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rise and shine

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Steve Benen: It’s hard not to marvel at just how dishonest Mitt Romney is prepared to be in order to win. The notion of politicians misleading the public to advance their ambitions isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but Romney acts as if he doesn’t even care about getting caught, leading to blatant and obvious falsehoods.

This one, from last night’s debate, was just shameless….

Full post here

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Charlotte Observer: On the final night of this fall’s Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium, party sources told the Observer on Monday night.

Convention officials are expected to announce the venue this morning at a news conference at the stadium. Two party sources say the decision to use the stadium was made months ago.

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Morning everyone ;-)


280 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 Pamela
    January 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Happy birthday to us all!

  2. 4 TrumpDog
    January 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good morning

  3. 5 TrumpDog
    January 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Flip Flop Romney doesn’t seem to have a long game for this election. For him to blatantly lie over and over again is disturbing. Does he realize at some point he will have to answer and explain his outrageous attacks?

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

      I think he’s really a bit nuts. His pathology is screaming off-the-charts.

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Not sure why I couldn’t post, since I was logged in. So logged out and in again, and here we go. [Maybe I’ve been banned from the site and will have to become a Republican? Oh, NO!!!!!!]

        It’s so discouraging, but I believe you have that right, meta. Somehow, I don’t even think he knows anymore that he’s lying. He sure doesn’t seem to care. This has gone beyond the Luntz and Rovian pushes to just keep saying things over and over and people will eventually believe them. Romney doesn’t even seem to repeat the same lies – they all seem new each time. Of course, I’m not really focusing on him or keeping track, but that’s my perception – from over here on the left side of the room!

    • 8 57andFemale
      January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Not if the MSM doesn’t hold him accountable. he is counting on Karl Rove and FOX to plant the lies as truth, as they did in 2000 and 2004 and get away with it.

      • January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        I agree Rove and FOX will do their part but the problem is Romney. There’s no way to sell this guy. He’s obviously a fake and nervous one at that.

  4. January 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Good morning TOD! From previous thread-

    Ron Paul one of only four House Republicans to request earmarks for 2011 budget (UPDATED)
    By Patrick Caldwell| Wednesday, December 08, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only four House Republicans to break rank from the party and request earmarks despite a Republican Conference earmark moratorium. Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year. His largest single request was $19,500,000 for a naval training ship at the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, followed by a $18,126,000 to provide maintenance on the Matagorda Ship Channel.

    Read more: http://www.americanindependent.com/160697/ron-paul-one-of-only-four-house-republicans-to-request-earmarks-for-2011-budget

    • 11 nabsentia23
      January 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Ron Paul has always been knee-deep in earmarks. He negotiates them behind closed doors then votes “no” in order to protect his “small government” personae. Paul knows that his “no” vote won’t prevent the bill from passing, but will be on the record. This allows him to say he’s for “small government” while, at the same time, getting his constituents plenty of government-funded goodies. The man is an all-out fraud!

  5. 12 a4alice
    January 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Mornin TOD. Happy Birthday FLOTUS! :D

  6. January 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Mitt Romney: Still Hunting for a Straight Answer

  7. January 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Good morning Everybody, and I hope everybody have a Super Duper Day :-)

  8. January 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Interactive Explainer: How the GOP Stealth Money Machine Works
    —By Jaeah Lee| Tue Jan. 17, 2012 3:00 AM PST

    Tracking how campaign money flows through the political system is harder than ever, especially when that money passes through an organization like the Republican Governors Association. As MoJo’s Andy Kroll reports, while campaign finance observers have fixated on the rise of super-PACs and shadow-spending groups, the RGA has quietly mastered the art of skirting election laws while raising millions for GOP candidates in key races.

    This interactive explainer shows the inner workings of the RGA’s stealthy M.O. for shuffling money around the country and “wiping the fingerprints off the money.” (Note: After first clicking on the gray arrow, please first give the interactive a few seconds to load.)

    Read more: http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/interactive-explainer-republican-governors-association-money-machine

  9. January 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Where Does Mitt Romney’s Bain Jobs Figure Come From?
    —By Tim Murphy| Mon Jan. 16, 2012 7:13 PM PST

    But for all his talk, Romney has still failed to produce any credibile answer for how he arrived at any of the various jobs figures he’s tossed out. As I explained last week, the best answer we’ve seen is that his top aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, added up the jobs growth of a few of Bain’s most successful spinoffs (Sports Authority, Staples, etc.), and that was it. No consideration of the various Bain investments that lost jobs. No allowance for the fact that Romney is effectively taking credit for every job Staples has ever created—dare I say he invented office supplies?—even though Bain provided just 10 percent of the seed money for the company. No calculation, in other words; just an arbitrary number. It’s no surprise it fluctuates so much.

    Romney wasn’t pressed on the source for his newest figure by the Fox panel, but don’t expect him to get off so easy. President Obama’s re-election team has already set its sights on the 100,000 figure. On Monday, they took to Tumblr—yes, they’re on Tumblr—to taunt Romney’s inconsistencies in chart form (click to enlarge):

    Read more: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/01/where-does-mitt-romneys-bain-jobs-figure-even-come

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Last night he was up to 120k.

      • 21 utaustinliberal
        January 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

        My goodness, he can’t even get the amount of jobs he supposedly created right. First it was 100K, then it was tens of thousands, then it was thousands and now it’s 120K? And he wonders why he’s being percieved as a flip flopper? Watching some of the highlights of last nights debate again, Romney’s glass jaw really is becoming more prevalent. He got so flustered yesterday, it was hilarious. Then he lied about PBO not having a jobs plan and not having any free trade agreements in three years. I guess he was asleep when congress passed PBO’s free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. No one called him out for hose blatant lies. I’m going to enjoy PBO whipping the crap out of him come debate time. He’s gonna wish he never tried to play games with adults.

        • 22 jacquelineoboomer
          January 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

          Romney’s been sitting at the kids table his whole life. He’s trying to chow down with the adults, but no way are his table manners acceptable to our country or any other country.

          PBO (without lying once) will squash him like a bug (or that fly he got while being interviewed by John Harwood at the White House!).

        • January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

          He passed flip flopping three exits ago. Romney’s in Frantic Lying Desperationville

  10. January 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hope everyone has a great day! Happy Birthday First Lady. I just want to say, I did not watch the debate last night. I did see a lot on Twitter. I got home late and watched a little basketball…my beloved Mavs lost. Back to the GOP. I don’t know about you but they really scare me. I am 53, worked hard all my life and am starting over for the 2nd time in 20 years. My job was SAVED by the President. I was laid off after Rick Scott came to office in Florida. I was hired back but quit after hours being cut in half. I found a lower paying job 2 miles from my house compared to the job I had with the school board 54 miles from my house. The school board job hours were cut in half so it kind of equaled out.

    If we don’t get out and work to get the President re-elected we are all in for the same fate I have lived for the past few years.

    Off to work the out to dinner. It is my wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been married for 27 years today….It is time for Happy Hour!!

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Happy Anniversary proudmember!~

    • 26 Pamela
      January 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Happy Anniversary to you both! Try not to be afraid, pmogz, fear is what feeds them, they are counting on people to be afraid… Try to stay on that meditative plane of ‘don’t know’. It is a Buddhist practice of equanimity, allowing us to not throw any weight towards a negative outcome, which fear does, and allows the positive to manifest. This practice can be used to offset any fear, when certainty seems doubtful. Better if you can manage a hopeful outlook, but this can help hold the mental state together on darker days. it does require some practice. But, once grasped, can be used as a life jacket, so to speak.

    • 27 a4alice
      January 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

      27 years wow! happy anniversary Proud! :-)

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Happy anniversary! Enjoy your dinner out. You deserve a wonderful time.

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Happy Anniversary, Mr & Mrs. PMofGZ, And may you both have 27++ more years together! :lol:

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Happy anniversary to both of you! And more good times ahead, during this election year and beyond!

  11. January 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is defending critical comments she made of the GOP made from a church pulpit. 

    Jarrett ripped congressional Republcians for blocking President Obama’s jobs bill, which she said would have helped state and local governments keep teachers, firefighters and police officers on the job. 

    “Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress, well let me be specific, because the Republicans in Congress …” Jarrett said during a Sunday church service, according to CBS Atlanta, before being interrupted by laughter and applause. 

    http://thehill.com/video/administration/204495-jarrett-defends-anti-gop-comments-from-mlk-pulpit

    Valerie is tough! The Right comes after her, lately!

    • 32 anniebella
      January 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Ms. Jarrett was telling the truth. The sorry Republicans were sabotaging the economy in hopes of winning 2012. They didn’t give a dam about people suffering. Just as long as the rich were not suffering.

      • 33 57andFemale
        January 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

        Let me get this straight: republicans are complaining about her making ‘political’ statements at church? When Karl Rove has used churches for 30 years to defeat Democrats?

        Un-freakin’-believable.

        • 34 anniebella
          January 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

          Is it any of the Republicans business where Ms. Jarrett make her comments. If the people in the church weren’t complaining then to hell with those lying Republicans.

          • 35 Debz
            January 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

            Why does Valerie have to defend her statements, or where she made them, but it’s ok for Romney to lie any time or any place???

            HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FIRST LADY!!!!!!

  12. January 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Good morning, Chip and everyone. Happy Birthday to the most marvelous FL.

    I think I saw PPP tweet yesterday, saying they got a new poll they’ll release today, with PBO clearly leading the weasel. If I did not imagine it, being so old as I am….

  13. 39 Betsy
    January 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Good morning to you all. I read the piece of Benen’s and made the mistake of reading some of the comments. The very first one called President the food stamps president, did not even debate the validity of the American Jobs Act, and just took the opportunity to put PBO down in a nasty way. It makes me want to take a shower. We need to re-elect PBO and have a whopping Democratic majority in the House and Senate to finally have four more years to make these people realize that their views are not acceptable in this country anymore!

    • 40 57andFemale
      January 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I never read the comments. I’m angry enough.

    • 42 Obama Grandmama
      January 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I am thinking it is a good thing Prez Obama is willing to help people when they are in severe need after a Republican administration that created the economic conditions and need for more foodstamps than ever before. Can we come up with a shortened easily understood comeback on that GOP label? I remember when Obamacare was thrown around and Obama cares came out of that label. I now like calling the ACA Obamacare as it gives him credit for a great accomplishment.

      We need to keep PBO in office to let the entire program unfold in the years they are designed to kick in. We also need him to help appoint Supreme Court Justices. There are so many things we need him in office for but even if these two items are all that can be achieved it is worth it for these. Mostly we need a plurality of Dems in Congress as well.

  14. January 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

    New Tool Reveals Country’s Most Polluted Places: How Close Do You Live?
    By Scott Thill| January 16, 2012

    Thanks to a new tool from the EPA, you can see how close you live to the country’s biggest polluters.

    Looking for some awkward synergy? The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a comprehensive database of America’s greatest greenhouse gas creators. It interactively indexes the 6,700 power plants and other facilities responsible for 80 percent of U.S. emissions, in an accessible online resource that gives interested citizens the ability not only to monitor their local and national pollution, but also to reproduce data-specific graphs and charts to fire off to colleagues and friends on social networks.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/environment/153786/new_tool_reveals_country%27s_most_polluted_places%3A_how_close_do_you_live/

  15. January 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I couldn’t make it to that Nairobi mobile repair shop named “Yes, We Can”, today. I am off to another place in Kenya tomorrow.

    I will try to take that photo (preferably with the owner) when I will be back in Nairobi in a week’s time.

    btw, I’m apparently a ‘concern troll’ here. Who knew ? :)

  16. January 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

      The retweet thingy without leaving this place is pretty cool. :)

      • 52 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

        INDEED…I RETWEETED…LOVE THIS!

      • 53 57andFemale
        January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

        I am so twitter-dumb. I didn’t even realize I could do that.

        However, the only people I tweet with are people from here, so is there any point in re-tweeting?

        • January 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

          I’m trying to figure out the answer to that 57, while trying to grow my readership. Right now I’m thinking that when I retweet someone here who has more followers than I ever will maybe hit a ‘new’ audience. {and that makes no sense, but it does give you the very real idea that I don’t know what I’m about. :( }

          • 55 jacquelineoboomer
            January 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

            I understood you, perfectly! Let’s keep retweeting for the benefit of followers of followers – and others we select!

            • January 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

              Keep re-tweeting. I get new followers every day, and that’s only because my followers (mostly from this site) re-tweet my messages. I also find interesting people to follow when the people they follow get re-tweeted, and before you know it, you’ve got tons of new people and new ideas swirling around.

      • January 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        Yes, I love being able to retweet from here. I keep forgetting how to bring my tweets over, though…

        • 58 jacquelineoboomer
          January 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

          You click on the timeline (where it says, for instance, 7 hours ago), which will open up the tweet in a new screen. Then go to the URL in the search line for that larger version of the tweet, and cut and paste.

          • January 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            Thanks JoB! I’ve written this down and will keep it on my desktop. Always searching for the last time someone asked for instructions…

  17. 60 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I HOPE PBO AND OUR BEAUTIFUL FIRST LADY HAVE AN AWESOME BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION…FAR AWAY FROM THE DIN OF RIDICULOUS GOP POLITICS! SHE DESERVES THE BEST IN PEACEFUL AND LOVING MOMENTS! WISH THEY WERE STILL IN ‘ALOHA’ LAND!

  18. January 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Pakistan’s civilian government heads to court
    Suzanna Koster| January 16, 2012 14:59

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The ongoing political saga that has gripped Pakistan in recent months took yet another turn Monday when the country’s Supreme Court summoned the prime minister for contempt of court. The move brings the country’s executive branch and its judiciary, which some believe is quietly being supported by the country’s powerful military, closer than ever to a direct clash, the result of which could be the collapse of the current civilian government.

    Prime Minister Raza Yousaf Gilani now has to explain later this week why his government hasn’t pursued investigations against 8,041 bureaucrats, politicians and political operatives accused of everything from corruption and money laundering to murder.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/120116/gilani-surpeme-court-pakistan-trial-scandal-military

  19. 62 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I’LL BE GLAD WHEN THE NEVER ENDING BATTLE BETWEEN THE GOP PUNDITS IS OVER! I AM EXTREMELY TIRED OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. PBO WILL SQUASH THE ONE WHO REMAINS ON THE ISLAND! CAN’T BELIEVE THESE INFLATED NECKTIES CAN EVEN THINK THEY COULD BE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY. OF COURSE MY GLARES AND ABUSE FROM REPUBLICANS IS GETTING WORSE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ARE BACKED IN A CORNER AND HAVE NO CHOICES IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD! YEEEEEHAAAAH!

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Speaking of ‘inflated neckties’, and inflated egos, I would really like to know if any pundit/journalist/political analysts/? will actually walk into a voting booth AND vote for any of these Republican candidate THIS year! Despite what they say when on a talk show, I can’t believe ANY would be so dumb as to vote Rep in 2012.

  20. 65 halo
    January 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

    THE IDIOTS AT THE ECB AND EUROPE ARE DITHERING. JUST LISTEN TO PBO AND GEITHNER AND PUMP MONEY TO START GROWTH. WHAT A BUNCH OF IMBECILES!

  21. January 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Iraq detains foreign contractors
    Priyanka Boghani| January 16, 2012 16:30

    Over 100 international contractors have been detained by the Iraqi government over visa applications, weapons permits and other authorizations, said The New York Times. The Times ran a front page story on how this is “one of the first major signs of the Iraqi government’s asserting its sovereignty after the American troop withdrawal last month.”

    “We have to apply our own rules now,” said Latif Rashid, a senior adviser to Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president. The detentions have been confirmed by the American government, though it has not released an official figure. The Times reported that the Iraqi government stopped issuing or renewing weapons licenses and other documents after the withdrawal of troops, catching contractors with expired papers at checkpoints and the airport.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/120116/iraq-detains-foreign-contractors

  22. 69 utaustinliberal
    January 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Watching the SC GOP crowd cheer when Newt justified his statement about poor children working as janitors and equating a laziness factor to minorities, especially African-Americans just made me sick to my stomach. Everytime a presidential election comes around, one is reminded once again how SC is famous for dirty campaign strategies that appeal to divisiveness. Then to add insult to injury, Santorum of the famous “If I am President, I’ll make sure black (blah) people never get the rich white community’s “hard earned” money” tried to pretend that he loves black people and MLK Jr. (can’t believe that moron evoked MLK Jr’s. name and tried to link it to felons in the minority community) and that in the spirit of MLK Jr’s holiday, if he were President (in his dreams) he unlike Romney would make sure that eligible felons were allowed to vote. The nerve of him! He comfortably stood on that stage and acted as though all felons come from the minority community and he being their white knight would come and rescue them. Watching the crowd cheer at that prejudiced statement and bastardizing of MLK Jr’s. image revealed an ugly strain that exists within the GOP. Ugh.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I didn’t watch but from everything I’m reading, that room was full of nothing but vile and disgusting hatred.

      • 71 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        The hatred that’s being unleashed in public at these debates is quite frightening.

        • 72 idon
          January 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          Yes. I’m so frightened for the President and First Family. MSNBC pundits are speaking out in harsher and clearer tones. Melissa Perry’s voice will be added on Feb 4th right after Up with Chris. Please support her.

    • 73 Ladyhawke
      January 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Morning ut. Your update is absolutely chilling. I didn’t watch the debate, but after reading your comment I can understand why Andrew Sullivan said he just felt like talking a shower.

      http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/live-blogging-the-fox-sc-debate.html

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:45 am

      South Carolina is LAST in education. Keep ‘em dumb and they can be controlled. Racist know they can use African Americans as scapegoats. Never mind that 34% of “welfare” recipients are white. They never think to ask themselves if African Americans are only 14% of the entire population how can they be the largest recipients of welfare. Of course, they also never consider who the REAL welfare recipients are – big oil, gas and other mega-corporations.

  23. 75 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

  24. January 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Imad Ghalioun, Syrian parliamentary member, defects
    Kyle Kim| January 16, 2012 14:16

    Imad Ghalioun, a Syrian parliamentary member representing the restive city of Homs, has defected to join the opposition against President Bashar Assad, according to media reports. “The Syrian people are living their worst period,” Ghalioun said late Sunday in Cairo after he fled his country. “The people of Homs are under siege and the city is disaster-stricken,” he said on Al-Arabiya TV. “There is no electricity, piles of garbage fill the streets…The sounds of shelling all night terrify children.” Homs has been one of the most violence-stricken cities in Syria since the government-revolt began in March.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120116/imad-ghalioun-syria-defects

  25. January 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

    1/4 of the SC electorate wishes the South had won the Civil war!

    • 78 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

      That’s not surprising. Some in the South are still deeply and intensely racist. When they talk about PBO and taking their country back; and use other derogratory words in regards to him, their racism comes through as clear as a siren.

  26. 81 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Very funny

  27. January 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Republicans Claim Pensions Funds Are Robbing The Rich
    By Rmuse| January 17, 2012

    In many countries on Earth, culture dictates the elderly deserve respect and care from younger generations out of reverence for their sacrifice throughout their lives. In most civilized countries, the government provides a pension out of an obligation that has as its basis, common decency and humanity to guarantee seniors are not homeless and starving. America owes a debt of gratitude to those people who, during their lifetimes, toiled and sacrificed to build a nation the entire population benefits from.

    Republicans do not agree and since the New Deal, have sought various ways to abolish Social Security that successfully prevents elderly Americans from living in destitution and poverty. To hear Republicans tell it, Social Security is welfare that deprives Wall Street from access to a worker’s life’s saving for their retirement income. In many states, Republicans are making a concerted effort to demean public employee’s retirement systems by claiming they are the sole reason state budgets face shortfalls.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/republicans-pension-funds

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Let me see, now. I worked in an office for 34 years and via telecommuting for nine years, paying into my retirement fund and Social Security benefits – and the benefits of others, as well. But, since I’m now “collecting” on the 43 years I invested, Republicans are now calling me a “welfare queen”?

      Uh. I don’t think so. And there are a lot of others around and beyond my age group who are VOTERS just like little old me.

  28. 84 Bill
    January 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    In case anyone missed it Newton Leroy said his daughter worked as a janitor in a church at the age of 13 and enjoyed it.

    • 85 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

      The manner in which Newt spits out lies on the one hand makes me crack up, and on the other hand freaks me out because if one can so comfortably lie without any fear, that’s just creepy.

      Sureeee his daughter enjoyed working as a janitor in a public place. Are you freaking kidding me? What 13 year old enjoys such intense manual labor? The only way Newt’s daughter who comes from a wealthy family “enjoyed” working as a janitor was because she most likely was forced to do it. Gimme a break!

    • January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      oh so on Sundays she was in charge of clearing the buffet table and putting the chairs against the wall?

  29. January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    We are waiting…

  30. January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Guiding Principles
    Protecting & Strengthening Social Security

    President Obama believes that all seniors should be able to retire with dignity, not just a privileged few. And, he believes that all Americans deserve to know that, if they become disabled or if they lose the breadwinner in the family, Social Security will be there to protect them. Today, nearly 54 million Americans receive Social Security benefits, including 38 million retirees and their family members, 10 million Americans with disabilities and their dependents, and 6 million survivors of deceased workers. For many of these Americans, Social Security is a key source of income. In fact, for more than half of Social Security recipients aged 65 or over, the program provides over 50 percent of their family income and, because of its lifetime income protection and survivors benefits, Social Security is particularly important for elderly women.

    In addition to protecting and strengthening Social Security, President Obama will make it easier for Americans to save on their own for retirement and prepare for unforeseen expenses. Currently over 75 million working Americans—about half the workforce—lack access to retirement plans through their employers. The President’s budget lays the foundation for all Americans to participate in retirement accounts at work, proposing simple rules and automatic enrollment—that will automatically enroll workers in IRAs who, until now, haven’t had a workplace retirement plan, while allowing them to opt out if they wish.

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/seniors-and-social-security

  31. January 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Xenophobic much?!!

    GOP debate audience boos Romney’s Mexican heritage
    By David Edwards| Monday, January 16, 2012

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be in the lead in the Palmetto state, but that doesn’t mean South Carolinians necessarily like him. During a Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday, the Republican audience booed loudly after being told that Romney’s father was born in Mexico. In a report last week, NBC revealed that Romney’s great grandfather, Miles Park Romney, had fled to Mexico with other Mormons to escape persecution for polygamy. Romney’s father, George, was later born in the northern Mexico colony of Colonia Dublan. At the age of five, George Romney returned to the United States illegally after the Mexican Revolution broke out.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/16/gop-debate-audience-boos-romneys-mexican-heritage/

  32. January 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    ICYMI, PBO sending Betty White birthday wishes:

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/president-obama-sends-betty-white-90th-birt

    He is too funny for words!!

    • 96 Linda
      January 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

      OMG…That is to funny…..

    • 97 halo
      January 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

      THAT WAS HILARIOUS!

    • 99 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Hahaha. Thanks for this Meta. PBO’s sense of humor is delightful.

      • 100 anniebella
        January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Watching FLOTUS on ICarly and then the POTUS wishing Betty White a Happy Birthday, they are just great. They both have great sense of humor. I remember two the pictures Gayle King were talking about during her interview with FLOTUS, one picture were Gayle said she just loved that picture, where POTUS is whispering in FLOTUS ear and she is laughing. Then the picture where FLOTUS says she is acting silly and she has POTUS laughing. They both are wonderful, and we need four more years. That ain’t no joke.

    • 101 Ladyhawke
      January 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Oh thank you thank you thank you meta. I couldn’t wait to see that. Everyone was talking about it yesterday and felt left out because I missed it. That was just adorable. Too cute. He is such a good sport.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Ah, I only saw your link now Meta, thanks a MILLION, it’s flippin’ hilarious!!

  33. January 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    • 104 57andFemale
      January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am

      When is the delivering of the recall petitions today? Although they certainly have more than they need, the language on Ed Schultz last night made it seem like it would be less than the 750,000 they set out to get. Hope I’m wrong.

      • January 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Nope. They said they got many more signatures. One report had them receiving 1.5 million, but they said that was incorrect. I got the impression that it may be more. Not only did they get signatures to recall Walker, they also got enough to recall the LT Governor and a few senators.

  34. January 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Dylan Ratigan is going on a nationwide jobs tour.
    Is he campaigning?

    • 107 Bill
      January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

      He is selling a book named “Greedy Bastards” or something like that.

    • 112 Waltjack
      January 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      What jobs can @dylanratigan create. I think he thinks it is easy to create jobs and wants only to use GOP talkingpoints to talk about President Obamas job failures according to dylan. I would also not inform anyone I know to attend one of his speaches. How can anyone get away with talking about the same topic everyday of their show.

      • 113 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        Dylan doesn’t play well with others. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of his MSNBC co-workers chipped in and bribed the boss to send Dylan on the road. Of course, he’ll be “phoning home,” but at least he won’t be in the studio.

        He also gets himself in trouble every now and then, so he’s about due for another meltdown.

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Ha, that’s hilarious Halo!!!! Can’t wait to see Mitt try to fill stadiums!

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      If I’m not mistaken, having driven through, Florence is an exit off I-95 (or some other interstate juncture) in South Carolina, so I’m guessing some of the people in the “crowd” had originally stopped at a Waffle House for breakfast and just happened to run into Romney. Or maybe Romney promised breakfast after the “rally” – or just simply handed each of them $60.

      Your guess is as good as mine.

  35. 124 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Just in case no one has posted PBO’s very cute appearance on the Betty White Bday tribute last night:

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/president-obama-sends-betty-white-90th-birt

    • January 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Thank you SO much Dotster, I couldn’t find a video of it anywhere – it’s a hooooooooot!

    • 126 TrumpDog
      January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

      OMG that was so funny.

      And a huge SWOON to my president. I love to watch him write. I think it’s so cool he’s a leftie. It’s incredibly cute how he writes so he doesn’t smear the words he’s written.
      Signed
      -A very jealous right hander

  36. January 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Heads up everyone – President Obama Meets with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, 10:45

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  37. January 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Mitt Romney ‘Nosotros’ Spanish Ad – Bad Latino Vote Pandering Effort
    January 11, 2012 | by Estelle Gonzales Walgreen

    Mitt thank you for your ‘Nosotros’ (‘Us’) en Español ad. I thank you for recognizing (finally) that some people in the U.S. speak something else beside English no matter that this is vote pandering before your campaign hits Latin flavored Miami. Smart to have your son Craig narrate the ad so as not to get too close to the Spanish language and irritate the English-only voters.

    Not so smart to use Cuban politicians that are happy enough to support anyone that agrees to starve and isolate the island of Cuba by maintaining the embargo – last time I checked that was not a key election issue amongst the general electorate or Latinos for that matter.

    The ad is clearly a nod to potential Spanish-speaking voters in Florida or better said the Cuban Republicans that don’t care as much about immigration and the DREAM Act. Mitt FYI the majority of eligible Latino voters are of Mexican descent and they do care about immigration and the DREAM Act.

    Read more: http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/por-que/details/mitt-romney-nosotros-spanish-ad-bad-latino-vote-pandering-effort/13248/

  38. January 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    PBO about to meet with Council on Jobs and Competitiveness:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  39. January 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will
    By Marie Diamond on Jan 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

    In an article about the reasons Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum: Rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent out an email saying that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president. […] “The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email said.

    Johnson, who remains on Santorum’s staff, complained that the email was “blown out of proportion” and should not be held against him because it was sent from a personal email account. But he refused to back away from the substance of the email, saying “I was sharing my personal reflections with a friend…[T]hey were reflections on over 25 years of formal, theological study [based in] classical Christian doctrine.”

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/17/402438/santorum-staffer-says-women-shouldnt-be-president-because-its-against-gods-will/?mobile=nc

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Every day it becomes more apparent that these guys are relics of the past, stuck in amber like ancient artifacts. How you can walk through the world with your eyes closed is beyond me. There have been and are women presidents and prime ministers throughout the world and these guys want to pretend they’re not there and and never have been. What little, damaged people they are with such tiny, closed minds..

  40. January 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

    January 6, 2012
    Election Toolkit for 50 States
    Posted by Linda H on 3:05 PM

    GENERAL
    Get Started :: Voter ID Requirements :: Obama – Accomplishments / Promises Kept

    ISSUES
    Jobs and the Economy :: Health Care :: Social Security/Medicare :: Education :: Energy and the Environment :: Equal Rights :: National Security :: Taxes / Income Inequality

    GROUPS
    AA :: AAPI :: Jews :: Labor :: Latinos :: LGBT :: People of Faith :: Seniors :: Veterans :: Women :: Working Families :: Youth

    LOCAL RESOURCES
    Success Stories / Stimulus Projects by State :: OFA (Obama For America) :: Local Media

    GOP
    GOP/Romney

    Read more: http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/election-toolkit-for-50-states.html

  41. January 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Mitt says he pays 15% tax rate.

    Drip, drip, drip.

  42. January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Just put it on YouTube, thanks everyone again for the link, LOVE it!!!

    • 144 a4alice
      January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

      oh that’s hilarious…..ok now….i mean it this time…back to work….

    • January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      LOL….oh my goodness. That’s too funny.

    • 146 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      THAT IS SO PRECIOUS! WATCHED HER PARTY LAST NIGHT! LEAVE IT TO PBO…HE’S GOT THE BEST SENSE OF HUMOR…HOWEVER…BIN LADEN TAIN’T LAUGHIN’!!!!!…:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      That Barack Obama? Gotta love the guy. Great sense of humor; wonderful spirit. BTW, happy birthday to FLOTUS and happy belated birthday to Betty White. Looks like we have quite a few wonderful ladies born in the month of January!

  43. January 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Did anybody watch the debate last night? I just watched the TPM overview and there’s a clip where Newt says with straight mean face,”kill them” and then the audience erupts into ovation. What was he talking about?

  44. January 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Wisconsin Democrats Submitting Recall-Walker Petitions Today
    Eric Kleefeld| January 17, 2012, 5:44 AM

    It’s the big day in Wisconsin: After two months of collecting petitions, state Democrats will officially turn in a vast number of signatures collected in order to trigger a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. State Democratic party spokesman Graeme Zielinski told TPM on Monday: “We’re confident that we will hit that mark.” Over the weekend, the party announced a series of 22 petition turn-in parties around the state, for supporters to hand in the final petitions. And to keep momentum going, they also announced last week a “Recall Victory Day Schedule” for Tuesday — including the big petition drop-off at 3 p.m. CT, plus a victory party right near the state Capitol building.

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/wisconsin-democrats-turning-in-recall-walker-petitions.php?ref=fpb

  45. 156 Ladyhawke
    January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

    LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM

    Well isn’t this special. Rick Santorum is accusing Mitt Romney of not being truthful. He says it’s not only that Mitt lies, it’s that he stands behind the lies. Can a DemRapidResponse ad be far behind? And to think Sarah Palin and the right wing blogs are having a cow over the article that Andrew Sullivan wrote for Newsweek focusing on truth telling. Mitt Romney is a shameless flip flopping liar and even members of his own party know that.

    Santorum Says Romney ‘Deliberately Lies’ And Stands ‘Behind Those Lies’

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

    Rick Santorum struck a decidedly more negative tone against Mitt Romney during a press availability this morning. Santorum tore into former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for flip-flopping on social issues and “just about every issue that we’ve dealt with in public policy.” He accused Romney of standing behind inaccurate ads run by a pro-Romney Political Action Committee that accuse the former Pennsylvania senator of supporting voting rights for felons.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/17/405060/santorum-says-romney-deliberately-lies-and-stands-behind-those-lies/

  46. January 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Regarding Benen’s article on Romney’s flat out lies…why would he not lie? Who is there the next morning on MSM calling him out? Repeat a lie long enough and in the collective thought of millions it becomes truth. So in debates can anyone say anything with no correction from the moderators? Why is it the liberal side of this country does not have a morning TV program? Why can’t we have Morning Joesphine !(Oprah ….please you have the $ and the connections for morning TV). Any child will tell you that if they can get away with the lies and no adult dresses them down they will continue the same behavior. Yes I know Obama will call out the lies, but by then the lies will be truth to millions. I hate Romney…I hate them all and I am really trying to not hate, such a negative emotion. We all just want the truth, that is why it hurts us so much. And guess what…money (Citizens United) can buy lies and package them up as truth.

  47. January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    White House: Here’s Why You Have To Care About Inequality
    Timothy Noah| January 13, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    I was surprised by how little coverage White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger got for his speech yesterday about income inequality (text, video). Krueger calculates based on the Gatsby curve (admittedly, somewhat speculatively) that “the persistence in the advantages and disadvantages of income passed from parents to the children” will “rise by about a quarter for the next generation as a result of the rise in inequality that the U.S. has seen in the last 25 years.”

    Translation: If we don’t get growth in income inequality under control, the next generation will see about 25 percent less upward mobility than the current one. So even if you don’t give a damn about income inequality (or if, like Mitt Romney, you think it a topic appropriate only for discussion in “quiet rooms” where scientists in yellow biohazard suits are protected against contamination from “class warfare” and “the politics of envy”), you’d better start giving a damn or else it will strangle economic opportunity. I think that’s a promising campaign message for Obama in 2012.

    Read more: http://www.tnr.com/blog/timothy-noah/99651/white-house-heres-why-you-have-care-about-inequality

  48. 165 MeaBloom
    January 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I believe i may have missed the Presidents meeting with the council. It said 10:45 but now says 10:15.

  49. January 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

    WANT A LAUGH, TODville?
    Remember the baby + PBO & baby + Willard pictures that Chips Chica posted recently, then read the ‘analysis’ of ‘body language & behaviour expert, Jodi James’ [out of the UK] of two of these pictures.

    BARACK OBAMA

    For a father with children Obama looks fatally ill-at-ease with this photo-opportunity baby, even staring it out face-to-face, which implies he might not be quite the body language maestro he has otherwise seemed, as a stare-out like this is almost guaranteed to bring on at the very least a look of utter bewilderment or at worst a fear response and even crying from the child. Although he’s smiling desperately in a bid to get the baby to mirror his expression, close-up wide smiles like his can often be seen as a form of feigned attack by a baby who wouldn’t understand the skills of political masking and might just see bared teeth. Obama is a modern politician, meaning he is probably allergic to these more cheesier, contrived poses and he also seems aware of the accident potential in young babies, which might be why he’s keeping a little distance from it.
    And although holding it and smiling upward at it might create a good pose in terms of valuing and investing in the newest generation of Americans he looks keen to give the baby back cuddle and kiss-free.

    [Guess who just killed whatever ‘body language’ creds she purportedly has? Of course, she very obviously has been living in a cocoon and has never seen PBO in action with kids…IMO]

    MITT ROMNEY

    Romney’s adopted more of a grandfatherly pose with his well-prepped spin-baby, which looks like it has come from Central Casting, holding it up and alongside him in a look that mimics a family pose rather than dangling it like Obama’s. This creates a rather stronger suggestion of paternalism and confidence, but only for as long as the child plays ball. Romney’s smile is more than a little stretched as he gets into the pose but once the child starts to tilt forward he clearly realises he’s on dangerous ground as a dropped baby isn’t good for anyone’s poll ratings. His expression changes from cheery to unsure as he hands the kid back like a grenade with the pin out.

    I actually laughed at these, because even looking at the pictures she analyzed, I couldn’t agree with her.

  50. January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Moderate Mitt? Have You Looked at His Budget?
    Jonathan Cohn| January 15, 2012 | 11:41 pm

    Has Mitt Romney committed himself to severe cuts in government spending, undermining programs on which not just poor but also middle class Americans depend? That question has been the subject of debate lately, with smart people like Ross Douthat asserting that Romney’s position is less extreme, and less conservative, than liberal critics like me have assumed. I respectfully disagree. And the single best piece of proof may be a proposal that’s gotten virtually no attention: Romney’s proposal to cap federal spending, which would result in harsher cuts to domestic spending than even Paul Ryan has embraced.

    Romney doesn’t deny this. On the contrary, he’s been refreshingly honest on this subject. In the Washington D.C., speech where he laid out his budget vision, he said “we’ll need to find almost $500 billion in savings a year in 2016.” But Romney has not given many details on what that would entail. (Nor did his campaign respond to questions about this from TNR.) Perhaps that’s because the impact of these cuts would scare the bejeezus out of some people.

    Read more: http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/99613/romney-conservative-impact-of-capping-federal-spending-20-percent

  51. January 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

    PBO is in TOP form at this meeting. So much has been done. WOW.

  52. 174 Pamela
    January 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Off to work, party on all! So pleased for the POTUS to Betty White vid, I couldn’t find it yesterday either! He is so genuine, so caring…. He is the most and the best! Bye bye my friends! Have a grateful day!

  53. 179 Ladyhawke
    January 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    PBO MAKING GOVERNMENT COOL AGAIN

    Watching President Obama meeting with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness just gives me goosebumps. President Obama just exudes competence. Just look at the brainpower around that table. It’s extraordinary. From the Recovery Act, to the Affordable Care Act, to Dodd-Frank, to the American Jobs Act, to streamlining government, to focusing on education, to foreign policy, on and on. He is following through on his desire to make government cool again. And this is what is driving the Republican Party crazy. The last thing they want is for the American people to see the positive impact of an efficiently run government on their lives.

    • January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I’m just blown away! This is so illuminating. These folks have worked very, very hard on these great ideas and the result is we have a more streamlined and efficient system that will help us grow the economy significantly. AMAZING stuff.

      Plus, I love watching POTUS prepare his cup of tea!

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      This is so true. Someone in an earlier thread mentioned that the country just needs a basic lesson on how government works. I wish they could work this into the SOTU – with all three branches of government sitting there, and tell them what each of their roles are. Then work through a summary of all the ways government works in people’s lives – not just those in need, but every day ordinary people, too. Then tie that back to how the President’s agenda and long list of accomplishments have had more to do with raising the standard of well-being for all Americans, not creating some “entitlement society” for the most needy, like Romney keeps saying.

      They should also note that without the government, the newly added food stamp recipients who used to be members of the middle class (many of the ones that Gingrich derided during the debate yesterday), would be even worse off than they are now. Considering that there are people who committed suicide and killed their children because of fear of the unknown in this recession, the GOP are treading on very dangerous territory when they criticize the President for having offered assistance to those who’ve experienced hard times because of GOP policies.

      • January 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Hey theo,

        Great suggestion(s), tweet ‘em… ;)

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
        WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK…PRESS ON!

        • January 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

          Thanks Snoopy – I was trying to find the name of the man who sent this out last week. I’ll package this in a tweetable format tonight.

        • 184 susanne
          January 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          aloha jon carson
          my suggestion for the sotu is: the disintegration of truth as a value in america. this is, to me, a serious issue confronting our democracy, and it’s tied, of course, to corporate financing of elections, but even more to corporate ownership of media. when truth is eroded and devalued, the foundation of a nation by the people becomes shaky indeed.
          thanks so much for your work. sorry i am not a tweetist, but i hope this will reach you. and thanks for asking!
          susanne

  54. January 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Another reason why we need to re-elect President Obama? To stave off further wars in the Middle East !!! Seeing the absolute ugliness from last night’s debate, and the fact that we don’t have any reasonable, rational, or temperate candidate in the GOP anymore (except for isolationist Ron Paul), it becomes imperative tore-elect President Obama. Like Andrew Sullivan said “His temperament alone should get him re-elected”

    I read this article by Roger Cohen, and it resonated with me the concern of how Israel could push the US into war with Iran:

    From Roger Cohen’s Opinion from NY Times:

    “A U.S. ambassador in Europe was recently asked by an Israeli ambassador what could be done to improve the lousy relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. He replied: “Every once in a while, say thank you.”

    The American ambassador added a couple of other thoughts. “Maybe, once in a while, ask the president if there’s anything you can do for him. And above all stay out of our election-year politics.”

    Netanyahu has gone over his head to a Republican-dominated Congress where he is a darling; Netanyahu’s ingratitude for solid U.S. support, including the veto of an anti-settlements resolution at the United Nations last year and opposition to the unilateral Palestinian pursuit of statehood; the delaying tactics of Netanyahu reflecting his conviction Obama is likely a one-term president; and Netanyahu’s refusal to pause a second time in settlement building for the sake of peace negotiations….

    Netanyahu is tempted to bomb Iran in the next several months to set back its opaque nuclear program and — despite a call from Obama last Thursday and messages from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta — has declined to reassure the United States that he will not……..

    By contrast, a re-elected Obama would, as a second-term president, have room to mark his displeasure if Israel was to go it alone.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/opinion/cohen-dont-do-it-bibi.html?ref=opinion

  55. January 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The Republican Presidential field…appeals to the worse in us… President Obama appeals to BEST in us….

    WE WILL NOT GO BACK!

    PRESSSSS ON!

  56. 192 rikyrah
    January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    FIFTEEN PERCENT?

    OK, now I believe it’s closer to ZERO, if he’ll admit to 15 percent

  57. 193 Ladyhawke
    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    In Debate, GOP Candidates Have Little Sympathy For The Jobless

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

    A unified and cynical perspective on the validity of federal aid — and the worthiness of its recipients — framed candidates’ answers to many questions at last night’s Fox News/Wall Street Journal Republican presidential primary debate in South Carolina. For the most part, the participants brushed aside concerns about disadvantaged Americans and a recession that has been economically devastating for many.

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

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201201170003

  58. January 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Chips- NASCR???

    WASHINGTON–The Obama re-election team is using the Charlotte, N.C. nominating convention to target, woo and deliver NASCAR voters in key battleground states.
    Convention organizers announced Tuesday the convention will kick off Labor Day at the giant Charlotte Motor Speedway, making public a plan that has been in the works for months to pitch President Obama to a demographic he will need in November. The speedway has a seating capacity of 140,000, which means that tens of thousands of non-convention delegates can be invited to the event, a massive organizing tool.
    The 2012 Democratic National Convention–usually four days–in modern times its only official function to rubberstamp a nominee already well known–will have official events at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte only three days. One of the days will be used to organize in battlegrounds North Carolina and Virginia–and GOP leaning South Carolina.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/obama_using_convention_to_go_a.html

    They might be able to get a couple thousand votes out of this. Conservative Drmocrats?

  59. January 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Sounding like FM radio
    p m carpenter’s commentary| January 17, 2012

    In this Politico story Republican Sen. John Thune is asked if he really believes his own prediction about a productive Congress:

    “No, I don’t.”

    Now there’s a political interview right out of “Annie Hall,” balcony scene.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/

  60. January 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Romney’s retirement deal, which cut him a share of Bain profits for 10 years, likely taxed at 15%.

    nyti.ms/rQqKV3

  61. January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The Obama administration took steps Tuesday to stop the spread of non-native snakes like pythons and anacondas throughout the Florida Everglades.

    The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule that makes it illegal to import or carry across state lines Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas and northern and southern African pythons.

    Burmese python populations in the Everglades have spiked in recent years, threatening various endangered species in the ecologically sensitive region. Interior says the snakes have killed endangered wood rats and wood storks.

    “The Burmese python has already gained a foothold in the Florida Everglades, and we must do all we can to battle its spread and to prevent further human contributions of invasive snakes that cause economic and environmental damage,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/204505-obama-takes-on-florida-snakes

    Oh yeah! That’s my President!

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Where is the governor of this state, and why isn’t he lifting a finger to take care of these snakes himself? Too busy working to deprive voters of their rights? Loot the coffers from social programs to give tax cuts to millionaires?

    • 199 FiredUpInCA
      January 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      This snake and water issue get right to the core of the logical disconnect among ideologically conservative voters:

      “Poll: Romney and Obama even in Florida; 64% want more Everglades spending”

      http://www.postonpolitics.com/2012/01/poll-romney-and-obama-even-in-florida-64-want-more-everglades-spending/

      One of these things is not like the other: you can’t support Romney’s and the GOP’s anti-government, anti-environmental protection rhetoric and at the same time crave government spending to protect the environment.

      I think this is a fairly consistent line of thinking across the conservative electorate:

      ‘I am disgusted with the amount of money this government spends on issues that don’t affect me. The only government spending I approve of is for things that affect me.’

  62. 200 FiredUpInCA
    January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s post-debate analysis of the doomed candidacy of Mitt Romney:

    “I don’t know who knows him,” she added of Romney. “Does he know him?”

    (Even though it’s GOPolitico, the whole video is worth watching as she talks about the lack of enthusiasm among the GOP for RoboFlop and the Democratic strategy for winning back the House.)

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71531.html#ixzz1jjo6AXCO

  63. January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    PBO’s forum on jobs just ended. I hope the video will be available for all to see. A very impressive group of people on the council and support staff to POTUS who have produced results.

  64. January 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Political Animal
    Quote of the Day
    by Steve Benen

    The political significance of Mitt Romney’s hidden tax returns almost certainly has to do with his tax rates. The Republican frontrunner has been reluctant to admit he pays much lower tax rates than middle-class workers, despite the vast wealth he made during his vulture-capitalist career.

    It was noteworthy, then, that Romney managed to tell the truth this morning. “What’s the effective rate I’ve been paying? It’s probably closer to the 15% rate than anything,” Romney said. “My last 10 years, I’ve — my income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past.”

    Read more:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/quote_of_the_day_30034807.php

  65. January 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Btw- bill Burton is getting a lot of exposure, always on CNN and always on Alex Wagner.
    That is good news.

  66. 205 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hehe! Chris Hayes tweets:

    “Speaking fees are people, my friend!”

  67. 207 vero804
    January 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Haha…this is good. His tax rate is lower than mine. Ain’t that a bitch. This is not going to be good for him. He is the poster child for why we need the Buffett Rule.

    I’m not someone who thinks we need to nail rich folks with taxes. I have wealthy people in my family. I’m doing better than the average family with my one salary. However I do believe the tax system is totally unfair and skewed way to much toward favoring the upper – upper class.

    Lastly, I think it’s important to note that despite him paying roughly 15% tax rate, he has not created one.single.job in many years. The idea, so the Republicans like to tell us, is that he should be paying a low rate because he’s a job creator. Bunk.

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Good points. I also make a hefty salary, but I disagree with you on not needing to nail rich folks with taxes. Even if they were paying a higher rate for just a few years, they would barely feel it, and the deficit would get a huge boost as well as social security. For the sake of the whole, the ones who can bear more, should bear more.

      I love your last point about Romney not having created a single job while enjoying that 15% tax rate. He would be labelled a “job creator” because he’s of the top 1%. This would be a great question for the general election – for him to detail how many jobs he’s created while living off the sweat and effort of the 99% who have earned him those dividends and capital gains, and who have also been paying for maintenance of the social infrastructure and programs. Very good point.

      • 209 vero804
        January 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        When I say “nail rich folks with taxes” I don’t mean they shouldn’t pay a higher rate at all. I am in favor of going back to Clinton rates, and possibly even further on certain things like capital gains.

        I know the website that shall not be named is pretty forbidden here, but I liked their concise summation of Romney’s statement today about his rate being 15% http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/17/1055596/-Mitt-Romney-says-he-pays-just-15-in-taxes,-but-wont-release-returns-from-before-2011?via=blog_1#comments

        This guy has always rubbed me the wrong way. I think he’s hella shady. I question his motives for running for president and even though I don’t normally do this, I question is patriotism. I don’t think he is being straight with anyone on what he plans on doing when he’s president. I don’t think he’s some kind of sleeper or anything that dramatic. I think he’s just some rich guy, with a lot of ambition, who wants to rule and do things that benefit his kind.

        • January 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

          Totally agree with you. He’s shady, his motives are shady, his person is shady. I don’t trust him, and if I had a baby, I wouldn’t let him hold her.

  68. January 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Now, the rightwing is mad that Valerie gets Secret Service protection.
    The Secret Service responded saying that this President gets less protection than GW.

    Hmmmmm!

  69. January 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Homeless NY science whiz invited to State of Union
    Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:45 am by Paddy

    Sometimes you just need a happy story.

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y.A homeless New York teen who’s a semifinalist in a prestigious national science contest has been invited to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey has been invited to the Jan. 24 speech as a guest of Long Island Congressman Steve Israel. Garvey’s story of academic success despite financial hardships has gained nationwide attention.

    Last week, she was named one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel science contest. She’s currently living in a homeless shelter, although Suffolk County officials are renovating a home for the Garvey family.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/17/homeless-ny-science-whiz-invited-to-state-of-union/

    • 214 Judith Fardig
      January 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      This is terrific! Samantha did so much work on her Intel project under such difficult personal circumstances. I hope she gets a free ride to any college or university she wants.

  70. January 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Turkey responds angrily to Rick Perry’s debate remarks
    Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:45 am by Paddy

    “The debate that the Republican candidate Rick Perry attended on American Fox TV turned into a scandal that contained very ugly statements about Turkey,” announced TRT state television. Rick Perry: what an idiot,” tweeted Mustafa Akyol, a columnist with the English-language Hurriyet Daily news. For more than 50 years, Turkey has been the only Muslim member of the NATO military alliance.

    Read more: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/17/turkey-responds-angrily-to-rick-perrys-remarks/

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      The GOP are doing so much damage to this country.

      • 217 57andFemale
        January 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        And doing what they do best: take a Democratic strength and portray it as a weakness. Obama has restored so much of the good foreign policy destroyed by Bush/Cheney, and Perry (and all Republicans) call it a weakness.

        The foreign policy idiocy coming out of the entire Republican field has been beyond astonishing. And it’s a big ‘yawn’ for MSM.

  71. 218 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Gov. Martin O’Malley Urges Dems To Focus More On Romney’s Governing Record, Less On Bain

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — At least one top Obama surrogate is pushing for the party to shift the balance of its attacks on Mitt Romney away from his days in private equity and on to his time in the public sector.

    In an interview with the Huffington Post shortly before the Republican presidential debate in South Carolina Monday night, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley argued that voters would have an easier time understanding charges that Romney failed to create jobs while governor of Massachusetts than they would understanding accusations that he was a corporate raider while at Bain Capital.

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      See, it effects democrats too. How many companies does Bain own in Maryland?

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I think they should focus on both Bain and his time as governor.

      • 221 FiredUpInCA
        January 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        Agreed. There is enough money to do both.

        Frankly, I don’t see the Democrats spending very much of their resources talking about Bain. Romney’s enemies within his party are doing that.

        The Democrats focus has been on his character (“whichmitt.com,” “what is he hiding?”) and his bogus jobs creation claims during his tenure at Bain.

      • 222 57andFemale
        January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        combine the two: bait and switch at Bain; bait and switch as Governor.

        • 223 Obama Grandmama
          January 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

          Just watched the entire GOP Debate I’d tivoed from last night. I am fearing that Romney is starting to formulate arguments about his flip flops and MA governor positions. He also met the ranking 47th in states argument about his job creation with some sort of 4% unemployment argument. He got lots of clapping on both points. It may not be as simple as it seems it should be to beat him. Keep vigilent and don’t underestimate his lies taking hold.

  72. 224 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    LOD and Jon Stewart had Jodi Kantor on last night…..did anyone watch.?

    I clicked both off when she was announced.

    • 225 Obama Grandmama
      January 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I watched Jon Stewart and he underplayed any conflict in her book on the Obamas. He said he saw all the controversy and then read the book and thought there was nothing in it that seemed out of the ordinary or controversial to him. He did not say it in a way that disparaged Michelle. Jodi tried to use a metaphor that obituaries would not be allowed to be written given the arguments to her from previous interviewers. Jon reacted to her saying that as if that was a weird thing to say that was not relevant and she may not want to go there. I came away thinking she should just be ignored as there is not that much in the book worth even reading.

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I watched LOD and was mad for the next hour. A few people talked about it in last night’s thread. He completely gave her cover for her nonsense, making excuse after excuse for her writing a book that’s not based on fact, for her implying that the First Lady is “angry” and for her very existence. It was shameful. Then he went on to give a tribute to MLK, immediately after sanctifying verbal abuse of the First Lady simply because she’s black. I have to assume that this Jodi woman is the daughter of a friend of his or something.

      The only thing you missed was high blood pressure.

    • 227 anniebella
      January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Linda, I didn’t watch either one. I talk to family members and ask if they watch ICARLY, and I asked if they saw the President wish Betty White a happy birthday.

  73. 228 halo
    January 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    ED HENRY THE SNAKE

  74. 230 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Anti-Labor Koch Brothers Launch $6 Million Solyndra ‘Workers’ Attack Ad | The Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity has rolled out its latest attack against the clean energy economy in its election-year campaign against President Obama. The petrochemical Tea Party group released a $6 million ad on Monday in battleground states Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Iowa, distorting the facts on the Solyndra solar company. The Kochs, who have hosted fundraisers for Mitt Romney and are notorious for their anti-worker actions, accuse Obama of “cronyism” and using workers as “pawns” in the ad.

    • 231 Marsha
      January 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Now where are the Obama ads to counter this attack.

      • 232 Desraye
        January 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        It will be a waste of money to response to this.Let Rove and the Koch’s waste their money.

        • 233 FiredUpInCA
          January 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

          I love how the ad begins with this fiction: ‘we all know about Solyndra… ‘ 1) Solyndra is like Whitewater. No matter how hard the right tries to sell it, it bores people 2) most people don’t know the Bush administration pushed for Solyndra’s loan guarantees.

          Shorter: Nobody but people looking for reasons to hate the Obama administration more are going to be persuaded by this ad.

          The Koch brothers are trying to create this email conversation: What about Bain? What about Solyndra? What about Bain? What about Solyndra.

          Meanwhile, the Elephant in the Room for South Carolinian voters is not Solyndra, but a lack of enthusiasm for Romney, the Koch-approved conservative nominee for President.

      • January 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        Where is the media to fact check? Crickets?

      • January 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        I reported this to attackwatch.com. (Attackwatch is on Twitter… @attackwatch #attackwatch. And, it’s on TOD’s sidebar.—-> ;) )

        And, I donated to it! ;)

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
        YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
        WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK… PRESS ON!

      • 236 nospin
        January 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        I wouldn’t waste one dime on this garbage.

    • January 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      This issue has been THOROUGHLY DEBUNKED by Media Matters. I’ve only posted the headings in the article, so feel free to click on the link and read it. Then, if you’re able to…please spread it far and wide on Twitter, Facebook, by email, fax!~

      What The Press Is Getting Wrong About Solyndra
      September 19, 2011 5:01 pm ET

      In the rush to cover the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that received a loan guarantee from the federal government, many news media outlets have misrepresented or omitted key facts.

      CLAIM: Bush Administration Rejected Solyndra’s Application

      FACT: Same Panel Of Career Officials Approved

      CLAIM: Email Saying Deal Was “NOT Ready For Prime Time” Was Warning About Financial Risk

      FACT: The Email Did Not Voice Any Concerns About Risk Of Loan

      CLAIM: Obama Fundraiser George Kaiser Is Personally Invested In Solyndra

      FACT: Kaiser’s Nonprofit Foundation Made The Investments, Along With Conservative Walton Family

      CLAIM: Administration Restructured Loan To Favor Kaiser Rather Than Taxpayers

      FACT: Walton’s Firm Also Part Of The Deal, Which DOE Expects Will Result In Higher Recovery For Taxpayers

      CLAIM: It Was Obvious Before Loan Guarantee Was Granted That Solyndra Would Fail

      FACT: Solyndra Was Seen By Many As Promising

      Read more: http://mediamatters.org/research/201109190020

  75. 238 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    THE KOCH BROS. ARE DISGUSTING AND THE WORD ‘EVIL’ IS NOT ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE THEIR UNDERHANDED,DECEITFUL CHARACTER! WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND..THEY WILL GET THEIRS!

  76. 245 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Here’s a book I wish would be featured on every single news program, instead of the other one. I cannot attest to its worthiness since I haven’t read it, but I did read a portion online and it seems to be way more deserving than the idle gossip book. It’s Bill Press’ “The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions and Personal Attacks on the President and Who is Behind Them”.
    “…in the case of Barack Obama, it was not just members of Congress who were leading the opposition—-and the hate barrage—-against him. He was the target of a well-funded, carefully orchestrated and relentless corporate-funded political campaign unlike any seen in American politics.”
    I see he goes into the enabling role of the media, that all the WH press does is parrot what the political opposition is saying. Koch Bros &Co. fund the lies, FOX promotes them and the rest of the media helps spread them.

  77. January 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Ppp pulled that good poll of the President matching up with Robney!

  78. 253 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Agree with Sunlight—-that the SuperPacs are “game changers” and that Congress should force SuperPacs to disclose their donors.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/congress_should_force_superpac.html

  79. January 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Political Animal
    By Steve Benen
    January 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    Who gets the blame for early ‘09?
    Consider a thought experiment. Imagine you could go back to March 1, 2009, when the global economy is on the brink of collapse. The White House’s Recovery Act had just been signed into law, but the investments hadn’t even begun, and President Obama, still unpacking, did not yet have his full economic team in place.

    Then imagine a Republican arguing, “Mr. President, the economy has lost 726,000 jobs on your watch, and we’re blaming you for the losses.”

    Would any serious person find this fair or reasonable? Of course not. And yet, it’s the basis for the Romney campaign’s entire economic critique of the Obama administration.

    Read more:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/who_gets_the_blame_for_early_0034808.php

  80. 256 dotster3
    January 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    President Obama’s going to Disney World! He will visit the amusement park during his Orlando visit Th. to unveil his strategy to promote travel and tourism:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/os-obama-disney-visit-20120117,0,4346027.story

  81. 260 Linda
    January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wisconsin update.

    Update: Hahahahaha Edition: Scott Walker has cancelled interviews today because of a “busy schedule”, but his “busy schedule” isn’t stopping him from holding a fundraiser in New York City hosted by a manager of AIG (You know, the guys that provided all that “insurance” so the Wall Streeters could bet against all those crappy mortgages they bundled, slided and diced. The same stuff that crashed our economy. These are Walkers friends and donors. Nice rogues gallery, Snotty. I hope there will be plenty of pictures of you and your owners).

  82. 265 LOL
    January 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    PPP Prez 49 Romney 44..pRez up 68-27 with moderates

  83. January 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    looks that murdock pos has ruined the britr press too.

    The Press Complaints Commission’s investigation into phone hacking was “worse than a whitewash,” Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has said.

    He told the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics that the watchdog’s “inadequate approach undermined the principle of self-regulation”.

    Mr Rusbridger also said he was not opposed to giving a new regulator its powers in law.

    Earlier, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop said new laws were not needed.

    The PCC’s inadequacies were exposed when it investigated claims of phone hacking at the News of the World, Mr Rusbridger said.

    The commission was established in 1991 to enforce a code of practice for UK newspaper and magazine publishers and editors. It has been widely criticised for its handling of the NoW scandal.

    Mr Rusbridger said: “It could have done a better job than it did with the powers it had, even when they were lied to by biggest media player, the most prominent member,” he said.

    He called for a Press Standards and Mediations Commission with an adjudication wing, so people would not have to use the law to address issues with newspapers.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-16599694

  84. 273 carolyn
    January 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The 68-27 with independents and moderates is the best part. Those are the ones who determine elections. We have go admit that 37-40% will vote against the President even if Romney were shown to have horns and a tail and pitchfork! Wouldn’t make any difference. HOWEVER, I still believe that the majority of Americans can be educated and see what is in front of their faces. THIS is where the efforts of OFA and the whole team will go…the moderates and independents.
    Think I’ll order Bill Press’ book…..good numbers will help, as bad numbers depressed Kantor’s book.
    So glad the Interior Department is taking those steps to protect the Everglades. I’ve read and seen articles and films about what the African snakes are doing to the Everglades. People bring them in for profit…if you can imagine! The lax environmentsl regulations of the previous administration will have to be dealt with now…..as everything else is having to.

  85. 276 desertflower
    January 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Ummm…I think that we need to look into this

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/did-romney-and-santorum-profit-medicare-and

    I have to go back to work…

  86. 277 JD
    January 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Apropos of absolutely nothing…I’m usually not able to watch videos on this wonderful site. When I press the play arrow, I get the audio and a blank screen. Anyone able to give me a tip to rectify this?

    Thanks.

  87. 279 JD
    January 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Same message about the video black out but I forgot to ask that I be notified of follow up comments. Any help is welcome


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