Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama greets Ambassador Alieu Momodou Ngum, of Republic of The Gambia, and his family before the start of an ambassador credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, Aug. 10, 2010. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an ambassadorÕs service in Washington. (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 Ambassador Alieu Momodou Ngum, of Republic of The Gambia, and his family before the start of an ambassador credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, Aug. 10, 2010. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an ambassador’s service in Washington. Photo by Pete Souza





William J. Broad: 29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal In Letter To Obama

Twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers — wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent. “We congratulate you and your team,” the letter says in its opening to Mr. Obama, adding that the Iran deal “will advance the cause of peace and security in the Middle East and can serve as a guidepost for future nonproliferation agreements.” In a technical judgment that seemed more ominous than some other assessments of Tehran’s nuclear capability, the letter says that Iran, before curbing its nuclear program during the long negotiations,

was “only a few weeks” away from having fuel for nuclear weapons. The deal’s plan for resolving disputes, the letter says, greatly mitigates “concerns about clandestine activities.” It hails the 24-day cap on Iranian delays to site investigations as “unprecedented,” adding that the agreement “will allow effective challenge inspection for the suspected activities of greatest concern.” It also welcomes as without precedent the deal’s explicit banning of research on nuclear weapons “rather than only their manufacture,” as established in the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, the top arms-control agreement of the nuclear age.

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Frank Main: Chicago Police And ACLU Agree To Major Changes In Stop-And-Frisk Policy

Responding to a scathing report by a civil-rights group, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy agreed Thursday to have a retired judge evaluate the department’s stop-and-frisk practices and require his officers to document whenever they conduct a pat-down. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois blasted the department in March for failing to record when officers frisk someone. The ACLU also questioned whether officers often stop people illegally. The stops have disproportionally targeted blacks, even in white neighborhoods, the ACLU found. Under the settlement, the police department will expand the information on “contact cards” that officers have been required to fill out when they stop someone on the street for questioning.

The cards list the person’s name, race, sex, address, phone number and other personal information. The officer checks a box for the type of contact: traffic-related, suspicious person, gang- or drug-related, crime victim or other. If the stop involves a vehicle, there are boxes to describe the make, model and license plate number. There are also three lines for the officer to provide a reason for the stop. Now contact cards will also say whether the person was frisked, whether contraband like a gun was found, and whether there was an arrest, warning or citation. That will allow for better monitoring of stop-and-frisk practices and their impact on minorities, according to the ACLU.

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President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 10, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs; Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger. Photo by Pete Souza


With lipstick on his cheek from a woman’s kiss, President Barack Obama greets people in the audience following remarks at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention at the Orlando Hilton in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

149 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. 6 Vicki
    August 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Good morning, Nerdy.
    And Yes! Don. Congrats on first.

    I am happy to see this mornings’ emphasis on the Iran Deal.
    Paul Krugman in today’s NY Times has a story and headline we will all like ” Failure to Fail” or in other words–Winning!—all about PBO’s successful policies.

  2. 7 JER
    August 10, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

  3. August 10, 2015 at 8:38 am


  4. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    August 10, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Morning all and congratulations to Don for being the first of the early birds. I’m so glad the NYT landed a sock on Schumer’s jaw re the Iran deal. There’s no way he anticipated this kind of blow back when he decided to put loyalty to Israel ahead of the US. I hope he’s punished dearly by being soundly rejected for senate leadership next year. This wasn’t just an error of judgment on his part, it was an act of monumental stupidity and sabotage and it must not go unpunished.

    • 13 tnmtngirl
      August 10, 2015 at 8:47 am


    • 14 GGail
      August 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

      It must not. So true JG

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

      You nailed it, jackieG!

    • August 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

      I agree but I think he’s trying to whip votes nonetheless. Reprehensible.

      • August 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

        If it’s true, that makes the pushback against him even more important. Something has to be done so democratic senators and representatives won’t dare join him in voting against the deal.

        Mr. Schumer is rational and well informed, so I suspect his opposition is more political than factual. My hope is that his trying to whip votes is just for show because he wants to please his donors and his friends in Israel. And he knows that the deal will survive and the president’s veto is safe.

        But we never know…

        On the technical aspect of the deal, the inspections, etc. , every rational person will be reassured by the unanimous approval by experts. Another letter in the NYT today.

        If there is still work to do to convince democrats ( I think that working on the republicans is a waste of time), it’s about the fantasy entertained by some that there is a way to negotiate something better. As if other countries, especially China and Russia, would agree to another round of economic sanctions. If I’m not mistaken, ambassadors from all the countries part to negotiations said it bluntly to a group of senate democrats recently: don’t count on us to restart the process all over again. That left a mark. Senator Boxer, for example, was convinced and announced her support for the deal right after that.

        At this point, democrats who still don’t want to support the deal are either ignorant of geopolitics, or are playing politics.

        Apparently, the deal doesn’t “poll” well in the general population. Sure, because of the ferocious opposition from republicans, we can’t hope for anything more than 55% of approval maybe. But the numbers are much less than that. And the defection of Shumer won’t help.

        I think the President will have to address the nation. Prime time. To set the record straight, and to convince americans, specifically democrats and independent moderates, that this diplomatic break-through is in the national interest.

        Because , unfortunately, we all know how people in Congress can become little chickens if they think something is not “popular” among their constituents.

    • 18 Judith Fardig
      August 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Yay for J Street counteracting AIPAC which does not speak for all American Jews. I hope this makes a difference to my Senator Ron Wyden who seems to need extra pressure to support the Iran Deal.

    • August 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Well said Jackie, well said. 👊👍✊👌

  5. August 10, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. 23 amk for obama
    August 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

    My $0.02 on sanders vs #blm. He is not worth it. He won’t be the nominee.

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Well, now we’re up to $0.04 on that.

    • 25 donna dem 4 obama
      August 10, 2015 at 9:34 am

      GM amk. The point isn’t about whether or not he is the nominee. He is being targeted because of the attention and crowd his campaign is generating. The point of agitation like this is to get the greatest exposure and so for now he is that guy.

  7. 26 Allison
    August 10, 2015 at 9:07 am


    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s brother is reportedly terrorizing his neighbors by stalking, death threats, trespassing, drive-by gunfire, massive explosions, cattle theft and hit-and-run driving.

    Even though Jim Brownback has been accused of repeatedly trespassing and shooting firearms outside the home of Joann and Robert Peine, who have three children, near Parker, Kansas, no action has been taken by police.

    According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Jim Brownback uses his name as brother of the state’s most powerful politician to avoid consequences for his lawless actions.

    “Adversaries say he has woven a liquor-infused tapestry of fear colored by intimidation, abuse and lies. The saga features stalking, death threats, trespassing, drive-by gunfire, massive explosions, cattle theft, loan defaults, hit-and-run driving and marital strife,” according to the Capital-Journal.

  8. 28 GGail
    August 10, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Sad to hear about the violence in Ferguson last night.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Good morning from the east coast, GxG. Last night I watched that Fault Lines Ferguson video (shared by Desertf) about Mike Brown’s death and the general situation in Ferguson…… No words.

      • 30 GGail
        August 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Hey vc.
        I’m shaking my head for I know that the majority of the people were really focused on a peaceful demonstration.

  9. August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I heard that 56 Democrats and Republicans are in Israel to meet with Netanyahu.

    • 33 Vicki
      August 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

      AIPAC offers a free trip to the new freshman classes in the Senate and the House.
      AIPAC does this every 2 years.
      We are aware of it this year because of the Iran Deal.

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        August 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

        How is this not a form of bribery on the part of AIPAC? No wonder Netanyahu has had such ‘freedom’ to pontificate in Congress all these years – he had no need to be ‘elected’ by the people; he simply bought his way in with goodies.

    • 37 Don
      August 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

      The least Netanyahu can do is give them cab fare to get back home once he’s finished with them.

  10. August 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good morning, NW and TODville.

    Another YES vote:

    • 39 Vicki
      August 10, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Oh, good. After Chuck said “No” I was worried others might be silenced. I hope we see at least a few more Yes votes today and every day this week.

    • August 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Since the media like to point out ‘Jewish’ members of Congress against the deal (only Schumer)….with Schatz, Boxer, Feinstein, Sanders, Gillibrand…I think that is the entire caucus minus Ben Cardin (undecided)….also longest serving member of House (Sander Levin is also for the deal)

      • 45 Vicki
        August 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Eliot Engle are 3 NY Congress members who are Jewish and No votes. Traitors in my humble opinion.

        • August 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

          Yes…I made a comment last week tell me when a D member of congress who doesn’t reside in NY/NJ or CA comes out against the deal I will actually pay attention.

  11. 47 JER
    August 10, 2015 at 9:29 am

    August 9, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of America’s wartime nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, Japan – a follow-up to the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima three days earlier. Today, a survivor speaks with Seth Doane about her memories and the need to tell her story.

    • August 10, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I had to watch this first with the volume turned all the way down. Even though I was not born when this happened the pain in my heart is heavy to know that human beings could nots it down and reason with one another. Thank God even more for President Obama.

  12. 49 desertflower
    August 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Good morning everyone…first day of school for me today, so naturally I overslept:) Hope that everyone has a great day..will have to lurk today:)

    • 50 Don
      August 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

      And naturally to compound your lateness you hop online to tell us you’re late, which will in fact make you even more late. Our youth are in good hands, LOL. Just kidding desertflower, I’m just kidding, enjoy your day.

      • 51 desertflower
        August 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Well, smartypants…I’m actually not late, but when the alarm went off, I laid in bed for another 20 minutes..late in the sense that I didn’t pop right up when I should have:) I’ve never been late for actual work…and I won’t be late for actual work today…I just like to get up very much earlier so I can read and have my coffee in peace and quiet…In my next life, I’m coming back as you:)

        • 52 Don
          August 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

          It takes a peaceful mind to be able to read in the morning, I envy you, in the morning my mind is usually empty and ready to be filled with whatever I happen to come across.

    • 54 Judith Fardig
      August 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Have a good day at school. How well I remember the butterflies of first day with the kids: theirs and mine!

  13. 56 GGail
    August 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The news reports on Frank Gifford’s life and death are respectfully leaving out his marital infidelity. Probably out of respect for Kathie Lee.

  14. 59 desertflower
    August 10, 2015 at 9:49 am


    The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class. Last Thursday we had 10 rich white males on a debate stage seeking to represent the billionaire class (some 536 individuals in US, who have more wealth than the bottom half of the US population).

    US billionaires are getting richer at a time when wages for working and middle class people have not kept pace with increases in productivity. Working and middle class Americans, unlike the stock market (80% of which is owned by the top 20% of the population), have never recovered from the bust of 2008. And no, it was not caused by ordinary people trying to live above their means. It was caused by bankers who were venal and corrupt and stole enormous sums from the public.

    So what did the would-be representatives of the super-wealthy want? They wanted to take away health care from tens of millions of Americans. Why would you want to do that? Having to contribute to health care for the US public is an inconvenience to the business classes, many of whom don’t want Obamacare.

    They want to take away your medicaid and social security. Again, this step is in the interest of the super-wealthy who don’t want the government to run such large entitlement programs for fear that Washington will end up taxing them for the operation. (In fact, social security would be healthier if the wealthy had to pay into it according to full income; at the moment, there is a cut-off for payments, which saves the billionaires a lot of money.)

    This is the bottom line, really. The difference between a vote for a Democrat that would keep this in place, or for a Republican that would take it all away. I think it really is that simple.

    • 60 desertflower
      August 10, 2015 at 10:02 am


    • 61 Don
      August 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

      I wish it were that simple, Mr. Magic Underwear himself Mitt Romney got over fifty-million votes in 2012. And a lot of those people that voted for Mitt could least of all afford to vote for Mitt. The billionaires pay the millionaires to trick the middle class and the poor into voting against their own best interest. Until that mindset is changed our fight will always be an uphill battle.

  15. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    August 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning TOD. Twitter Brigade please continue to to pound Schumer on his Iran Deal Vote.

    • 63 Don
      August 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Sadly Senator Schumer has turned into a two bit suicide bomber, and he is willing to take down as many Democrats as he can. It was cute when all he did was suckle at the teats of AIPAC, but now he has crossed the proverbial red line. Senator Schumer must not be given the reins of leadership in the Democratic Party.

  16. August 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good morning, afternoon, evening global TOD community 🙂

    This is a must read!!

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  19. 73 Gazelle
    August 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good morning NW, BTs, TODville! Dr. Jill is on Rachel show right now. Cooking & chatting! Hmmm, First-Lady-to-be! 🙂

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  22. August 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

    • 85 Dakota
      August 10, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Good Morning!!!

      This was my response to an acquaintance that took issue with the BLM women that disrupted Bernie Sander’s event. She felt that they were being divisive and that their time would be better spent disrupting republican events.(Really????):

      I think democratic candidates should be shaken up. They get too complacent in assuming that they have the Black vote locked up. Each one of them need their feet held to the fire. Pres. Obama gets heckled all the time and not only has he never cancelled an event, he engages them and will even speak with them after the event. Bernie, his civil rights record notwithstanding, came off looking weak. Scared of two black women. With the serious problems Black people face in this country, we need leaders that won’t just pay lip service to our concerns. They need our votes to win…they know this, so they damn well better earn them.

      And yeah, disrupt republican events just to piss them off…we know they could care less about people of color and nothing we do will change their mindset. Probably wasted energy, but still worth a laugh.

      • 86 Don
        August 10, 2015 at 10:46 am

        Dakota, Joe Madison talked about the BLM this morning on his radio show. Republicans won’t even allow people in who they think will disrupt their events, Democrats will allow any and everyone into their events. Sanders’ supporters always play the “Sanders marched with King” card, but yet Sanders gets undone by a couple of sisters asking him questions about the state of black American. If it was okay for President Obama to get heckled, its damn well okay for Sanders to get heckled.

      • August 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

        “They get too complacent in assuming that they have the Black vote locked up. Each one of them need their feet held to the fire.”


  23. 92 JER
    August 10, 2015 at 10:46 am


  24. August 10, 2015 at 10:53 am

    A Children’s Illustrator Is Losing Fans Because Of Her Anti-Racist Art

    “There are no words to express how little I care if I lose every bigoted, racist, homophobic and/or sexist follower I have.”
    Aug. 8, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.

    Illustrator Mary Engelbreit has made many fans for her work in stationery, home goods, and children’s books for over 30 years.

    But today, some of those fans are not so happy with anti-racist artwork she’s posted on her Facebook as a tribute to Michael Brown, who was killed nearly a year ago.


    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Good for her!

    • 102 GGail
      August 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Then we should do all we can to support her by purchasing her products so she isn’t penalized financially for taking a stand.

      Thanks rikyrah for bringing this to our attention.

      Maybe NW can FP this with perhaps a link to Mary’s business site.

      • August 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

        there was a tweet posted on the last thread that spoke about how a Loews customer stated that she did not want to receive her furniture delivery by a black man…and that Loews complied….in fact told the driver who was en-route to her house to return to the store…when he returned he was told that he was called back because the customer did not want a blk delivery man….

        the customer told the local news reporter that she had a right to choose who she wanted to deliver her goods to her…


        the local news asked him if he was planning to quit…he said he could not afford to quit…he just wished that Loews has stood up for him

        there were no reports of what Loews repsonse was…not sure if the local news asked them…

        how different would this have turned out if Loews had refused to honor her racist request…it would have been a step towards bending that arc towards Justice…

        i think i will call Loews regarding their non-discrimination policy

    • 106 Judith Fardig
      August 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Good for Mary Engelbreit!

    • August 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I have always loved Mary Engelbreit’s brightly colored illustrations. I used old illustrated calendar pages in my elementary classroom bulletin boards. Currently while PBO is in office I have a calendar about him in my home. I will continue this practice while he is in office. Then I will switch my annual calendar to a Mary Engelbreit’s calendar again.

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      O, I loved her follow-up pic ‘I will not stay silent….”! Sadly, I couldn’t retweet it because she doesn’t do twitter (and I don’t do Facebook). 😦

    • 109 Dudette
      August 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Rikyah! I’m now a fan!!!

  25. 110 vcprezofan2
    August 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Apparently a journalist (Asim Aliyev, 30 yrs) in Azerbaijan was beaten to death *because* he criticized a football player on Facebook! Unbelievable!

    Sorry it flashed pass my eyes on twitter and I checked google but didn’t see the English version.

    Perdre la vie pour avoir critiqué un footballeur sur Facebook. Une histoire impensable mais qui est pourtant arrivée à Rasim Aliyev, journaliste azéri mort à l’âge de 30 ans.

    Un journaliste azéri a été battu à mort dimanche 9 août 2015 à Bakou, en Azerbaïdjan. Rasim Aliyev n’avait pourtant pas dénoncé les atours d’un régime présidentialiste fâché avec le concept de démocratie. Il n’avait pas non plus décrié l’emprisonnement de Leyla et Arif Yunus. Son seul crime était d’avoir critiqué un joueur de football sur Facebook.
    ………………………………… //

  26. August 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Quite different in Kobani compared to a year ago!

    Relevant updates in the sidebar … another ridiculous week ahead so I’ll be RT’ing as much as possible to keep the sidebar up-to-date and posting here whenever I get a break 🙂

    bbl ….

  27. 121 hopefruit2
    August 10, 2015 at 11:52 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Sir Don on #1 🙂 Happy Monday everyone!

    Thanks Nerdy for this fabulous Monday R &S! 🙂

  28. 123 57andfemale
    August 10, 2015 at 11:52 am

  29. August 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I’ve been tweeting like mad to put pressure on Wyden and others over Iran vote. I had been puzzling over why Schumer and GOP want to isolate US from having any leverage at all in IranDeal. The only conclusion I have is they want to set up a situation where a unilateral war of regime change is plausible. That has been the policy of the GOP since 2003.

  30. 126 57andfemale
    August 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

  31. 127 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Hello TOD.
    Fantastic R&S, NW. Thank you.
    Congrats Don on your Au ⭐
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners, 2 posts back.

  32. 129 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

  33. 130 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Yep, the Games that Fox, GOPers, Ailes and the MSM play. It is always about Them, Never about Us.

  34. 131 57andfemale
    August 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  35. 132 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    and then this

  36. 133 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  37. 134 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  38. 135 Allison
    August 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    A parody account

  39. 136 Allison
    August 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  40. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    August 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm


  41. August 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Nerdy if you want to feature this in the next thread…

  42. 142 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  43. 143 Nena20409
    August 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  44. 149 vcprezofan2
    August 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    LPlains, you are a tease! I couldn’t resist looking at the Panera spreads!

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