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Rise and Shine

President Obama talks on the phone with a foreign leader in the Oval Office, Jan. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Sara Kliff: Don’t Look Now, But Obamacare Might Just Hit A Sign-Up Projection

Three million people have signed up for private insurance coverage through the health law marketplaces, according to Health and Human Services. Health and Human Services says that at least 800,000 people signed up for coverage through this week. So this new figure shouldn’t be seen as representing overall January enrollment–that number will likely inch up a bit, when the Obama administration releases a monthly enrollment report in February. Back in September, the Obama administration had projected 1.1 million people would sign-up in the first month of 2014–and these new figures suggest that enrollment could easily hit that number.

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Louise Radnosfky: Court Says Missouri Can’t Block Health-Law Helpers

A federal court has temporarily blocked Missouri officials from restricting organizations in the state from helping people sign up for health insurance as part of the federal health-overhaul law.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri granted an injunction Thursday blocking the Missouri insurance department from enforcing a state law passed last year that limited the activities of people seeking to enroll the uninsured through new insurance exchanges.

Judge Ortrie Smith granted a preliminary injunction on the grounds that the plaintiffs, St. Louis Effort for AIDS and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, were likely to prevail in their argument that the state had improperly tried to override the federal government’s efforts to implement the health-care overhaul.

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Edward Lucas: Edward Snowden: Did The American Whistleblower Act Alone?

Spy agencies engage in espionage, an inherently disreputable trade: it involves stealing secrets. When details leak, they look shocking. But the hypocrisy of the Snowdenistas is as jarring as their naivety. Our enemies – notably Russia and China – are spying on us. So too are our allies. France runs a mighty industrial espionage service for the benefit of its big companies. Germany has an excellent signals intelligence agency, the Kommando Strategische Aufklärung. Germany’s spies were recently caught spying on their Nato ally, Estonia, using an official who was also spying for the Russians. Far from denigrating American intelligence, we should applaud it. It helps catch terrorists, gangsters and spies. Moreover, its oversight and scrutiny is the toughest in the world. America has taken the most elusive and lawless part of government and crammed it into a system of legislative and judicial control.

America is also part of the world’s only successful no-spy agreement, with its close allies – notably Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A list of countries that would trust Germany or France not to spy on them would be rather shorter.  Instead, the great grievance of the Snowden camp is what they see as the arbitrary power of the NSA and GCHQ. Who gave these agencies the power to bug and snoop? The real answer to that is simple: the elected governments and leaders of those countries, the judges and lawmakers charged with supervising the intelligence services, and the directors of those agencies in the exercise of their lawful powers. The question deserves to be posed in the other direction. What gives the Snowdenistas and their media allies the right to leak our most closely guarded and expensive secrets?

The Snowden affair is a story of secrecy and deception – but not on the side of the intelligence agencies. Far too little attention has been paid to the political agendas of the most ardent Snowdenistas – people such as the bombastic Brazil-based blogger, Glenn Greenwald, hysterical “hacktivist” Jacob Appelbaum, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. They cloak their extreme and muddled beliefs in the language of privacy rights, civil liberties and digital freedoms.

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Think Progress: Why Target’s Part-Time Employees Will Be Better Off Under Obamacare

Chain retailer Target announced on Wednesday that it will stop offering health insurance to employees who work less than 30 hours per week, instead sending these workers to Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces to buy new plans. Target will continue offering insurance to those who work for 30 hours or more per week, the threshold Obamacare sets for large employers with 50 or more employees. The company won’t be cutting anyone’s work week in order to save on its bottom line, will employ consultants to help workers sign up for new health plans, and will give them a one-time cash payment of $500 to help with the cost.

The sorts of plans that retailers and restaurants offer to part-time workers are nothing approaching comprehensive. By contrast, Obamacare’s marketplace plans have to offer comprehensive benefits, including for mental health services and prescription drugs, and cannot place annual or lifetime limits on coverage. A 27-year-old non-smoking Target employee named Jane makes $12 per hour and works 29 hours per week. Jane has a pre-tax annual income of about $16,704, meaning she is at about 145 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF) subsidy calculator shows that Jane would pay less than $52 per month for a mid-level “Silver” plan under Obamacare after getting her premium subsidy.

Since Jane makes less than 2.5 times the poverty level, she’d be eligible for even more Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies that would limit her yearly deductible and hold her maximum out-of-pocket medical expenses at $2,250 per year. An employee who made even less, like a 24-year-old non-smoker making $9 per hour, would qualify for Medicaid if he or she lived in a state that took place in Obamacare’s expansion of the program, or would have to pay just $20 per month for a Silver plan on the marketplaces.

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The Atlantic: Obamacare Is A Powerful New Crime-Fighting Tool

An astonishing two-thirds of the 730,000 men and women released from America’s lockups each year have either substance abuse problems, mental health problems, or both. Very often, those problems were largely responsible for getting them locked up in the first place. Most addicted and mentally ill prisoners receive little or no effective treatment while they’re incarcerated or after they’re turned loose, so it’s little surprise that, like Sanders, they soon wind up back in jail. But for some, that revolving door may stop spinning this year, thanks to a little-noticed side-effect of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Obamacare, it turns out, might be a crime-fighting tool.

Among many other reforms, the ACA is drastically expanding Medicaid, the federal insurance scheme for the poor. Previously, able-bodied childless adults were generally not covered by Medicaid, regardless of how impoverished they might have been. But starting this year, any American citizen under age 65 with a family income at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line—about $25,000 for a family of three—is eligible for Medicaid (at least in the two dozen states that have so far agreed to participate in this aspect of Obamacare). Meanwhile, citizens and legal immigrants earning between 138 percent and 400 percent of the poverty line are now entitled to subsidies to help pay for private insurance. Taken together, those two provisions mean that tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of the inmates released every year are now eligible for health insurance, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse services.

Providing treatment to those former prisoners could yield enormous benefits for all of us. The average cost to incarcerate someone for a year is roughly $25,000. That means if only one percent of each year’s released inmates stay out of trouble, taxpayers will save nearly $200 million annually— “Success in implementing the Affordable Care Act has the potential to decrease crime, recidivism, and criminal justice costs, while simultaneously improving the health and safety of communities,” sums up a recent report by the federal Department of Justice.

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George Zornick: Justice Department Could Ease Regulations For Legal Weed Businesses ‘Very Soon’

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Obama administration will “very soon” issue some regulations that would make it easier for commercial banks to do business with legal marijuana operations—a seemingly small change, but one that could be seminal in launching legal marijuana into the mainstream. Currently, state-sanctioned marijuana outfits essentially have no access to normal venues for banking and finance. Banks worry that accepting deposits from legal marijuana operations, or giving them loans, could expose the bank to legal or regulatory action, given the patchwork set of laws that make marijuana illegal on the federal level, even if certain states have legalized it.

This is, naturally, a huge problem for commercial marijuana retailers—how can you launch and run a business without any loans? They also often have to pay bills and employees in cash, which is difficult from a logistical perspective. At the University of Virginia on Thursday, Holder cited the problem of undeposited cash and suggested changes are on the way. “You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system,” he said. “There’s a public safety component to this. Huge amounts of cash, substantial amounts of cash just kind of lying around with no place for it to be appropriately deposited, is something that would worry me, just from a law enforcement perspective.” Holder added that “we will be issuing some regulations I think very soon to deal with that issue.”

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Sam Polk: For The Love Of Money **(This piece is a MUST READ. 1% + Greed = Obscene)**

IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted. After graduation, I got a job at Bank of America. At the end of my first year I was thrilled to receive a $40,000 bonus. Over the next few years I worked like a maniac and began to move up the Wall Street ladder. I became a bond and credit default swap trader, one of the more lucrative roles in the business. Just four years after I started at Bank of America, Citibank offered me a “1.75 by 2” which means $1.75 million per year for two years.

Now, working elbow to elbow with billionaires, I was a giant fireball of greed. I’d think about how my colleagues could buy Micronesia if they wanted to, or become mayor of New York City. They didn’t just have money; they had power. I wanted a billion dollars. It’s staggering to think that in the course of five years, I’d gone from being thrilled at my first bonus — $40,000 — to being disappointed when, my second year at the hedge fund, I was paid “only” $1.5 million. But in the end, it was actually my absurdly wealthy bosses who helped me see the limitations of unlimited wealth. I was in a meeting with one of them, and a few other traders, and they were talking about the new hedge-fund regulations. Most everyone on Wall Street thought they were a bad idea. “But isn’t it better for the system as a whole?” I asked. The room went quiet, and my boss shot me a withering look. I remember his saying, “I don’t have the brain capacity to think about the system as a whole. All I’m concerned with is how this affects our company.”

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From that moment on, I started to see Wall Street with new eyes. I noticed the vitriol that traders directed at the government for limiting bonuses after the crash. I heard the fury in their voices at the mention of higher taxes. These traders despised anything or anyone that threatened their bonuses. I had recently finished Taylor Branch’s three-volume series on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, and the image of the Freedom Riders stepping out of their bus into an infuriated mob had seared itself into my mind. I’d told myself that if I’d been alive in the ‘60s, I would have been on that bus. But I was lying to myself. There were plenty of injustices out there — rampant poverty, swelling prison populations, a sexual-assault epidemic, an obesity crisis. Not only was I not helping to fix any problems in the world, but I was profiting from them. During the market crash in 2008, I’d made a ton of money by shorting the derivatives of risky companies. As the world crumbled, I profited.

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On This Day:

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama take the stage for his victory rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center January 26, 2008 after winning the South Carolina Democratic primary

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President Obama is briefed before the Swearing-in Ceremony for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the U.S. Treasury Department, Jan. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is briefed prior to making phone calls to foreign leaders in the Oval Office, Jan. 26, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), call the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team from the Oval Office to thank them for raising over $1 million to help the relief efforts in Haiti through “Hoops for Haiti,” Jan. 26, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama exchanges greetings with a supporter after speaking at a UPS facility, Jan. 26, 2012, in Las Vegas


116 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Yesss.

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    In honor of Dudette’s return

  3. 4 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

  4. 5 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Isn’t missouri governor a dem? WTF is going on there?

    • 6 globalcitizenlinda
      January 26, 2014 at 10:48 am

      the state legislature is full of teapartiers who block everything

    • 7 Nerdy Wonka
      January 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

      State legislatures have bylaws that help them override a Governor’s veto so it doesn’t matter if one is a Republican or Democrat, if your legislature has an overwhelming number of Republicans, one’s veto can be overridden.

      • 8 amk for obama
        January 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

        So no diff then between DC and the state capitals? Voters are so smart.

        • 9 Nerdy Wonka
          January 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

          It’s not due to the current voters. These laws are enshrined in states constitutions. Some of these constitutions have been around for hundreds of years.

  5. January 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Faaaaaaaaaaantassssssstic Nerdy, thank you 726 gazillion times!

  6. 12 Cindy
    January 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Good morning TOD community,

    Happy SUNDAY Day to EVERYONE!!!

    Wishing you a JOYOUS and WONDERFULLY BLESSED DAY!!!!

    Now go out and have the best day of your life….I command it! : )

  7. 13 Cindy
    January 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and Danny Boy!

    Chipsticks, Danny is sooooooooo handsome. I saw the new picture while catching up on the posts from yesterday.

    He is a BIG BOY…..what are you feeding him : )

  8. 25 Cindy
    January 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Welcome back Dudette!!!!

    Happy Sunday to you and was glad to see your posts.

    It’s good to know that you are doing better. Sending healing prayers your way for a 1000% recovery.

    Don’t over do it….have a wonderful week as you prepare to return to work.

    Warmest Blessings,

  9. 26 Jovie
    January 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good morning-
    Well, I knew I shouldn’t have turned on politics this morning- but I made the mistake of turning on MTP.
    According to Rand Paul -no War on Women bc his Sisters are ally DRs.
    And… Christie would get stuff done if he were President and…
    Snowden should get a plea deal he’s a Victim, and…
    MTP is implying basically that it was Hillary that banged Lewinski in the WH 15 years ago and she should be held responsible…
    And, Romney is a funny guy and he’s a good Man…
    I am not kidding. :(

    • 27 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

      A bunch of Republican talking points – in other words. I believe you. What else is new on MTP?

    • 28 99ts
      January 26, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Should have listened to Up with Steve Jovie – he had the true story on Christie
      And if you read the previous thread Don (and others) has the true story on Romney :)

  10. 29 africa
    January 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Happy Sunday everyone!!

    Congrats on 1st, amk!! :) :)

    Another excellent R&S. Thanks Nerdy Wonka, for including SmartyPants’ profound piece.

  11. 30 nospin
    January 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Amazing Rise and Shine. Nerdy Wonka hit it out of the ballpark again. Excellent reading.

  12. January 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    LOL!! So in other words it’s a regular Sunday on MTP. The shocker would have been if GOP tool David Gregory actually pushed back on this nonsense. But if he had it wouldn’t be MTP.

  13. 33 hopefruit2
    January 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    G’morning Nerdy Wonka, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats amk on #1 :) Happy Sunday everyone! Thanks ut for another fantastic R & S roundup!

  14. 37 Linda
    January 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Here is a laugh to start the day.

    Good Morning.. ( not one positive comment for Whiner UpChuck ) , which is surprising over at HP…..

    Sam Stein was whining the other day because PBO has NEVER given Huff Puff a live interview…….

    Chuck Todd: Obama White House ‘Very Controlling’ Of Press Relations

    NBC News’ Chuck Todd remarked on Friday’s “Morning Joe” that the White House has been “very controlling” in its relations with the media.

    Todd’s comments came on the heels of New York Times editor Jill Abramson saying that the Obama White House is “the most secretive” she has ever covered. When asked to weigh in on the administration’s relationship with the media, Todd said, “just very controlling, I mean, that’s probably the best word to use, okay?”

    He continued, “I get it, I think every White House wants to control their own message and they want to control access and they want to decide what is news and what is not. But it is amazing to me this White House does get obsessed when something, quote, unquote, ‘leaks.’ They seem to be sometimes more worried about ‘Well, who did it, how did this get out?’ Rather than dealing with the story itself.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/white-house-media-chuck-todd-controlling_n_4659351.html?utm_hp_ref=media#comments

  15. 38 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

  16. 39 99ts
    January 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Lost the time tonight – g’nite all – enjoy your Sunday.

  17. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

  18. January 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Don’t Piss On My Shoes and Tell Me It’s Raining
    Posted by dpm (dread pirate mistermix) at 10:15 am
    Jan 262014

    The Republican spin machine has been working over marks like Marc Ambinder, and they’ve got him convinced that this time the Presidential primary will be different:

    The end result is that the party has conspired to nominate the most electable conservative candidate and quickly. Challengers must prove themselves much earlier. Deep pockets and good field organizations will become more important relative to free media generated by tactical maneuvers and conservative radio hosts.

    In other words, the RNC has finally disenfranchised the crazies this time, just like the last dozen times. The proper response to this RNC spin headlines this post, because it’s not just the Presidential race, it’s the whole brand.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/01/26/dont-piss-on-my-shoes-and-tell-me-its-raining/

  19. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    January 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I shouldn’t laugh but wow…animals can be vicious.

  20. 47 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

  21. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    January 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

  22. 53 desertflower
    January 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

    From what I’m reading on the tubes….Steve Kornacki’s show today is must see TV….can we get it here for everyone ASAP?? Would love to see it. Looks like CC was funneling toll $$ to NJ so that Dems would support him. Treated the PA like his own personal piggy bank….

    • 54 Ladyhawke
      January 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

      DF, I watched all of UP With Steve Kornacki this morning and it was quite an education on the Port Authority and New Jersey politics. I think the link below is the opening segment for this show this morning. The remaining segments should play automatically.

      Hoboken reacts to mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations

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      The same debate that’s playing out across New Jersey and across the country – is Dawn Zimmer telling the truth? Why did she wait so long to come forward? Can anything be proven? – is raging in Hoboken.

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      http://on.msnbc.com/L8mDPR

  23. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

    It really would have made a big difference if Chuck Todd (NBC’s political director mind you) had actually gotten a journalism degree. He is absolutely the worse and this stupid tweet by him proves my point.

  24. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    January 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Love this.

  25. 65 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    You do wonder why the WSJ published this screed. Do billionaires have the right to get their views aired, regardless? Did the Journal think that it was doing a public service by letting the rest of us see the loose screws in this guy’s head? Or — what I suspect, to be frank — did the relevant editors actually think he was making a useful point?

    Actually, Obama has been tougher on the one percent than most progressives give him credit for.

    Start with taxes. The Bush tax cuts haven’t gone completely away, but at the very high end they have been pretty much reversed; plus there are additional high-end taxes associated with Obamacare. The result is that taxes on wealthy Americans have basically been rolled back to pre-Reagan levels:

    Meanwhile, financial reform looks as if it will have significantly more teeth than expected.

    So the one percent does have reason to be upset. No, Obama isn’t Hitler; but he is turning out to be a little bit of FDR, after all.

  26. 69 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  27. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    January 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…..children are hilarious.

  28. January 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  29. 79 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  30. 80 amk for obama
    January 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Fucking nuts. Fuck’em all. Gunnite.

    • 81 4morefor44
      January 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      what planet is that person on?!? the obama administration has been clamping down on the “cayman island post office box scams” and swiss bank accounts, for the first time since those scams were created. they’re signing deals with all those countries to slow down and prevent these scams from continuing, and they’re winning massive settlements with many of the worst offenders. again, for the first time ever these things are happening now. and this clown is going after president obama about these issues?!? typical white privilege “progressive” i’m guessing…

  31. 82 4morefor44
    January 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    i wonder if david has spent too much time in the beltway social circles…he hasn’t been overly active with twitter recently, so in the world take the time to say something nice about one of the most vile and evil people in america (not joking) – mittbot rmoney?!?

    i’ve had situations where you get in the bubble of a certain elite, and get all chummy with them and sort of lose sight of the big picture. seems this might have happened with some of president obama’s staffers over the years. notice the boss though still shuns the cocktail parties and gets ripped on all the time by those same cocktail party circuits.

    • 83 4morefor44
      January 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      add a “why” “why in the world would he….”

    • 84 donna dem 4 obama
      January 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      He lost him mother last week which may account for his lack of online activity.

      • 85 donna dem 4 obama
        January 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        his not “him”

      • 86 4morefor44
        January 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        yes, i saw that. i still see no need to promote the horrible mittbot in any way whatsoever. there’s clearly some plan activated with the mittbot right now, since he’s all over “the news” all of a sudden and being presented as this nice, reasonable guy. he’s truly evil incarnate in my opinion, and i know how extreme that sounds. i can give a lot of evidence for that claim (also realize most everyone here agrees with me too!). i just want to keep pushing back against the rehabilitation of rmoney that “the news” is doing right now, not help it. same goes for the bush family.

        • 87 donna dem 4 obama
          January 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

          Oh I don’t disagree with your opinion about Mitt and the media. I was only responding to why DA’s twitter use had been limited lately.

        • 89 99ts
          January 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm

          He seems to be the substitute Christie at the minute – GOP at the bottom of the barrell

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I think Axe enjoyed a tongue-in-cheek moment, there, like a cat playin’ with a mouse. Nixon looked like a total goofball on Laugh In, I so remember that, just as Mitt would with Jimmy Fallon.

      • 91 4morefor44
        January 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        don’t know enough about the nixon reference, so didn’t pick up on that, if indeed that’s the case. seems nixon went on to win though after that…

    • 92 hopefruit2
      January 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Why is Mitt Romney going on Jimmy Fallon to slow jam the news? Didn’t PBO do this almost 2 yrs ago (and with tremendous success I might add)? Why does Romney seem to want to copy every damn thing our President does? And why does the media seem to want to push him to be their “White” Barack Obama?

      • 93 carolyn
        January 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Actually, he’s slamming Mitt with his Nixon reference. I saw it WAAAAAY back when. It was the most awkward, out of character, sad thing I’d ever seen. I think it’s part of what killed Nixon’s presidency. He could NOT say “Sock it to me” with any kind of naturalness…he emphasized the wrong word…..he emphasized “me” and it was just the joke of the country.
        I think David is saying that about Mitt’s “slow jamming”……he has no idea what he’s doing or how to do it.

  32. 94 GGail
    January 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    For our girl Dudette!
    Southern girl don’t you know ya good to me and I dig you so
    I wouldn’t be right here if you hadn’t been right there
    Southern girl your the one lots of lovin lots of fun
    The tenderness you give me I wanna take it everywhere
    I wasn’t happy not at all
    You were the first to hear my call
    Your hospitality shows me that you care

    Below the mason dixon line down there where the girls are fine
    Sure know how to treat me you just make me feel so good
    Southern girl here’s to you no one can do it like you do
    Girl you be so sweet I just always knew you would
    Girl you love me from the start from the bottom of your heart
    Came along a heard my song

  33. January 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    GM Chips, TOD. Wonderful RS UT. Congrats AMK………. hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, and stay warm this week ahead.

    An item for the ladies re:FLOTUS, I saw last week (don’t know if somebody posted it)

    and on the National Security front ….

    had to give a shout out to the most famous non-athletic Auburn grads Apple CEO Tim Cook, and soon to be Admiral Rodgers.

  34. 99 JER
    January 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hello everybody!

  35. 100 Jovie
    January 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Also, if an attack occurs in Russian Olympics…, do you know who gets blamed?
    Yup? POTUS! Bet?

  36. 101 JER
    January 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  37. 102 4morefor44
    January 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    seeing the onslaught of “the news” right now rehabbing the images of the rmoneys, the bushes, and propping up buffoons such as rand paul, and i’m increasingly of the mind that elizabeth warren is one of the only people out there right now who can stand up to and dismantle the avalanche of 24/7 b.s., just as president obama has done. the Inevitable One does not have the personality type to do this. she was horrible in the 2008 campaign season in doing this. warren is a much quicker wit and much more personable. in some ways, she’s even better than president obama in my opinion, namely in debates now that’s she’s had a few under her belt now.

    martin o’malley can do it in one-on-one interview formats and is great on the issues, but after seeing him at the d.n.c. convention, the jury is still out for me on if he can get people “fired up, ready to go” in a massive way. warren has proven she can do that.

    and this argument that “warren is perfect for where she is right now as a senator and we need her there…” and so on, makes no sense to me at all. a person is 100 times more powerful as the president rather than a senator, and if warren is so “perfect” as a senator, just imagine all the good she can bring to the world as president. plus, i think she’s one of the few who can actual win against “the news” and their chosen republican candidate. warren is the perfect person to carry on the obama revolution.

    • January 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Will offer comments on 2016 after we crush the GOP on 4 Nov 2014 (Federal, State, County, City, neighborhood levels). Will state, however, that I share your very high regard for Senator Warren.

      • 104 nospin
        January 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        “Will offer comments on 2016 after we crush the GOP on 4 Nov 2014″

        Thank you Bobfr

        Everything else is just a distraction.

        • 105 99ts
          January 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

          Which the media is doing – all the time – especially against the dems with the non-stop Hillary. The media was dumbfounded when PBO won in 2012 – I can only hope the same will be true when the dems win back the house in 2014 with their big big win on health care.

  38. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  39. 110 Vicki
    January 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Here’s your answer to Why is Mitt on Jimmy Fallon slow-jamming?

    NBC owned now by Comcast and partly by Bain and affiliates is a PROPAGANDA network, just as Fox is.
    And here’s a smidgen of Proof:

    Last night I tuned into SNL after not doing so for months and what struck me most was on the Weekend Update with Seth Meyers there was a crack about sex troubled politicos.
    Three were pictured—-Weiner, Spitzer & John Edwards.
    This is Propaganda because the long ago John Edwards crap was in place of a current serving GOP sex scandal elected. Such as David the Diaper, Vitter.
    Or Marc Appalachain Trail Sandford.

    Propaganda is telling the things that hurt your enemies while hiding the items that hurt your supporters.

    NBC score 100% on the are you a Propaganda network test.

    In other news, NBC announced that Peter Pan would be next years Holiday Musical. I guess they will have to come up with another Peter after the Miami escapades of JB.

  40. January 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    These Ukrainians are definitely to be admired ….

  41. 112 Claire
    January 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Sickened by this gun violence. Whatever the arguments, this violence needs to stop.

    My cousin was waiting with his 4 year old daughter in the food court while his wife was shopping in the Columbia mall with their 2 year son when the shots when off. My cousin grabbed his daughter and ran out of an exit. His wife texted him to let him know that she was hidden in a refrigerated room in the Godiva store with their 2 year old son… for 2 hours they stayed in that cold room with 3 other people and a store clerk. Fortunately my cousin’s brother knows our Lt. Governor, Anthony Brown, and spoke with him. He personally texted my cousin’s wife while she was sheltered and sent the Howard County Police Commissioner to get her out. He arrived with several members of SWAT.

    This has become the American story. Children should not have to grow up with this fear that shoot outs are a part of the American way of life. The “good guy, bad guy” stuff is ridiculous. To believe that the best way to live life is shooting until hopefully the “good guy” is left standing is absurd.

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      OMG. Thank goodness your cousin and family are okay. What a story. I cannot understand why more police organizations don’t speak out against guns and the NRA and this Wild West mentality, across all 50 of our states. They see the carnage up close, and they pay with their lives sometimes, rescuing people. Is there no integrity left that will topple the almighty gun lobby and paid-for politicians?


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