Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama looks out a window in the Oval Office, June 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

1:40: The President delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families

2:10: Participates in a discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families


The Week Ahead


Obama’s Fault


Steve Benen: Cheney doesn’t want to talk about ‘what happened 11 or 12 years ago’

It was discouraging last week when discredited conservatives, who failed spectacularly on U.S. policy in Iraq, were given a media platform to talk about U.S. policy in Iraq. Last week’s Sunday shows alone, featuring the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol, led James Fallows to argue, “In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.”

And yet, these discredited voices remain ubiquitous. Kenneth Pollack, for example, was on CNN yesterday, presented to viewers as a credible expert. Elliott Abrams, who pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, and went on serve on the Bush/Cheney National Security Council as head of the Mideast bureau, had a lengthy piece in Politico yesterday describing President Obama as “the man who broke the Middle East.”

More here



ThinkProgress: No, Obama Didn’t Create The Migrant Children Crisis

The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border has spiked 90 percent since last year. Republicans are responding to the humanitarian situation by making it the latest excuse to halt efforts on immigration reform. While some Republicans are lining their campaign wallets using the crisis, others are trying to blame the President Obama for not enforcing current immigration laws.

… Most children are fleeing extreme violence and a fear of individual safety in Mexico and Central America’s northern triangle of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. And there has been an uptick of these child refugees since 2009, long before either the Senate comprehensive immigration bill or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (a presidential initiative which grants temporary legal presence to some undocumented immigrants) came into public existence.

…. the current process of dealing with unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico was set by the Bush administration….

More here



TPM: Supreme Court Rulings Are Coming Today: Here’s What To Watch For

The Supreme Court is delivering rulings on Monday at 10 A.M. EST, with several major decisions yet to come in the remaining days of June.

Here’s a refresher on key cases to watch for in the final stretch, which include Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate and the president’s recess appointment power.

More here





On This Day

President Obama looks over his prepared remarks in the Outer Oval Office, prior to making a statement to the press, June 23, 2010. Pictured, from left, are Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for legislative affairs, Vice President Joe Biden, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama arrives through the Colonnade of the Rose Garden with Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to announce Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan at the White House, June 23, 2010.

President Obama makes a phone call to Congressional leaders from the Outer Oval Office, June 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is reflected in a mirror in a hallway in the West Wing of the White House, June 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First lady Michelle Obama does push ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa, June 23, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, tours the District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011. Joining the First Lady are, from left: the First Lady’s niece Leslie Robinson, Malia Obama, Marian Robinson, the First Lady’s nephew Avery Robinson, and Sasha Obama (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with young people at the U.S. Consulate meet and greet at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama fist-bumps Make-a-Wish child Diego Diaz after reading a letter he wrote, during his visit in the Oval Office, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks to soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division during a visit to Fort Drum in New York, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

At an Obama 2012 Rally, New York City, June 23rd, 2011



117 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 lockewasright
    June 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Mornin’ all!

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats locke on #1 🙂

    Happy Monday, and thanks Chips for another wonderful R & S round-up!!

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 9:58 am

  4. 14 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The hobby lobby is full of shit.

  5. 16 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

  6. 17 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Fuck! The Kochs win again??

    • 18 Linda
      June 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Legislating from the bench again.

    • 19 anniebella
      June 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I am just as fed up with those right wing Supreme Court judges as I am with those do nothing right wing members in the House and Senate. Term limits for Supreme Court Judges is needed..

      • 20 0388jojothecat
        June 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

        I don’t know if term limits is the answer but there should a limit to what they can hear.

  7. 21 GGAIL
    June 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Good West Coast Chipsticks & TOD!

    Today is my day off for mental health reasons 🙂

  8. 28 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    The Supreme Court ruled against the climate actions that obama put in place. So that’s that. We will have dirty air!

  9. 29 japa21
    June 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    By this time nest week, 26 million will have been hit.

  10. 36 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I think it’s incredible that we will have dirty air and that the right wing keeps winning all there fucking lawsuits.
    I am pissed.

  11. 37 japa21
    June 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

    The EPA decision, I think, needs to be read closer. Here is a comment from SCOTUS Blog:

    As I read the greenhouse gas ruling, the Court says that the EPA can’t limit the creation of stationary sources on the ground that they will emit greenhouse gases, but says that if the sources are subject to regulation on other grounds it can limit their emissions of greenhouse gases.

    I have a hunch we will find out that this is not quite as extreme as the first reporting seems to indicate.

  12. June 23, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Good morning TOD family and Chips. Hope everyone is well fine Monday. Chips, I need to email you to run something by you but don’t see an email address on TOD. Or should I DM you on twitter?

  13. 43 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:33 am


  14. 56 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

  15. 57 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Tough crowd. Jeeze!

  16. 58 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Apparently MSNBC doesn’t care about ratings – they care about selling a specific propaganda.

    • 59 donna dem 4 obama
      June 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Yep they suck but that article circulating today on twitter is from February 2014. It might be even worse now!

    • 61 Jovie
      June 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

      His crowd is watching Foxx. Apparently, Joe says his beltway friends watch him and that’s all that matters. lol!

    • June 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I still can’t get over the fact that he has a 3 hour show. Even with his own illustrious past, there is something very hinky going on between him and MSNBC.

      • 63 hopefruit2
        June 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

        Yup. He must have the goods on Griffin…

      • 64 donna dem 4 obama
        June 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

        The Washington media elite think that his show (even with those low ratings) are the morning show of all morning shows. It just shows you how ridiculous they are. Then you have all these progressives that I run into on the net that actually think this guy is a moderate. He has sold them a bunch of crap. They can’t stay away from his show. They all proclaim that he has great guest. Geesh! It’s must see morning tv. I had to actually unfollow certain Obama supporters because they would spend 3 hours every darn morning cussing and yelling on twitter while watching that mess everyday. It’s insanity to the first degree.

  17. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hollering 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. June 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • 72 Don
      June 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

      hmmm, let me see, I wonder how else films behind-the-scenes videos and then post them. I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

    • 75 Vicki
      June 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      This guy is the real deal, I think. I love that he announces he will be working hard for 2014. That is what we need.
      (Yardarm you need to re-order the naughty mats.)
      MO’M has upgraded his speaking skills 100% since the first time I saw him which was on Bill Maher a few years ago. The Governor seems so confident and charismatic now. Not the case years ago, as Donna has mentioned, he was more tentative.

      Remember on January 3, 2008 a night no TOD member will ever forget, Iowa gave Barack Obama a first place win. John Edwards came in second and what’s her name third.

  19. 79 desertflower
    June 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Morning everyone! Congrats to locke on his first, first! BFD baby! Now you’ll lie in wait…. anyway, up with the dog last night so I never got to get up as early as I wanted to and start my outside part of the day…oh well.

    Found this: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/22/god-save-the-united-states-from-this-anti-democratic-court.html

    Thought it was interesting and apropsos …

  20. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

  21. 81 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Soooo, have they impeached him yet?

  22. 83 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
  23. 84 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Day/Evening TOD Globe 😉

    Congrats to all the Gold winners starting with this post and 4/5 back.

    Brilliant R&S. Obrigada.

  24. 85 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

  25. 86 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

  26. 87 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 11:53 am


    “The battle looked like it was lost, but it really wasn’t,” Reed said Saturday at a conference hosted by the group he founded, the Faith and Family Coliation. “And that’s kind of like where we are right now.”

    “Anybody heard lately that we’re losing the marriage issue? Anybody heard that argument? You notice some similarities?” he continued. “I’m not comparing slavery to same-sex marriage, OK? I’m just pointing out that when you have these fights, what’s interesting is that if you look at same-sex marriage, it’s now legal in 17 states.”

    “Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, had done it by referendum or by state legislature. In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage,” Reed concluded.

    Yet the MSM books these people to continue to spew their bigotry without any hesitation on TV/Cable.

  27. 88 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm


    The ONLY reason that I am linking this story is for TOD Twitter Brigades to utilize the photo in the article any which way their TODable Genius dictates.

  28. 90 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  29. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  30. 95 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  31. 96 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  32. 98 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Morning, afternoon, evening to all o’ y’all. Having made peace with never catching up (or keeping up), am checking in, delighted for lockewasright and his furst furst! It may be the best one of all, tho that special feeling quickens us when we see the words, “Leave a Comment”, eh? I would describe it as Zing! And then, if the refresh appears, with 1 comment showing, the day is won!! I’m right, aren’t I? Big hugs all around. Light candles when you can. Special love to you, HZ, I’ve been unable to connect with you, as far as an Internet contact, that is! Bye, blessed be!

    • 99 desertflower
      June 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      🙂 🙂 Yes….you captured that moment perfectly:) It almost feels like a secret when you see “Leave a Comment” and a fluke when you see that you are, in fact, first. Just a little pearl of goodness….

    • 101 MightyPamela
      June 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      PS: as one would expect among such open minded people ~ there is not an iota of racism in the TOD women’s view of a hot guy – skin color is the last thing we notice, if at all! 😉 amirite, ladies (and gents?) 😉 😉 😉

  33. 102 desertflower
    June 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Because Republicans LOVE when middle class Americans are buried in debt.. Oh, but pay no attention to those taxpayer $$ that go to these schools…smh


    • 103 anniebella
      June 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I denounce Jed Bush “Stand Your Ground” law. Little brother Bush need to go some where and shut his freaking mouth.

  34. 104 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm







    for the next six threads. so, there.

  35. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Can someone please explain this one to me!!!

    In addition to the rank and toxic politics of ‘vote fraud’ bamboozlement and voter suppression of African-American votes from the likes of J Christian Adams and crew (remember, this was actually what was at the heart of the US Attorney firing scandal), you’ve also got a completely different, but related story, which is that Democrats at the national and local level are furious that local Dems are working to get Dems to crossover and save Thad Cochran’s bacon in tomorrow’s run-off.

  36. 114 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    A senior Afghan election official at the centre of fraud claims in the presidential run-off vote has resigned.

    Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said he was stepping down “for the sake of national unity”, denying allegations of ballot box-stuffing earlier this month.

    His resignation comes after audio tapes were released allegedly revealing that Mr Amarkhail was trying to influence the outcome of the vote.

    They were published by the camp of one of the candidates – Abdullah Abdullah.

    However, his rival Ashraf Ghani has also made allegations of fraud.

    The official results of the 14 June run-off are yet to be published.


  37. 116 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    China has the world’s most powerful supercomputer for the third time in a row as the country once again ups its presence in the global top 500.

    Tianhe-2 was top of the twice-yearly list that keeps tabs on supercomputer development and growth.

    Since the last list, China had 20% more supercomputers in the top 500, while US representation went down 15%.

    However, the US still dominates the chart with 233 computers making the latest tally.

    China had 76, up from 63 in the last count. This is almost as many as the UK (30), France (27) and Germany (23) combined.

    The full list will be published on Monday at a conference in Leipzig, Germany.


  38. 117 desertflower
    June 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Morning Must Read… http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/23/who_says_obama_cant_lead__123074.html

    If I were a Republican, I would not be savoring Obama’s 41 percent approval rating and presuming his presidency was done. I would be worried about my party’s 29 percent approval rating, its 15 percent level of support among Latinos and Obama’s plans to take executive action on immigration reform if House Republicans don’t act by July 31. If you think Obama isn’t able to lead on immigration, after what he has done on climate and minimum wage, you haven’t been paying attention.


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