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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Senior Master Sergeant Roland Paramore (not pictured) aboard Air Force One prior to departure en route to New York, Sept. 19, 2011(Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

10:45 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly briefing with members of the press (C-Span)

11:0: The President delivers remarks at a meeting of his Export Council, Eisenhower Executive Office Building

1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

4:25: The President attends a DNC event, Capital Hilton Hotel (Closed Press)

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Esquire: Aliens in Their Own Nation

For the Republican Party, what began as a tactic — vilification of its opponents — became a habit that became a conviction. Its anger and distrust have become the dominant political fact of our time.

We have a problem with our Republicans. They don’t much want to govern anymore, and we can’t govern without them. This has been a long time coming, but at some point in recent years, America’s Republicans, especially elected officials but also a large part of the rank and file, stopped seeing Democrats and many other Americans as their political opponents and started viewing them instead as the enemy, a nemesis bent on destroying the country.

Certainly a significant factor underlying this phenomenon is white insecurity in a changing world, especially in the old Confederacy, in which the 21st-century Republican party has bunkered itself. But whatever the reason, given the symbiosis between the only two political parties we have allowed ourselves, this extremism endangers the governing arrangement that has held for the last century or so — and by and large worked spectacularly well…

More here

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Jamelle Bouie: The Obamacare Swindle (It’s Not What You Think)

Health-care reform isn’t going anywhere. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from using it to raise money from gullible Tea Partiers who want it defunded.

House Republican leadership does not want a government shutdown over Obamacare, but the agitation of conservative activists might make one inevitable.

….. Conservatives must know they have nothing to gain politically from taking this stance, which raises the question: why do it? One answer, as suggested by the National Review’s Robert Costa in August, is money. Tea party organizations, he writes, “aren’t worried about the establishment’s ire. In fact, they welcome it. Business has boomed since the push to defund Obamacare caught on. Conservative activists are lighting up social media, donations are pouring in, and e-mail lists are growing.”

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Carol E. Lee: Obama Administration Weighs Iran Talks At U.N.

The Obama administration is preparing for high-level meetings next week with the Iranian government on its nuclear ambitions and is open to a direct exchange between President Barack Obama and Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, at the United Nations, according to senior U.S. officials.

The recent softening between Washington and Tehran gained new momentum with the release by Iran in recent days of 11 political prisoners, including a prominent human-rights lawyer freed on Wednesday. The releases were seen as a signal to Washington of a desire for better relations on the eve of Mr. Rouhani’s first visit as president to the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

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Greg Sargent: If We Get A Debt Ceiling Crisis, It’s Because Republican Voters Want One

If we are going to have a debt ceiling and default crisis — with all of the havoc it may well entail — it may well be because Republican voters want such a crisis, even if it causes serious economic harm. No, really. That’s what a new poll shows. The new Washington Post/ABC News poll on the debt ceiling tells us something remarkable: Among Republicans who believe that not raising the debt ceiling would cause serious harm to the economy, a majority of them wants Congress not to raise it anyway. By contrast, Americans overall see it in the opposite way.

Meanwhile, the poll also finds that 73 percent think not raising the debt limit would “cause serious harm to the U.S. economy,” versus only 22 percent who say it wouldn’t. How to explain the divergence? It turns out it’s largely driven by Republicans. By contrast, among Americans overall who say not raising it would cause serious harm, they tilt in favor of raising it by 54-35. Independents who say not raising it would cause serious harm also tilt in favor of raising it by 58-36.

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Steve Benen: Bernanke Stuns With Ongoing Stimulus

One of the day’s biggest stories was also one of the day’s most pleasant surprises. The Federal Reserve postponed any retreat from its long-running stimulus campaign Wednesday, saying that it would continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds to encourage job creation and economic growth. [...]

But let’s not overlook why Bernanke came to this conclusion. There were, of course, multiple factors, but The Hill reported, “The Fed said one of the primary reasons for the decision was the fiscal fight in Washington, which it said is ‘restraining economic growth.’” The political world tends to ignore this for reasons I find endlessly frustrating, but the chairman of the Federal Reserve has repeatedly told Congress, in fairly explicit terms, that Republicans are hurting the economy. Bernanke has drawn direct, unambiguous connections between weak economic growth and the specific policies pursued by Republican lawmakers.

GOP officials ignore Bernanke because he tells them what they don’t want to hear, and many in the media ignore his assessments because Americans aren’t supposed to hear about Republican responsibility for the struggling economy.

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Greg Sargent: The Conservative Alternative To ObamaCare Isn’t An Alternative To ObamaCare

So House conservatives are planning to roll out their long awaited alternative to Obamacare, some three years after they first promised to do so — and after more than three dozen votes to repeal it. The conservative alternative wouldn’t do nothing at all.

“Individuals who purchase coverage approved for sale in their state could claim a deduction of $7,500 against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000.” The trouble with this, Leavitt says, is that deductions disproportionately benefit the rich. By contrast, Levitt notes, Obamacare gives low income folks subsidies in the form of tax credits, which disproportionately benefit the poor.

More here

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I love the smell of GOP infighting in the morning

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Brian Beutler: GOP Deludes Itself On Shutdown Threat

it’s easier to remember that what we’re hearing on the right is the din of 275 Republicans and thousands of movement conservatives caterwauling at each other. It’s a fascinating story. It’s genuinely newsworthy that John Boehner and company were cowed into giving Ted Cruz and his boosters on the right a vote on the doomed strategy they’ve been demanding. Assuming the defund Obamacare bill passes the House — not a given! — it’ll be extremely revealing to watch Senate Republicans figure out what to do with it, and hear what they say when it inevitably fails.

More here

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On This Day:

President Barack Obama and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi pet Bo at the conclusion of their meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 19, 2012. Danny Russel, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watch at left (Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a crowd of over 6000 at Minges Coliseum on the East Carolina University campus, Sept 19, 2012

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from the East Durham Children’s Initiative upon arrival at Raleigh-Durham Airport in Morrisville, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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124 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 6 andogriff
    September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

    EXCELLENT R & S UT, thanks very much! Now I will go back and read in detail!

  2. 8 amk for obama
    September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am
  3. 10 LDS
    September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Risen&Shown!
    Good morning TODDville.
    Back to all the good reads.

    See you later at the party!

  4. 11 andogriff
    September 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Congrats on first Almablanca, good morning amk and everyone!

  5. September 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Big LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

  6. 23 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran

    By MARK LANDLER

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    Mr. Ross said the president’s reliance on letters to Iranian leaders made sense because in the absence of a formal relationship, “There are few other fully authoritative ways to convey a message we completely control.” The letters, his advisers say, also reflect the value that Mr. Obama attaches to direct diplomacy.

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani both plan to speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Will they try an even more direct from of diplomacy: greeting each other in person? The White House says nothing is planned.

    For now, though, Mr. Obama’s pen-pal diplomacy has accomplished the most basic goal of any letter. It got a reply.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/middleeast/through-diplomacy-obama-finds-a-pen-pal-in-iran.html

  7. September 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

    FaaaAAAAaaaaAAAAaaantastic R&S UT, thank yooooooooou!!!!

  8. September 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Alma on #1! Thanks UT for a fabulous, info-packed R & S! I’ve been trying to post for the longest while, and WP kept telling me that my comment couldn’t be posted.

  9. September 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Thursday Morning UT, Chipsticks, TODers… Everyone!!!

    UT, pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS with children always bring a smile…an upbeat way to start the Rise and Shine! Thanks for this as well as for ALL the info that you included…info that we need to keep at the forefront of our minds. These are reminders that we can’t afford to let ourselves be sidetracked

    Everyone have a productive and rewarding day as you start looking forward to the weekend! :-D

    • 37 desertflower
      September 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Morning, swbluega:) Went to that healthcare meeting last night and it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be…so I didn’t get to ask your question, which is a shame because i came prepared! I highly suggest that you go to Healthcare.gov and ask the question yourself in a live chat…I’ve done this a couple times before and they were very helpful. I encourage everyone to do this if they have questions about anything to do with the ACA….they’re awesome! 24/7/365 Good luck.

      • September 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Thanks for thinking about me desertflower. I’ve been on the healthcare.gov site as well as a few of the sites of the insurance companies. I gather that the supplemental plans offered may vary a little from state to state. My original question was two-fold: 1) Is there still a necessity for the supplemental coverage given the changes to the coverage provided by medicare; and 2) is there competitive pricing (monthly premiums) for the supplemental coverage.

        What I have found in further discussion with my mother and input from other TODers is that for many seniors — especially those who have conditions e.g., heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc. — the supplemental coverage gives them some peace of mind as it relate to medical care outside of preventive care and other routine type care. The variation in monthly premium seems to be based on the type plan; there seems to be little variation in cost from company to company. For my mother, not having to worry about paying deductibles and co-payments is a big deal. Yes there is supplemental coverage where the monthly premiums are less expensive, and even the co-pay/deductibles seem reasonable, but then there is what is termed “excess charges” which may or may not be an issue. However, just that possibility may be a cause of stress for some.

        I have to remember that the concerns for the elderly who are on a fixed income and whose health concerns are a 100% reality are different than those who may have a steady income or who have another source of income/support, or whose health concerns are a small probability in their minds. For my mother, taking into consideration the other plan options and given her medical condition, the Plan F is the way to go. For her, the peace of mind/lack of stress is worth the cost of the monthly premiums.

        As the ACA is fully implemented, and depending on what concerns and issues seniors may raise, may supplemental coverage will be addressed in the future.

        The input and information I received from TODers was helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!

        • 39 57andfemale
          September 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

          You make a really good point: health care affordability and concerns for seniors are very different than the general public.

          I thought that the supplemental plans had to be identical within their ‘letter’ designations. I’m wondering if premiums vary because of location, population, etc. I do not know if an Aetna plan has to cost the exact same as a BCBS plan. I believe the coverage, co-pays, deductibles are set in stone. I don’t think that has changed.

          Hubby will stick with the Advantage plan while I compare ACA plans for myself this fall. As the subsidies are reduced for these plans, I’m sure we will be considering and analyzing the supplemental plans as well.

          • September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

            “I thought the supplemental plans had to be identical within their ‘letter’ designations. ”

            From the plans I’ve looked at (BCBS, United Health Care, and Aetna), the plans seem to be identical. According to http://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/compare-medigap/compare-medigap.html :

            Medigap policies are standardized – Every Medigap policy must follow federal and state laws designed to protect you, and it must be clearly identified as “Medicare Supplement Insurance.” Insurance companies can sell you only a “standardized” policy identified in most states by letters.

            Each insurance company decides which Medigap policies it wants to sell, although state laws might affect which ones they offer. Insurance companies that sell Medigap policies:

            Don’t have to offer every Medigap plan
            Must offer Medigap Plan A if they offer any Medigap policy
            Must also offer Plan C or Plan F if they offer any plan

            Insurance companies may charge different premiums for the same exact policy ( http://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/medigap/costs/medigap-plan-costs.html ) . As you assume, rates also seem to based on location, age, and gender.

    • 43 utaustinliberal
      September 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thanks! Have a good day too.

  10. 44 amk for obama
    September 19, 2013 at 9:33 am
  11. 45 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/18/georgia-repub-complains-im-stuck-here-making-172000-a-year/

    A Georgia Republican congressman was caught complaining about what he described as a low salary in a closed-door meeting with fellow party members concerning the Affordable Care Act, the National Review reported.

    During a discussion concerning a possible exemption for lawmakers and staff members from taking part in the state health exchanges mandated by the new law, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) reportedly lamented that aides can become lobbyists “and make 500,000 a year. Meanwhile I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.”

    Poor Phil. Poor, poor Phil. Only $172,000 a year for sitting on his ass and doing nothing…..

  12. 49 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 9:35 am
  13. 50 africa
    September 19, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • 51 Ladyhawke
      September 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Just about every economic indicate is showing some signs of improvement. But in the meantime our feckless media is talking about a GOP induced government shutdown and potential default as if it’s just what happens these days. We are going full speed down the rabbit hole.

  14. 53 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Like I said before, the idiots are afraid it WILL work (and it already has!) not that it won’t!

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/it-all-comes-down-to-obamacare.html

    • 54 ericfive
      September 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

      That has always been the GOP’s fear. That is why their objections to the law are based on lies. The ACA had a test run in Mass. when then Gov. Romney implemented it, and it continues to work well there. The GOP (and their corporate and ownership class patrons) are only concerned about the taxes they pay. They want to shrink gov’t and reduce gov’t entitlements so their taxes can be reduced. They use the racial anxiety stirred by PBO’s election, to motivate their hateful and self-defeating “base” to fight for the interests of the 1%. They use the MSM (which is controled by their corporate patrons) to keep the heat off the GOP, keep their base ignorant/angry and demoralize democrats into not voting (see 2010 midterms). Seeing the current situation through this prism enables one to see the games being played and nullifies the effects of the propaganda we are subjected to on a daily basis. My hope is that more and more citizens (especially democrats) will begin to SEE what is going on, get righteously angry and vote these evil GOP bastards out of office in 2014.

  15. 55 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    As many of you know, who have been reading my comments, I consider myself a Christian with a deep and abiding faith. Obviously, again, you would know that I view many of the Christians on the Right to be CINOs, specially when they say that the government should not be taking care of the poor and disadvantaged, that the Bible talks about individuals doing charitable work and to keep the government out of it.

    However, I don’t see myself as being real good at explaining where they are wrong from a Biblical standpoint but there is someone who is. His name is Jim Wallis (I know many of you have probably ehard him on The Bill Press Show or Stephanie Miller. Well, I came across an article he wrote just over a year ago which I think tells it all, from a Christian (and Jewish) point of view. If you ever have discussions with RW Christians, you might want to use this to back you up.

    http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/08/30/caring-poor-governments-biblical-role

    Final paragraph:

    The radically anti-government ideology of the current right wing Tea Party ideology is simply contrary to a more biblical view of government, the need for checks and balances, the sinfulness of too much concentrated power in either the government or the market, the responsibilities we have for our neighbor and the God-ordained purposes of government — in addition to the churches — in serving the common good and, in particular, to protect the poor.

    • 56 ericfive
      September 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I often find myself thinking that the worldview of many of the GOP “Christians” more closely resembles the views of Satanists, than anything Jesus Christ taught. Their obsession with material wealth, hatred of the poor, hatred of the “Other”, blatant racism and selfishness seems closer to the views of a devil as opposed to those of an angel. Jesus Christ did not tell his followers to worship the rich, which is the basic message I get from the GOP “Christians”. Democrats’ (at least professed) concern for the less fortunate has always seemed closer to the Christian ideal. Religion has a long history of being perverted to pacify the powerless and justify the excesses of the powerful. For example, the Christian bible has been used to justify the enslavement of Africans, hatred of homosexuals and domination of women. Today, it seems, the GOP has further perverted the religion into one that equates wealth with godliness and poverty with sin (which is the direct opposite of what Jesus taught his followers).

  16. September 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My husband and I were having a discussion this morning about elections, and specifically the 2014 elections. It came about because I had mentioned how our State Insurance Commissioner had come up with this requirement for health navigators to pass the state test required for insurance agents as a way of trying to obstruct implementation of the ACA. Bottom line is that the people in state offices can greatly impact how (or whether) federal laws are enforced and how federal funds are applied. That’s why the elections where state and local officials are voted in are just as important as the Presidential elections.

    He made an observation that Tea Party-ers are probably more interested in these state elections because that’s where they can really wreak havoc. Consider the laws put in place and the redistricting that has occurred to suppress the vote. Consider how stimulus money and other federal funds are applied (or not). Consider which states are working so hard to TRY to make it difficult to implement Obamacare.

    So while we need to “cleanse” the House and the Senate of TP-RWNJ’s, we also need to look very hard at their infiltration at the state and local levels.

  17. 59 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    awww, Ambassador Bo is quite the diplomat. He makes everybody melt.

  18. 60 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 39m
    New *Republican* poll finds independents in key districts tilt SHARPLY againt GOP sabotage of Obamacare: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/19/the-morning-plum-panic-sets-in-among-gop-elites/
    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    Cheezy Puffs, please!

  19. 61 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I notice that Richard Wolfe has been quiet today about his book…hasn’t tweeted or retweeted anything in the last 17 hrs. Either he’s traveling, ill, or reflecting on some of the push back he got on Twitter yesterday. I asked him yesterday when is he going to write a book about the dysfunctional Romney campaign and give us some “revelations” about why Romney refused to released more than one full year of tax returns – still waiting for an answer.

    • 62 Ladyhawke
      September 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I like your style HF. You have no idea the joy I feel each time I see the tweets from you and the rest of the TOD Truth Team challenging, debunking and pushing back on the nonsense from the likes of Chuck Todd and Richard Wolfe. I was wondering why RW had turned so so negative against PBO. I should have known it was related to a book deal. Keeping the media honest has never been more gratifying. The TOD Truth Team does not play. Each tweet pokes a hole in the media firewall.

      • 63 hopefruit2
        September 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

        I think the fact that there were so many people vowing NOT to buy the book (including those who enthusiastically supported his first book – Renegade) gave Wolfe pause…

        Also, people told him quite directly that that they disliked MSNBC’s hostile tone towards our President while giving the GOP a pass on their destructive behavior.

  20. 64 JER
    September 19, 2013 at 10:11 am
  21. 67 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    In the National Review??? Really?

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/358914/food-stamps-thought-henry-olsen

    The conservative war on food stamps is the most baffling political move of the year. Conservatives have suffered for years from the stereotype that they are heartless Scrooge McDucks more concerned with our money than other people’s lives. Yet in this case, conservatives make the taking of food from the mouths of the genuinely hungry a top priority. What gives? And why are conservatives overlooking a far more egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars in the farm bill?

    snip/

    The problem with the war on food stamps is that there’s one subsidy program in the farm bill that promotes greater dependency than food stamps and is growing just as fast: government-financed crop insurance. Yet conservatives say virtually nothing about this bailout of the rich and focus their ire on payments to the poor.

    • 68 FayPax
      September 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      When they separated food stamps from the Farm Bill, we knew this was coming. It’s a 21st century gilded age.
      I talked to someone in New York who told me in order to receive food stamps, she had to be fingerprinted! I can’t take it!

    • September 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

      And this Scrooge-like Republican attitude has got to be used in every Democratic candidates campaign ads next year. Pound it home. Even the Egyptian pharaohs knew enough to feed the poor. When they stopped doing that, their dynasties ended.

    • 71 ericfive
      September 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      The GOP’s rich donors are royally pissed that their taxes have gone up under PBO. Add to that the feeling many of them have that the ACA is wealth redistribution writ large and you have the impetus for the war on the poor/class warfare we are witnessing. Since social programs like food stamps have been racialized (despite the fact that more whites receive food stamps than black people), it makes for an easy target (nothing unites the GOP base like the prospect of hurting minorities). The MSM does all it can to refute reality and make poor white people the “invisible” men, women and children of the 21 century. Racializing poverty (i.e. pretending that only minorities are poor), makes such hateful and evil tactics more acceptable to the country at large. This is also the GOP’s way of punishing the poor minorities who dared to vote for PBO in 2012 (this also explains the GOP’s anger towards women, who made up a large segment of the Obama coalition). The war on the poor, war on women and war on minority voting rights are all punishment or payback for reelecting PBO.

  22. 72 Vicki
    September 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    A Better World is possible.
    We elected and re-elected PBO.
    We avoided war with Syria.
    Iran’s president says “War is weakness and happy Rosh Hashanah.”
    The new Pope says re: homosexuality, “Who am I to judge?”
    Bill deBlasio will be the next Mayor of NYC.
    12 more days, Twelve more days and ACA signup is here.
    In the best case, a budget deal is reached that ends the Sequester.
    Maintain optimism, that is how we defeat MSM/GOP/TP

  23. 76 Linda
    September 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Amb. Pickering and Adm. Mullen are giving their opening statements at the Benghazi ( yawn ) hearing on c-span 3.

  24. September 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I have a question for you brainiacs here (I don’t trust any other source). Is congress and their staffers exempt from some of the provisions of Obamacare? Forbes says they are, others say they are not.

    • 78 Linda
      September 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

      As far as I know…they are not exempt …they will choose from the exchange like all the rest.

      Did Forbes mention which provisions ?

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Jackie4O – Congress and their staffers have always been covered by the federal employees health benefits plan, like all employees and retirees. They contribute to the costs, depending on which health care insurance company they go with, as does their employer (we the taxpayers). I think this week the House was trying to exempt themselves from Obamacare, and I think Harry Reid was chastising them for hurting their staffers like that. But I was only slightly paying attention, because I was under the impression it would never get past the Senate, even if it did get out of the House. Not sure, in any event.

    • September 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Here”s how I got it. In ACA companies can continue to subsidize employee health care insurance costs. That’s pretty much as it is today for companies who offer subsidized health insurance. Somehow, during the drafting of ACA government employees were left out of being subsidized by their employer (the fed government). I think this was in an attempt to appease a ‘Pub concern. Anyway, once it was apparent that the staffers (gov workers) should have the same choices, a provision was put in place to give them an option to go the employer subsidy route, and not be bound to only choosing from exchanges. So they’re not exempt, they just get to choose, like the rest of working folks whose companies provide health care. This is how I understand it, but will stand corrected if I’m off on this.

      • September 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        Thank you all for your responses. My son, an avid Obama supporter, was upset last night because of a report that Congress gets special concessions. This explains it perfectly. Thank you again.

  25. 84 desertflower
    September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

    WTH!!!

    GOP Lawmaker Claims ‘Nothing Happens’ if U.S. Defaults
    Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told Politico that “nothing happens” if the debt ceiling is reached.

    Said Fleming: “Technically, it’s not possible to default because there’s always enough revenue to cover the interest. If we defaulted it was because the president chose to default, not because we ran out of money.”

    Are they really this stupid, or do they think WE ARE???

    • 85 Linda
      September 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Fleming is one of those Congressmen that whine about their income. He whined that after expenses ( he has a business ) that he only had $400,000.00 left to feed his family…..

      Carol Jansing just show the clip of her interview when he said it.

    • 86 57andfemale
      September 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      They ARE this stupid. When Boehner brought in conservative economists to explain how the debt ceiling works during the last crisis, the tea party caucus laughed at them. It was horrifying.

      I blame John McCain for unleashing this tea party horror in elected positions. By saying Sarah Palin was qualified, he poked this hornet’s nest and we now have legislatures from small towns to the halls of the U.S. Congress who are batshit crazy and stone stupid.

      Of course, if enough Democrats bothered to vote the true majority of America would be choosing its elected officials.

  26. 87 FayPax
    September 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Oh hell! If it’s not the doorbell, it’s the telephone. Hold your thoughts until I get back. :)

  27. 91 Jovie
    September 19, 2013 at 10:26 am
  28. September 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

    County board bans ‘Invisible Man’ from school libraries
    By Kathi Keys

    kkeys@courier-tribune.com

    RAMSEUR — “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison is banned from the shelves of Randolph County Schools libraries.

    By a 5-2 margin, the Randolph County Board of Education voted Monday night, at its regular meeting held at Eastern Randolph High School, to remove all copies of the book from school libraries.

    The action stems from a Randleman High School parent’s complaint about the book. Committees at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed.

    Voting in favor of the ban were Board Chair Tommy McDonald and members Tracy Boyles, Gary Cook, Matthew Lambeth and Gary Mason. Voting against the action were Board Vice Chair Emily Coltrane and member Todd Cutler who both first introduced a motion to keep the book in the schools. This first motion was defeated by a 2-5 vote.

    The book, originally published in 1952, addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the first half of the 20th century.

    It was one of three books from which rising Randleman High School juniors could choose for summer reading for the 2013-14 school year. The others on the list were “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin and “Passing” by Nella Larsen; honors students had to choose two books.

    There was little discussion after the board was presented with the Central Services Committee recommendation concerning the parent’s complaint about the book. All board members had been supplied with copies of the book last month to read.

    McDonald asked if everyone had read the book, stating, “It was a hard read.”

    Mason said, “I didn’t find any literary value.” He also objected to the language in the book. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”

    http://courier-tribune.com/sections/news/local/county-board-bans-%E2%80%98invisible-man%E2%80%99-school-libraries.html

    • 93 utaustinliberal
      September 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

      They’re all insane. It’s one of the most important literary works of our time.

      A mind truly is a terrible thing to waste.

      • September 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

        UT, I hope the banning means people will run to order the book online or get it from the public library. If something is banned, you really want to read it. Hope the book stores sell out and the public library copies become hot items.

      • 95 ericfive
        September 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        They are not insane. It is the continued “whitewashing” of American history. In Texas they are changing history books to be more sympathetic to the confederacy’s P.O.V. during the Civil War, among other changes. Since Texas is such a large state, other states will be forced to use these whitewashed history books.

    • September 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I guess with Arizona schools banning Paolo Freire’s _Pedagogy of the Oppressed_ and entirely Latino studies, TX Board of Education minimizing slave trade history, MLK & Thomas Jefferson, it’s not surprising NC county decides to ban classic books. Tragic

  29. 98 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 10:31 am
  30. 99 Linda
    September 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

    It appears they are voting on gutting the SNAP program today. Yesterday they were still trying to Whip the votes and came up short.

    • 100 utaustinliberal
      September 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

      If only these conscienceless Republicans could spend a year in the life of a SNAP recipient and feel what it really is like to walk in their shoes.

      • 101 Linda
        September 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

        Rep Andy Harris – R Maryland just said that 10 % of the ‘STORES’ are committing fraud therefore they must cut the program by 5 %.

        So…punish the needy instead of going after the stores ?

  31. September 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

    SENATE DEMS UNITED AGAINST HOUSE GOP DEFUNDING PLAN? One key question will be whether any red state Dem Senators waver in their opposition to the new House GOP scheme to temporarily fund the government while defunding the health law. Here’s Chuck Schumer:

    “We are completely united on this issue. We’re not defunding ObamaCare and we’re not negotiating on the debt ceiling…If they think we’re going to back off, they’re wrong, they’re on a different planet.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/19/the-morning-plum-panic-sets-in-among-gop-elites/

  32. September 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Reminder:

    11:0 AM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Meeting of his Export Council

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  33. 105 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    BOB CESCA WEEKLY PODCAST

    The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 9/18/13

    ———————————————

    Shake and Bake: The Navy Yard Massacre; The Background Check System is Broken; The Same Old Script Isn’t Working; Is Gun Control Dead; Alex Jones and Everything is a False Flag; Chuck Todd Says It’s Not His Job To Correct GOP Lies; Michelle Obama Promotes Drinking Water; Rush Limbaugh Comes Out Against Water; John Cusack’s Sappy Hagiography of Greenwald et al; and much more.

    The Angry Black Lady, Imani Gandy, will be our guest on next week’s show! Be there!

    —————————————————-

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/09/the-bubble-genius-bob-chez-show-91813.html

  34. 106 vcprezofan2
    September 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Well lookee who is going to be in my backyard!!! Anyone thinks I can pretend to be a member of the Young Leadership group?

    http://david-axelrod-reena-live.eventbrite.ca/

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I’d never heard of the Reena Foundation before this, so I read further down the invitation.

      “What is Reena?

      Reena is a non-profit social service agency dedicated to helping children, adults and senior citizens with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential and to become integrated into the mainstream of society.

      This event is organized by Reena Foundation, the fundraising arm of Reena.”

      I hope he gets a good turnout. It would have been nice to be able to ask him why there is no mechanism to remove non-performing representatives, especially when they have plotted, and are clearly plotting, to disrupt the government.

  35. 108 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    ‘HOSTAGES HAVE BECOME A PREREQUISITE FOR REPUBLICAN GOVERNANCE’

    Coming to terms with the normalization of extortion

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————————-

    It hasn’t generated much attention, but it’s important to understand why. GOP lawmakers couldn’t go to the negotiating table because that would mean … negotiating. Republicans weren’t prepared to compromise on anything, so why bother with budget talks? What GOP officials wanted instead was to wait until the fall when they might at least try to claim leverage in an extortion plot.

    In other words, hostages have become a prerequisite to Republican governance.
    .
    .
    So before the Beltway gets too bent out of shape over Obama using the word “extort” in a speech, I have a question: can anyone think of a more apt description of what’s tragically become the new status quo in Washington?

    —————————————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/19/20579229-coming-to-terms-with-the-normalization-of-extortion-politics

  36. 109 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Twitter has created a troll imposter account @BarackObama_06 and sending out tweets. For example, here

    Please block and report.

  37. 112 dotster3
    September 19, 2013 at 11:09 am
  38. 113 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 11:10 am
  39. September 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Those who get ‘stuck’ making $172,000 a year
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:07 AM EDT

    When we think of Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), who’s currently running for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Georgia, we tend to think of his far-right social conservatism. It was, for example, Gingrey who expressed support for Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. More recently, the Republican congressman, while arguing in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, called for children to take classes on traditional gender roles because fathers are “a little bit better” at some things than mothers.

    As it turns out, though, Gingrey is capable of offending people while addressing economic issues, too.

    Woe is Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, who bemoaned in a closed-door meeting this morning that he’s “stuck” making a paltry $172,000 a year in Congress…. Capitol Hill aides can go work for a lobby shop and make $500,000, the congressman said, according to National Review’s Jonathan Strong. “Meanwhile I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.” [...]

    Some of Gingrey’s fellow lawmakers were “incensed” by the remark, hence the leak to Strong, but the comment probably won’t help the GOP’s problems of being perceived as a party exclusively for the wealthy.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/19/20578387-those-who-get-stuck-making-172000-a-year?lite

  40. September 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Live now:

    President Obama speaking at the meeting of his Export Council

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  41. 117 JER
    September 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    President Obama is speaking now.

  42. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    UT – That was so funny to see my tweet up there with the big boys’ and girls’ tweets. I gotta get off this glory train, and go back to keepin’ a low profile!

    Mornin’.

  43. 122 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Senator McCain’s letter is very difficult to track down inside Russia, as Steve Rosenberg reports

    John McCain takes aim at Putin in Russian press

    ———————————————-

    While Mr Putin’s article appeared in one of the United States’s most respected newspapers, the BBC’s Steven Rosenberg in Moscow reports that Russians will not be able to pick up a copy of Mr McCain’s piece at their newsstands.

    Pravda, the article’s publisher, is largely confined to online publishing and is unrelated to the scaled-down newspaper which once reached millions as the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party during the Soviet era.

    ——————————————————–

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24158482

  44. 123 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

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