Rise And Shine


President Barack Obama looks over merchandise in a display case at Cool Vintage Watches on Main Street, Parkville, Mo., July 30, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


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12:30PM: President Obama has lunch with Vice President Biden

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President Barack Obama waves as he departs after delivering remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., July 30, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


Coral Davenport

The final version of President Obama’s signature climate change policy is expected to extend an earlier timeline for states to significantly cut planet-warming pollution from power plants, according to people familiar with the plan. If enacted, the climate change plan, the final version of which is expected to be unveiled as early as Monday, could stand as the most significant action ever taken by an American president to curb global warming.

The plan consists of three major environmental regulations, which combined are intended to drastically cut emissions of greenhouse gases. The rules take aim at coal-fired power plants, the largest source of greenhouse emissions, and are intended to spur a transformation of the nation’s power sector from fossil fuels to renewable sources such as wind and solar. Under the rules, the Environmental Protection Agency would require states to draft plans to lower emissions from power plants. The agency is also expected to issue its own model of a state-level plan, to be imposed on states that refuse to draft their own plans.

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German Lopez

The nationwide furor over the growing number of unarmed black men shot dead by police officers in recent months has put the public spotlight on a much bigger trend in the US: Black people are much more likely to be shot and killed by police.

An analysis of the available FBI data by Vox’s Dara Lind shows that US police kill black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police shooting victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the US population. Black teens were 21 times more likely than white teens to be shot and killed by police between 2010 and 2012, according to a ProPublica analysis of the FBI data

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President Barack Obama sips on his iced tea and greets people on the street during a stop in Parkville, Mo., July 30, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza



Nancy Agutu

The US will put up three women entrepreneurship centres in Kenya, Mali and Zambia, US President Barack Obama has said. Obama said the three countries will benefit from a Sh101 billion fund in women’s support. “If more global capital could see beyond prejudicial blinders, the great progress of the last 10 years could harness potential. It is time we changed the narrative about Africa,” he said. “If half of your team is not playing, you have a problem. In many countries, half of the the team is women and youth”.

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Rebecca Shabad

The federal deficit is estimated to tick down to $455 billion by the end of the fiscal year in September, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s mid-session review released Tuesday. As a share of the economy, the shortfall would equal 2.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). “Under the President’s leadership, the deficit has been cut by more than two-thirds as a share of the economy, representing the most rapid

sustained deficit reduction since World War II, and it continues to fall,” OMB Director Shaun Donovan wrote in a blog post. The new projected deficit would be nearly $30 billion less than the government’s red ink in 2014 and $128 billion less than administration’s 2015 deficit prediction back in February. Under Obama’s proposed 2016 budget, the review projects that his proposed policies would cause deficits to fall between 2.2 and 2.4 percent over the next three years.

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President Barack Obama signs a coffee cup for a patron at Parkville Coffee in Parkville, Mo., July 30, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama waves as he departs after delivering remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., July 30, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama greets line workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 30, 2013. Photo by Chuck Kennedy

136 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. July 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 9 Roberta in MN
    July 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Oops Morrrning Nerdy & TOD

  3. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    July 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Morning, Nerdy, and thank you for opening up this morning with glorious photos of our President and timetable for the day. Hope Chips and Danny are enjoying their holiday time.

  4. 14 Roberta in MN
    July 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Congrats on 1st place vetivera & GM 99ts

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats vetivera24 on #1 🙂

    Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

  6. 17 amk for obama
    July 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    It was an odd day today here in India. We buried two muslims – one was a terror abettor and another was our well beloved ‘people’s president’.

  7. 24 amk for obama
    July 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Lure a magnificent animal like a coward, kill it like a coward and run back home like a coward. I hope US extradites his punk ass back to the scene of killing.

      July 30, 2015 at 10:05 am


  8. 32 amk for obama
    July 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Myanmar frees almost 7000 prisoners ahead of polls.


  9. 33 carolyn
    July 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Dear TODers, Thank you for your prayers, light, strength, comfort you sent to my son and me. Yesterday we buried our precious one. Steve is doing well…..as well as can be expected. He has reached a new place of strength thanks to prayers of people all over the country and care and comfort from those around us.

    My darling’s service was lovely, if one can say that about such a service. A number of people told me so, but I knew it was just right for him. At the end two Air Force personnel presented my son and me with the flag…..”On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief and a grateful nation…..”

    My sister is with me until next week, the one person in the world I want to be here. Steve and his family went home last Sunday, then came back Tuesday afternoon, with Marie (beloved daughter-in-love) and her parents. The service was a graveside service only, in the very warm Oklahoma late morning sun, but the crowd who came to honor him was amazing. My pastor told me he had never seen so many people at a graveside service. People came from all over the city and suburbs, from every area of Darwin’s life.

    I’m taking the rest of the week “off” to just be with my sister, and will begin the paperwork next week.

    Beginning a new life at my age will be difficult, I know, but other women have done it, and I have a terrific support system, and fortunately, will return to teaching my class at the end of the month, surrounded by colleagues whom I love and love me.

    When we bought this house eight years ago, I picked it out with just this event in mind, realizing my husband was nine years older, and had already had one heart attack. It is a peaceful home, in a safe place, cozy and comfortable.

    Again, thank you all so much for your love and concern. I will probably not comment for a while, but I will read.

    • 34 99ts
      July 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

      gm Carolyn – what lovely words you have written – may they, together with family help you in starting your new life. From the words of one of my dearest friends – having a job to go to, lots to do and friends & family to love helps immensely with the path forward.

    • 35 amk for obama
      July 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Welcome back, Carolyn. Wish you and your family the very best moving forward.

    • 36 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Thank you for keeping us in the loop, Carolyn. Yes, I do believe a service (of life celebration) can be beautiful! The first such ‘celebration of life’ service I attended was decades ago and I still remember it! It was an eye-opener for me, because it wasn’t sad even though the mom who died was still relatively young. She had made a terrific, and visible, impact on the lives of her family and those around her. You have told us time and again what a wonderful soul, friend, parent, person your husband has been, so it’s good to hear you all had a lovely service!

      {{{{Carolyn & family}}}}

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      July 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

      My condolences to you and your family, Carolyn. Thank you so much for being a part of this wonderful TOD community. I know I and many others learn so much from you.

      My hope is that your dear husband is in a peaceful comforting place and knows that his family is forever loved. It is a testament to him that you had such a beautiful turn out.

      Always know that TOD is here for you and sending you the best wishes every day.

    • 38 otter44
      July 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Dear Carolyn You are so strong and amazing. Condolences on the passing of your beloved.

    • 39 Roberta in MN
      July 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

      GM Carolyn, youwill stay in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this transition. ((((hugs))) to you and your Son and all family & friends. It is going to be tough, but with your support system it will help immensely. Best wishes for you.

    • 40 GGail
      July 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Carolyn, it sounds like a beautiful service for your beloved. Thank you for sharing with us. We will keep you & Steve in our thoughts & prayers.

      • July 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

        Carolyn, Thank you for sharing that beautiful story. Yes, celebrations of life can absolutely be lovely and beautiful. Continuing to hold you and your family close.

    • July 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

      I’m so glad you had a peaceful and loving burial and that you have a sure and trusted group of friends and family to support you in these days. That means the world. Be gentle with yourself and know that your life has been very, very blessed. Many hugs to you, {{{{{{carolyn}}}}}}

    • 43 sherijr
      July 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

      ((((((((Carolyn))))))) You are truly amazing, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Wishing you comfort and joy in your new life going forward and Condolences on your loss. My best wishes to you, your son and family members.

    • July 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

      ((((carolyn)))…Continued Blessings to you and your family..and may Peace and Comfort embrace you….

    • 45 CEB
      July 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Carolyn, I do not have the words but I hope that you feel the love and light that I am sending to you.

    • 46 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

      {{{carolyn}}} Take what time you need to be good to yourself and surround yourself with those that love and care about you….and your work that you love and gives you strength and purpose. Thank you for sharing your personal journey with all of us here. You are loved and cared about more than you know. Be well.

    • July 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Good morning dear Carolyn, we will all be here for you whenever you need us. Please take care of yourself and enjoy all the loving people who surround you and are there to help you any way they can. Peace.

    • 48 57andfemale
      July 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

      You are loved and treasured, carolyn. In the days to come, when the rest of the world goes back to their normal lives, come here and draw strength and support from us.

      What a lovely tribute to who was obviously an extraordinary man. He lives in your heart, and in your precious son.

      We’re here for you. {{{{{carolyn}}}}}

    • 49 mtmarilyn
      July 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Carolyn, prayers of comfort and strength for you and your family.

    • 51 Dakota
      July 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm


    • 52 Nena20409
      July 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      {{{{ ❤ Carolyn & Family ❤ }}}}

  10. 53 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good morning, Alma-B!
    Good evening, TS!

    Happy Thursday, NerdW!

    Greetings, *every*body! ‘Tis the day before Friday, yipeeeee!

  11. 56 Juli
    July 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    A friend just started a new (public) Facebook group called “I Would Vote for Obama in 2016” – I’m an admin. I’ll post a link here if that’s allowed? Facebook folk, please join! I will also let people in the group know about this wonderful blog, if they don’t already.

  12. 58 GGail
    July 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    I like the T shirt on the lady in the last photo- “We did it again”. And look at that smile on PBO 😊
    Thanks NW, that lifted my spirit this morning 😊

  13. 65 amk for obama
    July 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I see that kkklown kar has one more. This has become beyond ridiculous, it’s a farce now.

  14. July 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

    WOW, Nerdyyyyyyy! Thank you for our morning Feast. I didn’t know that about PBO funding centers for women entrepreneurs. Fabulous.

    Good morning, everyone. Happy Thursday.

  15. 74 Vicki
    July 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Good morning TOD.
    I see PBO has a (seemingly) light schedule today. hmmmmm
    Unemployment numbers remain very low. Near the 43 year mark.
    And justice made a swift and i hope lasting appearance with the indictment and arrest in Cinncinnati.

  16. 75 57andfemale
    July 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

    • July 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I’d like to see these morons try and shut the government down over PP. That would be the most boneheaded move they could make. What a pathetic joke they are.

      • 77 0388jojothecat
        July 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

        They need to talk to Gov Pence to see how that worked out for his state. The rise of HIV and other STDs will be a stunner for the GOP states.

  17. July 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Something fun and informative to read about the play, Hamilton.

  18. 82 JER
    July 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Carolyn: Healing moves at its own pace. Be kind to yourself and take it one day at a time. I know your heart is aching and I am truly sorry for your loss.

    • July 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Good morning, JER, and thank you for this great image to start the day.

      July 30, 2015 at 10:15 am


    • 86 GGail
      July 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Hey JER, GM and thanks for this picture.

      Caption should be “PBO, the President who hates a suitcoat” 🙂

    • 87 misspat
      July 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Good morning folks. I am here wondering if the President can be Vice President in the Biden presidency, is that lawful or possible? Or am I crazy to even think it? Help an old lay out.

      • 88 misspat
        July 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

        I meant lady, sorry fat fingers cause me trouble every time.

      • 89 sjterrid
        July 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm

        No, misspat, unfortunately it isn’t possible by law, because one of the duties of vice president is to become president if something happens to the president.

  19. 90 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Except I would be very surprised that it ever occurred to Huckabee to think before his utterance!

  20. July 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

    • July 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

      it is amazing to me…that we have become so used to the 60 vote threshold because of Filibuster Abuse…when to pas a bill only requires a simple majority…

    • 102 Nena20409
      July 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      For a Party that claims to know how to Budget and Manage Money so Not to let the Left Tax and Spend…….what is prudent, efficient, economical and saving the Tax Payers Money with a Highway Bill that is for 3 months?
      Since Jan 2009, the GOPers have been cost the USA Billions and making our ability to Govern, nearly impossible.

  21. 103 JER
    July 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

    LIVE NOW: Cincinnati Police Officer Arraignment – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. 106 JER
    July 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    • 107 GGail
      July 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      $1M bond set for officer charged with murder

      Ray Tensing stood in a courtroom Thursday morning, handcuffed, wearing a faded black-and-white jail uniform.

      The now-former University of Cincinnati police officer, charged with murder in a fatal shooting his attorney says was caused because he feared for his life, was arraigned today. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan set bond at $1 million.

      Tensing, 25, pleaded not guilty. Standing in front of Shanahan’s bench, he bowed his head, closed his eyes and never looked at anyone.

      When Shanahan set the bond amount, family of Samuel DuBose, killed in the July 19 shooting, erupted into cheers. Shanahan, in her toughest voice, reminded them they were in a courtroom and ordered them to be quiet.

      Local and national media were staging to cover the arraignment as early as 8 a.m. Thursday. TV trucks from NBC, CNN and local affiliates were in place.


      • 108 Sandy1110
        July 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        The excuse they ALL use…he ‘feared for his life’.

        …after they escalate the situation to try to bring about the need to use deadly force.

  23. July 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Mounting by the day……

  24. 110 CEB
    July 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

    G M, TOD ohana.
    Thanks for keeping the blog going NW, but where is Chips?

  25. 111 Gazelle
    July 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Ohio State’s Cardale Jones shuts down troll who didn’t like his #BlackLivesMatter tweets
    See here: http://thegrio.com/2015/07/23/cardale-jones-twitter-black-lives-matter/

    July 30, 2015 at 10:12 am


  27. July 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    TODer OBOTs, check your mail. President Obama is doing a conference call with OFA today and info on how to join the call is included. YAYAYAY, we get to hear the President today!!

  28. 117 Gazelle
    July 30, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Activists Restore Sandra Bland Mural in Ottawa Defaced With ‘All Lives Matter’
    Story & tweets here: http://www.colorlines.com/articles/activists-restore-sandra-bland-mural-ottawa-defaced-%E2%80%98all-lives-matter%E2%80%99

  29. 118 desertflower
    July 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Scott Walker is an ass.


    For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads “Union made in the USA.”

    Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters.

    But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about – it is a leading example of a successful company that has a strong relationship with labor unions.

    Walker, by contrast, has made his union-busting credentials the foundation of his White House bid, touting it as the prime example of his leadership success and as evidence of how he can defeat powerful vested interests and even foreign enemies.

    It’s not clear how he can reconcile his love of the powerful, deep-rumbling bikes known as “hogs” with the strong union loyalties of those who build them.

    Some of the people who build Harleys – more than a thousand of whom are unionized workers in Wisconsin – are fuming over Walker’s prominent use of the bikes in his campaign.

  30. July 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    This pretty much sums up 2016 so far:

    • 121 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

      THIS! Slackers…no one, except maybe Joe:) will be able to even come CLOSE to PBO’s amazing accomplishments and work ethic. Ever. The fact they would try to lower the bar, is offensive and not worthy of being President as far as I’m concerned. That’s cheating the people….

    • 122 CEB
      July 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

      This, this, and all of this! PBO is the gold standard personified. Now it will be more clear just how mediocre are so many in politics. Our young people especially will believe that it is normal, that of course a president should be brilliant, personable, observant, caring, inclusive, with quiet strength and courage and the ability to focus amid the storms of those trying to bring him/her down to get the job done. It is also great that they will have the living color retrospective of the Obama years only a click away.

    • 123 Sandy1110
      July 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      I saw this happening when I saw what he went through in 2008.

      Of course they’re not going to harass Ted Cruz about his citizenship.

      Of course they’re not going to harass Scott Walker about his (nonexistent) college transcripts.

      They’re the ACTUAL examples of every failure they’ve tried to attribute to PBO.

      So of course they’re going to do a 180 on all their positions when it’s their turn.

      And the MSM is standing by ready to go along.

      • 124 misspat
        July 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        Or about the two immigrant wives. They are immigrants even if they are now naturalized citizens. Mr. Obama’s wife is an American born citizen, imagine what would have happened if she wasn’t.

  31. 125 Don
    July 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    The look on Ray Tensing’s face as he’s led into the courtroom for arraignment says it all. He is in shock that in 2015 you can’t get away with murdering a black man. Oh sure you can get away with it, but in this case he couldn’t. How embarrassing it is for Mr. Tensing to be on the only cop in Cincinnati to not get away with murder.

  32. July 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

  33. 130 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

  34. July 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

  35. 132 GGail
    July 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I miss Chips already, waaaaah!!!!

  36. 135 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Must watch video of Tensing pulling over another innocent person last year.

    • 136 misspat
      July 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      His hand was shaking over his gun, itching to use it. He got his chance and a man is dead. I learned something today. If you are a passenger in a car you don’t have to provide ID. BTW when is that officer Weibel going to be charged?

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