Rise And Shine


President Barack Obama takes the stage to deliver remarks on housing and home ownership at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza


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12:30PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

2:10PM: President Obama holds a video conference to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Congressman John Lewis and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will join him. It will be live streamed at WhiteHouse.gov/VotingRightsAct



Missy Ryan: U.S. Conducts First Islamic State Strike Launched From Turkish Soil

The United States has begun conducting airstrikes over Syria from a base in southern Turkey, the Pentagon said Wednesday, opening a new front in the Obama administration’s air war against the Islamic State. Capt. Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters at the Pentagon that a U.S. drone had hit an Islamic State target in Syria on Tuesday. He declined to say exactly where the strike took place or whether it was successful.  The beginning of combat flights from Incirlik Air Base is a sign of deepening U.S.-Turkish cooperation against militants in Syria, where the expansion of the Islamic State poses a growing threat to Turkey and the West.

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Christopher Ingraham: Americans Say Racism Is A Bigger Problem Today Than At Any Point In The Past 20 Years

Half of Americans — exactly 50 percent — say racism is a “big problem” in this country, according to a fascinating new Pew poll released today. That’s up an astonishing 17 points since the last time pollsters asked this question in 2010. And it represents the highest level of concern about racism in this country in at least 20 years. So what’s changed? In a word: Ferguson.

And of course, everything that’s followed since. The Pew numbers reflect some of this. Americans are divided on the extent of the racism problem in this country. 73 percent of blacks call it a big problem, compared to 44 percent of whites. Democrats (61 percent) are also considerably more likely to see a major problem than Republicans (41 percent).

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Simon McCormack: Poll Shows Why Black Lives Matter Activists Should Be Proud

Nearly one year after Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a new poll shows a growing number of people believe there’s much to be done before black lives will be valued as much as others. Fifty-nine percent of Americans now believe changes are needed to give African-Americans equal rights, according to a Pew Research Center poll released on Wednesday. That’s up from 46 percent in a Pew poll just last year, before Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, setting off a series of demonstrations and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement.

The poll saw increases in the number of blacks, whites and Hispanics who felt more changes were needed. In 2014, only 39 percent of whites said more needed to be done. In 2015, that number jumped to 53 percent. For blacks, the numbers increased from 79 percent to 86 percent, and for Hispanics, 54 percent to 70 percent. The Pew poll comes after a year of heightened Black Lives Matter activism, including numerous rallies, die-ins and acts of civil disobedience.

More here



President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush participate in a symposium on advancement for women and girls in Africa, with U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit spouses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. Photo by Amanda Lucidon


President Barack Obama walks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the South Lawn of the White House upon returning from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


First Lady Michelle Obama watches a performance during a symposium program on advancement for women and girls in Africa, with U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit spouses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. Seated with her, from left, are: Constancia Mangue de Obiang, First Lady of Equatorial Guinea; former First Lady Laura Bush; Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady of the Gabonese Republic; and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady. Photo by Amanda Lucidon


President Barack Obama joins Jay Leno for a taping of the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, Calif., Aug. 6, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama autographs a banner following his remarks on the economy at Gelberg Signs in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 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 autographs a banner following his remarks on the economy at Gelberg Signs in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza)

161 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. 3 Anjo
    August 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning one and all at the TOD Nation have a great day, belated birthday greetings to GoB …I am (almost) furst

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    August 6, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good morning. Wonderful to begin the day with images of our fearless President attacking every problem with both brilliance and subtlety. We must treasure every day we have this superb leader as our President.

  3. 5 Anjo
    August 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Remember Comedy time @ Fox get your popcorn, drinks and Kleenex, be prepared to laugh, shocked, bewildered and downright flummoxed

  4. 9 99ts
    August 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    gm TOD – congrats on first Mariele

    Thank you Nerdy Wonka – what an array of pictures and news.

    And a seriously down market comment – my gosh Jay Leno seems to have a very large head.

  5. 11 hopefruit2
    August 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, (Chips & Danny too!) and Happy Thursday everyone. 🙂 Thanks Nerdy for your excellent R & S round-up!!

    Congrats Mariele on #1 🙂

  6. 12 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  7. August 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 17 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    GM Everyone!

  9. 22 GGail
    August 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Is this almost the end of the second week of Chips vacation? I miss her, but I’m damn happy that NW is here for us. I would be in deep shit if TOD was on hiatus 😳

  10. August 6, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats mrm, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have such a day today that you would not hesitate to do it again. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  11. August 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good morning TOD folks! I personally am giving a pass on the debate. I wish them well.

    August 6, 2015 at 9:25 am


    • 31 GGail
      August 6, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Good morning Sue. I’ll watch because I do want to hear what they have to say on how they plan to improve America.

        August 6, 2015 at 11:51 am


  13. 33 Vicki
    August 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Good morning TOD.
    In my humble and unsupported by hard evidence opinion, Jon Stewart has pulled the plug because he couldn’t bear covering the 2016 race to the WH.
    If you Google “Jon Stewart death march” you’ll see that he called the Democratic party primary race a “joyless death march.” A very similar phrase to what I’ve been saying this week.

    I know—TOD has been disenchanted with Jon for years.
    Me too.
    But I watched each episode this week and I am glad I did.

    The other gem was Jon saying that at one of the meetings PBO called him in for, The President expressed concern that Jon was adding to the general cynicism. right.
    That is why many of us stopped watching Mr. Stewart a while ago.

    It interested me to hear that this matter was a concern to POTUS.

    • 34 MadameSoph
      August 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Hi Vicki,

      I was not surprised that Jon Stewart decided to quit. Steve Carell was nominated for an Oscar; Stephen Colbert got the Late Show; Ed Helms is doing movies too; Larry Wilmore’s doing a great job with the Nightly Show (yes, I know Jon’s a producer but Larry’s making it new); Jon Oliver has a show on HBO. I think Jon just couldn’t bear to be doing the same thing while all the people who worked on his show are surpassing him.

      So interesting that PBO called Jon out on the cynicism. I stopped watching the Daily Show around the time of that awful 2010 rally for that reason, for the fact that he and the writers seemed to be phoning it in while they were writing the second DS book, and because he was so disrespectful to PBO. I too decided to try to watch this final week, but had to FFwd when the part about Jon meeting PBO came on because I didn’t want to see a bunch of clips of him talking s#!* about PBO, put together just to bolster his cred. Thanks for being braver than I am, Vicki 🙂

    • 35 EricFive
      August 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

      I have always said Jon Stewart was attempting to make young people cynical toward PBO and the hope and change he promised. It was obvious what he was attempting to do and that is why I stopped watching him (that and that bullshit rally he had and didn’t have the balls to say anything of substance). It was never clear to me why exactly Stewart was doing this. Was he a corporate shill attacking PBO from the left? Was he “disappointed” in a particular policy issue? Was he attempting to be cool and hip by being cynical (most posers hide behind a deadening cynicism to protect them from real politic’s/life’s inevitable disappointments and setbacks). Stewart posing as an outsider railing against the Man. Whatever his rationale, he was definitely a threat due to his influence among young people, who often lack the experience to realize that change occurs neither overnight nor without a fight. I say good riddance.

      • 36 Vicki
        August 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

        Madams Soph and Eric,
        I see we all agree. Jon’s attitude towards PBO and that hideous rally where he added to voter suppression and apathy—reason enough to not tune in.
        I see what you are saying, MS about Jon’s apprentices surpassing him.
        To Eric—it may or may not matter that Jon’s brother was the head of the NYStock Exchange, and for all I know about that universe, maybe he still is.

  14. August 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    The depth of wicked azz Andrea Mitchell’s dishonest and unprincipled character is again validated by her abandoning the truth about IAEA/Iran agreement. When she was in Vienna with SoS John Kerry she stated the truth that the IAEA/Iran Agreement is standard protocol and is not a side deal or a secret agreement.

    Now she is pushing the RW talking-point by referring to the IAEA/Iran Agreement as a side deal/secret agreement. She knows that the agreement is not a side deal or secret agreement. That’s a damn shame. SMDH

    • 38 desertflower
      August 6, 2015 at 9:33 am


      • August 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

        I think we have all learn by now that the media of today is all about stirring trouble, even if what they are saying is a full blown lie. They don’t care.

          August 6, 2015 at 11:53 am


  15. 41 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Morning everyone!! It’s KKKlown KKKar Day!! If you can’t stand their grating voices (that would be me) then try to pop over to ThinkProgress.org and check out their live blogging…they listen so you don’t have to:) They always do such a great job…AND they fact check!!

    I remember when her came to Desert Vista HS and I was soooooo disappointed that I wouldn’t get to go see him…so close and yet so far!

    Can’t wait to wear my “Science Says So” tshirt today….please, please let someone say something about it:) (AZ actually elected a state rep that thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old….yes they did….omfg.)

    • 42 GGail
      August 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Morning DF, take Sadie for a stroll in a park and then go to a Trader Joe’s. I bet you’ll get glances if not comment. 😊

      • 43 desertflower
        August 6, 2015 at 9:46 am

        At TJ’s they’ll all AGREE with the shirt!! I want someone to say something that DOESN’T:) Too hot to walk the dog now…would burn her paws…in Oct would be fine:) Now, she has to settle for running around a big yard. It’s so hot that she doesn’t even do much of that, either, October’s coming! One of my favorite months here…

        • 44 tnmtngirl
          August 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

          df, YOu’re right about TJ’s folks agreeing with ‘our’ short. Hope mine comes today.

        • 46 GGail
          August 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

          That’s true DF. I thought you just wanted people to *see* your new t-shirt, you’re looking to cause controversy, I now understand 😀

          Yes, I can imagine it probably is too hot in AZ for Sadie’s paws – stay cool y’all 🙂

  16. 47 MadameSoph
    August 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Just wanted to thank Nerdy for the link to the YouTube of PBO’s Iran Speech. I’ve been super busy recently but have been able to keep up on PBO thanks to TOD and everyone here who contributes. Last week I sent F&F the Jack Black/Morgan Freeman YouTube with links to find their individual Senate & House Reps’ DC and local contact info, with a reminder that their local offices are probably the place to call during the August recess (thank you to the TODer who posted that tip). Now I will be sending a link to PBO’s Iran Speech for those who missed it. I continue to be grateful for TOD. Hope Chips and Danny are having a wonderful vacation.

    • 48 57andfemale
      August 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

      We always say his most recent speech is his best, but this one felt different to me. He was completely comfortable in who he was, what he knew and where he and this deal belongs in history. Talk about not having any effs left to give! He was the POTUS. T he country and Israel have veered into dangerous territory that does not reflect what adults should do and spits on what truly makes America exceptional. This complicated subject flowed with an ease that he will get no credit for. It’s not just that he has had it with the insanity; but his answer to that was to tower over the pettiness and embody POTUS like he never has before.

      It was astounding. If this deal is killed (and I don’t think it will be), this speech will be referred back to by the history books as a Churchillian warning to the world. Magnificent.

    • 49 Nerdy Wonka
      August 6, 2015 at 10:31 am


  17. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    August 6, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Good Morning Everyone! I will take sometime today to pause and remember Horoshima. Today’s anniversary makes PBO’s #IranDeal more timely & crucial

  18. 51 MadameSoph
    August 6, 2015 at 9:36 am

    P.S. Won’t be watching the Repub clown show tonight. I refuse to give them the ratings, even online. I know TOD will share the LOL/SMH/ICYMI parts, so I’ll check in here for tidbits afterwards 🙂

  19. 53 99ts
    August 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

    A grateful post from booman – the absence of evidence is the best evidence

    “I am so grateful for No Drama. I don’t want it to ever end.”


    • 54 0388jojothecat
      August 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

      We get manufactured drama from the media instead….PBO’s 100th Katrina when there has been NONE, why can’t PBO fix the entire world and mess-ups created by others, why did he really wear a tan suit that drove the media insane, and of course the GOP created hysteria.

    • August 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      …it is more than an absence of Bush….it is the Presence of OBAMA! that is the difference

  20. 57 57andfemale
    August 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

  21. 68 99ts
    August 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

    If amk wonders by – don’t let him talk about cricket. Thanking you in advance.

  22. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    August 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

    After one season with the crap Man United, the pretty awesome player, Angel di Maria says BUH-BYE to Man United.


    The Chelsea domination continues.

    • 72 GGail
      August 6, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Good riddence! He knows he won’t the only shining star on ManU and he couldn’t handle it 😀 😀

  23. 75 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

  24. 76 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 10:09 am


  25. 77 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Ah…those were the days…

      August 6, 2015 at 11:56 am


  26. 79 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

  27. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Good Morning Fellow TOD’ers! Nerdy and BT’s thank you for keeping things going during Chips well deserved vacation. I hope she is having a BLAST!!!

    My take on tonight is a little different than most. I actually don’t think that it’s going to be the fireworks most are anticipated it to be. There will be a lot of focus on Donald but he has never debated before so I expect him to just stand there in the middle spouting off his stump speech talking points (that the extreme right seems to love) and mainly taking shots at Clinton and PBO. In their minds PBO is a complete failure and their minions agree with that assessment so they are going to be tying HRC to PBO and bashing the two of them for 2 straight hours.

    Now, I think that if someone takes a shot at Donald he will fire back at them but I don’t see much of that happening tonight. I could be wrong but these things get all hyped up for ratings and generally don’t pan out to be what we expect. Although it would make for great entertainment if they did go after each other. 😯

    • 81 99ts
      August 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

      They are really scared that PBO is going to get a third term. Maybe someone will start up a “write-in” campaign!

    • 82 Vicki
      August 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Sadly, Donna, I completely agree.
      Nevertheless, PBO has asked us to watch this and I will do do. Popcorn at hand.

    • 83 GGail
      August 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

      GM Donna.
      I’ll be watching to hear what each have to say about “making America better”. If some of it is hilarious – that will be bonus points 🙂

  28. August 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Morning all. I will not watch the GOP comedy hour tonight, but will be here for your comments. When does PBO’s interview with Fareed Air on CNN?

  29. 85 Linda
    August 6, 2015 at 10:21 am


    Joe Scarborough: Obama’s Iran Speech Was “Partisan, Condescending, Arrogant”


      August 6, 2015 at 11:59 am


    • 87 Sandy1110
      August 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      When all else fails, count on the GOP to trot out their “Uppity Negro” chestnut to fire up the wingnuts.

  30. August 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Good morning (afternoon, evening) TOD community …. thank you for another fine R&S, NW …. congrats Mariele on 1st!

    Then there’s this ….

    Thanks OBAMA

  31. August 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Good morning, NW and TODers.

  32. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

  33. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 10:46 am

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  36. 120 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

  37. August 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

  38. August 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Existing While Black.


    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery

    6 in 10 black men say they personally have been treated unfairly by police because of their race http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_AP_POLL_BLACKS_AND_POLICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    • 132 Don
      August 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

      What about being followed in department stores, what about people locking their car doors when you walk by. I’ve had people lock their car doors when I walked by, and I had my son with me. Now that’s some shit to behold, walking down the street with your child and someone locks their car door. If even black men survive an encounter with a police office he still must navigate through society.

  39. 133 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Good morning TOD. #DebateQuestionsWeWantToHear

  40. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

  41. 135 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

  42. 138 57andfemale
    August 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

  43. 139 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

  44. 140 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

  45. 142 desertflower
    August 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Koch Bros. bankrolled and preferred candidate..


    Court Docs: ‘Probable Cause To Believe’ Walker Committed Felony

  46. 143 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Happy Thursday, TODobots and friends! {Morning CC & DannyO, wherever you are. Don’t cause any trouble today, please, but enjoy yourselves!]


    I got the PBO letter about watching the GOP circus tonight, but I’m going to rely on whatever feedback I get here in the village. Circuses have never appealed to me, and knowing the animals in this one are well-trained but not particularly smart will make it harder to stomach.

    • 144 GGail
      August 6, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Good morning vc.
      Since you’re not an American, you’re allowed to be excused and miss the debate, but IMO, voters on both sides of the American isle should watch and listen to these candidates. Look at their body language, listen to how they answer the questions – these are important.

      Know thy enemy, study thy enemy in order to be prepared to defeat the enemy.

    • 147 misspat
      August 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I am going down to the laundry room, listen to some reggae on my i-pod do a puzzle or two and come back and see what NordyWonka tweets. That’s good enough for me. I get all my info from this blog. Smart folks we have here, all of you!

      • 148 vcprezofan2
        August 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        TY for not making me feel the irrelevant foreigner I am, Miss Pat. I might even join you in the laundry room and try one of your puzzles. 🙂

  47. 149 Don
    August 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

    It seems to me that the Democratic Party is in rush to get back to their old ways of doing business before President Obama got elected.

  48. 153 amk for obama
    August 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

    in re, tonight’s (???) kkklown show.

  49. 154 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Eric’s Tweets on the debate questions are hilarious.

  50. 158 Don
    August 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I work for the government, and have done so for the last sixteen years. I often wonder why people that work for the government hate it so much. And the answer is I don’t know. I love my job and I love working for the government.

  51. 160 JER
    August 6, 2015 at 11:50 am

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