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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama plays basketball with senior staff and their family members during a retreat at Camp David on July 18, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:25: Live from the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

11:30: President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine

1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

1:30: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office

1:45: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office

4:20: The President meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell, Oval Office

5:40: The President departs the White House en route Camp David

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BBC: MH17 Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine: What we know

At least 298 people are presumed dead after a Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in eastern Ukraine, close to the border with Russia.

Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over the conflict-hit region when it disappeared from radar. A total of 283 passengers and 15 crew members were on board.

More here

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A candlelit vigil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BBC: MH17 crash: Ukraine rebels ‘to allow access to site’

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are to give international investigators access to the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

The rebels vowed to secure the site and allow the recovery of bodies, the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe said.

The plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in rebel-held territory on Thursday.

The two sides in Ukraine’s civil conflict have accused each other of shooting the jet down with a missile.

More here

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A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike, on July 11, 2014, on Rafah in the southern of Gaza strip

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Juan Cole: Falluja and Gaza: Why Counter-Terrorism fails when the Problem is Political

….. the Israeli military profoundly misunderstands Hamas. It is ridiculous to dismiss it as a terrorist organization. it is broadly based and has an important political wing.

For this reason, the Israel ground invasion of northern Gaza will be no more successful than the US invasion of Falluja. The Israelis cannot actually destroy Hamas or its capabilities as long as significant numbers of Palestinians in Gaza support it. That support is political, having to do with the organization’s role in at least trying to stand up to Israeli oppression, occupation and blockade.

Just as the enemies of the US ultimately prevailed in Falluja, so the enemies of Israel will prevail in Gaza.

Oppression and occupation produce resistance. Until the oppression and the occupation are addressed, the mere inflicting of attrition on the military capabilities of the resistance will not snuff it out. Other leaders will take the place of those killed.

Full post here

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Children read while sitting in a street shelter, in anticipation of Code Red sirens alerting of incoming rockets, on July 11, 2014 in Nitzan, Israel

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Nathan Thrall (NYT): How the West Chose War in Gaza

As Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities and Israel follows up its extensive airstrikes with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the most immediate cause of this latest war has been ignored: Israel and much of the international community placed a prohibitive set of obstacles in the way of the Palestinian “national consensus” government that was formed in early June.

That government was created largely because of Hamas’s desperation and isolation. The group’s alliance with Syria and Iran was in shambles. Its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt became a liability after a July 2013 coup replaced an ally, President Mohamed Morsi, with a bitter adversary, Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Hamas’s coffers dried up as General Sisi closed the tunnels that had brought to Gaza the goods and tax revenues on which it depended.

More here

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On This Day

 President Obama meets with Warren Buffett, the Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in the Oval Office, July 18, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in the Oval Office, July 18, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The 2012 NCAA champion Lady Bears with President Obama at the White House on July 18, 2012

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Morning again everyone – short of time again this morning, so just a few links to the two main international stories of the day (thank you Jackie and Vickie), we’ll catch up with other news through the day.

Happy Friday!


103 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. July 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Rising and Shining!!!

    Good Friday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Have a great day and remember to be AWESOME! :-D

  2. 16 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    FURST.

  3. 38 vcprezofan2
    July 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hi

  4. 39 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

  5. 40 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

    repost.

    • 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      July 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

      PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO THESE 3 MISTAKES IN DNA CELLS FROM HELL HAVE EARNED AN ‘EQUAL OPPORTUNITY’ WALK TO A PADDED CELL…AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHO STAND ON THE BORDER AND YELL INSULTS AND PROFANITIES AT CHILDREN…STAY TUNED…GOD @ WORK ZONE AND IT WON’T BE PRETTY! LAST NITE HANNITY WAS PARKED OUTSIDE PBO’S PLANE TIMING HIS RETURN TO DC EXIT…COMPARING HIS RESPONSE TO REAGAN’S HISTORY. I WANT TO TIME THEIR EXIT WHEN GOD GIVES THEM A PERSONAL ESCORT TO…’FILL IN THE BLANK’ PARADISE!

  6. 42 Cindy
    July 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Good morning Chipsticks, Dannystix and TOD,
    Beautiful compilation of pictures and news Chipsticks.
    Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

  7. 43 Vicki
    July 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Good morning, Chips.
    So happy the NYT article Bob and I discussed last night found a place on R&S. Thank you.
    And again thanks to Nerdy for herculean efforts yesterday.
    TOD is the best news anyplace and a refuge where there is sanity and common sense. Not to mention humor and music. Thanks and much love to all who make this enchanted place live.

  8. 44 99ts
    July 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    gnite all – do hope my tomorrow brings all good things – wishing you all a happy and safe day

  9. 45 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    how many sets of teeth can you count in the last pic?

  10. 46 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

  11. 48 Cindy
    July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Good “BEAUTIFUL” Friday morning to everyone!!!

    As painful as yesterday was; pain still lingering today, we still can see the beauty that shines our way.

    If we choose to remain in a dark place today, and you fill that you’re all alone, remove self for just a moment, and pray for those who are gone.

    Pray for the families who are grieving today, knowing that the airline that went down was not a dream but reality in its worse moment; for the mothers and fathers who have lost their children through senseless bombings, for peace in the Middle East, for those precious babies and mothers at the borders who are being subjected to hate. Pray for those who are suffering because Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits, and for those who will feel the pain from the loss of 700,000 jobs. Pray for the homeless, the sick and the shut in. Pray for the children who are suffering every day.

    Pray for President Obama and his family, the Administration, and world leaders, as they try to figure out the complexities of the challenges that they are faced with. Pray that the world will be a better place one day for our children, grandchildren, and their children. Pray for those who are filled with hate; that their hearts will be purified one day, sooner rather than later. Prayer doesn’t fix every problem, or gives us immediate solutions all of the time, but I am a witness that prayer changes things.

    If prayer is not what you do or care to do; go out today and just be kind, it’s free if we give it freely. Give a smile to a stranger, send a cheerful card to someone who is not always friendly towards you, it makes you the better person. Hug your children, your pets, or send a virtual hug to someone with love in your heart and a smile on your face.

    No matter how pained we are today, it’s still a beautiful day, many of us woke up for starts, and many will not. No matter how bad it is, there is so much to be grateful for; our yesterdays are gone, our tomorrows are never promised, and all we have right now, is our precious moment.
    What the world needs now – is more love.

    God bless President Barack H. Obama, God bless the TOD community, and God bless America, and the world at large.

    • 49 Cindy
      July 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

      correction: and you feel that you’re all alone,

    • 50 mtmarilyn
      July 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Cindy for those beautiful words. I believe that is the way all of us feel. This TOD community is such a special place, an island of sanity and love in a world gone crazy.

      I am so thankful for all who come here and leave a part of themselves. Especially those who post. My energy, thoughts, prayers, etc go out to all today. Especially to our President and his family.

      I have a funeral to go to today and wedding to go to tomorrow. It is a reminder that our lives go on.

      • 51 Cindy
        July 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

        Sadness and joy, intertwined in a world of chaos. As much as possible, enjoy the celebration of the new union, and my condolences for the life that has passed on.

        Wishing you a “WONDERFUL” and blessed weekend.

    • July 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

      {{{{{{{{{Cindy}}}}}}}}}}

      Too often we get bogged down in the negative and forget about the power of hope, faith, and love. We are so focused on what we don’t have that we neglect being thankful for what we do have. Today is called the “present” for a reason.

      Thanks for the reminder Cindy.

      • 54 Cindy
        July 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

        {{{{{{{{{{{swbluega}}}}}}}}}}

        • 55 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          July 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

          WHAT WE MUST REMEMBER…IS THAT WE ARE HERE TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH…WE ARE NOT HERE FOR OURSELVES..GOD DIDN’T CREATE US TO BE SELFISH AND SELF CONSUMED…WE ARE ALL HIS CHILDREN..WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS IN LIFE AND WE MUST COMFORT AND AID THOSE IN NEED…..:)

  12. 56 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    CHANNEL 13 INDIANAPOLIS NEWS RELEASE…THERE WAS AN IU STUDENT ON THE MALAYSIAN PLANE…:(

  13. July 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    GM Ms Chips…NW….and all of TOD….

    thank you for the posted articles by Zakaria and Cole…..

    Helps me to see what is hard to see….

    have a safe Friday…

    looking forward to seeing the Kid’s State Dinner….

  14. 58 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:05 am

  15. 59 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

  16. 60 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    karma time baby.

  17. 61 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

  18. 62 Ladyhawke
    July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    ON CSPAN NOW ….

    UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SHOT DOWN IN UKRAINE

  19. 64 vcprezofan2
    July 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Seems like I’ll be missing the early afternoon engagements – out again, this time for follow-up visit at eye specialist. O well!

    • 65 Layla
      July 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Having lost all vision in my left eye because of the brain tumor, I am happy to hear that you are taking care of your eyes. You can always catch up when you get back, even though it can be a struggle…

      • 66 Cindy
        July 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Happy Friday to you Layla,

        Hope you’re feeling well today; didn’t know about your situation (vision / brain tumor), you are a survivor indeed. May you be blessed beyond measure in your healing – always, and you will forever be in my prayers.

        Wishing you a “WONDERFUL DAY” and nothing less than a “BEAUTIFUL” weekend.
        {{{{Layla}}}}

      • 68 57andfemale
        July 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        I have a very close friend who lost vision in one eye due to a (thank God) benign brain tumor. She is a quilter, embroiderer, knitter. And with one eye, her applique and handwork is better than almost anyone else I know. She is a true inspiration, and thank God, still able to create beautiful things.

        Layla, you are in my constant thoughts and prayers.

      • 69 vcprezofan2
        July 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        {{{Layla}}}

        I went out for a bit (before eye exam) and just came back to your response. Blessings for the sight you have! My mother also has had difficulties with her eyes, and recognizing that some of the underlying causes can be hereditary I do try to be diligent when I have scheduled examinations.

  20. 70 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    ok, bbl after dinner

  21. 71 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

  22. 72 dotster3
    July 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

  23. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    July 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Great R&S, Chips.

    Update.

  24. 75 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

  25. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    July 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role

    “This November could be different. Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters.”

  26. 85 57andfemale
    July 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Effing Mark Kirk!!!! Blaming PBO for the downed plane!!!!!

    I will use everything in my power to get that miserable twit out of office in 2016.

    I am FURIOUS!!!!!!

    • 86 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

      The quickest and fastest way to get air time on TV is to find something, no matter how how ridiculous or false, to blame PBO for.

    • 88 japa21
      July 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Did the idiot give a rationale?

      • 89 57andfemale
        July 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

        he called it PBO’s ‘foreign policy disaster’ and to watch PBO back peddle.

        So now we know, Illinoisans: Mark Kirk is a neocon who wants perpetual war. Moderate, my ass.

    • 90 Nena20409
      July 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Karma has paid him a visit previously and now Kirk is asking for a more punitive visit?

      There was a commercial about annoying Mother Nature……I remember it now, vaguely. Oh well, Kirk will some find out.

      • 91 57andfemale
        July 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

        he’ll try to ride his strategic precious few ‘moderate’ votes to reelection. This is what he’s done his entire career. The vast majority of his record – he might as well be a science-hating boob from MS.

        I hope we run a decent candidate. A decent candidate will make mincemeat out of him, but if it’s a weak candidate he will be reelected. I want to SCREAM.

    • 92 nospin
      July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      who is Mark Kirk?

      • 93 57andfemale
        July 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Senator in Illinois. He won in 2010, because of the Blagojevich backlash to all Dem’s and our candidate, who would have been a good senator, was not that great a campaigner. Kirk had been a Representative from a wealthy but socially liberal district, and worked his way up. He voted moderately enough, but was for tax cuts and won his district. As Senator however, he has voted with the TeaPublicans on almost anything and every once in awhile throws in a moderate vote. For example, he was one of three Republicans to vote for the Democratic bill to undo the Hobby Lobby damage. So he will say he is ‘pro-woman’ and fool enough people.

        This statement on the plane crash was outrageous.

  27. 94 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • 95 amk for obama
      July 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Another Russia Today anchor has resigned from her post at the Kremlin-funded TV network.

      I resigned from RT today. I have huge respect for many in the team, but I’m for the truth. pic.twitter.com/mZ1g0R7N0D

      — Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) July 18, 2014

      Corespondent Sara Firth’s announcement came nearly two hours after she stated on Twitter that RT anchors “do work for Putin” and spread “lies,” in a conversation with RT London correspondent Polly Boiko. Firth alleged that the network asks its anchors to “obscure the truth,” and now she is saying she’s had enough.

    • 96 Nena20409
      July 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

      She and her former colleagues were perfectly OK taking the $$$ until now?

      Okay…..glad to know that she has a Prize tag that is hard to continue to play the propaganda games……..Welcome to sanity, Now?

  28. July 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

  29. 99 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Bring over lovepolitics excellent post.

    What Reagan succeeded at is making americans believe in fantasy. The fantasy of an omnipotent USA. While in REALITY The “most powerful country of the world” is indeed powerful but can’t CONTROL everything !!

    Americans have to GROW UP. And acknowledge that the world is very complex. That POWER is SHARED.

    Important note: The USSR collapsed mostly ON ITS OWN and it’s foolish to attribute that to Reagan. That Reagan is responsible for the “win” of the cold war is a MYTH. And as far as Reagan goes, everything about him is a MYTH.

    But WHY that MYTH ? Again, because Reagan told americans what they wanted to hear; he was very good at making americans feel good about their country. He sold the FANTASY. And boy, was he also good at playing the daddy who would protect the american “children” from harm.

    Barack Obama has infinitely more wisdom, more understanding of the world, more understanding of what the role of the USA can be. He doesn’t treat americans like children, but like adults. He has worked like crazy to make americans GROW UP and embrace the REALITY of the 21th century world, while suggesting a realistic path for american leadership in the world. A leadership based on VALUES, not fear or control. A leadership aimed at building a more JUST, PEACEFUL world. A leadership based on the most PROFOUND of american values: the empowerment of individuals combined with a sense of community.

    Barack Obama is the real deal. Reagan was just a MIRAGE.

    • July 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

      thanks for bringing this over!!…

    • July 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Reagan didn’t create that fantasy and I’m no fan of Reagan. American omnipotence was on the rise at the beginning of the 20th century and the media of that day as well as many politicians sold it to the public. But it really didn’t take a whole lot of selling because so many people already believed it. As time went on it only grew. Post WWII and well into the sixties Americans felt we could do no wrong because every image reinforced the idea of the superpower without equal. Reagan may have given it a new paint job but that car was the same as its always been.

  30. 102 amk for obama
    July 18, 2014 at 11:10 am


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