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Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama at a ‘Joining Forces’ event before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 20, 2011

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Today (all times Eastern):

11:05: President Obama honors recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony; VP Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden also attend

1:0: President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton also attend

4:05: President Obama meets with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

7:10: President Obama Speaks at a Dinner in Honor of Medal of Freedom Awardees

8:40: President Obama Attends a Performance by Arturo Sandoval in Honor of Medal of Freedom Awardees at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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New Yorker: Americans Like Obamacare Where They Can Get It

As the Washington press corps reports that the Obama Administration is failing — and threatening to take down with it the entire philosophy of liberalism — a funny thing is happening out there across the country. In a number of states that have working online health-care exchanges, more and more people are signing up for the insurance coverage that is available under the Affordable Care Act.

….. During the first two weeks of November, almost sixty thousand people signed up for private insurance policies or for Medi-Cal in California, the local version of Medicaid. That’s more than twice the figure for all of October. “What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” Peter Lee, the director of Covered California, said at a press conference on Monday.

Similar things are happening in other states across the country …. Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Washington are on track to exceed their enrollment targets. Here in New York, too, there are positive signs….

What these states have in common are state-run Web sites that are working pretty well; they are also all controlled by Democrats who are pushing the new reform. This progress points to something that has been absent in much of the reporting about the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov and the cancellation of individual policies: in places where Americans know about the comprehensive and heavily subsidized health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act and can easily access it, they are doing so in substantial numbers.

More here

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Steve Benen: ‘This is sabotage, plain and simple’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who’s never been the Affordable Care Act’s biggest fan, appeared on MSNBC yesterday to join the critical chorus. In reference to the Obama administration, the conservative Democrat said, “The bottom line is that they messed up, they messed up royally. There’s no excuse for this.”

The administration’s missteps have been well documented, and officials have earned much of the criticism they’ve received. But to say there’ “no excuse” is to overlook Republican sabotage efforts that have made a real difference.

Todd Purdum recently made the case, for example, that “calculated sabotage by Republicans at every step” is a “less acknowledged cause” of the rollout’s troubles. Jamelle Bouie added this week, “If Republicans have shown anything over the last four years, it’s that they’ll do anything to stop the Affordable Care Act, even if it amounts to legislative sabotage.”

More here

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Jonathan Cohn

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Charles Pierce: Healthcare Enrollment Is Now…Surging?

You mean, if you commit to making something work, instead of deliberately conspiring to make something not work – like if you put gas in your car and not hydrochloric acid – that thing is more likely to, you know, work?

Genius!

…. However, I’m not sure I follow this bit of logic.

LA Times: “The growing enrollment in those states is a rare bit of good news for backers of the Affordable Care Act ….”

The Affordable Care Act is working the way it is supposed to work in those states in which officials have decided that it should work. How is that “bit of good news” “rare,” exactly, except when compared to the constant, fact-free and plan-free harping of the Republicans in the House and their pundit enablers? …..

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Right flubs Gettysburg story – twice

…It’s worth noting that Fox isn’t the only one raising a fuss – conservative outlets have been complaining about Obama “snubbing” Gettysburg for months.

There are, however, some angles to this the right has overlooked. First, there have been 28 presidents since Lincoln, and 27 of them did not commemorate the anniversaries of the Gettysburg Address – and this includes Reagan, who did nothing on the 125th anniversary, and never visited Gettysburg as president. (The exception was William Howard Taft.) Obama, in other words, is doing largely what nearly all of his predecessors have done without controversy.

Second, I’m trying to imagine the uproar from some of these same conservative critics if Obama did go to Gettysburg to mark the occasion today. We can all probably imagine the predictable rhetoric: Obama thinks he’s Lincoln! The arrogance! Why is he trying to politicize a cemetery? ….

Making matters slight worse is, well, this…..

More here

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Media Matters: Right-Wing Noise Machine Fabricates Gettysburg Address Omission To Attack Obama

President Obama’s recitation of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is sparking hysteria from the right-wing media who slammed the president for omitting the phrase “under God.” But ironically, in their hurry to attack the president, they omitted the fact that Obama was reading the first draft of the speech — a draft that did not include “under God” — at the request of filmmaker Ken Burns.

More here

As Steve Benen put it, “In other words, the right became apoplectic about Obama not using a phrase Lincoln didn’t write.”

Smart people.

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Charles Pierce: A Call To Democrats To Stop Sitting Back On This Business With Judges

It seems that the Republicans are bound and determined not to allow the president to fill the empty seats on the D.C. Court of Appeals. It also seems that the Democratic leadership in the Senate is bound and determined to be very publicly vexed about the whole business. If this seems to you to be something of a mismatch as regards to who really holds power in that august body, you are not alone.

This time, it’s Robert Wilkins, an enormously qualified federal judge who happens to be African American. The previous three nominees whom the Republicans denied confirmation were women. Have I mentioned recently that I despair of The Rebranding?

It’s time, Harry. Really, it is. I was on the other side of this issue for a very long time because I didn’t want to confront the possibility of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with the unlimited power to do anything that President Scott Walker wanted. That kind of thing still gives me pause. But this business with the judges has long passed over the International Fk You Line.

….. Do it, Harry. Drop the big one. This is getting ridiculous.

Full post here

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July 2, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Greg Sargent: Harry Reid is set to go nuclear

Senator Harry Reid appears set to go nuclear — before Thanksgiving.

With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court – as early as this week.

… As Jonathan Chait argues, Republicans may not have even thought through the full implications of the position they’ve adopted. But Dems have, and taking it to its logical conclusion, they believe Republicans have presented them with a simple choice: Either they change the rules, or they accept those limits on Obama’s power. And that really leaves only one option.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: A step forward, a step back for reproductive rights

Over the summer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed severe new restrictions on women’s health choices, which carried sweeping consequences statewide. Reproductive rights proponents hoped to prevail in the courts, and scored a partial legal victory in late October.

It didn’t last. Far-right jurists on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Perry a few weeks ago, and last night, an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block implementation of the law came up one justice short … It’s worth emphasizing that this is not the final word on the subject….

… the news for reproductive rights supporters wasn’t all bad last night.

Voters in Albuquerque defeated a historic ballot measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, dealing the anti-abortion movement a blow….

More here

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On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama at a ‘Joining Forces’ event in Miami, November 20, 2011

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A rare Politico link, but this is beautiful (thank you Dudette!):

Terry McMillan: With unapologetic grace, first lady makes history

I knew Michelle Obama was going to be the first lady when I met her in 2005 at Oprah’s big shindig she threw to honor African-American women. We were both youngins’ … It’s not that I’m telepathic, but like my mama always used to say: “Some folks just got it.”

That entire weekend I couldn’t help but notice how regal and poised she was. At almost 6 feet tall, she floated through the crowd in much the same manner Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy did. The way she held out her hand and really shook yours. I believe she used both to squeeze. Michelle gave me her business card and I emailed to tell her about my premonition. I didn’t hear back until I saw her at the first presidential debate in Washington in 2007. She apologized for not getting back to me. I just pointed to the acrylic podium where her husband would soon be standing and smiled.

And then history was made.

Millions of us couldn’t stop crying out of sheer amazement. I am thankful to have been alive to witness it all. Now, twice! That my son has grown up knowing he could in fact be president one day. For real.

More here

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Thousands of people lined the streets of Tokyo as the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy headed off to the Imperial palace to present her credentials to the Emperor Akihito (Thank you LP!)

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Harold Meyerson: Voter suppression the new GOP strategy

Better bring some identification — and not just any identification, official though it may be — if you plan to vote in Republican-controlled states. However, if you contribute tens of millions of dollars to sway an election on Republicans’ behalf, the party will fight to keep your identity a secret.

Consider, for instance, what happened to some attempting to participate in this month’s elections in Texas. The New York Times reported that “Judge Sandra Watts was stopped while trying to vote because the name on her photo ID, the same one she had used for voter registration and identification of 52 years, did not exactly match her name in the official voter rolls.”

Both Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott — the front-runners in next year’s gubernatorial contest — encountered the same obstacle. As did Jim Wright, the 90-year-old former speaker of the U.S. House. Wright, who represented his Fort Worth district in Congress for 34 years, told the local paper that he had voted in every election since 1944 and that he had realized shortly before Election Day that his identification — a driver’s license that expired in 2010 and a university faculty ID — would not suffice under the state’s 2011 voter ID law. Indeed, officials required Wright to produce a certified copy of his birth certificate to procure a personal identification card that would allow him to vote.

More here

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The Hill: DCCC sets off-year October record

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has set a record for its largest haul in October of a non-election year, bringing in $7.1 million in the month.

The big haul came during Democratic base fury over the government shutdown and was boosted by two events held with President Obama. The committee has $25.3 million in the bank and no debt.

“House Republicans’ reckless and irresponsible agenda is not only driving their approval ratings to record lows — it’s rallying our support to record highs,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) says in a statement. “The American people believe enough is enough — and they’ve had enough with the dysfunction of this Republican Congress and the pain they’ve caused America’s middle class.”

More here

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On This Day:

An exhausting trip: President Obama at the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012

President Obama waves from Air Force One as he prepares to return to the United States following the East Asia Summit, November 20, 2012

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MoooOOOooorning!


121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Proud former White House Intern
    November 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good morning wonderful people,
    I coming in live and direct from Econ 211! Save me…

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      November 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Goood Morning, PFI! It is great to see you up there! Brings back memories.

      • 3 Proud Former White House Intern
        November 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

        Yes indeed it does, it’s good to be back. Now that the end of the semester is near I have more control over my schedule. How are you?

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          November 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

          As fine as sixpence! Not a thing to complain about….. well not a thing until/unless Chips steps out of line. ;)

  2. 5 JER
    November 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning Chips and Everybody.

    —> BLAME OBAMA <— INFLATION FALLS AS GAS PRICES PLUMMET

    The price of goods and services consumers buy fell 0.1% in October, driven by a 2.9% drop in the cost of gasoline, as the Labor Department said prices overall are continuing the slowest year-over-year rise since 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/20/october-consumer-price-index-inflation/3649713/

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

    GooOood MooOoorrning, Chips Chica! That’s the first time I’ve ever seen PBO showing obvious fatigue – ‘poor’ soul. Retroactive hugs for him. {{{PBO}}}

  4. November 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What a lovely round-up of news and photos on this wonderful day! Thank you, Chips!

    And a big Happy Birthday to VP Joe–and to me! My younger son just pointed out that not only do I share a birthday with the vice president, I share a birthyear with the president. No wonder I have such an affinity for these two special men! ;)

  5. 13 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Ugh…

    I turned on the tv to watch Jeh Johnson’s Committee vote at 10: AM …but before I could change the channel , there was Chuckie given the ACA surging numbers 30 seconds of air time….

    He of course, also gave a warning that there MAY still be problems on the ” back end ”

    GagMe

  6. 14 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Trying to decide whether I like when videos say ‘This video is private’ as it means one less link I have to watch :grin: or whether I’m ticked that
    the video uploader left me out. :( Something to ponder through the day, unless Chips and BTs give me too much else to contemplate.

    A very ‘GOOD Wednesday Morning’ TODobots! (I’ll be running in and out later today, so will try to see as much as possible before I have to leave. ;) )

    • November 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

      That’s weird VC, that video was fine when I checked it earlier!

      • 16 vcprezofan2
        November 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

        The main vid was fine, CC. I’ve gotten accustomed to some videos being temperamental just because I live in a far-in land, so I normally just stick my tongue out at them and continue along without any mention. In fact, sometimes if I do that and walk away, the next time I try they might even give up and reveal themselves. What can I say – it’s a game we sometimes play. :grin:

  7. 17 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Trey Radal was just in court for his cocaine charge

    He just pleaded guilty…got one year probation and going to an inpatient treatment center in Naples Florida…….

    The facility has to report progress as it is ongoing.

  8. November 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

  9. November 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Good Wednesday Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Have a fantastic day!!!

  10. November 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    While I like the step-by-step guide to replacing your insurance, I hate the part of the title “I Lost My Insurance Because of Obamacare.”

    Why not something like, “My Insurance Company Canceled My Healthcare Policy. What Do I Do?”

  11. November 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Great rise and shine! Excellent articles in support of ACA and the agenda of the president.

  12. 25 JER
    November 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in a D.C. Superior Court judge Wednesday, after allegedly buying cocaine at a restaurant in Dupont Circle late last month. … Judge Robert Tignor sentenced Radel to one year probation while he undergoes treatment in Florida. …

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/rep-trey-radel-expected-to-face-judge-on-charges-of-cocaine-possession/2013/11/20/b029caba-51ce-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_story.html?clsrd

  13. November 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I was listening to Randi Rhodes yesterday and she was lamenting the lies that were being spread about our President and his policies and I notice when I start hearing that, I have to immediately turn it off. I’m sure you all understand, but I feel like an older sibling defending a younger one; a profound sense of outrage. I’m assuming you all know what I mean? When I turned it back on later, she was talking about how when he first came into office, he had great plans for the rural community. Its such a shame we have such a magnificent President who can’t impliment all his amazing ideas.

  14. 29 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD!

    Wow, I love that piece by Terry McMillan! I’m so glad she shared it.

    • 30 anniebella
      November 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I agree PJ.

    • 31 vcprezofan2
      November 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

      ♥ ♥ PJ♥ ♥ ! ♫ Good Morning to yoou♫uuu♫. I like the article too. That series seems to be a good one – last week I caught and read John Kerry writing about an Afghan woman he admired, but of course I promptly forgot Politico had the series afterwards. :grin:

      Off to have breakfast> Have yourself a great day!

  15. 34 Grab a Mop Grace
    November 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ok, please allow me to vent…
    Just returned from breakfast with a group of ladies that I meet with weekly. One of the ladies hates Obama, I mean HATES him. Makes no secret of it every week. Otherwise she is a sensible, nice woman. She is the classic victim of ODS!!

    Not surprisingly, she brought up the “under God” omission from the Gettysburg Address recitation that the President is accused of. I ran into this story last night while reading some news stories and did a little research. Within ten minutes of investigating, I found that Ken Burns had requested the the President recite the first draft of the Address, which did not contain the words “under God”.

    I cannot believe, that I had to defend the President AGAIN to this right-wing garbage. I had to educate her, and the others around the table, that the President did not CHOOSE to omit it, he was asked by Ken Burns to read this draft!
    Her reply….’who’s Ken Burns”. AHHHHHHHHHHH!
    After explaining WTF, I shut her up with the facts, and she said that she was going to go home and do her own research. Yeah, please do that!

    It is exhausting to have to be one step ahead of this crap every week. It’s like a full time job, anticipating and educating myself on the latest BS bashing of our President !!!!

    Thank you for letting me vent.
    I’m better now.

    • 35 amk for obama
      November 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

      ” Otherwise she is a sensible, nice woman.”

      How? If you have innate inexplicable hatred, you can’t be sensible and nice.

      • 36 Grab a Mop Grace
        November 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

        amk…my experience has taught me that OBAMA DERANGEMENT SYNDROME is inexplicable.
        If the subject of the President never came up with this woman, you would never know that she is filled with this kind of hate.
        It is frightening.

        • 37 anniebella
          November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

          I’m not telling you what to do Grace, but why waste your time with someone like that? In my opinion she is not a sensible nice woman other then the fact she hate this black President. She is a racists. And I couldn’t deal with people like that, but notice I am talking about me. Maybe I’m wrong for feeling this way, because sometimes you try to reach out to these right wing haters, but some of them there is no reaching out too.

    • 38 Linda
      November 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

      ” Who is Ken Burns ” ?

      oh my goodness…..has she ever heard of PBS ? YIKES

    • November 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Question, does she call herself a Christian? If she does, say this to her
      since you call yourself Christian, Pres Obama is also born again in Christ Jesus.
      This passage is for you. “If a man say, “I love God,” and hateth his brother, he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? and let her also read this passage 1st John 4:20.

    • November 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Times like this I’m glad my family and friends are all on the same political wavelength.

  16. 41 MightyPamela
    November 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Ooh. Ooh. I spy the Silver Fox, slightly blurred but with his pretty eyes fixed on our beloved PBO. In the pic with the 7th EAS banner. My day is now officially in motion! Bye y’all, a BFD around here. Big hugs all around. Happy Birthday to our brilliant VPOTUS! :)

    • 42 carolyn
      November 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      MP thanks for pointing him out! Sadly, haven’t seen him since shortly after the inauguration. I can’t believe he was old enough to retire!!!!

  17. 43 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

    CNN’s Jim Acosta is anixiously waiting to report on the ” body language” between PBO and Clinton today…..

    He will report on it later ……

    • 44 Ladyhawke
      November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

      This is nothing but tabloid trash. Unbelievable. With all of the foreign policy challenges (Iran, Syria, Egypt, Netanyahu), no jobs bill, no infrastructure bill, no climate bill, no gun bill, no budget, no immigration bill, a government shutdown, and an opposition party that has given up all pretenses of governing), ace reporter Jim Acosta is anxiously waiting to report on body language between PBO and Clinton. This garbage epitomizes what is wrong with the media in this country. A total preoccupation with controversy, personalities, process and who’s up and who’s down. There is nothing about this reporting that remotely resembles real journalism.

  18. 50 Ladyhawke
    November 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    A History Of Republican Excuses For Procrastinating On Immigration Reform

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/11/19/2965861/republicans-excuses-immigration-reform-delay/

  19. 51 GGail
    November 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beloved awesome VP Joe Biden! May God continue to bless you Joe!

    And Happy Birthday to BethF too!

  20. November 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Mooooooorning again everyone, had to rush out after posting so very rudely didn’t send greetings!

  21. 62 JER
    November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    LIVE NOW: Medal of Freedom Ceremony at White House – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. 67 GGail
    November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Uggghhh, I didn’t know Dick Lugar was being recognized today too!

  23. 76 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    oh… Ethel Kennedy is there……her daughter did a wonderful documentary about her..

  24. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Sure smart TODr’s have already spied this:

  25. 78 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Couldn’t resist…

  26. 79 dotster3
    November 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I was just thinking how dry all these ceremonies are going to be when PBO’s term has expired. He always brings a special, entertaining atmosphere to these occasions. His humanitarian depth is always on display.

    • 80 mtmarilyn
      November 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I agree, dotster3, these ceremonies have been so emotional to watch. The care he gives each person tells us all the kind of person he is. This is why we all honor him.

  27. 81 dotster3
    November 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Oh look how PBO is hugging Loretta Lynn, giving her extra little hugs when her accomplishments were being read. sob

  28. November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

  29. 87 JER
    November 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

  30. 89 dotster3
    November 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    PBO whispers a special little message to Oprah as she receives her medal, she smiled and nodded in agreement.

  31. November 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    While reading Terry McMillan’s article, I was reminded that Grandma Robinson had said she may only live in the WH for one term. Looks like she was convinced to stay on. With the vitriol aimed at her family, I don’t blame her.

  32. 97 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I had to turn off the tv…..

    both CNN and MSNBC are making me gag.

    All they do is pick at scabs…Alex Wagner is the worst….

    • 98 anniebella
      November 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Linda, you did the right thing, when you turn the tv off. During this entire Obamacare rollout I have stop watching the news, I might watch the local news but I refuse to watch TeaNN, MSNBC, or any of the evening news or morning shows. I will watch By the watch Ed, Rev. Al and O’Donnell, and Bashir, but that’s it. Alex doesn’t deserve Sam, he is too good for her.

    • November 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      i almost threw up that was nauseating, disappointed with all the guest including Joy Reed, do they even remember Glass Steagall, Nafta, DADT, welfare reform, Monica, why are this people gaga over Clinton just don’t understand

  33. 101 amk for obama
    November 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  34. November 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  35. 105 JER
    November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  36. 106 Ladyhawke
    November 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    GOP’s existential test: Why they’re really escalating a nuclear option crisis

    Republicans aren’t just testing Constitutional limits — they’re making a gamble about their own political fortunes

    BRIAN BEUTLER

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    If they call Harry Reid’s bluff, they get to preserve the existing ideological balance on the court, which wouldn’t be a bad outcome for them at all given how much power that court wields over Obama’s regulatory regime.

    But because the answers to the above questions are so obvious, Republicans must know they’ve put Harry Reid in an impossible position. It would be an act of political negligence, and of negligence to the constitution, for him to allow the minority to nullify vacant seats on the judiciary, simply to deny the president his right to leave an ideological imprint on a court. The logical extension of the GOP position — that “there is no reason to upset the current makeup of the court” — is a semi-permanent suspension of all appellate and Supreme Court confirmations. A permanent filibuster, undertaken in the hope that, through retirements, the courts will wither into more favorable balance.

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    http://www.salon.com/2013/11/20/gops_existential_test_why_theyre_really_escalating_a_nuclear_option_crisis/

    • 107 Linda
      November 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I just read that Carl Levin is a NO on changing it….also McCaskill and Baucus refused to commit.

      Both Levin and Baucus are retiring………why do they care ?

      • 108 anniebella
        November 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        That’s our cowardly Democrats for you. Sit on their old lilly white ass and let the Republicans do whatever they want.

  37. 109 amk for obama
    November 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  38. November 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Will post a heads up for PBO’s visit to Arlington next

  39. November 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  40. 114 amk for obama
    November 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    LOL.

  41. 115 amk for obama
    November 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  42. 117 dotster3
    November 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    If you’re an out of work Mermaid, Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island, Fl. is hiring——-for real! Link provided upon request.

  43. 118 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I am at awe TODable TOD bts.

    The quickness to these pictures are breathtaking. Thank you Chips.

  44. 120 57andfemale
    November 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I hate to send dKos any clicks, but this is kinda important news:

  45. 121 Linda
    November 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Immigration Activists Converge On House Speaker Boehner’s Home To Demand Action On Reform

    Before the crack of dawn on Wednesday, more than 200 undocumented youths and their family members led a candlelight vigil for immigration reform outside of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) house in Washington, D.C. Organizers, with the pro-immigration group United We Dream, held a mock Thanksgiving dinner as a symbol of the meal that organizers would not be able to share with loved ones who have been deported. They also asked House Republicans to stop obstructing advancement on immigration reform by using various excuses.

    According to some accounts, Boehner peered out his window, but never came outside. Cops were called to the home, but they allowed the rallygoers to stay so long as the event remained peaceful. Organizers stood outside Boehner’s home for an hour before they marched to his office. They will also stop by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) office later in the day.

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/11/20/2967021/activists-candlelightt-vigil-boehner-home/

    hhahaa the coward peeked out the window….


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