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Rise and Shine

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Today:

The President has no public events scheduled.

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See Steve Benen on the jobs news here

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Steve Benen: Key ‘Obamacare’ provision delayed until 2015

News from the Obama administration about the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act caused quite a stir last night, but it’s worth pausing to appreciate the extent of the impact …. I think some of the reactions to the one-year delay have been a little excessive. Maybe it’ll be easier to tackle this in Q&A form.

* What’s the employer mandate? In practical terms, the policy name is a bit of misnomer — there is no actual “mandate.” Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees are told they need to offer health care coverage to their employees, but those who choose not to pay a fairly modest tax penalty. As of last night, that penalty won’t kick in, at the earliest, before 2015.

* Won’t this mandate discourage those businesses from hiring? It’s been an important part of the criticism, but Obamacare extends all kinds of breaks to these employers to help subsidize the insurance and soften the blow of increased costs.

More here

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Spandan (The People’s View): How the Professional Left’s Blind Obama Hatred Got them Played by a Far-Right Nutjob

Some outlets reported last week that NSA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden was caught into a bit of hypocrisy: public chat records indicate that back in the ancient times of 2009, he wanted leakers “shot in the balls.” Yeah, he said that. But that’s not all he said. Oh, no. The Technology site Ars Technica posted extensive public chat logs from Snowden, then using the monkier TheTrueHOOHA, that confirms what I had suspected since finding his campaign contributions to Glenn Greenwald’s straight crush Ron Paul.

So let’s talk about this man that has been granted hero status by the Left’s loudest prognosticators and provocateurs….

More here

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Smartypants: The scent of desperation

As we watch the Republicans in states like North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Texas attempt to pass draconian bills affecting things like women’s right to chose and citizen’s access to the ballot, I can’t help but say that I smell a sense of desperation. Its almost as if they know they are a dying beast and are in a hurry to do as much damage as possible prior to their demise.

They’re right….

More here

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Business Insider: MSNBC Just Had Its Most Dreadful Ratings Period In 6 Years

Despite a heavy period of news that included the Boston Marathon bombings and the Jodi Arias trial, MSNBC’s second-quarter ratings plunged to their lowest level since 2007.

…. “The Rachel Maddow Show” suffered its lowest-rated quarter in terms of total viewers since 2008. And June alone was the lowest rated month ever for Maddow in both total viewers and in the 25-54 group.

—-> New host Chris Hayes continues to pull in sluggish ratings for “All In With Chris Hayes,” which in its first full quarter on air provided MSNBC with the lowest-rated 8 p.m. hour in the 25-54 demographic since 2006.

More here

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President Obama and daughter Malia talk aboard a ferry traveling to Gorée Island, Senegal (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance with guests during an official dinner hosted by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zumaat (Pete Souza)

Sasha Obama unlocks the door to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s cell during a tour of Robben Island Prison (Pete Souza)

See slideshow here

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On this day….

Residents greet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama upon their arrival at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2010. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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MoooOOOooorning! Hadn’t time to do a longer R&S, missing lots of newsie stuff, but will catch up later.


121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 japa21
    July 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Morning all

  2. July 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Great morning. A well deserved rest day for PBO

  3. 4 GGAIL
    July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    The video is perfect to start this R&S

  4. 5 japa21
    July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

  5. 6 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Missed the opening door while busy poking CC in the ribs! Some people never learn how to control themselves!

    A very, very ‘GOOD MORNING/Afternoon’ to ALL TODobots and friends, wherever in the world you are! :grin: :grin: :grin:

  6. 7 Vicki
    July 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

    As usual there is an ill-informed highly partisan reaction to the delay of the employer mandate portion of ACA.
    Has anyone else realized that this may be a Good thing for many working people? That is, people working without insurance from their small companies may now apply to the State exchanges just like anyone else?
    Maybe I am misunderstanding but I think this may be another step towards single-payer individual based healthcare, away from employer based healthcare.
    If I got this wrong please inform me.

    • July 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

      I had the same idea. Plus, it may force employees to prefer employers who care enough to offer health care benefits, especially all these food establishments that seem to prefer their employees to prepare food while not necessarily healthy. As the economy improve, employees will be able to be more selective about who they work for, and the stingy ones will have to compete.

      • 9 Vicki
        July 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Thanks, Theo.

      • 10 Bill
        July 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

        I have a right wing brother who owns a high end restaurant in NC with around 50 employees. He has always provided health insurance as well as paid vacations saying it is necessary to keep good employees. One cannot help but wonder how good a business is with over 50 employees if they do not offer benefits.

  7. 11 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    mathew price of bbc

    Forcing the plane of a national president to land is a highly unusual move. Bolivia says France, Spain, Portugal and Italy initially denied the plane overflight rights. The assumption must be that the United States asked some European countries to intervene. It didn’t want Edward Snowden slipping from their grasp if he was on the plane.

    An Austrian government source tells me that having requested and got the agreement of the Bolivians (because state immunity was involved), Vienna airport police checked the identity of the five crew members and six people accompanying President Morales. They then searched the plane and found nothing.

    If the Americans did persuade several European countries to deny overflight rights to the Bolivian president, it would suggest Washington is winning the diplomatic argument in Europe’s capitals that Edward Snowden must be apprehended.

    Remember, this happened just 48 hours after much of this continent reacted with anger to leaks provided by Mr Snowden that allegedly showed the US was spying on EU offices and European embassies.

    The options for Mr Snowden appear to be diminishing.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23158242

    • 12 lisalovesobama
      July 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Obama’s fault!!! :lol: :lol: Poor Eddie Snowbird. :D

    • July 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Heh, I visited the Belgian Meteorological Institute (KMI) in Brussels on Monday. A pub I was in afterward showed a loop of “news” – one item was Snowden and his “lone fight against the US” in both French and German.

      You know – I didn’t care; it’s only TV, it’s not for real ….

  8. July 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!! It’s still a great getting up day in TODville, even though it feels like late September on my part of the town. Dreary, chilly, and rainy is on tap for today.

    So all the hoopla around the delay in Obamacares for business amounts to less than 1% of businesses impacted. The particular provision in question was put forth by Olympia Snowe in order to get her vote. It called for companies with 50 employees to provide healthcare and/or affordable care or face a $2000 per person fine. Those companies who objected were reducing worker’s hours and not hiring the 50th person to get around the law. So it’s back to the drawing board to dump Snowe’s poor idea and come up with a better one. The MSM and the ‘Pubs would have us believe that it’s a set back, it’s not. Like everything else they put forth, the repub ideas are not well thought out and are impossible to implement. Not to mention, they’ve yet to come up with anything even close to a healthcare plan.

    • 16 Bill
      July 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

      The 1% figure is mentioned by very few of the teevee pundits when discussing the delay. They leave the viewers to believe it is a significant percentage of US business. Another failure of the MSM.

      • 17 Vicki
        July 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

        Bill, did you see my comment above? I think it supports what you and cookemom are saying

        • 18 Bill
          July 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

          Yes, I completely agree with you. The MSM and Republicans should have learned by now PBO is thinking way ahead of them.

      • July 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Yes, this partial announcement has been on a continuous loop since yesterday, continuing to today. Just enough information to have the desired effect.

  9. July 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  10. July 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    ….. New host Chris Hayes continues to pull in sluggish ratings for “All In With Chris Hayes,” which in its first full quarter on air provided MSNBC with the lowest-rated 8 p.m. hour in the 25-54 demographic since 2006.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/msnbc-ratings-fall-fox-news-cnn-rachel-maddow-chris-hayes-2013-7#ixzz2XzRtzgTg

  11. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    July 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This boring Snowden twit is not worth the coverage he’s receiving from any newspaper or media. He’s a criminal–one of many in the world and he needs to be brought to justice. The US continue doing what is necessary to protect its citizens and life will go on. The only use he has is to show other would-be traitors of the Ron Paul school that this would be their fate if they pulled another asinine stunt like Snowden’s.

    • 31 amk for obama
      July 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Fox News continues to remain at the top of the ratings among the cable networks, its 46th consecutive quarter there and 138th consecutive month. In total viewers, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both total day and in primetime viewers, while surpassing both in the key 25-54 demographic.

      The network also had the five highest rated cable news programs in the quarter: “The O’Reilly Factor” (2,859,000 total viewers); “Hannity” (2,107,000); “The Five” (2,096,000); “Special Report with Bret Baier” (2,071,000); and “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith” (1,814,000).

      • 32 amk for obama
        July 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

        It was supposed in reply to chips’ post.

        pox news still retains viewership shows ‘murka is fucked.

      • 33 Debra
        July 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

        The reason why is msnbc went on a let us bash President Obama campaign. I turned them off.

      • July 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

        When you think about these ratings, they still only represent less than 1% of the US population…

        • 35 amk for obama
          July 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

          Yet they seem to have far reaching influence, especially on white votes. Look at 2010 & 2012 votes at the state and national levels.

      • 36 theo67
        July 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        It says something that the so-called Democratic-leaning station has the lowest ratings, when there’s such a popular Democratic President in office. Republicans use the media to promote their lies and evil agenda. Why couldn’t these Dems support these policies and this President, or even just honestly represent the facts so people could be educated about what’s going on in Congress? MSNBC deserves their low ratings. If they’d been the one source of truth on the traditional MSM, then maybe people would understand why Gitmo still isn’t closed and who is responsible for that. Maybe people would know what benefits Obamacare will bring to people who already have insurance through their employers, and those who haven’t been able to rely on or even get insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Maybe if MSNBC had spent more time supporting legislation, Congress would have done more these past two years than just name post offices, and vote to repeal Obamacare. Maybe the 2012 GOP primaries would have actually answered some critical questions and held people accountable for governing (or lack thereof) decisions, and not just catered to the lowest common denominator of the GOP base. Maybe people would have been clamouring for more funding for infrastructure and education – instead of having to fight these ridiculous and dangerous GOP attempts to thwart the rights of women, gays and minorities.

        MSNBC made a conscious choice that they were going to treat President Obama with suspicion, and “hold his feet to the fire” even when there was no fire. They decided to limit the actual information, and instead, go for lofty debates of intellectual topics. I have to give credit to Rachel Maddow, though, who has occasionally shown glimmers of actual journalism – especially with the anti-abortion/anti-women legislation forced through the state legislatures. But, that’s not enough. And they have earned their low ratings. They decided they wanted to swim in the swamp with FOX and CNN. So be it.

        • 37 arkluvspbo
          July 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

          Excellent summation, theo67

        • 38 Puddin'
          July 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

          Yes, yes and yes theo67…you hit the nail on the head. I used to watch MSNBC, get mad, sent angry emails and finally I decided to just stop watching. I will tune in from time to time and if I hear one minute of “anti-Obama bashing” I turn off.

        • 40 Betsy
          July 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          Awesome analysis Theo.

      • 41 anniebella
        July 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        Maybe if MSNBC hadn’t turn off the Obama supporters their ratings would be better.

  12. 42 desertflower
    July 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    With regard to Obamacare issues…I posted this last night and think it’s worthy of reading…..( I don’t think that this was the reason, but a by product of this move by the administration) He’s got this:)

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/02/obamas-brilliant-move-deals-blow-gops-2014-hopes.html

    Republicans have been telegraphing since they lost the 2012 election that they intended to run against the employer mandate. John Boehner mentions Obamacare every week when he meets with the media for a reason. Republicans at both the congressional and state level can’t run on their economic records. They can’t run on their legislative records. Republicans were planning on making 2014 a replay of 2010 by focusing on Obamacare, but the White House kneecapped them with an announcement that nobody expected.

    Republican former CBO director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin explained why this announcement was both a stunner and deviously brilliant, “Democrats no longer face the immediate specter of running against the fallout from a heavy regulatory imposition on employers across the land. Explaining away the mandate was going to be a big political lift; having the White House airbrush it from the landscape is way better. It helps with ObamaCare in other ways as well. The administration was flailing to find high-profile allies (e.g., the National Football League) to advertise the wonders of ObamaCare. In a single masterstroke it has given every company a reason to explain its existence (“don’t worry, you’ll be fine in the exchanges”) and created a de facto advertising campaign of enormous scale and reach. Deviously brilliant.”

    • 43 Bill R.
      July 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Since 96% of those same businesses already provide health ins. for the employees this is an easy rule to delay, and not a bad move either politically or administratively if it gives more time to work out any glitches in the process.

    • 44 theo67
      July 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Why are individual people more concerned with corporations not being inconvenienced by Obamacare paperwork, and less concerned with their own ability to find and afford decent health care that they can rely on? What is wrong with a population of people who value the comfort of corporations ahead of their own safety and their children’s health? They listen to the GOP telling them that Obamacare is terrible because corporations are going to have to submit paperwork with statistical information that details the plans they provide and the people they cover – much of which they already capture anyway… Doesn’t it occur to those same people that Obamacare is about providing them with security? And that the corporation they want to protect will dump them in a minute if they’re too sick to work? It’s confounding to me how gullible people can be.

    • 48 99ts
      July 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

      The GOP politicians are insane – and any woman that support them – more so. I assume what they want is an appeal to the Supreme Court so the current right wing SCOTUS will reverse Roe V Wade. Welcome to the 1800s for Women’s rights and health care.

    • 50 Lovepolitics2008
      July 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Preparing his run for the republican nomination…

  13. July 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    GM, TOD. Stopping by quickly to say thank you for all the comments of thoughts, prayers and understanding about my mother’s death. As I said, there’s great rejoicing in heaven. I am at total peace as there’s been many signs of God’s hand in these last few days. Ask for prayers of safe travels for many family and friends who are on the road.

    • 52 desertflower
      July 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

      {{{{{Tnmtngirl}}}}}} I know those signs…when my mom died, I looked outside her hospital window to see the most amazing rainbow. Later, she came to me in the night and sat at the foot of my bed, with a smile on her loving face, and told me that she was ok, and that I would be ok, too. It was a life changing moment for me. I wish that for you, too. Hugs and love.

    • 54 MightyPamela
      July 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      {{{{{tnmtngirl}}}}}

  14. July 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    In NORTH CAROLINA, Raleigh, our state capital, we have men and women
    decked out in pink shirts to raise hell with our deranged pitiful whlte male
    House members, who are today voting on oppressive anti-abortion measures.
    The peoples are inside the gallery and outside the gallery. We could use a
    Wendy Davis down on the House floor. Stay tuned, send us your warrior energies.

  15. 57 desertflower
    July 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

    http://20committee.com/2013/07/02/wwdd-on-real-nsa-whistleblowing/

    In recent weeks, as the saga of Ed Snowden has become a global sensation, we’ve heard a lot about “whistleblowing.” We are assured by Ed’s legions of fans and media enablers that he stands in a fine tradition of exposing wrongdoing and illegalities by the US Government.

    Sorry, I know my whistleblowers, and Ed’s no whistleblower.

    His whistleblower act looked a lot more plausible when Ed started out and his revelations of TOP SECRET CODEWORD material at least seemed to be aimed at exposing domestic operations by NSA that, in theory, could impact the lives of a lot of Americans.

    But that shtick didn’t last long, in no small part because Ed’s media handlers didn’t present the details honestly, but more importantly because young Mr Snowden then embarked on his Magical Mystery Tour from Hong Kong to Moscow, where he remains as of this writing, his ultimate destination far from clear. As a whistleblower, Ed Snowden is simply a fraud.

    I say this confidently because I know what a real NSA whistleblower looks like. I grew up with one.

    h/t Bob Cesca

  16. July 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Shared on FB by Stephanie Miller : “Edward Snowden calls around for asylum” :lol:

  17. 61 Jovie
    July 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      July 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      That’s the call for donations/email that some of us responded to – love it.

  18. 64 dotster3
    July 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Souza’s Africa trip slideshow. We’ve probably seen many/most of the photos, but he says there’s some new ones.

  19. July 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    GM Chips, TOD….

  20. July 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Can someone explain to me the holocaust reference in that tweet up there?

  21. 69 utaustinliberal
    July 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Thanks Chiparoo. Great explanation from Steve Benen about ObamaCare. The poutragers and flame throwers in the media always like yelling fire in a crowded room and smiling when chaos ensues. Implementation of ObamaCare will continue on as usual and the penalty will kick in in 2015 and the IRS still has a way of making sure those who don’t comply will pay the penalty and ObamaCare still reduces the deficit. I’m good with that. Nothing to see here.

    This information from the Treasury Department also breaks it down logically without all the fuss.

    http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Continuing-to-Implement-the-ACA-in-a-Careful-Thoughtful-Manner-.aspx

    • 70 57andfemale
      July 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

      P.R.-wise, this is going to be a heavy lift. It doesn’t look good, a ton of material for the RWNJ’s – “ACA is too complicated, it can’t work, administration admitting it’s a job killer, etc…….” As Jacki Schechner said this morning, and she was a communications director for a pro-health care reform outfit, “when has the other side played fair? It’s going to difficult to spin. It’s never good when it looks like the administration is caving to big business.”

      I know that 94% of these companies already provide health care. I know the spin, and I know how to spin it and I will do so. But the meme yesterday that we’ve taken away a Republican talking point for 2014 does not seem accurate to me – I think we’ve given them ammunition against ACA. Jacki Schechner said that if she was on the other side, she’d see this as good news for the ACA opponents. Great.

      They had three years. Employers, IRS, HHS. We delayed being able to show how good ACA would be, because it would take time to implement. They shouldn’t need 4+ years. We couldn’t get to affordable health care as uninsured Americans, in order to implement the bill. Three years was long enough to kick in the bill fully. Tweak it, fine. Figure out that forms should be simplified should have been addressed 2.5 years ago.

      I will disappear for awhile because I’ll be flamed. But for all of PBO’s gifts, selling HCR has never been done well, and this move does not help.

      • 71 utaustinliberal
        July 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

        Well, I prefer to remain optimistic and proactive and see the glass half-full rather than empty. I’m going out there and educating people about the good that is ObamaCare. Medicare and Social Security faced their share of problems. Now, people don’t want others negatively messing with them. No one said this was going to be a cakewalk but I am not going to let the media and the GOP dictate how I feel about the wonderful excellence that is ObamaCare. I choose to go out there and fight for the law. I am not helpless and it is everyone’s responsibility to go out there and educate others about the law. That’s how it works. This is no longer campaign time with limitless funds. This is governing time and all hands should be on deck.

        • 72 57andfemale
          July 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

          I agree. I needed a quick vent and then it’s back to work. It’s not as if the Evil Cabal wasn’t going to lie anyway about ACA. Our task does not change. As long as we keep fighting the Good Fight, we’ll roll all over them bastards.

        • 74 amk for obama
          July 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

          well said, ut. WH has put out the info and PBO was constantly talking about it.

  22. 75 57andfemale
    July 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

    oh thank God. No Shrub photos.

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      July 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Tell me about it. He’s really looking like his conscience is catching up with him – lot of sleepless nights there, doesn’t even look as though he’s combing his hair.

      Good.

  23. 77 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Why do people all over the world vote for shitty leaders & parties or not vote at all and then have rearguard fights ? Fucking losers everywhere.

  24. 79 desertflower
    July 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Deliberate, painful effects designed to erode the govt from doing the work of the people

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/03/19267357-sequestration-cuts-continue-to-take-their-toll-even-on-firefighting?lite

  25. 82 Linda
    July 3, 2013 at 11:04 am
  26. 83 JER
    July 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • 84 Vicki
      July 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Precisely.

    • 85 57andfemale
      July 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I think Ed Schultz is an intellectual lightweight, but quelle surprise that his appeal to working class Dem’s was more effective than the heartless cultists who have no interest in the consequences of their actions on the policies they profess to want.

  27. July 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Probably single most important person, part of the 08 Campaign, that you may have not heard off…. His knowledge took out HRC in primaries

  28. 88 JER
    July 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

  29. 89 AJ
    July 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Last night, Mr. AJ and I went to dinner at our local Old Country Buffet. Our favorite hostess, Betty, was there, and we asked how she was doing, as we knew she was soon leaving for a long awaited vacation… her first cruise.

    “I’m doing ok,” she said, slightly sad. “To be honest, they’ve cut down my hours, so I’m not full-time anymore, only part time. They said it was because of Obamacare.”

    “That can’t be true!” I exclaimed. “What a bunch of bull,” Mr. AJ said.

    “I know,” Betty continued. “I don’t believe it either; I know they’re only using that as an excuse to make me part time. In fact, I asked that they put that reason in writing, but they wouldn’t. That tells you everything you need to know.”

    So, fellow TOD’ers, a delay in the rules or not, the liars are going to keep on lying and using their employees as pawns, and it really ticks me off.

    • 90 57andfemale
      July 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      You should hear the lies they spew at their employees at my eye doctor’s office. There’s a liaison I dealt with during cataract surgery. She was sure she’d lose all health insurance; she was sure she’d lose her job because they would be eliminating mid-level health care professionals under ACA (!) Of course, there will be MORE jobs in health care in general (wish the ‘job creation’ aspect of HCR was sold more). And seriously, I had to pay for cataract surgery out-of-pocket because I’m self-employed. I, for one, intend to be the first to sign up under the exchanges.

      Doctors were sold a bill of goods that they repeated to their employees. Their concern, of course – was any reduction in provider payments.

      Doctor’s offices are ‘small businesses’ in the true sense of the word, with few employees. It has always astounded me that there weren’t organizations founded that could band together to give decent and affordable group health insurance.

  30. 91 sonjiaduncan
    July 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Good morning to Chips and our worldwide TOD family.

  31. 96 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

  32. July 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Moooooorning again everyone, just a reminder that UT will be up next with a post – thank you!!!!

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  34. 100 57andfemale
    July 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    • 101 57andfemale
      July 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Okay, I agree with the first part of the tweet. The second part – gag. The point is still well-taken.

  35. 102 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    In a way we are ‘lucky’ to have around us people like John Lewis and this senior who lived through the ‘dark ages’, to remind us that nonchalance isn’t an option heading to 2014. There is so much we ‘young people’ take for granted until reminded that we really can’t.

    Rosanell Eaton – 92 yrs: (in daughter’s words re her mom’s early voting experience)
    “They would yank you around back in those days. She was valedictorian of her class, she knew all that stuff. It’s what she had to go through. She thought things were smooth sailing. She’s seen the good, bad, and the ugly. Now she’s seeing the ugly again. ”

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ie/2013/06/photo-of-day-92-years-young.html

  36. 103 yardarm756
    July 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Good morning y’all! Let’s get the party started.

  37. 104 Linda
    July 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

    #Breaking: Egyptian TV reports #Morsi under house arrest http://abcn.ws/13hB502 #Egypt

  38. 106 utaustinliberal
    July 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    HEADS UP: I will be posting some awesome goodness next, so keep chatting until this post gets crowded.

  39. 107 4morefor44
    July 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    i assume it’s happening already, but the media and pundits will be promoting msnbc’s ratings fall as, “see the public doesn’t want liberal media!” for those of us paying attention though, we know it never really has been “liberal” (pat buchanan was on more than anyone for years until just a couple years ago), and this latest fall correlates directly when they went “all in” with the libertarian obama-hate. the public rejects libertarianism over and over, yet “the new” owners keep trying to push it on people.

    they’ll blame the so-called “liberal” hosts such as maddow and hayes, but guaranteed nothing will happen to chris matthews or joe scarborgough. nothing. they keep matthews for decades now despite him often being at the bottom of the ratings. he’s proven to never rock the boat for the billionaire owners.

  40. 109 arapaho415
    July 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Good afternoon, east coast TODers.

    For some reason, this stuck my funny bone:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/03/edward-snowden-asylum-live

    #Snowden

    Thanks amk for update upthread!

  41. 111 Bill
    July 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Andy Murray down 2 sets to love vs. Verdasco (Spain). Murray seems to be experiencing a mental breakdown.

  42. 115 57andfemale
    July 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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  44. 117 Linda
    July 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  45. 118 japa21
    July 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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  47. 121 57andfemale
    July 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    grrrr……. Gov. Quinn in IL used his amendatory veto power on the concealed carry law just passed: limit the amount of ammo, no guns where alcohol is served, only one gun to be carried, and some other common sense measures. Local news is reporting that they have the votes to override his veto.


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