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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama hugs Stephanie Davies, who helped keep her friend, Allie Young, left, alive after she was shot during the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. The President visited patients and family members affected by the shootings at the University of Colorado Hospital, July 22, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

All times Eastern

10:35: The President meets with Apollo 11 representatives to recognize the 45th anniversary of the moon landing

11:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

12:10: The President signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, South Court Auditorium

1:0 Departs the White House

3:30: Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House

All times PDT

3:15: President Obama arrives Seattle, Washington

5:05: Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Seattle

6:0: Attends a fundraiser for Senate Democrats; private residence, Bellevue, Washington

7:25: Departs Seattle

9:10: Arrives San Francisco

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The Week Ahead here

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Reuters: Obama, Biden Highlight Job-Training In Middle-Class Push

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will put a spotlight on job-training programs on Tuesday as part of a White House push to boost economic opportunities for middle-class Americans, an important voting group in November elections.

Obama will sign the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” which the White House said would help “improve business engagement and accountability across federally funded training programs.”

Biden will unveil a new report that will show the results of a study about how to make federal training programs more successful and better tailored to employers’ needs.

More here

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ThinkProgress: Palestinian Civilians Make Up Three-Quarters Of The Dead In Gaza

The Israeli ground operation in Gaza extended on Monday, as international calls for a cease-fire mounted and the death toll continued to increase. While Israel lost several soldiers in the last day, the number of those killed during the latest iteration of the war between Hamas and Israel has been disproportionate, with the vast majority of the dead being both Palestinian and civilian.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) publishes a daily snapshot of the crisis, pulling together the numbers from health officials in Gaza and reports from the various humanitarian organizations in the field. In their last report, which covered from July 19 -20, they noted that 3,008 Palestinians had been injured in the course of the fighting, “904 of whom are children and 533 women.” And at the time the report was published on Sunday, the number of those killed was 395: 375 on the Palestinian side “including 270 civilians, of whom 83 are children and 36 women” and 20 Israelis “including two civilians and 18 soldiers.”

More here

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Ian Millhiser: BREAKING: Two Republican Judges Order Obamacare Defunded

Near the end of 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) led a final crusade to defund the Affordable Care Act, eventually announcing on the Senate floor that “I intend to speak in opposition to Obamacare, I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare, until I am no longer able to stand.” Cruz did succeed in goading his fellow Republicans into shutting down the federal government, but his effort was ultimately doomed. The American people’s elected representatives voted not to defund Obamacare, and the shutdown ended.

On Tuesday, two Republican judges voted to rewrite this history. Under Halbig v. Burwell, a decision handed down by Judge Raymond Randolph, a Bush I appointee, and Judge Thomas Griffith, a Bush II appointee, millions of Americans will lose the federal health insurance subsidies provided to them under the Affordable Care Act — or, at least, they will lose these subsidies if Randolph and Griffith’s decision is ultimately upheld on appeal. Ted Cruz is undoubtedly smiling today. Two unelected Republicans just voted to erase his most embarrassing and most public defeat, and they voted to take away millions of Americans health care in the process.

More here

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TPM: Journalist Who Accused MSNBC Of Pro-Israel Bias: I’ve Been Canceled!

After expressing some candid on-air criticism of MSNBC, network contributor Rula Jebreal is wondering if she’s in the cable news channel’s dog house. Jebreal said in a tweet Monday evening that her “forthcoming TV appearances” had been canceled. The Palestinian journalist also questioned if there might be a “link” between the cancelations and her comments earlier in the day in which she said MSNBC’s coverage had been biased toward Israel amid the nation’s ongoing conflict with Hamas.

While appearing on Monday’s episode of “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Jebreal said the channel’s coverage of the conflict was too favorable toward Israel. She even singled out Andrea Mitchell, the NBC News foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host. “Look at how many airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell and others,” Jebreal said. “I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on theses same issues.”

More here

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U.S. President Obama waves with Cordray during a trip Cleveland

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Amy Traub: The Enduring Success Of The CFPB At Three

Three years ago today the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors. It was a new government agency produced by the Dodd-Frank Act: part of Congress’ attempt to address the rampant misconduct by banks, mortgage lenders, ratings agencies and other financial institutions that brought on the 2008 financial crisis and started the Great Recession. In its three years of existence, the CFPB has already forced credit card companies to return $1.5 billion to consumers that they deceived with fraudulent add on products; reformed mortgage lending rules to ensure borrowers have a genuine ability to repay their loans; and began to sue student loan companies for predatory practices, among many other accomplishments. The agency also handles direct consumer complaints about abusive and deceptive financial products and services—400,000 of them so far. It’s a highly impressive record for a fledging agency.

Now the CFPB wants to let consumers take their complaints public, going beyond the existing database of bare-bones information to enable consumers to provide a full narrative with context about the financial products or services they believe harmed them and how the problem has impacted their lives. Consumers can anonymously tell the whole story about the credit reporting company that refused to remove a blatant error from their report, the mortgage servicer that started a foreclosure despite a history of on-time payments, or the car dealership that marketed deceptive auto loans. The companies they are complaining against would have an opportunity post a public response that would appear alongside the complaint at the same time it is made public.

More here

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Martin Shaw: Wagging The Dog: Gaza & MH17 Plane Deaths Stem From Netanyahu, Putin, Search For Popularity

The Ukraine and Gaza crises alike demonstrate the risks of aggressive policy based on short-term calculations. Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu’s war-as-politics invites damaging long-term consequences.

The slaughters in Ukraine and Gaza have one thing in common. Both result from governments authorising violence which is overwhelmingly motivated by domestic politics and appears almost gratuitous from a strategic point of view. Such policies promise short-term domestic popularity, but risk losing international credibility and producing serious blowback. Vladimir Putin is now finding this out. Binyamin Netanyahu should take note: the blowback for Israel could be far more serious.

More here

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Michael Krancer: The Surprising Reasons Why Lowering CO2 Emissions Will Drive Our Electricity Bills Down, Not Up

If the customer wants clean energy, he’ll have to pay for it, right? Wrong. There’s actually no premium attached to low-carbon power, state utility regulators heard last week at their annual conference in Dallas. I’ll cut to the chase. Check out this report from Analysis Group, a five-star consultancy based in Boston, who presented at the conference. “Based on our own analysis and experience, we believe that the impacts on electricity rates from well-designed CO2-pollution control programs will be modest in the near term, and can be accompanied by long-term benefits in the form of lower electricity bills and positive economic value to state and regional economies.”

Here’s the back-of-the-envelope math. The EPA says that the Clean Power Plan—America’s no-nonsense blueprint to cut carbon pollution from its power plants—will cost between $4.3 billion to $7.5 billion per year by 2020. Let’s take a mean of $5.9 billion for the sake of fairness. That’s a mere 1.6 percent of America’s total spending of $363.7 billion on electricity in 2012. If you want an itemized bill, that $5.9 billion will include investment in cleaner generation, including increased zero-carbon low-cost nuclear power, the expense of wringing efficiencies from existing plants, fuel-switching costs, and “demand-side” efficiency measures—which translates to getting your customer use power more smartly.

More here

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Steve Benen: Russia’s U.S. Standing Plummets, Still More Popular Than Congress

It wasn’t too long ago that Russia was fairly popular in the minds in the American mainstream …. It takes real effort to go from 41% to 19% favorability in the course of five months.

But what stands out for me is a CNN poll from a few weeks ago that said Congress has a 14% approval rating.

Let’s pause to appreciate what this is telling us.

Most Americans believe that Russia will try to cover up its possible involvement in the death of 298 people ….. despite this recent bloodshed, still very much on the minds of millions, Russia is still a few points more popular than Congress.

More here

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The People’s View: Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, And Lessons In Reform And Pragmatism

This will be a little hard to hear for the fashionable Lefty detractors of the president’s: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is openly celebrating President Obama’s financial reform law. There have always been detractors who routinely bemoan the Barack Obama’s “capitulation” and “friendliness” to big banks, presenting as evidence what they call a meaningless banking reform bill – Dodd-Frank – the president’s key financial reform accomplishment. In the next breath, they lament why Barack Obama could not “fight” the banks like Elizabeth Warren – with no hint of irony that a key part of President Obama’s financial reform is Warren’s brainchild: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even when acknowledged, the moaning crowd is still upset that Warren is now a United States Senator rather than the head of CFPB.

And of course… no perpwalks on Wall Street! Because, what good is reform without theater? Today is the fourth anniversary of the most significant financial reform law since the 1930s, which among other things created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This is a fact not often noticed by those who see Warren as salvation from the “compromiser in chief” Obama, but the gravity of the achievement certainly did not escape Warren herself. On her Facebook page and in an email sent to supporters, Warren has two words for Dodd-Frank and the CFPB: It worked.

More here

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Stephanie Armour: Health Plans Must Disclose Changes To Contraceptive Coverage

The Obama administration said that employers that stop covering contraceptives in workers’ health plans under a Supreme Court ruling must disclose the change to beneficiaries. The court’s late-June Hobby Lobby decision allows some closely held companies to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement on religious grounds. The administration’s notice Thursday made clear that if all or a subset of contraceptive services aren’t covered under a group health plan,

beneficiaries must be informed of the extent of the exclusions. Federal law covering pension and health plans requires that employers alert employees if they change or drop benefits. Plans that reduce or eliminate coverage must provide expedited notification, generally no longer than 60 days after the change. The requirement applies to all group health plans, including those that pay workers’ health claims directly and those that rely on an insurer for that.

More here

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On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama speaks as Sen. Chuck Hagel listens during a news conference at the citadel July 22, 2008 in Amman, Jordan

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President Obama waits in the Blue Room of the White House before being introduced at a prime time press conference in the East Room on July 22, 2009 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama listens to a question from ABC correspondent Jake Tapper during a prime time news conference in the East Room of the White House on July 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gets ready to board the elevator to the White House residence following a prime time news conference on July 22, 2009 ( Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama listens during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Marian Robinson answer questions at a reading session for local children as part of the “Let’s Read Let’s Move”, July 22, 2010

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President Obama signs the certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) have been met, in the Oval Office, July 22, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Kathleen Hartnett, Associate Counsel to the President; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; and Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets members of the audience following a town hall on the on-going efforts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., July 22, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden lay a wreath with Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Amb. Nancy Powell, left, at the Martyr’s Column at the Gandhi Smriti Museum in New Delhi, India, July 22, 2013 (Photo by David Lienemann)

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109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 99ts
    July 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good morning

  2. July 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    WHAT is this???

  3. July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am

    WOWIE, Nerdy. Fantastic R&S, a banquet of news we can use. Thank you.

    • 20 Vicki
      July 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Second that, meta. News we can use! The en banc thingie which will vacate this latest court disgrace lowered my soaring blood pressure.
      Thank you Nerdy.

  4. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am

  5. July 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good Mawnin’ :) :)

    It’s only Tuesday but it feels like Friday. I have no idea why.

    Did you all read Kevin Drum’s piece?

    If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the Mirror
    —By Kevin Drum http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/07/if-left-wants-scapegoats-just-look-mirror

    Remember when the left claimed PBO killed the Progressive Movement? Yep. Good times. :roll: :roll:

  6. July 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      • July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Good morning, GB.

        Interesting @larry_levitt tweet, thank you.

        I’m pretty much the opposite of impulsive/knee-jerk when it comes to stories like these, which are far more complex than my non-legal brain can process and form a reasonable opinion.

        But this sounds like even more of an incentive for states to accept ACA — unless the GOP in there really are for pain, suffering and premature death in their own states.

        Here’s an article that debunks the MSM/GOP/Koch brothers attempt at brainwashing the American voter (re-posted from the previous thread):

  7. July 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

    HOWEVER, SCOTUS can still review the en banc court’s decision……

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Yeah, SCOTUS is my concern too. The full DC circuit will uphold ObamaCare (since this decision was heard in front of three judges – two conservatives who handed down this asinine ruling), but SCOTUS has been going on a conservative horror streak and one would hope they live the DC decision in place because if they tamper with the subsidies clause of ObamaCare, it would be nuts and would certainly make their ObamaCare mandate being constitutional decision a puzzle for sure.

      People in states who have their own exchanges would be safe but millions in states that used healthcare.gov would be screwed.

      Greed over human lives.

      • July 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

        Roberts will really be put to the test if it gets that far. Another frightening prospect. I don’t know if this court is capable of logic anymore.

        • 30 57andfemale
          July 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

          I’ve been following this. Here’s my fear: SCOTUS will take the case, acknowledge that the language does not match obvious intent, and send it back to Congress(!) to fix.

          They get themselves off the hook, and know that Congress will NOT make the simple word change.

          • 31 japa21
            July 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

            Congress will make the change if Dems take back the House. Enough Senate Republicans will, at least, not filibuster it. By the time it gets to SCOTUS it is a moot point.

  8. 36 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I urge people to exercise caution when reacting to the latest “HUGE blow to Obamacare” news. I am taking my cues from the White House (PBO) and Administration officials, none of whom seem to be particularly perturbed by this ruling.

    The media will exaggerate the claims on both sides because they want to boost GOP’s morale, they want to see Obamacare taken down a peg or two (even if just symbolically), and we really shouldn’t play into that nonsense. I will wait to see how the administration responds going forward.

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Look for lots and lots of fluffing of Ted Cruz.

    • 39 japa21
      July 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

      As the Millhiser tweet states, just by going to en banc (full bench) this ruling ceases to exist. And it will remain as it is through the appeal process.

      I think you will see more states open up their own exchanges, so the number of people impacted will be reduced. And this will be a tremendous GOTV motivator in those states which do not have their own exchange.

      This is why it is important to elect Dems at all levels.

      But I think the full district court will side with the administration, then it will end up with the SC. By the time any ruling finally gets handed down, it will impact a lot fewer people. Get the House back in Dem hands and they can do a quick amend to the law to resolve it.

      • 40 hopefruit2
        July 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

        Excellent point japa. The actual impact of the SCOTUS ruling will be relatively miniscule.

      • 41 57andfemale
        July 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

        It’s harder than you think: Even IL couldn’t get past its legislature to set up its own exchange.

      • 42 Nerdy Wonka
        July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

        Yeah, you’re describing utopia and we don’t live there.

        1. ObamaCare has been official since 2010 and a majority of states have refused to set up state exchanges – when it went live – so this is not going to motivate the majority of them to do so. It will still be a tough but needed uphill battle.

        2. SCOTUS comes back in the fall, they can decide to take up the case and hand a good decision or bad decision a couple of months later and it will either be positive for millions or horrific for millions who live in states without state exchanges.

        3. SCOTUS could do what it did with its messed up VRA decision and punt the subsidies decision to both chambers of Congress and it would stall, stall, and stall like the VRA decision.

        4. The best outcome for everyone is the DC circuit going en banc, upholding ObamaCare subsides, the SCOTUS siding with the DC circuit by leaving its decision in place or taking up the case and ruling the same way.

        • 43 Vicki
          July 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Wow!!! Nerdy. You understand this matter so well I am simply going to take your word for it and calm down.
          All we can do and it is a Giant all is Vote…. Vote in every election at every level in your city village town or city. Dem, dem, dem, dem, dem

        • 44 japa21
          July 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

          Read a little closer and you will see I am not describing a utopia. There were many Dem controlled states that did not do their own exchanges, sometimes for simple technical reasons. I expect many of those to do so. I don’t expect the red controlled states to do so.

          Secondly, it probably won’t even be heard by the district court until the fall, and then would have to go through the appeals process to the SC.

          Thirdly, and most importantly, I said this can be a prime motivator for GOTV. This is the crucial element. If we get control back of the House, a simple legislative fix is probably which makes the whole moot come January. And yes, I think it can even be gotten through the Senate.

          • 45 Nerdy Wonka
            July 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

            1. You are describing utopia because you think states are just going to nod their heads and set up state exchanges in 3…..2…1… presto and it’s done! Nope. The majority of states without state exchanges might have been blue in presidential elections but have GOP state legislatures or an uneven mix of Democrats and Republicans. Your state, Illinois, is an example of the ObamaCare battle.

            2. The November elections are going to be tough. Even with GOTV efforts, Democrats are not guaranteed a win set in stone. 2012 showed that quite clearly. My fervent hope is that we win, but it is not guaranteed.

            3. If the SCOTUS sends it back to Congress and Democrats didn’t win back the House, then it is just like the VRA decision and will be stalled, stalled, stalled unless insurance companies show up in full force because their cash and stocks would be threatened if the lose the millions of new customers they gained with ObamaCare.

            4. The best outcome for millions of lives is SCOTUS agreeing with the full DC circuit which is a Democratic majority or taking up the case and agreeing with the DC circuit to leave ObamaCare subsidies untouched because they don’t want to mess with insurance companies, lobbyists, and upend the profit system.

            • 46 japa21
              July 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

              If you aren’t willing to read what I say, I can’t help that. I agree with everything you say, it just doesn;t counter what I said.

        • 47 EricFive
          July 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          The fact that the insurance industry has a powerful lobby and does not want subsidies taken away is one of the main reasons I am not worried. Unlike the VRA, this is an issue with an actual price tag. I don’t think the Supreme Court wants to deprive insurance companies of monies they have already factored into their business plans. These subsidies are what allows the insurance companies to cover more people thereby spreading the risk, which is the only reason insurance companies can afford to implement the non-denial of coverage, no individual caps and no exemption of preexisting conditions mandates required under the ACA. If the Supreme Ct were to side with these two radical judges, they would be essentially bankrupting the insurance industry. The ACA is already implemented and is working (insurance companies are rushing to join the exchanges), insurance stock prices are doing very well, the Supreme Ct., in my opinion, will not want to have that negative an effect on an industry that makes up such a large part of our economy.

  9. July 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

    TODers, please check in with your family and friends to make sure they’re aware of and will be participating in this year’s crucial election. VOTE like your life and well-being depend on it.

  10. 49 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    My point exactly….

  11. July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

    The bear will be loose……

  12. 51 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

    And there you have it.

  13. July 22, 2014 at 10:57 am

    PRESIDENT OBAMA OPTICS vs DO NOTHING CONGRESS OPTICS (the media yawns)

    A day in the life

    BY Steve Benen,

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    I think it’s fair to say that was a fairly busy day for the president.

    Indeed, for all the talk about gridlock and Washington paralysis, Obama demonstrated yesterday that he’s more than capable, not only of governing effectively, but of tackling a variety of subjects at once. Watching the president pivot from issue to issue yesterday, we were reminded of Obama’s willingness and eagerness to lead, govern effectively, and pursue a clear vision. And it’s not just yesterday – the president will unveil a series of executive actions today on job training.
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    The contrast between an active president, appearing almost desperate to get things done, and a passive Congress, spinning its wheels without direction, is stark.

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    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/day-the-life

  14. July 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    THIS

  15. 58 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

  16. 59 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

  17. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    July 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Interesting read.

    Subsidies aren’t going anywhere — yet.

    This decision comes from three judges on the D.C. Circuit. The federal government will probably ask the entire D.C. Circuit — eleven judges in total — to review the decision “en banc”. The court skews to the left (there are seven Democratic appointees and only four Republican appointees) which bodes in the administration’s favor. En banc review probably won’t happen until early fall.

  18. July 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

    We knew Halbig would win in the 3-judge hearing. And we know it will lose in the full en banc hearing. The question is: will SCOTUS take up the case?

  19. 67 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    If you want to see some bullshit analysis based on “polling” you can read this….if she’s so strong, then why isn’t she campaigning for the Dems? And if as Booman claims, she “doesn’t need Dems” to the point where she can get away with marginalizing Dems/progressives, isn’t she as good as a GOPer? What’s the point in sending such a candidate to represent Dem interests? Booman should have learned his lesson from 2007 – declaring a candidate as a shoe-in based on non-representative polling done 2 years out is one of the biggest mistakes that can be made…

    • 68 japa21
      July 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Booman isn’t really declaring her a shoo-in, just that, as things stand she is a prohibitive favorite. And yes, she was in 2007 and 2006. Of course she is the prohibitive favorite at this point in time. Her name recognition is close to 100% and none of her would be challengers are probably above 30% except for Biden.

      Plus people figure she is going to run, and many aren’t even thinking Biden will run.

      I will tell you this. Watch to see who campaigns for Dem candidates. (I discount Warren because I dobn’t think she will run and is doing the campaigning simply because she feels it is the right thing to do.)

      Those who do campaign, specially for candidates who go on to win, will gain themselves some chips to bargain with over the next couple years. And if Clinton doesn’t, she will lose some support she currently has.

      • July 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

        Clinton may campaign but I’d wager she won’t step in unless it’s a very high profile candidate and it’s already turning into an obvious win.

      • 70 hopefruit2
        July 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

        “Watch to see who campaigns for Dem candidates.”

        Yes, that will be the benchmark for me. O’Malley has started doing some of that, but I haven’t seen Clinton doing any active campaigning for anyone but herself. Furthermore, I know at least two of her “endorsed” candidates in Dem primaries who LOST their respective elections – one in PA, and the other in CA.

        I think there is a tendency in conventional blogosphere/MSM/punditry to rely excessively on polls while ignoring the realities of actual events on the ground.

    • 72 edp4bho
      July 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Just listened to an interview with Robert Costas of the WP and another journalist on NPR where they say that Elizabeth Warren is drinking Clinton’s milkshakes as she (Warren) sends a populist message against wall street greed. They both agreed that Clinton has to look over her shoulders to catch what is making Warren so welcomed among the Democratic/liberal classes.

  20. 73 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

  21. July 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

  22. 75 jziglar
    July 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I really can’t see John Roberts going down this road and taking the case after the full DC circuit overturns the decision. The hobby lobby case is not comparable to this situation which would destroy the program and hurt insurance companies. Also after upholding the Individual mandate.

    • 76 EricFive
      July 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I agree. I posted this upthread: The fact that the insurance industry has a powerful lobby and does not want subsidies taken away is one of the main reasons I am not worried. Unlike the VRA, this is an issue with an actual price tag. I don’t think the Supreme Court wants to deprive insurance companies of monies they have already factored into their business plans. These subsidies are what allows the insurance companies to cover more people thereby spreading the risk, which is the only reason insurance companies can afford to implement the non-denial of coverage, no individual caps and no exemption of preexisting conditions mandates required under the ACA. If the Supreme Ct were to side with these two radical judges, they would be essentially bankrupting the insurance industry. The ACA is already implemented and is working (insurance companies are rushing to join the exchanges), insurance stock prices are doing very well, the Supreme Ct., in my opinion, will not want to have that negative an effect on an industry that makes up such a large part of our economy.

  23. 77 Linda
    July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    And Sen Ron Johnson’s case against subsidies was thrown out in Wisconsin.

  24. July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Terrific rise and shine. Past, present and future all covered.

  25. 79 Linda
    July 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    All of Congress had to enroll in the DC exchange which is not a State.

    Will all of Congress and their employees lose their subsidies ? Not a chance in hell.

  26. July 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

  27. July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

    In the end, the Republicans chose their own path of obstruction and increasing marginalization. President Obama’s response ensured that would mean their demise…not his. It might take years for us to see the full result of those decisions. But when it all unfolds, it will be one of the most important ingredients of this President’s legacy

  28. July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

    President Obama has gone to the Netherlands Embassy to register his condolences regarding #MH17

  29. 86 Linda
    July 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Braking: US Air has halted all flights to Israel .

  30. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    July 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

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  32. 91 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    To give a speech on the economy.

  33. July 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

  34. July 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    12:10 EDT: President Obama and VP Biden Deliver Remarks and Sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  35. 94 Nena20409
    July 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?320594-1/white-house-briefing&live

    Josh “The Voice” Earnest Is LIVE at the Podium…….you may need to refresh to start from the beginning…..see the Blue shades by the top of the program.

  36. 95 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Here we go: The Administration’s response.

  37. July 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    This girl Tamron hall is anti obama. Sounds like she’s hoping that the courts will somehow someway strike down obama care.

  38. 97 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Good Morning TODVille,

    Hope everyone is having a good morning, in spite of the 3 DC judges’ ruling against the ACA subsidies or the continued mutual massacre of Palestian and Israeli civilians by some hot head politicians, although disproportionate on the Jerusalem side of the land.

    I am keeping my POTUS in prayer for the amount of venin out there.

    I thank Nerdy for such dedication to a website that is a wealth of information, information about the truth.

    And, of course, I am listening to Ed Henry jackassing at the WH briefing. Such an unruly toddler in spite of all the schooling from Josh The Voice. Frankly, I would have to take a Valium pill every time I had to show up in this room. The sight of some of the jockers alone would raise my blood pressure. May The Voice continue to remain calm and composed as does his boss.

  39. July 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    The Roberts court is bought and paid for, this will be another 5-4 decision.
    However, The court will uphold those already enrolled.
    But it will effect those who haven’t gotten the insurance yet.
    Medicaid expansion will not be effected with this decision.
    It is what it is…

    • 99 jziglar
      July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      It’s too early to for people to start panicking. This reminds me of when people were screaming doom and gloom when a few judges invalidated the Individual mandate. I think the ACA will be fine in the end just like I thought the Supreme Court would uphold the mandate.

      • 100 Layla
        July 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

        Exactly, doom and gloom gets us nowhere. It is not like PBO did not expect all of these obstacles. He’s got this!!!!

    • 101 Nerdy Wonka
      July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Yeah…nope. Don’t believe so. That’s too much hysteria for me.

      1. This is not Hobby Lobby. This is like the original 2012 ObamaCare case/decision. This affects insurance companies who have seen millions of new customers which translates to cash, which translates to stocks going up. I don’t believe Roberts is willing to go full wing nut.

      2. The DC circuit (full bench not the conservative DC circuit judges who handed down today’s asinine decision) will uphold ObamaCare subsidies since the bench is a Democratic majority.

      3. If the SCOTUS decides to take up the case, they could punt it down to Congress like they did with VRA which would be messed up since Congress loves to stall thanks to the GOP (Hopefully, Democrats win both chambers and can soften the blow)

      4. The best outcome for everyone is if SCOTUS leaves the DC Circuit full bench decision in place or if it takes it up, it rules in the same way.

      • July 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        It’s not hysteria I don’t have any skin in the game the law doesn’t effect me at all!

      • July 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        The 4th circuit just ruled, in a similar case, to uphold the tax subsidies. If the the DC circuit en banc rules to uphold the subsidies then I doubt that the Supreme Court will take up an appeal. The Court generally takes up appeals to resolve conflicting rulings from different circuits.

  40. 105 Vicki
    July 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Good for Delta and US Air canceling trips to Israel. All carriers should do the same.
    Let El Al have all the business. And all the risk.

  41. 106 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    LOL! Jon Karl is getting no where with his Obamacare “sky is falling” desired narrative….

  42. July 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    OH! OH! So much to do between now and 3:15! Last minute touches, everything tidy and in order.. PBO must have really liked my letter. I’d say!? (which hasn’t been delivered yet, btw..) oh well, I can go up tp the rooftop to watch AF1 arrive and depart… Close enough.. :) G’day all, starting at the top rather than the bottom today.

  43. 108 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm


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