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Rise and Shine

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:10: The President meets with the House Democratic Caucus, United States Capitol

11:25: Meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus, United States Capitol

(C-Span have live coverage listed for 11:15, but the meetings are closed so they’ll probably just show statements after)

2:10: President Obama welcomes the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

3:0 Congressional leaders join together for a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (C-Span 3)

4:30: The President and VP Biden meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew

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Steve Benen: Economic growth exceeds expectations

Going into this morning, expectations for economic growth in the second quarter — April, May, and June of this year — were quite poor, making the actual GDP report a little more encouraging.

The U.S. economy grew at a 1.7% annual rate in the second quarter, buoyed by a solid gain in consumer spending and a sharp increase in business investment, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected growth to total 1.0%.

To be sure, 1.7% GDP growth is not, by any fair measure, good news. It tells us the economy is growing, but the recovery is at best sluggish. But given the news we were expecting, 1.7% is a relatively pleasant surprise, especially since the previous quarter’s growth was revised down to 1.1%.

More here

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Bloomberg: Economy in U.S. Expands More Than Forecast on Inventories

The economy in the U.S. grew more than projected in the second quarter, reflecting an unexpected pickup in inventory building as consumer spending cooled. Growth in the previous three months was revised down.

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 1.7 percent annualized rate, after a 1.1 percent gain the prior quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 1 percent advance for last quarter. Consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, climbed 1.8 percent after increasing 2.3 percent.

Job gains and rising home prices are shoring up Americans’ confidence and lifting automobile sales and production, making it likely the U.S. will pick up once government spending cuts and tax increases pose less of a restraint. The report also showed inflation is falling further below the Federal Reserve’s goal….

More here

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Steve Benen: Reality gets in the way of far-right shutdown scheme

As a large group of Republicans push for a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act, Norm Ornstein offered some compelling context. “You could say it’s a do-nothing Congress but that doesn’t do justice to it,” he said. “These guys are doing something, which is to destroy the economic fabric of the country by holding the functions of government hostage to a non-negotiable demand to eliminate Obamacare.”

That’s plainly true, though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), arguably the main ringleader of the scheme, apparently believes destroying the economic fabric of the country by holding the functions of government hostage to a non-negotiable demand to eliminate Obamacare is a fine idea. As Sarah Kliff reported, however, there is a flaw in the right-wing premise…..

More here

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Steve Benen: ATF finally poised to move forward with real leadership

Ask conservative opponents of gun reforms what they’d like to see from law enforcement, and you’ll probably get a predictable answer: we should enforce the gun laws we already have, not approve new ones. For the last several years, however, that’s been easier said than done.

Enforcement of existing gun laws generally falls under the purview of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which has lacked a permanent, Senate-confirmed leader for the last seven years, thanks to opposition from Republicans and the National Rifle Association, both of which have reflexively balked at the very idea of an ATF chief.

With this in mind, we may be poised for a breakthrough this week….

More here

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ThinkProgress: Texas Lawmakers Are Too Busy Focusing On Abortion Restrictions To Get Anything Else Done

Just over an hour after Texas legislators concluded their second special session — an extra lawmaking session they used to enact sweeping abortion restrictions — Gov. Rick Perry (R) called them back for a third one. An outstanding highway funding bill is the only item on the agenda. “When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher,” the governor noted in a statement.

Perry cited that same transportation measure as one of the reasons he believed it was necessary to call the first special legislative session at the beginning of June. But instead of focusing on getting that done, the governor demonstrated a different set of priorities — adding a slew of anti-abortion provisions that were unable to advance during the state’s regular session to the docket.

More here

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Bob Cesca: Bradley Manning Lives in a Nation of Laws, and, Hero or Not, He Broke 16 of Those Laws

While fleeing from the law in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden encouraged a return to “the rule of law rather than men.” In spite of his politically incorrect usage of “men” instead of “men and women,” he’s right. Generally speaking, individual citizens shouldn’t be held above the law — least of all a soldier named Pfc. Bradley Manning who stole 720,000 classified documents and handed them over to be be indiscriminately posted for public consumption by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks.

More here

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Two years ago today:

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands in the Oval Office following a phone call with House Speaker John Boehner securing a bipartisan deal to reduce the nation’s deficit and avoid default, Sunday, July 31, 2011. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


141 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

  2. 9 japa21
    July 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Morning all

  3. 10 LDS
    July 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, all!

  4. 11 amk for obama
    July 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Hi ya all. Bye ya all.

  5. 13 japa21
    July 31, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Cesca has a great column today on the aftermath of the Manning verdict. I am only posting the very end, but the whole thing is worth a read.

    Reality is an inconvenient thing when you’re constructing a radical, histrionic agenda that paints Obama as an enemy of the free peoples of the United States. Sorry, Mr. Greenwald, there is no “war on whistleblowers.” There’s only the rule of law.

    To that point, Manning and Snowden aren’t considered enemies of the state because Obama wants to institute martial law or to seize unaccountable executive power or to form a new American Stasi. Manning and Snowden violated a stack of laws. Snowden fled the country and has threatened to release documents that could “cause [more] harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had.” These are actionable trespasses, and they don’t deserve to be pardoned just because a debate was ignited or because Greenwald thinks these men are the victims of an unjust war.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/07/bradley-manning-lives-in-a-nation-of-laws-and-hero-or-not-he-broke-16-of-those-laws/

    • 14 japa21
      July 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

      It should also be noted, that the charges actually related to real whistle-blowing, such as the release of the helicopter video, were charges for which Manning was acquitted because they were, well, actual whistleblowing. The rest wasn’t.

    • 15 japa21
      July 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

      And by now I should have learned to actually read the post before adding something, since Chips already put this in her post. Still make sure you read it.

  6. 19 GGAIL
    July 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Chipsticks, I love that photo & caption.
    DD4O, excellent tweet!

  7. 21 japa21
    July 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

  8. 22 cookemom
    July 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

    No, not possible and not to be picky, but did Plouffe really use ‘their’ instead of ‘there’ in his tweet? Sorry, not trying to be the tweet grammar police. I know he knows so just had to comment. (ducking now)

    • 23 japa21
      July 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

      That was exactly what I thought. That misusage and the messing up “your” for “you’re” are two of my pet peeves on twitter. because everyone knows I never make a tyop.

    • 31 Vicki
      July 31, 2013 at 11:06 am

      OMG and here I thought only I was being an old fuddy-duddy retired schoolteacher when I groaned to myself over the mistake. Nice to know I have plenty of company.

    • July 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      First thing I thought of. Mr. Plouffe, delete that tweet!

    • 33 arkluvspbo
      July 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      I noticed it too…hoping it’s either too-quick-fingers and/or auto-correct. I know I’ve missed a typo many a time just as I’ve hit post/reply.

      • 34 cookemom
        July 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        yep, it happens to the best of us. As long as we know that he knows, then no problem. I refuse to correct my typos or grammar mistakes, unless it changes the meaning of what I was attempting to say, or there’s no way the reader could possibly figure it out.

  9. 35 utaustinliberal
    July 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Great round-up Chiparoo.

    • July 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thank you very, very kindly legend!!

      • 37 utaustinliberal
        July 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Hey Chiparoo, I just realized with the new powers you gave me, not only can I control everything on TOD and put anyone in spam, I can also put you in spam.

        OOoooooooooo……you better watch out woman. Think about that whenever your fingers hover over the keyboard to insult the mighty Chelsea.

        If Chipsticks disappears from TOD, you now know why TODers.

        • 38 japa21
          July 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

          Careful, I have a hunch that Chips can undo what was done. As Bill Cospby said, but paraphrasing, “She brought into this blog and she can put you out.”

  10. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Greg Sargent of the Plum Line at the Washington Post did a phenomenal job taking down Ron Fournier…and Ron is whining on twitter about it. hehehehehe

    Ostrich Punditry refuses to reckon with reality of today’s GOP

    here is just a snip of the article:

    “Fournier regularly derides “partisans” on both sides of this argument. But the refusal to apportion blame accurately — when the facts plainly merit assigning it overwhelmingly to one side, and not the other — is itself a form of partisanship and bias that impairs judgment and, in the end, misleads readers.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/07/31/the-morning-plum-ostrich-punditry-refuses-to-reckon-with-reality-of-todays-gop/

    • 41 ericfive
      July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Ron Fournier is a GOP partisan. He is not fair and balanced in his coverage of political issues. In 2008, while still the AP bureau chief, he was in the running to be John McCain’s campaign manager. There is no mystery as to why he places all blame on PBO and gives the GOP a pass. Greg Sargent should have provided this background to his readers instead of pretending Fournier is impartial in his analysis. In short, it is foolish to expect any fair coverage of PBO from Fournier and Sargent should let his readers know why.

  11. July 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

    G’M Tod……Oh, I loooove that first picture with the wonderful PBO hug. What a hug! And it gets even better when you see the final close up
    shot. Lucky lady.

    Thanks for that tweet DD4O…I have been trying to do my part. Been working/volunteering on the Corey Booker campaign for some time now.
    Phone-banking and whatever else they need done. We have pretty good candidates here in NJ to take over Lautenberg’s seat, Rush Holt being another one of them. So there is absolutely no reason to lose this seat to the GOP thugs. However as Scott Brown taught us, we can
    never take anything for granted. So I will continue to do what I can..(.even though sometimes it feels like a drop in the large ocean) to get PBO the Congress he needs to get his vision realized.

    Am also volunteering to get the word out about Obamacare. It’s stunning to realize that so many people do not have any idea about the new
    Health Care law and its benefits. But as PBO says …each one tells one and the word will spread.

    Have a great day everyone. We will be victorious in 2014. Let’s keep plugging away.

    • 43 sjterrid
      July 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Hope44 I have been volunteering for the Corey Booker Campaign, too. I have been making calls in the Camden County Democratic Committee Headquarters in Cherry Hill. Where are you located? I’m going over there late this afternoon.

  12. 44 Jovie
    July 31, 2013 at 10:32 am

  13. July 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great Rise & Shine Miss Chips. I was so taken by that HUGGY picture that I forgot my manners. :-D

  14. 46 Jovie
    July 31, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Rand Paul put a bill before the Senate and I actually agree.
    Cuts off Aid to Egypt until country holds elections; redirects 1.5B to bridge construction and repair.
    I strongly agree With Paul, for once! :(

  15. 56 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

    So, chips, you went on holiday to a cow pasture? I really like cows too—-they’re nice—-but it has never occurred to me to vacation with them. Have fun at your very unique bovine destination. Mooooooooo. :)

  16. 57 Jovie
    July 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Drink Water!

  17. 58 anniebella
    July 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I listen to POTUS speech yesterday, and the ones last week and I am glad to hear him go after the Republicans. I say it’s about time, because their is one thing I have known from the start that these Republicans do not want to work with him, that there are some Republicans who hate him and as Limbaugh said want to see him fail, even if the country suffers, they don’t give a dam, it’s all about stopping that black Obama. And by the way, if the Senate and House is having a month off, why the hell is President Obama only taking eight days off for vacation.

    • 59 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I hope FLOTUS and the girls stay in Martha Vineyard alittle longer. They probably won’t though cause school will be opening back up some time in August. I think.

      • 60 Jessica
        July 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

        They probably won’t but I hope they go to Camp David, even though they don’t really care for it.

  18. 61 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

  19. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Happy Wednesday Everyone!! :lol: :) :lol:

  20. 79 HZ
    July 31, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning my beautiful Chips and TOD family. Up early. Out to get some gas in car, get a few food items, and having a little prayer/meditation time. Beautiful day.

    Now, my beautiful Chips, please get some R&R. You have given us so much here, and I want to say

    (((((((( TY, and I love and appreciate you))))))))HZ

    I will take care of the Naughty Mats and make sure the music is not too loud. Oh, yardarm is not here? Well, I know Amk will keep us in order.

    Love you, my beautiful angel. You give so many people so much peace to be able to come here and support and lift up our wonderful President.HZ

    • 80 cookemom
      July 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Hands off the naughty mats, we never know when one might have to succumb to an unanticipated swoon. I’m living proof of landing on the cold, hard floor after a thread pic that took me completely by surprise.

      Take care and keep the inspirational posts coming. As you can see, I need all the help I can get.

      • 81 HZ
        July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

        Hi cookemom. I will need to go there myself. But I will just keep a count for Chips in case we run out. I know we will need plenty for this Sunday Birthday Bash. You know what I mean? HZ

      • 83 arkluvspbo
        July 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        I hit the floor pretty hard with that picture of POTUS hugging Ms. Flanders….that smile….oh my, I need my smelling salts.

  21. July 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Pete is tearing up instagram!

    Bo's paws

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  22. July 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Progress:

    Cloture votes on Todd Jones (ATF) and Samantha Power (UN Ambassador) will take place at 2:00 p.m. today.

  23. 91 Nena20409
    July 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

    So in 2012….the economy grew at 2.8% GDP instead of 2.2%? No doubt the 1.1GDP for Q1 and this 1.8% GDP for Q2 would be revised upward in the future.

    That is why the Dow is in triple digits earlier today.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-economy-grows-17-in-second-quarter-2013-07-31?link=sfmw

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100927909

  24. July 31, 2013 at 11:44 am

  25. July 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I know there are a lot of grammar hawks here, but please give @DavidPlouffe a *break*.

    Where would we be if he hadn’t brought his boss’s No Drama credo to his 2008 Campaign Manager duties? I love Plouffe, and it’s probably embarrassing for him to have his mistake RT’d in the virtual world.

    I don’t watch Univision, but here’s last Friday’s front page of the Los Angeles Latino newspaper (in the middle, above-the-fold):

    And here’s info on Univision’s mid-July ratings from a couple of weeks ago:

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      July 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I decided to give David Plouffe the “silent editor” treatment! Love him, and I don’t care how he spells!

    • 95 cookemom
      July 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      I don’t think anyone was trying to give Plouffe a hard time. I know I wasn’t. If you read our posts we talked about how misspelled words affected us. It was mentioned specifically because Plouffe is our guy and we know it. I don’t tweet, so I wouldn’t know anything about it being retweeted. Do you honestly think he cares about people saying anything about what we know was an honest mistake? He’s drama free and a little dust up over spelling probably doesn’t even cause a blip on his radar.

  26. 96 japa21
    July 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  27. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    July 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Hi, Chips! Hi, TODville!

    “City embraces Obama” = World embraces Obama! Heck, I’d embrace him if I were anywhere close. (Oops.)

    Love this post and all that’s in it, Chips!

    • 98 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I’m glad he was treated with respect on his visit there, that’s the main thing.

      • 99 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        Yes, I totally agree, anniebella. That turned out to be a very positive visit. Tennesseans should be proud – at least the Democrats in TN!

  28. 104 Nena20409
    July 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    In the US senate, Rand Paul’s Bill to defund aides to Egypt Fails.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/rand-paul-egypt_n_3682775.html?utm_hp_ref=mitch-mcconnell#comments

    Egypt is the Most Populated nation in the ME. Her peace accords with Israel is vital to US. Paul and co don’t know much about history and they think for today, not for tomorrow.

  29. 106 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Morning! Fascinating doc from the Dallas Fed regarding the financial meltdown of 2007…. and the effects on business, the public, trust in govt…etc.

    http://dallasfed.org/assets/documents/research/staff/staff1301.pdf

    That report was linked from this story about the costs of the financial crisis: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/31/2387161/cost-of-financial-crisis/

    When the housing bubble popped, dragging down the global economy with it, it was clear that much was lost. But figuring out just how much in dollar terms is a difficult task. A new report from the Federal Reserve of Dallas attempts to do just that and estimates that the country lost 40 to 90 percent of one year’s economic output was lost, depending on assumptions about what growth would have been without a crisis, which comes to somewhere between $6 trillion and $14 trillion in 2012 dollars lost thanks to the 2007-2009 recession. That means about $50,000 to $120,000 per household.
    The report gets to this figure by assuming that the crisis is to blame for an enormous loss of economic output, a big decline in people’s wealth, negative effects of unemployment such as skills atrophying, an increase in government spending to stem the crash, and other costs.
    The authors note, however, that this is a conservative figure that leaves out many factors. The psychological consequences were very negative but hard to quantify, and other less tangible consequences mean that the cost is likely higher than just one year’s economic output.

    How ironic that those supporting less regulation, less govt and oversight…actually enabled this and caused the very response that they deride.

  30. 107 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Was this posted already?? Still waking up. Rough night with snorer in chief

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/companies-in-u-s-added-more-workers-in-july-than-forecast-1-.html

    Companies in the U.S. boosted payrolls in July by the most this year as employers grew more optimistic demand will pick up in the second half of the year.
    The 200,000 increase in employment was more than projected and followed a revised 198,000 gain in June that was higher than initially estimated, according to data today from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. The median forecast of 40 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a July advance of 180,000.

    Job gains, higher stock prices and rising home values are shoring up Americans’ confidence, helping counter the effects of this year’s government spending cuts and giving a boost to U.S. growth. Federal Reserve policy makers, wrapping up a two-day meeting today, are evaluating progress on growth and employment as they consider whether to trim their record monetary stimulus.
    “The job market has admirably weathered the fiscal headwinds, tax increases and government spending cuts,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc., in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP. “This bodes well for the next year when those headwinds are set to fade.”

    • July 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Desertflower, has your “snorer-in-chief” had a sleep study done? It could be sleep apnea which affects a wide range of things in your body and is a real health hazard. I’ve had a breathing machine for 5 years now and it has made a great big difference to me. (Except, of course, when I saty up until 2;00 a.m. catching up on TOD!)

  31. 109 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Oh dear:)

    • 110 arkluvspbo
      July 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I know folks can’t help how they look, but good god, this man really does look like a silly (high on something…looking at those eyes) little monkey. So GRATEFUL for President Obama.

  32. 111 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Bengazi! Bengazi! Bengazi!

  33. 112 japa21
    July 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  34. 113 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  35. 114 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm
  36. 116 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Care, love and compassion

  37. 117 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    For no reason——semi interesting to read biographies—–the Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful in D.C., “beautiful” being relative. After a horrible #1, Jeff Flake—-ewwwww——I did note that most were Democrats. Of course.

    http://thehill.com/50-most-beautiful-2013/?n=1

    • 118 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Sen. Durbin said that those House Republicans are taking another vote on repealing Obamacare. Can you believe them?

    • 119 desertflower
      July 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      JEFF FLAKE????????????? WHAT A CREEPER! OMG.

    • 120 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      I am sorry to say but how the hell did Jeff Flake get to be number 1. And shouldn’t we stop judging people on what they look like so much. How about judging them on the content of their character. Some times we get all hot and heavy when we see a nice looking person, I’m guilty of that myself, but I should say to myself yes they look fine, but what kind of person are they, what do they stand for? If Anthony Weiner and that Mayor of San Deigo have showed us that a person character matters too. It really does. By the way Sam Kass looks better than Sen. Flake.

  38. 122 Nena20409
    July 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Reid id Now Briefing the Media…..Live……

    Dems need to be on air, daily spouting and explaining their core beliefs……..

    Durbin is now speaking……

  39. 123 Jeff
    July 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    HP is crying foul about PBO’s remarks about his support of Summers and how he dares to bash HP.

    • 124 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Sen. Reid just said he has no problem with Larry Summers, some of the caucus might, but the decision is up to the President and who ever the President choose they will support him or her.

    • 128 arkluvspbo
      July 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Ever since Ms. Huff Puff sold out to AOheLl, the site has gone downhill. When she announced the takeover, a lot of long time posters quit and left, they knew it would be bad.
      Too bad, because it was a really great place to go for one-stop-shopping.

  40. 129 cookemom
    July 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    GOP establishment going after Paul on more fronts. Today, McMyLegacyNeedsAttention went after him for his comments on the Middle East. Christie and Paul have the ‘great bacon feud’ going. The establishment is nipping Paul in the bud, before the RWNJs really start to idolize him and join forces with the Libertarians. I’d suggest Cruz start laying low too, he’s next.

  41. 131 cookemom
    July 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    PBO on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Tuesday.

  42. 134 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thomas is so cute:) LOL wonder how much trouble he’ll get into for telling the truth?

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/msnbcs-roberts-calls-weiner-sexting-companion-sydney-leathers?ref=fpblg

    MSNBC host Thomas Roberts stopped himself on air Wednesday after calling Sydney Leathers, the woman who traded sexts with New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, “batshit.”

    Roberts played a clip of Leather’s interview with Howard Stern’s radio show, in which she explained how Weiner “lured her in” to the sexting situation.

    “This chick is so batshit you know –” Roberts said before stopping himself. “Excuse me. But Leathers is reportedly considering a porn deal now. So that’s why I say that this whole thing is such a big mess.”

    Watch:

    • 135 cookemom
      July 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Weiner overload, my ears bleed. If the MSM would please stop covering it, some actual reporting my accidentally come about. Tying it to SOSH is probably even more the dumb.

      • 136 COS
        July 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Cookemom, I know what you mean. Not that he was my favorite person but fellow Dems are joining the bashing. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he won after all of this, but I am sure he won’t win. This is borderline Rev. Wright stuff, the way it is being covered.

  43. July 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Actions planned in support of immigration reform for the month of August:

    STRONG MOMENTUM AS PRO-IMMIGRATION FORCES SWEEP INTO AUGUST RECESS
    While Anti-Immigrant Forces Will Make Some Noise, In-District Action to be Driven by Pro-Reform Majority

    Ahead of the impending August recess, pro-immigration forces are on the move with hundreds of grassroots events planned from coast to coast. A number of media outlets today highlight the momentum, unprecedented organization, and breadth of support on behalf of immigration reform with a path to citizenship. From business and tech groups to labor and faith organizations; Republican donors and conservative strategists to immigration advocates and the labor movement, it is clear that key House targets will feel the urgency behind scheduling a vote on a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans this fall.

    http://americasvoiceonline.org/blog/strong-momentum-as-pro-immigration-forces-sweep-into-august-recess/

  44. July 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  45. 141 bajangirl53
    July 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    The NC video makes me want to weep! That America should still be fighting these battles in this enlightened age is incomprehensible to us in the “free” world! Why do these states persist in thinking they can get away with this kind of thing??? If it weren’t you protesting, it would be us!!!


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