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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, N.Y., July 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:0: First Lady delivers remarks at the Young African Leaders Summit (link)

12:05: The President delivers remarks on the economy, Uptown Theatre, Kansas City

2:15: Departs Kansas City

4:40: Arrives White House

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The Week Ahead

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Instagram

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Steve Benen: U.S. economy bounces back in a big way

By any measure, the U.S. economy was unusually weak in the first quarter of the year (January through March), though most in the economic, financial, and political sectors were untroubled by the data. Indeed, for most, the winter drop was something of a fluke, caused by unusually harsh weather conditions and an unexpected drop in health spending.

Still, the first-quarter report made the second-quarter data all the more important. Would the economy bounce back? This morning, we received an answer – and for those rooting for economic success, the results were even better than expected.

…. today’s report showing 4% growth is terrific and reinforces the perception of an economy picking up speed.

More here

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Bloomberg: Economy in U.S. Grows More Than Forecast

Gains in consumer spending and business investment helped the U.S. economy rebound more than forecast in the second quarter following a slump in the prior three months that was smaller than previously estimated.

Gross domestic product rose at a 4 percent annualized rate after shrinking 2.1 percent from January through March, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3 percent advance. Consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, rose 2.5 percent, reflecting the biggest gain in purchases of durable goods such as autos in almost five years.

More here

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New Republic: McDonald’s Workers Were Just Handed a Huge Victory by the Obama Administration

The news for America’s low-wage workers has been pretty bleak these past, oh, 30 or 40 years or so. Their pay has stagnated and their bargaining power has atrophied, even as their corporate overlords have seen their own profits and compensation soar. But there are signs of a brightening underway, and the latest one arrived Tuesday in the form of a possibly consequential finding against one of the most iconic low-wage employers of all, McDonald’s.

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Richard Griffin Jr., ruled that he would include McDonald’s as a “joint employer” in the 43 unfair labor practice complaints filed by McDonald’s workers over the past 20 months that Griffin deemed had merit (the complaints mostly involve retaliation against workers who engaged in organizing efforts). In the past, McDonald’s and other big fast-food chains have avoided responsibility in such cases, on the premise that their thousands of franchisees are the real employers, not the corporate giant in whose name they operate….

More here

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NYT: What Debate? Economists Agree the Stimulus Lifted the Economy

Here’s a simple case study making the point that our political debates about economics have become largely unhinged from those among actual economists. Take the Obama stimulus plan, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. If you took your cues from the political rhetoric in Washington — or even from the occasional virulent debate in the economics blogosphere — you would think the whole question of fiscal stimulus is highly contested.

But it’s not. There’s widespread agreement among economists that the stimulus act has helped boost the economy.

More here

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Roger Cohen (NYT): Zionism and Its Discontents

…. I am a Zionist because the story of my forebears convinces me that Jews needed the homeland voted into existence by United Nations Resolution 181 of 1947, calling for the establishment of two states — one Jewish, one Arab — in Mandate Palestine…

What I cannot accept, however, is the perversion of Zionism that has seen the inexorable growth of a Messianic Israeli nationalism claiming all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River; that has, for almost a half-century now, produced the systematic oppression of another people in the West Bank … that blockades Gaza with 1.8 million people locked in its prison and is then surprised by the periodic eruptions of the inmates; and that responds disproportionately to attack in a way that kills hundreds of children.

…. Hamas is vile. I would happily see it destroyed. But Hamas is also the product of a situation that Israel has reinforced rather than sought to resolve.

This corrosive Israeli exercise in the control of another people, breeding the contempt of the powerful for the oppressed, is a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.

Full article here

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Charles Pierce: All There Is To Do

…. the president announced that new and harsher sanctions would be placed on Russia. The European Union finally came around and joined him, which means, I guess, that knocking a civilian airliner out of the sky is what gets the EU’s attention.

…. the president was right in knocking down the notion that this represents a new Cold War.

First of all, there’s no Russian bloc this time. There’s just Vladimir Putin, who is a Russian nationalist and an autocrat, but not a Tsar or a General Secretary, who fights his proxy wars on his own borders, and not around the world. And, like any autocrat, he is theoretically most vulnerable to other autocrats, either individually or in combination.

Like any nationalist, he is most vulnerable to pragmatists who like to hold onto the lifestyles the country has provided them. As nearly as I can tell, beyond a desire to re-establish Russia as a world power, and to establish himself as a world leader, Putin’s not motivated by any ideology that isn’t vulnerable to financial pressure.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Parties, presidents, and economic power

Derek Thompson highlighted an interesting economic trend that Republicans very likely find discouraging: “In the 70 years, the U.S. economy has been better, across many metrics, when a Democrat has been the president.” In particular, Thompson noted a “fantastically interesting” paper from Princeton professors Alan Blinder and Mark Watson, who reported that from 1947 to 2013, in literally every category, Democratic presidents outperformed Republican presidents.

…. it’s a democracy and partisan bragging rights matter, too. Why Democrats don’t run around boasting about reports like these is a mystery to me – if Republicans had a talking point like this at their disposal, I suspect we’d never hear the end of it.

Full post here

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ThinkProgress: Obama To Issue Series Of Executive Actions Tackling Methane Leaks From Pipelines

President Obama will announce a series of executive actions on Tuesday designed to tackle the increasing problem of methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, which are significantly contributing to global warming, according to a White House press call.

White House Director of Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech told reporters on Monday that the actions would be part of President Obama’s strategy to cut methane emissions, a key directive under his Climate Action Plan announced last summer. Under the plan, Obama vowed to combat climate change despite inaction from Congress by using his executive powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

More here

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Crooks and Liars: A Professor’s Amazing Idea On Dealing With Open Carry Activists

More here

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DPCC: Despite Speaker’s Claims to the Contrary, Dozens of Republicans Irresponsibly Float Impeachment

HOUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER SAYS REPUBLICAN TALK OF IMPEACHMENT IS “ALL A SCAM”

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they are trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election,” Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning. “We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans.” [Washington Post, 7/29/14]

…BUT RECKLESS COMMENTS MADE BY HIS OWN PARTY PROVE OTHERWISE

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK):  Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Thursday with “The Rusty Humphries Show” that impeachment would become an issue soon over the “greatest cover-up in American history.” “People may be starting to use the I-word before too long,” Inhofe said. “The I-word meaning impeachment?” Humphries asked. “Yeah,” Inhofe responded. [The Hill, 5/10/13]

More here

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ThinkProgress: Appeals Court Saves Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic

On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a law that would have closed down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, invalidating a 2012 measure requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. The state’s only two abortion providers fly in from out of state to serve patients and were repeatedly denied partnerships with local hospitals.

The three-judge panel ruled that since the U.S. Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion, “Mississippi may not shift its obligation for established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state,” the Associated Press reports.

More here

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I’m still laughing at SheriffFruitfly’s caption for this @petesouza gem:

“Dad behind him thinking “wtf the boy never listens to me like that”

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On This Day

Sen. Obama speaks at a campaign stop, July 30, 2008, in Union, Missouri

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President Obama and Vice President Biden react during a lighter moment at the daily economic briefing in the Oval Office on July 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama listens during the daily economic briefing in the Oval Office on July 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reacts to a comment during the daily economic briefing in the Oval Office with Vice President Biden on July 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokes with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before a news conference in the Oval Office on July 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley toast at the start of their meeting in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 30, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama, with Assembly Manager Teri Quigley, drives a new Chevy Volt, during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., July 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs the hood of a Chevy Volt, during a tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., July 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama prepares to take the stage on the floor of the Chrysler Auto Plant in Detroit, Mich., July 30, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden talk with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi following their meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Oval Office to discuss ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction, Saturday, July 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama hugs Amazon employee Lydia Flanders who introduced him before delivering a speech about the economy and jobs at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center July 30, 2013 in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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130 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 7 JER
    July 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

  2. 8 anniebella
    July 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I will miss POTUS speech today, have to step out and take care of some business, but will check it out later.

    • 9 anniebella
      July 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

      One question, what is wrong with the media in Israel? If it wasn’t for the U.S. and it’s tax dollars they wouldn’t have the military capability to protect themselves. Friendship goes both ways, it’s not about us giving you and doing what you want all the time, and then if we disagree with you in anyway, we are trash and call terrorists.

  3. July 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

  4. 13 taiping1
    July 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Morning all! Thanks Chips for such a great R&S. Boggles my mind that anyone could vote for the incompetent hateful GOP.

  5. July 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Simply Sensationallllllllllllllll Rise and Shine….

  6. 15 japa21
    July 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

    A thought occurred to me looking at all these pictures, past and present. PBO is a man widely loved and respected, probably more than the polls show. But those that do love and respect him, really, really love and respect him. And the question is why do they?

    He is not a perfect man. He has made mistakes. And maybe that is the whole point. He never, ever comes across as somebody who thinks he is perfect and above criticism. He is genuine almost to a fault. Oh, he can play the political game. In fact, he is a master at it. But when he is with people he is, to put it simply, just himself.

    I remember when, near the end of Bush’s Presidency, he was aksed what mistakes he might have made while in office. He couldn’t think of any except maybe the “bring it on” challenge to terrorists.

    I have no doubt, if asked the same question, PBO would come up with several items. In fact, he has at times.

    It is this humility, this self-awareness, that I think brings out the love and respect. He has, I am sure, in his wanderings around the country, come across many who oppose his policies, but I doubt if anyone, after meeting him for more than a couple minutes, doesn’t develop a respect for him as a man, even if they continue in opposition to his policies.

    And it is this quality the GOP really fears and why they try desperately to demonize him. But it is working less and less.

    • 16 desertflower
      July 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

      japa…I responded to your last comment on the last thread….but then it was time for R/S and i was talking to myself. AGAIN. Anyway, this comment is spot on and here is my response to your last one. Thanks!

      desertflower
      July 30, 2014 at 9:42 am
      Morning, japa:) You say ” afraid of good news” I say, ” LYING!!” Good news Tues to wake up to…you are right though, this good news will seep in somehow…it’s all over the place….America is building again, people are employed again, people have healthcare, people can purchase goods again and work on their homes again….buy new cars again…travel and take vacations again…..The reality of the situation doesn’t match the lying liars on the TV with their hair on fire! Someone’s bullshitting, and it’s NOT the President!

    • 19 99ts
      July 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

      He is interested in life, interested in people, sees things other than money and politics as the important things in our world. He is one of the few world leaders of my time who will and does support peace over war. He can, as very few can, talk with Princes and Paupers. Be they young or old, white or black (or any shade in between), rich or poor, large or small, smart or dumb – it does not matter – it seems as if PBO is talking directly to you – and saying the words you want to hear. He truly wants to help people – provide those safety nets – and his only requirement in return is that you strive to be happy, to love and respect those around you.

      The words are swirling in my head – but I don’t have the skills to instantly put them into sentences – thank you for the post japa – there are so many reasons that he instills such love and respect – it is very unusual in a politician – especially when not related to victory at war (e.g. Churchill in the UK)

    • 20 arapaho415
      July 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Japa21,

      IMHO, you hit the nail on the head.

      PBO is such a genuine, empathetic person. How many politicians can you say that about? (Probably only need one hand to count on your fingers the number of such pols.)

      He lets insults slide by, probably something that a lot people add to their New Year’s resolution list every year, and have broken that resolution before the end of January.

      Reminds me of a story in one of the books about Ann Dunham — that one of her friends was concerned about little Barack being taunted with racial slurs when he was a boy, and Ann said, “Oh, he’s used to it.” Barack continued his happy playing.

      How many of us can recall reacting that way? I know I can’t. Such personal taunts are hurtful, yet that’s Barack Obama’s innate nature. Remarkable.

      That’s why I feel so emotionally attached to this President and wish I could protect him from the vitriol. I’m certain that if Ann Dunham were alive, she would not react the way the President does — she would be fiercely protective of her only son.

      That’s also why I feel such outrage at the unfair and outrageous lying attacks that are spewed by MSM, etc. Never felt protective of any other politician in my lifetime.

      Thanks for your comment, Japa21.

    • July 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

      I believe the reason is he is so deeply Heart centered, and as you say, Japa, humility and self-awareness. PBO does not separate himself from the rest of humanity, he lives the creed that is vital for goodwill among all. He breathes The Common Good. And he loves, therefore he is loved in return.

      • 22 japa21
        July 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

        “And he loves, therefore he is loved in return.”

        True. Almost every time he gives a speech, we hear about someone who yells out’ “we love you, Mr. President!” And he always responds, “I love you, too.”
        The thing is, he means it.

    • 24 MadameSoph
      July 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Japa21, you echoed what is in my heart and what is in most of our hearts here at TOD.

      And thank you to everyone else for your lovely responses to japa’s words.

      I needed these expressions of love and beauty today and the reminder of the grace, empathy and strength our PBO brings to the Presidency. He truly believes “I am my brother’s keeper”. I’m on my way to teach a class this morning and my theme is on the sacral chakra, which governs our relationships with others – our ability to see our own face in the face of others. Your reminder that our PBO is a wonderful example of this made my day!

  7. July 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The GOP position writ large is still that we should deport all the DREAMers, block Obama from any further executive action to ease deportations, and not act in any way to legalize the 11 million.

    .https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/494477503914717184

  8. 29 Vicki
    July 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This is some R & S, Chips! Chockfull of nuggests to savor. TY.

    We are all glad to see pieces supporting the human rights of the Palestinians in the NYT and NY Mag and the New Yorker.

    Nevertheless in the news stories today in the Times, Peter Lerner spokesman for the IDF, says that “it is unclear who bombed the only electric power plant in Gaza.”
    Also, he is confused about who bombed a school for the disabled in the center of gaza. Yes, that school, the one that UNWRA has been sending the co-ordinates to the IDF and begging for it to be spared.

    The israeli plan still seems to be demolition of everything and everyone in Gaza. All while disclaiming responsibility.
    Disgusting.

    Maybe there will be better news later
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    Meanwhile back in the USA What??? GDP up 4%???? So amazing. Couldn’t be The Stimulus or the policies of the Obama Administration, of course.
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    And from the dangerous fools in Congress more moves toward jepoardizing the talks with Iran. Thw Military Sales part of our government, sometimes referred to as “our interests” or “US interests abroad” must be getting a tad nervous. No wars in Libya or Ukraine or Syria and a sharp eye now on $$$$ for Domes, what’s a war profiteer to do?

  9. July 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

  10. 31 Linda
    July 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I keep getting frantic e-mails from Rep John Barrow – D Georgia begging for money. He votes with the Republicans all the time.

    Yet…when I tried to e-mail him back it was rejected because I do not live in his district. I am going to call his office .

  11. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    July 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Great Rise and Shine. Thanks, Chips.

  12. July 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

  13. July 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Good morning, TODville.

  14. July 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    • 41 99ts
      July 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

      What about the health risk of turning off the water supply in Detroit!! No-one in the GOP worried about that??

      • 42 Linda
        July 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Let Detroit go thirsty.

        signed Mitt Romeny

      • 43 Vicki
        July 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

        Good news on that disgrace, 99ts. Today the mayor of detroit regained control over the water issue.
        I am not certain exactly what this means but pretty sure it is good.

  15. July 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Chips, I think we finally have the date/time for FLOTUS at YALI:

  16. 47 Linda
    July 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    House to vote on Boehner lawsuit at 6 PM according to Jose Diaz-Balart.

    • 48 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      July 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

      THE LAWSUIT IS BALDERDASH….AND SO IS BOEHNER…I AM TIRED OF THIS MAN AND TH FACT THAT HE HAS WASTED OUR MONEY FOR ALL OF THESE YEARS…THEN AGAIN…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AT FAULT BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALLOWED HIM AND THE PALINS,MCCAINS AND JOKERS OF THIS WORLD…INCLUDING OUR MEDIA…TO FUNCTION IN THIS SOCIETY. THEREFORE…THIS SOCIETY IS AS SICK AS THEY ARE. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR AN INTELLIGENT,PERSEVERING PRESIDENT AND I HOPE TO BE HERE WHEN HE SPEAKS TODAY…WHAT AN AWESOME LOOKING THEATER!

  17. 49 Jeff
    July 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

    What has occurred in Gaza is nothing short of a war crime. Condemned internationally, I hope people support the idea no longer sending money to this war criminal country that cheer leads the slaughter of innocence. :(

    • 50 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      July 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

      SINCE YOU ARE ALWAYS HERE TO TURN HEADS ON ISRAEL…BY ANY CHANCE JEFF ARE YOU CONNECTED WITH A MOVEMENT? READ THE BIBLE JEFF…GOD WINS IN THIS STORY DESPITE ALL EFFORTS TO RELOCATE SUPPORT IN THIS WAR….THE PROMISED LAND IS HIS.

      • 51 Jeff
        July 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

        hate to break it to you, but which god would that be?

        Oh and btw Moses was a work of fiction.

      • July 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

        Tell that to the parents of the slaughtered children of Gaza, Sue.

        • 53 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          July 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          CHIPS…THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM HAPPY WITH THE LOSS OF LIFE ON EITHER SIDE….I’M GOING BY THE RESULTS IN THE BIBLE WHICH IS WAY AHEAD OF US. THERE ARE EXTREMIST GROUPS PASSING HATE ON PBO BECAUSE OF ALL OF THIS WAR…HOWEVER…HE IS WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE. JEFF IS APPARENTLY OF ANOTHER RELIGION OR NONE AT ALL….THERE IS ONE GOD…PERIOD.

          • July 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm

            Sue, I respect your faith completely, even if I have none myself. I just, to be honest, find it offensive when someone uses the Bible – or any religious book – to defend the mass killing of any people. It’s just wrong. And it’s been the driving force behind the killing of millions of people through history.

            • 55 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              July 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

              I AM NOT USING THE BIBLE TO DEFEND THE LOSS OF LIFE…I AM TELLING YOU WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE STORY’S ENDING.

      • 56 Jeff
        July 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

        The bible? LOL not one bit of it is based on fact. Moses doesn’t exist, King David a complete work of fiction. Noah Ark proven to be impossible and a made up lie. I take it you believe man walked with dinosaurs?

        • 57 japa21
          July 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

          That response isd totally unnecessary and callous.

          • 58 Jeff
            July 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

            call me when Sue gets off her high horse about Israel being allowed to commit genocide. Such thoughts are token to Nazism.

        • July 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

          You’re way out of line with that response.

          • 60 Jeff
            July 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

            and she wasn’t apparently by saying that Israel has the right to occupy a region because God made it so.

            • 61 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              July 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

              I THINK JEFF NEEDS TO BE BLOCKED FROM THIS SITE…THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE….HE’S HERE TO CAUSE TROUBLE.

              • July 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

                No he hasn’t Sue. He feels very strongly about this issue that’s all and truth to tell he has good cause. Israel’s treatment of Palestine is shockingly inhumane. Jeff pointing that out is not causing trouble.

            • July 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

              Assume what you want but you were way out of line.

              • 64 SUE DUVALL SMITH
                July 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

                THE PROBLEM IS THE PALESTINIANS NEED TO GET RID OF HAMAS…HAMAS IS PREVENTING ANY PEACE NEGOTIATIONS DELIBERATELY. THAT’S THE THORN!

                • 65 Nena20409
                  July 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

                  Just one question…..How long has Hamas been around? When did the slaughtering and inhumane treatment and the Land grabbing of Palestinians land began?

                  Content and in Context do matter.

                  I always find it unsettling when a request is made to ban people. It more or less, make folks to dig in their keels.

                • July 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

                  With all due respect, I think your solution is overly simplistic! It might do you some good to take time and study the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that goes back to the partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs. Israel has occupied, as well as annexed, land that belongs to Palestinian Arabs. Palestinians include both Muslims, Christians and other small religious sects.

    • 67 arapaho415
      July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Targeting civilians who have NOTHING is a war crime.

  18. July 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I SWEAR THEY HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS

    • 69 Layla
      July 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Ha!!!
      pam laning ‏@pamlaning · 6m
      @ZekeJMiller huh? What does that mean? Obama trying to impeach himself?

    • 77 Nena20409
      July 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      No, Hell No, they have NOT lost their minds. This is part of their political tactical antics…….Remember in 2012……Ryan in 2011 had wanted to privatize Medicare. His Fellow GOP members voted as such. Right after Romney picked him as his running mate, Ryan posed with his mother, a Social Security and Medicare recipient and in FL totally denied his record and soon after, attack ads were fired against pres Obama with the charge that he was raiding Medicare.

      Ryan was one of the 19 that on Jan 20th, 2009 were plotting a political Coup d’etat against a newly sworn-in POTUS.

      And now, he is doing the Rovian again…..using their weak, bone-head wicked impeachment plot to turn it on Dems……knowing fully well that the DC/NY lazy Chuck-like partisan hacks will NEVER call the GOP out. The Media will muddle the waters with their bull pucky she/he said memes.

    • 78 nospin
      July 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      hahahahahahahaha. You mean all the signs on street corners regarding impeachment of POTUS didn’t happen? All the conversations held by folks who are elected officials on there being grounds for impeachment never happened?

      Chile please…..that horse left that gate a LOOOONNNGGGG time ago.

  19. 79 desertflower
    July 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    :) :) :) Ms. Nancy has some thoughts for UpChuck… ( aka Chuck Todd)

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/07/chuck-todd-is-finally-embarrassed.html

    • 80 desertflower
      July 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

      He’s such a stupid ass. Look at Mr. “Both sides do it”… Really, Chuck? PBO thinks that he should talk about impeaching himself because that’s a real money grabber? Moron.

      Chuck Todd on Wednesday railed against both the White House and congressional Republicans for engaging in “disgusting” and “embarrassing” rhetoric on impeachment and suing the president.
      “This is sort of an embarrassing moment for Washington,” the NBC News chief White House correspondent said. “The leaders for both parties here — they’re driving away people from the polls, they’re driving people away from politics. This is cynical, it’s ugly, it’s disgusting.”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/chuck-todd-impeachment-109533.html#ixzz38xnayd2a

      • 81 Vicki
        July 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

        Both sides do it is the motto of RW Talking Points on every issue.
        Except the ones where the other guy did it is the TP.
        Or when they pretend confusion, Me?? Eat the Blueberry pie? (Hat tip to Rev. Al)

      • July 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

        “they’re driving away people from the polls, they’re driving people away from politics. This is cynical, it’s ugly, it’s disgusting.”

        That’s Toddspeak for “We never thought the GOP saying impeach would energize the Democratic base like it has.”

        Clearly he’s caught because at no time did he mention that the GOP has been floating the I word since January 21. 2009.

        Eat it shill.

      • 86 nospin
        July 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        hahahahahahaha

        Is it just me or can you also discern the smell of desperation in that rant?

    • July 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Absolutely brilliant, thank you for the link DF!

  20. 89 desertflower
    July 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Funny….. http://wonkette.com/555496/republicans-to-obama-stop-impeaching-yourself-stop-impeaching-yourself Wait till you see all the impeachment talk the Republicans totally never did!

  21. 90 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

    THE JERUSALEM POST IS RUNNING A CARTOON THAT SAYS OBAMA SAYS NOT TO WORRY ABOUT HAMAS…THEY ARE JUST UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS!…FYI

    • 91 Nena20409
      July 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      For a Cartoon to work, doesn’t have to have some Facts to back up the Toon?

      Palestinians were there already. So how come they be undocumented immigrants?

      Oh yeah…..they must be borrowing from what was done in US to the Native American Indians…….now lets see this Cartoonist use that analogy and lets see how far he/she gets.

      How Shameful and truly, sickening.

    • July 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      So what’s your opinion about that cartoon?

  22. 96 dotster3
    July 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Back home from road trip—–some casual observations: Saw multiple cars still proudly supporting Obama stickers, including a few “I heart Obamacare” stickers and one that proclaimed “He has my back, I have President Obama’s back”. No nasty stuff at all. One pitiful faded Mitt sticker and another very pitiful very faded Bush sticker. So many Obama cars, in fact, that if mr. dotster, my driver, ever grumbled about another driver, I would often say, “Don’t be mad at that guy/gal—–see, he likes President Obama. He/she is nice!”
    Also refreshing to see the objectivity of local news at all our stops—–mostly concerned with local issues, of course, but straight up reporting on President Obama’s actions and activities. None of the ugliness we see so much of on social media and national reporting. I think we get a very distorted view, most of the country is not consumed by hate.
    And—–I don’t think an infrastructure bill was passed but you wouldn’t know it by all the construction that is going on—–everywhere. Lots of road work and I think every single bridge is being worked on—–I was especially aware of this as I hate going over bridges, especially long rickety ones, like over the Hudson River—–mr. dotster makes fun of me for keeping my finger on window opener as we cross so I can provide an escape hatch if we tumble into the water below. I think it’s smart of me, taking this precaution. :)
    Looking forward to PBO’s speech and being back in the loop.

    • July 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Lovely update Mrs. Dotster. I see and feel the same. All the people who come out to rallies and shake his hand and visit the White House and cheer even after 7 years of campaigning and governing can’t be wrong. To me, he is the most accessible president ever and people love him for it.

    • July 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

      “if mr. dotster, my driver, ever grumbled about another driver, I would often say, “Don’t be mad at that guy/gal—–see, he likes President Obama. He/she is nice!”

      :lol: Welcome home Dotster, loved your report – so uplifting and encouraging!

  23. 99 arapaho415
    July 30, 2014 at 11:10 am

    For NW and her memorable Jack White thread:

  24. July 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

  25. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    July 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

    GM TOD

    Excellent R & S today.

  26. 105 Vicki
    July 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Thanks to rare useful info from Mark Knoller i arranged my activities to include hearing POTUS live at 12:05.
    Any up-dates on that time?

    • July 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Morning Vicki!

      Funny, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live it’s listed for 11:59 EDT on the right – very precise!

      • 107 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

        Yet at the same link however the ‘Next Up’ has 12:05pm! I think they are trying to keep us on our toes. ;)

        MooOOoorNNning, Chips Chica! MooOoornnning, NerdyW! MoooOOooorrNning/Evening, TODobots all!

        • July 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

          :-) Moooooorning VC!!

          • 109 vcprezofan2
            July 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

            :) You forgot to acknowledge my newest technical accomplishment – I can now post a comment from my new phone! Well, my fingers can …ooops …did!

            • July 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

              VC, when I picture you now, this is who I see:

              Congratulations you!!!! :-)

            • July 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

              VC, you are becoming downright nerdy!! C’mon and admit how much fun it is!! ;)

              • 113 vcprezofan2
                July 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

                Morning, MP!
                Truth be told, I can’t start bragging yet. Getting on was a surprise, and I lost my place many, many times before being able to respond to Chips’ response to me. (Don’t tell anyone, but I kept shutting off the phone and restarting it so that I could find my way back to the post I was on so I could comment.) It was time consuming, frustrating and definitely not going to be a medium I use often to get to the village. In addition it was very, very hard to read! I definitely cannot accept the nerdy medal – anytime soon!!

                • July 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

                  Not to brush off any new skill, VC, even if it is one you may seldom use. In your phone settings, you may have an ‘accessibility’ function, you can choose a larger point setting for the size of the text. I had to set mine on the largest when I realized my eyes are changing so fast. Much better, easier to read.

                  • 115 vcprezofan2
                    July 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

                    Appreciate this bit of info, MP; I’ll look for that function when next I turn on the phone. As it is I start getting a headache after 8/10 mins each night that I’ve tried to use it from bed. I also need to learn how to refresh, instead of having to shutdown and start again once I want to go back to the top of the comments. We’ll see how it goes, though I already know I won’t be using it consistently.

  27. 117 Nerdy Wonka
    July 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

  28. 121 yardarm756
    July 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

    All hail! ’tis a beautiful day.

  29. July 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    The first is the GOP’s Frankenstein problem: Republican leaders created a monster, doing nothing to tamp down the right’s crusade to tear down the Obama presidency, and they suddenly find themselves scrambling now that the monster is running lose. As Arit John put it, Republicans have “lost control of the impeachment plot they hatched.”

  30. 129 CindyH
    July 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I have been traveling and now home and in my haste to catch up on TOD, I may have missed this, but in case no one posted – check out Linda Ronstadt on Diane Rehm show (aired yesterday) – http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-07-29/singer-linda-ronstadt-her-life-music/transcript

    I listened to it while driving back and Linda Ronstadt praises President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the interview – I was driving on I-95 South around Washington D.C. when I heard it and it totally lifted my spirits (it’s a painful drive).

    I think you will enjoy it!

  31. 130 Nena20409
    July 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Excellent R&S.

    The GDP was a scrumptious News.

    Thanks Chips.


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