Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama in a holding room at the Capitol after delivering his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Jan. 27, 2010



The President has no public events scheduled

1:15 EST: Jay Carney briefs the press



USA Today: Obama to take two-day post-speech trip

President Obama will hit the road after Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech, selling his ideas during two days of stops in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Obama’s first followup to his annual address to Congress comes Wednesday morning in Prince George’s County, Md. … he then travels to the Pittsburgh area for a midafternoon speech before flying on to Milwaukee, where he is scheduled to spend Wednesday night.

The Milwaukee speech is scheduled for Thursday morning, following by another flight and speech in Nashville. Obama is scheduled to return to the White House Thursday evening.

In addition, Obama is scheduled to take a virtual national tour on Friday, when he takes questions from Internet users across the country during a Google+ Hangout.



WH.gov: The First Lady’s Box Seats at the 2014 State of the Union

For nearly three decades, extraordinary Americans who exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the State of the Union Address have been invited to join the First Lady in her viewing box. Learn more about the remarkable individuals who will join First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2014 State of the Union Address:

Jason Collins (Los Angeles, CA)

12-Year NBA Player

While at Stanford, Jason Collins was selected as an All American, named the NCAA’s “Big Man of the Year,” and earned an appearance in the Final Four. After graduating in 2001, Collins was drafted into the NBA and has since played for six teams including the Celtics, whose then coach Doc Rivers said of Collins: “He’s the best. He literally is one of the best guys I’ve ever had in the locker room, player or coach.” In his 12 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 9 trips to the playoffs including 2 NBA Finals appearances. In April 2013, Collins became the first male player in major American team sports to come out openly as gay. The President expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement through an article Collins penned himself. The President said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins is 35 and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman (Boston, MA)

Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman are forever linked due to the attacks on the 117th Boston Marathon. In what has become an iconic image from the day in April of 2013, Carlos – wearing his white Cowboy hat – was captured rushing a badly injured Jeff away from the bombing to safety, thereby becoming two of the faces of ‘Boston Strong.’ From his intensive care hospital bed, Jeff played a vital role in identifying the bombers. After losing both legs in the attack, he is battling back, describing himself as a quick healer and stronger now than he was before the attack. Jeff, 27, and Carlos, 53 and a Gold Star Father, have become close friends.

More here






TPM: GOP Candidates Suddenly Find Love For Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

The conventional wisdom is that Republicans running in 2014 will be campaigning against Obamacare, attempting to recreate the 2010 magic that saw them make massive gains in Congress and state governments, holding themselves in stark contract to Democrats who are responsible for what the GOP sees as a fatally flawed law.

That’s the narrative, and that’s what Republican strategists would have you believe. But comments — or the lack thereof — from some GOP candidates in state and national elections suggest that opposition might not be as ironclad as previously believed, as the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has documented. In at least one case, in fact, a Republican in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country effectively endorsed the expansion.

It’s a huge shift from the “defund or repeal” mantra during the government shutdown of October, a possible indicator that some conservatives are recognizing that Obamacare is here to stay — and that proposing to knock the newly enrolled off Medicaid is politically perilous.

More here



Politicususa: Republicans Are In Total Retreat As Obamacare Enrollment Skyrockets Past 3 Million

The defeated Republican anti-Obamacare forces are in full retreat after ACA enrollment in healthcare plans surged past 3 million.

In a blog post, HHS reported that:

Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage-many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicates that approximately 3.0 million people have now enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1.

Additionally, between October and December over 6.3 million individuals were determined eligible to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP through state agencies and through state-based Marketplaces…..

The mainstream media isn’t reporting this, but the ACA is turning into a huge victory for President Obama.

Full post here



Michael Tomasky: Republicans Can’t Remember the World Before Obama

Birth control and data mining used to be things they believed in, now both are Big Government plots to be stopped.

I’m sure you chuckled at this weekend development as much as I did: At its winter meeting, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution condemning the NSA’s data-mining policy….

…. let’s not kid ourselves. The passage of this resolution is mostly about the guy in the White House. If you want to try to tell me this was an act of principle by the RNC, then put Mitt Romney in the White House for a moment. Do you think the RNC would have considered such a resolution? Please. Reince Priebus would have had a stroke. He’d have quashed it in minutes. But with Barack Obama in the White House, the rules are different. The RNC passed this resolution to kick a little extra sand in Obama’s face.

More here



Brian Beutler (Salon): How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders

Republicans can’t moderate because their base won’t allow it. Even if they could, Democrats already beat them there

Last week I wrote an article arguing that the impediments to conservative reform are structural — that the idiosyncrasies of the Republican base make appealing to moderate voters a zero-sum game for the party, and thus eliminates the incentive that, for instance, impelled Democrats in the 1980s and 1990s to cater to less-liberal voters.

The article generated some interesting responses, which is fortunate, because they provide a jumping off point to explore the historical and political context of the GOP’s unique predicament.

I think it’s fairly evident that Republicans’ increasing reliance on an older, whiter, more conservative constituency has trapped them into a number of non-negotiable policy dogmas. And I think they they bear most of the blame for their own circumstances. It’s an outgrowth of a conscious political strategy. They began the country and their party down this road, hoping, as Pat Buchanan famously put it, to “split the country in two and…take the bigger half.” They fused the low tax, low regulation agenda of wealthy elites to the worldview of religious conservatives. They birthed the Reagan Revolution, then milked it so vigorously that they’ve become unable to wean themselves from it more than 30 years later.

But there’s more to the story than one losing bet…

More here



Frederic Poag (The Daily Banter): The Calculus of Hypocrisy: It’s Still a Lie Even If You Believe It

I don’t trust the Republican Party. This goes beyond disagreeing with them on every single policy position they hold. As a party, they’re deceitful, manipulative, and wholly disingenuous. It’s not even a question anymore; it’s verifiable fact. Their brand is badly damaged and is about to become completely unsalvageable.

…. This is the rot within the Republican Party. Thanks to Karl Rove, the Architect, the GOP abandoned notions of objective reality in an effort to win elections. They’ve latched onto their own created delusion and show no signs of changing. If they can’t effectively message whatever reality they’re trying to create, then they simply change their position to be counter to the opposition. They’re not concerned with what’s actual. It’s about how they can bend actual to their will but their grip is weakening.

Though cynical and insidious, this strategy has worked so effectively that it won’t be easily abandoned. It created a path to power for Newt Gingrich to become Speaker of the House and propelled George W. Bush to the Oval Office twice. But like all things, this strategy was based on historical/cultural context that’s no longer relevant.

More here



ThinkProgress: Congressman’s U.S. Senate Campaign Is Giving Away An Assault Rifle

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has made a career out of appealing to a certain sense of conservative grievance. He once labeled the Civil War the “War of Yankee Aggression.” He offered legislation to defund a key prong of the Voting Rights Act (a goal that the Roberts Court was happy to achieve for him). And he’s warned that a “socialistic elite” that includes President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders are looking for an excuse to declare martial law — “[t]hey’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over,” in Broun’s words.

So it’s probably not that surprising that his campaign views this as a great way to develop a list of supporters…

More here



On This Day:

President Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Jan. 27. 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama leaves the White House with his Legislative Affairs Director Phil Shiliro en route the U.S. Capitol to meet with Republican members of Congress, Jan. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

On Capitol Hill, President Obama listens to a question from a member of the House Republican caucus, Jan. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets kitchen staff prior to a lunch at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 27, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks on the phone with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in the Oval Office, Jan. 27, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S., kisses the hand of First Lady Michelle Obama at the U.S. Capitol during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Jan. 27, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the conclusion of his State of the Union address, Jan. 27, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama walks on stage to deliver a speech about college affordability at the University of Michigan January 27, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

President Obama looks back as Bo, the Obama family dog, follows him into the Oval Office, Jan. 27, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

132 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 9:53 am


  2. January 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Oh to be a fly on this wall!

  3. 9 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats amk on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for such a wonderful Monday R & S! Lots of good things going on, and looking forward to watching SOTU tomorrow evening with my TOD community 🙂


  4. 10 mtmarilyn
    January 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

    What a great R&S Chips!!!! It is great to see all this news, especially about Obamacare.

    Good morning all TOD family! Happy Monday. We are still having dry weather here. There is snow in the mountains but it is almost all gone here in town. I miss my snow!!!!

  5. 11 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Flotus looks gorgeous in that burgundy? deep red? maroon? wine? dress.

  6. 12 99ts
    January 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Great rise & shine – & now tis bed time at the other end of the world – enjoy your day

  7. 14 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Egypt army ‘backs Sisi as presidential candidate’.

    Egypt’s top military body has given its approval for army chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency, state media report.

    Field Marshal Sisi led the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, in July.

    He is expected to accept the nomination from the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (Scaf) and resign from his military position within days.


    juuuust great.

  8. 15 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like.

    Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes.

    It has surprised scientists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair.


    so unfair.

  9. 16 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

  10. 17 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Paranoia has set in with Snowden.

    BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that U.S. government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA’s collection of telephone records and emails.

    “These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket and then watch me die in the shower,” Snowden said.

    • 18 amk for obama
      January 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

      then stop talking, punk. don’t get your ugly mug on every teevee channel.

    • 19 Desertflower
      January 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Delusions of grandeur. Punk. Amk, if you’re still here, go to thinkprogress.org and take a peek at what the CEO of Bayer Pharma said about a certain cancer drug and Indians. Wow. Just wow. Wanted your take…

      • 20 amk for obama
        January 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

        Yes df. I saw it y’day and replied. As I said, expensive drugs for reducing of pool of well to do only. Great bidness stratergy. Besides, we have devloped our own and eqaully effective generic cancer drugs that cost only a fraction and are major hits in africa and other asian countries.

    • 21 nospin
      January 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      why would there be a shower outside of the supermarket?

  11. 24 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

  12. January 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Clinton Supporters Want Iowa To Want Her

    “You guys want a list. Iowans want a sense of engagement and
    conversation and dialogue like they got on the Obama campaign.” The super PAC takes the first of what they say will be many trips to the
    early caucus state.
    posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:48am EST

    by Ruby Cramer

    DES MOINES — By Saturday afternoon, Craig Smith
    was tired. His jacket was off, sleeves rolled up. He didn’t sleep much on Friday night. After a string of flight delays out of Washington and canceled connections from multiple airports, he finally napped during the snowy midnight drive from Chicago to Des Moines.

    The 55-year-old Arkansas native sat at the head of a table before a dozen Iowa Democrats in a brewery downtown. He was trying explain, to the fifth group that day, that “Ready for Hillary” is not Hillary Clinton’s

    “We’re not setting up offices,” Smith, a senior adviser
    to the group, said. “We’re not hiring staff. We’re not doing polling.
    We’re not buying TV ads. We’re not making policy pronouncements. We’re not endorsing candidates. We’re not the campaign.”

    “That’s not what we are,” Smith said.


    • 26 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

      but but but President Obama can’t connect with the white working class voter. So in other words Iowans back in 2008 and 2012 took a liking to that skinny black fella with the funny sounding name. Hillary’s pac had better stop worrying about a fucking donor list and start worrying about what message she’s going to deliver to get people to vote for her.

  13. 27 Lovepolitics2008
    January 27, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine !!

    I smiled at the tweet of LOLGOP; summarizes it so BRIL-LANT-LY ha ha ha !!

    I was just talking about those three SOTU rebuttals in the last thread. But I was just talking to myself because as usual, I was late to the party… So I brought my comment here in the new thread…


    About the three republican rebuttals to the SOTU…

    It doesn’t bother me. It simply makes the republicans look disorganized. And nobody will listen to them anyway. When people take the time to watch the SOTU till the end, they listen to a president delivering a message full of honesty, dignity and common sense. And a positive, uplifting message. And then, it’s the republicans who basically say one thing: everything is bad and everything is the president’s fault. And republicans don’t have anyone who can deliver a speech with at least a bit of charisma. After five minutes, any sane person stops listening.

    If by any chance there are a few moderates and independent voters who submit themselves to this … the fact that there are THREE of them, repeating at nauseam that President Obama and democrats are bad bad bad; and freeeeedom, and “job creators” and low taxes for everybody even the rich, and on and on… it will just be so BORING. So, not only three rebuttals won’t help the republicans; it will have the OPPOSITE effect. It will emphasize the idea that they just sound like a broken record. They just have talking points, no real solutions.

    The only people who will like the three rebuttals are the republican base.

    Another good thing: everybody will quit listening during the republican rebuttals. The pundits trying to build a negative narrative for the president will just talk among themselves.

  14. January 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I love the New Sherlock.

    Simply love it.

  15. January 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Don’t call it a comeback
    01/24/14 04:06 PM—Updated 01/24/14 04:35 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Congressional Republicans haven’t been shy about their 2014 plans. The entire election-year strategy comes down to obsessive opposition to the Affordable Care Act – the party assumes the law is unpopular, unworkable, and an electoral albatross for Democrats nationwide. Republicans don’t need to govern, the argument goes, they just need to wait for “Obamacare” to implode.

    If party strategists worked on a Plan B, it might be time to dust off the file. As Greg Sargent noted this morning, “There are increasing signs that the GOP’s total war opposition to Obamacare is becoming tougher to sustain.

    Consider, for example, the latest enrollment news.


  16. January 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

    McConnell redefines ‘irresponsible’
    01/27/14 08:00 AM

    By Steve Benen

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following the weekly policy lunch of the Republican caucus on Nov. 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

    At some point over the next month or so, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling or risk causing catastrophic economic consequences. There are no other options: either lawmakers pay the nation’s bills or the United States defaults on its obligations, causing untold damage to the global economy.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), true to form, said on “Fox News Sunday” that it’d be “irresponsible” of lawmakers to simply pay the nation’s bills.


  17. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    January 27, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Great Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

    I remember that FLOTUS SOTU outfit. The color came to life on the TV screen.

  18. 37 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

  19. 38 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

  20. January 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Ted Cruz, the Republicans’ id
    01/27/14 10:13 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on “Face the Nation” yesterday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) seemed gobsmacked. “A lot of it’s sort of Alice in Wonderland,” Schumer said of Cruz’s rhetoric.

    It was a fair assessment, but there’s arguably even more to it. Host Bob Schieffer, for example, asked Cruz if there were any circumstances that might lead Cruz to support another government shutdown. The Teas Republican responded:

    “Throughout the government shutdown I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn’t shut the government down, I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall. […]

    “Right now the Democrats are telling you that they want another shut down, because they think it benefits them politically. Why is it hard to understand that they forced the shut down when they think it benefits them politically.”

    Eventually, a slightly confused Schieffer asked, “Senator, if you didn’t threaten the shut down the government who was it that did?”


  21. 40 GGail
    January 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I love this R&S Chipsticks! Some of these photo’s I’ve never seen before. And the articles are Spot On!

  22. January 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    FEMA warned Christie administration that AshBritt contract could jeopardize federal funding

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned the Christie administration just days after Hurricane Sandy that its decision to award a no-bid contract to a politically connected firm to haul away debris could jeopardize maximum federal reimbursement for towns, The Star-Ledger has learned.

    For months, Gov. Chris Christie has dismissed critics who said his decision to give the Florida-based AshBritt Inc. a contract could add costs for taxpayers in 53 New Jersey towns that employed the firm.

    Christie and his staff also say FEMA all but endorsed the contract, which was “piggybacked,” or taken word for word, from a 2008 contract AshBritt had signed with Connecticut.

    But a letter sent to Christie by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) last month discloses the state was warned reimbursments could be at risk because of the contract.


    • 50 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Republicans seem to have a perpetual hard-on for FEMA or the EPA or any other government agency in charge of protecting the public from private industry.

  23. 51 Cindy
    January 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

    OOOOOOKKKK….I need a triple dose of coffee…spiked.

    So says Chuckie Todd; President Obama’s numbers are under water and this is an America that “will not” tune in to his speech tomorrow.

    If I could “back hand slap” some sense into these ignorant want to be journalist-I would. DO YOU HEAR ME CHUCKIE FACE!!!

    • January 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

      “President Obama’s numbers are under water”

      Up everywhere, even up 9 with GOP/Rasmussen in a month 😆

      • 53 Cindy
        January 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

        I will calm down Chipsticks….

        As the “Bad Boys” boss would say while rubbing the ear lobes; WOOSA….WOOSA….WOOSA…..

    • 54 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

      If I had a penny for every time I turned away from “Cathouse” to watch a President Obama speech I’d be a millionaire by now. Has Chuck Todd ever been correct as it relates to President Obama?

    • 56 nospin
      January 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      “America that “will not” tune in to his speech tomorrow”

      Every time they say “will not” PO overachieves by at minimum 300%.

  24. 57 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is great news on the surface – however I will wait for a couple months and see how it turns out before jumping for excitement. Anyway, congrats to Joy Ann, and hope her show brings a positive presence on MSNBC.

    • 58 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Damn right, hopefruit2, getting a show is one thing and speaking the truth is another thing.

    • January 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Hmm, I’ll reserve judgment too Hopefruit. I really like her, but there seems to be a certain expectation now of MSNBC presenters from their bosses, so I’ll just hope she doesn’t go down the Obama-bashing route – especially ahead of the elections.

    • 63 Linda
      January 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Where is Tamron Hall going ?

    • 65 57andfemale
      January 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      msnbc has either ruined or fired anyone of any worth willing to say the truth. Alex Wagner toes the company line, completely prostituting her beliefs for a paycheck. Phil Donohue, Bashir, and many others have seen their careers ruined if they don’t say what msnbc wants them to say.

      I have high hopes for Joy Reid. But I’m with you – I’ll reserve judgment to see if she can continue to be what she is under that corporate thumb.

  25. 66 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

    • 67 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

      In the history of “No-bid Contracts” have they ever worked out in favor of the payer. You get what you pay for, Christie had a hard-on for AshBritt and now the people of New Jersy are paying for it.

  26. 69 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    So you call can relax. Only this time, it will be more clowns.

  27. 83 JER
    January 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Live Now: Hillary Clinton at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans – http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  28. 85 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

    • 86 amk for obama
      January 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Cody falls into a coverage gap created in Florida and 24 other states, which declined to expand eligibility for Medicaid after the U.S. Supreme Court made that feature of the law optional.

      “I’m so frustrated that I fall through the cracks again,” she says, describing how she sometimes injects insulin once a day, rather than twice, so she can afford to buy food.

      The lack of coverage, combined with rampant poverty, push Hendry to near the bottom of state and national rankings for virtually every health indicator, including death rates from AIDS and pneumonia, hospitalization rates due to asthma, premature births, cancer screenings and prenatal care.

      Like Cody, more than a quarter of Hendry’s residents fall below the poverty level – double the statewide percentage. Nearly 40 percent don’t have a high school diploma and 25 percent say they don’t speak English well.

  29. 87 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Approval for the Affordable Care Act among those who have actually tried to sign up for it is dramatically higher than approval among the general public, according to a new poll.

    gee, ya think?

  30. 88 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

  31. 89 Gazelle
    January 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

    [GM Everybody!]:

    Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will resign from Congress today, Politico reports.

    “Radel was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.”


  32. 90 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Dumb kid. I’d have asked the WW if I were ever lost.

    Gunnite folks.

  33. 92 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    ROTFLMAO – my goodness…you can see how Mark Knoller and some of his idiot followers are on the same wavelength. No matter what random stuff he posts, it inevitably results in some remark about PBO….

  34. 95 Gazelle
    January 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    [Oh, Lawdy! Methinks there are a few loose marbles rolling somewhere else! 🙂 ]:

    Republicans seek to tap California drought for a political edge

    Midterm election campaigns attempt to link the state’s water crisis to Democratic environmental policies, and promise relief for farmers.

    Story here: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-drought-politics-20140127,0,6322521.story#ixzz2rbE0WwF1

    • 96 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Unless they can get water from a stone….they can forgetaboutit! We know STUPID when we see it here in California. Hahahaha

      • January 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        Ok. There’s a drought because it’s not raining. It’s not raining because weather patterns are being disrupted. Unless there are some shamans among the GOP, I don’t see this is a winning issue. Farmers know rain and snow.

        • 98 0388jojothecat
          January 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          CA GOP backup plan…GOD is mad because the DEMs back gay marriage. No rain for CA because of the Dems & gays.

  35. 99 amk for obama
    January 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

    hold the press, breaking.

    The operators of two exchanges for the virtual currency Bitcoin have been arrested in the US.

    The Department of Justice said Robert Faiella, known as BTCKing, and Charlie Shrem from BitInstant.com have both been charged with money laundering.

    The authorities said the pair were engaged in a scheme to sell more than $1m (£603,000) in bitcoins to users of online drug marketplace the Silk Road.

    The site was shut down last year and its alleged owner was arrested.

    Mr Shrem was arrested on Sunday at New York’s JFK airport. He was expected to appear in court on Monday, prosecutors said.

    Mr Faiella was arrested on Monday at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.


    Now am done

  36. 101 Allison
    January 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Political analyst Joy-Ann Reid will soon make her debut as a television host on MSNBC, it was announced on Monday.

    In a statement released by MSNBC President Phil Griffin, it has been confirmed Reid will anchor the 2 p.m. eastern time hour, Monday through Friday, beginning on February 24.

    Griffin also detailed the launch date of Ronan Farrow’s new show, which will air at 1 p.m. on weekdays starting on the same date. Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow, has been in the news regarding his addition to the MSNBC daytime roster for several weeks.


    • 102 Linda
      January 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Where are Tamron Hall and Mrs Greenspan going ?

    • 105 Vicki
      January 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I know same folks are worried that having her own show might dilute the excellence we have seen with Joy Reid.
      Based on what has happened with Alex Wagner’s show since her move to 4:00 I don’t think we have as much to worry about.
      Alex at Noon had a parade of repubs on as commentators. Her panels were often unbearable.
      Since the move to 4:00 the panels are gone, the RW like Kathleen Parker and Maggie Haberman are gone, and Alex is doing more straightforward news. At least on the days I tuned in.

      So I am optimistic that Joy and Ronan will be delivering substantive hours.

  37. January 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Oh crikey, this fella keeps asking me RT links to his blog – he means well, but it’s all too weird:



  38. 120 Don
    January 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    There’s a big difference between the Ted Cruz’ of the world and Michelle Bachmann and Louie Gohmert. Ted Cruz is a phony, a faker; he’s someone that tries to outwit you as opposed to trying to win you over with a sound argument. Michelle Bachmann and Louie Gohmert are true believers, they believe in black helicopters, President Obama being the antichrist, and the government putting fluoride in the water supply to induce mind control. I never had a problem with true believers because true believers will eventually crack under the stress and strain of trying to uphold their beliefs. Ted Cruz is a straight liar and an opportunist, he’s the type of person that will throw a rock and hide his hand. He is dishonest to the core and will eventually lie to those that support his beliefs. In my opinion Ted Cruz is a half-ass Louie Gohmert, Cruz just dresses better. So I welcome the three of four rebuttals to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, they will be low on useful information but high on the crazy.

  39. 122 Vicki
    January 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    The war in NY is apparently over.
    Mayor deBlasio and Governor Cuomo just held a joint press conference dealing with the hospital crisis in Brooklyn.
    No question—none—-that they have put the various slights behind them and are going to be working together. They talked about their long relationship, teased the reporters together and said that they will handle any differences together.
    I don’t know what went so wrong for a while but it has been mended and I am very glad to see it.

  40. 127 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job.

    The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers’ claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.

    Justice Antonin Scalia said for the court that the labor agreement between the company and the workers’ union says the employees don’t get paid for time spent changing clothes. Scalia said most of the items count as clothing. He said earplugs, glasses and respirators are not clothing, but take little time to put on.

  41. 130 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Chips – I’m just getting here and I see the tweet with Todd’s new nickname (Nostradamus). Not sure I need to see anything else. HaHaHaHaHaHa! (I don’t even care what “POITUS” means.) Thank you, darlin’!!!!!

    To wit (don’t know what that means either):

    EJ Bashir: MSMsux @theosmelek

    Nostradamus aka @ChuckTodd says no one will watch the POITUS’ #SOTU speech. That from the guy who said AA’s wouldn’t turn-out in 2012! #smh

  42. 131 GGail
    January 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I tried to go back to the Beyonce’ video that NW posted last night and it has been blocked by the Grammy’s 😦

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