Rise and Shine


The Week Ahead:

Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: The President will host Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House.

Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 36th Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The First Lady will also attend.

Thursday and Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Saturday: The President will depart on his trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.



NYT: U.S. and Iran Agree to Speed Talks to Defuse Nuclear Issue

The long-fractured relationship between the United States and Iran took a significant turn on Friday when President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani became the first leaders of their countries to speak since the Tehran hostage crisis more than three decades ago.

In a hurriedly arranged telephone call, Mr. Obama reached Mr. Rouhani as the Iranian leader was headed to the airport to leave New York after a whirlwind news media and diplomatic blitz. The two agreed to accelerate talks aimed at defusing the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and afterward expressed optimism at the prospect of a rapprochement that would transform the Middle East.

…. The conversation was the first between Iranian and American leaders since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter spoke by telephone with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi shortly before the shah left the country…

More here



In light of yesterday’s developments, read Zizi’s ‘Can Y’all smell What Pres Obama’s cooking?‘ again – and smile.



Kurt Eichenwald: Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?

What is it about Obamacare that compels seemingly intelligent people to explode in bubbling spasms of stupid? Are they misinformed? Unable to see past the rage-fueled partisan sweat dripping into their eyes? Or just plain dishonest?

No matter. At this point, it has become obvious that history will look back on the four-year war on Obamacare as one of the saddest, most bizarre, and most dishonestly embarrassing episodes of our time. I have given up trying to understand the vehement opposition of so many who cannot offer up truthful reasons for their objections, and instead fuel the hatred and fears of the uninformed with the most illogical, mendacious, and fundamentally bizarre arguments that have ever been marshaled. By comparison, Joe McCarthy’s McCarthyistic McCarthyism was an exercise in reason.

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Keep spreading UT’s epic post far and wide!


Jonathan Cohn: Obamacare Is About to Go Live. Here’s Why It Was Worth the Wait.

Obamacare’s new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business on October 1, just a few days from now. For all the attention that date has received, it is less important than it might seem. Because new coverage won’t actually begin until January 1, most people looking to get insurance on their own won’t start shopping until the end of the year. But October 1 is still a milestone. And with Republicans threatening to let the government shut down or default if Obamacare takes full effect, it’s also a good moment to take a step back and assess the law—to think, in the broadest possible terms, about whether the reforms it has enacted are worthwhile.

More here



ThinkProgress: Kentucky Governor: Obamacare Is A ‘Historic Change’ That’s Desperately Needed In Red States

In a New York Times op-ed published on Thursday, Kentucky’s governor implores his fellow Southern states to put the health of their citizens above the politicized fight over Obamacare. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) notes that the health reform law could have a huge impact on the struggling Americans who live in red states, and he’s “offended” that so many state leaders are so preoccupied with resisting it.

“There’s a huge disconnect between the rank partisanship of national politics and the outlook of governors whose job it is to help beleaguered families, strengthen work forces, attract companies and create a balanced budget,” the governor writes. He points out that “it’s no coincidence” that the handful of Republican governors who have bucked their party and agreed to implement Obamacare’s provisions see the health law “not as a referendum on President Obama but as a tool for historic change.”

More here



ThinkProgress: Despite Texas Politicians’ Crusade Against Obamacare, The State Is Quietly Inching Toward Reform

Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz may be trying their hardest to undermine the Affordable Care Act — but that’s not stopping Houston public health officials and outreach organizations from embarking on a “historic” campaign to sign Americans up for coverage under Obamacare, Kaiser Health News reports.

Nearly one in three Texans is uninsured, the highest uninsurance rate in the country …. Some low-income and uninsured Texans are so desperate for medical care that they cross over to Mexico in order to find cheaper drugs on the other side of the border.

But that hasn’t deterred Perry from rejecting generous federal funding to expand Medicaid under Obamacare — thereby denying 1.5 million poor Texans basic health benefits …. Texas officials are even refusing to police Obamacare’s most basic protections, such as barring insurers from rejecting consumer with pre-existing medical conditions.

More here



Al Jazeera: Ted Cruz’s anti-‘Obamacare’ poster child likes the health care law

John Connelly was not watching when Sen. Ted Cruz said his name during Cruz’s 21-hour marathon speech on the Senate floor earlier this week to rally fellow Republicans against the Affordable Care Act … he was not exactly thrilled. In fact, he is supportive of the law and has already reaped some of the benefits of the ACA….

…. His father’s union-provided health insurance still covers him, thanks to the provision of the ACA that allows children to stay on their parents’ plan until the age of 26. Private insurers are no longer allowed to deny his younger sister coverage, even though she suffers from a seizure disorder that qualifies as a pre-existing condition.

…. “Maybe he should’ve spent less time reading Dr. Seuss and more time looking into the policies that he’s talking about,” Connelly said…

Full post here



TPM: GOP Descends Into Civil War Over Obamacare As Shutdown Looms

… The deep chasm over the health care law leaves Congress potentially facing its first shutdown of the federal government since 1996 when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, unless congressional leaders pull a rabbit out of their hats at the last minute.

…. GOP leaders are mulling several options on what to do next. One possibility, according to sources, is to attach two Obamacare-related provisions to the continuing resolution ….

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) categorically ruled that out on Friday.

“Let’s be absolutely clear: we are going to accept nothing that relates to Obamacare.,” he told reporters after the bill passed, calling on Republicans to “get a life” and talk about something other than Obamacare.

Full post here




James Fallows: Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead

A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years

Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us. They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing of public functions via “the sequester”; and a possible vote not to raise the federal debt ceiling, which would create the prospect of a default on U.S. Treasury debt.

….. As a matter of journalism, any story that presents the disagreements as a “standoff,” a “showdown,” a “failure of leadership,” a sign of “partisan gridlock,” or any of the other usual terms for political disagreement, represents a failure of journalism and an inability to see or describe what is going on….

….This isn’t “gridlock.” It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us – and, should there be a debt default, could harm the rest of the world too.

Full post here


Happy Place


Washington Post: Impact of a government shutdown

A government shutdown next week would interrupt some services and potentially jeopardize the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers. The Office of Management and Budget has asked agencies to begin making contingency plans. Their first stop will be their plans from 2011. The federal government does not stop functioning completely, and by law, certain agencies must operate with unsalaried employees. They include those that deal with national security and the safety of people and property, as well as those that manage benefits such as Social Security payments. Here’s what some agencies have said about their plans this time around.

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Charles Pierce: A Stupid Argument Made By Smart People

There is arising among the members of our elite press a feeling that the Democrats and the dwindling number of smart people in Congress should let the Republicans burn down the country ….

Todd Purdum makes this case. Ezra Klein also seems to be aboard, too. These are both pretty smart guys, so why they’ve decided to believe this nonsense ees-a-puzzlement to me.

….. Both a government shutdown and/or a debt-ceiling catastrophe will have savage real-world consequences for millions of people who do not live in Washington and who do not appear on panel shows….

…. Letting the crazy people work their crazy will while the rest of us suffer in the vain hope that voters will figure out on their own what happened to them, and why, is a fool’s errand.

Full post here



MSNBC: Planned Parenthood takes Texas abortion laws to court

The Texas omnibus abortion law that state Senator Wendy Davis tried to block with a 13-hour filibuster is headed to court.

A trio of women’s and civil liberties groups–Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU of Texas–filed a federal lawsuit Friday against some provisions of the law, including restrictions on medication abortion and the regulations openly intended to shut down many of Texas’s abortion clinics. They were joined by more than a dozen Texas women’s health providers.

“I grew up in Texas and learned pretty early on that women only got what they fought for,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation, told reporters in a call Friday morning. “I think folks in the state have never fought harder.”

More here



Kathleen Osborn: Gun dealers also support background checks. Who’s left?

We already know that a majority of Democrats, independents and even a substantial majority of Republicans are in favor of expanded background checks. We also already know that card-carrying NRA-members and Tea Partiers think background checks are a good idea. But thanks to the diligent, independent research done by the social scientists over at the University of California at Davis’s Violence Prevention Research Program, we can add another important constituency to the pro-expanded background checks camp: gun dealers. The people who would have to actually carry out those background checks. The majority of the guys and gals around the country who make their living selling guns – gun dealers, pawnbrokers and gunsmiths – are in favor of more checks.

Here is what the NRA does not want you to know: 55.4% of gun dealers surveyed support comprehensive background check requirements and 37.5% strongly favor them….

More here



From the ‘Department of You Couldn’t Make It Up’ – I seriously thought this was from The Onion:

TPM: Poll: GOP Voters Unsure If Twitter Lets Obama Post More Than 140 Characters

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer backed off on his suggestion earlier this week that Twitter allows President Barack Obama to use more than 140 characters in his tweets, but some Republican primary voters evidently still have doubts.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling tested Fleischer’s debunked and ultimately retracted conspiracy theory in a survey released Friday, finding support and uncertainty among Republicans nationwide. The poll showed that 13 percent of GOP primary voters think Twitter does permit Obama to exceed the 140 character limit while a majority — 52 percent — said they weren’t sure…

More here



MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

88 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Bravo Chiparoo! Great Rise and Shine.

  2. 4 MightyPamela
    September 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Okay, so. That was just weirdz. Bbl. {{{Tod}}}

  3. 5 99ts
    September 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    They used to call Australiana “a weird mob” – that sure seems to have been passed to the US at this point in time. If anyone other than members of congress were behaving this way – they would be arrested for treason.

  4. September 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    TOD will be the death of me. I get so engrossed in this terrific place, I just burned up the french toast! The children are acting like republicans. Be back.

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

    YES! YES! YES!

  6. 9 idon
    September 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    awesome weekly address

  7. 10 Debra
    September 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Repubs don’t like Obamacare
    They do not like to share and care
    They rather that if you get sick
    To have the sense to die real quick
    And if you’re the middle class to bad
    You bear the brunt when we get mad
    If you are poor that maybe sad
    We don’t care if you get mad
    If you are rich we have your back
    We know where the money’s.
    We cannot let the funding stand
    Even if Obamacare is the law of the land.
    Why should people get healthcare cheaper.
    We like to keep you sick and weaker.
    If that means we have to lie and cheat
    We do it rather then face defeat.
    Obamacare will help you see
    And we cannot, cannot let this be.

  8. 14 No Child Left Behind
    September 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I thought this was a good piece to share. Sorry if it was posted before.

    “Regardless of where you stand on questions of spending and taxation, you should want President Obama to stand strong and force the GOP to concede to a clean extension of the debt limit. A world in which an opposition party can extract policy concessions with threat—even after losing an election— is one in which the Constitutional balance of American government is upset. And make no mistake, this is no small thing.”


  9. 16 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thank you Chips. R&S again. Lots of goodies here.

  10. September 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    GM Chips, TOD. Wonderful R&S! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend……

    This is what you call the definition of consistency. Flashback circa ’07 President Obama v Hillary Clinton in Democratic Primary debate.

    • 18 4morefor44
      September 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

      oh yuck. hillary’s answer makes my skin crawl, especially when compared to president obama. she seems so insincere to me whenever she talks. if she tries to run again, i’ll be doing everything in my power to keep her from getting the nomination. she cannot win a national election. her running would undue all the major progress president obama has made for the country, since a crazy republican would become the president if she gets the nomination. that’s a guarantee. i really hope senator elizabeth warren runs…i see some in the media are pushing that now too. john nichols just floated that last week.

      • 19 Don
        September 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

        I’m giving Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley a long look, he seems to have something special inside of him.

        • 20 carolyn
          September 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

          I’m watching him with this health care, and I’m impressed. Much as I’d like a woman, I want someone who will stand strong and be progressive and fight for the average person. I see that in him so far.

        • 21 Puddin'
          September 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

          I totally agree…I like O’Malley. He seems to be about the business of getting things done, without all of the “look at me, see what I’m doing.”

  11. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    September 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    this also made me cry – history

    • 23 4morefor44
      September 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

      this kind of thing is so amazingly important to america’s, and the world’s security. these headlines in the iranian news only happen because of how president obama conducts himself every day, and he’s earning back more and more respect for america from all corners of the globe. incredible. and to think he’s doing it at the same time “the news” at home is making up, literally making up, nonstop 24/7 lies to paint him in a bad light with the general public. they were even making up stuff about his relationship with the first lady last week for crying out loud, and meanwhile he’s planning this call to iran’s president. we have GOT to win the House in 2014 for this man!!!

  12. 24 Dudette
    September 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Happy Rise & Shine Everyone! Thank you Chips!
    Have a Beautiful Saturday!

  13. 25 Dudette
    September 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

  14. September 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

  15. 27 Dudette
    September 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

    • 28 Sandy1110
      September 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      This is why Obama Derangement Syndrome is real. These nuts in Congress are ready to take the country over a cliff rather than do anything that PBO thinks should be done. Never mind that it’s not even about him. It really is sick, and they have no business in elected office with so much hate clouding their judgement.

  16. September 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Morning All You O’s!!!! What a great getting up day in TODDYtown!!!!!

    PBO’s accomplishments can not be denied, and the permanency that social media has ensured, those accomplishments can not be erased in history, no matter how some folks will wish it so. For the same reason, Michelle will be one of the most often mentioned and studied FLOTUS in the history books, no matter how some folks may wish otherwise.

    The November election still stands and won’t be nullified, no matter what extreme measures will be taken in an attempt to do so.

    This is why I can enjoy this historic time that I feel so fortunate to witness, no matter what the MSM, pundits, emos, or baggersc, may wish otherwise.

  17. 32 Dudette
    September 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Yesterday I posted songs about phone calls after news broke about POTUS’ call to Iran’s President Rouhani
    Can’t believe I forgot this one!:-D

  18. September 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. “This piece can’t go back,” the New York Post quoted James McAndrew, senior special agent in charge of cultural property for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as saying in 2010.

    On Wednesday, the piece went back.

    “It is considered the premier griffin of antiquity, a gift of the Iranian people to the world, and the United States is pleased to return it to the people of Iran,” the U.S. State Department said.

  19. 38 Don
    September 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Did anyone notice that smirk on President Obama’s face at his presser on Friday? His contempt for the Republicans was visible and striking. The long game has been played to perfection all the way from Lilly Ledbetter to Iran.

  20. September 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This is a classic from our DCCC Chairman!

    Dear American Express,

    I have just spoken with Brian from customer care, and here is my response:

    You just don’t get it.

    Telling us that it’s our obligation to pay the bills we racked up is tired old rhetoric that this American Express-cardholder family rejects. We’ve been hearing this excuse since 1981 (according to the front of my card). It wasn’t our fault we bought that Sony PlayStation. And when the central air-conditioning went on the fritz, what were we supposed to do? Sweat it out? So you may be right that we spent. But, faced with a crippling thirty-two thousand dollars in “previous charges,” we can no longer afford such reckless spending. Enough is enough, American Express.

    * * *
    Dear American Express,

    All I can say to your collection agent Ms. Tiffany is this:

    You say that not paying the bills for charges that I racked up will affect my credit rating.


    I cannot institute meaningful change and necessary reforms to my spending if I don’t address my out-of-control spending. Under your leadership, Amex, my family has seen record “new charges” and thousands of dollars added to my “new balance” every month. So, you see, default ain’t my fault.

  21. 44 amk for obama
    September 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Twitter has introduced a new highly irritating thing called “related tweets” to your tweet. And all of them are from rwnj’s. Even if you block these nuts, their tweets still appear under your tweet. Assholish.

  22. September 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Re-opening diplomatic relations with Iran is such an historic occassion:

    Looks like the Iranians are serious, from a CONSERVATIVE politician:

  23. 48 Dudette
    September 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

  24. September 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What a day! What a post! So much good stuff to read and tweet here. I just rewatched the SentinalSource interview of Senator Obama November 25, 2007 where they ask him if he has a temper and if he gets angry. He says he’s very even tempered. He says he does get angry but he will try to understand their point of view, if he perceives they will try to take advantage of that then he will crush them. Everyone’s laughing and he said he was just kidding….kind of. POTUS is the steadiest person I have ever known. He says what he means, he’s clear and he’s consistent. Love you, President Obama!

    I’m not sure if I know how to post a video, but I can post the URL.

  25. 52 Roberta in MN
    September 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    And so very very true. A man of his word.

  26. September 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hiya everyone, I’ve changed the font on the blog back to the original – anyone who was having problems, could you let me know if things are okay now? They might not be, some more fiddling might be needed!

  27. 67 GGail
    September 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Chipsticks, thank you for the loads of good stuff on the Early Bird and on this R&S.

    I am so proud of my President Barack H. Obama!

    Yardarm, it was good to see you on the Early Bird – hope & pray things are stabilizing for you.

    Jovie, we still hold you close to our hearts and hope you are healing from your grief.

  28. 69 Nena20409
    September 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Good After TODers and Good Morning for those in the CT zone and beyond.

    The fonts are Back In TODland to what they once were. Love it.

    Loads of information. Great R&S.

    I am glad that Yardarm piped in. I am praying and sending him warm thoughts.
    Love and Huge hugs to Yardarm and Jovie.

    Thank You Bts and Twitter TOD Brigades.

  29. 71 HZ
    September 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Good Morning dear Chips and my TOD family. It is a lovely day on the West Coast. Grateful to be a part of it.

    Great day for a lot of goodness to go forth for our wonderful POTUS. Blessings continue to follow him as he makes this beautiful journey with us and for us. Almighty’s graces carry him through this day. Beautiful graces for our beautiful First Lady and First Daughters. A most grateful thankfulness for POB’s team of advisors and his entire Cabinet.

    Loving greetings and hopefulness of healing for our wonderful Yardarm. I pray for your healing to be full of peacefulness as you go through this time in your life. ((((((((((((( Much love going out for you, Yardarm))))))))))))))))HZ

    May Jovie continue be comforted and joy be at your steps as you journey, Jovie. ((((((( Be peace in your loving space, Jovie.)))))))))HZ

    May we all continue to spread the word about the ACA as we go out into our spaces today. Reach out to others, if you can.

    Have a beautiful Sat., TOD family.
    ((((((((((((((((((( Thank you, Chips for all that you do to make this the Best Place To Be For Our Wonderful President))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    O/T I am going out (looking good) to get my new haircut this morning. Maybe I will see someone of interest as I shop for my teas at my favorite tea shop. No, I am only looking for teas. (((((((((((((( I love my TOD family.))))))))))) Remember, we are going to be fine. POB will still be our President of the United States and we will work hard to get him the House back and keep the Senate solid for Dems. Okay. Just get your walking shoes on, and keep your mind focused. FORWARD. We will prevail.HZ

  30. September 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    So I didn’t burn the house down. 🙂 Let me share a little simple poem I wrote about the Republicans. “Green Eggs and Ham” inspired me. 🙂

    Anarchists, terrorists, fanatics and nuts
    Extremists and cowards without any guts
    They’re actions are shameful, a slap in the face
    They’ve utter disdain for the whole human race

    Black people, brown people, immigrants, gays
    All shunned by their immoral, uncivil ways
    Even women are objects of their bitter disdain
    Helpless children, the poor, it’s a likely refrain

    Old racist white men, too afraid to compete
    On a field that is level and so they must cheat
    They stuff ballot boxes and rewrite the laws
    Mete out truth and justice that’s riddled with flaws

    Bribery, cronyism, nepotism and sleaze
    All tactics Republicans use with great ease
    Sore losers, still chaffing afraid of their fates
    It’s sad what they’ve done to the United States

    I can’t help but wonder what history will tell
    Will it say how the mighty republicans fell
    How will they recount the election that day
    No doubt they’ll say ACORN stole it away

    They’ll take all the credit for everything good
    They just can’t behave as good patriots should
    In the end it won’t matter what they claim is true
    And we know they will lie, because that’s what they do
    But revisionist history can distort every fact
    The 44th President still will be Black.

  31. 74 Nena20409
    September 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Another Earthquake rooks Pakistan at 6.8 per US and at 7.2 per Pakistan gov’t.

    Tuesday Quake came in at 7.7, over 349 dead and a brand new Island.

  32. 75 dotster3
    September 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    If it’s true that 3/4 of the uninsured still don’t know that exchanges are open for biz on Tues. and remain uninformed and fearful, this is probably a good move—–the national associations of black and Hispanic nurses are going into their communities—–to barber shops and beauty salons and other gathering places—-to inform and reduce fear. As a nurse explained, those who have never had insurance are not familiar with the terms co-pay and premiums, and so they are trying to teach and encourage these people to enroll.


  33. 76 MightyPamela
    September 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I am beyond impressed that the House of TOD is filled to the blissful max with poets! What a clandestine lot we are too! 😉 For a poet to reveal her/himself to the public is another sign of the inspiration of our beloved President and First Lady! They help all of us to face and erase our fears each and every day!

  34. September 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  35. September 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    New Report Showcases Large Premium Savings Due to Rate Review Provision in Affordable Care Act

    ….This provision requires insurers to justify any premium increases of 10 percent or more and provides funding to enhance state processes for reviewing proposed rate increases. This enhanced oversight has resulted in real savings for consumers.

    However, paying less for premiums is not the only proof that rate review is working. The same report found that insurance companies are also requesting fewer premium increases of 10 percent or more because of the extra oversight. In 2012, only 26 percent of the requested rate increases were 10 percent or more, compared to 43 percent in 2011. This shift resulted in additional savings for consumers and shows that insurance companies are starting to be held accountable to consumers…..

  36. September 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  37. September 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  38. September 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I almost feel sorry for the Republicans in their quest to delay the implementation of ObamaCare. They don’t want people to experience the benefits and be able to register to vote before the election. Poor babies.

  39. 83 amk for obama
    September 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    TTunisia’s Islamist-led government has agreed to resign after talks with opponents that are to start next week.

    It is hoped a caretaker government will be negotiated over the next three weeks that will prepare for new elections.

    The decision marks a breakthrough in weeks of crisis involving the ruling coalition, led by the Islamist Ennahda party, and the secular opposition.

    Anti-government protests intensified recently after the killing of two opposition figures.

    The crisis has threatened to disrupt a transition to democracy that began after Tunisians threw out their decades-old authoritarian government at the beginning of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

    The talks were announced on Saturday by the powerful UGTT labour union, which will act as a mediator.

    The union urged both sides to set a date for next week.


  40. 84 HZ
    September 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I leave from my prayer/meditation room and bring this to my TOD family in regards to our President. When those who looked upon POB as “That One,” they forgot who “That One” really was to be in this nation. POB always walked on this journey with an attitude of contentment of who he is from day one; his mother and grandparents taught him that as a young child and then on as a young man; then he matured into “an attitude of contentment of being who he is as a man; thus leading him to becoming a man of patience.

    Now as our 44th President of the most powerful nation on this planet: his attitude of content in being who he is; a man of decency, compassion, not self-centered in his dealings; respect for all; a confidence in his faith; and a loving husband and father; he will be just fine. You know why?
    An attitude of contentment of who you are at your core will yield an abundance of patience for your journey.HZ

    Put forth a word from your quiet time; meditations and prayers out there for our President today. He will need our attitudes of patience because we live by our contentment of who we are as people with goodness in our core being to help others. Thanks to our beautiful mothers, fathers, and grandparents as well.

    Have a nice day. My appointment is in an hour, so I leave you all with lovely goodness to come into your spaces. () () () HZ

  41. 85 JER
    September 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  42. September 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Manufacturing Shift to U.S. Accelerates

    The number of American manufacturing companies looking to shift production from China to the United States has doubled since 2012, according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group…..

    ….The Boston Consulting study is consistent with a developing consensus among economists that rising wages overseas and the need for tighter control of supply chains is prompting manufacturers to boost their production in the United States. The 2012 U.S. Re-shoring Survey by the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation similarly found that manufacturers are taking another look at domestic production due to higher labor costs in developing countries, energy costs, political stability issues, and time-to-market concerns…..

  43. 88 Linda
    September 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The ratings challenges facing NBC News were thrown sharply into focus on Friday, as the network received two pieces of bad news about their viewing figures.

    First, there was the confirmation of the news that “Good Morning America” had beat “Today” for a full season for the first time since the early 1990s.

    In response, “Today” sent out a press release noting that it posted more year-on-year ratings growth in the coveted A25-54 demo in the past week than “GMA” did.

    The continued success of “GMA” is something of an old tale, though. A newer one is the pronounced falloff in the fortunes of “Meet the Press,” for so long the dominant Sunday morning talk show. On Friday, ABC News announced that its Sunday show, “This Week,” had beat “Meet the Press” in both key ratings categories for an entire quarter for the first time since 1997.

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