Rise and Shine

President Obama’s signature on a wall in a health classroom at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he attended a town hall meeting on health care, June 11, 2009. The physical education and health staff left a note asking the President to sign the wall for future students to see (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern)

10:50 President Obama meets with the United States Sentencing Commission, Roosevelt Room

1:50: Departs White House

3:20: Arrives Worcester, Mass.

4:0: The President delivers remarks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement

7:0: Delivers remarks and answers questions at a fundraiser for House Democrats, private residence, Weston, Mass.

8:20: Departs Worcester

10:0: Arrives White House


Later This Week

Thursday: The President will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

Friday: The President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, they will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

Saturday: The President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.


President Obama and Tumblr’s founder, David Karp




Adam Vaccaro: No, Obama’s Student Debt Executive Order Doesn’t Incentivize Colleges To Raise Tuition

When President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he would extend the “Pay as You Earn” federal student loan repayment program to older, previously ineligible debtors, it was met with a common contention. I’ve seen it in a few places, including the comments section in our article on the action. In short, people say that the order will make it easier for students to manage their debt, and that will incentivize schools to raise tuition. The assertion doesn’t make any sense. The Pay as You Earn program, which limits monthly payments to 10 percent of a borrowers’ income and can allow for loan forgiveness after 20 years of repayments, had previously only been available to new student borrowers. In order to be eligible, debtors could not have taken out a student loan before October 2007, and could not have stopped taking payments before October 2011.

In other words, the program was essentially put in place for the high school class of 2008 and later classes—meaning those currently in school are already eligible for the program. If the program incentivizes colleges to raise tuition—again, probably a fun debate, though it ignores that tuition was already skyrocketing well before the program was put in place—it was already happening. Obama’s action, meanwhile, extends the option to older borrowers—those who have already graduated and are making repayments, some at much higher rates than the program allows. The vast majority of those people are by definition already out of school. Who, then, would colleges raise tuition on that they couldn’t already?

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Washington Post: Republican House Majority Leader Succumbs To Tea Party Challenger Dave Brat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), the chamber’s second-ranking Republican, was badly beaten in a primary contest Tuesday by an obscure professor with tea party backing — a historic electoral surprise that left the GOP in chaos and the House without its heir apparent. Cantor, who has represented the Richmond suburbs since 2001, lost by 11 percentage points to Dave Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. It was an operatic fall from power, swift and deep and utterly surprising.

As late as Tuesday morning, Cantor had felt so confident of victory that he spent the morning at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill, holding a fundraising meeting with lobbyists while his constituents went to the polls. By Tuesday night, he had suffered a defeat with few parallels in American history. Historians said that no House leader of Cantor’s rank had ever been defeated in a primary. That left stunned Republicans — those who had supported Cantor, and even those who had worked to beat him — struggling to understand what happened.

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Nick Wing: If It’s A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting

Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence. Including Tuesday’s incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown.

With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week. The data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety also shows that these shootings have occurred throughout the country. In all, 31 states have had an incident of gun violence at a school. Georgia has witnessed far more incidents than others, with 10 happening at schools there since Sandy Hook. There have been seven school shootings in Florida, five in Tennessee, four in North Carolina and four in California.

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Caitlin MacNeal: Obama: ‘We Should Be Ashamed’ Of Failure To Address Gun Violence

President Obama on Tuesday slammed the failure to curb gun violence in the United States. “My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage,” he said during a Tumblr Q&A. “This is becoming the norm,” he continued about school shootings. “We should be ashamed.”

The President addressed lawmakers who blame mass shootings on mental health, not access to guns. “The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has psychosis. And yet, we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else,” he said.

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Rob Wile: Small Business Confidence Surges

The NFIB’s small business confidence index came in at 96.6 for May — the highest reading since 2007. That also beat expectations for 95.8. Pantheon Macro’s Ian Shepherdson says this index is more important than payrolls, and sees this jump to the as a major shift. “At last, small businesses are on the move. We have been waiting for four years for a clean break to the upside, and it’s finally here. The rise in the headline largely reflects a 9-point jump in economic expectations and a 5-point rise in sales expectations, but several other components rose too.”

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You built this racism, GOP.



John B. Judis: Dave Brat And The Triumph Of Rightwing Populism

“Eric is running on the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable principles,” Brat told a Tea Party audience. “They want amnesty for illegal immigrants. They want them granted citizenship. And it’s in the millions — 40 millions coming in. if you add 40 million workers to our labor supply, what will happen to the wage rate for the average American?” Brat’s appeal was frankly demagogic. Cantor was not supporting amnesty, and there are about 10 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. Some of Brat’s Tea Party supporters took it a step further. Larry Nordvig, the head of the Richmond Tea Party, told a joke at Brat rally.

“A politician, a Muslim, and an illegal alien walk into a bar, and you now what the bartender said? Good evening, Mr. President.” If he is elected in November, Brat may, of course, jettison the anti-Wall Street and anti-big business side of his politics. His actual economic views appear to be close to those of the Cato Institute and Ayn Rand. His solutions for America’s flagging economy consist in flattening the tax code and cutting spending – positions that will certainly not alienate the Chamber of Commerce or Business Roundtable.

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Jonathan Cohn: The GOP Just Got a Wake-Up Call: Eric Cantor’s Loss Proves The Tea Party Refuses To Rest In Peace

It’s going to take a while to figure out precisely what happened Tuesday night in Virginia’s 7th House District. Nobody thought Eric Cantor, the second most powerful Republican in the House, would lose his primary campaign to Dave Brat, an anonymous college professor too busy grading exams to attend campaign events. Not too many people even thought it’d be close. Robert Costa of the Washington Post wrote about Brat’s surprising popularity a month ago, but the rest of the political press barely noticed.

The obvious explanation for Cantor’s defeat is immigration. And in this case, the obvious explanation is probably right. Brat hammered Cantor for his supposed support of “amnesty.” Cantor swore the charge was untrue and, lord knows, he wasn’t doing anything to advance the cause of immigration reform publicly. It appears the voters didn’t believe him. Brat also attacked Cantor for his supposed cooperation with, and enabling of, Obama. This charge may seem strange to the White House and, for that matter, most sentient beings. Few Republicans have spent more energy fighting Obama and the Democrats. And Cantor played a pivotal role in killing the grand bargain that Obama was trying to negotiate with House Speaker John Boehner in 2011

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Julia Edwards: Obama Administration To Make Push On American Indian Voting Rights

Concerned that American Indians are being unfairly kept out of the voting process, the Obama administration is considering a proposal that would require voting districts with tribal land to have at least one polling site in a location chosen by the tribe’s government, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday. Holder said the Justice Department would begin consulting tribal authorities on whether it should suggest that Congress pass a law that would apply to state and local administrators whose territory includes tribal lands. The announcement came as President Barack Obama was expected to travel to an American Indian reservation in North Dakota on Friday.

Last Thursday, Holder addressed a tribal conference in the same state. Associate Attorney General Tony West on Monday will expand upon Holder’s announcement in Anchorage, Alaska, where he will address a conference held by the National Congress of American Indians. “Our proposal would give American Indian and Alaska Native voters a right that most other citizens take for granted: a polling place in their community where they can cast a ballot and receive voter assistance to make sure their vote will be counted,” West is expected to say, according a statement from the Justice Department.

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Daniel Strauss: Cantor Conquerer Caught Off Guard By Policy Questions In Interview

David Brat, who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, was surprised when he appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday that he would be asked policy questions. In his interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Brat punted when Todd asked him both about the minimum wage and Syria. “Let me ask you a few other issue questions. Where are you on the minimum wage? Do you believe in it and would you raise it?” Todd asked. “Minimum wage, no, I’m a free market guy,” Brat responded.

“Our labor markets right now are already distorted from too many regulations. I think Cato estimates there’s $2 trillion of regulatory problems and then throw Obamacare on top of that, the work hours is 30 hours a week. You can only hire 50 people. There’s just distortion after distortion after distortion and we wonder why our labor markets are broken.” Todd then pressed Brat on the question. “Um, I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat finally conceded. “All I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation’s productivity. Right? So you can’t make up wage rates.”

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CBS News: Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure In California

A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers Tuesday, saying such laws harm students – especially poor and minority ones – by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire. In a landmark decision that could influence the gathering debate over tenure across the country, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that students have a fundamental right to equal education. Siding with the nine students who brought the lawsuit, he ruled that California’s laws on hiring and firing in schools have resulted in “a significant number of grossly ineffective teachers currently active in California classrooms.” He agreed, too, that a disproportionate number of these teachers are in schools that have mostly minority and low-income students.

The judge stayed the ruling pending appeals. The case involves 6 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The California Attorney General’s office said it is considering its legal options, while the California Teachers Association, the state’s biggest teachers union with 325,000 members, vowed an appeal. “Circumventing the legislative process to strip teachers of their professional rights hurts our students and our schools,” the union said. Teachers have long argued that tenure prevents administrators from firing teachers on a whim. They contend also that the system preserves academic freedom and helps attract talented teachers to a profession that doesn’t pay well. Other states have been paying close attention to how the case plays out in the nation’s most populous state. The lawsuit was backed by wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch’s nonprofit group Students Matter, which assembled a high-profile legal team including Boutrous, who successfully fought to overturn California’s gay-marriage ban.

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Brian Beutler: Eric Cantor Lost Because He Exploited Conservatives, Not Immigration

Cantor practices a cunning, devious brand of politics. He played legislative strategy the same way he played intra-conference intrigue—devising too-clever-by-half schemes to seize momentary advantage, often at the expense of bigger picture goals. They frequently blew back at him. When Republicans took back the House, he advocated strategies that culminated in dangerous brinksmanship over funding the government and increasing the debt limit, exactly as conservatives demanded. But he also attempted to set the bizarre precedent of offsetting emergency spending for natural disaster relief with cuts to unrelated social spending programs. He never prevailed, but his position became extremely awkward when a rare and sizable earthquake severely damaged his own district in August 2011. After Obama’s re-election, Cantor had to reverse course and orchestrate ransomless debt limit increases, to the great dismay of Republican hardliners. He then pandered to those same hardliners in ways that frequently undermined John Boehner’s best-laid plans. These priorities were incongruous, and suggestive of an effort to situate himself as the Speaker’s heir apparent, rather than of a commitment to conservative causes.

Just two months ago, Cantor end ran around those same conservatives to secure passage of a bill protecting Medicare physicians from a substantial pay cut. For more than a year now, Cantor’s stable of influential operatives and former operatives have done battle with the purity obsessed hardliners and opportunists who tried to seize control of the party’s legislative strategy. Many of them sought retribution by taking aim at Cantor in his district. In the end the right’s beef with him—as with McConnell—was about more than just affect. It was about his willingness to use power politics and procedural hijinks to cut conservatives out of the tangle when expedient. The lesson of his defeat isn’t that immigration reform is particularly poisonous, but that the right expects its leaders to understand they can’t subsume the movement’s energy for tactical purposes, then grant it only selective influence over big decisions.

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On This Day

President Obama checks how much time he has left during a health care reform town hall meeting at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 11, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks with White House Counsel Gregory Craig in the Oval Office, June 11 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama sits with class valedictorian Jordan Smiley during the graduation ceremonies for Anacostia Senior High School on June 11, 2010 in Washington, DC


President Obama talks with Betty White in the Oval Office, June 11, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Bo waits to greet President Obama in the Outer Oval Office, June 11, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


117 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 11, 2014 at 10:30 am


  2. 21 99ts
    June 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Pierce did some research last night

    This is interesting – “Brat also hit him for voting to raise the debt ceiling — Brat has promised to vote against raising the debt ceiling for the first five years he’s in Congress ”

    So would Brat vote against his own party on this – How many times did GWB raise the debt limit?

  3. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    June 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    • 23 99ts
      June 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Hi NW – many thanks for R&S but please please no pictures of PBO and our excuse for a PM – you have my permission to photoshop him out – RWNJ

      • 24 Nerdy Wonka
        June 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

        LOL. I feel your pain. I may have your permission but do I have your promise to pay my legal fees if the White House comes after me for altering images?

        • 25 99ts
          June 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

          O dear – just find some other pictures then – I’m sure Pete Souza won’t be taking too many of Mr Abbott.

  4. June 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

    It’s a sad statement that when I read VA07 Dickinson’s positions, I almost think he’s a ringer. I mean, he SO pro PBO and our agenda. You NEVER hear that from Dems. GAH.

    • June 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Oh, exactly Meta – when I read his supportive tweets, I was suspicious. Doesn’t that say everything about how we feel about lily-livered Dems?

    • 36 hopefruit2
      June 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

      His ideas and positions sounds like a Dem/Liberal/Progressive/ PBO-supporters’ dream. But the reality of the district he’s running in is what gives me pause. Plus on his website http://www.dickinsonforcongress.com/, there’s absolutely no mention of PBO, NRA, ACA or such. His rash of uber-progressive tweets seem to have started yesterday, once it was apparent that Cantor was going to lose.

      I’m unable to see any tweets from him on Twitter prior to yesterday. Not sure why. But I will adopt a wait-and-see approach, because that’s the best we can do for now.

  5. June 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

  6. 39 57andfemale
    June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

  7. June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

    • 42 desertflower
      June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Read that as : ” Heritage hasn’t told me what to say about that topic yet.”

    • 43 99ts
      June 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

      And he intends to vote against raising the debt limit for at least 5 years – doubt he knows what the debt ceiling is – and he is an economist!

      The 5 years is interesting – does he think the GOP will be out of government until 2020?

  8. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    June 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

    • 45 hopefruit2
      June 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Will the young people in college who have loans, take this vote seriously and make it their business to vote out the GOP in November, or will they allow their brains to be flooded with nonsense from Rand/Ron Paul, Greenwald/Snowden and sit home in “anti-government/NSA” protest?

      • 46 99ts
        June 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Why on earth would they object to people being able to refinance their loans at lower rates ??? I did that twice with our house mortgage in the 1990s!

  9. 49 japa21
    June 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

  10. June 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I’m going to tweet like a maniac today!

  11. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    June 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

  12. June 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Ah, Allan doesn’t like this guy, need to find out what it’s all about:

    • June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am


    • 60 Nerdy Wonka
      June 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

      I’m always wary of people who pop out of nowhere and we’ve never heard anything about them. Nothing. Nada. Not a tiny bit.

      Why isn’t he on the ballot? Is he being impeded? If he is real, good luck to him. If he’s fake and a plant by the GOP, that’s messed up.

      After the candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chasvez to fool Latino voters, I’ve become leery. Anything is possible in politics. I’m on investigative mode.

      • June 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

        As Meta said, Nerdy, doesn’t it say everything that we’re automatically suspicious when we see someone being seemingly so supportive of PBO? Looks like we were right to be with this guy:

        • 62 hopefruit2
          June 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

          If he were in a blue or even purple district, supporting PBO so strongly, I might have given him the benefit of the doubt, but a solid red Teabag district like VA-07? That gives me REAL pause….

      • 64 desertflower
        June 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

        Good news regarding the FAKE Cesar Chavez,,,he’s being sued by the REAL Cesar Chavez’ grandson:) Glorious! This fraud will figure out that he best not screw with Chavez in AZ!


        Cesar Chavez’s grandson sues Arizona candidate for using activist’s name on ballot

      • June 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        He tweeted last night that he is in open defiance of the local Dems, which doesn’t augur well for a campaign, I’d say. So, yes, this is all looking very sketchy.

  13. 67 debz
    June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

    The msm is falling all over themselves finding excuses for smarmy Cantor’s loss, and touting the tea party victory. If this was a dem who lost his election, we would be hearing all about how dems are doooomed!

  14. 71 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Glad to see that the AP is putting the blame where it should be. Let the voters know who is making their lives miserable.

  15. June 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Is Wendy Davis stepping down? Just saw something like that on the news.

    • 73 Nena20409
      June 11, 2014 at 11:07 am


      Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is replacing her campaign manager.

      The Davis campaign announced that Karin Johanson, a veteran campaign manager, will be replaced by state Rep. Chris Turner (D). Johanson previously served as Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) campaign manager for her Senate campaign.

      “After building one of the most competitive campaign organizations Texas has seen in decades, Karin Johanson has let me know that she believes it’s time to hand off the reins of the campaign management for our final push toward election day,” Davis said in a statement on Wednesday.

      Davis praised Turner for his two decades of experience in Texas politics which includes him fighting and winning “tough races in the state.”

      ///// Nothing about Ms Davis’ resignation.

      • June 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

        Ok Thanks Nena, that’s what happens when you catch the last part of a feed. Even my husband, who isn’t into politics was surprised. She has touched many world wide and deserves to be well supported in this campaign.

      • 75 99ts
        June 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

        But Chuck Todd has tweeted it as doom and gloom for Wendy – that guy is a much worse GOP shrill than I had previously realized.

        • 76 Dudette
          June 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

          So it’s doom and gloom to bring in a campaign mgr who just won a high profile campaign? Yeh, right Chuck. He should sit in a corner somewhere and shutup.

  16. 77 Nena20409
    June 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good WedTODay 😉

    Great R&S. Thanks NW.

    Au ⭐ for VC. Congrats.


  17. 78 JER
    June 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

  18. 79 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    If Gov O’Malley decides to run – he has my vote. Here is one politician who is NEVER afraid to show that he supports PBO’s agenda. He’s always mentioning and praising PBO, and you will never ever find him on TV bashing PBO, or making some ambiguous PBO-related statement that can be easily misinterpreted (HRC’s style). Plus he has a RECORD of successfully governing a multi-ethnic, multicultural, largely progressive state.

  19. 84 Jovie
    June 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    They’re laying down for extremists!

  20. 85 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Here we go — that didn’t long did it?

    • June 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

      He is SUCH a joke!!!!!

    • 89 amk for obama
      June 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

      • 90 Ladyhawke
        June 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

        Chuck Todd is so joined at the tonsils with the GOP he can’t help himself. The fact that Eric Cantor (and the rest of his unhinged and deranged party) was rarely if ever challenged on his hypocrisy is an indictment of the media. Chuck Todd and the media helped facilitate the GOP scorched earth politics. What a pathetic tweet.

    • 91 Lovepolitics2008
      June 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Hey folks, for once I think Chuck Todd may be right. I don’t picture anything else than the House becoming even MORE paralyzed.

      My only hope is that the media narrative FINALLY reflects reality: the extremists in the GOP have taken over and the paralysis in Washington is THEIR FAULT, not the fault of the President.

      Can we dream that it will send democrats and INDEPENDENTS, and even moderate republicans to the voting booth in November to vote democrat, so they can teach the obstructionists a lesson ?

      • 92 hopefruit2
        June 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

        LP2008, as amk just tweeted, can you point to ONE key piece of Obama’s legislation that Eric Cantor supported? Just ONE…since 2012…I’m waiting…

        If you’re gonna make claims about “bad news for Obama” you need facts and figures to support your claims. Otherwise it falls in the category of rank speculation and CONCERN TROLLING.

    • 93 99ts
      June 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

      bs in the media that the dems and PBO could negotiate with Cantor – what a joke – Todd is truly sad – Cantor must have been his goto congress leak.

  21. 94 Jovie
    June 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Chuck Hagle is to soft spoken.

  22. 100 Jovie
    June 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Unless Marshall law is initiated, Iraq will fall to extremists.
    I think they don’t care!

  23. 103 vcprezofan2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Somehow I think this might be my moment to go fuel my bod with breakfast. .. and get a pair of shoes for Friday’s (family) celebration. Catch you guys later – enjoy your day!

  24. 105 amk for obama
    June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    • 107 57andfemale
      June 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Of course he won’t. The GOP would never let him divide the vote and give Dems a chance. Cantor needs to play nice so he can rack up the lobbying jobs.

  25. 108 amk for obama
    June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

    chucky cheese getting plenty of pushback.

    June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am


  27. 112 Jovie
    June 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    See? They don’t care! Oil barons better get out now . Exxon is going to be pissed!

  28. 113 57andfemale
    June 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

    “It wasn’t just the fact that Cantor flirted with immigration reform. Brat also hit him for voting to raise the debt ceiling — Brat has promised to vote against raising the debt ceiling for the first five years he’s in Congress — and for voting for the Ryan-Murray budget plan, and for voting to end the government shutdown. In other words, Dave Brat was elected because he ran against the very few things that Eric Cantor did that remotely helped the government simply to function. Apparently, Brat would have the country default on its debts, go without a budget, and have the government still shut down until the president is willing to torpedo his signature policy success, If you lived in the Seventh Congressional District of the Commonwealth of Virginia, those are the policy choices your fellow citizens would have endorsed last night. Any pundits who ever again criticize the president for not “compromising” with a party that thinks this way — and is proud that it does — deserve to have their keys to the Green Room icebox confiscated.”


  29. 114 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Here’s “soft-spoken” Hagel again!! BTW, I love that term for Hagel, and will continue to call him that. 🙂

  30. 115 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

  31. 117 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2014 at 11:51 am



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