Rise and Shine

With Chuck Hagel in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

Washington Post: President Obama on Monday plans to nominate former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense and to announce that counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan is his choice to direct the Central Intelligence Agency, administration officials said.

The successful nomination of Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran, would add a well-known Republican to the president’s second-term Cabinet at a time when he is looking to better bridge the partisan divide, particularly after a bitter election campaign.

But the expected nomination has drawn sharp criticism in recent weeks, particularly from Republicans, who have questioned Hagel’s commitment to Israel’s security.

More here


Mike Thompson



ThinkProgress: The Obama administration is set to harness the mood of the country in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary to enact wide-ranging efforts to reduce gun violence, according to the Washington Post.

Vice-President Joe Biden was named by President Obama in the days after the massacre to head a task force charged with finding ways the government could act to prevent further shootings. What seems to be emerging following discussions between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Education is a much broader set of ideas that would seek to clamp down on gun violence throughout the country.

More here


ThinkProgress: … on ABC’s This Week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated what has become the go-to Republican talking point in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal: That the issue of taxes and new revenue is finished, and will not be re-opened. “Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future,” McConnell said.

But this time host George Stephanopoulos pushed back. He pointed out that since last year Congress has already cut $1.5 trillion in spending, without any counter-balancing hikes in tax revenue until the fiscal cliff deal….

More here



NYT: The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to work Monday, a little over a week after she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head.

The department on Sunday released a schedule which has Clinton meeting with assistant secretaries Monday morning. The most significant items on her agenda are meetings in Washington on Thursday and Friday with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Full article here


Back to work: Secretary of State Clinton meets with aides, January 7



The Hagel/Brennan announcements will be at 1:05 today; Jay Carney briefs the press at 2:0




238 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 NurseShar
    January 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Nice pic, morning folks!

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    January 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

    • 7 Bill
      January 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Were the Macks speaking against Hagel? Why would anyone interview them about anything?

      • 8 hopefruit2
        January 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

        Well, since PBO became President, the media is willing to entertain just about anyone who has an “objection” to what PBO says/does. If Honey Boo Boo has something negative to say about Chuck Hagel, she will be booked on cable news immediately and granted “expert” status.

        • 9 Bill
          January 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

          Young Connie Mack was a marketer for Hooters before entering politics, and Mrs. Bono Mack “inherited” her Palm Springs, CA seat from Sonny. They then hooked up on the House floor. They both lost elections in 2012. And CNN thinks they are “experts” on national defense. Unbelievable.

          • 10 hopefruit2
            January 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

            Oh my. CNN is desperate!

            • 11 anniebella
              January 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

              What do we expect from CNN or any of the MSM? To them it’s all about ratings and what gets ratings trying to stir up controversy. This President won re-election and he has the right to choose anyone he wants. I trust POTUS decision alot more then I trust those Republicans.

        • January 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

          “Honey Boo Boo” was already booked by Barbara Bah Wah and asked if she knew President Obama. So you’re right on that! 🙂 Btw, she said she liked Obama and didn’t like Romney. Out of the mouths of babes!

  3. 14 utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

    The GOP opposition to Hagel cracks me up. During the 08 elections McCain, McConnell and others were all Gung-ho for him and now it’s changed from 5 years ago? Because it’s now Pres. Barack Obama and not Pres. McCain. GOP intra-party cannibalism is fun. They just keep hitting the self-destruct button over and over again.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      January 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I tweeted Mark Knoller the link you posted yesterday regarding McCain’s love in for Hagel to be in his Cabinet if he were elected Prez.

  4. 16 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    GM Chips. GM folks.

    Lotsa cabinet announcements today. So the cable noise is gonna be deafening.

  5. 17 desertflower
    January 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

    All this talk about Hagel saving McConnell’s brother in Vietnam…I believe that Hagel saved HIS OWN brother, not McConnell’s.


    A veteran of the Vietman War, Hagel served, by a clerical mistake, side by side with his younger brother, and earned two Purple Hearts, one of those for saving his brother’s life.

    If anyone has information other than this, please post it.

    • 18 99ts
      January 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

      True or not – the GOP so enjoy spreading their lies – let them debate this one – ensuring that the truth of Hagel’s heroic service is seen by all.

      • 19 desertflower
        January 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

        I’m not ragging on his heroism, I just think that we should be the ones that don’t spread the lies, otherwise, we’re no better than the liars they are. We don’t NEED to lie. His heroism stands on its own.

        • 20 hopefruit2
          January 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

          I agree df. The sooner we get this story straight the better for us, Hagel and PBO in defending him as a great pick for this position.

        • 22 99ts
          January 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

          Sometimes I would like to fight the GOP on their terms – it is always the democrats who take the high ground – yet the media believe and publish every last lie that comes from the GOP.

          I don’t disagree with you DF – I would simply like to see the GOP have to go belly up with their hatred of all things to do with the administration – it would be proving an absolute truth if that happened because of a misinformed media story.

  6. January 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone had a great weekend as well have a marvelous day today. Congrats NurseShar on being first this lovely Monday morning.

  7. January 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    POTUS has no public events but I thought he would nominate Hagel today?

  8. 28 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Tech tip. One of the better free antispyware programs.


  9. 29 desertflower
    January 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod
    When I was in WH, I slept better at night knowing that John Brennan never did. He worked 24/7 to keep Americans safe. Extraordinary guy.
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  10. January 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    The Health insurers n California just raised rates by a quarter, 1 full year ahead of the ACA exchanges.
    Bastards. They really want that law gone!

    • 31 hopefruit2
      January 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

      The law isn’t going anywhere. And they have justify to HHS why they raised the rates, if they can’t, the rates go right back down.

      • January 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I thought that they had to get permission from HHS. The dis-information on Mourning Joke said it was a state by state issue and CA had no authority to deny insurance companies from raising rates that NY was one of the states where insurance companies had to neogiate for increased premiums on rates. CA is also going ahead with the ACA and setting up exchanges and hopefully we can get legislation that will give CA more of a public option healthcare program.

  11. 33 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

  12. January 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    You saw that former Governor Gregoire will either be head of EPA or Interior?
    Good Morning?

  13. January 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will travel to Sacramento, Calif., on Monday to make a “major transportation funding announcement,” DOT officials said Friday afternoon.

    Officials with Sacramento’s Regional Transit District have sought to extend the city’s light rail system by 4.3 miles to a college in the southern part of California’s capital city.

    LaHood will make his announcement Monday during an appearance at the school, Cosumnes River College, DOT officials said Friday.  


    January 7, 2013 at 8:59 am


  15. 46 utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

  16. 50 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    via bj

  17. 55 Roberta in MN
    January 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD’ers. Hope everyone had a good weekend. I haven’t been posting lately, I was finally able to get my Ablation Surgery pushed forward because of two cardio versions in two days. Not good. So had the surgery on Friday and so far so good. It will take 3 months before we know it has worked for sure. I am hoping this keeps me out of the ER & at home on a more permanent basis. I ended up with 5 cardio versions in 6 weeks, not a good track record. Fortunately, my A-Fib is fairly new and we caught it early enough to make a difference. I love the Mayo Clinic & Hospital, those Dr’s and nurses are the best ever.
    So I just wanted let you know of my update and to day HI to everyone here. I know I have been in your prayers before and I really appreciate them. ((((((hugs to you all)))))) RCA

    • 56 hopefruit2
      January 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Roberta for the update! All the best to you for a smooth and speedy recovery, and sending warm, healing vibes your way.

        January 7, 2013 at 9:34 am


      • 59 Roberta in MN
        January 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Thanks hopefruit2, I think HZ has the same thing. It is not fun believe me. It can get depressing if you don’t have something to get your mind off the problems and this place has been a life saver for me. 🙂

    • January 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Wow, Roberta, what a tough go you’ve had. So relieved to hear you’re getting the very best care and you’re making good progress. Listen to your doctors’ orders and be well!!


    • January 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Oh Roberta, what a tough time you’ve had, so relieved the surgery is over, wishing you the VERY best in your recovery. Look after yourself. Tons of love!

    • 69 dotster3
      January 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Agree with your assessment of Mayo Clinic in Rochester—–the best med facility anywhere, cream of the crop doctors and surgeons. Saved mr. dotster from a heart issue many years ago and we are so indebted we go there every couple years for his checkups—-the young dr. who suggested a new procedure which was so successful is now head of cardiology there. And I like that we still get annual calls to check on his status.
      Best wishes for a successful outcome for you.

    • 70 GGAIL
      January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thoughts & prayers to u Roberta.

    • 71 99ts
      January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Wishing you a speedy and full recovery – take care

    • January 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Roberta, you will remain in our prayers. I the meantime, keep your spirit up. God speed.

    • 73 anniebella
      January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

      May the good Lord watch over you at all times Roberta in MN. Bless you.

    • 74 Judith Fardig
      January 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Hi Roberta,
      Glad to hear you had your procedure at Mayo – couldn’t be in better hands! Everyone I know who has had ablation for A-fib has had good results, so I hope the same for you!

    • 75 57andfemale
      January 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      healing, positive energy being sent your way, Roberta. Be well.

  18. 76 carolyn
    January 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I think the president’s nomination of Chuck Hagel and his stance on this shows that he was not going to nominate Susan Rice for SOS. That was not his plan. His plan all along was John Kerry. I still believe that is why he had Gov Patrick and wife for dinner right after the election, to discuss the political ramifications of that appointment. Had he ever nominated Susan Rice, or planned to, he would have stood behind her and gone ahead with his plans just like he is doing with Chuck Hagel. Public opinion and stupid sniping do not deter him. Have these people not learned this yet?
    I think perhaps one reason he is nominating Chuck Hagel is because he wants a veteran for defense secretary. He knows he is not one, and believes what he has to do will be strengthened by having a vet in that position. Chuck Hagel is not a neo-con warmonger, and the president wants to get us farther along the road away from that governing philosophy. Hagel knows there is FAT in the pentagon budget that needs to be cut away. The ones who will scream the loudest are governors and senators from southern states that claim to hate the feds so much. Many military bases are in the south…..we have four major ones right here in Oklahoma. Just listen for Gov Mary Fallin and our two senators screaming if Tinker or Altus Air Base, or Fort Sill is threatened! Hagel has the nerve to stand up for cutting the bloated defense budget. That’s why McCain and Graham don’t want him.

  19. 79 Rain
    January 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good morning TOD family! Just taking a break from reading my DMV handbook…lol…at age 43 (in 3 days) I have to take a writen test to renew my license because my current one is out of state. *Sigh* I love my state….

    Have a lovely day folks! 🙂

  20. January 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  21. 81 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 9:17 am


    The Real Reason Republicans Hate Hagel

    It has more to do with President Obama than the former senator from Nebraska.

    By Fred Kaplan|Posted Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at 8:37 PM ET


    No one could deny that AIPAC has an overpowering influence on many lawmakers. Hagel’s sin, in the eyes of some, was to call it the “Jewish lobby” instead of the “Israel lobby.” If this is a sin, AIPAC and its allies have brought it on themselves. For decades, they have thundered that criticism of Israel is thinly disguised anti-Semitism. Yet they cry “anti-Semitism” again when someone inverts the equation (which is what the phrase in question amounts to: If anti-Israel equals anti-Jewish, then pro-Israel equals pro-Jewish). As for saying that he’s a senator from Nebraska, not Israel: Had he or any other senator said this about any other country (“I’m not a senator from France … England … Canada” or wherever), no one would have batted an eye. To accuse him of anti-Semitism on these grounds is to reveal a staggeringly deep paranoia—or a sensitivity far too acute to be allowed any role in American politics.

    An open letter from nine former U.S. ambassadors, five of them ex-ambassadors to Israel, strongly endorses Hagel for secretary of defense and rejects as ludicrous the charge that he’s anti-Semitic (as does the columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, who’s perceptive on such matters). Again, the complaints about Hagel are proxy-complaints about Obama, who is denounced by these critics as soft on Israel, even though the recently retired Israeli defense minister said that Obama has done more for Israeli security than any U.S. president in recent memory.


    Read more here…..


  22. 82 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 9:21 am


    Howard Kurtz Plays Innocent with Mann and Ornstein’s Call of Media Bias

    By Nicole Belle


    I admit that I was stunned to see Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein on the guest list for Reliable Sources this week. Mann and Ornstein’s book placed very pointed blame on the media for failing Americans in presenting the truth of the extremism of the Republican Party. So how could the king of the false equivalency, Howard Kurtz, handle having on such dead-on criticism on his show?

    By pretending that he isn’t part of the problem, natch. And then a little blaming-the-messenger suggestion to dismiss the allegations:



    • 84 Roberta in MN
      January 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thanks deserflower, how is your AZ weather? My sister has been in Phoenix since Dec 17th and will be coming back to the Northern frozen tundra on the 11th to snow, sleet & rain, not a good combination. 🙂

  23. 85 utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This cracks me up. The Log Cabin GOP belong to a party that hates them and everything they stand for, they endorsed Romney in 2012, and now they have a problem with Chuck Hagel? Irony just chuckled.

    • 86 Bill
      January 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

      The Washington Post needs the ad revenues. Other than that who cares what the Log Cabin Republicans say?

      • 87 99ts
        January 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

        The GOP can’t help themselves – I don’t remember the last time they came out in favor of gay rights – and doubt it will happen again.

        • 88 Bill
          January 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

          Barry Goldwater was OK with gays in the military. He once said all he cared about was if they could shoot “straight”. The GOP has regressed much more than they will admit.

          • January 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

            “He once said all he cared about was if they could shoot “straight”.”


            Morning Bill!

          • 90 0388jojothecat
            January 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

            What about the GOP’s record on gays? How can they be down on Hagel when the WHOLE party IS anti-gay? Why is there even a Log Cabin GOP when GOP policies are anti-gay?

    • 91 57andfemale
      January 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      All of a sudden, they care about gay rights and they’re going to go after a Republican who hasn’t been unfailingly liberal on the issue for the last 20 years? I want what they’re smoking.

  24. January 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Hiya Roberta wishing you all the best. Goodluck on your test Rain…
    Good morning/afternoon/evening/night TODville…(Runs around and hugs everyone insight)…waves to Mayor Chips and yells for VC as I run back to Lurkdom!!

    • January 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

      🙂 Come back CJ, no more lurking!!!

    • January 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

      {{{{{{waving, hugging back}}}}}}

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      January 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Well, CJ, if you are running back and forth so happily I’m going to assume that you are back in full form and all is ‘peachy’. 😆 Sorry I missed you earlier, but am so, so happy that you are waving loudly at regular intervals. Of course this forces me to check each thread carefully after an absence, which is hard work. 😉 😉 {{{CJ}}}

  25. 96 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 9:26 am


    By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Published: January 4


    When we set out to write a book about the growing extremism in American politics about 18 months ago, we thought that the 112th Congress was the worst we had seen in our four decades in Washington. However, the fights over the debt limit, the “fiscal cliff” and the farm bill — and the shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration — convinced us that it was the worst Congress ever. Despite its dysfunction, there are widespread misconceptions about the 112th Congress and what lies ahead. Let’s correct a few of them.

    1. The 112th Congress was as bad as the 80th “do-nothing” Congress during the Truman era.

    The comparison is completely unfair — to the 80th Congress. Harry Truman’s improbable comeback to win the 1948 presidential election was fueled by his relentless campaign against the “do-nothing” Republican Congress of 1947-48. That Congress had many parallels with the 112th — it pitted a hostile, conservative Republican House against an activist, liberal president.



    January 7, 2013 at 9:32 am


  27. 100 GGAIL
    January 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks!
    Our news reports the President will make an announcement at 10am pst. I’ll be at work by then. Will ck in to TOD for update. Bye 🙂

    January 7, 2013 at 9:40 am


  29. January 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    RE Hagel, monstrously stupid for RWNJ GOP to want to relitigate the Iraq War but, hey, trot out idiots like Dan Senor and bring it on!

  30. 105 dotster3
    January 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  32. January 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    War on Women continues!

  33. 112 carolmaewy
    January 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning everyone! Congrats Nursestar. How does the Washington Post know what the President is going to do?

  34. January 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

  35. 123 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert


    #timing; MT @samsteinhp Log Cabin Republicans, which was relatively muted on Romney’s LGBT record, has found its voice again with Hagel


    • January 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

      So true, their double standards and hypocrisy are breathtaking.

      • 125 Ladyhawke
        January 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

        There just aren’t enough fainting couches to deal with all of the manufactured fake outrage over Chuck Hagel. His detractors are just making it abundantly clear that he is exactly the right person for the job.

        • January 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

          It’s one long snore now Ladyhawke, if PBO nominated Lindsey Graham, Lindsey Graham would oppose the nomination – and if he picked Krugman to replace Geithner, the professional left would find a reason to object to that too 🙄

  36. 127 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Cessna: “Jones tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot, I am out of fuel.”

    Tower: “Roger Cessna 12345, reduce airspeed to best glide!! Do you have the airfield in sight?!?!!”

    Cessna: “Uh … tower, I am on the south ramp; I just want to know where the fuel truck is.”

  37. 132 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Why did the blonde stare at frozen orange juice can for 2 hours?

    Because it said ‘concentrate’.

  38. 148 vitaminlover
    January 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I am soooo excited about this 2nd Inaugurtion of President Obama. I am taking off 2 days so that I can sty up all night and watch every single ball an reruns f the Inauguration.

  39. 151 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 10:48 am


    Obama sees ‘a path forward’ on GOP hostage standoff

    By Steve Benen


    The bulk of Obama’s message was about the recently-passed fiscal agreement, approved by Congress and signed into law this week. But the president also looked ahead, pointing to the next Republican-created crisis on the horizon, and suggesting “a path forward.”
    In the meantime, though, the president also continues to draw an unambiguous line in the sand when it comes to the debt ceiling: “[O]ne thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up.”



  40. 152 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Dr Maura Isles is a smart hawtie.

  41. 153 utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Ahead of his expected Monday nomination for Secretary of Defense, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) endorsed Chuck Hagel for the cabinet position.

    Reed said in a statement:

    “Chuck Hagel will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. He is highly qualified and his record of service to this country as a decorated combat veteran, successful CEO, senator, and statesman is extraordinary.

    “Chuck is a man of uncommon independence and integrity. Chuck Hagel’s candor, judgment, and expertise will serve him well as our next Secretary of Defense.

    “I fully support his confirmation.”


    • 154 99ts
      January 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I do wonder why these people want to work for their country – the never ending attacks on their persons, their reputations and their achievements is beyond understanding. Did this happen with Bush nominations?

    • January 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

      And wasn’t Jack Reed on the radar for the position as well? Glad to see he supports PBO.

  42. January 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    • 161 hopefruit2
      January 7, 2013 at 11:27 am


      That’s the GOP, MSM and emoprogs having a collective head explosion.

    • 162 Jessica
      January 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

      As it should be. To me it makes no sense to have someone who’s never worn a military uniform to be running those departments. Kerry, Hagel, Shinseki understand the sacrifice and will look after their troops.

    • January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      My hubby, a Viet Nam vet, is loving this.

  43. 164 amk for obama
    January 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

  44. 165 anniebella
    January 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    One question, how many of these Republican politicians who are jumping all over Chuck Hagel have fought for their country like Mr. Hagel have? And thanks to Senator Jack Reed.

  45. 175 hopefruit2
    January 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Chips please add if you can. Thanks 🙂

  46. 180 FiredUpInCA
    January 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

    “At first the military hoped there might be as many as 20,000 U.S. troops left behind after combat operations in Afghanistan officially cease at the end of 2014. But now an administration official is saying that number will not exceed 10,000 and could be even be zero.”


    This is excellent. I will be standing by as this news spreads like wildfire with the Professional Left the same way the rumor of raising the eligibility age on Medicare did.

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  50. 189 hopefruit2
    January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

  51. 191 carolmaewy
    January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hello again. I see my iPad wants to drive me insane or blind. The Obama Diary is about an inch wide on this little screen. I tried to type carefully, but can’t see type to proof read. Another day of misery. No one needs to cry me a river, I’ll do that myself. 😉

  52. January 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Good day Chips, everyone …. if you haven’t read Clemons article on Senator Hagel you really should …


    h/t lovelyplains


  53. 211 hopefruit2
    January 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

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  55. 214 Nena20409
    January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    As a fellow Midwesterner and a TOD enthusiastic, I sincerely wish Roberta in MN well, Love and lots of prayers and good wishes. Be well.

    Good Day all TODville from around the Globe.

    Loved the comments:

    Joe Lieberman endorsed McCain in 2008 and was rewarded with a Chairmanship. Hagel endorsed sen Obama in 2008 and was met in 2012 with scorn from his fellow TBGOPers……paraphrasing, of course.

  56. 215 Ladyhawke
    January 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm



    The Republicans main problem with government? It’s operating. http://fb.me/2x6P7uil2


  57. January 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  58. January 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Good day TOD’s: Reporting on my phone calls just finished. The list of holdouts on changing the filibuster rules: Pryor, Baucus and Reed: Have not released a public statement so don’t know how the name got on the list…….etc. Levin does support reform and, in fact, has his own plan. Leahy: Remains undecided….needs more time to understand the plan……important to keep in mind the D’s will be in minority again, etc. Boxer and Feinstein: Had to end up leaving a message. Also called Heitkamp’s office expressed my disappointment and complete lack of understanding on why she would say what she said about gun safety changes. He said he would pass on the message.

    • January 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Levin is my senator and I wrote him about the filibuster, asking him for his position. He’s been a long time in the
      Senate and does good work so I respect his opinion. This is his reply:

      : Thank you for contacting me about the use of delay tactics in the legislative process. I appreciate hearing your views on this matter.

      For more than 200 years, the rules and traditions of the United States Senate have protected minority rights and the system of checks and balances through the right of Senators to extended debate, which is commonly referred to as a filibuster. The filibuster can have a profound effect on how the Senate conducts floor proceedings. Currently, Senate rules require 60 votes to end debate and bring most matters to a vote. Throughout the Senate’s history, this rule has served not only to protect the minority, but also to encourage Senators in the majority and the minority to work out differences.

      Under Senate rules, almost every bill is subject to at least three filibusters before the Senate can vote to pass the bill. Any Senator can filibuster the motion to proceed to a bill’s consideration and then filibuster amendments to the bill, and finally, the bill itself should the Senate agree to the motion to proceed. From the 109th to the 110th Congress, the number of times the Senate voted to end a filibuster more than doubled, from 54 in the 109th Congress [2005-2006] to 112 in the 110th Congress [2007-2008]. The process of threatening a filibuster and requiring a vote to end that filibuster can and often does consume about a week of the Senate’s time.

      I strongly support reforms to end this unprecedented abuse of the Senate rules, which has blocked Senate action on some important and necessary work of the nation. That is why I am working with his colleagues on a bipartisan basis to reform the rules to end such abuses.”

  59. January 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Hey, they made PBO a rightie in that last cartoon – he’s a left-hander. From one left-hander to another!

  60. January 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    So I am in sunny California (LA to be exact) for the next few winter months after driving four days through the heartland from Wisconsin to see our sons. Loving it here – love the diversity (don’t get too much of that in NE Wis), the shopping (ditto) and west coast blue politics. I’m in heaven for a few months. Hope my soon to be DIL can stand us for the duration 😉 Just catching up on all the posts – good morning to TOD!

  61. 227 mtmarilyn
    January 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Roberta so good to hear you are doing better. This place is a real healing place for all of us. I know that our wonderful blog goddess and all the people here have helped me thru many hard times. God bless you in your healing.

    I am glad the President is nonminating Hegel. PBO is not scared of anyone when he believes in you.

    We made it to Santa Rosa. Yesterday we spent the day at our friends drinking local wines, watching football and planning our week. Today we start going to some wineries. This is going to be fun. Our friends that we are visiting retired from Homeland security a year ago. Getting some inside scoop. They are big time Obama supporters.

    Have a great day everyone!

  62. January 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  63. January 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Forgot to say good morning/afternoon to you Chips and TOD multi-tasking…… shampooing my carpet.

  64. 234 yardarm756
    January 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    The President up in a few seconds. http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  65. 237 Don
    January 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    President Obama comes out Monday morning kicking ass and taking names.

  66. 238 vcprezofan2
    January 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    FINALLY, I made it to the end! I cannot believe it took me soooo long! Just for that I’m adding this comment as MY official sign off for this R & S thread. 😛

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