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AP: Chrysler followed its strong first-quarter sales with a big profit, sending its 2009 brush with financial death farther into the rearview mirror.

The Auburn Hills, Mich., company made a net profit of $473 million, its best quarter in 13 years, mainly on the back of strong U.S. sales. From January through March, Chrysler’s sales were up 39 percent as customers bought more Ram pickups, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 midsize sedans.

Not bad for a company that almost died three years ago. A government auto task force deadlocked on whether to save the company in 2009, with the tie broken by President Barack Obama.

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President Obama in Iowa yesterday:

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Washington Post: President Obama will hold his first two major political rallies of the general-election campaign next weekend at colleges in Ohio and Virginia…

“Welcome to the general election,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior campaign strategist, said on a conference call with reporters late Wednesday during which he and campaign manager Jim Messina announced the events….

The advisers made clear that the campaign will continue to draw a stark contrast between what they described as Obama’s long-standing desire to protect “that basic American compact that if you work hard you can get ahead” and Romney’s record of protecting the wealthy. They mentioned Romney’s time as Massachusetts governor, when the state ranked 47th in the country for job creation, as well as his time as a venture capitalist at Bain Capital, during which “he didn’t care about job creation but about wealth creation for himself and his partners.”

…. “We’re not the candidate who reinvents himself from week to week,” Axelrod said. “If you want that, you have to go somewhere else. This is a candidate who has a mission, and he’s going to see it through, and that is to rebuild an economy in which the middle class is thriving, in which people can get ahead, in which everybody from Main Street to Wall Street plays by the same rules and gets a fair shake.”

Obama’s rallies will take place on May 5 at Ohio State University in Columbus and at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond …. Messina said first lady Michelle Obama plans to travel with the president to both events.

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E.J. Dionne: It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

He would never put it this way, of course, but his approach looks forward by looking backward to the late 19th century, when government let market forces rip and a conservative Supreme Court swept aside as unconstitutional almost every effort to write rules for the economic game. This magical capitalism is the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign, and it may prove to be his undoing.

Here’s Romney’s problem. His best strategy is to cast President Obama as a failure because the economy has not come all the way back from the implosion of 2008 …. But Romney, unlike Clinton, is not offering a program through which government would take specific steps to solve the problems he catalogues. Instead, he is calling on voters to share his faith that our difficulties would go away if the state simply got out of the way, allowed the market do its thing and counted on the success of the successful to lift up everyone else.

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Don’t miss Liberal Librarian’s latest post, ‘Why even have the First Amendment?’, at The People’s View

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Steve Benen: For several months, the general trend on initial unemployment claims has been encouraging, reaching a four-year low in late March. Today’s new report from the Department of Labor, however, is the third consecutive week of discouraging news.

…. Obviously, a few disappointing reports may be little more than a blip, but when jobless claims are expected to drop, and instead remain stuck at a four-month high, it’s concerning.

Making matters slightly worse is the realization that if conditions continue along these lines, there’s very little that can be done – Congress simply lacks the ability to pass effective economic legislation given the Republican agenda.

In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly. After a month of four consecutive reports below 370,000, we’ve now been above 380,000 for each of the last three weeks.

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Thanks jmlkoskey

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Morning everyone ;-)


148 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 Suzette
    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning all.

  2. 7 aristac
    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning Everyone

  3. 8 desertflower
    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Morning all! Good job, Suzette!

    • 9 Suzette
      April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thanks. I have been checking on and off since 7:00 (my time) and I have come to the conclusion that 1st is pure luck.

  4. 10 Suzette
    April 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I love Michelle’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. I wonder if they will be streaming it live on the Whites House website?

  5. 11 pugeretto
    April 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Good win Suzette!

  6. 13 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    GM folks with the good news. :)

  7. 14 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    photo/1

  8. 15 aristac
    April 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Still trying to find a transcript of that student roundtable, if anyone finds it can you post a link, thanks

    • 16 LOL
      April 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

      You probably can’t find it. They don’t have a stenographer for those- since its more Q and A and back and forth. If it is not on the white house website, then you might have to get press clippings from the students who were there.

  9. 17 utaustinliberal
    April 26, 2012 at 8:52 am
  10. 18 collegekay
    April 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning. Wow @ the jobless claims. I hope it doesn’t give us a dismal jobs report next week.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

      I wouldn’t put too much stock in the month-to-month gyrations of jobs reports – overall the economy is improving that’s the bottom line. Lets not buy into the Republican and MSM meme that Obama’s re-election hinges on a jobs report. It’s simply not true. This is not like other elections where unemployment drove the election – the jobs situation in 2012 is very unique because there has been an unprecedented and concerted attempt among the opposition to stifle economic recovery and the Republicans share a LARGE part of the blame among voters.

      • 20 collegekay
        April 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

        I don’t think its so simple. Yes a lot of people notice GOP obstruction, but some indies (who will most likely decide the election) more often than not, look at the economy as an indicator for how the President is doing. It is encouraging that we’re on a positive trend, but in all honesty the last four weeks of jobless claims have had me a little uneasy. I’d like for the UE rate to be below 8% by the time November comes. The optimist in me thinks it still will happen.

        • 21 hopefruit2
          April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

          Many of those so-called “Independents” are Republicans who changed their official affiliation in 2008 but who still vote by and large for Repubs. They are the ones that the MSM is counting on and they play very much into the MSM narratives (which are chiefly Republican narratives.)

          The true Independents tend to be relatively well-informed voters who don’t necessarily adhere to party lines, but who will NOT vote on silly media memes.

          Now that this story is out, their GOP’s cover is blown.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/robert-draper-anti-obama-campaign_n_1452899.html?1335380028

        • April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

          My comment did not show – it was long :) – so I’ll just say that I’m very very worried about this trend. I think that the unemployment number is almost the only thing that matters. The voters are too ignorant to punish the GOP for their treason.

          • 23 57andfemale
            April 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

            It’s not the only thing that matters but it is the easiest thing that Republicans can hang around the President’s neck. Unfortunately, the swing voters look for ‘easy’.

        • 24 theo67
          April 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

          Even if people are worried about the jobs numbers, the message is still true that the answer does NOT lie with Republicans. It is what it is. The GOP have deliberately done everything they could to depress the jobs numbers. They’ve attacked public workers and pitted Americans against Americans. They’ve attacked the post office. They’ve refused to allow any measure to go through that would boost consumption and hiring. So, of course the economy is not just going to magically recover. In fact, the non-action by government actually betrays the Republican argument that doing nothing will allow the economy to recover on it’s own. It’s not true – as evidenced by the slowdown since the GOP took over the House and stopped progress. The GOP have no solutions – if the economy stalls, they are the last people whom anyone should look to for a solution to the problem.

          (p.s. The fact that the stock market is over 13000 during this sluggish recovery should also teach people that the economy and the stock market are two different things. One is real, the other is a gambling hall).

      • 25 57andfemale
        April 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

        The employment numbers matter. We can’t pretend that they don’t. The 10% of the electorate that votes but doesn’t pay attention are not interested in Republican obstruction unless they are reminded effectively by the campaign and every surrogate; and even at that, these are the idiots who are capable of forgetting what got us into this mess and giving Romney a chance. the employment numbers matter.

        • 26 hopefruit2
          April 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

          The employment numbers matter but not to the extent that they will be the sole determinant of the outcome of this election. If we are to assume that it’s the employment that matters and nothing else, then what’s the point of OFA? After all, why waste time registering voters, making lists of all the PBO has accomplished, painting Mitt Romney in a bad light, etc, if all that matters is the employment figure which we have very little to no control over? Why is PBO running on his record of past accomplishments (e.g, ACA, DADT repeal, foreign policy, clean energy, birth control, women’s issues, etc) over the last 3 years if none of these things matter in November?

          This has been a very peculiar set of circumstances. If the election was going to be determined solely by employment numbers, then Romney would already be leading PBO on MOST if not all polls. Because folks would only be looking at the unemployment figure and nothing else. And that figure is not where it should be for “ideal” employment. And it will not be there by November either. But this is more than just jobs numbers and we should not allow the MSM and GOP to frighten and depress us with that false narrative. It’s BOGUS. And there’s a lot more at stake upon which this election will be based on than just a jobs figure.

  11. 27 utaustinliberal
    April 26, 2012 at 8:54 am
  12. April 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    He gets good local press, which is why the RNC was pissed off! LOL!

    • 29 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

      And it’s why Mark Knoller was so nasty on Twitter yesterday. All that crap about taxpayer dollars and presidential trips was just a guise for his bitterness that the President was going to get good press, and opportunities to talk directly to the young people.

      • April 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Don’t worry about Knoller. First of all, he comes across as whiney. Secondly, what percent of the people that read those papers even know who Knoller is? Maybe 1%. Don’t let people like Knoller get you upset. They aren’t worth the trouble.

        • 31 hopefruit2
          April 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

          I think Knoller is more than just whiney. He seems personally hostile towards the President. And he has 94K followers which is probably more than all of us TODERS combined. Having said that, I do share your optimism that his nasty tweets are not getting that much traction in the grand scheme of things and he’s been getting a lot of pushback on Twitter as well.

          • April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

            94K followers on twitter is not the same as 94K believers on Twitter, as evident by the amount of flak you see heading back at him.

            • 33 hopefruit2
              April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

              True. I am one such example – a follower but definitely NOT a believer!

              • 34 theo67
                April 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

                I’m a follower too – and each week, my finger hovers over the key to unfollow him. But, he tells so many half-truths and partial stories and lies that I feel duty-bound to stay on his case.

              • 35 Cha
                April 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

                Thanks for staying on knoller’s case, hopefruit & theo. He needs pushback on his gopissiness.

  13. 36 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

    photo/1

  14. 43 rikyrah
    April 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    CHIPS,

    are you going to publish the LAwrence O’Donnell’s piece from last night about the GOP’s plan for obstruction against POTUS?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/vp/47183181#47183181

  15. April 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Ooops, looks like my attempt at subfertuge failed!

  16. April 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Now Bono says that he loves GW! What’s with all the love to GW these days?

    • 50 lisalovesobama
      April 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Did he saw he loved Bush or the work Bush did for AIDS? Big difference.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Bono is a grade A dick.

    • 53 ChristiMTL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

      U2 frontman Bono was Jon Stewart’s guest and tipped his hat to Bush for his work on the fight against AIDS.
      Continued the activist, “We’re hoping very much that President Obama is going to follow through on what President Bush did.”

      It’s the same for Matt Damon I think…for his AIDS relief work.

      As far as the Dalai Lama…well he loves everybody doesn’t he?

      • April 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

        This is the same Bono who moved U2’s empire out of Ireland to avoid paying taxes …. such a moral chap.

        • 55 ChristiMTL
          April 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

          Another reason for him to love George Bush…..he must be a big fan of Mitt Romney.

          • April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

            I used to really like Bono, ChristiMTL, and have always loved U2, but his hypocrisy on the tax thing was astonishing. I never used to doubt his sincerity when he campaigned on various issues, but I do now, his ego is almost scary.

            • 57 ChristiMTL
              April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

              I didn’t even know about that Chips, thanks for the info….hypocrite much….I just read this article:

              ”Bono and ‘The Hypocrisy of the Filthy Rich’

              Geezz are they all the same.

    • 58 57andfemale
      April 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Bono complimented GWB on his work for AIDS. Nothing more.

  17. 60 amk for obama
    April 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Chips -These needs some love.

    The Economist – World wide confidence in Obama vs shrub is striking.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs…..ria-and-un

    http://www.pewglobal.org/datab…..mode=chart

  18. 62 jmlkoskey
    April 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Love all the Iowa newspapers covering PBO’s visit yesterday – it was quite a thrill. Here’s the University of Iowa student newspaper – they had a wonderful front page in the print addition: http://www.dailyiowan.com/ (scroll down to the bottom and click on the “flag picture”).

    There is also some mention of the 5 students who met with PBO on page 5 – not a transcript, but I’ll keep looking here.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Love that cover jmlkoskey, thank you!

    • April 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Loved all the great Iowa newspaper coverage also. All looks so familiar to me, bringing back so many great memories of my college years in Iowa City. The Daily Iowan—-started every day with coffee and the Daily Iowan. I just remembered that I was on the front page way back in the day—–4 of us with pennants getting ready for Homecoming, or something—-not as monumental as President Obama’s visit. Have that photo in an old decaying scrapbook somewhere. Still love my home state—–strangers wave and are nice—–and they gave Barack Obama a fair hearing, just as he asked them to do.

      • 65 jmlkoskey
        April 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        You’re in luck – the Daily Iowan has all its old issues in an on-line archives now! Check out http://dailyiowan.lib.uiowa.edu/ and select the correct date. For example: check out April 23, 2007 for a great photo of PBO’s Earth Day visit where 8000 of us went to see him here on campus.

  19. 66 LOL
    April 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for deleting the “father” video Chips, I didn’t want to go Spider Monkey on Mary T.

    • 67 ChristiMTL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Catnip for the birthers, the conpiracy theorists………crazy hateful nutjobs

      • 68 LOL
        April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

        I just wish they would come out and say what we know they are really thinking ” I can’t believe we let a black man become President of the United States.” I’m not a hockey fan, but it was rather ironic that the person who scored the goal to win the series was a black guy named Joel Ward who plays for the D. C Capitals…..and the goalie who he scored on was Tim Thomas, the Bruins player who rejected an invite from the Pres when his team won the Cup last year. And in usual fashion, there were a bunch of racist tweets directed at Joel Ward after he scored. What’s that about Karma?

        • 69 ChristiMTL
          April 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

          Oh that’s great, thanks for the info….I just read an article about it just now…………wow……Karma is sweet!!

          • 70 ChristiMTL
            April 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

            Ewwww the article I read was just about the game…..now I just read about the tweets….what a disgrace!….Sick people…

            ”Many Bruins “fans” used twitter to call Joel Ward the “N-Word” after scoring the series winning goal for the Caps last night. #unbelievable”

        • 71 Lorraine
          April 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

          Get out of my head! I was thinking the same thing this morning as I watched SportsCenter. I don’t even like hockey but I search the channels for the Hockey channel just wanting to see the highlights of the Capitals take down of the tea party lead Bruins. Mr. Tim Thomas, God don’t like ugly and He ain’t to crazy about pretty, either.

        • 72 Cha
          April 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          They should also admit they’re too dumb to add 2+2=4 and be done with it.

  20. April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    A lot of goodies to read/watch this morning… thanks Chipsticks and others who contributed!!! Good Morning TOD :-)

  21. 74 Hachikō
    April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Good morning, everyone!

  22. 78 FoxfireTX
    April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Morning all. Chrylser posts best quarterly profit in 13 years! http://news.yahoo.com/chrysler-posts-best-quarterly-profit-062519432.html It has repaid $11.2 of the $12.5 billion it received in government loans. It is not expected to repay the remaining $1.3 billion.

  23. 80 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I DON’T EXPECT PBO TO HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THE LATINO VOTE OR VOTES FROM OUR YOUTH…THEY SEE HIS COMPASSION FOR THEM. THEY KNOW THAT HE HONESTLY CARES ABOUT THEIR FUTURES. THERE IS A GREAT AND GRACEFUL DIFFERENCE WITH THIS PRESIDENT…THE GOP WILL NEVER COMPARE…THEY ARE SHALLOW AND YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH THEM. THEY HAVE NO VALUES…UNLESS YOU CAN DEPOSIT THEM IN A BANK ACCOUNT!

    • 81 57andfemale
      April 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      A funny exchange on Hardball yesterday: one of those cool young women who represents a Latino organization was asked if some recent idiocy from Romney about immigration would hurt him with Latino voters. She said, “No. Because he’s already in the basement with Latino voters. They are not about to be fooled and know what they see.”

      • 82 Cha
        April 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        Brulliant answer. Willard’s advisors are going..”just wait until you see the etch a sketch we have planned for immigration..(and then when he gets in the Oval..BOOM!)”

        • 83 57andfemale
          April 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

          That’s what he did in MA. It’s time to talk about the results of Mittens style campaigning and governing. He turned pretty hard right on almost everything. A lot of what works in Romneycare were fixes done after he made his trophy appearance as governor in order to move his vulture-view of America to the presidency. He lied to win MA, he’s lying now.

  24. 84 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    PLEASE PRAY FOR GOOD WEATHER FOR OUR HOMELESS FEED THIS SATURDAY AND FOR MY BACK TO MAKE IT THERE IN A STANDING POSITION. I AM PRAYING I CAN CONTINUE THIS MINISTRY AND DO THINGS FOR PBO…BUT…EACH WEEK IS GETTING TO BE MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL.

    • 86 anniebella
      April 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I started to listen to that phil gingrey, then I said to myself, no I’m not in the mood for that B.S.

  25. April 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Why is MSNBC promoting the bogus Fox news poll? Every segment, it’s like Rev Wright squared! And it’s a tie, you would think Robney is ahead by 20, the way they are carrying on. My mother was all bummed out this Morning because of that stupid biased Poll. Sigh!
    LOL!

    • 88 nintendowii10
      April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

      The media wants a horserace between Obama and Mitt, because Mitt is BORING and uninspiring. So, expect for the media to find everything and everything possible to make the campaign seem closer than it actually is.

    • 89 ChristiMTL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Morning Joe, Daily Rundown?….To avoid in the morning.

    • 90 LOL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Hilarious how they are prostituting the FOX poll- but not their own.

    • 91 anniebella
      April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

      The media select whatever poll which isn’t that goodlookind for the President and they go with that. And FOX news poll, come on MSNBC, FOX. Then again most of all the media, is so anti-Obama that they make up their own poll numbers. That includes Msnbc, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS. If a poll would come out which says Obama has a 20 point lead over Romney, but the question who could do better with the economy was closer, the media would focus on that, and that only. That is why I can’t or I refuse to watch the B.S.

  26. 94 nintendowii10
    April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Now Allan West is comparing Obama tax rates to WMD… Allan West just CAN’T help himself!

    • 95 collegekay
      April 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Allen West should be ignored. Hopefully he’s voted out in November. His challenger has been raising a lot of money

      —–

      Patrick Murphy, the Democrat hoping to deny U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, a second term got some new recognition Tuesday from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

      Murphy is one of 14 additions to the House Democrats’ “Red to Blue” list of candidates who meet fundraising and organizational goals. They get financial, communications and strategic support, and the designation can heighten their profiles and stimulate even more donations from outside their districts.

      Murphy, a certified public accountant, said last year he would challenge West, who won a Broward-Palm Beach County seat in 2010.

      West said early this year he was leaving that district and instead running in more Republican-friendly territory in northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Murphy switched districts so he could continue running against West.

      Murphy has raised nearly $1.8 million. As of March 31, he had more than $1 million cash on hand, putting him among the top 10 Democratic challengers nationwide.

      http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-04-24/news/fl-allen-west-challenger-20120424_1_allen-west-challenger-democrats-districts

      • 96 amk for obama
        April 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

        Excellent.

      • 97 Cha
        April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Another Patrick Murphy! That’s impressive, collegekay..thank you! What a favor he’s doing for those who want a clear choice between lies-insanity & a thoughtful representation in Congress.

  27. April 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Time magazine cover- the last days of OBL!

  28. 99 JER
    April 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    11:00 AM – First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  29. April 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Hidee Ho O’s!!!! A sunny and great gettin up day again in TODdie town. I just caught up on the treads I missed yesterday. I do believe the naughty mat is most needed during the evening hours. I see that the bad twin let the good Tweetie twin out last night. And the captions under the split pic of PBO and Meh were hilarious, Heck, I’m going to have to find a way to stream TOD in my sleep. I missed out on too much fun.

  30. April 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    WOLF BLITZER ‘OUTRAGED’ BY PANETTA, CLINTON — The CNN anchor yesterday interviewed Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who over the weekend was denied entry to Afghanistan. In the segment, Blitzer steals his own show, repeatedly interrupting his guest to express disgust with Panetta and Clinton for not standing up to Karzai, who demanded that Rohrabacher not be allowed into Afghanistan. “The secretary of state and secretary of defense should have said to Karzai, ‘Mr. President, with all due respect, this is unacceptable,’” Blitzer says.

    Rohrabacher, for his part, calls Karzai a “corrupt prima donna.” Watch. http://goo.gl/z7kmw


    Oh Wolfe, you did it again…

    • 103 Betsy
      April 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

      I AM SO GLAD that my rep was denied entry to Afghanistan. Good for Karzai. He knows a bad thing when he sees it, as do I. I hope he will lose his seat in November, but he represents a major Repub. district in which I live. Sad.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Okay, let’s once again forget about what the phrase “sovereign nation” means. Blitzer had no problem ith the US refusing a visa to Cat Stevens.

    • 105 ChristiMTL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

      That idiot should go back to Jeopardy to humiliate himself again….funny he’s never outraged by anything the far right is doing.

    • 108 amk for obama
      April 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

      whiny wolfie boy thinks that Afghanistan is the 51st state of amurika ? Fuck him. Though I hate karzai to my bone, goodforhim to tell this rabblerouser to fuck off.

  31. 109 desertflower
    April 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    John McCain “thinks” there is an IMAGINARY war on women!

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/mccain-will-discuss-imaginary-war-on-women

  32. 116 desertflower
    April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    From TP”

    Israel’s military chief said he believes Iran will choose not to build a nuclear bomb, “an assessment that contrasted with the gloomier statements of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pointed to differences over the Iran issue at the top levels of Israeli leadership.” Lt. Gen Benny Gantz, in an interview published yesterday, also said that international sanctions are “bearing fruit.”

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

      That is very important!

      • 118 desertflower
        April 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Absolutely! That’s why I posted it here:) Actually surprised that you didn’t beat me to it…you always seem to find these important military issues before anyone else!

        • April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

          This also was brought up yesterday. I think that PBO has let the word out that Bibi is to be ostracized. The sane part of the Israeli government is embarrassed by the way Bibi has been acting and is making him look like a true nutjob.

  33. 120 Betsy
    April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Nice to have checked in, but gotta go to work now and change children’s lives. :)

  34. April 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I actually think that the jobless claims is the only number that matters and I’m very very worried about the latest trend. It is all about the economy because most people vote by emotions, and we know the American people will not punish Republicans for their treason obstruction of the president from his first day.

    I trully hope that the economy is not sliding back.

    • April 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Even if it does, what is their plan? I remember Nevada in 2010. 14.1% unemployment and highest foreclosure rate in Nation.
      Reid won, because voters reject the far right nonsense and Reid had a great ground game!
      So, if Reid can win, so can this President. But, what would most assuredly happen is a divided Government, which sucks!

      • 123 collegekay
        April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

        True.

        You would think the GOP would notice what is happening in Europe. The UK is back in a recession because of austerity. Budget cuts alone do not work. We should be investing in infrastructure and rolling back the wealthy tax cuts. The GOP sucks.

    • 124 collegekay
      April 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I said the same thing up thread.

    • April 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

      The recent figures have been disappointing, BWD, there’s no getting away from that.

      As Benen said, “if conditions continue along these lines, there’s very little that can be done – Congress simply lacks the ability to pass effective economic legislation given the Republican agenda.”

      So, that’s the battle, to make it clear who’s responsible for blocking measures that would improve things, while also highlighting Romney’s absymal record on jobs, as Governor and when he fired for fun at Bain.

      I’m doubtful, too, that the majority of Americans will put the blame where it belongs, although those polls that still show most people blaming Bush for the current situation are encouraging. We’ll see.

      • April 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

        I think, in this case, that the Republicans went too far in their obstructionism. For once, specially with the pros in the campaign at work, and if the down race Dems do their job right (nothing that can necessarily be counted on) the public will know quite well that the economy was moving until the Republicans put the skids on it. And that what woudl follow a Republican victory would make our current situation look like the golden age.

        • April 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

          I hope so Japa, I cling to the hope that people are awake this time to what the Republicans have done, not only screwing up the economy in the first place, but obstructing efforts to fix it every step of the way.

        • 134 gcwp1
          April 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

          The public is paying closer attention this year. Their livelihoods are at stake, they know what the Reps have done. And Obama saved the auto industry. That is no small deal. Also anecdotal evidence is important. People hear every day of a friend or relative finding work after a long term of unemployment. They also hear of loved ones being saved by the ACA.

  35. 136 utaustinliberal
    April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am
  36. 137 JER
    April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    … ESSENCE Magazine’s White managing editor was asked to leave the publication April 20 after his right-wing Facebook posts were brought to the editors’ attention.

    Michael Bullerdick’s departure for the book division of Time Warner, the conglomerate that owns Essence, was first announced by “Journal-isms,” a news site run by Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute. The news site was also responsible for sending screen shots of Bullerdick’s Facebook page to Essence editors after a reader provided the material.

    “Essence readers would be shocked to find that Bullerdick, who under the prodding of Time Inc. became the first white male editor at the magazine last year, openly espouses extremist Right-wing views that run counter to what Essence has historically stood for,” Journal-isms reported the reader as saying in an e-mail.

    According to Prince, … an April 10 posting is headlined, “No Voter Fraud, Mr. Attorney General?” espousing a video by James O’Keefe, the conservative activist who worked with right-wing lightning rod Andrew Breitbart. The same day, Bullerdick shared a photo illustration of Al Sharpton headlined, “MSNBC Race Pimp.” http://afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=74813

  37. April 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

    This Pierce piece is very worth the read. I can’t even pick a specific excerpt it is so good.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_President_And_The_Blues

  38. 141 desertflower
    April 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-healthcare-reforms-lead-to-13-billion-in-insurance-rebates-20120425,0,6888904.story

    WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers and businesses will receive an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year, according to a new study quantifying a key early benefit of the healthcare law that President Obama signed in 2010.

    That will translate into anywhere from a few dollars to more than $150 for some 15 million consumers nationwid, the new report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found.

    Obama’s healthcare law requires insurers to spend a minimum portion of customers’ premiums on medical care, a provision championed by consumer groups concerned that companies were hiking premiums to pay for executive salaries, shareholder dividends and other expenses unrelated to their customers’ care.

    Starting last year, if insurers did not meet these targets – known as medical loss ratios – they had to pay rebates this year to people enrolled in their plans.

    The Kaiser study, which analyzed rate documents filed with state regulators nationwide, found 486 health plans nationwide that will be required to pay rebates, with the largest number in the so-called individual market serving people who do not get health coverage through work.

  39. April 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Me thinks, some of you guys ate overlooking one thing- that People know what to expect from the Presudent and he has kept us safe.
    Going for the middle, that fact, above anything else, will win the election.
    But, it will probably be a lot closer than it should be and with a divided Government likely!

  40. 145 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Just a gentle reminder for VP Biden’s speech at NYU!

  41. April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    BREAKING NEWS: Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Increased 4.1% in March


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