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Rise and Shine

On This Day: On a Saturday, the President listens during a conference call in the Situation Room on the Middle East negotiations, Sept. 25, 2010 (Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern):

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:45: President Obama holds a call with mayors, county officials, and state legislators on the Affordable Care Act

8:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at Clinton Global Citizen Awards

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USA Today: Obama’s day: More health care

President Obama spends Wednesday maintaining his new health care push and monitoring the budget dispute that centers on the same plan.

In the afternoon, Obama holds a conference call with mayors, county officials, and state legislators, pushing the health care plan that faces a pivotal moment.

The president will urge these local officials to urge their constituents to sign up for health care exchanges that open Tuesday. These exchanges are essential to the financing of the health care plan.

More here

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ThinkProgress: New Report: For 95% Of Americans, Obamacare Will Cost Much Less Than Expected

When uninsured Americans begin enrolling in Obamacare’s new health care exchanges on Oct. 1, the overwhelming majority — 95 percent — will face health care premiums that are 16 percent lower, on average, than the government had previously projected, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Obama administration.

In the 36 states where the federal government supports or fully runs the Health Insurance Marketplace, a 27-year old who does not qualify for tax credits will pay, on average, $163 for a plan that covers approximately 60 percent of health care expenses (a so-called bronze-level plan), while a 27-year-old with an income of $25,000 could pay $83 dollars per-month after subsidies. Individuals up to 30 years old will also have the option of buying cheaper catastrophic coverage outside of the marketplaces, though they will not qualify for subsidies. A family of four in Texas with an income of $50,000 would pay as little as “$57 per month for the lowest bronze plan after tax credits,” the report finds.

More here

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NBC: $11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government’s new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.

A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a more generous “silver” plan, the Health and Human Services Department estimates.

And, on average, people will have more than 50 different health plans to choose from if they live in states where the federal government is running the exchanges, HHS says in a report issued Wednesday.

More here

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By Japa:

There is something missing in talking about ObamaCare and I think it is relevant. I am talking about actual cost of healthcare to consumers from a different perspective. In the actual post it talks about a bronze plan, which would cover 60% of charges. Now people might think that 40% is still a lot to pay, but we need to look at the baseline.

Let’s say a person has a $10,000 hospital bill, which isn’t hard to rack up nowadays, if they are uninsured. So they owe $10,000, right. Now let’s say they have the bronze coverage which pays at 60%. So they owe $4,000, right? Wrong.

All the payers have contracts with the different facilities and, in general, those contracts will average from 40%-50% below that regular billed charge. So that $10,000 bill is now reduced to (at the higher end) $6,000. After payment of 60% the individual has a bill for $2,400, significantly less that the $4,000 they might think they would owe.

As the plan level increases, the amount due shrinks drastically.

What does all this mean? The overall cost of health care shrinks as well.

The same applies to doctor visits and a whole host of other services, including prescriptions. And this last is very important.

Because, for the noninsured, prescriptions can be too costly, they do not buy them, which actually, over time, significantly increases cost of care, as well as other things, such as lost work time, loss of productivity, reduced income, therefore reduced money going into the economy.

These are the types of things that I don’t hear being discussed a lot.

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Michael Tomasky: Obama’s U.N. Speech

The Iran section will get the most press, and for understandable reasons: he publicly directed John Kerry to start talking with Iran and President Hassan Rouhani. That’s new and bold and risky, and he should be applauded for it….

…. What interested me even more …. he said that the danger is not that the United States is these days too aggressively interventionist or imperialist. Rather, he said, the “danger” (yes, danger) is that a war-weary United States may “disengage,” leaving a “vacuum” in global affairs that would be filled by others.

…. I kind of liked hearing this, although I doubt most liberals did. But it’s the right posture. One of Obama’s biggest historical jobs is to persuade the American public after Iraq and Afghanistan (as soon as Afghanistan is over, that is) that retreat from a global role, which is not a euphemism for military action but includes active and aggressive diplomacy, would be a grave error….

Full post here

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Steve Benen: At the intersection of self-defeating and self-aggrandizing

The last time I checked, Sen. Ted Cruz was still on the Senate floor, taking his pointless talk-a-thon past the 16-hour mark. I don’t doubt that the far-right Texan is pleased with himself – Cruz loves both attention and the sound of his own voice, and this spectacle offers both – though I can’t help but wonder if the Republican realizes the extent to which he’s undermining his own supposed cause.

Even on the surface, Cruz’s marathon session is without meaningful purpose. Is he blocking a vote on a bill? No. Is he persuading skeptics to reconsider their position? No. Is he making a powerful policy argument? No, he’s barely talking about policy at all. Rather, this is about Ted Cruz hosting a lengthy and high-profile celebration of Ted Cruz….

More here

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NYT Editorial: The Embarrassment of Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the public face of the aimless and self-destructive Tea Party strategy to stop health care reform, began an endless floor speech on Tuesday with the theme of “make D.C. listen.” But even his Republican colleagues had long since stopped paying attention to his corrosive bombast, tired of his pious insults to his own party and unimpressed with his eagerness to shut down the government in pursuit of an ideological dream.

….In just the first hour of his speech, Mr. Cruz said his fellow senators were no more sincere than professional wrestlers and that accepting the health law was like appeasing the Nazis. His own goal of tearing down the law, he said, was a dream on par with President John F. Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon. This combination of grandiosity and pure nastiness helps explain why the senator has become the least popular man in Washington.

Full editorial here

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Spandan (The People’s View): Timing is Everything: How Ted Cruz’s Government Shutdown Gambit is Helping Democrats

Ted Cruz is conducting a talk-a-thon on the Senate floor, hoping to force his colleagues to defund Affordable Care Act as condition to keep the government running beyond September 30. But Republicans in the Senate are abandoning Ted Cruz and the Tea Party like the plague. And Ted Cruz’s tactics are actually playing out in the Democrats’ favor.

More here

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Line of the year?

Charles Pierce on Ted Cruz:

“This is like taking a history class from Abbott and Costello.”

See post here

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By Bobfr:

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WH: Senate Votes to Confirm Todd Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

This afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Like all of the President’s judicial nominees, Hughes has the intellect, experience, integrity, and temperament to be a successful judge. He is also gay.

The United States Courts of Appeals are the second-highest courts in the nation – a level just below the Supreme Court – and there has never been an openly gay judge to serve on a Court of Appeals until now.  Hughes’s historic confirmation is yet another “first” among President Obama’s federal judges.  Many of the President’s circuit judges have broken new diversity barriers – including three Hispanic, two Asian American, and one African American — who are “firsts” in their respective courts.

More here

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NYT: Michelle Obama Visits Studio Museum in Harlem

As President Obama attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the first lady, Michelle Obama, hosted an event for dozens of the spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The event included her own tour of the museum, performances by Audra McDonald, the Dance Theater of Harlem and students from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, as well as a luncheon at which Mrs. Obama spoke. Her remarks focused on the importance of the arts in Harlem in expressing the complexity and struggle of African-Americans; she also spoke of the importance of education everywhere.

“There’s a reason why I wanted to bring you all to Harlem today and that is because this community is infused with the kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American but that has also touched so many people around the world,” she said, citing artists including Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, Aaron Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ella Fitzgerald. She read from the Hughes poem “Dreams”: “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

More here

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In case you missed it, toooooooo funny:

‘Ari Fleischer’s Attack on the Might of Obama’s Twitter Account Hilariously Backfires’

Mediaite

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MoooOOOooorning everyone! We’ll have a very wonderful post by UT on Obamacare later today.


129 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 6 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I’ve risen and I am shining and thank God President Obama is my president. And I love that picture!!

  2. 7 africa
    September 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Egg splatter truly deserving for Mr. Fleischer, who happens to have an acute case of Obsessive Obama Derangement Syndrome. And like someone reminded me yesterday, #Obamacare has the cure.

  3. September 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Goooood moooorning all you O’s!!!! It’s a great getting up day in TODville!!! It’s a chilly morning in my part of TODdy town, but wow did I warm up after seeing that pic that heads this rise and shine thread.

  4. 11 anniebella
    September 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I’m so glad FLOTUS chose Harlem to show to the other First Ladies of the world. And i loved the picture of the reaction from the young dancers who met FLOTUS. I can imagine they went home and didn’t stop talking. Knowing FLOTUS she will invite them to the WH.

    • 12 anniebella
      September 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Michelle Obama calls Harlem a Cultural Gem.

      • 13 LDS
        September 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        Annibella, she is so right!
        Every community in NY has its own flavor.
        Of course, every one of us thinks ours is the best. And that is what so unique about the whole thing. I cannot begin to tell you that every block within each community has its own flavor. It is so much to see, hear….yes, smell. And when you need to get away from it all and think out loud. There is Central Park drawing you to come and take a load off.
        The conversations with the taxi drivers are more than just a ride. You share things with a total stranger you may never ever see again.
        Let me stop. I am in a NY state of mind. I was talking about Harlem……

  5. 14 desertflower
    September 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Morning everyone! Not to pile on (ok…I think we really SHOULD pile on!) Bob Cesca’s piece on Cruz is a good read today:)

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/09/ted-cruzs-filibuster-to-de-fund-obamacare-included-death-panels-nazi-references-and-dr-seuss/

    Lovely morning here….THIS is what we live for in PHX…..cool mornings and evenings. Delightful!

  6. 17 57andfemale
    September 25, 2013 at 9:51 am
  7. 18 mtmarilyn
    September 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good morning TODbots. It’s hump day. Another great R&S. So much news. Yesterday was an amazing day. Watching our President and Ted Cruz in the same day is really seeing the smart and the dumb.

    Jovie, my prayers are with you. Grief is so personal. Know you aren’t alone.

    Off to a busy day.

  8. 21 99ts
    September 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hi everyone – talking to myself elsewhere – as usual.

    When the superstorm hit New Jersey and other NE states the media talked of little else – and the politicians talked of nothing else – yet the floods in Colorado seem to get no voice at all – or not that I have seen. Have they asked for recovery assistance? Will congress even think about voting some funding as they did for New Jersey? Having lived through floods the help needed is massive – it seems, as usual, the GOP has a one track mind & attacking the health care via no funding/debt limit blackmail is all they will do at the minute.

    It appears that the administration carries on regardless – purely through the force of their commitment to the country and the leadership of PBO.

    • 22 FayPax
      September 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

      You’re so right 99ts. Did we ever find out what happened after the fertilizer plant in Texas that blew up an entire town? Or what about the oil spill in Arkansas that drove people from their homes? The media has a one track mind, as well.

      • 23 99ts
        September 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

        Hi FayPax – I saw your good morning on the early bird thread. Wanted to respond – but what you said was so perfect any reply would seem inadequate.

        I did see somewhere that Fed assistance for the fertilizer town was refused – because it wasn’t a natural disaster – the company has obviously gone broke – and absolutely nothing heard about the people. Like the unemployed and the working poor they seem to become collateral damage – no rich guy lobbying for them, wonder what theri congress critters are doing.

    • September 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I can’t find the tweet (think it may have been posted on TOD a few days ago) that pictures 4 Colorado reps who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief but are now clamoring for public aid because of the stunning damage in the wake of the recent floods.

      I’m sure you’re more up to speed on this positive development closer to your home:

      Lastly, don’t know if you saw this pic of Ayers rock from space. Love it.

      • 25 99ts
        September 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

        I did see the tweet Arapaho – but then nothing – no debate in congress – no discussion nothing. Seems if you are going to be part of a natural disaster, make sure it is NOT during a GOP “defund the government” time of year. I would love to think it is all happening with no fuss and bother – fingers crossed.

        The new Oz government – one disaster after another. The PM who hates women has made himself the Minister for Women’s issues, he has killed off science, climate studies and carbon taxing. The indigenous Australians are aghast at the 10 pages of platitudes and half baked ideas released as policy. He intends (I think) to reduce company taxes. The absolute WORST however, is that he is taking a leaf from GWB’s book and is hiding any information about refugees in leaky boats being sent from our shores to jails on neighboring islands. His government has great plans to “stop the boat people” but it seems they will simply stop anyone finding out about the “boat people”.

        And Uluru is not called Ayer’s Rock in this part of the world any more – well, not by anyone who matters.

        • September 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

          Wow.

          I’ve seen mention of how conservative Abbott is, but he sounds downright Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin territory.

          I hate seeing humanity caught up in fanatic bigotry like what you mentioned about Australia’s “boat people” policy.

          As for Uluru, I’m in agreement in using original names for landmarks, just sometimes have a spelling problem. LOL.

          • 27 99ts
            September 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

            I’ve no idea if I spell it correctly – usually just have to say it. I’ve been to Alice but not to Uluru – only way was to fly in/stay overnight & very expensive – so I look at pictures.

            Australia is a nation of immigrants & like the US – we do not treat 21st century immigrants kindly. If we are going to join wars far from home, we need to see the consequences of uprooting people from their lands and families – not hide from reality.

        • September 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

          So knowing Abbott’s wackiness, why did Aussies vote for the party? Masochists much?

          • 29 99ts
            September 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

            Why do Americans vote for the GOP?? The labor party was in disarray with the Rudd/Gillard infighting – Abbott & co made a lot of promises they are not going to keep – old white folks (this one excepted) think the unemployed/others on benefits are “living on our taxes. The later is such a joke – the majority of retirees in Australia do not pay any taxes. There is alot of hate for the refugees who arrive on out doorstep – Abbott said he would stop them coming. (In his dreams)

            And who knows zizi – in my world people vote out governments, rather than vote in the other side. The infighting and collapse of some of the labor initiatives over the past 6 years got them voted out. I have many close relatives who voted for the rightwing coalition and complain about taxes – sad.

  9. 30 anniebella
    September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    So some of the white media is just beginning to see that the hatred toward President Obama and First Lady Obama by those Tea Party Republicans is all about racism. What !!!! I’m shock. They knew it all along they just refuse to admit it. I know how Bill and Hillary were treated, but this is worse. And no need of lying to anyone. But despite it all, I am proud of my President and my First Lady.

    • 31 FayPax
      September 25, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Hi Anniebella. I’m thrilled if you’re right. Please share why you reached the conclusion that the media is finally recognizing racism.

      • 32 anniebella
        September 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

        Cokie Roberts was on Morning Joke and she made the comment, you know Morning Joke disagreed with her. But I guess I should have said one or two. But I am one who believe the media knows this but they refuse to call it for what it is, racism from the Tea Party Republicans.

  10. 34 japa21
    September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    GM all. There is something missing in talking about ObamaCare and I think it is relevant. I am talking about actual cost of healthcare to consumers from a different perspective. In the actual post it talks about a bronze plan, which would cover 60% of charges. Now people might think that 40% is still a lot to pay, but we need to look at the baseline.

    Let’s say a person has a $10,000 hospital bill, which isn’t hard to rack up nowadays, if they are uninsured. So they owe $10,000, right. Now let’s say they have the bronze coverage which pays at 60%. So they owe $4,000, right? Wrong.

    All the payers have contracts with the different facilities and, in general, those contracts will average from 40%-50% below that regular billed charge. So that $10,000 bill is now reduced to (at the higher end) $6,000. After payment of 60% the individual has a bill for $2,400, significantloy less that the $4,000 they might think they would owe.

    As the plan level increases, the amount due shrinks drastically.

    What does all this mean? The overall cost of health care shrinks as well.

    The same applies to doctor visits and a whole host of other services, including prescriptions. And this last is very important.

    Because, for the noninsured, prescriptions can be too costly, they do not buy them, which actually, over time, significantly increases cost of care, as well as other things, such as lost work time, loss of productivity, reduced income, therefore reduced money going into the economy.

    These are the types of things that I don’t hear being diswcussed a lot.

    • September 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Added that to the post Japa, too good to get lost in here!

    • 38 57andfemale
      September 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Excellent explanation.

      I am appalled at the lack of understanding of even intelligent people concerning real health care costs. When I needed cataract surgery that could not be put off, I had to shop around for a doctor who would give the me same price as the ‘insurance discount’. I found a good doctor and was pleased with the results. But the other quotes I got were 2, 3 times as much because I was uninsured.

      A lot of this is, of course, a scam on the American people. These costs are artificially inflated and the health care industry has no controls in the U.S., as it does in all other first world nations.

      When my husband and dogs were attacked by a pit bull and bull dog, I took my husband to the E.R. Our one dog was the one who sustained serious injury, but at 70 years old I wanted my husband, who had been dragged along the sidewalk with our dog between him and the pit bull, to go to the E.R. My husband is in a Medicare Advantage plan, but the same issues would apply to Medicare and supplementals.

      We paid $50 for E.R., per his plan. Here’s how the bill read: $2,000 for E.R., cleaning of scrapes and x-ray of knees. “Humana discount/adjustment: $1,500. Paid by Humana: $450. Paid by us: $50.

      What is the actual cost of the service? $500, which seems reasonable.

      If it had been me walking the dogs that day, I would have received a bill for $2,000.

      Of course if I’d been walking the dogs that day, that pit bull would have ripped me apart. I am forever deeply grateful that my husband got everyone to our front door.

      • 39 57andfemale
        September 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Speaking of lack of understanding about health care costs: a good friend is on the same asthma med as I am. “It costs $20,” she said. I said, “No, it costs $310.”

        “No, it doesn’t. It only costs $20.”

        “Do you understand that your insurance company is paying the difference between the actual cost of the medication and that $20 is your co-pay?”

        “What?”

        Sigh.

    • 40 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks, I just forwarded this to my email list and especially a friend who is giving OCare presentations at her church.

  11. 42 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

    REPUBLICANS LOOK FOOLISH

    Texas senator is Cruz-ing for a bruising

    By Dana Milbank

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    A couple of hours before Sen. Ted Cruz launched his doomed filibuster, his Republican colleagues staged an intervention.

    They called him to the Strom Thurmond Room off the Senate floor, named after the late lawmaker who was famous for his filibusters against civil rights. They pleaded with their junior colleague to reconsider his plan to block a vote on legislation that would keep the government open. The filibuster, ostensibly in opposition to Obamacare, would do nothing to halt the hated health-care reforms, they said. It would make Republicans look foolish. It would leave House Republicans with too little time to avoid a shutdown. And it could cause Republicans to be blamed for that shutdown.

    Cruz heard them out and then told them to take a hike. “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” he announced as he launched his marathon filibuster.

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-ted-cruz-is-filibusted/2013/09/24/d358168a-2551-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  12. September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Morning all. Love the egg splatter face. It belongs on the face of Ted Cruz too. Thanks for the R&S.

  13. 47 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Great toons, bt.

  14. 53 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Is ted, the nut, still fauxblistering?

  15. 59 anniebella
    September 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    So that Canadian is still on the floor running his mouth.

  16. 60 forus50
    September 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning Chipsticks!! And a good morning it is. With apologies for using a link to the odious CNBC and which is about the big egos of Bono and Clinton (so far 0 for 3!) this IS pretty damn funny.

  17. 62 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 10:17 am
  18. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Chips – Photo at top? Masterpiece! As are you.

    Mornin’, TODville.

  19. 67 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

    TRY IT YOU’LL LIKE IT

    Getting all the way to the end of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

    By Steeve Benen

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    Similarly, Josh Marshall referenced one of my favorite health care stories yesterday. Bill Kristol wrote a strategy memo as the Clinton-era health care fight was getting underway, urging Republicans to destroy reform at all costs. The conservative pundit said at the time that if Clinton succeeded, Democrats would be seen as the “protector of middle-class interests,” and it would be politically impossible to take away the health care benefits once they were in place.

    What the GOP had to do, Kristol said, was put the party’s interests over the country’s needs, stopping the reform effort before Americans discovered they like it. Republicans, of course, agreed.

    Nearly two decades later, the script hasn’t changed much, except now the green eggs and ham are on the plate and the public is poised to discover how much they like the very thing they’ve been told to complain about.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/25/20692124-getting-all-the-way-to-the-end-of-green-eggs-and-ham

  20. September 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    John Kerry has a busy day today, meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif (I think its scheduled for today).

    Love the optics; too bad there’s no photo:

  21. 72 JER
    September 25, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • 83 99ts
      September 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Hi df – For once the media seems to be getting it right – the GOP is fighting because they know Obamacare will be popular once it is up and running. Canada and Australia can tell the same stories. The President knows this – when everyone faltered in 2010 & it looked to be another health care fail – he knew why he was voted into power – and he fought for health care – despite it isn’t yet the best of the best – it is a great start.

  22. 84 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Morning Africa!
    MoooOooorning Ms Chips!
    Morning/Evening, TODobots all!
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    Be warned, I’m feeling a bit more talkative than I was yesterday. :grin: :grin:

    • September 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

      :lol: Moooooorning Talky!

      • 86 vcprezofan2
        September 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

        Hi dear! Do you realize you survived a whole two days without me ‘harassing your soul’? :grin:

        When is the actual date of Danny O’Cheesy’s arrival?
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        And how soon after that will he be allowed overnighters? I want to make sure I have the climbing video on hand for his first visit.

  23. September 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Dear sweet Jovie,

    Please know that the entire TOD family, regulars and lurkers, have over ((((((20 million))))) hugs around you and are hurting along with you in your loss of your very much loved dog. I cannot begin to know what it is like to loose a pet you have poured so much love, time and treasure to do everything to keep your friend well and to lose him/her and not be there. I am sorry that money and the cost of bills have put you and your mom at odds with each other because I am sure she loved your pet too and that you two could be a comfort to each other to help you get through the grieving process. I lost a pet while she was being groomed, it was sudden and I had to travel the next day so I had to put off my grieving and loss. I fortunately had another pet to help me get through it but I blamed myself for not seeing the signs and taking her to a place I knew nothing about. When I had to put my JoJo down because he was deteriorating so fast I just could not see him suffering because for 18yrs he was always a comfort to me during bad times and good times. I held him in my arms and told him how much I loved him and thanked him for being my best friend and hoped to see him again one day. To tell Jodi I love and miss her and all the pets I had would greet him in heaven. Please know your friend is no longer in pain and that the ache in your heart will never completely go away but it will diminish and if you find it in your heart or have the opportunity to bring another pet into your life and heart, it will never replace the love of your precious dog you lost.

  24. 88 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 6m

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    Boring reminder: the GOP created the last five budget crises, the sequester, and now this mess. http://ti.me/15sMEht via @TIMEPolitics

    Retweeted by LOLGOP

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    • 89 FayPax
      September 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

      So completely true. Republicans held the presidency at the onset of the last NINE (9) economic downturns, including the two greatest economic collapses in our history.

      1. The Great Depression: Herbert Hoover (Republican)
      2. Recession of 1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
      3. Recession of 1957: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
      4. Recession of 1960: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
      5. The Oil Crisis: Richard Nixon (Republican)
      6. 1980′s Recession: Ronald Reagan (Republican)
      7. 1990 Recession: George H.W. Bush (Republican)
      8. 2002 Recession: George W. Bush (Republican)
      9. The Second Great Depression: George W. Bush (Republican)

  25. 91 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    RiskyLiberal ‏@RiskyLiberal 12h

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    I do not like a lying man,
    I do not like deceit and spam,

    I do not like it on the Senate floor,
    I do not like Ted Cruz – a bore.

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    Retweeted by Matt Murphy

  26. 92 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 11:16 am
  27. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 11:23 am
  28. 94 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Per MSNBC, a mall on lock down after a shooting. I believe it’s in New Jersey, not sure they went to commercial before I could grasp it all.

  29. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 11:28 am
  30. 102 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    GOP Pushes Obamacare Government Shutdown; Media Pretend The Madness Is Politics As Usual

    By Media Matters

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    Yet note the colorless language that’s commonly used when describing the Republican scheme:

    * “a drive” (Wall Street Journal)

    * “the effort” (Politico)

    * “the defunding bid” (Reuters)

    * “a new push” (New York Times)

    * “a plan” (Washington Post)

    * the “strategy” (Time)

    * “the campaign” (The Hill)

    Technically, the Republican’s bizarre plot is all those things. But it’s also so much more. (That’s like describing the Titanic as a large ocean liner.) And news consumers deserve to know just how fanatical the plot is. None of the news accounts listed above did that.

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    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/08/02/gop-pushes-obamacare-government-shutdown-media/195197

    • 103 ericfive
      September 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      If the corporate owned media were to stop “carrying water” for the GOP, Democrats would control all three branches of gov’t for generations (or the GOP would become more moderate, in a bid to prevent its demise). Instead, we have the media doing all it can to protect the GOP from the well deserved scorn of the American people. The MSM paints anything the GOP does as being “legitimate” based on the fact that the GOP is doing it. A reasonable person would wonder why the party who had a President appointed by a corrupt Supreme Ct decision, lied the country into the Iraq war and collapsed the world economy would be given such deference by the MSM. The simple truth is that the GOP’s anti-tax/anti-regulation policies are favored by the corporations/ownership class that control the MSM. That, in a nutshell, is why the MSM’s main duty is the promotion of the GOP, not to inform or educate the American people. Don’t believe me? Just ask Chuck Todd.

  31. 104 99ts
    September 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Why did Chuck Todd bother going to New York? He whinged about being there (on twitter) Did he attend any of the President’s events? Does he have ANY idea what happened at the UN? I don’t watch his show – but this was his tweet

    “We’re only talking for an hour today, @dailyrundown starts now. Actually, a packed show on Cruz, health care and future of football,”

    Cruz, health care, football – mmm – maybe he talked about Bill Clinton on the health care side.

    Glad twitter is not letting up.

    • 105 FayPax
      September 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

      This is extra delicious to me…I have been battling with my neighbor for years about the media and in particular Chuck Todd, whom he just loves. He’s a know-it-all. I get the last laugh. na-na-na-na-na-na. :)

    • 106 Vicki
      September 25, 2013 at 11:43 am

      President Obama had a hughly strong and productive day yesterday.
      A speech at the UN that willl rank as one of the best if not the best detailing of American foreign policy that the international body will ever hear.
      42 and 44 engaing in an instructional informative conversation on the ACA carried in full by MSNBC. And other channels.

      But tune in to Lawrence last night and although he mentioned these meaningful presidential appearances, still his program was late Night with Ted Cruz. WTF. Sometimes it feels so hopeless to me.

      • 107 99ts
        September 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

        President Clinton gave up on the health care – President Obama did not – not at all hopeless.

        Much of the Cruz media is very negative – and all he has done is make himself the talk of twitter – nothing else whatsoever. The talk is about Cruz – and not about health care – that is his BIG problem.

  32. 109 Bill R.
    September 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I participated in a teleconference town hall on Obamacare, sponsored by AARP and Cover Oregon. Among the interesting things I learned was that Cover Oregon is going to auto-enroll food stamp recipients who qualify for Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) by simply having the recipients sign and return a letter. That is so cool, and will be a great way to expedite full participation of many, many low income people.

  33. 111 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Get ‘em Reid!! He just asked Cruz if he will yield some time to McGoshAMighty between noon and 1pm for 15 minutes. Cruz has to say that he will not yield time to his senior senate representative, which of course he’s not yielding. Now the other old goons have to either defend McWhoaWaitAMinute or join Croop. Sessions got up and said, ‘Can somebody tell me what just happened?’ It boils down to Crapuze not understanding the Senate rules. As it turns out McDangGonIt will get the floor and anyone else who wants to pile on the young ‘un.

    • 112 99ts
      September 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

      For someone who lives in Australia & doesn’t really understand the rules – could you tell me if this all means Cruz can go rant someplace else and let the senate do some governing?

      • 113 cookemom
        September 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        At least you have an excuse for not knowing them. Cruz is a Senator and either is pretending he doesn’t know them for more grandstanding for this low info constituents, or he really doesn’t know, which makes no difference in either case. Now he’s done at noon est and the Chaplin does the Senate prayer as per the rules. The Senate continues its Senately duties, which never stopped, because Cruz had every right to speak up until noon, the Senate established rule. He did not filibuster anything, he spoke during what would be ‘free’ time.

        Now between noon and 1pm Senators can speak as per the rule, up til the originally stated time to take the vote at 1 pm.

        • 114 99ts
          September 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

          Thank you so much – we don’t have a filibuster (real or fake) as far as I know. People talk then someone moves that a vote be taken – a simple majority decide whether or not this will happen. Seems very simple compared to the US.

          I only learned how your elections worked in 2008, this is a big learning curve for a grey-hair. I would think if you are going to be a senator you should know the rules – fool that he is.

  34. September 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Good day Chips & everyone.

    Chips, thank you for posting the letter. Much appreciated. Hope folk will cut/paste all or parts of it and send to as many elected officials and others as possible.

    #FORWARD Together

  35. 116 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Sen Durbin says to Cruz, ‘this boils down to you not only wanting to ride 1st class, you don’t want millions of Americans even on the plane!’

  36. 117 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 11:51 am
  37. 118 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Imo, if nothing else Cruz has almost forced people who didn’t know or were confused about OCare, to become better informed. With Oct 1 just around the corner, he’s heightened awareness, which is what OCare needed. Folks may be hearing misinformation from him, but at the same time they’re getting letters from their employers, and hearing about healthcare.gov. If only out of curiosity, they are now getting actively involved to find out what everyone’s talking about.

    Go Cruz! The best argument for OCare!

  38. September 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Cruz is REPREHENSIBLE.

    • 120 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

      One of the biggest annual events in my community is honoring those who were in the Bataan Day Death March. We lost a very large ratio of number of people in our small town.

      • September 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

        Thanks, cookemom. It’s good to know they are still be honored. Most of the survivors are gone.

        • 122 cookemom
          September 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

          Yes, we use to have a major parade honoring those who were involved. People, bands, floats from all over would be present. We would line up hours ahead to get a good viewing position. Afterwards there would be a big picnic in the park where there is a memorial statue that stands there. The survivors would march in the parade as well. It was sad to see their numbers diminish year after year, but we still held some sort of event to honor them. I believe we still have a few, but for a town as small as ours, we had the largest percentage of families impacted by it.

    • 125 jacquelineoboomer
      September 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Oh my. Despicable.

  39. 126 carolyn
    September 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    What we are seeing on display in living Technicolor, Todd AO vista vision…..remember those…..with Ted Cruz is a full-blown, malignant narcissist. If you ever wondered how one acted, this is your textbook case. Notice I used the word malignant. He is not your every day, garden variety narcissist. NO empathy, NO feeling for others, NO care, NO concern………NO conscience!!!

    • 127 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Let’s keep him on display, widely, often, and front and center. He’s our best spokesman for OCare! Remember, it’s the independents, the undecided, the uninformed who we need to reach. Those folks aren’t crazy and they won’t side with someone like Cruz.

      The people who would trust Cruz have already made up their minds and those numbers have not grown. They still think Bush was a great president, think they were WMDs in Iraq, believe PBO was born in Kenya, and are willing to throw any ‘pub who don’t think like Cruz under the bus.

      They are willing to primary their most conservative members now. They have Senate minority leader McTurtle on the ropes and running for his life. I say keep it up, let them primary to the right of their most conservative ‘pubs.

  40. 128 99ts
    September 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    2am here!! g’nite all – will check on the morrow to read further on the demise of Cruz


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