Rise And Shine


President Barack Obama meets with bicameral congressional leaders and the chairs and ranking members of congressional national security committees to consult with them about ongoing U.S. efforts to respond to the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, Syria, and other issues, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. July 31, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


All Times Eastern

10:00AM: President Barack Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:00PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz



President Barack Obama greets four of the nine 2014 Kavli Prize laureates with representatives from the Kavli Foundation and other guests in the Oval Office. July 31, 2014 Photo by Pete Souza


Bradley Burston: I Live In Israel, In Iran’s Shadow. I Voted For Obama. I’m Glad I Did

I live in Israel. I live in the shadow of Iran. I hold American citizenship as well as Israeli. I pay taxes to both countries. I vote in the elections of each. In 2008 and 2012, I voted for Barack Obama. I’m glad I did. I’m glad not only because of landmark changes to America on his watch, not only because of moments of inspiration, of unexpected hope, of enfranchisement, of movement on issues long dismissed as immutable. I’m glad because I believe that no one but this president would have tried, and succeeded, to land a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons.

I believe that Barack Obama is making the best effort that anyone is, to keep my family safe from the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapon. And what about Benjamin Netanyahu? Don’t I trust him? Don’t I trust him to keep us safe, to safeguard Israel’s vital interests, to keep war at bay? No. Not at all. Absolutely not. Barack Obama could have taken the easy way out, and ducked the most difficult foreign policy challenge of his presidency – a nuclear Iran. Instead, against all odds, against some of the most stringent pressures American politics can dish out, he has driven forward. Thank you, Mr. President, for this deal.

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Nicholas Kristof: Why The Naysayers Are Wrong About The Iran Deal

You doves think that a nuclear deal will empower reformers in Iran and turn it once more into the pro-American and pro-Israeli power it was under the shah. But sanctions relief may just give this regime a new lease on life. Iran’s people are perhaps the most pro-American and secular of those of any country I’ve been to in the Middle East. (On my last trip to Iran, I took two of my kids along, and Iranians bought them meals and ice cream, and served them illegal mojitos.) The public weariness with the regime’s corruption, oppression and economic failings is manifest. I would guess that after the supreme leader dies, Iran will begin a process of change like that in China after Mao died.

Look, even you admit that this is a flawed deal. So why risk it? As Rick Perry says, “No deal is better and safer than a bad deal.” We have a glimpse of what might happen. In 2003, Iran seemingly offered a comprehensive “grand bargain” to resolve relations with the United States, but George W. Bush’s administration dismissed it. Since then, Iran has gone from a tiny number of centrifuges to 19,000, getting within two months of “breakout” to a nuclear weapon. The point: Fulmination is not a substitute for policy, and a multilateral international agreement achieves far more protection than finger-wagging.

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Michael McLaughlin: Officers Involved In Samuel DuBose Shooting Were Sued In Earlier Death Of Unarmed Black Man

Two University of Cincinnati police officers involved in a colleague’s recent fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose also were on hand for a 2010 struggle with a psychiatric patient who later died. Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd were among seven University of Cincinnati police officers and other officials named in a lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mentally ill university hospital patient. Hospital staff summoned officers to help subdue Brinson, who became agitated when put in seclusion, according to court documents first reported by The Guardian. Kidd and Weibel gave written statements that they restrained Brinson, while another officer used a Taser stun gun on him.

Brinson went into cardiac arrest and died days later, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Hamilton County coroner ruled Brinson died from natural causes. His family settled the lawsuit for $638,000. Both officers also were involved in the July 19 traffic stop that led to the death of DuBose. Kidd gave statements to investigators that he saw DuBose, 43, drive away and drag Officer Ray Tensing before Tensing shot the motorist. Weibel wrote in a report that Tensing’s uniform looked like he’d been dragged. Footage from Tensing’s body camera, however, appeared to show that DuBose wasn’t driving away when the officer shot him, as Tensing and Kidd had claimed.

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Zeba Blay: How White People Sound When They Argue About Racism

On July 27, the Black Girl Dangerous Twitter account shared some hilarious — but also painfully accurate — examples of what white people sound like when they dismiss the experiences of people of color. Mia McKenzie, creator of the Black Girl Dangerous organization was behind the series of tweets, prefaced by noting, “I’ve been saying publicly for like four years that IDGAF what you think about shit you don’t experience.” She then described a series of ridiculous scenarios in which people speak about or disagree with experiences that they have no first-hand knowledge of.

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House Democratic Leaders Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., present a birthday cake to President Barack Obama during a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama meets with from left: Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 31, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama greets HUD staff following remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

136 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. 1 99ts
    July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

    gm NW, gm TOD

  2. 17 57andfemale
    July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good morning, TOD.

  3. 19 GGail
    July 31, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    I’m so happy it’s Friday.

  4. 24 99ts
    July 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

    So we have an education minister – who seems to want to privatise education – it works so well in the US! and he has written a book called

    “A letter to my Children”. I was wondering where that name might have come from. Sigh.

  5. July 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good evening, good morning, NW and TODville. Happy Friday!

    And very special thoughts of safe healing for JO’B’s Steve.

  6. 26 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2015 at 9:07 am



    Are “a bunch of Republicans, who claim that they aren’t climate scientists and, therefore, can’t evaluate humankind’s impact on climate change, all of a sudden anointing themselves as nuclear physicists and nuclear experts?” Earnest asked rhetorically. “That they’re the only ones who are in a position to evaluate whether or not this will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?

    “If that’s the case, I wouldn’t have a whole lot of confidence in that. I would have a whole lot of confidence in the ability of the IAEA, an international, impartial organization, filled with nuclear scientists, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. I think I would have some confidence in their ability to evaluate Iran’s nuclear program.”



  7. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Morning all. And thanks, Nerdy, for keeping us going. Hope you, too, have a vacation in your future. You’ve certainly earned it. I’ve been noodling a thought around in my brain regarding the false arrests that result in jail cell atrocities and so-called suicides. Back in the sixties, many protestors had a number to call for legal help so that their time in jail was very brief and someone was on the spot to provide counsel in a short amount of time. I wonder whether it’s possible to organize a county by county network of legal advocates who would immediately be on call to help in situations like the one that Sandra Bland found herself. There would have to be strict rules for how you could use the legal advocate, but that could all be worked out with good planning. Knowing there was qualified legal counsel on call would help empower the victims. I’m also thinking that just the knowledge that their “targets” might have good legal protection behind them could lessen some of the over the top aggression. Does this seem crazy?

    • 28 tnmtngirl
      July 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Not crazy. Excellent idea. Wouldn’t know how to go about it, but is a good idea.

      • 29 misspat
        July 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

        Not crazy and it would be a good plan to have money in a fund readily available for bail. We could all contribute a few dollars a month. No one should wait in jail because five hundred dollars was not available.

    • 30 Nerdy Wonka
      July 31, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Good Morning, Jackie.

      Not crazy at all. A good idea. I do know that there are legal advocates assigned for when #BlackLivesMatter marches are organized so that if people are arrested, they can be bailed out. I also think something is in the works like what you suggested, but as you pointed out it requires good foundational planning so that it is effective.

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        July 31, 2015 at 10:53 am

        I’m thinking that a national organization could provide a “hotline” that would channel the calls to the local legal advocate. This would be similar to the election day “hotlines” where you can call a national number to report voting suppression tactics, or, in many counties, your local advocate. It would take a strong national organization to set it up, but it seems like putting some kind of power in people’s hands is better than having people feel afraid all the time.

    • 32 amk for obama
      July 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Didn’t NAACP use to do that kind of service?

  8. 33 JER
    July 31, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  9. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hillary speaking today at the National Urban League conference.

    • 35 GGail
      July 31, 2015 at 10:56 am

      NW, what is this “special burden” that Hillary speaks of? How ’bout standing up for racial equality – that should take that “special burden” off of you.

      How ’bout white America holding each Police Department accountable for their officers and training.

      • 36 Nerdy Wonka
        July 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

        Yeah, that line displayed a historical ignorance and harkened back to the “white man’s burden” trope.

        She could have said, they have a moral obligation, or a duty as decent human human beings, etc.

        Good parts of the speech where she addresses important issues, but that line sure stood out.

      • July 31, 2015 at 11:23 am

        I had the same response when I saw that line.

        Why is treating others as equals and with respect a “special burden” for white people? How is their white privilege a burden? It also calls up for me an old trope emblematic of colonialism: the “white man’s burden.” I think she’s always trying too hard to stay relevant and not really listening to how she might sound.

        • July 31, 2015 at 11:26 am

          These were my tweets when I saw that she used that phrase:

        • 39 misspat
          July 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

          This lady talks through both sides of her mouth. Anything she says I take with a grain of salt. She is also late to the bandwagon sometimes, it’s like you have to force things out of her.

  10. 41 57andfemale
    July 31, 2015 at 9:28 am

  11. 44 MightyPamela
    July 31, 2015 at 9:35 am

    July 31, 2015 at 9:39 am


      July 31, 2015 at 9:41 am


  13. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

  14. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

  15. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    • 53 donna dem 4 obama
      July 31, 2015 at 11:05 am

      For Real NW!!!

      I have been after them for weeks on twitter and FB and not one has given me a plausible answer as to how he is going to get all these pipe dreams through Congress. Their ignorance is astounding!!!!

      • 54 Nerdy Wonka
        July 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Congressional coalition = virtually nada.

        How do you plan to pay for all the free things = silence.

        But this is someone they want blind support for as he is running for the most important job in the country.


      • July 31, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        It seems to me that they think that the real reason these things have not gotten thru Congress is because you know …because of the Blk Guy…he just doesn’t know how to do it..but you know they will not treat me the same because you know I’m White…

  16. 56 arapaho415
    July 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

    GM TODville.

    Hope this gets some traction.

    Although whites are distressed about losing their privileged status, seems MSM may (finally) be waking up to the fact that white is NOT the default when reporting news (from a couple of days ago):

  17. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

  18. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

  19. 86 amk for obama
    July 31, 2015 at 10:58 am

    hey dem voters, consider this the warning shot.

      July 31, 2015 at 11:21 am


  20. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Thanks Nerdy for all that you do to keep things running here at TOD!

    Good Morning TOD and Happy Friday

    My Call to Action in support of the President’s Iran Deal. Please share the link with friends and family, on Facebook and retweet on Twitter.

    Daily Bloggers: If I am not around or too busy here at work when a new thread comes up please re-post my tweet if you can.

    Thanks and have a great O’Day!

  21. July 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

    In_Deed, Sir, In_Deed …..

    Updates on various topics in the sidebar 🙂

    • 90 amk for obama
      July 31, 2015 at 11:08 am

      looks like the iranians have moved past square 1.

      • 91 GGail
        July 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

        Hey you, I saw you created a Post this morning, good job, and thanks.

        Have a safe trip and see if you can’t work another Post in while you’re idling in the airport 🙂

      • July 31, 2015 at 11:20 am

        As we’ve discussed here many times, amk, the gravest fear of Bibi and his fellow #NEOCONSTERS is one of the most obvious consequences of successful implementation of the #IranDeal is the level of international pressure that will be brought to Israel, in particular, as well as, Pakistan, India and NK, to:

        First – come into full compliance with the NPT – beginning with enormous pressure on each of those states to sign the NPT
        Second – for all nuclear weapon states to begin moving on a path of complete disarmament

        Bibi and the warmongers are now s*^%ting bricks because that reality-train is headed straight at them …. I could not be more delighted 🙂

        #TrustBarack …. and remember why he won his (1st) Nobel Prize, Bibi …..

        • 96 57andfemale
          July 31, 2015 at 11:36 am

          Very astute, Bobr. Bibi wants to stoke the fear in order to justify Israel having a bomb. It’s outrageous, and all it took was a little fear mongering right before the election to get the Israel to again vote their fears. Sigh.

          • July 31, 2015 at 11:59 am

            Sadly true, 57.

            Bibi’s got plenty of nukes, as you probably know. The Iranians will use that fact to align even their foes in the ME (like SA) to demand, at the UN, and elsewhere, that Israel disclose, submit to IAEA inspections and, at a minimum, sign the NPT.

            FM Zarif fired the first Iranian public salvo via a Tweet – got love the 21st Centure 🙂

  22. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    July 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Mornin’. Son’s undergoing another medical procedure in the hospital, as I write this, as I pray and ask for continuing prayers and good thoughts for him. We both really appreciate it. I spoke with him twice this morning – during the first call, he said he’s not nervous, but apprehensive, concentrating more on how his throat will hurt, after the bronchoscopy. Had him laughing by the second call – told him my friend suggested I tweet the Pope (who also had one lung removed when he was young) to include him in his prayers but I didn’t want to appear haughty …

    … my son said “Haughty? You’re worried about being haughty at a time like this?” 🙂

    I said “Well, I tweeted him in Latin, some priest answers those for him in Latin, so that’ll work. And, besides, I put a big post on the blog last night, asking for thoughts and prayers!!!!!” 🙂

    And he said “How haughty.” And he laughed. Works for me.


    • July 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Good morning Jacqueline … just know that you and your son are constantly in my thoughts and I hope that today goes as well as possible.

      Love that you tweeted @Pontifex!!!

    • 100 57andfemale
      July 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

      {{{{{{{{jacquelineoboomer and son}}}}}}}}}}} Sending positive and healing energy your way.

    • 101 amk for obama
      July 31, 2015 at 11:16 am

      :D. That’s the spirit. Best wishes to him.

    • 102 Nerdy Wonka
      July 31, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Sending positive thoughts you and your son’s way. May he come through this healthier and stronger.

      We heart you, Ms. J’OB!

    • 103 GGail
      July 31, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Morning J’OB
      With you having a direct line to the Pope, we’ll be your backup Angels, singing and praying for your son. Okay? 🙂

    • 104 donna dem 4 obama
      July 31, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Thoughts and Prayers J’OB.

    • 105 99ts
      July 31, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Thinking of you both jacqueline.

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

      YOU GO, GIRL!!

      Highest healing for Steve, for a good and speedy recovery and continued strength for you both. XOXO

    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      JOB, wishing the very best for your son. He has your spirit and is bound to pull through whatever comes his way. You did well in raising him. Let us know how things go today. Hugs for you both.

    • July 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Healing thoughts and prayers for your son Jacqueline.

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Continued Blessings to you and your son….

      • 110 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        Thanks so much, pf.

        And to all who offered such sweet comments, thoughts and prayers!

        My son called following his procedure and is doing great! Has to take it easy, and will probably be in the hospital for another week, so the doctors can keep an eye out for another bout of pneumonia plus infections. The surgeon described the procedure as “excellent” and said it took him two hours because he was being ultra precise (while gently confirming it may have to be repeated, if the bio-glue repairing the fistula doesn’t fully take, which can occur — the good part of that is that a second attempt, only if necessary, would prelude the next stage – a serious operation which would leave him in lots of follow-on pain).

        We continue to be very hopeful, and my son has great resilience and attitude, and his kids and grandkids are all pulling for him, so, yeah.

        Life is good. And a big shout-out to “the man upstairs.”

  23. July 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

    It’s called #TruthAndReconciliation Madame Hillary, and it’s about ACTION not platitudes about like ‘special burden’ which you and your husband have pandered, but never done anything to ignite and sustain the massive effort required to eliminate centuries of American systemic racism.

  24. 115 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

  25. 116 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

    So I tweeted this.



  26. 118 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

  27. 119 JER
    July 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

    LIVE NOW: Sandra Bland Press Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  28. July 31, 2015 at 11:23 am

    PBO is not playing ….

    July 31, 2015 at 11:29 am


  30. July 31, 2015 at 11:39 am

  31. 130 amk for obama
    July 31, 2015 at 11:41 am

    My simple slogan for all the dem candies contesting at all levels.

    All the gop wants to is hurt you and your family and your children’s future. Why would you vote for them?

    Keep hammering it.

  32. July 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

  33. 133 Allison
    July 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

  34. July 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

    • July 31, 2015 at 11:54 am

      “Even though it’s a small group on the ideological margins of the settlement movement that is responsible for the murder of an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and the attempted murder of his family – as it was for previous terrorist attacks on mosques, churches and Palestinian homes – it’s impossible to be impressed by the condemnations and professions of shock that came from Israel’s leadership and settler heads on Friday morning.

      The forgiveness the state has shown over many long years toward the violence of the extreme right – which was also evident this week at Beit El (none of those attacking the police are now in detention) – is also what makes possible the murderous hate crimes like Friday’s in the village of Douma. There is a price for the gentle hand.

      Political struggle, including when it is waged against implementation of a court order, is part of the legitimate discourse. However, when the elected (and appallingly weak) settlement leadership tacitly accepts this rampage, while government ministers and Knesset members vie to show contempt toward the High Court of Justice, it’s hard to perceive the infant’s murder as a bolt from the blue – even if the clear majority of settlers are opposed to the deeds of the handful of Jewish terrorists.”

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