Rise and Shine



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10:55: President Obama meets with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand

1:0 Josh Earnest briefs the press


Parade: The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All

… On Monday, June 23, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a Working Families summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for affordable childcare and paid family leave, raising minimum wage, and achieving equal pay for all. In an interview conducted by Parade, the Obamas opened up about their personal connection to these issues and what they hope to accomplish during their remaining time in the White House.

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle have never been your typical working stiffs. With four Ivy League degrees between them, they’ve enjoyed high incomes and strong job security. But before and during college, they each worked minimum-wage jobs. And there was a time when they felt the same kind of financial aches and marriage strains that today’s dual-income families know all too well. As a young married couple in Chicago, they were mired in student debt, juggling multiple jobs and two kids, and bickering over who did what housework. “I wouldn’t fold,” remembers the president. “I didn’t separate, and Michelle’s point was, that’s not laundry.”

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TPM: Obama Administration To Extend Family Leave To Same-Sex Couples

The Obama administration announced that it would direct the Department of Labor to begin issuing regulations to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to same-sex couples, according to a White House official.

After the Supreme Court’s struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, Attorney General Eric Holder and other members of the administration began to reviewing relevant statutes and laws to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples. The administration said that its extension of FMLA is simply part of that process. The new regulations will clarify that an employee is eligible to take leave to care for a same-sex spouse in the instance of an illness, regardless of whether that employee lives in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Paul Krugman: Veterans and Zombies – The Hype Behind the Health Care Scandal

…. it’s important to understand that the Veterans Affairs scandal, while real, is being hyped out of proportion by people whose real goal is to block reform of the larger system.

…. A scandal is a scandal, and wrongdoing must be punished. But beware of people trying to use the veterans’ care scandal to derail health reform.

And here’s the thing: Health reform is working. Too many Americans still lack good insurance, and hence lack access to health care and protection from high medical costs — but not as many as last year, and next year should be better still. Health costs are still far too high, but their growth has slowed dramatically. We’re moving in the right direction, and we shouldn’t let the zombies get in our way.

Full post here



Washington Post: Ukraine claims full control of its border with Russia

Ukraine announced Friday that it has regained full control of its border with Russia, which the government has set as an important precondition for a unilateral ceasefire in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east.

The sealing off of the border, which could not be independently verified, would be significant because it would rob the rebels of an important supply route for new fighters and weapons.

The announcement that troops had recaptured the border area near the village of Izvaryne in the Luhansk region comes as President Petro Poroshenko is set to unveil the details of his 14-point peace plan.

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Smartypants: The “what about me?” syndrome

For years black academics criticized the Obama administration for not targeting programs to the African American community. Obamacare didn’t count – even though it has disproportionately affected people of color. All of his talk about income inequality didn’t matter, neither did his proposal for universal pre-K. What they wanted to see were initiatives that directly (and only) affected African Americans.

Then along came the announcement about President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program targeting boys of color. It didn’t take long for many of the same critics to go after that one because it didn’t include girls. As I see it, this is what most efforts to target a specific community will eventually face…the “what about me?” syndrome.

That’s not to say that its wrong to initiate and promote targeted programs. Sometimes they’re needed. Its more about the fact that when they are proposed, we need to remember WHY they’re targeted and – by definition – will exclude.

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ThinkProgress: Governor Scott Walker Accused Of ‘Criminal Scheme’

New federal court documents released Thursday reveal that Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is the subject of a “Joe Doe” investigation. Prosecutors allege Walker was part of a “criminal scheme” to circumvent state election laws. While the courts are still mulling a motion by the dark money outside groups at the center of the allegations to stop the investigation, the facts of the case are yet another demonstration of the folly of the Supreme Court’s assumptions in the infamous Citizens United ruling.

The documents show that prosecutors believe illegal coordination occurred in the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Senate and Gubernatorial recall elections and that groups like the Wisconsin Club for Growth worked with Scott Walker’s campaign arm (“Friends of Scott Walker”) to arrange undisclosed spending by an array of pro-Walker tax-exempt organizations. They note that several individuals were working both for Friends of Scott Walker and Wisconsin Club for Growth at the time, and that Walker himself boasted of the coordination in an email to Karl Rove.

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Esquire: Prosecutor Is Closing In on Gov. Christie

Indictments against four cronies are near certain, sources say. Only question is if David Samson, Christie’s longtime mentor, will flip.

“It’s over, it’s done, and I’m moving on.” – Chris Christie, reassuring potential donors in Utah on June 14th

Back on planet Reality, meanwhile, Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, wades through the sewage of Christie’s stewardship. Two sources with intimate knowledge of the case say Fishman’s pace is quickening – he has empaneled a second grand jury, and the U.S. Justice Department has sent assistant prosecutors and FBI agents to work the case.

“What’s taking the most time,” according to one source, “is separating what’s viable from all the bad stuff they’re finding that may not be viable.”

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Daily Beast: The Crash and Churn of Lawrence O’Donnell

In an exclusive interview, the MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reveals how he survived a head-on car crash, and why afterwards he cut himself off from the negative litany of the news cycle.

“What a stupid way to die,” Lawrence O’Donnell thought to himself.

A split-second earlier, the host of MSNBC’s 10 p.m. program, The Last Word, had been gazing down at a map on his iPhone, following the progress of his taxi, a Chevy van, as he and his older brother Michael rode to dinner on the resort island of Tortola. It was around 7:45 p.m., Saturday, April 12, the start of what promised to be a lovely vacation in the British Virgin Islands with his big brother, a Boston lawyer.

The vacation didn’t happen. Instead, O’Donnell, 62, underwent a life-altering crucible that he’s still trying to make sense of, while figuring out how to explain it to viewers when he returns to his show on Monday night after two-and-a-half months off the air.

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On This Day

President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with National Security Staff in the Situation Room of the White House, June 20, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Vice President Biden on the Colonnade of the White House outside the Oval Office, June 20, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with a bipartisan group of mayors to discuss the economy and local efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 20, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Pueblo, June 20, 2012



118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 6 africa
    June 20, 2014 at 10:03 am


  2. 8 amk for obama
    June 20, 2014 at 10:03 am


  3. 10 Don
    June 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

    In my haste to be first I didn’t even notice Michelle, boy boy boy. Give me strength!

  4. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    June 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

  5. 14 africa
    June 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Wow, excellent R&S Chips. That first picture, two beautiful people, inside and out.

  6. 16 Gazelle
    June 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

    [Good morning/evening TOD! Wow, no surprise it’s in AL!]

    Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of denials

    Korean War Veteran’s 56-year struggle for Veterans Affairs benefits is finally over. […..]

    More here & video: http://thegrio.com/2014/06/20/alabama-veteran-granted-va-benefits-after-more-than-50-years-of-denials/

  7. 17 amk for obama
    June 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

  8. 18 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Au for Don and in His haste 😉 statements. Congrats.

  9. 19 desertflower
    June 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Good Morning!!! Happy Friday everyone:) OMG…thank you so much for this wonderful, beautiful, stupendous R/S!!! I’m so happy that LO’D is going to be fine and he’s coming along…what a frightening ordeal to have to go through..hope that his brother is recovering well, too.

  10. 20 Don
    June 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

    What an incredible Rise and Shine, the lovely pictures of Barack and Michelle. But what brings my heart the most joy is the articles on Governors Christie and Walker.

  11. 21 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

    TGIF. Sunny and Humid.

    Good Morning TOD and Thank you Chips for the R&S.

    Great Portrait of the POTUS and FLOTUS. Wow!

  12. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    June 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Great Rise and Shine, Chips.

    Thanks for the update on Lawrence O’Donnell. Glad he’s alive and he and his brother are recovering at a steady pace.

    • 23 Don
      June 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Every damn time I see something like this I’m going to call out GLAAD, you backed the wrong horse.

  13. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I’ve been really busy working the phones to GOTV for our Primary. Early voting ended yesterday so it’s on to election day on Tuesday.

    That picture of Our First Couple is simply stunning. This is one of the things that the sends the press and the Right into ODS. They are such beautiful people inside and out and their love is completely sincere. There is no one on the Right who can match the charm, appeal and magnetism this couple exudes.

    Love.Them.To.Pieces!!!!!!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  14. 25 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:29 am


    This racist and deadbeat father got a talk show not by merit but for his bigotry.

    Now…..as of Thursday, he was booted off his show. Why? He used the N-word on air.

    • 26 desertflower
      June 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

      And he can’t understand why he got booted from the sound of it…..just a matter of normalcy to think those things for people like him. I’m sick of these hateful people. Sick. To. Death.

    • 27 joyfulmeme
      June 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

      He think he may have either mental issues or be on drugs. He makes no sense and appears insane.

    • 28 57andfemale
      June 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

      He is a despicable POS.

  15. 29 Ycin
    June 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Good morning Chipsticks, Dannystix and all TOD members,


    Chipsticks, this R & S post is A BFD; BEAUTIFUL, FANTASTIC AND DELICIOUSLY fulfilling.

    THANK YOU!! I think I am going to send the National Enquirer these pictures and tell them to go and suck a lemon.

    This is what love looks like : )


  16. 30 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:32 am


    Heard and read about this last week.

    Now TPM has the story. It has now been made mainstream.

    • 31 derbingleguy
      June 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

      I’m missing something here. It’s a rotten case to be sure but isn’t a criminal defense lawyer’s job to defend their client regardless of what they believe? Just six years ago the victim said Hillary was just doing her job. If the GOP has to dig back to 1975 they’re in trouble.

      • 32 Nena20409
        June 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

        Indeed. Today the GOP and their followers in the Media will criminalize The Constitutional Right For representation in the Courtroom. Ask the pres Obama appointee who was rejected in April or May for advising NAACP by the senate and the MSM were stoned Mute.

  17. 33 GGail
    June 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Wow, oh Wow, OH WOW!
    If that first picture doesn’t make you smile, then you have a hole in your soul.

    Thanks Chips! I just opened TOD here at my desk and saw this stunning photo!!! Oh My Goodness.

  18. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    June 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

    As you wish, Don.

    • 49 CEB
      June 20, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I love how relentless so many of you are about this. PBO is too often treated as the prophet who is not honored in his own country. He always says that he cares nothing about getting the credit as long as things get done, however because he has this attitude, always insisting that it is about all of us and not him, I know that he will be truly honored through the ages while lesser men when be forgotten or remembered only with scorn.

  19. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

  20. 53 CEB
    June 20, 2014 at 10:39 am

    What a lovely photo with which to rise and shine; it will set me up for the entire day! No other First Couple has been so real, so natural, so very much themselves. When you know who you are and you stay true to your authentic self as the Obamas do, there is an ease that will draw others to you, even the haters (who are really just people who are jealous).
    Have a great day TOD ohana.

  21. June 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning. Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. TGIF

  22. June 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

    When you read the new interview, the thing about POTUS and FLOTUS is that they are real, genuine. They are asked questions, sometimes very personal ones, and they respond authentically. No hemming and hawing, no poll tested platitudes, no evasiveness, no spin. They have led normal lives and talk about it with great candor. THIS is what separates them from the horror show of our current politics.

  23. 57 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    So Jay was on The Colbert Report last night? 😯 I DVR’d it. I didn’t know and will look forward to watching it later today.


    “When you’re at the podium, you’re a little above everybody else,” Carney elaborated. “You can dictate, a little bit, how the briefing goes by calling on the next person. And it’s easy to win an exchange: when somebody’s getting riled up and filled with righteous indignation, and if they’re really obnoxious, and you get a little rattled and you sort of engage. You finish the exchange thinking ‘I won that. I killed.’ And then you look at it later on TV and you realize that nobody actually sees the entire exchange. They just see you wagging your finger or looking like a jerk.

    “I didn’t do that often,” he amended, “but when I did — ”

    “It was to Jonathan Karl of ABC News,” Colbert responded. “You two had some tense moments, right? Now, why don’t you guys just get a room?”

  24. 58 desertflower
    June 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

    BOOM. http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/06/19-obama-executive-order-lgbt-federal-contractors-hudak

    No, President Obama’s upcoming executive order extending LGBT protections to federal contracting and procurement is not illegal, an overreach, or unconstitutional. It is perfectly consistent with federal law, presidential power, and precedents set by prior chief executives—Republicans and Democrats. Opposition to an executive order too often takes the form of charges of abuses of power. So, it’s time for another reality check on executive orders. Here are five important takeaways on the new executive order.

  25. 59 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 10:59 am


    Runs ad now featuring McAngry in it? 😆 🙄 😆

  26. 71 MightyPamela
    June 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Mornin’ y’all. S.I.G.N.A.L.. Huh! MP is enjoying the morning! I like the new twitter font very much, so readable. And couldn’t agree more with the tweet stating ‘Bush made it hard for a white man to run for president’, for me there is great Truth here. I feel as if I never want to see another white male president, especially not one of the white, privileged, billionaires, or multi- millionaire type. Regardless, NO ONE will ever bring to the table what PBO has brought, NO ONE. (IMHO)

  27. 74 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 11:03 am
  28. 75 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 11:05 am
  29. 76 amk for obama
    June 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • 77 desertflower
      June 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Clueless bastard. Doesn’t have the mind to remember what he said 5 minutes prior (see flip flops) and has no idea who these people he’s standing with, are. Time to retire and suck off the taxpayers some more, John Boy! You’re a freaking fool!

    • 78 Nena20409
      June 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Amk.

      Those who have Palin’s Twitter account should Let Her see in Technicolor what Palling AROUND with Terrorist looks like…….. 😉

  30. 79 amk for obama
    June 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

  31. 82 Nena20409
    June 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Funny how many of Us are telling the Arab nations and Iraq currently to work together and to solve their problems……..Wow…..As I am sure that they are looking outside Iraq and see how Congress and many GOPers have been behaving towards pres Obama. Closing the Gov’t. Uncompromising. Guns in TX everywhere and GA. Mass shootings every week. Discrimination. Mistreatment of women and their bodies. Etc, etc. Why would they listen to Us?

    Is seeing No Longer Believing? US in most part politically, is No Longer acting as she preaches. Just a sad Observation.

  32. 83 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

  33. 84 carolyn
    June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Good morning all, and thank you Chips for putting that beautiful picture at the top of this post. They are my two favorite people in the world outside of my family! I love the way Michelle’s hair frames her beautiful face.

  34. June 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    df “Karma. There’s ole John….pallin’ around with terrorists! How ironic is that?!!”

  35. 91 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Professor Crunk is at it again this morning. Now she thinks that some Black Women endorse MBK program solely because they want husbands for their themselves and/or their daughters. And even if that were the case – what is so wrong or bad with wanting to give boys the opportunity grow up to be viable husbands and fathers if they so chose?

    Ms. Crunk is smoking crack!

  36. June 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

  37. June 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    • 98 anniebella
      June 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      This is the hot headiness of John McCain, If POTUS had listen to him the U.S. would have been supplying Isis with weapons.

      • 99 0388jojothecat
        June 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Some rwnj called Steff Miller saying PBO armed Syria and now is sending troops to fight people we armed. No matter how many times they told him he was incorrect he would not believe what they said. These people have no clue what their GOP reps do just to go against our country, our troops and PBO.

    • 100 vcprezofan2
      June 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      It would be well worth it if this is what finally takes down this ‘patriotic’ fraud, or failing a take down what puts McCain in his place, which IMO is out of the spotlight!

  38. 101 57andfemale
    June 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Is it me, or is Twitter changing every week these days?

  39. 102 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  40. 105 amk for obama
    June 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    methinks iniesta is a cool name. pity we won’t get to hear it more.

  41. 113 Linda
    June 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Tina Brown must be on the outs with her former BFF Hillary…. The Daily Beast has been doing hit pieces on her for weeks now.

  42. 116 Jovie
    June 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  43. 118 Sue
    June 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Love, love, love our wonderful POTUS and FLOTUS!!!

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