Safe travels Mr. President
Nowhere near 3rd?
POLITICO has learned that the House Democratic campaign arm is reserving more than $32 million in broadcast TV advertising after Labor Day, the first real signal of the party’s strategy for winning back control of the House.
Steve Israel, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie WS are going hard in their efforts to win back the House. Good on them!
Another day, another lie.
…what another lie from the robme camp? I am shocked I tell you….
one thing I cannot abide is a liar. I believe a liar is worse than a thief.
It is reprehensible that Romney has an inability to speak truth. He has no core. I can’t stand him. Can’t stand him. There is no way in hell we can have a liar leading this country. Can you imagine the havoc of a Romney Presidency across the globe especially leading foreign policy issues? We could never rebound from that.
President Obama has to win. Romney is not an option.
I was arguing with my Conservative Buddy. Oh Boy! He thinks Single Moms ansmd Da Blacks are the reason this Country is in debt.
I told him, it was the taxcuts, Military spending and Medicare- that is ballooning the Debt.
Apparently, he listens to Billo the Clown every night. That explains everything!
Ask him why would he listen to one millionaire trying to convince him that other millionaires are not ot blame for the state of the ecomomy?
Jovie, I hate to admit it but I no longer wish to talk with my “Conservative Buddies”. I question either their intelligence and/or their values. I never thought I would come to this point, but I have.
These are the same people who would rather pay taxes for a billionaire to build a sports stadium to create minimum wage jobs rather than pay taxes for more teachers, better schools, and infrastructe.
I don’t have any conservative buddies!! And my PL buddies have gone drifted off to their own planet. At some point, you have to find true friendship and for me, that means holding people close who share the same values and integrity of spirit.
Oh, meta, I do agree. There is no use beating your head bloody with some people. We all have far more productive things to do.
Oh, meta – that is exactly where I am in life. It’s a gift to be able to be at this point, although we all have to pay our dues before hitting it. I, too, am (happily) “clinging” to people “who share the same values and integrity of spirit.”
Beautifully expressed, as usual, y’all.
Meta, this presidency has given us all the opportunity to clean house, so to speak. I don’t have rethug friends as far as I know, and any friends and/or relatives who display those tendencies, I cut and run. See ya.
I always wonder why single moms get the blame. Why are they even a target? One of my wife’s conservative friends always bashes single moms for some reason or another, which always rubs me the wrong way since one of my sisters is a single mom of 3 children (and a Republican!) Is the GOP running out of groups to hate or something?
Most likely has to do with sanctimonious folk berating single moms for their fornication. Or low standards. Or bad raising. Who knows, except they don’t get that God is no respecter of persons.
As a child that was raised by a single mother I take this bashing very personally. I remember a few years ago one of my conservative co-workers started on a “single mothers are evil” rant, and I set him straight in no uncertain terms. Changed his tune real quick.
And despite every effort by the Republicans to drag women back to their side, I think the gap is going to get greater, not smaller. Even the more solid (formerly) group of elederly women are going to go to Obama, or at least not vote for Romney, because they care about what happens to their daughters and granddaughters.
A major mistake Republicans have made is to assume that the rest of Americans are like they are, selfish. When the Ryan plan first came out, they told seniors, “Don’t worry, this won’t affect you.” They didn’t realize that most seniors actually cared about what happened to the enxt generations. And when they talk about saddling the next gereation with debt, more and more Americans are saying, “Don’t take needed services away, let the wealthy, who owe so much of their weralth to living in this country, to apy more back.”
And they will more and more wonder why the Republicans won’t do anything to improve the infrastructure or the education system for the next generation. And they will more and more wonder why The Republicans won’t do anything for the environment so that the next generation will have clean air to breath and clean water to drink. And why the only real next generation the Republicans really care about is the next generation of billionaires.
FINAL FRACKING RULE: The EPA today is set to publicly release a rule on air regulations for oil and gas production, sources tell POLITICO. The rule — which would require the industry to capture fugitive emissions during well preparation — was the reason for plenty of lobbyist foot traffic through the halls of the White House Office of Management Budget. Buford has the story for Pros: http://politico.pro/IXLWkW.
what is fracking? i’m a little ignorant of environmental issues.
Here you go Collegekay:
Fracking, short for hydraulic-fracturing, is a dangerous method of natural gas extraction. It entails drilling deep underground into shale deposits and blasting millions of gallons of water laced with sand and hundreds of toxics chemicals at high pressure to break apart the shale to release methane (natural gas). It has been linked to well over a thousand cases of groundwater contamination across the United States. Also common from the practice is surface water contamination, significant air quality problems, public health catastrophes, economic losses to communities, and a host of other problems.
(Needless to say, supporters of fracking wouldn’t agree with the above definition!)
Wow, thanks for the link.
ck….you want to know about fracking? Watch Gasland. It will tell anyone all they need to know about this. It ain’t pretty!
Not to mention…the cause of earthquakes as well….
Chips, I am not so sure they wouldn’t agree with the definition. Rather they would say, it doesn’t matter. After all, to make an omelet you have to break some eggs.
Ha, so true Japa! But I still marvel at how they continue to insist it’s all perfectly safe, with a straight face, and that all the evidence to the contrary is just fabricated nonsense by leftist tree-huggers.
Of course it is fabricated, just like global warming is fabricated. I just got an idea for a post. May send you something later today.
The big problem, especially in states like Pa with huge underground supplies of natural gas, is that companies do not obey the laws and our lousy Republican governor makes sure nobody enforces them. There are something like 1800 violations that he’s done nothing about because the gas companies paid lots of money for his election. He thinks his job is to give them big tax breaks and then not hold them responsible for the damage they do to people’s health. If the federal rules don’t come with an enforcement mechanism that doesn’t rely on local politicians, it honestly won’t help.
How do I find out if ‘fracking’ is going on here in ND, as we’re having this major oil boom, and I’d like to know if they’re doing this here. thanks for any info.
A chemical, put into rocks underground, that cracks them in order to extract natural gas!
Fracking is now the rapidly growing method of extracting oil and natural gas by pumping lots of water and ‘undisclosed chemical” materials into the rocks.
The process is occurring in many states especially in the Midwest as a new source of energy.
Fracking is suspected of causing pollution of waterways and in Ohio, it has possibly caused some earthquakes
And people who live in the area — the water through their tap has ignited because there aren’t efficient means of containing all the gas.
Real Americans Tell Romney It May Be ‘Necessary’ To Raise Their Taxes
//….One woman at the gathering said she was scared about the fate of her public schools, given deep cuts to the state budget (incidentally, the man who pushed those cuts, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, endorsed Romney today). “I don’t like to see cuts made in anything in education,” she said, citing her daughter’s experience. Another man chimed in, noting that “the fat” had already been trimmed and now important education programs were being hit.
Oh Romney doesn’t want to hear that–he’s not going to know what opinion he’s supposed to have if people keep questioning him. The low tax thing works so well with Tea Party audiences, why doesn’t it work with everybody. His weather vane is whirling right now and there he was on a hot mic saying he would cut the Department of Education. Boy, it’s hard to keep your stories straight when you run for president.
Good morning everyone! We are in Idaho right now driving back to Missoula after a wonderful visit in Phoenix. So appreciate being able to keep up with the news via TOD. Hard to write much on my DROID. Back to catching up on my readin.
Great to hear from you Marilyn, hope you’re having a GREAT trip!
Having a good trip home but 15it hours yesterday and 5 hours today is tiring. On thing I wanted to comment on is the state of our highways. We travel alot. Some of the highways are in terrible shape and there are so many trucks on the road. Many are the triple trailors. I wish members of our congress would take some road trips and see what needs to be done. If we are to compete in a global market we need our highway system. I believe they forget how much we are all inter connected. Right now I am in the middle of Idaho.
I had a friend drive from Nashville to California and when he arrived here he said the WORST roads were through Oklahoma. He said that all the rest stops were closed.
Figures the worst roads would be in the reddest state. Mustn’t spend any money on something that would actually help people. That’s the first rule of law for the Republican Party.
We drive everywhere too—–I have the fear of flying prob—–and for years I’ve said that the presidential candidate who campaigned on separate roads for trucks would win in a landslide, sorta jokingly. But it has gotten worse. We’ve seen so many dangerous situations, and truck drivers have lost that “courteous driver” aspiration. They are now some of the rudest, most reckless, selfish drivers on the road. Too many times there are lineups of multiple trucks stalling traffic in both lanes as trucks try to pass RVs etc., driving so close to cars there is no way they could ever stop in time for an emergency. And the worst, which we recently experienced, is if you’re driving in bad weather, heavy rain, the truck splash onto your windshields makes it impossible to see. Lost of horrible roads in horrible conditions also. Indiana’s roads are terrible, some cheap surface which immediately turn icy or slippery, rough surfaces. Bad rest stops in that state also since they sold to a foreign country—filthy. Also filthy along the roads, litter all over the place. Mitch Daniels—-horrible for Indiana. I could go on and on—–with my observations on every state from Illinois to Fl. and Illinois to east coast. Take care, mymarilyn.
Have a safe trip! Weather’s heating up!!!
Team Obama should continue putting in place and advocating for the policies that make the country move foward so that in the end not only will they continue to build the support of women but the women will help convince some of their reluctant male relatives to put country ahead of party and vote Obama/Biden
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s decision in January to deny a permit for the full Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Canada paid dividends Wednesday with a political endorsement from four of the largest U.S. environmental groups.
Leaders of the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action and Environment America announced they’ll be backing Obama’s re-election bid, a sign that fractures between the president and green groups have healed since the contentious debate last fall over the $7-billion pipeline from Canada.
“For the first time, our organizations are jointly endorsing a candidate for the presidency,” Sierra Club director Michael Brune said in a conference call.
“We’ve mobilized millions of people (over the past four years) to make sure President Obama did the right thing . . . Thanks to what we’ve accomplished, the tide is turning. Americans are using less oil and coal.”
THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBT THAT PBO’S POLL RATINGS ARE UP WITH WOMEN…WOMEN ARE THE SYMBOLS OF ‘COMPASSION’…WITHOUT THEM…THIS WOULD BE A VERY COLD WORLD…NOT TO MENTION…EMPTY!
– Cheap Trick will headline an Earth Day concert on the National Mall where Lisa Jackson is slated to speak. DCist: http://bit.ly/IjQi27.
Oh yeah? That’s not what Mr. Crap-in-my-pants said.
We will put John Cusack in the Glen Greenwald category! He was on CBS this morning, and said some mean things.
Why does the News put these people on tv?
Who is John Cusack ?
Some stupid actor!
I don’t understand why celebrities use President Obama to bring more attention to their movies/music. It sounds almost like “President Obama sucks now buy my cd.” It’s really odd. If I promoting my cd or movie and a reporter randomly brings up politics (which used to be impolite) I’m going to say no comment or kindly say something generic. It’s none of anyone’s business. I wouldn’t use my celebrity to be negative only positive.
Another out-of-work actor trying to get noticed like Matt Damon.
Cusack has been attacking PBO since 2009, he barely gave him time to move in to the White House before letting rip. Yawn.
The guy’s a loser. He had a brief moment years ago, but no longer. I wouldn’t pay a dime to see him in anything, much less actually drive to a movie theater.
Didn’t know this about Cusack. Surprised I missed it. No longer a fan.
Cusack has been on Daily Kos in the past.. he used it to launch ads for his new movie a couple years ago and is a ‘kossack’. It doesn’t surprise me that rather than working w/ POTUS – he is attacking him.
This is a big disappointment to me. I always liked John Cusack and thought he had his head and heart in the right place. No more. F**k him if he can’t be real.
John Cusack is a sorry actor. Never liked him, not one bit.
His sister Joan was okay, but John have always been a disappointment.
- Hybrid car sales rose over 37 percent in the first quarter, plug-in electrics up 323 percent. HybridCars: http://bit.ly/HKtN4f
WH livestream now LIVE:
thank you meta for the tap on the shoulder. i am so glad to see this presentation on the Violence Against Women Act taking place at the White House.
GROVER NORQUIST: “We are not auditioning for a fearless leader.”
The GOP power play on public display
By Steve Benen
Traditionally, especially in Republican politics, a president, in addition to his official duties, heads his political party and takes the lead in shaping its policy agenda. Lawmakers from his party are expected to follow the president’s lead and share his priorities.
This crop of congressional Republicans, fueled in part by their mistrust for Romney, expect to turn this model on its head — they’re in charge; they’re in the lead; and it will be President Romney’s job to do as he’s told to do.
There have been signals on this front for much of the year. In February, for example, Grover Norquist explained at CPAC, “We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go…. We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”
The prez’s numbers with women will remain high because of several factors. I’d divide up the factors as subliminal and policy. Subliminally, he’s cute–it matters. Ask zombie Nixon in the 1960 race against Kennedy if it didn’t matter that JFK was handsome. How many pictures have we seen here of women of all ages and races flirting/looking verklempt when meeting the president. Two: the relationship with Michelle, his mother-in-law, and his daughters. It matters that PBO looks and acts as if he is madly in-love with Michelle, loves his mother-in-law (that handhold the night of the election with Mrs. Robinson and how he defended her from Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes stands out to me). He acts like a faithful family man that loves and respects women and girls. Policy-wise: Lily Ledbetter bill, the stimulus, and ACA are all pro-women bills that show that president cares about women and girls. He also stood up against Boehner trying to defund Title IX.
Romney has Ann and his five sons, but nothing about them speaks of overcoming odds and struggles that normal people can identify with. With the Obamas, you know they’ve struggled and overcome, the Romneys just act entitled.
#1 reason, I agree with Gloria Steinem, he is a feminist.
See ya later everybody on my way to the Obama Event in Dearborn, Michigan. I am sooo excited!!
Ah brilliant aamom, have a FANTASTIC time! And wave to us, okay?
6:00 pm: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event, Dearborn, Henry Ford Museum, Michigan
WOWIE!! I’m so excited for you!! WOOOOT!!
And as POTUS says, eat and drink plenty of water!!
yes yes yes!! take lots of pics!!
All this sudden ‘tightening up’ of polls ? What’s up with that ? Is there any honest pollster left in amurika now ?
I’m just starting to think that if it’s the MSM, it’s a complete lie. Sickening.
As far as I’m concerned there should be no polling during an election year, they are always skewed. Too much focus on them.
Around the same time in 2008 the same polls had McCain even with POTUS. It is a bit fishy. I am Curious to see their crosstabs.
I heard that on my beloved Colbert Report and turned Stephen off. A first. It is horrifying, BUT completely inconsistent with the breakdowns into subgroups like PJ posted on below. Two and two will not equal five, no matter what EAS (Etch a Sketch) Man reports.
It’s now a two-man race. Everybody needs to take a breath. that being said, Mittens is going to spend a phenomenal amount of money full of outrageous lies. There’s a good 10% of Americans who vote, don’t know anything, and are persuadable. It was a pipe dream to think that Republicans would not like Mittens enough to actually not vote. they ALWAYS vote, and hatred for them is a stronger motivator than love for a candidate. Democrats are the opposite, which is how we got in this mess.
45 —– FORTY FIVE!!!!! Points advantage with young women. That must be historic. Woot!
Great. Now the task is to get them to vote. Isn’t this this group that votes the least?
God, I couldn’t wait to vote. Yeah, I grew up in the ’60′s but my parents taught me that voting was a civic duty that I should take seriously long before it was my friends and family would be cannon fodder in Vietnam. Both of my parents were dead by the time I was 21, but boy did they give me a great foundation.
Regarding Oklahoma roads, yes they are the worst. I live here, I know. And the governor wants to cut ALL income taxes, which will mean a cut in services. This state is crazy.
When we moved here in 1972 for my husband to take a university job, the state was in good hands. We had good Democratic governors, and then a good Republican one, Henry Bellmon. We actually made progress. THEN, Ronal Reagan hit the scene. Frank Keating was elected governor, and he called teachers “slugs.” The situation has gone from bad to worse here. The state prides itself on being the buckle of the Bible belt, a silly boast, as all their policies go against everything Christ taught…..compassion, taking care of the poor, caring for our elders, etc., and just plain old common sense values: good education, access to medical care, etc.
The impression people get from our roads is terrible, but that doesn’t seem to make any impact on our legislators or Barbie doll governor.
Carolyn, I drive the Oklahoma roads at least once a year on my way to visit TX relatives. I received a speeding ticket last year, all the stop, slow, speed-up, slow down through the small towns-I was trying to look at a map-and zap! $100 later, even with my sister’s FBI stickers on my car-rats! I’ll write them to please apply towards your roads…
Apart from vocally supporting President Obama in each and every way we can, we ordinary people must do our part in defining mitt to the rest of the country. One obvious way to do this is to constantly use the same terms in any story were we comment on the opposition, defend PBO or promote PBO.
In my speech and writing I ALWAYS refer to mitt as one of these phrases:
Mitt (willard) the Pathological Liar
Mitt (willard) the entitled, lying, 1 Percenter
what is you preferred preference term for mitt and entitled fake
Mitt the Millionaire
or Mitt the Bilionaire
Mr 1% Mitt
So glad you asked, my preference term for Romney, Is Mitt Rob-Me
I refer to him as 0.1%. He really is in the top tier and out of touch with 99.9%
I don’t have a problem with Mitt’s money. I know some do but I don’t get it. He earned it.
I do have a problem with his compulsive lying. He lies about everything and it is instinctive which makes it even more dangerous. So his lies is an issue for me as well as his lack of empathy and he has no core convictions. None.
There is no way in hell that man should get any where near the White House unless it is as a visitor just like the rest of us.
LEFT WING MEDIA PICKING ON POOR WIDDLE MITT ROMNEY
Oops, Mittens Figured It All Out About The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy!
Ah yes, the infamous left-wing conspiracy, and that librul media! I don’t blame Mittens for getting upset.Think of all those damned media socialists like Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Bill O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, G. Gordon Liddy, Laura Ingraham, Fred Hiatt, Matt Drudge, Charles Krauthammer, Michelle Malkin, William Kristol, Phyllis Schlafly, Brit Hume, S.E. Cupp, Howard Kurtz, David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Kathleen Parker, Neil Cavuto, Michael Medved, Dana Loesch, Dennis Miller, Michael Savage, Michael Reagan, the recently deceased Andrew Breitbart, Erick Erickson, Mike Allen, Tom Donahue, Ann Coulter, Paul Gigot, and John Stossel – oh, I can’t go on.
Every single time you turn on the TV or radio, it’s just another damned communist hippie.
And all those extreme librul organizations that fund their subversive propaganda: the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Koch Family foundations, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Scaife Family foundations, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Adolph Coors Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Hudson Institute, the Hoover Institution, the Heartland Institute, or the Manhattan Institute
Greg Sargent: Why are Gallup’s findings worse for Dems? A number of people have asked that question, in light of the most recent batch of polling, in which Gallup’s tracking finds Mitt Romney leading Obama, while multiple other polls find Obama with varying leads.
Ron Brownstein offers a pretty persuasive explanation for the divergence: …. the Gallup track has a sample that looks much more like the electorate in 2010 than the voting population that is likely to turn out in 2012: only 22 percent of the Gallup survey was non-white … That was close to the non-white share of the vote in 2010 (23 percent), but in 2008, minorities comprised 26 percent of all voters, according to exit polls; the Obama campaign, and other analysts, project the minority share of the vote will increase to 28 percent in 2012. In its survey, Pew, for instance, puts the non-white share at 25 percent….
That makes sense. So they use an off year election, in which Dems are notorious for not turning out in the first place, and act like that is the population that is going to turn out this time. In addition to non-whites, they also probably undercounted under 30′s. In truth, if PBO was running in 2010 and the electorate was the same as it was hten, meaning nobody else turned out than who did, he probably would have lost.
All polls show that the Democrats and PBO voters are just as energized or even more so than in 2008. Add 5 points to PBO adn detract 5 points from Romney and you have a pretty accurate description ofhow the race really stands.
When you consider the need for the media (and pollsters) to keep this somewhat of a horserace, any time a poll comes out that shows PBO more than 5 points ahead, bank on it actually still being low.
Alex Wagner is trying to compete with FOX’s “The Five” to be the most moronic show on cable.
That’s quite a panel, isn’t it? All right leaning, no one has a kind word re. Obama, all see DANGER ahead. And Alex just keeps smiling away—–inappropriately.
Michelle Obama is doing a fundraiser in Naples, Fl. Friday, a somewhat surprising location, uber wealthy, uber conservative. But—-happy to see it!
So, there’s people around Naples, FL who love & appreciate our Michelle!
Also Michelle Obama was in my city, Nashville, Tn, yesterday for a fundraiser. It was reported the event was filled to capacity and at 500.00 per person. I was glad it was a success and that she returned safety. I say this because this state is so red. May God continue to bless our wonderful First Family
DISHONORABLE & DISQUALIFIED …
@davidaxelrod Given that @MittRomney accepted endorsement from a racist who has threatened the life of President Obama — HE IS DISQUALIFIED— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 18, 2012
@BashirLive Given that @MittRomney accepted endorsement from a racist who has threatened the life of President Obama — HE IS DISQUALIFIED— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 18, 2012
HuffPuff stuck a reporter outside the entrance of Trump Tower for the Ann Romney birthday event and asked the rich women about why they were attending an event hosted by a “birther”. All the woman are white and some have names like ” Icy” and ” Muffy”. It appears that two judges attended also.
I won’t link to it but it is kind of sickening.
I’ll sink to link because those “ladies” are just unbelievable—–it was like a SNL sketch—–birther babes and visions of Obama as Scary Socialist etc. etc.
I like the one that said he attended ” Socialist ” meetings in Colombia…..
The Importance of the Violence Against Women Act
I watched the presentation on VAWA at the White House. It was very moving and informative. There was an excellent panel hosted by Paula Zahn. Valarie Jarrett spoke along with other administration officials, law enforcement and support groups. Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks were wonderful. And Vice President Biden’s passionate remarks had me a bit teary at the end. He said the people helping the victims of violence are doing God’s work. He said he didn’t understand why there is any question about re-authorization of the VAWA. He said exactly “What Are We Arguing About”?. He said what message would it send (after being law for 17 years and helping so many people) if VAWA was not re-authorized.
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