Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shake hands with the crowd gathered for their arrival at the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 1, 2013


Today (All Times Eastern)

10:55: The President holds a Cabinet meeting

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:20: The President delivers remarks on the economy



Aaron Carroll: It’s Getting Hard To Ignore Insurance Numbers (UPDATED)

Five percent of Americans report being newly insured in 2014. More than half of that group, or 2.8% of the total U.S. population, say they got their new insurance through the health exchanges that were open through mid-April. Given the population of the United States, this means that more than 15 million about 10-11 million American adults are newly insured this year. Almost 9 million of them received private insurance through the exchanges. There’s more (emphasis mine): The newly insured using exchanges are mostly under age 65, as would be expected, given that most Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare.

Thus, the representation of newly insured Americans is higher across all three age groups younger than 65 than is true for the general population. More specifically, newly insured Americans using the exchanges in the 18 to 29 age category are eight percentage points more prevalent than their percentage in the overall adult population, while representation of those 30 to 49 and 50 to 64 are five and four points higher, respectively.This means that the fears that the young would refrain from buying insurance, thereby fracturing the risk pools, don’t seem to be coming to pass either.

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Spandan Chakrabarti: Re-Igniting War On Women, Supreme Court Makes Case For Democratic Congress (#HobbyLobby)

5 conservative men on the Supreme Court decided that a core part of women’s health cannot be part of required employer-provided insurance coverage – even if the additional coverage costs nothing – at least as applied to private, family-owned corporations. All of the court’s female justices were joined by Justice Breyer in a strong and scathing dissent. it does, however, leave Democrats a major political opening when it comes to contraception. First, the majority explicitly held that HHS could in fact levy a contraception mandate – on insurance companies. In its language, the opinion refers to the method of contraception coverage HHS uses for employers already exempt from the contraception mandate (churches and other religious nonprofits) – requiring insurance companies to provide the coverage, outside of the employers’ policies but with no additional cost to the insured.

Secondly, and more importantly, the decision relies on a law passed by Congress – the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993 thanks, Bill Clinton) – and not the First Amendment. it can be overridden by an act of Congress. Therein lies the major opening for Democrats in 2014 and in 2016. This decision not only puts the Right wing’s war on women back on the forefront just in time for the midterms, it points to a specific cure: have Congress change the law to override the Court’s decision. If Democrats wanted to run on a single issue from now to November, it should be a promise to write into the law protections for contraceptive coverage should we win back the House and keep the Senate. It is time that we, as Americans, found out what everyone asking for our votes stands on women’s health. Leave behind all of your trepidation about why the Democratic party isn’t perfect and how President Obama has “disappointed” you. You have no right to be outraged by today’s decision if you do not show up to the polls in November and ensure the election of a Congress that will override the law that the Supreme Court says allows for employers to control the reproductive lives of their employees.

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Energy.Gov: Energy Department Project Captures And Stores More Than One Million Metric Tons Of CO2

Following the one year mark since the release of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – in partnership with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. – today announced a major milestone, successfully capturing more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) at the hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Using an innovative technology called vacuum swing adsorption, the project captures more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product stream of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.

In addition to the secure storage, captured carbon from the project will be used to help produce additional, hard-to-access resources from existing nearby oil fields. In total, Department of Energy projects have captured and securely stored nearly 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date, equivalent to taking more than 1.5 million cars off the road for a year. In just the last year since the release of the President’s Climate Action Plan, these Department-supported projects have stored approximately 2.8 metric tons.

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Steve Benen: Boehner Gives Up On Immigration, Obama Moving Forward

Almost exactly a year ago, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in no uncertain terms that he would ignore the popular, bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate. The plan may have been endorsed by business leaders, labor unions, law enforcement, immigration advocates, leaders from the faith community, economists, and deficit hawks, but the Republican leader said it didn’t matter: the Senate bill was dead on arrival. Even if it had the votes to pass, it would never reach the House floor. But, Boehner said at the time, immigration reform was very much alive. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill,” the Speaker vowed. “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”  That was 51 weeks ago.

And while Boehner probably meant what he said, the House Speaker made a commitment he could not keep. House members “will do our job”? Well, no actually, as is too often the case, the Republican-led chamber will do nothing. No longer willing to watch the GOP-led House do nothing, President Obama intends to move forward without legislative action. For his part, Boehner’s spokesperson, Michael Steel, told reporters this afternoon, “Speaker Boehner told the President exactly what he has been telling him: the American people and their elected officials don’t trust him to enforce the law as written. Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue.” As talking points go, I find it hard to imagine any adult seriously believing an argument so transparently foolish. For one thing, Boehner himself already discredited the argument from Boehner’s office, admitting publicly that immigration reform hasn’t happened because his own Republican allies are afraid of hard work.

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Alan Gomez: Obama Rips GOP On Immigration, Says He Will Act Alone

After more than a year of urging Congress to pass an immigration law, President Obama gave a fiery White House speech Monday, saying the time had come for him to act alone on the issue. “The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy and it’s bad for our future,” he said. “If Congress won’t do their job, at least we can do ours.” The president laid out in a letter to congressional leaders Monday several steps his administration has taken in recent weeks to respond to an unprecedented surge in children caught crossing the border. The president ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the federal agencies that have been catching, processing and housing the children. The Department of Justice is in the process of reassigning immigration judges and U.S. attorneys to the border to speed up hearings in immigration court, and

the Department of Health and Human Services has scoured the country to find places to put those children. In March, Obama ordered Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to conduct a systemwide review of deportation practices to see how they could be done “more humanely.” Obama later asked that the results of that review be postponed until the end of the summer to give Congress time to work through an immigration bill. Monday, with 28 days left in the legislative calendar, Obama said the review would be completed soon and would include changes to the country’s immigration enforcement structure. Obama said the only response from Republicans has been to use the crisis as their “newest excuse to do nothing.”

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Washington Post: Illinois To Allow Same-Day Registration, Expand Early Voting Hours

Illinois will dramatically expand access to the ballot box this year by allowing voters to register on Election Day, and by significantly extending the hours early-vote locations will be open. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has said he will sign the measure, passed by the legislature late last month. The bill expands both the number of days during which early voting locations are open and the number of hours each day they remain open. Voters who cast a ballot early will not have to show a photo identification.

“Democracy works best when everyone has the opportunity to participate,” Quinn said in a statement. “By removing barriers to vote, we can ensure a government of the people and for the people.” Meanwhile, students at public universities will have an easier time casting a ballot under the new measure. The bill allows students attending public schools to change their residences from their hometowns to college campuses, giving them easier access to polling places on campus.

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Harold Meyerson: Supreme Court Rules Disadvantaged Workers Should Be Disadvantaged Some More

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court today took up the case of some of America’s most disadvantaged workers, and ruled that they should be disadvantaged some more. The five-to-four ruling in Harris v. Quinn goes a long way to crippling the efforts that unions have made to help these workers get out of poverty. The case concerned some 28,000 home care aides in Illinois whose paychecks come from Medicaid. Before the state agreed in 2003 that they could form a union, they made the minimum wage. (It’s the state that sets their wage rate, since their pay comes entirely from Medicaid.) Currently, as a result of their union contract, they make $11.85 an hour rather than the minimum of $7.25. Tomorrow, by the terms of their contract, their hourly rate is raised to $12.25, and on December 1st to $13. The right to hire and fire these workers remains solely, of course, that of their home-bound patients and their families.

The workers, then, are joint employees of both their patients and the state. And since the state allowed them to vote on whether to join a union, and since they voted to join the Service Employees International Union, these 28,000 workers have seen their pay doubled and have received, for the first time, health care coverage. Like all unionized public employees, they don’t have to pay that portion of their union dues that goes to their union’s political activities, but they do have to pay that portion of dues that goes to the union’s bargaining with the state that has produced their contract. Pamela Harris, who works at home caring for her disabled son, didn’t like those dues obligations, however, and sued to get them overturned. So, Ms. Harris had to pay $650 for her raise? Actually, no. She belongs to a different category of home-care workers, and unlike the workers who voted to join SEIU, her group voted against joining a union. She pays no dues to anybody.

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April 1, 2014


Katie McDonough: SCOTUS Gets Hobby Lobby Horribly Wrong: Why This Isn’t A “Limited” Ruling

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Hobby Lobby can ignore federal law and deny its employees comprehensive health insurance because of its “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Analysis of the case has so far called this a limited ruling because it only applies to closely held corporations and “only” impacts contraceptive coverage. But this framing completely ignores the fact that more than 90 percent of corporations in the United States are closely held, and that the court just effectively ruled that it’s fine for employers to discriminate against half of the labor force. There’s nothing limited about it. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in her powerful dissent, far from being narrow in its ruling, the high court just “ventured into a minefield.” The ruling sends a strong message that women’s health and women’s rights — as individuals and employees — do not matter as much as so-called religious liberty.

It also shows once again that medically inaccurate ideas about healthcare can dictate the terms of a debate and ultimately win the day. To sum it up, five male justices ruled that thousands of female employees should rightfully be subjected to the whims of their employers. That women can be denied a benefit that they already pay for and is guaranteed by federal law. That contraception is not essential healthcare. That corporations can pray. That the corporate veil can be manipulated to suit the needs of the corporation. That bosses can cynically choose à la carte what laws they want to comply with and which laws they do not. Each specific finding opens a door to a new form of discrimination and unprecedented corporate power. If you think this ruling won’t affect you, you haven’t been paying attention. If you think these corporations are going to stop at birth control, you’re kidding yourself.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama smile while hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month at the White House








On This Day

President Obama signs S.614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, in the Oval Office Wednesday, July 1, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks out of the Oval Office for other aides before a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on July 1, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, July 1, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


People line the street as President Obama’s motorcade makes its way to the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 1, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Tanzanian people during an official arrival ceremony in Dar Es Salaam July 1, 2013

133 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Thank yoooooooooooooooou Legend!!!! Another R&S info-packed gem!!

  2. July 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good monring NW, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope everyone is doing well this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats mrm112, on being first. Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

  3. 9 HZ
    July 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning my Chips and Nerdy.

    Again, a Big Congratulations !!! I left my comment late last evening. But again, I wake up with the grace of the goodness of this day and I am grateful to come to my TOD family.

    ((((((((((((((((((( Lots of loving hugs of thankfulness to my Chips))))))))))))).HZ

    Nerdy W., you are such a beautiful gift to Chips and all of us. You grace this beautiful place with such a faithfulness, and I thank you so much.

    (((((((((((((((((TY, TY, TY, Nerdy))))))))))))))

    I just want to also give a blessed joyfulness to the great news of our GoBrooklyn. (((((((((((((((((( Loving continued healing joy, GoBrooklyn)))))))))HZ

  4. 12 MightyPamela
    July 1, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Bringing over this lovely tribute to Canada and Canadians everywhere! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVsHt3rBnc&sns=em

  5. 13 debz
    July 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations on over 26 million!!!

  6. 14 hopefruit2
    July 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats Mariele on #1 🙂 Thanks NW for another excellent R & S roundup. Looking forward to our President’s speech – good that it will be BEFORE the World Cup! I know he probably wants to watch it. Hehehe…

  7. 16 Linda
    July 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    U.S. Senator Agrees With Supreme Court Decision Because Women Use Birth Control ‘Largely For Recreational Behavior’

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) agreed on Monday that women use birth control to protect themselves from “recreational behavior,” just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that some companies can refuse to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraceptive services.

    During an appearance on Sirius XM’s The Wilkow Majority, host Andrew Wilkow argued that the real question in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., was about “whether or not a person who runs a business should be forced to provide something that is largely for recreational behavior, if it goes against their religious beliefs.”

    Lee, responded by saying “Yea, that’s right, that’s right,” before claiming that “this administration is using the often coercive power of the federal government to force people into their way of being and their way of existing, their way of believing and thinking and acting.”


    Hey GOP women…..the GOP men think you are sluts !

    • 17 desertflower
      July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

      They say all this knowing that they are 50% of this equation! THEY can’t get pregnant though, so NOT THEIR PROBLEM!! I actually detest these people more everyday. Small govt my ass. Just by SAYING this, you know that it’s all about control!

    • July 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

      At any rate, the laws don’t apply to them. They use birth control with no worries about the cost or whether their insurance will cover it. In public they may be pro-life, but I would bet that if the situation came up, pro-choice would covertly be applied.

      They have no qualms doing what they do because it does not touch them and theirs. Do we think they would play the games that they play if it were as devastating to their families as it is to most people?

      BTW…GOP women obviously have no issue with their men thinking they are sluts…small price to pay if they can continue in the lifestyle to which they aspire.

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      July 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

      What an idiot, married women use bc too.

  8. July 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Gooooood moorrnnninnnngggg, Chips. Thrilled for you and Nerdy Wonka, our most outstanding team, on 26M++++ views at the very best blog in town. And many thanks to the other BTs: LL, LP, zizi, and that other grouchy guy for the constant brilliance. Love you all beyond words.


  9. 22 57andfemale
    July 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

  10. 23 japa21
    July 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

  11. July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning Nerdy Wonka and a toast to you 🍸 for your SIGNIFICANT contributions to The Obama Diary and in reaching the 26,000,000+ mark. You are very much appreciated. ❤ ❤ ❤

    And thank you for *another* EXCEPTIONAL "Rise and Shine".

  12. July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    FLOTUS has a warning!

    • 28 desertflower
      July 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

      TRUE, said the teacher:)

      • 29 CEB
        July 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

        Co-sign from the high school teacher (30 years before recent retirement). I always spent the first grading period after the summer vacation re-teaching and reviewing skills and information that the students were exposed to the previous school year.

  13. 30 57andfemale
    July 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

  14. July 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Over the years, I have felt that those that *have* do not want to share with those that don’t. The discrimination and injustices that we are seeing today were, at one time, more subtle. But, especially since the election of President Obama, the *haves* have gotten more blatant – more shameless – in showing that they will do everything that they can to turn the American Dream into a delusion.

    For the GOP, with the help of the MSM, SCOTUS, Koch-like supporters, et al, limiting *Availability*, *Accessibility*, and *Affordability* is their weapon of choice in preventing working, middle income, and lower income Americans from reaching the next rung on the economic ladder.

    Using double standards and loop holes is a common tactic. In the past, many people accepted these tactics with the attitude “it is what it is” and/or “you can’t fight government”. But now, increasingly, people are becoming more aware and more indignant. People are seeing who their elected representatives are actually representing.

    Another thing I have thought is that for many – especially (IMO) Democrats – there has to be an emotional cause that would inspire them to vote. Trying to take away a right or a benefit will often cause people to retaliate; to rise up in defense of what they feel is being stolen from them. The shenanigans, scheming, and maneuvering we’ve seen over the past 5+ years, and especially in recent weeks, are resulting in (I’m sure) an unintended consequence of giving Democrats enough motivation needed to get out and vote.

    Though not at the 2008 level, I am feeling a momentum starting to build as we approach the mid-term in November. President Obama continues to be the beacon that is guiding us through these complex times. We should continue to take our cue from him and brush-off the distractions; keep our eyes on the prize. Don’t let their inaction and obstructionism keep us from doing what we need to do.

    And as the GOP and their cohorts continue to add fuel to the fire and fan the flames, hopefully, we will be ignited by a spark. And hopefully, that spark will result in a Democratic House and Senate so that the next two years will be productive and result in legislation that is favorable to working, middle/lower income Americans. Hopefully, the American Dream can again become reality.

  15. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    July 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

  16. July 1, 2014 at 10:46 am

    The IRS Is Coming For Your Offshore Bank Account
    By Alex Park Tue Jul. 1, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    It’s always been a pretty simple arrangement for America’s superrich: Park your money in a country whose banks know how to keep a secret and then underreport your assets to the IRS. Without a way to independently verify how much money you have abroad, the taxman had to take your word for how much money you had stashed in a Swiss vault or in a sunny haven like the Cayman Islands. But as of yesterday, the US government will require foreign banks to report their American clients’ assets, or face 30 percent tax penalties on some offshore deposits.

    The move is part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was introduced in 2010. Since then, more than 80 countries have agreed to open their ledger books to the feds. After some complicated last-minute negotiations, evenRussia and China have started to cooperate.

    Companies and individuals have long used offshore banking to keep their taxes low: Last year, American multinationals kept an estimated $2 trillion (yes, with a “t”) abroad, according to a Bloomberg analysis. In recent years, tech companies have become some of the most enthusiastic offshore depositors. Between 2010 and 2013, Microsoft more than doubled its foreign stockpile to $76.4 billion, while Apple increased its pot abroad more than fourfold to $54.4 billion.


  17. 40 mtmarilyn
    July 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Good morning TOD!! Thanks NW for another great R&S. This is the place for news and information. No wonder we have hit the 26 million mark and even get mentioned in WaPo. It still really is shocking that those men on the Supreme Court really don’t know the Constitution, only their version of it.

    • July 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Good Morning Marilyn!

      “It still really is shocking that those men on the Supreme Court really don’t know the Constitution, only their version of it.”

      I think they know the Constitution. It’s just that they are in a position to apply their interpretation on it without any repercussion; much like how the Bible is interpreted to suit one’s purpose.

      It seems like President Obama is the only one who actually understands his role. SCOTUS is too often legislating from the bench and Congress is too often holding hearings as if they are the judicial branch.

      • 42 mtmarilyn
        July 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

        They really are legislating aren’t they. Remember the rights mantra of these activist judges, that what these men are. We must get voters out this November.

  18. July 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Please RT this request from the League of Women Voters!

  19. 45 57andfemale
    July 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

    good grief, Hillary is starting to scare me:

    “I think that Mississippi runoff election was of major historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base,” she said. “It reached out to Democrats and particularly black Democrats, and said, ‘Join with us. Thad Cochran is a better choice.’ And they succeeded. Now there’s a lesson in there: Expand your base. Get out of your comfort zone. Actually talk to and listen to people you don’t agree with, and build back that sense of trust which is the glue of any democracy.”
    Read more: http://www.politico.com/

    Am I the only one reading this as, “Democrats aren’t conservative enough?” This was Bill’s raison d’etre in 1992, and frankly there was a sense that Dems needed to better embrace business, entertain some conservative solutions. But we have tried that experiment, and we’re in this morass because of it.

    She really thinks it’s 1992, doesn’t she?

    • July 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

      OMG, UGH. Just super-freakin’ ugly UGH.

      There is so much she doesn’t understand about the electorate. Does she really believe that Cochran gives a whit about blacks? That this wasn’t the mother of all manipulations? That Repubs are really “expanding” their base with Democrats? JHC.

      • 48 57andfemale
        July 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

        I know I’ll get yelled at for talking about Hillary, but I’m not talking about 2016 – this, to me, is all about 2014 and the direction we want the country to go. She has a need to prove an affinity for the RWNJ’s. I’m getting a frightening feeling that she actually has that affinity. She went to talk to the RW loon during the 2008 primaries, to prove she could hob knob with the racists. Her take on the MS race is outright scary, isn’t it?

    • 51 japa21
      July 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

      She is also misinterpreting the results. She is assuming that the Dems who voted for Cochran were actually for Cochran rather than against the opposition. She talks as if Cochran can count on those votes in November.
      What Cochran actually did was make a lot of Dem voters interested in actually getting out and voting, which they may well do in November as well, but not for Cochran.

      HRC is an intelligent woman, and would probably be a good President (definitely better than any Republican) but she is hardly the best the Dems have to offer.

      • 52 57andfemale
        July 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

        Especially two weeks after the fact – she has had time to reflect on this race, and this is her take on it?

      • July 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

        1) She thinks she is entitled. (That didn’t work so well for her in 2008.) 2) She thinks she is smarter than everyone else. (Yes, she is very intelligent.) Those things in her mind give her a Teflon coating. Thus, she will be forgiven for any wrongs — perceived or real — because she is chosen one.

        • 54 Lovepolitics2008
          July 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          She and Bill are absolutely convinced that they are superior to Barack Obama. And they never miss an occasion to imply it. It drives me nuts. (And if we feel their sense of superiority with their public comments, just imagine what they’ve said for years in private…)

          I sincerely hope that once the primaries begin, democrats discover Governor O’Malley and VP Biden. And that there will be a movement towards one of the two.

    • 55 amk for obama
      July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Piss poor reading of the actual ground situation. No wonder she lost in 2008. And she’ll lose again in 2016, either in primaries (fingers crossed) or definitely in GE.

      • 56 japa21
        July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

        No, she would definitely win in the general, probably by a landslide.

        • 57 57andfemale
          July 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

          Frankly, her chances have increased greatly with Hobby Lobby. The true, genuine moments of Hillary’s career early on were her impassioned takes on women’s rights.

        • 58 amk for obama
          July 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

          well, your own history suggests otherwise.

          1. Since FDR/Truman, there has been no 3rd term democratic presidency. No gop presidency either for that matter except for raygun/shrub sr. Called as anti-incumbency factor for whatever batshit crazy reason, even if it means voting against your own interests (e.g. australia, india, most of europe etc.)

          2. While the majority of whites will turn up vociferously in 2016, especially after their kenyan muslin usurper frustrations of 2008 & 12, the dem base with its varied population, is most likely to be less enthusiastic, with an also-ran candie from 2008.

          3. Hillary’s innate triangulation (as shown in this case) will piss off most of Obama coalition and I-will-hold-my-nose percentage will not be great.

          4. The corrupt media will openly side with gop (and beat the current levels of corrupt shilling) and beat her with her & Bill’s earlier history 24×7 and she has shown her incompetence in handling their onslaught.

          5. All it is required to flip the presidency, a swing of 2% in voting from dem to gop.

          6. And finally there won’t any OFA for GOTV.

          These are my assessments.

          • July 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

            From what I’ve seen, OFA is solidly in her corner. The entire Dem establishment has bet the farm on her.

            • 60 amk for obama
              July 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

              afaik, ofa is focused on 2014 and not hillary2016.. One messina doesn’t make the entire ofa.

              • July 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

                They are definitely focused on 2014. But I’ve already received Ready for Hillary invitations from them. I wrote back my immense displeasure that they were even considering this boneheaded event with 2014 looming and the importance of a full-blown democratic primary. I was fuming.

                • 62 amk for obama
                  July 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

                  Yours is the first time I am hearing about ofa pitching for her. Good for you to remind them about the priorities.

                  • July 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

                    I also got an email from Nancy Pelosi about a week ago asking me to send a thank you to Hillary for being such a great woman. I was incensed.

                    • 64 amk for obama
                      July 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

                      There is no doubt that many women admire her. Question is will that be enough for two wins? methinksnot.

                    • July 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

                      Don’t get me wrong. I know that she is a strong woman who deserves recognition and Pelosi is also really pushing her book. But the way the email was worded it felt like the beginning of a lot of PRESSURE to insist she is the candidate. That is my objection.

                      Like everyone here, I will of course vote for her if she is the candidate. But I will work in the primaries for a different outcome.

                • 66 sjterrid
                  July 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

                  I get a lot of emails from OFA and I haven’t received a “ready For HIllary”. OFA can’t endorse any candidate, because of their 501 status. They are focused on issues that the president is pressing on. Any Emails that you get about ‘”Ready for Hillary” wasn’t sent by OFA. I know Messina now works for her now, though. I know that Hillary may have some support from some of the people that are in OFA, but she shouldn’t count on all our votes. I already told some people that I will not support Hillary in the democratic primary, that I hoped someone else would run.

                  • July 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

                    Well, the mail was from the local OFA people and it most definitely was under the guise of her book sales. But Ready for Hillary was used as the catch-all phrase. This is why her book tour is such a ruse.

                    • 68 sjterrid
                      July 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

                      Whenever I get an email that mentions Hillary or 2016, I don’t read any further, and just delete it.

          • July 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

            One thing that might make a difference (break the cycle) is the way that information is disseminated. [MSM is thought of less and less as the go-to reliable source.] I think that made a difference in 2008/2012. Also, 5+ years of silly season might make more people consider the alternative and hold their nose a little.

      • 70 57andfemale
        July 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

        I agree, amk. She is not ‘inevitable’ to win the GE, particularly if she is this clueless about the electorate. If she thinks the racists are going to choose her over a Republican, she is nuts.

    • 71 Linda
      July 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

      That sounds like old DLC talk that gave us Rahm Emmanuel. Bill and Hillary and Harold Ford Jr….to name just a few.

      Don’t forget she was a Goldwater supporter.

      • 72 57andfemale
        July 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

        That’s my point, Linda! Every time she opens her mouth, she proves that she thinks this is 1992 and nothing has changed over the last 20 years. Couple that with her (perceived) need to look tough and militaristic, I am concerned.

        This is all about 2014 and the direction we want and need to go. This is not a meme that we need.

        • 73 vcprezofan2
          July 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          Yep! ‘Every time she opens her mouth, she proves that she thinks this is 1992 and nothing has changed over the last 20 years. Couple that with her (perceived) need to look tough and militaristic’ and we have strong arguments why Hillary is not the answer for the U.S going forwards.

          IMO Hillary is ‘tough’ only on issues where she has a prepared (one she considers tried and true) reaction. Apologies for those desperately longing for a woman president – Hillary shouldn’t be her. She reminds me strongly of those women bosses I’ve met over the years who felt they had to park their compassion, common sense, etc, in order to prove they could lead as ‘effectively’ as any male. They were inflexible, by-the-book leaders, and were invariably poor bosses, not liked/respected by many.

          • 74 57andfemale
            July 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

            Another example of her being stuck in a time warp: The Margaret Thatcher-type leader is not necessarily what we need 20, 30 years later. It’s not as if Hillary has grown in wisdom and grace. She think she has to be Maggie Thatcher. And didn’t that work out well?

      • 75 carolyn
        July 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

        I just keep remembering pre 2008. In 2006, HRC was the anointed one. This would be a coronation. Meanwhile a little known Senator from Illinois was helping Democratic candidates all over the country, getting out with people, assessing strengths and weaknesses, building bridges and loyalties. Hillary was doing exactly what she is now. Relying on her Demo connections.

        Meanwhile, now, at least two progressive Democrats are doing what PBO did in 2006…..getting out in the hustings, actually standing for policies and working the ground. These two are Martin O’Malley and Elizabeth Warren. I know history doesn’t repeat itself, that lightning doesn’t strike the same way twice, and all the other clichés, but I still believe hard work and organization and connection with people are better guides to political success than giving speeches to elite groups and resting on one’s laurels.

        Just a word about Elizabeth Warren. Some people are surprised that she is being so successful in the South…..”After all she’s a Harvard prof.” However, if you watch her, she has a marvelous connection with every day people. I know Oklahoma gets bashed all the time, but she grew up in an Oklahoma that was pre-evangelical/right wing takeover. She grew up when it was a populist state, and had come through the depression and dust bowl and bounced back. Populist policies held sway. OK had senators like Fred Harris. She was also a champion debater at the best debate high school in OKC. Her mother worked for Sears, she worked all through high school. This background gives her the intuitive cred working people and people below the Mason-Dixon line feel from her.
        On the other hand, she can relate to people north of that line too. She is real, authentic, and charming and smart.
        She still has family here and comes back to visit, so knows what’s what in the “real world.” And, yes, she does have Native American ancestors. Practically everyone who was born in Oklahoma does. Scott Brown really showed his ignorance on that one.

        • 76 vcprezofan2
          July 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

          Carolyn, thank you for that ‘inside’ bio on Warren. It makes a difference to the way I have been regarding her (when I gave her a thought, that is). Although I do really like VPJoe, I’m not really behind his running again. I feel very strongly that a bunch of these mature leaders need to switch their roles to a mentorship focus. Yes they have served well and with integrity, but the job is clearly tiring, AND there are others with more …zip… whom I feel should be given the opportunity to serve. Off the top of my head (as this is a new combo to me) I like your combination of O’Malley and Warren. While the latter is not young per se, she brings to the table something some voters are clamouring for right now, and balanced by O’Malley should/would be more likely to move the O-legacy #FORWARD.

    • 77 Vicki
      July 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

      HRC should remember Iowa in 2008.
      Martin O’Malley has already made his mark there and Elizabeth Warren will probably do the same.

      Said it before and I’ll say it again, HRC will not be the Democratic candidate for President in 2016.

      NY Times has a piece today that says her numbers are falling dramatically. So much for the book tour. A lukewarm affair as best as I can tell.

      If she isn’t going to campaign for 2014 I wish she would just Go Away. The rest of us are busy with things that matter.

      • 78 57andfemale
        July 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

        I really believe that Elizabeth Warren will not run, although she would garner love akin to the love for PBO. O’Malley can, too, but a woman would be a powerful choice.

        Hillary will campaign some for 2014, although the Clintons were notorious for not giving a damn about congressional races when they were in the WH. This disturbing take that I quoted shows that she will campaign in 2014 like she did in 2008 – I think she honestly believes that she can get the new, Tea Party GOP to ‘listen’ to her. God. She can’t take the base for granted. Haven’t we yet learned that we must fire up our base? We have so many excellent issues that Dems can ride into Congress and the WH.

        That’s some bubble, for an allegedly astute politician.

  20. July 1, 2014 at 11:17 am



    Unless you’re a rich white male, the quality of your LIFE depends on it.

  21. July 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

  22. 86 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2014 at 11:23 am


    The Rachel Maddow Show – 06/30/14

    Obama carries weight of do-nothing Congress


    Rachel Maddow reviews the instances in which President Obama has taken executive action where Congress has refused or been unable to do the work of governing, and wonders who much he can do if Congress keeps its record-setting, do-nothing pace.



  23. July 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  24. 89 JER
    July 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

  25. 90 JER
    July 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

  26. 91 JER
    July 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

  27. July 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

  28. 94 vcprezofan2
    July 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Remember this guy? Honestly, all Repubs drink the same ‘flip-flop’ water – I have yet to meet a real live Repub who has character and integrity.

    • 95 Nena20409
      July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Loud. Liar. Fluffy and a Coward. The media still loves him……so to intensely hold him to his so called “man of the people” who speaks his mind would totally collapse the media’s narrative.

    • July 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Speaking of terrible governors, LePage’s staff finally had to confirm that he met for 16 hours with a Sovereign Citizen chapter, a group on the FBI Terrorist List. We have to step up our game and not make the same mistake New Jersey made in reelecting a terrible governor.

  29. 99 JER
    July 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

  30. 101 JER
    July 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    • 102 anniebella
      July 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Okay if the American people want solution so dam bad, elect someone who are willing to work with the other party to get those solutions they want. You can’t get solutions if the other party refuse to even compromise, to come to the table and talk. How the hell does Mark Knoller know what the American people want, have he asked them, or is this just his two bit opinion. This President have tried over and over again to work with the Republicans, by the way President Obama is not sniping he is telling the truth.

  31. 103 canadabarb4obama
    July 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Happy Canada Day!

      • 109 Nena20409
        July 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        We were informed about the disaster in the USSR. But today, the media we have are just lazy and because this happened in Japan…..Not say Iran, Pakistan, Russia or China…..the Western Media see it totally differently for there is a Conflict with Geopolitical Narrative to rant and rave up their viewership.

      • 110 MightyPamela
        July 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        Thank you, Nena.

  32. 111 japa21
    July 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    To all out soccer enthusiasts, which team should the US want to play in the next round after they knock out Belgium: Argentina or Switzerland?

    Neither defense is very good which means the US could score more than 1 goal.

    • 112 Nena20409
      July 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Love your enthusiasm and shares them 1001%. I would timidly like to count our chickens…..*cough* winnings after today. I have got my legs and fingers crossed for that Game 😉

      Secretly wanting every word you typed 😉

      Hi Japa 21 😉

  33. July 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  34. July 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  35. 116 Eveingeorgia
    July 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    First, congratulations Chips and everybody at TOD for hitting the 26,000,000 mark, and for recognition at the Wash. Post!

    Just read at TPM that her team is thinking of using this slogan: She will get s#*t done. This is to separate her from President OBAMA.
    After all the successes this president has had, she has the nerve to imply that he hasn’t gotten s#*t done!?! Tell the stock market, Bin Laden, the14,000,000 (and counting), with health insurance.

    I will have to vote for her, if she wins, but I really don ‘t like her. Don’t trust her.

    O’Malley would be my first choice, even over Warren.

    Spiriting nails today:(

    • July 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I guess it’s supposed to be a given that if she is elected in 2016, then Congress will be more cooperative and not have an agenda to make her a one tem president.

    • 119 edp4bho
      July 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      “I will have to vote for her, if she wins, but I really don ‘t like her.”

      And this is exactly what the b is banking on. She knows folks are fearful of the other side, so she can play all the word games she wishes, however and whenever, because folks’ fear makes her “inevitable”. Me? I’d rather take my chances. My world won’t crumble. I WILL NOT be Ready for Hillary. Ever!!

  36. 120 Nena20409
    July 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm



    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners starting with this post and 4 back.

    Great R&S NW.

  37. 121 amk for obama
    July 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    are the args playing for individual glory? #poorteamcoordination

  38. 122 amk for obama
    July 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    canucks have their own day??? Why?

    /ducks and runs

  39. 124 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    They Vote

    By Trevor LaFauci


    The person who doesn’t believe in equal pay votes.

    The person who thinks Sandy Hook was a false flag votes.
    They vote in numbers. They vote because they are scared of what the world will look like if they don’t. Gay marriages. Universal health care. An educated population. Women in the workforce receiving equal pay for equal work. Strong labor unions. Alternative fuels and sources of energy. An acceptance of new and recent immigrants into our communities. A recognition and respect for all religious beliefs including those that identify as non-religious. Sensible gun control. Financial reform limiting CEO bonuses and cracking down on corporations who exploit tax loopholes and tax shelters for financial gain.
    So how does the progressive moment in this country move forward? By doing more than voting.



  40. 126 amk for obama
    July 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    heh ut, my trolling comment in spam. 🙂

  41. 129 amk for obama
    July 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    well, the swiss live up to their reputation – booooring.

  42. 130 amk for obama
    July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    args fucking it up at goal mouth.

  43. 132 CEB
    July 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD ohana. Unfortunately, I will be away from all of the action for USA vs. Belgium (rats!). Looking forward to later reading the commentary from our new number 1 fan , GGail and all of the rest of long time die-hards and the other newbies later today.

    Once again, congratulations to all of us on 26 million and counting hits. This blog is an historical document that should be archived for posterity; is there a way to make this happen?

    While there have been so many memorable moments that we have shared on this blog, one that remains in my top 5 was the Sunday night PBO announced to the world that justice had been brought to Osama bin Ladin and we were all screaming for Chips to wake up (he, he, he).

    Until later, everyone.

    • 133 Vicki
      July 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      I feel for you CEB. I was in the air for the last USA contest. Who knew while booking my tickets that this would matter to me?

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