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Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama on the White House colonnade passing by members of the military, who were about to visit the Oval Office, July 22,2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

10:45AM: Pres. Obama meets with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

11:45AM: Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

12:30PM: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks about the problem of childhood obesity at the 2013 NCLR  Annual Conference in New Orleans

2:10PM: Pres. Obama honors the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions, the Louisville Cardinals

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President Obama’s OFA remarks last night:

OFA

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France in the Oval Office, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Nedra Pickler: President Barack Obama is enrolling some star power to promote health care. Obama stopped by a private White House meeting Monday with celebrities including singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal Penn. The White House says the artists expressed interest in helping spread the word about the health insurance marketplaces opening Oct. 1.

The White House says Obama told the artists they could help reach young uninsured Americans who will be vital to his signature law’s success. Insurers need healthy young customers to help offset the costs of older, sicker consumers. The group also included representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi. Also in attendance were officials with internet video makers YouTube and Funny or Die, which are teaming up on promotions featuring comedians.

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Washington Post: Oprah, Funny or Die and the Grammys want to promote Obamacare

What do Oprah, Funny or Die and the Grammys have in common? All three, it turns out, have volunteered to promote Obamacare.

Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett hosted a meeting Monday with a star-studded group of actors, musicians, writers and producers who have “expressed a personal interest in educating young people about the Affordable Care Act,” according to a White House official.

Young people are crucial to the Affordable Care Act’s success, and the White House estimates it needs 2.7 million of them to sign up for health coverage in 2014. With typically low health costs, it’s this demographic that Obama administration is relying on to keep premiums low on the new marketplaces.

More here

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David Rogers: Like an army that’s outrun its supply line, the Republican budget strategy in Congress shows almost daily signs of coming apart. The central premise, as sold by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, was that Washington could wipe out deficits in 10 years and protect defense spending, all while embracing the lower appropriations caps dictated by sequestration.

Four months later, it’s proving to be a bridge too far. Only three of the 12 annual spending bills have even been debated — by far the worst record since the GOP took over the House. Republicans are peeling off in protest — setting up a crucial procedural vote at noon Tuesday on the transportation and housing budget.Time is running short. After the August recess just nine legislative days remain on the House calendar before the next shutdown crisis Oct. 1. Already there are discussions of retreating into a stopgap continuing resolution calibrated to the post-sequester appropriations level of $988 billion.

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In 2005, Senator Barack Obama gave an important speech on his economic philosophy at Knox College that gave a clear idea of what his values are. That a country doesn’t rise to greatness from the top-down; but from the middle-out and the bottom-up. Eight years later, he’s going back with factual examples of success but as he says, there’s still much to be done. Join him on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

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Watch his 2005 speech

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James Braxton Peterson: The president made history Friday, in a nearly 18 minute address, delivered off-prompter, and from the gut, where he deliberately connected his experiences with racial profiling to the tragic outcome of Trayvon Martin’s last walk home. His words surprised the media, galvanized his supporters and emboldened his critics from the left and from the right of America’s diametrically opposed political spectrum.

The timing of POTUS’ most profound remarks on race in America  — from the perspective of being black in America, is remarkable.  In the immediate aftermath of the verdict in the Zimmerman case, juror B37 unveiled the problems of racial representation in the jury process and racial bias in the deliberation processes; the national response to the verdict manifested in public discourse and civic unrest; and the coda: the release of a not-to-be-missed dramatic rendering of the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life – Fruitvale Station.

Last week was this nation’s most emotionally charged week since the Newtown massacre and this time, race was center-stage.  So it should come as no surprise then that a spate of comments and responses by black men would stand out amongst the usual right wing hysteria and the progressive desire to keep communities focused on the long hard work ahead in addressing racial inequities in our criminal justice system.

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Greg Sargent: Here’s a question to keep an eye on when the Obamacare exchanges go live later this year: How many Republican lawmakers will take the most basic of steps a lawmaker can take, and help their constituents benefit from — or even understand — the law? Take GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Omaha, Nebraska. He is as diehard an Obamacare opponent as many of his colleagues. But it was recently revealed by the Nation that he requested under the law — and received — a federal grant of $2.5 million to the local health department designed to reduce deaths and disability by cardiovascular and lung disease, obesity, and other health problems.

It turns out some House Republicans disagree with this approach. For instance, GOP Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Jason Chaffetz have flatly declared that they will not help constituents who call their offices looking for assistance with the law. However, some Republican officials, such as Senators Ron Johnson and Mike Johanns, have said they will assist constituents with the law, and some Republican Congressional staffers have been participating in calls with Obama administration officials to get guidance on how to do that.

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Fernando Espuelas: We’re now almost a decade into the immigration “debate” and the rising antagonism toward non-white Americans is hitting a fever pitch. As an immigrant to the U.S., I was a kid growing up in Connecticut where I was the target of years of “spic” slurs and ugly moments — both my mother and I were humiliated in public more than once. Racism is complicated. And making believe it does not exist — or that it is some sort of left-wing plot to give out “free-stuff’ to disadvantaged folks – blinds us to its corrosive reality. Calling President Obama the “racist in chief” as some conservative commentators have done since his remarks last week, when he asked Americans to consider the lingering damage of racism, is deeply wrong. It is a pernicious denial of reality that prevents us from solving this national nightmare once and for all.

In the immigration debate, we’re also seeing horrible racist attacks mount. Perhaps emboldened by the acrid assertions of certain Tea Party members of Congress who revel in fostering racial divisions as a way to cement their shrinking power base, the temperature is rising and the rhetoric is crude. One has to wonder whether Marc Anthony would have been so savagely attacked if feelings about immigration were not so raw. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So what can John Boehner do about this festering wound? Simple: Allow an open vote of the House to pass immigration reform.

The reasons to implement immigration reform are many, and are primarily driven by a national security need, an economic-efficiency imperative and the political urgency of moving our national focus to other, equally pressing issues such as middle-class economic growth, world-class education and the future of the American empire.

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Steve Benen: When we talk about efforts to “sabotage” Obamacare, what are we referring to? Several — by my count, seven — specific efforts. First, congressional Republicans are actively trying to undermine the federal health care system by refusing to help their own constituents navigate the system. Second, there’s systemic lying to the public. In recent weeks, officials in states like New York and California have boasted about lower premiums for residents thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

But on Friday, Indiana, where Republican officials dominate, announced the law would force a premium increase of 72%. How it that possible? As Sarah Kliff, Jonathan Cohn, and others explained over the weekend, GOP policymakers in the state arrived at the figure by cooking the books and jumping to conclusions based on incomplete information. There is no precedent in American history for Congress approving a massive new public benefit, a president signing it into law, the Supreme Court endorsing the benefit’s legality, and then having an entire political party actively and shamelessly working to sabotage the law.

More here

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Suzy Khimm: Walter Fortson is a young man with impressive credentials: He graduated with honors from Rutgers University this year and is headed to the University of Cambridge on a prestigious Truman scholarship. But on a typical job application, the first thing an employer might notice about Fortson is that he’s an ex-felon. Fortson, 28, served two years in prison for dealing crack cocaine: He got out in March 2010 and has been clean since. Though he’s successfully turned his life around, he says discrimination against those with a criminal record is very real. Fortson is now backing a campaign to make employers remove questions about criminal history from job applications, postponing such queries until a later stage of the hiring process–an initiative widely known as “Ban the Box.”

A growing number of states are coming on board. This week, Rhode Island became the eighth state in the country to pass a statewide Ban the Box law, and it’s one of the most expansive versions out there: The state will require all private and public employers to delay questions about criminal history, following Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Hawaii. Four other states and 51 municipalities have already passed similar measures for hiring public employees, according to the National Employment Law Project. Ban the Box bills are now being considered in New Jersey and California, which passed an executive measure covering public employees in 2010.

More here

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Susan A. Cohen: This year will see the second-highest number of state-level abortion restrictions ever. Prominent among restrictions so far in 2013 are so-called targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) requirements, a regulatory thicket designed not to benefit patients but to make it impossible for many providers to come into compliance. While not a new tactic, the scope of some of these new TRAP laws is unprecedented, as is the blunt focus by anti-abortion state legislators on driving abortion providers out of business.

As is often the case with other efforts to make abortion care more difficult to access, the reasons offered in support of specific TRAP requirements—which are usually marketed under the guise of protecting women’s health—do not stand up to close scrutiny: At the most general level, TRAP requirements are a solution in search of a problem. Abortion care in the United States is already very safe, and fewer than 0.3 percent of all abortion patients experience complications that require hospitalization. The risk of dying from a legal abortion in the first trimester—when almost nine in ten abortions are performed—is no more than four in a million (see Safety of Abortion here).

More here

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President Barack Obama signs books and photos at a fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2009 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Bravo to the Obama Coalition. Keep sending them help; they can’t make progress without the needed funds.

Reid Epstein: They send checks, a hundred dollars at a time, to President Barack Obama’s reelection bid — and they’re not stopping just because the election is over. William Russell James, an 84-year-old priest in Robertsdale, Ala., said he’s a lifelong Democrat who last voted for a Republican when Dwight D. Eisenhower first ran for president. He said he mailed Obama a $200 contribution in April because he was frustrated by congressional gridlock. Jewel Buford, 93, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., sent Obama’s campaign $100 in April. “I figured they have as much need for money after the election than they did before. It’s not a whole lot. I don’t have that much to give,” Buford said. “I’ve known Mr. Obama for years, and he is a good man, and I would like to give to him, and I try to when I can.”

Stearns, along with her husband, Peter, who is retired from the Army, has given Obama more than $5,000 since his 2008 campaign, according to FEC records. She called Obama “my hero” and “the best thing that’s happened to our world in a long time.” She said they would continue to be financially supportive of Obama’s agenda. And then there is James Wickliffe of Las Vegas. In May, Wickliffe sent a check to the joint Obama-Democratic National Committee Victory Fund for $379.60 — a figure that he said is exactly double his annual subscription to his local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s a very conservative newspaper,” said Wickliffe, 64. “I’m a liberal, so every time I pay my yearly subscription fee now, for every dollar I send them, I send two dollars to the Democratic Party.”

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USA Today: President Obama will mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War with a speech Saturday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, the White House announced Monday.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join Obama for a program that includes “wreath laying ceremonies, special tributes, and recognize the United Nations Allies that provided combat troops, medical teams, and other support,” said the announcement.

More here

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First Lady Michelle Obama christens the USCGC Stratton with a bottle of champagne, during a ceremony at the Port of Pascagoula, in Pascagoula, Miss., July 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Darlene Superville: It’s a second term for Michelle Obama, too, and she’s shifting her social-issues emphasis to kids and gun violence after spending four years stressing better physical fitness for the young. A meeting with high school students from a poor, gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago, her hometown, led Mrs. Obama to put a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over whether to ban firearms or impose new background checks on people who want to buy guns.

A mother to a teen and a tween, Mrs. Obama argues that the debate also is about the country’s obligation to help kids like these grow up and become adults. Several of the school’s current and former students were killed by gunfire within the past year.The first lady faces the issue of immigration Tuesday when she gives the keynote speech at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. Immigration is one of President Barack Obama’s top second-term priorities. Aides say the first lady isn’t making gun violence a new and distinct issue, but is folding it into her work encouraging youth to focus on getting an education.

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President Barack Obama talks with members of the Girls National American Legion in the East Room of the White House, July 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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90 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    July 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

    GM UTA Just noticed a new thread.

  2. July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thank yoooooooooooooooooou UT, soooooooo much fantastic reading!! #Legend

  3. 4 amk for obama
    July 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

  4. 5 amk for obama
    July 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

  5. 7 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Roberta on #1 !! :)

  6. 9 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • 10 Arnie
      July 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Can they do that? Will they do that? God, I hate Republicans.

    • 15 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

      It will be suicide for the GOP. The last gov’t shutdown hurt the GOP and destroyed Newt’s speakership. With news of lower than expected premiums in states that embrace ObamaCare spreading, this GOP war on ObamaCare will backfire. The GOP telegraphing their sabotage of the law (and gov’t) may appeal to the tea Party set, but disgusts most Americans. As a side note, if the GOP fails to fund the ACA, it will hurt the insurance industry most of all and I’m not sure the GOP has the balls to destroy the healthcare industry. I expect alot of big talk and threats from the GOP bc they got rolled by Harry Reid and must seem tough and macho to their “base” (which suffers from “small man syndrome” IMHO). The GOP is setting the stage for an ahistorical 2014, with the Dems winning big. I’m a glass half full kind of guy, and don’t think any of this is catching PBO and his team unprepared. FORWARD!!

  7. 20 japa21
    July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Well, my first response upon finally seeing a R&S thread was “Well, it’s about time.” Having read the post, all I can say is that it was worth the wait.

    Thanks UT.

    And thank you, Chips, for bringing UT and the other blog tyrants aboard.

    • July 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Mooooooorning Japa! This is where I have to hold up my hands and confess that it was me who delayed R&S, UT was ready about five hours ago – was trying to upload a video and it took forever, so I completely delayed her. So, fear not everyone, UT has not caught my tardy bug!!

      • 22 japa21
        July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

        Well, as I said, it was worth the wait. Though good to know UT is remaining super diligent, although others may not.

      • 23 jacquelineoboomer
        July 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

        No “apologies” from you are EVER necessary, Chips! You have saved our sanity forLIKEever, and we can wait for anything you or UT or the several others post! Love ya!

  8. 24 mtmarilyn
    July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good morning TOD family! Wow, UT what a fantastic R&S!!! Listening to PBO’s speech since I missed it last night. So much information I know it will take awhile to get thru. Off to run errands for the day. Have a great day everyone!

  9. 25 Mellesia Barnett
    July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good Morning UT, fellow tod’ers. Great R&S!!

  10. 26 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

    You can always count on MSNBC to promote these jerks under the guise of being a “liberal” network.

  11. 27 CEB
    July 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Great Rise and Shine, UT and congrats on being the official co-captain for TOD.

  12. 29 amk for obama
    July 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    That Benen piece should be spread far & wide.

  13. 31 Mellesia Barnett
    July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

  14. 32 japa21
    July 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    • 33 carla4obama
      July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

      There “Lies” the problem. Who is there to push back the MSM that is part of the MSM that can call out the lies? That debates them, on primetime and exposes the laziness of the MSM? Silence…..

  15. July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Good morning everyone. Great rise and shine UT.

  16. July 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

  17. 41 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

    See? The last sequester was nothing compared to what they have in store.
    They’re very aggressive and mean to get rid of everything!
    We gotta stay together bc it’s going to get rough by Winter time.
    And compromise will happen in order to move country forward, or in this case backwards.

    • 42 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Those bills will never see the light of day. They will die in the Senate, as all of these draconian bills die, or if necessary (which I highly doubt) will be vetoed by PBO. Safe drinking water is not a partisan issue (other than to the Tea Party set). It is also not an issue that can be “racialized” like food stamps, so I think Dems have a very strong hand and the GOP will blink.

      • 43 Jovie
        July 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

        That’s not my point, they have the debt limit and funding of the government that they have holding over this whole country.
        Until we throw them out, we will see one sequester after another.
        Or they will stop the government.
        And they did twice with the last democratic President!

        • 44 ericfive
          July 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          Your “point” seems to be to spread panic. I agree the GOP sucks and we should work to defeat them in 2014. They blinked during the last debt ceiling crisis (remember?) and they will blink again (the business community did not like the downgrading of the country’s credit rating). As for the threat of a gov’t shut down, the article you posted agrees with my take (i.e. the shutdown in 1995 really hurt the GOP and killed Newt’s Speakership, that is why we haven’t had a gov’t shutdown since and those talking of a new shutdown are blowing smoke).

  18. July 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

    OMG

  19. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Bill Burton’s tweet is the best one I’ve seen today! Love it.

    Good morning, Chips, UT, and the TOD gang of warriors! Nice to see ya.

  20. 47 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    America has its own Royal Baby, The Speaker of the house! :)

  21. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

    John Dean’s a warrior for the cause …

  22. 53 desertflower
    July 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Morning! Late to the party this morning…had the girls over for gossip and laughter last night….and some wine…..and some more wine….kinda slept in this morning:)

  23. 54 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    So the McClatchy poll says the President is at 41% approval. They say he is losing support amongst AA community.
    How? The only thing that happened recently was the Trayvon Martin Travesty!
    Is that what the MSM is saying?
    It can’t be true?
    I don’t believe any of it!

  24. 55 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

  25. 56 desertflower
    July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    THIS IS WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO AT TOWN HALLS THIS AUGUST! What they ALWAYS do! Cheat!

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/07/23/2340551/internal-document-reveals-house-republicans-strategy-for-successful-public-events-plant-questions/

    The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”
    A spokeswoman for McMorris Rodgers defended the document, saying it detailed “best practices.”

  26. July 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

    WOW, this is one poll I’ll take.

    • 58 hopefruit2
      July 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

      The problem is that many of them hide behind the “Independent” or even “progressive” label where they continue to do a lot of damage – voting for GOP local and state officials, voting for GOP senators and reps, spreading anti-Obama and pro-Libertarian/GOP propaganda, etc.

      David Sirota, Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowden are all hard-core Libertarians who would vote for ANY GOP over PBO in a flash – but they probably do not go by the “Republican” label.

      • 59 ericfive
        July 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        Still a positive that they are running away from the GOP label. Shows that public does not support the GOP’s obstruction, i.e., they realize the GOP is losing the argument, and is becoming less and less popular with the public at large.

        • 60 hopefruit2
          July 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

          I agree with that. But this is not new. Since 2008, folks have been shedding the GOP label in herds and droves – yet they continue to vote for GOP policies in the privacy of the voting booth – or simply by not voting at all on the basis of some pet issue that wasn’t adequately addressed by a Democratic incumbent. Talk about cutting your nose to spite your face, or voting against your best interests for some silly reason….

  27. July 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hellooooooo again, next up: a heads up for the First Lady’s NCLR speech

  28. 62 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

  29. July 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

    North Carolina sharpens new restrictions on voting
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:15 AM EDT

    Earlier this year, Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina had grand ambitions on new voting restrictions, which they never expected to approve. They knew the Voting Rights Act would send their plan to the Justice Department for approval, and their proposal was certain to be rejected.

    But with the U.S. Supreme Court having gutted the VRA, North Carolina Republicans are no longer holding back. We talked last week about a new voter-ID law — which would prohibit the use of student IDs for reasons proponents cannot explain — and The Nation’s Ari Berman reports today on the latest changes to the state’s “extreme voter-suppression measures.”

    This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it easier for vigilante poll-watchers to challenge eligible voters.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/23/19638344-north-carolina-sharpens-new-restrictions-on-voting?lite

  30. July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    GM TOD…… Wonderful RS UT. Thanks for uploading the OFA event Chips, I know how time consuming, and pain in the arse that process is…

  31. 67 JER
    July 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  32. 68 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Talking about race has lowered the Presidents approval rating to 41%???

    You mean, this Country doesn’t want the first AA President to ever address Race or else?

    That’s bullshit!

    And it ain’t true… :)

    FYI!

    • July 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      PBO is 48% with Gallup, Jovie, so we know that probably means he’s about 58%.

      So, it’s all good!

      http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

    • 75 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Please stop obsessing over a bad poll. Polls fluctuate, some have bad internals. PBO is not up for reelection. PBO remains the most popular politician in the country (and probably doubles the GOP in terms of popularity). I am suspicious of the supposed drop in AA support. Poll is probably an outlier or media created propaganda. We’ve seen all of this before. If polls are so reliable and trustworthy, we would have President Romney. Chillax.

      • 76 Jovie
        July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        It sets the narrative!
        I don’t get that but it does!
        It makes it easier, I guess, to cut programs, if they hurt the Presidents approval ratings?
        Strange!

        • 77 ericfive
          July 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

          The narrative has been set since PBO took office (i.e., PBO sucks and the public hates him). I would not obsess so much over the beltway narrative. ACA will never pass, the Romney surge and Scandal-mania were all beltway narratives, and all were proven wrong. We have discussed on this blog the sorry state of the MSM/GOP and how the MSM is the propaganda arm of the GOP. Don’t let this game upset you, is all I’m saying. The anti-PBO propaganda is designed to depress us. The MSM (left, right and center) cherrypicked and promoted polls that fit their anti-PBO narrative during the election, so this same shyte different day IMHO.

      • 78 99ts
        July 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        Couldn’t agree more – all those AAs who were not going to vote in 2012 – yet so many waited in line for hour after hour. Push Polls can provide any statistic for the right wing media to use in their non stop support of the GOP

  33. July 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    And the list grows……

    • 80 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I love, love love Stevie Wonder. He is a national treasure and an execellent example for young artists to follow. He was instrumental in getting MLK a national holiday, so he knows how to win political fights.

    • 81 arkluvspbo
      July 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      This is why the GOTPs despise “Hollywood”, because they see right through their bee ess.

    • 82 Cha
      July 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Lovely Plains.. if you go to the link at huff you’ll see the story is “discredited”. We’ll see what happens.

  34. July 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Well howdy do all you Os!!!! What a great getting up day again at summer camp TOD!!!!!

    I’m pleased about the OFA August initiative and has the ‘pubs running scurred. Bonehead is making asinine statements, afraid to even say where he stands on ANYTHING!!! Seemingly enjoying being labeled the worse Speaker in the history of that distinguished body. He’s so afraid of his caucus, he probably hides in closets when he sees them coming. So keep it coming Boneboy, you are sinking your party into oblivion.

    The Lutz memo has been released to the summer vacation ‘pubs back at home. It says to advise their constituents that they are running against Washington……..duh. Like being known for number of laws repealed, not passed.

  35. 85 Linda
    July 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Justice Ginsberg in 1953 as a senior at Cornell.

  36. 89 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Live stream here.


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