Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden along the Colonnade, Feb. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

1:0: Press briefing by Jay Carney

2:0: President Obama meets with recipients of the 2013 Fermi Award which honors excellence in energy science and technology

2:30: Meets with Sen Harry Reid



Paul Krugman: Delusions of Failure

The Republican response to the State of the Union was delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican representative from Washington — and it was remarkable for its lack of content. A bit of uplifting personal biography, a check list of good things her party wants to happen with no hint of how it plans to make them happen.

The closest she came to substance was when she described a constituent, “Bette in Spokane,” who supposedly faced a $700-a-month premium hike after her policy was canceled. “This law is not working,” intoned Ms. McMorris Rodgers. And right there we see a perfect illustration of just how Republicans are trying to deceive voters — and are, in the process, deceiving themselves.

…. conservative politicians aren’t just deceiving their constituents; they’re also deceiving themselves. Right now, Republican political strategy seems to be to stall on every issue, and reap the rewards from Obamacare’s inevitable collapse. Well, Obamacare isn’t collapsing — it’s recovering pretty well from a terrible start. And by the time that reality sinks in on the right, health reform will be irreversible.

Full article here



Steve Benen: O’Reilly vs. Obama

…. Literally a few seconds into the interview, O’Reilly told the president, “I want to get some things on the record.” And so he did – over the course of 10 minutes, O’Reilly, in this order, pushed for Kathleen Sebelius’ ouster, talked up the 2012 attack in Benghazi, spent on the non-existent IRS controversy, and read a question from a viewer: “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”

And then the host asked for a Super Bowl prediction.

This, however, was the part that stood out most, at least for me.

More here



TPM: Coca-Cola’s Multicultural Super Bowl Ad Really Angered Conservatives

Not many people expected the Seattle Seahawks to steamroll the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Less surprising was the right-wing outrage over an ad featuring a patriotic hymn performed in multiple languages.

No, many conservatives didn’t much care for Coca-Cola’s one-minute spot, which showcased several singers performing “America The Beautiful” in languages such as English, Arabic and Spanish.

… The ad even inspired a #BoycottCoke hashtag on Twitter. Mediaite has a round-up of the outraged reactions from some rank-and-file Twitter conservatives.

More here



Mediaite: Coca Cola Ad Featured First Gay Family in Super Bowl Ad History

Not as if you needed another reason not to have a racist freakout over a multilingual Coca Cola ad (or any ad), but here it is: while everybody was a-tweeting about speaking English, they missed the first gay family in Superb Bowl history.

About two-thirds of the way through the minute-long ad, a male couple and their daughter are seen rollerskating together, while “America the Beautiful” plays in the background. The ad aired during the second quarter of the game.

More here






Washington Post: Not waiting for Clinton, Md. Gov. O’Malley prepares for possible presidential bid

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and said in an interview that if he’s going to lay the groundwork for a national campaign, he can’t wait for Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide whether she is running.

In some of his most extensive comments to date on his aspirations, O’Malley (D) said he has been meeting with foreign- and domestic-policy experts privately to flesh out his thinking about “a better way forward for our country.” And he said that he would make a good president “for these times especially.”

More here



Steve Benen: When Team Christie ‘plays offense’

A couple of weeks ago, aides to Gov. Chris Christie (R) leaked word that they were growing tired of “playing defense” in response to growing corruption allegations dogging the Christie administration. As the scandals intensified, the governor and his allies were prepared to “play offense.”

The manifestation of this strategy took shape in earnest over the weekend, though it’s a gambit fraught with risks.

David Wildstein’s attorney on Friday suggested “evidence exists” that Christie’s claims about the bridge scandal are not true. It’s unclear what kind of proof, if any, Wildstein has, but 24 hours later, the governor’s office was concerned enough to go after Wildstein’s credibility in an attack memo.

More here



ThinkProgress: New York City Domino’s Workers Win $1.3 Million In Settlement Over Low Wages

A Domino’s franchisee in New York City has agreed to pay $1.28 million to 61 workers who charged the company with stealing wages, the New York Times reports.

The workers, who are all delivery people, will see awards ranging from $61,300 to $400, depending on how long they worked there. The lawsuit accused the company of withholding pay by making them pay for their own uniforms, do untipped work at the low tipped minimum wage, and go without a lunch break. While New York’s minimum wage is $8 an hour, the tipped minimum wage is just $5 an hour, but if tips don’t make up the difference, employers are supposed to fill the gap.

The settlement comes after three years of litigation.

More here



ThinkProgress: Missouri Senate Committee Votes To Jail Federal Agents Who Enforce Gun Laws

The Missouri Senate’s General Laws Committee voted 5-1 last week in favor of a bill that purports to make it a crime for federal law enforcement agents to enforce the nation’s gun laws. Under the bill’s terms, these agents could be imprisoned for up to a year and be fined up to $1,000.

Much of this unconstitutional legislation mirrors a bill Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed last year. In September, Missouri’s overwhelmingly Republican senate came just one vote shy of the votes necessary to override Nixon’s veto. Like the bill Nixon vetoed last year, the new legislation contains a provision to arm public school personnel. It also would lower the minimum age to receive a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.

Few principles are more clearly established in American constitutional law than the prohibition on states nullifying federal laws. The Constitution provides that duly enacted federal laws “shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

More here




On This Day:

President Obama takes a phone call in his private study off the Oval Office, Feb. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The White House blanketed in snow after a snowstorm on the morning of Feb. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama stands with President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 3, 2011

Penn State, Pa, Feb 3, 2011


President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks on the Veterans Job Corps at Fire Station 5 in Arlington, Va., Feb. 3, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

    GM Ms Chips

  2. February 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  3. February 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good morning, Chips, Danny O, the fabulous BTs and TODville!

  4. 12 No Child Left Behind
    February 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    GM Chips and 99ts!

    Thanks, Chips, for the lovely pictures down memory lane.

  5. 14 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    g’nite all – have a great day

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats 99ts on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for another fabulous Monday R & S!

  7. 18 Vicki
    February 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Very good R&S, Chips.
    I specially enjoyed the 90 second version of Coke’s America The Beautiful. Yes, again

    This ad completely captures the Zeitgeist—Spirit of the Times.
    It says what the Dante ad and the Cheerios ads have been saying.
    Inclusion and diversity make us stronger. This is the same message we have heard and seen from POTUS since his days at Harvard.

    In opposition to the cartoon where the elephants are discussing capturing some Latino votes while withholding the Right to vote. Not hard to see who is on the right side of history and which way the arc of history is bending.

  8. 19 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m sure Ezra Klein has completely lost interest in this….

  9. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    February 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The pictures are just so incredibly beautiful because of the warmth, friendship, and love they convey.

    A wonderful Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

  10. 22 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

    As we noted yesterday when Politico tried (unsuccessfully) to convince us that it was the other way around.

    • 23 Vicki
      February 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

      My thoughts exactly

    • 24 57andfemale
      February 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Someone has to explain to me where they see any greatness in Hillary. I don’t see it. Other than her stand for women’s rights about 30 years ago when she wasn’t in any kind of elected office, what courage or bravery has she exhibited?

      I just don’t see it.

  11. 25 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

  12. 26 Linda
    February 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Eric Cantor is trying to stop any public funding of Presidential Conventions…thus handing it entirely over to Corporations…..

    • 27 derbingleguy
      February 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

      And he knows it won’t pass but that’s the Republican way of pretending to stop the big bad gubmint. Another time wasting pointless exercise in futility.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      February 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for sharing, YA. I actually pretended to do a bit of exercise to this, so I’m now feeling quite virtuously healthier. 😀

      • 30 yardarm756
        February 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Quit pretending, just do it. 😀

        • 31 vcprezofan2
          February 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

          I did, YA, but only to this song – twice- so you can figure out the effect it will have will be little more than the pretence factor. 😀 However, at the end I felt quite pleased with myself – a sense of accomplishment that will last for the rest of the week, no doubt. 😉

  13. 33 japa21
    February 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

    GM all from chilly (meaning it’s actually above 0) Chicago. Today it should hit 20 degrees, and then tomorrow another blast of snow. I am sick and tired of this weather.

    I mentioned to my wife when the Coke ad was on that it would cause a lot of anger and hate from the right, but what else is new.

    About the only ad I couldn’t stand was the one with that guy for underwear. He came across as a real jerk. I forget his name, something like Becklame.

    • February 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

      “Becklame” 😆

      Mooooorning Japa, keep warm!

    • 35 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I have a friend from Chicago who also said that she’s sick and tired of this weather – and this is someone who doesn’t mind cold weather/snow at all!

      • 36 japa21
        February 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

        I can remember a couple of colder winters, but only a couple during my several decades here. I can even remember a couple snowier winters, but only a couple. I don’t remember any with this combination of snow and cold.

        • 37 57andfemale
          February 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

          1978, 1980 and 1982-83. That being said, those horrible winters started later and were over by now (or almost over). This has been relentless since the beginning of December.

          Oh, and I was a whole lot younger. It’s really hard the older you get.

    • 39 57andfemale
      February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      I keep saying I can’t take any more of this, but what choice do I have?


  14. February 3, 2014 at 10:43 am


  15. February 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    MT@ericboehlert Broncos' latest stadium cost $400M; taxpayers paid $300M. .@Johnelway told Fox yesterday he doesn't "believe in safety nets"— NJ Edwina (@NJedwina) February 3, 2014

  16. February 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

  17. February 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    White Cop Fired After Hacking Off Woman’s Weave

    The incident was caught on tape at a suburban Detroit police department on Nov. 13.
    Posted: Feb. 2 2014 1:12 PM

    A white police officer from suburban Detroit is out of a job after she was caught on tape violently hacking off a young hairdresser’s weave during an arrest in November,the Daily News reports.

    Bernadette Najor was fired from the Warren Police Department in Warren, Mich., after the incident, the News says. Najor reportedly had a history of disciplinary problems, including a 2010 suspension for lying to her superiors, WXYZ-TV reports.


  18. 46 Linda
    February 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

    ABC’s The View reportedly plans to mainstream conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch by featuring her as a guest co-host on the February 3 program.

    The decision to give Loesch a national platform on a highly-rated television show is troubling considering Loesch has gained notoriety for her inflammatory rhetoric, expressing extreme views on topics from gun control to reproductive access.

    • 47 Vicki
      February 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

      All the networks are Fox now. No low they won’t embrace

    • 48 dotster3
      February 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Just took a gander at that calamity—–curious about how they would handle their illustrious co-host, given that the hosts had admittedly been bombarded with furious tweets about this decision. They let Loesch explain that she switched from being liberal to conservative when she became a mother —–because—–?—–a bunch of gibberish that of course made no sense—like, she realized you have to be nice to each other. What??? She’s such a sincere sweetie—hahahaha (of course it had nothing to do with the emergence of Barack Obama and his skin tone) I have no idea why she’s there—ABC going ever rightward. Everyone sat politely and listened to Loesch proclaim that she was an adamant 2nd amendment gal, loves, loves, loves her guns—–and “pro-life”, no womens’ rights for her. The View is a train wreck anyway—-more dumb comments per minute there than anywhere if you eliminate FOX from the competition—-but the level has fallen to below basement level with the addition of Jenny McCarthy —-wow, she is an idiot, every day in every way. Why is she there? She and Loesch just had a fine time talking about how great it is to home school their kids—-Loesch said the public schools in St. Louis had lost their accreditation—-I don’t think so, Dana—–just lie, lie, lie. Oh sigh—-out of all the smart women in this country—who could share smart ideas and be influential—this is who Barbara Walters assembled.

      • 49 jacquelineoboomer
        February 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        I don’t watch that show, unless the President or First Lady are on … I can see the Barbara Walters assemblage of right-wingers, true to her nature, but why don’t the liberals on the show speak up before the newbies are brought in? Have the other co-hosts no power at all to keep the rest of the country from seeing these jokers sit and growl in the spotlight? I realize the liberals on the show will call out the right-wingers, real time, but how they can sit there and allow the worst of the worse to be matched up with them in the first place is beyond me.

        Hard to watch when one is pretty sure it’s all for the almighty dollar and seeing themselves on camera and being invited to all the parties.

    • 50 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Isn’t it the same ABC that plans to hire Billy Kristol? They’re moving to the right just in time for the midterms….

      • 51 Vicki
        February 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        We have one combined station and one corporation running pretty much everything now.
        Sports, comedy,drama, and the music business all together in promoting products from and in service to the Corporate State.
        The line between RW media and all media gets thinner everyday.

        The occasional President friendly bit is to keep us confused and under some amount of delusion about media coverage.

        • 52 hopefruit2
          February 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

          I agree Vicki.

          • 53 Vicki
            February 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

            And yet the people of America respond to the Dante ad—-73%
            The people respond to Coke’s American vision.

            The TV today is focusing on the ads not the game and that is the honest reading of what the priority is.

            I don’t know what happens when the people’s vision differs so profoundly from what is being forced upon us, Hopefruit

        • 54 jacquelineoboomer
          February 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

          Well said, Vicki.

  19. 55 yardarm756
    February 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

  20. 56 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

  21. 57 JER
    February 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Good Morning everybody.

    • February 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      carrying a gun encourages shooting

      • 59 Lovepolitics2008
        February 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        yep. And pardon me folks for a bit of conspiracy theory, but I can’t help wondering what’s the long term agenda of ALEC, the organization that has pushed for the Concealed Carry laws AND the Stand Your Ground laws in so many states. Demographics in America are changing and it will create A LOT of tensions in the next decade or so. It’s like ALEC wants to create the conditions for an explosion of violence. Seriously.

        • February 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

          That’s more than a conspiracy theory, Lovepolitics. I’ll repeat…”Stand your Ground” was passed 2 months after Congress finally issued a resolution against lynching. If the Kochs could pull off everything they hope to, we will be truly living in apartheid America…with no jobs, no voting rights, no public education. Think there’d be a uprising?

    • 61 Lovepolitics2008
      February 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      The killer must go to jail. It’s a no brainer. I hope this trial gets a lot of exposure. Americans in general want fairness. Problem is that a good portion of them are being brainwashed (yes I’m using that word) by the far right propaganda machine. If there is any hope to see those americans awaken to the insanity, it’s clear-cut incidents like this. America has made some progress since the sixties. Riiight?

  22. February 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

  23. 65 JER
    February 3, 2014 at 11:31 am


    … “They’re pretty dialed in,” O’Malley said. “Unlike some of the older baby boomers, they don’t seek separation, they seek greater connection. They not only expect their government to work. They expect to be consulted and informed regularly along the way. They also expect a degree of openness and transparency from their public institutions.” …

    He said in last week’s interview that he is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid, saying he can’t afford to wait for Hillary Rodham Clinton to reach a decision about whether she will run in 2016. …


    • 66 debz
      February 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I’m very happy to know he is not waiting for Hillary. We need someone to keep us moving forward, not a rerun of the Clinton years.

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      February 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Gov. O’Malley, my dear, some of us “older baby boomers” seek greater connection, too. I’ll give ya that first mistake, but step it up! 🙂

    • 72 Lovepolitics2008
      February 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      If he talks about “a new way of leadership”, he better be very careful that he doesn’t sound as he’s criticizing the president. I won’t have it. I know he supports the president, but still… Can he find some other expressions so it CAN’T be interpreted, BY ANYONE, as criticism of the magnificent president who’s sitting in the Oval right now ??!!

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      February 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Jer, I’m thrilled O’Malley is stepping in to run in 2016. He’s the future of the Democratic Party–young, energetic, smart and with a stellar track record in MD. He will give a whole new dynamic to the race.

  24. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Love that first photo of our VP and POTUS, Chips! We just say we have his back – Joe really does! I can just hear the President after a day of it, “Joe, I know you have my back! Back up, guy!”

  25. 78 GGail
    February 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I’m so glad to see that Gov. O’Malley is giving serious consideration to running. He gets my vote over Hiliary’s any day/any time/any year!

  26. 81 JER
    February 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    • 82 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      This should make for a very interesting trip. Of course, the US media will black out, especially if it puts PBO in any kind of good light.

  27. 83 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Well, It’s a good think David doesn’t work for MSNBC otherwise he would be out of a job by now! 🙂

  28. 84 dotster3
    February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  29. 85 MightyPamela
    February 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Very shiny in Seattle this morning, breezy and cool. It seems winter is finally paying us a visit! Interesting to see a flock of crows playing in the wind, perhaps the revelry of last night kept them awake! Hadn’t thought of that, wonder what the birds think of all this human impact on their lives. Mornin’ y’all!

  30. February 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  31. 88 Nena20409
    February 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s WH briefings to start Momentarily.

  32. February 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    twitter, UGH. Chill out!

  33. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Another perspective from this man …


  34. 95 GGail
    February 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Is amk on holiday?

  35. 97 Vicki
    February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Something different. I want to reccomend a book—The Army of the Republic written by Stuart Archer Cohen and published in 2008.

    First paragraph: “Television is the closest thing we’ve got to God in America, an all-present eye that creates the world, ceaselessly and seamlessly, 24 hours a day. A comic book bible made of light; they build their phony universe with pictures, pictures, pictures.”

    Interesting opening…. but it is the premise of this book that is relevant today and the premise is that water will be the most valuable commodity a lot sooner than we think.

    By now we’ve all seen that California’s drought is deeply serious. It threatens the entire nation’s food supply.

    What Army of the Republic explores is the long time efforts to divert and control and profit from water scarcity. The company building the diverting mechanisms is called Cascadia and the efforts they go to and the control over everything this corporation has is the stuff of nightmares.

    Not saying this book is great literature, just that it was riveting in 2008 and even more significant in 2014.

  36. 98 57andfemale
    February 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  37. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    February 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  38. February 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I’m thinking about doing an essay entitled “You might be an emoprog if…” Right now, though, time for coffee and doing the haka dance for Chelsea.

  39. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    February 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    America the Beautiful

    Katharine Lee Bates, who first drafted the words to the anthem in 1893, lived in Wellesley, Mass., for 25 years with Katharine Coman, whom some described as her lesbian partner. In an 1891 letter to Coman, Bates wrote that she couldn’t leave Wellesley for long because “so many love-anchors held me there, and it seemed least of all possible when I had just found the long-desired way to your dearest heart … Of course I want to come to you, very much as I want to come to Heaven.”

  40. 109 JER
    February 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  41. 111 Nena20409
    February 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Someone close to me just joked and said: Thank Goodness the pre-Super Bowl Interview Pres Obama did with the Fox TV Station didn’t have 4 TBGOPers rebutting him as the 4 TBGOPers did to the POTUS’ SOTU.


    TBGOPers complain about POTUS being on TV before the game……? Yet they would have endlessly foam on their mouths had POTUS said: No to Fox. These people are just sick bat poops.

  42. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    February 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    😯 🙄 😯

  43. 115 Nena20409
    February 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    So 50 Bags of Heroine was found at the apt of Philip S. Hoffman? The report is that he had been Sober for over 23 yrs before his relap? Wow. He was the father of 3 young kids.

    It reminded me of the late Peter Jennings. He had stopped smoking for many years. However after the 9-11 attacks, he started smoking again and he later died in 2005 from Lung Cancer.

    • 116 donna dem 4 obama
      February 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I know all this stuff has not been completely confirmed but I cannot imagine that you would go buy 50 bags of heroine because you relapsed. This is just my opinion but he apparently was a habitual user who was in denial and was able to keep this a secret from family and friends. I feel for his family who is going through this awful, terrible loss. I’m so sorry he wasn’t able to get the help he needed before this tragic accident. He was brilliant actor.

      • 117 Nena20409
        February 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        I don’t understand Drug abuse issues. I am trying to wrap my head about this particular issue.

        50 bags to me has got to be a Huge amount. His relapsing is probably too much for his system since he had been sober for 23 plus years if the reports are to be believed. I do feel for his family.

  44. 118 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    No offense, but……HUH?!?!?

  45. February 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT and commented:
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