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Rise and Shine

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy aboard Air Force One, June 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama’s image juxtaposed with this discussion says a lot about how far we’ve come but how there is much more progress needed

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Ken Wheaton: Last week, a new ad from Cheerios was deemed controversial when media outlets discovered that the racist contingent of the idiocracy known as the YouTube comment section trashed the ad for featuring a mixed-race couple and a biracial child.

But according to data from Ace Metrix, Americans like the ad. In fact, “Good for Your Heart” (called “Just Checking” on YouTube) tested the highest of six new Cheerios ads this year and garnered attention and likeability scores 9% and 11% “above the current 90-day norm for cereals.”

More here

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Jeffrey Goldberg: Now Rice will be, in effect, Kerry’s supervisor. McCain and Graham, by turning Rice into the scapegoat of the Benghazi debacle, have inadvertently allowed the president to bring her into the innermost ring of power, in a role that requires no Senate confirmation.

In the highly centralized White House foreign-policy and national-security operation (critics would call it overcentralized, and they have a point) the secretary of state, even one of Kerry’s stature, does comparatively little to set the administration’s overarching policy.  It will be Rice’s job to interpret the president’s broadest wishes and put them into place across several government departments.

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Her influence will be especially pronounced, I think, because she is part of Obama’s original foreign-policy team — in what could have been a near-suicidal career move, Rice, a former official in President Bill Clinton’s administration, signed on to Obama’s campaign when his victory didn’t seem at all assured. Her appointment today is partly payback for her loyalty, and a thumb in the eyes of her Senate critics. It is also a sign that the president and Rice are in sync on a broad set of issues, and here is where it gets interesting.

More here

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New York Times: Wisconsin and Minnesota are neighboring states with long traditions of caring for the least fortunate, but, at the moment, only one of them is concerned about the health of the poor and uninsured. In February, more than 130,000 Minnesota residents who lack health insurance became eligible for coverage when the state expanded its Medicaid program under the health care reform law. That will save the state $129 million in the first two years alone.

Wisconsin, however, has chosen to take the path of indifference. On Tuesday, the Republicans who control the State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to reject the expansion of Medicaid, even though it would have covered 85,000 people at less cost to the state. The committee was marching in lock step behind the governor, Scott Walker, who claims to be worried that federal financing will run out. What’s really going on, of course, is that state Republicans have made poor people the victims of their ideological resistance to President Obama and his health care law.

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This is a MUST read by Joshua Foust if you want to know the truth about the NSA story and not fall for Glenn Greenwald’s and the media’s nonsense. Click Here

Joshua Foust: 1. Congress voted to legalize expansive surveillance powers in 2001 (The USA PATRIOT ACT), 2008 (retroactive immunity for warantless NSA wiretaps in the FISA Amendments Act), and in 2012 (renewing the FISA Amendments Act).

2. Congress declined to force administration transparency/honesty on secret interpretations of the law in 2001 (USA PATRIOT ACT), 2008 (NSA immunity), 2011 (the Wyden amendment to the NDAA, which would have required interpretations not be secret) & 2012 (the similar Markley amendment to the NDAA). Those last two actually got voted down, which means Congresldvoted to enable secret government legal interpretation.

3. All of the opprobrium you should feel at the government’s ridiculously broad surveillance powers needs to be directed at CONGRESS, which keeps approving them while voting they stay secret.

4. The NSA, despite the broad nature of its warrant request, did nothing illegal, and the supposed illegality of the FISC procedure has not been demonstrated.

5. The information the NSA is collecting is metadata, not content (like a wiretap), and not account names. Uncovering personally identifiable information would require separate warrants to do so. This was a pattern analysis, not really mass surveillance as we traditionally understand it. Anyone who calls this a “wiretap” is probably stupid or didn’t read the order.

6. Judging by the order (and not the media coverage about the order), it seems to have an end date of July 19, sucking up data for the three months before. That would make its effective start date April 19, which is the day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested in Boston. Not saying there’s a link, but the timing might turn out not to be coincidental.

 

More of this pragmatic post here

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Kevin Drum: The current versions of the Farm Bill could hardly be more frustrating. The House is proposing $20 billion in cuts to SNAP — equivalent, says Beckmann, to “almost half of all the charitable food assistance that food banks and food charities provide to people in need.” I’m starting to lose my ability to write rationally about this stuff. I just don’t know any longer what I’m supposed to think about a political movement whose primary raison d’être, one they no longer even bother to conceal, is an almost gleeful immiseration of the poor for the benefit of the rich. How is it that the wealthiest country on earth has come to this?

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Steve Benen: It was billed of “the first public meeting of Battlefield Dallas.” But a Tea Party Republican made the headlines when he had this to say about GOP voter outreach efforts. “I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats,” Ken Emanuelson said. First, when the RNC wonders why the party struggles with minority outreach, and Tea Partiers wonder why they’ve developed an unfortunate reputation, I hope they’ll keep this quote in mind.

More here

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Chad Terhune: Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return $12 million to small firms under requirements of the federal healthcare law. The annual rebates were disclosed in reports to state regulators, and the final tally from some companies may change before they are paid out by Aug. 1. The rebate is required under the federal Affordable Care Act when insurers fail to spend a minimum of 80% of premiums on medical care for individual and small-business customers.

Last year, the first time the rebate came into play, health insurers refunded $74 million to nearly 2 million Californians, an average of $65 a family, according to federal data. Nationwide, health insurers returned $1.1 billion to 12.8 million Americans last year.

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This is a delightful MUST watch. NBA greats reflect on what President Obama means to them and the country

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The Peoples View: I get so tired of idiots on the Left constantly attacking this president and the White House instead of going after right wing nutjobs. And so it happened again, with a protester from tie-yourself-to-the-White House-fence gay rights group “Get Equal” heckling the First Lady at a DNC fundraiser. Michelle Obama wasn’t going to stand there and take it – not as the better half of the first president ever to declare support for full equality. She got in the face of this heckler, and put her in her place. “One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said.  According to a pool report of the event, she then left the lectern, moved toward the protester and said the person could either, quote, “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving.”

The party that produced the first president to support marriage equality is not worthy of our support, and the president who repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, mandated that hospitals respect the rights of same-sex couples, and refused to defend the federal marriage discrimination law in court should be viewed suspiciously. But we shouldn’t be so harsh on the party that is defending DOMA in court, almost universally opposed the repeal of DADT, supports anti-sodomy laws, and votes against anti-discrimination laws as a block. We shouldn’t be so harsh on the party that supports “states’ rights” to jail gay people.

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Let me be blunt: when you stab your friend in the eye and make excuses for your foe, you lose a friend and your foe strings you up. The LGBT rights movement – and the entire liberal intelligencia – would do well to learn this. I will not tolerate it when in the process of asking for respect for ourselves, we disrespect the First Lady who’s been our ally through thick and thin. I will not tolerate treating our best allies like they were our enemies. 

More of this fabulous post here

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

12:05PM: Pres. Obama departs the White House

12:20PM: Pres. Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

1:35PM: Pres. Obama arrives in North Carolina

2:30PM: Pres. Obama tours Mooresville Middle School

2:55PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at Mooresville Middle School

3:45PM: VP Biden meets with his Highness Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, at the White House

4:15PM: Pres. Obama departs North Carolina

9:00PM: Pres. Obama arrives in California

10:00PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at a DSCC event

11:25PM: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at a DSCC event

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This image is everything. Welcome to the new face of America and have a Baracktastic, Susanlicious, and Samanthariffic day! :D

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129 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 6 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Delicious day yesterday!!

  2. 7 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Bringing over:

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/06/06/2111741/what-you-should-know-about-the-governments-massive-domestic-surveillance-program/

    National Security Administration (NSA) is collecting information about the telephone records of millions of Americans through a warrant obtained in a secret court under authority granted in the Patriot Act. This is the first public confirmation that widespread surveillance of Americans, initiated under President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, has continued under the Obama administration. The program captures phone numbers and other information, but not the content of the conversations.

    Warrantless surveillance began shortly after the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The Bush administration began a secret surveillance program in 2001, asking AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth to turn over communications records to the National Security Agency (NSA). The agency’s goal was “to create a database of every call ever made” within the nation’s borders, the USA Today reported in 2006.

    Program fell under court supervision in 2007. ( The judge that signed off on this/ Reagan appt.)
    In 2008, Congress expanded the Act to allow both foreign and domestic surveillance “as long as the intent is to gather foreign intelligence.” The measure also provided “retroactive immunity to the telecom companies that assisted the Bush administration.”

    ***** Congress extended the law through 2017.*****

    What the Verizon order says.

    The order does not require the government to turn over the content of the calls, but it must share information about the numbers dialed and received, length of call, and customers’ name and address or financial information.

    What the Patriot Act says. The order falls under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the government to make broad demands on telephone carriers for information about calls. Under the law, the government isn’t required to show probable cause, but rather, “there are reasonable grounds to believe” that the tangible things sought are “relevant to an authorized investigation . . . to obtain foreign intelligence information. . . or to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.” An expert told the Washington Post that the order “appears to be a routine renewal of a similar order first issued by the same court in 2006.” The order is apparently “reissued routinely every 90 days and that it is not related to any particular investigation by the FBI or any other agency.”

    There’s more at the link….Congress always knew..they DID this after 9/11 and have reauthorized it. If they disagree, THEY SHOULD GET RID OF THE PATRIOT ACT!!! This is nothing new…been going on for some time, it would seem.

  3. 8 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    That final photo just warms my heart. If Michelle were in it, it would be even better!! Such strong women around our guy!

  4. 9 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and thanks Ut for this fabulous R & S!!

  5. June 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Lovely and busy r&s UT thank you

  6. 11 japa21
    June 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

    GM TOD. This Verizon thingy does have me upset. I was against massive data collection when Bush did it and I would be a hypocrite if I wasn’t against it now. However, I will not be swayed by arguements that we are being monitored (we aren’t), that we are being spied on (we aren’t), that this is the same as Bush (it isn’t). Plus, and most importantly, as more and more information comes out, it appears this is less and less as monstruous asw I first thought.

    So, saying all that, I am not going to have anything further to say until I have more facts except the following:

    1. This who are criticizing this but defended Bush are hypocrites.

    2. Those who criticized Bush but are unquestioningly defending this are also hypocrites.

    3. Those who are automatically saying this is just like Bush are idiots.

    • 12 japa21
      June 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Okay, I lied, though I didn’t mean to. It is important on this thing that we separate two things from each other, as there appears, from following twitter, that ther is a conflation of things going on.

      One is to have a healthy debate as to the rightness or wrongness of the actual mining. There is no question as to the legality. But this debate has to be centered on what is appropriate government action. We can talk all we want to about the fact that it is legal, but that gets us nowhere.

      Second is that there are questions about why no outrage when done by Bush and why would this all have come out just now. The timing of the news about this is suspicious and since we know that Congress was aware of this and that at least some GOPers are quite upset about Rice, there is always the possiblility that this was leaked to GG by someone in Congress. And that should be discovered. But it is separate from the other discussion.

      Like most tghings, this will take a while to settle down and there will be all sorts of misinformation put out there, some intentionally, some not so.

    • 15 Bill
      June 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I never criticized Bush for this sort of thing. In all seriousness, if one has nothing to hide and is not leaking national security secrets or is planning a terrorist act what is the problem? This information cannot be made public, and the phone companies already have it. I would love to understand the other side to this argument.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Japa I think point #2 is a bit of false equivalency here. The number of people who criticized Bush but are “unquestioningly defending this” (if they exist at all) now pales in comparison to the number of people who were JUST FINE and DANDY when congress voted for this 98-1 (Democrats and Republicans, includiing the “progressive” Dems) including the majority of the Mainstream media who is now feigning outrage.

      Glen Greenwald is the one who’s currently leading this charge against the administration via his article in the Guardian – and he was 100% supportive of GWB back then. I don’t know of any major media figure or politician who was AGAINST Bush but are now “unquestioningly defending this” as you put it. If you find someone who fits that criteria, please let me know.

      • 17 japa21
        June 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Not so much talking about public leaders. I am well aware of the votes for the Patriot Act and all the arguments such as, if you have nothing to hide, etc. But there were a lot of people, myself included, who were very upset at the time. And I have seen comments here and elsewhere (including twitter), from some of those same people excusing this now because, after all, it is legal, or whatever, when they would never have allowed that same argument to apply to Bush.

        I think there is a natural tendency to come to the defense, no matter what, of people who we have a strong admiration for, as we all do for the President. And I have that same tendency. And I will always defend this President. But defending the man does not mean I have to agree with everything he does or his administration does.

        And I do not think using arguments like, not as bad as Bush, or Republicans are worse, or this has been going on for years and no one complained does him or what he stands for any justice.

        In a way, I am glad this stroy came out. Yes, some people are going to use it to villify the President, which would be the wrong way to look at it. But one thing this President does do, and is one of the things I most admire about him, is that he wants open debate of things, as long as they are honest debates. And this is something that should be and needs to be debated.

        Remember it was just a short while ago he became the first President I know of to actually ask to have his powers reduced. And not just his power, but the powers of the government as a whole.

        Unfortunately, I think the chance of legitimate honest debate in this country is slim.

        • 18 hopefruit2
          June 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

          No one that I know of (myself included) was “outraged” during the Bush years about the possibility that phone records were being collected for purposed of National Security.

          And clearly, there was virtually ZERO MSM desire to make it into a “Bush scandal” as there seems to be a desire to now make it an “Obama scandal.”

          So that’s my point. It is true that people tend to defend those whom they admire and respect. But as you very well know, Bush’s approval rating soared to 90%+ after 911 – because folks who didn’t support him at the polls were willing to stand with him and do whatever was needed in the name of national security.

          THIS President doesn’t get that consideration and somehow, there always seems to be need to remind PBO’s supporters that they are wrong to defend him, and they should be able to criticize him, that he needs more scrutinized and held accountable, that too much power in the hands of gov’t is wrong, etc., etc.,

          • 19 japa21
            June 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

            I really don’t think we are thinking differently on this in terms of the big picture.

            What I despair of is that this is a perfect opportunity to revisit the Patriot Act and some of its provisions and have a legitimate discussion of it, but I doubt that will happen.

            • 20 hopefruit2
              June 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

              I have no objections to a revisiting of the Patriot Act – however, I can’t help but feel that if in fact it comes to that the same folks who are now pushing outrage will quickly sign off once the focus goes to the Republicans in congress – which it has to if the law is to be addressed or repealed.

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

      This is not a syllogism.

  7. 22 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

  8. 23 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

  9. 24 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

  10. 25 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Love it. She keeps it real.

  11. 26 dotster3
    June 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    • 27 anniebella
      June 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Steve of course he is. You know there is different standards for this President then for other white ones.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      June 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, PBO is supposed to put on his Superman suit, fly through the sky and destroy all terrorists with a single punch. How come everyone doesn’t know this?

  12. 29 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Good Morning, President Obama!

    Morning, Utal! Thank you for opening the door today. It’s been a tad chilly in the great outdoors.

    Morning Layla
    …..and other TODobots! Hope it’s warmer wherever you are than it is here; also hope those who are dealing with health issues will have a very positive good-newsy kind of day!

  13. 30 anniebella
    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    The article from the People’s View is worth the read. Thanks to whoever wrote it.

  14. 32 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

  15. 33 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

  16. 35 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

  17. 38 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

  18. 39 dotster3
    June 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I see Jake Tapper is on twitter yelling that he has the First Interview!!! with ggreenwald about his HUGE SCOOP in the Guardian last night. All this feigned outrage when anyone with a brain had to know this was going on. Why are people pretending? And the personalities acting most overcome with shock are very familiar—-they are always first in line if there’s any hay to make out of some anti-Obama admin. leak.

  19. June 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I absolutely **hate** this Baracktastic, Susanlicious and Samanthariffic R&S – because how on earth can it be matched in future days? UT, I dislike you intensely.

    You are a LEGEND!!!!!!! Thank you SOOOOOO much Chelsea girl!

    • 42 utaustinliberal
      June 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hahahahahahahaha. I was up late into the night and was tired of the BS Chiparoo; especially Greenwald’s hypocrisy and grifting. Thank you so much for your fabulous tweets last night. They helped center me and I woke up with a clear plan to make sure the R&S post informs and pushes back against nonsense.

      p.s. Your R&S not live up or surpass this? Pfft….not in a million years Boss Cheesy Puffs. :D

  20. 43 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

  21. 44 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    LMAO!!!

  22. 45 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Where was Glen Greenwald back then? Hey Chuck Todd? MSNBC?

  23. June 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Hi TOD!

    So i’m typing from my chair (not the bed). I have my brace on and I’m waiting for the next and final physical therapy session of the day. I walked much much further today. Got up on my walker numerous times with NO help from the therapist. Got to use a wheelchair (nope, never used one before) too. OMG, it was so exhausting. If I didn’t have another session at 11:30, I’d just zonk out for hours right here, right now.

    Therapist was very impressed with my progress. Part of me is scared they will discharge me prematurely. I want to move/walk independently when I leave here. The tentative plan is to stay with my Mom in Florida. She works and sometimes does double shifts. I don’t want to be stuck at her home waiting for her to do things for me. I don’t want her to feel like she has another patient to take care of when she leaves her own job. I get a chance to express these concerns to my team (docs, therapists, etc.) so I hope they don’t put expediency over what’s good for me.

    Look at me. Been dying to get out of here now I’m worried they might put me out too early. Weird isn’t it?

    • 47 desertflower
      June 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Good news:) Glad to hear you’re getting up and around by yourself. They won’t put you out before you’re ready, but you should have someone available to you if you need them….

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

      So happy you are doing great. I wish I could could take your pain away. Please don’t rush the therapy! Everything heals over TIME! Time is what you need.

    • 52 utaustinliberal
      June 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Happy with your progress GB and please make sure to speak to your doctors, nurses, and therapists about your concerns. It is their job to make sure that every part of you can live an independent life. Please make sure they do their jobs because you’re precious to us. Sending you and your family more good vibes. :D

    • 54 Layla
      June 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Hi GB, so happy to hear about your progress. Now I understand how you feel trepidation re a hospital discharge. 2 years ago I was in the hospital for 1 month after 6 surgeries and when they informed me that I was going to be discharged I panicked. Even though we do not like to be in the hospital it does offer a sense of security re if anything happens or you need help, there is someone close to assist. Just make certain that you have an assessment from an occupational therapist prior to discharge. The have a home type set up to assess you and alleviate your concerns. Also accept help for a little while until you feel secure. You will make it, of that I am certain! God bless you.

    • 56 donna dem 4 obama
      June 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

      {{{gobrooklyn}}}

      These progress reports make my day!

      You’re doing all the right things. Just keep the dialogue going with your health care professionals. They will know when the time is right to release you.

      I will continue to lift you in prayer each and everyday!

    • June 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Oh my gosh, you are unbelievable! Look at you, walking already! GoBrooklyn, you have been through so much and have been so strong, so FIERCE. May you continue to be in highest healing.

      I hope your medical understands your needs and are able to give you the best treatment and recommendations. The most important thing is for you to get better without worrying about all the rest of it. VERY BEST to you!!

    • 60 andogriff
      June 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

      So glad to hear you are doing so well, GB! I know they won’t discharge you before you are ready, and I’m sure your Mom will be thrilled to have you stay wtih her!

    • 62 Linda
      June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Your news gets better every day GB….
      :-)

    • 63 99ts
      June 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Never satisfied are we :) – so pleased to hear you are going well – No doubt your Mom is looking forward to having you whenever you arrive. Take good care of you

    • June 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      It’s wonderful to hear how well you are progressing. I agree with others that you should express your concerns. You want to be able to maintain that upbeat attitude you have which I’m sure is a big factor in your recovery. Keeping that attitude will be difficult if you have concerns that have not been addressed.

      Continuing positive thoughts for you! Stay strong!

  24. 66 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

  25. 67 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

  26. 68 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Mark Udall, yes a Democrat, says the Administration owes the American public an explanation on this Verizon thingy.
    I wonder how he voted on this bill, just recently, and then I will call his office with the shocking information!

    • 71 Jovie
      June 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Yup Rubio in senate and Labrador in house is voting against their own bill.
      This won’t pass either!

    • 72 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I’m also seeing on Twitter that Harry Reid just filed cloture in hopes of bringing the immigration bill to the senate floor on Monday.

  27. 73 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    It’s going right over my head! :(

  28. 74 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Exactly.

    So Freaking True.

  29. 75 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    IS SENATOR RUBIO BACKING OFF HIS OWN BILL?

    BY America’s Voice Online

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    United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led network of DREAMer advocates, issued a new statement today in light of Senator Rubio’s recent comments, titled “United We Dream Challenges Senator Rubio To Stop Moving the Goalposts, Show True Leadership.” UWD Managing Director Cristina Jimenez noted in the statement, “It’s time for Senator Rubio to show leadership and stand up for the immigrant community, rather than moving the goalposts and threatening this historic opportunity to pass immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship. We expect Senator Rubio to stand by the bill he helped draft, pledging to defend it rather than looking for more opportunities to water it down. Will Senator Rubio be part of a new chapter of the Republican party—a modern, solutions-oriented party—or will he stick with the sorely outdated GOP? He needs to remember the message of the election and the power of Latino and immigrant community voters. DREAMers and families both in Florida and across the country will be watching closely because we will not accept a bill with out-of-control enforcement or an unattainable path to citizenship.”

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    http://americasvoiceonline.org/blog/is-senator-rubio-backing-off-his-own-bill/

  30. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Exactly. Now people want to whine. Pfft. :roll:

  31. 77 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

  32. 81 99ts
    June 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    UT – fabulous rise & shine – great links – thank you

    I was reading about the building demolition in Philadelphia on BJ

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/06/06/collapse/#comments

    Some really good links – especially by one of the commenters. Why the media can’t do their job and get upset about something that really matters – is unbelievable. Concerns about the demolition were passed to the city a month ago – nothing happened. I have often complained that workplace health & safety in my world (and in the UK) was overtaking sanity in many instances – but when things like this unbelievable demolition happen – then I back track. The street and attached buildings would be CLOSED before this could ever happen where I live. It is truly sad that government is so giving up on the job they are supposed to do.

    It is even sadder that the media are so upset about the blah guy in the white house – they ignore the job they should be doing in their pitiful attempts to bring down the President. I can almost understand why the GOP has to be so partisan (then again they are disgusting) – but the press – NO excuse whatsoever.

  33. 82 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha. Emoprog heads explode in 3…2….1

    • 83 utaustinliberal
      June 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Comment on ThinkProgress.

      Am I the *ONLY* person on earth who sees a connection to the April 15th Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred only ten days before this collection process began? So far, not ONE SINGLE “Liberal” media outlet has connected this. If this were the Bush admin, FOX would have already defended them promoting every conspiracy out there as “likely”. Meanwhile, our own allegedly liberal media is hunting for a reason to mistrust Obama and it is beginning to reflect in everyone’s inability to see the “possibility of good” in the admin.

  34. 84 Linda
    June 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This is where PBO will be later in Palm Springs. Sunnylands is called the Camp David of the West. It has been used by 7 Presidents.

    Starts at around 50 second mark.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/313040-1

  35. 85 andogriff
    June 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Excellent R & S UT, so many great articles and posts to pass around! Hello to Ms Chips and everyone!

  36. 86 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Basic, obvious question from Greg Sargent regarding NSA:

    Given that this will rightly generate a lot of questions today, Congressional Dems and Republicans alike who criticize the news need to be asked why they support the Patriot Act, given that the court order in question explicitly relies on it.

  37. 87 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Reid files motion to start work on immigration reform bill
    By Ramsey Cox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a motion to end debate on proceeding to the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill.
    The Senate is expected to begin floor work next week on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

    -/
    Can’t let it linge,r it’s losing steam, hence…

  38. 88 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Exactly. You can whine or you can change the law. Pfft.

    https://twitter.com/lawscribe/status/342630495374409728

  39. 89 Lovepolitics2008
    June 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m beginning to wonder if President Obama needs to organize a big event to debate all privacy issues related to National security. Because it looks the last leaks on surveillance have been well coordinated and there will be more coming. The president should do something to turn the tables. Do a big speech, organize a submit on The Patriot Act, something… in order to control the debate and stop the media and the republicans from peddling hysteria, distorting facts and most of all, stop insinuating that the administration did something illegal. Have a debate about the law, about the Patriot Act, etc. OK. But don’t let political opportunists and media narcissists pontificate on tv accusing the administration of all sorts of things while they’re supposed to KNOW all about the Patriot Act and FISA.

    • 90 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

      The President doesn’t need to do anything. We the people need to hold the media accountable for reporting accurate information, and expose and mock them when they don’t.

      There will always be political opportunists and media narcissists, but PBO has only 3 years left to enact his agenda, and that won’t get done if he spends the better half of his Presidency chasing every silly ginned-up MSM scandal out there.

      • 91 Jovie
        June 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

        The media only reads what the GOP sends them in emails. They don’t care what we think because we don’t pay their checks.
        Most media are write offs for much bigger parent companies.

        • 92 hopefruit2
          June 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

          They do care what we think – because ultimately the purpose of their propaganda machine is to influence public opinion and keep people voting against their own interests to benefit the corporate overlords.

          If public opinion is not being influenced as they would like, they have no choice but to change their strategy.

          • 93 Jovie
            June 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

            Well, Chris Hayes is a perfect example his ratings suck, nobody cares about him but he must have support someplace.
            Thus…
            The media is useless best just use twitter to get our message out.

            • 94 hopefruit2
              June 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

              He can only remain in place for so long. You’re right that he was put there for propaganda and that he’s being funded by additional sources other than viewer-generated revenue. However, if his propaganda is not yielding the desired benefits – that is, influencing public opinion to an extent that it results in policies that benefit the corporate overlords and 1%, then he will be removed. Mark my word.

  40. 96 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

    http://mariopiperni.com/republican-politics/the-real-scandal-the-republican-party.php Great toon at the end.

    “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men
    – and the fools know it.”
    ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

  41. 97 cookemom
    June 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Oh my….that thread head picture. I knew PBO is black and white, but lawd who knew how well that transfer to portrait.

    btw, the Cheerios ad was so low on the ‘dislike’ (1700) scale by Utubers no less, that I wonder why the MSM even decided to cover it and not mention the 21,000 ‘loikes’ during the same coverage segment. Not to mention that had the genders in the ad been reversed (AA mom, white Dad), there wouldn’t have been as many ‘unlikes’, nor so much as a peep out of the MSM. It’s the subtleties that they hone in on. The ad was just nuanced enough for the MSM to pick up on and run with. MSM generated ado about nothing.

  42. 98 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

  43. June 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I don’t think it’s any accident that this whole FISA issue – which is at least a decade old – is blowing up now. NSA is now Susan Rice, Eric Holder has defied the accusations and Bradley Manning is being revealed. Glenzilla is itching to become the target of an investigation and a full-blown emo martyr so he can grift to his heart’s content. And them MSM need a summer full of out-of-control CRAZY DRAMA, just like they do every year.

    • 100 Layla
      June 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Hey Meta, you are absolutely correct! I noted that in a post yesterday re what a coincidence that this comes out just when Susan Rice is appointed. They are so pissed off at this as they thought the had won when Kerry was chosen for SOS.

    • 101 COS
      June 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Hey Meta. You are correct as usual. I was thinking the same. This is nothing new, but it is their shiny new toy.

      • June 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

        They just keep throwing spaghetti at the wall hoping it will stick. It’s ludicrous that every day it’s a brand new BARACKALYPSE!

  44. 103 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    It’s funny- obama supporters have to beat back the Beltway 2 step, the Republicans, the Emo Pricks, and Old Orange Daily Blows, ever day.
    And they are all persistent in being against everything this President has to offer! :(

  45. 104 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Note the sarcasm.

  46. 105 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

  47. June 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

  48. 107 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Oops….tell us more.

  49. 108 Linda
    June 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    How do these fake outrage idiots think the FBI found Tsarnaev’s friend in Florida ?

    It was his phone records……

  50. 110 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

  51. 112 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Alright- I Juliet called Udalls office- spoke to a staff member said he is getting lots of calls in Patriot act etc.
    I told him that instead of passing the buck to the administration, tell him to stop voting for the patriot act and Fisa re authorization. You know, if he feels so strongly about it, and outraged, etc…
    And then I said, he’s a democrat?
    The staff member said he will pass along info to Mr Udall! :)

  52. 113 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Like I said yesterday….THIS is more disturbing to me than any NSA stuff that’s been happening for years! DNA NOT NSA

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/03/2091741/the-police-can-now-access-your-dna-without-a-warrant-even-when-you-cant-access-it-at-all/

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of DNA databases to collect genetic information from suspects arrested but not yet charged, without any requirement that officers first show probable cause. The 5-4 ruling overrules a state court determination that Maryland’s DNA collection law permits unconstitutionally invasive searches.

    Where’s the privacy outrage here?????????????????

    • 114 Cman
      June 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

      There is no link to Obama so keep it moving. Obama derangement syndrome seems to be reaching epidemic levels recently.

    • 115 forus50
      June 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Hey desertflower I totally agree. Just curious if you are tweeting this. I don’t think I follow you there as I’m not sure what your handle is.

    • 116 Nena20409
      June 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I am not sure that this argument holds water.

      SCOTUS did what they did for every person booked by the Cops has his/her fingerprints done as part of the booking norm. The SCOTUS just added cheek swapping with their 5-4 ruling.

      The NSA thing…….No one is booked, stopped or detained.

      The better argument is the Boston Marathon Bombings, The Patriot Act and the FISA laws.

      Full disclosure, I was against those bills in 2001. I am against them today. Just as I am against the data collections by Google, Apple, Telecommunications, Cable subscribers, Banks, etc. However, when laws are passed and signed. I either work harder to undo them or I accept the laws as are. I was against the 5-4 ruling this Monday by SCOTUS until I was reminded about the Fingerprinting that Law enforcement agencies use.

  53. 118 forus50
    June 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

  54. 119 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    ‘It’s Called Protecting America’: Senators Defend NSA On Phone Records

    By SAHIL KAPUR

    ———————————————————

    The top two senators on the Intelligence Committee on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records after it was reported in The Guardian.

    “It is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress,” Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters at an impromptu news conference in the Capitol. “This is just meta data. There is no content involved. In other words, no content of a communication. … The records can only be accessed under heightened standards.”
    .
    .
    Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) backed up Feinstein, saying, “This is nothing particularly new. This has been going on for seven years under the auspices of the FISA authority, and every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”

    ——————————–

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/feinstein-chambliss-nsa-phone-records.php

    • 120 Cman
      June 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

      OBAMA SPYING AHHHH RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh we’ve been doing this since 2001. Oh.

      Hmmm….

      Still…

      OBAMA SPYING AHHHHH RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!! CONTROVERSY! IMPEACH. FIRE HOLDER! AHHHH.

      The Obama derangement syndrome is reaching epidemic proportions.

  55. 121 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Steve ‏@koolking83 2h

    ——————

    So-Pres Obama is supposed to keep us safe from terrorists–just not through the use of troops/surveillance/drones/intelligence/diplomacy

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy

    ————————————-

  56. 122 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Did GG drum up this faux outrage to drum up business for Guardian that losing viewers??? Huuuuuuuuuuummmmm…..

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/table/2013/may/10/abcs-national-newspapers1 They’ve lost over 10% of readers from last year….

  57. 125 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Where did Glen Greenwald get all this power?

    He is a Libertarian… 10% of the country are Libertarians. Enough!

  58. 128 sjterrid
    June 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I know this is really late, UT, but I just wanted to thank you for this fabulous Rise and Shine thread.


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