Rise and Shine

On This Day: Senator Ted Kennedy, speaking at a rally for the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama in Hartford, the day before the Connecticut Super Tuesday primary. Congressional Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Chris Murphy and John B. Larson are onstage behind Ted Kennedy, along with Caroline Kennedy and Barack Obama. February 4, 2008




11:10: President Obama visits a Buck Lodge Middle School classroom, Adelphi, Maryland

11:30: Delivers remarks on ConnectED

White House Live

1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

3:0: The President and Vice President meet with Department of Defense leadership on Afghanistan

4:30: The President and Vice President meet with the House Democratic Caucus, The East Room


AP: Obama Secures $750M in Pledges to Get Kids Online

Claiming progress in his campaign to get American schools wired for the future, President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet.

Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, computers and other tools. AT&T and Sprint are contributing free Internet service through their wireless networks. Verizon is pitching in up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions. And Microsoft is making Windows available at discounted prices and offering 12 million free copies of Microsoft Office software.

Obama was to announce the commitments Tuesday at a middle school in the Maryland suburbs near Washington. Also in the pipeline: an addition $2 billion that the Federal Communications Commission is setting aside from service fees over two years to connect another 20 million students to high-speed Internet.

More here


Haaretz: Boycotting reality

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement at the Munich Security Conference, that Israel will face boycotts should negotiations with the Palestinians fail, is a level-headed view of reality that the Israeli government chooses to continually ignore.

…. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu beats them all: Instead of welcoming Kerry as an ally, he publicly quarrels with him and hints that the secretary of state is trying to pressure Israel to “give up essential interests.”

Netanyahu refuses to understand that Israel’s most essential interest is ending the conflict, and that Kerry is a fair, dedicated, mediator who needs the support of all parties in order to complete this complex process. Netanyahu refuses to understand that now is the time for big decisions, not small politics.

Full article here



National Journal: How Obama Won the War on Iran Sanctions

A month ago, the president was on the outs – even among Democrats. Today, he’s quelled critics and getting his chance to make negotiations work.

The push for new sanctions on Iran has stalled. The Democrats who bucked President Obama to back the sanctions bill are backpedaling mightily—no longer even pretending they’re pushing Harry Reid to hold a vote on the measure. And while there’s still plenty of chest-pounding and posturing, the debate’s end result seems clear: The Senate will wait, at least so long as the negotiations move in the right direction.

That’s a full flip from just more than a month ago. Before the December recess, the Senate’s pro-sanctions faction was surging. Senators—including Democrats who are typically Obama loyalists—were agreeing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the nuclear negotiations with Iran bordered on capitulation.

So how did Obama — a supposedly feckless president when it comes to handling Congress — turn the tide? Obama’s in-person, all-hands-on-deck advocacy campaign with the Senate appears to have advanced his cause, but it’s not that simple.

More here


South Carolina’s battle over Medicaid expansion: After the Supreme Court ruled that states were not obligated to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, South Carolina was one of the first to opt out. PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects for residents who are still uninsured, plus a small alternative program designed to reach some of them.



Bill Hammond (NY Daily News): Anti-Obamacare, facts be damned

House Speaker John Boehner lobbed a social media stink bomb this weekend that distilled Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act to their cynical, knee-jerk essence.

“Sick kids denied specialty care due to #Obamacare,” his Twitter feed proclaimed on Saturday, linking to a conservative blog post based on a TV news report out of Seattle. His Facebook page weighed in on the same story, calling it “heartbreaking” and vowing that House Republicans “will continue working to scrap this broken law.”

There’s just one problem: The shocking claim — that the President’s health reforms resulted in sick children being denied care — was flat-out false. Which Boehner’s staff must have known, assuming they actually read the material they were helping to spread across the Internet.

In fact, all of the children in question did get care, as was perfectly clear in the Jan. 30 press release from Seattle Children’s Hospital that got this snowball started.

More here



USA Today: Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March

President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia next month amid reports of a strained American-Saudi relationship over Iran and Syria.

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced that Obama would meet with Saudi King Abdullah in late March, calling it “part of regular consultations” between the two countries.

“The president looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security,” Carney said.

The Saudi stop will be added to a late March trip that includes the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Vatican City.

More here



Brian Beutler: Angry right’s secret revulsion: Why they really dodge minimum wage questions

Obama’s decision to increase the minimum wage for a small number of federal contractors has drawn out the crazies

It’s no great secret that Republicans oppose increasing the minimum wage. They don’t pretend it’s something they want to do under any circumstances. They don’t even really bother disguising their opposition. They cloak their view in dated and oversimplified economic arguments about labor demand and economic growth when the real impediment is ideological, and so it’s a somewhat better kept secret that many Republicans oppose the minimum wage altogether.

Opposing the minimum wage isn’t a politically seemly thing to do, though, and thus the great political consequence of President Obama’s decision, announced during his State of the Union address, to institute a $10.10 minimum wage for future federal contracts, will be to draw the extent of this opposition out into the open.

More here



Missed this yesterday:

Jonathan Capehart: O’Reilly outFoxed by Obama

The pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama conducted by Bill O’Reilly was not only notable for the Fox News anchor’s constant interruptions, but also for his harping on old news. The travails of HealthCare.gov, the murderous attacks in Benghazi and the actions taken by the IRS against conservative groups chewed up 9 minutes and 45 seconds of the 10-minute sitdown.

We all know that those topics are nothing but chum for O’Reilly’s anti-Obama audience. But the president successfully avoided the rhetorical traps set by the ambassador from “fair and balanced.” And he respectfully stood up to the disrespect demanded by said audience by giving as good as he got.

…. It’s always difficult to tell whether the tail is wagging the dog over there at Fox, but I would argue that the IRS conspiracy theories and others are in large part due to O’Reilly and Fox. Neither the station nor its anchor has shown Obama or his office the respect both deserve. And that 10-minute interview was a perfect illustration of it.

Full article here



Steve Benen: A narrow path for ‘common ground’

Every Saturday morning, President Obama delivers a weekly address, which is immediately followed by a Republican response, but this week’s GOP address was a little different: it was delivered by four Republicans instead of one. The message: there may be some room for a little “bipartisan common ground.”

…. Before getting into the particulars, it’s striking to realize just how small the “common ground” is. There are all kinds of popular ideas that enjoy broad public support – on job creation, aid to struggling families, immigration, public safety, etc. – but none of them made the cut in the official Republican statement.

Instead, progress is now possible in just four areas – four narrow areas.

More here



Steve Benen: NRCC crafts new fundraising gambit

Florida’s 13th congressional district will host a special election next month and by all appearances, it should be a close contest. Democrats have nominated former state CFO Alex Sink, who very nearly won the 2010 gubernatorial race, and have high hopes about her chances.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is also taking the race very seriously – so seriously, in fact, that the NRCC has come up with an unusual fundraising gambit.

Folks can go to a website that looks legitimate – contribute.sinkforcongress2014.com – and find a nice photo of the Democratic candidate alongside a graphic that reads, “Alex Sink – Congress.” If you’re not reading carefully, you might assume this is a page for Sink supporters to make a campaign contribution to their preferred candidate. But it’s not – this is a page set up by Republicans.

More here



On This Day:

Hartford, February 4, 2008

Senator Obama shakes hands with supporters at the end of a rally at the XL Center in Hartford


President Obama greets attendees after making remarks in Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama signs pictures and other items in a holding room before making remarks in Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, Feb 4, 2013

The Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, Feb 4, 2013



161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. February 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Good morning TOD…
    Coffee and then to read all this goodies!

  2. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    February 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Morning. Great R&S feed, Chips. Thanks.

  3. February 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Does anyone remember that photo from the 2012 campaign in Iowa – an elderly vet struggling to arise from his wheelchair to greet PBO. That was one of my favorite photos, I loved the respect shown. Anyhow – I just saw in the DM Register yesterday that the vet has passed away at age 90. RIP Mr. Hackney.

  4. 11 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

    100’s of Army recruiters are being investigated in a multi-million dollar kickback fraud scheme re. a program that began in 2005 to address the Nat’l Guard shortfall during Iraq War.


  5. 12 Ladyhawke
    February 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Are Dems Running 1996 Playbook To Raise The Minimum Wage?

    By Bill Scher


    Today, the Democratic National Committee’s Organizing For America operation fired the first shots in the minimum wage fight, a national cable ad with the message “Congress: Give America a Raise.”

    The ad amounts to a warning shot, not a silver bullet.




  6. 15 edwina3
    February 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

  7. 16 Ceb
    February 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Good morning everyone from warm and sunny NE Florida.

  8. 17 Lovepolitics2008
    February 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Fab Rise & Shine as usual, Chips. I have to confess… I don’t make the effort to surf the different blogs anymore. I know you guys do the job for us and find the best stuff !!

    I read the National Journal on President Obama winning his battle with Congressional democrats re Iran Sanctions. This part sent chills to my bones:

    “Democratic operatives tracking the issue said that as Democrats have had time to digest the legislation, the details have given them cold feet. The bill, for example, does more than simply impose additional sanctions if Iran breaks its agreement. It also calls for authorizing military force to support Israel in any military conflict against Iran.”

    The authorization to go to war may be the most important part of that Bill, and yet the way democratic operatives tell it, among democrats who said they would vote yes for the legislation there were some who didn’t know about the authorization of military force. I mean… you announce support BEFORE “digesting” the legislation and its implications ????!!!!!!!

    • 18 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

      don’t these guys have staffers who read IN DETAIL the different Bills ????

    • 19 57andfemale
      February 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I heard about the authorization for military force supporting Israel when this bill first became public. Are you telling me Democrats didn’t?!?!?!

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      LP, I think that happens all the time. My former congressman confessed that he NEVER read a bill. He looked to see who else was supporting it and went along.

  9. February 4, 2014 at 10:11 am


  10. 22 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

    Live Streaming FREE on Feb. 4 at 7 PM ET …. ( but they require a sign up to watch )


  11. 24 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Good morning, TOD. May your day be blessed with love, peace and joy! If you are in a snow/ice covered region, pls take care in your travels.

  12. 25 Lovepolitics2008
    February 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

    About Israël…. Since Netanyahu refuses to see reality, I think that only international “sanctions” will make him back down, especially on settlements. Of course he isn’t breaking any international treaty so you can’t have real “sanctions”, but this boycott movement is the best thing that can happen. It’s impossible to reason with conservatives and bullies. They only move when you apply force and punishment. Wanna bet that the Obama administration is working every back channel possible to help the boycott movement ?

    It’s clear that Netanyahu is trying to slow the process. He hopes republicans get back into power, both in the Mid-terms (Senate) and in 2016 (the presidency).

    Another reason for democrats to work like hell to GOTV in 2014.

  13. 26 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Potent Pro-Israel Group Finds Its Momentum Blunted

    WASHINGTON — The last time the nation’s most potent pro-Israel lobbying group lost a major showdown with the White House was when President Ronald Reagan agreed to sell Awacs surveillance planes to Saudi Arabia over the group’s bitter objections.

    Since then, the group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has run up an impressive record of legislative victories in its quest to rally American support for Israel, using a robust network of grass-roots supporters and a rich donor base to push a raft of bills through Congress. Typically, they pass by unanimous votes.

    Officials at the group insist it never called for an immediate vote and say the legislation may yet pass if Mr. Obama’s effort to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran fails or if Iran reneges on its interim deal with the West. But for the moment, Mr. Obama has successfully made the case that passing new sanctions against Tehran now could scuttle the nuclear talks and put America on the road to another war.


  14. 28 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Cartoonists demand gun legislation, narrated by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, may have been one of his final good deeds….


  15. February 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Living in NJ during the awful Christie administration, I have a seriously acute case of Christie Derangement Syndrome. The unfolding events are cathartic and tremendously relieving. I feel quite sure that Christie was on the path to the presidency, that’s how much he has fooled people here in NJ and throughout the US. The governor’s mighty hubris and arrogance was fed by the national press which gave Christie a false sense of invincibility. I am sleeping so much better at night now that the veil has been lifted.

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I’ve always liked Sarah Jessica Parker, and now I like her even more. Brava!

      Hey, Christie, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

      • 33 carolyn
        February 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

        Edwina, you are not the only one who feels that way! That man has scared me since the first time I saw him on TV. I could not believe that people fell for him, and could not see through him. Thank you for validating my opinion of him. I too have Christie Derangement Syndrome.

        • 34 Lovepolitics2008
          February 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

          You have to give it to the guy: he is an excellent communicator. And he’s exactly the kind of guy who can be “reassuring” to a lot of white voters who are uncomfortable with a changing America. In times of uncertainty and change, many people want to cling to the past and crave for authoritarian leadership, even if they’re not conscious of that. I’ll be honest, I really really feared a Christie candidacy. He was beginning to poll very well against Hillary Clinton. He would have been a very tough opponent. Let’s also never forget that the majority of americans don’t follow politics closely and don’t know very much about the differences between the policies of the two parties. The media is so dysfunctional and does such a pathetic job of informing people that voters in general are very confused. So they end up voting on feelings, on fear, on “desire of change” without knowing what change they vote for.

          Another note about Christie: since he doesn’t have any moral core, he’s a very, very good liar. People who have a conscience are not able to lie very effectively. You just sense it in the slight hesitation in their voice, or you see it in their eyes etc. With people without conscience, you’re not able to perceive any non-verbal signs of their hypocrisy. Sadly, it is the case for the majority of republican officials right now. (Well, if I want to be very very fair, some of them are simply given talking points; they’re idiots who repeat what they’ve been told and don’t know the extent to which they’re lying.)

          • 35 carolyn
            February 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

            Lovepol…..you hit on exactly the reason people like him volunteer to take lie detector tests: they fool the machine. They have no physical reaction to lying, so come out as truthful. Which is one reason lie detector results are not permitted in court. They mean nothing if the person does not have a conscience. Of course you know what you have described: a sociopath. But, it is better to describe him as you did, then diagnose him. People need to see what he does.

            • February 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm

              Exactly true about Christie’s ability to lie, he’s a very skilled BS artist. He rivals Lance Armstrong in his ability to lie and that’s one of the reasons he scared me. People couldn’t see though the lies despite there being ample press reports here in NJ about Christie’s nefarious activities.

            • 37 Obama Grandmama
              February 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

              One of my favorite tv series Lie to Me teaches about physical signs of lying. I recently decided to watch it again on Netflix Online because of the Christie case. He is hard to read. I also saw on the show that taking Vallium before the lie detector test causes the machine to not detect lies.

  16. 38 Ladyhawke
    February 4, 2014 at 10:58 am


    House GOP In Retreat

    By Ed Kilgore


    Congressional party retreats are designed to pour oil on troubled waters and unite powerful egos and diverse perspectives around a consensus course of action. They generally accomplish that purpose, at least for a while.

    So you have to wonder about last week’s House Republican retreat, which produced more confusion and division than was contained in its baggage from Washington to Cambridge, Maryland.
    All in all, it sounds like the House GOP retreat was led by people who are themselves in retreat, or perhaps just going in circles.



  17. 39 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Morning “Meeka” continues to support her “friend” Christie

  18. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    1. As VP Joe Biden would say, this is a Big F***King Deal!

    2. Iran sanctions bill, dead in the water – Wooohoooooo, thanks President Obama!

    3. Conservatives really have some crappy people in their midst.

    4. Congratulations, Sec. John Kerry!

    5. Great Rise and Shine, Chips.

  19. 42 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The View continues its attempt to appeal to ultra-conservative haters—–had detestable “I love guns more than anything and hate womens’ rights” Dana Loesch on yesterday. Today ——for some reason—they are following that up with FOX “political director” or something, Mary Katherine Ham, or something as guest host—never heard of her. They are continuing their theme of asking these conservative nut ladies if they switched from liberal to conservative as they grew older and matured and got married and had children. It is the most ridiculous, transparent political message. A shameful mess there on The View and ABC.

    • 43 Linda
      February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Mary Katharine Ham is Editor-at-Large at Hot Air and a contributing editor at Townhall Magazine. Both are part of the Townhall/HotAir network at Salem Communications.

  20. 44 Ladyhawke
    February 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Medicaid expansion sure is popular

    BY Steve Benen


    Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act enjoys quite a bit of support from health care experts, hospital administrators, most of the nation’s governors (from both parties), advocates for low-income families, and those with policymakers with access to calculators.

    But it’s worth keeping in mind that voters are on board, too.



  21. February 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    You know how I hate boasting about these things, but I’ve just been followed by……… Dunkin Donuts from South Florida 😎

    Why? I have no clue. I don’t even like them. 😕

  22. 64 JER
    February 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

  23. February 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    11:30 EST: President Obama Speaks on ConnectED Adelphi, Maryland

  24. 66 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This song just makes me want to dance, sing, smile, and get HAPPY!

  25. 71 Nena20409
    February 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

    CBO says ACA premium is 15% lower that estimated.

    Blame Pres Obama.

  26. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 11:31 am


  27. 73 Nena20409
    February 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Someone Tell Me why this GUY is one of the SCOTUS ❓

  28. 76 Nena20409
    February 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

    RIP for the Heroic WWII Vet from the Pic above in Iowa.

  29. 77 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Greetings, TODobots! Hello visitors! May your Tuesday be all you hope for, and more!

    Ms Chips, thank you for all the visuals – they help my reading-challenged brain. 😉 😉 O, and a tranquil Tuesday to you and Danny O (no struggling over socks or anything of that nature)!

  30. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 11:42 am


  31. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Tips to having a successful blog:

    1. Love your subject.

    2. Have Chips and her sterling band of thieves present it.

    Mornin’! (Just kidding about the thieves part … HaHaHa!)

  32. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    This is such wonderful work that President Obama is doing. Long term, it will improve this nation in so many tangible ways.

  33. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  34. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  35. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    February 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • 86 Nena20409
      February 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks for the Tweets.

      Finally finished ready R&S.

      Thanks NW and Chips. Ladies, you ROCK ❗

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      February 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Brilliant summary, NW. Thank you. What a glorious, brilliant, incredibly caring president we have. He has just given a priceless gift to American children–one that will pay off for the rest of their lives. And he didn’t have to ask Republican congresspeople for a dime.

  36. February 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Douchebag of the day, Bob Menendez

    • 89 carolyn
      February 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      More and more we see why PBO HAD to keep John Kerry as chair of the For. Rel committee his first term! Menendez would have talked the Senate into a war.

  37. February 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  38. 93 JER
    February 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Citing Restrictions On Gays, Mayor de Blasio Won’t March In NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade …

    “No, I am not planning on marching in the parade,” de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city, but I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.” …


    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Starting out right, Mayor! (Or left, in this case.)

      • 95 Vicki
        February 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        Our NYC Mayor is turning out to be just what we hoped for.
        We will see how his plan to tax incomes over $500,000 and give the revenues to Pre-K and After-school programs work out.
        The rich, as you would expect, are not too thrilled with our Bill.

        • 96 jacquelineoboomer
          February 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

          Shame on the rich – and your previous NYC Mayor – for not chipping in voluntarily toward – and fixing the gaps in – Pre-K and After-school programs! In NYC, of all places!

          Enjoy Mayor deBlasio’s term throughout!

      • 97 Lovepolitics2008
        February 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Politically, he’s in a very good position to push hard for the progressive agenda. Great. The democrats of California too are in a very good position to push the country forward; I hope to hear more of them.

  39. 99 Nena20409
    February 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm


    Rusty Boehner is Saying: There is No Point In Picking A Fight……you Can’t Win? Hmm? Who clued Him In ❓

    • 100 Nena20409
      February 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Updated 12:28 p.m. | Just days away from the administration’s deadline to extend the nation’s borrowing authority, Speaker John A. Boehner told House Republicans he sees no reason to pick a fight they cannot win on the issue.

      “There’s no sense picking a fight we can’t win,” the Ohio Republican told members in a private conference meeting, according to sources in the room.

  40. 104 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    President Obama’s announcements today are so important in bringing opportunity and advantage to all. I know my Ct. grandkids’ school has provided ipads to all students for 2 or 3 years now. It’s a great neighborhood school with kids from all backgrounds due to participation in a successful bussing program from the inner city. I’m not sure of the details, but I know they have a real aggressive PTO which went after grants and donations from the business community for funding for the ipads and other innovative programs. Similar advantages at the very diverse h.s. where my daughter teaches in Indy which has state of the art everything. Eli Lilly there and other corporate donors have also figured out that an educated, successful community is good for them, good for all. A win-win. It is very encouraging that this kind of opportunity will now be more widely available——it will indeed make a huge difference. Good to see the corp. community stepping up, doing some good for a nice change.

  41. 105 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Oh great…..wonder what happens when the snow is all melted….

  42. February 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  43. 111 Gazelle
    February 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    [This is the most ineffective leader on Earth! Jeebus, eff him.]

    KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States.

    The secret contacts appear to help explain a string of actions by Mr. Karzai that seem intended to antagonize his American backers, Western and Afghan officials said. In recent weeks, Mr. Karzai has continued to refuse to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington that he negotiated, insisted on releasing hardened Taliban militants from prison and distributed distorted evidence of what he called American war crimes.


    Frustrated by Mr. Karzai’s refusal to sign the security agreement, which would clear the way for American troops to stay on for training and counterterrorism work after the end of the year, President Obama has summoned his top commanders to the White House on Tuesday to consider the future of the American mission in Afghanistan.


    • 112 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      How stupid can he be ?? Doesn’t he know that the Taliban will turn their backs on him the minute he signs any type of deal with them ??

  44. 113 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    New York Times Fires Back At ‘Morning Joe’ Over Christie Scandal Coverage


  45. 114 Ladyhawke
    February 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    Dylan Scott ‏@dylanlscott 1h


    Per @costareports, House GOP decides to seek repeal of ACA risk corridors on same day CBO says that would

    cost $8 billion.


  46. 115 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Oops !

    The GOP’s latest attempt to mess with Obamacare just took a huge hit.

    Republicans have been coalescing around legislation to scrap a program in Obamacare known as risk corridors that they deride as a taxpayer “bailout” of insurance companies. But now Congress’ official scorekeeper says the program will save money and eliminating it would increase the deficit.

    In a new report Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the risk corridors program would save the federal government $8 billion. That means scrapping the program would add $8 billion to the deficit.


  47. 117 Nena20409
    February 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm


    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s Presser at the WH on 2-04-14

  48. 119 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    In December, General Motors (GM) made headlines for picking Mary Barra to replace Dan Akerson as its new CEO. That meant she would not only be the first woman at the helm of the carmaker, but any global carmaker.

    But while she may have shattered that glass ceiling, her pay is another story. Looking at the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Elizabeth MacDonald notes that Barra will be paid $4.4 million in total compensation, which includes a base salary of $1.6 million. Akerson, on the other hand, made an estimated $9 million, with a $1.7 million base salary and $7.3 million in stock. That means Barra will make less than half of what he made. In fact, Akerson will continue to make more as her, as GM will pay him $4.68 million as an outside senior adviser.

    Worse, Barra comes to the job with an outsized amount of previous experience. She’s been with the company since 1980 and was most recently serving as senior vice president of global product development. Akerson, on the other hand, came into the role without a background running a car company, previously serving as a managing director of private equity firm The Carlyle Group, although he has been on GM’s board since 2009.


  49. 122 dotster3
    February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Yikes is right! Sochi! Reporters and other arrivals reporting a nightmare situation in many facilities—-not ready.

    • 123 57andfemale
      February 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Sochi is a cess pool. I don’t know how they managed to get the Olympics.

    • 124 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’m really sorry for all the international visitors. I have to confess smiling a bit at the idea that Putin will suffer some embarrassment.

  50. 125 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Want to see Hollande up close? 🙄

    For the next White House Social, we are inviting our followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr to come to the White House South Lawn for a State Visit to welcome President François Hollande of France.

    On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome President François Hollande of France to the White House …

    Sign up now for your chance to join other White House social media followers at the Official Visit.

    The deadline to apply is Wednsday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. EST.


  51. 126 Gazelle
    February 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    [Lawdy! Good for Sec. Kerry!]

    […..] But Israel’s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz had harsh words for Kerry, who got asked in the Q/A after his address to the conference Saturday about the campaign to boycott goods and divest from Israel’s settlements. The boycotts/divestment solidarity (BDS) campaign has recently received global attention because of actress Scarlett Johansson’s dismissal as a special ambassador from Oxfam International because of her association with the SodaStream company, which has a factory in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adunim. “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with a gun to its head,” Steinitz reportedly complained to reporters about Kerry’s comments.

    The State Department pushed back forcefully against Steinitz’s attack, saying it was misleading to suggest that Kerry supported the boycott campaign or had threatened Israel with it.

    Kerry, in Munich Saturday, “spoke forcefully in defense of Israel’s interests, as he consistently has throughout his public life,” Psaki said in an emailed statement to reporters. “His only reference to a boycott was a description of actions undertaken by others that he has always opposed.”

    “Secretary Kerry has always expected opposition and difficult moments in the process, but he also expects all parties to accurately portray his record and statements,” Psaki said.


    • 127 99ts
      February 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      “Secretary Kerry has always expected opposition and difficult moments in the process, but he also expects all parties to accurately portray his record and statements,” Psaki said.

      Us media needs to read that – a couple of dozen times – but benghazi!

  52. February 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    • 129 COS
      February 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Hey Chips and TOD friends. This is true. Why can’t Repugs see this? If they did, they would have to give up this wedge issue.

  53. 130 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Local News Anchorwoman Destroys Coke Ad Misinformation

  54. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    February 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Yes, O’Reilly is ‘unfair’ to Obama

    “I was particularly irked by the blacks-and-births question. Many conservatives love to express concern for the plight of black children when it serves their political purposes. In this case, it was to make it look like the first black president is ignoring black children. There is also a holier-than-thou, know-it-all sneer to such expressions that works my last nerve. O’Reilly’s question showed an ignorance of the facts that Obama was more than happy to point out (over constant interruption, of course).”

    • 138 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      The only thing that makes O’Reilly a human being is the flesh that covers his body parts. I’m guessing everything about his private life sucks for him. I don’t like to wish bad things on bad people … I just wait to see what rolls over them naturally.

  55. February 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm
  56. 140 Gazelle
    February 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    [From The Plum]:

    […..] The US economy doesn’t work as advertised anymore for anyone but the very rich, and relying on Congress to pass laws to ensure full employment doesn’t work. It’s time to start constructing institutions which can work without the need for constant action from our janky and dysfunctional legislature. […..]

    […..] one thing is for sure: the classic Washington Consensus/IMF view that free movement of capital is always and everywhere a good thing looks not just wrong, but positively offensive.


  57. February 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    MLK estate wants his daughter to give up his Nobel
    by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | February 4, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force the civil rights icon’s daughter to relinquish her father’s Nobel Peace Prize and “traveling” Bible.

    The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in an Atlanta court by her father’s estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

    The lawsuit says Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs in 1995 assigned their rights to property inherited from the civil rights icon to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. The lawsuit says Bernice King has “secreted and sequestered” the medal and Bible in violation of that agreement.

    Bernice King says in a statement that her brothers want to sell the medal and Bible to a private buyer and that she opposes that.


    • 142 vcprezofan2
      February 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      I don’t have any info or know what it’s really all about, but it usually saddens (me) when heirs fight each other – especially in public.

      • 143 99ts
        February 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        It is so very common vc – most people are not rich & famous so it is not seen – death of a matriarch/patriarch does not always unite a family – quite the opposite – always about money – funny that.

        • 144 vcprezofan2
          February 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

          One reason to be grateful my family has no money (or any antiques) I guess.

          • 145 99ts
            February 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

            My sister and I thought the same – we were very happy to share the small inheritance. Some branches of my family were not so fortunate. The lawyers share can get very large.

            • 146 vcprezofan2
              February 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

              Yes; don’t you just “love” the families that fight so long and ferociously that at the end of the day the lawyers get all, and they are left with major bills……and enmity. I actually worked once with a colleague whose family member preferred the lawyers get the $ than his own sister!

              • 147 99ts
                February 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

                I have a relative who thinks like your colleague – fortunately his lawyer (an honest one) must have hit him with a brick to explain reality.

                Hi VC – I’ve been busy today – relaxing before the grandbabe arrives to wear me out 🙂

  58. 149 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    So, I’m wondering, where is everybody?

  59. 150 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Is there a new secret location for the meeting of more serious TOD minds?

  60. 151 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Me being able to run around the village pinning up comments is somewhat odd at this time of day! Hmmmmmm.

  61. 152 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The Senate is voting on the crappy Farm Bill right now.

  62. February 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    New post in 12 minutes, 14.3 seconds ish

  63. 158 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Farm Bill vote


    Ugh !

  64. 160 Linda
    February 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    McConnell just tried to stall UI 3 month extension by asking for Unlimited amount of Amendments.

    Reid said NO.

    Voting has begun

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