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Rise and Shine

President Obama talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Jan. 13, 2014.(Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

11:0: The President holds a Cabinet Meeting; the Vice President also attends

1:15: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:55: The President honors the 2013 NBA Champions Miami Heat

3:30: The President meets with the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association

4:45: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel

5:30: The President meets with Maria Shriver to discuss the Shriver Report

The Week Ahead:

Wednesday: The President will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, for an event on the economy

Thursday: The President and First Lady will host an event at the White House on expanding college opportunity

Friday: The President will make remarks about the outcome of the review that he has led on the issue of signal intelligence

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WH.gov: In the States: Affordable Care Act Enrollment “Soars,” “Spikes,” “Surges” and “Takes Off”

For the first time today, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ regular reporting on enrollment in private health care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the department released demographic information on the enrollees, including breakdowns by age.

It’s fascinating and important stuff.  But we were also struck by the way in which local press stepped back and saw the even bigger story – that day after day, month after month, more and more of our friends and neighbors in every part of the country are getting the security and peace of mind of affordable coverage.  Reading the headlines below, it was a bright, shining reminder of one of the big reasons the President fought so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place.

  1. Associated Press: “Health care enrollment spikes in Utah in December” 
  2. Detroit Free Press: “Health insurance enrollment takes off in Michigan, nation for coverage under ACA”
  3. Detroit News: “Feds: Michigan experiences 11-fold increase in health care sign-ups”
  4. MLive: “Obamacare signups in Michigan spike in December; see demographic breakdown”
  5. Sun-Sentinel:  “Obamacare enrollment gains traction in Florida”
  6. Stevens Point Journal: “Obamacare enrollment soars in Wisconsin”
  7. Palm Beach Post: “Florida’s Obamacare enrollment surges, as does the nation’s”
  8. Albuquerque Business First: “New Mexico’s Healthcare.gov enrollment soars”
  9. Bellingham Herald: “Wash. one of top states in health care enrollment”
  10. WSFA: “More Alabamians signing up for health insurance”
  11. Capital New York: “Strong Obamacare numbers from NY exchange director”
  12. Gannett: “More Hoosiers joined health exchange in December”
  13. Des Moines Register: “7,500 Iowans have signed up for private insurance on healthcare.gov, compared to 757 a month ago”
  • The Gazette: “Colorado health insurance enrollments continue at steady pace”
  • WRAL: “North Carolina fifth nationally in enrollment under health law”
  • Boise State Public Radio: “Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Increases 1,000 Percent”
  • WLTX: “Health Insurance Enrollment Spikes in South Carolina”
  • Billings Gazette: “Montana sign-ups for Obamacare policies surge in December”

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Chicago Tribune: Obamacare enrollment surges in December

Just more than 61,000 Illinoisans selected new health insurance polices created under President Barack Obama’s health care law through Dec. 28, as a December surge in enrollment helped the marketplaces recover from a disastrous Oct. 1 launch.

The Illinois enrollments are up nearly ninefold from November, when a little more than 7,000 selected policies, according to federal data released Monday. Nationwide, nearly 2.2 million selected a plan through Dec. 28, with the vast majority coming in December.

More here

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Progress Texas: Nearly Half a Million Texans Apply For Coverage Through ACA

New numbers on ACA enrollment are out, and nearly half a million Texans have applied for coverage through the federal exchange. The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show us that:

457,382 total Texans who applied for coverage through completed applications
390,658 Texans have been found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan
Over 47,000 have been found eligible to enroll in the state’s existing Medicaid or

Ed Espinoza, Executive Director of Progress Texas, released the following statement:

Twelve weeks of ACA has done more to help Texans without health care than Rick Perry has done in twelve years as Governor.

More here

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Steve Benen: So long, IRS ‘scandal’

Last spring, the IRS “scandal” was all the rage. The White House’s detractors and much of the Beltway media was quite certain the story was Watergate, Iran-Contra, Teapot Dome, Abscam, all rolled into one mega-scandal.

And then it all collapsed. The tax agency didn’t single out conservatives for unfair scrutiny; there was no conspiracy; and the news organizations that were obsessed with the story when it looked bad completely lost interest when it looked meaningless. The smoking gun was a water pistol, and the political world moved on past the discredited allegations.

All the while, lingering in the background, was an FBI probe, with federal law enforcement investigating to determine if any laws were broken. Care to guess how that turned out?

More here

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TPM: NY Post Columnist Ripped For Dubbing Newtown A ‘Little Convenient Massacre’

Longtime New York Post columnist Fred Dicker came under fire from gun control advocates Monday for referring to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting as a “little convenient massacre.”

Dicker made the comment on his radio show while discussing New York’s SAFE Act, a package of strict gun control legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law about a month after the September 2012 shooting. Dicker said Cuomo had promised not to pass anti-gun legislation, “but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn. and all the sudden there was an opportunity for him.”

More here

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MoooOOOooorning – ran out of time again :-( Will try to catch up with more news later. Happy Tuesday!


91 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 AJ
    January 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Good morning, all! :)

  2. 6 MightyPamela
    January 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Not First!

  3. January 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Such great news about Obamacare! Thank you, President Obama!

    And thanks to Chipsticks for reporting all of this good news.

  4. 8 JER
    January 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning everybody!

  5. 9 mtmarilyn
    January 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good morning all. This is from warm Montana. This January weather really concerns me. We have had over a week of high 30’s low 40’s weather. Everything is melting, the nights are warm too. Some nights not even getting below freezing. This is not entirely normal. Sure hope we get some more snow or we really will be in trouble this summer. We also have the flu going around. There are people in the hospital very ill. What a winter.

    Thanks for the great R&S Chips. In spite of all the Koch’s and Repubs trying to down Obamacare, people are getting covered. It is tough here in MT. I have 2 close friends who would like to get covered but they make just abit too much money and their monthly premiums are high. They are not sure what to do. I don’t know how to counsel them.

  6. 10 JER
    January 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

  7. 14 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love this latest Christie scandal excuse. See, Springsteen and Bon Jovi were on tour and not available to make those Jersey shore tourism ads, so they were forced to use Christie and his family frolicking on the beach during his re-election campaign. Christie’s hands are clean! (except for the sand) Got that???

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Still tryin’ to get over the image of “Christie … frolicking on the beach”!

      Good morning, dotster – and TODville. Thanks for the fact-filled Rise and Shine, Chips!

  8. 16 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    With the encouraging Obamacare numbers, NBC has now switched their concern to the low numbers in the young demographic and how that could doom the whole thing. I pictured panic in the back room with producers saying, “There’s got to be SOMETHING bad we can report on Obamacare! C’mon everybody, think! Someone come up with something negative. There’s a bonus awaiting!”

    • 17 japa21
      January 14, 2014 at 10:33 am

      You can be sure of that. Eventually it will come down to “We found Claude Misanthrope in Elk Fork, Montana who has not yet gotten insurance. Since he didn’t, although everyone else did, Obamacare is a failure.”

    • 19 Obama Grandmama
      January 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I thought the NPR reporting I heard this morning seemed incredibly one sided concerning progress on Obamacare. It seemed like a dooming report. Thought I was listening to FOX.

  9. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    January 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Oh, look: MORE SNOW! Just what I wanted. :(

    • 21 No Child Left Behind
      January 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I have more rain this morning and feel grateful. I dread the sight of one snow puff..

      • 22 jacquelineoboomer
        January 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        Our forecast was rain, sleet, snow. That seemed to all happen in the same hour, and now it’s rained again and the snow’s almost gone! And the sun peeked out once. Yeehaw!

  10. 23 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

  11. 24 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine.

    Super duper chuffed that ObamaCare is defying the naysayers and helping millions.

  12. 25 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

  13. 28 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

  14. 29 japa21
    January 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I have been self-limiting my activities on the intertubes for reasons which shall remain my onw.

    But there are times that I just have to scream at the top of my lungs. I am sure this was probably discussed many times yesterday, but the shooting in FL really makes mincemeat of the arguement that most gun owners are responsible, good guys who can prevent shootings from happening.

    The shooter, in this case, would undoubtedly have been lauded as just ione of those responsible, good guys the day before yesterday. And now a man is dead, his wife will be traumatized for the rest of her life and a 3 year old girl will grow up without a father.

    It sickens me.

  15. 30 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

  16. 31 amk for obama
    January 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

  17. 32 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    A PLETHORA OF SHINY OBJECTS

    With Christie Scandal, Right-Wing Media Confront Their Obama Fantasy Of Thuggish Corruption

    By Eric Boehlert

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    Since the scandal erupted, much of the conservative media has been scrambling to try to protect the possible presidential candidate from long-term political damage. They’ve done that via obfuscation (i.e. “Benghazi!”) and by claiming Christie’s response to the crisis has offered a clear lesson in “leadership”

    The irony is thick because the unflattering portrait that has emerged of Christie in the last week is the exact same portrait conservatives have tried, unsuccessfully, to paint of Obama for five years: A thuggish politician with a thirst for revenge who’s mired in corruption. Obama, we’re reminded by Fox News, is a corrupt bully who’s at the center of every alleged administration scandal, from the IRS targeting conservatives, to the wide-ranging Benghazi “cover-up.”

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    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/01/14/with-christie-scandal-right-wing-media-confront/197575

  18. 33 JER
    January 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

  19. January 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    WOWzers, what a grand round of news and events. Thank you very much, Chips!! This blog never ceases to amaze!!

    Good morning, everyone. The weather here is incredibly beautiful, like spring, but we need rain desperately.

  20. 35 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    MC CONNELL TAKES MORAL DEPRAVITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

    Political arsonist condemns partisan fires

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    It’s at this point when knowledgeable readers, too well informed to fall for such a clumsy con, realized that McConnell is playing the public for fools. What we have is a political arsonist condemning partisan fires after he lit the match.

    As Ed Kilgore, Greg Sargent, and others noted in response to McConnell’s breathtaking, almost nauseating, complaints about the Senate, the Minority Leader’s whining is not only hypocritical, it’s making a mockery of the very idea of self-awareness.

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    Read more here …..

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/political-arsonist-condemns-partisan-fires

  21. January 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Sec. Jeh Johnson will be welcomed today.

  22. 37 Dakota
    January 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    amk- I hope you don’t mind…I took the liberty of re-posting this. I live in NM and I’m thrilled about this!

    https://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/13/49-go-mexico-progressives-kick-koch-brothers-state.html

  23. 38 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Cory Booker Wants to Torpedo a Major Obama Achievement. What’s His Endgame?
    BY RYAN COOPER

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    This isn’t credible. First of all, the administration presumably has some idea of what’s best for its negotiating position, and it has been lobbying furiously against new sanctions. Second, the timing is suspect—these senators hurriedly drew up this bill only after the breakthrough in negotiations was announced. Third, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif himself said new sanctions would signal a lack of good faith that would kill any long-term agreement.

    No, this bill is an attempt to kill the Iran deal, whether Booker and company admit that or not. No other explanation makes half as much sense.

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    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116204/corey-booker-democratic-senator-support-iran-sanctions

    • 39 Betsy
      January 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

      What is he up to, I wonder???

      • 40 Allison
        January 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        Remember this comment from Corey
        Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising political star and a surrogate for President Obama’s re-election campaign, criticized the president’s re-election team on Sunday for its negative ads focusing on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, calling them “nauseating” — just one day before the Obama team rolled out its .

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cory-bookers-criticisms-complicate-obama-teams-anti-bain-message/

        He’s a snake imo.

        • 41 Cindy
          January 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

          Hey Allison,
          I watched that segment, and I can honestly say; I wanted to bash his head in when he was talking. He totally went against the President, kissing _ _ _ with the repukes. He wants to be something that he is not; he wants the spotlight on him. I have never taken to this guy, viewed him as a loud mouth want to be, riding on the President’s coattail to victory.

      • 43 Cindy
        January 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        Good afternoon Betsy,
        Cory Booker’s problem; he doesn’t want to be Cory Booker, he doesn’t want to be Senator Booker, he doesn’t want to be President Booker.

        His fricking problem for causing trouble, is that he wants to be President Barack H. Obama, and he wants us to fall for his ______.

        • 44 No Child Left Behind
          January 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

          You have such insight, Cindy!

          • 45 Cindy
            January 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

            Good afternoon No Child Left Behind,

            When it comes to this guy, I can’t put my finger on the thing that bothers me about him, but I don’t care for him. He is not there for President Obama, and he is going to try to under mind the President to make a name for himself. He reminds me of the car salesman who’s selling that “best deal” in town, smiling the whole time, knowing that the engine is not in it.

      • 46 57andfemale
        January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        He’s a DLC Democrat, who exploited progressive clothing.

        First of all, he believes (and supports) all that DLC crap. Second, he’s maneuvering for a position of power in the Hillary administration. It’s all political and has nothing to do with the good of the country, our foreign policy or anything else.

        I do believe, however, that he can be influenced if it’s clear that there will be political repercussions if he doesn’t put ‘Democratic’ back in ‘Democrat’. That’s up to the people of NJ to put the pressure on him.

  24. January 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

    • January 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    • 50 donna dem 4 obama
      January 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Wow!

    • 51 anniebella
      January 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Hay Rush, President Obama will be going to visit the Pope.

    • 53 dotster3
      January 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I wish this wasn’t happening. I don’t like religion—any religion— mixed in my politics in any way. And though the pope deserves credit for all his statements re. poor and less fortunate etc., he has also recently been making very strong anti-choice statements. I would like religion to stay in its own lane, to not cross over and play any role in our governments. That has always been the way to achieve the most successful governments/countries, and the opposite is true.

      • 54 japa21
        January 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        The Pope has to make anti-abortion statements, it is integral to the Church’s belief system (though not all Catnolics agree). This is specially true as the Roe vs Wade anniversary is coming up. So I don’t have a problem with that. At the same time, he has been very strong in his wishes that the Church (specially in US) not go overboard with abortion and gay rights.

        And the fact is, people’s religious beliefs do play a role in how they view government and how they vote. Maybe they shouldn’t but they do. Same is true for people who don’t have any religious beliefs. I know a couple declared atheists who will vote against any candidate that, in their view, is too religious, even if the candidate’s policies line up with their’s.

        As far as governments are concerned, I don’t think the Pope believes the Church should get involved in government, rather that the Church guide the people into deciding what is important. This is very different from what the Santorum’s of the world believe. And it is obvious that treatm,ent of the poor and income inequality are high up on this Pope’s priorities. I think he feels that the “flock” has been overfed on anti-abortion and anti-gay rhetoric at the expense of other priorities. And I think, although he cannot say it, that he realizes that helping the poor will also lower the abortion rate.

        • 55 jacquelineoboomer
          January 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

          Very well said. This Pope knows exactly what’s going on. The Pope’s the head of the Vatican state, as well, and that’s why our VP and President (as have most in the past) are making courtesy calls. Luckily, all of these 21st century leaders are clear that Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic church, not national governments outside Vatican City!

  25. 56 lockewasright
    January 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    My puppy girl Vespa is 12 years old. Here eyes are starting to fail her and she is getting stiff and grumpy. She is having trouble getting up on the bed to crowd my legs and screw up my good night’s sleep like she always has. As my kids would say, it’s hurting my heart. I am going to build her a ramp to make it easier for her to get up there. Our bed sits so high.

    • 57 japa21
      January 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      I can feel your pain, really. Maggie is almost 15 1/2, deaf, blind in one eye, and arthritis in hips really bad. But she can still show joy and energy…at least if there is food around.

      • 58 Cindy
        January 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        Hi japa21,
        I am sorry to hear about Maggie, as long as she has some joy, she is letting you know that she is still with you. Our four legged friends have a way of letting us know when their time have come. So keep enjoying her.

        Happy Tuesday!

      • 59 lockewasright
        January 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        Maggie is lucky to have someone around to care for her. Keep her days filled with love.

    • 60 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Good afternoon lockewasright,

      I am sorry to hear that Vespa is not doing well. But she is so blessed to have you for a parent. Our four legged friends are our family and we love them, so good for you for making her life a little bit easier. I use to pick up my Mr. Solomon (cat) when he became ill and place him in my lap and on the bed. He could no longer jump up and he would be so frustrated. I wish I would have thought of the ramp. I hope it helps her to get to her favorite spot with ease.

      Blessings to you and Miss Vespa; Happy Tuesday!

      • 61 lockewasright
        January 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

        I have always had dogs in my life. There have been cats, fish, a turtle, and even a boa constrictor in my life too, but dogs have been a constant presence. I concluded early in my childhood that dogs are the best people in the world. My opinion hasn’t changed.

        Vespa was the first child as far as my wife and I are concerned. Our human children even refer to our 2 dogs and cat as their sisters and brother. I can certainly understand about picking up Solomon. As a teenager, I used to carry our arthritic black lab upstairs every night at bed time. He hated being left downstairs because he was used to sleeping in my parents’ room and he couldn’t manage the steps anymore. I will always treat my fur butts as equally valued members of our family.

        Thank you for your kind words. I have been a little choked up this morning.

        • 62 Cindy
          January 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

          Ahhhh….how sweet. I felt it in your words lockewasright, I agree, they are the best people in the world.

          It’s going to be alright…..thank you for sharing; Vespa knows how much she is loved by her family. : )

          I look at pictures of my babies Mr. Solomon, his brother Sampson (Mr. Sam), and my first, Mr. BB, and I shed a tear with a smile; remembering the joy that they brought me. They were unbelievable, and I loved them to their end. I don’t think we stop loving them just because they leave us, the memories are forever.

    • 63 57andfemale
      January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      We have doggie steps to get up to the bed. There is a lot you can do to sustain good quality of life as the puppies age. I’ve been through the grumpies and the loss of eyesight. You would be surprised how quickly they can adapt and ‘know’ their home with confidence. It’s just a new stage, a new precious, bittersweet time that brings you close together.

      Everyone has their own threshold of what is the right amount of care. We have small dogs, they can be carried easily. I have to trust us to know our babies well enough to make their lives worthwhile. An easy fix is doggie stairs or a ramp so Vespa can share something she has enjoyed for 12 years.

      I’ve been there many times. there are many things you can do that will keep Vespa happy. Keep us posted.

      • 64 lockewasright
        January 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        Some days she’s rather frisky. Some days, not so much. She’s got an appointment to see the vet on Friday. My childhood black lab made it to 18 years old! When he passed, the golden retriever tried to starve himself. That only served to make me understand the depth of loyalty they have. I don’t think that Vespa is anywhere close to the end yet. She just needs some help. We will provide it.

        • 65 57andfemale
          January 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          An 18 year old lab! You are fantastic parents! You well understand the special love and devotion of the golden years.

          My Nickelby had a recurrence of his disk problem over the weekend. He was in some pain, moved slow. There’s no cure but keeping him as immobile as possible until it heals. My little Pearl, our (now) 9 year old yorkie rescue, knew he wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t leave his side. It’s as if she knew where his back felt bad and she gently ‘warmed’ it up for him. She’s only been a member of the family for two years, and it was so heartwarming to see her understanding and devotion. There is no love like the love of a dog. Nothing in the world.

          Nothing is a magic cure, but I give my guys BioVet. A specialist in alternative medicine for pets recommended this to me years ago, and I think it adds to their vitality, helps their joints and they love the taste. Google it. Amazon sells it.

          • 66 Cindy
            January 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

            Don’t forget cats 57andfemale,
            Cats are so funny….my three were just big oversized hams. What I love about dogs, they look like they are smiling when they are happy. Cats, they keep the same facial expression but they were such joy.

            • 67 carolyn
              January 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

              Reading through all these wonderful dog and cat stories, choked me up. We have our own wonderful and sad stories, so I know how all of you feel. It is so great to be at a place where others cherish their fur babies and consider them family! Ours have enriched our lives more than can be explained. We have only one now, but at one time had four wonderful dogs, have had two at a time and three. We have adored them all, and had some tough decisions to make; loved them all to the end.

              • 68 lockewasright
                January 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

                For the purpose of adding a slightly humorous story:

                That boa constrictor that I mentioned earlier belonged to my younger step-brother. He told my step-mom as he was approaching his 6th b-day that he wanted a pet snake. She said: “No” and told him that he wasn’t old enough for one in the hopes that it was a phase that he’d get over. He asked how old he needed to be and she said that 10 years old was old enough. On his 7th b-day he said: “3 year until I can get a snake.” On his 7th b-day he said: “2 years until I can get a snake!” Well, when he turned 10 he still wasn’t over it, so she made good. We all had to read about snake safety and he got a tiny baby boa. She was the size of a big fishing worm. We named her Veronica (dad said that’s what her driver’s license said on it). Eventually, Veronica topped 6 ft in length and some neighbor told on us for having a snake larger that was permitted in our neighborhood. We wound up donating her to the Columbus Zoo (which is among the best zoos in the world if you ever have an opportunity to visit, take it). She lived next door to a python named Julius Squeezer which I think is the best name for a constricting snake ever.

            • 69 57andfemale
              January 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

              The greatest joys in life: our pets.

  26. 70 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    What Chris Christie bridge scandal? Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Editorial

    http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2014/01/chris_christies_gwb_scandal_an.html

  27. 71 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Another school shooting—-in N.M.—-at least 2 students wounded, everything on lockdown.

    • 72 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Good afternoon dotster3,

      This is just sickening. What is going on in this world? I listened to Marvin Gaye song, What’s Going On, and he spoke the truth when he made that recording. It’s just sad.

  28. 73 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Iran deal advances as Congress looms

    By Steve Benen

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    So, stepping back, negotiators have already achieved more than was even imaginable up until very recently. The next phase of talks will be even more difficult, but the fact that the talks are advancing at all is itself a reason for hope.

    The real threat, however, is not the delicacy of the diplomatic process. Rather, it’s the possibility that Congress will sabotage the process, deliberately crushing the possibility of an international nuclear deal with Iran.
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    President Obama will meet with the entire Senate Democratic caucus on Wednesday, and rest assured, Iran will be a topic of conversation.

    Indeed, the president’s team is barely hiding its frustrations:

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    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/iran-deal-advances-congress-looms#break

  29. 74 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Whoops

    • 75 Cindy
      January 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      He was with them because he knew, and they were probably celebrating. This guy is a liar and I hope that RMaddow and Steve K. turn over every rock until he is exposed for what he is; political thug who bullied his way into power. Those Dems who voted for him and pushed his agenda, are just as guilty for bridgegate, as Christ and his cronies are.

    • 76 susanne
      January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      what a smug, smiley group of traitors.

  30. 77 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    And more…..

  31. 78 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  32. 79 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Moving photo/story

  33. 80 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Cities downstream are forced to try and protect their water supply from the W.V. chemical spill

  34. January 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Oh dear, AWKWARD

    • 82 AJ
      January 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      That’s for sure, meta!! Yikes…

    • 85 No Child Left Behind
      January 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Only men can say something like that with a straight face: I will clarify who the first lady is before my trip to the US. What can’t the clarification be now? Does François Hollande need a statistician to compute how to arrive at the formula for the first lady? Does he need an actuary to help him calculate which one of the ladies comes higher on the bar?

  35. 86 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP 26m

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    Awesome that the media is a million more times suspicious of peace negotiations with Iran than it was about the

    drive to war with Iraq.

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  36. 87 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 1h

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    Shorter GOP operatives: Failure of Ocare to sign up enough people shows law should be repealed so that no one

    can sign up.

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  37. 88 Linda
    January 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Harry Reid already said he will not bring the Iran Sanctions Legislation to the floor for a vote.

    The stupid media continues to report on it.

  38. 91 dotster3
    January 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    A 14 yr. old and 13 yr. old in critical condition from N.M. middle school shooting today, airlifted to trauma center. 2 others said to be wounded, suspect in custody.


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