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Rise and Shine

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Today:

12:0 Jay Carney briefs the press

12:30: Michelle Obama delivers remarks to winners of the Let’s Move! Communities

1:55: President Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act; the President and VP Biden deliver remarks

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Jim Messina (Op-ed at CNN) You can’t change Washington from the inside. President Obama was criticized for stating that simple truth during the campaign, but without Americans organizing in support of the issues they believe in, lobbyists and special interests will drive the agenda in Washington.

At this crossroads for our economy, we can’t afford business as usual. That’s why we’ve formed Organizing for Action, to ensure that the voices of the majority of Americans who voted for policies that will strengthen the middle class will be heard.

As we worked for change during the president’s first term, we saw special interests spend unprecedented amounts in an attempt to persuade Congress to vote against policies the American people voted for.

History is repeating itself…..

More here

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TPM: President Obama has invited House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to lunch Thursday at the White House. Rep. Chris Van Hollen has also been invited…

TPM: President Obama dined with 12 Republican senators at Jefferson Hotel in Washington on Wednesday night. In attendance, per the White House:

Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Dan Coats, Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, Mike Johanns, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, John Hoeven and Saxby Chambliss.

More here

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Jamelle Bouie: Over at the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza chides President Obama for “crying wolf” on sequestration…. There’s no doubt the White House indulged in hyperbole during the debate over sequestration. But Cillizza is exaggerating the degree to which Obama’s rhetoric was overheated or overhyped…..

…. Sequester furloughs have already begun for some federal workers, and communities that rely on military bases and federal spending will see real hardship. Over time, if sequestration is allowed to run its course, more and more Americans will feel the consequences of sudden austerity.

Private forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimates “sequestration would cost roughly 700,000 jobs …. Did Obama cry wolf on the sequester? No. And besides, it’s only been five days. We’ll see the effects of sequestration as time passes, and they won’t be good.

Full post here

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NYT Editorial: Unable to stop the sequester’s job-killing spending cuts, President Obama now says he wants to move past the endless wars of budget attrition. Though he still wants a long-term deficit deal, he said last week, it is time to turn to immigration, gun control, universal preschool, a higher minimum wage and voting reform.

But Republicans are not going to allow that pivot. Most are unalterably opposed to all of those initiatives, and want to keep their focus on cutting domestic programs and fighting off tax increases…. Paul Ryan will soon unveil his caucus’s 2014 budget, which will start to make good on the party’s ruinous plan to balance the budget in 10 years…..

Republicans are hoping to wear down their opposition with these eternal battles. But their proposals are too dangerous to allow that to happen.

Full editorial here

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Steve Benen: Maybe you agree with Sen. Rand Paul’s civil liberties arguments; maybe you don’t. Perhaps you see him as an ideal messenger for his message; perhaps you notice that he’s a strange conspiracy theorist who talks a little too often about Hitler and believes civil liberties end when a woman wants control of her own reproductive freedoms.

….. as Paul’s allies grew throughout the day, it was hard not to wonder whether at least some of his new-found friends endorsed him on the substance or whether “Stand with Rand” had become a temporary fad on the right, driven by Republicans who were simply happy to see President Obama’s national security agenda facing criticism, even if they happen to agree with President Obama’s national security agenda.

…. There’s room for a real debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security, and if Paul helps spark that conversation, I’d be delighted. But I’ll be eager to know just how much yesterday’s spectacle changed minds and how much of it was about putting on a show.

Full post here

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Will Femia (Maddow Blog): While Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks during oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case left some of us scratching our heads about where he came up with the “perpetuation of racial entitlement” argument, Chad Flanders, an assistant professor of law at Saint Louis University School of Law, has an idea, tracing the phrase to a 1979 paper by then-professor Scalia…..

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ThinkProgress: Meet 34 Corporations That Help Inflate The NRA’s Membership

….. A recent NRA promotion invited people to join at a discounted $25 rate. In addition to receiving an official membership card, a subscription to an association magazine, and free gun insurance, new members received a $25 gift card for Bass Pro Shops, making the membership essentially free.

In addition to those incentives, members of the NRA and its business alliance receive a bevy of other discounts courtesy of the Association’s corporate affiliates. National and local companies provide discounts on everything from car rentals to identity theft protection. The companies get listed on the NRA’s site as corporate partners and can promote themselves as “NRA endorsed.” And, in some cases, the NRA gets a percentage of the profits.

Among the companies are….

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ThinkProgress: As the 10th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq approaches, the body charged with overseeing Iraq’s reconstruction has issued its final report, capping a tale of spending far too much money for very little results.

Appointed in Oct. 2004, over a year into War in Iraq, the Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) was charged with being a watchdog over the use of funds provided for rebuilding the Iraqi state after the downfall of Saddam Hussein. Those reconstruction and stabilization efforts wound up costing nearly $60 billion — or about $15 million per day — with up to $10 billion of that amount wasted, according to SIGIR Stuart Bowen.

The examples provided of fraud and abuse of the system are staggering both in number and nature….

More here

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MooOOOooOOOoooorning!


180 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hello

  2. March 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning everyone. Snowing in Manhattan.

  3. March 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning Chips and congrats utaustinliberal

  4. 7 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Morning:)

  5. 8 squarepeg
    March 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

  6. March 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers, Everyone!

    Congrats UT! :-)

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

  7. 11 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/07/17223362-jobless-claims-improve-again-near-five-year-low?lite

    After last week’s good news on initial unemployment claims, the expectations were that the new report from the Department of Labor would show an uptick. Instead, the good news got a little better.

    The number of people who applied for new U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 7,000 to 340,000 in the week ended March 3, suggesting further improvement in the U.S. labor market. It was the third lowest number of initial claims in five years, according to Labor Department data. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected claims to rise to a seasonally adjusted 353,000 from a revised 347,000 in the prior week. The average of new claims over the past month, which smoothes out weekly volatility, fell by 7,000 to 348,750, touching its lowest level since March 2008.

  8. 12 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Great round up Chiparoo. The GOP are a bunch of pathetic whiners — “Pres. Obama take me out to lunch, dinner, hold my hand, baby me, feed me, and after all that is done, I’ll still call you a socialist communist marxist because I’m the reasonable one.” I commend Pres. Obama for his patience. He has one more concrete example to show reasonable Americans when the GOP act out again, that he has extended the olive branch time after time after time.

    As for Rand Paul, all I saw was a crazy individual – most likely wearing adult diapers – ranting on and on for 12 hours and 52 minutes when if he wanted to curtail the president’s powers on drones, he could have introduced a bill that would repeal the AUMF. But nooooooooo emoprogs, Glen Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill worshippers alike were busy praising him for his principles and for defending due process, the Bill of Rights, civil liberties, and civil rights.

    Same brand of emoprog scumbags who aided in Democrats losing the 2010 election wanted the whole world to cheer on Rand Paul. The same man who says its okay for businesses to discriminate against African-Americans, the same man who attached a personhood amendment to a flood insurance bill, the same man who voted against VAWA, the same man who supports Stand Your Ground laws that aided in the murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the same man who doesn’t want protections in place for disabled people, the same man who compared Pres. Obama to Hitler, the same man who implied that Pres. Obama would use drones to kill Libertarians and Pro-Lifers.

    Like I said, all I saw was a crazy individual who wasted money holding the Senate open for 12 hours and 52 minutes so he could rant about faux “liberty and freedom!”

    • 13 desertflower
      March 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Spot on!

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Don’t forget all the so-called journos who were also impressed.

      UGH. Yesterday was very hard to stomach. Nothing but hypocritical grandstanding from these idiots day after day after day.

      • 15 jackiegrumbacher
        March 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Well, meta, the on the plus side, the little Rand show is now yesterday’s news and headed for the bird cage. Today the focus will be on media darling Paul Ryan and his lunch with PBO and then on to the next cycle of hysteria. The other good news is that Rand Paul will probably have to visit a urologist today.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

      “…if he wanted to curtail the president’s powers on drones, he could have introduced a bill that would repeal the AUMF.” The key here If He Wanted To. But that wasn’t his goal. At a minimum he did it to show that he could.

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        March 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Sw, they’re all trying to build their tea party cred for 2016. Paul Ryan coming out with his fearless proposals to starve grannies and Rand Paul the great new champion at the barricades. They could care less if anything gets done. It’s all about ego, ambition, greed.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Hiya UT, luckily I missed most of the Rand Paul business and the reaction to it last night, had to go out, but that he’s been held up as some kind of hero by these people, when you consider his track record, just says all we need to know about them.

      As you said, the man who’s good with businesses discriminating against African-Americans is their shiny new civil rights hero? Wow.

      It reminds me of how many of them dismissed Ron Paul’s racist newsletters – it’s amazing how unimportant so many of them regard racism, it really doesn’t seem to be an issue that concerns them. As for both Pauls’ attitudes towards women’s rights …..

      What repulsive bed-fellows these people are.

      • 19 taiping1
        March 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

        http://nyti.ms/VHRiGy. Excellent op-Ed by Ta-Nehisi Coates in NYT on racism in everyday America, discussing the NY deli mistaking Forrest Whitaker for a shoplifter. Must read.

        • March 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

          Thank you Taiping, will read it now.

        • 21 utaustinliberal
          March 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Thank you for this Taiping. Racism is real and Rand Paul is a proponent of it. It disgusts me to watch so called liberals fall for his schtick because drones!

          • 22 miss pat
            March 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

            Good morning folks. I live with racism every day here in Harlem NY. Things will never change, not in our generation. I was in the grocery store and since I shop with my Discover Card I am frequently stared at by the white folks. Eyes roll to the ceilings, smirks and just the usual look that they extend to people that have to use the card from DSS. So I turn the card towards them, hold up my ID and just ignore them. He who feels it knows it and we live it everyday.

  9. 23 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/07/gun-violence-study-chicago/1969227/

    Study: States with more gun laws have less gun violence

    Yes…but try to explain this to people that think science and facts are stupid. The dumbing down of America continues….

  10. 25 JER
    March 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and All!

  11. March 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good morning, TODers.

  12. 29 Don
    March 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

    My rant for the week.

    The “Drone” issue isn’t about civil liberties; it isn’t about President Obama overstepping any legal boundaries. What the drone issue is really about is a black man that lives in the Whitehouse is killing every goddamn thing in sight, whereas the last President couldn’t find his ass with both hands tied behind his back. In the history of the United States when has this country ever, and I mean ever pitched a bitch about killing an enemy of the United States of America? So fuck Rachel, and fuck Ed, and every other motherfucking pundit that all of a sudden is worried about President Obama overstepping some goddamn boundary.

    What this issue is really about is that this goddamn black man is finally putting this country back on track, the issue is really about this black man pulling this country out of a goddamn depression, the issue is really about this black man really gives a fuck about gays, the issue is really about this President putting people in positions of power that are not white.

    For the first time in history you have a President that has gotten motherfuckers on the run, and they are truly scared.

    • 30 99ts
      March 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

      See my post Don – about who overstepped a boundary by invading Iraq. President Obama will be welcome around the world – for as long as he lives – GWB – not so much.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

      It isn’t about WHAT he’s doing, because a lot of them probably agree with the “what”. It’s about who gets the credit. Can’t have HIM getting the credit for doing what they couldn’t/wouldn’t do.

      And to make it worse, it’s not business as usual because, thanks to this President, We the People are finally paying attention.

      • 32 amk for obama
        March 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

        egg.sack.lee. It’s all about denying his legacy. But however hellbent they are, it will not succeed. Even indian newsies are talking about rethugs’ intransigence in every issue.

      • 33 Lynn
        March 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

        All excellent points as well, SW. The “paying attention” part and the fact that we can communicate INSTANTLY have changed the “business as usual” model with earth shattering speed.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Fanned and Faved Don. I would rather the President use drones that have men and women fighting these endless wars. What is the President to do? These same Punidiots don’t want boots on the ground so what is the President to do to stop these terrorists. I want to know because I am sure these guys are not taking a day off on ways to hurt not only American citizens but other nationals as well. They need to give me a different option if not the drone strike or boots on the ground then what?

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

      President Barack Obama and all of us who truly believe in him and campaigned hard for him and voted for him have really lit this country up like a Christmas tree. The historically privileged and those who feel a sense of arrogance and entitlement to white supremacy are going out of their freaking minds. These are the last desperate screams of fear and derangement. They will only get louder and more insane. We have got to organize to fight back and prepare ourselves to turn the tide. It’s happening. We must all do what we can to fortify it. We are not turning back. Not this time.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      March 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Excellent righteous rant, Don. That’s truly what this “drone” issue is about, despite efforts to disguise it as otherwise. If you really think about it, this is a re-packaged, more cerebral version of the “Teleprompter” attack on PBO.

      Apparently when PBO is so good at something, especially when he excels in a way that others haven’t, that seems to threaten a lot of people and they attempt to turn his strength into a weakness. In 2009, I don’t think ANYONE in the media, left or right blogosphere thought that PBO was capable of finding Bin Laden or destroying Al Qaeda. Dick Cheney was still being brought out to inform us that the country was less safe with PBO as president – and many in the media were gobbling that up like a hungry dog on meat.

      But lo & behold, it’s 2013, PBO has not only gotten Bin Laden, but pretty much accomplished his goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating Al Qaeda. He has minimized the deaths and injury to our troops on the ground, and is wisely bringing the current war to an end without plans to start a new one. That unmistakable efficiency bothers some people – immensely. And I’m not just talking about the RWNJ’s.

      • March 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

        This is an “AMEN!” to Don’s excellent rant. For all of us who really support President, we must prepare for the 2014 elections. President Obama’s legacy is dependent upon Democrats winning “big” in that election. In 2014 we must take back the House of Representatives, and get 60 votes in the Senate! The opposition is going for the scorched earth right now. They only support the very rich. We cannot sit-out the mid-term election. Elections have consequences! We must remember we allowed the “shellacking” of 2010. We must use all our efforts to win in 2014. If we support President Obama, we must dig deep in 2014 to win it all for Democrats.

        • March 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

          Gwendolyn – You are absolutely right! We should each join our local chapter of OFA (sign up at barackobama.com) or start a new one to have the President’s back on his agenda and then also support registering new voters and getting our side to the polls in 2014!

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

      + 1,000,000,000,000 Thank you Don!!

      • 41 anniebella
        March 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

        The way I look at it we have been kept safe from another attack, we have not started another war, we have ended one war and bringing another one to a close and to hell with the people like Sen. Wyden, Rachel Maddow and all the others.

        • 42 anniebella
          March 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

          To hell with Rand Paul too. And Don if I was near you I would give you a Michelle Obama hug. Because I agree with what you said.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Awesome and inspiring rant! Keep telling it like it is Don.

    • 44 Lynn
      March 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Fabulous rant with which I totally agree, Don!

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Amen, Don, you got it in one. Throw in the little fan dancing for the 2016 pres. election and you have the current bizarre outbreaks of lunacy. The little starlets in the Republican Party are outdoing themselves in the competition to the be the most radical of the wingnuts. “Pick me, pick me, I’m the nuttiest of the them all” is the current motto among the presidential wannabes.

    • March 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating…people would rather walk around strapped with an AR-15 because they can put a face with it. A drone is a ghost-killer. Someone said, “But can you imagine them pursuing criminals with drones?” I asked, “you mean the way they do with helicopters?” They said, “but that’s different.” It’s the mystery of the drone. Of course one’s ass is just as dead.

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      March 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Loved your rant, Don. Yeah, turns out this is what hope and change looks like, as it takes effect on all of the dumbasses in this country and all the challenges to their dumassedness. This is also what “It’s a daily struggle” looks like. We’ve got your back, Mr. President. In fact, we built a protective, loving circle around you, early on, while you were busy saving the country … hope you noticed.

  13. 48 amk for obama
    March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    So when this brennan thingy is done, loony left will move on to the next shiny object dangled by msm & their gop masters ? You betcha.

  14. 49 99ts
    March 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hello from my world – way to go UT for first

    I have a brief post on the good, the bad and the ugly. I don’t watch much TV news/current affairs in my world but for some reason I caught some this evening

    The good – there was a news piece on Gabby Giffords on my local TV. Most of our media pundits think the US will never legislate for any form of gun control – but this report had some thinking they may be wrong. It was lovely to see Gabby in my world.

    The bad – my favorite man came home from work with some crazy stories about the filibuster and Rand Paul. He knows I’m somewhat manic about my support for PBO – usually has little interest – so it took me awhile to explain to him that what he picks up in the lunch room at work is typical right wing propaganda. it does show, sadly, that the GOP can make its stupid heard around the world.

    The ugly – I saw a current affairs program with one of the Oz foreign correspondents that I really like – interviewing a woman from Iraq in relation to the equality or otherwise of women in Iraq after 10 years of war. There is, of course, no equality, women are owned by their husbands – women’s refuges have to be hidden from view and their lives are much worse than 10 years ago. She emphasized that since the war women are more than 50% of the population and they have no voice, no freedom. I do not know how much was true, of course – but she spoke of 1% – those in power – dividing up the oil spoils (the word corrupt was used) and the 99% living in abject poverty.

    I nearly forgot, a little more good news – the finance report – didn’t mention your sequester – but did say that the US was leading the developed economies out of the recession. Well it sure isn’t the GOP doing that one.

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

      And I so remember, 99ts, Elizabeth Dole trying to tell us that Bush’s Iraq invasion was liberating women in that country. In fact, Iraq had a fairly “liberal” attitude toward women under Saddam Hussein, for all his many other faults. The Bush war set Iraqi women back a century or more.

  15. 51 Byo
    March 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Off-topic!
    I know you are a United fan, so I feel sorry for the loss to RM on Tuesday.

    That said, the high tackle by Nani was a straight red(his intent is irrelevant). It was aggressive and reckless, and I applaud the referee for his bravery. That kind of play has to be eradicated from the game. It is unfortunate that BPL fans do not know how to lose gracefully.
    And yes, it did change the tie.
    I felt the referee had missed some calls earlier-for example the handball by Rafael on the goal-line; the foul on Ramos from tussling for a header with Vidic.

    This is not to say that questionable cards are not handed out-for example, that handed to van Persie at Barcelona for kicking the ball after the whistle.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Hiya Byo, I’m still torn on the red card, initially I thought it was way too harsh, but looking at the replays I can’t really blame the referee for sending him off, it was wild. But even though ‘intent’ is not actually mentioned in the rule, there is no doubt that referees generally take it in to account when they’re making their decisions, eg with elbowing when two players go up for a header. From that point of view, I think Nani was probably unlucky, he wouldn’t have been sent off in an English PL game. Of course, it’s the inconsistency that drives people nuts, like De Jong not being sent off in the World Cup final for the worst kick ever.

      Yep, I reckon Rafael was lucky not to be sent off and Real Madrid probably should have had a penalty – but so should United, they had a clear penalty turned down in the second half.

      As for BPL fans not knowing how to lose gracefully, they’re no different, to be honest, to fans in Spain, Italy, Germany, etc. Mourinho/Madrid are probably the worst losers of all – ask Barcelona!

  16. March 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

    So many goodies this a.m. Thanks Chips! Gooooood morning everyoneM

  17. March 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Lord forgive me for saying this but I could think of a few people who deserve to be struck by a drone….Teapartiers, some Repubs in Congress and few loud mouth bandwagon Dems (Yep I said it). Faux News, Chuckie Todd, Mrs Greenspan. There are so many I just need to stop because I can feel the evil coming out :-)

  18. 56 amk for obama
    March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    but without Americans organizing in support of the issues they believe in, lobbyists and special interests will drive the agenda in Washington.

    This 1,000,000,000 000 X.

  19. 57 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Sequestration was “Obama’s fault?” http://www.rollcall.com/news/boehner_plan_taking_shape-207631-1.html?pos=hln

    July 25, 2011, 2:28 p.m.

    Speaker John Boehner on Monday will present his latest plan to raise the nation’s debt limit, one that will initially cut spending by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, slash entitlement spending and set up an October showdown over a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

    According to a GOP aide familiar with the plan, the Ohio Republican will propose that in exchange for a $1 trillion immediate debt ceiling increase, Republicans will require a package of cuts to discretionary spending worth $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

    The bill will also include caps on future spending and a “sequestration provision” that would force automatic cuts to spending if Congress and the administration do not meet those caps.

    Note the date…and the “plan”…….more bs.

    • 58 anniebella
      March 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

      So John Boehner is a liar. Well I am shock. This is what really piss me off, this is the kind of B.S. President Obama have had to deal with from day one. A bunch of racists radical extreme rightwing liars.

  20. 59 cookemom
    March 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Wassup all you O’s!!!! It’s up and at ‘em on this great getting up day on TOD Avenue!! I think rather than feel Rand Paul shouldn’t have gone on, and on, and on, and on, with his spouting and spewing, it’s a great way to showcase the stoopid in the Pub party. Not to mention we want them to get up and put their ideology front and center. No more just filibustering in secret.

    • 60 Bill
      March 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

      The disturbing and surprising thing to me is how much praise Paul received from the left wing media.

      • 61 cookemom
        March 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

        That doesn’t matter to me, you can’t get them all on your side. What this did was expose them as well. They can’t hide behind the secret filibuster either. The thing is, this is how it was designed to work. For folks who backed Paul, Weyden, and those who got up to speak, nothing changed by their antics. For the undecideds and independents, this may change their way of thinking, hopefully toward our interest. Remember in 2014, along with GOTV, it’ll still be the indies and undecideds who will make the difference

      • March 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

        With the few work days on Congress’ schedule, all this time is WASTED. So rather than the praise, where is the criticism about what could have/should have been done? They had no problem with the criticism when the President took time off on a holiday weekend — nevermind Congress took 10 days — in the midst of the sequestration “crisis”.

  21. 63 amk for obama
    March 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Dirk Coetzee, one of the most notorious figures of South Africa’s apartheid era, has died at the age of 57.

    The former police captain ran a covert counter-insurgency unit that detained and killed anti-apartheid activists.

    ­It operated in secrecy from Vlakplaas, a farm near Pretoria, recruiting black liberation movement members whom it turned into killers.

    He revealed the existence of Vlakplaas in 1989 when he was smuggled out of South Africa to write his story.

    Coetzee claimed responsibility for the killings of several African National Congress (ANC) members. …

    /Now the shocker.

    Once he was in exile, he joined the ANC, where he was known as Comrade Dirk with allegiance to Nelson Mandela, and himself became an assassination target for the white-minority government.

    He later returned to South Africa and joined the post-apartheid spy service after Mr Mandela became president in 1994.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21700040

  22. 64 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    From the Congressional Record, dated July 19, 2011, p. 32:

    Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin.
    Madam Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution355, I call up the bill (H.R. 2560) to cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget, and ask for its immediate consideration. The Clerk read the title of the bill. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to House Resolution 355, the bill is considered read. The text of the bill is as follows:
    H.R. 2560
    CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011
    SEC.102. STATUTORY ENFORCEMENT OF SPENDING CAPS THROUGH SEQUESTRATION.

    This WAS the plan!

  23. 65 cookemom
    March 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

    So it’s bad enough PBO had to choke down dinner with those folks yesterday. This morning he has breakfast with others of that rank. Bring on the TUMS, Rolaids, Alka Seltzer, and the Pepto Bismol. Poor man, he’ll have indigestion for some time to come.

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I hope he’s got a pleasant evening with his family planned as an antidote. Anyone who can stomach meals with these guys is an American hero.

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        March 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Good point. There should be a new medal available for “Dinin’ with a Republican.”

    • 68 cookemom
      March 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Make that lunch with Paul Ryan and his Dem counterpart from the budget committee. Still makes a person want to grab the antacids.

      • 69 anniebella
        March 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Light a candle for POTUS, as I said weeks ago those who believe in prayer , continue to pray for POTUS.

        • 70 miss pat
          March 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          I pray for hem everyday. I have my special prayer that I say and if I pray for you you are well prayed for, believe me.

    • March 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

      How long before Romnesia sets in and they again start claiming the President isn’t doing anything to reach across the aisle?

      • 72 cookemom
        March 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

        That’s OK cause they came out of the meeting and very publicly gave the dinner the thumbs up. PBO gave them some warm milk and their blankie. Sure, they’ll start whining again after their nap, but we all heard them say it was productive. We saw PBO reach out, and that’s why it won’t matter. They’ll look like spoiled brats and PBO once again comes off as the only adult. Bring it on!

    • 73 hgerhard
      March 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

      The President will do just fine. After all, he has the clear majority of the American people on his side. The Republicans will continue to push their agenda while the President will continue to build consensus in the electorate. When the pain of the sequester starts hitting more and more folks, the tide will turn and the Republicans will yield to the outrage of their constituents. In the meantime, we must all do our share in spreading the truth and express our support for the President.

  24. 74 desertflower
    March 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

    More from the bullshit artist.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/07/1684111/rand-paul-all-laws-protecting-workers-are-constitutionally-suspect/

    Rand Paul Praises Horrendous Supreme Court Decision, Would Let Employers Ruthlessly Exploit Workers

    • 75 cookemom
      March 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I suggest he continues to get coverage far and wide. I hope they put quotation marks by every comment he makes. I hope he keeps talking until 2014.

  25. 76 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

  26. 78 Byo
    March 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

    @Chips-
    Respect……. can’t say that enough.

    And thanks for giving us this forum!

  27. March 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Morning all. Lots of great and thoughtful commentary this morning. This is a great place to catch up.

  28. March 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I’m re-posting tnmtgirl’s comment from the previous thread, at her request.
    I love the analogy she describes here. It’s apt.

    “I heard a caller to the Ed’s radio program give this analogy: She has a good friend who grew up in AL. This friend lived talked about the town leaders filling the swimming pools with cement (when desegregation was declared) to keep the black children from being able to swim in them. The caller equated that to what the Republicans are doing to PO agenda/legacy………all the obstruction is the cement in the pools. I think that is a profound analogy.

    I am leaving soon for my weekly visit w/my mother. If anyone thinks this analogy is worth sharing w/others, please move it to the new thread. I’ll check in later in the morning.”

  29. 81 99ts
    March 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good blog item from a random mother of 2 teenagers – linked from http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/bloomberg-murdoch-and-rhee-lose-big-los

    http://redqueeninla.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/were-going-to-find-you-another-job/

    When Bloomberg & Murdock are spending big on the election of a school board – the outcome they want is segregated charter schools

    “The Reform School agenda which seeks to install privately setup small, isolated, corporately run charter schools are at best no worse than their public counterparts, and reach a small, select subset of the public besides. They result in breathtaking segregation and privation and an impoverished educational landscape. They leach public resources. Unaffordable, now, are the rich opportunities of varied educational “services” like music programs and art programs, lending libraries and speech and behavioural therapists. This School Reform Emperor has no clothes, and the evidence while slow to come in, is arriving at last.”

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      March 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

      The undermining of American society through our school “systems” … found out at my age of 60-something that if we live long enough, we just keep repeating the same things over and over and over, with different names for it but the same results. So, we just have to keep fighting for our kids and grandkids and greatgrankids and our society-at-large. Again. Apparently, it’s always going to be two steps forward, one step back, and is more than a little disenheartening for all of us original babyboomers.

    • 83 Vicki
      March 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

      1,000,000 Cheers for this post, 99ts Bloomberg’s most enduring legacy re: education is his remark ON Video “that 50 children in a classroom learn just as well as they do in small classes!!”

      He is a fraud and a phony and not to be trusted even if he has a position like on gun control that you may agree with.

  30. 84 hopefruit2
    March 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    • 85 Linda
      March 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

      That is probably true……They are to busy fundraiser to attend meetings or read anything that may enlighten them.

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hf, it also shows how profoundly stupid and lazy they are. I knew what the president was proposing and I don’t get a senator’s salary, nor is it my job. These guys think their only job is showing up when they feel like it and saying no.

    • 87 Ladyhawke
      March 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Of course that senator is lying. He has “Romnesia” just like the rest of the Republicans in congress and the mainstream media.

  31. 88 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    One more reason why I look with disgust and disdain at the so called liberals supporting Rand Paul.

  32. 89 cookemom
    March 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Michelle Benard has lost weight and has………bangs! Not only the same name, but the influence of FLOTUS!!!

  33. 94 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    TODers are hilarious.

  34. 96 Kyle
    March 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I just wrote my congressman in regards to the gun issue. I’ve yet to ever receive a response from the odious erik paulsen from MN3… He is the worst kind of lazy republican lick-spittle congress-critter. anyways, i kinda urged him to support the president and in his effort to enact universal background checks to help reduce gun violence. Lets keep on keepin on!

    • 99 nathkatun7
      March 8, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Thanks Ladyhawke for sharing this! Bob Ceska posts (that smartypants links to), in response to AG Holder’s letter and testimony, are also extremely spot-on! I wish Chipsticks would post them on the front page.

  35. 101 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    TWO MUST READS ON DRONE HYSTERIA FROM BOB CESCA:

    =====================================================

    1) No. Holder Didn’t Say Obama Can Use Drones To Kill Citizens on American Soil.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/03/no-holder-didnt-say-obama-can-use-drones-against-citizens-on-american-soil/

    2) And, No. Drones Will Not Kill You While You Drink Coffee at Starbucks.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/03/and-no-drones-will-not-kill-you-while-you-drink-coffee-at-starbucks/

    =======================================================

    h/t Smartypants

  36. 103 Linda
    March 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Coburn dropped out of the background checks legislation.

  37. March 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Best tweet I saw about Senator Aqua Buddha….

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  40. 111 Linda
    March 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

    My fantasy about last nights dinner is that just before they all got up to leave ….President Obama told them to ” check under their chairs ” for his gift.

    The gift was a manila envelope with every dirty detail from their FBI files. Then he said ” Good Night and Good Luck ” and flashed them that gorgeous smile.

  41. March 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

    One of the best in the business, tells of his harrowing tail of abduction:

    • 115 Linda
      March 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I have always felt that he is really an CIA agent and this is his cover.

      • 116 Bill
        March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

        If he isn’t I’ll bet he has had many chats with the CIA.

      • March 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

        In all honesty Linda, he actually lived w/ the Muslim Brotherhood for several years about 10 years ago. Thats why he is so respected among those that he covers. They know he is not an “infiltrator” which actually allows him to go places U.S. intelligence could only dream off. But he does brief NSC members on some cases, which helps him get into remote places as well. He has the best of both worlds for his field.

  42. March 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

  43. 124 Ladyhawke
    March 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

    ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS THEIR JOBS.

    Congress, the Media, Pundits…Stuck on Stupid

    By Pragmatic Pundit

    ————————————

    Do they all have amnesia? As I recall, just 38 days after President Obama was elected, the mall was filled with teabaggers calling him a Socialist, Kenyan, Muslim Marxist, douchebag and Congresspeople were encouraging them. Representatives and Senators who showed decency toward the President are gone. Remember Charlie Crist and Richard Lugar? Look at how they are treating Chris Christie.

    Is it me? And don’t tell me about what they did to Clinton…this is personal. And something is wrong with people who think they can “personally” attack a man and his family and then expect to be embraced. And why do they need that? These are grown men and women. All they have to do is their jobs. What’s with this need for a pat on the head? And why is the media so stupid they promote this foolishness?

    I did learn something important. When my three-year-old grandson asked to help break the eggs for breakfast and I said no, he said, “then I’m not going to help you with the toast.” He went off and pouted.

    Oh goodie! My grandson can be a Congressman!

    ————————————————–

    http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/2013/03/congress-media-punditsstuck-on-stupid.html#more

  44. March 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Lots of information to catch up and read. Thanks for all that you do to keep us informed.

  45. 128 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

    In WTF, shake your head and laugh news, what’s the scandal rocking Columbia University? Not students cheating during tests. Noooo…..it’s students stealing Nutella. Yes. Nutella.

    http://gawker.com/5989132/report-nutella-theft-a-major-problem-for-dining-services-at-columbia-as-students-gorge-themselves-on-dozens-of-pounds-each-day

    • 129 cookemom
      March 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Well that freshman ten has to come from somewhere.

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      March 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I’m not sure I knew Nutella even existed until last summer when my high-school-senior granddaughter visited and would hide her jar from her younger brother and sister. She said it was all the rage at her school to bring it for lunch and hide it from each other’s classmates. Hey, a fad’s a fad, but I kinda can’t see this one!

  46. 134 vcprezofan2
    March 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Can’t remember if I signed in earlier and it’s too much work to scroll up and check the evidence, so ‘Good Morning, TODobots the world over!’. This is one of those days when I feel sure I’ll be bleary-eyed throughout, but I’ll try my best to see what’s on everyone’s mind.

    Have a mah-vel-lous daaay!

  47. 135 cookemom
    March 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Georgia folks up for election for the Senate includes Rep Gringrey, a doctor, who said Todd Aiken was partially right about rape, and the woman shutting that thing down, and Rep Paul Broun, who said ‘evolution and the big bang theory are lies from pit of hell’. See? This is why we need the Pubs to just keep talking. They gerrymandered themselves into having to be tin foil, black helicopter fools just to make it through their primaries. Then, what they said, gets repeated when they go for a national office.

    • 136 Linda
      March 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Broun is also a Doctor…….so is Congressman Price from here in GA ….

      I will be paying close attention to the Democrat that runs to replace Chambliss…..

  48. 137 amk for obama
    March 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

    from a kenyan blog

  49. March 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I had that Let’s Move event listed for later, but I see now on White House Live that it’s listed for 12:30

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  50. 139 cookemom
    March 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    OK folks, time for my daily beg. Please vote for my #2, Kelauni Cook to win her dream job of travel correspondent job and $50G. Just click on any and/or all of the the social media forum/s you use in the ‘vote for this entry’ box. Then, if you’d like, copy the URL in the ‘Promote Kelauni’s Video’ box and paste it on your social media sites to share with your friends. Thanks so much! http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q

  51. 140 Jovie
    March 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Meanwhile,
    Quinni panic poll has Hillary mopping the floor with any Republican in the General Election in 2016.

    I know many of you dint like Hillary and I also have my suspicions, but I will vote for her and not a Republican, if it comes down to that.

    • 141 hopefruit2
      March 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I think we need to focus on the house/senate races in 2014 for now – which is FAR more important. The media is trying to distract with all this talk of Hillary (who may or may not run) in 2016.

    • March 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I am not into the whole Clinton 2016 just yet I want to look at the other contenders when that time comes in 2015. Got to finish with the best President ever term first and take back the house in 2014 from those Republicans. Is it just me but Bill Clinton seem like he wants to get into the White House again more than Hillary

    • 146 anniebella
      March 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

      There we go again, polls polls polls. If I’m not mistaken polls had Hillary mopping the floor in 08 too. But who was it that won?

    • 147 nathkatun7
      March 8, 2013 at 2:44 am

      Come 2016, I will be 100% behind Joe Biden if he decides to run!

  52. 148 utaustinliberal
    March 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Honest Toddler is on a roll this morning. :lol:

  53. March 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

  54. March 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Okay, so I told you guys I stepped up to help soldiers with their children…my contribution to sequestration. The last one just dropped off his kid. He expressed his gratitude, then said, “If it wasn’t for Obama we wouldn’t be going through this mess. I don’t know why anybody ever voted for that jerk.” I held my breath and told him we’d talk later…but I’m pissed! If you have any ideas about what I should tell him, let me know. :) For now, I have to go get the fire extinguisher for my hair and to beat his kid. See you later.

    • March 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

      If it wasn’t for President Obama, this country would have fallen off a steep financial cliff into a major depression.
      If it wasn’t for President Obama, the military would still be fighting and dying in Iraq and wasting billions of dollars.
      If it wasn’t for President Obama, our foreign policy would still be despised the world over.
      If it wasn’t for President Obama, veterans would not have the tactical and logistical support they need.
      If it wasn’t for President Obama, military families would have no assistance with job certifications, employment assistance and healthcare.
      If it wasn’t for President Obama, police, firefighters and teachers would be without jobs and protection.

      I could go on and on and on………

  55. March 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Must Read:

  56. March 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Good Morning TOD. Keep fighting the good fight!

  57. March 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    A thorough breakdown of Justice Roberts and Scalia’s B.S.

  58. March 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Yes We Can

  59. 164 hopefruit2
    March 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    But but but, teh drones…

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  62. 171 Bill
    March 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Rep. Jim Hines (D-CT), a former Goldman Sachs executive and national finance chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is introducing legislation along with Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) to deregulate derivatives that was part of Dodd-Frank. This does not look good.

    • 172 Linda
      March 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Goodbye Mr Himes…..we hardly knew ya.

      The hallway trash barrel between the House and Senate must be overflowing .

  63. 173 hopefruit2
    March 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

  64. March 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Elizabeth Colbert Busch is up w/ her first ad: Looks like she has put a good team together.

  65. March 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

  66. 176 Jovie
    March 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

    By REID J. EPSTEIN | 3/7/13 8:24 AM EST
    President Obama’s political arm will disclose donors who give at least $250 and will refuse corporate, foreign and lobbyist money, its chairman wrote Thursday on CNN.com.

    Organizing for Action chairman Jim Messina said the group will not “accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors” and will release quarterly contribution reports. 

    “While Organizing for Action is a nonprofit social welfare organization that faces a lower disclosure threshold than a political campaign, we believe in being open and transparent,” Messina wrote. “That’s why every donor who gives $250 or more to this organization will be disclosed on the website with the exact amount they give on a quarterly basis. We have decided not to accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors.”

    OFA is allowed under the tax code to accept unlimited secret corporate money – as has sought to publicly paint itself as the grass-roots successor to Obama’s re-election campaign. Its launch was announced at a corporate-sponsored event for traditional Democratic mega-donors. 

  67. March 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

  68. 180 Jovie
    March 7, 2013 at 11:59 am

    So, every time the debt limit needs to be raised, we have to cut a trillion dollars or we default?
    That’s why we need to get that deficit to a surplus to stop all this cutting!
    Or else, their will not be anything left of the federal government.


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