Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama makes Congressional calls from the Oval Office before the final Senate vote repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:05: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with moms to discuss health care, Oval Office



National Journal: Obamacare’s Unlikely Winners

Sue Spanke of Missoula, Mont., was highly displeased this fall when she learned her health insurance had been canceled. “I got so mad that I went to my phone and started calling all the political people and giving them what for,” Spanke told The Billings Gazette. That was before she learned she was eligible for a policy at a much lower cost.

After angrily calling her state auditor’s office, Spanke, a self-employed artist in her 50s, found she was eligible for a federal subsidy. Her new insurance will cover her for a mere $30 to $40 a month with a deductible of only $500. She had been paying $350 a month for a Blue Cross policy with a $5,000 deductible. “I went from a horrible policy that didn’t cover anything, that was breaking me, to the best policy at the best price I’ve had since I was in my 20s,” she said.

With the website largely fixed, one of the last lines of attack against Obamacare is that the president lied when he said if people like their insurance plans, they can keep them. The White House is hoping stories like Spanke’s will inoculate them against those arguments. And the positive stories abound.

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Journal Gazette: Getting an earful on Obamacare

…. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, had asked for input on the Affordable Care Act during an open house Monday at his office in the E. Ross Adair Federal Building, and he got it…

…Lee Albright, owner of the south-side meat market carrying his last name, doesn’t want the Affordable Care Act repealed, which Stutzman and the Republican-controlled House have voted to do numerous times. Albright told his congressman that his monthly payment for family health coverage will drop from $3,800 to $1,700 by enrolling in a plan offered through the much-maligned law.

Albright said most of his dozen employees also are enrolling in Affordable Care Act plans and will have coverage for the first time. “If the Republican Party thinks they’re going to kill Obamacare, you guys need to realize that those nine people that I add on, are they going to vote Republican ever again if you take their health care from them?”

Stutzman responded: “No, probably not.”

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WMGT: Congressman Scott Talks Healthcare, Farm Bill at Town Hall Meeting

Residents from all around middle Georgia met with U.S. Representative Austin Scott to talk about concerns they have in the nation’s capitol during a town hall meeting on Monday.

Gridlock in Washington has left local business owners like Bob Schumacher, frustrated. He hasn’t had health insurance for some time, and has tried multiple times to use the scrutinized healthcare.gov website and hasn’t had any luck, until now.

“I was able to get an insurance plan and with the tax credit, it’s going to be about half of the price that it was going to be two and a half years ago,” Schumacher said.

…. “They’ve definitely got the website up and running now, and so you can get online and see if there is something out there that works for you.”

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CT Mirror: CT insurance exchange enrollment up more than 50% in two weeks

Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is enrolling about 1,400 people a day and is on track to have 50,000 to 60,000 people signed up for health care coverage by the end of the year, an official said Tuesday.

Jason Madrak, chief marketing officer for Access Health CT, the state’s exchange, said about 20,000 people have signed up for private insurance plans through the marketplace, about 70 percent of whom will get federal financial assistance to discount their premiums.

In addition, about 17,000 people have signed up for Medicaid coverage through the exchange, Madrak said.

The approximately 37,000 people signed up for coverage through the exchange marks a nearly 58 percent increase from enrollment as of Dec. 4, the previous figures Access Health reported.

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Dana Milbank: Auto bailout could be harbinger for Obamacare

When will the criticism of Obamacare finally end?

I’ve done some research on the question, and by my calculations, judging from current trends, this will happen approximately . . . never.

I base this on the criticism of the auto bailout of early 2009. Almost five years later, the industry is healthy again and large swaths of the Midwest have been spared what would have been certain economic devastation. All this was achieved for a relatively modest sum: … It would seem that the argument against the bailout has been settled. Yet opponents continue to argue their case — if anybody will listen.

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Faces of Repeal


Paul Krugman: The Obamacare Worm Continues to Turn

Dana Milbank has an interesting piece today …. he compares Obamacare to the auto bailout, which at this point looks like a rousing success — but continues to be lambasted by the right, because it shouldn’t have worked, and therefore can’t have worked.

….. it’s a strong signal that the press is catching up to the reality that December is not October, and that the news — while there are still many troubles — is increasingly positive. Actually, so is Darrel Issa’s angry rebuke to a health care official: “You need to watch more Fox News.”

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National Memo: What If Every Voter Denied Medicaid Expansion By Republicans Voted Democratic?

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 4.8 million Americans will be denied health insurance because Republican governors and legislatures have refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Another study, called Health Care for America Now (HCAN), was released last week and found that 4,831,590 people were being denied Medicaid in red states, nearly duplicating Kaiser’s result. HCAN went a step further and estimated that the result of not expanding insurance to these eligible residents would result in the loss of 27,000 lives in 2014, while denying the states $42.6 billion a year in economic activity.

Most of these people who earn too much for Medicaid and too little to purchase insurance in the health care exchanges — 79 percent — live in southern states.

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Norbrook: Republicans Are Running Scared

After the  government shutdown, Republicans took a big hit in the polls.  A very, very large hit in the polls in fact. It turned out that while various people are willing to talk about what they don’t like about “big government,” there are even more things that the government provides that they do like.  While Republicans thought they had a “winning strategy” by using the shutdown to attempt to repeal “Obamacare” (for the 40′th plus time), it turned out that the public thought it was really stupid, particularly when all those things like national parks had to close. Add in a lack of action on any substantive issues, the unpopularity of various Republican governors, and some losses in elections they thought were winnable, and things are starting to get tense for them.

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Had no intention of mentioning the race-baiting turd that is Ron Fournier, but Charles Pierce….. oh, Charles Pierce:

Ron Fournier Is Smarter Than You Are

Once again, former Karl Rove self-actualization guru Ron Fournier has taken to the pages of the National Journal – Motto: There’s A Reader Out There Somewhere – to explain that the president misapprehended the results of the 2012 election, and that he has been operating under the illusion that, because he got the most votes, he got to be president again. To elucidate this for the dimmer people among us, Ron shows how brilliant he was in the immediate aftermath of said election, and employs the useful tool of Historical Parallelism, which he applies repeatedly and vigorously to his own forehead.

…. The IRS dumbassery was just that. The NSA surveillance started under Bush – with considerably more Democratic support in the Congress, Ron, than this president has gotten from Republicans on anything – and Benghazi, Benghazi!, BENGHAZI! remains a hoax. I’m afraid we are past the point where an intervention would help. Better just fire off the stun gun and pry the tool of Historical Parallels out of his hand.

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ThinkProgress: Why Obama Is Sending Openly Gay Athletes To Russia’s Olympics

As controversy erupted over Russia’s anti-gay law ahead of next year’s Sochi Olympics, President Barack Obama said that he opposed boycotting the Games in favor of letting the United States delegation lead by example on the LGBT rights front.

“One thing I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which i think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes were seeing there,” Obama said. “And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it’ll probably make their team weaker.”

Tuesday, Obama took a step forward in showing that example, selecting tennis legend and former U.S. Olympic coach Billie Jean King, a lesbian who has long been an LGBT equality advocate, to be a part of the delegation that will represent the White House at the opening ceremony on February 7. Hockey player Caitlin Cahow, who is also openly gay, will be a part of the delegation to the closing ceremonies on February 23.

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Steve Benen: Obama sends Putin an Olympic message

Subtle, this wasn’t.

…. note that the U.S. Olympic delegation is traditionally led by someone from the White House – current or former president, vice president, or member of the First Family. For Sochi, as Rachel noted on the show last night, Obama tapped former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, which means no one from the White House or even from the president’s cabinet will be on hand for the opening ceremony.

… this also strikes me as this latest in a series of elections-have-consequences moments. Conservatives have come to celebrate Vladimir Putin as something of an international hero, while religious right activists cheer on his culture war from afar. Obama has been highly ambitious and progressive when it comes to advancing LGBT civil rights, and his choice in Olympic delegation members sends a signal the world will notice…

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LA Times: Homeless men invited to help Pope Francis celebrate birthday

Pope Francis boosted his down-to-earth image by inviting a group of homeless men to his Vatican residence to help him celebrate his 77th birthday.

The group of men joined Francis on Tuesday as he gave his morning Mass and then ate breakfast with him …. the men, a Pole, a Slovak and a Czech, were sleeping under the portico outside the Vatican’s press center when they were approached by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who distributes charitable contributions for the pope.

“Would you like to come to Pope Francis’ birthday party?” Krajewski reportedly asked them. “After a moment of bewilderment and wonder, they started packing up their beds, pieces of cardboard and covers which were arranged to protect them from the bitter cold of the Roman night.”

More here



On This Day:

President Obama walks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to their bilateral meeting at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 18, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza: “The President briefs European leaders following a multilateral meeting in which an agreement was tentatively reached at the United Nationals Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Most conferences like this are very scripted; this one was just the opposite.” Dec. 18, 2009

President Obama speaks during a multilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Brazilian President Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Prime Manmohan Singh, and South African President Jacob Zuma during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 18, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shows military officials the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room following a meeting, Dec. 1, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



146 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 19 GGAIL
    December 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good West Coast Chipsticks & TOD family!

  2. December 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Goooood mmmmoorrnnnninnnngggg, Chips, Big D and the incredibly talented Blog Tyrants. It’s Wednesday alriight.

    FYI –

  3. 25 desertflower
    December 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Look at this:) 22,856,075 hits OMG. You deserve to be first!

  4. 29 japa21
    December 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    GM all from sunny, although chilly, Chicagoland.

    I think it is great that the media is focusing just as hard on all the success stories about the ACA and how the website is working quite well as it was on the problems at the beginning of the rollout. Oh…wait…

  5. 33 taiping1
    December 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Morning Chips, Danny, and all of TOD! Great round-up. Every day I talk to people who are finally selecting their plans, most at great savings.

  6. 35 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

    TeaNN is still trying to convince viewers that yesterday’s tech meeting was really about NSA spying and that the CEO’s are quite pissed because they really did not get to talk about that.


  7. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    December 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Chips, I agree with DF and you deserve the sunglasses, too, because that kind of growth is C*O*O*L! And I’m betting those numbers will go through the roof in 2014 as the frenzy builds for the elections. Soon your icon will include a crown and after that–who knows? Emeralds, rubies, priceless diamonds. Great round up by the way. Our president is just a wonder. Can you imagine world leaders sitting around avidly listening to GW Bush, telling themselves,,”don’t roll your eyes..don’t roll you eyes.” PBO has them enthralled and they’re actually getting information. I’m so so so so proud of him!!!!!

  8. 42 Vicki
    December 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good morning TOD. Is anybody else here enjoying the ACA update website?
    I am a numbers person and the steadily growing enrollments make me happy every time I check them.
    The states like my own NY that have made an allout effort to get Obamacare implemented have signed up impressive percentages of their eligible population.
    Connecticut is at about 60%. wow!

  9. 43 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

  10. 44 desertflower
    December 18, 2013 at 9:50 am


    Mayor Bloomberg On Homeless Girl Featured In The New York Times: ‘That’s Just The Way God Works’

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, asshat!

    • 45 anniebella
      December 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Bloomberg is Barbara Walters good friend, the Mayor who think it is just fine for policemen to stop and frisk black men for no reason at all, other then they are black.

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      December 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      OMG. Yes, God loves the little homeless people without hope. God created them for Bloomberg’s amusement. If Bloomberg has a family, one of them needs to recommend a psychiatric eval. Despicable!

  11. 47 desertflower
    December 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Strange what I think of in the shower….anyone heard from LisalovesObama lately? 🙂

  12. 50 Don
    December 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    So Rootin Putin want to play games with President Obama by granting Snowden asylum, no problem, enter cultural icon Billy Jean King who just happens to be a warrior for LGBT rights. Your move Putin.

  13. December 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hiya everyone, a couple of people on Twitter told me they aren’t/weren’t seeing the scrolling tweets in the right sidebar, I know Amk and Bob were having similar problems. Anyone else?

  14. 64 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody.

    Housing starts rose almost 23% last month, touching their highest level in more than five years and further demonstrating the housing market’s growing strength. … But the November jump doesn’t look like a one-month blip because both October and November permits, which lead starts by 1 or 2 months, were strong as well. That points to continued construction growth in December…

  15. 66 utaustinliberal
    December 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Great Rise and Shine.

    p.s. You are such a C-H-E-A-T-E-R Chiparoo, and you know what they say about them. 😆

  16. 68 MightyPamela
    December 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    A specific fact no one can mess with: Winter Solstice arrives 12/21/13 at 12:11pm EST. None of us need to be told the Sun moves into Capricorn, right? Mark your calendars!! 😉

    • 69 99ts
      December 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

      I be a Capricorn. With Christmas & grandbabes my birthday gets well forgotten – which is useful as I refuse to add an extra year when the day passes without due celebration – a most common event.

  17. 70 dotster3
    December 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh my—- totally unnecessary and ridiculous, but an opportunity to laugh at him one last time….so…..

  18. 78 utaustinliberal
    December 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • 79 mtmarilyn
      December 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

      This week I have learned from several friends here in Missoula who are finally getting insurance when they haven’t had it in a long time. It has been tough because our state hasn’t set up it’s own. They are all so excited. I know who Sue is, she makes wonderful jewelry, but hadn’t heard who story.

      I think this will help change this state. It will help with both our Senate and Congressman races next year. We just can’t elect a Repub. I am finally hearing more about who is running. I’ll share more after the holiday’s.

  19. 80 collegekay
    December 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Awesome post, Chips. That video is adorable lol.

  20. 82 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

    ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Says Being Gay Is A Sin, A Vagina Is ‘More Desirable Than A Man’s Anus’

    Recently, Robertson and his family were named on Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2013” list. He snubbed Walters’ interview to go duck hunting instead.


    What say you BaBa ?

    • 83 Don
      December 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Oh well, thanks for playing Phil, you can pick up your parting gift on your way back to oblivion. When will these moron’s learn, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    • 84 anniebella
      December 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

      My hope is Barbara Walters will never interview Michelle and Barack Obama again, she doesn’t deserve too. These Duck folks are about as fascinating as Honey boo-boo.

      • 85 Nena20409
        December 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        She did her last interview with them just last month or so. That is why Walters is now insulting them. She is retiring in April or May 2014.

        • 86 jackiegrumbacher
          December 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          Well, thank goodness for that, Nena. She’s about 15 years too late on that announcement. At this point, I could care less what she says or does and I’m sure the Obama family feels the same.

  21. 87 amk for obama
    December 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts.


    • 88 Don
      December 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

      What a long hard fall for Morsi, this guy could have been a great leader for Egypt.

    • December 18, 2013 at 11:16 am


      Mercy….Mercy…The road to Democracy is long and hard…and is not inevitable…

      here in America…many of us take our democracy for granted…it has to be guarded well…look what happens when we are not on alert…we get voter suppression….stripping of workers and women’s rights…takeover of the media by corporations…etc.

      but ..but …looks what happens when we take our democracy in our hands….we elect …Barack Obama…not once but twice….

      Democracy is not inevitable…like the soil…it must be tilled in order to produce a crop…

      YES WE CAN>>>

      YES WE MUST!

  22. 90 marachne
    December 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    A different kind of outreach: “Out2Enroll is a coalition of organizations who want to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people stay healthy by making sure that one of the major benefits of the Affordable Care Act — access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage — reaches LGBT communities. Get Enrolled is a holiday parody, produced by our friends at Full Frontal Freedom, which aims to bring awareness to the final week of health marketplace enrollment.” It is only slightly naughty.

  23. 91 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Mitt ironing himself is from a documentary coming out in January….here is the trailer……

  24. 102 Don
    December 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Oh god I can’t wait to watch this, just the thought that this tax evading job shipping pension stealing asshole actually thought he could beat Barack Obama is worth the price of paying for Netflix alone.

  25. 103 99ts
    December 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Ms Chips just tweeted this – and all I can say is – eat your heart out – anyone who thinks PBO is not the most adored, respected man in the USA.

  26. 108 amk for obama
    December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Scientists say they have been able to successfully print new eye cells that could be used to treat sight loss.

    The proof-of-principle work in the journal Biofabrication was carried out using animal cells.

    The Cambridge University team says it paves the way for grow-your-own therapies for people with damage to the light-sensitive layer of tissue at back of the eye – the retina.

    More tests are needed before human trials can begin.


  27. December 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    and after a morning long careful consideration and deliberation, after honorable mention ‘… strikes me as the latest in a series of elections- have- consequences moments’ the winner of the R&S Chiperoo™ is… (drumroll, please, thank you)… the schadenfreudeishly delicious image of a purple Darrel Issa screeching, ‘You need to watch more Fox News!’

  28. December 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

  29. December 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Morning Obama sycophants!

    Well, I’m still sinusy and phlegmy, but I don’t feel like death warmed over. Hope to get back on my feet fully over the next couple of days.

  30. 115 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Per Ed Schultz, today is some kind of WH Christmas Party for the media.

    He is in DC and will be attending later this evening.

    I suppose Mark Knoller will be there eating up the WHOLE meal?

  31. 116 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Patty Murray just announced that the mistake that was made in the budget that affects disabled vets/survivors will be fixed in a stand alone bill after they pass the budget as is so it does not have to go back to the house again.

  32. 118 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  33. 128 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Robert Bruce Ford still has a Job……..Romney is still crying about his loss.


  34. 129 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Justice Ginsberg is being interviewed on cspan 1 .

  35. 130 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Well, this morning we hear Bloomberg thinks NYC’s homeless are just an example of “God at work” (goes one step beyond Blame Obama to Blame God, I see) …

    … and it’s being reported that authorities are taking care of African migrants when they arrive on land on an Italian island by stripping them naked and hosing them down … either because of “a contagious rash” or “there was a larger number than is usually the case” and, thus, the extremely humiliating response.

    Man’s inhumanity to man never ceases. There are really no words to address any of this.

  36. 133 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Jay is at the podium

  37. 135 Dudette
    December 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  38. December 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    New post in 12 minutes, 16 seconds ish.

  39. 139 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This shows how partisan Congress has become since 1989……no wonder they cannot get anything done…….

  40. 140 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Yes We Did! Woot!

  41. 142 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    So now Chris Christie’s two resigned Cronies are now retaining Legal Councils? Hmm?


  42. December 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Morning all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up day in TODdytown!!!!

    So let me get this straight. The soon to be approved budget deal has no, nada, nil, none, nothing in revenue…… only spending for various services/programs……which means money has to be borrowed to pay for the spending……yet, the pubs are threatening to not raise the debt ceiling to pay for the money borrowed in this bill? Does this make any sense, or is it me? What did we get from this deal, if there’s no unemployment extension, no revenue, no SNAP consideration. Then there’s Paul Ryan boasting that he got 70% of what he wanted, but didn’t get it for nothing, still expecting to have a debt ceiling fight.

    It’s a good thing I try to stay zenful or I’d be throwing stuff. Speaking of zen….. I still have some shopping to do, zen I gotta finish decking the halls. TTYL!!

  43. 144 cookemom
    December 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Chinese hackers got into the computer systems at the FEC in October during the government shutdown. Since no one at the agency was deemed essential, there was no one there to monitor anything that was happening. They just tuned off the lights, closed the door and went home.

  44. 145 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm


    The White House on Wednesday will release the full task force report proposing changes to National Security Agency surveillance programs, revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said that once President Barack Obama decides which of the 46 recommendations his administration will implement, he will deliver a speech on NSA policies going forward.

    When asked Jay said that the whole document is being released so that those reporting on this Should Report it Accurately?

    I 😆 🙄 😆 again and again. The Media Today is neither trustworthy nor do they report accurately.

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