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Rise and Shine

@petesouza: POTUS w LeBron and D-Wade before [yesterday's] event at the White House

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern):

9:45: President Obama departs White House

11:10: Arrives Raleigh, North Carolina

11:35: Tours Vacon, Inc.; Durham, North Carolina

1:05: Delivers remarks; North Carolina State University, Raleigh

2:05: Departs Raleigh

3:15: Arrives White House

3:20: President Barack Obama will make a personnel announcement

4:0: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks on Education

5:30: President Obama meets with Senate Democratic Caucus

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Jim Burress: Obamacare Giving Big Boost To Georgia’s Health IT Industry

Politically, Georgia is fighting the health law at every turn. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, has chosen not to expand Medicaid, and the state’s insurance commissioner publically vowed to obstruct the Affordable Care Act.  But that doesn’t mean Georgia isn’t seeing a financial benefit from the law. Take the company called PreMedex.  Founder and president Van Willis knows that just a few years ago, a company like his would’ve been a hard sell — impossible, even.  The two-year-old company contracts with hospitals and doctors’ offices to call patients after they’re discharged. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are penalized if Medicare patients are readmitted within a month for several specific illnesses.

“From a hospital standpoint, there was very little, if any, communication with patients once they leave,” Willis explains. “A logical way to communicate with patients if you can’t be in their homes is, of course, through the telephone.” Scattered around a half-dozen office cubicles, PreMedex employees don telephone headsets on a recent morning and sit down in front of computers that automatically dial patients. After telling patients they are calling on behalf of doctors and hospitals, the workers ask some simple but important health questions: Have you had any fever? Are you in any pain? How patients answer could mean the difference between a hospital’s profit and loss. PreMedex started with five employees. It’s up to 25 and growing.  It’s a story told over and over across Georgia, according to Tino Mantella, who heads the Technology Association of Georgia.

More here

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The Atlantic: What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You At A Cafe

Thursday into Friday, my head cold got worse, so on Friday morning I walked down to a bar-cafe-restaurant in my neighborhood….

…  the president arrived, 40 minutes later – stepping out of his SUV, smiling, with a little wave …

…. He picked up the baby. The baby’s mom told him about the baby …. He was adorable. Obama really seemed to appreciate holding him, and bounced him for probably a minute. The baby’s mom told him that their family had just been stationed in Kenya, that thats where the baby was born.

He seemed to stumble for a second, as he realized he could not phrase a joke in exactly the way he could phrase it in private.

“That’s, that’s where Donald Trump thinks I was born,” he said.

More here

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James Fallows: The Iran Vote: This Really Matters, And You Should Let Your Senators Know

If the nuclear deal is going to fail, let that happen at the negotiating table – and not be engineered under the Capitol dome.

…. The Obama Administration, along with some of the usual U.S. allies – the U.K., France, Germany – and such non-allied parties as Russia and China, has taken steps with the potential of peacefully ending Iran’s 35-year estrangement from most of the rest of the world. That would be of enormous benefit and significance to Iran, the U.S., and nearly everyone else concerned.

… derailment is what seems to be underway in the Senate right now. Republicans led by Mitch McConnell are pushing for a sanctions bill that is universally recognized (except by its sponsors) as a poison-pill for the current negotiations. Fine; opposing the administration is the GOP’s default position.

But a striking number of Democrats have joined them, for no evident reason other than AIPAC’s whole-hearted, priority-one support for the sanctions bill…

More here

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Al Jazeera: Hard Road Back to “Big 3″

When the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis, the three major American auto makers – GM, Chrysler and Ford – asked the government for a $50 billion bailout to avoid bankruptcy.

(Technically, Ford didn’t need the money, they requested the funds to stake equal advantage with their subsidized brethren.)

Although the prospect of losing millions of industry jobs loomed, a reluctant Congress wasn’t quick to grant the money…. Today, the Big 3 are back reporting healthy profits and manufacturing vehicles they think the world wants to drive.

More here

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Jonathan Cohn: On Second Thought, Republicans Say, Let’s Stiff The Unemployed

Republicans determined to help the poor and the unemployed? That’s so last week.

On Tuesday, two proposals to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed failed to get past key procedural obstacles in the Senate. One proposal would extend benefits until the end of 2014, offsetting the cost by tacking on an extra year of sequestration cuts in 2024. The other proposal would extend benefits for just three months, without offsetting cuts or revenue, but in the hopes that future negotiations would produce another extension that was fully paid for.

Prospects for passage of such a proposal seemed better last week, when Democrats and a half-dozen Republicans voted to begin debate on a benefits extension, providing the 60-vote majority necessary to overcome a filibuster. But on Tuesday, when it came time to end debate and move ahead, Democratic leaders couldn’t win over the same handful of Republicans. They had only 52 votes to proceed—a majority, but short of the super-majority it takes to pass most legislation these days.

More here

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Reuters: World Bank Sees Stronger Growth As Rich Economies Expand

The World Bank on Tuesday raised its forecast for global growth for the first time in three years as advanced economies started to pick up pace, led by the United States. The rosier outlook suggests the world economy is finally breaking free from a long and sluggish recovery after the global financial crisis. The poverty-fighting institution predicted global gross domestic product will expand 3.2 percent this year, from 2.4 percent in 2013, according to its twice-yearly “Global Economic Prospects.” In the bank’s last forecast in June, it expected global growth to reach 3 percent in 2014.

The bank said the global economy had come to a “turning point,” as fiscal austerity and policy uncertainty no longer weighed as heavily on most richer economies. The bank expected stronger growth in the United States in particular, of 2.8 percent in 2014, from 1.8 percent last year. “For the first time in five years, there are indications that a self-sustaining recovery has begun among high-income countries – suggesting that they may now join developing countries as a second engine of growth in the global economy,” the bank’s chief economist Kaushik Basu said in the report.

More here

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Erin Kelly: McCain, Flake Vote Against Bill To Restore Long-Term Jobless Benefits

A bill that would have restored long-term unemployment benefits to more than 17,000 jobless Arizonans died Tuesday after Republicans blocked a vote on the legislation. Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake joined most other Republicans in blocking the bill from coming to a vote, arguing that its cost needed to be paid through budget cuts. Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, whose state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, was the only Republican to join Democrats in supporting the bill.

The Senate’s failure to pass the bill means that another 22,500 Arizonans could lose their benefits during the next six months. It also means the House is unlikely to take up the legislation. Arizonans are still struggling with an unemployment rate that is about 1 percentage point higher than the national average, which was 6.7percent in December. The bill’s supporters fell four votes short of the 60 they needed to end the Republican filibuster and allow a vote on the $6.4billion bill to extend benefits by three months. In the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,

D-Nev., changed his “yes” vote to a “no” — a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill up again if he can secure more GOP votes. Heller and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., offered the bill to restore benefits under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which helps people who have been unemployed for more than six months by sending them about $300 a week. The program, which expired Dec.28, gave unemployed Arizonans a maximum of 63weeks of benefits. Without the program, jobless Arizonans can get a maximum of 26weeks.

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BBC: General Motors To Pay First Dividend Since 2008

US carmaker General Motors (GM) said it will resume dividend payments, capping a remarkable turnaround since its 2009 bailout by the US government. It will pay a dividend of 30 cents per share, the first since July 2008. GM filed for bankruptcy at the height of the global financial crisis and was rescued after the government pumped in billions of dollars.

But the firm has since seen a strong recovery, led by a jump in sales in key markets such as the US and China. On Tuesday, the firm said it sold 9.71 million vehicles in 2013, an increase of 4% on the year before. “This return to shareholders is consistent with our capital priorities, and is an important signal of confidence in our plans for a continuing profitable future,” Dan Ammann, GM’s chief financial officer, said in a statement.

More here

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McClatchy: Michelle Obama On her 50th birthday: My Message To Women Is Be Healthy

First Lady Michelle Obama said she’s yet to peak – even as she celebrates her 50th birthday at the White House this week. “I’m first lady of the United States of America – that’s pretty high up,” Obama said in a birthday-themed interview with People magazine. “But I’ve always felt like my life is ever-evolving.”

… Post her husband’s presidency, Obama noted she’ll be in her early 50s, with more to accomplish … “I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact – whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”

She noted that when the first couple leaves the White House, eldest daughter Malia will be in college and Sasha will have a few more years “and then she’ll be in college. “At that point in life,” Obama said. “Whoa, the sky is the limit!”

…. she says by 70, she’d like to be traveling — to remote castles in Ireland, on rafting trips and to the Hoover Dam, which she said she hasn’t seen.

More here

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On This Day:

On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (partially seen at left) and Sasha attend church services at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


101 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    GM, TOD!

  2. 6 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:12 am
  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    January 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Morning Alycee and GoB!

    Morning, and thanks, Utal!

    • 11 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Go morning japa21,

      Happy Wednesday…….

      How are you? How is Miss Maggie doing? I hope that her arthritis isn’t too bad today.

      Have a wonderful and awesome day!!!

  4. January 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    You guys seen this article yet? It’s pretty funny. Funny because a Democrat thinks they can run as anti-Obama in 2016
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/dem-thinks-he-can-win-the-anti-obama

    Brian Schweitzer, the former two-term Democratic governor of Montana, is rarely speechless. Once he gets going on a topic, he’s almost impossible to stop. As he builds up steam, he’ll slap his knee to emphasize his points. He’ll slap your knee to emphasize his points. Good luck getting a word in edgewise for that follow-up question.

    But at the moment, Schweitzer is rubbing his chin, looking up at the ceiling, searching – unsuccessfully – for just the right words. The question was simple enough: Is there a single thing President Obama has done that you consider a positive achievement?

    Finally, he spoke.

    “My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” he said.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Guess who’s not getting a dime from me or pretty much anyone else in the Obama coalition?

    • 13 Jovie
      January 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

      He couldn’t think of anything? He’s running for president and trying to distance himself from ACA.
      Apparently, the HC law is what people are talking about on the campaign trail and what all republicans are only running on.
      It’s very odd!

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

        That ended it right there for me, to Hell with Brian Schweitzer. What about the votes which aren’t anti-Obama? Do this idiot think he will win without our support? He can’t be President just winning Montana.

      • January 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

        It’s not odd. Beltway media tells him and other politicians that ACA is a disaster and they believe it. Polls show ACA is not that popular but not for the reasons these politicians think. These guys are going to learn the hard way that they better keep their hands off of Obamacare.

        • 16 anniebella
          January 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

          So this idiot Schweitzer is going to run against the ACA (Obamacare). Alot of people don’t like the ACA cause it doesn’t go far enough.

  5. 17 idon
    January 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Good Morning TOD but . . . but . . . I wanted to be first :(. I gotta work on my timing.

    • 18 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Good morning idon,

      It’s in the code….I will teach you how to break the “code.” Once I broke it, I was 1st, not once but twice. : )

      Happy Wednesday!!!!

  6. 19 Cindy
    January 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Good morning Alycee, gobrooklyn and utaustinliberal…..

    Happy Hump Day!!!!

    Have an awesome day ……don’t forget to smile, it softens our wrinkles, and warms a broken heart : )

  7. January 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Aweeeeeeeeeeeesome UT, thank yoooooooooou!!!

    Just added this to the schedule:

    4:0: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks on Education

    Thanks a gazillion legend!!!

  8. 24 anniebella
    January 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

    POTUS is on his way to North Carolina.

  9. January 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good morning, good people!

    ut, thanks very much once again for a great round-up.

  10. January 15, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • 28 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Good morning meta,
      Happy Wednesday!!!

      What’s going on with Benghazi?

    • January 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

      General Ham, like several other Generals (about eight), quietly went into retirement after Benghazi…that includes Petraeus. I keep saying it…the right questions are not being asked. I think there was a plan to jam the President that fell through.

      • 31 Cindy
        January 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

        I guess this will push Christie to the back, and this will over shadow everything for the next 10 months. Christie has a cover now, Benghazi, forget the corrupt governor-nothing there, move on people, move on.

        • January 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

          I don’t think so Cindy. Of course, they’ll try it, but my prediction is that there is too much more to come out about Christie and New Jersey politics. I think many forget that the diehard right-weirdos don’t like Christie and of course there’s the fact that he deals in bipartisan corruption…which is really a no-no.

  11. 33 amk for obama
    January 15, 2014 at 10:28 am
  12. 34 amk for obama
    January 15, 2014 at 10:29 am
  13. 35 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Pete Souza’s talents floor me. The man is a genius with a camera.

  14. 37 cookemom
    January 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    So, I’m over there doing the ‘early bird chat’ and you folks have been over here ‘rising and shining’ all along. Anyway, so as not to waste a perfectly good early bird chat post, I am bringing it over here for your perusal:

    “Howdy all you O’s!!! What another great getting up day in TODville!

    Did I miss anything, other than the Christie Cramp on the Ramp, Iran Sanction Sanity, Bob Gates Big Gulp, and Pundits on Parade?

    I’ve decided that sub-zero temperatures and knee-deep snow is not conducive to outdoor running and exercise. Even my little critters and family of deer have been scarce. When I try to coax them out, they just rustle around in the forest going, ‘are you crazy, we ain’t even try to freeze our fur off!’ So this week, I joined a fitness gym and see how that goes. One thing I did notice is that my furry friends can’t hold a candle to the species that one finds indoors. Too bad, I can’t use my coaxing skills on them.

    Take care all you peeps, gotta go iron, er…..pump iron.”

  15. 38 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 10:48 am
  16. 39 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    These anti-choicers are nuts.

    • 40 57andfemale
      January 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      But guns used to kill people in movie theaters over texts – that’s ‘freedom’. They are all certifiable.

  17. 41 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:50 am
  18. 42 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    HEADS UP.

  19. 43 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
  20. 46 cookemom
    January 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Yippee Ki Yi YAY!!! My #1 who lives in the frozen tundra of Williston No Dakota just sent me this link. She was featured on their local TV station on a new entrepreneurial adventure she just started!

    I hope you don’t mind me posting a link, I’m a proud momma, fer sure. http://www.kumv.com/video

    • January 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I can’t seem to get the video to play correctly, but I know you’re proud…I can feel it bursting right out of the computer. :) Congratulations!!!

      • 48 cookemom
        January 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

        Sorry bout that. click on the feature story ‘Food Taxi Feeds Williston Residents’ located on the right hand side of the page.

        Thanks!

        • January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

          She’ll do great! Just think, she can capitalize on all the lazy folks who neither want to cook or go out…and just wait ’til they legalize marijuana…she’ll need a fleet. :)

    • January 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Is it the video that’s entitled “Food Taxi Feeds Williston Residents”? Terrific job all round!

      • 51 cookemom
        January 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

        yes, that’s her and I was blown away. I knew she wanted to do this, but didn’t realize how far along she’d come.

    • 52 cookemom
      January 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Sorry, forgot to add to click on the Food Taxi Feeds Williston Residents story on the right hand side of the page.

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      January 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Now Cookem, I happen to know your #2 is female – there were no females at that link. I watched the entire ‘Ask your Attorney’ clip! Humpff!

      • 55 cookemom
        January 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        Oh I’m so sorry you went through that link vc. Her featured story can be found on the right hand side of the page titled ‘Food Taxi Feeds Williston Residents’.

        Hopefully, there was some informative stuff on the lawyer link you sat through.

      • 56 cookemom
        January 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        …and btw, this is #1, not #2, who is also female. I had two girls, 15 years apart. I raised two separate generations of females at the same time and it did have its challenges. Mostly good though, cause I had a real living, breathing doll for #1 and a built in confidant/role model for #2. The first one got the advantage of having a young mom and number two got the advantage of having an older mom. Both think they either had it best or worse, depending on which one you talk tol

        • 57 vcprezofan2
          January 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

          Okay, I finally got it together (probably should have refreshed before complaining) and watched the real thing. Good for Kelli! You think she might consider expanding this way? I really would prefer to have my munchies delivered so that I could relax on line here in the village without having to be responsible for what folks around here eat! Both your daughters seem to take after their mom – always reaching out to ‘do’ something. Congrats, proud, and exemplary, mother!

    • 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      OUTSTANDING!!!!

  21. 59 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 11:12 am
  22. 60 anniebella
    January 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I see the GOP Governor of N.C. is there to welcome our President.

    • 61 anniebella
      January 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Yuke ! Yuke! Yuke! I guess he is showing some respect by showing up.

    • 62 No Child Left Behind
      January 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

      He was very effusive in his remarks, whatever he was saying. He laid his left arm on the POTUS shoulder. At least, he is not a JAN BREWER STUCK FINGER IN YOUR FACE type governor.

      • 63 anniebella
        January 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

        No but he sign that voter ID law which is meant to keep Democrats from voting, he is not accepting the Medicaid expansion from the ACA which would help people get health care. He is just like Jan Brewer, except he didn’t wag his finger in POTUS face, but he is wagging it in our face.

    • 64 cookemom
      January 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I watched him on TV this morning and he had nothing but good things to say about PBO. He even said that even though he wasn’t invited on the actual tour, he’d be glad to go and accompany him. I think he is smart enough to know when to pander and when not to.

  23. 65 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 11:23 am
  24. 67 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 11:24 am
  25. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Have a successful visit to Raleigh, NC, Mr. President!

    Good morning, TODville!

    Coffee! More, please.

  26. 70 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

    GM Chips, BTs, all lovelies! Some light stuff:

    [.....] Coincidentally, Beyonce’s husband, rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z, is scheduled to bring his Magna Carter World Tour to Washington’s Verizon Center on Thursday night, two days before Mrs. Obama’s White House birthday blowout. That means Beyonce could be in town anyway.

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    http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/michelle-obama-wont-rule-out-plastic-surgery-botox

  27. January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    This dog doesn’t want to go into his kennel:

  28. 77 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

    [OT, but Oh. My. Good. Gawd!]:

    Dick Black (R), running in the GOP primary to replace longtime Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), opposed making spousal rape a crime, Mother Jones reports.

    He cited the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

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    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/01/15/candidate_said_spousal_rape_shouldnt_be_a_crime.html

  29. 82 dotster3
    January 15, 2014 at 11:41 am
  30. January 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Back in November, my small town’s city council/mayorial election got national attention due to the involvement of the Koch Bros’ Americans for Prosperity. Well, great news! Coralville will still in the spotlight for that a little more, this time on The Daily Show: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140115/NEWS01/301150024/Coralville-draws-interest-from-The-Daily-Show-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage :roll:

  31. 85 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    [UT, look at this twit!]:

    Failed U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) filed an initiative petition to outlaw health insurance exchanges in Nevada, the AP reports.

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    More here: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/01/15/angle_seeks_to_outlaw_health_insurance_exchanges.html#disqus_thread

  32. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon TOD. Thought I’d drop this little nugget with ya.

  33. 91 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 11:50 am
  34. 92 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    [If they had stood firm to begin with, they wouldn't be vulnerable now. All that Koch money would have no effect, down the latrine. Idiots1]:

    Democrats are increasingly alarmed that the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is swamping vulnerable Dems with anti-Obamacare ads, leaving them with no way to fight back, the New York Times reports this morning.

    AFP has spent $20 million on ads hitting red state Senate Dems and marginal House members, including nearly $2 million in Michigan and Iowa, most funding ads that blast Dems over Obama’s claim about people keeping coverage and higher costs Obamacare will supposedly bring. Glenn Kessler explains what’s fair and what isn’t in the AFP line of attack, which telegraphs the main GOP messaging this year. [.....]

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    More here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/15/the-morning-plum-dems-sound-alarm-about-right-wing-money/

    • January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      So, what this tells us is that a lot of people are unable to think for themselves – to the point that they are gullible enough to believe that Americans having access to healthcare is a bad thing. It’s mind-boggling. Why can’t these Democrats just tell the honest facts about healthcare. If voters still insist on voting for Republicans, then they’ll face the same fate as the ones who are being denied unemployment insurance, or those poor souls suffering without water due to de-regulations. At some point, people have to wake up.

    • January 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Democrats get on my nerves! All they have to do is stand on principle. If they would stop worrying about their own fate instead of that of the people, they wouldn’t be concerned. I can remember when Democrats took a stand merely because it was the right thing to do. Sick of these selfish wimps.

  35. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Barbara Buono sure looks happy – not how the Fort Lee fiasco affected real live people; more like how it’s affecting her arch rival, Governor Pants on Fire.

    • 96 Gazelle
      January 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      She has that look: I got the whole bowl of cream! Meeow! I caught her on Politics Nation last week & her look made me want to say, “Go ahead, Woman, just let it all out! Just between us!” LOL!

  36. 98 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Look How Gross The Water Is After The Chemical Spill In West Virginia

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/chemical-spill-photos-wv_n_4601746.html#comments

    I just sent this to Joe ” We don’t need no stinkin regulations ” Machchin…and Jphn ” We have enough regulations ” Boehner.

  37. 99 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    [Jeebus, I didn't know this happened yesterday! Uggh!]:

    [.....] Most of you reading this are probably not aware that a U.S. Appeals Court struck down FCC rules that apply to net neutrality on Tuesday. [.....]

    All you need to know is that Verizon challenged the FCC rules because they claim that it was a case of government overreaching. And of course now that corporations are people they also claim that it (net neutrality) violated their free speech. They won. Those of us who understand that money talks and all else walks in America are not surprised. The little guys never had a chance.

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    More here: http://field-negro.blogspot.com/2014/01/no-more-net-neutrality-another-victory.html

  38. 101 dotster3
    January 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I saw in the Des Moines Register that the Daily Show sent Jason Jones to Coralville, Ia. for a likely follow up to their citizens rebelling against the Koch Bros. funded Americans for Prosperity attempt to influence their mayoral and city council elections, re-electing their current office holders. No one could figure out why the Kochs were meddling in this small town’s politics, trying to scare people that their town was becoming “Iowa’s Detroit” etc. The Kochs are running constant ads now again in Iowa, against Bruce Braley, the presumptive Dem. nominee for Gov. and every other race there from school boards to congressional races. I assume the same is going on in most other states. They are trying to influence the outcomes anywhere they can, no race is too small, to get the people they want running the states and the country—–pro bsns, free mkt, anti-regulations. It’s really creepy—-they have so much money they can run ads everywhere, trying to remake the U.S. to align with their Libertarian views. They’re also out to destroy public education, “trying to dismantle the whole public school system” as one public school official in N.C. noted, aligning with friendly groups in states to get the majorities they want on local school boards, re-segregating school districts etc. etc. The Kochs are a frightening, damaging to democracy force in this country.


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