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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama present a birthday cake to Assistant Usher Reggie Dickson outside the Usher’s Office of the White House, following a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner honoring President Shimon Peres of Israel, June 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

11:25 ET: The President and First Lady depart the White House

1:45 CT: Arrive Bismarck, North Dakota

2:40 CT: The President and First Lady participate in a roundtable discussion with Native American Youth, Cannon Ball Elementary School

3:45 CT: Attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration and delivers remarks, Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds

5:20 CT: Depart Bismarck

6:20 PT: Arrive Palm Springs, California

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Saturday

The President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

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President Obama adjusts the tie of Coast Guard Military Aide Cdr. Scott S. Phy’s son outside the Oval Office, June 12, 2014. Cdr. Phy and his family were in the Oval Office for an award citation and departure photos with the President (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Amy Lynn Smith: Cancer Patient: ‘If It Wasn’t For Obamacare, I’d Be Dead In 12 Months’

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying enough. The only thing that’s worse? Knowing you don’t have insurance and can’t possibly afford to pay for treatment. Marion N. Seidel has been uninsured since she changed jobs seven years ago. She’s worked the same job ever since, but could never afford her share of the coverage her employer offered: $600/month for herself and her daughter. On the rare occasions they got sick, the 52-year-old single mother would just pay cash for doctor’s appointments. But over the last year, Seidel started having some health issues that kept sending her to the doctor. Every time she missed a day of work, she lost a day’s pay. In April 2014, Seidel was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her tonsils that was already affecting her lymph glands. She needed to start treatment right away. Without it, the doctors told her, she had only 12 months to live.

I went everywhere to try to find help, but I kept being told, ‘If you can’t pay we can’t help you.’ But then she learned she could enroll for coverage through Healthcare.gov outside the open enrollment period, because her income had changed and she’d had problems signing up before. Seidel now has comprehensive coverage with low deductibles and co-payments. With the help of tax subsidies, she’s paying just $95/month for her insurance. The specialist told me I have a very high chance of being cured. They told me I’ll go through hell in the next few months but I will come back. That gave me more positivity and I feel I can beat this cancer. Without my insurance, I would not have been able to even see the specialist. If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months.

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Sahil Kapur: Barbara Boxer: ‘GOP Cheerleaders’ Of Iraq Invasion Are Now Joining ‘Blame-America-First Crowd’

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, torched Republican “cheerleaders” who started the Iraq war and are now criticizing President Barack Obama over the escalating violent insurgency in the country. “Some of the biggest GOP cheerleaders for the disastrous war in Iraq are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our Commander-in-Chief to confront this crisis,” Boxer said in a statement Thursday.

She said the current crisis in Iraq “has its roots in an ill-conceived war,” arguing that while the U.S. should “go after” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni jihadi organization taking over parts of the country, “any U.S. action must be well-considered and well-executed in coordination with our allies and the Iraqi government and military, which we helped train and arm.”

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Nicole Flatow: CNN Decides Not To Count 80 Percent Of School Shootings

When students are killed, injured, or put in harm’s way on school grounds, when does it “count” as a school shooting? Not all of the time, according to a number of right-wing commentators — and CNN. In a news report published Thursday, CNN amends its prior reporting that there were 74 school shootings since the Newtown Massacre — a number calculated by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety — and concludes that there have instead been just 15. “CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon — a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school,” the article explains. Except for the times when those criteria don’t apply

Among those incidents not included was a brawl that escalated outside a college basketball game at Chicago State University, a shooting at a Mississippi town’s football game that left a 15-year-old dead, and a Georgia college that saw two shootings in two days. As Everytown points out in response to CNN, these discounted shootings led to 25 deaths and 45 injuries. They included familiar scenes of students hiding under desks and running for cover. And many of them were characterized by CNN as “school shootings” at the time of the incidents. CNN’s coverage does not mention it, but its change of heart followed a series of criticisms from right-wing commentators and outlets.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff help students from five District of Columbia schools make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room at the White House June 12. The students, who helped plant the garden earlier in the year, were joined by visiting school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia, where they have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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Marlow Stern: Spike Lee’s Tribute to Ruby Dee: ‘A Living Example That One Could Be An Artist And Activist’

Ruby Dee, the legendary actress, poet, and Civil Rights activist, passed away on Wednesday in New York. She was 91. Born Ruby Ann Wallace, the Harlem native was a dynamo on stage and screen, starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun, winning Obie and Drama Desk Awards for the play Boesman and Lena, and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as the feisty mother to Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, in the 2007 film American Gangster. She was also a trailblazer who paved the way for young African-American actors and filmmakers to break through during the height of segregation. Dee was married to Ossie Davis, the actor, activist, and WWII veteran, from 1948 until his death in 2005.

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The pair appeared in 11 stage productions and five films together, including Davis’s first feature film, 1959’s No Way Out, which also starred Sidney Poitier, and later, in the Spike Lee films Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. In 2004, Dee and Davis were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, who described the duo as “one of the most revered couples of the American stage, two of the most prolific and fearless artists in American culture. As individuals and as a team they have created profound and lasting work that has touched us all. With courage and tenacity they have thrown open many a door previously shut tight to African American artists and planted the seed for the flowering of America’s multicultural humanity.” Indeed, both Dee and Davis were prominent activists in the Civil Rights movement, protesting the trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later participating in Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963.

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Jonathan Capehart: Cantor Loss A Wake-Up Call For Democrats

Tuesday evening, I observed that the Republican Party now in thrall to the extreme far right of its base stands pinched in its own vise. About an hour later, the nation watched that vise pinch the life out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political career. But Democrats celebrating the Cantor calamity better check their schadenfreude. There will be more Brats in Congress if they don’t show up at the polls in November, especially in key races that will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Democrats love the president (75 percent), but barely half of them (51 percent) said they were “absolutely certain” to vote in November. Meanwhile, only seven percent of Republicans polled approve of the president’s job performance. But 68 percent of them said they were “absolutely certain” to cast a ballot. It’s data like this that have Obama warning the Democratic base over and over and over again against complacency.

“A lot of the reasons that the president has not been able to move some of the things as fast and big as he’s wanted to move them is ’cause we slept,” a Democratic friend told me recently. “We won big in 2008. And we slept in 2010. And we got what we got. And we are still paying [the] price.” Sure, it’s fun for Democrats to watch Republicans fight amongst themselves and hand their nominations to the fringe of their base. But if Democrats don’t vote in the numbers they need to in November, those folks who are more conservative than the ultra-conservative members already gumming up the works will come to Washington. If the threat of that is not enough of a wake-up call for Democratic voters, I don’t know what is.

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BBC: Sgt Bowe Bergdahl Arrives Back In US

The US soldier held by the Taliban has arrived at a Texas military base after flying in from Germany. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, is being taken to a military medical centre for the next part of what the military calls a “reintegration mission”. Officials previously said he would be reunited with his family there. Sgt Bergdahl was freed on 31 May in exchange for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo bay, a deal criticised by the Republicans.

The US soldier left Ramstein Air Base earlier on Thursday aboard a US military aircraft and arrived in San Antonio early on Friday morning. “Our first priority is making sure that Sgt Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John Kirby said in an earlier statement. He had been recuperating at a military hospital in Germany since his release.

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Ryan Cooper: The Case For Optimism On Climate Change

First, I think climate change is the exception to how international relations normally go down. Yes, it’s quite easy to draw an international relations case, based on sound realist reasoning, that developing nations will never cut their emissions in time. This argument largely boils down to China and India since they are so huge; China alone now accounts for twice the total emissions of the United States. By this logic, no nation will harm its short-term interests by slashing emissions unilaterally when the gains are dispersed worldwide. But I think what the pessimists haven’t quite internalized is that China is going to be absolutely hammered by climate change.

Think of it this way: they’ve got an area roughly the size of the United States, with more desert, less farmland, less water, and less raw materials. In that area they’ve got the population of the entire Western Hemisphere, plus Nigeria and Japan. China could easily blow through the world’s carbon budget by itself; to say the Chinese government will choose growth over emissions is to say they will choose national self-immolation for a few measly decades of economic growth. India has it even worse, and similar things hold for most developing nations. I think people underestimate how panicked these nations are going to be, and how serious the international pressure will be for a climate treaty in five to 10 years.

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Yahoo: U.N. Human Rights Spokesman Says Hundreds Killed In Iraq

The number of people killed after Sunni Islamist militants overran the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds, U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Friday. He said his office had reports the killings included the execution of 17 civilians working for the police and a court employee in central Mosul. Four women had killed themselves after being raped, 16 Georgians had been kidnapped, and prisoners released by the militants had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration, he said.

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NBC News: Ukrainian Forces Surround Separatist-Held Mariupol

Ukrainian forces surrounded the strategic rebel-held port city of Mariupol on Friday in a dawn attack launched as part of a broader military operation to reclaim control of eastern Ukraine. The rebel forces, who oppose the pro-European leadership in the capital Kiev and want to be part of Russia, said five of their fighters had been killed in the battle for Mariupol, Ukraine’s largest Azov Sea port. Mariupol, which has changed hands several times in weeks of conflict, is strategically important because steel is exported through the port and the city lies on

major roads from the southeastern border with Russia into the rest of Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko intensified the military operation against the separatists after he was elected on May 25. The rebels took several cities and towns in east and southeast Ukraine after Russia annexed Crimea in March following the overthrow of Poroshenko’s Moscow-leaning predecessor.

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Washington Post: McCarthy Consolidating Support For House Majority Leader As Race For Whip Intensifies

The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) in a Republican primary was an astounding triumph for the tea party movement, but there was little evidence Thursday that the insurgency could take advantage of it by getting one of their own elected to the suddenly vacant leadership position. In the race to replace Cantor, who will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, House Republicans began coalescing around Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who is more aligned with the establishment wing of the party.

The leadership battle began to crystallize Thursday morning as a popular conservative, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, announced that he wouldn’t run for majority leader and Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) entered the race and then withdrew within hours.

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Ann Sanner: Judge Orders 3 Early Voting Days Restored In Ohio

A federal judge ordered Ohio’s elections chief Wednesday to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state in a ruling that gives Democrats a victory going into the fall election. The order from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a long-running dispute that began before the last presidential election. The fight was especially intense because of Ohio’s role as a swing state rich with electoral votes. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit in July 2012 against the state’selections chief over an Ohio law that cuts off in-person, early voting for most residents three days before Election Day.

The state law, passed in 2011, ends in-person voting on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election. But it allows an exception for military and overseas voters to cast a ballot in person until Monday. Democrats claimed that amounted to unequal treatment of voters and said everyone should have the chance to vote on the three days before Election Day. Ohio voters may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason.

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Steve Benen: McCain Left Classified Briefing ‘After Only A Matter Of Minutes’

With security conditions deteriorating quickly in Iraq, Sen. John McCain is in high dudgeon. Despite having been wrong about nearly every national security crisis in recent years, the Arizona Republican is doing what one might expect him to do: he’s blaming President Obama, condemning the White House, and urging everyone to pretend he still has credibility. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which McCain is the ranking member, were given a classified briefing this afternoon from military and intelligence officials, keeping lawmakers apprised of the latest developments in the Iraqi crisis. McCain left the closed-door briefing after only a matter of minutes, telling reporters the security situation in Iraq “is the greatest threat since the Cold War.” [emphasis added]

If it’s the great threat to security in a generation, then maybe McCain should have stuck around for the rest of the classified briefing, instead of bolting and heading for the cameras? Except McCain left “after only a matter of minutes” so he could go complain about the president in front of the cameras. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because just last week, McCain attended another closed-door, classified briefing on the prisoner swap that freed an American POW. McCain “walked out shortly after shouting at an official,” roughly half-way through the briefing. He then – you guessed it – headed for the cameras to complain about the president and the lack of compelling information he’d received in the briefing he left in the middle of.

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On This Day

President Obama tours Cree, Inc., a manufacturer of LED lighting, in Durham, N.C., June 13, 2011. Taking part in the tour are Chuck Swoboda, CEO and Chairman of Cree, Inc., left, and Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric and Jobs Council Chairman, center (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye to President Shimon Peres of Israel on the North Portico of the White House following the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner in his honor, June 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden listen as 9 year-old twins Zea and Luna Weiss-Wynne introduce the President at the LGBT Pride Month celebration in the East Room of the White House, June 13, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., along with members of his family, in the Oval Office, June 13, 2013. Rep. Dingell is the longest-serving Member in the history of the United States Congress (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Air Force Pilot Captain Kelly Smith discuss Joining Forces with Hollywood Trade Representatives at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills

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97 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 5 Allison
    June 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Good morning All

  2. 6 LadyTNT
    June 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Good morning TOD peeps!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  3. 7 dotster3
    June 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • 8 arapaho415
      June 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

      What press conference was it that PBO directly described the two Bush-Cheney wars as “disastrous?”

      Yet if you believe the MSM, the current situation in Iraq is all PBO’s fault and one that he has to resolve.

      JHC, anyone with a functioning brain knows that Iraq would not be getting the banner headlines now splattered on newspaper front pages and broadcast news lead stories had the US not invaded that country for oil and to prop up profits for the military-industrial complex.

      Shameful mis-reporting by so-called journalists, number 7,137,093,532,997,876.

      • 9 dotster3
        June 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Agree—-it’s despicable. I have noticed that the entire news media seems to be launching a coordinated war campaign——again—and NBC seems to be especially excited —all the reports by Engle are breathless and accusatory—–and every headline on twitter and facebook is the same.

  4. June 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Majestic, Nerdy! What a completely wonderful round-up – you are a TREASURE!!!!!

  5. 15 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    February 2003 The World Protests against the Invasion of Iraq.

  6. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

    • 18 99ts
      June 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

      msnbc could quit the double negatives – to rephrase

      We get the impression that John McCain values complaining on camera more than information on whatever it is he’s complaining about.
      And they could remove “we get the impression that”

      When the news media starts telling the truth about the John McCains in congress the world will become a safer place.

    • 19 TrumpDog
      June 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Yet there seems to be no shortage of cameras waiting in the wings to give him TV time. MSNBC included.

  7. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

  8. 23 99ts
    June 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful rise & shine NW – and the first picture – the birthday cake – was there ever another 1st couple who were so appreciative of those who do the support work at the white house – they show that appreciation in a million different ways.

    • 24 HZ
      June 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Good Morning 99ts. I was thinking the same thing. I really do not remember, at least see such a huge showing of appreciation in public of such a President and First Lady in my lifetime. I love seeing POTUS and FLOTUS spreading such beautiful goodness into their space at the WH for all of the wonderful people who take such great care of them for us.

      I am told by a little sweet birdie that this is really who they are and what they believe in. It is their core of beautiful decent two human being who love giving back to others in such thoughtful and special ways. They really do put thoughts into their gifts and celebration, I am told.

      We love you, Mr. President and our elegant and beautiful First Lady. I want a slice of cake now. HZ

      • 25 99ts
        June 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

        GM HZ – they truly mix with Kings and paupers in a way that I have rarely, if ever, seen from other political leaders. (And that cake does look delicious!)

  9. 26 anniebella
    June 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Was John McCain serious when he talked about how POTUS need to bring in some of the old Bush team, who know how to handle things and who made things work in Iraq. Everyday I learn that McCain is a freaking senile idiot who need to retire and go home to Arizona and watch the sunset. If the President can only serve two terms, there should be term limits for the Senate and House. Then folks like McCain wouldn’t hang around till they are senile old. The Bush team is the blame for the mess going on in Iraq.

  10. 28 dotster3
    June 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Revolting—–militant rebel groups using lucrative ivory trade to fund their criminal activities. What can be done to re-educate populations and end the ivory allure?——when all the elephants have been slaughtered?

  11. 29 mtmarilyn
    June 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Good morning all TODville. We are finally getting some of rain. Yea!

    John McCain needs to go. He has never seen a war he didn’t love. Never could be understand why he wants to send more young people to war and maybe be a POW like he was. As everyone has said this was predicted. All I can say is I trust Barack!

  12. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for this, Linda.

  13. 32 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    April 30, 1975… The fall of Saigon ……does McCain even remember this nightmare ???

  14. 36 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    well rounded round-up, ut.

    From Thurgood Marshall to clarence thomas – perfect example of declining political morality of us of a.

    • 37 anniebella
      June 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Uncle Clarence doesn’t deserve to be in the same breathe as Thurgood Marshall. Okay I shouldn’t have call him Uncle Clarence. Clarence Thomas doesn’t.

  15. June 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    GOOD Friday morning from way out West, TODville. It’s a really bright and beautiful day here. Not much fog.

  16. June 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Today will be a very special day as POTUS and FLOTUS pay their respects to an amazing culture.

  17. 42 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

  18. 44 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Good FriTODay TODville :)

    Stormy Weather in your neck of the woods, NW. Glad to hear that you are OK and Fabulous enough to produce this excellent R&S Post. Thank You.
    Congrats to all the Gold medalists starting from this post and 2 back.

  19. 46 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Imitation is believed to be the sincerest form of flattery. However, with Christie on the Slow Jam and now flabby pretentious dance on the Tonight Show? I am more than a tad bitter…..I say; I am No Body’s Fool. Enough in his manipulative attempts to shift scrutiny and buy positive media re-branding.

    Fallon might be doing all these things for ratings……but I am sick of them, period. Christie is just not the only politician that could have given Fallon the eye/remote clicks.

    • 47 99ts
      June 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I don’t think Christie has too many friends on either side of the political divide – Fallon must be having trouble getting guests

  20. 48 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser, has tied up with handset makers Intex and Spice to bring smartphones priced at $25 (Rs 1,500) to India in the next few months, a move that may redefine the “ultra-affordable” mobile phone market in the country.

    Mozilla showcased a smartphone prototype costing as little as $25 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, targeting developing countries including India and China. The Firefox operating system devices will compete with phones using Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows platforms.

    http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-tech-mozilla-to-launch-rs-1500-firefox-smartphones-in-india/20140613.htm

    ratz …. just when I dumped 250 bucks for daughter unit’s phone.

    • 49 57andfemale
      June 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Well, daughter unit needed a phone now. The prototype is not exactly a phone with the bugs and kinks worked out. Methinks daughter unit’s contract will be about up when this thing is ready for prime time.

      • 50 amk for obama
        June 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

        In India, we don’t have a contract system. I can change my service provider at will and change the phone at will.

        • 51 57andfemale
          June 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

          The contract system in America is absolutely ridiculous. As is our antiquated broadband. What an embarrassment we have become.

  21. 54 dotster3
    June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    All you need to know about the drum beats for war——-peace is apparently bad for economic growth……MIC is hungry…..

    • 55 Nena20409
      June 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Instead of arguing about the Lack of Rusty Boehner Congressional Leader……JOBS Bill, Immigration Bill, Transportation Bill, etc has CBO data….in total, Millions of Jobs.

      They call the NYT the Record Paper? Die NYT, die already!

  22. 56 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

    From TMP this AM.

    Note that at No Time did Mika ask McCain about his past statements. Not one time! That my friends is the failure in today’s so called Journalism.

    • 57 anniebella
      June 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

      is Mika a journalists?

    • 59 Layla
      June 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

      STFU McWar! And Mika shame on you for having him on! and GM to all

      • 60 99ts
        June 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Shame on anyone in the media for having this brain dead person on air – he who is too busy attacking PBO to listen to any briefings. Unhinged.

    • 61 Linda
      June 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      She is gutless.

      Rachel needs to get him on her show…..chew him up …and spit him out. The man is a fraud !

    • 63 Obama Grandmama
      June 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I wish someone would challenge the idea that if we do not continue fighting all of the sacrifices will have been made in vain. Recognize a mistake and make a change or all the additional lives lost will be made in vain. There is another saying I have temporarily forgotten that fits that is similar to keep doing what has not worked with expectations that it will work in the future is insanity. McCains statement that we had the war won was way out there and not challenged.

  23. June 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    GOP Rep: We’re Not Going To Play Games With The Debt Ceiling

    Sahil Kapur – June 13, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

    A Republican congressman is trying to allay fears on Wall Street that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s departure may raise the chances of U.S. debt default.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was asked Thursday if Cantor’s defeat at a hands of a conservative primary challenger may cause a return to dangerous brinkmanship over the debt limit that led to a near-breach in 2011.

    “We’re going to do everything to avoid that,” the congressman told reporters.

    The United States’ borrowing authority won’t need to be raised again until after the November congressional elections — it is scheduled to expire in March 2015.

    “The Speaker has made it very clear that we are not going to become the issue in this election [or next election],” Nunes said.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/devin-nunes-debt-ceiling

    • 66 Layla
      June 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Sorry but YOU ARE the issue in this election and the next

    • 67 57andfemale
      June 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

      A girl can dream:

      Wall St. could start supporting common sense Democrats and accept in exchange some common sense regulations that will actually stabilize Wall St. and the banks, even if a few pennies are shaved off their bottom line. A stable financial industry will actually increase profits over time and avoid the disastrous fluctuations of ‘free market’ that wipe out pensions and stability for most investors. For God’s sake, this is not effing 1820.

      As I said, a girl can dream…….

    • 68 99ts
      June 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

      hahahaha – they sure don’t want it to be an election issue – but after the election? watch them start. The democrats have to scream these issues to the people – no-one should be allowed to forget what these people have done to the economy. The NYT and its b.s about war being good for an economy – when the reality is GOP is very BAD for an economy.

  24. 69 Lovepolitics2008
    June 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’m happy things seem to go in a positive direction in Ukraine , and I mean by that the Ukrainians are regaining control and there won’t be a full-out war… Russia seems to have backed down.

    But the minute a big war seems to have been avoided, all hell is breaking lose in Iraq.

    What a bizarre coincidence…

  25. 70 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Drip….Drip…..Drip

    The BridgeGate scandal is still unfolding, but more trouble is brewing at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The agency acknowledged Thursday that it is the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation over work reportedly connected to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) office, according to The Bergen Record newspaper.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/port-authority-christie-sec-probe

  26. 71 Layla
    June 13, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Good news, the smart citizens of Ontario voted for a majority ‘liberal’ gov yesterday! Happy!

  27. June 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    WOW, look at this gift of a painted tipi in honor of our President Black Eagle!!

    http://boldnebraska.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ObamaTipiPlaque.pdf

    It’s now in the Smithsonian.

  28. 75 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Folks this is why Nothing is working with the National Media. This is why No money is left for investigations with factually based data.

    NBC paid Tiki Barber(sp) $300K and Chelsea Clinton $600K? I wonder what they are paying Jenna Bush Hager? No wonder these jobs are off-shored to Just Friends and the well connected.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/nbc-reportedly-paid-chelsea-clinton-a-whopping-600k-salary/

    • 76 Layla
      June 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      This is why No money is left for investigations with factually based data. They HAVE the money they will just not use it for that purpose!

      • 77 Nena20409
        June 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

        But of course, Layla. I am being super sarcastic here.

        Heck, Matt Lauer is paid $25M annually and JoScar is paid $6M.

        Tim Russert was paid $5M and he had 2/3 jobs until his death, exactly, 6 yrs today…..June 13th 2008.

    • 79 Linda
      June 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

      The anchors make several millions per year….

  29. 80 57andfemale
    June 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    How the hell have these sociopaths become so damned powerful?

    “Brat’s solution, after he repeals Obamacare, is a “price based system” where consumers’ sticker shock discourages them from going to the doctor.

    The reason there’s a health care cost problem is just simple econimics. It’s because the consumer isn’t seeing the full price of health care. Right? If you take your kid in for the sniffles you pay 20 bucks but the full cost is 200 dollars.
    So we need to get back to the price system where you see the full cost of health care then people will make smarter decisions.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/13/1306628/-Brat-s-simple-economics-of-health-care Giving the link, but no need to link. The above sums up the newest conservative darling sociopath.

    • 81 Linda
      June 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

      So …. If he wins…I guess he will NOT be taking any of the benefits that go with being a Congressman ?

      • 82 57andfemale
        June 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Amazing, isn’t it?

      • 83 57andfemale
        June 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

        The irony, of course, is that our inflated costs DO NOT reflect actual cost. That ‘adjustment’ that insurance companies make reflect the true cost of the service.

        Mr. 57 and our two dogs were attacked by a pit bull and a bull dog who pushed their own gate open and got out on the street. One dog was badly injured (thank God, all healed now). I took Mr. 57 to the ER anyway, to make sure he was okay since he was pulled on his knees down the street with our little Kasper between him and the attacking dog.

        They x-rayed his knees, cleaned his superficial wounds with antiseptic.

        Mr. 57 is in a Medicare Advantage plan. here was the breakdown of the bill: $2,000, minus insurance ‘adjustment’ of $1,500. Insurance company paid $450, and Mr. 57’s co-pay was $500.

        Here’s the point: the actual cost of the services was approximately $500. If I had been the one walking the dogs that day before ACA, I would have been charged the full $2,000 because I did not have insurance.

        So not only is David Brat a heartless, sociopathic prick, but his facts are incorrect.

    • 84 Layla
      June 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I’m with PBO on this…’let them talk’

  30. 86 dotster3
    June 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    ?

  31. 87 dotster3
    June 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

  32. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

  33. 91 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?319960-1/president-obama-north-dakota

    Now here’s a shocker. C-SPAN will be carrying this? Wow…..just knock me over with a feather?

    • 93 Linda
      June 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I am not sure he even knows what country he was in. Didn’t he once say that Iraq shared a border with Pakistan ?

  34. June 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

  35. 97 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    11:50 AM EDT – The President Makes a Statement on Iraq – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live


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