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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama in Mansfield, August 1, 2012

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Today (all times Eastern)

2:0: White House press briefing

3:45: The President signs into law S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

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@petesouza: Pres Obama outside the Oval Office after returning from HUD

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The Atlantic: For Jobs, 2014 Has Been the Best Year of the Recovery—By Far

Today’s jobs report fits my Boring Economy theory that month-to-month gyrations have obscured a safely cruising, slow-and-steady recovery.

The economy added 209,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.2 percent, where many observers think it will stay for a while. Along with revisions to past months, that brings 2014’s new-jobs-per-month average to about 230,000, making this the best year of the recovery so far.

More here

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AP: US manufacturing expands again in July

US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July in a good sign for the overall economy.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to 57.1, highest level since April 2011 and up from 55.3 in June.

Anything above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.

Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a research note that the index was consistent with overall economic growth of 3.5 percent.

The U.S. economy already has been showing renewed strength. Economic growth clocked in an impressive 4 percent annual pace from April through June after getting off to a bad start the first three months of the year.

More here

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Bloomberg: Consumer Spending in U.S. Rose in June by Most in Three Months

Consumer spending in the U.S. rose in June by the most in three months, ending the quarter on a strong note and signaling that continued job growth will bolster the world’s largest economy.

…. A strengthening job market is supporting consumer confidence and giving households the means to spend as the economic expansion heads into its sixth year.

More here

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USA Today: Chrysler sales up 20%, powered by Jeep’s 41% zoom

Chrysler Group reported July sales of 167,667 units, a 19.7% increase compared with sales in July 2013, and the group’s best July sales since 2005.

As important, the automaker’s average transaction price, before consumer rebates, is up 3% in July….

…. The Jeep brand’s 40.9% increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during July and Jeep’s best ever July sales.

… Overall Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 52-consecutive months in July.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Border failure rocks House GOP leadership

It’s hard to overstate what a humiliating failure this is for the House Republican leadership team, especially House Speaker John Boehner.

House Republican efforts to build support among their more conservative members collapsed Thursday as Congress prepares to cut town for a month-long recess without first passing a funding bill to address the thousands of unaccompanied minors being detained at the U.S. border.

Confronted with the Republican leadership’s inability to shore up enough votes, House Speaker John Boehner pulled the doomed legislation, which would have provided $659 million in emergency aid to the U.S. border….

… The resulting image is a helpless party, lacking leaders, direction, and purpose. House Republicans were desperate to prove they’re capable of being a governing party, and in the process, they’ve proven the opposite.

More here

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Charles Pierce: The Sad Clownhood Of John Boehner

….. Working to demonstrate that the House can do something besides provide a home for the mentally infirm, Boehner attempted to put together a bill that would address the situation along our Southern border, at least cosmetically. So he got a bill drafted that was dramatically less than what the president had proposed, and woefully short of what actually is needed, and it looked like it might even pass. And then Ted Cruz came rap-tap-tapping on the chamber door. And quoth the Raver, “Nevermore.”

…. They want the DREAM Act dead, just the way they wanted the Affordable Care Act defunded before they allowed the government to reopen for business last fall. John Boehner was helpless against them. Somebody else can come tell me again how the influence of the Tea Party has waned within Republican politics.

Chris Cillizza, in a masterpiece of beat sweetening in anticipation of Tailgunner Ted’s run for the White House in 2016, is quite taken by it all. If that becomes the narrative, not that Cruz is a committed vandal with no more interest in truly governing the country than a mower has to a lawn, but, rather, that he is a brilliant tactician in the way he is committed to making miserable the lives of people he will never see, then we are all in very deep trouble. The treasure hunt is on again, and a crazy person has the map.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: Picking up the pieces after the GOP’s border fiasco

The Senate hoped to complete a few key tasks last night before the start of Congress’ five-week break: pass the bipartisan VA bill, approve funding for the Highway Trust Fund, and vote on an emergency measure to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S./Mexico border.

Two out of three ain’t bad?

With relative ease, the upper chamber did, in fact, pass the measures related to the VA and the Highway Trust Fund. But when it came time to vote on the Senate’s version of the border bill, the Republican minority blocked it – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wanted an amendment prohibiting executive orders from President Obama; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said no, so the GOP refused to allow the legislation to advance.

As for the House, what happens now in the wake of yesterday’s fiasco? Their recess has apparently been delayed.

More here

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Michael Tomasky: From Texas to Gaza, Reaping What We Sow

So Congress may be about to leave town for the summer without doing anything about the border crisis. President Obama asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funds. The Senate came up with around $2.7 billion. The House started north of a billion but finally shaved its number down to $659 million. Not much room for compromise there — and indeed it turned out Thursday that the House Republicans couldn’t even pass their own bill! So here’s yet another problem we can’t fix.

To which you may be saying, “Yes, maybe we should do something or other about those kids, but hey, the violence down in those countries, that’s not our problem.” I urge you to think again. It is our problem. We did a lot to create it. And ruminating over that history should make us all shudder to think, as we gaze to the Mideast, what future problems we’re helping to create today.

The children are coming from three Central American countries — Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Is it just a coincidence that these are all countries in which the American hand has weighed particularly heavily?

More here

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Live updates from Israel/Gaza at the BBC

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Last month’s Statement from the President on Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

I applaud Members of Congress for passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.  Last year, in response to a “We the People” petition from consumers across our country, my Administration called for allowing Americans to use their phones or mobile devices on any network they choose.  We laid out steps the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore this basic consumer freedom.  The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget.  I commend Chairmen Leahy and Goodlatte, and Ranking Members Grassley and Conyers for their leadership on this important consumer issue and look forward to signing this bill into law.

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Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference here

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Election Law Blog: Irony Dept: Only Evidence of Voter Fraud Cited by WI Supreme Court Involves Scott Walker Supporter Committing Fraud ID Law Would Not Prevent

In both of today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court voter id cases (the NAACP case and the LWV case), the court majority includes an identical footnote to rebut the argument that there’s no good evidence of in person, impersonation voter fraud to support the state’s voter id requirement….

….  My irony meter started blinking uncontrollably when I read this …. A supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been charged with over a dozen counts of election fraud — though he reportedly claims a form of temporary amnesia has left him unable to recall his actions.

More here

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First Lady Michelle Obama claps while listening to President Obama speak at an event titled “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics in the East Room of the White House on July 31

.. with Gayle King and Andy Roddick

Because we can never see it enough:

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama in North Carolina, August 1, 2011

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President Obama talks on the phone with members of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team during a phone call from Air Force One, Aug. 1, 2012. The President called the women to congratulate them on their gold medal in the team competition (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One upon his arrival at Mansfield Air National Guard Base in Mansfield, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama in Mansfield, August 1, 2012

President Obama in Mansfield, August 1, 2012

President Obama samples fudge offered by Squirrel’s Den fudge shop owner LaDonna Secrist, left, during a stop in Mansfield, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Pete Souza: “The President talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in a staircase of the White House. I admittedly was influenced by the compositions of the photographer Cartier-Bresson in framing this.” Aug. 1, 2013

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133 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 desertflower
    August 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

    GM!

  2. 6 dee
    August 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Goooddd morning, Vietnam!!!

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats to df on #1 :) Excellent Friday R & S round-up – thanks Chips!!!

  4. 9 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Like high school kids scrambling to clean up the empty beer cans before their parents return from a weekend away, conservatives are frantically trying to whitewash any evidence of an impeachment bash. But like those worried partiers, remnants of the right-wing binge can’t be easily cleaned up.

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

    And NPR tries to deny the GOP shilling they did in disguise…

  6. August 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

  7. 12 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

    furst.

  8. August 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

    GOP tantrum derails ambassadorial nominations

    By Steve Benen

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    Political scientist Norm Ornstein noted last night that “blocking ambassadors when the world is in turmoil and America’s national interest is at stake is simply shameful.” Senate Republicans, I think he was speaking to you.
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    It’s important to understand exactly what Enzi is saying here. Republicans abused filibuster rules to such an unprecedented extent that Democrats restored majority-rule on nomination votes. This hurt Republicans’ feelings, so they’re blocking votes on ambassadors, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the consequences, and regardless of America’s foreign-policy interests.

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    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-tantrum-derails-ambassadorial-nominations

  9. 17 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

    • 18 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

      NOTHING LIKE BASHING SPECIAL OLYMPICS KIDS…IMMIGRANT CHILDREN…POOR PEOPLE…JOBLESS OR ILL PEOPLE WHO NEED A LIFT IN LIFE…AAAH YES…THE REPUGNANTS HAVE SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF…FOR THIER SAKE I DO HOPE THEY SELL POPSICLES IN HELL..I HAVE COMPASSION.

    • 20 anniebella
      August 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

      This is stupid, but what else would I expect from someone who work for Ted Cruz.

    • 21 EricFive
      August 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I can’t wait for all this “optics” nonsense to play itself out. Optics matter to the GOP because they view governing as “performance art”. A good photo op is required for the border crisis (with Gov. Perry dressed in his Village People attire), providing funds to resolve the situation not so much. And let’s be real, the only “optics” that really upset these assholes is a Black man in the White House.

  10. 22 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    quick, pizza reheating tricks…

  11. August 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Rising and Shining on a Friday in TODville!

    • August 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

      • 39 EricFive
        August 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

        Governing as performance art. GOP will learn the hard way that symbolism only goes so far, people want results. Otherwise it is simply mental masturbation disguised as legislating.

  12. 40 Linda
    August 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Snowden asylum ended at midnight. What now ? His lawyer says he can stay while applying for an extension.

    What will Putin do ?

  13. August 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Happy Friday, everyone! :) :)

  14. 44 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

  15. August 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Don’t boo, VOTE!

    • 46 whatisworking
      August 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Meta

    • August 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      This is extremely valuable information. Many thanks to Whatsworking for assembling it. And thank you, Meta, for sharing it with us. If we all pitch in, I am convinced Democrats can regain the majority in the House and maintain their majority in the Senate. With a functioning Congress, President Obama can spend the next two years continuing to solve the problems of the American people without constant drama and obstruction.

  16. 48 Linda
    August 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

    DACA is funded by the enrollment fee…so why are the Republicans trying to scam their constituents by saying they want to defund it ?

    Are they that dumb ?

  17. 50 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

    As I’ve been saying, be very very careful about whose propaganda you follow…here’s a seemingly pro-Gaza piece attacking MSNBC for not reporting fairly on the situation. But it’s really a thinly veiled attack on the Dem President, Dem politicians and some potential Dem 2016 presidential candidates…in order words, it’s a Libertarian hit piece on the Dem party, disguised as concern for Gaza…Actually, much of the so-called pro-Gaza reporting from the “left” media has been along that vein…

    Here is the article headline and some key excerpts:

    HEADLINE:Some of MSNBC’s Most Prominent Journalists Are Ignoring Gaza — Why?

    //…Democratic Party stars like Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, and many others have declared their unflinching support for Israel – certainly a major political story. Why do putatively “progressive” politicians so fervently back a foreign government’s bombardment of its besieged, blockaded neighboring territory? Maybe that’s worth exploring.

    …On the other hand, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes isn’t generally regarded as a foreign affairs specialist; his professional work focuses largely on domestic and economic policy. Nevertheless, Hayes has produced far-and-away the network’s best coverage of the Gaza conflict, exclusively interviewing an American teen beaten by Israeli police, allowing former contributor Rula Jebreal to voice on-air criticisms regarding MSNBC’s alleged lack of Palestinian perspectives, and so forth. Worst of all, perhaps, has been Rachel Maddow, who’s ignored Gaza to the point of absurdity, engendering widespread scorn on Twitter and elsewhere…. //

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/some-of-msnbcs-most-prominent-journalists-are-ignoring-gaza-why/

    • 51 Don
      August 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

      I thought for sure that Elizabeth Warren would have said something about Israel, I mean after all, she’s a goddamn maverick when it comes to trying to break President Obama’s balls.

  18. 53 Linda
    August 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Every Dem is in line in the House to ask for unanimous consent for votes on various bills.

  19. 54 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

  20. 56 GGail
    August 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Chips, I love seeing the “Tim hug” video – over and over and over. It brings tears to my eyes when Tim says “I love you Obama” and the President says “I love you back Tim”. Awwwwww!!!! <3

    And everyone should take a moment to read the Michael Tomasky article – it will refresh everyone's memories of how we got to this Immigration point. I had forgotten some of it and began remembering as I read the article.

    Great R&S Chips – thanks!

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Morning, GGail (reading down with constant interruptions, I just noticed your wet coast nose)! How’s the weather out yonder today?

      • 58 GGail
        August 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

        Morning vc!
        It has been hot and humid – which makes hot feel even hotter!!!

        Please turn the humidity into measurable rain – otherwise this is just torture!

        • 59 vcprezofan2
          August 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

          It has got to feel like torture! I saw where Lib_L was saying there is potential for some ‘good’ rain, maybe in a couple of months, so I’ll cross my fingers for you all. In the meantime, I would guess bottled water sales are up in the stratosphere.

          • 60 GGail
            August 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

            Water – OMG!
            We had a major water line – burst on Sunset Blvd near the UCLA campus. A gazillion gallons of water – gone!!!!

            We may be forced to become banditos – going into eastern states to “borrow” water till our rainy season begins :-)

            • 61 vcprezofan2
              August 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

              I saw the pictures in the village (LPlains shared them) – very disheartening to see, given the drought situation there. How far east would you have to go to borrow (This made me think of the stereotypical neighbour borrowing a cup of sugar. I know no one who has every borrowed a cup of sugar from a neighbour – a garden tool, maybe, but not food/staples.)

              • 62 GGail
                August 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

                We could go North – you know…Canada has fresh, clean, water. It would be quite easy for us to “borrow” tankers of water and return the favor…one day. It would be a wonderful international effort. Would you consider being the Canadian representative?

                • 63 vcprezofan2
                  August 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

                  There already seems to be something in place re helping with water. ;)

                  Eau Canada: Caravan brings 1,000 litres of Canadian water to bankrupt Detroit in protest

                  DETROIT — The Associated Press – Last updated Thursday, Jul. 24 2014, 9:33 PM EDT

                  A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 litres of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven’t paid their bills.

                  Eleven vehicles passed through the Detroit Windsor Tunnel under the Detroit River. The Canadians rallied outside City Hall before heading for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to deliver the water.

                  http://tiny.cc/od9wjx

                  • 64 GGail
                    August 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

                    Awwww, pleasant memories of our family excursions through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

                    Now – back to our West Coast water problem…we need tankers, not jugs of water!!!

                    • 65 vcprezofan2
                      August 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

                      But that would be a start. Don’t you start being like Netanyahu with U.S. – trying to dictate the terms of engagement.

  21. 66 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    GooOOOooddd MooOoorrnnning, TODobots on this side of the time divide; GooOOOooddd EevvVveenning TODobots on the other side!

    MoooOOoorrnNNinngg, Chips Chica! I read all the titles in the R & S on the way down here – are you trying to keep me out of trouble for the entire weekend?!!! There’s NO WAY I can read all that before you or Nerdy throw up the next post!!! Sigh! I know I should say thank you for gathering them all together so I don’t have to hunt them down, but geez…..er…. ahm… I mean, ….THANK YOU!

  22. 67 amk for obama
    August 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

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    gunnite folks

  23. August 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Welp, Boehner caved. He’s making the border bill more draconian to assuage the Steve King wing of the caucus.

  24. 69 HZ
    August 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Good Moring Chips and TOD family. Been up since 2:30 am west coast time. Watching live the House member Live on C-SPAN. HZ

  25. August 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

  26. 71 EricFive
    August 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I am sure no one is surprised that the MSM is once again attempting to protect the GOP from the scorn and ridicule it so clearly deserves by basically ignoring Boner’s stunning defeat yesterday. NBC is pimping a poll with “bad news” concerning PBO’s foreign policy (I assume this is to take attention away from the positive economic news, because good news for PBO/the country is no news according to these increasingly desperate propagandists). The crisis at the border is no longer a “crisis” because the GOP can’t get its act together and pass a funding bill (a crisis is only a crisis when PBO can be blamed). Compare this to the hair on fire antics concerning PBO having to go to the border for a photo op, and I hope it is clear to one and all that the Fourth Estate is dead. Gird your loins for the upcoming propaganda onslaught. The GOP is drafting the next anti-PBO meme or narrative and the MSM is awaiting its marching orders. Expect your favorite media personalities to turn on PBO/Dems as the midterms come closer into view. The GOP/MSM are losing and they are desperate.

    • 72 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

      There was very little media reporting of that HOUSE GOP fiasco. NYT headlines this morning was about the CIA spying on Senate members (as if that only started in 2009)…

      • 73 EricFive
        August 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

        At this point I have to assume anyone who does not see the game being played is in denial. Left, right and center media sources are all communications arms of the GOP. Minor tweaking of the message to suit the designated audience is the only “variety” or choice we are allowed in today’s media environment.

        • 74 4morefor44
          August 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

          i’m starting to think both of you and i were separated at birth. seems like every time i read comments from either of you, it’s word-for-word what i also think. cheers!

          • 75 Vicki
            August 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

            Welcome to the club, 4more. I’ve claimed membership or mindmeld with them also. And now with you as well. FOX- Broadcasting arm of the GOP. MSNBC-Democratic flavored broadcasting arm of the GOP.

            • 76 4morefor44
              August 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

              of course you all can express yourselves much better than I though! ;)

              • 77 GGail
                August 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

                I don’t believe that 4morefor44. We’re all just family & friends having a conversation. And it’s ok to repeat what’s already been said – it’s done quite often :wink:
                Come on, join us!

    • 78 Lb4Obama
      August 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      This makes me scream! I watched all 3 corporate run media networks evening news and NOT ONE, NOT ONE of them even mentioned the huge failure of the new rethug house leadership yesterday. Remember 3 weeks ago when they were calling for POTUS’ head because he wouldn’t go to the border? Lead story for a week! When will people wake the F up? Liberal media my ass! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  27. 79 Vicki
    August 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    So, Eric Cantor is gone as of August 18 and he has asked Terry McC to hold a special election for his seat on Election day in November. A thrifty efficient move that also gets Cantor’s successor into a seat the day after rather than having to wait until Jan.
    My question is do the Democrats have any chance or maybe a good chance of winning this seat??

  28. 83 Vicki
    August 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    My Gaza lament this morning:
    It is sickening and insane that the big news focus is aboutt ONE captured(maybe) Israeli soldier. Captured in Gaza, mind you, which the Israeli army has invaded and occupied. A soldier fighting in a war, fully armed.

    In a sane world or a decent world the big headlines would go to the close to 1/2 million people dead, injured, homeless and the 1.7 million without electricity, running out of water and food.

  29. August 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

  30. 87 debz
    August 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the R & S, especially the video of PBO visiting local shops. Something about POTUS in a quilt shop gave me my smile for the day!!

  31. August 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

  32. 89 desertflower
    August 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    RWNJ math! No wonder they are not good caretakers of the economy!! HILARIOUS!

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/07/fox-news-phony-obama-approval-rating-chart

  33. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    • 91 miss pat
      August 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Two people close to me found jobs this month and one got a promotion. Things are looking great for me and my family. So the naysayers better go take a seat! Impeach indeed! Let them try!

  34. 93 desertflower
    August 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    HIS fault! http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140801/us–economy-manufacturing-2998b31621.html

    US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July.
    The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reports that its manufacturing index rose to 57.1, up from 55.3 in June.
    Anything above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.
    New orders, production and employment at factories rose. Exports declined last month.
    The U.S. economy has been showing renewed strength. Economic growth clocked in an impressive 4 percent annual pace from April through June after getting off to a bad start the first three months of the year. And employers added more than 200,000 jobs in July for the sixth straight month.

  35. August 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    • August 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Keith Ellison…says that Hamas must give up it rockets….

      it is like saying that in order to have a cease fire between David and Goliath…David had to give up its sling shots….
      this is not an equal assault….

      Israeli war machines bombed 66 schools, 110 mosques, 8 hospitals and 25 civil society organizations in #Gaza…..and this does not tell the whole story of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian People…

      but I do agree with Keith Ellison that the blockade must be lifted…

      “Israel and Egypt also view the blockade as a success because it pushed Hamas into a financial crisis. This is short-term thinking. It ignores the fact that the economic devastation from the blockade weakens the public and private sectors in Gaza and strengthens extremists and smuggling enterprises. Repression and deprivation fuel terrorism; economic development and inclusion can fuel long-term peace…

      What is Secretary Kerry’s next move….what is possible…what should we be doing

  36. August 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  37. 103 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  38. August 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  39. August 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hamas agreed to the ceasefire. And then Hamas apparently broke the ceasefire. My concern is with the Palestinian civilians, who will now suffer for Hamas’ actions. Hamas just gave Bibi the perfect excuse to continue the slaughter.

    Fuck it, I’m off to read.

  40. August 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Gun sense moms are organizing and I love it.

  41. 109 arapaho415
    August 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    It’s so hard to choose my fav PBO video, but the Parkville MO vid ranks among my favorites.

    PBO is so genuine when he says he’s having too much fun. Who wouldn’t enjoy a stroll on a summer’s day down a quintessentially American street? People pay good money to visit Main Street in Disneyland, which I’ve heard is fashioned after Walt Disney’s boyhood town of Marceline MO.

    So heartwarming, especially after the turmoil in other parts of the world.

    Hope PBO orders some watches and quilting materials for Christmas.

    Just too sad that Ann Dunham can’t be with him on such excursions.

  42. August 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I gave a big sigh of relief when I opened TOD and saw that picture of President Obama. What a great roundup of information, Chips. What a fabulous President! My appreciation for him just keeps growing.

    This is what I was reading before I came to TOD. Dispatch from Guinea by a specialist who spent 3 wks in Guinea treating patients with Ebola. It’s not easy to read and I didn’t read all of it, but he is so compassionate and there is hope because of what he discovered. For those who are feeling fear, it might not be helpful to read about his day-to-day experiences, but they might want to read the last dispatch on June 10 which describes the hope. And it is real.

    UNC’s Dr. William Fischer II has been working in an isolation area in Gueckedou, Guinea, since May 28, 2014, as part of a team from Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) to try to help reduce mortality from Ebola Virus in rural communities. Dr. Fischer was recruited by the World Health Organization (WHO) because of his critical care medicine expertise. With Dr. Fischer’s permission, we are posting his descriptive emails, that give insight into the experience of a frontline effort to contain the deadly pathogen…..

    From his final June 10 report: ….I’m told this is the first time that WHO has specifically sent critical care clinicians into the field to try to help improve the clinical care of critically ill patients. They have sent countless physicians into the field as epidemiologists, anthropologists, and infection control and prevention experts who have done amazing work to provide care and stop disease transmission but sending critical care specialists is somewhat new. Ultimately, I think that this has demonstrated real promise and I think we’ve also learned a couple of things:….

  43. August 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  44. 113 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • 114 GGail
      August 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      NW, I just went to the site and the article has been removed.

    • 122 Don
      August 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Yep, I went to the website and the article was gone. At first I thought it was about an Israeli that was against the bombing of Gaza, but now I know the truth. Don’t be so sure that the Times of Israel didn’t want that column to get out; maybe they wanted the thought to be entertained. When you’ve got sitting Senators and Congressmen damn near calling the President of this country the N-word to his face, what makse people think that the genocide of the Palestinian people is too horrible to fathom?

    • 123 EricFive
      August 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      I don’t mean to offend anyone, but the thought that a Jewish person would be in support of genocide of another people sickens me. They had another article a couple of weeks ago condoning the raping of women as a tool of war. The level of racism and hate in Israel today is shocking in its seeming normalcy (i.e., printed in mainstream publications). The lessons of history have been lost on the Israeli people. They have no moral standing. The settlers come from around the world, steal land from the Palestinians (who have nowhere to go) and act like no one should be upset. I would love to see honest polling concerning how the American people feel about footing the bill for Israel’s war crimes. If we would not accept the U.S. acting in this barbaric manner, why give Israel a pass? I have asked this question repeatedly, but have yet to hear any response. Going after Hamas or the kidnappers should be treated as a police action, not an excuse to slaughter innocent women and children or exterminate a people whose land Israel has stolen. I know it is seductively easy to just blame both sides, but to ignore EVIL is to condone it (especially when your tax dollars are financing the murder of innocents).

      • 124 Nena20409
        August 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Remember that Don, I have forgotten his last name…..the owner of the Clippers……Remember what he told that girl about Israel and how they were treating the Black Folks in Israel? Just watch the treatment they give to pres Obama and his SoS Kerry. Hate has a way of eating up the humanity off those who harbor hatred.

  45. August 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hispanic Caucus along with Steny and Nancy Smash are tearing the GOP a new one right now! They’re furious!

    • 126 GGail
      August 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      meta, being furious after the fact is a waste of energy unless you take it back to your constitutes and encourage them to be furious in November and vote, vote, vote!

  46. August 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • 130 anniebella
      August 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Hay Chucky Todd sure look like Americans are tired of POTUS. Maybe those three aren’t Americans.

  47. 131 yardarm756
    August 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    G’day…….to the truth.

  48. 133 Nena20409
    August 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Fantastic R&S Chips.
    Thanks.


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