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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia pardon the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler during a Rose Garden event at the White House, November 21

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Today (All Times Eastern):

1:0: Press Briefing by Josh Earnest

2:0: President Obama delivers remarks at a ConnectED Champions of Change event

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Steve Benen: ACA Slows Growth In Health Costs

It looks like the law’s many detractors will have to cross another complaint off their list. Health care spending since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act has risen by 1.3% a year, the lowest rate ever recorded, and health care inflation is the lowest it has been in 50 years, a report released Wednesday by the White House shows.

How good are the number figures? According to a new report published by Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, over the last three years – the period since “Obamacare” became the law of the land – per capita health care spending has grown at a rate of 1.3%. “This is the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1965,” Furman noted. Moreover, thanks to health care reform, inflation for health care goods and services is “currently running at just 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, the lowest level since January 1962.”

More here

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Mother Jones: So Far, Obamacare Has Taken Only A Modest Hit In The Polls

This isn’t very different from Kaiser tracking polls in the past. In the most recent one, among people who expressed an opinion, 56 percent wanted the law kept as is or enhanced, while 44 percent wanted it repealed.

So far, Obamacare hasn’t really taken that big a hit in public opinion, and as the website problems continue to get fixed I expect that public opinion will improve.

More here

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NYT: G.O.P. Maps Out Waves Of Attacks Over Health Law

The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.” “Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.”

The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault.

The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law — through social media, letters from constituents, or meetings during visits back home — and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic.

More here

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TPM: Reports: Obamacare Enrollment On The Rise

Obamacare enrollment seems to be recovering from its slow start and picking up in the last few weeks, according to news reports. The New York Times reported Monday that more than 50,000 Americans had selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov, the federal website serving 36 states, as of mid-November. That’s up from about 27,000 who had picked a plan over the entire month of October.

According to the Los Angeles Times, enrollment in some of the 15 state marketplaces is also on the upswing. In the first half of November, California has nearly doubled its enrollment in all of October. In the Minnesota, the rate of enrollment in the second half of October was triple what it had been in the first half of the month. State officials in Connecticut, Kentucky and Washington told the Times that they were on pace to beat their enrollment goals and/or top last month’s enrollment.

More here

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Reuters: U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Hint At Firming Labor Market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 335,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, which irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 6,750 to 338,500.

More here

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Justin Sink: Obama Announces $100M In Education Grants For High School Students

President Obama will announce $100 million in education grants for high school students. The government will award as many as 40 grants to fund the Youth CareerConnect program, which is designed to partner high schools with colleges and employers.  “Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers — especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” the White House said in a statement.

The program will be paid for primarily from Department of Labor revenues from the H-1B visa program. To qualify, local school districts will need to match 25 percent of the federal grant, as well as recruit a local workforce investment system entity, an employer, and an institution of higher education to partner in the program. The first wave of programs will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

More here

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AP: US Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop To 323K

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell for the third straight week to 338,500.

Both figures are near pre-recession levels. Hiring is also picking up. Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs per month from August through October. That’s up sharply from an average of 146,000 in May through July.

More here

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Jason Furman: New Report From The Council Of Economic Advisers: The Recent Slowdown In Health Care Cost Growth And The Role Of The Affordable Care Act

Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record: According to the most recent projections, real per capita health care spending has grown at an estimated average annual rate of just 1.3 percent over the three years since 2010. This is the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1965. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

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The ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending and is improving quality of care: ACA provisions that reduce Medicare overpayments to private insurers and medical providers are contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending.  Other ACA reforms are reducing hospital readmission rates (see figure below) and increasing provider participation in payment models designed to promote efficient, high-quality care.

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Jon Favreau: President Obama Should Never Apologize For Passing Obamacare

It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. But Obama did not run for elected office because he needed to be loved. He has his family and friends for that, and he lacks the insecurity that lies just beneath the healthy egos of so many politicians. This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.

But the president should never apologize for passing the Affordable Care Act, and neither should those of us who have supported this kind of reform for years, even decades. We didn’t fight for this law because it was good politics. We didn’t fight for this law with the hope that it would lead to some ideological victory for big government—otherwise we wouldn’t have proposed a plan that maintained the private insurance market with reforms that Republicans once championed.

We fought for this law because no other advanced democracy on Earth gave insurance companies free rein to profit by discriminating against all but the healthiest and wealthiest citizens. We fought for this law because 14,000 Americans, most of them working and middle class, were losing their health insurance every day—with no other options. We fought for this law because millions of other Americans thought they had decent coverage until their insurance company refused to pay for treatment that someone in their family desperately needed; because people died as a direct result of not being able to afford better health care. The reason we fought so hard for this law—the reason Obama is willing to stake his entire legacy on making it work—is because so many of us have had a personal experience with the fear and vulnerability that comes with being sick.

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On This Day:

President Obama looks at a photograph of Kate Puzey as he greets her brother, David Puzey, and other guests in the Oval Office, Nov. 21, 2011. The President signed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, which improves the preventative measures and the response of the Peace Corps in cases of crime and sexual assault of Peace Corps volunteers (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Darius Rucker, Kris Kristofferson and Lisa Meyers in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before “The History of Country Music: From Barn Dances to Pop Charts” interactive workshop for local students, Nov. 21, 2011 ( Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Dierks Bentley performs during the “Country Music: In Performance at the White House” concert in the East Room, Nov. 21, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden talk with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oval Office, Nov. 21, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama, along with First Lady Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Craig Robinson, participates in a service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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157 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 desertflower
    November 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

    me?

  2. November 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning, thanks UT.

  3. 9 Maubyandice
    November 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Thanks UT for all the hard work you and Chips do.

    Have a nice day all!

  4. 15 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    As I scamper off to work, there’s all this trumpet music playing in my head. Hmm, wonder where that came from!
    Is somebody following me?

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/11/21/early-bird-chat-80/#comment-887869

    … Ahem! Don’t hate! Appreciate! :-D

  5. November 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good Thursday Morning UT, Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Have a Wonderful Day!!!!

  6. 17 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Have a great day!

  7. 18 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

  8. 19 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

  9. November 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I am one of those people who think that the filibuster should be abolished — at least in its current form.

    We have heard over and over talk of Senator Reid invoking the nuclear option and have been disappointed when it has not occurred. That leads me to ask, what exactly is involved in invoking the nuclear option? Is it something that is easier said than done? Is majority support needed for this to succeed and if so, is Senator Reid having difficulty in getting this majority?

    • 21 Linda
      November 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I read that Carl Levin is a solid NO on any changes…..even though he is retiring.

      McCaskill and Baucus doged the question.

      Baucus is also retiring…

      Also…I don’t trust Manchin , he is somewhat of a DINO.

      • November 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

        Which is why I asked my question, Linda. If it’s just a matter of Reid declaring it, then I think he should. If a vote is required to do it and there are “democrats” who are not supporting it — enough to keep him from getting the votes he needs, then I can understand his hesitation.

  10. 23 Betsy
    November 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Great R&S UT, especially the article by Jon favreau! Love the pics too.

  11. 25 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

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

    Happy Thursday everyone and thanks again UT for another outstanding R & S roundup. I’m getting into the holiday spirit just looking at those gorgeous pics of our President, FLOTUS and the girls doing their Thanksgiving rituals :)

  12. 27 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

  13. 31 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I notice that Sasha has a very empathetic quality about her – she always seems to be looking out for the “little ones.” If you look at the very last pic, you will see her looking back and talking to or interacting with someone, and if you look closely there is a small child behind PBO with an orange top (might be Craig’s son). I also recall some video (a couple years back) when the family had visited a museum exhibiting works by PBO’s mom and Sasha stopped to pick up her little cousin (Maya’s daughter) while the others walked on.

    I just have to notice these little things, because they tell you a lot about a person.

    • 32 itgurl_29
      November 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

      And don’t forget when her dad won on election night, Sasha made sure he didn’t forget to wave at the crowd of proud supporters behind him.

  14. 33 MightyPamela
    November 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Morning!

  15. 34 Vicki
    November 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Feels like a momentous day to me, but what do I know?
    Filibuster action, maybe?
    Afghan resolution, maybe?
    Kerry and Lavrov to Geneva, Iran breakthough, maybe?

    ACA rolling on, enrolling more and more people= success? DEFINITELY!!!
    PBO hard at work on our behalf? You Can Count On It.

  16. November 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I have been hearing this Teddy Roosevelt quote a lot lately. Makes me think of our President and the critics that try to bring him down:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

  17. 36 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

    BOB CESCA WEEKLY PODCAST

    The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 11/20/13

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    Magic Gate Ball: Gettysburg is Obama’s Katrina; Darrell Issa to Investigate Jobs Numbers; Bob Woodward is the Magic Gate Ball; Republicans Deliberately Sabotaging Obamacare; Sarah Palin Loves Rafael Cruz; The Greatest Rush Limbaugh Clip Ever; Michele Bachmann is Confused About the Internet; Chez’s Trans Controversy; and much more.

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    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/11/the-bubble-genius-bob-chez-show-112013.html

  18. 37 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

  19. 42 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

  20. 43 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

  21. 44 Vicki
    November 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Harry reid announced the filibuster vote will be today!!!

  22. 45 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

  23. 46 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

  24. 47 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    ut, my previous post under moderation.

  25. 51 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

  26. 52 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

  27. 54 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

  28. 55 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

  29. 56 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    wtf? harry agreed for adjournment?

  30. 60 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Patricia Millet’s nomination to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has now been filibustered twice. This morning, GOP filibustered 57-40.

  31. 61 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    McConnell called for a vote to adjourn until 5 PM ..they are voting now

    • 62 Nena20409
      November 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Once again, Dems enabling the TBGOPers continued wish……to destroy Gov’t and to decimate pres Obama’s presidency.

      Dems Need to stop talking and Just freaking Do the Right thing.

      Dems if you want Americans to pay attention, then explain and give We The People the Reason to say for at least a Generation why the Democratic Values are great and better for America and Americans.

      Stop the Dysfunction that the GOP has gleefully master minded since Jan 20th 2009.

  32. 63 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

  33. 64 Jziglar
    November 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I agree with hope fruit when it comes to Afghanistan. We don’t know all the details so we need to calm down, and a small residual force that stays there to assist the Afghan forces while not in combat is not a terrible idea. I think too many people rush to judgement before hearing things out.

  34. 65 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    • 66 Nena20409
      November 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

      And Dana Bash……I have already left a message at 202-898-7900…..her Filibuster piece yesterday and today were distorted willfully, and offensive for she blamed Dems for the rules change.

  35. 67 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

  36. 68 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

  37. November 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

  38. 70 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    TIME TO STOP THE SENATE FILIBUSTER MADNESS

    By Norm Ornstein

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    Watching senators like Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Mike Johanns (John Y. would not approve), Mark Kirk, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham join both of these filibusters, and Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins join one, is painful. These are the problem solvers, and they have let reflexive party loyalty overcome what should be a protection for the Senate and its traditions. These kinds of filibusters are not a part of those traditions.

    If the other two D.C. Circuit nominees are filibustered and blocked, I would support Harry Reid’s move to change the rules now, to move from a 60-vote requirement to stop debate and vote to a 40-vote requirement to continue debate. The argument that if he does so, Republicans will do the same thing when they take the White House and Senate is a bad one: Can anyone doubt that McConnell would blow up the filibuster rule in a nanosecond if he had the ability to fill all courts with radical conservatives like Janice Rogers Brown for decades to come? I hope it does not come to this—and that the problem solvers in the Senate keep their titles, preserve their institution, and stop the filibuster madness.

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    http://www.nationaljournal.com/washington-inside-out/time-to-stop-the-senate-filibuster-madness-20131106

  39. 71 Dakota
    November 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    I’m coming out of my lurker mode to send peace and blessings to you all.

    I know some of you have seen the incident that happened near Taos, NM, where the police fired on a car full of children. Hubby, who is in Denver doing some training, has been inundated with calls from the media and civil rights organizations throughout the state. The incident happened in our NAACP branch district. Hubby is the president of the branch. Everyone wanted a statement from him and our colleagues wanted to know how we would be handling the situation. The incident happened a few weeks ago and the mother in question has been in touch.

    Hubby did release a statement supporting the mother and the children and cautioning that the branch would not take a stance on this case prematurely. The videos out there are edited 12 ways from Sunday. The mother is not without resources…she’s retained an attorney and she does have friends in the area, who have taken her and her children in. She needs a place to stay and we are helping her with that.

    In my humble opinion, there’s enough blame to go around in the case…the mother did the wrong thing by driving off, yes, but it DID NOT warrant that kind of reaction from the police.

    Now on a lighter note…any pictures out there of FLOTUS in the gown she wore to the event last night?

  40. 72 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  41. 73 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hope harry and the dems stick together and blow off the filibuster rules. Hoping to wake up to good news. Gunnite folks.

  42. 75 Vicki
    November 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    If the filibuster change is made maybe BWD will start posting again.

  43. 76 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Ron Fournier is wild eyed——beside himself with grief that Barack Obama is president——has sent him over the edge. He’s desperate and deranged.

  44. 79 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    IT TAKES ONE’S BREATH AWAY

    The Unprecedented—and Contemptible—Attempts to Sabotage Obamacare

    By Norm Ornstein

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    But to do everything possible to undercut and destroy its implementation—which in this case means finding ways to deny coverage to many who lack any health insurance; to keep millions who might be able to get better and cheaper coverage in the dark about their new options; to create disruption for the health providers who are trying to implement the law, including insurers, hospitals, and physicians; to threaten the even greater disruption via a government shutdown or breach of the debt limit in order to blackmail the president into abandoning the law; and to hope to benefit politically from all the resulting turmoil—is simply unacceptable, even contemptible. One might expect this kind of behavior from a few grenade-throwing firebrands. That the effort is spearheaded by the Republican leaders of the House and Senate—even if Speaker John Boehner is motivated by fear of his caucus, and McConnell and Cornyn by fear of Kentucky and Texas Republican activists—takes one’s breath away.

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    http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/washington-inside-out/the-unprecedented-and-contemptible-attempts-to-sabotage-obamacare-20130724

  45. 80 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  46. 81 Bill R.
    November 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    As we speak, Harry Reid and Senate Dems going nuclear……

  47. 86 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  48. 87 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Harry must have heeded Bobfr’s urgings the last few days… :) :)

  49. 92 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Why does NO mean Yes to change the rules ? Anyone ?

  50. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    My $0.02:

    • 96 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      The chart says it all. Please proceed Mitch and Media. You can have your hissy fit now but you don’t have a leg to stand on.

  51. 97 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  52. 101 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    ROTFLAMO! Give ‘em hell Harry!!!

  53. 102 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Ok. is this true?

  54. 104 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    52 Nays and 48

    Majority including SCOTUS?

  55. 107 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    So, which two dem assholes backed out?

  56. 113 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    McConnell just appealed the vote and they are voting again.

    First vote was 48- Aye – 52 Nay

  57. 115 JER
    November 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  58. 116 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Let Senator Reid know how grateful you are that he has finally restored some decency to the Senate.

  59. November 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    A gazilllllllion thank yous UT, yet another R&S gem!!!

    Yikes, just got back in and found a bunch of you fine people stuck in spam – as usual, have NO clue why! You’re all liberated!

  60. November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    All of my comments have been blocked for some reason. Hopefully that’ll be rectified soon. Congratulations to Senator Reid for defending our Democracy & Government from #GOP assaults.

  61. 119 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    LOL. Great gif.

  62. 120 Sue in Seattle
    November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Historical vote! Thank you Bobfr and all the mighty TOD warriors for all you’ve done in this regard so that we can also thank Harry Reid, as well. Now back to reading TOD. I never catch up, thus rarely post, but once again I just have to say TOD is making a huge difference in our society and we are blessed to have Chips and all the rest of you.

    Thank you so much!

  63. 121 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Three cheers to our own fearless Bobfr.

  64. November 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  65. November 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    My internet connex has been down for almost 3 hours. I log on now in time to see that Harry has gone

    NUCLEAR!!

  66. 137 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Ok, I have to get off the innernetz now. Hate these things happen in my effing sleepy time.

  67. 138 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Levin voted with the R’s….

  68. November 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  69. 140 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Mark Knoller can kiss PBO’s arse!

  70. 142 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Democracy has FINALLY arrived in the senate 237 yrs later.

    Wow…..Thomas Jefferson…..can you here We The People Now? The senate is almost now a democratic chamber. Yes :!:

  71. 143 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  72. 144 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Will they be revoting on all the nominees today ?

  73. 146 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/21/21562284-senate-goes-nuclear-democrats-approve-changes-to-filibuster-rules?lite

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/harry-reid-nuclear-option-senate

  74. November 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    PBO KNEW this was going to happen!! That’s why he brought it up in his conference call with us!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    • 148 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Yes, that was a signal…PBO and Harry must’ve discussed this prior to the conference call. :) :)

    • 149 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I picked up on that too meta. He was giving us a heads up that there was going to be more focus on the filibuster abuse in the coming days.

  75. November 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Infuriating: the spam filter is playing up again and is sending lots of lovely people, including Bob, straight to friggin’ spam!

    Same thing happened Marilyn recently. If it’s happening you could you contact the spam people here:

    http://akismet.com/contact/

    Marilyn did that and they fixed the problem almost straight away, looks like a silly giitch on their end that marks particular WP commenters as spam.

    Sorry about this! Will keep freeing people when I find them!

  76. November 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Harry just tweeted a great Vine video with The Turtle’s hypocrisy!! He’s not playing!!

  77. 152 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    McConnell to Sen Reid:

    You will Regret it.

    52 to 48 to sustain. Yes!

  78. 153 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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  80. 156 lockewasright
    November 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I believe that Harry Reid has done the right thing and it is fantastic to see him demonstrate once again that the folks who think that he is spineless are dead wrong, but if this is gonna bring on a week of republican morons of the television saying: “Nook- yoo- ler” then I am going to go bananas!

  81. 157 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    ‘DONE AND DUSTED’

    Thank you Majority Leader Harry Reid for stopping the unprecedented filibuster obstruction by the Republican Party.

    President Obama has an obligation to fill judicial vacancies. It’s his job. But senate Republicans have repeatedly filibustered and blocked his judicial and cabinet nominations for no good reason. They are essentially trying to nullify the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections and prevent President Obama from appointing highly qualified candidates. The theory being if they can’t win elections on the merits of their own ideas they won’t allow President Obama to implement his policies and agenda validated by winning two terms. Obviously, this is unprecedented and un-constitutional. Advise and consent has turned into “NO”. Today Majority Leader Harry Reid said ‘NO’ and brought some sanity and decorum back to the senate chamber. Nicely done Harry.


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