Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets people following his remarks at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: White House press briefing

1:45: VP Biden Delivers Remarks at U.S.-Africa Business Forum

2:45: President Obama delivers remarks and participates in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

9:30: The President and First Lady host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state – Lionel Richie performs

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President Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Week Ahead

Wednesday: The President participates in Summit Leader Meetings as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

Thursday & Friday: Attends meetings at the White House

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Read about the Summit here

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Live Streaming from the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit

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AP: Obama: US Companies to Invest $14B in Africa

President Barack Obama is announcing $14 billion in commitments by U.S. businesses to invest in the continent of Africa.

Obama plans to make the announcement Tuesday at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington. The forum is bringing together African heads of state and American business leaders to find ways to boost economic ties. It comes on the second day of a U.S.-Africa summit involving nearly 50 African heads of state.

The White House says the investments include industries like construction, banking, information technology and energy.

More here

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WH.gov: The First Lady at the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit

On August 6, 2014, the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama, the George W. Bush Institute, and the U.S. Department of State will host Investing in Our Future at the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit.

The day-long symposium will bring together First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, African first spouses from nearly 30 countries, leaders from non-governmental and non-profit organizations, private sector partners, and other leading experts.

The symposium will highlight the important role first spouses play and will focus on the impact of investments in education, health, and economic development through public-private partnerships. This collaboration builds on the Bush Institute’s 2013 African First Ladies Summit, Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa, held in Tanzania.

More here

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Paul Krugman: Obama’s Other Success

Although the enemies of health reform will never admit it, the Affordable Care Act is looking more and more like a big success. Costs are coming in below predictions, while the number of uninsured Americans is dropping fast, especially in states that haven’t tried to sabotage the program. Obamacare is working. But what about the administration’s other big push, financial reform? The Dodd-Frank reform bill has, if anything, received even worse press than Obamacare, derided by the right as anti-business and by the left as hopelessly inadequate. But also like Obamacare, financial reform is working a lot better than anyone listening to the news media would imagine. The decision to create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shouldn’t have been controversial, given what happened during the housing boom.

At this point, however, all accounts indicate that the bureau is in fact doing its job, and well — well enough to inspire continuing fury among bankers and their political allies. A recent case in point: The bureau is cracking down on billions in excessive overdraft fees. how do you rescue the banking system without rewarding bad behavior? The answer is that the government should seize troubled institutions when it bails them out, so that they can be kept running without rewarding stockholders or bondholders who don’t need rescue. In 2008 and 2009, however, it wasn’t clear that the Treasury Department had the necessary legal authority to do that. So Dodd-Frank filled that gap, giving regulators Ordinary Liquidation Authority, also known as resolution authority, so that in the next crisis we can save “systemically important” banks and other institutions without bailing out the bankers.

More here

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TPM: Israel-Hamas Truce Sets Stage For Talks On Gaza

Israel and Hamas began observing a temporary cease-fire on Tuesday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding of the battered, blockaded coastal territory.

Israel withdrew its ground forces from Gaza’s border areas, and both sides halted cross-border attacks as the three-day truce took effect at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Tuesday. The shelling stopped and in Gaza City, where streets had been deserted during the war, traffic picked up and shops started opening doors.

If the calm holds, it would be the longest lull in almost a month of fighting that has killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

More here

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Atef Abu Saif (NYT): Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime Diary

For the last two hours we’ve heard nothing but sonic booms and the sound of rockets and mortars. Shells have fallen on our street a few hundred yards from my father-in-law’s house, where my wife and I, and our five kids, are staying, and on the street behind us.

My wife, Hanna, is arguing with the kids over what to buy to celebrate Eid, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. She has forbidden them to go to the grocery store, and she’s adamant that they won’t visit the Internet cafes or the PlayStation shop near my father’s place. They don’t understand the impossibility of shopping at a time of war.

Last night, we all became convinced that the tank fire would soon reach the Jabaliya refugee settlement, where our families live. All night long the tanks fired on the eastern side of the camp. The buildings on our street creaked and lurched, as if about to fall. Everything shifts with each strike. It’s as if you’re an extra in a disaster movie.

More here

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BBC: Ebola Crisis: World Bank Announces $200M Emergency Fund

The World Bank has announced that it is allocating $200m (£120m) in emergency assistance for West African countries battling to contain the Ebola outbreak. The money will be distributed to the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as well as to the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of people killed in the outbreak has reached 887, the WHO says.

The World Bank’s announcement came as African leaders including 35 presidents discuss the crisis in Washington. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim – an expert on infectious diseases – said that he was “deeply saddened” by the spread of the virus and how it was contributing to the breakdown of “already weak health systems in the three countries”.

More here

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Watch Rand Paul run away from a DREAMer who confronts him and Steve King:

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Ed Kilgore: In the Middle of An August Friday Night

If you want to do something politically dangerous in Washington that you’d just as soon not draw widespread notice, doing it late on a Friday night before the August Congressional Recess begins is about as good as it gets. And that’s exactly what House Republicans did on Friday night, passing an insultingly small “border resources” package that will vanish without a trace if and when Congress returns and gets serious about the issue, and then passing another bill prohibiting continuation of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program, which has enabled children and young adults (usually collectively known as DREAMers) under strict conditions to avoid deportations.

When I looked at the news aggregators this morning, there was zippo about this whole topic, which dominated political chatter last week. It’s as though quite literally nothing of interest happened Friday night.

More here

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Evan McMorris-Santoro: Eric Holder Takes Another “Historic Step” Toward Ending The Drug War, Advocates Say

The Obama administration took a “historic” step in changing the drug war Friday, activists said, when Attorney General Eric Holder said the rationale prosecutors often use to defend mandatory-minimum sentences was worthless. “Some have suggested that these modest changes might somehow undermine the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to induce cooperation from defendants in federal drug cases,” Holder said in remarks before the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers conference in Philadelphia, according to prepared remarks posted to the Justice Department website.

“But the reality is that nothing could be further from the truth,” Holder went on, citing his own past as a federal prosecutor. “Like anyone who served as a prosecutor in the days before sentencing guidelines existed and mandatory minimums took effect, I know from experience that defendant cooperation depends on the certainty of swift and fair punishment, not on the disproportionate length of a mandatory-minimum sentence,” Holder said. The speech was a big deal, said Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Price’s spokesperson, Mike Riggs, was more direct. “It’s pretty damn historic,” he said.

More here

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March 30, 2011: President Obama greets James Brady in Press Secretary Jay Carney’s West Wing office at the White House. Brady’s wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting (Photo by Pete Souza)

Statement by the President on the Passing of James Brady

Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former White House Press Secretary James Brady on his passing. Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

Every day, reporters and White House staffers walk past a plaque marking the day in 2000 that the White House Briefing Room was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. It reads, “May his courage and dedication continue to inspire all who work in this room and beyond.” Those words will endure, as will his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa.

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Elite Daily: Happy Birthday, Mr. President: 26 Times Barack Obama Has Killed The Game

More here

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I’m still laughing:

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On This Day

President Obama waits to be introduced at a luncheon for U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias of Illinois at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010. Right to left, Trip Coordinator Jordan Whichard, Bobby Schmuck, political affairs staff assistant, and Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard, wait with the President (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks on the phone at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010. From left, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Eric Whitaker and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett work nearby (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs memorabilia as he talks on the phone at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama arrives at the White House after spending the night at Camp David on Sunday, August 5, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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President Obama meets with former Negro League baseball players in the Cross Hall of the White House, Aug. 5, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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122 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 5, 2014 at 9:42 am


  2. August 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Every day is a good day seeing a smiling PBO

  3. 11 amk for obama
    August 5, 2014 at 9:47 am

    #waronwhites – great tweet amazing gif’s.

  4. August 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Good morning everyone! Guess what?

    IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! *Dances*

    President Obama and I were going to celebrate together but he’s kind of busy. Hmph. Oh well. Maybe next year.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. August 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

    That’s close.

  6. 52 Gazelle
    August 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Chips, that #WarOnWhites had me cracking up! 🙂 Thank you for that & for everything!

  7. 54 jackiegrumbacher
    August 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Chips, thank you for posting Atef Abu Saif’s story from the NYT. His description of daily life in Gaza under attack–the extreme deprivation and fear, the attempts to achieve some normalcy for the children and the horrendous task of recovering body parts–is utterly compelling. The numbers from Gaza are not statistics, they are living, breathing human beings who just want to restore their lives.

  8. August 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

  9. 57 Vicki
    August 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Many thanks, once again, Chips for posting The News That is Actually News, or put another way, The News That Matters!!

    Plus the heads-up to see and hear PBO this afternoon. This summit should be a great event.

  10. 58 Vicki
    August 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

    There are several primarie happening tonight. In past years Rachel would be all over this coverage.
    This year, who knows?

  11. 59 JER
    August 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good MorningChips and TOD.

  12. 61 desertflower
    August 5, 2014 at 10:18 am


    U.S. factory orders rise solidly in June, inventories slow

    Aug 5 (Reuters) – New orders for U.S. factory goods rose more than expected in June as demand increased across the board, pointing to a strengthening in manufacturing activity.

    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.1 percent after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent decline in May.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new orders received by factories rising only 0.6 percent after May’s previously reported 0.5 percent fall.

    Manufacturing is expanding strongly, helping to keep the economy on solid ground. A survey last Friday showing new orders at the nation’s factories surged in July.

  13. 62 Ladyhawke
    August 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

    PREACH ERIC ……..

  14. 63 mtmarilyn
    August 5, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Good morning TODville. It being August in Montana, fires are starting everywhere. We get big thunder and lightning storms and then more fires. At least no big ones yet. Just very smoky skies. But climate isn’t changing.

    Loved all the great posts yesterday. Thank you Chips and Nerdy Wonka.

    • 65 Nerdy Wonka
      August 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for the wonderful Rise and Shine, Chips, especially for this climate change video.

      I like the various approaches that the administration uses to address climate change with different communities. It shows those communities that climate change is real not abstract and the outcomes are horrible.

    • August 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Amazing. I hope many people see this.

    • 68 Vicki
      August 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

      What a great clip. We need to wake up and go full steam ahead on addressing this problem
      Or, do nothing and leave a universe of dust to our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

      August 5, 2014 at 11:55 am


    • 70 mtmarilyn
      August 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Wow, Chips, thanks for that video. I hadn’t seen it before. You are the best.

  15. 71 Judith Fardig
    August 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Chips, thank for the Holdren clip on climate change/forest fires. Even the red parts of some of our blue states are open to this arguments because it affects fisheries, farming, and hunting.

  16. 73 dotster3
    August 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News on PBO’s Birthday celebration—–people are unbelievable, cannot resist giving an opinion, will not admit they’re clueless…..

  17. August 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

  18. 93 desertflower
    August 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Disgusting. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/05/exclusive-pro-troop-charity-pays-off-tea-party-cronies-instead.html

    Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead
    Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.

  19. 95 desertflower
    August 5, 2014 at 11:23 am


    I don’t believe that it ever fully occurred to him that empowered unreason and weaponized ignorance had such a substantial constituency in the country that he described in his breakthrough speech to the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, a country that now seems as mythical and imaginary as Oz or Tir na Nog. From the start of his presidency, he has labored under the weight of too much reason, and now he is where he is, trying to get through every day while even the most basic prerogatives of his office are converted by the alchemy of unreason into weapons of tyranny. There were people out there, who voted in the worst Congress in the history of the Republic, who actually believed once that he was appointing actual Czars, absolute monarchs. All presidents got to make recess appointments; it was on his watch on which the Supreme Court denied his ability to do so as long as the political opposition could pretend the Senate was in session. He has signed fewer executive orders than most of his immediate predecessors and yet, every one that he signs, is another step down the long road to a beer hall in Munich. Small wonder, then, that his administration’s mind is not clear, that it seems to be fogged, and its synapses misfiring. People who want him to “lead” are assuming that there is a rational nation to be led. He believed that for a while himself, and maybe he even believes it today, somewhere in his heart and his soul, but he is laboring under the weight of too much reason to believe it in his mind.

    In other words…he was treating us like adults and most of us were acting like spoiled brat children. Pathetic.

    • August 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Mr. Pierce raises some good points. However, I would prefer that he tempered his article by mentioning the NUMEROUS SUCCESSES of the Obama presidency. There’s a danger that the narrative, even among the people in media who appreciate the president, becomes negative and focuses on what he couldn’t achieve.

    • August 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      the shell shocked Presidency….

      once again…he is laying fault at the feet of the President….that he was too idealistic…that he did not truly understand what he getting into….that he did not realize the true nature of the beast…that he was not up for the task….

      this is the meme of the Professional left…that the President is naive…that he did not not quite know what he was up against….the Radical right says that the President is an incompetent dictator…and the “professional left” says that he is weak and naive…

      2 sides of the SAME coin!

  20. 99 amk for obama
    August 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

  21. August 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Also, Arapaho, just saw your comment about Putin amassing troops on Ukraine’s border. Yes, they continue the provocation, including conducting large scale ‘training’ exercises. Only time will tell if he is willing to risk full scale invasion/occupation. The downside for him and Russia would be enormous, and evidence of why is the already quite negative impact on the RU economy due to the current situation of Crimea and the sanctions. Plus, lots of RU families are already burying their dead soldiers; they’d be burying many more because the Ukrainians will fight to the last person and that is not hyperbole.

  22. 109 desertflower
    August 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

    h/t Political Carnival

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      August 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Here’s another uploaded in June. Lauren (?) seems to have found a way to have ‘fun’ with the idiosyncratic behaviour of today’s Repubs.

  23. 111 japa21
    August 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

  24. 112 vcprezofan2
    August 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Obama: We have a moral obligation to support Africa’s progress
    By Barack Obama
    Special to McClatchy
    Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 – 4:32 am
    Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 – 7:31 am

    WASHINGTON — Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today?

    _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades.

    _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign investment, more governments across the region are embracing reforms and competing to attract trade and investment.

    _ With one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications markets – and hundreds of millions of people with mobile phones – technology is transforming how farmers plant, students learn and entrepreneurs do business.

    _ As the continent with the youngest and fastest-growing population, it’s on track to have a larger workforce than China.

    Which one is Africa? As you probably guessed, all of the above.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/05/6605614/obama-we-have-a-moral-obligation.html

  25. August 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

    GAH, do the RWNJs even know who DREAMERS are?????

    • 119 japa21
      August 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Love that response. A typical Chuck Toad “both sides” response. He has the Toad down pat. I hadn’t seen him before. I will have to follow him.

  26. 121 Nena20409
    August 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening TODable TODville Village.
    I am still e-mailing the 53yrs pictorial awesomeness by NW of the 44th POTUS. Fantastic. Best IMHO 😉 Thank you again Nerdy Wonka.
    R&S today is wonderfully done, Chips. Thanks
    The three puppies are just growing handsomely.
    Congrats to all the Gold Medalists, staring with this thread and 4 back.

  27. 122 Nena20409
    August 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Saw the cowardly Rand Paul…….as he ran away from 2 Dreamers in IA. What a quick sand. He hides behind Cory Booker. He lies about his past statements and positions and the Media is still treating him as someone with ideas? Excuse me? When will that pint be taken to the woodshed?

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