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Rise and Shine

On this Day: President Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Daily Beast: Treasury Monthly Statement Shows the U.S. Deficit Is Melting Away

Still complaining about the deficit? The latest monthly statement from the U.S. Treasury shows that even without destroying the social safety net or striking a grand bargain, it’s being erased.

…. So as you listen to people complaining about the annual deficit, remember that it is melting away. The miracle cure for deficits, it turns out, isn’t ripping up the social safety net, or a grand bargain. It’s growth, combined with some fiscal restraint, and higher taxes. Compared with a year ago, there are about 2.2 million more people working today, at slightly higher wages, paying slightly higher taxes. The combination of those forces pushes collections higher. Meanwhile, spending on anti-poverty programs like unemployment benefits falls as unemployment claims decline. Winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has reduced the Pentagon budget. And the sequester has taken a bite out of the budget of many agencies. The combination of those forces pushes spending lower. The latest update on this year’s fiscal situation confirms that each of these trends is fully intact.

Full post here

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Washington Post: Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan for schools

President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it.

White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term.

More here

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Bob Cesca: Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary. The Far-Left Wins Nothing. Again.

Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker is one step closer to being the next senator from the Garden State. He won the Democratic primary on Tuesday by a significant margin over his rivals, Rep. Frank Pallone, Assembly Speaker Shiela Oliver and Rep. Rush Holt.

Historically speaking, if he wins on October 16, Booker will also be the only elected African American member of the United States Senate, and the ninth member in history. (Yeah, there’s still something very, very wrong with American voters.)

There’s another dimension to this election, meanwhile, that only appeared briefly on the blogs and via social media. Were it not for the divisiveness on the left created by the Edward Snowden NSA drama, with far-left activists supporting Snowden’s leaks and with pragmatic center-left liberals expressing disdain for the hyperbolic, outraged sensationalism of the story, the New Jersey special election would’ve surely been a huge battleground between those two factions.

More here

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Voter Suppression:

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ThinkProgress: Arizona Republicans Already Working On 2020 Gerrymander Plan

Unhappy that an independent redistricting commission devised maps it deemed too independent for the 2012 elections, Arizona Republicans are already scheming to rig the redistricting process after the 2020 elections to be more favorable to their party.

More here

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Steve Benen: Congress Isn’t ‘Exempt’ From ObamaCare

If you’ve been following the health care debate lately, you’ve probably heard quite a bit of talk about Congress being “exempt” from the Affordable Care Act. It’s a talking point the right has pushed quite aggressively, but is it true? Republicans certainly want us to think so. Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas)complained about an “outrageous exemption for Congress.” The far-right editorial page of the Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint touted a similar line last week. Over the weekend, Republican media figures, including Bill Kristol and Ana Navaro, repeated the talking point on the Sunday shows, and no one thought to correct them. This morning, in an unusually hysterical piece, a Washington Times columnist suggested the policy might constitute “treason.” (No, seriously, that’s what it said.)

The policy certainly sounds awful, doesn’t it? If “Obamacare” is so great, why are members of Congress eager to exempt themselves from the new federal system? No wonder Fox is soworked up over this. The problem, as you might have guessed, is that the argument is so wildly misleading, it bears no meaningful connection to reality.

More here

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USA Today: President Obama is going retro when it comes to honoring sports champions.

Next week, Obama will host a White House ceremony honoring the 40th anniversary of the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins, the last National Football League team to go undefeated in the regular season and playoffs.

That Dolphins team famously went 17-0, beating the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl on Jan. 14, 1973.

More here

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On This Day:

Aug. 14, 2009: President Obama casts his line while fishing for trout on the East Gallatin River near Belgrade, Mont. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Aug. 14, 2010: President Obama greets members of the U.S. Coast Guard after making a statement at the U.S. Coast Guard Panama City District Office, Panama City, Fla (Photo by Pete Souza)


Aug. 14, 2012: The President waves from his campaign bus to people lining the motorcade route in Iowa (Photo by Pete Souza)

Aug. 14, 2012: President Obama has a beer with patrons at the Pump Haus Pub and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa (Photo by Pete Souza)

Aug. 14, 2012: Pete Souza: “How about a White House beer? The President was greeting patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, when this customer asked him about the White House beer. The President said he thought he might have some on his campaign bus and asked an aide to check. A few minutes later, the President delivered a bottle and the customer reacted in celebration.”

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120 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Chips? You’re a freaking amazing human being and you know why. :D

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats UT & Layla for 1st place tie!! :)

    Thanks UT for another fabulous R & S!

  3. 7 Dudette
    August 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Have a great day everybody!!

  4. 9 Dudette
    August 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    …. and thanks for the WET POTUS picture (with Sasha) Chips!!!. :-D

  5. August 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thanks a billion trillion gazillion UT!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 11 Jessica
    August 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Miami Dolphins we’re number 1

  7. 12 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hello everybody, have a great day!

  8. 13 desertflower
    August 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    An awesome “poke in the eye” to those purist far left glitter pony F up’s….. ( will they NEVER learn??)

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/08/cory-booker-wins-new-jersey-primary-the-far-left-wins-nothing-again/

  9. 24 LDS
    August 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good morning, UT!
    Been rising and shining since 3:00 AM. A good swim would be great!
    Ms. Dudette, thank you for all of your hard work for helping the young man get on the list. I am so disgusted by the whole thing which I posted while back how celebrities, sports players(I.e., Micky Mantle) evil asses with money(Dick Chaney) who voluntarily abuse their bodies with alcohol, smoking and drugs, yet they are the first in line to get someone else’s organ. It is a shame. How dare these doctors play God because of the choices someone makes. We know this is BS. It was about his race and they did not feel he is worthy. Thank you, again.

  10. 25 japa21
    August 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Sometimes we get so caught up in reacting to the day-to-day poutrages from the “purity left” or the plain outrages from the right, that we forget to address underlying themes that the GOP keeps pushing to create divides in this country. I think it is important that we continue to address and work to create untiy instead of division.

    https://twitter.com/deaconmill/status/367637886612426752

      • 27 japa21
        August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

        Again. Geez, I am having a bad morning.

        • August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

          A mighty excellent point, Japa.

        • 29 desertflower
          August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

          People ALWAYS worry that someone else is getting something they’re not….in all facets of life….the base argument or concern for just about every issue we face, from immigration to healthcare to food stamps….

          • 30 57andfemale
            August 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

            When I entered the full time job market in the early 1970’s as a legal secretary, there was no question that benefits would be offered. People used to compare job offers based on the benefits package. Sick days, vacation, health and life insurance – it was a given. Regular raises, Christmas bonuses. This was a direct result of the power of unions who had demanded and won over a half century, a reasonable work week, reasonable working conditions, benefits in lieu of salary. It upon this foundation that the American modern middle class was built. It wasn’t a question of whether you got health insurance, but how good the waiting period was, the amount of co-pays, etc.

            This was before Reagan. Insurance companies were non-profit (not the fake non-profit that BCBS is now). Claims were paid. You went to ER, the claim was paid. You needed a procedure, the claim was paid. It was a contract that you would pay in to the system, and there would be no question that you would get the benefits that you paid for.

            Reagan ruined the middle class – period. Insurance companies were regulated – they could only purchase very safe, conservative investment vehicles like real estate. They could not gamble with people’s premiums and limit care in order to pay dividends when their casino-like use of our money hurt their bottom line.

            My uncle was a high level insurance executive – think Richard Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls. He died in 1968. There was no question that you would receive your benefits.

            I now work for a very wealthy man who owns apartment buildings. I know what he does with his profits (it frankly is the reason I’m employed). I also know the slum conditions of his buildings. At one point I thought of bargaining with him for an increase because he didn’t have to pay benefits for me. To only find out – he pays benefits for no one and – wait for it – he hasn’t for the last 10 years!

            People have to work for him for 4 years before they get any paid vacation. I remember in 1972 weighing job offers, it was a question of whether I had to wait 6 months or a year.

            Republicans have ruined this country. What is so distressing is that millions of Americans don’t know what made this country strong in the first place in the 20th century.

            • 31 57andfemale
              August 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

              God, I should have proofed this first. I shouldn’t write long comments when I haven’t had coffee.

              Reagan didn’t regulate insurance – it was regulated BEFORE he deregulated the industry.

            • August 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

              “FOR THE UNION MAKES US STRONG”
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              there are many factors leading to the decline of middle class…the decline of UNION membership is a BIG One…the lost of manufacturing jobs (where alot of the organize workers were)is another…/the reason many companies shipped jobs overseas and Congress aided and abetted by offering tax breaks to those companies that did…

              Many workers today do not know the storied history of the union battles and victories…it is similar to the civil rights struggles …if we do not pass on the baton…if we do not tell the stories of those movements …they will be lost…

              • 33 57andfemale
                August 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

                The history of unions is virtually banned from public schools. This was part of history and social studies when I was growing up. It has vanished from public consciousness and it is terrifying.

                Hey, unions are not entirely innocent, if we’re going to be fair. When I argue with people about unions I always say that I criticize some of their methods and abuse of power but I will defend to the death the need for and right of unions to function robustly in America.

                I had a good friend whose dad worked for the railroad unions. This was in the 1970’s. She was proud of the fact that he actually worked about 3 months out of the year and got paid full time and paid handsomely. My husband worked for the railroads early in his working career, and when he tried to stay busy and asked what else he could do he was told, “don’t kill the job”. While guys would come in, flip a switch and leave to do their second or third jobs.

                I will always be aware of those failings but without unions, business will destroy the worker and thereby the middle class. They will not act in good faith and now we have a CW that obscene profits are ‘normal’ at the expense of the worker. This is actually a new phenomena and it is destroying us.

                Another way of looking at the excellent salaries and benefits paid to union workers pre-Reagan – here is what those workers did with that money: they sent their kids to college. They bought homes, cars, took vacations. Paid taxes that built the infrastructure and roads and schools. Their kids did better than they did. Their kids became teachers, doctors, engineers. So even if we paid them a little more, they invested that money right back in America. Which is a lot more than we can say for the corporations that employed them.

                • August 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

                  Another way of looking at the excellent salaries and benefits paid to union workers pre-Reagan – here is what those workers did with that money: they sent their kids to college. They bought homes, cars, took vacations. Paid taxes that built the infrastructure and roads and schools. Their kids did better than they did. Their kids became teachers, doctors, engineers. So even if we paid them a little more, they invested that money right back in America. Which is a lot more than we can say for the corporations that employed them.

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                  BRAVOOO!

                  • 35 57andfemale
                    August 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

                    This is an idea I’ve been formulating lately. Because it’s not just that lower wages and benefits are now being paid due to the destruction of unions in this country – it’s that for the first time, children are not doing better than their parents. There is a long term consequence that gets lost in these discussions.

          • 37 ericfive
            August 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

            So true DF. It is this selfishness, tribalism and fear of the “Other” that the ownership class/GOP uses to divide and conquer the 99%, and get many to vote against their economic interests. Same as it ever was. It is difficult, but not impossible, to get people to listen to their “better angels” and not fall prey to lizard brain selfish thinking. The worst fear of the ownership class has always been that poor and working class people of all races unite and collectively demand a bigger piece of the pie. The only way they can maintain power in a democracy is to keep us divided. Excellent point about the role perception plays Japa.

        • August 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

          I have always wondered that myself…things that make you go “hmmmm”…

          • 39 carolyn
            August 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

            I remember in 1981 when Reagan broke the Air Traffic Controllers strike and sent in non-union workers at lower wages, knowing that was the beginning of bad things. I imagine others on this blog remember that event too. I’m sure other events happened we never knew about, but this has stuck in my mind for over 30 years……the beginning of the decline.
            Also…..remember that “tax rebate” GWB gave everyone in 2001? The “cash in hand” another ploy to make people feel temporarily good and like him? I’m sure others can also remember specific instances of this decline.

            When I was hired in teaching eons ago, the first thing the school district bragged about was its package of benefits. These were seen as an incentive to get good people. Now they’re viewed as a horrible expense to be ripped up.

      • August 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

        http://thedailybanter.com/2013/08/cory-booker-wins-new-jersey-primary-the-far-left-wins-nothing-again/

        At every turn, the far-left stupidly undermines its political goals simply because it doesn’t understand the realities of American politics. And if perchance I’m wrong, and they do get it, they spend way too much energy trying to reinvent the wheel rather than, you know, winning. In the end, in order for elected leaders to do what you want them to do, they have to be able to do it, and they have to want to do it. So that means supporting the candidate nearest to your values… who can actually win.

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        This theme about the far-left has been touched on by other bloggers including smartypants…this penchant for purity of issues …reminds us of the far right’s similar penchant for purity…it is hard to know the intent of the so called far left but we can see the end result…they divide..distort…cause confusion…and in the end LOSE…

        Cesca outlines their losses…but they continue expecting a different result….but that takes me back to what I think is their intent…to DISTORT…DIVIDE…CONFUSE…because they KNOW that they cannot win..in fact i do not think that they care about winning…

        • 41 ericfive
          August 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

          I think the far left media personalities (and by extension, their followers) don’t want to “win” or have their goals met. Victory and problem solving means unemployment for these people. Think of the long running Tavis and West minstrel show. If poverty in the AA community vanished tomorrow, what would they write books or give speeches about?

          • 42 Lovepolitics2008
            August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

            I don’t think it’s conscious. Those people are simply emotionally driven. They are addicted to outrage. They NEVER EVER take a moment to be happy about some progress. Being enraged makes them feel relevant. All their political actions are based, driven on rage and confrontation.

            No wonder they hate President Obama, who , as a politician, works with a total different sets of priorities and values. Heck, I think they don’t even UNDERSTAND the man. As opposed to President Obama, who understands them all too well and has always tried to avoid working with those kind of people because he knows it’s counterproductive.

    • 44 globalcitizenlinda
      August 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Oh, I agree! I have listened to Mr. Wendall Porter discuss ACA in an hour long interview on NPR and it was so gratifying

      • 45 Lovepolitics2008
        August 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        But wasn’t Mr. Porter against ACA in the beginning ??

        • 46 globalcitizenlinda
          August 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

          I don’t know.

          I recall hearing him admit in that interview that he wished that ACA had gone further than it did but that no doubt its going to make a transformation in the healthcare field and benefit many people

    • 48 LDS
      August 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Oh, that’s my jam!!!!!!!!!
      Play it,Ms. Dudette!
      I have lost at least 12 pounds since last night dancing…….
      Don’t stop this party train.
      Dance those MFing GOP out of office 2014!

  11. 49 Jovie
    August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

    So, the RNC is now tring to tie all democrats to Hillary, like McCauliffe in Virginia?
    That’s the plan, and they want to drive wedges early.
    Meanwhile, what’s the DNC doing these days?

  12. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Mornin’. Have a fine Obama day!

  13. 57 MightyPamela
    August 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Mornin’ all o’ y’all! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!! Big hugs all around! And spread the Light, okay? http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  14. 59 desertflower
    August 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This shouldn’t even be LEGAL! http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/minnesota-lawmaker-donate-to-my-campaign-get-concealed

    Minnesota Lawmaker: Donate To My Campaign, Get A Concealed Carry Permit

    Bribe comes to mind…among other things!

  15. 62 Dudette
    August 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

    From The Grio (Joy Reid is Managing Editor, ya know)

    http://thegrio.com/2013/08/14/hospital-reverses-decision-to-deny-teen-heart-transplant-after-media-backlash/#52753185

  16. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    August 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Please help out on the push back against the biased stories which are being pushed to bad-mouth ObamaCare aka ACA implementation.

    they seem to be popping up everywhere and before we know it, they will be reported as fact and received as such by people who are not political junkies -unlike most of us.

    the example cited above from NBC is a good point to start. we can ask NBC to follow up about the motives of the people they were interviewing for the piece.

    story reported by @NBCInvestigates is bias-checked (fact-checked) by Mr. Judd Legum

    Besides, why are the news reporters questioning these business about the morality of the business and practical impact on quality of service (food service mind you) & public health that results when employers deny their employees health care

    • 65 desertflower
      August 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

      http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/25/2353201/few-employers-cut-workers-hours-because-of-obamacare/

      STUDY: Very Few Employers Have Actually Cut Workers’ Hours Because Of Obamacare

    • August 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Happy Belated Birthday Chipsticks. My laptop is not working so well and it’s time for a new one.

      If many of these fast food and restaurant owners plan to cut hours so they can keep their profits and have sick people handling the food we eat, I say don’t eat at these places. They need to get the same treatment that Pizza idiot got when he said the same thing. I can’t believe people will cut hours for an already low wage worker just so they don’t have to provide healthcare. Then maybe their hourly wages need to increase so they can afford healthcare. I think cities should charge these fast food places who don’t provide healthcare a fee to cover the cost of these people getting medicare.

    • 68 ericfive
      August 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I read that NBC “investigates” report yesterday and it was IDENTICAL to a story I read months ago. Same quotes from the same small business owner and community college. Propaganda 101. They polished up an old turd and presented it as new. In addition, I was struck by the articles boast that it based its conclusions of interviews “with almost 20 small businesses from across the country”. That is way too small a sample size to justify the article’s claims (I think they were very selective in choosing the businesses they surveyed to insure getting an anti-ACA result). On another point, the article seems to want people to view PBO and the ACA as the “bad guys” and not the business owners who are screwing their employees. As the Papa Johns boycott illustrated, people are more likely to place blame on the business owner despite the wishes of our corporate owned, propaganda spewing MSM.

  17. 70 desertflower
    August 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Boom! In Putin’s face!

    http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/08/14/2465911/american-runner-in-russia-dedicates-world-championship-silver-medal-to-lgbt-friends/

    A top American distance runner dedicated the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends, becoming the first athlete to openly defy Russia’s new anti-gay law that outlaws “homosexual propaganda.” Nick Symmonds won the silver medal in the 800-meters Tuesday, then broke a previous pledge to not speak out against the law while at the championships by telling a Russian news outlet that he had no choice but to say something.
    “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” Symmonds told Russia’s R-Sport. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”
    “I respect Russians’ ability to govern their people,” he added. “I disagree with their laws. I do have respect for this nation. I disagree with their rules.”

    • 71 Lovepolitics2008
      August 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      May many other athletes follow his lead. THAT’S the way to do it. Making Putin to look like the bigoted that he is.

      Mr. Putin, you want to restore the “greatness” of Russia ? Please PROCEED, Mr. President..

  18. 72 desertflower
    August 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Off to work:) Have a great day everyone!

  19. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

      In my mind’s eye, I can see some future commemoration: “Today in history: Obamacare is born.” Yeehaw!

      • 76 ericfive
        August 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

        So true. I hope it will forever be known as “ObamaCare”. So glad PBO embraced a term meant to invoke scorn and turned it into a positive that will cement his legacy of caring for his fellow citizens for generations to come.

  20. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

  21. 79 dotster3
    August 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Really disgusting $35 million Medicare fraud case——popular Michigan oncologist was prescribing chemo to those who didn’t need it, telling those who didn’t have cancer that they did and prescribing chemo——-all to enrich his own pockets. I notice many Medicare fraud cases are being charged all across the country.

    http://www.today.com/news/cancer-doctor-gave-needless-chemo-35m-fraud-prosecutors-say-6C10913890

    • 80 Lovepolitics2008
      August 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      That monster will be charged with much more than just “fraud”, I hope. I bet the FBI is working hard to build the case. Pretty disgusting story indeed.

  22. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

    The pool is ridiculous, but I love the fact the reporters have to stand on the sidelines and watch, as President Obama makes the world go ’round without ‘em.

  23. August 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Dudette, our day is now complete!!

  24. 85 dotster3
    August 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Very sad sentencing day for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi. I bet they all cannot believe what has happened to this life with so much promise and with every advantage.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jesse-jackson-jr-sentence-20130814,0,4172493,full.story

    • 86 globalcitizenlinda
      August 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Sad and unnecessary turn of events for the Jackson family;

      I used be close friends with one of Sandi’s younger sisters before she left to go and work for her sister – during Sandi’s run for office.

      Sandi’s family was a nice regular working group people struggling like all of us – met a number of them.

      Sandi’s mother must be devastated – she worked very hard to get the kids through school

  25. 87 japa21
    August 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

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  27. 89 JER
    August 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    LIVE NOW: White House Press Secretary Briefing from Martha’s Vineyard, MA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  28. 91 japa21
    August 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  29. 93 dotster3
    August 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Cute story from Cape Cod reporter who, after 4 years of unsuccessfully trying to connect with PBO on his Vineyard vacations, he finally lucked out yesterday at Nancy’s.

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130814/NEWS/308140317/-1/NEWS27

  30. 97 57andfemale
    August 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  31. 99 57andfemale
    August 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Shit:

    • 100 globalcitizenlinda
      August 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Every effort should have been made to avoid these many deaths. Some one has to remember that compromise is a potential solution

      • 101 57andfemale
        August 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        I’m sick of this situation. Political power should not mean that you get your turn to be a barbarous asshole to your political opponents. Unfortunately, I believed that El-Baredei was the one shining light in this morass, and they’ve made it impossible for him to be a voice of reason in the halls of power. Disgusting.

  32. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    August 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am very worried about Egypt.

    What can be done (by anyone – including me) to end the loss of life?

    It seems 1 incident of carnage just make the next one inevitable as groups seek retribution.

    could these escalating events also have an impact on PBO’s vacation?

    • August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Things are definitely unraveling in a massive way, which will undoubtedly have a rippling effect throughout MENA. POTUS is definitely not on vacation at the moment.

    • 104 Lovepolitics2008
      August 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I’m very pessimistic about Egypt. And about a lot of middle-east countries as a matter of fact. Civil wars are inevitable I think. Too many tensions, weak political institutions. They’re in for at least a decade of bloodshed, before finding out on their own that killing each other is no solution.

      I think President Obama has demonstrated a lot of wisdom in accelerating the work towards energy independence.

  33. 108 57andfemale
    August 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    So – Al-jazeera America will be news-only. No opinion, no pundits.

    • 109 Nena20409
      August 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      If true…..Yes. But Time will tell.

      • 110 57andfemale
        August 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        The market will decide. I am sick to death of 24/7 pundits who literally get in the way of the news. So yes, time will tell.

    • August 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Is Al-jazeera offering an opinion on Egypt?

      I’m not near a television, not sure what you’re referring to. :(

      • 112 57andfemale
        August 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        I’m talking about the new network that replaces Current, starting next Tuesday. Their approach will be hard news only. I do, however, expect ‘analysts’ to bleed through who become (or are) pundits. But I am sick of these cable news channels that don’t televise a speech, but only the ‘opinions’ of their pundits.

  34. 113 57andfemale
    August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I have to post Jon Stewart’s line and I gave up on Stewart five years ago:

  35. 118 japa21
    August 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  36. 120 arkluvspbo
    August 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    If the republican’teaparty put half as much energy into working for the greater good of the people, as they do fighting us they would be so much more productive and happy. The insanity is truly amazing to watch.


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