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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden along the Colonnade, Feb. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:35: The President meets with Americans who wrote letters about how they benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, Roosevelt Room

12:30: White House Press Briefing

2:10: The President holds a Cabinet meeting

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On This Day

President Obama takes a phone call in his private study off the Oval Office, Feb. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The White House blanketed in snow after a snowstorm on the morning of Feb. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama stands with President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 3, 2011

Penn State, Pa, Feb 3, 2011

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President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks on the Veterans Job Corps at Fire Station 5 in Arlington, Va., Feb. 3, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


122 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

    FURST. YESSSSSSSS.

    • February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Mooooooooorning hyacinth!!!!

      • 3 amk for obama
        February 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

        log in, and voila, straight away, furst. #brilliant.

        • February 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

          Shameless opportunist.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am

          #considerpossiblefluke

          • 7 amk for obama
            February 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

            #jealousywillgetyounowhere.

            • 8 vcprezofan2
              February 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

              #noplanstogetanywheretoday

              Morning/Evening, Mr. Petal Collector!

              • 9 amk for obama
                February 3, 2015 at 9:47 am

                It’s quarter to 5 pm. Evening? Night?

              • 14 vcprezofan2
                February 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

                Oops! At least not online – am heading out to try and find a colourful semi-formal outfit for a Saturday BD party. Have an invite to a ‘meaningful’ birthday party in which the lady of honour has laid out some very firm stipulations ( a bit unusual, I find).

                • 15 arapaho415
                  February 3, 2015 at 10:25 am

                  Can I tag along, vc?

                  I have a semi-formal dress that I’d love to show off, LOL.

                  GM, oh quiet one — when you’re not around, seems like things here echo off the walls — much better place when you and amk trade barbs. 🙂

                  • 16 vcprezofan2
                    February 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm

                    O dear, I’m part of a VC and Amk comedy barb-sharing twosome! I don’t know….

                    BTW, A, if your semi-formal dress is NOT black there may still be time to let my b-day friend know I’ll be escorted accompanied. We have been warned ‘no black’, I’m fascinated, and eager to see if everyone respects her orders wishes. After all, it IS *her* birthday, at *her* expense, so though I find her request unusual, I hope friends cooperate. 😀

                • 17 GGail
                  February 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

                  VC, I’m so glad you’ve decided to participate and attend! Now let’s see….what color would be lovely on you? 🙂

                  • 18 vcprezofan2
                    February 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm

                    GxG, she wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer (I did try). At the end of today’s shopping spree, I found I have actually bought myself some choices, so I can ‘mix and match’ depending on the mood I’m in when Saturday rolls around. Including in the reds, yellow and lime green, is a black jacket festooned with many splotches of red, yellow, green that overpower the black. Definitely not my ideal fade into the background garment, but it is winter after all, and most of the semi-formal/dressy stuff tends to be short sleeves or sleeveless. Only Saturday will tell what happens! And no, I am taking no pictures!

  2. 19 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

    no, me not measles.

  3. 25 GGail
    February 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good day amk and congrats on first/furst

  4. 31 desertflower
    February 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Check it out:)

    http://other98.com/

  5. 32 jackiegrumbacher
    February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Why is it that I remember all the moments of the Obama presidency–the prayer breakfasts, the trips, the speeches, the campaign visits–and can’t remember things that happened in my own life? I even remember the expressions on the faces of PBO and FLOTUS at certain events, but forget the names of people I met just a short while ago. Is this some kind of selective memory syndrome? I never in my life knew what presidents did on every occasion and certainly didn’t care.

  6. 35 JER
    February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      February 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Thank you, Jer. This poll does reflects what all of us have been saying for a long time. I hope it spurs other Democrats to enter the presidential primary by convincing them that she is is not inevitable and will have a difficult time winning a general election. We can’t afford to have this woman be our only choice–the stakes are too high and the consequences of failure at the presidential level too devastating to our country.

      • 37 Vicki
        February 3, 2015 at 10:04 am

        My latest very ??????able theory is that if Jeb pulls out Lady Walmart will depart soon after.
        If the GOP has a young male face, then the Dems Must provide a forward-looking alternative. Not necessarily male, or black, or white,or latino. Just not an elderly white person.

      • 38 arapaho415
        February 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

        HRC is all MSM horserace garbage. Amazing the amount of ink wasted on her. I think it’s because of all the infighting that happened during her last campaign, and MSM feels like they can really sink their teeth into good, juicy, insider gossip that no one except the DC echo-chamber gives a hoot about.

        • 39 nospin
          February 3, 2015 at 11:29 am

          “HRC is all MSM horserace garbage. ”

          say it again. not..gonna.happen #nomoreclintons

        • February 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

          Hillary’s support among independents is only one inch deep. The Clintons, the democratic party leadership, and the media, have been fooled by the polls of the last couple of years. Those polls are not a reflection of what will happen in the presidential campaign. Campaign fever is beginning a bit, Hillary is more in the news, and her polls are already going down. Watch this trend to continue when Hillary comes back on tv on a daily basis. Many voters will acknowledge her competence but will say they need “someone new”. And they won’t admit it, even to themselves, but will want a return to “normalcy” with a white man in the Oval.

          As for Jeb Bush… well things are different for a republican. If Jeb Bush is the republican’s only chance, watch the media rally en masse behind his candidacy, and never waste an opportunity to say he is DIFFERENT from his brother. And that after all, he is “new” on the national scene. On top of that, we can’t discard the fact that the Bush clan is very powerful and has allies everywhere. Fourteen, fifteen years ago, we watched the Bush and their allies succeed in making a mediocre candidate win the republican nomination. A candidate whose limits, deficiencies were very well known. People like Dan Rather know very well that nothing could get in the way of the Bushes.

          Watch for the media to establish a narrative where Hillary is “old news” and Jeb is, after all, not a Washington insider. Republicans and their corporate allies at work.

          I’m hoping two things:

          -first, if Jeb gets the republican nomination, I hope voters will reject him despite the media propaganda. It helps that Jeb talks, sounds like his brother. I can’t help thinking there will be a visceral reaction of rejection from the voters. Another thing that could happen is that Jeb would be tainted by scandal. There’s a lot of dirt on this guy apparently. Will the media be able to protect him ?…

          – second, that some good candidates like Joe Biden, Governor O’Malley, Jim Webb, others will get some support early in the primaries, once they get some tv time. The first democratic debate will be important… I’m very lukewarm to a Hillary candidacy, because I don’t think the Clintons are the ones who will find essential to carry Barack Obama’s legacy. They’re much less liberal than him, when you look at their history, their entourage, their actions, … And they’ve always felt superior to him, so they’re not that interested in Barack Obama’s standing in the history books.

          • 42 MightyPamela
            February 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

            May God rest her Soul, but Terry Shiavo will be the one to take fatass Jeb Bush down. He has it coming, and her horrible story will not be laid to rest until his karma is returned to him, with interest. Good old high interest…. #nomorebushes

    • 43 amk for obama
      February 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

      And thus it begins. Before it even started. #Karma

    • 44 Linda
      February 3, 2015 at 9:57 am

      I won’t bother reading either of those.

      Christie’s abuse has been known for years. When he was a US Attorney his expense acct showed he loved to stay in 5 star hotels.

      When a recent DOJ report identified Chris Christie as being the biggest offender of overbilling the Government for extravagant and unsubstantiated travel expenses of all the US Attorneys, it was because nothing other than 5 star hotels and limos were available.

      http://www.bluejersey.com/diary/17194/christie-has-lost-the-benefit-of-the-doubt

      This list is from 2010…. I would love to see a current one.

    • 45 FoxfireTX
      February 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Thanks for posting this Jer. I think it reflects what most of us here have known for a long time. If HRC ends up being the Dem nominee, we could well lose the WH in 2016. The most disappointing thing for me is the number of PBO campaign members who have supposedly signed up for her campaign. Sure wish they’d look for someone offering forward views. She is and always will be in my mind a product of the 1990’s. Her only option was 2008 and she lost. Eight years of progressive policies under PBO cannot drag her old failed policies into 2016. The American public is in no mood to forgive the financial industry for bringing this country down, and she is the cheerleader for this group. I continue to believe that PBO spent his first term undoing the damage inflicted by Bill. We are finally beyond that, and the last thing we need now is another Clinton. And while I love Joe and think he better than anyone would continue PBO’s policies, he too would have a difficult time. After eight years of any president, the public is going to be looking for someone new. For me, the only ones with a real shot are Warren or O’Malley.

      • February 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Very well said. However, the american public could very well choose a republican who would be an even worse cheerleader of Wall Street that Hillary. Sorry to be cynical, but America votes back republicans in Congress when the republican party is totally, I mean totally in cahoots with the 1%.

        There is an absolute disconnect in America between the policies people want and the candidates they elect. It seems to me it’s much worse in America than in the majority of the other western countries.I think that there are two main factors at work. First, a media that is an absolute joke and never confronts republican candidates with facts and truth, so they get away with lies and platitudes. Second, politics in America have become mainly a question of group identity; the southern strategy has worked strikingly well and the phenomenon has metastasized to a great part of the country.

        Candidate Obama had begun to wake up the general population. As a president he has continued to make the case for a more just country. But he can’t do it alone. And his duties have consumed his time. The Presidency is so taxing in general, and his presidency in particular has been very demanding because he had to repair so much damage…

        After his presidency, I predict he won’t have the choice but to go back at campaigning, traveling all around America to motivate, educate people. WHO can help him ? WHO can lead the grassroots movement for change ? Thank God for the good work of OFA but there needs to be more…

  7. 47 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is to pay a $1.38bn (£934m) settlement to US regulators over allegations it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage bonds.

    The deal with the US Justice Department also resolves 19 other lawsuits.

    It covers mortgage bond ratings between 2004 and 2007.

    The bonds, which included sub-prime mortgages, were blamed for the collapse of the US property market and subsequent global financial crisis.

    The US Justice Department filed civil fraud charges against S&P two years ago.

    It accused the credit rating firm of giving top recommendations – known as triple-A ratings – to mortgage bonds that it knew contained sub-prime mortgage debt and were therefore not as safe an investment as the rating suggested.

    The US government said that S&P’s ratings encouraged financial institutions around the world to buy and sell what proved to be “toxic” financial products in their trillions.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31115174

  8. February 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Goooood moooornnninggg, Rise and Shiners.

    This is very cool:

  9. 49 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

    February 3rd, 1956 – University of Alabama’s First Black Student Suspended After Whites Riot

    // …………………………

    On February 3, 1956, Ms. Lucy registered and attended her first classes at the university, passing burning crosses and crowds of hostile students on her way to and from class. On February 6, 1956, the environment around Ms. Lucy descended into a full-scale riot. Thousands of angry white students and community members gathered on campus and followed Ms. Lucy, hurling threats, racial slurs, eggs, and rocks at her as she passed between classes. The unrestrained mob eventually trapped Ms. Lucy in a dormitory until, hours later, she was rescued by police.

    That evening, university officials suspended Ms. Lucy, citing safety concerns. ………………………. //

    http://racialinjustice.eji.org/timeline/

    • February 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I am in awe of those heroes of the 50’s and 60’s. Their stories inspired me to keep moving forward. Hard to imagine their struggle and their survival.

      • 51 vcprezofan2
        February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

        We definitely stand on the backs of ‘ordinary’ giants, Alma-b! I cannot imagine myself as having the courage to stand up as so many did in the face of such unrelenting hatred and inequality.

        Having discovered this historical timeline at the link included, I intend to drop in there whenever I remember to share a reminder or two.

        Have a terrific Tuesday, I’m off to eat and to go shopping (a disliked, but necessary, activity while there is no snow falling). 😀

    • February 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      It helps to look back at history; makes us realize that there IS progress.

  10. February 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good morning TOD folks! have a great day.

  11. 60 japa21
    February 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

    GM all fellow TODvillians. Another day, another opportunity for our President to outshine the entire GOP by himself. Dignity and integrity will always find a way to defeat dishonesty and shamelessness.

    • 61 desertflower
      February 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

      THIS. Morning, japa….stay warm. Should be close to 80 for me today…those SB visitors flew out of here WAAAAAY too early!

      • 62 japa21
        February 3, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Hey, I have come to love winter. Sure it is inconvenient on ocassion. Sure, it can freeze the toes and the ears. Sure, at times you can’t get to where you want to go. But those are sporadic events. The rest of the time there is a special beauty to the whiteness, to the sight of your breath billowing upwrard to the heavens, to watching squirrels bound through snow that is deeper than they are tall.

        Every season has its own special beauty. I don’t think I could ever live anywhere that did not go through the stages of all four seasons. And I always figured, it is easier to bundle up to deal with the cold. You can always put more on. But there is a limit as to how far you can go in the other direction to deal with heat.

        • 63 arapaho415
          February 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

          There is so much beauty in areas that get true winters, most of which I’ve seen during other seasons.

          There’s no beating the gorgeous countryside of Wisconsin, and Spring robins (!) — we don’t have robins out here, and they are the cutest little birds (couldn’t help thinking of that “Rockin’ Robin” tweet-tweet-tweet song when I saw them one Spring).

          And we don’t have the magical wonder of fireflies. 😦

          The upside is we don’t have a mosquito problem during the Summer. 🙂

    • 64 nospin
      February 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

      “Another day, another opportunity for our President to outshine the entire GOP by himself. Dignity and integrity will always find a way to defeat dishonesty and shamelessness.”

      japa21 – perfect summation of the situation.

  12. 65 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Too much jogging is ‘unhealthy’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31095384

    I KNEW IT.

  13. 80 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The International Court of Justice has rejected claims of genocide by Serbia and Croatia against each other during the Croatian war of secession from Yugoslavia.

    The Croatian government had alleged that Serbia committed genocide in the town of Vukovar and elsewhere in 1991.

    Serbia later filed a counter-claim over the expulsion of more than 200,000 Serbs from Croatia.

    About 20,000 people died during the 1991-1995 war, mostly Croatians.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31104973

    That’s what 0 for 4 for iccj ?. Lesson for loony left.

  14. February 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

  15. 82 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 3, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I SEE THE ENERGIZER EQUALIZER IS RECEIVING THE USUAL FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET WELCOMING COMMITTEE… THESE ARE THE BOYS WHO TRULY NEED TO SPEND TIME AT GITMO!!!!!…BBL……….BUSY DAY….I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!

  16. 83 Vicki
    February 3, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Serious question. Not snark.
    Do you think our Surgeon General (now that at last we have one) might weigh in on the measles epidemic?

  17. 89 Linda
    February 3, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Today there is a hearing on the flu vaccine and why it did not work this year. This was already on the schedule.

    CNN is claiming it is a hearing on the measles outbreak.

  18. February 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Naughty mat pic! Paging Mr. Yardarm…

  19. 94 arapaho415
    February 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Reposting from the tailend of the last thread. Shesh, you leave TOD for a few minutes, and a new thread is almost full.

    This is a BFD — and AG Holder is showing that he’s a lame duck AG in much the same way as PBO is a “lame duck” (MSM description, of course, nowhere near the actual truth).

    I loathe the Masters of the Universe propelled only by insane greed, without a hint of morality.

  20. February 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    • February 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

      But no banksters have been frog marched to jail!!!!!

      • 97 arapaho415
        February 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

        PBO’s term is not yet up. On deck is one fierce prosecutor (who makes Patrick Fitzgerald [vs. Blagovich, what a travesty, but you would have though Fitzgerald walked on water judging by the swooning MSM reporting at the time] look like a pussycat in comparison).

        Would love to see all those fraudsters marched to the federal pen next year.

        #TwoTermsBaby #GoGetEmLoretta

      • 98 amk for obama
        February 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

        with the way the 1%ers have rigged the laws in their favor, not.gonna.happen. No country for that matter has put these thieves behind bars.

        • 99 arapaho415
          February 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

          Depressing.

          No doubt you’re right, was hoping to see ClubFed filled to the brim with these immoral greedy bastards.

  21. 106 yardarm756
    February 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Good morning mates……Make sure you’ve gotten your shots, eh?

    Events

    2003 Spector Murder Actress Lana Clarkson (film: Barbarian Queen, title role) is found shot to death in music producer Phil Spector’s home. In 2009, Spector was found guilty of second degree murder for her death.

    1966 First Successful Soft Landing of a Manmade Object on the Moon The Soviet Luna 9 lands and begins transmitting back photos.

    1943 World War II Four U.S. Navy chaplains give away their life preservers and go down with the USAT Dorchester after it was hit by torpedoes.

    1919 League of Nations A commission, presided over by Pres. Woodrow Wilson in Paris, begins working on the League’s draft covenant.

    1913 16th Amendment ratified gave Congress the power to lay and collect income taxes.

    1870 15th Amendment is ratified giving blacks the right to vote.

    1730 First newspaper stock-market quotes By London’s Daily Advertiser.

    1690 First paper money The state of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America. Source: Famous First Facts

    Births

    1950 Morgan Fairchild (Patsy McClenny), American actress. TV: Search For Tomorrow (Jennifer Pace), Dallas (Jenna Wade), and Flamingo Road (Constance Carlyle).

    1945 Bob Griese American Football Hall of Famer.

    1943 Blythe Danner American Tony-winning actress. Stage: Butterflies Are Free (Tony).

    1940 Fran Tarkenton American football quarterback. He holds the record for touchdown passes.

    1938 Victor Buono d. 1982 American actor. TV: The Wild Wild West (1965, Count Manzeppi) and Batman (1966-68, King Tut). Film: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

    1926 Shelley Berman American stand-up comic, popular in the 1950s and ’60s. He was the first comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall.

    1920 Dr. Henry J. Heimlich German physician. He is credited with inventing the Heimlich maneuver (1974) to aid choking victims.

    1918 Joey Bishop (Joseph Abraham Gottlieb), comedian.

    1907 James A. Michener d. 1997 American Pulitzer-winning author. Writings: Tales of the South Pacific (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948), and The Bridges at Toko-ri (1953).

    1894 Norman Rockwell d. 1978 American illustrator, known for his covers on the Saturday Evening Post.

    1890 Charles J. Correll d. 1972 American comedian. Radio: Amos ‘n’ Andy (Andy).

    1883 Clarence Edward Mulford d. 1956 American author. He created the character Hopalong Cassidy, which was the first character featured on a metal lunch box (1950-53).

    1874 Gertrude Stein d. 1946 American author, poet, famous for her phrase “A rose is a rose is a rose.”

    1821 Elizabeth Blackwell d. 1910 American physician, the first U.S. woman doctor of medicine (1849).

    1811 Horace Greeley d. 1872 American editor, author, co-founder of the New Yorker (1834), founder of the New York Tribune (1841), and famous for the phrase “Go West, young man.”

    1809 Felix Mendelssohn d. 1847 German composer, musician. He wrote Midsummer’s Night’s Dream overture before he was 17.

    1747 Samuel Osgood d. 1813 American politician, member of the Continental Congress (1781-84), first commissioner of the U.S. treasury (1785-89), and U.S. postmaster general (1789-91).

    Deaths

    2006 Al Lewis b. 1923 (Albert Meister), American actor. TV: Car 54, Where Are You? (Leo) and The Munsters (Sam Dracula, aka Grandpa).

    2003 Lana Clarkson b. 1962 American actress. She was found shot to death in music producer Phil Spector’s home. In 2009, Spector was found guilty of second degree murder for her death. Film: Deathstalker (1983, warrior Kaira) and Barbarian Queen (1985, title role).

    2000 Pierre Plantard b. 1920 French “historian.” His claims about the Priory of Sion were the basis of such books as Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982) and The Da Vinci Code (2003). He also claimed he was descended from King Dagobert II, and therefore was a Merovingian claimant to the throne of France.

    1991 Nancy Kulp b. 1921 American actress. TV: The Beverly Hillbillies (Jane Hathaway).

    1989 John Cassavetes b. 1929 American actor. He wrote and directed Faces (1968) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974).

    1959 Big Bopper b. 1930 (J.P. Richardson), American singer. Music: Chantilly Lace (1958) and Little Red Riding Hood (1958). He died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly.

    1959 Ritchie Valens b. 1941 (Richard Valenzuela), American singer. Music: Donna (1958, #2) and La Bamba (1959). He died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly.

    1959 Buddy Holly b. 1936 (Charles Harden Holley), American rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. He died in a plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens (The Day the Music Died).

    1925 Oliver Heaviside b. 1850 English physicist, made long-distance telephone operation practical, predicted the increase in mass of an electric charge moving at high velocity, and predicted the existence of the ionosphere.

    1924 Thomas Woodrow Wilson b. 1856 28th U.S. President (1913-21). He suffered a paralyzing stroke in 1919 while still in office. Some claim that it was his wife who actually ran the government for the remainder of his term.

    1889 Belle Starr b. 1848 (Myra Belle Shirley), American outlaw, horse thief, “The Bandit Queen.” Her 18-year-old son, Eddie Reed, is believed by some historians to be the one who killed her while she was riding in Montana.

    1468 Johann Gutenberg b. circa 1398 German inventor. He and Lauren Janszoon Koster invented printing with movable type.

    929 Leo VI b. ???? Italian religious leader, 123rd Pope (May – Dec. 928). It is said he was put to death by Marozia, the alleged mistress of Pope Sergius III.

  22. February 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

  23. 109 forus50
    February 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    It took awhile but this is awesome. Had S&P not been falsely rating all these junk mortgages as triple A lenders would have been unable to make them.

  24. 110 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Is that a diss on the god or the girl?

  25. February 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I love what I hear from AG Holder. What a good man!

  26. February 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Can’t wait!

  27. 113 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    The European Commission has widened its corporate tax probe to include Belgium’s rules on so-called “excess profit”.

    It is the latest European Union member state to have its tax regime put under the spotlight.

    The Commission is investigating whether the tax regimes of certain EU nations amounts to state aid.

    It said Belgium often made tax deals with firms that moved “a substantial part of their business” to the country.

    US corporations, including Apple, Starbucks and Amazon have also been caught up in the investigation for what the Commissions calls their “aggressive tax planning” strategies.

    Under European Union (EU) state aid rules member states are not allowed to grant companies selective tax advantages that distort competition.

    But the Commission said that, on the face of it, Belgium’s excess profits tax regime did just that.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31115172

  28. 114 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 11:01 am

    MPs say yes to three-person babies.

    MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

    In a free vote in the Commons, 382 were in favour and 128 against the technique that prevents deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

    During the debate, ministers said the technique was “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for families.

    The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

    A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31069173

  29. 115 amk for obama
    February 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Pope Francis has ruled that Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Romero died as a martyr, paving the way for his beatification.

    Beatification is the step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

    An outspoken critic of the military regime at the outset of El Salvador’s civil war, Archbishop Romero was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980.

    For years, the Church blocked the process because of concerns that he had Marxist ideas.

    The bishop was one of the main proponents of Liberation Theology – an interpretation of Christian faith through the perspective of the poor.

    Unlike other candidates for beatification, martyrs can move to the beatification stage without a miracle attributed to them. A miracle is needed for canonisation, however.

    Archbishop Romero denounced the right-wing death squads that operated in Guatemala and the oppression of the poor, calling for an end to all political violence.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31115837

  30. February 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

  31. 118 JER
    February 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

  32. February 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Wow!!!

    Nor sure how I feel about this 😕

    • 120 arapaho415
      February 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Haven’t read the articles, but the radio says that the book will be about Scout as an adult.

      Harper Lee is in her 80s I think, so I think it’s wonderful that she will bless the world with Scout’s fierce perspective 55 years later.

      Harper Lee has lived a humble, not a celeb life, can’t see a downside for anyone — great anticipation for the huge numbers of fans in awe of her first book, and will ignite curiosity in those too young to remember the book or the iconic movie.

      • February 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

        It’s really amazing arapaho415, I almost fell out of my chair when I read the news. I’m sure it will be lovely, but you know how you worry about these things, To Kill A Mockingbird was so perfect, you almost want it left at that and allow your imagination figure out what happened the main characters. But I’ll be first in line to buy it!


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