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Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their entrance at the Annual Alfalfa Dinner at the Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., Jan. 31, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times EST):

10:30: President Obama meets with CEOs, State Dining Room

11:30: Delivers remarks on helping the long term unemployed, East Room

2:0: Participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss his State of the Union Address, Roosevelt Room – Live Streamed on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/whitehouse and the White House Google+ page

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USA Today: Obama’s day: Long-term unemployment

President Obama wraps up State of the Union week Friday by talking about long-term unemployment and chatting with Internet users nationwide.

In the morning, Obama meets with executives from companies that have pledged not to discriminate against people who have been unemployed for six month or more … After meeting with the CEOs, Obama will deliver public remarks.

…. Obama will also sign a presidential memorandum Friday directing the federal government to follow the same rules with its own hiring practices.

In the afternoon, Obama will take what the White House calls “a virtual road trip across the country” via an Internet chat on Google+ Hangout…

More here

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Mediaite: President Obama Sits Down with Jake Tapper to Discuss Everything from Sochi to Ted Cruz

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, President Barack Obama locked down on his promise to wield the powers of the presidency with greater force if Congress refused to act on the agenda he laid out in his recent State of the Union Address.

Calling Congress “divided” and pointing out the efforts of the House Republicans to oppose his agenda in particular, Obama said that he would be willing to act unilaterally to pass certain initiatives, should Congress oppose: “In that kind of environment, what I don’t want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation,” he said. “We’ve all got to work together to continue to provide opportunity for the next generation.

More here – videos at link

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Steve Benen: ‘Bette in Spokane’

For the last several months, conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act, including congressional Republicans, have encouraged Americans to contact the GOP with “Obamacare horror stories.” The more the right can highlight those adversely affected by the law, the argument goes, the more ACA critics can undermine public support for reform.

To that end, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the House Republican Conference chair, used her party’s official response to the State of the Union to highlight a woman in her home state who, she claimed, was better off before the law.

… it was only natural to wonder about the circumstances surrounding “Bette in Spokane,” who presumably represented the single best piece of anecdotal evidence McMorris Rodgers could find as part of her ACA indictment. Fortunately, we now have a better sense of the relevant details, which, like so many “Obamacare horror stories,” don’t help the Republicans’ case at all.

More here

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Timothy Egan (NYT): When Biography Trumps Substance

Only the snarkiest would not be open to the likable life story of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Eastern Washington politician who gave the “official” Republican response to the president’s State of the Union speech. She’s a farm girl from a big empty county just north of here, first in her family to attend college, mother of three, a rare woman in the retrograde men’s club of her party’s leadership.

Her district, poorer than the west side of the state, with much of the broken-family, broken-promise poverty of white rural America, is in real trouble. But the policy prescriptions of McMorris Rodgers have nothing to offer these people. Through her, you can see what happens when biography trumps substance in politics.

…. it would seem surprising that McMorris Rodgers voted to drastically cut food aid last year, and joined her party in resisting emergency benefits to the unemployed. She has been a leading strategist in the unrelenting Republican attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act.

And yet, in her district, people are flocking to Obamacare — well beyond the national average. Though she has been screening town hall meetings to highlight only critics of the new law, her constituents are doing something entirely different in making their personal health decisions.

More here

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Jonathan Cohn: People Who Hate Obamacare Would Hate the Republican Alternative Even More

By now, you may have heard about a new Republican health care plan—and how great it is. The proposal, which its authors call the “Patient CARE Act,” would hollow out the Obamacare infrastructure and replace it with a system more to conservative liking. There would be less government spending, lower taxes, fewer regulations—and yet, the sponsors promise, it would achieve roughly equal results when it comes to expanding insurance coverage.

Conservatives are thrilled—not just because the proposal is a serious attempt to address the problem of unaffordable health care, but also because, in theory, it demonstrates the superiority of conservative approaches to health care. “One of the great liberal conceits of the age is that to extend insurance coverage to the uninsured and make sure the sick do not fall through the cracks requires the centralized political management of the health sector,” says a triumphalist editorial in National Review. “The great service that Senators Coburn, Hatch, and Burr have performed is to explode that myth.”

Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is.

More here

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TPM: GOP Quietly Alters Its Obamacare Alternative To Scrap Huge Tax Hike

It appears that the Senate Republicans who put forward their own alternative to Obamacare have quietly refined their proposal, undoing what would have been a significant tax increase on most Americans.

The apparent change centers on the plan’s tax treatment of health insurance. Right now, health insurance contributions by employees and their employers are not taxed; the GOP wanted to include a cap on how much of those contributions can remain untaxed.

But the devil is in the details….

More here

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NJ.com: Christie used Sandy money as political slush fund, evidence shows (Editorial)

Looks like we must send out a new batch of subpoenas, this time over fresh and powerful evidence that the governor personally misused Hurricane Sandy funds to win an endorsement from a Democrat.

This sounds like Hoboken in reverse. While Mayor Dawn Zimmer accuses the administration of withholding Sandy aid for political reasons in her city, the evidence in Belleville indicates that the governor provided extra aid for a mayor who was willing to dance.

And here, the governor was directly involved.

More here

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ThinkProgress: The Extraordinary Climate And Environmental Legacy Of Henry Waxman

Following 40 years of sustained fighting on behalf of human health, the environment, and a livable climate, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced on Thursday that he would retire from Congress after this year.

“In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress,” he said Thursday in a press release. “Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year.” When the news hit the House GOP, their reaction spoke volumes of how strong a legislative adversary he was to them:

A Waxman-less Congress leaves a gaping hole on serious climate policy. Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when Waxman was Chair, described him as a formidable opponent: “he may be short in his stature, but he can be 10 feet tall if you get in his way.”

More here

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ThinkProgress: Anti-Choice Groups Launch National Boycott Of Girl Scout Cookies For ‘Endorsing’ Wendy Davis

Toward the end of December, Girl Scout USA’s official Twitter account tweeted out a Huffington Post story about the inspiring individuals who should be considered to be 2013′s “women of the year.” The article included figures like Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai, and Wendy Davis — and the organization asked its followers who else should be added to the list of “incredible ladies.” That was enough for anti-choice activists to call for a national boycott of the organization’s popular cookies, claiming the Girl Scouts have endorsed “pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis.”

“We’re asking you to boycott Girl Scout cookies in 2014,” reads a new site dedicated to the boycott, explaining that Davis should not be lifted up as a “worthy role model for our children.” The same accusation is being leveled against the group in regards to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was included in a different news article about influential U.S. women that the Girl Scouts shared on its Facebook page.

More here

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USA Today: Obama on Air Force One: ‘It’s a nice plane’

…. President Obama talked about his very special form of transportation during his education speech Thursday in Nashville, where he talked about more professional training for students — including aviation.

Students can “work on your very own airplane,” Obama said. “That’s pretty cool — I didn’t get my own plane until I was 47 years old.”

“And it’s big!” one student helpfully added.

“Yes, it’s a nice plane,” Obama said. “But I’ve got to give it back.

“That’s the only thing. It’s a rental.”

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ABC: Michelle Obama attends Bay Area fundraisers

First Lady Michelle Obama was in San Francisco Thursday for the start of a two-day visit for various Democratic fundraisers.

Obama’s first stop was a private Democratic National Committee roundtable …. A small crowd of onlookers gathered behind police blocking off the intersection, including a group of women who said they worked nearby and had waited about an hour to catch a glimpse of the first lady.

More here

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On This Day:

President Obama is viewed through the window as he meets with Chief of Staff Jack Lew in the Oval Office, Jan. 31, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


147 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Good Friday Morning! Happy BD, africa:)

    • 2 amk for obama
      January 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Shakes first

    • January 31, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Mooooorning Desertflower, moooooorning everyone – and happy birthday again to Africa!

      • 4 desertflower
        January 31, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Morning, Chips:) On my third day home nursing this cold/flu thing. Rather be at work, but when the urge for a 3 hour nap hits, I could never do that if I was at work. Home it is.

        • January 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

          Oh DF, you poor thing! Wrap up cozy and shake that damn thing off!

          • 6 desertflower
            January 31, 2014 at 10:17 am

            i’m trying! Don’t do “sick” very well….can’t sit still. Better today than the other days, but don’t want to be around the kids at school. I’ll be fine. Made some chicken soup the other day….sick comfort food. Delish!

            • January 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

              DF, I have to confess – I have never, never, never understood why people have chicken soup when they’re sick. It would make me worse!

              • 8 desertflower
                January 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

                I’ve heard you say that before:) It’s what I do….not the canned soup, the real, homemade chicken soup. Makes me feel better every time.

              • 9 MightyPamela
                January 31, 2014 at 10:43 am

                Research has found there is an element in the bones of the chicken, which when cooked into the soup, releases healing properties, very good for what ails you. Maybe an old wives tale, but those old wives sure knew a lot about getting sick people back on their feet, without drugs!

                • 10 desertflower
                  January 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

                  :) Who knew! Since I’m not much of a drug taker….chicken soup is my “go to medicine” when I’m sick.

              • 11 57andfemale
                January 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

                My Jewish mother made chicken soup at least three times a month. It was delicious to be sure, but I had enough chicken soup by the time I was 21 to last me a lifetime. It’s my husband’s favorite soup. I have to remind him to make a small pot because I just don’t want it.

                • 12 desertflower
                  January 31, 2014 at 10:55 am

                  :) That’s the way I feel about salmon. My parents went fishing one year and caught so much they gave it all to us…canned, fillets, steaks, flaked…you name it, we had. By the case and taking up my entire freezer. Had so much we fed it to the cats, and gave it away to someone that rescued our lost dog.
                  I can’t LOOK at salmon now!

                  • 13 57andfemale
                    January 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

                    My mother has been dead since I was 21. She died in 1972. About 15 years ago I was running two theaters in Chicago, working on and/or directing a total of 10 shows/year. And I got the Mother of all Bronchitis(es) one January when I was at my busiest. During a rehearsal for Much Ado About Nothing, I cracked a rib and tore ligaments from coughing so much. I have never known such pain before or since.

                    My dear brother ( who is no longer with us) came over and made me chicken soup. Full of garlic veggies and of course tons of chicken. I swear that soup kept me from getting pneumonia. It is a fond memory of my brother who was truly my best friend.

                    But I still haven’t wanted chicken soup since.

        • 14 sjterrid
          January 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          Sorry to hear you have the cold/flu thing, desertflower. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. 15 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Though she has been screening town hall meetings to highlight only critics of the new law, her constituents are doing something entirely different in making their personal health decisions.

    Loving this. Guess she’ll be “toast” this year.

  3. 16 57andfemale
    January 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Would been first if I hadn’t been chatting profoundly on the last thread.

  4. 19 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

  5. 20 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I went back and found this post to repost here again. Important stuff!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/30/going-on-offense-to-expand-the-vote/

    A group of leading Democratic strategists is launching a new political action committee that will raise money for a very specific purpose: Getting Democratic secretaries of state who favor expanded voting elected in four states — Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada.
    Jeremy Bird, a national field director for Obama’s presidential campaign, tells me the effort will aim to raise in the “significant seven figures” to spend on just those four races (read more about the races right here). That could have a real impact, Bird says, because the average secretary of state candidate in such races spends an average of $500,000 total. The group’s board of directors has ties into the world of Obama and Clinton donors.
    “The idea is that we need to flip the switch on this entire voting rights conversation, and go from defense on voter suppression, to offense on expanding access to voting,” Bird says of the effort, called iVote. “This isn’t a short term effort. We’ve got to be systematic. We’ve got to be dogged. We’ve got to be sure we’re out-organizing them.”

  6. 25 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-gop-outlines-immigration-principles

    House GOP leaders have already rejected the popular and bipartisan Senate legislation, refusing to even allow members to vote on it. Instead, they have an outline of sorts, which is the result of negotiations between Republicans and other Republicans.
    House Republican leaders support an immigration reform package that would provide legal status for many of the nation’s 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, offer a pathway to citizenship to undocumented youth, bolster border security, and expand legal immigration, according to a draft framework released on Thursday.

    House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the principles to his caucus in a meeting Thursday at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md.
    The entirety of the document is available online here (pdf).

    It’s important to note that scrutinizing the new Republican plan is difficult since there is no actual plan. What’s more, at this point, there’s no bill and no promise of a bill. In policy analysis, the details make all of the difference, but House GOP leaders have chosen to deliberately steer clear of any specifics, offering just 858 words on a one-page piece of paper.

    What’s more, Boehner told his members, “These standards are as far as we are willing to go.” It was a curious point to emphasize, because the comments seemed to suggest House Republicans, after having negotiated exclusively with one another, are will to compromise no further.

    So they only spoke to other Republicans, there’s no plan, no specifics,and this is as far as they’ll go. No wonder PBO goes around them when he can.

  7. 26 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

  8. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    January 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great reads, Chiparoo.

  9. 29 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said the IRS is trying to bring more transparency to the political process so big donors can’t siphon money to tax-exempt groups for political purposes.

    “The issue is not whether or not outside groups can spend money to influence these elections,” Mr. Van Hollen told The Washington Times. “The question is whether or not voters have a right to know who is spending gobs of money to bankroll these campaigns and try to influence the outcome of elections.”

    He added, “You just have to ask the question: Why is it they don’t want the public to know who is spending all this money in our elections?”

  10. 31 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats df on #1 :) Excellent R & S roundup – many, many thanks Chips. Absolutely love the Tennessean newspaper headline and accompanying pic!!

  11. 32 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

  12. 37 Dakota
    January 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AFRICA!

  13. 38 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

  14. 39 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Simple. Link minimum wage to their wages. When they vote to give themselves a raise, everyone gets one too.

  15. 40 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

  16. 41 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

  17. 42 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

  18. January 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Howdy All
    I backed off politics for awhile but the Christie business has awakened my appetite because the big guy who has plagued our state is going down. Here’s a video showing more evidence of Sandy funds going to areas that weren’t crucial.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/investigations/video/Sandy-Funds-Went-to-Town-With-Little-Storm-Damage/242905961

  19. 47 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

    THIS should make you LOL and SMH! From the jackass of all jackasses? Give me a freaking break. How’s THAT for projection?!

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/huelskamp_msnbc_racist_bigots

  20. 50 JER
    January 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Good Morning everbody!

    Cheerios 2014 Game Day Ad | “Gracie” is going to have a baby brother soon.

  21. 51 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Even more to worry about. Now we have MULTIPLE IMPACT BULLETS..in case you miss the first time!!

    http://www.kpho.com/story/24596493/colorado-company-selling-new-multiple-impact-bullets-in-az

  22. 52 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Kerry’s anniversary this week – he assumed office on Feb. 1, 2013 – finds him, in the opinion of foreign policy analysts, with more significant, concrete breakthroughs than Clinton had in her entire four-year term. As showpieces they hold up the nuclear deal with Iran and the chemical weapons pact with Syria.

    Comparisons between Kerry’s and Clinton’s tenures are inevitable, given that Clinton is widely expected to tout her time as secretary of state as a plus in any future presidential campaign – she’s considered the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

    Analysts say Clinton’s political ambitions probably account for some of the differences in results between the two: Clinton saw the post as a stepping stone and played it safe, leaving office with no defining doctrine or big diplomatic feat, while Kerry is approaching it as a capstone, gambling on high-stakes initiatives in hopes of ending his decades-long political career with a diplomatic coup.

    Kerry’s team says he doesn’t compare himself to his predecessor, whom they credit with laying the foundation for Kerry’s successes.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/31/216431/kerrys-first-year-as-top-us-diplomat.html#storylink=cpy

    • 53 amk for obama
      January 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Good read. Read it.

    • 54 Lovepolitics2008
      January 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Very true that Hillary played it safe. Apparently she was not on the same footing as President Obama in some of the foreign policy decisions. I said it before, I believe on this blog: John Kerry is more aligned with the president. He’s willing to take more risks, and works with a long term view. Both of them have a more bold vision, more imagination, and a larger perspective. And they’re less afraid of going against the MIC. It’s more about character than electoral ambitions. Barack Obama was not deferent to the MIC during his presidential campaign.

      That being said, to be fair, the first term of the Obama presidency was more about repairing a damaged reputation, rebuilding alliances, ending the Iraq war, reassessing the Afghan war, dealing with the Arab Spring, etc. First term was more about repairing damage, building new and solid foundations, and dealing with urgencies. In the second term, time for more spectacular action.

      • January 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Back during the 2008 primary I researched the US Senate bills that were passed and either co or authored by both Senators Obama and Clinton. I even looked at the IL Senate bills. In that research I formed my opinion of which candidate was most suited for the presidential office. PBO was always authoring or coauthoring legislation of significance. It was a very large body of bills that showed quite an accomplishment. Hillary’s reflected accomplishments were on an entirely different level in both number of bills and significance. They represented the safe expected route of naming buildings, commending teams, and minor bills as is expected of a junior Senator. I am afraid it will be hard for anyone to walk in PBO’s shoes.

  23. 56 Linda
    January 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Ann Romney has a message for the country that rejected her husband: Your loss, America!

    The Romney family postmortem/movie promotion continued Friday with Ann reflecting on Mitt’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election.

    “I really believe this, you know, we lost, but truly the country lost by not having Mitt as president,” Ann said during an interview on Fox News.

    She opted to be “polite and nice” and not comment on President Obama’s second term, but said she comes across people all the time who are “still really sad” about the outcome of the 2012 race.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ann-romney-country-lost-mitt-obama

    but said she comes across people all the time who are “still really sad” about the outcome of the 2012 race.

    Is LadyAnn talking about all her neighbors in LaJollaShire ?

    • 57 anniebella
      January 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

      This is pitiful. Ann Romney still haven’t gotten over the fact that she and Mitt lost. I almost feel like crying for her. :)

      • 58 99ts
        January 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        As long as its only “almost” Annie :) I smile – her loss was America’s gain – in every way possible

    • 59 GGail
      January 31, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Boo hoo – get over it Ann – Mitt LOST!!!

    • January 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

      “I really believe this, you know, we lost, but truly the country lost by not having Mitt as president,”

      Domestically Romney’s economic plan was the Ryan budget. He endorsed it repeatedly. Besides Ryan’s numbers not adding up it would have decimated the country. Well that and outsourcing given Romney is one of the pioneers.

      Foreign policy? Mitt was hiring a lot of neocons. That would have decimated us around the world.

      Bill Clinton called it. Romney would have been Bush on steroids.

      She means she lost. America won.

      • 61 Obama Grandmama
        January 31, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        I wonder with all the interviews lately, the Netflix movie, Christie’s problems, Hardball mentioning Romney as a candidate in 2016 again is Romney trying to position himself to run again?

    • January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      There’s something really, really wrong with these people.

    • 63 Nena20409
      January 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Why oh why are her comments and Voice…… a desired Tune for Most Americans to listen to?

      What has Ann Romney done for US that the media just won’t allow these pompous buffoons to Just Fade Away as the Great song recommended many moons ago?

    • 64 debz
      January 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Why wont these people go away already?????

    • 65 57andfemale
      January 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      What an insufferable, selfish, sociopathic bitch.

  24. 66 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

    http://www.taxpayer.net/library/article/tcs-statement-on-house-passage-of-2014-farm-bill-conference-report

    “Today, the House of Representatives passed a trillion dollar farm bill 251 – 166 that thumbs its nose at our $17 trillion national debt and spends 50 percent more than the last farm bill. It not only fails to make long overdue reforms to outdated costly farm subsidy programs, but also increases spending on handouts for profitable agribusinesses during a time when the agriculture sector is experiencing record profits. In fact, the retrograde farm bill is so wasteful that “reform” was stripped from the title of the bill. Worse yet, it fails to rein in unlimited crop insurance spending or make even minimal reforms to farm subsidy payment limits that were already agreed to last year in both the House and Senate.”

    “This $956 billion legislation will spend more than either farm bill passed in the House or Senate last year. With just $16.6 billion in expected savings, it will also spend drastically more than comparable portions of the President’s FY14 budget request or Representative Paul Ryan’s FY14 budget (which called for $38 billion and $31 billion in savings, respectively). According to the Congressional Budget Office, two-thirds of savings are expected to occur in Fiscal Years 2019-23, after the 2014 farm bill will have already expired, while more than half of the spending will occur in the next five years. The farm bill conference report is yet another example of Congress’s penchant to increase spending now with promises to save later. Promises we all know will not come to bear, as the last two farm bills are on pace to exceed their CBO price tag by $400 billion.”

    • 67 57andfemale
      January 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I am LIVID over this bill. and Democrats were a big part of the problem. I’m furious.

    • January 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I wish President Obama would send it back to them. It’s a disgrace. The Democrats just make me want to scream!

      • 69 Lovepolitics2008
        January 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        The bill is urgent re; milk price, etc… They don’t have any time left. If I’m not mistaken, the Farm Bill HAS TO PASS this week. Republicans have the leverage, unfortunately. The big disadvantage of democrats is that they don’t want to hurt people.

        This Bill is very very difficult to swallow.

        And may I say that we have another demonstration of how a corrupt and lazy media hurts AMerica. If the american population was well informed about what’s in this Bill , republicans would take a big hit in the polls. Republicans can have legislative wins because they never pay a price for their bad ideas. American voters don’t know what republicans put in those Bills.

        Another note: unfortunately, it looks like in this election year, democrats in Congress are getting nervous and afraid; they’re not fighting as hard as usual. And I bet that they’ve begged President Obama to avoid his veto pen; they’ve asked him to not put them on the spot.

        • February 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm

          I respectfully disagree, Lovepolitics. The Democrats aren’t concerned about hurting people, they’re concerned about hurting themselves. I do agree that Americans are uninformed but I can’t think of a better wake-up call than to let them feel the bite. They can fix it, but after they expose the fact that millionaires and many Congressmen receive billions in government handouts while they take food out of the mouths of children; after they tell America that Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to deny healthcare insurance to everyone, while handing out billions in insurance coverage to farmers…many of whom have never seen a farm because they live in Manhattan. Then to add insult to injury, it is against the law to tell who the payments go to. How’s that for transparency?

          If Democrats are going to support the middle class and poor and fight against income inequality, I can’t think of a better starting point. You’d think they’d learned a little about hostage-taking from the Republicans.

  25. 71 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

  26. 72 forus50
    January 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This is what happens when a Dem governor truly supports POTUS and Dem legislation. Good grief, why do most of the others choose to do otherwise? It makes no sense.

    For more good news, see the big numbers here! http://acasignups.net/

    This month of January has been a month of daily Mondays. So glad to see it almost done with and ending on a Friday!

    Chips, I’ve probably watched this video more than any other of POTUS. I just smile when he says “Friday’s good” with the kind of shy smile. Thanks for always posting it!

  27. 73 dotster3
    January 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Chgo area lady who was one of First Lady’s guests at SOTU says she was terrified to go, but Michelle’s calm demeanor and hug put her at ease—–and how she was proud to be there, got to speak to PBO after the speech.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/oak_park_river_forest_forest_park/ct-misty-demars-oak-park-tl-0206-20140130,0,1381203.story

  28. 74 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

  29. 75 Linda
    January 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Darryl Issa is on Bill Maher tonight…..I hope Bill makes a fool of him.

    • 76 anniebella
      January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Bill can’t make something out of Darrell Issa what he already is.

      • 77 anniebella
        January 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        That don’t sound right, let me rephrase that. Bill Maher can’t make Darrell Issa something he already is.

    • 78 Lovepolitics2008
      January 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Problem is that Bill doesn’t prepare enough. Issa is going to peddle lots of misinformation and I’m not sure Bill will be well equipped to push back with FACTS.

  30. January 31, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Oh, BTW, my employer just turned 160 today (http://www.knmi.nl).

  31. 81 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Grassroots opposition has caused a political storm in Denmark over plans to sell part of a state-owned energy company to Goldman Sachs.

    Opponents are continuing to sign an online petition, which has collected nearly 200,000 signatures.

    The governing coalition of PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been undermined by the row over Dong Energy, with the Socialists leaving the government.

    But the plans, given the final seal of approval by parliament’s finance committee on Thursday, led to mounting public opposition to what is seen as handing state assets to a private consortium.

    The Socialist People’s Party, one of three parties in Mrs Thorning-Schmidt’s coalition, is split over the issue.

    Its leader, Annette Vilhelmsen, backed the plans but quit as chairwoman and pulled the party out of the government on Thursday, in the face of internal opposition.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25978060

  32. 82 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Charles Pierce on MSNBC/ RINSE PUBIS thingy….

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/How_Not_To_Be_A_Liberal_TV_Network

    We wrote yesterday about the storm of fauxtrage that arose over an anonymous MSNBC tweet concerning a new commercial from the Cheerios people. This prompted an ungainly dive from the “liberal” network in the face of the flying howler monkeys. However, yesterday, the surrender became abject. Obvious anagram Reince Priebus, the empty suit in the emptiest job in American politics, threatened to keep every Republican off MSNBC unless heads rolled to his satisfaction. Whereupon Griffin apologized again, and assured Priebus that he had fired the anonymous staffer who’d put up the tweet in the first place and, pretty please, would Priebus allow nutballs like Tim Huelskamp to come on MSNBC again? Flushed with triumph, Priebus pretended once again to be an important person.

    “So, look, this was a first step. It was the first time I talked to Mr. Griffin. He reacted pretty quickly, and now we have to stay on top of it,” Priebus told conservative pundit Sean Hannity. “So, you know what? It’s sort of like being on probation, I guess. But the fact of the matter is we’re here, we’re watching them and it’s our responsibility – and it’s mine in particular, I think -also to stand up for our party. That’s what I did today, and I’ll do it again. I promise you that.”

    Good for you, junior. Here’s a juicebox. Now run along.

  33. 85 JER
    January 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    STREAM IS UP: The President delivers remarks outlining new efforts to help the long-term unemployed; the Vice President also attends – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 86 desertflower
      January 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. As far as I’m concerned, this could have been my own family’s story.There are so many more people like this out there that need a shot at a good job…. bad credit should not keep anyone from a job they are qualified for and being unemployed for a long time should not keep anyone from a job they are qualified for. Welcomed news to be sure. This President is the HARDEST working man on the planet.

  34. 87 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

  35. 88 Linda
    January 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

    e-mail to CNN

    Please explain to your viewers why running the Rodman interview for the 20th time so far today is more important than showing the President’s remarks on long term unemployment ?

    Have you looked at your ratings lately ?

  36. 89 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    In case you are unaware WH/Gov is still on ….. Valerie Jarrett is introducing Gene S

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  37. 90 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Must Read. http://pleasecutthecrap.com/the-republicanization-of-america-the-minimum-wage/

    Republicans and their “Can’t Do” attitude. Disastrous for America!

    • 91 whatisworking
      January 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Love this article – here was my favorite example

      Think about this. Walmart’s sales i 2012 were $446 billion. Their gross profit was $120 billion. Their net profit was $15 billion, and they gave shareholders $71 billion. They have 1.2 million employees. If they had given 1 million of those employees $6,000 raise, they could have given shareholders $68 billion and still had a net profit of $12 billion. And they could have done it all WITHOUT RAISING PRICES. (Source)

  38. 92 dotster3
    January 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I do not understand parents who are so obsessed with guns that they can’t wait to get them into their young childrens’ hands. Cuckoo-birds.

  39. January 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Hello TOD. I am home. Have had a shower and am resting on sofa.. Will help hubby fix some lunch in a few. So glad it is over

  40. 103 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-157

    Jay’s WH briefings is scheduled to official start at : 12:30 PM ET

  41. 104 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hello TODable TOD.

    Friday, Thank Goodness. This week is finally almost over. Sheesh.

  42. 105 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    COMCAST/NBC continues to attempt to shove it’s Libertarian trash down our throats….

    • 106 Linda
      January 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      hmmm…Dr Zaius only mentioned Dennis McDonough on Morning Joke today.

    • January 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      PBOs brilliant SOTU address and his post SOTU tour focused on bread and butter issues….that concern most Americans…This is MSMs attempt to change the subject…

      • 108 hopefruit2
        January 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        Exactly.

      • 109 Lovepolitics2008
        January 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        They do it all the time. The minute President Obama has some success, the minute there are some positive stories about him in the press, within a few days all the media shifts the focus on something they hope will hurt the president’s numbers. I don’t know if it’s the sole action of media bosses, or if it’s republican strategists who coordinate in choosing the TIME when they accept interviews, or when they put out some press releases, etc.

        Probably both.

        The pattern is very very clear. Because it happens ALL. THE. TIME.

  43. January 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Afternooooooooooon everybody!

  44. 112 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-maher-plots-to-oust-a-house-republican

    ///
    I hope Marher starts with Issa. Now that would be too funny since someone up threat said that Issa is on with Bill M. tonight.
    ///
    As the New York Times reports, the host of “Real Time With Bill Maher” intends to reveal his plan on his show Friday night. First he’ll seek input from viewers in selecting the worst House representative in the country. Once that person is chosen, he’ll use his show to highlight bad things the lawmaker has done and occasionally visit his or her district to do stand-up comedy and sway voters ahead of the congressional elections in November.

    “This year, we are going to be entering into the exciting world of outright meddling with the political process,” Maher told the Times.

  45. 113 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Here is bj commenter MattF brilliantly calling out the as-usual-we-mislead msm ‘poll’ bs about the increasing no. of uninsured “don’t like ObamaCare”

    “But remember, they’re polling uninsured Americans. As people buy insurance, the number of uninsured decreases, but the percentage of crazy uninsured who won’t buy insurance will increase because the sensible uninsured have left the pool of uninsured by obtaining insurance. So, I expect that wingers will claim that increasing percentages of people declining to get insurance means that Obamacare is failing. In fact, it will probably mean just the opposite. ”

    The key to note is that the fucking msm is polling only the uninsured (which as said above will only consist of more and more wingnutz as the saner ones would have got moved out of the uninsured pool) and not the population as a whole, which will only show happier people.

    That’s why gop is now shitting bricks and are rushing through their cockamamie alternative plan, which is already being shrededd.

  46. 115 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  47. 117 amk for obama
    January 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    “We lost, but truly the country lost, by not having Mitt as president,” says Ann, and why is everyone freaking out? I mean, we all remember how Tipper Gore just would not stop yammering about how stupid the Supreme Court was when it “elected” best president ever George W. Bush. And Rosalynn Carter too, was always flapping her gus about the moron in the White House and how he was a treasonous mothball-brained dick. Oh they did not do that? In fact, we can’t even remember Barbara Bush saying anything shitty when her husband was beaten by that upstart ruffian Bill Clinton? (And no less a person than Richard Nixon said of her, admiringly, “that is a woman who knows how to hate.”) Well, maybe they all should have tried harder to be as classy and refined as the elegant Ann.

    • 118 Nena20409
      January 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      The Fab 4 sang: Money Can’t Buy You Love.

      In bone Ugly Richie Ann’s case, Money Certainly Can’t Buy her Better Hateful Bigoted Heart Class.

    • 120 Don
      January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      WOW! Those people may be rich, but they are so poor in other ways.

    • 121 Don
      January 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Just for Lady Ann being such a classless loser, I think I’m going to go home after work and watch “Mitt” again on Netflix just so I can see the exact moment he realizes he’s lost to President Obama.

      • January 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm

        Come, now. When you’ve spent your life in a church that taught Black people were too inferior to even have status in God’s church and then you get beat by one….well.

      • 123 anniebella
        January 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        Ann Romney showed how much class she had when during that interview with Diane Sawyer she was asked if there was anything she had to tell the First Lady and President, and the classy Ann laugh and said start packing.

        • 124 Lovepolitics2008
          January 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

          Can you just IMAGINE the backlash if Michelle Obama had given such an awful answer ?

          • 125 Sandy1110
            January 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm

            Oh boy…”arrogant”, “uppity” and everything else. They would have lost their minds if Michelle had been anywhere near as crass.

  48. January 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  49. 127 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Chips, can you so kindly put this up so Tweeter can Tweet this? MSNBC apologizes for ??? yet Republicans lie, everyday, to everyone, en masse, and it’s all good. Wow.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017172935

    • January 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Done! Thank you DF!

      • 129 anniebella
        January 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        Republicans are bold face liars.

        • 130 desertflower
          January 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm

          Every damn minute of every damn day. To top it off, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that Wolf just took her word for it and never pushed back on her lies. Bet my house on it.

          • 131 desertflower
            January 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

            Oh…thank you, Chips:) Now you guys can Tweet the daylights out of this!

          • 132 anniebella
            January 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

            Wolf is just like Chuck Todd. It’s not his job to correct lies told by Republicans. It’s TeaNN job to sit there and let Republicans lie their freaking behinds off.

        • 133 anniebella
          January 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

          Haters and liars.

        • 134 Lovepolitics2008
          January 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

          The media lets them get away with it, almost all of the time. So the lies are getting more and more outrageous.

          Chuck Todd said that it’s not the media’s job to call out the lies.

          Well, if you want a healthy democracy, you need a press corps who plays the role of a referee and who calls out people who behave badly. Imagine a hockey game without a referee. What would happen ? It wouldn’t be long before players would disrespect the rules. And if one of the two teams tried to stay honest and respectful, they would be rolled over…

          More than money in elections, more than bigotry, what’s hurting democracy in America right now is that it doesn’t have a real independent, strong news media anymore. Give America a vigilant, strong, informative media. And one by one, the other problems would be solved. Because people are not evil; the vast majority want fairness, honesty, and opportunity for everyone. And a majority of Americans are on the side of democrats with all the important issues. For the moment, some of them don’t know it because what the media offers is total confusion, and obfuscation of the truth.

          Broken record I know.

      • 135 Nena20409
        January 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        And I would bet that Wolfie never challenged Rogers about her past votes with her Current in-your-face Lies.

      • 136 Nena20409
        January 31, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        If We Had Factually determined Journalists……..The Right especially would stop Lying to Americans.

  50. 137 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Folks how many Times did the media Invite Mrs Theresa Heinz Kerry to speak about any Topic on TV/Cable, etc after the 2004 elections to Opine about GW Bush? Mrs Kerry speaks 5 languages and was a working woman before marrying her 1st husband. John Kerry lost to GW Bush by a narrower margin and the electoral College votes were even smaller. Ann Romney what has she done other than mouthing off and pompously insulting We The People and pres Obama? P{lease what audience is clamoring for her THOUGHTS?

  51. 138 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79107887/ Edward Snowden’s weasel ways

    I was the Snowden of my day, a disaffected ex-spy who, in the late 1970s and early ’80s, rocked the security community by publishing a memoir about intelligence failures I’d witnessed as a CIA officer during the last years of the Vietnam War. I did so only after the agency backhanded my repeated requests for an in-house review of our mistakes and refused to help me or anyone else rescue Vietnamese allies abandoned during the evacuation of Saigon.

    Government prosecutors never accused me of betraying classified secrets. But in 1980, the Supreme Court decided that I had “irreparably harmed” national security by publishing my book without official approval, in violation of CIA nondisclosure agreements. This, the court said, harmed the government’s ability to prevent serious leaks.

    The ruling left me destitute, stigmatized and gagged for life, required to clear with the CIA all my spy-related writings, including this one, with the threat of jail time if I screw up. The 1st Amendment also took a hit with the rulings in my case. Now, all intelligence alumni, Snowden included, can be severely punished for merely speaking out about their work, regardless of whether what they say contains any classified information.

    Yet, for all that I suffered personally, I never ran or tried to hide. And when the time came to face the music, I never bargained for mercy. I simply took my lumps, accepting them as the price we pay in a democracy for the right to speak out.

    • 139 No Child Left Behind
      January 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Desertflower,

      Very good article. Thank you.

    • 140 57andfemale
      January 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      ” I did so only after the agency backhanded my repeated requests for an in-house review of our mistakes and refused to help me or anyone else rescue Vietnamese allies abandoned during the evacuation of Saigon.”

      Snowden didn’t even try. In fact he ‘impersonated’ NSA employees by using their id’s and passwords.

      This was never about righting a wrong to Edward Snowden, who was just dandy with Bush doing it. He’s a libertarian loon who wants to not only damage this President, but hurt the entire country, if not the world, as he chases his paranoid fantasies.

  52. 142 yardarm756
    January 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Stupidity seems to be universal.

    • 143 99ts
      January 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Quit giving new ideas to the GOP sailor – although given the power of baby food corporations in the US – they will probably mandate feeding babes formula for 2 years.

      The biggest fight to stop women breastfeeding has been by baby formula manufacturers. They provide a great product for women who cannot feed their babes – and a MASSIVE disservice to humanity through their attempts to sell a product when it is not needed.

  53. 147 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Freaking hell.

    Jared M. Bruh ‏@JMBruh 5m
    CNN is now reporting that there are 7 letters with “white powder” found at 4 separate locations. This is a big deal.
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
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