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Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the Seneca Valley High School Chamber Choir in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House following a holiday reception, Dec. 5, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

1:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:0: President Obama tapes an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews

4:10: President Obama delivers remarks at a Hanukkah reception

8:0: President Obama delivers remarks at a Hanukkah reception

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Jonathan Cohn: Healthcare.gov Is Not Amazon.com. Should We Care?

But the comparison to commercial websites should come with two very important caveats. One is an acknolwedgment of the huge, fundamental difference between what the two types of systems must do. Innovative companies like Amazon are constantly developing new, more efficient ways to sell books, clothing, and other goods. (Just check out those stories about the Amazon drones.) But they are still engaging consumers, producers and retailers in a series of relatively straightforward transactions.

Healthcare.gov, by contrast, must perform a whole series of complex transactions—taking and verifying identity and income, determining eligibility for government programs or private insurance subsidies, calculating individualized insurance prices based on that data, presenting options for consumers to buy, notifying and paying insurers, and following up with consumers after the process is done. To do that, the system must communicate with multiple government agencies, at both the federal and state levels, as well as private insurers.

If we’re going to compare the process of buying health insurance at healthcare.gov to the process of buying books at Amazon, we should also compare it to the process of buying health insurance before Obamacare came along. That wasn’t always so much fun, either.

More here

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Matthew Yglesias: Why Does The Economy Do Better Under Democrats?

They say a liberal is someone who doesn’t know how to take his own side in an argument, and the latest paper from former Clinton administration official Alan Blinder and co-author Mark Watson seems to confirm it. The paper looks at the well-established fact that GDP growth under Democratic Party presidents is more rapid than under GOP Presidents, and concludes that it’s all just a coincidence. Except they don’t mount a very strong argument for that conclusion. Consumer confidence is higher under Democrats: 25 percent. Fewer adverse oil shocks under Democrats: 12.5-25 percent. More positive TFP shocks under Democrats: 25 percent.

Unexplained: 25-37.5 percent. Lets take this in order. Consumer confidence is definitely something you could imagine the President being able to impact despite central bank independence and the separation of powers. People think of Democrats as representing majoritarian economic interests and unpopular secularism and internationalism. So when a Republican gets in, they expect America to stand tall on the world stage and stand up for core moral values but perhaps give short-shrift to the middle class. When a Democrat gets in, it’s just the opposite. So Democrats = more confidence.

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Alex Wayne: Medicare Drug Discount Saves Elderly $8.9 Billion

The Obama administration said the U.S. health-care overhaul has saved Medicare recipients $8.9 billion so far in prescription drug costs. The savings average out to $1,209 a person, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servicessaid today in a statement. The savings are related to a discount program on medicines created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

The discounts apply to recipients of Medicare, the U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled, who reach a coverage gap in the program’s prescription medicine plans called the “donut hole.” The law requires drugmakers to provide a discount to people in the gap until they spend so much in a year, after which the government covers almost all the medicine costs.

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@USEmbassySeoul: Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit!

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The Atlantic: Biden’s 330-Minute Balancing Act In China

On Wednesday, fresh off a visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Joe Biden spent five and a half hours in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping over a series of meetings and dinner. The marathon diplomacy capped a delicate effort by the vice president this week to tamp down Japan’s anger over provocative Chinese actions in the East China Sea while not coming down too hard on China. So into the fray Biden has moved, counseling all parties to contribute to regional stability rather than undermining it and harming their own economic prospects and security.

In the past, America’s role as a guarantor of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region may have created a moral hazard problem wherein nationalist leaders could shake their fists at each other over deep historical grievances without fearing the outbreak of war. As he travels through Asia, Biden appears to be subtly breaking with that state of affairs, pushing countries in the region to not free ride on American security but rather collectively develop a more stable and resilient infrastructure to handle crises. The goal, it seems, is to not only manage conflict but also build a future of what Biden called “limitless benefits.”

More here

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TPM: At Least 1.5 Million People Enrolled In Medicaid Since Obamacare Launch

Nearly 1.5 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the state Obamacare marketplaces went live on Oct. 1, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the most comprehensive look yet at how the low-income public insurance programs are faring under the health care reform law. It covers the month of October, and CMS said that more reports would be released on a monthly basis.

The total includes both those who are newly eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the program and those in all states who were already eligible. They were funneled to the program both through the state-based insurance marketplaces that have opened under Obamacare and other sources (applying through local government offices, etc.). Coverage for those newly eligible under the Medicaid expansion starts on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Bloomberg: Economy In U.S. Grows At 3.6% Rate On Bigger Inventory Build

The U.S. economy expanded in the third quarter at a faster pace than initially reported, led by the biggest increase in inventories since early 1998. Gross domestic product climbed at a 3.6 percent annualized rate, up from an initial estimate of 2.8 percent and the strongest since the first quarter of 2012, Commerce department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted a 3.1 percent gain. Another report today showed first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped by 23,000 to 298,000 last week, according to the Labor Department. Still, housing and autos remain bright spots for the economy.

Residential construction increased at a 13 percent annualized rate, compared with a previous estimate of 14.6 percent, and added 0.38 percentage point to growth, today’s figures showed. More home-construction permits were issued in October than at any time in the past five years, a sign the residential real-estate market is gaining momentum heading into 2014, according to data last week from the Commerce Department. Auto sales remain on pace for their best year since 2007. General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC led November U.S. sales gains that met or exceeded analysts’ estimates

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Lt. Col. Robert Bateman: It’s Time To Talk About Guns And The Supreme Court

A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend’s Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn’t seem upset over the Crimson Tide’s loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman. People, it is time to talk about guns. I am embarrassed by our Supreme Court. The people who sit on a nation’s Supreme Court as supposed to be the wisest among us. They are supposed to be the men and women who understand and speak plainly about the most difficult topics confronting our nation. Our Supreme Court, however, has been failing us, as their actions have been almost the exact opposite of this ideal.

Five of the nine members of the Supreme Court agreed that the part in the Second Amendment which talks about “A Well Regulated Militia, Being Necessary To The Security Of A Free State…” did not matter. In other words, they flunked basic high school history. The lengths to which Justice Scalia had to go in his attempt to rewrite American history and the English language are as stunning as they are egregious. In essence, what he said about the words written by the Founding Fathers was, “Yeah, they didn’t really mean what they said.” You have got to be fking kidding me. Seriously? You spent nearly 4,000 words to deny the historical reality of thirteen words? That, sir, is an embarrassingly damning indictment not just of you, but of an educational system that failed to teach history.

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Leslie H. Gelb: Obama Wins Round One On Iran

The Obama team has won the first round on the six-month agreement with Iran by a knockout. The phony, misleading, and dishonest arguments against the pact just didn’t hold up to the reality of the text. As night follows day, the mob of opponents didn’t consider surrender, not for a second. Instead, they trained their media howitzers on the future, the next and more permanent agreement, you know, the one that has yet to be negotiated. The Saudis lost most gracefully.

They simply said this step has been taken and they’ll see about the next one. The Israelis lost most tendentiously. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called the interim arrangement “a historic mistake.” His minions went further to say that, in retaliation, Israel might well just trash the ongoing private negotiations with the Palestinians, probably the last chance for a treaty in Obama’s tenure. More creatively, American neoconservatives and conservatives are now contending that with his first round, Obama has mortgaged America’s future security. As for Obama having lost his negotiating leverage on economic sanctions, that is pure nonsense.

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Michael Tomasky: Why Obamacare Could Help The Democrats In 2014

If some Republicans are sounding just a little bit desperate right now, I think I know why. “Obamacare is not just a broken website,” House Speaker John Boehner sputtered the other day in retreat as it emerged that the website is now working well. “This bill is fundamentally flawed.” He sure hopes he’s right about that—and by the way, Mister, it’s a law, not a bill. But I bet late at night, when he’s having that last smoke and thinking back over his day, he fears that he’s wrong and that the central Republican…“idea,” if you want to call it that, of the last three years—get rid of Obamacare—is going to look awfully stupid to a majority of Americans eight or 10 months from now. If you haven’t gone to HealthCare.gov just for kicks, I certainly recommend now that you do. Pretend that you’re from a state that didn’t create an exchange. I just did, for the first time in weeks, an hour before scribbling these sentences. I was amazed. It was lightning fast. Explanations were clear and straightforward.

Instead of bureaucratese, I encountered something I didn’t expect at all: plain English! And here’s the key thing. It gave me loads of choices. I pretended to be a 35-year-old man from Kansas with a spouse and child. Without even having to enter my fake income, the site delivered me in a split second to a page with loads of plan options. Choice. That’s what America’s about. How many options? An amazing 42, to be precise. Forty-two plans! That might be more than the number of available potato-chip flavors in America. And this is where Republicans, if they’re looking around the corner, might be freaking out.  No American who has 42 choices is going to feel like the jackboot of the state is stomping on his neck. And sometime next year, the people in the states that didn’t take Medicaid money are going to start noticing something else: that in a lot of cases, they’re going to be paying more for the same plan that a person in a participating state is paying. How’s that going to go down, Rick Perry? Mr. Speaker, light up another one. It’s going to be a long night.

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President Obama meets with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Dec. 4 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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On This Day:

Following the Kennedy Center Honors, President Obama receives a briefing from Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, left, and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, right, before placing a telephone call to President Hu Jintao of China in the Oval Office, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets Elie Wiesel in the Oval Office, Dec. 5, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose in front of the Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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161 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 4 canadabarb4obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    first

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Io sono prima …….I hope.
    If not on this post, I’ll settle for being ‘prima’ to me!

  3. 11 canadabarb4obama
    December 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    scrolling down cost me first….lolol
    congrats Don

  4. December 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome R&S UT, so much wonderful reading – thank you legend!!!

  5. 16 vcprezofan2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Good Morning, Utal! Hope all is going well in your corner of the world. Moving up to appreciate all you have gathered for us this am.

  6. 18 MightyPamela
    December 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

    10th!! ;)

    • 19 MightyPamela
      December 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Er, well maybe not 10th … Anyway ~ good morning everyone! Must venture out into the cold today, believe it or not, I would much rather stay home and unpack boxes! Now how weird is that?? ;) Big hugs all around, enjoy the day! :)

      • December 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Want to wish you the best as you begin your new life in your new home! I hope it feels cozy and you are enjoying making it your nest and sanctuary.

        • 21 MightyPamela
          December 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

          Thank you, Meta, yes to all the above, I am pleased with the change, grateful to have the massive effort behind me, and tho am dreaming about the old place a little bit, to me that means at least I am dreaming again, after many months of no REM sleep. So I know recuperation has already begun, and will proceed smoothly now. No stairs for the past 5 days, 5 whole days! Just wonderful! Blessings, thank you for asking!

  7. 23 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

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

    Thanks UT for this highly-anticipated, fabulous R & S. So much wonderful things to read and see, so little time, but I’ll get through! :)

    • 24 lmrj
      December 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

      G’morning hopefruit2, everyone. Hopefruit2, thank you for always greeting us lurkers every day along with everyone else in the TOD village. In the spirit of POTUS, VPOTUS, FLOTUS & SLOTUS, Obots are always inclusive and make us feel right at home! :-D

  8. December 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Please keep Sec Kerry in your thoughts as he negotiates this difficult process.

      • December 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

        PBO assigned Gen. John Allen to assess the long-term security issues in the region and he has been working on this for months in order to help the peace process along in a manner that will be most productive for all. He will meet with Sec Kerry and Netanyahu tonight to present his findings

        • December 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

          U.S., Stepping Up Role, Will Present West Bank Security Proposal to Israel

          CHISINAU, Moldova — American officials plan to present the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with detailed ideas about security arrangements on the West Bank under a possible peace agreement with the Palestinians, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday.

          The presentation is to be made to Mr. Netanyahu on Thursday by John R. Allen, the former American commander in Afghanistan and a retired Marine general who serves as an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on the Middle East peace talks.

          It will be General Allen’s first briefing to the Israeli prime minister, and will be provided when Mr. Kerry meets with Mr. Netanyahu, officials said. General Allen has made several trips to Israel and developed his ideas in consultation with Israeli officials.

          “It will include many details and specifics,” said a State Department official who asked not to be identified under diplomatic protocol established by the agency. “He will be presenting a piece of what will be a larger whole.”

          http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/world/middleeast/us-stepping-up-role-will-present-west-bank-security-proposal-to-israel.html?_r=0

          • 29 HZ
            December 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

            GM, meta. Thanks for bring this important information for our TOD family. I have been thinking in a very hopeful way during my daily quiet time for this to be a success during President Obama’s presidency. My prayers are still going forth for goodness to come out of it all. So grateful for General Allen’s work on behalf of the Administration and of course, our wonderful SOS, John Kerry. HZ

            • December 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

              My dear HZ, hope you are having a lovely day.

              I have a very good feeling – just a feeling, though all the serious groundwork is indeed being accomplished – that this is going to work out well. Good intentions are important, but PBO, Sec Kerry and all those who are committed to change are working hard to see it through. I believe we will see a breakthrough.

              • 31 HZ
                December 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

                I feel it also, meta. “I believe we will see a breakthrough.” Meta, I am so with you. I have this deep feeling within my soul about it. Let us keep our good thoughts in our space together about it. West coasters “Fired Up, Ready To Go” along with all of our TOD family.

                ((((((((((((((((((( Enjoy the lovely weather, meta.)))))))))))))))))) North, nice today?HZ

    • 33 Linda
      December 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Will the first question at the WHPC be about Sunny the Dog ? Jay should just open the door, let the dog in and leave.

    • 36 hopefruit2
      December 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Yes, we should follow this unfolding situation closely and keep our fingers crossed.

  9. 37 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

  10. 38 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    And here folks, is what your media focuses on….

  11. 40 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Every so-called positive article about this President has to be couched in some snarky caveat. This is ridiculous!

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      December 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I mentioned in the next blog that NPR had an interview with two fast food wage increase strikers in NYC this morning. Towards the end of the interview the commentator mentioned the great inequality of wages and asked them if that would be Barack Obama’s legacy. The two replied with good answers. I figured that was the GOP’s next talking point.

  12. December 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

  13. 76 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

  14. 77 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

  15. 78 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    1st!!!

    First Indian.

  16. 86 Linda
    December 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Forget the stupid Harvard Institute of Politics poll the media has been pushing……here are their students on election night 2012

  17. 88 Vicki
    December 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

    On the last thread there was a state-by-state chart of ACA sign-ups and my State, NY, has signed up almost 25% on the folks eligible for coverage. Other states have signed-up fewer than 1%.

    Here is why there is such a difference.

    New York has gone all out for Obamacare. Wlak into a drugstore and a big sign directs you to help with application.
    Ignore the sign—-when you check out the counter has large laminated info sheet and brochures.
    The TV is filled with ads with motto “Today’s The day” and emphasis on 12/23 date.

    And now I just opened my cable TV bill and there is a 4 color printed sheet with all the info and encouragement you could possibly need.
    ACA has been proven in NY CA Kentucky Washington State. Sensible compassionate Governors decent legislatures……

    2014 2014 2014 2014

  18. 91 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

  19. 98 Nena20409
    December 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Who We The People Elect as lawmakers dictate the type of governance We get. It is a BFD.

    In 2014……Vote the Correct way. Retire John Boehner as speak and reinstate Nancy Pelosi.

    http://www.upworthy.com/someone-put-2-examples-of-anti-science-politics-side-by-side-the-results-are-damning?c=fea

  20. 99 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

  21. 100 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

  22. 102 lmrj
    December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    As usual, great r&s, UT! Thank you Chips for releasing brilliant TOD BTs. You all have my news source every morning. Thank you!

  23. 106 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

  24. 108 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

  25. 109 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

  26. 110 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    For chips.

  27. 120 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • 121 0388jojothecat
      December 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Also, what no one is talking about is that employer plans also cover preventative services with NO copays. This is a huge benefit if you have in the past have a physical every year, mammogram, colonoscopy, or any preventative care and had a copay everytime. I pointed this out to a co-worker who did not know this and no one in HR pointed this out. The secret is do not go in for anything other than preventative care. If you go in for treatment of a cold and preventative care they get the copay.

  28. December 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Good morning TOD family…..

    O/T: I saw a truly wonderful free movie on cable called “The Namesake” with Kal Penn and the Irrfan Khan of Life of Pi. If you get the chance to see this movie you will enjoy it the story and acting. After hearing and reading about the so-called liberal media who should be called the corporate/gop owned media, I have no use watching MSNBC ever again. They focus on the mundane and not on seriousness of the corporations taking our pensions and want their hands on the only thing we working slaves have to look forward too our social security. I plan to fight them tooth and nail to get PBO a Dem majority house and keep the Senate majority Democratic. We have two years left of PBO to change things for the better and keep or improve healthcare in this country and get jobs for all who want to work which is over 7% of us.

  29. 125 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I guess the ACA gravy train is running out for Ezra…he has now moved on to attacking the President’s inequality speech….

    • 126 amk for obama
      December 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

      I bet most of the RT’s and fav’s are more rw morons who don’t realize he is rooting for higher taxes.

    • 127 0388jojothecat
      December 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

      That’s right the government or Congress and our representatives make it easy for Corporations to hide money in foreign banks, steal our wealth with junk investments, ship American jobs out of the country, and keep the minimum wage at poverty levels. With the help of GOP Presidents this has gone on for over 30 years and when DEM President tries to equalize things the GOP pits Americans against each other.

    • 128 HZ
      December 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Ezra Klein’s space seems to be so full of a negative thought pattern. How a person who has a job can get up each day and have a mindset to not impart something that is good for the masses of people to whom he has the opportunity to speak to is beyond my thinking.

      The young man can find some gentle and kind spirits to surround himself with as he continues to make this journey. What a gift that is being wasted when so many young people would listen(even the older ones), only if he had a message of what can be done with a little goodness of will power.

      Wake up, Ezra Klein. The world is moving toward a better place and the train, bus, tricycle, bicycle, boat, ship, airplane, car, all have left their stations in life and are travelling on without you, Mr. Klein. Such a waste of time and life, of which both are sooooooooooooooooo
      precious! HZ

      • December 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ HZ ♥♥♥♥♥♥

      • 130 hopefruit2
        December 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        Words of wisdom from one of our most esteemed, TOD sages, the HZ. Thanks HZ for telling the truth, and I hope Ezra is lurking and reading your comments. Of course, in his arrogance he may quickly dismiss them, but life has a funny way of getting people to learn important lessons.

      • 131 0388jojothecat
        December 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        So true HZ….people are getting sick and tired of all the negativity from the folks who have everything and every advantage. I am happy to come here and be among positive people and hear the positive things POTUS and FLOTUS are doing each and every day they get up. Nothing stops them from doing good every day.

      • 132 jacquelineoboomer
        December 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        Well said, as usual, HZ!!!!

  30. 133 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

  31. 134 HZ
    December 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Good Morning my Chips. Good morning our wonderful UT, and thank you both for all the great work that you all do for us each and everyday.

    Hugs(((((((( Danny)))))))) to our handsome Danny. Chips keep him warm. I wish I had a lovely dog to be by my side. But I can still love our handsome and brilliant Danny. Of course, with Chips permission.

    It is a lovely day here on the west coast. I hope that all of my TOD family members are having a wonderful day. Remember to look at the things that are bright, lovely, peaceful, pure and open honesty, honorable to speak about and gracious in all that you do this seasonal time.

    Do not fret about the things that you cannot remove so swiftly from your space, but remember to look around and give thanks for that gentle word you can give to your mate, companion, your children, your mother, father, sister, brother, grandchildren, God children, and that neighbor. We all need someone.

    I shared with several people while out on Tues., during my dental visit and doctor’s visit. Costco was my main hang out for presenting the ACA to a gentleman at a section of the store where the traffic was a little slow. I gave him the website to go on, and he was so thankful. I carry a note pad in my purse all of the time just to share information. The gentleman saw me pull out the pad to write down the site for him, and he said, “Oh, you are going to write it down for me? That is so nice.” He said he will get his son(who works at the post office) to go online for him.

    Let us remember that we are fountains full of sweet and good water, so let us be open to let that fountain serve as a gentle, loving, kind, truthful spring of goodness to so many people who have been given so much tainted and toxic water for the last five years, just because they do not like the president that we all worked so hard to elect and re-elect. Let you fountains flow with goodness today, ((((((( I love you all so much)))))))

    Thanks again for all of the great work all of the brilliant contributors here are so willing to give us each and everyday. I appreciate you all so much, and you all inspire me to do more and more each day. I will be fine. Spread your goodness in your space and give a little to others space.HZ

    • 135 MightyPamela
      December 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      {{{{{HZ}}}}}

      • 136 HZ
        December 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        {{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs to my beautiful MightyPamela}}}}}}}}}. I am so happy for the new space to enjoy a new season in your life. Take you time and make it that lovely and peaceful space so that you will enjoy every space of your new home. Do not forget to leave a space (s) for your loving candles. I wish I was close to you to bring you a lovely candle as a lovely house-warming gift from my heart to you home.HZ

    • 137 utaustinliberal
      December 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks HZ, you’re a wonderful soul.

      • 138 HZ
        December 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        ((((((((((((((((((( Your dedication on this site brings out the goodness within my soul)))))))))))))))))) UT, I give thanks back to the universe for your brilliant contributions here with Chips. You All are such a blessing to my soul, and I will cherish that each day I am graced with the gift of life.HZ

  32. 139 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Scam of the week…

  33. 144 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

  34. 146 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    PBO did say that he wanted to see CIR done by the end of this year. :)

  35. 147 Nena20409
    December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dod-to-release-2-gitmo-prisoners-162-remain

    The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will release two Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Algeria as part of an ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.

    Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem will head back to their home country now that their cases have been looked over by Guantanamo Review Task Force.

    “As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” a Defense Department statement reads. “In accordance with congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals.”

  36. 148 Nena20409
    December 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kentucky-guv-analysts-said-state-couldn-t-afford-not-to-expand-medicaid

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said Thursday that analysts told him the state “couldn’t afford” not to expand Medicaid.

    So far 25 states, all of which are run by either a Republican governor or have at least one GOP-controlled chamber in the legislature, are not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared the risk he sees in expanding the program to “putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic” — although Texas would forfeit $9.6 billion in matching funds by rejecting the expansion.

    Asked by MSNBC host Thomas Roberts how he would respond to governors who argue their states can’t afford to expand Medicaid, Beshear said he originally shared that concern.

    “You know I had that question, too,” he responded. “I knew it was morally the right thing to do, but I wanted to make sure that the state could afford to do it.”

  37. 149 57andfemale
    December 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I heard an interesting call on Stephanie Miller this morning from a physical therapist. He said that a lot of medical professionals, like physical therapists, will leave the states that have no exchanges and/or didn’t expand Medicare because the patients and the jobs will be in the states that did. So, not only will services not be available to the red state morons who elected the morons, but there will be even fewer medical professionals to treat patients in those states.

    • 150 amk for obama
      December 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Intended consequences of intentional idiocy. I expect many doctors (many of whom fucking conservatives) too will move out of these red states.

      • 151 57andfemale
        December 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        This caller made an interesting point: we think health care is only doctors and nurses. It’s the entire support system of the health care industry that will fall like dominoes if there are customers for health care in other locations. Morons. Idiots.

  38. 152 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  39. 153 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  40. 154 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  41. 155 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  42. 156 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Cookies!!!!

  43. 157 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Eggnog!!! :-)

  44. 158 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  45. 159 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    • December 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Some really impressive protests going on today by fast food workers for a better wage and against ALEC for infiltrating our government policy making.


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