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afternoon all

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The Hill: Justice expands definition of rape – Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, said the administration supported the update and worked with DOJ on the matter. The Department of Justice has broadened its definition of rape to lead to more comprehensive statistical reporting of the crime nationwide. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced the changes to the Uniform Crime Report’s definition of rape, which the Justice Department said better reflect state criminal codes….

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President Obama speaks with four campaign supporters during lunch at Scion restaurant in Washington

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Steve Benen: GOP refuses to let House Dems speak….. When President Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling, congressional Republicans respond, “You can’t do that; we’re not in session.” When the White House wants to make recess appointments, congressional Republicans respond, “You can’t do that; we are in session.” And when James Clyburn wants to say a few words from the House floor, congressional Republicans respond, “You can’t do that; we’re not in session.”

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381 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. 1 ScottyUrb
    January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Barack Obama: Doing More in One Week than George W. Bush Did in Eight Years.

  2. January 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Santormentum is definitely stalling.

    Jesus, Gays and Health Care: New Hampshire Voters Hammer Santorum.

    KEENE, N.H. – The Christian values candidate in the Republican field is getting his baptism by fire in New Hampshire.

    As he campaigns among the state’s notoriously grumpy electorate, presidential candidate Rick Santorum has spent as much time arguing with prospective voters over same-sex marriage as he has asking them for their support. In the most recent flare-up on the campaign trail, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was challenged Friday about his opposition to gay rights and President Obama’s health care plan.

    “I have a question and it’s about gay people,” asked the first man to be called on at a Santorum town hall meeting here today. “They are children of God too. Do they have the right to marriage? Do they have the right to serve in the military? Should they be treated like any other citizen? Under your presidency, would you protect their rights or would you diminish them?”

    Santorum answered that he doesn’t believe marriage or serving in the military are inalienable rights, but “privileges,” adding, “It’s not discrimination not to grant privileges.”

    A few people jeered him.

    • 7 FiredUpInCA
      January 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Why should married conservatives with no kids support this guy?

      “Because I believe we are made the way God made man and woman, and man and woman come together to have a union to produce children which keeps civilization going and provide the best environment for children to be raised,” Santorum said.

      “I think that is something society should value and should give privileged status over a group of people who want to have a relationship together.”

      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rick-santorum-booed-college-students-hampshire-comparing-gay-marriage-polygamy-article-1.1001802#ixzz1ihqs0FgO

      • January 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        And I’m sorry, but I don’t think the Santorum household is “the best environment for children to be raised”. The episode with the stillborn child is beyond reprehensible.

    • 9 Ladyhawke
      January 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      SANTORUM AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

      Rick Santorum’s campaign could be clouded by 7-year-old attack on National Weather Service

      Will Rick Santorum’s lost crusade against the National Weather Service rain on his suddenly hot presidential campaign?

      While a seemingly obscure issue next to abortion, gay marriage and tax cuts, weather forecasting inspired a defining controversy for the tail end of Santorum’s U.S. Senate career: his sponsorship of a 2005 bill aimed at hobbling the federal agency’s ability to compete with commercial forecasters like AccuWeather.

      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71129.html

      • January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        The National Weather service has long been an obsession with Santorum. He wants to privatize it so that certain companies can make a profit from weather prediction. It was not a popular idea when he brought it up years ago and it still isn’t, but, like a dog with a bone, he won’t give it up. The clip above with Santorum “debating” his questioner with sophmoric “logic” was a prime illustration of why Ricky S has been, is, and always will be an unmitigated ass who combines zero empathy for other human beings with an insufferable conviction that he is NEVER wrong. The questioner was right to keep repeating that polygamy wan’t the issue and the audience was spot on in hissing at him. Way to alienate the crowds, Ricky.

        • 11 Ladyhawke
          January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

          That video is just pathetic. And yes, there is nothing remotely presidential about Rick Santorum. He is unhinged and radical. What a joke?

        • 12 57andFemale
          January 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

          And as I recall, all of the for-profit weather services depend on…..wait for it…..

          The National Weather Service. Do we want cost-cutting-for-profit measures to effect the accuracy of this vital information and warning systems?

          I just researched and wrote a section of a book on the history of timepieces and the railroad system and how timekeeping and its standardization changed the modern world (particularly in the U.S.).

          What hobbled its advancement? Those in the 19th century who wanted to privatize the accurate time instruments and the sending of time signals over the wires, and charging for it. It almost cost the United States its (by no means inevitable) growth and dominance as an industrial nation. Competing companies charging for the information that could affect the safety of the rails and the much-needed standardization of timekeeping.

          Until there were spectacular train crashes because timekeeping was not standardized and users were being charged for the information, with no oversight. The Federal government stepped in, standardized timekeeping and effectively managed and regulated the selling of this vital information.

          Kinda like the National Weather Service.

          As Elizabeth Warren says, no one got successful in this country without policies and infrastructure put in place by a forward-thinking government.

  3. 13 Ladyhawke
    January 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH TURNED DOWN INVITATIONS TO SPEAK AT THE NAACP

    NAACP Responds To Newt’s Pledge To Lecture Them On Food Stamps

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    “It is a shame that the former Speaker feels that these types of inaccurate, divisive statements are in any way helpful to our country,” said Jealous. “The majority of people using food stamps are not African-American, and most people using food stamps have a job.”

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    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/3694

    • 14 Don
      January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks for finally speaking up NAACP, now if we can only get the CBC to do something besides criticizing President Obama for not moving heaven and earth.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        January 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Not that they’re speaking up, but didn’t the CBC pretty much quiet down after the “bedroom slippers” comment and the infamous (famous!) slap o’ the podium?

        • 16 Ladyhawke
          January 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          jacque please don’t get me started with “Troubled Waters” and those bedroom slippers. I laughed so hard during that episode that I had tears in my eyes.

      • 17 TrumpDog
        January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        now if we can only get the CBC to do something besides criticizing President Obama for not moving heaven and earth.

        I’ll second that!

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Gingrich’s attack on Romney seems to be taking shape – Mitt is too weak to attack anybody to their face, and uses SuperPAC’s to do his dirty work. Mitt doesn’t like confrontation – we’ve seen it in debates, when he gets confronted and tries to push back he gets all flustered and makes ten thousand dollar bets, “I’m running for office for pete’s sake” quotes and starts that heh, heh, heh laughing tick.

      Gingrich knows why Trump was popular, and why Perry was an instant front runner when he declared – both were seen as folks who would take the fight right to Pres. Obama. The GOP voter wants somebody who will figuratively (probably literally as well) punch Pres. Obama in the nose.

      He also knows Romney looks like he has a temper – most control freaks have huge tempers. So he’ll call Romney weak, while poking him to try and make him explode. Either Mitt doesn’t take the bait and looks weak as Newt is claiming, or he does take it at which Newt will parry to “Romney is unhinged”.

    • 23 Bill
      January 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      By the election everyone will be laughing at Willard.

  4. January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Obama Shows The GOP The Consequences Of Their Obstruction
    By Rmuse| January 6, 2012

    Republicans immediately accused President Obama of an unconstitutional power grab and although it plays well with hardline conservatives, the truth is there was nothing remotely unconstitutional about the recess appointments. The outrage is hypocritical of Republicans because they never objected that their man-turned-god, Ronald Reagan, made 240 recess appointments and George W. Bush made 171 according to the Congressional Research Service. President Obama has made 28 recess appointments during his first term in office. If, as Republicans claim, President Obama is making a power grab, then Bush and Reagan were absolute dictators flaunting unconstitutional authority. However, the president’s appointments did more than expose Republicans as hypocrites; he exposed their favoritism for corporate banking at the expense of consumers and the economy.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-gop-consequences

  5. 25 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Two days after defying Republicans and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama took a little time to gloat.

    Making a victory lap of sorts at the independent agency, Obama cracked a joke, telling employees that he came by to help their new director move in.

    More seriously, a seemingly content Obama called the man he tapped a “great director who is tailor made to lead this agency.”

    “Now that Richard is your director you can finally exercise your responsibilities under the law,” Obama said standing before a packed room of more than 100 CFPB employees. “We can help give people the clear and transparent information they need” to make the right financial decisions, he said.

    “We have a responsibility to make sure the economy we’re rebuilding is one where middle class families can get ahead again,” Obama said.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/202773-obama-takes-victory-lap

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    Wow Chips, a lot of funny Friday afternoon ‘toons from GOP Looney Tunes… Thanks!

    • 26 isonprize
      January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Cordray was 5 time Jeopardy Champion back in the ’80s. No wonder the Rethugs hate him. He’s SMART!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

  6. January 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Report: 24 States Enacted 92 Abortion Restrictions In 2011
    By Igor Volsky on Jan 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Lawmakers across the nation pursued a record number of reproductive health and rights-related provisions in 2011, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute finds, enacting 135 measures in 36 states — “an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009.” Sixty-eight percent of the provisions — 92 in 24 states — restricted access to abortion services:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/06/399048/report-24-states-enacted-92-abortion-restrictions-in-2011/

    • January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      So the Taliban is alive and well in the USA. The sad thing is these morons think they will stop abortions with the denial of access to women’s health centers. They need to look at history to understand the desperate measures women will undertake when they are in difficult circumstances regarding unwanted pregnancies. No matter how harsh and paternalistic a society, women throughout the ages have found a way to help themselves, often at great cost to their health and freedom. I hope we get a massive influx of Democratic governors and legislatures over the next few election cycles. Those states should then become enlightened places where women can be treated with dignity, inviting mass migrations of young women to the “better states.” I would also like to see today’s young women grow into national, state and local leaders who refuse to accept outside control of their bodies and who finally and irrevocably consign paternalistic sexists to the trash bin of history.

      • 31 57andFemale
        January 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        My preferred method of women taking control of their bodies is to vote out the American Taliban and return government at all levels to sane, 21st century civil servants. This nation is not safe under Republican rule. 2010 has proved that beyond a doubt.

  7. January 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    HHS grants $14M for school-based health centers

    Chances are good there is a grant in your state. I have listed them all so check it out and share with your neighbors.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/hhs-grants-14m-for-school-based-health.html

  8. 35 Brit
    January 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    The media refuses to give President Obama credit for the decline in the jobless rate.

  9. January 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This comment got stuck in a weird place on the last post. (my bad)

    Good Morning TOD family

    Bummed that I can only write a few quick notes and then go to meeting.

    Yippee do dah about all this good news.

    I have so many tabs open with articles I want to read that Firefox is about to pop.

    Here is my encouraging story of the day

    “Health care tax credits huge boon to small businesses”

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/health-care-tax-credits-huge-boon-to.html

  10. January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    The desperation of the establishment and mccain to anoint willad is hilarious. The old angry coot, who came in 4th in 2008 in IA and yet stayed to the bitter end, wants everyone else give and declare mittens the winnah based an eight vote ‘mega win’ in a typically non-representative small state with poor turnout. The establishment’s confidence in willard surviving the primaries must really suck.

  11. 39 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • 40 defytheodds
      January 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      David Axelrod To Appear On ABC’s ‘This Week’ On Sunday

      George Stephanopoulos’ first taping since returning to host the news show.

  12. 42 LOL
    January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    About that enthusiasm gap……

    The group of voters most excited about voting this year, tied with the Tea Party, is African Americans. The thought that black voters are going to stay home and let the country’s first black President lose for reelection because everything hasn’t gone perfect is wishful thinking on the part of Republicans. I will be surprised if there is any dropoff in turnout from African Americans this year.

    The group tied for the third most excited out of the 18 we looked at here? Young voters. And when you take a deeper look at the folks under 30 who say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting this fall, they support Obama by a 69-31 margin over a generic Republican opponent. Those folks are going to be out again this fall as well.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      If the youth vote comes out again for PBO, we’re going to see 2008 repeated, both on the presidential and congressional levels. And then our job will be to keep that enthusiasm up for 2014 midterms.

      • 44 LOL
        January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        You are right LL…my only fear/reality is that alot of AA and youth are/were “Obama” voters and not so much Democratic voters. Hell, can you blame them? I think now that they have seen with their own two eyes what the Repubs want this country to look like via the 2010 House victory…they are scared shi%tless. I don’t think we will have that problem in 2014.

      • 45 Mel
        January 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Iam sure the youth will come out again, they like PBO because they think that he is very smart
        all my younger kidds think so.

    • 46 Desraye
      January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I was told that PBO was losing the youth vote. Not.

    • January 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      In my personal experience in talking to people on the local level, the most excited group I encounter is older women like myself. This was the group that put in the long hours in 2008, often with arthritic backs and bad hips and knees, and they are committed to doing it again. Somehow older women all get lumped into a grumpy group who have no enthusiasm for PBO, but that has not been my experience AT ALL. These older women will also dig deep into their pockets to help the president’s campaign whenever the call goes out. And this is rural PA. How can we be the only ones???

  13. January 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Testimony of Benjamin Freeman, Ph.D., POGO’s National Security Fellow before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel on “General and Flag Officer Requirements”
    September 14, 2011

    The increasing proportion of officers relative to enlisted personnel, as well as the tendency for higher ranking officers to do work that could be done by lower ranking officers, is known as brass creep or as officer or rank inflation. The pace of brass creep has accelerated in the 20 years since the Cold War ended, culminating in today’s unprecedented top-heavy force structure. Whether the Department of Defense (DoD) has expanded or contracted, brass creep has persisted.

    This progression towards a more top-heavy force is a burden for taxpayers and military commanders. The cost of officers increases markedly with their rank, so taxpayers are overpaying whenever a general or flag officer is in a position that could be filled by a lower ranking officer. Additionally, some military personnel experts say unnecessarily top-heavy organizations hinder military effectiveness as they slow decision cycles.[3] Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that “in some cases the gap between me and an action officer may be as high as 30 layers,” and this results in a “bureaucracy which has the fine motor skills of a dinosaur.”[4]

    Read more: http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/testimony/national-security/ns-wds-20110914.html

  14. 52 FiredUpInCA
    January 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I may literally have to get some popcorn with extra butter for this weekend:

    “In 2008, [Mitt Romney] found himself in the middle of a circular firing squad … and it really put him on an uncomfortable defensive posture throughout the whole debate,” recalled Rich Killion, a New Hampshire-based strategist who is neutral in the Jan. 10 primary. “Truly, this [weekend], he could be seeing two or three candidates come at him.”

    “Gov. Romney has been this nominal front-runner from the get-go yet he’s not been anybody’s big target in the debates,” said Chip Saltsman, Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager in the 2008 presidential race. “We’re gonna see that change this weekend, and now these guys are making the decision.”

    One veteran GOP strategist put it even more bluntly: “He will be a political pinata, no question about it. The question is, how does he handle it?”
    The chances of a Romney pile-on are fairly high, especially with a field that’s been whittled to six candidates, down from eight just a few weeks ago.

    There are two debates within 16 hours of one another — an ABC News-sponsored event on Saturday night, followed by an NBC News-sponsored forum the next morning. The two face-offs are consuming gobs of time for all the campaigns, and essentially freezing campaigning over much of the weekend in what is an already-condensed run-up to the Jan. 10 primary.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71138.html#ixzz1ihtycanQ

    All of the remaining GOP contestants are odious and dangerous but Romney the smug smarmy automaton liar I loathe on a deeply visceral level. So bring it on Newt, Ron & Rick. This will be fun.

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Huntsman will try and get his whacks in as well, but more likely try to appear above it all – to offer himself up as Romney without the Romneycare baggage. I could even see Newt pointing out as much – “I don’t know why primary voters should vote for Mitt when they have Jon Huntsman as an option – Jon offers the same resume as Mitt, but without Romneycare mandate or paying for abortions under his plan”.

      • 54 Lovepolitics2008
        January 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Concerning a bit I have to say. Add to that the fact that the media is interested in a long race. If Mitt wins New Hampshire by a big margin and then wins South Carolina, it will be over. And it won’t make MSM happy; no drama to cover and no ratings. On the other hand, Huntsman’s numbers were DOWN in the last poll, weren’t they? And his abysmall national numbers are NOT a good argument for him. And of course social conservatives don’t like him at all.

        As for myself, I want the race to continue for a while, but only between Mitt and conservatives like Newt and Santorum. Nothing better than that scenario for displaying what the GOP has devolved into.

  15. 56 Don
    January 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It is so much fun watching President Obama make the MSM seem inconsequential. Places like TOD and OFA and give us up to date news about all things President Obama.

  16. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    January 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Chips that sour grapes pic is priceless! It looks just like him :) ;) :)

  17. January 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    So I want to share a little something with you, guys. I can’t tell you all the details, but I think you’d like to hear it anyway. This week I had a chance to talk a little bit with one of the greatest Americans book-authors of our time. And these days when you talk with a Liberal “celebrity” about PBO, you kinda brace yourself to have to defend him. But, this guy is not Matt Damon, he’s a genius and very important writer, and when I asked how he felt about PBO going into 2012, he said: “He is magnificent, I could not love him more. He is the best president of my lifetime and people know they need to be very careful when they trash him near me”.
    Smart, thinking, knowledgeable people – who don’t need to catch headline to promote their new movie – They know the truth. It was a real pleasure to hear it.

    • 60 lovingandlaughing
      January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing that BWD!

    • 61 isonprize
      January 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      BWD, your’e such a tease…

    • January 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      You’ll have to share who the author is when you can. Sounds fascinating.

    • 64 donna dem 4 obama
      January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      That is super wonderful to hear BWD!
      So much of the so-called discontent is media manufactured. They find the most salacious guest they can. Take there negative comments and conclude that we ALL feel the way these one or two people feel. Well Matt felt our wrath at the box office, Tavis is feeling the wrath because his speaking engagement is being cancelled and we don’t play when it comes to defending PBO on twitter. So this great writer’s beautiful characteristics about POTUS is the way that the majority of us who support PBO’s re-election feel. It really is the norm and not the exception.

    • 65 Cindy Sweatt
      January 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Who is it?!!!!! I NEED to know so that I can go out and buy their books.

    • January 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you, BWD. Magnificent really is the word that comes to mind about our president. Whoever this person is, I love him.

    • 68 Bill
      January 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I have heard David McCullough speak about PBO a couple of times, and though he did not express his feelings in the same words as BWD related, he was very positive. He has written books on Truman and John Adams, and is a wonderful writer and man.

      • January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        I love David McCullough, one of my favorites he has been very positive and I would hate to hear anything less than positive from him in regards to the president.

        • 70 HZ
          January 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

          Bill and princessk26, I love David McCullough also. I am reading for the second time, his book,”Truman.” It is a great read!!!HZ

          • 71 Bill
            January 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

            I heard him say that his publisher had commisioned him to write a book on Picasso, and he found Picasso so disgusting as a person he switched to Truman.

      • 72 Mel
        January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        I heard David MCCullough with fareed Zakarias and he admires PBO and said that PBO is highly
        intellectual ,david McCullough is a great historian I like him, and he also said that PBO is doing a magnificent
        job for the country.

    • 73 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much BWD for sharing this with us.

      Another good and smart liberal “celebrity” said something beautiful a few weeks ago, this time very publicly: Martin Sheen, the actor who played President Bartlett lol. I think he was on CNN on a night show. He said, talking about President Obama ” Oh, I just adore him”, and went on saying that he was doing the best job possible in difficult circumstances ( not his exact words but his feelings were clear).

    • 74 57andFemale
      January 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Yea!
      .

    • January 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Wooooooot! Love it BWD ;-)

    • January 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I love it!! Thanks BWD. Just tell us the name of one of his books??? This just adds to my excitement after the ELECTRIC official opening of the Charlotte OFA Hq last night. I’m so fired up I can hardly sit still!

  18. 77 FiredUpInCA
    January 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Rick Santorum today:

    Rick Santorum, the early years:

  19. 80 lovingandlaughing
    January 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Yes Chips, I completely LOL’D over Santorum’s theory on why unemployment has dropped. OMG, that is much too ridiculous. What universe is he existing in?

  20. 81 lovingandlaughing
    January 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This selection of ‘toons is wonderful.

  21. January 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Job-Killing’ EPA Regulations for Chesapeake Bay Will Create 35 Times as Many Jobs as Keystone XL Pipeline
    By Michael Conathan on Jan 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    A new report released today by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation highlights the job creation numbers — 240,000 full-time jobs — expected to come from achieving new pollution goals set by the EPA’s “Total Maximum Daily Load” restrictions. Finalized in December 2010, these rules require a 25 percent reduction of pollution flowing into the Bay by 2025 and have already spurred state and federal investment in stormwater mitigation projects, upgrades at sewage treatment facilities, addition of power plant smokestack scrubbers, and improvements to management of agricultural runoff and livestock waste management.

    The Bay’s watershed covers more than 64,000 square miles including all of Maryland and the District of Colombia, large areas of Virginia and Pennsylvania, and portions of Delaware, New York, and West Virginia. Therefore infrastructure projects to reduce pollution will encompass a massive region and provide a major boost to the economy.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/01/04/397397/job-killing-epa-regulations-chesapeake-bay-create-many-jobs-keystone-xl-pipeline/

    • January 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks for posting Ms. Chips,
      It was nice to hear the claps even though I know their probably plotting. But it’s so nice to hear that the economy is improving!

  22. January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Santorum was pro-choice before he was anti-choice.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_t4cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3GMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6015,5485825&hl=en

    He also called himself a “progressive conservative”.

  23. January 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Oh dear:

    John McCain: Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint have joined with me time after time to go to the floor to fight against the earmark pork barrel corruption that goes on in Washington DC. Earmarks are a gateway to corruption. And I can tell you that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum share that view.

    Needle scratch!

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oops-cnns-joe-johns-tries-to-explain-john-mccains-flub/

    • 95 defytheodds
      January 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Once again, thank you Sen. McCain…1st for putting Palin on your ticket in ’08, and now for campaigning for Willard in 2012.
      You’re doing a good job, Sir! How can PBO ever repay you?

    • January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Oh my, John needs to call it a day and save what wits he has left sitting in a rocker in one of his nine houses. He is getting like the looney uncle who always says something embarrassing.

    • 97 TrumpDog
      January 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Oh my damn.
      If he keeps this up, I might start thinking his flubs are intentional. Yikes.

  24. January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    President Obama took a little time to chat about kids over lunch today with the winners of a campaign contest.

    “I do very well with that demographic,” he said. “They think I look like a cartoon character with big ears.”

    :lol:

    • 99 Canuck Joyce
      January 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      I love his self-deprecating humour ☺

      • 100 TrumpDog
        January 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        Joyce, were you the one asking about volunteering for OFA?
        If so, did you read my post with the contact info?

        • 101 Canuck Joyce
          January 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

          Hi TrumpDog,

          Yes I want to volunteer for OFA. I left a couple messages to Chicago HQ but haven’t heard from them.
          No I haven’t seen your post. Was it today? Could you please re-post?
          Bless your heart!

          • 102 taiping1
            January 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

            The easiest way is to go online and look at volunteer activities at http://www.barackobama.com. You can sign in. Fill out a questionnaire and look up events near you. You RSVP, get a reminder, map and all. Very easy

          • 104 TrumpDog
            January 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

            Hi Joyce! Sorry it took me so long to answer; I’ve been gone for most of the day.
            Anyway, I cantacted one of the OFA offices via Twitter and this was the response I got:

            Sure contact Pam Coleman at 505-715-0787 and thank you!

            By the way, I want you to know you inspired me to get actively involved in my OFA office. I’ve gone to events but was not on their roll. I figured, if someone in CANADA can make time to come and volunteer, what the heck is my excuse???
            I went to my first training meeting tonight. Many more to come.
            So, thank you.

            • 105 TrumpDog
              January 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

              Oh and FYI this was my question to that response (above)

              Hi. I have a friend that lives in Canada but wants to volunteer w/ OFA for three weeks. Can she do that and if so, how? – TrumpDog1

            • 106 Canuck Joyce
              January 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

              OMG TrumpDog! You made me blush! I’m grateful for you’re doing for the campaign. God bless you.

              Thank you a million for Pam’s info. I’ll give here a call next week and see from there.

          • January 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

            I know Charlotte is a long way for you, but we would LOVE to have you here. I saw last night the most FIRED UP group ever at our official OFA Hq opening. People lined up triple thick at the back door and the front door just wanting to get in. Others had to settle for watching thru the windows. It was awesome!

            • 108 Canuck Joyce
              January 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

              Hi BIGFan, Thank you so much for this info. would you be able to give me the OFA office manager contact so I can get in touch with them?

              Blessings

              • January 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

                Joyce, Great!! You can call Kane Miller at the office: 704-333-1842. Let me know if you have a problem getting in touch, and I will ask him if I can give you his cell # off line. He is a pretty busy guy, so you may have to leave a message. I’m going to text him on Monday and let him know to expect your call. I think 11:30 (our time) Mon-Sat might be a good time to call him. Sure hope it works for you! I’m excited. My Mother was Canadian from Oshawa, Ontario. I still have family there and also in West Vancouver. My sister and I were there this past September. More later!

                • January 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

                  I just got an email from Kane Miller. He is the statewide Deputy Field Director and has been in in Charlotte for about a year. But, he said in his email that he will be moving to Raleigh, but didn’t say on what day. So, if Kane Miller is not available you can talk to Lamont Carolina. Good Luck! A lot of changes being made, but, no doubt, we will continue to be a cohesive team.

      • January 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        “…and they like saying my name.” It is a fun name to say.

  25. January 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hmmm…Rick, and his staff, must have forgotten about this “little gem!”~

    2006 VIDEO: Rick Santorum touts his work with liberals Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer
    Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012, 8:53 am by GottaLaff

    Rick Santorum has run to the far right as a Tea Party Republican in the 2012 campaign. But in 2006 when having to appeal to independents he ran an ad….in a wrestling arena, touting his working with liberals Clinton and Boxer.

    h/t Andy Kaczynski, via BuzzFeed

  26. 113 Don
    January 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This isn’t a debate folks, this is a Battle Royal!!!
    The main event features
    Mitt ”Dolla Dolla bills ya’ll” Romney
    vs
    Newt “Big Tiffany” Gingrich
    and
    Jon “Sexy Ingrate” Huntsman
    vs
    Rick “The Animal” Santorum

  27. 115 overseasgranny
    January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    If you have any chance to watch the repeat of Charlie Rose today, please watch. He has probably the best ever interview of Barney Frank that has ever been done, and it was because Frank wanted to be, well, frank and not particularly because of anything special Rose asked. A couple of times Rose got in the way and Barney gently pushed him back away so he could finish what he wanted to say. The interview ranged from cutting the military, to why Frank decided not to run again, to why the Dems and goopers will not ever get together until the T-partiers are gone out of government, and more.

    • 116 Ladyhawke
      January 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I think Rep Barney Frank is terrific. He is smart as a whip and he has a wicked sense of humor. And he is brutally honest. Did you see him on Rachel Maddow last night talking about the new defense strategy? He just makes sense. I am so glad his name is attached to the financial reform bill. He worked so hard to get that bill passed. I loved watching hearings when he was chairman of the banking committee.

      Thanks for the feedback about him being interviewed by Charlie Rose. I stopped watching Charlie Rose because he interrupts too much and sometimes it seems like he wants to sit in the guests lap. He leans in and gets too close. Anyway, I know Barney was able to hold his own. He doesn’t take any guff from anybody.

    • 123 halo
      January 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I hope Charlie Rose actually gets to interview PBO! His show is one of th eonly shows to have a decent one on one conversation.

  28. January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Saw this posted on a Ron Paul forum. I’m not going to give it links. This was for today’s show. I love the comment about the saucer!!

    Just now on Morning Joe:

    Eugene Robinson: Mike, what do you think the Ron Paul supporters are going to do?

    Joe Scarborough: They’re going to smoke pot!

    *laughs all around the table*

    Mike Murphy: Next week they are probably going to wait for the saucer to land.

    *laughs all around the table*

  29. January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Can you feel the love, GOP?!!

    Photo of the Day- NH Restaurant Sign Reads, ‘No Politicians, No Exceptions’
    Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012, 3:30 pm by Paddy

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/page/3/

  30. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hi, Chips – Is it Friday? Did I miss it?

  31. January 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Now That We Have A CFPB Director, It’s Time To Ban Corporate-Owned Courts In The Financial Industry
    By Ian Millhiser on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    In essence, this provision enables CFPB to prevent many lenders, investment advisers and other financial service providers from using one of the most abusive tools endorsed by the Supreme Court’s misreading of federal law — locking consumers out of real courts and forcing them into corporate-run arbitration. Moreover, because the Supreme Court recently piggybacked on its forced arbitration decisions to allow corporations to immunize themselves from the class action lawsuits that are essential to prevent companies from bleeding their consumers dry a few ill-gotten dollars at a time, CFPB can also eliminate this practice within much of the financial industry.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/05/398327/now-that-we-have-a-cfpb-director-its-time-to-ban-corporate-owned-courts-in-the-financial-industry/

    • 130 defytheodds
      January 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      The more I learn about the far reaching power that the CFPB has to protect consumers’ rights, the more I like it.
      And the more I hear Richard Cordray speak, I’m really pleased that PBO put him in charge.

      • 131 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        IT’S EASY TO SEE THAT CORDRAY IS GREAT FOR THIS JOB…WISH I HADN’T MISSED THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT TODAY…THE KOCH BROS. MUST HAVE BEEN JIGGLING THE ‘SPARK PLUGS!’..:(

  32. 132 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Report: 24 States Enacted 92 Abortion Restrictions In 2011

    Lawmakers across the nation pursued a record number of reproductive health and rights-related provisions in 2011, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute finds, enacting 135 measures in 36 states — “an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009.” Sixty-eight percent of the provisions — 92 in 24 states — restricted access to abortion services:

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/06/399048/report-24-states-enacted-92-abortion-restrictions-in-2011/

  33. 133 carolyn
    January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I too saw Barney Frank’s interview on Charlie Rose. He was excellent. He didn’t let Charlie push any thing on him. He talked straight. After Frank’s interview, George McGovern was on, and he was also excellent. He also didn’t let Charlie push any agenda.
    He has a new book “What it Means to be a Democrat” with very clear reasons to be one. His three favorite presidents are Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR. Charlie tried to push him that LBJ really did as much as FDR, but McGovern corrected him…said he was good on domestic issues, but rotten on international issues. That FDR was great on both. He was clear as clear can be….and he is how old? He said retirement means he now works 12 hours a day instead of 14! I firmly believe being a liberal, or progressive, leads to good mental health in one’s latter years! The soul is not destroyed by hatred.
    Barney Frank was really good on Romney and Santorum! He said Santorum is mean, and Charlie tried to soften that, and Barney wouldn’t have it, and gave strong examples of that meanness. He knows Romney well, because he was governor of his state. He has no use for Romney, basically, paraphrasing here, Romney has no soul. He also said Romney did no work the last couple of years of his term, and talked about the rotten employent record when Willard was governor.

  34. 135 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    OFA Fact sheet: AN EMPOWERED CONSUMER
    FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

    http://tinyurl.com/7z45v4j

    Where’s Jovie; I’m doing her job! :)

  35. January 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    HEADS UP, TOD! This event is scheduled for today! Please spread the word.~

    White House Office Hours: Brian Deese Answers Your Questions on the Economy & Jobs
    Posted by Kori Schulman on January 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM EST

    Tomorrow, the White House will hold a special session of “Office Hours” on Twitter moderated by Yahoo! Finance with Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Do you have questions on the economy and jobs? Ask them now using the hashtag #WHChat. On Friday, January 6th at 3:00 p.m. EST, Brain will be on the @WHLive account to answer your questions posed by the team @YahooFinance.

    Here’s how White House Office Hours work:

    Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat.
    Follow the Q&A live through the @YahooFinance and @WHLive Twitter accounts
    If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

    We hope you’ll stop by for at 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 6th with Yahoo Finance! and Brian Deese. Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on twitter for the latest news and more opportunities to engage.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/05/white-house-office-hours-brian-deese-answers-your-questions-economy-jobs

  36. 141 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Obama Team Files for Place on Illinois Ballot

    Volunteers for Barack Obama on Friday filed petitions in Springfield to place the president on the primary ballot in Illinois.

    Obama for America volunteers likened the experience of delivering signatures to Obama’s original presidential announcement.

    “In February 2007, from the steps of the old state capital in Springfield, IL Barack Obama announced the start of a historic grassroots campaign to become President,” Team Obama said Friday in a statement. They said the signatures underscore “this campaign’s continued commitment to building the strongest grassroots organization in history.”

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Team-Obama-Files-for-Spot-on-Illinois-Ballot-136825538.html

  37. 142 defytheodds
    January 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Republicans React to good economic news:

    http://twitpic.com/840ng1

  38. January 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    What a loathsome twat:

    • 145 defytheodds
      January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Wow, and to think this guy is a U.S. Senator.

    • January 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Ok, I’ve read tweets from other politicians. They do not write them in geek speak. That is just so unseemly.

    • 148 AnitaW
      January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      What does this even mean?

      • January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        It means he’s a first class jerk. :) HIs stupid tweet means that if kids are working on a family farm that they are getting exercise. I don’t know what the child labor laws are for a farm now. On the farm I grew up on my Dad strictly enforced a “no one under the age of 5″ rule. :) Seriously, that’s a hard thing for me to see being regulated because there are tons of good chores on a farm that are fun to do with older brothers and sisters and not dangerous or labor intensive.

    • 150 Bill
      January 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      He is the Senator who told someone at a town hall meeting to get a government job if they wanted health care. He has done nothing but hold elective office most of his life, and it is reported that he is worth $6 million.

    • 151 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Chipsticks, Grassley is a Republican isn’t he? What else do we expect from these Republicans? They are a poor excuse for human beings.

    • 152 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      I clearly remember him using the term ” pull the plug on grandma ” while holding a Glenn Beck book during the summer of insanity.

  39. 153 FiredUpInCA
    January 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Overseasgranny and Carolyn thanks for the recommendation: the Charlie Rose interview with Barney Frank interview is honest, informative and wide-ranging. I think it is interesting that he explicitly said that he calls himself a liberal not a progressive. It was a good interview which you can watch here:

    http://www.charlierose.com/

  40. 154 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is defending the health care overhaul in a new filing with the Supreme Court that calls the law an appropriate response to a “crisis in the national health care market.”

    The administration filed a written submission to the court Friday, focusing on a core requirement that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty.

    A federal appeals court struck down the so-called individual mandate as exceeding Congress’ power under the Constitution. But the administration asks the court to uphold the requirement. It argues that Congress was well within its power to adopt that requirement.

    More briefs due later this month and next will address other parts of the law that the court will consider when it hears arguments over three days in late March.

  41. January 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Not sure if this is news to us but it appears to be news to them. Frank Luntz: None of our ass-clowns will beat Barack Obama. (typo in the article referring to them as candidates instead of ass-clowns.)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/none-of-our-candidates-can-beat-obama-admits-republican-pollster-6285563.html

    • January 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I’m sorry but for Luntz to say Romney has the potential to be a great president tells me that he is not a credible man. His belief that Christie or Paul Ryan would have been a Godsend is simply delusional. And he says he hasn’t found anyone who didn’t vote for the president the last time who would now says he either hasn’t been looking very far or hasn’t checked out the numbers of young people who come of age this year.

  42. 157 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    South Carolina state Rep. Thad Viers, who’s running for a seat in Congress and was named a one of the National Republican Campaign Committee’s “On The Radar” candidates, was arrested on Friday for allegedly harassing a 28-year-old woman who broke off her relationship with him in July.

    Viers previously pleaded “no contest” and was fined $500 for harassing his ex-wife’s boyfriend with threatening and graphic answering machine messages in 2006, according to The Sun News. This time around, Viers allegedly called, texted, emailed and appeared at the victim’s home and work repeatedly.

    The woman apparently was reluctant to press charges against Viers “because she didn’t want to injure the offender’s reputation and career if the information was made public,” according to a police report cited by the newspaper.

    Update: Roll Call reports he’s dropped out of the race.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/nrcc_on_the_radar_candidate_arrested_for_harassing.php

  43. 158 Ladyhawke
    January 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    PHONY AS A THREE DOLLAR BILL

    The left and the right agree Mitt Romney is as phony as it gets. A well oiled weather vane indeed.

    Mitt Romney Gets Pwned by Occupier at New Hampshire Town Hall

    http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/mitt-romney-gets-pwned-occupier-new-ham

  44. January 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  45. January 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I love Milt Shook. I especially love it when he does a retweet of something ridiculous. Case in point:

    She warned him! She warned him! Bad Obama!

    • 163 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Tell this person we’ll do our best to replace their vote.

    • 164 utaustinliberal
      January 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      She can go take a long walk off a short pier. The nerve of her tweeting that she warned PBO as though he’s her house slave. Some people really overestimate their importance. For her lost vote, PBO gets more than 10,000.

    • January 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      She’ll keep her integrity and vote for Ron Paul who has agenda that goes against all her principles.

      • 166 TrumpDog
        January 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        Yeah and if she does, I hope she’s happy with his Supreme Court pick on the off the wall chance he wins election.

        Isn’t it interesting that Pres. Obama can do 12 things right yet 1 thing they dont like and it’s “OMG he lost my vote! For-evahhhh!”
        Yet Paul can do 12 things wrong and 1 thing right and he’s a fucking hero.

        Screw that twit-terer. She can bug off, for all I care.

  46. January 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Oh, goodness, I am so looking forward to months of Mitt debates.

    • January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Oops, saw that forus already linked.

    • 169 Brit
      January 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      He’s going to get defensive like this when POTUS calls him out on his lies.

      • January 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        That sense of entitlement and lese-majeste will make him easy to destroy.

      • 171 Brit
        January 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        It’s funny that Mitt’s staffer tried to bull the AP’s journalist. Like the reporter said it’s a FACT that Mitt has a lobbyist on his campaign, not an opinion. POTUS is going to wipe Mitt and his campaign staff come the general. Mitt is a bad debater to me, he gets too testy when pressed for an answer.

    • January 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Oh my!!! Mittens really rattles really very easy. I can just see him stuttering and getting hot under the collar while PBO just stands there cool, calm and collected at the debates. This was fun to watch. He is such a liar. :)

    • 173 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Isn’t this from the 2008 campaign ?????

    • 177 Lovepolitics2008
      January 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Wanna bet that the Romney campaign will refuse access to this particular journalist amd that AP will replace him?

      And how arrogant is Mitt Romney? Oh he is so generous, he is spending his own money to help America solve problems.

    • 178 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Liberal, it seems old Mitt has a temper. Temper, Temper, Temper. That’s what we want in the White House? Someone who can’t control their temper. Why didn’t Mitt walk away after he left the mic, no he had to go back and get in the reporters face again. Is that what we want in the White House? HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. 179 Linda
    January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    davecatanese @davecatanese
    Follow

    This Santorum event has turned into a freak show. He’s getting heckled. His supporters fighting with protesters. pic.twitter.com/2fhPm42K

  48. January 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Yay for my state!

  49. 182 LOL
    January 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What’s that you say about Obama voters not enthusiastic???

    The Obama re-election campaign opened its Charlotte headquarters Thursday with a call for volunteers and a promise to once again put North Carolina in the president’s win column.

    Hundreds jammed the one-story building on Elizabeth Avenue between Presbyterian Hospital and Central Piedmont Community College.

    http://www.qcitymetro.com/news/articles/obama_campaign_open_charlotte_headquarters080035150.cfm

  50. 184 Canuck Joyce
    January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The First Lady’s Schedule:

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Richmond, Virginia * 12:30 PM – Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Richmond.

    Richmond, Virginia * 2:45 PM – First Lady Michelle Obama will announce a major commitment by the country’s top medical colleges and universities to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities to ensure that veterans, service men and women receive the medical care that they deserve.

    …Prior to this announcement, the First Lady will tour the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center’s Polytrauma Unit to visit wounded warriors and veterans receiving in-patient treatment, along with residents and attending physicians who have completed their Traumatic Brain Injury – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training program at Virginia Commonwealth University. This visit will be closed press.

    Charlottesville, Virginia * 5:15 PM – Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Charlottesville.

    Friday, January 13, 2012
    Alexandria, Virginia * Morning – First Lady Michelle Obama will join the cast of Nickelodeon’s iCarly at a special screening of “iMeet The First Lady,” a new episode featuring Mrs. Obama that honors America’s military children…

    The iCarly cast will host special screenings of “iMeet the First Lady” at military bases across the country starting on January 9th to give military kids the first chance to see the new episode…
    …As the final event of the tour, Miranda Cosgrove and the iCarly cast will be joined by Mrs. Obama at Hayfield Secondary School, a school with a large number of military children. They will screen the episode, participate in iCarly’s “Random Dancing” and answer questions from the students.

    Mrs. Obama will also appear in a Joining Forces PSA produced by Nickelodeon that will debut immediately following the airing of “iMeet the First Lady” on the 16th.”

    Read whole article @ obamafoodorama.com

  51. January 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    went to MSNBFOX to find that story about the US navy saving the Iranians and guess what I found sprawled across the top half of their stupid site? some story about Willard’s roots “south of the border.” Then, to add insult to injury, to the right of the screen is Mr. 999’s ugly ass face! Ugh!!! ‘MSNBFOX’ is right. Republican shilling bastards. :x

  52. January 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    OMG! I was at the Charlotte opening last night. It was electric!!! People lined up out the front and back doors. Others peering in the windows. Everyone left FIRED UP!! Chips you outdid yourself on this post. AMAZING!

    • 188 donna dem 4 obama
      January 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Congrats BigFan on the office opening. The turnout sounds outstanding!

    • January 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Great news BIGFan, wish we were all with you in Charlotte last night!

      • January 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        Thanks Chips & Donna. You would have loved it. I have to confess, Chips, the active volunteers were asked who we would like to see invited for a visit to the Charlotte Hq, and I asked for you! I know you would probably not want the publicity, but, I put your name in anyway. It would be SOO fun!.

  53. January 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    John McCain loves Mitt Romney. He really, really likes him. It glows from his face.

    Get Off My Lawn!: Pictures Of John McCain Looking Miserable Next To Mitt Romney.

  54. 197 carolyn
    January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I agree MSNBFOX! should have the news about the US Navy saving Iranians, but the more they put Willard’s face and any info up front, the less people like him! They can shill all they want. People just DON’T LIKE that man. That is a major news fail, but their pushing candidates has also been a major fail.

  55. January 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    The Obama administration is defending the health care overhaul in a new filing with the Supreme Court that calls the law an appropriate response to a “crisis in the national health care market.’’

    The administration filed a written submission to the court Friday, focusing on a core requirement that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty.

    A federal appeals court struck down the so-called individual mandate as exceeding Congress’ power under the Constitution. But the administration asks the court to uphold the requirement. It argues that Congress was well within its power to adopt that requirement.

    http://mobile.boston.com/art/35/lifestyle/health/articles/2012/01/06/govt_defends_core_of_health_care_overhaul_associated_press/

  56. 199 LOL
    January 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Letting you guys know the BullSh#t that is coming our way next week. This Jody Kantor book on the Obamas is sure to portray Michelle as an evil woman who hates everyone and emasculates the president daily. If you want to read it…it’s on HuffPo by Sam Stein. I’m not going to let this get me down though….I know what I have seen. And of course the broad didn’t even interview the Obamas…just staff. Whatevs

    • 200 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      No Thanks!!!!!!!!!

      • 201 anniebella
        January 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        I have left Huffington Post alone, and I do not want to read that book, are hear anything about it.

        • 202 LOL
          January 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          I did too…I was checking the latest NH polls on pollster and came across that crap. I should have listened to my better angel and not clicked.

    • 203 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I read most of that……it pretty much calls out Rahm not Michelle Obama.

      • 204 itgurl_29
        January 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        I read it and if that’s supposed to make her look bad, they’ve got nothing. I read and it saw a woman who cares about her husband’s obligation to the American people and his own legacy. If this stuff is true, then she is the one who convinced him not to give up on health care. She encouraged the push on Immigration. Sounds like an admirable First Lady to me.

        As for the tone of the article, yeah, she’s trying to make it sound like it caused contention in their marriage, which is silly. I can’t think of two people who are more crazy for each other than the Obamas. I mean, they still make googly eyes at one another. Are we supposed to believe a health care debate was driving them apart? Please!

        • 205 Linda
          January 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

          I remember Hillary having problems with Rahm also…….and Nancy Reagan had some of the same issues with staffers who think they are more important than the spouses…..

        • January 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          I know, this article makes her look even better than before, to me. I mean, she told her husband to keep pursuing health care, which has benefits that have kicked in and produced 23,000 new jobs from it alone, immigration reform, which has pushed Republicans to the extreme position which makes President Obama more palatable. I mean, this makes her on par with Eleanor Roosevelt than Hillary Rodham Clinton, because she has been much successful in those endeavors.

      • 209 LOL
        January 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        I agree…but they threw in the part of her trying to be at 7:30 am meeting. I’m just so over it. I don’t care about these journalist types. Rather than sticking to their day jobs–they run out and do a tabloidy book to get more money. That’s why the state of journalism is so low class now. You can write a book full of anonymous sources and no one can ever question the validity because you have an agreement with your source. BS. Again, whatever 200K jobs, Republicans in disarray, Mittens is gonna get his hat handed to him tomorrow in the debates….I’m good.

        • January 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

          Going forward, we should report any, and all, attacks on the FLOTUS here:

          Unfounded attacks on the First Lady

          Conservative pundits are once again targeting First Lady Michelle Obama—distorting her words and hurling bogus accusations to revive tired and debunked attacks in an attempt to distract from her many accomplishments.

          http://www.attackwatch.com/

    • 211 Canuck Joyce
      January 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      They’ll try to throw everything on FLOTUS but she’s the Teflon Michelle. Nothing will stick because people know her heart and love her.

    • 212 jeff
      January 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I told them that a fantasy novel is twice as entertainment and more real than this piece of tabloid crap.

      • 213 LOL
        January 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Exactly. But WTF? Why do people who are supposed to be loyal the president do this stuff? Not just this one…but previous ones.

  57. January 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    If you’re anything like me, these winter months have you thinking more about your utility bills than usual. And for good reason: As we turn up our thermostats to make up for the cold weather, most Americans tend to see an uptick in home energy use, raising the cost of utility bills during the coldest months of the year (which we’re unfortunately experiencing now here in the Northern Hemisphere). 

    It’s reasons like these that we’re always thinking about energy efficiency here at the Energy Department — and constantly working to find ways to help families save money by saving energy. That’s why we’re proud to announce the Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program has supported the weatherization of over 750 thousand homes, including more than 600 thousand homes through the Recovery Act, over the past three years.

    Secretary Chu has joined with governors and members of Congress across the country to mark this milestone and talk about what it means for American families. On Thursday, the Secretary was joined on the phone with Governor Schweitzer of Montana, where the weatherization program has helped more than 6,800 Big Sky families improve the energy efficiency of their homes over the last three years. Washington Governor Gregoire also joined the Secretary yesterday to announce that Washington State surpassed its Recovery Act goals and weatherized more than 16,000 homes. Today Secretary Chu spoke with Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, where more than 30,500 families have received weatherization help from the state. In these states — and many others across the nation — the weatherization program is saving the average household $400 a year on their utility bills.

    http://energy.gov/articles/weatherized-homes-saving-money-families-across-us

  58. January 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Banning Uranium mining for 20 years-

    WASHINGTON—On Monday, Jan. 9, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host the premiere of a new short film produced by the National Park Service for viewing by visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park. As part of this event, Secretary Salazar will make an announcement regarding conservation of the Grand Canyon.

    http://www.doi.gov/news/mediaadvisories/Secretary-Salazar-to-Make-Announcement-Regarding-Conservation-of-the-Grand-Canyon.cfm

  59. 218 donna dem 4 obama
    January 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    |^^^^^^^^^^^\||____
    | OBAMA 4 2012 |||””‘|””\___,
    | _____________ l||__|__|__|);
    |(@)@)”””””””**|(@)(@)**|(@)

    The O’Team is Trucking on down the road. All Aboard!!!!

    • 220 Canuck Joyce
      January 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Donna,

      First, let me say that you’re my hero for all you’ve being doing for PBO for the last 4 years and your unwavering support (i do remember you among the staunchest Obama supporters on OFA blog back in the early days of 2008 campaign).

      How do you draw the O’Team Truck? I want one too :D

  60. January 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    In 1965, when the I-40 Crosstown Bridge was first built, the city’s population was 320,000. Today, the population in Oklahoma City tops 580,000 with a metropolitan area population of more than 1.25 million. Yet, until today, Oklahomans were still using a bridge built for a much smaller capacity.

    That’s why the federal government provided $600 million to help the Oklahoma DOT expand this important corridor, relieve congestion, and improve access to downtown Oklahoma City.  The former 6-lane road is now a 10-lane expressway with ground-level and partially submerged roadways that can carry 173,000 vehicles a day, significantly beyond the capacity of the old bridge.

    http://fastlane.dot.gov/

  61. January 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — The biggest presidential primary campaign team in New Hampshire is tucked on a Manchester side street inside a four-story brick building and it belongs to the best-financed candidate seeking nomination: President Barack Obama.

    The office is one of seven in the state and his re-election campaign has about 20 paid employees. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, the two front-runners in the Republican presidential primary after they emerged first and second in the Iowa caucuses, each have one office. Romney has nine paid staffers in the state and Santorum has eight.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obamas-campaign-team-in-new-hampshire-is-larger-than-gop-rivals/2012/01/06/gIQAovn3eP_story.html

  62. January 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    The United States and Israel are planning to team up for a joint military exercise to test missile defense systems, a move that is now threatening to further escalate tensions with Iran.

    Iran responded Friday by announcing that in February it would hold its own new military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, just days after it finished 10 days of war games in the Persian Gulf near the strait.

    Israel said its drills with the U.S. were previously planned and unrelated to recent events, according to The Associated Press, which first reported the exercises.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/202835-israel-us-plan-joint-military-exercise

  63. 236 Canuck Joyce
    January 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Please tell me if I am overreacting: I used to be a Matt Damon fan, watched all his movies and media appearances. I thought he was a very smart, talented actor.
    But since he criticized the president, I now get an instinctive repulsive response to hearing his name on TV or seeing him on a movie poster. I can’t watch his films with my family and that was something we liked doing together.

    My family thinks I am taking my admiration and love for PBO too far. What’s next?, they ask. Am I overreacting?

    • 237 nintendowii10
      January 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Matt Damon is blasting the President just to promote his movies, fork Damon, he hasn’t had ANY good movies since the Bourne Series! :mad:

      • January 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        Contagion was very good!

        • 239 Canuck Joyce
          January 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

          Jovie,

          Well my girlfriends want to go see it but when I heard he was in it, I declined. My friends think I am silly. I don’t care because I won’t give my money to people who dishonestly criticize PBO.
          I don’t mind honest, productive criticism but these PL/Emoprogs are only self-serving. Ils peuvent aller se faire foutre!!! Pardon my French.

          Sorry Chips :(

    • 240 Linda
      January 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      No…he is a whiny crybaby and should be shunned…

    • 241 EDP4BHO
      January 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      No, you are not over-reacting. Whose more important to the well-being of your family……Matt or President Obama. There are other movie stars to enjoy. We all must sacrifice at times, if only for the sake of integrity. Just my 2 cents :-D

    • 243 anniebella
      January 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Canuck Joyce, you are not over re-acting. Matt Damon is the one over acting.

    • January 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Politics is so crazy and toxic and demeaning, it often makes us feel that it’s “us or them.” It’s ugly out there. So to have a Democrat, someone you’ve previously admired, pile on this President when he is working so hard to do so much in ways that have never been attempted and in simultaneous motion, it just feels like he’s a deserter. Someone who doesn’t appreciate how hard it is and how far we’ve come. So no matter his acting talent, knowing this much about who he really is makes it difficult to suspend reality when watching him in his role as an actor. For better or worse, we know too much.

    • 247 Cha
      January 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      If you are then I am too, Canuck Joyce. I was in the airport in Honolulu on Tuesday and saw his pic on a mag and wanted to turn it around but I just opted for not looking in that direction. He’s shown what a force of ignorance he is and that means a blow against Democracy and I don’t tolerate that from anyone.

    • 248 ChristiMTL
      January 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      You are not overreacting Joyce,

      I had something similar happened to me this week, my mother asked me on the phone if I could recommend a movie. She goes to the movies maybe 3 times a year with one of my aunt.

      I had no idea….I don’t even know what’s playing these days.

      The only one I could think of was Mission Impossible.

      I said to her…anything mom BUT that zoo movie with Matt Damon….total boycott.

      She said to me: Oh I like him, he’s a good actor.

      I said: He’s a rat….lol….ok that wasn’t nice but I can’t help my feelings when it comes to people like that.

      I explained to her what he said about President Obama, she knows how much I love him and that was it….the message was sent.

      I saw her today actually, she told me that they went to see a movie about a horse…I have no idea what she was talking about, I asked her who was the actors, she didn’t know them but she told me the movie was very good, they both enjoyed it….

    • 250 Obama Grandmama
      January 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I know how you feel. I won’t watch his movies now either. I think we are all over the top, but you cannot follow someone that is spending all of his energy trying to help us and not feel angry, mad, frustrated, and sad when he gets so much criticism from those not lifting a finger to do anything to help. If that is over the top I am proud to be over the top.

  64. January 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    The NYT has released an exclusive adaptation from Jodi Kantor’s about-to-be-released new book:

    Michelle Obama is unrecognized force in husband’s administration

    http://nyti.ms/xMYXEn

    I just started reading. So far, lots of drama.

    • January 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      The President should Not allow anymore writers unfettered access to the WH.

      As they are all hacks.

      That is all!

      • 260 Brit
        January 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        I started to read the beginning of the article, but couldn’t finish. Michelle was a huge key to POTUS winning in 08′, so now it’s time to come out with stories about her that I personally don’t believe to try to drop her approval amongst people. Attacks on her always to me have underlying racism.

        • 261 itgurl_29
          January 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

          She must have used the words “angry” “upset” “seething” a dozen times in that excerpt.

          Same old, same old. Basically, this is gonna feed the hate mongers. But it won’t turn off anyone who already supports her. This book seems to be a collection of every anti-Michelle article that’s ever been written. If folks liked her before this, they’ll like her after. Because it seems to be the same old unfounded attacks on the First Lady.

          • 262 Canuck Joyce
            January 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

            Exactly itgurl! they don’t tire of the angry black woman stereotype. Tous des salauds!

          • 263 hopefruit2
            January 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

            I would ask Ms. Jodi whose depiction of Michelle should we really trust…some overpaid media gossip hack, or our military Vets?

            • 264 itgurl_29
              January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

              and let us not forget, they always leak the ‘juciest” stuff to get folks to buy the book. So if they think that the “juciy” story of FLOTUS and Rahm clashing or West Wing staffers being annoyed is just sooo scandalous, then this book is gonna be more of a dud than I thought.

          • 265 Brit
            January 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

            I don’t care what anyone says, Michelle has been attacked like no other first lady inluding Hillary. They all get picked on in some fashion, but Michelle’s attacks are taken to a different level.

            *She does not socialize with D.C. elite(wapo and newsweek)

            *Her Social Sec.(Desiree) is this and that

            *She should stay in the White House, and never leave D.C.(every media outlet)

            *She BORROWS jewelry and clothes from designers, her body, her staff

            *She does not “Work” enough, she has too many SS agents(bloomberg)

          • 267 anniebella
            January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

            I have nothing to say about the book because I don’t plan to read it.

    • 268 Canuck Joyce
      January 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Meta, I stopped at the first paragraph. I don’t believe a word from these people. They just want to depict FLOTUS as a power-hungry, jealous wife just in time for the election season.
      Nice try Jodi! She thinks because she interviewed the Obamas for a NYT article, she now knows them and has access to all this BS. SMH

    • January 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I’ve read the whole article and the drama is really the story here, of course. I think Kantor has taken what is an absolutely normal process of adjustment to such a HUGE undertaking and completely new life and sketched tensions and communication issues on a broad canvas of judgement. I’m sure we could say a LOT about how difficult it is for them as African Americans and as people who are not OF Washington. I’m not really concerned about the machinations of stress that would surely accompany any transition team. Rahm and Gibbs come out looking bad and in some ways she tries to confuse the work of Valerie Jarrett. I have to say I’m not terribly interested in reading more. I remember tweeting Kantor about how she would pitch this narrative and I’m afraid so far my concerns have been justified.

      • January 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        I also have to say I think there are some conflicts in what she’s writing. She says FLOTUS didn’t want to campaign for the midterms and yet portrays her as being furious with the outcome. She also tries to paint PBO has somehow passive about how things are conducted and communicated. I don’t buy that for a second.

        • 271 SueBee
          January 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

          I love the Obamas, and my take on it was that she is very protective of her husband and she was calling people out on their bullshit. Like I said on Twitter, prior to her being 1st Lady she was a very successful executive and what was coming out of the WH from his top advisors in 09 and 10 was not what he promised and she knew some of it could hurt him. Unfortunately it did, i.e the mid term elections. Remember, Obama’s advisors were old school Clinton folks, that basically let him down. I’ve always felt that along with the Republican obstruction, some of President Obama’s advisors hurt him too. Soon as he made a few changes at the end of 2010, early 2011, he had a lot more wins than losses. That’s just my take. People been bashing Michelle from day one, but that won’t change the love military families, women, children, EVERYBODY have for her. We will win in 2012, no matter how many dumb books get written. :D :)

          • 272 anniebella
            January 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            SueBee, it won’t change the respect and love I have for Michelle.

            • 273 SueBee
              January 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm

              Me either..I can’t wait to meet her, I don’t know when..LOL..but I know in my heart I will meet her one day..:D

          • January 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

            AGREED! The subtext is that FLOTUS is a very strong woman who loves her husband dearly. That much we’ve ALWAYS known and that is part of why we love her so much. So the idea that she’s had issues with what was going down over the HCR fight and the personalities involved in a very high stakes, high profile institution does not surprise. What I don’t tolerate is that any of this is portrayed as somehow some kind of news. It’s not.

      • 275 dotster3
        January 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        I hate to say it, but this is going to be red meat for all the obsessive First Lady haters. Most love her, but there is a constant rage against her by some that seems to be going on all the time—–the least excuse—-and away they go. And this is really going to feed their fury. I don’t know why I get Eric Boehlert’s tweets—he must have said something I liked once—–but almost all his tweets are fights with someone about Michelle. He supposedly is defending her against the haters, but he seems absolutely obsessed with this subject also. I always think—–just drop it—-don’t give those nuts all that constant attention—–it just eggs them on. Ignore them, everything they’re purporting is ridiculous. But this book is juicy, and you know how they hate strong women, and it presents a picture of Michelle playing a larger role in the administration than anyone believed. I remember what they did to Hillary and her health care reform work—–they don’t like women having strong opinions, they want them standing next to their man, looking up at him in adoration—-a la Nancy Reagan—-saw Ann Romney doing the same thing—–but remaining silent, in the background, submissive.

        • January 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

          Can you imagine the WH Press Corps with this little doggie bone next week? UGH.

          I’m tweeting the NYT and Kantor now.

        • 277 anniebella
          January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          dotster3, does it really concern you what the haters think? It shouldn’t because they will dislike this President and First Lady regardless.

      • January 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Hi Meta, I always find with these ‘studies’ of the First Lady that the writers are torn between portraying her as an hysterical control freak in the White House and someone who is completely disinterested in her husband’s job. Which one is it? It surely can’t be both?!

        That said, while there was plenty of the usual stereotyping of her in the extracts, I actually enjoyed it – she comes over as someone who is utterly determined not to let PBO’s good work get screwed up by staff not doing their jobs. The more I read, the more grateful I was that he has her in his life, his ‘rock’ in every possible way.

        I always had great time for Rahm Emanuel, but I was really disgusted to read that he committed her to a campaign event without even consulting her – the lack of respect was startling.

        • 279 vero804
          January 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

          Committing her without consulting her for a vote was a pure act of desperation on his part…

        • January 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm

          Chips, I completely agree about the conflicted images of FLOTUS on any given day, as is the case of course for POTUS.

          I DO think she is the rock in the family and her FIERCE protection of him absolutely comes through, especially in the anecdote about PBO’s 50th birthday party. She loves him so deeply and this adds more color to my understanding of that. No wonder he reveres her so.

          I guess what I object to is the hyper-characterization of stress in what had to be a very normal process of moving into the white hot spotlight of the WHITE HOUSE, especially in the context of so many just waiting for them to eff-up.

          Rahm does come off badly w/r/t FLOTUS. He should have known better.

        • January 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

          For me, i will give no credence to any of the “Tell all books” until i see the First Grannies name on it.

      • 282 vero804
        January 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        I don’t think Gibbs comes across that bad…I think Rahm looks awful. MO is portrayed as quite complex, that’s for sure. In watching her, I could always tell she has a lot going on in her thoughts and there is no surprise that she is intense. I agree with you, meta, that it seems like this is a story of growing pains, as well as a normal woman having to adjust to a very abnormal situation. First lady haters will love it, but I think it shows the complexity of her life – of the White House.

        • January 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          Hey, Vero. Yes, GOPolitico is already making hay of it. I’m sure Drudge will have his sirens going, too. Whatever.

          • 284 EDP4BHO
            January 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

            Where does this person get all her info if she said she had not interviewed the Obamas for the book? As I stated a bit ago, I will pass on reading anything about our First Couple anymore, unless it comes from someone they trust and know. Too many people have made a fine living off of them already, and almost none of the partakers give a damn about them. Screw ‘em !

  65. January 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Syria: Political prisoners released – Syria has released hundreds of political prisoners in effort to appease Arab League monitors.
    Gul Tuysuz|January 5, 2012 11:45

    The Syrian regime has released 552 prisoners today, according to the state-controlled news agency, in what seems to be an effort to comply with the Arab League’s plan to end the violent crackdown against the uprising that began last March. According to SANA, the 552 were those taking part in the uprising but not involved in violent acts against the government. The Syrian regime released political prisoner sfour times previously in late December and throughout November. SANA puts the number of prisoners released at about 3,400. But opposition groups say the number in prison is far greater, perhaps as high as 25,000. Due to restrictions imposed on journalists trying to enter Syria, it is not possible to verify either number.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120105/syria-political-prisoners

  66. 286 nintendowii10
    January 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’m hoping that Perry, Gingrich and Santorum Go negative against Willard in South Carolina, brings Willard’s numbers down. That way Willard’s cage is rattled, he gets angry, and independent voters see him for the unstable man he is. It’s not difficult to rattle Willard’s cages and get under his skin, as Perry showed during that one debate when he called Willard out for hiring illegal immigrants to mow his lawn and Willard responded “I’m running for office for petes sake!” The more the non Willards attack him, the weaker he is against President Obama which is why I want a primary season that goes to the bitter end.

  67. January 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Japan: no new executions
    Justin McCurry| January 6, 2012 13:21

    These are encouraging times for opponents of the death penalty in Japan. In 2011, not a single death row inmate was led to the gallows,
    according to reports, the country’s first execution-free year for almost two decades. Executions have slowed to a halt since the left-of-center Democratic party of Japan (DPJ) took office in a landslide election victory in 2009.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120106/japan-death-penalty-abolish-executions

  68. 292 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Have you all seen the bee story that politico is pushing about the First Lady. Shameful people.

  69. January 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Afghan peace talks confirmed by insurgent group
    Suzanna Koster| January 4, 2012 16:12

    The Afghan insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin last week held peace talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and “important foreigners,” said Ghairat Baheer, who heads the group’s political wing and led the delegation. The foreigners Baheer referred to are likely to be US officials, though he refused to specify during an interview Tuesday with GlobalPost from his home in Islamabad.

    Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Taliban on Tuesday announced that it plans to open a political office in Qatar that may allow for formal talks with coalition forces in Afghanistan, after longstanding persistence that such talks were not even under consideration. But analysts caution that this does not automatically signal the start of a peace process, or anything close to it.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120104/afghan-peace-talks-hezb-e-Islami-gulbuddin-taliban

  70. January 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    What gives Maria Teresa on Rev Al’s show to caution PBO on military cuts, because of conditions in Syria. I like her but I am wondering if she has the same inside information as PBO? Please!!!!

    • 299 elo4obama/biden
      January 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      What I found even more annoying about her statement is that she prefaced it with he’s in an election year. I was prepared to be annoyed that she would tie it to employement; lessening military personnel. When she finished her statement and it was that caution about Syria and she mentioned another hot spot of the world I was annoyed enough to turn off the TV.

      In fact I grumbled something about some people liking to hear the sound of their own voices. Followed by something about the wind and the fury, then a rather juvenille fart noise.:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • January 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Elo4obama/biden I am happy that I was not the only one annoyed with Maria Theresa today. she was speaking as if she had a crystal ball. These pundits just pull stuff out of their behinds and that is putting it mildly. :)

  71. January 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    The EU debt crisis cometh — to Latin America
    Sarah ChildressJanuary 4, 2012 16:00

    Is the European debt crisis finally finding its way into Latin America? The IMF thinks so. Nicolás Eyzaguirre, the head of the IMF’s Western hemisphere department, said in his blog Wednesday that he expects to see weaker growth in Latin America this year, and warned of the threat of a credit crunch if euro zone banks continue to avoid lending. The worst case could be that Latin America slips into a recession, he said, but real dangers exist even under less dire circumstances.

    He writes: While deteriorating conditions there have not yet spilled over to Latin America, we will not be immune if the risks move to the foreground. Euro zone banks account for one quarter of banking assets in the larger Latin American countries, on average, and many of those banks are not lending or rolling over existing lines in an effort to shore up their balance sheets. If the crisis comes to a head, Eyzaguirre predicts a credit crunch in Latin America.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/the-eu-debt-crisis-cometh-latin-america

  72. January 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    A bit of tightening in SC. From TPM:

    A new survey from American Research Group shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with a seven point lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Romney gets 31 percent, Gingrich and Santorum see 24 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gets 9 percent.

    Story here: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/3712

  73. January 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 6, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Austin Energy along with Austin City Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Village of Webberville Mayor Hector Gonzales today announced the activation of a 30 megawatt (MW) solar power plant located within the Village of Webberville, Texas. The activation of the power plant marks the first utility-scale solar deployment for Austin Energy and helps bring the utility one step closer to achieving a 35% renewable energy mix by 2020. It is the largest active solar project of any public power utility in the country, the largest active project in Texas and among the largest of all operating solar projects in America.  The project was activated on December 20, 2011.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/06/4167901/austin-energy-activates-30-mw.html

  74. January 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Santorum: Americans Need a Jesus Candidate
    By David| January 06, 2012 03:00 PM

    If Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest stump speech is successful, his opponents may find themselves campaigning against Christ. Speaking to a tea party group at Windham High School in New Hampshire on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator actually compared himself to the Christian savior. Santorum told the crowd that during a radio interview earlier in the week, a man had phoned in to tell him, “We don’t need a Jesus candidate; we need an economic candidate.”

    “My answer to that was, we always need a Jesus candidate,” Santorum, who is a Catholic, recalled.

    Read more: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/santorum-americans-need-jesus-candidate

  75. 305 nintendowii10
    January 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Rev Al and Politics Nation just launched Here Are The Jobs, where they feature companies that are hiring and help people without jobs get employed. Now which talking head on Fox Propaganda will do the same? I’m not holding my breath.

  76. January 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ralph Reed Wants You to Believe Evangelical Vote is a Myth
    By Hrafnkell| HaraldssonJanuary 6, 2012

    Reed, of course, was himself an instrumental figure in the so-called Religious Right’s takeover of the Republican Party and provided much of its early political clout. At the time, he credited the Christian Coalition with giving the Republicans their victories. In 2004, he even worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign, asked pastors to get votes for his candidate, and voilà, Bush received 78 percent of the Evangelical vote. Now this discredited figure is trying to tell us (and mainstream media giant CNN is giving him a pulpit) that the very vote he bragged about is just a myth, that they’re just like the rest of us – just folks. Really?

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/ralph-reed-says-evangelical-vote-is-a-myth

  77. January 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    There seems to be a concerted effort to go after Michelle Obama right now. I wonder if their trying to push Pres. Obama’s buttons because they realized they can’t phase him when they attack him. I don’t recall near this level of focus on either if the Bush First Ladies. Hillary got similar treatment – I guess it’s fair game to attack Democratic First Ladies.

    • 309 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      And you notice it’s all the media…some writer who wants to sell a book…some columnist….GOPolitico…

      But when you talk to REAL people who have interacted with our first lady (e.g., our military families, kids, etc) you get a VERY different picture from what the Republican media is pushing.

      I guess Karl Rove is hard at work..and now that they can’t really use the economy as the trump card…let’s go back to the “Angry Black Lady” theme…

    • January 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      They know she’s an effective campaigner for PBO so they are trying to bring down her favorability ratings while getting a rise out of the Prez. This is an all out assault on driving up her negatives so that the campaign will not be able to use her on the trail as much.

      • 311 anniebella
        January 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        zizi, you are so right. But we must remain strong. We know there are people out there who don’t like the Obamas and they will say anything to try to hurt them.

    • 312 Brit
      January 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      This is just the beginning of the attacks on Michelle. It will get ugly, and POTUS and Michelle will not flinch. They know the deal. They’ll take the attacks in stride and stay focused.

      • 313 hopefruit2
        January 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        And just like the attacks on PBO, these attacks on Michelle will ring hollow. Remember the book that came out claiming that PBO disrespected women? That book went no where REAL FAST. Tweety’s love letter to JFK in the form of a book that trashed PBO also had ZERO impact.

    • 314 nintendowii10
      January 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      The Dems need to make THIS man the poster boy for all the attacks against Michelle Obama:

  78. January 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Florida Bill Would Make Abortion A Felony With A Maximum Sentence Of Life In Prison
    By Tanya Somanader on Jan 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant (R) is starting 2012 with yet another radical effort to ban all abortions in the state unless the woman’s life is in danger. Declaring that “the Legislature acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that first among these is their right to life,” the Florida for Life Act would essentially (and unconstitutionally) make it a felony to perform an abortion except when a physician meets very specific circumstances.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/04/397924/florida-bill-would-make-abortion-a-felony-with-a-maximum-sentence-of-life-in-prison/?mobile=nc

  79. 319 Cha
    January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    MENDACIOUSMITT I found this link in the comments under Benen’s Blog on “Mitt’s Mendacity”.

    Titled “ROMNEY THE LIAR” “BECAUSE THERE ARE LIARS, THERE ARE DAMN LIARS, AND THEN THERE’S MITT ROMNEY”

    From just your interested internet citizen for Democracy..

    http://romneytheliar.blogspot.com/

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/mitts_mendacity034574.php#comments

  80. 320 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Our President will be able to give his SOTU address with his head high, brimming with confidence – so much accomplished in just one short year…killing of Bin Laden, job creation, repeal of DADT, ratification of START treaty, ending Iraq War…weakening Al Qaeda in Afghanistan…fall of oppressive regimes..Gaddafi, Murabek, etc..WOW..I’m really looking forward to this year’s SOTU address.

    • 321 nintendowii10
      January 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      I hope one of the GOP hopefuls gives the “rebuttal,” or of course they could drag out CrazyEyes again to look at the WRONG camera! :smile:

      • 322 hopefruit2
        January 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        Who will be the sacrificial lamb this year? Buddy Roemer? Rand Paul? I don’t think very many of the GOPers would want to go after PBO this year.

        • 323 nintendowii10
          January 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          Herman Cain? He’s got nothing to lose since he’s no longer a candidate, and the GOP can trot out “their black” to make their own SOTU! Be prepared for lots and LOTS of 999!

      • January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        I suspect it will be Chris Christie. Romney attack dog VP wannabe.

  81. January 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Good evening peeps.

    Some Friday funny, TMZ crew votes the President most athletic president i history.

  82. 331 overseasgranny
    January 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Just caught a minute of Blitzer and, OMG!, Herman Cain is back. Not as a candidate but with some phony website scammy thing that will be a big announcement on the 18th. Guess he has learned lessons from Sarah Palin on how to stay relevant and make money. His wife must be very gullible.

    • 332 nintendowii10
      January 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      At least Herman Cain is funny, with his quoting movies like Pokemon and Rush Hour 3, Wasilla Moonbat was just an annoying screeching harpy.

    • 333 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I don’t think she’s gullible. I think somewhere along the line she made a calculated decision that being able to say that she was married and having money was more important than any possible drawback from her association with Herman Cain.

      • 334 overseasgranny
        January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        I thought about that, but one would still get to a point where the humiliation wouldn’t make it worth it no matter how much money you had. Then again…maybe not.

    • January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Supposedly an endorsement. Because of course everybody is waiting with bated breath for it…

  83. 336 itgurl_29
    January 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Oh, and just to put things in perspective, this Jodi Cantor woman, in an interview in Chicago Magazine, was whining over the fact that unlike the Bush’s and the Clintons, the Obama have not let reporters into their private residence. Yes, apparently, they should not only have access to the president at all times, they should be able to go into their private home and spread their nastiness.

    These people are crazy. Brush your shoulders off, Obamabots, and keep it moving. Because it’s gonna get uglier than this, that’s for sure. But we must stay above it all like POTUS and FLOTUS. They remain graceful even as they face the ugliest attacks, and we will do the same.

    • 337 Brit
      January 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      The media is always crying about access to them. They just were whinning about the limited access to the Obamas on their Hawaiin trip.

    • 338 vero804
      January 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Ugh…I wish they never gave her access given the fact that she wanted it so badly. I guess they figured they’d go along with it since she was going to get gossip one way or another.

    • January 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      OH, PLEASE.

      These people are freakin’ CRAZY. Why would the First Family want their private residence crawling with media idiots? OMG.

    • 340 taiping1
      January 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

      I think Oprah did an interview with the First Lady in the residence in 2009. Possibly Walters too.

  84. January 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Fighting Words
    BY MICHAEL A. COHEN | JANUARY 6, 2012

    This year, however, with the notable exception of anti-interventionist Ron Paul, Republicans are pulling out all the stops on the one foreign policy/national security issue that seems to unite them like no other: Iran and its nuclear program. Regionally, Iran has rarely if ever been more isolated. Its one ally, Syria, has its hands full dealing with a domestic uprising, the Gulf states have joined together under a U.S. security umbrella, the Saudis are buying billions in new weaponry from Washington, and the European Union is inching ever closer to a ban on Iranian oil imports — a move that could have a devastating impact on the already battered Iranian economy.

    Compounding all that is the fact that Iranian scientists are continuing to get killed in the streets of Tehran, and the country’s missile-development program may have just blown itself up. So why, then, are Republican candidates treating Iran like it’s the modern embodiment of Nazi Germany, al Qaeda, and the Soviet Union, all wrapped up in a mischievous and explosive ball?

    Read more: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/06/fighting_words

  85. January 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hmmmm where is Robert Reich and his PUMA brigade who screamed last two weeks that PBO was dooooooooooomed with Democrats if he didn’t kick out VP Joe Biden and run with SOS Hillary Clinton? He’s awfully quiet about Cordray, military cuts and robust job growth. Dumbass

  86. January 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    FREDDIE MAC TO GRANT MORTGAGE BREAKS TO UNEMPLOYED HOMEOWNERS | The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, known as Freddie Mac, announced Friday that it will provide mortgage servicers the power to grant unemployed homeowners who have Freddie Mac-backed mortgages a one-year break on their mortgage payments, the Chicago Tribune reports. The change takes effect February 1 and allows mortgage servicers to provide six months of relief without Freddie Mac approval and six months more with approval — a six-month increase over the current policy.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/06/399806/freddie-mac-to-grant-mortgage-breaks-to-unemployed-homeowners/?mobile=wp

  87. 350 desertflower
    January 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Looks like we will all have to endure all the stupid and all the haters. Seriously…could they flipping get a life? Here we have Kansas House Speaker, Mike O’Neal….anyone reading from Kansas???

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/06/kansas-house-speaker-apologizes-for-calling-first-lady-mrs-yomama/

    “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course,” the forward read.

    “Sorry, just had to forward this latest holiday message!” O’Neal wrote. “I’ve had worse hair days but this is pretty funny.”

    In a statement to The Lawrence Journal-World, a newspaper in Kansas that was first to obtain the emails, O’Neal apologized for “missing” the offending text. “To those I have offended, I am sorry,” he said. “That was not my intent.”

    The Journal-World also revealed that O’Neal had forward another email which referenced the Bible verse Psalm 109:8, which reads: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

    The very next verse adds: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

  88. January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Folks, this is HUGE, HUGE news!!! Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offer up to one year for no mortgage payments for homeowners who are unemployed. :)

    Fannie and Freddie don’t service loans but own the mortgage and the loans are serviced (on behalf of Fannie and Freddie primarily by BofA, Wells, GMAC and US Bank). These banks are paid a monthly servicing fee by Fannie and Freddie. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac own about 2/3 of conventional home mortgages (not FHA or VA mortgages). There was a rumor yesterday that the Obama admin had something in the works but they denied it. Well it was announced late today.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-freddie-mac-to-grant-breaks-on-mortgage-payments-for-up-to-a-year-20120106,0,1820405.story

    • 357 desertflower
      January 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      This IS huge! Great news. Really great news :)

      • January 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        Yes, fewer foreclosures means home prices will start to stabilize and possibly see some appreciation this Fall. With home price stabilization, people will feel confident in buying a home or selling their home or both and this gives jobs to all real estate related workers: construction, realtors, building supply companies, rehab and home repairmen/women, etc. etc. Our entire economy hinges on housing so this will have both an immediate and long term effect on the economy, not to mention the HUGE help it is to the unemployed homeowner to not have that financial burder for a year.

    • January 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      It is indeed fantastic news.

  89. January 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Progress:

    @marabout40 Dionne J.
    Salazar set to announce 20-Year Ban On Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon thkpr.gs/yvsYZF

    • 361 desertflower
      January 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      More great news! All the Senators and Reps from AZ…THE REPUBLICAN ONES…thought it would be a GREAT IDEA to dig up the Grand Canyon for uranium! Jobs! Money! Blah, blah, blah!

      I went to Ben Quayle’s town hall, and he brought Paul Gosar with him…and they were talking this little endeavor up, like nobody’s business! Needless to say, they got QUITE a lot of push back for THAT shitty idea. They hurt my heart and insult my brain.

      • January 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Rep Flake, who’s running to replace Kyl was in support of it as well. Was there any Dem push back on the issue? Was Cardona out front with any push back?

  90. January 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Lead story on the Yahoo Mail page:

    PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire—Virtually everyone thinks Mitt Romney will win New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary next Tuesday. The big question is how large his margin of victory will be.

    Romney has led the polls here by 20 points or more for months—a product of the fact he’s a former governor of a neighboring state and, now, a part-time resident with a vacation home in Wolfeboro. But that massive lead could be viewed as both a blessing and a curse, as it raises expectations for how well Romney has to perform next week.

    By all accounts, anything less than a double-digit win in the Granite State could prove embarrassing for Romney and create an opening for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul—all of whom are battling it out for second place in the state in hopes of gaining momentum heading into South Carolina and Florida.

    Story here: Romney faces great expectations (and lackluster crowds) in New Hampshire.

  91. 364 Janelle
    January 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Regarding the NYT article and book coming out about FLOTUS, I guess I’ve gotten pretty thickskinned. Some of the words used were for sensationalism for sure, but what it revealed to me is what I always knew—-every First Lady, no matter the party, has an adjustment period because they are their husband’s strongest advocate and partner, but the political machine of the West Wing is difficult to get through at first, and it’s challenging to get your views expressed if not done through your husband. I imagine it was very hard for FLOTUS to watch some of the things unfold (like some on this blog have mentioned about strategic planning and communication—which Plouffe has definitely improved on this), knowing she could possibly help and aides either underutilizing her that first year to help sell PBO’s legislation or trying to overuse her in political wooing, which she hates, all this while trying to define her role, make an impact on issues and raise two daughters. Here you are a spouse watching your husband run himself into the ground trying to do the right thing, but there are political aides whose job it is to look at all decisions politically especially when it comes to elections—and FLOTUS doesn’t think about elections alone. How do you balance being your husband’s moral compass as a sole voice when he’s got hundreds of other voices buzzing in his ear? I think in the end, she’s the one that encourages him to listen to his bold voice and his own intuition—which serves him well. She’s concerned about him being that transformational figure regardless if he loses an election. I just love her for that…I truly do. In the end, after this election (and there will be many attacks against her), FLOTUS will be throroughly praised for what she added to her husband’s administration. I do believe at the end of the day, when the President says he’s going bold on a certain issue and then tells his wife what he’s planning to do, she tells him to do it and go all in. She’s not interested in making and developing policy or telling her husband what is the specifically the best policy, but I do remember her saying in the past that she supports the President in any legislation that helps the most people and does the most good.

  92. 372 anniebella
    January 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    We must keep the Obama family in our prayers. Barack and Michelle still has my support.

  93. January 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I don’t know what to say about his except that it made me absolutely cry:

  94. January 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Santorum’s role is to distract working class Repugs

    Granted it’s a lot of fun listening to this loon. But don’t make a mistake he is playing a GOP designated “Palinesque role”, which is to distract working/middle class Repug voters from thinking about their economic interests, and focus on their primal/cultural fears while Romney consolidates the support of the economic royalty.

    This is the revolving role that every single one of the not-Romney’s has played in this GOP Klown Kar circus. Distract, distract, distract, then firm up power of the corporate greedsters over the GOP rank and file.

    Why do you think Cain is back on the circus ride with his so called bus-tour. His role is to amplify the distraction and piss off Dems. Today on MSNBc Alex Wagner pre-empted the Presidents pertinent comments about the jobs numbers to feature Cain.

    We have to know their game and not be hoodwinked

    ***********************
    “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.” — Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

  95. 375 Canuck Joyce
    January 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Chips,

    I think we need a post to celebrate our outstanding FLOTUS Michelle. What you say sweetie? :)

  96. 376 desertflower
    January 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This is low.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/06/399138/hit-and-run-boeing-35-billion/

    ni on Jan 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    This week, defense and aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing announced that it will be closing the Boeing Defense, Space & Security facility in Wichita by the end of 2013, which “means the loss of 2,100 well-paying jobs at its Kansas facility, which was once considered the centerpiece of Wichita’s claim as the air capital of the world.” Boeing will instead be performing the operations that were scheduled for Wichita in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

    “Boeing is the poster child for corporate tax incentives. This company has benefited from property tax incentives, sales tax exemptions, infrastructure investments and other tax breaks at every level of government. These incentives were provided in an effort to retain and create thousands of Kansas jobs,” said Wichita Rep. Jim Ward (D) in response to Boeing’s move. “We will be less trusting in the future of corporate promises.” Indeed, the company’s ruthless behavior — promising jobs if the state granted it special treatment and then fleeing for lower costs elsewhere — is a cautionary tale not just to Kansas but every legislature in the country.

  97. January 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is cool:

  98. 380 Ladyhawke
    January 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Obama Uses Jobs Number To Renew Call For Raising Taxes On The Wealthy

    See what Obama did there? He used the positive jobs numbers to once again call for a leveling of the playing field. The Obama message has become a consistent drumbeat of defending the middle class every single day. President Obama is being allowed to define himself as the one leader in Washington, D.C. who cares about and is fighting for the middle class.

    Most news outlets focused on Obama’s call for a yearlong payroll tax cut extension, but the most interesting part of his statement was his continued emphasis on raising taxes on the wealthy. The White House has successfully defined this issue as one of fairness. In their view raising taxes on those who make the most, but pay the least is about correcting an imbalance that goes against the fundamental American belief that hard work should be rewarded.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-jobs-taxes-rich

  99. 381 carolyn
    January 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Regarding that new book, I won’t be reading it…..this is a pretty standard potboiler, a la Kitty Kelly from what it sounds. I just am thinking this….good it’s coming out now, not next summer or fall. It will be another nine day wonder and forgotten by the middle of February. Sensationalizing a person’s move-in time is crass. Anyone who has ever moved and taken a new job knows how tough that is, and their transition was the hardest possible. These people have no heart or soul who do this kind of writing. As they say, this too shall pass.
    The President and Vice President are the only two people who have to undergo a trial period of learning a new job, in the full glare of the entire country, and really the entire world. They have done magnificently.


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