Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk backstage before an event for the “United We Serve” service project with at Fort McNair in Washington DC, June 25, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern)

10:45: The President meets with HHS Secretary Burwell

11:45: Meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres, drops by a meeting with American Jewish leaders, Roosevelt Room

12:20: Lunch with Israeli President Peres

12:35: Josh Earnest briefs the press

1:25: The President meets with Israeli President Peres

2:55: Honors NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson, East Room

5:0: Meets with Senate Democrats, The State Floor

7:10: Delivers remarks to the League of Conservation Voters, Ronald Reagan Building


The Week Ahead



Spandan Chakrabati: Putin Completes Surrender To Obama: Syria Disarms, Russia Backing Off Ukraine

Yesterday, weapons inspectors confirmed that Syria handed over all declared chemical and biological weapons to an international inspection team for destruction, completing a major foreign policy coup for the Obama administration (or in the media version, a triumph for Vladimir Putin in a negotiation over Syria where Obama got everything and Putin got nothing) – disarming a middle eastern power of its weapons of mass destruction in the midst of a civil war without firing a single shot. ISIS – the Islamic militant group that is gaining ground in Iraq – many Americans will be surprised to learn stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Incidentally, these were the same rebels McCain was urging US arms in Syria. The same media couldn’t get enough the “weak black guy” narrative then. But now that his strategy of strength, fairness and diplomacy has born major fruit? Nary a peep.

Vladimir Putin has formally asked the upper house of the Russian parliament to rescind their March 1 authorization for Putin to attack Ukraine. President Obama spoke with Putin on this matter just yesterday. Putin is backing off, with his tail between his legs. This yet another crowning foreign policy achievement for this president. Ending two wars. Securing the world’s loose nukes. Killing Osama bin Laden. Bringing the last American POW home. Disarming a middle-eastern madman without firing so much as a water balloon. Dashing Putin’s hope of a new Soviet empire. If this were any other president – let me clarify, if this were any white president – the work of carving their face on Mount Rushmore would have already begun.

More here




Jonathan Weisman: Cochran Holds Off Tea Party Challenger in Mississippi

With an unusual assist from African-American voters and other Democrats who feared his opponent, Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday beat back a spirited challenge from State Senator Chris McDaniel, triumphing in a Republican runoff and defeating the Tea Party in the state where the movement’s hopes were bright. “We all have a right to be proud of our state tonight,” Mr. Cochran said at his victory party in Jackson, Miss. “This is your victory.”

Mr. McDaniel, speaking in Hattiesburg, was angry, and he did not hesitate to say so. “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” he said. He accused Mr. Cochran of abandoning the conservative movement. “So much for principles,” he said. The 76-year-old senator ran a largely sleepy campaign until the primary on June 3, when he was edged out by Mr. McDaniel but won enough votes to keep his opponent from outright victory. Mr. Cochran, who is seeking his seventh term, used the past three weeks to turn out Democratic voters — especially African-Americans — to make up that deficit.

More here



BBC: Iraq PM Nouri Maliki Rejects Calls For Unity Government

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has rejected calls for a national salvation government to help counter the offensive by jihadist-led Sunni rebels. Such calls represented a “coup against the constitution and an attempt to end the democratic experience”, he warned. The US has led appeals to the country’s political leaders to rise above sectarian and ethnic divisions. Government forces have been unable to recapture the territory seized by the rebels this month. Almost half of the 300 US military advisers assigned to help the Iraqi security forces have arrived and are to start work on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the crisis in Iraq is being discussed by Nato leaders meeting in Brussels. They have been joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has just returned from a two-day visit to Baghdad and Irbil.

In his weekly televised address, Mr Maliki called on “all political forces to reconcile” in the face of a “fierce terrorist onslaught”. But the Shia prime minister gave no promise of greater representation in government for the minority Sunni Arab community, whose anger at what they say are his sectarian and authoritarian policies has been exploited by jihadist militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis). Mr Maliki said forming an emergency administration that included all religious and ethnic groups would go against the results of April’s parliamentary elections, which were won by his State of Law alliance. “The dangerous goals of forming a national salvation government are not hidden,” he said. “It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.”

More here




Ari Berman: Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, The Voting Rights Act Is Needed More Than Ever

Fifty years ago, Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old anthropology major at Queens College, went down to Mississippi for Freedom Summer. His first stop was Philadelphia, Mississippi, where he and Mickey Schwerner, a 24-year-old graduate student in social work at Columbia University, and James Chaney, a 21-year-old volunteer with the Congress for Racial Equality from Meridian, Mississippi, were sent to investigate a church burning. Schwerner and Chaney had spoken at Mount Zion Methodist Church over Memorial Day, urging local blacks to register to vote. On June 21, 1964, the young civil rights activists were arrested by the Neshoba County police and then abducted by the Klan. Their bodies were found forty-four days later in an earthen dam. Goodman and Schwerner, both white, had been shot once. Chaney, who was African-American, had been mutilated beyond recognition. The fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer happens to coincide with the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, where the Supreme Court’s conservative majority invalidated Section 4 of the VRA on June 25, 2013. As a result, states like Mississippi, with the worst history of voting discrimination, no longer have to clear their voting changes with the federal government.


Since the 2010 election, twenty-two states have passed new voting restrictions, according to the Brennan Center. This includes requiring strict voter ID to cast a ballot, cutting early voting, making it harder to register to vote and rescinding voting rights for non-violent ex-felons. New restrictions will be in place for the first time in fifteen states in the 2014 election. All across the country, we’re seeing the most significant push to restrict voting rights since Reconstruction. Partisanship is a strong motivating factor for the voting changes—GOP legislatures or governors enacted eighteen of the twenty-two new restrictions. So is race. According to the Brennan Center: “Of the 11 states with the highest African-American turnout in 2008, 7 have new restrictions in place. Of the 12 states with the largest Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2010, 9 passed laws making it harder to vote.”

More here



The wreckage of a Ukrainian helicopter downed near Sloviansk on Tuesday

BBC: West Warns Russia Of Sanctions Amid Ukraine Fighting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin that new sanctions could be applied if efforts to stabilise the situation were not speeded up. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said inaction by Russia would mean a stronger case for sanctions. President Petro Poroshenko warned he might end the truce due to violations. However, his foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, told reporters at a Nato meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Ukraine would “stick to our unilateral ceasefire”. The ceasefire began on Friday. On Tuesday, a Ukrainian military helicopter was shot down with the loss of nine lives. There was also fighting overnight near the Russian border in Luhansk region. The Ukrainian military accused the rebels on Wednesday of breaking the ceasefire 44 times since it began. A separatist leader said there had “been no ceasefire”.

The truce is part of Ukraine’s plan to end two months of fighting between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents who control key buildings in towns and cities across the east. More than 420 people have been killed in the region since mid-April, the UN estimates. Mrs Merkel welcomed the surprise decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cancel a parliamentary resolution authorising him to use Russian forces in Ukraine. The cancellation was ratified by Russia’s upper house of parliament on Wednesday. While Mrs Merkel said the decision was “psychologically important”, she told German parliament that Ukrainian soldiers continued to die. “Progress is slow… Diplomatic solutions are always preferable but if nothing else works, sanctions can be put back on the agenda,” she said.

More here




Annalyn Kurtz: 3 Reasons Not To Freak Out About -2.9% GDP

The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter of the year, and new revisions by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show the decline was even deeper than reported. Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic growth — contracted at a 2.9% annual rate in January through March. That’s the weakest quarter for the U.S. economy since the first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession. But economists aren’t too worried, for three key reasons. 1) They blame the weather: Much of the downturn was due to a brutal winter. Blizzards slowed shipments both domestically and abroad and kept consumers away from shopping malls, car lots and open houses more than usual this winter.

2) It’s not a final number: Some economists take this GDP number with a grain of salt because it will be revised again next month when the Bureau of Economic Analysis makes historical revisions. 3) Last, but certainly not least, other data show the economy is improving. Hiring slowed in December, but it has since picked up again. In the last five months, the economy added 1.1 million jobs. Hiring at that level is consistent with an economy that is growing modestly around 2% to 3% a year — not an economy that is contracting.

More here




NYT: Iran Secretly Sending Drones And Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

Iran is flying unarmed surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is secretly supplying Iraq with tons of military equipment, supplies and other assistance, American officials said. Tehran has also deployed a unit there to intercept communications, the officials said. The secret Iranian programs are part of a broader effort by Tehran to gather intelligence and help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government in its struggle against Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, has paid at least two visits to Iraq to help Iraqi military advisers plot strategy. And Iran has deployed about a dozen other Quds Force officers to advise Iraqi commanders, and help mobilize more than 2,000 Iraqi Shiite militia members from the country’s south, American officials said. Iranian transport planes have also been making two daily flights of military equipment and supplies to Baghdad — 70 tons per flight — for Iraqi security forces.

More here




Nigel Duara: Judge: People On No-Fly List Must Have Due Process

When it comes to its no-fly list, the U.S. government has a choice to make. More than a dozen Muslims sued after learning they were likely on the list — something the government still won’t confirm — and they found their only recourse was to fill out an online appeal form. Then on Tuesday, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must give people a better avenue to pursue a claim that they were wrongly put on the list. Now, the government can seek some way around U.S. District Judge Anna Brown’s order. Or, they can do what she asked. But Brown didn’t want to dictate the rules. In fact, federal prosecutors specifically told her in court, “We urge you not to take over the policymaking.”

Instead, Brown set out a handful of guidelines that were issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an unrelated case. She said the government must tell people what unclassified information was used to put them on the list. And if the information’s classified, at least tell them the nature and extent of it. She said it shouldn’t leave people without an option to challenge their status or make blanket rulings that ignore the specifics of people’s lives. “The (challenge) process falls far short of satisfying the requirements of due process,” Brown wrote in her ruling Tuesday. U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said government attorneys were reviewing the decision.

More here




Philip Klein: Health Care Spending Actually Shrunk 1.4 Percent In First Quarter Of Obamacare, BEA Says

Health care spending actually shrunk 1.4 percent during the first quarter of the year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis now says, after previously saying it soared 9.1 percent — a massive revision that will shake up the debate over how President Obama’s health care law is affecting medical spending. To give an idea of the magnitude of the swing, the 9.1 percent growth rate would have been the fastest growth in health spending since 1980,

and now the BEA says it actually shrunk more than any quarter since the first quarter of 1982 — or 32 years. The revised data suggest medical spending slowed despite the expansion of coverage. So what explains the revision? The short and easy answer is that BEA gained access to more data.

More here




Sam Ro: This Is Precisely What Crushed GDP

Pretty much everyone was stunned to see Q1 GDP growth slashed to -2.9% from an earlier estimate of -1.0%.
The revision largely boils down to one thing: healthcare spending. “Two thirds of the revision is in consumption, cut to +1.0% from +3.1%,” said Pantheon Macroeconomics Ian Shepherdson. “Almost all of this huge hit is in the healthcare services component, cut to -1.4% from +9.1%.” According to the BEA, healthcare spending went from adding 1.01 percentage points to subtracting 0.16 from the headline GDP growth number. “So much for the BEA’s initial view that the start of Obamacare triggered a surge in spending on healthcare,” said Shepherdon.

Most economists and strategists are brushing this off. First of all, it reflects activity from Q1, which ended in March. Second, the bulk of the more recent data has been positive. “If GDP were truly so weak, we would not expect aggregate hours worked to climb 3.7% annualized through May, jobless claims to remain near cycle lows, consumer confidence to hit a cycle high, industrial production to climb 5.0% at an annual rate over the first five months of the year, core capital goods orders to be up 5.8%, ISM to be above 55, and vehicle sales to hit their strongest annualized selling pace for the year,” said Renaissance Macro’s Neil Dutta. “GDP is the outlier in these data points. I will roll my eyes and move on. Most of the data we just mentioned is consistent with underlying growth over 3.0%.”

 More here




Steve LeVine: How A US Decision To Allow Oil Exports Could Change The World’s Energy Balance

The Obama Administration has taken a bold step toward loosening the grip of tense geopolitics on oil prices, reports the Wall Street Journal (paywall), giving the first permission in four decades for the export of unrefined American oil. The decision—not made public but announced in the form of private letters from the US Commerce Department to two oil companies, according to the paper–seems certain to cause a stir in global oil markets and perhaps send prices lower. Global oil prices have surged because of the political turmoil in the Middle East and Africa–the march of Islamic militants in Iraq, the stoppage of oil exports from Libya, and the broad turbulence in Nigeria.

The US decision allows two Texas companies—Pioneer Natural Resources and Enterprise Products Partners—to export a form of extremely light oil called condensate. The Journal’s report does not provide the volume. US condensate production in 2012, the last year provided by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), was about 250,000 barrels a day. That is not much, relatively speaking, but the exports could have a dramatic impact if the Commerce Department provides a broader definition of what counts as condensate for export purposes.

More here



Your Laugh Of The Day







On This Day

President Obama meets with members of Congress for a roundtable discussion about immigration reform, June 25, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with actress Reese Witherspoon in the Oval Office on June 25, 2009. The president was also joined by actors Paul Rudd and Jake Gyllenhaal; they are filming a movie in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama cheers on a child attempting to dunk Press Secretarty Robert Gibbs at the Congressional Luau on the South Lawn of the White House, June 25, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shakes hands with attendees of the Congressional Luau on the South Lawn of the White House, June 25, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama laughs as First Lady Michelle Obama does a little dance while making remarks during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009


President Obama talks with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, before a meeting with African Outreach Leaders at the G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada, June 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama greets guests before an event at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H., June 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama eats a hot fudge sundae as he talks with patrons at the UNH Dairy Bar on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, N.H., June 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama waves to the audience after delivering remarks at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass., June 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

98 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 10:44 am


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      June 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Wishing everyone a Wholesome Wednesday!

    • 3 MightyPamela
      June 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

      So, VC, does this mean we own the day?!

    • 5 lockewasright
      June 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Makes me think of this:

      • June 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        My sister has a dog that acts the same way. If you are not holding the leash, he will not move but will look at you desperately to stop the punishment. For him to walk, you must hold its leash.

        I enjoyed the video. Some of these dogs were not playing: when they said no, they meant NO WAY I am going into the bathtub today.

        • 7 lockewasright
          June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

          Youtube searching for videos like these with my little girl is a regular event at my house. She makes a great excuse for indulging the animal lover in daddy. Cuddly furry critters are among my favorite things in life.

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        June 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        I remember that, LWR! It is absolutely cute. 😀 I love the little guy’s sense of responsibility when he released the leash and waited to make sure his buddy was going to wait for him before going off to have his fun. Makes me kind of wonder what he’d have done if doggie had moved off. 😀

    • June 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Bonjour VC! Congrats for earning the gold this morning ⭐

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        June 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Bonjour et merci, NCLB! Pardonne-moi pour le delai à répondre, mais je suis allée manger. 🙂

        How are you today?

        • 13 lockewasright
          June 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

          Hey, I understood that! And I haven’t been around French since I and most of the males in my high school chose French as our foreign language. German, Spanish, Latin, and French were available, but the French teacher was beautiful. That was over 20 years ago.

    • June 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Look who walked through the door, first!!! 🙂

  2. 17 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Ms NerdyW, this R & S looks like a full plate!

  3. 19 MightyPamela
    June 25, 2014 at 10:47 am


  4. 20 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

  5. June 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Thanks a gaaaaaaaaaaaaazillion Nerdy, you’re a GEM!!!!

  6. 23 Allison
    June 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

  7. June 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

  8. 25 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

  9. 26 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers everyone and congrats vc on #1 🙂 Thanks NW for another fabulous Wednesday R & S roundup! 🙂

  10. 28 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

  11. 29 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

  12. 30 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Is that danny?

  13. 34 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

  14. 35 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

  15. 36 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

  16. 38 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It’s true. Any political search comes with gop talking points at the top.

  17. 39 GGail
    June 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    YIPES! Does soccer Ever End???? There are more games today!!!

  18. 40 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Whooops….jonathan alter began to run his mouth before fully reading and comprehending (typical of the media), and was quickly schooled by Ben LaBolt….

    At least he admitted he was wrong…but STILL…

  19. 42 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

  20. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    June 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

  21. June 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

  22. 45 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Katy is a Goddess.

  23. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hello TOD

    Great day yesterday. Brown won and the victory party was a blast last night. I’m sleep walking through work today. 😯

  24. June 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Great R&S NerdyWonka. Thanks so much for your dedication. Have a Blessed Day

  25. June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    GM TOD! Wonderful R&S NW. Congrats VC…..always finding a way to take the easy way out (Dog walks self) 🙂

    Here is Elliott’s thesis:

    The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained….

    …A few points. The first is to note that the Middle East Obama inherited in early 2009 was literally at war—Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas were going at each other hard until nearly the day of Obama’s inauguration. Obama managed to extract himself from that one without breaking the Middle East. In reference to a “contained” Iran, I would only note that Iran in 2009 was moving steadily toward nuclearization, and nothing that the Bush administration, in which Elliott served, had done seemed to be slowing Iran down. Flash forward to today—the Obama administration (with huge help from Congress) implemented a set of sanctions so punishing that it forced Iran into negotiations. (Obama, it should be said, did a very good job bringing allies on board with this program.)….

    ….Elliott writes that, in 2009, U.S. relations with Arab allies were good. But these relations, in many cases, were built on lies and morally dubious accommodations. He states that “the most populous Arab country is Egypt, where Obama stuck too long with Hosni Mubarak as the Arab Spring arrived, and then with the Army, and then the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, and now is embracing the Army again.” Let’s break this down for a minute. It was the policy of several administrations to maintain close relations with Egypt’s military rulers. It was Bush administration policy to maintain close relations with Mubarak. Perhaps the 2011 uprising in Egypt could have been avoided had the Bush administration, in honoring its “Freedom Doctrine,” engineered Mubarak’s smooth departure several years before Cairo exploded….

    …I’m sure Elliott remembers that in 2006, the Bush administration helped bring the terrorist group Hamas to power, by engineering elections that neither the Palestinian Authority nor Israel actually wanted. I’m sure he also remembers that President Bush (along with a series of presidents before him) failed utterly to bring about a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians….continued

    • 53 57andfemale
      June 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I love when they tout ‘the surge’. The only reason the surge worked is because Bush paid off the Iraqis to NOT fight. They took our money, and when the money was gone, began to fight again.

      So it’s okay to pay MILLIONS to ‘terrorists’ when Bush does it. Okay, now I got it.

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      June 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      ‘always finding a way to take the easy way out’

      Well, naturally, LPlains! That’s the kind of dog *I* would choose. What’s the point going with him when he wants a walk and I don’t? 🙄 This way we would both be content. 😀

  26. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    June 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Katy Perry hearts VP Joe Biden.

    Welcome to the club, Ms. Perry.

    • 58 GGail
      June 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

      NW, great R&S – thanks!

      After looking at the instagram, I now understand Katy’s “pink pony”. 🙂

    • 59 LDS
      June 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Yeah, welcome.
      She offered to write HRC ” theme song” for her campaign. HRC tweeted that she already has. “Hear Me Roar”(that song)
      I am praying Gov. O’Malley keeps doing what he is doing and that roar ends up “meow”.

      I am not even thinking about HRC until we make sure POB has a Congress that he can work with.
      I was highly insulted that Rep. Charlie Rangel used Billary as his poster child.
      I hope that win does not take his ego up a notch higher than it already is that HRC is the one.
      She needs to come off that book tour and do some real work. I personally don’t think she has anything to offer.
      The thought of Billary in the WH is sickening.(ugh!)

  27. 63 Linda
    June 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Supreme Court Delivers Sweeping Ruling For Cell Phone Privacy Rights


    Why does it take 38 pages to tell the police ” Get a Warrant “

  28. 64 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

    • 65 hopefruit2
      June 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

      You seem to enjoy posting Reuter’s anti-Obama tweets here, regardless of their accuracy – WHY? This is not the first time you’ve done this.

  29. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I sense a BIG Call to Action if Boehner tries this!!

    • 67 donna dem 4 obama
      June 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Liberal Phenom’s tweets are locked so you will have to click the link to get what’s going on here.

      • 68 Nerdy Wonka
        June 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        One can only see Liberal Phenom’s tweets if one was already following her before she locked her tweets or if she granted permission to follow her after she locked her tweets.

  30. 70 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Backpedal jon…

  31. 73 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm


    JUNE 25, 2014

    House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues.


    • 74 Linda
      June 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Every person needs to call their Representatives office and ask where their Rep will be doing his/her ” District Work ” every single day.

  32. June 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  33. 76 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Sometimes news is not so great. 😦

    • 77 anniebella
      June 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      I saw this to about Boehner suing the President over this executive orders. I guess Boehner want the President to do what he and his Tea Party Republican pals have been doing, NOTHING. Did the Democratic Speaker sue any Republican President when they used executive orders?

    • 78 hopefruit2
      June 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      And other times it is. The truth is that both Boehner and PBO know fully well that congress cannot sue the President. Thus Boehner is simply wasting time – maybe to give the Teabaggers a temporary morale boost, I don’t know….

    • 79 Linda
      June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      He has no standing to file anything other than his nails

      • 80 hopefruit2
        June 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        …His orange tinged nails…

        • 81 anniebella
          June 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

          Maybe he had to come out with this suing Obama cause he was seen at the White House yesterday, and he has to let his racists we hate that Obama base and Congress know that he wasn’t making nice with that Obama.

  34. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm


  35. June 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm


  36. 86 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I have to mow my lawn. Ciao. 🙂

  37. 87 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    great start to arg-nga match 1-1

  38. June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Excellent R&S, NW!! Thank you!!!

    Regarding Suarez …

    “In the early hours of Wednesday, FIFA announced it had opened a disciplinary case against the player.

    The case will now be managed by Swiss lawyer, Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee. A former international forward himself, Sulser has worked for four years at FIFA, first as head of its ethics committee and now the disciplinary panel.

    Sulser can choose to judge the obvious offense within the scale of typical red-card incidents: A three-match ban may then be appropriate, banishing Suarez at least until the World Cup final should Uruguay advance through the knockout rounds.

    There’s scope for a more severe sanction: under the guidelines a ban of up to 24 international matches could be applied.”


  39. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm


    Thanks to Johnson’s secret taping system, we can go back to that moment and hear the president and those around him reacting to the terrible news.

    “What do you think happened?” L.B.J. asks his assistant legal counsel, Lee White. “Think they got killed?”

    White replies: “This morning they had absolutely no trace. As far as they’re concerned, they just disappeared from the face of the earth.”

    Johnson recalls that in preparation for Freedom Summer, he had asked J. Edgar Hoover, the F.B.I. director, “to fill up Mississippi with F.B.I. men and infiltrate” the Ku Klux Klan and other militant segregationist groups — “that they haul them in by the dozens.”

    “The only weapon I have for locating them is the F.B.I.,” he says. “I can’t find them myself.”

    • 90 donna dem 4 obama
      June 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      This is why to this day I will not under any circumstances visit, have a plane layover or drive through the states of Mississippi or Alabama (My apologies to any TOD’ers who live in those states).

  40. June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Good Morning NW!

    Great post. Packed with information. Thank you.

    I am not worried about the Orange Man suing POTUS. He is an appeaser, trying to “appease” his base of crazies and loonies.

  41. June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  42. 93 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    iran unlucky in equalizer that didn’t happen

  43. 94 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  44. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  45. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    June 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Is it bad that I’m laughing 🙂 🙂 🙂

  46. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    June 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Most GOP voters don't think criminal charges should disqualify Trump from running
  • Lessons from around the globe in 'Teachers' book
  • How AR-15 bullets impact the human body
  • Sheryl Crow: Moms and dads in Tennessee want sensible legislation
  • 'Stay curious, be creative' and more leadership traits



Blog Stats

  • 43,346,957 hits

%d bloggers like this: