Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick listen as students from Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury, Mass., perform Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times EST):

1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:40: The White House Student Film Festival

3:45: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Student Film Festival; East Room

4:50: Delivers remarks at a DNC meeting, Washington (Open to media)

5:20: Attends a DNC event, Washington (Closed press)



Eugene Robinson: My Brother’s Keeper: A Helping Hand For Young Men Of Color 

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “stop and frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that President Obama gets some heat for launching a program whose benefits are aimed solely at African American and Hispanic men and boys.

The nation’s first black president gets slammed by critics who accuse him of “playing the race card” every time he acknowledges that race and racism still play a role in determining opportunities and outcomes. But obviously they do. My Brother’s Keeper, which Obama announced Thursday, is the kind of targeted public-private initiative that might actually do some good, even without tons of new federal money thrown in.

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LA Times: Obamacare Draws Younger Consumers Online As Deadline Looms, Report Says

The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows. The average age of people buying coverage at online broker EHealthInsurance.com dropped from 44 mid-October to 36 in late February, according to the company.

The average premium for 2014 health plans sold through EHealth tumbled from $370 a month to $273 over that period, which the company said reflects a higher proportion of younger applicants. Attracting enough younger and healthier customers is crucial to help offset the higher medical costs of older, sicker policyholders in the overall insurance pool. EHealth said last week when it announced fourth-quarter results that 40% of its applicants in the fall were between the ages 18 to 34.

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AP: Obama Seeks More Federal Spending To Train Doctors

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years. Obama will include the proposal in the budget he sends to Congress next week. The new funding is aimed at training more doctors who can work in underserved areas, including rural communities.

The president’s budget also will seek to expand the National Health Service Corps, a federal program that connects primary care physicians with communities in need. Obama wants to expand the corps from 8,900 providers to 15,000 over the next six years.

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Molly Redden: This Program Is Helping Crush Childhood Obesity. Guess What Republicans Want To Do To It

Researchers are still exploring what factors caused the early childhood obesity rate to plummet43 percent over the last decade. But a group of health experts at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill think that they have found at least part of the answer: changes to the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children that gave poor mothers the means to purchase more fresh produce for their children.

This program, which is better known as WIC, provides billions of dollars per year in nutritious food vouchers for low-income pregnant women, breast-feeding women, and children younger than five. WIC was created in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2009 that it provided mothers with vouchers for fruits and vegetables. That’s the change that the North Carolina researchers think may have contributed to the stunning decline in obesity rates. Republicans looking to slash federal spending have targeted WIC in recent years. In March 2012, for example, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives tried to cut $243 million from WIC.

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ThinkProgress: Federal Government Expands Access To Healthy Food For Low-Income Moms And Babies

A government program that gives federal food assistance to an estimated 9 million women and children is getting revamped for the first time in more than three decades. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — more commonly known as WIC — will now provide low-income Americans with more options for culturally specific food, as well as increase funding for some healthy options.

WIC is a nutritional assistance program intended to help women and their babies afford healthy food. It diverges from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, because it’s specifically targeted at improving healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes. This year, the program marked its 40th anniversary.

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Raw Story: US, NATO Warn Russia To Avoid ‘Miscalculation’ In Ukraine

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday joined NATO in warning Russia not to take any action that could lead to “miscalculation” amid rising tensions on Ukraine’s majority-Russian Crimea peninsula. Speaking after pro-Kremlin gunmen seized regional administration buildings in Crimea and Moscow ordered snap combat readiness drills near the border, Hagel warned: “I am closely watching the Russian military exercise.

“I expect them to be transparent about these activities,” he told a press conference at the close of a two-day NATO defence ministers meeting. “I urge them not to take steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation.” The crisis in Ukraine dominated the gathering, with an emergency meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission added to the agenda at the last moment. Hagel said Washington was concerned about the latest developments, especially in Crimea, and was continuing “to talk to our Russian counterparts” about their intentions.

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Read about the White House Film Festival here



What the……

TPM: Newspaper Says Mysterious Phone Call With Dem Candidate Was Actually Wrong Number

A local Michigan paper on Thursday said a mysterious January interview with a Democratic congressional candidate was actually a misdial.

In January National Review highlighted a peculiar report from The Daily Mining Gazette about Democratic congressional candidate Jerry Cannon, who is running against Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI).

The original Daily Mining Gazette report quoted Cannon as criticizing Obamacare. The paper later backtracked on the story and National Review suggested that someone else had perhaps answered the phone and been impersonating Cannon.

Now, in a story titled “Gazette Looks To Set The Record Straight,” the Daily Mining Gazette said the call for the complete interview was to a wrong number….

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TPM: Jason Collins Visits Matthew Shepard’s Parents, Brings Gifts

Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs.

Collins played the final eight minutes of the Brooklyn Nets’ 112-89 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, and although his three points and four fouls weren’t much to look at in the boxscore, rarely has the 35-year-old center been this proud of a performance.

“I got them a bucket,” the center said.

After his cameo in Brooklyn’s recovery from a 44-point loss against the Trail Blazers 24 hours earlier, Collins, the first openly gay athlete in America’s four major sports, met with the parents of the slain Wyoming college student who was tortured and murdered in 1998 because he was gay.

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On This Day:

President Obama plays basketball with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2009 (Photo Pete Souza)


President Obama prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 28, 2010. The President traveled to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., for a routine physical exam and to meet with with wounded military members (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama watches Vice President Biden from the Butler’s Pantry as Samantha Tubman, Deputy Associate Director of the White House Social Office, listens for the queue introducing the President to a bipartisan group of governors in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2011. Brian Mosteller, Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations, is pictured at left (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama answers questions during a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama signs an Executive Order entitled “Establishment of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center,” in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

A person holds up four fingers for four more years as President Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers conference in Washington, Feb. 28, 2012

President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama watches as Vice President Biden swears in Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2013. Lew’s family, pictured from left, are: wife Ruth Schwartz; granddaughter Eliora Lew; son Danny Lew; daughter Shoshana Lew; daughter-in-law Zahava Lew; and grandson Moshe Lew (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move! Active Schools” event with athletes and students at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


President Obama and VP Joe Biden talk with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in the Outer Oval Office, following his swearing-in ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

@VP meets with parents of teen dating violence victims in his office, Feb. 28, 2013


MoooOOOooorning! A gazillion thanks to Nerdy for a whole bunch of the newsie stories above: legend!

106 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • 2 japa21
      February 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Have no idea who japa231 is

    • 6 Cindy
      February 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Morning japa21!

      Happy Friday to you! Congrats on 1st!

      I thought dee was 1st…..my computer is acting really strange

      Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

    • 9 Betsy
      February 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

      GM Japa. Congrats on first. GM TOD family. I have to say, listening to the rain pelting outside my classroom this morning, is music to my ears down here in SoCal! I wish everyone a happy Friday!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 10 Betsy
        February 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Sorry for the bad grammar. A bird just flew into my classroom, yikes! Thankfully, it made its way out. I was worried it would crash into the windows. I’m watching the rain and feeling so thankful that I came into work early before the deluge. It’s pouring cats and dogs right now. 🙂

  1. February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    GM, TOD……… Wonderful R&S Chips! Hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend!

    “Yesterday, Leader Pelosi spoke with President Kim to express the concerns of Members of Congress about the legislation enacted in Uganda,” Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, told BuzzFeed in an email. “While we appreciate the difficult decisions President Kim has to make and their impact on the lives of many in the developing world, many Members believe that such a blatant act of discrimination should not go unnoticed.”

    Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and other Democratic members of Congress expressed concern about the loan to Kim as well.
    Kim sent an email to Bank employees on Thursday afternoon condemning discrimination against gay people and lesbians. Though focused on the safety of personnel in countries with anti-gay laws, it included some of the strongest language to date from Bank leadership that homophobia is of concern to the institution, which is charged with economic development.

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  2. February 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

  3. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Good Morning TOD and Thank You Ms. Chips for a awesome Rise and Shine

    Today marks the end of the Did You Know series for #BlackHistoryMonth.

    I hope that you all have been enlightened into some of the black history that you may not hear about through the mainstream. I’ve enjoyed researching this information and hopefully we’re all a little more informed about the struggles and accomplishments by people of color through the ages.


    Did You Know That African-American Beulah Mae Donald won a $7-million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan for the brutal killing of her son? She was the mother of Michael Donald, who was 19 when he was beaten, hanged and had his throat cut by Klansmen in March, 1981.
    Several months after Michael Donald’s body was found hanged from a tree in a Mobile, AL neighborhood, two Klansmen were convicted in the case. Not content with the sentences they received, Mrs. Donald filed a civil lawsuit against the United Klans of America, considered the largest Klan organization in the country at that time and headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and on Feb. 12, 1987, a jury awarded the family a $7-million judgment. The Klans group was forced to turn over its headquarters to Ms. Donald.

    “She’ll forever have a place in history as the woman who beat the Klan,” said Morris Dees, executive director of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the chief attorney for the Donald family in the case against the Klan. “I just think she was a brave and courageous mother whose love as a mother ensured that he did not die in vain.”

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!!!

    • 40 sherijr
      February 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

      thank you Donna for all of these.. I’ve certainly learned much from them.

    • 41 MightyPamela
      February 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      I thank you as well, DD4O. I find it shameful so much of our balanced history is left out of education, as if the efforts, accomplishments and skills, not to mention the selflessness and compassion of so many fine people has been deliberately suppressed. I have learned much, and shared much. You have helped me see a bigger picture. Thank you (grandma!) 🙂

  4. 42 Cindy
    February 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and Danny Boy!

    Shout out for Momma Chipsticks continued recovery (Healing BLESSINGS sent her way)….

    Have a SPLENDID DAY!!!!!!

  5. February 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

    This is amazing on so many levels!!! A group snuck a camera in and video taped oral arguments for the McCutchen case (which would make Citizens United look like child’s play) before the SCOTUS, and was escorted out………

    A primer on the McCutchen case http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/10/08/supreme-court-takes-up-the-sequel-to-citizens-united/

  6. 46 sherijr
    February 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    That picture of Magic with Bo & Sunny, literally looks like they’re out taking a walk on the street.

    • 47 donna dem 4 obama
      February 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

      They are 😉 that is 15 street right outside of the WH gates.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        February 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

        Yes, it is. 🙂

        On another note, Bo looks as though he is sulking and really wants to be with FLOTUS – LOL! Sunny on the other hand, has not a care in the world!

      • 49 sherijr
        February 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

        thank you Donna.. even though I now live only 40 miles away- I still have never been to the White House.. I will get there.

  7. 50 Vicki
    February 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

    In good news from NY State—-Gov. Cuomo restored all the money to SNAP program that had been eliminated by the Farm Bill. Way to go, Gov!

  8. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    February 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Bill Nye and Jay-Z?!?! BILL NYE AND JAY-Z?!?!?!!!

    Science + Music; my two favorite worlds colliding = BOOOOOOOM! An explosion of awesomeness.

    Excuse me while I go fiddle with myself.

    p.s. Great Rise and Shine, Chiparoo. The pictures are giving me an extra special smile today and you’re welcome, Chips!

    • February 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks a gazillion again Nerdy, I was so late getting going on R&S …. and then I checked and you had a whole bunch of goodies in there. You’re AWESOME!!!!!

  9. 53 japa21
    February 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

    BTW, today is the big 24 million celebration. Let’s shoot for 30 million on election day so we can celebrate that milestone plus Dem victories at the same time.

  10. 55 Cindy
    February 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Good morning TOD Family!


    Sending prayers and blessings across the globe;

    Count your BLESSINGS one-by-one, and if you have too many, why not share some….

    ENJOY YOUR DAY and help someone if you can : )

  11. 56 japa21
    February 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Also, too, I was very much under the weather yesterday so didn’t show up here. I am sure it was mentioned. I wanted to congratulate meta for her second place finish. I am currently trying to dig up dirt on Joy the Despicable Baker and get it off to the contest site so that they will disqualify her and call meta the winner.

  12. 66 Desertflower
    February 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    NW…. Have I told you today how much you are loved and appreciated ??? Awesome post!

  13. 68 4morefor44
    February 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    i haven’t been following things all that closely, but it seems to me that chuck bagel has been a great sec. of defense. another great republican recruit by our president. ray lahood was also fantastic as sec. of transportation. i probably would reflexively never consider a republican to be on my team, but as usual, president obama leads the way and shows me not to be so rigid in my thinking.

  14. 77 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

    UT have you seen this?

  15. 80 amk for obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Real magic?

    Watching right now magic johnson in The Parkers S3/E21 in south africa.


  16. 81 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

    From “Subhuman Mongrel” To “Jim Crow” Laws: Conservatives Can’t Stop Fighting Lost Cultural Battles



    Indeed, after five years in office Obama’s far-right detractors seem to grow more aggrieved by the president’s supposed sins and crimes. Their denunciations become even more hysterical, and take up more time and energy, despite the fact Obama will never appear on another American ballot.
    No matter how many times the right-wing launches campaigns to portray Obama as an un-American traitorous foe, and no matter how many times they push to depict gays and lesbians as unworthy of American freedoms and protections, those culture wars and going to lose every time. Voters have broadcast that message for years now.

    Yet somewhere right now right-wing activists, inspired by their far-right pundits, are busily plotting their next (and doomed) cultural war offensive.



  17. 82 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

  18. 84 Paulita
    February 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Last night on Lawrence’s show Ari Melber called Ted Cruz a liar, and the worst kind of liar – because he gets caught. I like Ari – he did not mince his words. And O’reilly kept trying to get his two female guests to admit that there is just something inherently wrong with a woman running the fee world. smh.

    In 2008 when I was taking a train ride from Cal. to Chicago, I met two female students from the U.K. who were touring the U.S. on a special Amtrak deal and we of course talked about the primaries and election. They were rooting for Obama, and I remember telling them that Hilary Clinton was the devil. But I qualified it by saying that “they” made her that way. My opinion has not really changed. (Please don’t hate – I got my reasons) :)!

    • 85 57andfemale
      February 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I don’t think she’s the devil but her time has passed – there is no indication she understands or cares that the world is different now than it was 20 years ago. She’s always been a fake progressive anyway, except on women’s rights. She had her chance to be and appear great in 2008, and instead her instincts were to crawl in the gutter with the slimiest of American politics.

      If she was truly a patriot she would put her (unearned) ginormous ego aside and not run. But I don’t believe for a second that she has that amount of grace – her ambition is ALL. In all fairness, she is undoubtedly a bigger lock on keeping the Dem’s in the WH, but I don’t think she’ll be a great President. She loves Wall St., her kind of business friendly policies are not what the country needs.

      And she must answer for Bill Clinton’s policies that led to economic collapse: how does she feel about the Telecom Bill, the Gramm bill that deregulated the financial industry. That isn’t ‘old news’ – we have to know if she supports those policies. Bill has never indicated that he sees anything wrong with those disastrous choices.

      • 86 Paulita
        February 28, 2014 at 11:38 am

        I don’t really think she’s the devil, but this was the stage in the primaries where she was refusing to concede and throwing everything and the kitchen sink. (Rev. Wright et al ) and then referenced RFK’s assassination to point out that anything could happen. And the media and pumas were trying to keep things as uncertain as they could. She was totally complicit in fostering an atmosphere of chaos and division in the Dem. party. I kinda cut her some slack during the convention but my sensibilities are still bruised from that mayhem.

        • 87 Paulita
          February 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

          This was also a time when alot of older black folks were afraid to vote for him because they feared for his life. Thank God we overcame the fears and stood together in pride and solidarity and the audacity of hope.

        • 88 carolyn
          February 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

          Paulita, when we were in England, spring 2008, several Brits asked us, “How could the U.S. elect GWB twice?” We of course answered we didn’t know, and we sure didn’t vote for him. They told us he was bad for the whole world, then without our prompting would say, “You HAVE to elect Barack Obama!” This was while primaries were still happening. We assured them we were working for and supporting him, and believed it might happen. One man almost had tears in his eyes as he implored us.

          • 89 Paulita
            February 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            Hi Carolyn! I think the way the whole world was captivated by one man, Our Prez, and still is, is the most amazing thing I’ve witnessed in my life. Really glad to be alive during these times.

        • 90 carla4obama
          February 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

          It was during the primaries I soured on the Clintons too..and it has only gotten worse. The EGO driven Clintons do what is best for them, how will “this______fill in the blank” help us? Remember, Hilary was the presumed 2008 primary winner at the start, history has moved on, so must the Clintons. Some of you may want Hilary,,,,but not I. Oh..I remember the RFK comment…..that was the last straw for me.

        • 91 57andfemale
          February 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

          I came to loathe the Clintons in 2008 – I had never seen Democrats behave so destructively and the fact that the Clintons ‘went there’ with such ferocity and so easily – sickened me.

          I remember in the midst of the primaries – some high level Republican strategist said of PBO, “We don’t know how to run against this guy.” There were still some rules left, a line that was not to be crossed in national politics. I have always maintained that it was the Clintons and their campaign that opened the door to the unprecedented disrespect of PBO and the illegitimacy that they have carried as a banner.

          That the Clintons could behave so shamelessly gave ‘permission’ to the GOP to break all rules of decency. Now to be sure, they would have been savage anyway, but not to this level. Such behavior was unimaginable on a national level at the end of 2007 – it was Hillary and Bill Clinton who opened that door. The slime that is the current GOP was happy to engage on that disgusting level.

          I’ll never forgive them. Never. I’ll vote for her because we cannot let the GOP gain power, but I won’t like it.

  19. 95 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

  20. 96 Paulita
    February 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Sorry for commenting so abruptly without a proper greeting. Good morning all you lovely folks from all over :). Happy Friday!!!

  21. 97 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

  22. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:55 am
  23. 99 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2014 at 10:58 am


    When the pot calls the kettle lazy

    By Steve Benen


    Boehner added that President Obama intends to “pack it in for the year” and “just wait for the election.”

    There’s hypocritical rhetoric. There’s breathtaking hypocritical rhetoric. Then there’s rhetoric so hypocritical that it ruptures the space-time continuum.
    Let’s briefly review reality in case it still matters. John Boehner claimed the Speaker’s gavel three years ago, and since that time, he’s racked up zero major legislative accomplishments. While Obama has at times been desperate to get something, anything, done with this Congress, Boehner has tried and failed to lead House Republicans towards anything resembling governing.
    And yet the Speaker wants to complain that Obama “got little done” after Republicans took control of the House majority.



  24. 100 sherijr
    February 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

    wow that last pic w/ VPOTUS hugging.. a tear jerker. Just so much awesomeness going on day after day in our White House and in our TOD Village.. thank you Nerdy & Chips, so very much.

  25. 103 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Republicans deal with a tea party hangover

    By Michael Gerson


    The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up — cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented — from its recent ideological bender.
    Cruz has made one completely unintended contribution to the fortunes of his party. It is likely that Republicans will look back on the 16-day government shutdown he forced in October as a liberating loss. The tea party coalition that rose to prominence in the 2010 election got precisely what it wanted and demanded. It promised wonderful things to follow. The outcome? Republicans of every ideological stripe have run in horror from every subsequent budget confrontation.



  26. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    February 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

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