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Jun
12

Rise and Shine

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12:05: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

12:20: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route Portsmouth, New Hampshire

1:35: Arrives in Portsmouth

2:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Oyster River High School (live coverage)

4:05: Departs Portsmouth en route Boston, Massachusetts

4:30: Arrives in Boston

5:10: Attends a campaign event (closed press)

7:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (live coverage)

9:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (private residence)

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Tuesday: The President will travel to Atlanta and Miami to attend campaign events. He will return to Washington in the evening.

Wednesday: Will meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed. In the evening, the President and First Lady will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

Thursday and Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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Peter Cohan (Telegram): When he was running for President in 2008, Barack Obama struck me as a gifted orator. But now that he’s running for re-election, it feels to me that the messaging power of his political opponents is like Hurricane Katrina blowing against a chipmunk’s squeal.

So I am confident that a piece of excellent news for drivers resulting from a little-noticed policy from Mr. Obama will get no attention at all from the media.

In April, I predicted that President Obama’s $52 million plan to increase the margin requirements and otherwise tighten the screws on oil speculators — who borrow huge sums to bet on the direction of oil without taking delivery — would cut oil prices by 10 percent. He’s beaten that prediction, and the lowered price of gasoline has added $78.4 billion to its consumers’ spending power.

More here

Thanks Jovie

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Michael Tomasky: Democrats Should Come Out Swinging Against the Court – If the Supreme Court overturns the health-care law, Democrats will be tempted to sulk and feel sorry for themselves. But that’s the last thing they should do.

I expect, as I think most of us do, an unfriendly decision (from the Democratic point of view) on the health-care law. Can’t yet say how unfriendly; at the very least, an overturning of the individual mandate, and maybe more. Assuming that’s correct, the question immediately becomes how the president and the Democrats should respond. There’s very little they can do legislatively. But I’ll be watching for rhetoric, tone, even body language. And on those counts, they had damn well better dispense with the usual liberal woe-is-me hand-wringing and shoulder slumping and come out swinging.

They had better communicate to their base that they stand for something, it’s important to them, and they’re pissed. And if they do it the right way, they can make the Supreme Court an issue this fall in a way that might even persuade some swing voters that the court overstepped its bounds. I’d go so far as to say that an aggressive response can reset and reframe the whole health-care debate, once Americans have had their minds focused on this by a blatantly partisan court.

More here

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Cagle

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Jonathan Cohn: Do you care how the Supreme Court rules on health care reform this week? I don’t mean in the political sense. I mean in the personal sense — because the law’s fate is a very personal matter for many millions of Americans.

They’re the Americans who have diabetes and Crohn’s disease, cancer and hay fever. They’re the Americans who don’t have access to health benefits and the Americans who have access to health benefits but can’t afford to pay for them…..

The Affordable Care Act won’t help all of these people. But it will help an awful lot of them. In fact, it’s already starting to make a difference….

….. by and large, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working …. Will the Supreme Court stop this progress? … a decision to strike down even part of the law would have grave consequences — for the court’s legitimacy and, perhaps, the norms that make our constitutional system function. It’d also have grave consequences for the people whose employment, financial, or medical status renders them vulnerable — a group that may someday include you, if it doesn’t already.

More here

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Cagle

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E.J. Dionne: Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court may make possible something that has yet to happen: an honest and complete discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

And if it throws out all or part of the law now popularly known as “Obamacare,” we will need a fearless conversation about how a conservative majority of the court has become a cog in a larger right-wing project to make progressive political and legislative victories impossible.

… Maybe now, supporters of the ACA will find their voices and point to the 30 million people the law would help to buy health insurance, how much assistance it gives businesses, how it creates a more rational health insurance market, how it helps those 26 and under stay on their parents’ health plans, how it protects those with pre-existing conditions. “Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage…..

…. Were the health-care law to be eviscerated, those who battled so hard on its behalf might draw at least bittersweet comfort from what could be called the Joni Mitchell Rule, named after the folk singer who instructed us that “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

More here

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Cagle

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Bloomberg: The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold a law requiring most Americans to have health insurance if the justices follow legal precedent, according to 19 of 21 constitutional law professors who ventured an opinion on the most-anticipated ruling in years.

Only eight of them predicted the court would do so.

“The precedent makes this a very easy case,” said Christina Whitman, a University of Michigan law professor. “But the oral argument indicated that the more conservative justices are striving to find a way to strike down the mandate.”

…. There was broad agreement that the ruling, barely four months before November’s presidential election, has the potential to hurt the Supreme Court’s reputation as an impartial institution.

Eighteen of the 21 professors said the court’s credibility will be damaged if the insurance requirement – which passed Congress without a single Republican vote – is ruled unconstitutional by a 5-4 majority of justices appointed by Republican presidents.

More here

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McClatchy

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Steve Benen: Earlier this year, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry was still a presidential candidate, he took aim at Mitt Romney’s controversial private-sector background. Perry told voters, “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business.”

…. In several instances, even when Romney’s firm drove companies into bankruptcy, and even when Bain’s own investors lost, Romney made millions, thanks to fees he charged the companies has they spiraled towards collapse. Taking risks may be a key element to successful capitalism, but this Republican created a system in which risk taking wasn’t necessary.

As far as the election is concerned, Romney is telling voters this background helps prove his qualifications for the presidency. I still haven’t the foggiest idea why.

Full post here

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Cagle

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Thanks Pamela

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Morning everyone


234 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    GM All

  2. 17 Roberta in MN
    June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Congtras Proud. And Good Morning to all.

  3. 19 lisalovesobama
    June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hey!

  4. June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    A BIG WEEK FOR OBAMA AHHHHH!!! (say the pundits)

  5. 22 Jessica
    June 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I’m really nervous about the healthcare law. I have zero confidence in the Supreme Court.

  6. 23 Pamela
    June 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hey everyone! Y’all have such a great day! Obama ~ Biden 2012! We ARE greater together! {{{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}}

  7. June 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Good morning, OTeam. Rise and shine for a day of YES WE CAN.

  8. 26 Bill
    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Does anyone have any idea why the Court receives no criticism for dragging out the release of their decision once they have made it?

    • 27 collegekay
      June 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I asked the same thing. They made the decision weeks ago.

    • June 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

      The decision gets made and then they have to write the opinion and that takes a while. I think it’s convention to release opinions in groupings. Can’t explain why they leave ACA to last.

  9. 30 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

    lmao at the toon. Yet these thugs invite more and more contempt willingly. Hope Holder will hold out and continues to say FU to these preeks.

  10. 32 Linda
    June 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning.

    Is this now the book of the week club in DC ? Another book coming out by a Washington Post reporter about infighting at the WH over the Afghanistan policy…..leaked memo from VP Biden…

    James Jones trying to fire Holbrooke….

    blah…blah….blah……

  11. 33 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

    photo/1

  12. 34 japa21
    June 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Morning all from a sunny and blessedly cool (although we expect 100 on Thursday) Chicagoland. Both Tomasky and Dionne set the table for how we are to react to a negative SC ruling if that is what we get today. Let’s list all those things we shouldn’t do:
    Handwringing
    Predictions of doom and gloom
    Second guess what should have been in the law (Public option)
    Armchair Monday morning quarterbacking

    What should we do:
    Fight and fight hard. Every possible opportunity point out how the SC has become not politicized but radicalized. When over 90% of constituional law scholars say the entire bill is consitutional, there is something wrong if 50% + 1 of the SC say otherwise. This is a radical agenda.
    And despite Boehner’s admonition to Republicans not to spike the football, we know they will. Point out how they are celebrating higher insurance costs, the lack of coverage for millions of Americans, etc.
    And let us use the opportunity to make the SC a major talking point in the election. How Romney has promised to put even more of these radicals on the Court.

    And if the law is upheld (which I still think will happen) let us use this as an opportunity to educate the public even more about the benefits.

  13. 36 Bill R.
    June 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Here is the SCOTUS liveblog for those interested: Log on any time. The news of court orders for the day start at 10 AM EDT :
    http://scotusblog.wpengine.com/

  14. June 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Re-posting from yesterday in case we get news today. Here are the main issues the Supreme Court is ruling upon:

    1. Whether the individual mandate is constitutional.

    2. Whether the Anti-injuction Act prohibits the challenge to constitutionality. IOW, since the individual mandate hasn’t gone into effect, can a suit be brought against it now?

    3. Severability. This is about whether, if the mandate is struck, everything else must be struck along with it.

    4. Whether the Medicaid expansion is constitutional.

  15. 38 ChristiMTL
    June 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Since #HCR passage: $69M in ads supporting the law, $235M opposing it

  16. June 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning all inhabitants of Tod-ville.

    I am feeling very “Fired Up” this morning. I have been awake for hours. Very excited about the decision today or any day this week. Makes no difference, whatever happens it is a WIN for us. I will follow the leadership of President Obama and he says FORWARD!

    God Bless each and everyone of you and thank you for all you do.

  17. June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Morning everyone. It is the media trying to keep the contempt and conspiracy going. I swore off CNN and other cable news during the last campaign and seldom go back. Don Lemon on CNN was trying to keep that pot stirred. I think after Issa said no evidence against Whitehouse we may see things quiet down.

    What if this is because they know they lost the healthcare fight, otherwise what was the rush?

  18. 41 japa21
    June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    And regarding gas prices. I have been trying to make the point that since PBO started working the enforcement of specuulation rules there has been a drop in prices, but people don’t believe me because there was no media push on this. Another thing we have to get out there.

    • June 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Hiya Japa, just a stoney silence about this – when you think of the hysteria when the prices were rising.

      • 43 japa21
        June 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Morning Chips. It was good to have you around more than usual this weekend. Always miss you when all you can do are some drive-by postings.

        • June 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

          Thank you Japa! Things way less bonkers the last couple of days, so I got to keep an eye on Jovie and amk’s behavior, which, needless to say, wasn’t pretty.

          • 45 japa21
            June 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

            Don’t give Jovie too hard a time. AMK however deserves everything you can toss his way. Specially after all his misogynist comments yesterday.

          • 46 Cha
            June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

            OWS Needs to OCCUPY the US corporatemedia! Do ya think they’d be savvy enough of what’s going on to DO THAT?

    • 47 amk for obama
      June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Credit goes to our energizer bunny, jovie for bringing this here. I fucking hate the whole speculators species. Line them up and shoot’em. They are the root cause of the price rise across the spectrum.

  19. 49 ChristiMTL
    June 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    9:21 a.m. – Marc Ambinder says that the White House is preparing executive orders if the law is struck down. “Their content and timing I don’t know. But they’ve got contingency plans a-plenty.”

  20. June 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Who is doing all this leaking from the WH???????

  21. 54 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 9:36 am
  22. June 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Good morning/afternoon/evening TODville…I almost missed the entrance to the village because of the sprucing up…See you have been hard at work there Mayor Chips (nod good morning)…Hiya Japa thanks for your reflection piece. Amk, VC were you guys trashing the village again, is that why the Mayor had to do a repair job :)
    So sad about England’s lost (not!!!)…I was trying to feel your pain there LL…now that we are at the half-finals, I know TODville will be cheering for the Germans, right (hands of hips peering into eyes), right. Have a great day everyone…back to lurking for me.

    4 more for 44!!!!!

    • June 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

      CJ Julisch, you cracked me up!!!! Come out of lurkdom more often!

    • 58 amk for obama
      June 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

      What germans? I’m rooting for el spaniards. I want to shut the yap of ronaldo.

      And me trash the place ? I don’t know whatchutalkingabout. Ask jovie.

    • 59 Pamela
      June 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Okay, that is IT! CJ, you will now be taunted in your lurkdom, mercilessly, since you have much to say and share, and have so rashly admitted to a penchant for lurking…. Come out into the LlGHT! :lol:

  23. 60 Vicki
    June 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

    This may be one of our biggest and best days ever……but in case it doesn’t go our way, this will be the place to come to share our pain and our determination to stay strong and re-elect our beloved President. Fingers crosssed. On pins and needles, etc.

  24. June 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Steve Benen: Earlier this year, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry was still a presidential candidate, he took aim at Mitt Romney’s controversial private-sector background. Perry told voters, “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business.”

    …. In several instances, even when Romney’s firm drove companies into bankruptcy, and even when Bain’s own investors lost, Romney made millions, thanks to fees he charged the companies has they spiraled towards collapse. Taking risks may be a key element to successful capitalism, but this Republican created a system in which risk taking wasn’t necessary.

    As far as the election is concerned, Romney is telling voters this background helps prove his qualifications for the presidency. I still haven’t the foggiest idea why.

    Full post here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/25/12397713-it-was-difficult-for-the-firm-to-ever-really-lose?lite

  25. June 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hiya Miss Pamela…how are you?

  26. June 25, 2012 at 9:46 am
  27. 68 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

    My dust up with glenn fucking thrush. Don’t know if the whole convo will be shown here. Let’s see.

    • June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Ooooooh, that guy – there are very few people on earth who make my skin crawl more than Romney, he’s one of them. Good on you for taking him on amk.

    • 72 ChristiMTL
      June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Isn’t it the guy from Politico?

      • 73 amk for obama
        June 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Yup, the same asshole.

        • 74 ChristiMTL
          June 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Great job amk!!

        • 75 relellit
          June 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

          Did anyone see where GOPoltico suspended the Black guy for telling the truth the other day?

          POLITICO reporter Joe Williams has been suspended pending review of recent controversial comments he made on television and Twitter, POLITICO editors informed staff late Thursday night.

          On MSNBC [ today], Williams made a remark suggesting Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people.

          Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility,” POLITICO’s founding editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to the staff. “His comment about Governor Romney earlier [ today] on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.”

          http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/06/politico-reporter-suspended-for-comments-126989.html
          ========================================================================================

          Talk about pride & prejudice. GOPolitico is full of it.

    • 76 Linda
      June 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

      He looks like a Drudge wantabee.

  28. June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am
  29. 79 relellit
    June 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Good morning Todville :)

    Congratulations on being 1st.

    Everyone have a nice day. :)

  30. June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Tuesday: The President will travel to Atlanta and Miami to attend campaign events. He will return to Washington in the evening.

    Wednesday: Will meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed. In the evening, the President and First Lady will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

    Thursday and Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

  31. June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    O/T: Here is my daughter’s link for her upcoming head shaving event to raise $ for childhood cancer. http://46mommas.com/index.php/mommas-and-kids/class-of-2012-shaving/item/laura-gorney.html?category_id=37. I shared it the other night, but don’t think anyone saw it. If it’s okay w/Chips, I’ll shave a few more times in effort to catch anyone who wishes to participate. THANKS in advance!!

  32. 84 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    OVERLORDS AND SERFS

    Corporate profits soaring under oppressive ‘socialism’

    By Steve Benen

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    Henry Blodget published a 13-word headline late Friday that spoke volumes: “Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low.” There it is — the American economy in a nutshell.
    .
    .
    The report added, of course, that while corporate profits have reached a height unseen since officials started keeping track, “wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low.” Blodget concluded, “In short, our current system and philosophy is creating a country of a few million overlords and 300+ million serfs.”

    ————————————–

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/25/12398066-corporate-profits-soaring-under-oppressive-socialism?lite

  33. June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Twitter crawled to a halt….

  34. June 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

    OMG, SC strikes down Montana ruling against Citizens United. UGH.

  35. 87 ChristiMTL
    June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am
    • 88 amk for obama
      June 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Jeebus.

    • 89 japa21
      June 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

      This court is all for state’s rights unless it offends their corprorate overlords. Instead of the economy being the rallying cry for this election, we should make it the SC. Polls show most people think CU was wrongly decided, and this decision goes even further into how corrupt the court is. Although the court has been somewhat limited as a campaign issue in the past, this is really the year to make a push. Have Romney defend Scaqlia and Alito.

  36. June 25, 2012 at 10:12 am
  37. 91 mtmarilyn
    June 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

    As a Montanan I am physically sick by this court. They talk about states rights. This is nothing but a political court. Now to get thru the day. I will let myself be sick for only alittle while then it is back to work for this President, to reelect Jon Tester, to elect a democratic representative and a democratic governor.

    • 92 Cha
      June 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} MtMarilyn~

      We Need SCJ who go by the LAW not CorportateBULLSHIT.

  38. June 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Arizona up now……

  39. June 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

    NO ACA decision today.

  40. 95 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

    where the peeps getting these scotus decisions from ?

  41. June 25, 2012 at 10:20 am
    • 101 japa21
      June 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Cool. I really wasn’t expecting this. A win for the good guys.

    • June 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

      The Court upholds checking papers as part of Arizona statute. UGH. UGH. UGH.

    • 104 amk for obama
      June 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Is the ‘show us papers’ gestapo law gone ?

    • 105 desertflower
      June 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

      YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jan’s going to shitting in her pants! She started holding special police training so that cops could pull people over in preparation for this ruling she was certain would go her way! Bitch Slap!

      • 106 Ahero62
        June 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        Actually police pulling people over has been left in place. This is the only one supreme court did not over turn.

  42. June 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Kaiser Merkel back to being stubborn again.
    The Field Marshal Von Merkel now says Germany should not be responsible for Spanish Banks and no née negotiations on Greece reform.
    Meanwhile, all of Europe has about had it with Merkel, Greece people has pictures of Her in an SS uniform.
    She might even start a war over there, if this continues!

  43. 108 Bill R.
    June 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Just in. No health care decision today.

  44. June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I’m a little confused by the conflicting reports about the AZ ruling.

  45. 113 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
  46. June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So, 3 out of 4 provisions were struck down in the immigration law.
    A big loss for Jan Brewer, but the MSM is Only focusing on what was upheld. The MSN seems deflated!
    Unbelievable!

    • 115 amk for obama
      June 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

      But isn’t show us your papers is the worst part of that racist law, jovie ? That’s where the abuse starts like that stand your grand government sanctioned murder law.

      • 116 99ts
        June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

        On the blog it is was discussed there are other issues yet to be presented against this part of the law.
        “The Court’s decision on the “show your papers” provision strongly suggests it will have to be read narrowly to survive.” and
        “There are ongoing proceedings on Section 2(B) and whether it involves racial profiling; that issue was NOT before the Court today.”

  47. 117 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
  48. June 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

    We’ll have to wait to check for the details but this is, in part, encouraging:

    • June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Exactly! The Only part that was up held, after you are arrested you have to check if you are here illegally!
      What’s wrong with that???

      • June 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Problem is that an arrest can be made without due cause…at which point they can check…it’s exactly what’s being done now…racial profiling in disguise.

  49. 123 ChristiMTL
    June 25, 2012 at 10:39 am
    • June 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

      OUTRAGEOUS ARROGANCE.

      • June 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

        He is mad things did not go his way. Keys hope it continues.
        1 down and 1 to go.
        The President fought these bastards and won.
        The only part that was upheld was once you ate arrested you have to check tour immigration status.
        Which is common sense!

    • 126 Cha
      June 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Showing my ignorance here…But, who in the fuck thought it was a good idea for these Appointed Judges to have their jobs for LIFE?


      According to Federalist paper number 78, the Judicial branch of government is intended to be the weakest branch of government. This is because it was meant that the judiciaries strictly upheld the purposes of the Constitution; therefore, individual ideologies did not come into effect. Federalists 78 intended that the Judicial branch of government be independent of the other two branches.”

      Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_US_Supreme_Court_justices_appointed_for_life#ixzz1yqF3eyVP

  50. June 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

    ACA decision definitely coming this Thursday.

  51. 128 Bill R.
    June 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Health Care decision on Thurs. for sure. Scotusblog says decision will be authored by Roberts and Kennedy. That could be good.

  52. 130 Bill R.
    June 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Overturning Montana’s law on corporate campaign financing will not play well in Montana or the rest of the country. Could help Tester in Senate campaign.

  53. June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, TOD family. With all eyes on the Supreme Court, everyone is a little nervous today. But I’m more than a little nervous and not just about the decisions coming down from SCOTUS. The President is coming to Boston today, and I have been asked to make a pitch for OFA in front of 1800 people at a major fundraiser. So, please TODers -send me some good vibrations. The idea that our President will be listening to my 3-minute talk is turning my brain to jelly. But I am always reassured when I come to this site and can share the enthusiasm and determination of the President’s most faithful friends.

    • June 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Oh hgerhard, that is FANTASTIC!!!!! There’ll be no brain jelly, I’m certain, just do your thing and it’ll be perfect! Best of luck, and have a brilliant day.

    • 134 carolyn
      June 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I can well understand your nervousness, but I think you will have a very affirming, encouraging audience in President Obama. He has been where you are, and knows the cost to an individual. You are doing a good thing, and all best wishes are coming your way! Forward!

    • 135 sherijr
      June 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Oh hgerhard- you’ll knock it out of the park! Congratulations & best wishes.. what an exciting day ahead for you :)

    • June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

      WOW, that’s fantastic, hgerhard!! Just be yourself and enjoy that hug you’ll get from President Obama. He’s a sweetie.

      • 137 collegekay
        June 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

        +1

        PBO is truly a sweetheart. He makes you feel VERY comfortable when you’re around him. It’s like he’s not even President.

    • 138 collegekay
      June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Sending good vibes your way. You’ll do great! ;)

    • 139 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

      hgerhard, you will be great! Remember that every single person in that audience is on your side and wants to you to succeed or they wouldn’t be there in the first place. Don’t try to think of the whole audience just focus on a few faces you know who will be smiling encouragement. We’ll be routing for you.

      • June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Thank you everyone. I am feeling better already! Now if it could just stop raining and thundering …..
        I am sure that years from now we will all look back to this time and remember how amazing it was to be so close to history as it was made.

    • June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Congrats-
      Perhaps we could proof read your speech?
      I am not an English Teacher, but I will be happy to render a grade!

      • June 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Hi Jovie, my “speech” is necessarily short – I get just 3 minutes. There will be some great speakers at that event and my 3 minutes are just to remind everyone that we have important work to do …as in “put on your walking shoes”.

    • June 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Don’t forget to breathe!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ll do fine hgerhard! I’m so proud of you. Every word you have written here has been calm and sensible…you’re one of my favorite posters. The President will listen to you because you’re an American. And he will thank you, just you watch. All will be well.

    • 144 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Just exceptional, hgerhard!!! No matter what, have a great time, smile, laugh and I’m sure your words will be magical!

      #FORWARD

    • 145 desertflower
      June 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

      What an honor,hgerhard!!! You’ll do fine..speak from your heart, and know that all of us are standing right there with you every step of the way:) If you don’t come back here and tell us ALL, and I mean ALL, the details…you are going to be on the naughty mat. FOR LIFE! Good Luck to you!!! Hugs.

    • 146 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Rock it, hgerhard! You’ll be spectacular!

    • 147 Dakota
      June 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      You’re gonna be fabulous!!!

    • 148 Cha
      June 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      This is so Exciting, hgerhard! You’ll do an excellent job!! {{{{{{{{{{{GOODVIBRATIONS!!!!!!!!!}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  54. 149 Kat 4 Obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi, all! This is the birth announcement of my Twitter: @Kat4Obama. Still learning where the controls are as I fly the plane, but it’s fun — you’re all invited to visit! :)

    >^..^<

  55. 157 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Stolen from BJ post

  56. 158 Bill R.
    June 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes
    New home sales surge to 2-year high, Commerce Department reports http://lat.ms/KyBs77

  57. 159 collegekay
    June 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    AZ ruling was a win for us. They only upheld checking illegal status if the person is arrested. AZ cannot arrest someone solely on suspicion that they’re here illegally.

    • June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Collegekay, I was reading different interpretations on Twitter so wasn’t sure quite what it meant.

      • 161 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Hi Chips,

        Collegekay is correct on all counts :)

        Brewer effectively was told almost everything about a law that #SelfDeportMitt praised, is unconstitutional, with the only exception being they can check your immigration status only if you are arrested. Great timing given that #JunkBondMitt is in AZ today :)

        #FORWARD

      • 163 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Quotable …

        #FORWARD

  58. 165 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Good morning Chips & TODers,

    From SCOTUS blog:

    Editor’s Note :

    Thursday June 28 will be the last day of the Term. We will begin live blogging at 9:00 EDT.
    We will Live Blog at an internet address that has its own dedicated server. The goal is to minimize the chance the site crashes. You can come to scotusblog.com to be redirected to the new liveblog address. But you will avoid delays by going to the new address directly. It is scotusblog.wpengine.com.

    We knew they’d take it to the last day of the session.

    So, now I’ll offer my prediction. It’s either 7-2, 8-1, or 9-0 that the case is premature. See ya in 2014.

    #PRESSON

    • 166 Bill R.
      June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Interesting.. it would let the SCOTUS off the hook that they are interfering in the election. According to your analysis then the Court will rule that the mandate is not a mandate but a tax, which cannot be ruled on until it takes effect. What’s your reasoning on this prediction?

  59. 167 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

    IANAL. Going by twitterdom, today is a 80% win for progressives (the true ones, not the scammers) ?

    Yes or No ?

    • June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Well, the Montana really especially stings. It has cast such an ugly pall over this nation and today they reaffirmed it.

      We need to elect a Congress that will overturn it, lock, stock and barrel.

      • 169 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

        That’s what it will take and, rightly, CU needs to be legislated out of existence.

        #FORWARD

      • 170 amk for obama
        June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

        That’s true. Suppose one of these corrupt scumbags drops dead and Obama is able to appoint a liberal, can they rescind this on appeal, by say US government ? Or does it need a constitutional amendment, which will never happen ?

        • June 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

          Well, as far as I know, the court doesn’t work that way. Challenges go through the legal system and then the Court decides to accept or reject the case if requested to hear it. And I don’t think they have a significant history of overturning rulings. The only realistic thing we can do is through Congress. As you can see, that is a HUGE challenge unless we have both the House and the Senate AND the Presidency.

        • 172 Obama Grandmama
          June 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          “Suppose one of these corrupt scumbags drops dead….” Now we are starting to sound like one of the John Grisholm books I have read! lol

  60. June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am
  61. 175 OkeyO
    June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Rubio and Romney you friends in the supreme court has now said it is okay to detain peple of color and racial profile people of color what has this country we love become. Carter goes and monitor third world countries on election but here Retugs and thier koch brothers are preventing people to vote. This is not the America that I dreamt of when I left my country, astonishing how in the space of ten years of retug administration the supreme court has become an annex of the republican party. This is what happens when the so called progressives tell people not to vote because they are still with Hillary and don’t like the President “Wake up America” the chioce is yours this November hope you uphold the dignity of your fellow man or woman by voting for four more years of the only one that has been fighting for you over this last three and half years. ” Press On ” we will win this election all hands on deck.

    • 176 1jam4pbo
      June 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Hello Okeyo,
      I am sure that a number of Countries that have problems with Fair Elections will object to the US monitoring their Elections. Also there will be others who will offer their fellow country-men as monitors in an attempt to embarrass the US. This November 06 US Election is important for the Country, on a number of levels. Peace.

  62. 177 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Hope everyone has had a chance to see “Barack Obama: Made in Hawaii”! Hope some of these folk will be supportive :)

    #FORWARD

  63. 179 collegekay
    June 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Ana Navarro (GOP Latina) says the AZ ruling makes Latino politics more difficult for Romney. He’s being attacked by Latinos on Univision (lol). He needs to give it up.

    • 180 majiir
      June 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      I read his response to the decision. All it does is launch more attacks against PBO. Romney is about to fall off that tightrope he’s walking. To win in the Republican Primary, he suggested AZ SB 1070 become the ‘model’ for the nation. I sent him a tweet, asking whether he still feels this way and I told him I’d be waiting to hear from him. I know he won’t respond to his model legislation comment, but I wanted to remind him that his Etch A Sketch has a fatal flaw. I’m glad to hear that Latinos are attacking him on Univision because he’s a mealy-mouthed SOB.

  64. June 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

    UGH, these guys are disgusting:

      • June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

        Our legal system rests on these jerks paying attention and doing their job. Stuff like this – getting the principals’ names wrong in the case – makes my skin crawl.

        • June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

          Wasn’t that incredible Meta? There was me thinking all these legal folk had forensic minds and a laser-like attention for detail – like, you know, not mixing up a murderer’s name with someone else entirely.

          • June 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

            I’m a detail freak when writing and editing major papers and reports, so to see this happen at this level – in the LEGAL arena in the highest court in the land – this stuns me.

  65. 187 Linda
    June 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I hope Jan Brewer ate ” Scorpions for Breakfast ” today.

  66. June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Just in-
    Jan Brewer is being vetted for VP…, of Gingrich Moon Colony.
    Maybe She could pass Laws up there, for illegal ALIENS.

  67. 196 criquet
    June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Fox exists in a world of its own invention:

  68. 197 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Jeez, even BBC is spinning it as a ‘key point upheld’ despite the court’s caveat (clash with the fed laws, which are yet to be tested and open to further litigation) and the 3 out of 4 challenges were upheld.

  69. 198 proudmemberofglobalzero
    June 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Just got off the Phone with my Senator Marco Rubio. I asked his aide how he felt about Rubio being pulled over in AZ for a tail light that was out or going 1 mile over the speed limit. Then asked for his birth certificate as well as his drivers license and proof of insurance. He said, “but the Senator is an American Citizen!”. I said it will still happen to all American citizens that look like him. WOW!! Silence.

  70. 206 criquet
    June 25, 2012 at 11:24 am
  71. June 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Am I wrong, or is today the Birthday of one BlackWaterDog? If today is indeed the day, then have a Happy on me, girlfriend.

  72. June 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

    The law was upheld headlines, were already written, it grabs the audience. Or, at least, that is their perception.
    Sadly!

  73. 212 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Excellent roundup, Chips! Thank you for all you do.

    I am looking forward to Montana fighting back against these devils on the Supreme Court. It has got to historically be one of the worst, most corrupt Courts ever. Truly, their God is Corporate Money. That is who they worship, adore and pay allegiance.

    Can’t wait to see my President in action today :-P !

    • June 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

      You’re welcome PJ, thank you! Looking forward to hearing PBO today too, it’ll wash some of this Supreme Court dust from our hair.

      • 214 PoliticalJunkessa
        June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

        I am holding onto a shred of hope re: the ACA, paradoxically because I believe it would go against their corporate worship to strike it down — not because I believe they would ever do the right thing legally or constitutionally. We shall see…

        • 215 Bill R.
          June 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

          Yes, I think ACA will be upheld for same reason, 6-3.

        • 217 desertflower
          June 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          I was thinking the same thing. Boon for insurance companies….and I wondered if they DIDN’T uphold the mandate, does that open the door for OTHER types of mandated insurance coverage (auto, home) to be thrown by the wayside? Just imagine people thinking that they no longer needed insurance on their homes or autos (if they have a bank loan THEY ARE FOR SURE NECESSARY) I just don’t see how those are any different than healthcare…

  74. 218 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Today’s SCOTUS rullings werre a real 140 character challenge :)

    #FORWARD

  75. 230 bjw2
    June 25, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hey Japa21, great minds think alike. I ran into this article earlier, everyone please RT if possible.

  76. 231 desertflower
    June 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Heard this on Stephanie Miller this morning…so h/t to her! All you need to know about Fast and Furious. Check this out Chips!!!

    http://gawker.com/5920526/the-gop-is-unbelievably-full-of-shit-on-executive-privilege?tag=fast-and-furious

    Shoots down EVERY SINGLE ARGUMENT the GOP has….they are truly pathetic!

  77. 232 cat48
    June 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hi TOD & Chips, Not too bad a day so far. Think progress thinks Scalia was ranting b/c SCOTUS decision proves the Executive Order is deffinitely Constitutional. Here’s p[art of the Decision:

    Discretion in the enforcement of immigration law embraces immediate human concerns. Unauthorized workers trying to support their families, for example, likely pose less danger than alien smugglers or aliens who commit a serious crime. The equities of an individual case may turn on many factors, including whether the alien has children born in the United States, long ties to the community, or a record of distinguished military service.

    Kris Kobach, an immigration advisor for Mitt Romney, said that Obama’s order was illegal. It does not appear likely that the Supreme Court agrees.

    This explains why Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion, upholding the entire law, included a lengthy section blasting Obama’s immigration order. He also read from that section at length from the bench.

  78. June 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Obama’s $5.5 million East Coast swing
    By DONOVAN SLACK | 6/25/12 11:44 AM EDT
    DURHAM, N.H. — President Obama could rake in more than $5.5 million during the next two days as he hopscotches down the East Coast attending fundraisers in Boston, Atlanta and Miami.

    He kicks off the four-state tour with a free event at a high school here in Durham, N.H., where he is expected to once again pummel challenger Mitt Romney as a “corporate buyout specialist” and “outsourcing pioneer” who would favor the wealthy over the middle class, a campaign official told POLITICO.

    Obama then heads to an intimate, $40,000-per-head “campaign roundtable” with 20 guests at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston’s South End. The event will be hosted by Jack Connors, a retired ad executive and top Obama bundler. Connors hosted a $1.8 million fundraiser for the president at his home near Boston last year.

    Obama then heads to Boston Symphony Hall, where Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will introduce him to an expected crowd of 1,800. Tickets started at $250 each. The president’s final stop of the evening will be a $17,900-per-plate dinner for 100 guests at a private home in toney Weston, Mass. According to The Boston Globe, the hosts are Judi and Douglas Krupp, a real estate mogul and philanthropist whose brother, George, is a bundler for the campaign.

    On Tuesday, the president will travel to Atlanta for two fundraisers – another high-end roundtable for 20 guests who paid $35,000 each, and a reception with 500 supporters who paid $500 each at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

    Obama rounds out the two-day cash run with a dinner at a private residence in Miami and a concert at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Marc Anthony is scheduled to perform at the concert, where some 1,500 attendees are expected. Tickets for the event went for $100 each.

    The president has picked up his fundraising pace in recent weeks but it’s unclear if it will be enough to keep up with Romney, whose joint haul with the RNC last month trounced the Obama-DNC haul by $16.8 million.


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