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Rise and Shine

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President Barack Obama participates in a video teleconference with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11:15AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:15PM: Press Sec. Jay Carney Briefs The Press

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ABC: President Obama Cancels Entire Asia Trip

President Obama has cancelled the rest of his trip to Asia next week, pulling out of summits in Indonesia and Brunei because of the ongoing government shutdown, the White House announced tonight.

“The president made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement.

The president had planned to travel to Asia this weekend to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia, and the East Asia Summit in Darussalam, Brunei.

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Vicki Needham: September Job’s Report Gets Pink Slip Amid Shutdown Drama

The Labor Department says it will not release the September jobs report Friday because the government remains shutdown. “Due to the lapse in funding” the Bureau of Labor Statistics will not be issuing the report as scheduled, the department said of the delay in a statement Thursday afternoon. An alternative release date has not been scheduled.

As the shutdown began Tuesday, all but three of the statistical bureau’s 2,400 employees were furloughed. Without a stage, the highly-anticipated monthly report that gauges the economy could create more problems. The lack of data could further shake already unstable financial markets that are reacting to the shutdown and looming debt limit. The Dow Jones dropped below 15,000 on Thursday and lost nearly 137 points.

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Texas Tribune: Wendy Davis Makes It Official, Enters Governor’s Race

State Sen. Wendy Davis, standing on the stage where she got her high school diploma more than 30 years ago, finally announced Thursday what has been anticipated, telegraphed and talked about for weeks: She is running for Texas governor.

Davis promised to be an advocate for those who feel they no longer have a voice in the halls of the Texas Capitol, to fight for more education dollars and to take on Republicans leaders who she said are listening to their campaign contributors instead of average Texans.

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Scott Keyes: Diana Only Heard Negative Things About Obamacare in Texas, But Decided To Sign Up Anyway

Diana Moller didn’t expect that Obamacare would help her. Living in south Texas, she said, “all I ever hear about it is that it was pushed through and won’t work.” The 61-year-old Texas native knew how important health insurance was, and used to buy it on her own because it wasn’t offered through her caregiver job. But after Diana fell at work and needed knee surgery, her premiums surged and, like so many Americans with pre-existing conditions, she could no longer afford insurance.

Diana worked with Elizabeth Arellano, who walked her through the Obamacare process. Speaking with ThinkProgress afterwards, Diana said the consultation was “very helpful” and she was eager to sign up on her home computer “as soon as I can.”

More here

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Meet The People Who Were Eager To Sign Up For Obamacare On The Very First Day

On Tuesday, Obamacare’s state-level insurance marketplaces — also called “exchanges” — opened to the public. It marked the first day of a six-month enrollment period that will allow uninsured Americans to shop for a health plan that meets their needs. Considering the confusion that’s been swirling around the health care reform law, it wasn’t clear how many people would take advantage of the new opportunity to enroll for coverage on Tuesday. But initial reports suggest there was a strong public appetite for learning more about Obamacare, and enrollment centers around the country were swamped helping a flood of interested people sign up.

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Derek Thompson: What Happens If We Approach The Debt Ceiling? Here’s What Happened In 2011

It’s hard to say happens if we blast through the debt ceiling in the middle of October, because it’s never happened before in American history. But it would almost certainly be something very, very bad: a crisis, if we’re lucky, or a historic calamity, if we’re not.  It’s easier to say what happens if we get close to blasting through the debt ceiling, because that did happen in the summer of 2011.

It short: It was bad. Bad enough that anybody even remotely concerned about the stock market, the housing market, or uncertainty should abandon this ridiculous debate over the inevitable. We’re going to raise it. Because we have to. Here are the low-lights of August 2011, in the weeks before the debt ceiling vote. Consumer confidence fell 22 percent.  The S&P 500 fell 17 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage spread rose by 70 basis points, adding about $100 to an average monthly mortgage payment. Taxpayers are stuck with an extra $19 billion this decade, to make up for higher borrowing costs during the last nervous days.

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Jonathan Bernstein: Republicans Have No Idea Why They’ve Shut Down The Government

There’s one question I think all reporters should be asking Republicans today: Why are you against passing a clean CR and reopening the government? That’s pretty basic stuff — and something that many House Republicans, in the third day of a shutdown, seem to have no idea how to answer.

Note, by the way, that it’s perfectly fair to ask Democrats why they oppose the House’s later offer (a CR that would delay the individual mandate for a year and demagogue Hill staff health insurance). The difference? They actually have an answer to that one. However, right now perhaps the most important thing to report is that many Republicans apparently have no idea why they are shutting down the government. Seems like that would be a good thing for the news media to ask about and to talk about.

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Greg Sargent: Republicans And Their Voters Are Stuck In 2011

If there is one factor causing the current crisis, it may be this: Many House Republicans won’t let go of the idea that they still retain the leverage over Obama they enjoyed in 2011. But all those conditions are no longer operative. Obama won reelection decisively, and now it’s House Republicans who stand to lose the most politically from default and economic havoc.

What’s particularly worrisome is that many House Republicans don’t seem to understand or accept any of this. Stuck in 2011, they continue to proceed from the premise that agreeing to fund the government at sequester levels, or raising the debt ceiling, represent leverage points for which they should be rewarded by concessions in return.

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Norm Ornstein: The Republican Hardliners Aren’t Conservatives, They’re Radicals

The current drivers of the GOP are much more hostile to government. Thus, the assault on all federal employees via cuts in pay and benefits; the all-out attack to delegitimize the Internal Revenue Service and its employees by Darrell Issa and his cronies, designed to make it harder for them to carry out their basic functions; the enthusiasm for the sequester; and the lack of concern about the societal impact of mindless cuts to basic research, food safety, and homeland security.

As Dreher put it, “When I think of the Republican Party, I don’t think of principled conservative legislators who are men and women of vision strategy. I think of ideologues who are prepared to wreck things to get their way. They have confused prudence — the queen of virtues, and the cardinal virtue of conservative politics — with weakness.”

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Keith Wagstaff: The Government Shutdown Isn’t About ObamaCare Anymore

This week, President Obama claimed that the chaos in Washington, D.C., was about “one thing: The Republican obsession with the Affordable Care Act.” Yet four days into the first government shutdown in 17 years, Republicans seem to be dropping their focus on ObamaCare. Indeed, some aren’t even sure what they’re fighting for anymore. Here is Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R- Ind.) explaining why he opposes sending a clean continuing resolution to the Senate to restore government funding: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

If this is not about ObamaCare anymore, then what does the GOP want? “Contrary to everything they told us, they didn’t really close the government to stop Obamacare,”argues Slate‘s William Saletan. “They did it, and will keep doing it, to gain leverage in the coming fight over the debt ceiling.”

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Media Matters: How The Press Helped Cause The GOP Shutdown

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe just days before the looming deadline for a federal government shutdown, Politico’s Mike Allen was assessing the politics of the controversy and predicting which Beltway players would get tagged with the blame for the intentional legislative debacle. Despite the fact that Republicans were refusing to fund the government if the White House balked at the demand to essentially repeal its 2010 health care law, Allen suggested President Obama would be the real political loser.

Why Obama? Because he’s more famous than the GOP congressional leaders whose actions are causing the impasse. That’s an awfully tenuous path to blame Obama for the Republicans’ proudly obstructionist strategy to stop funding the  government. Yet so it goes within portions of the Beltway press corps who are straining to  include Democrats in the shutdown blame game; to make sure “both sides” are targeted for tsk-tsk scoldings about “Washington dysfunction,” and that the Republicans’ truly radical nature remains  casually ignored. This media act is getting old. And this media act may be emboldening the Republicans’ extreme behavior.

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SHONDA RHIMES (The freaking awesome, brilliant, and talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal) RETWEETED ME!!!! Still on cloud nine. Hope your day goes as well as the retweet made me feel. :D

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay tribute to outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at a reception with senior staff on the Truman Balcony of the White House, Oct. 1, 2010.
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126 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 nospin
    October 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Happy Birthday Sherijr! Holding the door for you.

  2. October 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

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

    Hopefully, the House GOP – i.e., John Boehner – will come to their senses and vote on a clean CR, the shutdown will end, and people can go into the weekend knowing that they will be able to go back to work next week, and much needed services will be available.

    Everyone keep positive thoughts! Obamacare is the law…and everyone now have access to AFFORDABLE health care coverage!!! :-D

  3. 6 nospin
    October 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    First place to Sherijr! Whoo Hooo!!!!!

  4. 8 vcprezofan2
    October 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning TODobots! It’s Friday. (I’m sort of hoping the GOPs get fried in some way today) ;)
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    “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    October 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Sherijr: May your special day be filled with laughter and lots and lots of love! “Happy Birthday!”

  6. October 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Thanks a gazillion UT, a news-packed R&S!! And 100 gazillion congrats on the Shonda Rhimes retweet!!!

  7. 15 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    HANK PAULSON: SOME ELEMENTS ‘HIJACKED THE DEBATE’

    Hank Paulson: Some elements ‘hijacked the debate’

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    The standoff between President Barack Obama and Republicans leaders is different from the 2008 financial crisis because this crisis is “self-inflicted,” former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson told CNBC on Thursday.
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    As a Republican, he admitted that he’s taking a lot of grief over the linkage of the budget issues to delaying Obamacare. “There is one element that does not reflect the views of the Republican party. They have hijacked the debate,” he said.
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    He said he hates the whole concept of the debit limit—calling it a “flaw” in the system. “Congress has already approved the spending. And then say ‘you have to then come back and agree to allow us to meet our obligations,’ that’s ridiculous.”

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    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101083367

  8. 18 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Republicans struggle to understand their own shutdown plan

    By Steve Benen

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    So to review, the reason the House can’t vote on the Senate spending bill is an incoherent word salad, filled with lots of words that seem unrelated to one another.
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    Indeed, on the government shutdown’s fourth day, a few truths have come into sharp focus. Republican members of Congress (1) don’t know why the shut down the government; (2) don’t know what they hope to get out of the shutdown; and (3) don’t know how to end the shutdown.
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    But if you wouldn’t mind blaming Democrats anyway, they’d certainly appreciate it.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/10/04/20818269-republicans-struggle-to-understand-their-own-shutdown-plan

    • 19 57andfemale
      October 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Remember, this was the tea party caucus that laughed at the Republican economists Boehner brought in a few fiascos ago to explain the debt ceiling to them. Laughed at them. When it was explained what calamity could befall if the country defaults, they laughed even harder.

      To be sure, the debt ceiling is about the dumbest legislation ever passed. It’s not raising of the ‘credit limit’, which the knuckle draggers couldn’t wrap their two and a half brain cells around. It’s the permission to PAY your bills. It truly is one of the dumbest things created by an American Congress.

  9. 20 nospin
    October 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    UT Great job on the rise and shine. Still reading

  10. 23 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 1h

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    Has any GOP explained *why* Rs should be given concessions in exchange for averting economic disaster fo the country?

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  11. 25 Vicki
    October 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Second poll in 2 days to put Bill deBlasio ahead by 50 points. This latest poll was by the MYTimes who tried to downplay the landslide by saying NY voters like deBlasio but not his policies. ???WTF???

    On the same day the usually inaccurate NYTimes says and I quote ” Shutdown is undermining GOP and helping President Obama just as the American people appeared to be losing confidence in him.” What???
    I must have missed the part about us losing confidence in PBO.
    Oh, no wait a minute, the front page BS was written by Jonathan Martin who learned the art of “journalism” hahahah from his previous employment at Politico.

    The media is 100% corporate bullshit. no surprise to anyone here at TOD but when will the country wake up?

    • 26 amk for obama
      October 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

      hackiest of hacks martin is now at the grey lady??? keep circling down the circulation drain hole, nyt.

      • 27 Vicki
        October 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Yes AMk not only at The New York Times but writing front page stories regularly.

      • 28 Vicki
        October 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

        Jonathan Martin from Politico front page writer for The new York Times.
        A decent NYC blog named Capital was recently purchased by Politico. Takeover complete by January.
        Clearly the corporate goal is to own not 90% of the media but 100%.

        Stifling our voices has not been effective so far.

        All the media and all the money and all the star power couldn’t help the opponents of Bill deBlasio or Tish James.
        The people united used to be defeated.
        And then came the internet.

  12. 29 anniebella
    October 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I hope POTUS were able to clear his mind last night and he and FLOTUS had a lovely dinner last night in honor of their 21st wedding anniversary.

  13. 30 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Mark Knoller is SERIOUSLY uninformed!!

  14. 38 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

  15. October 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Warning: Don’t click if Greenwald makes you feel ill ….. but, brilliant interview on the BBC last night, at last he was asked some hard questions – and he got angrier and angrier and angrier…..

  16. 55 desertflower
    October 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Typical.

    “I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line. I understand that there may be some other members who are deferring their paychecks, and I think that’s admirable. I’m not in that position.”

    — Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), in an interview with WTVD-TV, on needing to be paid during the government shutdown she supported.

    • 56 Linda
      October 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

      She was one of those standing with Cantor in a fake lab coat yesterday.

    • 58 MightyPamela
      October 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

      And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Sherijr! :)

    • 59 MightyPamela
      October 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Too eff’ing bad for you, toots. Maybe you should have thought if that before now. It’s okay for everyone else not to be paid, but you are just Oh! So Special?? Dipstick. I hope you are turned down for food stamps when you go begging for them!

      • 60 MightyPamela
        October 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

        HaHa! This comment was for the imbecile from NC, having no idea the reality of her own actions. Sorry it seems randomly posted. Maybe I should just drink my tea now, eh? :oops:

  17. 61 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    OH DEAR, THE GOP’s WORST NIGHTMARE

    How A Rand Paul Republican From Alabama Learned To Love Obamacare

    BY IGOR VOLSKY

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    Pittman doesn’t believe that Obamacare is perfect, but says Republicans in Congress should stop trying to repeal the law and give it a chance to work. “As a Republican, I think [the GOP’s repeal effort] is childish and I think this is the wrong way to lead… it’s babyish and I think as a party it just reflects negatively upon us,” he explains.

    He predicts that other conservatives will set aside their party politics and do what they feel is best for themselves and their families. “I think there are Republicans that are all types of people who are making these decisions and they’re not basing them on political party. It’s just common sense kind of things. And I think that’s the only way we’re going to make a change in this country if people start thinking on those lines, instead of political party lines.”

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    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/04/2730801/joshua-pittman/

  18. 63 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Mark Knoller is getting a serious lambasting on Twitter from EVERYONE

  19. 70 desertflower
    October 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/innovations-in-health/the-uninsured-are-spread-throughout-red-states-too-20131003?mrefid=HomepageRiver

    Recently released census data show that, on average, the share of residents without insurance is almost as high in districts represented by House Republicans as in those represented by Democrats…This dynamic underscores how thoroughly ideology is trumping interest as Republicans convert the budget and debt showdowns into their Thermopylae for blocking Obamacare. Because so many House Republicans represent districts with low coverage levels, these members are effectively seeking to prevent a substantial flow of federal dollars not only to uninsured individuals in their communities but also to hospitals, doctors, and other providers who now are delivering significant levels of uncompensated care.
    This illustrates once again that Republicans are actively trying to prevent Obamacare’s benefits from reaching their own constituents, and that over time, as the ideological fervor against Obamacare wanes, GOP lawmakers might become more motivated by what’s in the interests of health care institutions in their districts.

    h/t Plum Line

  20. 72 japa21
    October 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

  21. 73 CarolynfromDetroit
    October 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The Paul/McConnell hot mic incident hasn’t been shown on any of the news channels other than MSNBC. People really need to see the repubs for what they are – liars. NPelosi was on CBS this a.m. and Gail did the “both sides” stuff. Now they’re bringing all the former blue dogs on for comments, that’s why they’re former. Pass on the hot mic video. Yesterday’s shooting took the heat off.

    • 74 Lovepolitics2008
      October 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Sadly it was to be expected. It ALWAYS happens. When republicans are taking a hit in the polls, when the president is winning a debate, there’s a not so subtle effort by the media to reverse that. In the next days, they’ll work non stop to shift a part of the blame on democrats. And they’ll work to find, and enhance, the cracks in democrats’ unity.

      The President has a spine of steel. The problem: will democrats stay united ? Will they demonstrate the same strength ? I pray that yes.

      As for the general public, will they buy into the media propaganda ? I have hopes that no, the public won’t change opinion much.

      I have no doubt that President Obama will have to address the nation in a few days. And as hard as the media works against him, they can’t do anything when the President talks to americans, UNFILTERED.

  22. 75 desertflower
    October 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Think the residents of LA will finally get a clue???

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2013/10/04/hurricane-brews-meteorologists-stranded.html

    Hurricane Brews, Meteorologists Stranded
    Get aready for this to become the latest political prop in the shutdown battle. With a “near 100 percent” chance that Tropical Storm Karen, currently barreling toward Louisiana, will turn into a hurricane, and other possible weather disasters on the horizon, many of the nation’s meteorologists are stuck at home, due to the government shutdown over stalled budget negotiations. Essential personnel are still on the job, but administrators who might help connect offices have been furloughed and most government websites are not being maintained. Obama has been recalling furloughed FEMA employees in case of emergency.

  23. October 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    UT, do I have a comment stuck in pending?

  24. 80 desertflower
    October 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/04/2730801/joshua-pittman/

    Joshua Pittman is a 31-year-old self-employed videographer from Montgomery, Alabama. A libertarian Republican who voted for Ron Paul in 2012 and believes that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the future of the GOP, Pittman sees Barack Obama’s presidency as a “failure” who hasn’t lived up to the nation’s expectations.

    But on Tuesday morning, Pittman logged on to HealthCare.gov and after some initial glitches and delays, successfully enrolled in a Bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan. “It took me all day, really,” he says with a laugh. “It kicked me out and told me you have to try again, but I knew what I was getting into with so many people exploring it.”

    Though he initially supported repealing the law, Pittman became curious about Obamacare in the days and weeks before it launched. For years, he had gone uninsured, thinking he’d be able to “get over anything with a bandaid and a six pack of beer.” But a lead poisoning incident earlier this year shook his confidence and bank account, leading him with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. “I was a healthy person and it really depleted me financially, so it made me look at things in a different way than I would before. I understood the importance of people being insured.”

    • October 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I see there are many lightbulbs coming on in the United States of America.

    • 82 Lovepolitics2008
      October 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Well, here’s another libertarian who will refuse to lose his new benefits. Good. He’ll probably still vote republican though.

      I hope “some” of them will see the light.

  25. 83 MightyPamela
    October 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hey all o’ y’all! New moon today: 11 Libra 56, conjunction occurs at 5:34pm EDT. God bless our President.

  26. October 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    FLOTUS shares a personal story to highlight the need for health insurance:

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    “Michelle Obama: What Every Mother in This Country Deserves”

    http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/michelle-obama–what-every-mother-in-this-country-deserves-203258232.html

    Back when Barack and I were first starting out and building our life together, our finances were a constant source of stress… But we were lucky: we had jobs that gave us health care. So twelve years ago, when our baby daughter Sasha woke up sick one night, I didn’t think twice about taking her to the pediatrician in the morning, because I knew our insurance would cover the cost of that visit. And thank God I did, because our doctor took one look at her and sent us straight to the emergency room, worried that Sasha might have meningitis — a diagnosis that was later confirmed at the hospital.

    During the three long days Sasha spent in the hospital, our only worry was about our baby girl’s health. The care she received probably cost thousands of dollars, but we didn’t spend a single minute worrying about money because we knew our insurance plan would cover the bills.

    Every mother in this country deserves this kind of security for herself and for her family — and more than anything else, that’s really what the new health care law is all about.

  27. October 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

  28. 90 Linda
    October 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Medication used to treat schizophrenia and an antidepressant found in apartment of driver killed in D.C., source says.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      October 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

      That is consistent with some of the reports we’ve been hearing about what ailed this woman – the paranoid delusions of being stalked by PBO, the PPD, etc…

      Sad, but the police had no choice but to stop her from this rampage.

      • 92 57andfemale
        October 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Here’s another point with this tragic incident: don’t police all over the country now have to assume that the perpetrator is armed? Isn’t this what Republicans & the NRA have wrought, even fomented? That everyone should have a gun, be allowed to carry it anywhere and everywhere?

        Wouldn’t there have been a time when the police would have been able to use more discretion, seeing a woman and child in a car? Now don’t they have to assume that everyone is armed?

  29. 93 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

  30. 97 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hahahaha…a wonder he didn’t say it was Black people…well I guess they make up only ~13% of the population so that wouldn’t have worked.

  31. 102 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    THE SHUTDOWN IMPACT ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT

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    At the beginning of the State Department daily briefing yesterday, Spokesperson Marie Harf outlined the impact of the government shutdown on the department. The Tea Party Tantrum is impacting operations and diplomatic activities. And of course President Obama having cancel his trip to Asia is tragic and embarrassing.

    http://video.state.gov/en/video/2717516821001

  32. 103 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    A cross-party panel of the Italian Senate has gathered to decide whether to expel Silvio Berlusconi over his conviction for tax fraud.

    The former prime minister, who dominated the country’s politics for nearly two decades, is expected to lose his seat in the Senate.

    He threatened to topple the coalition government over the issue but backed down during a confidence vote.

    If the panel votes against him, a full vote will be held in the Senate itself.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24396099

    Hope they kick this corrupt thug out of politics for ever.

  33. 104 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded victories against France and the US, has died aged 102.

    His defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 effectively ended French colonial rule in the region.

    He went on to oversee the Tet Offensive against American forces in 1968, often cited as one of the factors that led to the Americans’ withdrawal.

    Gen Giap also published a number of works on military strategy.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24402278

  34. 105 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Heh bt, Blog acting up again and ate my post.

  35. October 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday, sherijr! Have a wonderful day!

  36. 109 dotster3
    October 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The ethics investigation involving payments from the Bachmann campaign to an Ia. Repub state senator who resigned this week also implicated the Ron Paul campaign, who also made payments to same senator when he switched support from Bachmann to Paul. Got that? Whew. Ron Paul campaign issued check to senator for $25,000, which wasn’t cashed but never reported. There is also a “mysterious” wire transfer of $73,000 to the senator which may have come from the Ron Paul campaign also. Lots of campaign law violations in the lead-up to Ia. Repub caucuses.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131004/NEWS09/310040099/Bachmann-Paul-may-have-violated-federal-election-laws?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

  37. 111 amk for obama
    October 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

  38. October 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I AM IN UTTER SHOCK re: @MarkKnoller tweet.

    But it explains soooooo much.

    This is what Fox viewers believe the debt ceiling fight to be about — future spending (sprees), not raising the debt so that we can pay for things such as US Savings Bonds (or, as they were known in the WWII-Cold War era, War Bonds).

    The ONLY bright side to this shameful self-inflicted economic attack on OUR own country is that the MSM is *finally* getting exposed for what they have been all along.

    I don’t hold out much hope for Knoller being fired (he plays a teeny role at CBS; he’s on CBS radio, and even thought I listen to @KNX1070, the all-news CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, I hear him only a couple of times a year; I have no clue what he’s doing the rest of the time).

    Another example from Wednesday (tried to post yesterday but pasted the wrong tweet :oops: )

  39. 115 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    LET’S FLIP THE NARRATIVE …………

    The party making no demands

    By Steve Benen

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    Let’s say President Obama, feeling good after winning re-election fairly easily, adopted an overly confident posture with lawmakers.
    .
    Of course, the point of this apparently silly hypothetical is to help Krauthammer and others who share his ideology understand a basic truth: Obama isn’t making any demands. He’s offered no threats. There is no presidential wish list, filled with progressive goodies — unrelated to the budget or the debt ceiling — that Obama expects Congress to pass before the president fulfills his duties.

    This notion that Obama “refuses to compromise or even negotiate” isn’t just deliberately misleading; it’s demonstrably silly. If the president was making extravagant demands, threatening to veto every bill lacking liberal treats, Republicans and their pundits would have a point.

    But until then, can we at least try to recognize reality as it exists?

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/10/04/20819207-the-party-making-no-demands

  40. 118 dotster3
    October 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Some may not agree, but I find this headline troubling—–and one I never thought I’d see. “Republican Party warns Iowans not to cooperate with police”—–re. an alert sent out titled “Attention—–Constitutional Activists”—–saying the public does not have to cooperate with traffic safety checks etc. It’s creepy to me as it seems to be in keeping with this whole anarchy wave in the Repub Party. And it may have something to do with the Ia. Repub governor’s displeasure at having been ticketed for speeding a few times lately—–guess he’s a real menace on those Iowa roads. And his “don’t you know who I am?” attitude didn’t work.

    http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/10/04/republican-party-warns-iowans-about-police/article

  41. 119 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

  42. 121 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    NOW WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT’S YOUR END GAME RAFAEL??

    Ted Cruz’s Fifteen Minutes are Ticking Away. Quickly.

    by Bob Cesca

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on the receiving end of some appropriate poop flinging inside his caucus:

    Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.

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    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/10/ted-cruzs-fifteen-minutes-are-ticking-away-quickly.html

  43. October 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!!!! What a great getting up day in TODdytown, heh?!?!?!

    So Boehner is talking and pretends to be really mad, including saying that he reads in the WSJ this morning that someone said “we don’t care how long the gov’t is shut down, we’re winning”. His response to that was, ‘this is no damn game”.

    Talk about damage control, because that was queen bee of the teanuts, Michelle Bauchman, who said that of course.

    • 123 99ts
      October 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Ah – but the WSJ said it was “a member of the administration” – a mysterious unnamed source – when the news is bad, the GOP supported media just make up more lies.

  44. 125 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

  45. 126 yardarm756
    October 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    G’day mates. Am being sidelined by the Word Press monster and not sure if this will even post.


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