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Rise and Shine

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The Week Ahead:

Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled.

Monday: The President welcomes President Hollande of France to Washington for a State Visit. They will tour Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France.

Tuesday: The President and First Lady will officially welcome President Hollande with an arrival ceremony, after which the Presidents will have a bilateral meeting and press conference. That evening, the President and First Lady will host a State Dinner for President Hollande.

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will deliver remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Following the conference the President will depart for Rancho Mirage, California, for a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate.

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Steve Benen: GOP ignores bill-signing invitations

…. I’m reminded once more of an anecdote from a year ago, when Obama invited several GOP lawmakers to the White House for a private screening with the stars of the movie “Lincoln.” The president extended the invitation in secret, so congressional Republicans wouldn’t face any lobbying to turn Obama down.

It didn’t matter. None of the Republicans accepted the invitation to go and watch the movie at the White House.

…. And yet, there are still many in DC who think the president’s lack of “personal connections” with Republican lawmakers is responsible for congressional gridlock on a historic scale.

The schmoozing isn’t the problem.

Full post here

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TPM: Conservatives Shocked Obamacare Is Working Like It’s Designed To

A new line of bad Obamacare news made the rounds in conservative circles this week: One insurance company, Humana, said it could receive up to $450 million in 2014 through the various provisions in the law that were designed to help insurers make the transition to its reforms.

It was picked up by Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who wrote about the report for Forbes. He cited Humana executives who said that the Obamacare “bailout” — as Republicans have dubbed those provisions — would cost up to $450 million to cover their company.

… As is often the case, the whole story is a bit more complicated … To put it simply: An insurance company receiving money through those programs is just the law working as it’s supposed to. And, the way the programs are designed, some companies could end up paying money to the government if they perform better than expected.

More here

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HealthAffairs.org: Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion: The Health And Financial Impacts

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to increase access to health insurance by: 1) requiring states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) ($19,530 for a family of three in 2013), with the cost of expanded eligibility mostly paid by the federal government; 2) establishing online insurance “exchanges” with regulated benefit structures where people can comparison shop for insurance plans; and 3) requiring most uninsured people with incomes above 138 percent FPL to purchase insurance or face financial penalties, while providing premium subsidies for those up to 400 percent of FPL.

Recent studies suggest that Medicaid expansion will result in health and financial gains. Older studies also found salutary health effects of expanded or improved insurance coverage, particularly for lower income adults. These studies also document an increase in utilization of most health care services. Most recently, the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE) found a striking increase in emergency department use as well as other outpatient care.

The Supreme Court ruled in June 2012 that states may opt out of Medicaid expansion, and as of November 2013, 25 states have done so. These opt-out decisions will leave millions uninsured who would have otherwise been covered by Medicaid, but the health and financial impacts have not been quantified.

More here

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Paul Krugman: Second-Order Journalism

Dave Weigel looks at the disastrous initial media handling of the CBO report — CBOghazi, hah! — and addresses one of my pet peeves: reporting that skips right past the actual policy issues to speculation about how they will play politically. I think of this as “second-order” reporting, and it’s almost always a bad thing.

…. I’m not against all political reporting: it has to be done, and colorful anecdotes are part of what motivates people to read newspapers. But substance should always come first. And if reporters don’t understand the substance well enough — if they don’t know enough about the economics of health reform to tell the difference between job loss and reduced labor supply — they should defer to or consult with someone who does before writing.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: When tribalism takes over

Pollsters have found that in the Obama era, the number of self-identified Republican voters who believe in evolution has dropped sharply. Similarly, in recent years, GOP voters routinely tell pollsters that the federal budget deficit has gone up, even as it drops quickly.

What drives results like these? It’s probably the result of the same phenomenon that drives attitudes like these, as reported by Greg Sargent yesterday, about the Affordable Care Act.

…. Do these same partisans and ideologues genuinely believe the Affordable Care Act has hurt them or their families? Maybe some had to change plans or see a new doctor, but odds are, most of these folks are giving the pollsters an ideologically satisfying answer.

It’s not about dishonesty or ignorance; it’s about political tribalism in a period of stark polarization.

Full post here

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The People’s View: Republicans Get Ready to Cave on the Debt Ceiling, Again

Part of the reason I have been relatively nonchalant on the Republican dog-and-pony show and threats to want to extract concessions from the president in order to raise the debt ceiling is that I have been convinced for some time that for Republicans, that dog simply won’t hunt. This has become a sad, broken, predictable record now: the debt ceiling gets close, Republicans swoon over themselves with promises to extract concessions from Democrats and the president just to pay America’s bills that Congress has already authorized, then let it be raised without those concessions anyway. And then in a few month’s time, they repeat and promise it’ll be different this time, and then back off again.

That is what is happening right now. Tomorrow, the Congress-enacted suspension of the borrowing limit expires, and the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that extraordinary measures to keep the government from running out of money will last only until the end of this month. After toying once again with demanding the suspension of the Affordable Care Act and/or approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the House Republican leadership is inching ever closer to the white flag.

More here

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TPM: Tea Party Brings The Knives Out For Mitch McConnell

Conservatives are bringing out the torches and pitchforks for Mitch McConnell.

Long-simmering tension between the tea party and Senate minority leader has again risen to the surface as a swath of conservative activists redouble their efforts to help Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin oust McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, before he even makes it to the general election.

The lobbying group FreedomWorks, the Jim DeMint-founded Senate Conservatives Fund, the political organization Madison Project and prominent tea party activist Erick Erickson are all trying to tear down McConnell, a 29-year incumbent who is vying to become Senate majority leader next January.

Their newest beef? It’s not just that McConnell isn’t a true conservative — it’s that his poor standing in the polls back home is a danger to GOP hopes of recapturing the Senate.

More here

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On This Day:

President Obama greets members of the National Policy Alliance before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 8, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama hugs Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during the armed forces farewell tribute to Panetta, Feb. 8, 2013

President Obama talks with General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after attending the Armed Forces farewell tribute for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Va., Feb. 8, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Fantastic!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Heh!!! I was gonna tweet that toon.

  3. 4 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 9:13 am
  4. February 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Good morning. Busy week ahead!

  5. 8 africa
    February 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hello again, TODers!!

    Chips, excellent R&S. Now I am off to digest it all.

  6. 10 Ladyhawke
    February 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    PBO SCHOOLS COSTAS ON RUSSIA:

    FIRST OF ALL BOB, THAT WAS SORT OF A ‘SELECTIVE LIST’ BECAUSE …….

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    BOB COSTAS: You came into office promising to reset America’s relationship with Russia, and, if anything, it seems to have deteriorated, and it also seems that if anyone is doing the resetting it is President Putin. Syria, Iran, asylum for Edward Snowden, laws prohibiting U.S. couples from adopting Russian orphans. How well do you think you will work with President Putin going forward? How effective will it be?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, Bob, that was sort of a selective list because in my first term we were able to reduce nuclear stock piles in both countries, and we were able to make sure Russia’s ascension into the WTO took place, so that they were abided by international norms and rules on trade that provided opportunities on U.S. businesses. We were able to cooperate on Libya and making sure Gaddafi wasn’t slaughtering many of his own people. So, there have been ups and downs in the relationship during the course of these five years.

    I think there is always going to be a balance where the areas of mutual interest, where we work together, we cooperate. It is a constructive, respectful relationship when I interact with Mr. Putin. There will be times where we have real differences. We tend to have pretty blunt conversations. The one thing I will give Mr. Putin credit for is, that when we sit down and talk, there is not a lot of beating around the bush or niceties. I think it’s all business, and I tell him where I strongly disagree with him and he does the same.

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    http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/02/07/transcript-of-bob-costas-interview-with-president-barack-obama/

  7. 12 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

    This is what Liverpool is doing to Arsenal and it is sooooooooo good. :lol:

  8. 13 a4alice
    February 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    wow! That was a mouthful of goodness Chips! Great R & S! :D

  9. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

    GM Saturday Morning TOD

    #BlackHistoryMonth

    Did You Know?

    Wally Amos, famed African American entrepreneur and founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand, started his career in the mailroom at the prestigious William Morris Agency. In 1962, following a number of promotions, Amos became the first black talent agent in the history of the William Morris Agency. Determined to make his mark by signing a blockbuster act, his tenacity was rewarded when he discovered the singing duo Simon & Garfunkel. Over the next few years, Amos headed the agency’s newly formed rock ‘n’ roll department, where he worked with Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke.

    In 1967 he left the William Morris Agency and built his cookie empire and as they say, the rest is history….

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!

    • February 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Wow, what a great story! Thx, Donna.

      • 17 donna dem 4 obama
        February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

        I’m somewhat of a history buff. I love reading about the impact that AA’s have had on the history of our Nation but these little side stories that are never talked about tend to really fascinate me even more than what we perceive as the history itself.

        I’m glad you are enjoying them.

    • 18 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Donna, for that interesting nugget of AA history. When I was in college I used to LOVE the Famous Amos oatmeal raisin cookies!

    • 19 Judith Fardig
      February 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      What a remarkable story!

  10. 20 dotster3
    February 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

    What up with that “high on drugs” heading on the 2nd Costas interview vid? What am I missing?

  11. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 10:05 am
  12. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Yeah, because Norton is the solution. Pfft….Norton is the problem.

  13. 26 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 10:11 am
    • 28 anniebella
      February 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

      amk….that is just perfect. Boehner is speaker in name only and he will go down in history as the worst speaker . But maybe he doesn’t care as long as he was speaker.

    • 30 Roberta in Mn
      February 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

      amk had to share that on my FB. I posted a few today. I wonder how many will unfriend me. :)

    • 32 Judith Fardig
      February 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      The truth hurts! When will Boehner come to his senses and cut them loose? The House could pass Immigration reform and other important issues immediately if he would ditch the Hastert “Rule” and just bring a few Senate-passed bills to the floor for a vote!

    • 33 Nena20409
      February 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      The Ring Nose is 1001% accurate. Boehner is Not a Leader, let alone, the Speaker of the House. He is controlled by Tops, 35 TBGOPers of their 234 total numbers.

  14. February 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats on NW on #1 :) Thanks Chips for this Splendid Saturday R & S roundup!!

  15. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 10:25 am
  16. 38 Vicki
    February 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Hahahahaha GOP still talking about what they will “get” for increasing the debt ceiling. Nothing. They will get nothing. Apparently they still don’t understand with whom they think they are going to negotiate.

    • 39 No Child Left Behind
      February 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Dems should say: Our offer is this, nothing, GOP, nothing. Not even the ink to sign the bill that we would appreciate that you put up personally.

    • 40 WilTal
      February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Exactly Vicki…They are talking to the hand. Our President has repeatedly stated “he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling, and that Congress must fulfill its duty to allow the federal government to pay its bills”

      Nancy Pelosi, “This is not a matter of negotiation. This is the full faith and credit of the United States of America”

  17. 41 carolyn
    February 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What is the significance and meaning of the John Kerry piece with Hebrew writing? I’m hoping it’s something good…..as he deserves it.

  18. 47 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 10:30 am
  19. 54 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Chelsea is NUMBER ONE!!!!!

    Chelsea 2 – 0 Newcastle.

    Hahahahahahahahaha…suck it Arsenal and Manchester United.

  20. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 10:49 am
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  23. 62 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 10:58 am
  24. 65 WilTal
    February 8, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Good morning and wishing everyone a wonderful day!

    Chips, an excellent R&S…thank you. G’day to you and Danny.

    Amk, welcome back to the TOD-unit (I love it when you mention the wifey-unit, daughter-unit, etc.)

  25. 67 Roberta in Mn
    February 8, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Good Morning Chips, what a wonderful R&S. Just finished reading. Nerdy Wonka amk thanks for the entertainment and spot on tweets. :)
    Snowing here today. Supposed to get to a hi 16 Woot!! above 0.

  26. 69 Roberta in Mn
    February 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It’s Jim Wright of Stone Kettle Stations BD today 52 in all. Wish him a great one.

  27. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:07 am
  28. 72 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

    But, but… but the media told me that Dems were running away from PBO!

  29. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:09 am
  30. 74 anniebella
    February 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Steve Benen, the Republicans attitude and not trying to work with this President is more about his blackness then anything else. If you don’t believe it just listen to that old woman at Congressman Bridenstine town hall meeting. Go back and look at the signs at the Tea Party rallies. Listen to Fox, that pig Rush, and right wing hate radio. And what is most disgusting is the Republicans leaders never step forward and say to their base or their politicians you have gone to far with what you said.

  31. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Awwww….

    • 76 dotster3
      February 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Love that—-and that horse drawing?—–I drew thousands just exactly like that during my childhood horse days (years).

  32. February 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Mooorning all you O’s!!!! It’s another great getting up day on Planet TOD!!!

    It’s snowing again in my neck of the woods. IT’S snowing again! Its SNOWING again! It’s snowing AGAIN! IT’S SNOWING AGAIN!!!!!

    WTF!!!! or Wow That’s FUN!…….yeah right.

  33. 82 LDS
    February 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TODville!
    Great R&S, so much goodness. Nice and sunny here in NYC……No snow, yet.
    Out to enjoy the day going to CostCo. Have a great Sat. everyone.

  34. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Chelsea (Eden Hazard) 3 – 0 Newcastle.

  35. 86 JER
    February 8, 2014 at 11:34 am
  36. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

    So cool.

  37. February 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Chelsea is top of the table. Yay!!

    I feel like a zombie. Boo.

    Morning all.

  38. 94 Virginia
    February 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Commenting on the “___ Years a Slave” cartoon. Democrats should be touting the fact that once a person is “freed” from a job they hate by the ACA, it actually OPENS a job and an opportunity for all those young people who have been locked out of jobs by people who really don’t need them, but were holding on to keep their health care.

    That makes the ACA a Major job CREATOR–not a job destroyer.

    Maybe I’m not listening, but I have heard one Democratic pundit bring up that point.

  39. 96 JER
    February 8, 2014 at 11:45 am
  40. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Final Whistle: Chelsea 3 – 0 Newcastle.

    YES! YES! YES!

    Thank you Eden Hazard for the hat trick and thank you Jose Mourinho for coming back home to Stamford Bridge.

  41. February 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Oh God, I adore Charles Pierce:

  42. 101 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Man of the match.

    We’re number one!

  43. February 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm
  44. 105 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Good morning, TOD! Chips, great R&S.

    I see Jim DeMint is continuing his march to the Republican nomination in 2016. He’s quietly building his grassroots organization via Freedom Works. He’ll let the clown car fill up, take a couple of spins around the debate track, and show themselves to be real loony toons. Look for him to jump in right before the primaries begin; he’ll present himself as the “non-crazy” consensus candidate that both the Teabaggers and establishment republicans can both embrace.

      • 107 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Layla, I am totally focused on 2014; however, that focus does not preclude taking note of the actions of potential 2016 candidates. DeMint is heavily involved in the 2014 campaign, I believe that involvement is laying the groundwork for his 2016 candidacy.

  45. 108 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Immigration minister Mark Harper has resigned from the government after it emerged his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK.

    Mr Harper notified Prime Minister David Cameron, who accepted his resignation “with regret”, Number 10 said.

    It added there was “no suggestion” the 43-year-old Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean had “knowingly employed an illegal immigrant”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26101442

    Rrright.. You’re in charge of immigration and you know nuthin’. All cons are sergeant shultz.

  46. 109 JER
    February 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  47. 111 amk for obama
    February 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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