Rise and Shine

President Obama stands in the Outer Oval Office, viewed from the Cabinet Room of the White House, Jan. 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)



11:40 EST: President Obama Speaks on Emergency Unemployment Insurance

12:15 Jay Carney briefs the press



Steve Benen: ACA ‘horror stories’ keep crumbling

For much of the fall, when major news organizations went into feeding-frenzy mode over the Affordable Care Act, an unsettling pattern emerged. The media kept shining a spotlight on various “horror stories” – regular Americans adversely affected by “Obamacare” – and those stories kept crumbling when subjected to scrutiny.

The problem persists. Reader R.B. passed along this striking report from Maggie Mahar, who explained that many of the “tales of Obamacare’s innocent victims … just aren’t true.”

More here



The Wire: Lessons from the Obamacare ‘Horror Stories’

At the root of every debunked, cancelled plan, Obamacare “horror story” is usually a person who isn’t as informed as he or she would like to believe. Usually that person is a journalist. Last week Maggie Mahar at HealthInsurance.org debunked yet another horror story, but she didn’t blame the misguided former policy holders so much as the journalist who wrote the story. “It appeared that no one at the Star-Telegram even attempted to run a background check on the sources, or fact check their stories,” Mahar wrote. “I couldn’t help but wonder: ‘Why?'”

Obamacare horror story debunkings are actually just journalists calling out their peers. While the Obamacare “victim” — usually someone who’s policy was cancelled — may be motivated by political leanings, an aversion to subsidies or just a lack of knowledge, it’s not their job to give an accurate, thorough report on the issue from all sides. “The whole concept of the media checking the media is a new phenomenon,”  Bill Adair of PolitiFact told Poynter in November. There was once a time when journalists were a little more discreet with their critics of their peers, but now calling people out is the norm. And with Obamacare, which leads all kinds of reporters to pick and choose details, everyone (everyone) can learn something from the mistakes of others. Here are the key lessons from the last three months of bogus horror stories.

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TPM: How The GOP Is Putting Uninsured Americans At Risk … In One Chart

The GOP’s relentless assault on Obamacare hasn’t succeeded in repealing or defunding the law, but it has managed to do something: prevent a lot of uninsured Americans from getting health insurance.

With three months of Obamacare enrollment completed, the effect of the Republican intransigence on health care reform can be seen in new data compiled by Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and director of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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ThinkProgress: Anatomy Of A Hit Job: Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

“What’s the matter with 60 Minutes?”

That was the question asked by many, after the program on Sunday aired what has since been slammed as an inaccurate portrayal of the cleantech industry.

Besides the fact that the piece made no mention of climate change — which is one of the stronger arguments behind cleantech — the report largely passed over the recent explosive growth in wind power, solar power, LED lights and electric vehicles.

But it’s not like 60 Minutes wasn’t told about the recent major successes in the clean tech industry. Robert Rapier, Chief Technology Officer at Merica International, was interviewed by 60 Minutes, and spoke to them at length about cleantech’s many successes. But the only comments included were ones about cleantech investor Vinod Khosla, who CBS asserts is “known as the father of the cleantech revolution” (he is not).

Rapier spoke with ClimateProgress on Monday about what got left out of the interview.

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Steve Benen: Winter, climate, and what’s truly ‘laughable’

Every year, much of the world experiences a phenomenon known as “seasons.” For many Americans, this means higher temperatures in the summer and lower temperatures in the winter. What does this have to do with global climate change? Not a whole lot.

But just as one season leads to another, the transition from fall to winter brings out the worst in too many conservatives. Indeed, in seems every winter, like clockwork, far-right yahoos start arguing, “It’s cold in winter, therefore global warming can’t be real.” Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), playing his usual role, insisted yesterday that freezing temperatures in much of the country is obviously proof that climate science itself is “laughable.”

Something in this debate is laughable, but I’m afraid it isn’t the science.

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MoooOOOooorning again! Got severely interrupted, so I’m missing 99.36% of the important news, I’m assuming. 😕 Will catch up later in the day.

102 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. January 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Every day, I am so glad he is our President. Morning everybody xoxo

  2. 6 99ts
    January 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Good morning Sara and Ms Chips – past time to also say g’nite. Stay safe in the ice and snow

  3. 8 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Chips and Danny. Give my Danny a Big hug. HZ

    • January 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Good moooooorning HZ, hugs from Danny and me!!!

      • 10 HZ
        January 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

        (((((((((((((((((((( TY, my beautiful Chips))))))))))))))))HZ

      • 11 57andfemale
        January 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

        Ms. Chips, do you and Danny live in a moderate climate?

        • January 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

          🙂 Moderately moderate 57, thankfully not experiencing the extremes most poor TODers are at the moment!! Are you keeping cozy?

          • 13 57andfemale
            January 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

            We’re trying to dig out of the garage. Snow drift No. 1 was covered by all the snow blowing off the roof – right in front of the garage door. I did a good layer this morning and Mr. 57 is out there now. I need to get to the office tomorrow and get my paycheck!

            Even my hardiest of hardy dogs is none too happy in this weather. Had to go pick up Kasper as his legs just locked up.

            May I say, this was an adventure 30+ years ago. Now it’s just a nightmare.

            • January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

              Ooooooh 57, yuck! I always going on about loving snow, but after a heavy fall I’m cursing the living daylights out of it! Poor old Kasper 😦

              • 15 57andfemale
                January 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

                At least me and Mr. 57 are finally over our New Year’s flu. I had it first, he quickly followed. Trying to spell each other and get this damn snow under control.

                We had a handyman/landscaper who used to do snow removal for us. We got a whole new roof last year that insurance paid for and he’s been out of joint since. We couldn’t hire him – we needed a licensed contractor and there were asbestos tiles that had to be removed by licensed professionals. Since then he’s just abandoned us. I worry about Mr. 57 and he tries to pamper me but I am capable of doing my share.

                Trying to be philosophical: it’s a jumpstart on the exercise program for 2014, right?

                I would rather throw snowballs at my effing Senator, Mark Kirk, who voted against UI extension. That heartless, piece of shit.

  4. 18 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    the effing senate hall is empty. who is booker in the presiding seat?

    ui roll call on.

  5. 22 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    kirk votes no.

  6. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    January 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Believe I heard on The Weather Channel this morning that there are below-freezing temperatures in all 50 states, including Florida and Hawaii.

    Oh, goodie.

  7. 27 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Judge To Texas Women: Living 150 Miles From An Abortion Clinic Is No Big Deal If You Drive Fast

    On Monday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit considered a package of harsh anti-abortion restrictions enacted in Texas over the summer. After lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights argued that the new law has left the impoverished Rio Grande Valley without any available providers, forcing women who live there to make an 300-mile round trip to Corpus Christi to get to the nearest clinic, Judge Edith Jones scoffed. “Do you know how long that takes in Texas at 75 miles an hour?” she asked. “This is a peculiarly flat and not congested highway.”


  8. 30 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    McCain and Kirk voted NO.

  9. 33 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    collins yes

  10. 35 yardarm756
    January 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good morning mateys! A wee bit late and back on schedule :-D. Here’s the real deal.


    -16 degrees below 0 yesterday. Heat wave today…4 Degrees!


    60° F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago are still sunbathing.

    50° F: Californians try to turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens.

    40° F: Italian sports cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.

    32° F: Distilled water freezes; Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

    20° F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket.

    15° F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.

    0° F: All the people in Phoenix die. Chicagoans close the windows.

    10° below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico . The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

    25° below zero: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.

    40° below zero: Washington, DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the dogs sleep indoors.

    100° below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start ‘da car.’

    460° below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, ‘cold ’nuff for ya?’

    500° below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series.

  11. 47 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    coates – yes

  12. 48 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    asshole mcccain – no

    • 49 Cindy
      January 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Good morning TOD family,
      amk for Obama, don’t get worked up, McCain is what you said; also bitter angry man cause he lost to the black President. I didn’t expect anything good from him, he’s just bitter to the core.

    • 50 anniebella
      January 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

      John McCain isn’t worth dog doo-doo.

  13. 52 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Coats just voted Aye….I think that will make the 60 if the other Republicans that said they are voting Aye still do.

  14. 53 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

    ayotte – yes

  15. 54 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Senators Graham, Session, just voted no. We need to take note of these rascalsHZ

    • 55 anniebella
      January 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Neither is Graham and Session.

      • 56 anniebella
        January 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

        It is all about not wanting to look like they are helping out this President, forget about all the people out there suffering, they don’t care. If the voters are crazy enough to allow these Republicans to keep control of the House, then they deserve exactly what they get.

    • 57 Cindy
      January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Good Morning HZ,
      I tried tracking you down on previous posts but to no avail : (
      I sent you a response about gratitude; hope you are enjoying those trees, seeing more grasshoppers, and feeling the warmth of the amazing sunshine. Did you finish cleaning the patio or did you get distracted by seeing more beauty : ) ?

      • 58 HZ
        January 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Good Morning HZ, I saw it and did comment on your gracious comment. I am. I go out and look around each morning. It is lovely. I hope you are fine in your area as well. Have a lovely day. Keep the lights up.HZ

        • 59 Cindy
          January 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

          Yes, your comment was beautiful, that is why I was trying to track you down to let you know how much it meant. Lights are up, thanks to you guys! Florida got hit with cold weather this morning, the wind is serious. But it is still a beautiful day. I lived in Missouri for 5 plus years, this weather is beautiful at 50. My last weekend in Missouri before leaving was 54 “below” Zero. I kind of laugh when I see how people are dressing when we do get a few days of cold weather; boots, furs and all-in Miami?

  16. 60 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    portman – yes

  17. 61 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Portman voted Aye.HZ

  18. 62 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Portman voted Aye . We need one more and Reid..for 60

  19. 63 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    58-36 now. Two more needed.

  20. 64 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    We are going to get it, I do believe.HZ

  21. 65 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    one more needed. Harry?

  22. 66 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    59 Yes, 37 NO.

  23. 68 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    We have 60 Yes and 37 NO,

  24. 69 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    60 !!!!!!!!

  25. 70 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    carper is the 60th vote. Congrats Harry. gop – gfy.

  26. 74 Melanie
    January 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Well the Senate did its job. Now over to the House where they fail.

    • 75 Cindy
      January 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

      If it fails in the House, what happens next?

      • 76 Jovie
        January 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

        It’s dead!

        • 77 Cindy
          January 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

          oh my, I have continually prayed that this goes through. 1.3 million plus families without any means of income. This is so wrong, morally wrong and I don’t know how those clowns can go home and sleep at night. What will they say to the good Lord when they before Him on judgment day? Cruz, Paul; what’s up Lord, they didn’t need those checks because they would lose the incentive to work.

      • 78 pkayden
        January 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

        Boehner should do the right thing and cajole as many of his Rethug colleagues to vote for it. It’s the least they can do given that they do nothing but obstruct everything.

    • 79 amk for obama
      January 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

      As long as there are no back stabbing dems, methinks there will be the 16 votes from the saner side of gop.

  27. 80 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I never see Ted Cruz on the floor……

    Is he being shunned ?

  28. 85 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Heller is being congratulated with lots of handshakes.

  29. 86 Jovie
    January 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Something’s wrong in the senate– it passed! This is apocalyptic it’s gotta be the end of the world if something passed the senate.
    Now into that other body of congress where everything goes to die! 😦

  30. 87 anniebella
    January 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Good news about the UI vote this morning.

  31. 89 amk for obama
    January 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

    3 missing votes – reid, munchin ?

  32. 93 HZ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Now, I will get my cup of tea and wait for my wonderful POTUS to speak.HZ

  33. 94 utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

    60 – 37.

    • 95 Cindy
      January 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Why is it so hard for voters to see that it is the Democrats who are looking out for them? Surely, there are republicans in that 1.3 million count. This is a human issue and the repukes make everything about President Obama. I heard someone say that McConnell would vote yes if they agree to delay Obamacares for one year-are you kidding me?

      • 96 donna dem 4 obama
        January 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

        Because the media lumps all of “Congress” together when they report on them. They”ll say Congress is at a stalemate over an issue or Congress couldn’t pass a certain piece of legislation instead of saying what we all know to be the truth and that is that the Republicans in Congress have created unprecedented gridlock. The public is not given the facts so that they can make a sound judgement. Remember Chuck Todd said it wasn’t his job to tell the public the truth, it was up to the WH to carry their message to the public. Pathetic!!!

        • 97 Melanie
          January 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

          Agree with this Donna. The public is so confused because of the amount of misinformation that is allowed to go over the airwaves by the media. It is so rare to hear to hear Republicans operatives called out on their lies by “moderators.” It also seems that the those that are supposed to represent the left are just not as “vicious” or disciplined about presenting the left views or pushing back. Very frustrating.

  34. 98 Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

    More BS from MSNBC.

    The 3 month extension costs 6 billion…..they keep saying 25 billion. ( which is the one year amount )

    • 99 donna dem 4 obama
      January 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

      That’s that ‘liberal’ lean forward cable station for ya!

    • 100 Obama Grandmama
      January 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Interesting that the figure the media says it would cost, which is for a year so is misleading, is almost the same amount the GOP cost us with their government shutdown.

  35. 102 cookemom
    January 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Mark Kirk (R-Il) got to go undercover for the vote. He knew there would be 5 votes to carry the ayes. Now, he can just sit this one out because they’ll be votes to pass the thing.

    PBO speaks in a few minutes on the UI extension. Standing by at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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