Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests at the Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:55: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti

1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

2:0: Vice President Biden Speaks to the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

5:50: The President hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception, Rose Garden


The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President attends meetings at the White House.

Wednesday: Travels to Los Angeles to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

Thursday: Participates in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event. The President will then travel to San Jose where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

Friday: Participates in an event on energy in the San Jose area. Following the event the President will return to Washington, DC.




BBC: Boko Haram admits abducting Nigeria girls from Chibok

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram says it carried out the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in April.

About 230 girls are still believed to be missing, prompting widespread criticism of the Nigerian government.

“I abducted your girls,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video obtained by the AFP news agency.

Meanwhile, a woman who helped organise protests over the abduction has been detained, her fellow community leaders say.

More here



Jonathan Cohn: Gallup: Number of Uninsured Lowest We’ve Ever Recorded

Obamacare is reducing the number of Americans without health insurance. And while nobody can say for sure exactly how many people are getting coverage, Gallup just provided a pretty big clue.

According to the organization, the proportion of adults without coverage last month fell to 13.4 percent. That’s lower than it was last yaer. That’s lower than it was when the Affordable Care Act became law—and when President Obama took office.

In fact, that’s lower than it’s ever been since the beginning of 2008, before the economic crisis, which is when Gallup started taking regular monthly polls on this question.

More here



 Steve Benen: Health care frauds vs. health care facts

It probably didn’t get as much attention as it deserved, but something unusual happened last week: House Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) got caught telling a rather brazen lie.

GOP officials issued a “report” arguing that “only 67 percent” of consumers who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges paid their first month’s premiums. In this case, Republicans were lying – they deliberately published a document that included fraudulent claims, intended to deceive the public, and once caught, the officials made no real effort to deny what they’d done.

Paul Krugman took Republicans to task in his new column, condemning them for “spreading disinformation about health reform because it works, and because they can – there is no sign that they pay any political price when their accusations are proved false.”

But the GOP’s failed attempt at a con arguably looks even worse this morning, with new evidence of the Affordable Care Act’s success.

More here



Eclectablog: Obamacare success stories keep coming, with a rosy forecast for 2015

Karen is just one of 272,500 Michiganders who signed up for coverage through Healthcare.gov, where a strong finish to 2014 enrollment bodes well for next year.

So much good news, it’s hard to know where to begin.

On Thursday, Obama administration officials predicted health insurance premiums would be stable in 2015, thanks to a large and varied pool of insured Americans. This is according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which reported that about 28 percent of the 8 million Americans who enrolled in private health insurance through Healthcare.gov were in the 18-34-year-old age range needed to help keep the risk pool balanced and keep premiums down — the demographic naysayers predicted would not sign up. Yet another “horror story” debunked.

In Michigan, 272,539 people signed up for coverage through Healthcare.gov, in addition to thousands more who have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s Medicaid expansion program that launched April 1.

More here



Paul Krugman: Inventing A Failure

Last week, House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illusion of failure in the face of unexpected success. Are you shocked?

You aren’t, but you should be. Mainstream politicians didn’t always try to advance their agenda through lies, damned lies and — in this case — bogus statistics. And the fact that this has become standard operating procedure for a major party bodes ill for America’s future.

About that report: The really big policy news of 2014, at least so far, is the spectacular recovery of the Affordable Care Act from its stumbling start, thanks to an extraordinary late surge that took enrollment beyond early projections….

This is a problem for Republicans, who have bet the ranch on the proposition that health reform is an unfixable failure … How can they respond to good news?

Well, they could graciously admit that they were wrong, and offer constructive suggestions about how to make the law work even better. Oh, sorry — I forgot that I wasn’t writing jokes for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

More here


I assumed this ad was a parody ….. it’s not:


Michael Hiltzik: Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare

The final battles of any war often are the bloodiest. They’re waged by the last holdouts, dead-enders desperate to prove to themselves and their dwindling followers that their efforts were not in vain.

The final battle of the war over the Affordable Care Act is being waged today over expanding Medicaid. As the act was originally conceived, Medicaid would provide healthcare for more than 10 million of the poorest uninsured Americans, most of them childless adults with earnings up to 138% of the federal poverty level. (This year, that income ceiling is about $16,000.)

Then the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that Congress couldn’t impose the expansion on state governments, but had to make it voluntary. Republican legislators and governors in 28 states turned the expansion down. A handful later reversed themselves. These include four that, with federal permission, are temporarily trying out novel Medicaid formats.

The refusal of more than half the states to cover so many of their neediest citizens — the number who have fallen into the “coverage gap” is estimated at 5 million — amazes and frustrates health experts. That’s especially so because the federal government covers 100% of the cost of expansion through 2016. After that, the federal share will slowly decline to 90% in 2020 and beyond.

More here



BBC: Ukraine crisis: Rebels ‘retreating’ in Sloviansk

Pro-Russian militants just outside Sloviansk have retreated amid attacks by Ukrainian troops, reports say.

Government forces took control of a TV tower in the suburbs and rebels were pulled back deeper into the city, the Russian Interfax news agency said.

Earlier reports told of heavy gunfire, apparently closer to the centre than in recent days.

But a BBC team which has recently reached the centre of Sloviansk says the city is currently quiet.

Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 30 injured in an incident in Sloviansk, the interior ministry said.

Fears of an impending offensive by Ukrainian forces on the pro-Russian stronghold had been growing overnight, sources inside the city said earlier.

More here



Salon: Diagnosing Paul Ryan’s psychopathy: Arrogant, manipulative, deceitful, remorseless

Paul Krugman revealed Ryan’s big con years ago. It’s gotten worse. Why does anyone take him seriously on policy?

If the GOP as a whole has pretty much given up on the whole “rebranding” thing, their 2012 vice presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan, most definitely has not. In fact, rebranding is pretty much his thing, regardless of how credible — or incredible, actually — his efforts may be.

For years, Ryan touted himself as an avid Ayn Rand disciple, until he didn’t in early 2012, even calling it “an urban legend” that he had anything serious to do with Rand at all. He then tried to present the latest iteration of his draconian soak-the-poor/shower the rich budget proposal as grounded in Catholic social teaching, rather than Rand’s fiercely anti-Christian philosophy, a claim that the conservative U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops soundly rejected, writing that his proposed budget failed to meet certain “moral criteria” by disproportionately cutting programs that “serve poor and vulnerable people.”

Now, seeking to put all memory of the “47 percent” campaign behind him, Ryan’s trying to take that reinvention to a whole new level.

More here




On This Day

Senator Obama walks out to address supporters at a campaign stop at the American Legion Mall in Indianapolis, May 5, 2008


President Obama and Vice President Biden wait in line to place their orders during an unannounced lunch-time visit to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., May 5, 2009


President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, Members of Congress and guests, signs the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 5, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

May 5, 2010: “After doing a series of posed photos, the President started joking around with the First Lady in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House before a Cinco de Mayo event.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks along the South Lawn Drive of the White House with Sen. John Kerry, May 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


May 5, 2011: “A few days after the mission against bin Laden, the President traveled to New York City to meet with families of the 9/11 victims. He also visited at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 Firehouse. The firehouse, known as the “Pride of Midtown,” lost 15 firefighters on 9/11 — an entire shift and more than any other New York firehouse. Here, the firefighters offer an impromptu toast to the President in honor of their fallen comrades during a lunch at the station house.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with firefighters and first responders at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, before visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, May 5, 2011

President Obama speaks with New York City Police Sergeant Stephanie Moses after laying a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan May 5, 2011

President Obama greets family members after laying a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial in New York on May 5, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a Cinco de Mayo reception in the White House, May 5, 2011


Leaving the White House, May 5, 2012

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace at Schottenstein Center, Columbus, May 5, 2012

Schottenstein Center, Columbus

First Lady Michelle Obama at Virginia Commonwealth University May 5, 2012 in Richmond


President Obama steps down from Air Force One with Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, en route to speak at the Ohio State University spring commencement, May 5, 2013

President Obama delivers the address during The Ohio State University commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



130 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    May 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Cinco de mayo!,,,

  2. 9 desertflower
    May 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    OH…..IO 🙂 Great R/S!!!

  3. 10 Judith Fardig
    May 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Congrats to our double winners, Grab a Mop Grace and tnmtngirl. Hope everyone has a sweet, sunny Cinco de Mayo

  4. 11 japa21
    May 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Great R&S Chips. But would it be too much to ask that you put in some more pictures of FLOTUS, particularly those that aren’t ruined by having the skinny, big-eared fellow in them with her? Also, a few more of Jill Biden wouldn’t be remiss either.

  5. May 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I wonder if the WH has updated the President’s itinerary for this week?

    PBO accepted Mark Pryor’s invitation to tour Arkansas tornado damage on Wednesday.

    Posted yesterday (on one of about two dozen threads, LOL), but a good reminder to give blue dogs up for re-election some leeway from the progressive agenda (speaking as a blue dog myself).

    This country absolutely needs Dem majorities in the House and Senate next year, allowing the Obama Administration to go into overdrive.

    For motivation, here’s a tweet from an avid gun owner who lives in rural New York.

  6. 39 yardarm756
    May 5, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Weigh, haul aweigh all mooring lines and get under weigh. Prepare for choppy seas while I share this vid in search of understanding.

  7. 40 desertflower
    May 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Chiseling away…blurring the lines…. activist, extreme judges.


    • May 5, 2014 at 11:10 am


      say a prayer at government meetngs… before you give more tax breaks to the wealthy while denying an increase to the Minimum Wage….yes …say a prayer before you before you pass a law to keep women from having equal pay or deny protection to gay americans in the workplace…or gut the food stamps for our military families…

      the hoopla over prayer…..is just that hoopla without substance….

      HYPOCRISY…runs rampant!

    • 42 dotster3
      May 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Just saw that sad news—-enabling further reach of religion into government, slowly but surely erasing separation of church and state which has served us so well, allowing this country to rise above all others which are damaged and constrained by religious rule. I see some fear it is a bad indicator of Hobby Lobby decision.

      • 43 carolyn
        May 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        What these justices do not realize is that this decision opens the door for all kinds of prayers, not just “Christian” prayers. People will be demanding equal time for Jewish prayers, Buddhist prayers, Muslim prayers, any kind of prayer. It shouldn’t take too long for someone to challenge this, even though it is a SCOTUS decision. This is a very shortsighted decision for those “Christian” jurists. They really do not look beyond their noses.

        I had the discussion in my college class years ago about prayer in public schools. The kids in this church college were adamantly in favor of it. I asked them if they were all from Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas. They said yes. So, I said you could expect a “Protestant” Christian prayer…..of course they answered. Well, I told them I went to school in Chicago and San Francisco. The prayer certainly would not have been a Protestant prayer. Would they like that? Well, no……so, if the shoe is on the other foot, it wouldn’t be okay? They had never thought of that……these justices are about as sophisticated and informed as my 1970s college freshmen.

  8. 44 yardarm756
    May 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    From the FL Gov’s sister. The all wise, all knowing p.o.s.!

    • May 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

      I suppose the only surprise re: this statement is that it was said OUT LOUD….but in this age of the TeaParty/GOP…these kinds of statements are a Badge of Honor!

      • 46 yardarm756
        May 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        So is a mud puddle to a big hog.

      • 47 jackiegrumbacher
        May 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        Consider the source, Pf. These things are said to get attention and headlines. Not providing any oxygen is the best antidote to poisonous people.

  9. May 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Just a brief good day to everyone and thank you to Chips. Very busy early day here and more to come.

    Heads up – major anti-terrorist offensive by Ukraine in Slavyansk and elsewhere in Eastern/Southern Ukraine.


    • 49 GGail
      May 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      And a good day to you Bob 🙂

      We appreciate you thinking enough of us to day “howdy” before you begin your busy day

  10. 50 sherijr
    May 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

    what state is ‘Joni Ernst’ running in- anyone know? what a cretin.

  11. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good morning, TOD! Happy Birthday to my BCFFAA, CanadaBarb – from Bo and Sunny and me! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    Gonna be a great day!

  12. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    May 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Great ObamaCare news, Chiparoo. This law is beyond fantastic.

    Love the pictures!

  13. 61 Bill R.
    May 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Can’t say it too many times:

  14. 62 GGail
    May 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for posting LA Times, Michael Hiltzik. I just love his articles and read him faithfully.

  15. 63 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    R&S is LOADED with News.

    If only our National News Media was capable just 1/10th of Chips’ R&S this Monday Morning.

    Good Morning TOD.

    Congrats GAM.


    To Chips.

  16. 64 amk for obama
    May 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Where is sunny in that art ????

    What have you done to her, Obama?

  17. 65 JER
    May 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    • May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      what can be done,,,,Is the Nigerian Government unwilling or incapable of making a rescue..

      • 67 dotster3
        May 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        Said to be “uninterested” in rescuing girls. ??? Wife of president said to have ordered arrest of leaders of protest, those demanding a search and rescue of girls. Beyond shameful.

  18. 68 yardarm756
    May 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Subject: Women are Unique

    Husband’s Message (by cellphone):

    Honey, a car hit me in front of the office. Paula brought me to the

    Tests and X-rays were done.

    The blow to my head was severe, but fortunately it seems that it did not
    cause any serious brain injury. But I have three broken ribs, a compound
    fracture in the left leg, and they may have to amputate the right foot.

    Wife’s Response:

    Who is Paula?

  19. 75 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    3M plus watch PBS News hour.

    Now if ONLY MSNBC and CNN will emulate what PBS does.

  20. May 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  21. 77 amk for obama
    May 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    jonathan goodluck should stop wearing stupid hats and start governing and take international help stat. The terrorists are winning.

  22. 78 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm


    “Everybody, to include the United States Supreme Court, has been deceived as to one little word in the First Amendment called religion. They can’t define it,” chief justice Roy Moore said in January, according to video published Friday by Raw Story.

    “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures. They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”


    This Morning SCOTUS rules 5-4 with the usual idiots that a Town in NY should continue to have their monthly prayers……in their public dealings.

  23. 79 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm


    A brief post published at the blog of state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) read: “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory [sic] sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s.”


    As Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story in 1940 scene said: Keep Talking, keep talking.

    I agree wholeheartedly to the TBGOPers. Just keep talking.

    • May 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      OMG! Stupid Stacey Campfield strikes again!!!!!!!!!!!! So embarrassing for our state. Thankful he’s not my rep, but still……..

  24. May 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Woooooooot, I have another odd friend!


    • 82 Layla
      May 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Ha! EVERYBODY wants your attention!

    • May 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Um, who is Darryl Obama Prevost, and which Central Police Station?

      • May 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        🙂 Very good questions LL, but I’m very reluctant to ask.

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          May 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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        • May 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          Apparently, a real person: https://www.facebook.com/darryl.obamaprevost.5

          And he was arrested in Nairobi

  25. 96 JER
    May 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  26. 98 anniebella
    May 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you to Gwen Ifill, because every dam Republican is just playing politics with this Benghazi non-story.

    • 99 anniebella
      May 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      All of a sudden that big bad smoking gun email is all everyone of them talk about, as if they all got together and plan exactly what they would say over and over and over again. No disrespect to the 4 Americans who lost their lives, but I’ve had enough of Benghazi. But it’s in the Republicans head, specially that crazy ass base of theirs.

  27. 100 amk for obama
    May 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Look at all those empty seats in OSU stadium. Millenials are so deserting the kenyan.

  28. May 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    “The attack in Nigeria is part of a global backlash against girls’ education by extremists. The Pakistani Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head at age 15 because she advocated for girls’ education. Extremists threw acid in the faces of girls walking to school in Afghanistan. And in Nigeria, militants destroyed 50 schools last year alone.”

  29. 103 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm


    Now They are Not experts?

    Who has been funding, producing ads and distorting and misinforming the public all these many years KOCHroaches?

  30. 104 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm


    “The only way secession was considered was on the battlefield,” Rock County delegate Don Hilbig told the convention, as quoted by the AP. “Of course, secession lost on that. But in the court system, secession is still an open question. So it should be retained as a sovereign right.”


    They get caught and they LIE their pants off.

    • 105 Linda
      May 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      They cannot think beyond hatred………

      I wonder how they think they could survive as their own foreign country …..

      They would no longer be American citizens…….

  31. 106 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Mrs Obama’s brother lost his coaching job. 😦

    No doubt that he will get another coaching job…..if that is what he wants and soon.

    Wishing Craig Robinson and family well.

    • 107 amk for obama
      May 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm


      • 108 dotster3
        May 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Altho said to be a good role model—–too many losing seasons.

      • 109 Nena20409
        May 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

        Well, his team didn’t do as well this year…..is my guess. These Colleges are for Winning Teams no matter how Not a Big Campus or perhaps the school is wishfully seeking to be bigger than they are today.

    • 110 anniebella
      May 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Sorry to hear about Coach Robinson, but like you said he will be just fine.

  32. 111 JER
    May 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

  33. 112 daisydem
    May 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Feliz Cinco de Mayo todos mis amigos!

  34. 115 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm


    Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha lost her short battle with liver cancer yesterday.

    The 30-year-old passed away in the early hours less than four months after she was diagnosed with the disease.


    30 is way too young to leave this earth.

    My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  35. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    No, I’m NOT ready for Hillary, so quit following me on Twitter.

  36. 126 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Mr. John Podesta(sp) is at the Podium with slides and talking about Energy.

    He has Loads of Facts.

    But knowing the WHPC that is not their concern……

    BENGHAZI is their wet dreams.

  37. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  38. 128 Nena20409
    May 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm


    Now That is more like it Sen Hagan……WTG!

    Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is taking the extra step against House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the frontrunner and expected GOP nominee in the North Carolina Senate race, and sending mailers to Republican voters quoting Tillis calling Obamacare a “great idea.”

    The mailers, reported by The Washington Post, were sent out to Republican voters over the last week ahead of Tuesday’s North Carolina Republican primary. The attack strategy is a clear attempt to turn voters off to Tillis by painting him as less than staunchly opposed to Obamacare (a grave sin in Republican primaries).

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