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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama works on his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in the Oval Office, Saturday, March, 3, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

1:45 EST: President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and the plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

Wednesday: The President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

Thursday: The President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

Friday: The President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

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The Moderate Voice: Ukraine: What a Difference Partisanship Makes

…. Conservative pundits are wasting no time in slamming President Obama’s handling of the Ukraine crisis. They are bashing the president for being “all talk and no action,” and are ridiculing his statements of “deep concern” and of “unacceptability” of the Russian actions that “jeopardize” Russians’ relations with the United States and Europe.

… At this point I have to disclose that the president making the remarks, above, about the Russian invasion is not President Obama but rather President Bush in August 2008, during the Russian invasion of Georgia.

However, Krauthammer’s remarks are indeed Krauthammer’s and are directed not at his ideological idol, President Bush, but rather at his favorite punching bag, President Obama, and the comments are in reference to the present Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

I really don’t know what Krauthammer had to say about President Bush’s “deep concern,” “fierce condemnation” and his desire to consult, confer and negotiate “with a dozen other countries” while Russian tanks were rumbling into the city of Gori and thrusting deep into Georgian territory ….

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Putin’s ‘completely trumped-up pretext’

Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukrainian territory. The following excerpt stood out:

“Well, it’s an incredible act of aggression. It is really a stunning, willful choice by President Putin to invade another country. Russia is in violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia is in violation of its international obligations. Russia is in violation of its obligations under the U.N. charter, under the Helsinki final act. It’s in violation of its obligations under the 1994 Budapest agreement…… You just don’t, in the 21st Century, behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext.”

All of this is true, of course. It’s easy to imagine, however, how some around the world blink, at least a little, hearing a U.S. leader make comments like these after we invaded another country on completely trumped-up pretext.

Regardless, Kerry is doing far more than just appearing on Sunday shows. The Secretary of State will travel to Kiev tonight to meet with Ukrainian officials about the crisis…..

More here

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ThinkProgress: 22 Maps That Explain The Centuries-Long Conflict In Ukraine

The tensions in Ukraine between east and west far pre-date the tension between Europe and Russia. Here are 23 maps that help explain the conflict, from 1400 to 2000…..

See here

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ThinkProgress: 5 Steps Government Officials Are Considering To Deal With The Situation In Ukraine

As a tense situation continued to unfold in Ukraine on Sunday, the major Sunday talk shows brought on Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as other government officials, to discuss whether there should be any U.S. involvement here over Russia’s decision to send troops into the semi-autonomous region of Crimea and, if so, what that could look like.

While ThinkProgress on Saturday laid out five potential non-war options that the U.S. could seek to deal with the situation, more options — some fairly contentious — arose as a result of discussions on the Sunday shows.

Here’s a look at the ideas that U.S. government officials from both sides of the aisle are entertaining to deal with the situation in Ukraine….

More here

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ThinkProgress: The FDA Expands Access To Cheaper Versions Of Plan B

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now allow generic versions of Plan B One-Step — one of the most popular types of emergency contraception — to be sold over the counter to women of all ages. The move, announced in a letter from the agency last week, will effectively expand young Americans’ access to this type of contraception, particularly since generic versions of the morning after pill can be as much as $10 cheaper than Plan B.

The FDA’s old policy was essentially a concession to Big Pharma. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures Plan B One-Step, was granted three years of exclusive rights to sell its brand name medication over the counter without an age restriction. Generic versions, meanwhile, remained behind the pharmacy counter and were only available without a prescription to women over the age of 17, requiring an ID in order to purchase them.

More here

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Can anyone explain WTF this was all about?

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On This Day:

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle campaign at his ‘Stand For Change Rally’ at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on March 3, 2008

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A reporter takes notes while President Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom speak to the press in the Oval Office, March 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown following a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House, March 3, 2009

President Obama writes at his desk in the Oval Office, March 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama fixes the tie of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, as they prepare for an announcement at the Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama edits a health care speech with Jon Favreau, director of speechwriting, in Favreau’s West Wing office at the White House, March 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama fist-bumps a medical professional in the Green Room of the White House, prior to the start of a health care event, March 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets doctors and nurses following his remarks about health care reform in the East Room of the White House, March 3, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Bo in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 3, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama talks with senior advisors following a meeting in the Oval Office, March 3, 2011. Fom left: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication; Press Secretary Jay Carney; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; and Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon take questions from reporters in the East Room of the White House after their meeting in Washington on March 3, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 3 ,2011 on a visit with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala

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@VP: VP and Rep John Lewis join in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 3, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning! Ran out of time again, we’ll catch up through the day. Happy Monday!


112 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


      • 3 99ts
        March 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

        yo and hugs {{{{{gb}}}}}

      • 5 cookemom
        March 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Hey there gb, mighty thumbs up to you!!

        PS: do not adjust your screen, this very same message appears out of place elsewhere on this thread.

      • 6 Cindy
        March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Good Monday morning to you gobrooklyn,

        I hope you are feeling much better today.

        Happy Monday!

        I would like to send you some information that I think you will enjoy.

        How can I get it to you? I don’t want to post private information such address, phone etc.

        Thanks,

        • March 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

          Hi Cindy;

          Feeling the same.

          I think you can send Chips an email and she’ll send it to me. I forgot how it works. Or you can follow me on Twitter and send it by DM.

          • 8 Cindy
            March 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

            Ok, I will follow up with Chipsticks..

            Unfortunately, I don’t do twitter, I am technologically challenged so I keep it simple : )

            Chipsticks will contact you. It’s a package that I sent to my sister when she was where you are, and she loved it. So, I see you as my sister in Christ, and would like to get it to you as well : )

            Thanks,
            (((((BIG HUGS and GIGANTIC PRAYERS))))))

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Moooooooorning Cookemom, moooooorning GB, mooooooorning everyone!

    • 11 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

      wtg on the top spot cookemom :)

  1. 13 cookemom
    March 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Howdy O’s! It’s &**$%^ SNOWING again on this great getting up day in TODsville!

  2. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

  3. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am
  4. 16 Desertflower
    March 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love that pic ! All ‘casual’ in the Oval Office sitting on the couch !!!!

  5. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

  6. March 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Good morning all. So much catching up to do!

  7. 21 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Tuesday – “First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.”

    Will Sec Kerry be home for this – such a crazy job – never knowing where one may be spending the day tomorrow!!

    • 22 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

      S.O.S Kerry might not be able to attend, but if he can’t someone will take his place, I’m sure.

  8. March 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

    #TimetoEnroll, people!

  9. 24 CEB
    March 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Today in NE Fla.; 81 degrees by noon. For everyone who is not so lucky (we have to have something considering we have a WTF gov. and legislature) hang in there and be safe.

  10. 25 CEB
    March 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I saw on the ABC crawl that Merkel got Putin to agree to “fact finding” group coming. Anything else on this?

  11. 27 JER
    March 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good Morning everybody.

  12. 28 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Cookemom on #1 :) Thanks Chips for yet another splendid Monday morning R & S!!!

  13. 30 Judith Fardig
    March 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Missed the Oscar Party last night because we were out at a play. Thrilled to hear that Lupita and 12 Years a Slave were honored. Sad that Chiwetel did not add an Oscar to his BAFTA and Golden Globe. Must catch up with all the TOD news and work on #TimeToEnroll.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I find it heartbreaking, too, that so many well-deserved Oscars went to the various people involved with 12 Years a Slave, but not the man who played the main part. (Also because I fell in love with him as an actor in the series Dancing on the Edge – he was SUPERB in that.)

  14. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine, Chips.

    1. Pete Souza, you win the EPIC burn of the day.

    2. Huffington Post….thinking racist tweets are funny just proves once again what scumbags they are.

    3. Powerful and stunning pictures.

  15. 33 dotster3
    March 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

    You get a gun! You get a gun! Let us pray. Amen.
    Does anyone have a cure for this American sickness??? It’s spreading!

    • 34 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Guns in churches, these people worship guns. They are nuts over guns.

    • 35 Vicki
      March 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Maybe a crazy idea but I’d like to see the next Democratic candidate for President take up gun regulation as their signature effort and then stick with it until it happens.
      See President Obama and healthcare for model to follow.

    • March 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      No. This country was always gun crazy. I mean you just gave us exhibit A of how deep the craziness goes.

  16. 37 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Sucking up to AIPAC………Ugh !

    Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) on Monday said that President Obama’s approach to the Syrian conflict was partly to blame for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s de facto seizure of the Ukrainian Crimea.

    “I frankly this is partly a result of our perceived weakness, because of our actions in Syria,” Coons said at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, according to Slate.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/coons-america-weakness-ukraine-syria

  17. 44 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

  18. 45 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

    McCain Thinks Christie Can Still Pull Off A 2016 Win

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mccain-thinks-christie-can-still-pull-off-a-2016-win

    McCain throws Ukraine under the bus….says we are all New Jersians now ?

  19. 46 carolyn
    March 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    The commentators and self styled pundits and right wing chicken hawks should shut up and study some Russian history. It is clear to see that what Putin wants is to be “Tsar of all the Russias.” Nothing less.

  20. March 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

  21. March 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Sasha can brush up on her language skills!

    • 53 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

      This is excellent – l’m not a student but I will probably sign up for updates :) Thanks meta for posting!!

      Meanwhile, RW heads to explode in 4…3…2…1…

      • March 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        I think this is going to be very, very exciting. And, as is the case with FLOTUS and everything she does, it will be another great teachable moment for all Americans.

      • 55 anniebella
        March 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        hopefruit2, let their right wing racists head explode. We know how these wacko racists birds are. Regardless what the Obamas do they fine fault in it.

        • 56 anniebella
          March 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

          But when their precious Laura Bush and the twins went any and everywhere these same folks didn’t have a word to say.

  22. 57 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

  23. March 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Lavrov projecting …

    ‘Banks before tanks’ …

  24. March 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Heads-up:

    UN Security Council To Hold Emergency Meeting On Ukraine — 330p EST

    http://www.businessinsider.com/un-security-council-meeting-ukraine-russia-war-2014-3#ixzz2uv72Jr9r

    Russia has called for the meeting. Given Lavrov’s intransigence (just check the @mfa_russia twitter TL) & Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, we may see an ultimatum issued. We certainly are witnessing nuclear brinksmanship.

  25. 60 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’m willing to bet that many of these idiots (and their rich families) consume more oil than the average American. Yet they want to disrespect the person who’s done for the environment with their threatening signs “Obama: Do this or else…”

    GTFOH!!!

    • March 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      I’m guessing they’re a lot like the locals here on this issue who are white and upper middle-class emoprogs.

      • 62 hopefruit2
        March 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        And I would guess that many of them have family members who work in and benefit from Big Oil companies – which allows them to sit on their arses all day and look for crap to “protest” about. Notice the reluctance to even criticize these oil companies or the Republican legislators that support them . Everything is placed on President Obama.

      • 63 donna dem 4 obama
        March 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        They were spreading a myth yesterday that Chelsea Clinton was there and was the first to be arrested. The picture of the person they claimed to be Chelsea didn’t look anything like her. Also, if it really had been her the media would have jumped all over it to bash the President because that’s their MO.

        • 64 hopefruit2
          March 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

          The fact that they feel comfortable using Clinton’s name in their crap is an even bigger indication that this is more about bullchit politics and less about concern for the environment.

        • March 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          I saw that and it made me wonder how deep these jerks are willing to sink in order to spread lies about POTUS. Anyone who even glanced at that photo could plainly see it was not Chelsea Clinton.

          I’ve never ever seen anything like what these crazy right and left wingers have become.

    • 66 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      yes, key question: how many of these people have protested republicans and oil companies?

    • 67 nospin
      March 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      that isn’t from today is it? We are knee deep in snow. There is none in the pics.

      Besides it is going to be below freezing tonight so good luck with that.

  26. March 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Our @VP Joe very involved. I’m so glad he’s there to help bolster POTUS and SOS Kerry as they handle so many different serious foreign issues.

  27. 71 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    John Kerry to make statement at 12:30 according to CNN

  28. 75 JER
    March 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  29. 76 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ended two local governments’ efforts to prevent some immigrants from renting apartments.

    The justices on Monday declined to take up appeals from the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, or the city of Hazleton, Pa., of lower court rulings that blocked local ordinances regulating rental housing. Both were intended to keep people who are in the country illegally from finding housing in those jurisdictions.

    The Supreme Court held in 2012 that immigration is primarily a matter for the federal government, ruling out most local and state laws targeting illegal immigration. The Hazleton case also involved an ordinance that would have denied permits to businesses that hired people who are in the U.S. illegally.

  30. March 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  31. 78 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    WH cancelled US delegation to ParaOlympics in Sochi.

  32. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  33. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  34. March 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  35. March 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    US pulls delegation out of Sochi Paralympics

    The United States will no longer send a Presidential delegation to the upcoming winter Paralympic Games in Sochi as a protest over Russian’s actions in Ukraine.

  36. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Seriously. Learn your history, folks. It’s not that hard.

    Give Steve McQueen his due credit.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Of course they know the difference. I think this is deliberate misinformation from the media. More on that later…

  37. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Woooohooooo!

  38. 88 Vicki
    March 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Icy in NYC so I am home at an unaccustomed time.

    I tuned into Ronan to be greeted with his headline—–Is Ukraine Obama’s Debacle?
    CLICK. TV off.
    If we had any doubt about Ronan’s value, I for one need no further evidence.

    • 89 Linda
      March 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      He is nobody and contributes nothing….

    • 90 donna dem 4 obama
      March 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Nothing about this guy that I read before he got his show lead me to believe that he would do anything other than tote the corporate meme.

      MSNBC is not an exclusive liberal/progressive cable station. I know I’ll get push back on this but if they were more like the Democratic version of Fox their ratings would go through the roof.

      If I want to hear about Obama’s so-called foreign policy debacles I can turn to Fox for that. MSNBC will always trail Fox in ratings for this very reason.

    • March 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      New face, same old RWNJ media memes. Stale and misinformed, he won’t last long. Then another will take his place.

  39. 94 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    McBitter is on with Wolf.

    click off.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I’ll borrow your line about Ronan for McBitter: He is nobody and contributes nothing.

  40. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Just getting here, so no doubt this has been covered, but the award goes to Pete Souza – AGAIN! Love how he can set the record straight on Twitter contemporaneously!

  41. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks, Chips, for this glorious R&S!

  42. March 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    From the BBC live feed:

    Peter Ellen in Edinburgh emails: Speaking to friends in Dnepropetrovsk today. All is calm there for now and they noted that moderate minded people who are normally pro-Russian have lost sympathy with Putin and his aggressive tactics. 800 reservists have been called up from men under 45 in the city. They expect more shortly

  43. March 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  44. 100 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Up Next on ” Wolf ” …Gloria Borger to discuss President Obama’s ” Credibility Problem “.

    I want to puke……

    Is there any real news in America these days ?

  45. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  46. 103 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

  47. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Winter Breaking Point. Poor Snowman ;)

  48. 105 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    If you had any questions about whose side AJAM was on:

    • 106 donna dem 4 obama
      March 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Every single media outlet is basically reporting this story this way. They give accolades to Putin while questioning PBO’s leadership qualities. I’ve never seen anything like. They will pound this stuff to the public for days and then next week we will have a barrage of bogus polls telling us all about how PBO has lost his foreign policy creds. I HATE our Media. They hate that he doesn’t use them in the traditional sense so every chance they get they go all out with the negative towards him. He never get’s the benefit of the doubt on any issue. Even when he caught and killed OBL they reported it with caveats.

      • 107 hopefruit2
        March 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        I agree. The media is singularly focused on tearing PBO down. Funny though, it seems to backfire every time. They basically flail and thrash about desperately from one manufactured crisis to another — just a few months ago, it was ACA/website and that as going to be THE ISSUE for 2014. Now you hardly hear ACA being discussed in the media.

        These people are SICK and unlike previous decades, everything is now on record and 25-50 years from now, we will all see who was on the wrong side of history.

  49. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    We’ve got some crazy folks here in DC. :lol:

  50. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  51. March 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Don’t think I’ll bother anymore. . .


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