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Rise and Shine

President Obama acknowledges the crowd during an event at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

The President will welcome the five-time Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 Stanley Cup victory. Following the visit, he will deliver remarks at an Organizing for Action event.

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The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and visit with wounded warriors who are being treated at the hospital and with their families. He will also visit the Fisher House, a program that supports military families by welcoming them to stay at the house while their loved ones receive specialized medical care.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Dallas to participate in DSCC events.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will travel to the New Orleans area for an event on the economy. Later that day, he will travel to Miami, Florida to participate in DNC and DSCC events.

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President Barack Obama: Congress Needs To Pass The Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Here in the United States, we’re united by a fundamental principle: we’re all created equal and every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. We believe that no matter who you are, if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the chance to follow your dreams and pursue your happiness. That’s America’s promise.

That’s why, for instance, Americans can’t be fired from their jobs just because of the color of their skin or for being Christian or Jewish or a woman or an individual with a disability. That kind of discrimination has no place in our nation. And yet, right now, in 2013, in many states a person can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. As a result, millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs — not because of anything they’ve done, but simply because of who they are.

It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense. That’s why Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also known as ENDA, which would provide strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill has strong bipartisan support and the support of a vast majority of Americans. It ought to be the law of the land.

More here

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Mother Jones: Economists To Congress: It’s Time For A “Robin Hood Tax” On The Rich

Congress resolved the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis (for now) by agreeing to hash out a budget agreement by mid-December. Already, hopes are dim. Budget experts say that if any deal at all is worked out to replace the deep budget cuts that went into effect in March, the most likely outcome will be a short-term plan involving slightly less severe spending cuts—but with no new revenue, a big Democratic priority. Now, several prominent economists, along with a coalition of labor, health, and community groups are pushing progressive lawmakers to aim higher, calling for what they term a “Robin Hood tax” on the rich.

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Igor Volsky: The Next Attack Against Obamacare: If You Like Your Doctors, You Won’t Be Able To Keep Them

Opponents of the law have begun advancing another related argument against reform: if you like the doctor or hospital you have, you may not be able to keep them. Remember that while the Affordable Care Act does establish some network adequacy standards — insurers are required to ensure a sufficient choice of providers (including providers that specialize in mental health and substance abuse services) and offer essential community providers to serve predominately low-income and medically underserved populations. Big provider networks aren’t necessarily better, however.

Industry surveys show that premiums are “the most important factor in consumers’ choices” and that more than half of those surveyed would opt for “a narrow-network product if it cost them at least 10 percent less than an equivalent with broader choice.” That was certainly the experience in Massachusetts, where a 2010 law actually required health plans to offer tiered-or limited-network products “priced 12 percent below their broad network product.” Three years later, a state’s attorney general report found that membership in these limited networks grew by almost 50 percent.

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Zack Ford: Defense Secretary Orders States To Provide Same-Sex Benefits To National Guard Servicemembers

After the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the Pentagon ordered that the same-sex spouses of servicemembers be entitled to the same benefits as other spouses. Several states, however, used their own constitutional bans on same-sex marriage to justify denying such benefits to National Guard servicemembers at their state offices and facilities.

Speaking to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel condemned this discrimination as “wrong” and ordered the Pentagon to take immediate action to resolve the discrepancy:

Today, I directed the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass, to take immediate action to remedy this situation. At my direction, he will meet with the Adjutants General from the states where these ID cards are being declined and denied. The Adjutants General will be expected to comply with both lawful direction and DoD policy, in line with the practices of 45 other states and jurisdictions.

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Obama Administration: Half Of Young Adults Can Get Marketplace Coverage For $50 Or Less A Month

Approximately 46 percent of single, uninsured young adults living in 34 of the states with a federal Obamacare marketplace will be able to purchase basic health coverage — a bare-bones “Bronze” level plan — for less than $50 per month after factoring in federal tax subsidies. An even greater number of young and uninsured single adults between the ages of 18 and 34 will be able to get coverage for less than $100 per month, according to government data.

An additional one million young adults will also now qualify for Medicaid coverage under Obamacare’s expansion of the program. All told, the report finds that 40 percent of the 7.2 million young, uninsured adults living in the 34 states will be able to get coverage for $100 per month or less thanks to the health law. That works out to be 2.9 million people. If all of the 34 states had chosen to expand Medicaid, however, that number would actually spike to 6.2 million people.

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Sara Kliff: Five Myths About The Affordable Care Act

1. Americans will be forced to buy health insurance: The health-care law’s individual mandate, despite its name, isn’t meant to force Americans into health plans. Instead, it is supposed to encourage people to purchase coverage by giving them two options: Buy insurance or pay a fine. In 2014, that fine is $95 or 1 percent of an individual’s income, whichever is higher.

The Internal Revenue Service is responsible for collecting this penalty from individuals who indicate on their annual tax filings that they have not purchased coverage. The agency can take the penalty out of a filer’s refund, but beyond that, its ability to recoup those dollars is extremely limited. The IRS cannot, for example, send agents to people’s homes or put liens on their houses. In the health-care law, Congress specifically curtailed the ability to enforce this penalty, giving the IRS fewer ways to collect it than there are for other tax fines.

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Erik Wasson: CBO: Ending Obamacare ‘Exemption’ Adds To Deficit

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that a Republican-backed plan to force more high-level officials and staffers to obtain their insurance through ObamaCare would add nearly $1 billion to the deficit. The CBO estimates that ending the so-called ObamaCare exemption for members of Congress and staff and forcing officials like President Obama to enroll in an ObamaCare exchange would add $978 million to the deficit over 10 years.

The plan would deny the office-holders and staff the premium support they now get from the government. Under current law, members of Congress and staff will have to obtain their health coverage from ObamaCare in 2014 rather than through the federal government’s health plan. Under a ruling from the Office of Personnel Management, the members and staff have been granted an exemption to receive premium support from their employer, the federal government.

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NYT: Under Health Care Act, Millions Eligible For Free Policies

Millions of people could qualify for federal subsidies that will pay the entire monthly cost of some health care plans being offered in the online marketplaces set up under President Obama’s health care law. The analysis found that five million to six million people who are uninsured will qualify for subsidies that will be greater than the cost of the cheapest bronze or silver plan. A million more people with individual insurance could also be eligible, according to McKinsey, although estimates of the size of the market for private individual insurance vary widely. None of the people in the analysis qualify for Medicaid.

Although they vary in their design, bronze plans generally cover about 60 percent of a person’s medical costs. All plans, including bronze, must cover standard benefits like prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health treatment. Not everyone selects the cheapest option. Dante Olivia Smith, a lighting designer from Manhattan, learned that federal subsidies would allow her to buy a bronze plan for $24 a month.

“It was astounding,” she said. “I almost started crying, and called my mom.” In the end, however, she went with a silver plan for $91 a month that included dental and vision coverage. Ms. Smith, who is 30, said she opted for the more comprehensive plan because of her work, which requires her to climb ladders and use power tools.

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Washington Post: Obama Asks Federal Agencies To ‘Prepare’ For Climate Change. Here’s What That Means.

The White House underscored that point on Friday when it issued a new executive order directing federal agencies to help states and communities prepare for the effects of climate change, including sea-level rise, storms, and droughts.

The Obama administration is still focused on cutting U.S. greenhouse gases — the official goal is to get carbon-dioxide emissions down 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. That’s why regulators have set stricter fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks — reaching 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 — and are planning carbon rules for coal- and gas-fired power plants. To that end, there are a few key aspects of the White House memo

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Tara Culp-Ressler: The Abortion Case Making Its Way To The Supreme Court Is A Stealth Attack On Your Reproductive Rights

Oklahoma’s highest court has set the stage for a potential Supreme Court showdown over abortion; specifically, over the abortion pill, which allows women to terminate an early pregnancy without having a surgical procedure. The complicated case, Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, could come before the Roberts court this term. But you’ve probably never heard of it — and that’s exactly how the anti-choice community wants to keep it.

The case in question concerns a 2011 Oklahoma state law restricting the way that doctors are allowed to administer abortion-inducing medication. That law forces doctors to follow the FDA’s outdated protocol for the abortion pill, ignoring the fact that medical standards have evolved and doctors don’t think that’s the best practice for their patients anymore. After reproductive rights groups sued to overturn the medically unnecessary policy, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court ruled in their favor, deciding that the restriction on medication abortion was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court asked Oklahoma’s court to provide more details about why exactly it chose to strike down the law.

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Mike Konczal: The Tea Party’s Assault On Workers

Some elements of this this fight are well-covered and understood, particularly on voting rights and abortion. As Norm Ornstein observes, we are seeing “a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era — this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others.” And, as the Guttmacher Institute notes, “issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011.”

Less well-covered has been the assault on workers’ rights as part of a coordinated, strategic, national and ideological program. These recent efforts are actually focused just as much, if not much more, on private-sector workers who aren’t in a union. Efforts to roll back everything from minimum wage laws to unemployment insurance affects everyone who works for a wage, and this is where the coordination across states has been particularly intense.

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Greg Sargent: Republicans Can’t Put Off Immigration Reform Forever

On a conference call with reporters today, GOP Rep. David Valadao of California, one of three House Republicans who has embraced the House Dem comprehensive immigration reform plan, announced that he is circulating a letter calling on the House GOP leadership to hold a vote on reform this year. He is asking fellow Republicans to sign on.

“I’m hoping to get a decent number,” Valadao said. This will be interesting to watch, because it could shed light on a key question about the immigration debate: How many Republicans inside the House GOP caucus are genuinely willing to push the House GOP leadership to allow votes on reform?

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Think Progress: Why Asians Are Deserting The GOP

Asian-Americans have been moving steadily toward the Democrats and away from the GOP. In 2012, Asians supported Obama by a staggering 73-26, compared to 62-35 in 2008. This is a remarkable trajectory for a group that, back in 1992, supported George H.W. Bush over Bill Clinton by a strong 54-30 margin. In every election since then, Asians have increased their support for the Democratic candidate, including elections like 2004 where most other groups, even progressive ones, were going in the opposite direction

Why is this? One reason is the GOP’s dreadful record on immigration, an issue of considerable importance to the Asian-American community. Another is that Asian-Americans are a strongly pro-government constituency. In a massive Pew study of Asians, released last year, Asians endorsed a bigger government providing more services over a smaller government providing fewer services by 55-36. That’s a sharp contrast with the public as a whole, who endorsed smaller over larger government by 52-39.

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NYT: High Income, Low Taxes And Never A Bad Year

Plenty of people did get hit in 2009, including people at the very top. But all things are relative. The fortunate 400 people with the highest adjusted gross incomes still made, on average, $202 million each in 2009, according to Internal Revenue Service data. And this doesn’t even count income that doesn’t show up as adjusted gross income, such as tax-exempt interest.

Yet the top 400 paid an average federal income tax rate of less than 20 percent, far lower than the top rate of 35 percent then in effect. Even in a bad year like 2009, the federal tax code at the very top is regressive, not progressive.

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On This Day:

President Obama greets a boy after speaking about strengthening America’s education system, at the Wright Middle School in Madison, Wis., Nov. 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

A student with “Obama” shaved into his hair listens to President Obama speak at Wright Middle School in Madison, Wis., Nov. 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets people following a ceremony to honor the French and American Alliance, at a World War I Memorial at the Hotel de Ville in Cannes, France, Nov. 4, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Cannes, France, Nov 4, 2011

Cincinnati, November 4, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

Concord, November 4, 2012 (Photo by Tara McMahon for Obama for America)

Concord, November 4, 2012 (Photos by Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)

President Obama hugs 99-year-old Colorado resident and volunteer Marie Greenwood who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Aurora rally

A boy listens to President Obama speak at The Community College of Aurora, Nov 4, 2012


122 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    November 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

  2. 8 Layla
    November 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Magnificent post ut!!!!!! ty sooo much for all of your hard work!

  3. 10 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    rock is an obamamot ? cool.

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats ut on #1 :)

    WOW…thanks ut for yet another info-packed R & S – fantastic compilation! :)

  5. 13 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

  6. 14 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

  7. 15 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

  8. 16 Linda
    November 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

    “The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

    The remark from Steel is a tough blow for supporters of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).

    A vote on the legislation is coming in the Senate today, and there is growing optimism that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be able to bypass a filibuster attempt. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced on Monday that he would back ENDA, becoming, in the process, the 60th member to announce his or her support.

    h/t Sam Stein

  9. 17 mtmarilyn
    November 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good morning TOD family. What a great R&S UT!!!!

    We all must vote this week. We are electing a new mayor and city council. It is so important to vote.

  10. 19 GGAIL
    November 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY amk!!!

  11. 20 mtmarilyn
    November 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Checking in again.

  12. 21 JER
    November 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Live now: Vice President Biden campaigns for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  13. 24 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

  14. 25 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

  15. 26 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

  16. 30 CEB
    November 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Good morning again TOD ohana.

    Great Rise and Shine, UT.

  17. 32 Jovie
    November 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

  18. 35 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    VP Biden is now talking!

  19. 36 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Um…no she won’t be a Repub, ever.

  20. 37 JER
    November 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

  21. 39 JER
    November 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

  22. 42 mtmarilyn
    November 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Listening to the VPOTUS. Another great speech.

  23. 43 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    • 44 57andfemale
      November 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Because it will ‘cost jobs’ due to ‘lawsuits’, says Boner.

      THEN DON’T DISCRIMINATE DUE TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND AVOID LAWSUITS.

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        November 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        57, Boehner is a coward who lost all contact with truth or logic years ago. He doesn’t have to agree with the bill. If it passes the Senate, he only has to bring it to the House floor and let members vote on it. It would very likely pass if members in districts with Latino voters had any sense of self preservation. Boehner, once again, won’t bring this popular bill to floor, which gives the DNC, the DSCC and the DCCC committees lots of fodder for ads in 2014.

  24. 46 JER
    November 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    • November 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

      It’s ON…..What will SCOTUS rule on Abortion?…will they treat it the way they treated the Voting Rights act…and stike down key components .or will they behave in the manner of DOMA…and give activists a narrow victory…

  25. 48 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

    VP Biden is breaking it down and urging folks to VOTE. Get off your arses!

  26. 49 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The girls were relatively tiny back then! :) :)

  27. 61 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Charlie christ is announcing his bid for FL Governor – LIVE, now.

    http://www.wtsp.com/video/livestream/default.aspx

    • 62 Linda
      November 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Morning Joke said that Scott will bludgen Christ by using clips of Christ bad mouthing Democrats when he was a Republican.

      We shall see

      • 63 hopefruit2
        November 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

        Oh you mean the Breitbart-esque edited stuff that the Republicans use when they’re desperate? Like the Shirley Sherrod tapes? Or the “clips” that never exist? Like the Michelle Obama “Whitey” tape?

        ROTFLMAO!

  28. 64 mtmarilyn
    November 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’ll keep trying, When I am home I post on TOD from my desktop, my laptop and my droid. I don’t know if wordpress doesn’t like me checking in from different computers. Are there others having problems too?

  29. 67 Desertflower
    November 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Fabulous R/S, UT! Thanks:)

  30. November 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    “There is a path forward for Pennsylvania’s students. By reinstating the school funding formula that was in place when he was elected, Governor Corbett could send the strong message that Pennsylvania is preparing for a bright future while serving as a model for other states.

    Until governors decide to place their bets on schools instead of prisons, our nation will continue to be the world leader in prison population – and not much else. Student suffering may be felt at the local level and funding may be determined largely at the state level, but is an issue that requires a national solution”

    **********************************

    This is what Corbett and the GOP controlled State Legislature has done to our state (PA) and this is just the tip of the iceberg….we cannot take 4 more years of Corbett and his policies…but it will take……. organization and turn out….organization and turn out…to defeat those that seek to destroy us…

    YES WE MUST!!!!!

    • 70 57andfemale
      November 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I have a very minor PA story. My best friend and her husband live in a pretty rural area. The husband got involved in local politics – county board, something like that. Realize, they are serious liberals. He has a talent for talking to people from all walks of life and not cause problems, although he makes his beliefs clear.

      he was appointed to the County board when someone quit. He’s running for reelection for a full term. Election is tomorrow. We don’t know if he’ll win, but there are many cross-over votes who are committed to his ‘liberal’ approach to problems that have increased in PA under RWNJ rule.

      It’s a tiny county and if 1,000 people show up to vote, it will be a miracle. But it’s a good sign that in a clearly red area someone like him can gain respect, and perhaps office.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      November 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      PF, you never said a true word–Pa “cannot take 4 more years of Corbett.” It’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen. I’m in and I know you are, too.

  31. 74 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

  32. 75 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I think everyone residing in FL or has friends/family living in FL should listen to Charlie Crist’s speech today about how he’s going to govern the state of FLorida if he’s elected. He’s talking live here.

    http://www.wtsp.com/video/livestream/default.aspx

    I guess they will have the archive on Youtube or elsewhere.

  33. 77 57andfemale
    November 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

  34. 78 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    A reformed gop’er following me today

  35. 79 57andfemale
    November 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

  36. 83 57andfemale
    November 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    • 84 Don
      November 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

      The Insurance Company she belonged to had only 8,000 people under policy in her state which must have cost a fortune in premiums to support a company that only has 8,000 people in her home state.

      • 85 57andfemale
        November 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        The article is excellent: this company, through its spokespeople, literally said that they wanted to dump the sick people, let the big insurers absorb that market for the next few years and then come in and swoop up the healthy people again.

        For-profit insurance sucks as a business model. health care should not be a product but a right.

  37. 86 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    https://twitter.com/Guttmacher/status/392724660392972288.

    Half the america is mad. The other three fourth is insane.

  38. 88 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    wowzer. Here is to her pulling this off.

  39. 93 JER
    November 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    LIVE NOW: A.G. Holder Health Care Provider Enforcement Action – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. 94 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

  41. 95 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

  42. November 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

  43. 99 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a new gun-rights case, turning away an appeal from a man barred from owning a firearm because of a misdemeanor assault conviction 45 years ago.

    The appeal by Jefferson Wayne Schrader contended that the ban violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

    The justices have repeatedly turned away gun-rights appeals in the last three years. The court hasn’t considered a Second Amendment case since 2010, when it said people have a right to have a handgun in the home for self-defense purposes

  44. 100 Jovie
    November 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    C learned behavior! This isn’t the kids fault it’s the parents.

  45. 102 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    A judge in Spain has ordered properties belonging to the king’s son-in-law to be impounded amid a corruption scandal that has embarrassed the royal family.

    Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, is suspected of misusing millions of euros in public funds that were given to a charitable foundation he ran.

    The judge ordered the seizure to cover a 6.1m euro (£5.23m: $8.2m) bond for the duke’s liability in the case.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24808787

  46. 103 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Ouch. LOL.

  47. 104 amk for obama
    November 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    President Obama has imperiled his second term by lying to the American people, one of the nation’s foremost lying experts said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    The accusation carried weight, observers said, coming as it did from a legendary figure in the high-stakes world of competitive lying.

    He was harshly critical of Mr. Obama’s fibbing, calling it “amateurish at best,” contrasting the President’s lack of lying experience with his own half-century of dishonesty.

    “The American people deserve a President who is a world-class liar,” he said. “Sadly, they do not have that President.”

    Speaking from experience, he said that he had learned “the hard way” just how difficult lying can be: “Just when you think you’ve gotten away with it, there’s someone with a hidden camera catching you telling the truth.”

    //

    lmao. Gunnite folks.

  48. 105 Ladyhawke
    November 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    SABOTAGE WORKS

    Like trying to ‘build a complicated building in a war zone’

    By Steve Benen

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    Kevin Drum added, “No federal program that I can remember faced quite the implacable hostility during its implementation that Obamacare has faced. This excuses neither the Obama administration’s poor decisions nor its timidity in the face of Republican attacks, but it certainly puts them in the proper perspective.”

    Quite right. I’d just add that the scope of the GOP’s sabotage campaign is hard to overstate. It includes everything from lawmakers ignoring constituent questions to public misinformation campaigns, discouraging public-private partnerships to denying implementation funds, blocking Medicaid expansion to blocking CMS nominees in the Senate, refusing to create marketplaces to prohibiting “Navigators” from doing their jobs.

    Does a dysfunctional website matter? Of course it does, but so does this.

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    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-health-care-sabotage-matters

  49. 106 dotster3
    November 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Two great private liberal arts colleges in INDIANA announce they are joining the coalition against constitutional ban on same sex marriage. The anti-gay religious, extremist Repubs have lost this war.

    http://www.indystar.com/article/20131104/NEWS/311040026/DePauw-Wabash-join-coalition-against-constitutional-ban-same-sex-marriage?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|IndyStar.com

  50. 107 japa21
    November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  51. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    November 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It’s a big day today in DC for OFA – I wish all my OFA warriors a great Summit!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. November 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Listening to Ed’s show (guest host–Mike Rodgers(?)) and he has on a person from Rock the Vote. She said that the group never left the state of VA since last fall. They’ve been on the ground and working hard all these months. She mentioned that McCauliff has been to 23 community colleges throughout the state. Good interview.

  53. 110 japa21
    November 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  54. November 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Will have a shiny new post done in 23 minutes, 14 seconds.

  55. 112 utaustinliberal
    November 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  56. 113 japa21
    November 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  57. November 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The Rock is an Obot?! I thought he was a GOPer?

  58. 115 Nena20409
    November 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    CT Campus on Emergency lockdown?

    I am off to find out more.

  59. 117 Nena20409
    November 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Jay is already at the WH Podium with the press

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  60. November 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  61. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    November 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    If we want better results we have to make better choices…Vote Buono in the election tomorrow. Please share.

  62. 122 hopefruit2
    November 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Whoa…what is this about?


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