Rise and Shine

On This Day: Senator Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Heathrow airport on July 25, 2008 in London. It was the last leg of a trip that took in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Germany, France and Britain.

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Today (all times Eastern)

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:0: The President and Vice President meet with President Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Ceren of El Salvador, Cabinet Room

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Because it can never be posted enough…..

@petesouza: President Obama greets an enthusiastic customer at Canter’s delicatessen in LA

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LA Times: On Obama’s private L.A. schedule: a meeting with Father Boyle

President Obama met privately with Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles’ Homeboy Industries and four former gang members Thursday as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at lifting African American and Latino youths.

“He talked about how he had a similar background with a single mother. She gave birth when she was 18. And he said he had gotten into trouble but was good at not getting caught,” said Boyle in an interview, adding that the meet-and-greet lasted about 10 minutes and each young man got a handshake and a picture with the president.

“The homies just loved him. Afterward they were saying, ‘He’s one of us.’”

Homeboy Industries is a much-praised Los Angeles-based program that helps former gang members turn their lives around, and Boyle is a celebrated and deeply respected community leader…

More here

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ThinkProgress: Obamacare Has Helped Americans Save Nearly $2 Billion On Their Insurance Premiums

Millions of Americans can expect to get a refund from their insurance companies this year, at an average of about $80 dollars per family, thanks to a little-known Obamacare provision that’s helping people save money on their premiums. According to a new report released by the Health and Human Services Department on Thursday, Americans across the country have received a total of $1.9 billion dollars in rebates since this provision first took effect in 2011.

Obamacare’s medical loss ratio provision — which is also frequently referred to as the “80/20 rule” — requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of every American’s premium costs on their medical care, rather than on the company’s own profits or administrative overhead. If insurance companies don’t hit the right balance, they have to issue a refund check to their customers to make up for it.

More here

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Great Fall Tribune (Letters Page): I can’t say enough good things about what “Obamacare” has done for me.

My premium is about the same per month as it was prior to “Obamacare,” but I have a much lower deductible.

Prior to “Obamacare,” my health insurance company would raise my premiums annually with no explanation. Also, it would continuously re-rate me to a higher premium for things it pulled out of my health care records that it considered “risky.”

Every time I was rated to a more expensive tier, I would have my doctor write a letter stating that I was in good health and nothing in my records indicated anything “risky.” This was a complete waste of her time and mine! Finally, before “Obamacare,” I had no prescription coverage. Now I have great prescription coverage.

I thank President Barack Obama for helping me get fair and reasonable health insurance coverage.

— Shawna Strause,

Great Falls

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Michael Tomasky: The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

Stop the presses: John Boehner admitted Thursday that the Republican Party’s long-awaited alternative to Obamacare needs a little more time in the oven. “You know, the discussions about Obamacare and what the replacement bill would look like continue. We’re trying to build consensus around one plan,” the Speaker told Hill reporters. “Not there yet.”

As if you even needed me to tell you, rest assured … they aren’t going to have a plan … The problem of millions of uninsured has existed in this country since — well, since forever …. And what, in all that time, has the Grand Old Party proposed to do about it all?

Not. One. Thing. ….. What the GOP did instead, of course, was to fight tooth-and-nail to stop the two Democratic attempts to insure more people, succeeding the first time, failing the second.

…. The 20-year war on health care — since their 1993 defeat of the Clinton plan — has been about Republicans’ hatred of government; their view of people who don’t have insurance as lazy or flawed and not worth lifting a finger for; and their fear that if a law is passed and succeeds in bringing health care to millions, they and their whole vision of society will be discredited in the eyes of millions. Of course, these days, all that is shot through with one more element: a heavy dose of Obama hatred.

More here

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BBC: Gaza conflict deaths pass 800 as Kerry pushes ceasefire

Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement are intensifying as the death toll in 18-day-old conflict continues to climb.

Gaza faced more Israeli shelling and air strikes overnight, while Israeli towns raised the alarm over Hamas rockets on Friday morning.

Israel’s security cabinet is due to discuss a seven-day truce plan backed by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 34 Israelis.

Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians, while 32 of Israel’s dead have been soldiers.

More here

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I really friggin’ hate terms like ‘Tidal Wave’ – they’re human beings. Reminds me of Greenwald using “endless hordes” to describe immigrants. But any way, here’s the news on today’s meeting:

NYT: Obama to Urge 3 Leaders to Slow Tidal Wave of Migrants

President Obama will urge the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to do everything they can to stem the flow of migrant children toward the United States when he meets with them on Friday at the White House, officials said.

The president called the meeting with Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador to emphasize the importance of striking at the root causes of what he has called a humanitarian crisis on the border between Mexico and the United States. Aides said Mr. Obama will press his fellow leaders to do more to convince their citizens not to make the dangerous journey to America.

In particular, officials said Mr. Obama will urge the presidents to amplify the public message that most people trying to get into the United States will not be permitted to stay. Mr. Obama will also ask the leaders to do more to go after the smugglers who, for a price, are bringing the children to America.

More here

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Steve Benen:  House GOP poised to kill veterans-aid bill

These days, it’s awfully difficult for major legislation on high-profile issues to generate broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The parties are usually too far apart to build consensus and strike deals.

But in mid-June, the Senate nevertheless came together to support a bipartisan veterans-aid package, written by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). There was some token opposition from the far-right, but they were easily outnumbered – the bill passed with a whopping 93 votes.

At the time, success seemed like a foregone conclusion. The VA scandal was literally front-page news and the demands for action were ubiquitous. When the Senate bill advanced on a 93-3 vote, many assumed the legislation would be on President Obama’s desk within a week.

That was six weeks ago. House Republicans now appear ready to kill the bill altogether.

More here

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Chicago Tribune: First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago

First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children.

Speaking to an estimated 150 people in the fifth-floor ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast at a Democratic National Committee event, the First Lady repeatedly urged donors to “dig deep.”

She said electing Democrats in the November mid-term elections would help the nation overcome what she called Republican “obstruction” to curbing climate change, raising the minimum wage, improving the infrastructure and protecting women’s reproductive rights as well as attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“As parents, there is nothing we wouldn’t do for our children. Nothing. We always put kids’ interests first,” she said. “We deserve leaders across the country who are going to do the same.”

More here

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Newsweek: How the Republican Hold on the South Could Collapse

Henry L. Marsh III wanted to see President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in person because, at 79, he figured he might not live to see another black president elected. So the Virginia civil rights lawyer spent January 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C., witnessing a part of history he had dedicated his life to making possible.

His presence at Obama’s inauguration, however, set off one of the dirtiest political maneuvers in recent history.

Marsh is a Democrat in the Virginia Senate, a chamber that until last month was divided evenly along party lines, with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. But with Marsh 100 miles away in Washington, Republicans briefly enjoyed a 20-19 majority, if only for a few hours. In a power grab so brazen it caught even the GOP governor by surprise, Senate Republicans passed a bill redrawing the state Senate map to give them a permanent majority.

By the time Marsh returned, his colleagues had passed a redistricting bill that would have vastly undercut the political power of black Virginians. The new map crowded black voters into minority-heavy districts so that up to eight more districts would turn red, a strategy political scientists call “pack and crack,” leaving Republicans with a 27-13 majority in Virginia for years to come.

More here

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The Root: All the Times Eric Holder Kept It Completely 100

Here is proof that our attorney general is as real as they come.

It was nothing for Attorney General Eric Holder to tell ABC News that Sarah Palin “wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate” and for him to suggest, in his own way, that she ought to read the Constitution before proposing that President Barack Obama be impeached—seeing as how there would be no legal basis for such an act. Lest we forget, Holder has been speaking his mind since he got the job, and lucky for us—that is, people who love it when politicians let loose and tell us what they’re really thinking—he won’t stop.

As attorney general, Eric Holder is America’s chief law-enforcement officer. And judging by this roundup of times that he has spoken candidly and uninhibitedly about hot-button topics and controversial issues, I think it’s safe to say that Holder is the type of counsel who will give it to you straight—no chaser.

More here

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On This Day

French president Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Senator Obama at the Elysee Palace on July 25, 2008 in Paris

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President Obama writes a response to one of the ten letters he receives each day from the White House Correspondence office on Saturday, July 25, 2009 (Photo By Pete Souza)

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President Obama reads through his statement in the Red Room of the White House before addressing the Nation on the ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction, July 25, 2011. A marble bust of Amerigo Vespucci by Giuseppe Ceracchi is seen in the foreground (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama receives a jersey from Hall of Fame player Willie Mays and San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean during an event with the World Series champions in the East Room of the White House July 25, 2011

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President Obama talks with speechwriter Laura Dean aboard Air Force One during a flight from Seattle, Wash., en route to New Orleans, La., July 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs a photograph as he greets people on the tarmac upon arrival at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, La., July 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Remember? Tyren was the young man who asked the President “why do people hate you?” (See here)

President Obama waves to supporters after a speech at the House of Blues in New Orleans on July 25, 2012

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President Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Florida, July 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaking in Jacksonville, Florida, July 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Marine One approaches the South Lawn of the White House, July 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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151 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 canadabarb4obama
    July 25, 2014 at 9:54 am


  2. 10 amk for obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

      July 25, 2014 at 10:50 am


        July 25, 2014 at 10:55 am


      • 13 0388jojothecat
        July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

        There needs to be a Moral Monday movement in your state and all the GOP/Tea party controlled states. These people are extremist that need to be marginalized.

        • 14 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          July 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm


  3. 15 HZ
    July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning my beautiful Chips and TO D family. A lovely greeting to my Danny this morning as well. I hope he is staying cool. The heat out here is really bad. Up early, but so grateful to greet you and my grandson this lovely bright Friday.

    I have not told you how much I love you lately for having this haven of beauty here for all of us, Chips, so I want to say,”Thank you and to all the brilliant contributors who stand with you daily to give us such love and information about our wonderful president and his administration.”

    Love you, my beautiful soul. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ To my Danny }}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Granny, HZ

    • July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

      ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ HZ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

      Thank you HZ, you have a heart of gold!

    • July 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Good morning, my dear HZ! Stay as cool as your really are. It’s too hot to handle!

      • 22 HZ
        July 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

        {{{{{{{{{{{ You do the same, my beautiful northern neighbor.}}}}}}}}}}}} The AC is running full capacity. Pray that it holds up. I really do need it for health reason. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, meta. Love you dear meta. HZ

        • 24 0388jojothecat
          July 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

          Good morning TOD family! (((((Mega Hugs))))) to our HZ and everyone. It was a hot one yesterday in SoCal valleys and another today. Our HOA board got the brilliant idea to cut down one of our ficus tree in the height of summer. It gave shade to three units and my kitty loved sitting under it and it’s gone.

          Everyone have a wonderful Friday and thank GOD PBO is in the WH.

  4. July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    AH, what beautiful memories for us, Chips!! Just seeing that wonderful child Tyren again chokes me up. Thank you and a very good morning to ya!

  5. July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

  6. 28 99ts
    July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    That top picture – wow – thanks Ms Chips

  7. 29 taiping1
    July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    What a great R&S! Thanks. Despite the negative media and skewed polls they can’t take him down. One of the most followed on social media (no politician comes close on Twitter), surrounded by smiles whenever he goes on the road, he is much loved. I am confident that once again this Fall he will confound the pundits and pollsters and together we will turn Congress blue. As always, gratitude to Chips, NW, and all our BTs and commenters.

    • 30 HZ
      July 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

      “I am confident that once again this Fall he will confound the pundits and pollsters and together we will turn Congress blue. ” Taiping1, I am confident alongside of you. My heart cries out in prayer and meditation every day I rise to greet this earth with thanksgiving that we will make it happen for him and for all who need it to happen. Keep you thoughts with much faith and hard work surrounding this thought, taiping1.

      {{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you, and have a great Friday.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • 31 EricFive
      July 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I completely agree taiping1. There is a huge disconnect between the way people react to PBO and the msm/gop meme of how “unpopular” PBO is. Simply put, PBO is not treated like an unpopular President by the American people. I trust my eyes more than I trust these manufactured and slanted polls.

      • 32 taiping1
        July 26, 2014 at 12:12 am

        The polls are just another way GOP media conspire to turn people off, make them cynical. That’s why the new stump riff on hope being a better choice is so powerful. Blessings and healing to HZ!

  8. July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Yes and you have x ray vision as well.

  9. 39 amk for obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

  10. 40 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Friday TOD R & S Brunch is served!

    French toast
    Blueberry pancakes with homemade maple syrup
    Skim milk
    Orange Juice
    Tomato Juice
    Home made potatoes
    Fresh hot Bagels
    smoked salmon
    Assortment of cheeses
    Veggie platter
    Cinnamon Oatmeal

  11. July 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Happy Friday Todders:-)

    thank you Chips for this beautiful R/S…..much love!

    I am going to leave you with this Beautiful portrait…


    • July 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Gorgeous photo Kasai, thank you!!!

      • July 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

        I think it’s the one on the table next to the stuff PBO is signing here at the top of Rise and Shine:


        • 67 HZ
          July 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

          Meta, I think you have eagle eyes. Thanks Kasai for this one. I need one today, and Chips has given us a lot to just feast on and remember how they all became a very important and very special part of our lives. This, Our Great President. We all love you, Mr. President and we all have your back. May I say front as well. Well, what the heck, we have our great presidents All. That is a fact!.HZ

          Hopefruit, may I come for brunch. You just made the pain go away in my tummy. I can see all of those delicious food spread so lovely on a long table for our TOD family to partake as we converse and enjoy our time together. {{{{{{{{{ TY, Hopefruit2}}}}}}}}}HZ

          • 68 jacquelineoboomer
            July 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

            Yes, ALL of him, HZ! Including his back!

            Be well, darlin’.

            • 69 HZ
              July 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm

              TY, my love. May your evening be a lovely one. HZ

              • 70 jacquelineoboomer
                July 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

                Thanks, sweetie. Saying farewell to some of my grandkids from TN tomorrow – they’ve been here for the summer. Still have one granddaughter and great grandson to hug here, but it’ll be a touching farewell with the others!

    • July 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Very interesting essay. I like especially like this paragraph (referring to Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster:

      “The poster foreshadowed the myriad ways the image of this president would be appropriated, for better or worse, for political effect. In hindsight, Mr. Bey’s nuanced portrait — intimate and complex — provides a corrective to history. Rejecting political clichés and symbols, the artist reveals a dimension of Mr. Obama rarely evident in his politically charged public image: his humanity.”

    • 74 Dudette
      July 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm


    • July 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      As double down gorgeous as this man was in his younger years, i am of the opinion that wisdom and age are making him even more so, as if the depth of his Soul Consciousness are responding in a positive way to the workload he has willingly taken on. As he grows older, the potency of his determination and will are shining through ever more clearly.

      • 76 HZ
        July 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        “As he grows older, the potency of his determination and will are shining through ever more clearly.”

        So true, MightyPamela. “Soul Consciousness.” Very powerful and so true. I believe as well, MightyPamela.

        Hope all is well MightyPamela. You are such a powerful person of beautiful wisdom. I am so blessed to be in this space with you. Love you much.HZ

  12. July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This is Obamas fault it has to be? 🙂

  13. July 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Those disabled people should get out and work now. Oh wait a minute…

    • 79 0388jojothecat
      July 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      My cousins wife had to go on a medical disability. She has brain tumors that prevent from working any job. My cat sitter’s house cleaner is on limited disability due to ptds. She has no physical disability but a mental one. I feel a mental disability is just as debilitating as a physical one. We need to shore up ssdi as much as SS.

  14. 80 amk for obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

  15. 81 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

  16. 83 99ts
    July 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    From the piece by Tomasky

    .”..the four grand accomplishments of the Republican Party of our time, which I would rank as follows, one scratched on each side of the obelisk:

    one, start disastrous wars and commit torture;
    two, make people despise the government;
    three, nearly cause a new Depression; and
    four, deny health insurance to as many people as possible, as aggressively and nastily as possible. “

  17. 84 amk for obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

  18. 85 desertflower
    July 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Morning everyone:) I have to agree with Andrew Sullivan on this…


    • 86 nospin
      July 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      the title said it all for me and my immediate answer to the question is….

      absolutely nothing.

  19. 87 99ts
    July 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Pierce with the horrifying history of “enclosure” in Britain and how Paul Ryan wants to use this to “help the poors”. Pierce’s way with words brings truth to the b.s. of Paul Ryan.


    “There also is one major and insurmountable flaw in the plan, and that is that Paul Ryan is a consummate charlatan, the fact that he has discovered a new formula for snake oil notwithstanding.”

    “Paternalism doesn’t change through the ages. It just dresses differently. And there, ultimately, is Paul Ryan’s new political persona. He’s the poor person’s landlord, enclosing the fields. He’s the man who brought sharecropping to the welfare state.”

    • 88 HZ
      July 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

      “Pierce’s way with words brings truth to the b.s. of Paul Ryan.” I so concur with you, 99t.

      My stomach went into a hellish place when I listened to Paul Ryan’s sorry arse b.s. yesterday. I have no use for this crap. And whose closet did Mr. Paul Ryan raid to come up with this ‘dress down’ for Proverty? Joke of the year. He needs to peddle his foolishness to another crazy audience. No time for even the smallest bits of his crap.HZ

      • 89 99ts
        July 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        He may have some concerns about the elections – would be wonderful if enough people woke up to his lies.

        Have a wonderful day HZ

  20. July 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I don’t understand this article? Is she a Neo con?

  21. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

    • 98 HZ
      July 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thank you Donna for reminding us of this important duty that we all must find the time to exercise with serious grace.

      Give the twins some loving {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ To the lovely Twins}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  22. 101 amk for obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    heh bt, check your dm.

  23. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

  24. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    In every conversation I have with the President’s supporters I mention this lawsuit and tell them that if we don’t vote this November the Republicans will start Impeachment proceedings next year. I let them know that these racist don’t care if they are able to impeach him or not they just want that asterisk beside his name in the history books.

    • 105 99ts
      July 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      TPM gives more time to the GOP than most RW websites – they are full of GOP talking points. Here are there top headlines
      Paul Ryan will vote to sue Obama
      Headed for another shutdown
      Hannity shouts down Palestinian Guest
      HBOs Ture Blood really did try to cast Sarah Palin in a Cameo Role
      Editor fired over “Gaystapo” claims to be victim of discrimination
      video suraces showing O-care architect taking conservative view of subsidies

      There is NO liberal press

  25. July 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I hope Reid doesn’t take it up

    • 107 99ts
      July 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      And the war in Iraq would take 3 months and cost maybe 1 billion. The GOP does not do math – they do “tell the world Obama is wrong”

      GOP plan – get rid of the children (who cares how)

  26. 108 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

  27. 119 desertflower
    July 25, 2014 at 10:45 am


    On Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed how a group of Democrats in the U.S. House on Thursday mocked Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act by adding a series of amendments to the House resolution.

    In doing so, she explained, Democrats made the GOP go on record as supporting the waste of taxpayer money, the lining of the pockets of lobbyists and law firms with a financial stake in the outcome and a refusal to disclose how much the whole enterprise is costing the country.


    The committee was set to rule whether the House resolution containing Boehner’s lawsuit against the president would proceed to a House vote.

    “Of course, the Republicans voted ‘yes’ on that,” Maddow said. “Of course we should be suing the president.”

    The Democrats knew, of course, being in the minority, that they would lose on this vote, so, Maddow explained, they decided they were going to lose “in the most constructive and entertaining way possible.”

    “They decided to go amendment-crazy and force the Republicans to go on record again and again and again and again today in ways the Republicans did not want to do,” she said.

    • 120 HZ
      July 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

      DF, {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs coming into your space, my love.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ.
      Yes, I saw that on RM. Great piece. Ms. Slaughter carried on in the Rules Committee. Loved how she put them on the record.HZ

      • 121 desertflower
        July 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

        Thank you so much, HZ:) Dems FINALLY learning how to hold R’s accountable and on record? Up to the rest of us to make sure that constituents KNOW what these R’s do when they think people back home aren’t looking or paying attention!!

    • 122 Cindy
      July 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Hope you’re doing well desertflower,
      Wishing for you a wonderful day of happiness.

      It was a beautiful thing to watch this segment last evening. I hope that the public will demand to know the cost of this spectacle that they are parading before the American people.

      What an insult to how government works.

      • 123 desertflower
        July 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Thank you, Cindy..one day at a time. Trying to keep myself occupied and do some things before school starts soon… today, lunch with coworker and then a trip to find a new bathroom faucet!

  28. 124 Nerdy Wonka
    July 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Awesome R&S, Chips. Great reading.

    • July 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Thank yooooooooooou Legend!!!!

    • 126 No Child Left Behind
      July 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

      If it were a Congresswoman crying, her male counterpart across the aisle would have claimed that she wasn’t fit for office. To have the Speaker making so much grimace with his face is a disgrace. He deserves all the teabaggers he is dealing with.

  29. 127 Cindy
    July 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Good “BEAUTIFUL” Friday morning to everyone at TOD’s place!

    Wishing for each of you, a “WONDERFUL and DELICIOUSLY SPLENDID DAY” filled with some joy; happiness, laughter, sunshine, hugs, lots of love, and an overflow of God’s “AWESOME BLESSINGS.”

    I’ve learned that our yesterdays are forever gone, our tomorrows are never promised, and all we have in front of us, is our “PRESENT” moment.

    Live today, as though it is your last – ENJOY IT ALL!!!


    I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

    I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    ― Maya Angelou


    “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I’m telling lies.
    I say,
    It’s in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.”

    ― Maya Angelou

  30. July 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I’d forgotten about this……

  31. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:56 am

  32. 130 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

  33. 131 MightyPamela
    July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Baby-face, PBO in that top pic! Mornin’!

  34. 132 Nerdy Wonka
    July 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

  35. July 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Ahh no biggie. Don’t worry about it. What’s the hurry? Lol

  36. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    July 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

  37. July 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    House GOP is WORTHLESS.

    • 136 Cindy
      July 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Morning to you Meta,
      Wishing you a “BEAUTIFUL” day, thank you for posting this.

      GOP represents everything that is ugly and foul; nothing human about them, accept that they are nothing more than worthless flesh walking around, disguised as humans.

      Why do they even bother to wake up in the morning, and look at their reflection in the mirror? I hope that the veterans are looking at this, and understand how much President Obama have done for them.

      This is wrong and may they shall reap what they have sown.

    • 137 99ts
      July 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      When will this be explained – by the media – to every Veteran in the country.

  38. July 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Boy Wa post is overtime on negative stories about democrats.
    I guess the new owner didn’t like the presidents most recent executive order???

  39. 142 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

  40. 148 HZ
    July 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Chips for this beautiful R&R. So wonderful to take it all in and to see how far we have come, yet how far we must continue to move with our great hard working President. I am ready to stay with him and do all that I can to help him get a Congress to help us move in a directions that is right and fair for all Americans.

    I have a little question: Can anyone tell me the 3 Cabinet Members who are still with President Barack Obama’s Administration.
    Hint: Vegetables and others…………….
    Laws of the Land……………………
    Books, college, Brown v. Board of Education………………..

    These are friends and ones to stand with you in good times and bad time. Of course, others have moved on, but most , if not all, will always remember, respect, and hold in high esteem this great man, our President, Barack Obama.HZ

  41. July 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

    You see ?

  42. July 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

  43. July 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    How will they get this in space?

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