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Mar
14

Rise and Shine

A woman gives President Obama a hug following his speech on the health care reform package at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri on March 10, 2010

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Today:

11:15 EST: President Obama participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony

5:0 EST: Hosts 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions; South Lawn

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ThinkProgress: Uninsurance Rate Falls As Millions Sign Up For Obamacare, Survey Finds

The U.S. uninsurance rate has hit another five-year low as Americans continue enrolling in health coverage during Obamacare’s first open enrollment period, according to a new Gallup survey. All told, the uninsurance rate in the first three months of 2014 stood at 15.9 percent, compared to 17.1 percent in the last quarter of 2013 — and the largest drops in uninsurance occurred among African Americans and lower-income people, who are among the most likely to benefit from the ACA’s financial assistance.

“The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far,” wrote the Gallup researchers. “The percentage of uninsured Americans with an annual household income of less than $36,000 has dropped the most — by 2.8 percentage points — to 27.9% since the fourth quarter of 2013, while the percentage of uninsured blacks has fallen 2.6 points to 18.3%.

More here – and see Greg Sargent here

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ThinkProgress: Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back on Sunday against conservatives who’ve blamed President Obama’s “weak” foreign policy for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gates dismissed arguments that Obama’s handling of the conflict in Syria or his efforts to trim the defense budget emboldened Putin, arguing that the Russian president also invaded Georgia during the George W. Bush administration.

“My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force”….

More here

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Steve Benen: Presidential breaks aren’t ‘startling’

President Obama occasionally takes a breather because, well, humans in stressful jobs sometimes need a break. For some reason, Republicans seem to find this fascinating….

…. all of this handwringing wouldn’t be quite so annoying if Republicans weren’t conveniently ignoring the president’s immediate predecessor.

Every president chooses to spend some time away from the White House, but some take more time than others. Ronald Reagan, for example, set the record for most vacation days for a sitting president – a record that stood until George W. Bush shattered Reagan’s seemingly unbreakable benchmark.

Obama practically lives in the Oval Office compared to the last couple of two-term Republican presidents.

Indeed, Bush at times seemed preoccupied with not going to work…..

More here

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TPM: Ouch! Kerry Roasts CNN With Brutal Joke

It seems everyone is having fun at CNN’s expense these days. On Saturday, it was John Kerry’s turn.

Yes, the secretary of state couldn’t resist poking fun at CNN’s ratings woes when he delivered remarks at the annual Gridiron Club dinner.

The set-up for Kerry’s punch line: an allusion to a pretty ridiculous question about his 2016 ambitions that came up during an interview with the cable news channel last month.

“I am out of politics — and based on the ratings, so is CNN,” Kerry said….

More here

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Michael Hiltzik: Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study

Robert Proctor doesn’t think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don’t know can hurt you. And that there’s more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense.

Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world’s leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. It’s a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities.

The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease …. It’s also echoed by vaccination opponents and by climate change deniers.

And all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform…

More here

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On This Day:

President Obama listens to remarks as he waits to go on stage to discuss education issues at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gathering Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Washington at the Washington Marriott Metro Center’s Grand Ballroom (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and President Rene Preval of Haiti meet in the Oval Office, March 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Mrs. Elizabeth Preval, the First Lady of Haiti, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, March 10, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with parents Sirdeaner Walker and Kirk Smalley in the Blue Room of the White House before the start of the Conference on Bullying Prevention, March 10, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with members of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks following a ceremony to honor the team’s 2009-10 championship season on the South Lawn of the White House, March 11, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the East Room of the White House, March 10, 2011

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MoooOOOooorning!


99 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    March 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hello.

  2. March 10, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Lovely rise and shine Chips. I am going to enjoy the pics.

  3. March 10, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  4. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    March 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Ok. Read through Rise and Shine.

    Fantastic job, Chips.

    Great ObamaCare news.

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    March 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats to NW on #1! :) :) Excellent Monday R & S round-up – thanks Chips! In that last pic with PBO and FLOTUS, PBO must’ve said something naughty…

  6. 12 Nerdy Wonka
    March 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

  7. 13 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

  8. 14 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

  9. 17 dotster3
    March 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Not breaking—FOX is dumb

    • 18 Nena20409
      March 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Hmm?

      Fox makes $1B for Murdoch?

      Oh my goodness. They don’t even try any more……..Thy Name is Profit Fox.

  10. 19 mtmarilyn
    March 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good Monday morning TODville!!! It is 36 and raining in Montana. We have now had a week of above freezing temp. Still have piles of snow but things are flooding. It is crazy. Hear Chicago is to have more snow. Stay safe everyone.

    So glad the POTUS and FLOTUS had some fun in the sun over the weekend. Know the President talked on the phone but hopefully some time in there he had some fun.

    I so enjoyed Cosmos last night. Looking forward to the whole series.

    Has there been anymore news about the missing plane? This is so weird not to hear anything. How can a plane just disappear?

    Have a great day!

  11. 23 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

  12. 25 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

  13. 26 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

    A blessed and glorious morning to everyone! Today is the best day of the year because it is my birthday. I’m off from work so I’m heading to the beach to unwind. I’m extending an invitation to the entire TOD family to join me.

    It is also a wonderful time for us here in Montserrat because we are having a week of activities leading up to March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, I provided some background information on why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. To those with Irish connections, perhaps one day, you can visit the “Other Emerald Isle”.

  14. March 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Oy… The only other place I relish the comments is Pierce’s, and boy howdy was it ever taken over by the flying monkeys this weekend, specifically his CPAC post on Palin. The knuckles they are a draggin’ looowww. Reminds me yet again what Chips and Nerdy et al surely have to machete themselves through each day to keep this place so friendly. Thanks x infinity x more infinity.

  15. 43 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Uli Hoeness, president of European football champions Bayern Munich, admits in court that he defrauded the German tax authorities of 18m euros.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26512965

    Go football.

  16. 49 amk for obama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

  17. 50 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Thank you 57, Chips and mt. See you all later.

  18. 51 Judith Fardig
    March 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Looking forward to hearing the Senate Democrats (well, the really progressive ones) hold the floor tonight to talk about climate change. Let’s make #Up4Climate trend today!

  19. 52 collegekay
    March 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Good morning all! Chips, how’s my sweet baby, Danny? :D

  20. 53 yardarm756
    March 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    G’day shipmates. I’ve somewhat returned from my bereavement leave and wanted to share. Forgive me if it’s a bit O’T. ♥

    http://www.upworthy.com/here-are-some-posters-for-the-men-who-tell-women-what-to-do-or-what-they-think-of-them-in-the-street?c=upw1

  21. March 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I admit that I am like a dog with a bone when it comes to Christie:

  22. 60 sherijr
    March 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    That first photo- the hug- I felt that, myself… that is a hug of immeasurable gratitude to our President.

  23. 64 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    PrayerWarriorforObama,

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your time at the beach. Dying with envy here after the (small) snow/rain this morning.

  24. March 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Wonderful Rise Shineeeeeeee

  25. 66 No Child Left Behind
    March 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    To echo CollegeKay? Where is Danny-the-Boy (my special name for Danny)? Why has he been missing lately? No picture, nothing of him?

  26. March 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    A little history ….

    …. thanks for the fine R&S, Chips!! Happy Monday, TOD.

    #TrustBarack

  27. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    March 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Inmates are taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

  28. March 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    GA TOD……Great R&S, Chips! Sooo…….. I just went to campus for a Biology lab and found out we are on Spring Break for the week……not sure if I should be elated or embarrassed?

  29. March 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  30. March 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    High School Wrestler Brings Crowd to Tears in Classy Move After Loss

    Malik Stewart, a Minnesota high school wrestler, shows the crowd the true definition of a champion.

    By: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

    Posted: March 10 2014 7:50 AM

    A Minnesota high school wrestler showed the crowd the true meaning of a champion after a tough loss in the state championship match, news station KARE 11 reports.

    After losing the title to Mitchell McKee, Malik Stewart went over and embraced McKee’s father, Steve, who is battling terminal cancer.

    “I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through,” Malik told the news station.

    “The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it, that was pretty classy, but I just did it straight from the heart.”

    Malik knew the enormity and the importance of Mitchell McKee’s victory, who had vowed to win a state championship to honor his father. Malik lost his father to a heart attack when he was only 7.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/03/high_school_wrestler_brings_crowd_to_tears_in_classy_move_after_loss.html?wpisrc=topstories

  31. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    March 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’m sorry but I laughed until I cried…. The little girl was Ok but seeing her head inside that machine cracked me up :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Kid’s do the darndest things!!

  32. 85 Gazelle
    March 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Hellooooo Everybody. I’m baaack! Yardarm, you & I were on bereavement leave around the same time? Hugs!

    I need to be frivolous: Boondocks is back for a 4th season on April 21! Yay! :)

  33. March 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Oh hai, I iz on the front page!

  34. 87 JER
    March 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hello everybody.

  35. 90 Nena20409
    March 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hello TOD.

    Good Afternoon.

    It might get to 52 degrees in My Neck of The Woods……Melting Snow now is a huge issue and Floating ice in our Many Flowing Rivers, Sitting Lakes….over 10K and possible home and structural damages.

    Here’s Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH presser Today. 3-10-14

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?318201-1/white-house-daily-briefing

  36. 91 Nena20409
    March 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Loads of News today. Thanks bts.

    It will take me all day to go through the TOD R&S.

    BBL

  37. March 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  38. 93 anniebella
    March 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I was watching this program on tv Saturday night and it was about a fiction first family who happen to be black, and the father was talking about the things he missed out on teaching his kids because he was President of the United States. And I right away thought of President Obama, and teaching Malia how to drive. She’s turning 16 in July and she might not be able to drive on her own till they leave the WH, but I’m sure she want to learn to drive and even get her license. Maybe driver’s education you think.

  39. March 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!!! What a great getting up day in the TOD universe, eh?

    It’s to be 56 degrees today in my neck of the woods. This is the last day of #1 and grandson’s surprise visit from No. Dakota, so we’re going outside to play in this balmy weather.

    The forecast calls for snow Tuesday and Wednesday, but I’ve decided that I’m not shoveling anymore this year, until at least November. It can snow ’til Memorial Day and the shovel will be AWOL.

  40. 95 Nena20409
    March 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Star Wars Characters doing HAPPY ;)

  41. 97 Nena20409
    March 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/neil-degrasse-tyson-media-need-to-stop-giving-equal-time-to-anti-science-views/

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and star of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday to talk about the show and media treatment of science in general. Tyson spoke of the innate hypocrisy of people rejecting modern science while embracing the very best of scientific discovery “that we so take for granted today,” and without it, “we will just regress back into the cave.”

    Stelter referenced his own recent commentary about how the media should not be giving equal time to anti-science views, and asked Tyson what he believes the media’s responsibility on this issue should be. Tyson said the media shouldn’t be in the business of giving “equal time to the flat-earthers.”

    “Science is not there for you to cherry-pick. You know, I said this once and it’s gotten a lot of Internet play, I said the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. All right? I guess you can decide whether or not to believe in it, but that doesn’t change the reality of an emergent scientific truth.”


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