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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets members of the Byrd family at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., July 2, 2010. The President and Vice President Joe Biden attended the memorial service for Sen. Robert Byrd, who died June 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:0: The President meets with economists for lunch, Old Family Dining Room

12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

4:05: The President meets with Secretary of Treasury Lew

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Charles Pierce: You Have No Excuse for Not Voting. Not Anymore.

We get the government we deserve, and we are on track for one that is heedless of concern for women’s health, and poised to eliminate unions.

… Over the weekend, I watched the PBS documentary on Freedom Summer, the effort 50 years ago to register African Americans to vote in the state of Mississippi, the effort that cost so many people so dearly, especially the families of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner, who were beaten and shot to death, and buried in a dam, because the state of Mississippi had local police forces shot through with the Ku Klux Klan.

Now, five decades later, with a Republican House far gone into nihilistic vandalism, and with the Senate hanging in the balance, and a Supreme Court one septuagenarian’s heartbeat away from a return to the golden days of the last Gilded Age, and a Democratic president in the White House on whom those responsible for the previous three phenomena have painted a bullseye, we keep hearing about how hard it is going to be for the Democratic party to turn out its voters this fall to take advantage of the opportunities for which Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner gave their lives, and did so in my lifetime, not in a distant antebellum episode in some backwater.

So there really isn’t any excuse any more.

More here

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The Very Brilliant:

VoteRiders

Mission

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to secure their voter ID and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts.

How We Started

Knowing that millions of potential voters may be disenfranchised by the increasing number of stringent voter ID laws, Kathleen Unger decided to take action. With her extensive professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector, Ms. Unger decided to start her own non-profit dedicated to helping citizens to obtain their voter ID so they can exercise their fundamental right to vote. It was important to Ms. Unger that VoteRiders not duplicate what other organizations are doing to protect the right to vote. Thus, VoteRiders was founded in April 2012.

More here

Link

Follow VoteRiders on Twitter here

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Steve Benen: Obama no longer cares whether the GOP is outraged

It’s become clear in recent weeks that President Obama and congressional Republicans are reading from very different scripts. The notion that the two institutional forces are butting heads is plainly wrong – they are two trains on separate tracks moving in completely different directions.

…. Clearly, the president’s willingness to keep governing without them has only enraged congressional Republicans – who were already livid. But it’s now obvious that the president simply does not care. Not even a little. The more GOP lawmaker scream, “No more executive actions!” the more Obama thinks to himself, “I wonder what other executive actions I can take.”

….. this is a president who no longer cares whether his unhinged critics are unhappy.

Full post here

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Trevor LaFauci (The People’s View): They Vote

The person who wishes to impose his or her religious views upon their company votes.

The person who believes the Earth is 6,000 years old votes.

The CEO whose salary is over 300 times that of his or her employees votes.

The person who thinks guns are a God-given right votes.

The person who doesn’t believe in equal pay votes.

The person who thinks Sandy Hook was a false flag votes.

The person who thinks there are legitimate forms of rape votes.

The person who thinks all immigrants are drug-carrying mules or gang members votes.

The person who thinks the rich are “job creators” votes.

The person who thinks gays are an abomination votes.

More here

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ThinkProgress: Meet The People, And The Families They Care For, Whose Lives Just Got Harder Thanks To The Supreme Court

When Dorothy Glenn and Flora Johnson, two home care workers who belong to the SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas, first started out in their line of work, both made just $1 an hour. By the end of this year, thanks to the collective bargaining agreement reached by their union, they’ll be making $13 an hour. They also now have health care and paid training opportunities thanks to agreements obtained by the union. Such benefits could now become harder to secure.

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Harris v. Quinn that was not as wide-sweeping as some labor advocates had worried — making it so that any public employees could opt out of paying union dues even if a union is negotiating on their behalf — but still ruled that home care workers in Illinois, who are paid by the state through Medicaid, no longer have to pay union fees. That loss of money could make it harder for the union to continue its organizing work.

More here

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ThinkProgress: What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map

With all the recent talk at the federal level about the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations for new and existing power plants, it’s easy to forget about the executives that have front row seats to cutting American carbon pollution. And though climate deniers run rampant through the halls of Congress, a new analysis from the CAP Action War Room reveals that half of America’s Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress.

Fifteen out of twenty-nine sitting Republican governors deny climate science despite the overwhelming level of scientific consensus, the enormous cost to taxpayers, and the critical place governors occupy in implementing new limits on carbon pollution. None of the country’s Democratic governors have made public statements denying climate change.

More here – and see the scary map

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Orlando Sentinel: In Orlando, Michelle Obama calls counselors key to school success

School counselors have one of “the most underappreciated jobs” in the country but are key to in the White House’s goal to have more students pursue education after high school, first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday in Orlando.

“You’re the one planting the seeds about college” and creating a climate where “higher education is the expectation, not the exception,” Obama told hundreds of counselors at an annual convention.

But counselors, she said, too often struggle with an “outrageous” caseload — one counselor to 451 students is the average in Florida — and school policies that view them as an extra that can be cut during lean budget years or asked to do other duties, such as serve as proctors during testing.

“School counseling should not be an extra or a luxury,” Obama said to loud applause. “School counseling is a necessity.”

Counselors at the American School Counselor Association’s convention at a Walt Disney World resort cheered the first lady’s remarks, saying she had validated their profession and frustrations.

More here

Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

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Forbes: Leadership Lessons From Admiral Michelle Howard, The Highest Ranking Woman In Naval History

This morning, in a ceremony at the Women In Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Howard became the first woman in the U.S. Navy’s 236-year history to be promoted to four-star admiral and Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the second highest position in the Navy.

While today’s precedings make history, Howard is no stranger to firsts. In 1999 she became the first African American woman to command a Naval ship, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore. Howard was also the first African American woman in any branch of the military to reach three stars. In the past she’s been deployed to Indonesia for tsunami relief efforts, participated in Maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf, and served as commander of a Counter-Piracy Taskforce where–three days into the job–she spearheaded the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates.

More here

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On This Day

President Obama tests out the new Federal Government IT Dashboard outside of the Oval Office on July 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gestures as he speaks on innovation and jobs in the Rose Garden of the White House as business leaders listen July 2, 2009

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President Obama heads a soccer ball at Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam July 2, 2013. The ball called a “soccket ball” has internal electronics that allows it to generate and store electricity that can power small devices

@PeteSouza

@petesouza: Presidents Obama and Bush greet survivors of 1998 bombing at US Embassy Tanzania

First Lady Michelle Obama and Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa”

@petesouza: Large crowds again line the motorcade route in Tanzania

Instagram

@PeteSouza Dancers greet Pres Obama and Pres Kikwete during departure ceremony at airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama as they prepare to board Air Force One

@dougmillsnyt

@PeteSouza

Leaving Tanzania

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MoooOOOooorning! My electricity just came back after two hours: grrrrrr. Probably missing lots of news, but we’ll catch up later.

Happy Wednesday!


90 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 kasai
    July 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful!

  2. 8 kasai
    July 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Thank you Chips….
    for calming my soul this morning…..Fake polls got the best of me..

    • July 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

      One of the joys of having no electricity Kasai, you get to miss the fake polls :-)

      • 10 kasai
        July 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

        Oh sorry to hear that:-(
        I have an idea I think we should start a hashtag for Media as we did with #sosueme…and be on a major newspaper…best way to show, how corrupt they are!

  3. 13 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    furst.

  4. 18 japa21
    July 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

  5. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

  6. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

  7. 23 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Gotta pull this excellent tweet over from previous thread…

  8. July 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    YES WE CAN

  9. July 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Folks, don’t worry about that poll calling PBO ‘Worst POTUS since WWII’. If you go back to the beginning of his presidency, you will find that 27-33% NEVER agree with anything he’s done. Disagreements with PBO ALWAYS come in under those percentages. Nothing to see here. Media pushing narrative.

  10. 27 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

  11. July 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

  12. 29 Linda
    July 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Two Guys With Guns Have Showdown On First Day Of Georgia’s New ‘Guns Everywhere’ Law

    According to the Daily Times, the first man, Ronald Williams, approached the second man in the store and demanded to see his identification and firearms license. Williams also pulled his gun from his holster, without pointing it at the second man. The second man responded by saying that he was not obligated to show any permits or identification — then he paid for his purchase, left the store, and called the police.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georgia-showdown-guns-everywhere

    And so it begins…. Jason Carter voted for this nightmare.

  13. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    July 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    1. Great R&S readings, Chiparoo. Nice breadth and depth of articles; especially on voting. I do work on voting and some days it thrills one with how people are excited to vote; especially Democrats in red states who have had enough of their Republican controlled state legislatures, rolling back of rights, treating the 1% as though they are gold and everyone else as though they are chaff, and also the disgusting disrespect of President Barack Obama. Other days the apathy, especially from some Democrats makes one want to go head – desk – head – desk – head – desk because I never find that apathy and cynicism in Republican voters. They may be angry with their party but they’ll vote. They’ll vote in the crazies, cynicism spreads rampant due to insane laws being passed, some Democrats remain apathetic, and the whole nut job cycle begins again.

    On those days, I just keep on reminding myself that if one can just get one person or two people to understand the power of their vote, it will make a difference come November 4, 2014 and I just keep slugging on because as President Obama says, “Cynicism is a choice. Hope is a better choice” and the overwhelming number of voters (poor, working class, and wealthy) I interact with are geared up to vote despite all the hoops they have to jump through due to insane racist and sexist voter ID laws. If that can happen in a red state, blue state voters have no excuse not to flood the polls come election day.

    2. Thanks, JER:

  14. 31 mtmarilyn
    July 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good morning TODville. Thanks for those great pics Chips. I loved that trip to Africa, but do we have to look at Bush? Have a great day everyone. We are off to the wilds of Montana today, but this time where we are going we do have cell coverage so I will be able to keep up on the news. Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe 4th. We must GOTV!!!

  15. 32 japa21
    July 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

    GM all. I referenced that Pierce column yesterday when I first read it. It should be reposted every day between now and the election. Tweeted every day. Facebooked everyday. Distributed any way it can be. Pierce has written a lot of powerful stuff. Usually with some snark involved. But this coulmn, other than a dig at Lee from Utah, may be one of his most pwerful yet because it is straight forward, no nonsense.

  16. July 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful R&S, Chips.

    Especially love the top photo of Senator Byrd’s great-granddaughter (?) hugging President Obama. Everyone is so joyous (especially the adorable little girl) — and she’s the descendent of a former KKK member.

    Progress is achieved for those with open hearts.

    And love the Tanzania photo of the greeters in burnt orange and purple. Joy everywhere.

    Thanks also for front-paging Admiral Howard’s promotion. Here’s another joyous pic:

  17. 34 anniebella
    July 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    It’s coming from a bunch of people who never and will never accept that black man as President of their United States. From the very start any time I would talk to a black person about how this President were being treated, they knew it was all about the color of his skin. That’s the first thing to come out of their mouth. We in the black community knew it. Yes some may disagree with his policies, but they disagree with the color of his skin more and fore most. But of course the polls won’t ask that.

  18. 35 Linda
    July 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Samuel Adams Brewery is owned by Koch Industries.

    • 36 57andfemale
      July 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

      that is NOT true, Linda. The owner is Jim Koch, who has NO affiliation with the Koch Bros. In fact, he supports small business start-ups, with his own investments. He started this business on a shoestring, with friends.

      He was engaged to my best friend in college. They have stayed in contact through the years. I’ve met him.

      He even pronounces his name differently – “Cook”.

      Please – the name is common. Do not spread this misinformation.

      • 37 Linda
        July 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Sorry… I will let the person who told me know.

        • 38 57andfemale
          July 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

          Yeah – he is one guy who does not deserve to be branded this way. Everyone thought he was crazy when he set out to create a ‘mainstream’ craft brewery. My friend was in contact with him a lot during that time. He truly has made it on his own, and doesn’t deserve out scorn. We’re liberals – we are reality-based!

  19. 39 57andfemale
    July 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Shame on Quinnipiac, and shame on whoever wrote the article. Here’s a good breakdown of this alleged ‘poll':

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/02/1311152/-Obama-is-the-worst-president-since-WWII

  20. July 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    That’s it. Like the people of Kentucky love Kynect. Call it Obamacare and watch them change their minds real quick.

  21. 48 Linda
    July 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The Dirty 100: Meet the Companies and Institutions You Should Avoid After Hobby Lobby

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/01/list-100-plaintiffs-filed-opposition-birth-control-mandate-obamacare.html

    All have lawsuits pending against the ACA based on ” sincerely held religious beliefs ” says Alito.

  22. July 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

  23. July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been lurking for a couple of days. I was just so totally disgusted with the SCOTUS and really ready to bring out the pitchforks. I was having terrible thoughts about the 5 RWNJs on the Court and RWNJs in general. I didn’t want to bring bad vibes here. The threads have been wonderful and I feel better. I just know that we all have to do everything in our power to take back the House and keep the Senate in November.

    • 51 Vicki
      July 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I know how yyou are feeling Sabreen and I’ve been there myself. Keep reading TOD and you will heal soon.

  24. 52 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I saw and heard a Republican Mayor say this on Lawrence’s show last night. Had to pick myself up off the floor.

    • 53 desertflower
      July 2, 2014 at 10:51 am

      He was awesome! I was literally cheering him on. When he said that, I shouted, ” YES!!!” as if he could hear me….He is a real example of a public servant that truly wants to do good for his town…not beholden to a party. How long till RW rips him a new one and runs him out?

      • 54 Dudette
        July 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Me too, df! I kept blinking and looking at the R beside his name in total disbelief! :-)

      • July 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

        Me too. I was proud of him and also felt so sorry for him. You could tell he was very angry and frustrated and very concerned about his community and its citizens.

  25. 58 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

  26. 59 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

  27. July 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hahaha.
    That same poll said Ronald f*cking Reagan was the best president.

    Ronald Reagan? The Actor?

    I thought he sucked!!

  28. 65 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

  29. 66 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Yep, keep talking Mitch!

  30. 68 kasai
    July 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

  31. 69 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

  32. 70 desertflower
    July 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Might be the perfect summer read…. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/books/in-virtual-unreality-charles-seife-unfriends-gullibility.html?_r=0

    Mr. Seife’s new book, “Virtual Unreality,” is about how digital untruths spread like contagion across our laptops and smartphones. The author is unusually qualified to write on this subject, and not merely because his surname is nearly an anagram for “selfie.”

    A professor of journalism at New York University, Mr. Seife is a battle-scarred veteran of the new info wars. When Wired magazine wanted to investigate the ethical lapses of its contributor Jonah Lehrer, for example, it turned to Mr. Seife, whose report pinned Mr. Lehrer, wriggling, to the plagiarism specimen board.

    snip/

    Mr. Seife worries about how easily fringe ideas find purchase on the Internet, where previously they’d have perished from lack of oxygen. He writes about how the South African government was persuaded by H.I.V.-denialist websites to forgo providing essential antiretroviral drugs to those who were sick. He writes: “Three hundred thousand deaths might be the most extreme consequence of a Google search gone wrong.”

    h/t BJ

  33. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

  34. July 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Good morning everyone. Terrific catch up, thank you Chipsticks, even without an electrical supply! The children in the top photo awake in us again the wonder of what children never fail to see! Pure delight, total trust. “Follow the Child” ~ Maria Montessori.

  35. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

  36. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

  37. 79 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

  38. 80 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

  39. July 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    These little guys are not even as big as our moon and are 5 billion miles out there-

  40. 82 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

  41. 83 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

  42. 84 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

    uh, oh. fedex down 0-1; joker down 1-2. not a good seeds day.

  43. 88 amk for obama
    July 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Four major fuckups of ff.

    1. 1st.
    2. 2nd
    3. lifeterm scotus
    4. lifeterm congress critters

  44. July 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

    2 million? One thing about Romney, he can raise some loot.

  45. July 2, 2014 at 11:46 am


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