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catching up

More at Mediaite

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The Supreme Court has announced that it will review President Obama’s health care law, setting the stage for a showdown over his signature legislative accomplishment months ahead of the 2012 election. Oral arguments are expected to take place this spring.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer: “Earlier this year, the Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court to consider legal challenges to the health reform law and we are pleased the Court has agreed to hear this case. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, one million more young Americans have health insurance, women are getting mammograms and preventive services without paying an extra penny out of their own pocket and insurance companies have to spend more of your premiums on health care instead of advertising and bonuses. We know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court will agree.”

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Mel Levine (former member of the US House of Representatives D-CA): Former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined a famous phrase that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts.” Apparently, the Republican candidates for president, led by former Governor Romney, have been so busy talking with each other that they have somehow developed an alternative universe of facts, one which both distorts President Obama’s record and disregards their own.

In a world in which the stakes of our foreign policy are so high, it is dangerous to ignore these distortions.

Gov. Romney recklessly and inaccurately misrepresents President Obama’s record of leadership in foreign policy in general. His disdain for the President Obama’s foreign policy conveniently ignores the president’s leadership in building international coalitions which have imposed exceptionally stiff sanctions on Iran and which have led to the destruction of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. It seems to forget that it is President Obama who led the effort to kill Osama bin Laden, who is keeping his promise to bring our troops home from Iraq by the end of this year, and who has broadened and deepened U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation so that it is stronger than ever before…..

Full article here

Thanks Tulips

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Slate: If you want to see more American jobs, do you want to hire a guy whose area of expertise seems to be making them disappear?

A new story in The New York Times scrutinizes one of Mitt Romney’s biggest arguments for being the next president: his business management experience. And the picture is not entirely pretty.

The former head of Bain Capital helped to acquire and sell some 150 companies before he became the governor of Massachusetts in 2003. One of those sales and acquisitions, that of medical company Dade International, left 1,700 American workers without jobs and a company worse off because of high fees paid to Romney and his associates and long-term debt, according to some former company officials.

Full article here

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Steve Benen: If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the GOP Talking Points’

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory spoke with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz … and the interview was pretty tough to watch …. When attention turned to debt-reduction efforts, Gregory said, simply as a matter of fact, that Republicans on the super-committee “did agree for tax increases that Democrats have not accepted this week,” and then tried to change the subject. The host wanted to leave viewers with the impression that GOP officials were making a good-faith offer….

…. What Gregory failed miserably to offer viewers was context and any of the relevant details…. I expect this on Fox News. “Meet the Press” is supposed to have higher standards.

And to top it off, the host inexplicably showed a clip of Obama from July 2008 talking about his desire to lower the deficit if elected. July 2008 – before the crash, before TARP, before the need for the Recovery Act, before Republicans demanded an extension of Bush-era tax breaks that they refused to pay for.

…. It was one of the worst interviews I’ve ever seen on “Meet the Press.”

Full post here

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Paul Begala (Daily Beast): …. today’s Republican Party is more the party of Sarah Palin’s defiant know-nothingness than the brainy conservatism of Bill Bennett. The GOP is a party of ideologues, not ideas.

…. even the smart Republicans have to at least play dumb. Mitt Romney, for example, has to pretend he doesn’t know what’s causing global warming. A few weeks ago he told an audience in Pittsburgh, “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” Hard to believe, because as recently as June of this year he said, “I believe, based on what I read, that the world is getting warmer. And No. 2, I believe that humans contribute to that.” Romney’s new-and-not-improved position is a shameless pander to the know-nothings.

Same with evolution, where Republicans know they can earn applause by denouncing science. Apparently to run in today’s GOP you must believe, in the words of comedian Lewis Black, that “The Flintstones is a documentary.”

Full article here

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Video from MSNBC

Steve Benen: There was a BBC reality show I used to find interesting called “Faking It” …. I think of that show every time I watch Mitt Romney tackle foreign and national security policy. It’s clear the former one-term governor is dealing with a subject outside of his comfort zone – it’s equally clear he’s out of his depth – but Romney appears to have been given a crash course in the hopes he can fool people into thinking he’s competent.

For those who care about international affairs, Romney isn’t doing a very good job. Trusted reader F.B. flagged this segment from today’s “Morning Joe,” where a panel literally laughed at some of Romney’s saber-rattling towards Iran.

Note, in particular, that the BBC’s Katty Kay said she was “disappointed” by Romney’s remarks on Iran, because she thought he’d have “a more sophisticated understanding” of the issue.

That, in a nutshell, is one of Romney’s key rhetorical problems – he can fake it when it comes to giving the appearance of competence, which raises expectations, but the facade falls apart when anyone stops to consider the details…..

Full post here


195 Responses to “catching up”


  1. November 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

    It’s time for me to light up David Gregory twitter.

  2. 2 Me4obama
    November 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I am so ashamed of David Gregory, he is going to hear from me all day today on twitter until my fingers give up. He needs to go.

    • 3 Jessica
      November 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Yep I just finished tweeting him.

    • 4 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I can’t believe NBC would keep him on, anyway, with his low ratings. (Oh, never mind. It’s the newly RW NBC.) He has been horrible on MTP since day one.

    • 5 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

      David Gregory is dumb. Dull, dense, obtuse, slow, etc. That’s all you need to know. He must be somebody’s nephew because nepotism is the only explanation for why this dude has kept this gig despite no charisma, no smarts, and no ratings.

      • November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

        I think he’s showing us his brain size in that photo. It can’ be much bigger than that.

      • November 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        Stole your last line PJ for tweeting to that tool.

        • 9 PoliticalJunkessa
          November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          Knock yourself out, amk. I admire y’all that have the patience for tweeting these knuckleheads. I just can’t.

      • November 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        Would you believe………”A turtle on a fence post?” :lol:

      • 13 theo67
        November 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        True – Jake Tapper, of all people, did a fantastic job when he was guest hosting on MTP before Gregory was announced. I stopped watching shortly after that.

      • 14 auntydee
        November 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

        No, Gregory is just carrying out his marching orders.. I don’t think for a minute Gregory believes what he says ,If you watch his face what he says seems even distastful to him.

        Click to meet the enemy.

        .http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1112/1224307440789.html

        Knowledge is power.

        • November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

          Here’s another good article that’s pushing back on Gregory’s lies.~

          ~snip~

          ….As Upper West did a nice job of laying out for the readers at Kos’ site, here are some of the numbers reflected in those charts that Gregory decided to pretend don’t exist.

          Bush Tax Cuts: $3 Trillion
          Bush Unfunded Medicare D: 300 Billion
          Bush 2008 Stimulus including TARP: 200 Billion
          Bush Domestic/Defense Spending: 1.7 Trillion
          Bush Afghan and Iraq Wars: 1.4 Trillion
          Bush additional policies (e.g., Farm Bill): 400B
          Bush Total: $7 Trillion

          Obama Recovery Act: $800 Billion
          Obama 2010 Tax Cut Deal: 250 Billion
          Obama One-Time emergency costs (sm. bus., etc.): 400B
          Obama Total: $1.4 Trillion

          Other components of the debt not attributable to either administration:

          Lower Tax Revenues caused by 2008 Recession: $2.6 Trillion
          Debt for govt financing, e.g., student loans: 700 Billion
          Finance Debt: 700 Billion
          Additional Govt. Debt: (e.g., social security trust fund) 3.6 Trillion

          Keeping some of those stats on hand would be good advice to heed for any Democrat that decides to appear on his show in the future if they know ahead of time the debt and deficit are going to be a topic of conversation. I will add one caveat to their numbers though which is that Social Security does nothing to add to our national debt and is currently running an over 2 trillion dollar surplus.

          ~snip~

          http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/david-gregory-lies-about-debt-incurred-dur

  3. November 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

    FYI –

    Setting the stage for a historic constitutional confrontation over federal power, the Supreme Court on Monday granted three separate cases on the constitutionality of the new federal health care law, and set aside 5 1/2 hours for oral argument, to be held in March. The Court, however, did not grant all of the issues raised and it chose issues to review only from three of the five separate appeals before it. It is unclear, at this point, whether all of the cases will be heard on a single day.

    The Court will hold two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the requirement that virtually every American obtain health insurance by 2014, 90 minutes on whether some or all of the overall law must fail if the mandate is struck down, one hour on whether the Anti-Injunction Act bars some or all of the challenges to the insurance mandate, and one hour on the constitutionality of the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. The Court chose those issues from appeals by the federal government, by 26 states, and by a business trade group. It opted not to review the challenges to new health care coverage requirements for public and private employers. It left untouched petitions by a conservative advocacy group, the Thomas More Law Center, and three of its members, and by Liberty University and two of its employees.

    http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/11/court-sets-5-12-hour-hearing-on-health-care/

  4. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Paul Begala says, “The GOP is a party of ideologues, not ideas.” He forgot another “I” word: idiots.

  5. 25 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Attention: David Gregory

    THE BUSH DEFICIT

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    Critics of President Obama never tire of blaming him for today’s high deficits. But if blame belongs with one president, it belongs with Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. The chart above, which the New York Times created based upon figures from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, illustrates this point very clearly. But it’s worth reviewing the history here, because while it’s familiar to most of us who follow politics it doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention in the political debate.

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    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/92569/bush-obama-deficit-tax-cut-stimulus-health

  6. November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

    This is a big week in Wisconsin — with the state Democrats officially kicking off their effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

    Under the Dems’ official game-plan, the effort to recall Walker will begin on Tuesday, November 15. For the last few weeks, the Dems have been holding a series of training events and kickoff rallies, with even more happening today and tomorrow. They will need all that effort and preparation they can muster.

    In order to trigger a recall, the Dems must meet a strong threshold: Signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election must be collected in a 60-day window. That means the Dems must get over 540,000 signatures — over 9,000 per day, statewide — plus some significant buffer that campaigns routinely collect in order to protect against signatures being disqualified over one imperfection or another.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/wis-dems-kicking-off-walker-recall-effort-this-week.php?m=1

    Go Wisconsin!

    • 30 debbyeOh
      November 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

      They’ll get all the signatures they need and more besides. They are tired of the mess the Walker-Koch machine has made. Go Wisconsin Go!

    • 31 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Who will take over from Scott Walker when he’s recalled? Do they automatically have another election, or does his deputy take over?

      • 32 utaustinliberal
        November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        They’ll probably have another gubernatorial election with Democratic challengers. If they are successful, it’ll likely happen in 2012.

        • November 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

          Wuh?!!

          The repeal of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s anti-union law last week marked the biggest political win of 2011 for labor unions. Post-election analyses hailed the result as a sign that organized labor was still a force to be reckoned with and a major player in the 2012 presidential election.

          Now, fresh off the Ohio win, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is setting its sights not on, say, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, but an unlikely political opponent: New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.

          ~snip~

          http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/11/ohio-union-afscme-andrew-cuomo

    • 34 prettyfoot58
      November 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      PRESSSSSSSSSSSSS ON

  7. 35 AVD911
    November 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    IS THAT ME ON THE FRONT PAGE I MADE IT TO THE BIG TIME….
    follow me on twitter @avd911.
    I love polls. me jus a lil ole black lady in love with POLITICS!
    Trust me people, Obama at 50% approval with Rasmussen is a biG EFFING deal!

    • November 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Congrats Avd911! I believe that is you. I guess Chipsticks must have like what you wrote and made a screenshot of your tweet. I see and read your tweets all the time on Twitter. I don’t tweet much; just lurk a lot. Keep up the good work. You’re a real Obamabot. :)

  8. 37 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    THE GOP SPECIALIZES IN GREED,IGNORANCE AND ARROGANCE…PERIOD!

  9. 38 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    GOP CONTEMPT FOR THE POOR

    Democratic representative James McGovern (D-Mass) said, “This Congress has continuously attacked poor people. Republicans believe you can cut programs that help poor people and there will be no political consequences.”

    John Boehner’s Greatest Hypocrisy Yet Is His War On The Poor

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    For the entire 112th session of Congress, Republicans promoted bills that cut low-income benefits like food stamps, housing subsidies, heating assistance, and Medicaid in their spending cut frenzy. Boehner and Republicans’ actions belie the Speaker’s compassionate sentiments and no amount of warm and fuzzy words will hide the contempt Republicans demonstrate against the citizens of this country; especially the poor. Democratic representative James McGovern (D-Mass) said, “This Congress has continuously attacked poor people. Republicans believe you can cut programs that help poor people and there will be no political consequences.” McGovern succinctly identified the reason Boehner made a hypocritical statement because with 46.2 million Americans living below the poverty level and about 20.5 million living in extreme poverty, Republicans cannot ignore the problem much longer without facing an irate segment of the voting public.

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    http://www.politicususa.com/en/john-boehner-poor

    • 39 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Where are the “unleashed” Maxine Waters and her cohorts in endorsing this statement from James McGovern. He’s putting the blame exactly where it belongs, not trying to get face time on TV by bashing President Obama.

      • 40 Ladyhawke
        November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Exacty theo67.

        Unfortunately, I think Troubled Waters is still walking around in her bedroom slippers. Why all of the Democrats (especially the CBC) are not hammering Speaker Boehner and the Republican Party about this is a mystery to me. You have to ask yourself who’s side are they on. Sheesh….

  10. November 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Good morning TOD! I came across this blurb while reading an article that Tulips posted in the previous thread, but I couldn’t find any additional information. Don’t know what to make of it this development. I think it’s an interesting turn of events given that recently rumors had been circulating that she was “seriously contemplating” making a run for a senate seat in her district. The plot thickens….

    17:14 Chelsea Clinton hired as reporter for NBC (N.Y. Times)

    http://www.haaretz.com/misc/breaking-news

  11. 44 LOL
    November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

    In the “I’m not Mitt Romney” beauty pageant, the new frontrunner is Newt Gingrich. Public Policy Polling just tweeted that he is now leading the ENTIRE field….with two months left before Iowa. It has to suck to be Mitt Romney, you’ve been running for six years, showering GOP candidates with money and yet no one likes you.

    Hey guys, I pledge to myself today, to not worry about GOPolitco or Mark AssHat because all these people want is a horse race. This is how they keep their job, by making it seem as if the president is hated by everyone in the country. You need not look far for the most asinine story I have ever seen by Ben Smith of Politico “Kids Obsession with Obama fades” …because we all know how attentive 8 year olds are.

    So, when you see Rassmussen or other polls that show Obama thumping the GOP, the MSM trots out some generic candidate nonsense, because that is the only candidate that comes close to the president. Who is Generic Candidate, because i have yet to see him in any of the debates, or on any commercials, or being interviewed. No, Generic Candidate is the only vessel that keeps this canard of the Repub candidates beating the president alive. It is what the MSM holds onto tight at night..it’s what Morning Joe drinks in the morning….like a druggie on their last hit..its all they have. Sad, actually.

    • 45 Me4obama
      November 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      That’s another distration to let Mittens sail to the Nomination. As Hopefruit2 said all along they have Romney as their chosen one with orders from the Top offices of the Koch bros. Don’t be fooled by Newt as the front runner.

  12. 46 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

    MEDIA MATTERS: NOTHING BUT THE FACTS PLEASE

    Fact Checking The Sunday Shows – November 13, 2011

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    The Penn State sexual abuse scandal headlined the political talk shows on Sunday, but Republican leaders still found plenty of time to air dishonest talking points about conservative policies. GOP super committee members Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) misled viewers about the root of the debt problem the committee is trying to solve and what Republicans have proposed to address it. In particular, both lawmakers severely distorted the impact of the failed Bush tax cuts. Elsewhere, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Republicans want to “reduce taxes on every single American,” ignoring the party leaders demanding that the poor pay higher taxes, and struggling presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that “what we need to win this war on terror” is the reinstatement of Bush-approved torture techniques.

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    http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201111140002

  13. November 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

    President Obama and other leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit vowed Sunday to ease trade barriers on “green” products, but Obama emphasized that he remains frustrated with Chinese trade policies that U.S. officials call unfair.

    The summit in Hawaii produced a pledge to create a list of environmental goods that will be subject to reduced tariffs in coming years, and leaders also vowed to eliminate non-tariff barriers such as domestic content requirements.

    “We agreed to reduce tariffs on environmental goods and make it easier to export clean energy technologies that create green jobs,” Obama said late Sunday in Hawaii, where the U.S. hosted the summit.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/193325-apec-forges-green-deal-but-obama-warns-china-on-trade

  14. November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Oooops:

    The lawyer for a Chicago woman who has accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of inappropriate sexual conduct says a witness will go public Monday to support her claims.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAIN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-11-14-10-24-56

    • 50 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      The most embarrassing moment in this Herman Cain saga, and there are many, is the moment his wife decided to come forward and share his torment. Surely, she saw what happened to Maria Shriver? Even in the face of some pretty solid information, and after seeing how he belittles women – she can’t honestly still think he’s honourable?

  15. 51 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Here’s what’s happening in the House of Representatives today.

    From the office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

    THE DAILY WHIP: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011

    http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/daily-whip-monday-november-14-2011

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    The Daily Quote:

    “Grover Norquist’s grip on the House Republican Conference is loosening. A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Norquist’s pledge against supporting tax increases in recent days, telling The Hill they no longer feel bound to uphold a document that they signed, in some cases, more than a decade ago…. The pledge dissenters represent the latest challenge to Norquist, widely considered the nation’s most influential anti-tax activist… The pledge, which Norquist launched in 1986, has taken on added significance as the congressional ‘supercommittee’ on deficit reduction nears its deadline for finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years. Democrats are insisting on new tax revenues, but the pledge mandates that any tax changes be revenue-neutral. They blame the pledge for the impasse in the talks.”
    – The Hill, 11/9/11

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  16. November 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    In the House of Republicsns, they are only doing America’s bidding today, by naming Post Offices- all f*cking day long!
    ugh!

    • November 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Jovie~ have you come across any information about proposed shutdowns for US post offices? The issue was front and center a month or so but lately I haven’t seen any articles on the subject.

  17. 55 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

    MINORITY LEADER PELOSI RESPONDS TO 60 MINUTES REPORT

    Pelosi Spokesman Statement on 60 Minutes Report

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    Washington, D.C. – Drew Hammill, spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, issued the following statement on 60 Minutes’ report this evening:

    “Congress has never done more for consumers nor has the Congress passed more critical reforms of the credit card industry than under the Speakership of Nancy Pelosi.

    “Tonight’s report failed to note that the legislation in question in this story was reported out of the Judiciary Committee on October 3, 2008 – the day the House was consumed in passing TARP and also the last day the House was in session before the November election. It failed to note that in September 2008, the House passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. In the next Congress, the House and Senate passed and President Obama signed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights and the Dodd-Frank legislation, which included a stronger, more direct approach to addressing swipe fees.

    “It is very troubling that 60 Minutes would base their reporting off of an already-discredited conservative author who has made a career of out attacking Democrats.

    “Leader Pelosi has been in the lead advocating for Congress to act in the public interest and not the special interest. Three years later, Schweizer’s claims are an effort to revise history and are completely contradicted by Leader Pelosi’s clear record.”

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    http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2381

    • 56 nospin
      November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Also adding her statement on the Supreme Court review of the ACA

      http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2382

      Pelosi Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenges to the Affordable Care Act
      November 14, 2011

      Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court announced it would consider legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act:

      “Today’s announcement places the Affordable Care Act before the highest court in our country. We are confident that the Supreme Court will find the law constitutional and Americans will benefit from lower health care costs and greater access to high-quality medical care.

      “Millions of our nation’s families, seniors, young adults, and workers are already benefiting from the law. Seniors are receiving discounts on prescription drugs and free preventive services. Young people are gaining insurance by staying on their parents’ plans. And children with pre-existing conditions are now protected from discrimination.”

    • 57 Linda
      November 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      I watched a preview of this years session on cspan in September from the

      “American Constituti­on Society Preview of 2011-2012 Supreme Court Term. They discussed all the pending cases

      They predicted an 7-2 or 8-1 in favor of the mandate.”

      • 58 theo67
        November 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

        This is good news – I hope we see that kind of fair decision-making from the Supreme Court. Of course, I’m sure we’re all pretty confident that Clarence Thomas will be the dissenting voice against the mandate. He’s a disaster, and he should recuse himself, given his wife’s association with the crazy tea party.

    • 60 Ladyhawke
      November 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      60 MINUTES – A POX ON BOTH THEIR HOUSES REPORTING

      It seems 60 Minutes was desperately trying to do a pox on both their houses reporting last night. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has pushed back hard on this hit piece.

      One Day After Attending Private Economic Crisis Briefing, GOP Financial Services Chairman Bet On Stocks Tanking

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      In an attempt to balance its piece, 60 Minutes then found a Democrat to attack — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), whose husband participated in a special stock offering from Visa while legislation affecting the credit card industry was pending in the House. Unlike 60 Minutes’ allegations against Republicans, there was no evidence provided that Pelosi used her congressional position to unethically enrich herself or that she sought to protect the credit card industry in any way.

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      http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/14/367446/one-day-after-attending-private-economic-crisis-briefing-gop-financial-services-chairman-bet-on-stocks-tanking/

    • 61 COS
      November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      When I turned to 60 mins. on last night and saw the tone and that they would be attacking or dear Speaker, I refused to watch. I don’t understand why they would want to atack the most powerful speaker in history who has the best record for protecting consumers. I am sure they could have found a better story to report, calling out the do nothing republicans.

      • 62 Ladyhawke
        November 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        I hear ya cos. This was a real hit job on Nancy Pelosi. I can’t stand Steve Kroft.

        Nancy Pelosi: The Most Effective Speaker of the House in History

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        As Nancy Pelosi hands off the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner today, she also hands him a tough act to follow. Despite insistent attempts to malign her during her four years as Speaker of the House, the California congresswoman turns out to have been arguably the most effective person in that post in U.S. history. And it’s not just rah-rah Democrats saying so.

        “We’re looking at an extraordinary set of accomplishments over a brief period of time,” said Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “She ranks with the most consequential speakers, certainly in the last 75 years.”

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        http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/425315/nancy_pelosi%3A_the_most_effective_speaker_of_the_house_in_history/

  18. November 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

    The Guy Who Actually Saw It, Ctd
    A resident of State College writes:


    About Mike McQueary … people outside Happy Valley should understand that Sandusky was not just a former coach of his at Penn State. McQueary grew up in town here, and his parents and the Sandusky family are long-time friends. And so when he walked into that shower scene, he was not just seeing some “random guy” or even a former coach. He was seeing someone he’s known since he was a boy, and we don’t know if there was even perhaps some ‘history’ between the two, or with some of McQueary’s other friends who were in the same environment. At the least, it would have been like seeing his own uncle in there, and talking to his father first doesn’t seem so strange when you think about it that way.

    Yes it fucking does. If you see anyone – even your own father – raping a ten year old in the showers, the first thing you do is stop it yourself. You don’t even call the cops right away. You clock the rapist in the head or drag the boy out of his clutches. I’m so sick of these excuses for the inexcusable. McQueary is as depraved as all the others who stood by and did nothing.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/the-guy-who-actually-saw-it-ctd.html

  19. 67 relellit
    November 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Good Morning Afternoon TOD family. Yes, today will be a good day. As RWNJs gear up their toxins, the tables are turning on them. They are so stupidly selfish. Facts tire RWNJs out. On the Mandate for HCR, they have no use facts because facts befuddle them. They rather let people die and lose their assets than do the right thing. How about that crazy eyed Michelle Batwomann saying Obamacare is the greatest threat to National Security? :lol: Could she get any dumber?

    As far as the healthcare mandate goes..

    Either way it’s a win win.

    Democratic strategist John Lapp, a veteran of political campaigns, said even if the administration loses the case, Obama will likely be able to resurrect the narrative of “Republicans undermining critical healthcare for the middle class.”

    The messaging on health care could only serve to energize Obama’s liberal supporters, experts say.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/risk-reward-in-obama-health-care-law-appeal-to-supreme-court/

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    Win Win; :) yes

    Also, Clarence Thomas and Scalia should recuse themselves as well as be impeached for their link to the Koch brothers filthy money..

    • November 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Absolutely ! Especially Thomas, since his wife founded a tea party organization with a goal of destroying the ACA.

    • 69 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      It’s sad to see the attack on health care, even though I’m confident the Supreme Court will do the right thing here. I remember in that documentary about Pete Souza, they had a segment about the last days of the health care battle. And President Obama said that wining the fight for health care was his proudest moment, even more so than winning the Presidency, because he wanted to do something that would positively affect the most number of Americans. He said that you don’t become President to BE something, you become President to DO something.

      I think that’s the moment that effectively drew me a picture of who President Obama is. He’s really quite self-less, and just wants to do the most good. I’m sure he likes being President, but he likes being able to make big changes as President even more. And he really wants to do good.

      There are some people on the left who mistakenly believe that if the HCR is knocked down, that it will pave the way to single payer. They have forgotten how difficult it was to enact HCR, and how weak the Democrats were when it came to defending the bill or running on the success of its passing for 2010. I don’t think that they’ll be able to pull themselves together and introduce an extension of Medicare or single payer if this thing is defeated. We have to get the word out, educate people on what’s at stake, tell them what’s true and what’s false. It needs to be all out war, because there are real people, real families, who will be harmed if the GOP get their short-sighted way on this.

    • 70 prettyfoot58
      November 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      can supreme court members be impeached?

      • November 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        Well, normally a Supreme Court justice is a lifetime appointment but a Justice can be impeached by the House and removed from office if he or she is convicted in a Senate trial, and only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings under Articles I & II of the Constitution. So, to put it mildly, it’s not at all likely.

  20. November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    As usual, Chipsticks is the most reliable source of news on the Internet.

  21. 74 dotster3
    November 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    EEEEEEEKKKK. The new Alex Wagner show on msnbc is starting out unpleasantly. She is trying to be too cute, or something. Just said to Chuck T. reporting from Hawaii “Good luck with the hula”. What? Simp-dimp. Chuck T. said that “some Democrats connected to the Obama campaign” are worried that Obama will take all the blame if the super committee comes up short— and will hurt his re-election campaign. Politico guest, Maggie, is “worried” about Obama too. :) Alex keeps smiling and laughing inappropriately. Dan Rather said people only care about jobs and the economy—-earth shattering! First show——rough start. Hopefully it will get better—-lots of room for improvement.

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Isn’t President Obama out there helping with JOBS and Economy, Dan? He doesn’t have to stay in D.C. when world leaders are meeting in Hawai’i. Australia would flip if PBO doesn’t make it there this time. The US “media” on the whole is a drag on the world. We need to throw them overboard.

    • 76 anniebella
      November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      dotster3, do you know what? If this is true, sometimes I get so dam tired of these weak, spineless whinning Democrats. All they do is run around worrying about something. How can the President get blame for these grown men and women not doing their job. They are not kids, and both side knows what need to be done. And I don’t like Alex, the only place she doesn’t trash President Obama is when she is on Rev. Al.

  22. 77 LOL
    November 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    GINGRICHMENTUM CONTINUES… CNN: ROMNEY 24, GINGRICH 22

  23. November 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  24. 81 OkeyO
    November 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Watched MTP and David Gregory was so arrogant and was towing republican line . Was he not the one that did one of those rap skit with Rove during o those press dinners during the Bush admin. which shows he has always been in bed with the retugs. Chips thanks again for all you do for us I am in Arkansas and is just lonely here for us the Presidents supporters just keep us in your prayers so that the state would see the light although Bill Clinton has been of no help but we will press on.

  25. 82 nintendowii10
    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    This just popped up Chips:

    • 83 Jessica
      November 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      She sounds like she about to cry.

      • 84 meabloom
        November 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        She did. This is when she is truly at her best. When she’s speaking directly from the heart. If you’re not IN after hearing that speech then something is seriously wrong with you. I loved it so much I watched it 3x’s.
        Thanks for the find nintendowii!

        Obama/BIden2012

        • 85 HZ
          November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

          She almost did. You felt her heart moving the message across the nation pleading for all of us to make sure that we have and are doing as much as we can for now and for ages to come.

          We can get in and win this for the small toddler who is just starting to walk, or talk. So we can get out there and do our walking and talking so these precious young ones will be able to walk with pride, talk with power, and climb any ladder with hope of reaching their highest dreams for the future. We Are In, our beloved First Lady!!HZ

        • 87 utaustinliberal
          November 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

          That’s exactly how I felt meabloom. President Obama is a GREAT oratorial speaker but in the video FL Michelle Obama gives him a run for his money and just reaches deep down in a chokehold and grabs your heart. You could tell she was speaking from the heart and doing her utmost best to remind people that we must NOT get complacent; we have to fight, fight, fight.

      • 88 AJ
        November 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        I clicked on it, and it says “this video is private.” Did we break the server?? ;)

    • November 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      I wanna watch the full video. When did this take place?

    • November 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      THE CLOSER.

      This woman has infinite power and I’ll just say I’m beyond thrilled that she’s on our side. Pure leadership and grace.

    • 93 LadyTNT
      November 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      Where’s anniebella? I know you love this video. I do! I just wanted to say this is why we love this lady so much. She is just so real and inspirational!

  26. November 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t watch MTP. Unfortunately, even though the ratings are down, too many people are still watching. We need to write NBC & MSNBC and tell them we won’t buy products of sponsors of MTP. I don’t know if tweeting Gregory will do any good, but I tweet him based on the transcripts of what he says on MTP. There is no morality in journalism in this country. No one is accountable for their lies. It’s a shame.

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I stopped watching in Nov 2002 because I saw how corporatemediawhore$ were influencing our elections. I only started watching in 1999..I was late to the party. I got online in late September 2002..so they overlapped about 1 month. It’s the US “media” that needs to be OCCUPIED. Meet The Propagandist, in particular.

  27. 96 dotster3
    November 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    See on twitter that new PPP poll out today has the Newtster now leading the GOP race, the new Not Romney. (polls of course all over the place) But— Oh no, I think this means we’ll be treated to another round of the delicious, tempting, hunky Mankini photo. Also—-think all should be reminded of the Esquire story recently discussed here, which tells you all you need to know, or have forgotten, about the shameful character of the Newty:

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/gingrich_profile_featuring_ex-wife_begets_question.php

    • 97 LOL
      November 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      If I could post pics….I totally would have put that hunk of a man in that mankini up here. I was just thinking that it has to hurt Mitt Romney. It seems like everyone is going to get a try at “Not being Mitt Romney”. I don’t think there has ever been a weaker front runner in history.

    • 98 nospin
      November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      starts in a whisper . . . man-ki-ni, man-ki-ni, man-ki-ni (gets louder) MAN-KI-NI, MAN-KI-NI, MAN-KI-NI :-)

      • 99 LOL
        November 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        What did the prez say….if one voice can change a room…., then it can change a city, and if it can change a city,

        C’mon Chip give us the awesomeness that is Newt :)

      • November 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        man-ki-ni,,,man-ki-ni…MAN-kini-ni…MAN-KI-ni…MAN-Ki-NI!!!!

        If I may make a suggestion: a semi-permanent pic of Mankini Newt (Labeled the latest “NOT Mitt Romney) vs. pic of “Wet PBO” at the top of each new post. A morale builder!

  28. November 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    How Conservative Judges Just Provided The Most Authoritative Legal Defense of Obamacare:

    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/97308/dc-circuit-court-obamacare-conservative

  29. 104 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I have a question. There was a twitter and then story about Goldie Taylor saying that older white voters still do not trust the President even though he is on our side…my question: Why is it when I go to phone bank, sign wave, and canvass….we are ALL older white voters here in Palm Beach County Florida?

    I love Goldie but, she needs to come see for herself who the Presidents base is. It is not Rachel, OWS, college students…it is older white voters in my county.

    • November 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Go OWP. :)

      Obama retains FL, he retains the presidency.

    • November 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      I think people just go way overboard with the generalizations when they need to anchor some sort of a narrative they are building. At most of my OFA meetings, it’s people from all age groups and older people are absolutely very heavily represented. And anytime you see crowds lining up to see POTUS, it’s the most diverse group in every way imaginable.

    • 107 dotster3
      November 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Same here—-with all my Obama activities—-mostly older white voters. I think the diff is —-SMART older white voters (college grads) are solid with Obama, pardon my “elitism”. (those who aren’t easily misled by scare tactics—Obama’s comin’ to get your guns and your bibles type stuff)

    • 109 Brittany
      November 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      She might of been referencing a poll. Recent polls have shown that black voters have “stuck” with POTUS while other ethnic groups have not.

    • 110 Mae who love our CIC
      November 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      The 2008 election, in the state of FL the margin of victory for counties of interest that were won by President Obama: Monroe 52%, St Lucie 56%, Flagler 50%, Miami Dade 52%, Osceola 60%, Alachua 60%, Broward 67%, Orange 59%, Jefferson 51%, Palm Beach 62%, Hillsborough 50%, Leon 62%, Pinellas 54%, Volusia 52% , Gadsden 69%, Sarasota 50% but it went to McCain, Duval 49%.

      President Obama will win FL again. Press On!

    • November 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      The same is true in my area, proud. Older white voters do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to phone banking, canvassing and staffing the polls. I think that sometimes people get so wrapped up in their own theories that they don’t see what’s actually happening on the ground. It would be interesting to know how many OFA volunteers and contributors are over 60. I’ll be the number is high.

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Tweet her that, pmogz, or if you don’t tweet maybe someone else will. I don’t tweet but love how those who do are able to instantly call the media on their bull pucky, intentional or otherwise.

      I just happen to be an older white person too.but my son also loves President Obama.

  30. November 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, be still my heart. Ari Melber just thanked me for tweeting his article on Cain. It’s a good one:

    Four Signs Herman Cain Isn’t Really Running for President

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/164575/four-signs-herman-cain-isnt-really-running-president

  31. November 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    lil ole black lady just can’t figure out how to merge all these profiles on all these websites.
    me “aamom” = @avd911 on twitter. follow me as the polls are my greatest interest and I will share
    what I know with all of ya!

  32. November 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    If SuperCommittee agrees to cuts while punting potential revenues down the road the Dems are finished.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/us/politics/panel-seeks-way-to-reach-a-deal-on-tax-increase.html?pagewanted=2&_r=4&hp

  33. 125 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    TOTALLY OFF TOPIC AND TOTALLY BREATHTAKING (A hypnotic break from the madness)

    Unbelievable Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Lapland, Finland

    ===================================================

    Amazing video of beautiful Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) shot in Finnish Lapland in the winter of 2011.

    ===================================================

    h/t AngryBlackLady

  34. 126 LOL
    November 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    OHHHHH SHIZNIT….I totally don’t want to be a poll whore/slave today but loosksie what we got here

    US-2012 Primary: 28% Gingrich, 25% Cain, 18% Romney (PPP 11/10-13)

    The FRONT RUNNER is the THIRD RUNNER…Where is my smelling salt so I may revive Mark Halperin…BAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • 127 Ladyhawke
      November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      THERE’S NOT ENOUGH POPCORN

      Again I say, there just isn’t enough popcorn to get us through the GOP presidential primaries. I have to believe there are few establishment Republicans who are freaking out right now. And they hadn’t gotten over freaking out about “Herb” Cain. This is what happens when you have a political party lacking a moral compass. It’s not just Mitt “Who Am I This Time” who has no core, the Republican Party has no core.

      • 128 LOL
        November 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        Exactly Lady…everyone gets a turn to not be Romney. Case in point. Halperin has the Poltiico poll and CNN poll on his website right now. Politico has Obama beating Romney by 6 but tied with a Generic candidate—guess which one Halperin highlights? CNN has Obama tied with Romney and leading Cain–guess which one Halperin highlights.

        At least be consistent…come out and say you are only looking for polls that show the Prez in a bad light….even if that means selectively choosing to not report parts of the same poll. I say…..Have you no shame?

    • 130 Ladyhawke
      November 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      FEEL THE NEWT-MENTUM

      The unlikable disgraced former House Speaker becomes the new flavor of the week.

      ======================

      So, what can we take away from all of this? Well, for one thing, it’s probably fair to ask how much of Gingrich’s support is genuine, and how much of it is the result of Republican voters turning to him after trying and rejecting every other non-Romney candidate. Of course, either way, we appear to have a new Republican top tier.

      For another, Cain’s sharp rise has now ended, undermined both by allegations of sexual harassment and his inability to deal with the charges coherently.

      And finally, there’s the fact that Romney, despite being the clear favorite, just can’t figure out how to put some distance between himself and the rest of the Republican field. The Iowa caucuses are seven weeks from tomorrow, and the GOP frontrunner is seeing his support fall a little when he should be consolidating Republican support. Indeed, with Cain embarrassing himself, it stood to reason that some of his up-for-grabs supporters would settle for the former Massachusetts governor. Instead, they moved to the unlikable disgraced former House Speaker.

      Romney is running against misfits, clowns, and con men, and Romney still can’t get to 30%. As Jon Chait recently noted, “I don’t see how Republicans could be making this any more plain. They do not want to nominate Mitt Romney.”

      If I had to put money on the race, I’d say Romney get the party’s nod anyway, only because there’s no plausible alternative. But when was the last time the Republican Party went into a general election with a nominee so much of the party simply didn’t like?

      ======================

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/feel_the_newtmentum033478.php

      • November 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        Because, Steve Benen, mitt robot is just another misfit, clown, and con man, I hope he’s feeling “huh, where did I go wrong?..which times should I have been someone else?”

      • November 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        An earlier quote from Steve Benen on Romney cause I thought it was so deliciously apt..

        “ROMNEY IS JUST AS SHALLOW A SOUND-BITE-RECITING ROBOT”

    • 133 COS
      November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      CNN’s newly released poll had Romney as number one and Gingrich as no. 2. I am sure Rachel will mention this on her show. She absolutely detest Gingrich because she feels that he is a scam artist. :)

    • November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      they really hate Willard

    • November 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      The scary thing for strategists decidedly *not* in the White House camp is… how much are they undersampling the President’s strongest supporters — minorities, college students and so forth? Does breaking 50% in his approval rating really mean he’s closer to 60%?

      Does “running even” really mean “significantly ahead, and he hasn’t really even started campaigning”?

      And the muddled polling actually just makes it harder for Republican strategists to do meaningful planning at this point — they don’t know who their nominee will be yet, and they don’t know if they’re looking at an epic loss (Reagan vs Mondale crossed with the 2008 Congressional wave) or utter and complete defeat (the Whigs vs Themselves, mid-19th Century).

      It *does* make a difference. An ordinary or epic defeat you can plan for. If they actually manage to wipe out their own party as they did once before (as the Whigs), then you’re looking at a whole different ball game, and I’m not sure what their next move will be.

  35. 137 dotster3
    November 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    GOPAndrea Mitchell just hosted GOPolitico John Harris who appeared to spread the worst kind of doom and gloom re Obama—–has no chance according to GOPolico Harris because of economy. Then Mitchell did not even laugh about announcing that Harris had just come from hosting a Reagan Love Fest with some film group, about how wonderful he was in all ways and especially in being able to relate to people, a talent that Obama lacks. Harris said Obama has never been able to make a “connection” with the public, that there is no “electricity” stirred by Obama with an audience. WHAT?????? How thick are their blinders? This was just preposterous! Lies, lies, lies. Obvious lies all over the place. It’s Twilight Zone again—-for real! The sky is green and the grass is blue. Corrupt, all of them.

    • 138 LOL
      November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Yawnn…..I’ll be drinking their tears in my Obama 2012 champagne glass on Nov 6th, 2012. Whose gonna beat him? The past adulterer? The current adulterer? Or the frontrunner who isn’t?

    • 142 COS
      November 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      I hate it when people just flat out lie. Harris knew that he was lying and would be able to get away with that lie with Mitchell. Dotster, thanks for reporting. I don’t have the stomach for watching Mitchell and these other bozos. When will they stop pushing this “Obama don’t connect with people” meme? The general theme of the day from what I have been reading here, from msm appear to be “Obama is toast” and will never get re-elected. They are shameless. Instead of talking about what PBO accomplished in HI, they choose to focus on this swill.

      • 143 LOL
        November 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Yet…75% of Americans, including those who don’t approve of him as Prez…like him. Le Sigh indeed.

      • 144 theo67
        November 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

        They’re trying to put President Obama on par with Romney, who doesn’t even register a pulse with voters.

        • 145 Debz
          November 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

          The talking heads are just trying to convince each other that everyone in the country agrees with their hatred of PBO. They have no facts to back up their statements and the saddest thing is, what they are saying is the same garbage they were saying 4 years ago, they were wrong then and are wrong now. They really need to get out in the real world sometime, except they would probably die from the shock when reality doesn’t match their fantasy.

        • November 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

          Yep. They want a horse race. They want high ratings, which means people need to tune in. People won’t tune in to listen to their garbage if everyone knows President Obama is more than likely to be re-elected. Especially if we all work to make it happen.

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      How deceipit are their LIES. It’s a gopropagandist program..just like mtp. msnbc needs to be tweeted about their SHAM.

  36. 148 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Cain/Gingrich…..Gingrich/Cain 2012: The “Hide Your Womens” Campaign. Who has the ickiest leer/sneer campaign. Powered by Viagra.

    • 149 dotster3
      November 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Cain said he wouldn’t accept a VP slot——-but he is interested in Sec. of Defense, so he can bomb people into smithereens and show ‘em who’s boss. (paraphrase)

      • 150 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        Cain/Gingrich it is then! Obama landslide. :mrgreen:

      • 151 COS
        November 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

        I have also heard Cain say that we need to clarify our foreign policy. I have no idea of what he means by this and how he would go about accomplishing this. Foreign policy is not something that can be learned overnight. One has to be interested in history and world affairs. I don’t feel like any of these candidates possess that interest. They just want to win the WH for the prestige. I believe PBO actually enjoy his job. Of coursee when you are as brilliant as he is, he makes it look effortless.

        • November 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

          Cain simply is pandering to his base – obama is a seekrit mooslem so we gotta watch him. killing osama bin laden was just a ruse. LOL.

        • 154 FiredUpInCA
          November 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

          “…clarify our foreign policy.”

          Cain, Bush, Cheney and other neocons like things to be simple: one bomb fits all.

          Neither they nor their media water carriers can wrap their heads around the idea that Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria are all different countries, requiring distinct approaches from a U.S. standpoint.

          You would think that with the number of regime changes of major figures that have occured under President Obama that they would give him some credit. You would think they could notice the difference between Bush’s track record abroad and President Obama’s.

          You would think all of those things because you think. That trait has apparently been removed from the GOP platform.

        • 155 nospin
          November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

          “Cain say that we need to clarify our foreign policy”

          that is because HE is the one that needs clarification. He has zero clue about foreign policy issues.

  37. 156 Me4obama
    November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    http://badlipreading.tumblr.com/post/11013567081

    Chips you might find that interesting. BAD LIP READING of Michelle Bachman LOL.

  38. 158 COS
    November 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Not sure if this video has been posted about PBO’s visit to Australia.

  39. 161 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    BLOCK THE VOTE

    The Republican Slogan for 2012: Suppress the Vote!

    ========================================

    Aside from making it harder or impossible for certain voters to participate in elections, conservatives are working to assure that the “right” voters are not left out of the system.

    According to the Guardian, the Koch brothers are preparing a database of right wing voters from conservative groups, such as the Koch financed Tea Party.

    “Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch pumped $2.5 million into the voter file, called Themis, which will assemble data from groups like Tea Party organizations and conservative think tanks.”With this resource they become a natural center of gravity for conservatives,” says one liberal analyst.”

    Our best defense against these tactics is to stay informed and remove all the hurdles that would prevent us from voting. Possibly some of these laws will be repealed through court challenges, but for now, we should be prepared and make our votes count in 2012.

    ========================================

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/republican-slogan-for-2012-supress-the-vote

  40. November 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    President Obama said today that Republican presidential candidates are “wrong” to defend the practice of waterboarding, which he said is torture. “Waterboarding is torture. It’s contrary to America’s traditions, it’s contrary to our ideals, it’s not who we are, it’s not how we operate,” Obama told reporters at a press conference of the interrogation technique.

    Republican Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain said in a debate Saturday night that they would support the renewed use of waterboarding.

    “They’re wrong,” Obama said today. “We did the right thing by ending that practice.”

    ~snip~

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-gop-candidates-wrong-waterboarding-torture-055753364.html

  41. November 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Finally! Someone is paying attention to this disaster in the making (Tsunami debris field headed to West Coast) : http://www.theolympian.com/2011/11/10/1870801/us-must-have-plan-to-deal-with.html Thank you, Senator Cantwell.

    • 165 hopefruit2
      November 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Like all other events, the media will start paying attention to this only AFTER they figure out a way to make it “bad news for President Obama.”

  42. November 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Lol. So, instead of mentioning Thomas and Scalia connections 2 the tea party, Politico writes that Kagan has given no indication she will recuse herself from the HC law proceedings.
    WTF?

  43. 167 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Randi Rhodes is on the air….

    http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/

  44. November 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh, oh~ Mitt haz a sad! :)

    Mitt Romney’s campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, on Monday morning issued a statement saying President Obama and other democrats are “obsessed” with attacking Romney. Here’s her full statement:

    “With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama and his Democrat allies are fixated more on Mitt Romney than on turning around our struggling economy. If the past is any guide, we expect this obsession will grow. A Romney Administration will be focused on reviving the economy and adding jobs, not consumed by campaign politics.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1865

    • November 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Of course she said that, they all mock what this President does or says.
      In other words, the Republican Cibgress are so worried about the Obama machine, that they ate copying what he says about them.
      Meanwhile, everywhere the President goes, he has a Shadow. That shadow is Mittens…
      You see?

    • 174 anniebella
      November 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Hay Andrea Saul, liar, liar, pants on fire!!!!!!!

    • 175 COS
      November 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      What does he expect the Democrats to do while he is running around the country flip flopping and spreading lies? PBO is doing his job, but he has operatives to take care of Mittens. He should be happy that PBO isn’t in campaign mode yet.

    • 176 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      This is Romney’s spokesperson talking about someone being obsessed with someone else? Maybe they should look again, and see that it’s actually Romney who’s obsessed with President Obama. He might as well call “uncle” now, because if he’s whining about the attention now when President Obama hasn’t even started campaigning, then what’s going to happen when the Obama machine turns it’s attention to destroying the Romney candidacy? How pathetic.

    • November 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      That’s “Democratic allies”, stupid liar. Democrat is the NOUN..Democratic is the adjective. PBO and his Democratic Allies are too busy working to save our Country and whichmitt is full of megalomania shit if he thinks anyone has an obession with him besides himself.

  45. November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hmmm…me wonders if this is some sort of bass ackwards admission of guilt on his part! Poor wifey, also too.~

    Herman Cain should have just refused to speak while chewing his food—and then refused to stop chewing his food.

    The GOP candidate sat down with GQ correspondent Chris Heath and food critic Alan Richman at beloved DC pizza joint Seventh Hill. While you may have read about his comical conclusions concerning pizza toppings and manhood (“The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is”), Cain also made several striking statements about his opponents as well.

    ~snip~

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/cain-scared-of-everyone-but-himself-as-president.php?ref=fpc

  46. 179 COS
    November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted but I think it is interesting. Although, they want Bill to be involved, I wonder if they did not ask him to stop criticizing PBO so much. :)

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/article/obama-campaign-chief-meets-quietly-clinton-harlem

    • November 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      They need to set a schedule for august til the end of October.
      Bill Clinton will be campaigning for thus President, probably five days a week. Albeit, his heart will not be in it as much as for his wife! He is still very popular…

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I don’t want Billy Goat anywhere near PBO’s campaign. Can’t stand that trifling fool.

      • 182 theo67
        November 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        Better to give him specific orders and keep him on a leash. Otherwise, he’ll be a loose cannon, and not much good. Probably would spend his time taking calls from Republicans and helping them run their campaign, like he offered to do with Paul Ryan. I know that’s a pretty cynical answer, but I don’t trust Bill Clinton – especially after these last few weeks – and I think this is a smart move by the Obama campaign, so they can keep him on a leash and make him feel important. He has a lot to offer, but Bill Clinton’s ego needs to remember that he’s not running for President.

        • November 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          I just thought..whomever the generic gop candidate turns out to be..there will be lots of fodder to counter his lies. That should keep Bill quite BUSY.

    • November 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for that link, COS. Yeah, keep your enemies closer sort of thing. The way I see it and stroke his damn ego.

      The Obama Team wants what’s best for our country and if this will help us win it is only the smart thing to do.

  47. 185 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    JON HUNTSMAN: MITT ROMNEY WRONG ON CHINA POLICY

    Here’s another ad from Jon Huntsman taking Mitt Romney to task. This time it’s not flip flopping, it’s his policy on China. He thinks Romney’s policy risks starting a trade war.

    TRADE WAR

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    “Trade War” contrasts Governor Huntsman’s views and knowledge on China with Mitt Romney’s.

    ============

  48. 186 lamh35
    November 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Btw guys the two tone dress FLOTUS had on for APEC was Vera Wang.

  49. November 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now supporting scientific research at unprecedented bandwidth speeds – at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers – with a new network that connects thousands of researchers using three of the world’s top supercomputing centers in California, Illinois and Tennessee.  The new network will be officially unveiled today in Seattle, Washington, at the gala opening of SC11, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, where DOE researchers will use the network for groundbreaking climate data transfers and astrophysics visualizations. 

    http://energy.gov/articles/three-doe-labs-now-connected-ultra-high-speed-network-10-times-faster-commercial-internet

    • November 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      FANTASTIC news! One of those centers is at Oak Ridge…….about 12 miles from me. Remember Rachel talking about Perry’s wanting to close the Energy Dept. and what it would do to areas like this. My gosh, Oak Ridge–the Manhattan Project……the Secret City!!! Lord, he’s stupid.

  50. 191 MamaD
    November 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    thank you for posting this!! She just makes me cry with her human spirit and determination. I have no doubt she will continue to recover and as far as her brain function, it looks like she could make it all the way back…certainly enough to continue her public service. Look at Bob Woodward, the journalist. He came completely back from his very serious brain injury. He had to completely relearn how to speak and now he is back on the job. It is possible and if anyone can do it, Gabby can do this.

  51. November 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    The Guy Who Actually Saw It, Ctd
    A reader writes:

    I’m surprised that you of all people can’t appreciate the very human failing of Mike McQueary when he witnessed one of Sandusky’s heinous crimes firsthand. I’m with you on the condemnation he deserves for his response afterwards and in the many years since then, but I cannot blame him for failing to intervene in that moment. First, the report says that both Sandusky and the boy saw McQueary see them, so it’s likely that the rape ended at that moment (though we don’t know).

    Second, he’s human. The guy (McQueary) walked into the place (hallowed ground for him) late at night and was suddenly faced with a scene so horrific and so far outside his realm of possibility that it probably took him several seconds to even grasp what he was seeing. When humans are faced with situations like this, many (most?) of us will desperately seek to disappear, or to rationalize, or to reconcile what we’re seeing with the reality we’d been living in right up to then. In that moment, we choke. I agree that it’s critical that we not choke, for the victim, for our own humanity. But we do.

    Another reader:

    As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, at the hands of a family member, and witnessed by another who did not intervene and who said nothing: THANK YOU. What that child most needed in that moment was rescuing, and McQueary turned his back on that. I remember that particular moment so intently; that someone who could have rescued me, whom I trusted, chose not to (and it was a choice). The lasting impact on my life has been a feeling that I was not worth helping.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/dissents-of-the-day.html

  52. 193 Alycee
    November 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Nicholas D. Kristof, via Facebook, on Torture:

    “I came back from Cambodia to hear some of the Republican Presidential candidates endorse waterboarding in their debate and say that it’s not torture. I’m glad Obama pushed back today, for I find their view unfathomable — partly because in Cambodia the Genocide Museum has displays of tortures used by the Khmer Rouge, and one of them is waterboarding. And in the Tokyo Tribunal after World War II, we executed some Japanese officers for torturing American soldiers with waterboarding. But somehow when we do it, it is just “enhanced interrogation”? Give me a break. We’re better than that. Or we should be.”

  53. November 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    What kind of BS is this? The House Rules Committee is about to consider the Reciprocity Act that, if passed, would require states to allow out-of-state visitors to carry concealed firearms as long as the laws of the visitors’ home state allow them to do so.

    These Republicans are OUT OF CONTROL.


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