solving,” he said last week during a stroll on the White House South Lawn. “We knew that going into this, that no plan survives first contact. We knew that we would be confronted with challenges along the way. “We are focused on getting it working, absolutely, and we’re making good progress on that.”


“Denis takes everything personally. Nobody is going to be harder on Denis than himself,” says his friend Ben Rhodes, a deputy White House national security adviser. “He was angry, frustrated, all of the above. If there is a problem, it is his personal mission to fix it, even if it is beyond his direct capacity to do so.” Of all the chiefs of staff who have worked for Obama, McDonough, 43, has the closest relationship with the president. McDonough is a fierce defender of the president, known during his national security days for vigorously challenging reporters. In a recent meeting with Democratic senators, a participant in the room said, he had a feisty exchange with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, over a fix the president had proposed to the health care law.

More here



President Barack Obama runs down the White House Colonnade with Denis McDonough’s children


On This Day:

First lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama and President Obama look on during an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 in Washington


92 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. November 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    No sooner got through the early bird chat, than there’s a new post hitting me in the face!

  2. 6 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

  3. November 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Thank yoooooooooooooooooou UT!!!! Morning everyone!

  4. 13 dotster3
    November 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

  5. 14 isonprize
    November 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Congrats, BIG ups, kudos, dap, props!

    What ever way you give recognition for a job well done to the surgeon who stitched Pres Obama’s lip. I had completely forgotten about the time that PBO split his lip playing basketball. It was barely visible the day after the incident!! I don’t even think the scar is visible anymore.

    ME? I’d have been scarred for life!! 🙂

    • 15 Dudette
      November 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I forgot about that too. But you’re sure don’t notice a thing from the photos. Although I might enjoy… er, I mean, NEED TO TAKE a closer look. 😀

  6. 16 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am



    Voting’s over but I just love how this was done. 🙂

  7. 17 utaustinliberal
    November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

  8. 18 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

  9. 19 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

  10. 20 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:41 am

  11. 23 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

    More with the singing… 😀

  12. 24 dotster3
    November 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    My new grandbabe is thankful for milk and ceiling fans. (she finds ceiling fans wondrous and utterly fascinating) (milk is good)

  13. 26 Vicki
    November 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Will they never learn?
    NYTimes jackie calmes, Today! is describing the Democrats as “depressed and discouraged” after the ACA “debacle.”
    Must be some other Democrats on some other planet.
    Democrats I know and talk to are psyched that the ACA is spreading far and wide and everyday sees more people covered.
    Democrats I know are thrilled that the deal with Iran moves us further away from war in the ME.
    Democrats I know are feeling blessed this Thanksgiving that the Unemployment ## continue to drop.
    And so on.

    Thanks, UT for a terrific R&S. The Derfner article telling us about Israel is an important message that I can only wish would get more coverage.

    • 27 desertflower
      November 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

      They’re busy PROJECTING again! It is really THEY that are depressed and discouraged, not Dems:)

    • 28 Lovepolitics2008
      November 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

      They’re only talking to some democrats in the Beltway. To some congressional democrats and their staff, who are reading Politico and watching MSM, and are caught up in the Village conventional wisdom.

  14. 29 japa21
    November 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    GM all. Another great R&S UT. Amazing how the reality of good news conflicts with what you see and read in most media. Just can’t figure out why that is. (Rhetorical, I do know).

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve. BWD, back in the Only Adult days, did a wonderful Thanksgiving tribute to PBO. I don’t know if anybody can find it, but while everything that she listed then still applies, the list can be expanded threefold at leats now.

    PBO may not top the list of what I am thankful for (wife, kids, grandkids and Chips top the list) he is very near the top.

    • 30 forus50
      November 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

      This is the one I remember japa.

      And then Chipsticks did one too, right?

      • 31 japa21
        November 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

        Can’t open the link at work, but it sounds right. Not sure if Chips did. Would like to see it as a major post again.

      • 34 GGail
        November 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

        japa, thanks for the reminder and forus50, thanks for posting the link.

        I have to stop reading it because it’s making me shed tears and I’m at work!

        • 35 carolyn
          November 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

          I found that link too, as I had kept in my Favorites ever since that time. That long posting was how I found The Obama Diary…….I kept going back to it, not understanding at that time what a “sticky” was…but I knew then when BWD no longer blogged and TOD started. I’m sure all of us could add many things to that list.
          This year one thing I am thankful for is that my husband is here and strong. A year ago, we didn’t know how much loger he would be alive, as his congestive heart failure was increasing. However, a year ago Friday he had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted, and he has been resurrected, and is once again his funny, crazy, adorable self. So, we are having a family portrait…the first one in seven years…taken to celebrate. I am just taking this day, this time right now with great thanksgiving.
          And, I am thankful for three years since that blog of PBO as president, and the prospect of three more with him!

    • 36 vcprezofan2
      November 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Boy o boy, you can’t keep a secret on this blog! 😐 I am almost sure Chips Chica had a treat for Thanksgiving Day, now, who knows? 😉 Just like when I was hoping to surprise CC for her birthday somebody jumped the gun and started throwing birthday wishes right and left well before the day. Looks like TD might be similar. 🙄

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      November 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      /puzzled/ BTW, Japa, don’t you think your ‘top the list’ is missing someone after Chips and PBO? 😉 😀

  15. 40 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

  16. 41 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

  17. 42 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

    DEMS PLAN PUSH TO HIGHLIGHT LAW’S SUCCESSES: Meanwhile, the Post reports that Senate Democratic leaders are urging Democratic Senators to use the Thanksgiving recess to find and aggressively highlight individual stories of Obamacare making people’s lives better. This comes as Republicans are waging their own war of anecdotes highlighting tales of people losing coverage. Note this:
    One senior Democratic aide familiar with the plan said that new push was needed because the White House was failing to tout the law’s early successes. “Democrats expected the White House to be more aggressive in promoting positive stories surrounding the Affordable Care Act, but that effort hasn’t gotten off the ground,” said the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the plan and requested anonymity. “Congressional Democrats are recognizing they need to fill that gap.”
    So, yes, Dems need to get these stories out there. But if the website is fixed, suddenly the people Republicans are pointing to may find they have other coverage options — potentially subsidized ones — that they like better; Dems will be trying to get them coverage, while Republicans will still be trying to sabotage the law.

    From Plumline this morning….maybe we should help those Dem reps out and send them all the good Obamacare stories WE shared here!

  18. 43 japa21
    November 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

  19. 44 HZ
    November 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. (((((((((( Hugs to Danny)))))))))). Hope is shots went well yesterday. Thank you Chips for this beautiful haven. Your work is a blessing for me for sure. You have some brilliant contributors who also keep our minds, and hearts continuingly moving with grace and support for our wonderful POTUS and VPOTUS. This is another Grateful Thanksgiving season for all of us with these two beautiful men in the White House.

    All of the birthday TODers today, have a beautiful celebration as well. (((((((((((((((( Candles and Cake))))))))))))))).

    I enjoy reading about how all of you are planning your meals for your families and friends. That is so wonderful. Enjoy all of those moments with as much precious thoughts and gratefulness.

    Lift up our president and his administration. Lift up our military families. Lift up our seniors who may be alone. Lift up our homeless. And always lift up our beautiful young people who are working alongside of President Obama and his team to make this a better place.

    May all of my TOD family enjoy each moment of your celebration during this Thanksgiving. Laugh a lot, Pray as you enter your space, and Eat with gratefulness and pleasure. We all have so much to be grateful for during these times. Look where we were when we all started this journey, and always look where we want to end this journey. And hopefully where we end this journey with this wonderful president and his team; we will be better people
    be more stable as a nation
    be more loving and productive with our gifts
    be instruments of peace
    and be the best for having been a part of this great man’s journey, our 44th President of the United States of America, President Barack H. Obama.

    Be joyous and grateful in your space, TOD family. Besides Chips first hug to Danny, here is my (((((Hugs to our Danny’s First Thanksgiving with his TOD Family.))))HZ

    • 45 desertflower
      November 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Beautiful wishes for this Thanksgiving holiday:) Thank you so much for these uplifting prayers, HZ. All the best to you and your family. By the way, how did the dentist go?

      • 46 HZ
        November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

        GM, my beautiful desertflower. I have another appointment on Tues., for a second stage cleaning. My dentist did a temporary fix on the bridge, and the three hour appt., which will be the root canal will be done after the Christmas vacation. That is the hard one. Because of my heart condition, baby steps have to be taken in this entire process; however, I would sure like to take grown up steps, if I could right this minute. Please keep me in your thoughts. This is nervesville for sure for me. I take it one day at a time as the each appointment approaches.

        TY for asking beautiful DF. Enjoy your time off. Your work with the kids are so appreciated by me. (((((Love you))))))HZ

        • 47 desertflower
          November 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

          Been thinking of you:) Will say little prayers for you…right now, just relax with your family. I know how anxious one can get about dental work…just had surgery myself. Better now, and you will be too. Off to tutor today at 10….work is never done….must be there for the children that need help though. Thanks for just being you. Much love to you.

        • 48 HZ
          November 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

          excuse that verb are; fingers cannot spell, eyes trying to see, and brain is pushing both of them for room to function better this morning. Should read: your work with the kids is so appreciated by me. For all of the brilliant and gifted writers within my family here, please forgive my writing. I have forgotten more than I can ever recall how to correctly write these days. My heart has to take up the slack for my knowledge in this area, especially at this stage in my life. I hope you all will understand. HZ

  20. 51 japa21
    November 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • 52 desertflower
      November 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Great tweets, japa! They always like to talk about having things “shoved down their throats”….THIS should be a time for shoving their disasters down their throats and making them all accountable for their actions!

      • 53 Vicki
        November 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Heartily agree, df.
        Dems in public seem to be careful not to gloat about running on their super-successful healthcare accomplishment. Maybe they are lulling the GOP into thinking that criticizing the ACA can be a winning issue for the MSMGOPTP.
        Then just when they think they have an opening to a winning strategy for 2014—Wham! Boom! We rollout the numbers and the grateful Americans. During the Super Bowl for example.

  21. 54 criquet
    November 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

    GM all.

    For all the MSM shrieking :

    • 55 criquet
      November 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

      And we all know how Gallup polls PBO.

      • 56 carolyn
        November 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Oh yes…..wasn’t he supposed to be defeated in 2012 decisively????? These ratings go up and down depending on the media rant of the day. His approval will start going up…..I have no doubt.

  22. 57 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Check this out: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/11/27/exchanges-over-thanksgiving-dinner/

    I’m the family health insurance guy as I’ve worked in the industry long enough to ocassionally have a clue. Thanksgiving is my peak family question time of the year as quite a few group insurance plans are in their open enrollment slots right now, so Sister #1 wants to know if she do an HSA or a PPO and my brother in law wants to know why his insurance company won’t let him get his elbow fixed by the same guy who took care of his favorite team’s quarterback last off season.

    This year, I figure my question load will be higher, so here are my talking points and some links:

  23. 58 LDS
    November 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Congratulations maryl1!
    Good morning everyone. Hi ya, Ms. Chips. Danny Boy’s first Thanksgiving……ahhh! So cute.
    Back to the kitchen to dice, chop, slice, all of those good things.
    While visiting Ga. In August I finally got an old family recipe for coffee cake made with butter milk( serve nice and warm with coffee or tea) not too sweet.
    And for the real sweet tooth ones, a three berry pie with home made whip cream, And, of course, sweet potato pie. Don’t forget the banana pudding. I got work to do, y’all! Love every minute of it.
    Ms. Dudette, I am really going to need you tonight, girl! The Isley Bros. Usually get me started and then wind down with Anita Baker.
    I will stop by to see the turkey get pardoned. I never cared when any other president did this. Especially GW. I just felt that the turkey should have been doing the pardoning for us. So glad for the turkey Romney is not there. That is just one thing I am thankful for today. Can you imagine?

    • 59 desertflower
      November 27, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Just in case Dudette doesn’t see this in time….Isley Bros for you, LDS:) Whole album. Get cookin’!!

      • 60 LDS
        November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

        DF, thank you!
        It is on. I am going to enjoy every minute of this.

        • 61 desertflower
          November 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

          I’m jammin’ myself:) Enjoy dancing around the kitchen!! Remind me later if Dudette doesn’t peek in…I’ll put up some Anita Baker for you!

          • 62 LDS
            November 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

            Yes! Yes! And Yes!
            Is it me? I am feeling victoriously giddy inside knowing that we can come here thanks to our Ms. Chips. Our President is reminding me of Mohammed Ali with all of his spot on predictions of what he will do, has done, still yet to do. How can you feel giddy, peaceful and calm all at once. I cannot remember feeling like this ever. I dare say hopeful for the whole world!
            #Yes We Can!

      • 63 GGail
        November 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

        DF, I’m at work and I’ll appreciate this Isley album – THANK YOU!

  24. 65 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I heard someone on the radio yesterday say that signing up for healthcare was a very patriotic thing to do…shows that you care to take responsibility for your own health and well being and takes the load off others for paying for YOUR care. I liked that.

  25. 66 JER
    November 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

  26. 67 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hilary Sargent ‏@lilsarg 3h
    CNN Poll —> “54% either support Obamacare or say it’s not liberal enough.”
    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    🙂 🙂

  27. 68 Linda
    November 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some immigrants who have stayed in the United States longer than they were allowed can soon apply to keep living in the U.S. under another immigration policy change quietly authorized by the Obama administration.

    According to a Nov. 14 policy memorandum from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, some immigrants from 37 Visa Waiver Program countries who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may be allowed to stay.

    People from visa waiver countries don’t have to get a visa before coming to the U.S., but they can only stay for up to 90 days. The program covers mostly European countries.

    The new policy was issued in mid-November, a day before the administration announced plans to let some immigrant parents, children and spouses of U.S. military personnel stay in the United States.

  28. 72 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Yeah…Dems are in real trouble NOW!!! 🙂

    Harrell Kirstein ‏@HarrellKirstein 23m
    Independent #NH voters support Medicaid Expansion 51-33% cc: @nhgopsenate http://www.nec.edu/pdf-files-1/nec-polling/NEC%20Poll%20Results%20November%202013_ms.pdf … #NHpolitics
    Retweeted by LOLGOP

  29. November 27, 2013 at 11:34 am


    Very good read. Even though it is written specifically about SC politics/elections, it applies perfectly to our national situation. The writer is a retired Navy captain, good friend of ours for many years. He has been my son-in-law’s mentor and commissioned that SIL few years ago.

  30. 74 desertflower
    November 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

    How about some Earth, Wind and Fire??

    • 77 desertflower
      November 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

      I’ve officially run amok. I’M listening to EWF…I don’t know why I can’t get it on here…can one of you terrific blogmasters take some of these down for me? Yikes. Sorry.

  31. November 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Duuuudette! You there? Just started:

    We the Geeks: The Science of Cooking

  32. 85 Dakota
    November 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Peace and Blessings to you all!

    Let me just say, as a severely lapsed Catholic, Pope Francis has definitely got my attention.

    Like many of you, I pray for my President daily. Prayer works. We see him score victory after victory in the face of incredible opposition and blatant lies. Let’s continue to keep him, his family and his entire cabinet lifted up. Seeing all the rethugs voted out in 2014 is gonna make it a great year! It will happen!

    A favor to ask from you Tweeters…please tweet the video of the Tundra Twit pardoning the turkey with “Clem” in background stuffing turkeys down that machine. I nearly peed myself laughing!

    • 86 LDS
      November 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Dakota, I just cannot take seeing that while I am slicing and dicing…..please!
      They really should just stop all of the negatives and jump on this “Love Train”.
      It feels so good.

  33. 87 JER
    November 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  34. 88 Linda
    November 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Every news pundit needs to make a New Year Resolution to never say ” We’re going to have to leave it there” FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • 89 forus50
      November 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Totally agree. Can we add “what do you make of this?” phrasing. Annoys me that they always ask a person’s opinion with this phrasing now.

  35. 91 Gazelle
    November 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    [Happy Thanksgiving, Mama Danny, BT’s, TODville. I’m ever so thankful you’re all here! 🙂 ]

    Italy Senate Expels 3-Time Ex-Premier Berlusconi
    by The Associated

    ROME (AP) — The Italian Senate on Wednesday expelled three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction, ending, for now, his two-decade legislative run but not his political career.

    Rest here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247483581

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