Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “One of the most poignant days of the year was when Ruby Bridges visited the White House. Ruby is the girl portrayed in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “The Problem We All Live With,” which depicts Ruby as she is escorted to school on the court-ordered first day of integrated schools in New Orleans in 1960. When the Norman Rockwell Museum loaned the painting to the White House for a short period of time, the President invited Ruby to view the painting while it was on display outside the Oval Office.” July 15, 2011

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Today (All Times Eastern)

11:10: The President tours the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, McLean, Virginia

11:35: Delivers remarks

12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

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The Week Ahead

 Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Thursday: The President will travel to New York City area to attend a DNC roundtable. Further details on the President’s travel to New York will be made available in the coming days.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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President Obama holds up three fingers while talking with three-year-old Holden Fossum and his sisters Ayla, 8, and Alexandria, 4, during a greet with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. Holden, Ayla, and Alexandria are the children of Staff Sergeant Brendan Fossum and wife Dana of Woodbine, Md (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Paul Krugman: Obamacare Fails To Fail

How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments? I suspect that the answer to the first question is “Not many,” while the answer to the second is “Possibly even fewer,” for reasons I’ll get to later. And if I’m right, it’s a remarkable thing — an immense policy success is improving the lives of millions of Americans, but it’s largely slipping under the radar.

How is that possible? Think relentless negativity without accountability. The Affordable Care Act has faced nonstop attacks from partisans and right-wing media, with mainstream news also tending to harp on the act’s troubles. Many of the attacks have involved predictions of disaster, none of which have come true. But absence of disaster doesn’t make a compelling headline, and the people who falsely predicted doom just keep coming back with dire new warnings.

More here

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NYT: Anxious Moments For An Afghanistan on the Brink

It was the Germans who uttered the first alarm that a potentially deadly power struggle might be brewing, after weeks of Western officials’ staying on the sidelines as the Afghan election crisis deepened. Just over a week ago, they threatened to withdraw funding and training troops from Afghanistan if a powerful regional governor declared a breakaway government led by the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. What followed was as tumultuous a six-day stretch for Afghanistan as any since the American invasion in 2001. Interviews with Western officials, the two presidential campaigns and other Afghan officials detailed a week that went beyond any

previous political crisis in carrying the risk of a factional conflict that would tear open the wounds of the devastating civil war. According to Mr. Manawi and others, it was a call from President Obama to Mr. Abdullah just after dawn last Tuesday that helped stop a headlong rush into a disastrous power struggle. Mr. Obama warned Mr. Abdullah not to even consider seizing power and to keep calm over the three days until Secretary of State John Kerry could get to Kabul. “Really here the U.S. government did a great favor to the Afghan people,” Mr. Manawi said. “If it was not for the telephone call to Dr. Abdullah, this would not have stopped.”

More here

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Danny Vinik: The Border Crisis Has Nothing To Do With Border Security

By linking them, a GOP congressman could kill Obama’s emergency request On “Fox News Sunday,” House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul floated the idea of tying his border security bill to President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to help ease the humanitarian crisis unfolding at the Southwest border. That crisis is real and requires immediate action from Congress, but it has nothing to do with border security. McCaul’s attempt to combine the issues only puts the funding request in jeopardy.

Those funds are needed to house and feed the 50,000-plus unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. so far this year; find sponsors for them while they await their court proceedings; hire more immigration judges to reduce the case backlog; and, for those who aren’t allowed to stay, transport them home. Obama’s request also includes money for increased border security. This is a reasonable response to the border crisis — one that focuses on treating the kids in a humane way while upholding U.S. law.

More here

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Brian Beutler: Republicans’ Failure To Pass Immigration Reform Has Cost Us $900 Billion

Republicans have raised several objections to the White House’s plan to address the child-migrant crisis, but none so self-discrediting as their objection to the nearly $4 billion cost of the bill.

That objection is self-discrediting for two reasons: First, because Republicans are on record in support of substantially more spending to shore up the border. Second, because with respect to immigration (and everything else) their claims to fiscal probity are a shell game they return to anytime they need a plausible-sounding reason to object to something they oppose for other reasons.

To demonstrate both, one need only look back to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, which Republicans helped design and pass just over a year ago.

More here

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Steve Benen: An Abundance Of Rhetoric, A Dearth Of Solutions

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, argued yesterday that “some” of the unattended minors from Central America he saw “looked more like a threat to coming into the United States.” How could he tell? McCaul didn’t say.

Soon after, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) argued in support of sending the National Guard to the border. Asked what good Guard troops could under the circumstances, Perry couldn’t say. (In fact, he seemed confused by the question.)

A variety of congressional Republicans have now balked at President Obama’s appeal for emergency resource, insisting the package costs “too much.” What’s the GOP’s alternative response? What’s the proper amount of spending? They wouldn’t say.

More here

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WH.gov: President Obama To Award The Medal Of Honor

In the afternoon of July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.

Staff Sergeant Pitts will be the ninth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

More here

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Michael Tomasky: Hey, Benghazi-Heads, You Stand Down!

Central to the Benghazi conspiracy: the alleged stand-down order that kept help from arriving from Tripoli. It never happened—and now we learn that Republicans have known for months.

Let’s redirect our attention back to Benghazi. When is that special Benghazi committee in the House of Representatives going to get cracking, you may have wondered? Good question. It hasn’t been announced yet. But here’s a better question. What, now, is it going to investigate?

While we’ve all been focused during the past week on the border, there was a pretty major news development on Benghazi that got buried and is in need of a little sunshine. Last week, the Associated Press reported on transcripts of hours of closed-door interviews with nine U.S. military leaders that had been conducted by two House committees, Armed Services and Oversight (the latter is Darrell Issa’s committee). Those military leaders agreed on a, or maybe the, central point as far as this continuing “investigation” is concerned: There was no stand-down order.

More here

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Max Fisher: This Chart Shows Every Person Killed In The Israel-Palestine Conflict Since 2000

It’s no secret that the death tolls in the Israel-Palestine conflict are lopsided, with Palestinians far more likely to be killed than Israelis. But just how lopsided is driven home by looking at the month-to-month fatality statistics, which the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has been tracking since September 2000. Those numbers also tell some important stories about the conflict, how it’s changed, and maybe where it’s going. Here are the monthly, conflict-related deaths of Israelis and Palestinians since September 2000: You’ll notice right away that the overwhelming majority of the deaths are Palestinian, and have been for the almost 14 years since B’Tselem began tracking.

Overall, the group has recorded 8,166 conflict-related deaths, of which 7,065 are Palestinian and 1,101 Israeli. That means 87 percent of deaths have been Palestinian and only 13 percent Israeli. Put another way, for every 15 people killed in the conflict, 13 are Palestinian and two are Israeli. (Statistics for the past two months are from United Nations Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs.) That number is even more staggering when you consider that there are about twice as many Israelis as there are Palestinians. This means, very roughly, that a Palestinian person has been 15 times more likely to be killed by the conflict than an Israeli person

More here

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G. Chambers Williams III: Volkswagen Expansion Continues Win Streak For Tennessee

The South’s auto industry continues its phenomenal growth, as evidenced by recent expansions expected to bring thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investment — including a deal announced Monday that will bring production of a new SUV to the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. With the Volkswagen win, Tennessee is now at the forefront of the industry’s growth. Recent gains include a new Infiniti engine plant that opened this month in Decherd; a pending expansion that will add two new vehicles to the General Motors plant in Spring Hill; and projects over the past year that have brought new vehicles and significantly bumped up employment at Nissan’s Smyrna plant. The Volkswagen announcement of an expansion that will add 2,000 jobs in auto assembly and 200 in research and development was “pretty impressive,”

said Sujit CanagaRetna, fiscal policy manager for the Atlanta office of the Council of State Governments and a leading expert on the South’s auto industry. “I believe it reinforces that this region has become a real magnet, not only for new plants, but also for expansions,” he said. “BMW in South Carolina is another great example. They’ve been there 20 years and have gone through five or six expansions, with the latest announced in March for $1 billion. “All of the ancillary industries related to the auto companies, such as tire manufacturers, are flourishing in the South as well,” CanagaRetna said. “(Clarksville) Tennessee is getting Hankook Tire, there are four major tire makers in South Carolina, including one recently announced from Singapore, and several in Georgia.”

More here

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On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama smiles as he is introduced prior to his address on Iraq policy and U.S. national security at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center July 15, 2008 in Washington, DC

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President Obama greets the family of newly appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in the Oval Office prior to his swearing in on July 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets the Gramajo family, participants with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in the Oval Office on July 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama is interviewed by Chuck Todd, of NBC News, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 15, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama sits in an electric Ford Focus alongside Mayor Kurt Dykstra following a groundbreaking ceremony for Compact Power’s new advanced battery factory in Holland, Michigan, July 15, 2010

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First Lady Michelle Obama and kids double-dutch jump rope during a taping for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge and Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 15, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed in the painting (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush present President Obama with a pair of socks in the Map Room of the White House, July 15, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Paulita
    July 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hey now 😎

  2. July 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Good morning Todders

  3. 15 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    daymn. (don’t pause to look at pics)

  4. 18 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

  5. 19 Judith Fardig
    July 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Paulita – you did it! Congrats on the top spot. NW, these R&S posts must take hours to put together. They are lovely!

  6. 29 Paulita
    July 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for holding the door for me blog mistress 🙂 As a thank you I offer my skills at assembling things for you re. your attempts to put together your bbq grill. (you used string to hold your wheels on? smh, hint- duct tape is good for amateurs 🙂 )

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      July 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

      A personal ‘thank you’ for reaching the prized first position first, Paulita! Your stature around here has gone up considerably in my eyes as you held TWO (count them 1…2 ) suspicious ‘firsters’ at bay! An excellent morning’s footwork on your part! Well done!… Have I said I appreciated your speed-i-ness? 😀

      • 31 Paulita
        July 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Thank ya, thank ya vera much! Lurking in the shadows so I can pounce when opportunity presents itself – but I think Chips was feeling sorry for me and hesitated for morality’s sake. 😎

      • 32 amk for obama
        July 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

        who you calling firster?

  7. July 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

  8. 34 vcprezofan2
    July 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

    😯 ELEVEN+ comments already!!

    /resigned/ O, it’s a NerdyW post!

  9. 35 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

  10. July 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Good mooornnrnnnning, Chips, NW and TODville!!

    It’s foggy and overcast here in SF but will burn off by mid-morning. A typical summer day!

    • 37 japa21
      July 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

      How different would the world be if he had won in 2004 or Gore in 2000?

    • July 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Moooooooorning Meta!

    • 40 CEB
      July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

      SOS Kerry is on my very short list of men in public service that I admire (PBO, AG Holder, VP Biden, Sen. Harry Reid). I wrote him a note of thanks after successfully brokering the deal regarding the Afghan election. After his defeat in 2004, he could have pouted, packed up his marbles and gone on TV to be bad mouth everything about everyone; but he chose the noble route of service in the background during the HRC years and staying on at the age of 70 to continue to serve as the next SOS. This brilliant, selfless, principled, strong and much traveled man is the epitome of a foreign service officer. He continues to bring home the victories that will have long-lasting and long reaching effects in much of the world.

  11. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    July 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Yay! Set your schedule.

  12. 46 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Paulita on #1! 🙂 Happy Tuesday and thanks NW for this excellent R & S mismash. 🙂

  13. 47 whatisworking
    July 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Greetings TOD family

    What a Fantabulous Rise and Shine

    I have been playing catch up and have been so encouraged to see folks discussing ways they can help with the upcoming elections right now.

    Here are some resources

    There is a group who are working to organize volunteers nationwide to help with the Senate races. They just launched a site (it is in beta testing so be patient as the kinks are worked out). Our Red to Blue team is working with them and are very encouraged by how quickly they have moved to a website and will soon have Facebook and Twitter.


    As Donna posted earlier, anyone can sign up to volunteer with the DCCC by filling out this survey.


    Finally I am trying to finish my web page that lists all the states and provides a summary of races where Dems either need help to hold their seat or are challenging a vulnerable Republican. (I still have lots of editing to do so be patient as I work out the kinks)

    Every time the Republicans do something that infuriates us, we need to pick up the phone and start making calls. As details about Virtual Phone Banks that can be used anytime emerge – I will let you know.

    If any of you want to help but are afraid to phone bank, please post here and the incredibly helpful blog will give you tips and encouragement to overcome your fears. We can do this….

    • 48 desertflower
      July 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

      You’re a tireless angel:) Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO much for all your hard work to give the rest of us the tools and resources we need to get this done:) {{{Linda}}}

      • 49 whatisworking
        July 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

        Right back atcha girl. You are also a tireless worker in much more difficult circumstances. I live in the blue bubble, it is easy to be hard working. May your state soon turn blue (or at least purple).

    • 50 Judith Fardig
      July 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Thanks so much for this treasure trove of practical information, WIW! We can all make sure the young voters in our networks keep up to date with their voter registration. My son is moving into San Francisco for a new job, and I’ve already reminded him that it’s an essential part of his move-in tasks.

  14. 51 japa21
    July 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I have this strange feeling that Pierce doesn’t like Politico:

    Its puerilty has finally crossed over into indecency. Its triviality has finally crossed over into obscenity. The comical political starfcking that is its primary raison d’erp has finally crossed over into $10 meth-whoring on the Singapore docks. Once a mere surface irritation, Tiger Beat On The Potomac has finally crossed over into being a thickly pustulating chancre on the craft of journalism. It has demonstrated its essential worthlessness. It has demonstrated that it has the moral character of a sea-slug and the professional conscience of the Treponema pallidum spirochete. Trust me. Stephen Glass never sunk this low. Mike (Payola) Allen has accomplished the impossible. He’s made Jayson Blair look like Ernie Pyle.

    This is in relation to their interview with the Cheneys.


  15. 54 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Whenever you see the media effusively praising a Democrat – it’s almost always an underhanded attack on PBO – we see through their B.S., and we’re calling them out on it.

    • July 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

      It’s also taking a shot at Hillary. They want to build up somebody other than Hillary.
      I remember in 08 the media even morning Joe built up this president. Then, Iowa happened and they then saw Then senator obama as a threat. So, they favored Hillary, almost on a dime.its happening again, only this time the GOP media has tried to concern troll other possibilities other than Hillary.
      It’s true.
      Yes I know you hate Hillary, I don’t like her foreign policy creds either, but this sort of manipulation has happened before.

      • 56 hopefruit2
        July 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        This is not about 2016 – it’s about 2014 and the looming midterms. And PBO’s name is not on the ballot, but his AGENDA is. His agenda – which is FAR more popular with the public than anything the Republicans or MSM could say or do. And the media knows it, and the GOP knows it.

        So what does the media do – they attempt to create rifts by making PBO seem unpopular in his own party. The media is trying every which and indirect way of diminishing the biggest threat to the GOP taking the Senate and retaining the House in November, and that threat is Barack Obama and his progressive, populist, sensible agenda.

        This has nothing to do with HRC.
        This has nothing to do with me.
        This has nothing to do with 2016.

        It has everything to do with the 2014 midterms.
        It has everything to do with Barack Obama’s agenda.
        It has everything to do with the GOP & MSM’s fear of LOSING in November.

    • 58 Sandy1110
      July 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Translation of Costa: “She’s white! We love her!”

      If they keep this up, they could make the Clinton machine mad.

  16. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    July 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    • July 15, 2014 at 11:06 am


      if you could help me understand…

      When do you use…MT instead of RT….must say that i am confused by this…


      • July 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Hiya Prettyfoot, in case Nerdy isn’t around – MT = modified tweet, it means you change the original tweet in some way, usually to shorten it so you can fit in your own comment. RT just means retweet, you RT the original unchanged.

      • 63 Nerdy Wonka
        July 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

        You use MT which means ‘Modified Tweet’ if you want to write something in front of another person’s tweet and your addition will change the tweet in any form. It’s a courteous and polite Twitter rule in their FAQ section so that everyone knows that the tweet you used an ‘MT’ for, isn’t the original tweet composed by the other person.

  17. July 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Well, so Jose Antonio Vargas got arrested at the border. I regret he willfully put himself in harm’s way. Now the story will be about him.

    • 66 Nerdy Wonka
      July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

      I applaud him for all the work and attention he has brought to the faces behind immigration reform but I cringe when he pulls moves like these because it smacks of stunts and seems dishonest. He has to know about borders and security measures taken at checkpoints and if he didn’t, he’s a journalist. The first rule is research, research, research and fact check, fact check, fact check.

      Countdown until this stunt somehow becomes something to use negatively against President Obama.


      • July 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

        Yes, precisely. He’s done good work but I absolutely hate it when reporter’s want the story to be about them. He knew what he was doing and will now get everyone to rally around him to dog PBO instead of the craven Republicans in Congress.

        Dan Choi, anyone?

  18. 68 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Chips…you have a bad link up there on the Benen story…. Error 404! OH NOES!

  19. 73 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

  20. July 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This story is buried near the end of @LATimes website this morning.

    And didn’t hear much about Sunday’s story…

    President Obama understands that knee-jerk reactions, whether by partisans or by the MSM is not a good idea, since there are always two sides of every story.

    • 75 0388jojothecat
      July 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      The L.A. times had an article about a vet who was told to apply for disability (from VA), he was getting a military pension AND working. His total compensation was over $70k. He said he was determined to be 82% disabled. This is a big waste. It you have a pension & are able to work why are you able to get disability?

  21. 76 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    just. do. it.

  22. 77 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I don’t have time for the media’s bull shit – I’m gonna tell it like it is. Who feels offended, too bad I say.

    • July 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

      GREAT tweets on this, hf. Thank you!

    • 79 EricFive
      July 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      TRUTH!!! The sad fact is when PBO delivers a populist message, the white racists hear REPARATIONS. Their racism against (and fear of) Black people literally blinds them to the message and the benefit they would receive. Don’t expect the msm to call these people out on their racism, it is PBO’s fault. Mainstreaming racism is something the media has always specialized in (with the exception of the brief “hicuup” during the 1960’s).

  23. 80 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

  24. 82 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Can someone post this stunning ignorance up here?


    The World According to Liz….Global Warming is all a hoax to run coal mining out of business. Fuck YOU, Liz! And the rest of your nasty, hateful self serving family too!

      • 84 desertflower
        July 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

        It really is….and then again, it’s not. They have always been selfish, self serving bastards. As long as they’re doing fine and making $$ hand over fist, screw everyone and everything else. They worship the almighty dollar more than this planet, more than people. Screw it! THEY won’t be here when the planet dies and takes every living thing with it! Get while the gettin’s good!!

        • July 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

          + 1,000,000,000

          I can’t even begin to understand their contempt for the planet they live on, and their seeming desire to destroy it. The money doesn’t even explain it to me, I just cannot compute.

          • 86 desertflower
            July 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

            Because we don’t share their selfish brain make up. We could never understand this, no matter how hard we tried. We have to save ourselves from them to save this planet and the people. These are the REAL TAKERS. They will take every last ounce of life from the people and this planet and not even blink an eye.

            • July 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

              Absolutely DF, but I can never figure out if they’re actually so stupid that they don’t believe the climate change science, or whether they know damn well it’s true but don’t care. And if they know it to be true, how can they care so little about the lives of their own grandchildren, etc? It’s astonishing to me.

              • 88 japa21
                July 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

                Some know it is true but figure it won’t get bad enough in their lifetime and they can make enough money so that their grandchildren will be able to buy security in the future. As far as other people’s grandchildren? Screw them.

              • 90 desertflower
                July 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

                Like I always say….Follow the money. They don’t care because they won’t be here to see the disaster they helped happen. They are all insane as far as I can tell. Dangerously, insane.

  25. July 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    To my fellow Californians, rules and restrictions on use of water are coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Stay tuned.

  26. 93 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

    This IS the Republican Plan for govt…don’t fund it, render it useless and proclaim to America that it doesn’t work…leaving out the part telling everyone that THEY killed it on purpose. Wise Up, America!!


  27. July 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    HF, keep doing what you do. “Core appeal” my ass!
    If progs and blue collar Dems. needs “core appeal” after all what POB has done, doing right now and will do before he leaves office, to back to being Republicans or write in their votes to the Green Party who they threatened to do. I am really tired of stroking these whining ass grown people who still cannot admit that they are racists sitting on the fence who take sides when their agendas are met.
    I personally was sick of OWS in NY and their crazy asses, lazy asses doing nothing while we were working hard for PBO campaign.

    Do what you have to do because they are one step away from slip/sliding back to where they really belong. They are republican/t republican cowards who are hiding behind “core appeal” meme. POB is doing all the work by himself and they will give the Clintons, Warren, Grimes all the credit simply because they are white. HF, continue to keep this shit real! I am sick of them and their blue collars under white sheets.

  28. July 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Blacked out bc Tamron is to busy yammering !!!

  29. 99 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Important Read!!! http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-07-11/if-boehner-sues-obama-roberts-wins

    But there may be even more to this than simply empowering the Supreme Court (with its comparatively youthful conservative majority.) We know that the demographic changes in the electorate mean the Republicans are looking at a very difficult future in terms of national elections unless they are able to tame the radical beast they’ve created. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is highly unlikely they will be able to win the presidency any time soon. But it’s very possible that with their gerrymandered districts they could keep the House for some time to come and the undemocratic nature of the Senate insures that it can always be up for grabs.

    And all of that is despite a Democratic national majority. After all, obstructing the federal government’s ability to enact new programs and fund the ones that still exist while narrowing the executive branch’s ability to act in domestic matters is the GOP agenda. And the fact is that it can be perfectly realized as a minority party. If they can put this last step in place — having their conservative Supreme Court majority “arbitrate” on behalf of the Republicans in congress — they could be in the driver’s seat for some time to come. Whether the people like it or not.

    If you really need another reason to GOTV.

  30. 100 Nerdy Wonka
    July 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

  31. 101 Vicki
    July 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Absolutely wonderful R & S. Thanks to Nerdy who assembled it and all who contribute and comment.
    Best New in USA.

  32. July 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Fact ….

  33. 105 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    So the media has now received Rove/Luntz/Koch/ instructions to push Warren in a way to diminish PBO and make it seem as though she is in opposition to him to create rifts in the Dem party. Ignore the larger story of how Republicans in Red states are fighting for seats that should be SAFE, because of the strategizing by the Dem coalition, which includes PBO and Warren on the same side – helping to retain the Senate/House so that PBO can continue implementing his agenda with a Dem Senate and at least a more Dem-friendly House, if not a Dem-controlled House.

    Both PBO and Warren are fully aware that there are Dems in certain regions who simply won’t accept PBO because of his race – and so they have come up with a plan to utilize Warren to convey the same message that PBO would. The media cannot accept this explanation, so once again, they revert to the same rubbish narrative of Warren and Dems “distancing” themselves from PBO – while missing the bigger, much more critical story of GOPers fighting for their seats in deep red states!!!

  34. July 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

  35. July 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    So, cspan just said it isn’t carrying the president live . We will put him on later in the day.
    Wow !
    Something this important…. Shhh don’t tell anybody. It’s a secret then we can blame obama when it happens.

  36. July 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    While ranting and raving up above I forgot to mention what a great R&S!
    The picture of Ruby Bridges is me…..let me be clear, it represents me.
    I was so inspired when I saw that it was loaned to the WH, I looked until I found a print in a smaller version.
    I was looking in quite a few places and I literally stumbled over it in a small shop near me.
    It was the last one.
    This picture does so much to me. So glad Ms.Bridges and POB got a chance to share their own views together.

    • July 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

      It’s such an incredibly powerful painting LDS, and seeing the President and Ruby together in front of it at the White House ….. no words.

      • July 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        I know Ms. Chips. I still have not found the right spot to hang mine.
        It is as poignant today as it was then.
        There are innocent children at our American borders and in the Middle East who needs our prayers and wisdom to get through one day.

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