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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets departing Associate Counsel to the President Alison J. “Ali” Nathan, left, Meg Satterthwaite, and their twin sons Oliver and Nathan, in the Outer Oval Office, July 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern)

11:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

12:10: The President hosts a group of teachers for lunch

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The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President will welcome NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the White House, ahead of the NATO summit in Wales this September. In the evening, he will depart for Denver, Colorado, where he’ll spend the night.

Wednesday: In Denver, the President will attend a DSCC fundraising event. He will then travel to the Dallas, Texas area for a DCCC event. In the evening, he will travel to Austin, Texas, where he’ll attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

Thursday: While in Austin, the President will attend a DNC event, and will deliver remarks on the economy, before returning to the White House.

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

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Spandan Chakrabarti: Barack Obama Bests Bill Clinton’s Private Sector Job Creation Record

the Labor Department released the employment figures for June, and the jobs numbers blasted through market predictions. June saw an addition of 288,000 jobs, compared to the 215,000 predicted by analysts. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, the lowest since before the beginning of the Bush economic collapse in September of 2008 – that’s a 1.4 percentage point drop in the last 12 months, the sharpest decline in nearly 30 years. The economy under President Obama’s leadership – and despite the Great Wall of Republican obstructionism – is not only showing signs of completing recovery from the worst economic calamity in American history save for the Great Depression,

it is now showing signs of coming back to the life it had before the previous administration began to mess with it. June marks 52 straight months of private sector job growth, the longest ever on record, beating out Bill Clinton’s record of 51 continuous months of private sector job growth from February 1996 to April 2000. The economy has added more than 200,000 jobs for five months in a row now, the longest such streak since 1999. In the first half of this year alone the economy has added 1.4 million jobs, another accomplishment not seen since 1999.

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Darlene Superville: First Lady Bucks GOP On School Lunch Rules

First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.” Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter. “Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.” Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat.

It was a major achievement, the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious. Mrs. Obama says the requirements are based on sound science and that 90 percent of schools are meeting them. The association says districts are unprepared to meet the newest standards. “I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools,” the first lady said at a White House event where she showcased elementary school students preparing and then eating a salad lunch using vegetables they had planted in her garden on the South Lawn. The White House has threatened to veto the House bill. The Senate version does not include the one-year waiver.

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Sally Kohn: Dear Speaker Boehner: Do Your Job Instead

President Theodore Roosevelt enacted 1,081 executive orders during his presidency. President Dwight Eisenhower had 484. President Ronald Reagan had 381. And President George W. Bush had 291. President Barack Obama has enacted 182 executive orders — yet the GOP accuses him of being an “imperial president,” and Republican members of the House of Representatives are preparing to sue him for violating the Constitution. With all due respect, Speaker Boehner, it’s as though the fog of extreme partisanship that has colored your dealings with President Obama since day one has suddenly turned into a full-on fever of irrationality. Think about this for just a second: House Republicans are using taxpayer dollars to fund a lawsuit against a President who has literally done not only what every president before him has done but has done it less often and is doing so now only because

House Republicans repeatedly refuse to even vote on legislation, let alone pass anything. And you have the gall to accuse the President of being the one in violation of the Constitution? Even more frustrating is how your repeated attacks on the President fall factually flat. In your essay for CNN, you write: “After years of slow economic growth and high unemployment under President Obama, they are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ ” This is a particularly laughable assertion given last week’s jobs report, which noted our economy added 288,000 jobs in June, marking 52 straight months of continuous job growth. Overall, under President Obama’s leadership, the private sector has added 9.7 million jobs and an economy that was in free fall when he was elected is now in a steady recovery.

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Matt Apuzzo: Students Joining Battle To Upend Laws On Voter ID

Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students. Joining a challenge to a state law alongside the N.A.A.C.P., the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department, lawyers for seven college students and three voter-registration advocates are making the novel constitutional argument that the law violates the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 from 21. The amendment also declares that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.” Over the past decade, Republicans have campaigned to tighten rules for voters, including requirements for photo ID, in the name of preventing fraud. Democrats have countered that the real purpose of those laws is to make voting more difficult for people who are likely to vote Democratic.

In Ohio, legislators proposed a law that would have cost colleges millions of dollars for helping out-of-state students vote locally. The measure died amid criticism from state schools. In Maine, the Republican attorney general — at the behest of the state party chairman — investigated 200 students for fraud. After finding no evidence, he sent the students a letter warning them to register their cars in Maine or to cancel their voter registrations. In Texas, voters must show a photo ID. A state handgun license qualifies, but a state university identification card does not. North Carolina students have also complained of government efforts, distinct from the new voting law, to shut down voting sites at Appalachian State University and Winston-Salem State University.

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BBC with the “DUH!” question of the day. But, a very interesting article nonetheless.

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Philip Rucker: Bloomberg’s Gun Group To Start 2014 Midterms Strategy By Surveying Candidates

The gun-control group founded by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association. Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes.

Bloomberg has since started the new group, Everytown, merging the mayors coalition and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Everytown’s goal is to create a grass-roots movement to pressure not only Congress but also state legislatures. It is using data-driven organizing techniques from Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns to expand its network of supporters, which now totals nearly 2 million.

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Grant Smith: U.S. Seen As Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia

The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids.

“The U.S. increase in supply is a very meaningful chunk of oil,” Francisco Blanch, the bank’s head of commodities research, said by phone from New York. “The shale boom is playing a key role in the U.S. recovery. If the U.S. didn’t have this energy supply, prices at the pump would be completely unaffordable.” Oil extraction is soaring at shale formations in Texas and North Dakota as companies split rocks using high-pressure liquid, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The surge in supply combined with restrictions on exporting crude is curbing the price of West Texas Intermediate, America’s oil benchmark.

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NBC News: Pope Francis Meets Abuse Victims, Begs Forgiveness For Church

Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the Church on Monday and cited the need for “reparation” as he met with victims who had suffered at the hands of Roman Catholic priests. The pontiff invited six victims of abuse from Ireland, Germany and Britain to attend an early-morning private Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence next to St. Peter’s Basilica where he lives. Francis called the abuse a “grave sin” decrying how it was hidden for “so much time” and “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “I ask for the grace to weep, the grace for the Church to weep and make reparation for her sons and daughters who betrayed their mission, who abused innocent persons,” the pope said in his homily. “I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse.”

He said abusive priests’ actions “profane the very image of God” and are “more than despicable.” Francis strongly praised the victims’ courage in speaking up and shedding “light on a terrible darkness,” telling the mass he is deeply aware of their deep and unrelenting pain. The pope then met privately with the victims, spending at least half an hour with each. While Francis’ predecessor met with abuse victims several times during his pontificate, this was the first time a pope had received victims inside the Vatican. The meeting was first announced by the pope on his flight back from a visit to the Holy Land, when Francis noted called child sex abuse “very serious” and “like celebrating a satanic mass.”

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The Denver Post: Colorado Claims Contraceptive Program Caused Big Drop In Teen Birth Rates

A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative, funded by a private anonymous donor for five years, has provided intrauterine devices and other implants to low-income women at 68 family-planning clinics across Colorado since 2009. The clinics are in local health departments, hospitals and private nonprofit facilities. The program also provided training and technical assistance to family planning clinics statewide. “When families are planned and women have children when they’re ready and want them … it’s really a better situation for everyone,” Hickenlooper said during his state Capitol news conference. Seven of every 10 teen pregnancies in Colorado are unintended, officials said.

The decline in births among girls 15 to 19 years old served by the program accounted for three-quarters of the overall decline in the Colorado teen birth rate, the state said in a news release. That rate has fallen from 37 births per 1,000 girls in 2009 to 22 in 2013, officials said. The teen abortion rate dropped 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in those counties where the initiative is in place, Hickenlooper said. The family-planning program has saved $5.68 in Medicaid costs for every dollar spent on the contraceptives, the state said. The state has saved millions in health care expenditures — $42.5 million in public funds in 2010 alone based on the latest available data.

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs an elderly nurse while holding a traditional Russian matreshka nesting doll during a visit to the Sisters of Mercy St. Dmitry Nursing College in Moscow, July 7, 2009

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, in Gostinny Dvor, Russia, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets attendees, including Oksana Yurievna the top graduating student, at the New Economic School graduation in Gostinny Dvor, Russia, July 7, 2000 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Department of Treasury, in Washington, D.C., July 7, 2010, following her 20th agency visit to thank employees for their public service (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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122 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. July 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Congrats Marilee. Morning NW. Terrific R&S, as usual.

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Morning, Ms NerdyW! Haven’t seen you since last night! ;) ;) Thank you for this mornings work, and have a Good Monday!

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Way to go, Mariele! You’ve gotten the hang of this. :grin:

  4. July 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Congratsssssssssssss….Mariele

    GM to the extraordinary NW….

    Greattttt R & S…full of things that we need to know….

  5. July 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

    • 14 donna dem 4 obama
      July 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

      They build her up so that they can tear her down….This is playing out just as the media hoped.

    • July 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

      And regardless of the veracity of that claim, why would this be a concern of MarketWatch? Am I missing something…?

      • July 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

        I guess because she’s sounding downbeat about the economic recovery.

      • 17 donna dem 4 obama
        July 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

        I’ll tell you their interest…

        It’s because we are not in the GE primary yet. Hillary has no candidate to run against because it’s way too early to talk 2016 so the media makes her adversary in the absence of another candidate for 2016, President Obama. It’s great for headline news and to get the pundits pontificating. IMO they are doing a masterful job.

  6. July 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Nerdy, you’re a bunch of AWESOME!!!!! Thank you Legend!!!

  7. 20 99ts
    July 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I think the President is following in my footsteps – I spent 2 days in Denver – in summer – and now he is heading there. We have so much in common – :) :)

    • July 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

      You can set your watch by when the thunderstorms roll in over Denver, 3:00 or 4:00 pm each day.

      Best plane ride I’ve been on was from Denver to LAX, 30 years ago (can’t believe it was that long ago!), in late July.

      I don’t like flying, plane was delayed, and took off around sunset (amid the lightning which I was convinced would hit the plane as we ascended, but no). Flying west, it was perpetual sunset over the pink and purple clouds, which lasted until we approached LAX, which was not overcast, so no light show there.

      • 22 0388jojothecat
        July 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        Sounds beautiful Arapaho. In 1998 I was in Denver for a meeting and scheduled to fly out the next day. Our meeting started at 2pm and by 4pm when it was about to wrap up a storm rolled in thunder lightening winds. The folks in the meeting scheduled to fly out that evening. A tornado touched down and all flights were canceled. It was a mess at the airport. Glad it was pre-9/11.

      • 23 99ts
        July 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        And you bring forward another memory – we flew from San Francisco to Denver – first flight I was ever on when you could hear the pilot conversation as an option on the head phones – we flew in/out and around storms as they explained where we were and why we kept changing course

  8. July 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    My folks’ 60th anniversary last month and I think receiving this thrilled them more than anything:

  9. 37 rikyrah
    July 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning Everyone :)

  10. July 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Pope Francis is extraordinary…i Hope that he is well protected!

  11. 40 hopefruit2
    July 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Marielle on #1 :) Thanks NW for yet another wonderful Monday R & S roundup!!!

  12. July 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

  13. July 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

    LMAO! You guys! guys! OMG! This article is hilarious. Truly, must read if you need a good laugh.

    “The 9 Most Insane Passages From “Blood Feud,” The New Anti-Obama, Anti-Clinton Book” – http://www.buzzfeed.com/katherinemiller/bloooood-feuuuuuud

    9. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had a “physical” altercation:

    “Some of Hillary’s arguments with the president actually turned physical. Once, according to a source close to Valerie Jarrett, Hillary jabbed Obama’s chest with her finger to make a point. When Obama reported the finger-jabbing incident to Michelle, he said that he couldn’t believe Hillary had done that to the president of the United States. He was more amazed than angry about the impulsive attack.”
    “it hurt,” he said.
    Michelle, on the other hand, wasn’t amazed at all, but furious at Hillary’s effrontery. 😂😂😂

    Hillary Clinton gets into all kinds of fights with people in Blood Feud (BLOOD FEUD!). One time she broke a lamp! In the 1990s!

    This book belongs in the fiction department of every bookstore. I’m not exactly an HRC fan but I know bullshit when I see it.

  14. July 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Also, Good Morning! :)

    And thanks Nerdy :)

  15. July 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Glad to see Bloomberg’s @Everytown pressing the #GunSense issue …

  16. July 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

  17. 63 GGail
    July 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Good West Coast morning NW, Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Wealth of goodies here on the R&S – thanks NW!

    It’s back to me acting professional at work :shock:

    • 64 Nerdy Wonka
      July 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks, GGail.

      WHAT?! No more yelling GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL in the office place? The horror!

      • 65 GGail
        July 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        Shhhh, I now have a co-conspirator…we’re trying to figure out how to work it tomorrow. Good thing the boss and the next boss will be out of the office.

        Wish me luck :D

  18. July 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

  19. 71 amk for obama
    July 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

    waving from bertcertcity.

  20. 79 amk for obama
    July 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

  21. 82 Nena20409
    July 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Hello TOD.

    It’s a Manic Monday.

    The WH presser is LIVE with Arne Duncan as guest, currently at the podium. Busy day. So have as much fun as TODably recommended.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-8

    7-7-14 WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest.

    BBL ;)

  22. 83 desertflower
    July 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Morning TOD…Happy Monday! Lots of good news to start the week with and here’s some more!!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014840943

    Court Blocks Arizona From Denying Driver’s Licenses To Young Immigrants

    Source: AP

    An appeals court blocked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

    The ruling Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco marks a victory for immigrant rights advocates who argued the young immigrants were harmed by unequal treatment by the state.

    YEAH!

    • July 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      It’s Arizona’s turn to turn blue.

      Arizona voters should heed CA’s Jerry Brown’s initiatives to level the playing field for recent immigrants and their families (e.g., CA DREAM act, CA driver’s license equality, etc.).

      It’s beyond my understand HOW the GOP could be against a federal DREAM Act. Who in their right mind wants uneducated and unskilled hordes of teenagers roaming the streets with nothing to do? How can you be against in-state tuition for residents of your state?

      (No offense to teenagers, but being anti-DREAM act denies many young people the opportunity to learn an employable skill.)

      • 85 desertflower
        July 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

        Arapaho….it’s my DREAM that this would happen, sooner rather than later:) This state legislature is FILLED TO THE BRIM with Teabaggers and ALEC/KOCH shills. Has to start here to get these people out of the state govt….then, and only then, can we begin to transform AZ into a place that we can be proud of. I hope that day is soon…..

    • July 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Also, did you see that I tweeted the fascinating article you linked to yesterday? (I posted it for Bobfr on the overnight thread.)

      The pediatric oncologist sports a tattoo of the substance in scorpion venom that makes cancer tumors glow, which would allow neurosurgeons to distinguish cancer cells in the jello-like brain:

      • July 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        I thought this was fascinating and wanted to share:) I used to work on the Oncology/Hemotogy unit at OSU hospitals back in the day. That time, and those amaIng people, the staff AND especially the incredible patients and their families… Have stuck with me for all these many years. Loved my job and my time there . This is a BFD and I hope this leads to new and exciting treatments for cancer patients

      • July 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Thanks for Tweeting that!!

  23. 89 japa21
    July 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  24. July 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    • 93 carolyn
      July 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Right about what??????? Zero!

    • 94 GGail
      July 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      What is this? “throwback politician week”??? First GW and now Rmoney. “The political party that lives in the past”

    • 97 0388jojothecat
      July 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Sounds beautiful Arapaho. In 1998 I was in Denver for a meeting and scheduled to fly out the next day. Our meeting started at 2pm and by 4pm when it was about to wrap up a storm rolled in thunder lightening winds. The folks in the meeting scheduled to fly out that evening. A tornado touched down and all flights were canceled. It was a mess at the airport. Glad it was pre-9/11.

    • 98 0388jojothecat
      July 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      The Voters were right about Romney…that’s why he LOST!

    • July 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      #rightoffthedeepend. #rightlooseinthehead. #rightloonyfarmmaterial.

    • 101 Nena20409
      July 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      There are Great recycling……Paper, Plastic, Aluminium, etc

      Then There are bad ones ;) Namely :

      Romney, GW Bush, JEB…… :lol: :roll: :lol:

  25. 102 Judith Fardig
    July 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Happy Independence Weekend Monday after. Time to continue the battle for truth, justice, and the American way TOD style! Thanks for a great R&S. Nice to see Mariele in first place! I’m going to pick up some voter registration cards to carry around so I can catch people who need to update or register for the first time. We have a brigade of young people here called The Bus Project who are doing a wonderful job of registering their peers at big public events like the Blues Festival. Yay for these young people!

    • July 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you Judith.

      This is what responsible citizenship looks like.

      Thank God for the youth of this country.

      If I were a young person now, I would be motivated to get as many people as possible to change the balance (ha!) in the Supreme Court.

      I would be outraged that a potential employer could deny me access to birth control — it’s only the GOP who are obsessed with other people’s sex life, which is none of their damn business.

  26. 104 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!…I WAS THINKING ABOUT THOSE G. ‘W’ T-SHIRTS YOU HAD ON THE PREVIOUS SITE…AND YES I WOULD WEAR ONE OF THOSE IN INDY….AKA…THE KKK PLAYGROUND! I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING OF HOW SAD IT IS THAT PEOPLE IN AMERICA AND CERTAINLY CONGRESS HAVE STOOPED TO THEIR LEVEL OF THINKING. IN BETWEEN WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HATE ALL IMMIGRANTS AND WOULD PROBABLY SELL THEIR OWN MOTHER IF SHE INTERRUPTED THEIR SHALLOW LIFESTYLE…MAY GOD HELP US ALL…THE CESSPOOL CONTINUES TO SWIRL WITH THE AID OF INSANE MEDIA AND SELFISH,HATEFUL PEOPLE! MAY GOD DEEPLY BLESS OUR PRESIDENT WHO CERTAINLY EXPECTED MUCH BETTER THAN HE HAS BEEN GIVEN.

    • 105 GGail
      July 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      GM Sue and you are so right! “OUR PRESIDENT CERTAINLY EXPECTED MUCH BETTER THAN HE HAS BEEN GIVEN.”

  27. 106 amk for obama
    July 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The family of a woman who was repeatedly punched in the face and head by a policeman has said they will sue on her behalf, local media report.

    Footage posted on YouTube last week shows a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer straddling the woman and hitting her at least 11 times.

    The CHP says they are investigating and have suspended the officer.

    Her family said they would be filing a civil rights lawsuit on her behalf, according to local broadcaster KTLA.

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    Caree Harper, a lawyer for the woman’s family, refused to say why she was walking the freeway, saying nothing would justify the beating she received.

    “We are not going to let this woman be on trial,” Ms Harper told the Los Angeles Times.

    CHP officials say an internal probe of the officer’s actions is under way and he is on administrative leave.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28199303

    • 107 GGail
      July 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      There is NO justification for that officer’s handling of the situation. Especially when she went into defensive mode and he continued to pound her with his fits.

      He should just plead insanity – that he had just smoked some crack for breakfast and lost his mind.

      The wonders of a cell phone camera.

      I have to stay away from this story and let it play out because it touches me very personally. I live in that area. I am a black woman around her age. But for the grace of God, that could be me wondering the streets/freeways.

      • 108 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        July 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        THE OFFICER INVOLVED IN THE HORRIFIC BEATING OF THIS WOMAN DESERVES TO BE TERMINATED AND NO LONGER ALLOWED TO WEAR A BADGE AGAIN. UNFORTUNATELY…THERE ARE ALOT OF OFFICERS LIKE THIS…WALKING TIMEBOMBS…THANK GOD THE YOUNG MAN WAS THERE TO CATCH HIS UNGODLY ACTIONS ON CAMERA!

  28. 109 amk for obama
    July 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Germany has announced plans to tax the millions of foreign motorists who use its roads, including the famous autobahn highway, from 2016 onwards.

    Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said the levy should raise 2.5bn euros (£1.98bn) over four years.

    Vehicles will be issued with badges, costing between 10 euros for 10 days and about 100 euros for a year-long permit.

    Critics of the planned toll say it violates EU anti-discrimination laws.

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    The party’s base is in the southern region of Bavaria, where residents have long complained of having to pay to use roads in neighbouring Austria and Switzerland, while motorists from those countries pay nothing to drive in Germany.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28199383

  29. 110 Vicki
    July 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Michael Bloomberg’s position on gun legislation may be a position we agree with but don’t forget that Michael R. Bloomberg is Always, Only, and Forever about advancing his name and personal status.

    “surveying candidates on their gun stances” may sound like a good idea until you consider Democratic candidates in gun states.
    I hope they lie their asses off and say whatever it is their constituents want to hear.
    What matters most is 2014. Democrats need to win.

    Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor can brandish rifles at their rallies if it will keep them in office.
    Alison in KY and Michelle Nunn–the same.

    Bloomberg strategy backfired in Colorado. His richly funded candidates won but were immediately defeated in recalls.

    We need to keep the Senate, gain House seats, and win Governorships.
    Then with more Democrats in office we will pass strong gun legislation.

    Michael Bloomberg is not our friend.

  30. July 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    df, Thanks for sharing the story about the pediatric oncologist. Having lost a 4-year old grandson to that awful disease, it is so wonderful to read things like this and know that people are “busting their butts” to make advancements for the kids.

    • 113 Desertflower
      July 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Aw… So sorry to hear that. I remember you telling us that:) I have a cousin battling this now. We just press on. This is great news worthy of sharing. Pass it along:)

  31. 114 Nena20409
    July 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/concha-if-jay-carney-joins-msnbc-co-hosting-his-own-show-is-best-option/

    I am not happy about this……if true.

    I want Jay “Clark Kent” Carney to earn money, MSNBC is not the venue IMHO

    • 115 donna dem 4 obama
      July 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Geesh. I certainly hope not but this article is rumor and pure speculation by this author as is the case with most of our media nowadays.

  32. 116 Nena20409
    July 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Apparently the WHPC do not want to take into account that in 2008 a law was passed.

    Jon Karl…..wow…..Does he NOT understand English.

  33. 117 Nena20409
    July 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    @barackobama is OFA The Voice says…..So now does “Barack Obama” even see or know what is being tweeted on his behalf?

    Seriously?

  34. 118 JER
    July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  35. July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    It is hard to believe that the jackals get paid to ask such stupid questions. They are concern trolling about the current flood at the border when the remedy is in the hands of Boehner who will not allow a vote. smdh

  36. 120 JER
    July 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  37. 122 japa21
    July 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm


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