Rise and Shine

First Lady Michelle Obama at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 25, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


The President has no public events scheduled for this weekend



Reuters: Obamacare Coverage Enrollment Hits Three Million

The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released on Friday.  It also shows that officials might still reach their initial goal of signing up 7 million people for private coverage by the time enrollment ends on March 31.

Analysts say Obama could highlight the 3 million number as a sign of progress when he addresses the topic of healthcare reform in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Earlier this week, the administration also announced that the number of people eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) rose to 6.3 million this month as a result of the enrollment effort.

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Alex Wigglesworth: Vice President Joe Biden Donates $50K To Pennsylvania’s Women’s Abuse Advocacy Groups

Vice President Joe Biden donated $50,000 to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Philadelphia-based Women Against Abuse Tuesday, a month after winning the money at Pennsylvania’s biggest annual political gathering. The Pennsylvania Society during its 115th annual black-tie dinner last month presented Biden with the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement. The award, which recognizes the leadership and philanthropic accomplishments of prominent figures with Pennsylvania ties, comes with a $50,000 contribution to be directed to charities of the recipient’s choice.

The two selected nonprofits will use the money to increase advocacy and awareness efforts and support intervention for victims of domestic violence, which they described as a public health epidemic that affects one in three women and one in seven men worldwide. As Vice President, Biden appointed the White House’s first Advisor on Violence Against Women and launched the “1is2many” initiative. an outreach campaign that uses technology to reduce date rape and domestic violence among teens and college students. Biden was the first sitting vice president chosen to receive the Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement. Past recipients have included Andrew Carnegie, Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Cosby.

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TPM: 60% Of KY GOPers Buck McConnell, Support Medicaid Expansion

A solid majority of Kentucky Republicans support the state’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a new poll, standing in stark contrast to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to the provision. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky poll, reported by NPR-affiliated WFPL, found that 60 percent of self-identified Republicans said they support expansion.

In total, 79 percent of Kentuckians agree with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand coverage to low-income people under the health care reform law. More than 120,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in Medicaid through the state’s Obamacare website since it launched in October

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Rachel Huggins: Obama Takes Action To End Sexual Assault

President Obama announced a new task force that will combat sexual assault,  particularly on college campuses, he said in his weekly address. The White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault “will help schools do a better job of preventing and responding to sexual assault,” he declared, adding that the crime affects one in five women on college campuses. “That’s totally unacceptable,” he added.

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BBC: Syria Foes Briefly Meet In Same Room At Geneva II Talks

Syria’s opposition and government have met briefly face to face in what is being hailed a small but significant step in talks aimed at “saving Syria”. The initial gathering in Geneva lasted half an hour mediated by the UN’s Lakhdar Brahimi. Delegates in Geneva are aiming at small concessions, not a full peace deal. “Ending terrorism and violence” is the top priority, Syrian officials say. They insist it is too early to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s position. The BBC’s Bridget Kendall, in Geneva, says another meeting at 15:00 GMT will follow same carefully choreographed format as the first.

The two delegations filed in through separate doors into one room in the UN Geneva Headquarters, and sat down at the same U-shaped table, but said nothing to each other. Mr Brahimi spoke for half an hour. Then they all filed out again. Ahead of the next face-to-face meeting, Mr Brahimi will shuttle between the delegations, trying to build confidence with small achievements like localised ceasefires, release of detainees and the opening of humanitarian corridors. This is cumbersome, slow diplomacy, our correspondent adds. But as one diplomat put it, small steps are better than no steps.

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Nation Of Change: Utah Is Ending Homelessness By Giving People Homes

City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates. Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it. Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.

In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but they keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.

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Eric Lach: Port Authority Refuses To Pay Christie Pal’s Legal Bills

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will not pay the legal bills for the former agency executive at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal, The Bergen Record reported on Friday. The notification to Wildstein reportedly said his request to have his legal bill picked up “would not be warranted” under the agency’s bylaws. Those bylaws state that current and former employees will be provided with legal representation if the action in question fell within their job duties, but not if there was fraud, malice, misconduct, or intentional wrongdoing.

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Paul Waldman: Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts

The simple answer is that they can’t help themselves, but more specifically, it’s a combination of ignorance, contempt, and Puritan morality that inevitably leads to these eruptions. And it’s going to keep happening. Let’s look at the particulars: Ignorance: These kinds of statements tend to come from older conservative men who have no idea how ladyparts work, and really don’t want to know. That extends to contraception, which as far as they’re concerned is something that is women’s responsibility and therefore there’s no need to understand it.

Beliefs about sin: The conception of sex as inherently sinful drives pretty much every conservative policy position that touches on sex, perhaps most notably the support for abstinence-only sex education. The fact that abstinence-only sex education has been shown over and over to fail is of only passing concern to them, because what they want out of sex education isn’t so much practical things like a reduction in teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs, but a moral statement: sex is bad.

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Jon Hurdle: Nonprofit Clinic Offers ‘Bridges of Health’ To Philadelphia’s Illegal Immigrants

Like many other immigrants, Mery Martinez has no legal status in the United States, no health insurance and no money. But she does have leukemia, and has been struggling to find treatment for the disease, first in New York and more recently in Philadelphia. Here, a hospital emergency room rejected her on New Year’s Day because she had not yet qualified for the state assistance that could have paid for the medical attention she needed. With rising anxiety, and a rash that she attributed to her illness, Ms. Martinez walked into a clinic last week run by Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit group of doctors, nurses and medical students that provides primary care to Philadelphia’s undocumented, uninsured and impoverished Latino immigrants.

Puentes de Salud, which in English means “bridges of health,” was founded to provide low-cost but quality health care and social services to the growing Latino population in South Philadelphia and began treating patients in 2006.  Daphne Owen, 26, a third-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinic volunteer, sees the low-cost, holistic approach practiced by Puentes as a model, not just for underserved community medicine but for the country’s health system over all. “Here, I’m learning things that we don’t learn in medical school,” Ms. Owen said. “The way we provide care has to change. By the time I’m done in medical school, there is no way the system is still going to work the way it does.”

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Gloria Goodale: California Drought: Scientists Puzzled By Persistence Of Blocking ‘Ridge’

While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists. The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast.

This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. This high pressure ridge system is feeding on itself, “creating a sort of perfect environment for perpetuating the dry conditions” it creates, he says. On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, calling for a 20-percent voluntary conservation effort state-wide.

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On This Day:

President Obama hugs retiring White House butler James Ramsey, as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Jan. 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama listens during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Jan. 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Roxanna Green as she enters the House Chamber prior the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011. John and Roxanna Green are the parents of eleven-year-old Dallas and the late Christina Taylor, the nine-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson earlier this month. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama stands with Members of Congress in House Speaker John Boehner’s ceremonial office as Bill Livingood, House Sergeant at Arms, left, and Terrance Gainer, Senate Sergeant at Arms, right, prepare to escort them onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as he enters the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for the State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the Green family after the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011. John and Roxanna Green are the parents of eleven-year-old Dallas and the late Christina Taylor, the nine-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson earlier this month (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama holds two-month-old Emme Bernstein, of Scottsdale, after arriving on Air Force One at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz, Jan. 25, 2012


President Obama runs along the Colonnade of the White House with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough’s children, Jan. 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


104 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    • January 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Joe is not a wealthy man but he believes passionately in this cause. BRAVO to our VP with a big heart. Such a huge contrast from the last VP – warmonger, war profiteer, nasty horrible man.

      • January 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        Exactly what I thought Meta, $50k is nothing to most politicians, but to Joe that is huge – I remember seeing his earnings/assets and being amazed at how small they were, money is not his God. Love the fella.

      • 10 vcprezofan2
        January 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        Not to diminish VPJoe’s contribution in any way, but it seems like his ‘prize’ WAS a donation of the winning amount to the charity of his choice.

        • 11 Nerdy Wonka
          January 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

          But by doing that, you are in a way diminishing his very generous contribution. The fact that he chose two advocacy groups that work to end domestic violence and sexual assault is a very honorable gesture. Vice President Joe Biden isn’t a wealthy man but he still gives of his personal money to charities and advocacy groups year after year as evidenced by his tax reports.

          The very generous gesture shows that to VP Joe Biden, ending domestic violence isn’t a hobby or side project, it is a cause that is very serious and dear to his heart. He is also the first sitting Vice President to receive the award. That’s a big deal.

          • 12 idon
            January 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

            VPJoe is awesome awesome and has always been awesome. He truly cares about the plight of women and children because it was him who sponsored the FIRST violence against women act. Before I loved President Obama, I loved Vice President Joe Biden. They are both two amazingly awesome men.

          • 13 vcprezofan2
            January 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

            NerdyW, I do not dispute anything you say here about our very special and compassionate VPJoe. In fact, I agree with every word, EXCEPT your first sentence. Meta’s first statement suggested (to me anyways) that she might have thought he donated his own money. My statement was meant as a clarification, since I know that it’s not unusual for us to comment on a situation without following/reading the full link ( I do that sometimes too). Actually, I find VPJoe’s actions on serious issues uniformly honorable, and having listened to him, and seen him in action re women’s issues I do not for a moment doubt his commitment.

  2. 14 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hello again, everyone.

  3. 15 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

  4. 16 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

  5. 17 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

    man c lagging 0-2 ?

    law of averages catching up.

  6. 18 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

  7. 19 GGAIL
    January 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good West Coast Saturday morning Chipsticks, NW & TOD family.

    NW, wonderful R&S, thanks!

  8. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Morning Ms. NW! thanks a lot for the content of this;

    Morning Ms. Chips! thanks a lot for the earlier thread!

    Morning everyone on TOD! thanks a lot for being active and/or lurking!

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      January 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

      A very ‘Good Morning’ to you GCLinda! I thought just this minute of sharing some of my cold beautiful wintry weather with you, but decided to reconsider. You probably have your own, anyways. 😀

      • 24 globalcitizenlinda
        January 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

        oh yeah, I have plenty – all is snow-covered white here (6 inches have fallen since over the last 8 hours and will continue to end of sunday;

        only places I have been repeatedly in CAN start from Toronto to Ottawa and I know how brutally cold it can be there; so this year, I am visiting in July

        • 25 vcprezofan2
          January 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

          ‘so this year, I am visiting in July’

          Smart choice, GCL! One can almost guarantee that you won’t have to contend with snow then. Notice I said ‘almost’ – I’ve heard a rumour that there was once a snowstorm in June. 🙂

  9. 26 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    extreme cold all through this week – made me think of returning to Africa now (if only I wasn’t scared of driving on the snow/ice-covered roads to the airport!

    snow storms with blowing winds since last night!

    there is absolutely NO WAY I am leaving home for the next two days!

    Yes, I also recognize that I am one of the lucky ones so I am extremely grateful that I have a well heated home, food and lots of work to do and the health to do it.

    On a positive note, the waterways really need this snow to replenish so that farmers in this corn-belt can supply to the world markets

    • 27 desertflower
      January 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Should I even MENTION that I’m going outside to cut the lawn? I feel for you, gcl 🙂 Been there, done that and winter just doesn’t have the same happy thoughts for me as it did as a kid. One snowstorm, a fire in the woodstove/fireplace and then I’m done. Just one. I have to say that I do miss the quiet of snow falling…that is really special to me…the quiet of falling snow. At night.

      • 28 globalcitizenlinda
        January 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

        you are allowed to brag about your weather fortunes – after all you have your political rightwingers’ mess to deal with daily;

        have been to AZ multiple times and some times it was very hot. Sometimes people wondered WHY we could complain about the AZ temperatures given our African heritage. had to remind them that not all part of Africa are so hot & certainly not my home country where temps range from 70 to 85 year round

      • 29 57andfemale
        January 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        I love you, you know I do, but kindly don’t tell me about mowing lawns. I’ve run out of places to put the snow that is now blowing everywhere as the temperature drops. I’m getting too old for this………

  10. 30 Nena20409
    January 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Saturday Morning to all TODable TOD.
    Great R&S.
    Gold for the Chips.
    Breezed through everything since last night.
    Later, TODville 😉

  11. 31 yardarm756
    January 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Koneechiwa! Oiyo gaziemas! 🙂

  12. 32 dotster3
    January 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    19 yr. old soph. student charged with the shooting murder yesterday of fellow student and football team member outside a dorm at S.C.St. U. at 1:30 in the afternoon after an argument. Good reason! Good thing guns are allowed on all public colleges and universities in South Carolina!


  13. 33 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

  14. 35 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

  15. 36 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

  16. 37 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    yeah, stick the fork on the fucker.

  17. January 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Good afternoon all. Thanks for great updates NW. Really enjoyed the past and present Rise and Shine.

  18. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    If the media puts down the President’s courtesy call on the Vatican or the Pope’s upcoming trip to America next year, we can remind them it’s head of state visiting head of state … just as President George Washington knew and welcomed.


  19. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    there is evil, then there is this kind of evil – the manipulation (by the rich) of the poor about something so vital as their access to basic health services;

    • 48 anniebella
      January 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Shouldn’t the poor take the time to look into this? To call their Congressman, Senator, call Obamacare and ask about what they have heard. It is disgusting that someone would scare these people like that.

      • 49 jacquelineoboomer
        January 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        Many of those who live in poverty don’t have even the resources you mention – the time or means to make the calls, etc. This is why the neighborhood ACA navigators and other voluntary groups and churches are so important!

  20. 50 Allison
    January 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  21. 54 JER
    January 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  22. 58 dotster3
    January 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I’m wondering how long it will be until some new voices speak out on this out of control gun violence—-the business owners etc.——because fewer and fewer people are going to be willing to go out to patronize retail establishments, movie theatres, restaurants, bars etc. —–with this current atmosphere where almost everywhere, including our schools, are possible gun shooting sites.

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Haven’t been following what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been doing, but – to your point – they (and other business groups) should be speaking out and fighting for a curb in the gun violence as a BUSINESS DECISION, as you intimated! And excuse that long sentence – I’ll take a breath now!

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Dotster, you’re right about this. More people are likely to stay away from public places and shopping venues because of fear. We’re living in an atmosphere of terror where a shooting can take place any time, any where. I can’t imagine why retailers paying huge leases, and depending on public traffic, aren’t screaming about this. Guns should not be allowed in ANY public place. Ever!!!

  23. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  24. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  25. January 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    NW, Chips, Everyone … this is a ‘must read’:

    “The Snowden affair is a story of secrecy and deception – but not on the side of the intelligence agencies. Far too little attention has been paid to the political agendas of the most ardent Snowdenistas – people such as the bombastic Brazil-based blogger, Glenn Greenwald, hysterical “hacktivist” Jacob Appelbaum, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

    They cloak their extreme and muddled beliefs in the language of privacy rights, civil liberties and digital freedoms. But where they part company with most of their fellow citizens is that they appear not to support the right of an elected, law-abiding government to keep and defend its secrets. They could found a political party based on such ideas. But it would get nowhere. They are bringing about the greatest peacetime defeat in the history of the West. That is not a noble crusade. It is sabotage and treason.”


    • January 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      More and more folk are becoming aware of the scale of Greenwald’s cyber-bulling …

      “Mr. Greenwald is a very popular guy on Twitter, with about 320,000 followers. And he has earned a reputation for bullying people who don’t share his views, frequently using his megaphone to launch unfair and frequently dishonest personal attacks. It will be interesting to see if he keeps this up at the $50 million news venture he’s starting that’s being bankrolled by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar.

      I was furious that he compared me to Joe McCarthy, the mid-20th century charlatan who led an ideological witch-hunt against legions of Americans for their political beliefs. My crime? Taking what, to me at least, is the uncontroversial position that NSA disclosures about fully legal overseas intelligence operations are not a form of whistle-blowing and help US foreign intelligence targets.

      While Greenwald and Snowden frequently decry abuses by the US government, the rest of the world gets a free pass – including Russia, where Snowden has temporary asylum. While the abuses of any other country don’t excuse ones by the US, to set yourself up as a principled advocate for personal rights and privacy while ignoring Russia’s vast surveillance state and routine suppression of what Americans consider fundamental liberties is the height of hypocrisy.”


    • 73 Nerdy Wonka
      January 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Wow. Very interesting and enlightening piece, Bob. The author asks very valid questions about Snowden’s claim that he leaked secrets to everyone including those who would do us harm because privacy was being violated. Nothing that has been revealed shows that the NSA did something inherently illegal or vastly unknown. If Snowden had truly been concerned for the well being of Americans, he wouldn’t have given away our national security protocols to the highest bidder. He wouldn’t have holed up in China and Russia while pretending they are defenders of the average person and of privacy. Now Greenwald is profiting to the tune of $250M while pretending he is a man of the people and not some greedy grifter looking to line his pockets.

      Should there be some reforms of the NSA and Intelligence Agencies? Yes, and President Obama had already begun to outline them before Snowden threw the baby out with the bathwater by pretending that every modern government doesn’t spy and has their version of the NSA. Snowden is no hero of democracy but a coward.

    • January 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Amazon Review:

      “Thoughtful, and backed up with evidence 25 Jan 2014
      By Louise Mensch – Published on Amazon.com
      Amazon Verified Purchase
      This is not a book either for hardcore Snowdenistas, nor is it a book for National Security hawks who think the NSA can do no wrong. Mr. Lucas, a senior journalist at the Economist with expertise in intelligence matters, carefully makes the claim that Snowden stole recklessly, gave away far more than just NSA over-reach, and was a dupe (at best) of the FSB. Lucas cites Snowden’s notorious TheTrueHOOHA chat alias, his hacker’s trip to India, the 20-25 colleagues he persuaded to give him their passwords (all of whom have now been fired). He reveals the links between Greenwald, Appelbaum and Poitras – all three highly privileged – and Wikileaks and that organization’s links to Russia. Did you know Julian Assange makes a regular show for Russian propaganda channel RT? Lucas carefully charts all that is known about Snowden and Greenwald, noting that 5 separate dates have been given for the Snowden-Greenwald first meeting. His book is crammed with this sort of information, and it cites chapter and verse. There are also fascinating nuggets such as the fact that the Wikileaks activist Poitras is rich, in fact an heiress.
      The blogger Catherine Fitzpatrick’s work is heavily cited as the trail of Greenwald, Appelbaum, and Snowden is put together.

      At the same time, Lucas is scornful of overreach and a supporter of reform. This is a must-read for any person who wants to get closer to the truth about Edward Snowden – and understand why Americans, recently polled, said both that they wanted the NSA reformed and (by massive majorities) – Edward Snowden criminally prosecuted.”

      Just thought I’d try to offset the torrent of hate mail and tweets she’s likely going to receive from Greenwaldians and Snowdenistas …

  26. January 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    May be too little, too late, but ….

    • 85 anniebella
      January 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Why don’t they send Justin Bieber back to Canada. It is clear this guy need help.

    • 87 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for bringing this. My son’s killer got 2 and a half years behind bars; eleven weeks after my son died, his fiancée was also killed by a drunk driver — the mf’er refused a BAC test, and although the police got his BAC from his bloody clothes and medical waste, under Mass. law, the results were not able to be introduced as evidence because of his refusal. The bastard got off scott free…

      • January 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        No words, Alycee …. just know I how sorry I am that you suffered such tragedies …

      • 89 jackiegrumbacher
        January 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Alycee, I had no idea and truly cannot imagine the degree of heartache you must feel. No family should have to go through this because some moron doesn’t have enough sense not to drink and drive. If I were in your place, I’m not sure I would have the courage you have. Please accept a virtual hug and my deepest, deepest sympathy.

      • January 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        What unbelievable heartache for you, your family and you son’s fiancee’s family.

        Such a miscarriage of justice.

        The media should be investigating just these kinds of injustices instead of speculating about 2016.

        DUI is a very serious problem, not a laughing matter. My blood is still boiling that 16-year-old (!) Ethan Couch was given probation (!) for slaughtering 4 innocent people and maiming for life two of his “friends.”

        It’s galling that the attitude in North Texas is one of nonchalance, that this is what happens when you’re rich.

        If they’re not going to prosecute teenagers for DUI, they should go after the parents.

  27. January 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    • January 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Just after posting this tweet, a rather interesting email from Dan Pfeiffer arrived – am sure many of you have read it. What’s interesting to me is the explicit “has a pen and a phone” meme – that the President used earlier this week:

      “In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress.

      President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American — business owners and workers, mayors and state legislators, young people, veterans, and folks in communities from across the country — in the project to restore opportunity for all.”

      If Democrats will align with the President, we will not only keep a majority in the Senate and retake the House, we can expand Democratic leadership in State Houses, County and City Governments.

      Yes We Can

  28. January 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    A wounded survivor of the #ColumbiaMallShooting suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, per @HCPDNews http://t.co/L7vGTbTKVi— ABC7News (@ABC7News) January 25, 2014

  29. January 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  30. 95 yardarm756
    January 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  31. January 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    BobFr, GlobalCitizenLinda:

    Thanks for posting Snowdenwald updates. It looks like “temporary” asylum may soon become permanent (in time for the Sochi Olympics?).

    I posted this yesterday, but got no response, so am trying again.

    Dateline: Davos
    Russia Plans to Extend Snowden Asylum, Lawmaker Says
    By MICHAEL J. de la MERCEDJAN. 24, 2014

    • 99 derbingleguy
      January 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Sounds like Snowden is about to disappear into Putinland. Welcome to Kafka.

    • January 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Hard to know what the fate of Snowden will be. For sure, GG and many others must live in constant fear of Snowden opening a dialogue with the DoJ.

      • January 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        it’s the middle of the night where amk is, so I’ll say it for him. egg.sack.lee.

        my greatest hope is that that the venomous Greenwald suffers the same fate as Snowdenwald. Maybe the MSM (including the smug soon to be unemployable Ezra Klein) will come to realization of just how wrong they were to cheer for #Snowdenwald. #WrongSideOfHistory.

    • 102 globalcitizenlinda
      January 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      eventually (when the DOJ indictment is unsealed), we will know the full story of who funded these people – current indications show the foreign involvement (and it could be just the minimal info being disbursed here);

      I doubt that those demanding clemency for snowden will EVER get their wish

  32. January 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    There is supposed to be another press conference at 4pm.

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