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Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama greets people following his remarks at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack 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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10:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Obama receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:20AM: President Obama delivers remarks on the nuclear deal reached with Iran
American University, Washington, DC

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 Jessica Guynn: Exclusive: Venture Capital To Make Diversity Pledge

Venture capitalists will pledge concrete measures to bring greater diversity to their predominantly white male profession during a high-profile event at the White House. For its part, the National Venture Capital Association is making a commitment “to advance opportunity for women and underrepresented minorities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” the trade group says in a letter to President Obama that was exclusively shared with USA TODAY. The trade group’s task force, formed in December, to tackle the profession’s lack of diversity “is committed to developing both near and long-term solutions to effect positive change,” the letter reads.

It was signed by 45 venture capital firms including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Battery Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. Among the steps the National Venture Capital Association is promising to take: to conduct and share research that measures diversity at venture capital firms and their portfolio companies, develop model human resources policies to encourage more inclusive work environments and participate in programs to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers as entrepreneurs or venture capitalists. These are just initial steps to address the yawning racial and gender gap, said Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell.

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Wesley Lowery: Police Shot And Killed More People In July Than Any Other Month So Far This Year

More people were shot and killed by on-duty police officers in July than in any other month so far in 2015. At least 103 people were shot and killed by police officers last month, according to a Washington Post database tracking all fatal on-duty police shootings this year. That is 13 more fatal police shootings than March, the second most deadly month, during which 90 people were shot and killed by police. As of today, The Post has tracked 570 fatal police shootings.

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Julia Horowitz: Thousands Of California Convicts To Regain Voting Rights

California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf of nearly 60,000 convicts who became ineligible to vote when then Secretary of State Debra Bowen determined in 2014 that community supervision was equivalent to parole. Her decision stemmed from a 2011

realignment of the state’s criminal justice law that aims to reduce overcrowding in state prisons by sending people convicted of less serious crimes to county jails or alternative treatment programs. A judge later overturned Bowen’s policy, stating that community supervision and parole are different. Bowen’s office appealed the decision, but Padilla, a fellow Democrat, decided to let the court ruling stand. Earlier this summer, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed a bill that would have extended the right to vote to roughly 40,000 convicts on probation or parole.

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President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha hides behind the sofa as she sneaks up on him at the end of the day in the Oval Office,  Aug. 5, 2009.   (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama’s daughter Sasha hides behind the sofa as she sneaks up on him at the end of the day in the Oval Office, Aug. 5, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Lawrence Jackson

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President Barack Obama talks with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice outside the Oval Office upon arrival from the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama participates in a discussion with moderator Takunda Chingonzo at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Gabonese Republic during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough after meeting with senior advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 5, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama greets group and poses for a photo in the Rose Garden of the White House, August 5, 2009.  ( Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama greets group and poses for a photo in the Rose Garden of the White House, August 5, 2009. Photo by Lawrence Jackson


135 Responses to “Rise And Shine”


  1. August 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

    🎶 🎶HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 🌟🎂🎂

    GOOD MORNIN’ ALL. LET’S MAKE TODAY THE BEST OF THE WEEK, YES? 👍

  2. 43 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL THIS AFTERNOON TO SEE THE DOC…DON’T WANT TO MISS PBO ON IRAN! I THINK THURSDAY NITE’S DEBATES WILL SHOW THE PUBLIC WHAT THEY ARE IN FOR…AND IT TAIN’T PERDY!

    • 44 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      August 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

      AM WAITING TO SEE IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A RIDIN WITH BIDEN SURPRISE SOON…..HOPE…HOPE…HOPE! WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN A MOUSE IN THE SALAD DURING PBO AND BROTHER JOE’S LUNCH YESTERDAY!…BBL…WORK TO DO BEFORE PBO IS ON…LOTS OF BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS TO FEED….:)

  3. August 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  4. 46 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    THANKS FOR RUNNING ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIX AGAIN…SASHA BEHIND THE SOFA!…ADIOS!

  5. 48 jackiegrumbacher
    August 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good morning. It’s absolutely wonderful that our President and fellow Democrats are going to be focusing on voter rights while the Republican clowns will be outdoing each other with new ways to deprive people of their health, livelihood, civil liberties and right to vote. The contrast will be stark.

  6. August 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

    🎶🎶 Good Morning GoBrooklyn and have a very Happy Birthday! 🎶🎶

  7. 50 99ts
    August 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Thank you NerdyWonka – fabulous rise and shine – never has such a diverse group of people been to events at the White House than has happened in the past 6 years.

    Am reading about the pretenders and their debates – not one of them is anyway ready to provide leadership – a minor review of the last few years by a media person would make this abundantly clear. Their only use appears to be to provide for an evening of the “drinking game”.

  8. August 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

    By the way. Where is Chips? Did I miss an announcement?

  9. August 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thank yu Nerdy for such a stunning post yesterday celebrating POTUS birthday…..i went to #44turns54….such awesomeness can be found there…smile is still on my face…

    thank you for all you do…yu are truly The Legend…

  10. 59 GGail
    August 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.

  11. August 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    and you thought it would be any different?

    …………..

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 8/4/15

    Fox News rigs debate to hide close call, RNC allows it
    Rachel Maddow points out that Fox News violated their own debate qualification criteria by ignoring the fifth most recent poll and instead taking the sixth, with the result being a greater distinction between tenth and eleventh place, Kasich and Perry. Duration: 13:35

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/fox-news-rigs-debate-to-hide-close-call-498639427657

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      August 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Is it even news that FOX rigs something and doesn’t tell the truth? I think this comes under “Dog Bites Man.” Wonder why Rachel even bothered.

    • August 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

      The establishment of the republican party thinks they could have a good candidate in Kasich. So he had to be in.

      Watch the media after the debate. The task to promote the “good” candidates will begin. Kasich will be “pushed”. Walker has too many skeletons. Idem from Christie. Bush wants it bad and is powerful, but he is vulnerable in a general election because of his last name. The more I think of it, Kasich will become the preferred candidate of the media… They’ll give him maximum exposure. Broadcast his speeches, lots of interviews, etc. To give him name recognition ASAP.

      • 65 Vicki
        August 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

        Good morning to TOD.
        Lovepolitics, I see what you mean. If I had to guess I think Kasich is slated to be VP pick in order to insure (??) GOP win in Ohio.

  12. August 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    a bit of good news….

  13. August 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I will repeat…it’s scary…actually terrifying, but it seems as if Shrub was ‘ the smart one’.

    • 68 99ts
      August 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Does there have to be a smart one?

      • 69 0388jojothecat
        August 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

        Daddy Bush, 41′ was the “smart” one…..he had enough sense not to let the moneyed GOP bankrupt the country and get into an endless war with Iraq. 41′ listened to Powell and the other Generals that if you “break it you own it”. GWB and Jeb! are too busy listening to the “money” people telling them how “great” they are.

    • 70 GGail
      August 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Hush your mouth rikyrah! 😳

  14. August 5, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Idris Elba Makes History as First Male ‘Maxim’ Cover (Photo)

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    Actor Idris Elba graces the cover of Maxim’s September issue, the first solo-male cover in the history of the men’s publication. “We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo,” new editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear told Racked. “This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris.”
    Elba is the perfect embodiment of what Lanphear wanted a man on the cover to be: “He’s multi-dimensional, he’s complex, he’s sophisticated, but he’s down to earth. It was funny when on set, I was like, ‘Is there anything this guy can’t do?’ He’s an award-winning actor, he’s a DJ, his capsule clothing line for Superdry is about to hit stores. The guy broke the [British] land speed record, which hasn’t been touched since like 1928. He’s sort of a living, breathing superhero.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/idris-elba-makes-history-as-first-male-%e2%80%98maxim%e2%80%99-cover-photo/ar-BBlp3uk?ocid=HPCDHP

  15. August 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

    water is wet news

  16. August 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats GB, on being first this morning as well as Happy Birthday to you. 🎂🎇🎉 🎂🎇🎉 🎂🎇🎉

    To all, I hope you have a spectacular and thrilling day today ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  17. August 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    this is what I’ve been saying…he’s not appealing to a sliver of the GOP. He’s straight in the MAINSTREAM GOP.

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    It’s Wrong to Call Donald Trump a ‘Fringe’ Candidate

    A new Bloomberg Politics poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters demolishes the claim that he appeals to mouth-breathing xenophobes and nobody else.

    Donald Trump’s rise to a position of total dominance in the Republican presidential field has been accompanied by a dismissive snort from Beltway mandarins that Trump is merely a “fringe” candidate. The idea, in essence, is that Trump has a strong but narrow appeal to a group of mouth-breathing xenophobes and practically nobody else.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-04/it-s-wrong-to-call-trump-a-fringe-candidate

    • August 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

      he appeals to the worse in us…

      • 82 57andfemale
        August 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

        And all of them vote.

        • August 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

          YES they do….we need to remember tat…we can laugh and shake our heads at the idiocy and venom the spews from their mouths…but this has worked for them…they control over half of the state houses and the Congress….

          they are not going to change this formula when they are rewarded so handsomely…and we help them by not voting…

          • 84 57andfemale
            August 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

            when I get a chance (hopefully over the weekend) I want to prepare a post about this exact issue and some other theories I have. Once the sociopath that I work for goes to Europe for the third time this summer!

            • 85 GGail
              August 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

              Ohhhh, 57, I hope you can make time to put together your Post – I would love to read your thoughts!

              • 86 57andfemale
                August 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

                Things I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Of course, my tax extension will be up in September. I’m going to make an appt with my accountant and just get it done. Self-employed = many receipts to sort through. But I need to get that done. however, I’m seeing some habits and institutional problems in the Democratic party and general progressive responses to the clown bus that I’d like to articulate.

      • 87 0388jojothecat
        August 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Why do Americans feel that if they vote for someone who is rich and famous but NO experience in Government to run a state or in this case an entire country, they would get a much better result. California, Minnesota, etc., have experienced the disaster of voting for an inexperienced idiot who shoots off their mouth and have not done it again. At least Reagan was a one term Governor before he became President but that was at a very low time in our country. I am hoping that because of President Obama there are too many people who are paying attention and will get involved, will not let someone like Trump near the WH. The only good part is Trump does not trust the GOP and does not completely hate the DEMs like Reagan. Listening to that elderly woman in that focus group when that man was trying to tell her that Trump is NOT the person she thinks he is and all she could say was “she did not care”. If it were not for PBO she would be eating cat food, no or more expensive Medicare, and living on the street. This country would be in baaaad shape right now if it were not for PBO.

        • August 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

          We cannot appeal to these people I am convinced that their belief system of white privilege and racism will not allow them, to see what is really before them,….our only hope is to expand the Obama Coalition and to get those folks to the polls….

          • 89 Vicki
            August 5, 2015 at 10:21 am

            This one sentence you’ve written, prettyfoot, sums up this moment in history in which we find ourselves.

            Selecting the candidate “on a death march to the nomination” as Jon Stewart said last night, is the exact opposite to our path to victory.

        • 90 57andfemale
          August 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

          Can’t remember where I saw the quote recently but I’ll try to paraphrase: Americans who vote GOP all think they are millionaires, just in between cashing in on their millions.

          It’s a bad paraphrase but I hope you get the meaning. If we let our rivers become sewers, our air become unbreathable and our food unsafe, we, too, will find “opportunity”. It’s tantalizing but so divorced from reality. Trump supporters say he is “one of us” and that “hard work” got him a fortune. That, and Daddy’s money. He also is a master at soundbites – the hate is harnessed as identifying “problems” and Trump makes it sound like there are easy solutions. It’s a poisonous combination.

          • 91 0388jojothecat
            August 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

            So true prettyfoot and Vicki. 57 I have a brother who surprisingly is a Christian, who is always looking for a way to become “rich quick” schemes. He knows he is one scheme away from being a millionaire and does not want the Government to tax the rich because one day he will be rich. He does not believe PBO is a Christian because he never says “God” or “Jesus” enough for him like Bush did although Bush did things against what Jesus and God believed like helping the sick, poor, and not being involved in politics. All they know is abortion bad and gays are bad and the DEMs believe women have to make this choice. God and Jesus gives us the choice to believe or not to believe but the Christian Right does not.

            • 92 57andfemale
              August 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

              I have a sister-in-law who is the same way. She and my brother-in-law rely on Social Security & Medicare, yet they vote for the soulless and heartless GOP. Because “God”, and abortion, and those dirty immigrants. I’m sure she feels the same way about LGBT, but we have a gay nephew and she knows to keep her mouth shut. She wants a “Christian” nation. If she wants a theocracy, let her move to Afghanistan. I’ve had it with these loons.

  18. August 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    they’ve found Dorothy!

    ………………..

    NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ Has Found Its Dorothy

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    August 5, 2015 at 8:26AM

    It was in May when NBC has announced an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3.

    Revealed this morning, just moments ago, on NBC’s “The Today Show,” newcomer Shanice Williams has been cast as Dorothy, beating out the competition. This could be the break of a lifetime for the actress/singer.

    Williams joins David Alan Grier, who will play the Cowardly Lion; Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) will portray Auntie Em in NBC’s December production.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/nbcs-the-wiz-live-has-found-its-dorothy-20150805

  19. August 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

    GoBrooklyn, for you. . .
    [IMG]http://i60.tinypic.com/ncdudy.jpg[/IMG]

  20. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    August 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Happy Birthday GOB – Leo’s Rule The World!

    Mine is next Tuesday (11th) and Chips is next Thursday (13th)!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • August 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

      And my sons is the 12th. My MIL is the 18th but she has us all beat! She will be 90 and we’re celebrating in Deadwood! She like to play the slots. She lives in Sioux Falls, SD. We had her 80th in our garden 10 years ago. We also surprised her early because our other son was getting married and we had the rehearsal dinner in our yard and then secretly had her cake and a huge card later. She had never been surprised before. Everybody loved the carrot cake. Meta do you have a good recipe? We do have one zucchini plant that survived our hail storm so she will get zucchini bread.

    • 99 tnmtngirl
      August 5, 2015 at 10:57 am

      And mine is the 20th. August is a busy month on this blog! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And what’s strange is that on my birthday calendar (that I’ve kept for many years), I only have two other birthdays written on August…….probably fewer than any other month.

    • 100 sjterrid
      August 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      My husband is also a Leo, August 21st. He’ll be 65.

  21. August 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh no, the attack of the bouquet for GB!
    Ok, what should the size be? NW if you’re still around can you fix the size please? I would be grateful forever.

  22. August 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Good morning, NW and TODers.

    Our fearless CA governor is in the face of the GOP losers:

  23. 108 tnmtngirl
    August 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Happy and richly blessed birthday to gb! We love you and are proud to *know* you.

  24. August 5, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Make no mistake, our President is changing global policy ….

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    • 118 donna dem 4 obama
      August 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Whoa!

      Love this guy! I requested tickets for his arrival ceremony at the WH in September. I’m crossing my fingers that some of my contacts come through with two!

    • August 5, 2015 at 11:24 am

      That’s a big deal. My poor mother was denied communion in the Catholic Church most of her life because of being excommunicated for being divorced and remarried.

  28. 123 Vicki
    August 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

    NY Times front page is in a cold sweat concern-trolling about a Biden run.

    Not only will he risk ruining his career by ending it with a loss!
    He may damage the current candidate’s run!!
    He could even—-gasp—– bring down his party!!!
    And OMG OMG—-ruin The President’s Legacy!!!!

    I am fainting with fright. Water, please. Is there a doctor in the house?

    • August 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I don’t get it. Why all the mindless hand-wringing? Just filling space with hot air?

      • 125 Vicki
        August 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

        It would be difficult for me to give a coherent answer to that.
        The media seems committed to a Bush/Clinton election in which Bush will triumph.

    • 126 Nena20409
      August 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Very easy to read.
      The Corporate News Media is 24/7 on HRC to discredit her, then they will Go Head 1st to Make VP Biden like what they did to Gore in 2000 and with Bernie, All They have to do is Scream Socialism and many on the left would squirm and get all jittery……again….the idea is to Diminish the ability of Dems to turn out……as they did in 1994, 2010 and 2014 or to make them vote for the GOP as they did in 1972, 1980, etc.
      The Left falls for this propaganda way too many Times.

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  30. 128 JER
    August 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD. Happy Birthday GB!

  31. August 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Senator Kaine promo’ing #IranDeal @POTUS presentation ….

    🙂

  32. 135 Allison
    August 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm


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