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12

(a very, very late) rise and shine

Morning everyone. Is this the latest rise and shine ever? :oops:

Will catch up later today, meanwhile …. chat away.


283 Responses to “(a very, very late) rise and shine”


  1. 7 nintendowii10
    March 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good morning!

  2. 8 ourmanflint
    March 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    morning

  3. 14 symmetry11
    March 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Morning TOD

  4. 15 Diane
    March 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Unbelieveable. Have had a hectic last couple of days and just popped in for a sec to read what I could.

  5. March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I watched him push his draconian budget plan. Theses guys really think they are slick! The want to do this in the “light of day”, but can’t tell where the cuts will be coming from. This joker…

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Yep, they know exactly where its coming from they just don’t want to say in an election year.

    • 18 Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

      This asshole wants to cut everything, Food Stamps. S.S, Medicare, Education just name it
      he is fricking crazy. We have to move and move fast to stop those guys. We need the House,
      Senate HW and the Suprem Court to make things right for the Country.
      By the way RM last night did an excellent show on NUkler waste and what is been done under the
      leadershiop of PBO to secure this dangerous matetial, and this is how President Obama is traying
      to protect our country and Credited to PBO. I.am very surprise that the rest of the MSM has not
      reported on this issue.

  6. 19 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning Everyone – missed you yesterday.

    Taxpayers made $25 billion profit on mortgage bonds purchased during recession

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/03/taxpayers-made-25-billion-profit-on.html

  7. 22 Diane
    March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Jason J it was a tie! We are tied for first okay?

  8. 24 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    NICE PIX…CAUGHT ME JUST IN TIME…GOTTA LEAVE NOW AND GET SOME ERRANDS DONE…WILL BBL…BLESSINGS!

  9. 25 meabloom
    March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    G’Morning All!

  10. March 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    BTW, GOOD MORNING ALL! I’ve come out of the shadows today…

  11. 28 Proud former White House intern
    March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Good morning TOD family,

    The First Lady was just divine on The David Letterman show. I love her so much she is so down to earth and personable. I would love to see her again she is so inspirational.

  12. 31 Dudette
    March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

  13. 32 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Great video

    Pre-existing Condition for Children – Ear Infections? :: Health Care Reform

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/03/pre-existing-condition-for-children-ear.html

  14. 33 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’m kinda on a health care kick until the SC decides so…..

    Two Years of Health Care Reform: Millions Benefited, Millions Saved

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/03/two-years-of-health-care-reform.html

    This is an extensive report

  15. 34 Pamela
    March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Good morning Chips, at least it’s not Friday! Morning all… Enjoy the first day of spring.. Back later!

  16. 35 ParkRanger
    March 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Loved the mosaic! Wonderful pictures of our loving President.

    ~Suzanne

  17. March 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Well, I did my civic duty and voted this morning. I was at the polling station at 7:15. They opened at 6 and I was only the second voter in my precinct. When my wife voted about an hour later, she was the 6th. Considering we have a big Dem primary for the Congressional district, I was somewhat surprised.

    Apparently the early voting in Illinois was also down a lot from 2008. Which probably favors Romney as Santorum has been slipping in the polls lately.

    I will be interested in seeing the overall totals tonight. I would love to have PBO, in an uncontested primary get more votes than all the Republcians combined.

    • 38 57andfemale
      March 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

      It is so depressing how few Americans choose to pick their officials. disgusting.

      • 39 Debz
        March 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        I did my civic duty too and at 10:15 I was only the 35th voter. I guess all the repugs here aren’t too interested in the primary clowns. Few dems as well, but there aren’t that many of us here anyway. Poor turnout for a presidential primary.

  18. 40 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS MORALLY BANKRUPT

    What Kind of Party Is This?

    By Booman

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

    It’s bad enough that this budget would be a disaster for the vast majority of Americans. But it bothers me more that the Republicans continue to act like they have some mandate to force their ideology on a Democratic Senate and administration. They control the House. That’s it. They have a responsibility to help the president govern. And all they do is lie and obstruct and give us ridiculous plans that no Democrat could ever support.

    We need a national conversation on what should be expected from a minority party in a divided government, because what we’re getting from the GOP is just obnoxious gridlock and a bad credit rating. And can they ever keep their word? What kind of party makes a deal and then reneges on the deal at the first opportunity?

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

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/3/20/11843/1010

  19. 41 LOL
    March 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hilarious video from previous thread

  20. 47 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Let’s now forget about this guy

    10 Companies Still Advertising On Rush Limbaugh| By Judd Legum on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/16/446186/10-companies-still-advertising-on-rush-limbaugh/

    article includes contact info, it would be great if EVERYONE could contact at least 1 advertiser and complain.

  21. 48 isonprize
    March 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Watch the first in a series of GOP presidential candidate hangouts on Google+. Live at 2:45 pm ET

    WOW, TOD, Let’s all do this!! ————-um, no.

  22. March 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Also, I am sure this will be a big surprise to all of you, but I stayed up past my usual bedtime to watch FLOTUS on Letterman last night. I was very interested in what she had to say (of course my only interest). Anyway, as usual she come soff as so natural and sincere. I wouldn’t be surprised if last night’s appearance isn’t worth a couple hundred thousand votes come November. It is very hard to demonize someone who comes across that way, and when people try to, they lose a lot of credibility.

    • 56 miss pat
      March 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I stayed up too just to watch her too. She is so witty and intelligent and I think Letterman likes her. He was not condescending or sarcastic at all.
      The President chose the right woman to be his wife. She is an asset to him and the country. If the Republicans think one of their wives can top Mrs. Obama’s contribution to the country hey are misguided.
      I read somewhehere than Ann Romney is prejudiced. How will she interact with people of color and other minorities if she is? As for Mrs. Perfect Hairdo she looks like she is always sucking on lemons and Mrs Rick looks like she is used to stayiing in the background obeying her man.
      If Mrs. Moose decides to jump in at the brokered convention we will have First Dude. That would be interesting to watch. I am praying hard to live till November. Four more years!

      • 57 anniebella
        March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        japa21, miss pat, if you notice they are trying to put forth their wives now, but it won’t work. Because none of them can compare to our First Lady Michelle Obama. Putting Ann Romney out there won’t change the fact that her husband is a flip flopping liar. Having Mrs. Santorum out there won’t change the fact that Rick is a racists sick phony radical,

  23. 59 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Speaking of boycotts….

    Koch Block It: Fight the Koch brothers with your wallet. Print it, live it. Koch Block It.

    http://www.politicususa.com/koch-block-it/

  24. 61 ParkRanger
    March 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/virginia/release-detail?ReleaseID=1721

    March 20, 2012 – Obama Back On Top In Virginia Presidential Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; McDonnell On Ticket Doesn’t Help GOP

    President Barack Obama leads all the Republican presidential candidates in Virginia, with his 50 – 42 percent margin over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney his biggest lead over Romney in this election cycle, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Putting Gov. Bob McDonnell on the ticket as the GOP vice-presidential nominee does not help the Republicans carry the state, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In a matchup of President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden against Romney and McDonnell, the Democrats win 50 – 43 percent.

    Obama wins head to head against other Republican contenders:
    54 – 35 percent over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich;
    49 – 40 percent over former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum;
    49 – 39 percent over Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

  25. 62 Pamela
    March 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Have an email from Tim Kaine in Virginia. We really need to help him into the Senate. This George Allen special interests guy he is running against sounds like he is already bought and paid for. Let’s do what we can!

  26. March 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Very happy it’s primary day here in Illinois, home of the 44th President of the United States. We are all out of patience with nonstop ugly ads and dishonest, gross robo calls. I am leaving shortly to go vote to re-elect President Barack Obama—–and a great congressional candidate. I was pleased that the reporter on the Today Show finally told some truths about our state. Chuck T. and the boys have been calling certain areas, like the northern wealthier suburbs of Chgo “Romney country” etc. without mentioning that those suburbs were all won by Obama in ’08. So the reporter did finally say that no matter which Repub wins the primary here, this is President Obama’s home state and will likely be won by him—duh—-and that Illinois has voted for the Dem in the last 24 presidential elections.

    • 64 57andfemale
      March 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

      My husband’s voting now and I’ll go when he gets back. (We’re waiting for a delivery and one of us has to be here).

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I don’t need to ask which one you voted for, because either fits the description of great. Our district is blessed in having two great Dem candidates. Although I always voted for Bean, she was still a little too conservative for my likes. But to get rid of Crane you had to be.

      • 66 yardarm756
        March 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        japa21 Howdy. I’m on the other side of town so I had a choice between Halverson or Jackson Jr. Some choice if you ask me. I mailed my ballot in over a week ago so I’ll see.

        • March 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

          I haven’t followed that race very closely. Not even sure which I would go with if I were in that district, alhtough I have a leaning. I think 5 of the Dem districts in the area are contested. Thenone that surprised me was Schankowski’s. If all the Dems in the House were like her, a lot more would get done.

      • 69 Debz
        March 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

        I’ll be happy when today is over and I won’t get any more phone calls from Mittens, This AM I got a call for Santorum, pretty disgusting for a robo call.

  27. 70 Andy46
    March 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Coffee and TOD in morning starts the day off right.

    Thanks Chipsticks

    p.s Mrs. O was all kind of awesome on Letterman; a class act *sigh* …Lol I think David has a crush on her.

  28. March 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Good morning, TODville. I hope everyone is gearing up for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the White House today.

    Mrs. O was fabulous on Letterman. She is so much fun, such a light heart but also deep passion, a WINNING combo.

    I hope we Dems get out the vote today. I’m pulling for Tammy Duckworth. Anyone in Illinois know how she’s doing?

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      First of all, full disclosure, I voted for Raja over Tammy. Hwoever, when I was talking to his campaign a couple weeks ago, they admitted that an internal poll did not look good for him. As I mentioned upthread, anecdotally, turnout is light, so that may end up being the key. And the weather is fantastic, so that is no excuse not to vote.

  29. 76 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Don’t call Ryan-Wyden a ‘compromise’

    By Steve Benen

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

    The Ryan-Wyden plan isn’t identical to last year’s proposal, but it’s awfully similar in all the ways that count. The point is still to end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits, and instead implement a voucher plan. As Medicare expert Paul Van de Water at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained yesterday, “Although billed as a kinder, gentler form of premium support, the Ryan-Wyden plan has the same basic features as earlier proposals.”
    .
    .
    There will be plenty more on this as the new House GOP budget plan comes under closer scrutiny, but let’s make sure the debate gets off on an accurate foot: Ryan-Wyden is not a Medicare “compromise,” and the vast majority of Democrats, including the Obama White House, will never support it.

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

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10775560-dont-call-ryan-wyden-a-compromise

  30. 78 ParkRanger
    March 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Very readable article with talking points about why gas prices are going up. It counters the GOP arguments about Iran, Keystone XL pipeline needed, Drill Baby Drill, and opposing PBO’s CAFE standards.

    The Republican Agenda To Raise America’s Gas Prices
    http://getenergysmartnow.com/2012/03/16/the-republican-agenda-to-raise-americas-gas-prices/

    ….The “Drill, Baby, Drill” rhetoric purposely ignores that the Obama Administration is overseeing the greatest boom in drilling activity the nation has seen since serious record-keeping began decades ago….

    ….Without even considering the impact of truck and other large vehicle standards, the strengthening of the light-vehicle CAFE standards via Obama Administration working with the automobile industry is projected to reduce U.S. oil demand by 2.2 million barrels / day by 2025 (or about 40 percent of current U.S. production and in the range of ten times what might occur from a no-holds barred “Drill, Baby, Drill” regime ignoring environmental consequences). Very simply, if we believe that rather simplistic capitalistic of “supply/demand curve”, this reduction of U.S. demand (negagallons) is a direct equivalent to increased supply and should reduce overall fuel prices (and thus save money not just for those driving the higher mpg vehicles but for everyone who goes to the pump). (One analyst, for example, suggested that the Obama Administration’s plans to reduce U.S. oil imports by 1/3rd would cut oil prices globally by $10-20 a barrel.) This value stream has been, by the way, almost uniformly ignored when discussing the payoff from CAFE standard strengthening — in fact, this ‘indirect’ savings might be three (or even more) times greater than the direct savings that drivers will have due to having to buy fewer gallons of gasoline….

  31. 94 ParkRanger
    March 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    What were the figures? Wasn’t it around 98% of women who had used birth control at some time in their life, including Catholics? It was high anyway.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/20/447919/romney-vote-for-other-guy-contraception/

    Romney To Women Voters: ‘Vote For The Other Guy’ If You Want Greater Access To Birth Control

    ….During a town hall in Illinois Monday evening, the former Massachusetts governor told a voter to “vote for the other guy” if she wanted access to “free birth control” and said that the federal government should not subsidize women’s health care through Planned Parenthood:…

    • 95 desertflower
      March 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

      I believe that it was 98% women, including Catholics, have used some form of birth control. You know, the RESPONSIBLE thing to do! These people infuriate me!

      • 96 ParkRanger
        March 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Yes, but Romney was telling 98% of women to VOTE FOR THE OTHER GUY if they wanted free birth control!!! I’m glad he is an absolute idiot. I think it was Borowitz who said that even if Romney won Illinois he would say something incredibly stupid that would lower his approvals. Done!

        ~Suzanne

      • 97 Debz
        March 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        How Presidential of him!!!!! He just can’t hide the fact that he despises anyone who isn’t a wealthy white male.

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I think it was 98% of Catholic women.

  32. 99 middlegirl3
    March 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Justjared has some nice candids of Michelle exiting David Letterman’s show. Warning: don’t scroll to comments because these sites always attract harsh commenters.

    http://www.justjared.com/2012/03/20/michelle-obama-makes-her-letterman-debut/

  33. 100 pinkbunny92
    March 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Good morning all!! :-)

    You’ve picked ABSOLUTE GEMS for your photo collage! I love it!

    Hope everyone has a great day!

  34. 101 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/19/447157/health-insurers-well-deny-coverage-for-pre-existing-conditions-if-health-mandate-is-repealed/

    Health-insurance officials say that if the mandate is repealed, “their first priority would be persuading members of Congress to repeal two of the law’s major insurance changes: a requirement to cover everyone regardless of his or her medical history, and limits on how much insurers can vary premiums based on age.” Their next step would be to “set rewards for people who purchase insurance voluntarily and sanction those who don’t.”

    Funny. They LIKED the mandate when it was THEIR idea! Funny, they seem to LIKE mandates when they refer to women’s healthcare. Mandate rape. Mandate unnecessary and expensive, invasive tests and ultrasounds. Mandate telling YOUR EMPLOYER that you use B/C.

    Do they not hear themselves?(rhetorical question)

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Actually, the insurance companies still like the mandate, becasue it allows them to acceot the other conditions easier. If the mandate goes out the window, they would want the others to go out too. This is why I think the mandate will be upheld.

      • 103 57andfemale
        March 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Here’s how I see it: Insurance companies love the mandate but hate the rest of the regulations. They want the bill killed, and then watch Republicans ‘love’ the mandate again but with no regulations on premiums or the care demanded by ACA.

        They are masters at this.

        Meanwhile, Americans still don’t know enough about ACA. Flame me if you want, but I’m still furious at the Obama administration over this. Yes, the message is getting better, but it should have been better from 2010 on (actually before) and some of the lies that have become CW would have been replaced with the truth.

        • March 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          I for one will not flame you. I was somewhat angry at the adminsitration as well for not being more promoting of the ACA. And I think they wish they had been a little more on the promoting end.

          At the same time, I don;t think they expected things like the whole “death panel” debate, etc. They expected legitimate debate about the details, but not ourtight lies to the level they were.

          And the media didn’t help by just repeating the lies and not really explaining that they were lies.

          And Dems in Congress didn’t help by, for the most part, running away from it when election time came.

          And the bill, itself, was structured in a way, approrpiately so, that the positive things were not immediate and came into force over time in a staggered way. We live in a country of instant gratification and it is difficult to tell people “this is a really good thing, just wait a few years and you will see.”

          • 105 isonprize
            March 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

            O/T Japa21.

            This is for you and the fellas!! Middlegirl 3 posted it up thread, but I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it! :wink:

            Still photos of FLOTUS Michelle Obama outside of the Letterman interview
            http://www.justjared.com/2012/03/20/michelle-obama-makes-her-letterman-debut/

            • March 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

              Not sure why you specifically pointed this out to me. I am only interested in her mind. Unfortuantely, my work computer won’t let me connect with that link.

              • 107 isonprize
                March 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

                Oh Japa. No special reason, no special reason at all. I just know that you and Yardarm and LL and the rest of the fellas are appreciative of a smart, well-spoken woman, that’s all.

                Really, that’s all. Right….

                (I can imagine Japa just waitin’, watchin’ the clock, tappin’ his foot, just WAITIN’ to get to his home computer… ) :wink:

                • March 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

                  I just appreciate people, male or female, who can be articulate, intelligent, capable of talking about several diverse subjects with authority and knowledge. The fact that this particular person is smoking hot is totally irrelevant.

          • 110 57andfemale
            March 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

            they may not have been prepared in 2009 and 2010. They should be prepared by now. Republicans are making ACA a major issue and I have yet to see the muscle and fire that PBO has shown for manufacturing and jobs applied to ACA. If we are hurt by this in 2012, there is no excuse.

            I do not understand why the administration doesn’t attach ACA to job creation — what better way to increase employment than providing a health care service that has left 45M Americans without health care?

  35. 111 57andfemale
    March 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

    What Romney actually said was “If you want free stuff vote for the other guy.”

    Will he apply the same standard to the wealthy Americans who are paying less in taxes than any time in U.S. history? Will he say the same about ‘start up’ subsidies to oil companies who are raking in the highest profits in history?

    Let’s talk about ‘free stuff’, you miserable, heartless, stupid jerk.

    • 112 desertflower
      March 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Correct! I would bet that the amount of corporate welfare is far greater than any amount of domestic spending to help those of lower income. I hope these words come back to haunt him…like so much else he’s said!

      • 113 57andfemale
        March 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        Precisely, df. What doesn’t get covered is what the girl actually said. She said (I paraphrase). “You talk about freedom. Free, free, free. What I’d like is free b/c”.

        If you don’t cover the first part of what she said it does sound as if all she’s asking for is free birth control, when in actuality she’s saying that if you’re going to push ‘freedom’ then where is her ‘freedom’?

        We need to define ‘freedom’ because yet again Repubs are getting traction on this b.s. which Santorum is taking to ridiculous lengths. Oil companies are ‘free’. chicken factory farms are ‘free’ but a woman isn’t ‘free’. Santorum is ‘free’ to choose health care that will be unavailable (again) to millions of Americans who aren’t ‘free’ enough to afford half of their income in health insurance premiums and then be denied the care they’ve been paying for.

  36. 114 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Here’s Why the GOP Is Scared of Paul Ryan’s Budget Plan

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

    Paul Ryan may be the intellectual leader of GOP fiscal conservatism but his proposals are starting to freak Republican lawmakers out.
    .
    The gist of his budget plan is to reduce the deficit to a manageable size by cutting Medicaid, Pell Grants, food stamps and other programs while lowering taxes. The ideas themselves are ones rank-and-file Republicans genuinely believe will help the country but the timing combined with the inclusion of third-rail topics like Medicare is terrifying campaign strategists.
    .
    The plan, which Ryan unveiled today, transforms Medicare from a “fee for service” framework that exists now to a voucher system in which the government subsidizes the purchased health insurance. Regardless, a senior Democratic aide tells Politico that “no Democrats” in the House are expected to support the bill when it goes to the floor next week.

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

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/03/heres-why-gop-scared-paul-ryans-budget-plan/50109/

    • 115 57andfemale
      March 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      it’s really a simple argument: until republicans are ready to raise taxes on the richest Americans and cut subsidies for companies making record profits, THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEBT OR THE DEFICIT.

      They want to destroy Medicare and the rest of the safety net and keep college for the privileged few.

      There’s no other way to parse it. None.

    • 116 Debz
      March 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Is there a Dem running against Ryan??? If he is reelected that doesn’t say much for the people of Wisconsin.

  37. March 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Well, I guess Andrew Ross Sorkin loves him some Robney!
    Gross!

    • 118 57andfemale
      March 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      No shit.

      However, I did not know that PBO raised the same amount as Romney, personally. That being said, PBO is not in a contest yet.

  38. 119 57andfemale
    March 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    PPP Warren 45, Brown 41

    After the Blunt Amendment. We need to help Elizabeth Warren win this seat.

    • 120 Ladyhawke
      March 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for the update. The Blunt/Rubio amendment should become an albatross around Scott Brown’s neck. I am not impressed with Lisa Murkowski because she regrets her vote for Blunt/Rubio. Cry me a river. And I certainly am not impressed with phony John McCain acting all concerned about the GOP and women voters after he voted for Blunt/Rubio. You can’t un-ring that bell.

      • 121 57andfemale
        March 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        or McCain who’s against the b/c issue for Repubs and voted for the Blunt Amendment. Did David Gregory call him on such gross hypocrisy?

        Brown in still winning indies but at a much smaller margin than his last race. I guess I did expect a cakewalk for Warren but this is an extremely important race for us.

      • March 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        I can’t believe she went back to the party that rejected her in her re-election bid.

  39. March 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I wish I knew how to embed from UTube. This is tooo fuunnny. My #2 daughter just sent it to me. It’s a take from Eminem’s ‘Real Slim Shady’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bxch-yi14BE

  40. March 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Apparently Robert DeNiro made a joke that involved white women and now Gingrich wants President Obama to personally apologize FOR De Niro. I mean why not? PBO can apologize to terrorists (Muslims) but he can’t apologize to the white womenz?

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/03/newt-gingrich-demands-president-obama-apologize-for-robert-deniro-joke.php?ref=fpa

  41. 143 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Second row in the middle is one of my all time favorite pictures….

  42. March 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Messina: No, seriously, we want to compete in Arizona and Georgia
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/20/12 12:02 PM EDT
    The Obama campaign manager keeps hope alive in an interview with John Harwood, insisting that the two Democratic wish-list states remain within the realm of the imaginable for 2012:

    Q. Are we looking at the same dozen swing states that we’ve been talking about for several cycles now?

    A. I’m sure we’re not. Four years ago, you all thought that Plouffe and I were crazy when we said we can win North Carolina. And now we so much believe we can win it that we’ve put the Democratic National Convention there. Virginia is now one of the bellwethers of this country. States are changing because of demographics. Arizona is going to be one of the toss-up states. We’re looking at Georgia. One question about Georgia is, it’s just an expensive media market. But we’re looking at both those places.

    I wrote last month about how Democrats are trying to race ahead of the demographic clock in Arizona. Georgia is a more extreme reach, even though the Obama campaign keeps mentioning it in the context of 2012.

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Call me naive, but I think Georgia is definitely in the realm of possibility. And I think that is why PBO went there last week. I am sure it got a lot of local media coverage and was as good as a campaign stop. It was a message to the Dem and independent voters of Geaorgia, that they “are on his mind”.

      • 146 Linda
        March 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        I live in Ga…..There will be a huge Latino vote for President Obama this year……

        I had on the TV ( I work at home ) when when of our Latino vendors came in and saw Romney on…and we started talking about it…..

        They were all upset about the Dream Act not passing but will vote for the President this year for sure.

  43. 147 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Give Up Your Bank For Lent March 16, 2012

    http://www.demos.org/news/give-your-bank-lent

  44. 150 AnnieNeroda
    March 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I was watching Fareed Zakaria on Sunday and he was talking about health care. The USA is certainly not the best in terms of coverage, or infant mortality or cost containment — but it appears that we are indeed the best in breast cancer treatment. Based on my daughter Beth’s case (currently unfolding here in AZ), I would have to say that that is probably because everything is covered: Chemo with all its related side-effect management, multiple complicated surgeries, genetic counseling and testing, a wig, even the Neulasta shots ($1000 apiece, 6 times!), are covered. I’m guessing we have all this because women have demanded not to be called a “pre-existing condition.” I hope to God it keeps up for future patients. :-))

    • 151 desertflower
      March 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      “I’m guessing we have all of this because women have demanded to not be called a “pre-existing condition.” THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope your daughter is doing better:) And a special hello to a fellow Arizonan ….

      • 152 57andfemale
        March 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        I’m happy for your daughter. But her coverage is not available to millions of Americans.

        I can get a mammogram if I look around (self-employed and currently uninsured but I’m working on it, thanks to ACA). Why should I have bothered to get a mammogram? If I had breast cancer I would put my affairs in order, have a big party to give away my vast stash of quilting supplies and fabric and make my peace with the world. Because there is no way I could afford treatment, and because we own a small home most avenues of help are closed to us. I’d rather my husband have the house and a home for the dogs than go into bankruptcy for treatment. What a choice in the U.S. of A in the 21st century.

        I have been uninsurable because I’m self-employed, with asthma and a little high blood pressure. the high risk pool 5 years ago would have taken 50% of what we made in a year in premiums, and we’ve had enough experience with insurance companies to know that you can pay and pay and pay your premiums for years and then be denied care. It happened to my husband, which is why I left BCBS in a huff. I never imagined it would be impossible for me to get insurance after that.

        I need to be re-rejected in order to apply to the high risk pool and I’m working on that now.

        • 153 AnnieNeroda
          March 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

          Your story is the main reason for ACA, in my opinion. I hope your current efforts lead to real coverage for you and your husband. I wish there was an agency that would run interference for you. There should be.

          • 154 57andfemale
            March 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

            I am college-educated. I consider myself intelligent, savvy and pretty unflappable. But let me tell you, maneauvering through this insurance stuff is intimidating. And I was a paralegal for 10 years!

            There are a whole lot of ‘new’ policies for the ‘individual’. Man, what a snake pit that is. For example, Humana wanted to know how often I go to the doctor. I checked the box “1-3 times/year”. So they have a policy that will cover 6 doctors’ visits/year. Now what if, on one of those visits and at my age of 62, there’s something wrong with me? I may need to see a doctor more often. I dug and dug and read and read, and yes — it appears that this “freedom of choice” plan will only cover 6 doctor’s visits/year.

            This is the for-profit health care system at work.

            My husband, by the way, is now on Medicare, thank God. May I say, Lieberman should rot in hell for killing Medicare for 55 and Over. We would have been willing to pay a decent premium for it, but once he saw that those danged progressives who cost him his party’s nomination liked the idea, he got in a snit and killed it. His own idea, for God’s sake.

            • 155 miss pat
              March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

              I am so sorry you have to go through all that. I am lucky. I have Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield from my job. My Union Communication Workers of America had to fight for that for us. If push come to shove and you need emergency care go ahead to the emergency room and let them figure out who to bill for your care. They will jus thave to try to get Medicaid to pay it. In the meantime I hope you will soon get coverage. You don’t have to think about loosing your house. It will never come to that.

              • 156 57andfemale
                March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

                The hospitals bill you, especially if you have a house. Medicaid does not allow you to own a house. I think that may be different for the long term care through Medicare but I am not Medicare-eligible. They can get liens, they can do all manner of things until your assets are exhausted. It appears that once I get another rejection letter I’ll be able to get coverage through the high risk pool, and it is about 65% LESS than it was before ACA.

                • 157 miss pat
                  March 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

                  Hope things work out for you. The years will fly by and then you will be able to get Medicare. I didn’t know owning property will prevent you from getting Medicaid.

  45. 158 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    more on health care

    About That Mandate? It’s Not As Unusual As Republicans Want You To Believe

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/about-mandate-its-not-unusual-republicans-w

  46. 159 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Base Problems- Mitt Romney has them, and so far, Barack Obama doesn’t.

    http://prospect.org/article/base-problems

  47. 160 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    House Republicans trying to ignore Budget Control Act which is “LAW”. Everyone should watch this……..

    SENATOR KENT CONRAD, BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

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    Fiscal Year 2013 Spending Levels
    Mar 20, 2012

    U.S. Senate | Radio and Television Gallery

    Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad held a news conference on the release of the House Republican fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Senator Conrad said the spending limits agreed to the previous summer in Budget Control Act were intended to serve as the budget for 2013. He further stated that the House plan, which includes an overhaul of Medicare and Social Security programs, seems to “walk away” from the budget deal and will ultimately threaten a government shutdown.

    16 minutes

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    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Year2013S

    • 161 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      No surprise they want to break the law, that’s entirely consistent with their behavior.

      #PRESSON

      • 162 desertflower
        March 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        Rules aren’t made for them! You know that:)

        • 163 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          So true, but now they are playing directly into the ‘gotcha’ we all knew the President set for them last August. BCA is the law of the land and no matter how they try to spin it they must conform or change the law – but they can’t hold the government hostage with a ‘shut down’ or they truly will be breaking the law.

          #PRESSON

  48. 164 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/fox-news-lies-elderly-woman-dies

    I know this personally. FOX News killed my precious mother, Hallie. She watched FOX religiously. And when she fell ten days before she died, she refused to go to the doctor because, “I don’t want Obamacare to get all of my information! she declared, recalling the warnings from FOX News “anchors.” She was emphatic. She was not going to consort with the muslim enemy. As she made out her will she told her lawyer, “I don’t want any of my money going to the Muslim Brotherhood!” And her last protestation dealt with “Obama’s death panels.” Mother died just days later. I hold FOX News responsible for my mother’s death.

    • 165 Hachikō
      March 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Eh. Sorry, but if you’re going to be sheep, you will be led to slaughter. I have no sympathy for that old woman. She had an inherent bigotry that was just reinforced by Fox and their hatred for the President.

      • 166 desertflower
        March 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        I understand your feelings, but the fact that she was lead astray by a “news” organization peddling an agenda…is inexcusable. They need to be held accountable. Most of the viewers of that station are over 65. This is what they hear day in and day out. Where is the accountability?? It’s toxic.

        • 167 Hachikō
          March 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

          We don’t have a law like Canada’s Truth in Journalism law, so Fox can say whatever they want. The only people who can hold them accountable are: their viewers, their employees, their stakeholders. That’s it. You and I might take issue with how and what they report, but they’re not doing anything illegal. It’s up to viewers to be discerning and smart about the information they consume and what they do with it.

        • 170 yardarm756
          March 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

          The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
          Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)
          Unfortunetly it can cost you your life.

    • 172 whatisworking
      March 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      This needs to be spread – just awful. I hope more folks will start to question and oppose Fox.

    • 173 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you df for bringing attention to this travesty ….

      #PRESSON

  49. 174 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Really trying to get as many folk to focus on the content and opportunity this video represents:

    http://t.co/mt9pErAI

    When I first viewed it yesterday their were very few views. Now it is over 9000 views. Let’s take it 9,000,000 views and more!!

    Thank you for spreading it.

    #PRESSON

  50. 177 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    The first Ryan budget required the debt ceiling to be raised by $6 trillion and didn’t balance the budget for 50 years (assuming unemployment was at 2%).

    You have to be out of your mind to vote for one of these people.

  51. 178 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    White House says GOP budget would ‘shower’ rich with tax breaks

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

    Carney said the White House is ready to have a debate on who has the better proposal.

    He said Obama “put forward a very clear plan” which “brings our deficits down and drives down our debt.”

    Carney said a plan should ensure that the burden of that effort” doesn’t affect senior citizens and other people who depend on vital programs.

    The White House spokesman called the proposal “a shift of money from the middle class…to the wealthiest among us” and “a program that would voucherize Medicare and end Medicare as we know it.”

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

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/216959-white-house-says-gop-budget-would-shower-rich-with-tax-breaks

    • March 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks for the Carney link, Ladyhawke. Somehow I feel bolstered when I hear the WH’s take. It demonstrates to me how they are going to frame and lead the charge.

  52. 180 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    White House response on Ryan Republican Budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 20, 2012

    THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

    Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on the Ryan Republican Budget

    The House budget once again fails the test of balance, fairness, and shared responsibility. It would shower the wealthiest few Americans with an average tax cut of at least $150,000, while preserving taxpayer giveaways to oil companies and breaks for Wall Street hedge fund managers. What’s worse is that all of these tax breaks would be paid for by undermining Medicare and the very things we need to grow our economy and the middle class – things like education, basic research, and new sources of energy. And instead of strengthening Medicare, the House budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning the guarantee of retirement security into a voucher that will shift higher and higher costs to seniors over time.

    The House economic plan draws on the same wrong-headed theory that led to the worst recession of our lifetimes and contributed to the erosion of middle-class security over the last decade. And the President believes we cannot return to a failed theory that didn’t lead to the growth of jobs, incomes, or the economy. That’s why he put forward a balanced approach that reduces the deficit by over $4 trillion. It’s an approach that asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share, makes tough cuts to programs we can’t afford, and strengthens Medicare with reforms that would reduce overpayments to drug companies, improve the quality of care, and protect Medicare’s commitment to America’s seniors.

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

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/20/statement-white-house-communications-director-dan-pfeiffer-ryan-republic

  53. 181 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2540

    Pelosi Statement on the GOP Budget Proposal
    March 20, 2012
    Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2013:

    “Our budget must always be a statement of our values – a reflection of our commitment to fairness and opportunity for all Americans. The Republican budget once again fails that test.

    “The Republican proposal would end the Medicare guarantee, shift costs to seniors, and let Medicare wither on the vine, while providing billions in tax breaks for Big Oil and special interests, and destroying American jobs.

    “The American people have already rejected this plan before – and this year will be no different. Americans’ priorities are clear: Republicans must work with Democrats to preserve and strengthen Medicare, not dismantle it. We must act to create jobs and grow our economy.

    “Democrats are committed to reigniting the American Dream and rebuilding the pillars that have made our economy strong: small businesses, entrepreneurs, and an all-inclusive and thriving middle class.”

  54. 182 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    CROCODILE TEARS FROM PAUL RYAN ON THE ‘SAFETY NET’

    The wrong champion for the safety net

    By Steve Benen

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

    Ryan intends to slash funding for food stamps, health care, education, and aid to the poor and disabled, while giving massive tax breaks to the wealthy. The least could do while pushing such a callous agenda is stop talking about how much he cares about the safety net.

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

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10776131-the-wrong-champion-for-the-safety-net

  55. 183 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    All we need to know about this. Bob? Tweet Master of all Tweet Masters……

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/20/448212/the-5-worst-things-about-the-house-gops-budget/

  56. 185 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Expanding the fight over women’s health

    By Steve Benen

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    With the Affordable Care Act back in the news — the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on Monday — the Democratic National Committee has a new video, connecting Republican repeal efforts to the larger concerns about women’s interests.
    .
    The message focuses on an aspect of the health care reform law that often goes overlooked: it prevents insurance companies from charging women more for coverage based solely on gender. Those who want to scrap the Affordable Care Act also, whether they like to admit it or not, are pushing to end this protection for women.

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

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10777144-expanding-the-fight-over-womens-health

  57. 188 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This ad is from DemRapidResponse is very effective…………

    Romney and GOP: Allowing Health Insurance Companies to Discriminate Against Women

  58. March 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    And the GOP says it’s not enough: MUST SEE chart on military spending

    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/03/military-spending-2011-chart

  59. 190 middlegirl3
    March 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Many, many times I get emails from the DNC, or OFA or something like that with names that I don’t recognize and confusing subject headers. I don’t know whether it’s spam or whether it’s safe to open it. Just now I got an email from Steve Israel (who I didn’t know) saying ” please forward this email.” Who could I address this issue too because what if other people like me don’t open emails from names you don’t recognize with ambiguous subject headers.

  60. 193 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    THE ONLY SOLUTION TO HIGH GAS PRICES – WITH CHARTS!

    By David Roberts

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

    About a year ago, when the last episode of Gas Price Mania was gearing up, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) gave an extraordinary speech on the floor of the Senate. He explained that the price of gasoline is tied to the price of oil, the price of oil is tied to events outside America’s control, and the only way to reduce vulnerability to gasoline and oil prices is to use less gasoline and oil. It’s a simple truth, rarely spoken among national politicians.

    Last week, Bingaman did it again, using handy charts blown up on poster board. First, he explained that the U.S. has very little control over oil and gasoline prices:
    .
    .
    There’s only one solution to that problem:

    If we want to reduce our vulnerability to world oil prices and to volatility of world oil prices, the most important thing we can do is to find ways to use less oil.

    Say it again!

    The long-term solution to the challenge of high and volatile oil prices is to continue to reduce our dependence on oil, period.

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

    http://grist.org/energy-policy/the-only-solution-to-high-gas-prices-with-charts/

  61. 194 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Because he has no core or convictions…look what the loons COULD do!

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/20/michael-tomasky-on-romney-and-the-right-wing-shakedown.html

    But now we have a more, uh, self-confident right wing, and consequently we have a new and different calculus. Now, Rubio as vice-president is just the security deposit. Now, Romney has to walk much farther down that trail of tears. Look again at Land’s list. I couldn’t possibly begin to tell you which of these three would be the most alarming. Letting Rick Santorum populate the Justice Department solely with lawyers from the law schools of Ave Maria and Regent University and sue—oh golly, who would he sue?—drug-store chains that sell contraceptives is a pretty unsettling thought. Newt Gingrich as ambassador (read back those four words to yourself and savor their surreal quality) to the U.N. is a match made in hell. But Bolton to Foggy Bottom probably takes the cake. It’s the most important of the three jobs, with the most at stake, and the man is a lunatic.

    These sound like suggestions Stephen Colbert would make, but I’m pretty sure Land wasn’t joking. And this, in turn, makes me think: Land doesn’t make such suggestions merely because he thinks Romney needs to earn the trust of the far right. He makes such suggestioms because he has a sense that Romney just might do it. That the righties can make this guy do anything they please.

  62. 195 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Five Southern Miss Students Disciplined For Racist Chant |

    Southern Mississippi University announced today that it would revoke the scholarships of five members of the college’s pep band after they led a bigoted chant during an NCAA basketball tournament game last Thursday.

    The students, who have not been identified, chanted, “Where’s your green card?” at Kansas State basketball player Angel Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico, during a free throw attempt. The university’s president apologized for the incident after the game.

    In addition to the loss of scholarships, the five students have been removed from the pep band and will be required to complete a course on cultural sensitivity.

    • March 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Zero home training!

    • 197 yardarm756
      March 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Good on the University. However, it has been my experience that this may only modify future public behavior only. Hearts and minds are what need to be modified and that is gonna be hard to do.
      I think it’s gonna take several generations, education, and unfortunately more blood shed before the field is truly leveled.

  63. 198 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Commerce Finds China Illegally Subsidized Solar Panels, Imposes Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has found that the Chinese government illegally subsdized the country’s solar exports to the U.S., sources close to the case tell TPM.

    The Commerce Department will now immediately move to impose import duties on Chinese companies. TPM has learned that the import duties will be 3.59 percent for most Chinese companies, but that two, Trina and Suntech, were singled out for 4.73 percent and 2.9 percent duties respectively.

  64. 201 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/dont-miss-the-chance-to-make-a-nomination/

    We want the CAB to be comprised of approximately 20 individuals with varied backgrounds and innovative ideas about how to help protect consumers. Members will meet in Washington, D.C., at least twice a year to discuss, advise, and consult with the Bureau on emerging consumer financial issues. We are looking for nominees with a background in one or more of the following areas: consumer protection, financial services, fair lending, civil rights, consumer financial products and services, or community development. It is our hope to find individuals who can represent the opinions of consumers, advocacy groups, and financial services companies.

  65. 203 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    GAS PRICES 101

    This is a remarkable presentation by Senator Jeff Bingaman (A MUST SEE)

    U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Gas Prices and Domestic Oil and Gas Production

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

    Watch U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman speak about gas prices and their relationship with domestic oil and gas production in a speech delivered on the Senate floor March 7, 2012. Bingaman, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, outlines the facts and emphasizes that U.S oil and natural gas production is growing and is expected to continue growing and that oil prices are typically influenced by factors out of U.S. control—not by lack of domestic production.

    http://bingaman.senate.gov/news/20120307-01.cfm

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

  66. 206 Fred
    March 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

  67. March 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Now, Samtorum is going after Malia.
    Saying, she should not have gone to Mexico.-

    “What I would say is that the president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying,” Santorum told Beck. “If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that‘s what president’s do. They set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

    He said he wasn’t criticizing her, per the article, but was instead weighing in on Obama’s “higher duty” as president.

    (h/t Ben Smith) 

    • March 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Earthquake down there, a big one.

    • 219 COS
      March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      This is sheer desperation on Santorum’s part. How would he feel if PBO start talking about his army of kids? It is time for him to stop wasting money and get out of the race. He only plays well in the south. He and Robney both are tainted goods at this point. The only difference is Robney has lots of money.

      • 220 anniebella
        March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        Rick Santorum is a radical racists sick bastard. Let me repeat myself, Rick Santorum is a radical racists sick bastard. Leave Malia and Sasha alone you racists phony.

  68. 221 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Why the House GOP may not love its own budget plan

    By Steve Benen

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

    A lot will be said in the coming weeks — by me, among others — about the far-right nature of the new House Republican budget plan, and the extent to which it reneges on the bipartisan agreement the GOP already accepted. But there’s another angle to keep in mind: what Republicans intend to do is unpopular.

    Igor Volsky and Travis Waldron flagged some of the more offensive elements of the plan — forcing seniors to pay more for health care; cutting coverage for the elderly and disabled; eliminating coverage for 30 million Americans; giving a big tax cut to the wealthy; cutting the safety net while increasing Pentagon spending — and it’s worth appreciating the fact that the American mainstream doesn’t support any of this.

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

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10778002-why-the-house-gop-may-not-love-its-own-budget-plan

  69. 223 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Senator Kent Conrad speaking on 2013 Federal Budget right now……CSPAN2

  70. March 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm
  71. March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm
  72. March 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    • March 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Why the heck would anybody be more likely to vote for him based on the story. I can understand the “it doesn’t make any difference” thinking, but to saqy, “Gee, now that I know how hetreated the family dog, I am more likely to vote for him” thinking is beyond me. There can’t be that may dog haters in this country.

  73. 240 sheinfrance
    March 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    You had me worried for a moment there Chips. Hope all is well with you and again want you to know how much I appreciate all your work on this great website xx

  74. 241 57andfemale
    March 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    From Matt Yglesias:

    “Because health care is projected to grow more expensive over the next fifty years, the cost of this program is projected to go up substantially. One way of preventing that from happening is to just refuse to pony up the money, and make Medicaid beneficiaries get by with less health care. And that’s what Ryan’s plan does. On the one hand, it excuses states from their minimum coverage responsibilities. On the other hand, it reduces the amount of money that’s available to give people coverage.”

    This is an important frame. Health care costs will rise, but what is the Republican answer? To lower standards and make Medicaid beneficiaries get by with less health care. Some answer.

    Here are a few progressive ways to manage the crisis: raise taxes on those who are paying historically low rates. Raise the cap on Social Security to at least reflect the same percentage of income that was in place in the ’70′s.

    • 242 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      57, these proposals are beyond galling and so mean-spirited as to be hateful. People on Medicaid can’t get by on less health care unless they just supposed to die. My little (great) nephew was born with Down’s Syndrome, which immediately qualified him for Medicaid because of the life-long costs involved. He immediately had to undergo heart surgery and then a year later was diagnosed with leukemia. The number of hospital stays required for his treatment, along with chemo for several years and endless hospital treatments could have only been afford by someone with the financial resources of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Without the much needed Medicaid coverage he received this beautiful, sweet child would have been dead. It makes me want to scream when over-privileged idiots like Ryan dismiss the real needs of those on Medicaid as if they were so much flotsam to be swept off a beach.

      • 243 57andfemale
        March 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Here’s the logic of the RW: Santorum can afford the care for his special needs child but he’s afraid if health care is available to everyone else, he might not get as much and it would interfere with his ‘freedom’. Or something.

        Your story is heartbreaking. I think of some working middle class family, where the mom is afraid to call in sick to take care of her special needs child for fear of losing her job, her health care, or both. Let effing Santorum and Romney live with that kind of fear.

  75. March 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    the mosaic is wonderful, Chips :)

  76. March 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I’m back from voting. When I arrived, all the poll judges were outside trying to deal with a Santorum supporter who was handing out religious literature right next to the door and refused to move. He was in a suit, white shirt, tie and looked like he might have been from one of our churches, probably the fundamentalist Bible church. They kept telling him he had to be beyond the 100 ft. mark, but he kept arguing and wouldn’t move—-doing the Lord’s work, I guess. I think I heard one guy threaten to call law enforcement, and the Ricky fan was gonezo by the time I left. A little added excitement, and not surprising.
    It’s a beautiful day here, continuing the unseasonably warm weather, heard on the car radio there was “light to steady” voting. It was fairly busy at my polling place, but it’s mostly one faction of Repubs fighting against another faction of Repubs here in my immediate area. I think I was unique in asking for a Dem ballot—-one judge winked at me when I gave my preference. I think he was the Dem. I filled in my Obama oval real nice! A beautiful job, if I do say so myself, did not go outside the lines, y’all would have been proud. :)

  77. 247 yardarm756
    March 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Folks there’s a lot going on out there. I hear it in your voices and see it on tv. Y’all will probably get tired of me with this but we must keep our eyes on the prize. We gotta stay FOCUSED. Attacking voter suppression efforts is something that we all can do.

    • 248 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      You’re right yardarm. The Democrats in our county have invited a representative from the ACLU to speak to us on April 18 so we can all understand the legal intricacies of the new laws and the way to fight them in the court. I am finding mass confusion among people about what they’re required to do to vote and that’s at the individual and institutional level. Today I went to our county DMV to update my driver’s license. The DMV is hard to get to; there are no bus stops nearby; the ID’s are supposed to be free, but a big sign says they cost $13.50 (you have to “ask” for get them free and sign an affidavit); you have to pay with a check or money order, which you may not have; the lines are endless; there were only a few chairs and the elderly, handicapped and pregnant women had to stand up. This is what we’re dealing with and why we need to fight with all means in our power. Talk to fellow dems; get together a group and then invite the ACLU to come talk to you. Learn, communicate, fight back.

      • 249 yardarm756
        March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Looks like we may have to form up groups to drive folks and provide chairs or any other support folks may need. It is indeed a war on voters.

        • 250 miss pat
          March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          So true. My dad used to rent cars for the day and get the older folks to and from the polls. The only thing i, he wouldn’t give you a ride if he knew you belonged to the other party. For those who couldn’t read or were slow, he’d show them a picture of “The Head” the symbol of his party and tell them to just draw a circle around it. A staunch PNP man in Jamaica he was, worked tirelessly for that party until the day he died.

  78. 254 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I guess it would be too much to ask for the media to find out if Gingrich, Santorum, Romney and Paul support the blocking of this bill by their party. They seem to have an issue with gays, immigrants and Native Americans. Imagine that.

    Republicans Are Blocking the Violence Against Women Act

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

    There are three reasons some Republicans are trying to block the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: Gays, immigrants, and Native Americans

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which first passed in 1994 and has been reauthorized twice since then, increased federal penalties for domestic violence and provided funding for groups and services that aid victims of domestic abuse. The bill hit the bipartisan sweet spot of being both tough on crime and oriented toward women’s rights. Usually it’s reauthorized without much fanfare. This time around, however, several Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are putting up a fight. Despite the fact that the bill has several Republican sponsors, all eight GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee voted against the bill when the committee considered it last month.

    “While this is a bipartisan effort in this Congress, it’s certainly a tougher slog than most of us expected,” says Lisalyn Jacobs, vice president for government relations at the women’s rights advocacy group Legal Momentum.

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

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/republicans-violence-against-women-act

    • 255 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      If there is a woman in America that votes for a Republican candidate after all these hateful statements and actions, than that person s suffering from Stockholm’s Syndrome. The Republicans have decided to take up arms against the women of America. They are making millions of us very angry and turning us into warriors. I am ready to fight back and help turn the Republican “brand” into something so foul that it stinks for generations.

  79. March 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hello TOD family,
    We are once again focusing on the Affordable Care Act. And, as before, the lies are multiplying as are the criticisms of the Obama administration for not having promoted this enough. It saddens me. There is – and always has been – a wealth of information on this far-reaching law. Just check out our friend Linda at What is Working, or go to heathcare.gov or to hhs.gov. It is absolutely true that we are hampered by irresponsible media neglect as well as the falsifications and distortions of the RW extremist faction.
    But , as our President wrote in his book “The Audacity of Hope” , the most important office in a democracy is that of citizen. Only if the citizens take the time and trouble to inform themselves will we have a functioning democracy. And beyond informing ourselves, it is also necessary to share the information with others – using whatever communication works best. So, please, as the ACA is once again the object of organized misinformation, let us all do the job of responsible citizens and share the good news with everyone we know.

    • 257 57andfemale
      March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      When the message isn’t getting across and/or when lies are replacing truth, then it is up to the administration to change the narrative.

      Yes, there’s lots of information out there. But many seniors are not part of the electronic generation and finding that information is difficult for them. The information is objective but does not compell a narrative. Frankly, if it wasn’t for AARP that actually pushes why aspects of the law are great for seniors, no one else has made the effort.

      I follow this stuff closely. My husband is 72 and I’m 62. I didn’t know how much was in ACA for seniors, starting almost immediately until the Thursday before the 2010 elections when we received the Medicare “what has changed” booklet. 5 days before the election, when record numbers of seniors had already voted. It was full of correct information, but no narrative-changing ‘sell’.

      Our citizenry is pathetic. Does that mean our elected officials accept that? No — it means you find a way to fight, to change the narrative, to inform in a dynamic way that replaces fear with good news. PBO did that was manufacturing, he changed the conversation on jobs, he made serious inroads on taxes and a progressive vision of what America can be, and he’s doing the same thing now for energy. There simply has not been that kind of energy and muscle for ACA, and Republicans are holding the CW.

      It’s getting better. There was an ACA afterthought in the Road We’ve Traveled that mentioned saving seniors on prescription drug costs and a few other things. Latinos polled put health care second after the economy and jobs. Republicans are making ACA a cornerstone of their 2012 campaign. So this fierce Obamabot is disappointed that, even after the losses of 2010, there is still not an effective effort to explain how earth-shaking ACA is and how much it will do for the American people.

      Oh, and by the way, it’s a job creator. Heard that in a speech lately?

    • 258 whatisworking
      March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      How kind of you to mention the blog. I get all the good stuff from you guys here at the blog.

  80. 260 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  81. 261 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/cbss-mark-knoller-falsely-claims-debt-h

    Mark Knoller is the White House correspondant for CBS Radio, and a first-class right-wing tool. Monday night, he posted an article titled, “National debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush,” which sent wingnuts scurrying to their Twitter accounts. The problem is, the piece is BS. Here’s Knoller’s key graf:

    The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.

    This freaking RW tool needs some educatin’!!!

    snip/

    In 2001, the national debt Bush inherited was around $5.7T, give or take. Some of that debt in 2001 has to be attributed to Clinton, just as some of the debt in 2009 when Obama took office has to be attributed to Bush. When W. left office in 2009, the debt was nearly $11T. That’s an increase of 89%.

    Under Obama, the debt has increased from about $11T to about $15T, about 40%.

    And what’s behind that increase? Historically low taxes and historically low revenues — and the worst financial crash since the 1930s. There’s been no “binge” in spending, as Knoller wants you to believe.

    And PS, this isn’t the first “look how Obama’s bankrupting the country” hit job this guy has written.

    This clown should leave CBS and go to Fox News. He’d fit right in.

  82. 266 symmetry11
    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    White House: Malia Obama Safe From Earthquake in Mexico
    abcnews.go.com

  83. 267 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Good for her! Wonder if she uses b/c? Have to tell her boss? Get permission?

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/meghan-mccain-reveals-straight-truth-to-playboy-i-love-sex/

  84. 268 Ladyhawke
    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Forget what you’ve heard from the GOP about spending and regulations

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

    Mitt Romney’s economic speech in Chicago yesterday and the Paul Ryan’s new House Republican budget have something important in common: they offer a vision that’s at odds with reality.

    To hear these leading Republicans tell it, President Obama has strangled the domestic economy with countless regulations and runaway binge spending. We know that first point is completely wrong — not only do regulations not hurt the economy, but the number of regulations has gone down, not up, under Obama.

    But about the second point? Everyone knows Obama has increased spending, right? Wrong. Mark Thoma published this helpful chart showing per capita spending per administration for the last four decades.

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

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10779346-forget-what-youve-heard-from-the-gop-about-spending-and-regulations

  85. March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Somebody above was wondering if Ryan has any opposition. This link tells a little bit about his district.
    https://secure.actblue.com/page/stoppaulryan

  86. 270 Hachikō
    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  87. 274 Tally
    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  88. 276 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    911 call by Trayvon Martin shooter seems to include a racial epithet

    It’s not clear. It’s said in a low voice. But, in the opinion of many who have listened to this publicly available version of a 911 call made shortly before he shot unarmed Trayvon Martin to death last month, George Zimmerman seems to be saying “fuckin’ ‘coons.” I also think he says that right at 1:50-1:52. So do many other people who have listened repeatedly. Just a whisper. But a hateful whisper. A whisper that, if it is what it sounds like it is, could put Zimmerman’s actions into an even worse light than they already are. That racial slur has a long, ugly and infuriating history.

  89. 280 desertflower
    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Randi Rhodes just said that they did toxicology report on Trayvon, but NOT on Zimmerman. OMG.

    • 281 0388jojothecat
      March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      “F” ing unbelieveable. That Zimmerman guy was obviously a “friend” of the police department because anytime you assault a police man and are STILL given a gun, all charges are dropped, but kill a kid in self defense makes no sense. Randi said since 2005 there have been 95 incidents in which 65 resulted in someone being killed. The other sad story Randi spoke of was the father at a park with his eight year old and the other father with a gun is irritated by a kid riding a skate board in which the dad with the eight year old was killed trying to prevent the other father from murdering the skateboarder. Why was this law allowed to continue to be on the books after that incident. There are 17 other states with this law. I want to know what they are so I don’t travel there.


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