Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House after returning form a trip to Seattle, Wasahington, June 25, 2016, in Washington, DC. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)


All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:40AM: President Obama participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony

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

4:50PM: President Obama welcomes the 2015 WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx


US President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House after returning form a trip to Seattle, Wasahington, June 25, 2016, in Washington, DC. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

131 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Good morning NW and thank you!

    Continuing the morning news ….

  2. June 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

  3. June 27, 2016 at 7:38 am

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  5. June 27, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    If you missed these two EARTH SHATTERING moments at the BET Awards, get your life right now.

    BET Awards aired on BET, Nickelodeon, MTV, MTV2, Spike, VH1, VH1 Classic, Centric, etc. What an EPIC moment.

  7. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    June 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    GM to Bob, Rikyrah and early risers. And to Nerdy, thank you lifting us up this morning and for carrying on for Chips in this sad time. The images you’ve brought us of our President and First Family have been an antidote to the fear, ugliness, sadness, ignorance and despair we’ve been seeing throughout the world. You’ve not only been keeping the doors open at TOD, you kept the light on. Bless you.

  8. 18 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    There can be no talks on Brexit before the UK formally begins the process to quit the EU, Germany’s government says.

    The UK would be given a “reasonable amount of time”, but there must be no impasse, a spokesman said.

    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet later in Berlin, with the speed of negotiations for Britain’s exit high on the agenda.


    The limeys think they still rule the world. They want to have the cake and eat it too.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

      So the UK is between a rock and a hard place. If the Parliament decides that the cost of leaving the EU is too high to pay maybe they’ll act to override the referendum. It would be an act of political suicide for many MPs, but it would save the country and end the uncertainty. Of course, if British MPs are like those in US Congress, they’ll put their own necks above their love of country and nothing will get done.

  9. June 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Had to return for a moment to be sure that everyone listens to this ….

    …. am sure most of TOD already has done so, but just to be sure …. and, I assure you I’ll be sharing this video with lots of folk for a long time into the future ….

    bbl …

  10. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

    The tribute to Prince?


    BET came correct and put other award shows to shame. They honored and paid respect to an ICON.

  11. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    • 26 Sophia
      June 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Nerdy for your fantastic tweets, so on point! Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar performance was out of this world!!!!!!

  12. June 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

    “U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama — as well as her daughters and mother — will meet with Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees on June 27. The purpose of her visit is to promote gender equality. Her Let Girls Learn drive is a White House initiative that seeks to expand educational opportunities for girls throughout the world. Female students will discuss the difficulties they face in getting an education when she visits a school in Smell No Taste.

    Data from the Ministry of Education shows that the percentage of girls in schools decreases as they get older. Twice as many males ages 15 to 24 can read compared to females of the same age, according to UNICEF.

    Many families believe education has no value for girls. Early marriage takes other girls out of school and puts them back in the home. Pregnancy transforms promising students into struggling mothers.”

  13. June 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

  14. June 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Excerpt of Jesse Williams’ speech last night:

    … “There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There is no job we haven’t done, there is no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we have paid all of them.

    “But freedom is always conditional here. ‘You’re free!’ they keeping telling us. ‘But she would be alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.’ Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but the hereafter is a hustle: We want it now.

    “Let’s get a couple of things straight. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander — that’s not our job so let’s stop with all that. If you have a critique for our resistance then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression.

    “If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down.

    “We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold! — ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.

    “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

      This is incredibly powerful. Jesse Williams needs to be heard more often and his words taken to heart in every community across the country.

  15. June 27, 2016 at 8:44 am

    “Which is why this election doesn’t simply need to be a Democratic victory; it needs to be a Democratic landslide. I’m talking 360+ electoral votes for HRC. A flipped Senate. Significant gains in the House. It’s not enough to simply beat Donald Trump, he and his kind have to be destroyed. Forever. As in, the GOP needs to have such a resounding defeat that Reince Priebus hangs ’em up for good on November 9th. A party that has shifted so far to the right that it now exhibits all traits of fascism has no place in modern American politics. It is a party that needs to die and come back as something, anything, that resembles a viable conservative party. Because the Republican Party we have right now has officially jumped the shark. It still will get its 55 million votes come November 8th. But the party has done nothing at all to earn the vote of those 20 million undecided voters that will swing the election to either one side or the other.

    And it’s up to all of us to remind those voters of this fact.”

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      June 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Morning, Pf. I read this in TPV and agree with every word. Now we just have to make it happen!!!

      • June 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

        I would give pause to say this…we have to be ever vigilant…because these forces never give up…they just regroup and strategize for another day….this is why we must ever be vigilant…ever know that the war for Peace and Freedom is never truly won…because those folks are ever planning to take it away….

        The struggle continues………

    • June 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Excellent! Yes we can!

  16. June 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Memphis man raises close to $250,000 for teen who offered to carry groceries in exchange for some food for him and his disabled mom. “He is a straight-A student who is doing his best to make it in a world with no money and very few resources.” http://abcn.ws/293wDcC

    • 41 sherijr
      June 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I read this story a couple of days ago and they’d raised $92,000. at that point… $250,000. is brilliant. Very happy for this family.

  17. June 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    There was also a humble sweetness and sincerity in Sam Jackson ‘s speech.
    He also reminded us:
    Get out and vote. And take 8 people with you. You don’t want to get tricked like those folks in London

  18. 43 MightyPamela
    June 27, 2016 at 8:55 am


    June 27, 2016 at 8:56 am


  20. 45 99ts
    June 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

    gm TOD. These are the last 3 SCOTUS cases for this session. I think they are all being announced today. Good descriptions here

    Voisine v. United States (argued February 29, 2016). – relates to possession of firearms after domestic violence conviction

    McDonnell v. United States (argued April 27, 2016). Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is challenging his convictions (Some thoughts around that he may win)

    Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (argued March 2, 2016). This is a challenge to the constitutionality of two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion in that state.

    • 46 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Decisions given on the live blog here

    • 47 Don
      June 27, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for the reminder, McDonnell tried to throw his wife under the boss during the trial, I’ve got zero sympathy for him.

      • 48 99ts
        June 27, 2016 at 9:09 am

        And so say all of us – he is just sleeze enough to win this – who would pay for his appeal – I thought he was broke?

        • 49 amk for obama
          June 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

          More importantly, who do the supremes think that his case has to be fast tracked? There are more public interest cases they could actually take up before ruling in this shite.

      • 50 99ts
        June 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

        From the Scotus Blog

        “To follow up on an earlier question, there is only one opinion from the April sitting outstanding: McDonnell v. United States. Chief Justice John Roberts is the only Justice who hasn’t written for April, so he’s a good bet — which is in turn a good sign for McDonnell.”

  21. June 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

    which is why she should stay IN THE SENATE:

    If You Fail to Plan, Then You Plan to Fail
    by D.R. Tucker June 25, 2016 3:30 PM

    Like my colleague David Atkins, I think a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren ticket would be a strong one for the national Democratic Party; on MSNBC this morning, Joy Reid also noted Warren’s merits as a running mate for Clinton. However, as a Massachusetts native, I cannot dismiss concerns that Warren’s departure from the Senate upon becoming Vice President would quickly become a disaster for the state Democratic Party.

    Under current Massachusetts law, a special election to fill a vacant US House or Senate seat must be held at least 145 days (but not more than 160 days) after the seat becomes vacant. Between the time the vacancy commences and the day of the special election, the governor–in this case, Republican Charlie Baker–must appoint an interim US Senator.

    In the two most recent Bay State US Senate vacancies (the passing of Ted Kennedy in 2009 and the resignation of John Kerry to become Secretary of State in 2013), the appointed interim Senators–former Democratic National Committee head Paul Kirk and prominent attorney Mo Cowan, respectively–agreed not to run for the office while serving as interim Senator. It is quite likely that Baker will also have his interim appointment agree not to run for the office–because Baker, highly popular in Massachusetts, will not be able to resist the urge to run for the seat himself.

    This should scare progressives in Massachusetts; as I have previously noted, the state Democratic Party seems uninterested in confronting Baker on the more offensive aspects of his record, presumably due to his tremendous popularity. It is difficult to imagine the state party suddenly moving from legarthic to lithe when it comes to making the case against a Senate candidate Baker–and it is also difficult to imagine the national Democratic Party and/or progressive Super PACs doing enough damage to Baker to substantially diminish his popularity going into a special election.

  22. June 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Burying the Beast: Why the 2016 Election Needs to be a Democratic Landslide

    Trevor LaFauci June 26, 2016
    There are two sides to every coin.

    Over the past two weeks, I’ve been traversing Palm Beach County, Florida for a crash course in political organizing 101. I’ve been to multiple call banks, house parties, and voter registration events. I’ve met local officials and precinct leaders. I’ve sat in on a conference call led by Robby Mook. I’ve seen and heard strategy sessions regarding messaging, talking points, goals, and strategies for the general election campaign. I’ve made hundreds of phone calls in an effort to recruit both new and seasoned volunteers. I’ve seen staunch Democratic supporters open their homes to complete strangers to offer supporter housing. I’ve spoken with new organizers who quit their cushy jobs to join the campaign. I’ve seen veteran organizers who have been consistently working 70-hour weeks since last summer. I’ve seen a network of driven and dedicated Democrats who will do whatever it takes to elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president.

    But I’ve also seen the other side.

  23. 55 arapaho415
    June 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

    GM TODville.

    Raise your hand if you heard/saw any MSM report this from yesterday’s national polls:

  24. 56 arapaho415
    June 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Know nothing about what will happen with #Brexit referendum vote last week, but we’re sure to see more “blame game” surface.

  25. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2016 at 9:20 am


  26. 58 arapaho415
    June 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    @Schultz44 is fired up and ready to go this Monday AM (haven’t read either article yet, but should have limited PBO-bashing since Eric Schultz tweeted):

  27. 59 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Who is willing to take the bet that the queen is gonna step in and sort out the mess the brits find themselves in?

    Yes, I do know there is no precedent but there is always a furst time for everything.

    • 60 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

      NOT ever going to happen amk. Her son is going to have enough trouble keeping his day job – the Queen isn’t going to intervene – I’ll bet the $10,000 on that

      • 61 amk for obama
        June 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

        au$$ie or murkan ?

        also. too. show me the munny.

        • 62 99ts
          June 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

          I’ll even go murkan $$$$ – which will cost you $AU13,521.60 as at now

          1975 our GG shut down parliament. He had NO authority to do so & disappeared without trace when his term was up hated by all. There was much discussion as to whether the Queen would have done the same (GG is the Queen’s rep in Oz) and the resounding answer was NO. No GG will ever do it again either. Much as she is an elder stateswoman she has NO political power.
          I’ll take my money in a swiss bank account – thank you

  28. 67 GGAIL
    June 27, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family.

  29. June 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Good morning, NW and TODers. Hope your week is off to a good start.

    WATCH this as many times as you can. It’s strong, brilliant, moving, TRUTH.

  30. 70 JER
    June 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  31. 73 99ts
    June 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Voisine v. United States – 5:3 Holding: A reckless domestic assault qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

    This was the case of two Maine men who were convicted on state domestic violence charges and then found with firearms and charged with violating a federal law that prohibits domestic abusers from having firearms. The question was whether their convictions qualified under the statute.

    • 74 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

      It was 6:2 – Thomas dissents, joined by Sotomayor as to Parts 1 and 2 only.

      Thomas likes anyone to have guns??

  32. 75 99ts
    June 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

    We have Whole Woman’s Health, per Breyer.

    The vote is 5-3; Thomas dissents. ALito dissents, joined by Chief and Thomas.
    Second holding: Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.


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  36. June 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Also –

  37. 85 99ts
    June 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Ahhhhhhhh – I am person non gratis – WP keeps deleting my posts

  38. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    June 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

    • 91 amk for obama
      June 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

      🙂 . ^5.

    • 92 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

      RBG gave a separate opinion – getting to the truth of the matter – I have to change one word because WP is a RW Texas supporting piece of software

      From ScotusBlog
      Re RBG
      I think her conclusion is designed to give today’s opinion as broad a reach as possible: “So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992), Targeted Regulation of Ab.0rti0n Providers laws like H. B. 2 that “do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to ab.0rti0n,” Planned Parenthood of Wis., 806 F. 3d, at 921, cannot survive judicial inspection.”

  39. 93 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

    and fucking scalia is still dead. hurray.

  40. 96 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    As a husband and a dad, it creeps me out that some unknown third rate creeps can decide what my wu/du can or cannot do.

    Go supremes.

  41. 97 desertflower
    June 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Good News From SCOTUS Monday morning!! Follow this TL for Brexit news…


    There will be no second referendum/cabinet agrees…..

    • 98 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

      UK’s had a great intro to the 21st century – Tony Blair & David Cameron – both leaving with tail between legs.

  42. 99 JER
    June 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton is joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event – Cincinnati, OH – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  43. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Dear political gods, please ask Hillary not to nod her head in agreement during Elizabeth Warren’s entire intro. Looks a little nutty.

    Go, Democratic Women! We got this!

    • 103 JER
      June 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Yes! Please stop the nodding Hillary.

    • June 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

      She has a generalized nodding habit that has the result of making her look a bit like she’s on autopilot. I hope she can learn to ditch it but I suspect not.

      • 106 jacquelineoboomer
        June 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

        She’s had that habit for a long time, so I suspect not, too. I’ve gotten more used to EW’s habits, thank goodness!

        Oh, let’s face it … I won’t be satisfied until Joe Biden and Barack Obama are on the campaign trail with her! I’m a big fan of their “habits” – they’re all a BFD to me!!!!

        • June 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

          This will sound weird but I also find it impossible to get that image of Ted Strickland doing the bobblehead nodding when HRC did her “shame on you, Barack Obama” tirade out of my head whenever I see him. LOLz.

          • 108 jacquelineoboomer
            June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

            That was the word I was trying to think of – bobblehead! What’s up with all that? 🙂

  44. 111 99ts
    June 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

    And this one is 8:0

    Given the court’s interpretation of official act, the district court’s jury instructions were erroneous, and the jury may have convicted Governor McDonnell for conduct that is not unlawful. Because the errors in the jury instructions are not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, the Court vacates Governor McDonnell’s convictions.

    Think I’m reading he can be tried again – but the current conviction does not stand. If only EVERY defendant could appeal to the SCOTUS

  45. 112 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

    beebs live blog

    Referendum outcome must be accepted, says David Cameron
    Posted at 20:07

    Setting out what the vote means, and the next steps, David Cameron says the result was not the outcome he wanted “but there can be no doubt about the result”. Nevertheless, he says he stands by his warnings about the risk of leaving the EU, adding:

    The decision must be accepted and the process of implementing the decision in the best possible way must now begin.”

    The prime minister says there is also a “fundamental responsibility” to unite the country, as he condemns “despicable” abuse he says has been hurled at EU migrants since the result. “We will not stand for hate crime,” he adds.

    He also offers assurances to EU nationals living here that there will be no immediate changes to their circumstances.


    so, what about non-eu nationals, cammy boy?

    • 113 99ts
      June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

      And commenting on Boris

      Boris Johnson just emerged from Downing Street to state again his support for a points based immigration system combined somehow with access to the single market.

      One Tory MP said it was more of Boris Johnson’s cake policy, “pro having it and pro eating it” and he would have to “sort himself out.”

      Boris walking back everything the exit campaign promised. Is there EVER a politician who tells the truth before an election?

  46. 114 amk for obama
    June 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    rethugs. aka always overreaching and see shite backfiring on their collective ugly faces.

  47. June 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    • 116 purpleshoesla
      June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

      and an uninformed electorate whipped up by fearmongering and lies to vote against their best interests.

      • 118 0388jojothecat
        June 27, 2016 at 11:23 am

        Good TOD Morning everyone.

        Was listening to NPR that the “Leavers” are not doing interviews and some are going into hiding due to severe backlash. One guy, apparently a working class man and his wife voted to leave based on the $350 million pounds that were doing to be put back into the healthcare system and education. He feels he was lied to (no shit dumb a$$) and can no longer trust government officials. People need to do some research on their own and not depend on the word of politicians and realize the media/press no longer informs them.

    • 119 catrst
      June 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      This is as true as it gets. Thanks for putting so clearly.

  48. 120 MightyPamela
    June 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Uh. Am I alone in thinking our president just gets better and better?

  49. 123 desertflower
    June 27, 2016 at 10:47 am


    • 124 desertflower
      June 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

      And THIS…

  50. 125 Don
    June 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Elizabeth Warren is very enthusiastic this morning.

  51. June 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    EW isn’t even trying to hide she wants the VP slot SO BAD!!

  52. 131 JER
    June 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

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