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Rise and Shine

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Greg Sargent: …. Today Obama will try to go on offense on what Dems hope will be a defining issue of the campaign: Taxes on the rich. He will announce in a Rose Garden speech that he wants Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts for those under $250,000.

Republicans are already bashing the move as a threatened tax hike on “small businesses.” (They said the same thing about proposed tax hikes on those over $1 million; they’ll make this claim no matter what the cutoff is.) But this is a fight the Obama camp wants. It goes directly to the way the Obama team hopes swing voters will perceive this election: As a battle over which side really has the middle class’s interests at heart.

Obama has said the single greatest obstacle to bipartisan compromise on how to move the country forward is the GOP refusal to entertain even a penny more in taxes from the rich, and has called on voters to break that “stalemate.” This move is designed to highlight the cause of this stalemate — to deepen this contrast with Republicans, by putting them in the position of opposing the middle class tax cut extension unless it’s paired with an extension of tax cuts for the rich, revealing whose interests the GOP is protecting.

More here

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Paul Krugman: Once upon a time a rich man named Romney ran for president. He could claim, with considerable justice, that his wealth was well-earned, that he had in fact done a lot to create good jobs for American workers. Nonetheless, the public understandably wanted to know both how he had grown so rich and what he had done with his wealth; he obliged by releasing extensive information about his financial history.

But that was 44 years ago. And the contrast between George Romney and his son Mitt — a contrast both in their business careers and in their willingness to come clean about their financial affairs — dramatically illustrates how America has changed.

More here

Thanks Dotster, I missed this yesterday

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Cagle

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11:50: President Obama delivers a statement calling on Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts for lower and middle-income taxpayers

12:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:00: The President is interviewed by regional television outlets

4:15: Attends a campaign event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC (Closed Press)

5:20: Attends a campaign event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC (Closed Press)

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Morning everyone ;-)


212 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 12 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Good morning, I can’t wait to hear speak today!

  2. 13 TrumpDog
    July 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Good morning!

  3. 14 globalcitizenlinda
    July 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    funny, some instinct told me that Ms Chips’ “lil plane” must have delivered her safely and that now is the time for her to suspend the massage session (taking care of the effect of the bumps) and post today’s thread.

    hope you had a fruitful weekend Chips and all. nice to see you.

    Press On!

  4. July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Thank you for the new thread, Chipstar!

    • July 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

      You’re welcome Meta – and about time too! I’ll try to avoid letting the threads get that long over the next two weeks, yesterday just proved tricky. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m away from home for the next two weeks (part work/part chilling out) but I’ll still be able to update daily, if not as regularly.

      • July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

        I can’t imagine how you keep up with it all. I’m a multi-tasker but you are the champ. Hope you thoroughly enjoy the chilling out portion of your stay!

      • 20 vcprezofan2
        July 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Moornnnning, CC! It’s great to see you! Go figure, absence really does make the heart grow fonder! :shock: ;) ;)

        Have a great time away from home, BUT please carefully monitor that ‘chilling out’ portion of the two weeks. I personally wouldn’t want you to drastically shock your system, so do remember to move gradually into each chill activity, INCREMENTALLY increasing the level of ‘chilling-ness’.

        BTW: Have you ever considered putting a post or two on delayed release, for those times when you are very doubtful you will make contact before your chiplets starve?

        • July 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

          Helloooooooooooo VC! Promise, the chilling won’t be too chilly! Great idea about the ‘delayed release’ posts, that’s what I’ll do while I’m away if I know I’ll won’t get to my machine for a few hours – I used to do that sometimes before, but it went out of tiny little head :oops:

          • 22 vcprezofan2
            July 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

            ‘tiny little head’
            :shock: :shock: Your head shrunk from that baby plane experience? That’s it! Further conviction for me (not that I needed any) not to use that dinky plane from Dallas to Waco that my father suggested. :roll: :grin: :grin:

  5. 23 carolyn
    July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

    The statement last night by one of Romney’s supporters reveals the narcissism at the heart of Romney and his supporters. This morning, my husband, who is a psychologist, gave me a page in a text which defines the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He said :”Here’s Romney.”
    For your discussion and consideration I present the Diagnostic Criteria. A person must have at least five of the nine characteristics. See how well Romney fits these:

    1. Grandiose sense of self-importance. Exaggerates talents and achievements . Expects to be recognized as superior without achievements.

    2. Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love.

    3. Believes he is special and unique. He can only be understood by special people.

    4. Requires excessive admiration.

    5. Sense of entitlement. Has expectations of especially favorable treatment.

    6. Interpersonally exploitative.

    7. Lacks empathy. unwilling (or unable) to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

    8. Envious of others. Believes others are envious of him.

    9. Arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

    Think of specific actions which illustrate all of these characteristics. That #8 explains the constant striving for more money. He envies anyone who has more than he does, so believes all of US are envious of him. He has said as much. Cannnot get it through his head that 99% of us do not envy him. That is just one illustration for these characteristics.

    The core characteristics are: View of the World: THEIRS View of themselves: SPECIAL View of others: SERVANTS
    Deal with the world by : IMAGE MANAGEMENT

    I also believe that his “team” is composed of narcissists to a large degree. They believe that all they have to do is get the right image, and all will be well. They have no idea that substance and heart and soul are what people want and need to understand.
    This personality disorder explains people’s reactions to him as hollow, no core principles, lacking heart…..etc, etc…….He cannot and will not change. This is what he will be as president if elected. That is a frightening list of characteristics.

    • July 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Agree this list describes Willard perfectly. Most can sense something missing in him—-a decency core, the lack of empathy. Greed and power are his motivators. Selfishness on steroids. Would be a disaster as POTUS. His shallow and narcissistic characteristics are the exact opposite of what is required of a president of all the people, one who needs to protect the common good.

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        GWB had a lot of the narcissist in him, but for some reason he learned to be a better actor and could, in a pinch, feign concern for others if he had to. He was a lousy president, but he was able to arouse affection in some people who bought into the southern good old boy act and thought they’d like to “have a beer with him.” Robney can’t even put on a veneer of concern for other people. He’s wooden, his eyes are dead and his interactions with people are awkward and often ludicrous. He simply can’t hide his distaste for those who are not of his “class.” I’ll bet even his biggest funders and his sycophants in the media would hesitate to actually spend time with him. The big money guys are playing him because they know he’ll jump to any tune they say to get his royal self into the White House. He will do whatever they want whenever they want if they feed his ego. He is truly the Pinocchio of candidates. And, unlike Pinocchio, no magic is ever going to make him real.

    • 26 carla4obama
      July 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I do wish a well respected psychologist would write an article in a major paper/magazine about Mr.” cooperations are people”. Even repugs sense his soullessness. These traits go along with his Bully traits too. If Americans elect this hollow man, then that too will say a lot about who we are as Americans.

    • 27 Jeff
      July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      He reminds me of a meglomaniac with sociopathic tendencies.

  6. 29 57andFemale
    July 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      July 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      You know, 57, you have to work hard not to understand what Flower Faith says. Once again, the GOP starts with the premise that the “common” folk with “no education” are too stupid to get this.

      • 31 57andfemale
        July 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        I resisted twitter. I resisted anything soundbite-long. Tally nudged and nudged and nitpicked at me until I said to her, “Find me a Shakespearean reference with ‘Faith’ in it (my first name) and I’ll join.” Tally and I share a background in Shakespeare. Took her all of five minutes to come up with about 10 choices. It’s from Romeo and Juliet.

        So blame Tally. It’s all her fault.

  7. 32 sonjiaduncan
    July 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Good morning my friends. Finally back home after weeks of sanding floors, painting walls and the heat.
    Now to catch up on the real news.

  8. July 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Good Monday morning TOD. HOPE you have a great day.

  9. July 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

    President Barack Obama on Monday will announce from the White House a push for Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families with combined household incomes below $250,000.
    Obama will be taking this on the campaign road–to battleground states and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs hit the Today Show on NBC and Morning Joe on MSNBC to amplify this message. Gibss told CNN’s Candy Crowley on her Sunday show, State of the Union, “We should protect the tax cuts for the middle-class, and we should let tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires expire.”
    That will include, per the campaign:
    + “A press conference in Concord, NH featuring local middle class families.
    +”In Las Vegas local elected officials will discuss President Obama’s efforts to fight for the middle class.
    + “In Colorado Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio and State Senator Gail Schwartz will hold a press conference to discuss the contrasting economic visions of President Obama and Mitt Romney.
    +”And in Florida a Tampa Bay small business owner and local officials will discuss the President’s plan for tax reform and responsibly bringing down the deficit while fighting for middle class security.”

    Lynn Sweet-

  10. July 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Knoller says this is His 174th fundraiser.
    Yeah, so what? I don’t get what he is getting at

    • 36 Bill
      July 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Does Knoller comment on Willard’s fundraisers?

    • 38 desertflower
      July 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Who cares. He can’t spell. How do you make a mistake in 140 characters…was this SO important that he had to type it quickly? He’s preoccupied with the weirdest things.

      Morning all. Chips, I know you’re busy…and I thought that if you get real busy that you could just leave all of us talkers an empty thread…we can put our own info in….post us a beautiful pic and we ca take care of the rest:) Just a suggestion.

      • July 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Morning Desertflower ;-) Will do that, if I know I won’t get to the blog for a few hours I’ll post a ‘chat away’ type thingie, I know you legends will fill it with good stuff. Thank you DF!

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

      You know, you can always tell that Mark takes his reporting seriously. He never forgets to mention the occasions when events are closed to the press. I can almost feel his pain each time. Think about it, he’s now being cheated of his opportunity to tell us the colour of the plates used and how many slices of cucumber each person gets. Poor thing, what will he report on instead?

  11. July 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Reminding everyone again to read Krugman re. Willard’s secret finances—–and the instructive comments. I sense the hammer coming down.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/opinion/krugman-mitts-gray-areas.html?_r=2&ref=politics

  12. 44 Betsy
    July 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Good morning chips and our TOD family. I hope you all have a nice day.

  13. July 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Agree with Dan Rather’s review of the most excellent HBO show, The Newsroom. He called it “important television” and “must see TV”. And it is. It is telling truths about what has happened to our corporate controlled news biz—–the failure to inform, completely in bed with big biz.

    http://gawker.com/5924306/dan-rather–the-newsrooms-third-episode-is-even-better-than-the-first-two-episodes-i-enjoyed-so-much

    • 46 donna dem 4 obama
      July 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Doster, that show last night was jaw dropping. I couldn’t believe that everything we know about our sell-out media was on display last night on that show. No wonder the media critics panned it. It is MUST SEE TV!!

      Jane Fonda’s performance last night was incredible. That show was so good that I watched it when it originally aired and then watched the replay.

      I’m hooked!!!

    • 48 0388jojothecat
      July 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I saw the first episode on Youtube and it was great. I wish it were on regular teevee. I am surprised that HBO allowed it to be posted on Youtube. Maybe to get people hooked on the show than once it gets popular they will yank it.

    • 49 desertflower
      July 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

      I watched the first episode last night on HBOGO…on my computer…will have to catch up today with the others…I was riveted.I am hardly ever riveted to the TV anymore. As I said to my husband, I hate all the “pick me, pick me” shows on TV…I would rather be here with all of you, and reading, than watching the mindless drivel they offer as entertainment. I loved this show!!

      • 50 0388jojothecat
        July 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

        I am with you df. I watch the HGTV shows before I would watch any of the crap on regular teevee or the cable teevee stupid shows about nobodys trying to be somebodys and somebodys trying to stay somebodys. My Mom was a regular American Idol watcher and this past year she didn’t. All these shows are a big money makers for corporation television since they don’t have to pay people to write scripts or actors.

        Is HBOGO free, subscription….

        • 51 PoliticalJunkessa
          July 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

          HGTV stays on my television screen, too! :lol: A little sports, a few sitcoms (usually older ones), and a documentary here and there, and I’m good. Don’t have time (or brain cells) to waste on the trash. I do wish I had HBO, though. Seems like a I miss some quality stuff….

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        July 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

        ‘I watched ….HBOGO…on my computer’
        Can you share how you did that? Was there a specific link? I would love to see this show you are all raving about and the TV isn’t an option for me. Thanks.

      • 53 utaustinliberal
        July 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Hey DF. Is there a link for HBOGO? I watched the first episode of ‘The Newsroom’ and it was great. But does HBOGO offer free episodes of other episodes I might have missed?

      • 54 utaustinliberal
        July 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        Hey DF. Ignore the question. As an HBO subscriber I can also get HBOGO. Figured that out – duh! – after I posted the previous comment. :)

  14. 55 vcprezofan2
    July 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning, TODville! Wishing you all a Happy Monday doing something you love. :lol: :lol:

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Just a reminder that today’s focus for #CanMittMatchThis = Monday – JOBS! ECONOMY! INCOME INEQUALITY!

      Also, remember to push Bobfr’s (@Our4thEstate) brilliant effort to encourage states OFA to join the $-a-day campaign. So many here are involved with their local OFA that it shouldn’t be difficult to explain the idea to team leaders and encourage participation. I feel sure Bob would clarify if you needed extra tips as to how it could most effectively work.

  15. July 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at The Venue at the University of Central Florida — aka the UCF arena — at 3 p.m. Tuesday

    Tickets are being distributed through the campus by the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, Obama For Ameica.

    Neither the campaign nor the White House have themselves publicly released details of the event yet . Word trickled back to Political Pulse when Democratic readers started getting robo-calls from Obama For America inviting them to come.

    Orlando Sentinel-

    • July 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Good Morning All and Jovie. . .
      My daughter attends UCF and tickets were out by 2:30 pm yesterday. Unfortunately, she did not get one and is so sad! I told her that either Fl Obama or President Obama will be back SOMEWHERE in Florida before November!

      • July 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

        The President and Joe Biden will be in Orlando area at least 5x before November.
        Go to OFA Florida Twitter to get updates!

      • 60 anniebella
        July 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Martz, Gosh I feel sorry for your daughter, I know how I would feel if FLOTUS was so close and I miss the chance to meet her. Hopefully she will get other chances.

  16. July 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

    The vice president of the United States has discovered what the people of Raynham have known for years.

    Ninety-seven year old Raynham resident Kathleen Roberts is “wonderful” and “marvelous.”

    The retired Raynham principal and former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) was in Washington D.C. for the annual National Education Association convention on July 3.

    She had a surprise in store for her.

    The president of each state’s teachers association or his or her designee would sit on stage for the keynote speeches.

    Of all the Bay State attendees, MTA President Paul Toner chose Roberts to take his place on stage.

    “When I was told the president had selected me, I said, ‘stop kidding me,’” Roberts said.

    http://raynham.m.wickedlocal.com/wkdRaynham/pm_31747/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=H6gP01rC

  17. July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

      The truth is I’m not too worried about what Mitt is hiding, as I can clearly see what he isn’t hiding. I can only hope more and more voters are seeing the latter because in the long run THAT is more important.

  18. 64 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    LOL Of The Week: Where Will Mitt Find Love?

    By LOLGOP

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    No doubt the money is falling into Mitt’s coffers—more than $100 million in June alone. But money can’t always buy you love.

    So Republicans are betting on hatred — for Obama (and taxes) — with the assumption that hate will negate the free-floating contempt most human beings experience when thinking of Mitt. In every presidential election of the past hundred years or so — with the exceptions of Nixon’s two victories — the more likable candidate has won, however.

    ——————————

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/lol-of-the-week-where-will-mitt-find-love/

    • July 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      July 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Nixon was helped in 1968 by third party candidate George Wallace who actually took away a lot of Dixiecrat votes that would have gone to Humphrey had LBJ not pushed for civil rights legislation. Humphrey was carrying a lot of LBJ’s Vietnam War baggage and though he was “likeable” and a good guy, he wasn’t anywhere near the charisma league of JFK or PBO. In 1972, Nixon faced George McGovern, likeable sure, but he was never going to overcome the Nixon juggernaut. Nixon had to fall on his face–hard–to eventually allow a Democratic presidential nominee to overcome the legacy of the sixties and win the WH. In this election we are talking about an electrifying president, loaded with charisma, adored by millions and liked by a majority of voters. He also happens to be a brilliant speaker and strategist. Opposing him is a wooden Ken doll with a dicey background and visible puppet strings.

  19. July 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

    And so why are the Media pooh Poohing the Tax increase on People more than 250K?
    Because that figure includes everybody in the Media.

  20. 70 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Here you go, vc:) Economy Monday! http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/09/512741/charts-economy-bush-tax-cuts/

    Why Letting The Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Expire Will Not Hurt The Economy In Three Graphs

    • 71 mtmarilyn
      July 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Good morning DF! Thank you so much for making it so easy to tweet all the great stuff you get. My time is so limited I really count on you for my tweeting. Have a beatufitul cool day!

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        July 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

        Kudos for teamwork! A partnership blessed by the ‘gods’!. :lol: Wishing you both a productive and happy Monday!

  21. July 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This question should be posed to Romney and the Republicans – since you say that you want to save the next generation from debt passed on and you made most of your millions during the last decade, why should you all not pay as millionaires a tax to offset the debt you created by credit two wars and drug prescription program?

    • 77 cognachas4paws
      July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

      The last thing I need is to be paying a higher interest rates on my new student loan for the fall. I owe enough as it is. I am SO thankful the President pushed so hard to make sure the rate wouldn’t double on the 1st; that helps people tremendously. Only goes to show, once again, that the President is truly on the side of ALL of the American people – not just the richest of the rich.

  22. 78 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/focus-group-shows-planned-parenthood-anti-romney-ad

    Hart Research Associates performed focus groups before and after the ad flight with women in West Palm Beach and Des Moines. In the Florida group, support for President Obama over Mitt Romney jumped 17 percentage points among those who recalled the ad; in Des Moines, the number was even higher at 28 percentage points.

    Good! Keep it up!

    • 81 Linda
      July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has requested that the Supreme Court overturn a ruling that allows state employees to keep their same-sex partners on their benefits, including health insurance.

      Brewer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on July 2, requesting that the high court overturn the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s September 2011 ruling in Diaz vs. Brewer. The pushback comes three months after the Ninth Circuit denied a request by Arizona state lawyers to re-hear the case with an 11-judge panel.

      —-

      What do you hear about this df ?

      • 82 desertflower
        July 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

        Oh yes, I did! she is the bitch from hell…seriously, there are not enough adjectives for me to use. I hope they deny her. She has done more damage to this state, along with the batshit crazy teabaggers in the legislature, then you can imagine. We need to clean house. Big time.

  23. July 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  24. July 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    http://wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2012/07/fifteen-kids-and-three-baby-daddies.html

    This is a very interesting article on how Republicans are going to use racial issues in the coming election. It’s good to be prepared.

    • 85 nospin
      July 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      ‘interesting article on how Republicans are going to use racial issues in the coming election”

      you mean more than they have been over the last 3+ years?

  25. 86 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    This is a really big health emergency that is happening in Florida. I called my dad and told him yesterday. His response was that he hadn’t seen anything on the news or rad anything in the paper.OMG.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/07/08/florida-accused-of-covering-up-of-the-worst-tb-outbreak-in-20-years/

    Wonder if Gov. Medicare Fraud benefits in any way from this…he should be removed from office, not just for this..but the long list of things he has done against the people of FL.It boggles my mind

    • 87 desertflower
      July 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Let’s get to the bottom of this. I guess these people were not that important.

      According to the Post, by April the outbreak had been linked to thirteen deaths, with 99 individuals infected, including six children. Most of those affected were poor black men, ten of whom simply wasted away from the disease before getting treatment or were not treated in time to stop its progression.

      Now it is estimated that as many as 3000 people may have been exposed to the strain over the past two years, mainly in Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, jails, and a mental health clinic. Only 253 of those have been found, of whom one-third have tested positive for TB exposure.

      http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/more-austerity-government-action-flor

  26. July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

  27. July 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • 90 nospin
      July 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.

      “We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

      This is a BFD Bobfr. I hope this article spreads far and wide.

  28. July 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  29. July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

  30. 93 Dakota
    July 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Good Morning!
    This is actually a test. I tried to post yesterday and was moderated and I don’t think my post ever showed up.

  31. 95 Linda
    July 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    y July 9, 2012
    ∞ T witter
    Obama Raises $71 Million In June, Far Less Than Romney

    Obama For America and associated Democratic committees raised $71 million in June, far less than Romney’s $106 million haul. OFA announced their numbers in an e-mail to donors:

    We just finished tabulating our fundraising totals for June: We raised $71 million against Romney and the Republicans’ $106 million.

    I’ll spare you the cheerleading and just put this as clearly as I can:

    If we lose this election, it will be because we didn’t close the gap enough when we had the chance.

    Do something now, and please do whatever you can to get anyone else to as well:

    – Ann Marie

    Ann Marie Habershaw
    Chief Operating Officer
    Obama for America

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

    • 96 proudmemberofglobalzero
      July 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I give what I can. I figure for every new voter I register,,,,,that is about a dollar a new voter. I wish I could give more but until 2007, I never gave any money, made any calls, canvassed or worked the polls. To me grass roots and boots on the ground is the way to go. I turn off every political ad (except PBO’s). To me, the corps are wasting their ,money.

      On another note, I just got home from dropping my sons dog off to be neutered. He is a year and a half and loves to mount my MALE dog. Needless to say, my dog does not like this so we made the choice to have him fixed. I had an 8:00 appointment this morning. It is a low cost rescue that I used so I was a little shocked to see 19 other dogs there when I arrived. Mind you these 19 other dogs were waiting to be fixed also and they were all ‘PIT BULLS”. Two hours and a few torn muscles later I am home. My husband will have to go pick him up at 3:30 because I have to go to work. I am on Advil and bed rest for a few hours….I am really sore..

      Have a great Obama Day!

    • 97 Debz
      July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Morning all. I understand the campaign is trying to keep up with Richie Rich, but the doom and gloom “we are going to lose” e-mails are getting tiresome. I wish they would put more of that energy into celebrating their small donors. The negative e-mails may make people feel their donations are useless and not appreciated, causing some new donors to think it isn’t worth the trouble of giving any money if the campaign believes they are going to lose.

      • 98 PoliticalJunkessa
        July 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

        I agree. I’ve started deleting them on sight if there’s an alarmist subject line.

      • July 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

        I don’t think the email meme is meant for small donors, it is large donors who have been chilling out.

      • July 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Particularly when the President himself just recently said we don’t have to match them dollar for dollar. Team PBO is going to pick and choose their targets carefully and as the Bain ads in swing states is showing it works.

      • 101 sjterrid
        July 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        When I got the email this morning I just deleted it. I’m already giving $20 monthly to OFA and the DNC, plus giving extra at the end of the month and when the ruling on the ACA by the Supreme Court came down. I believe they are doing this because there may be democratic donors that aren’t giving thinking President Obama is getting lots of money from fundraisers, thanks to messaging from the MSM on questioning on how much money President Obama is raising and neglecting to tell just how much money is raised by outside sources and complete non-disclosures from Romney’s camp.

    • 102 Bill R.
      July 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

      These fund raising messages are a failure. They try to “guilt” people who are already giving. The truth is that 100 million from Romney is overstated because it’s mixed between different fund raising sources.

      • 103 Linda
        July 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

        I don’t like the ” guilt trip” message either…….They need to stop that….

      • 104 nathkatun7
        July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        O.K., I must be the exception. I get the e-mails and I don’t feel guilty or feel I have to give what I can’t afford. Rather I see them as a encouraging me to do a bit more if I can afford it because the other side is raising tons of money. I am sure we all know that while money isn’t everything, it sure is major force in politics. Otherwise billionaires and millionaires would not be wasting their money supporting candidates. Again if we don’t like the way the message is being delivered why not offer an alternative approach to OFA?

    • 105 nospin
      July 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Aaron Blake‏@FixAaron
      Correction to early Romney cash on hand tweet. Real numbers: $89M RNC, $22M Romney campaign, $49 million Romney Victory.

  32. 106 whatisworking
    July 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    I a excited to start the VC program of focusing on an important issue each day. Today is jobs, economy, income inequality. OOH Plenty of goodies for that subject.

    I have a few suggestions for folks who want to target local audiences. Broadcast how the President’s American Jobs Act would help your state.

    1. Start here

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/jobs-economy-election-toolkit.html#aja

    2. select your state

    3. Either broadcast the address of your state’s page or send facts from the page as tweets.

    4. For example in CA I could tweet these facts

    CA family making $56,000 payroll tax cut of $1,740 – Obama Jobs Act.

    710,000 CA firms payroll tax cut under the American Jobs Act.

    Obama Jobs Act – $3,963,800,000 into CA – creates 51,500 jobs

    Jobs Act $3,621,300,000 support 37,300 fire fighters, police, teachers in CA

    Jobs Act $2,812,600,000 improve schools – 36,600 CA jobs

    • 107 desertflower
      July 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Wonderful…and what a great idea to really use all the useful info that you, and others, have gathered over these years. Thank you, and thanks to vc for suggesion:)

  33. July 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

    We have been raising Dough since April 2011. By my count, we are now just shy of 525 million combined with DNC.
    Robney just started combining his efforts with RNC, for a Total of 176million.
    Thus, Robney is behind in grass roots organizing, opening offices hiring staff, etc.
    We are still ok, but we need to do better than 71 million!

  34. 109 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

    This is the kind of thing that the media does that needs to STOP! NPR? REALLY????

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/09/joe-olivo-again/

  35. July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Morning everyone.

    Before I dig into the goodies, I have a new post up on my new blog: http://novelsinprogress.com/2012/07/09/a-little-night-music/

    Take a gander if you can.

  36. July 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This Pundit that is on now, what is He Ten?
    MSNBainC I so desperate for Pundits towing the line, if you can read/write- you can be a News Anchor.
    He is so Dumb!

  37. 113 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I can hardly WAIT for this! I hope that this becomes a defining moment…for the nation. This man, and all that surround him, are evil, and filled with hate….and operate under the guise of enforcing the law. They do no such thing.

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20120703joe-arpaio-legacy-balance-lawsuit.html

  38. 114 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/09/512671/texas-wont-implement-obamacare/

    I hope the people of Texas are paying attention. Worst healthcare in the nation just got worse…if that’s even possible

  39. July 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This looks like our fundraising numbers-

    Romney For President, Romney Victory, and RNC Fundraising:
    · $106.1 Million Raised In June
    · 94% Of All Donations Received In June Were $250 Or Less
    · $22.3 Million Raised By Donations Under $250 In June
    · 536,729 Donations Received Under $250 In June
    · Approximately $160 Million Cash On Hand
    · Contributions Received From All 50 States And Washington, D.C.

    This is romney statistics! Can you believe this shit? I am serious!

    • July 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Apparently, these Dumb Tea baggers, dipped into their Rent money when that Evil Healtcare ruling was upheld.
      Jeesh!

    • 117 TrumpDog
      July 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      89M to RNC
      22M to Romney.

      Puts things into perspective…

    • 119 nospin
      July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Aaron Blake‏@FixAaron Correction to early Romney cash on hand tweet. Real numbers: $89M RNC, $22M Romney campaign, $49 million Romney Victory.

    • 120 jackiegrumbacher
      July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      So wait. If $22.3 million was raised doantions under $260 and 94% of donations were $250 or less, then 6 percent of donations were from mi/billionaires. Or, did I read that wrong.

  40. 122 Bill R.
    July 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    memo to Cory Booker, Ed Rendell, Bill Clinton and other Dem. bigwigs who didn’t want to run Ads on BainMitt- you were wrong:

    http://t.co/t6NnftMU

  41. 123 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Head’s Up…11:50 PBO to speak about middle class tax cuts on WH site

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  42. July 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Some real ugly stuff going on barely beneath the surface—-some new Willard supporters have ulterior motives

  43. July 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Do TV talkers only get their info from “GOP staff and aides”?—–that’s all I ever hear as a source, like from Luke Russert just now. All their talking points are GOP talking points. Always. Now the anchor on msnbc—Lui– is reading the Romney reaction statement—–before the statement. It’s all GOP ALL THE TIME.

  44. 127 donna dem 4 obama
    July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Just a little bit about fundraising:

    Let me explain a little about the campaigns strategy.

    In reading this thread I see that some are getting annoyed by the doom emails they are getting from the campaign.

    Please understand that these emails are essential. Fear can be a great motivator. It worked for this campaign in 2008 which is why they are using this strategy in 2012. It has been tested and proven successful.

    If a supporter thinks that the President might lose because he is not funded properly they will give what they may have thought wasn’t necessary.

    Every time Hillary came close to beating us in the Primary of 2008 we gave more. Every time that awful woman from Alaska said that “he was palling around with terrorist” we gave more. If the polls showed the gap between him and McCain getting closer we gave more.

    A supporter who wants the President to win will do everything they can to ensure that happens. A supporter of this President will not throw up their hands in defeat. That is not what PBO inspires in people. They will actually do just the opposite. Fundraising is one vital way to support this campaign. Let’s be clear, most people who support PBO don’t phone bank or canvass or volunteer for Presidential campaigns. A lot of them simply support by casting their vote (with their family) and maybe making a small donations.

    I am sure that some of you fall into that category. So understand that the campaign cannot leave anything to chance. Instead of deleting these emails may I suggest that you forward them to that girl or man friend, or aunt or uncle, or post one of our TOD Fundraisers links on your Facebook Wall or share it on twitter. You may just inspire someone who hadn’t thought about donating to give that $5 or $10 to ensure that PBO remains our President for the next 4 years.

    The TOD Money Bomb Fundraiser Team:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/06/28/money-bomb/

    • 128 Bill
      July 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      $ 71 million for June should be celebrated as a good number and not as a failure.

      • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
        July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        Especially when it comes from the “small” donors, like me. I give freely what I can because I like investing in this Presidency. I don’t need to be frightened or manipulated into giving. PBO has gifts and talents that one can’t put a price on and that Willard can’t even dream of matching. Yes, we need money, but money isn’t the end all.

        • July 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          I think for OFA, the bottom line is this will be a close election, one in which we don’t ever want to imagine waking up one day to learn that these horrid creeps have beat us.

          Maybe what people are feeling, and rightfully so, is the obscene necessity to have to raise so much due to the effects of Citizens United. It’s a horrible reality.

          • July 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

            Just want to add a line from the most recent email that I think is important:

            “We can win while being outspent — but we need to keep it close.”

          • 132 PoliticalJunkessa
            July 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

            The money situation is indeed obscene.

            • July 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

              I absolutely detest what the RWNJs on this Supreme Court have done to stain our democracy. It literally sickens me to imagine that this election has even a remote possibly of making this nightmare come true.

        • 134 0388jojothecat
          July 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          I plan to keep giving and giving and giving as long as I can. If I want to buy something frivilous, I donate instead. I give to friends and family in need too so somethings it can be a strain but I will do without something frivilous before I stop giving to the campagin. I don’t expect people who are on very very tight budgets to do this but those that are working, secure in their jobs, up-to-date on bills, I know you are giving, just keep giving.

          Those that can’t give money…give you time, volunteer for OFA, there are OFA organizations close to you…Go to Obama.com and find one close to you. Plus it’s a good way to meet new people.

      • 135 nathkatun7
        July 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Bill, here is a text of the e-mail I received. Please explain to me how you interpret is being regarded as a failure.

        “Nathan —

        Democrats just had their best fundraising month since 2008. And yet it was still far off the $106 million that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party raised.

        I don’t think I have to tell you how dangerously close we are to this thing being out of reach.

        If we want to beat them, then we need you to donate whatever you can to close the gap.

        Please give $3 or more to beat Mitt Romney and his radical Republican agenda >>

        Thank you,”

    • July 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you for adding this perspective. We have to be relentless and straightforward about the money that has to be raised for this campaign to succeed. While it’s true that PBO’s core message is that our grassroots loyalty and motivation to fight are what matter, we still have to buy the talent to create effective ads and the TV, web and radio time to air them. This is just the plain truth.

      The tone of emails from OFA are getting stronger because we are going to get crushed in fundraising by the opposition. We saw this tone accelerate soon after PBO & OFA agreed to allow SuperPacs and it will grow more emphatic as we get closer to the fall. So please, let’s continue to be realistic about why this is happening and what we can do to help.

      • July 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        I know all of us give all we can. I continue to wonder if all the very wealthy Obama voters in the sports and entertainment fields are also giving all they can.

    • 138 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you DD4O for calmly sharing your views on this. I always appreciate your take on things. Me, I get those letters too, sometimes several per day, and sadly, (though rightly) there is not a thing **I** can do about the situation financially.

    • 139 carla4obama
      July 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Donna…I will just add by 2 cents. I too do not like these doom emails, sometimes I get 5 or 6 a day from various Dem sources, Even if I had donated the day before here comes another one. My husband told me to stop, I don’t have the money. I’m a teacher and for the next 3 months I have no income. My bank account is gasping. There are millionaires out there on our side that are holding back, my
      $ 25.00 donations every week are hard, but I do it. I want the people with means to carry some of this too. If we loose it will not be because of the money..how can we compete with Billionaires! We can’t, if money buys the election then money has also bought the heart and soul of America. I believe that a new message from our side needs to be developed, we are David they are Goliath. Money cannot buy compassion and kindness. Expose the billionaires that have pledged millions to defeat this president…what do they want and why? How does this help the 99% of Americans? The fundraiser at the Hamptons exposed those people for who they are. The “let them eat cake” type comments need to be shown to all. Expose Mitt for what he is, and show the contrast with our man. Remember the commercials for visa? “Buying an election…3 billion dollars, buying the soul of Mitt Romney…..1 billion, compassion and kindness shown by President Obama…priceless”.

      • 140 0388jojothecat
        July 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Agreed. Watching Rachel on Thursday or Friday talking to the big hollywood producer saying why the big money donors are holding back is because they believe the GOP has a flawed product……well just because PBO is a genuine product, we still have to give him a house and senate that will put forth his vision. We need to elect DEM Governors, and folks at the state and local levels too. I will give more but these really big folks need to start giving the $40 Million that they have last time too. The Unions have been attacked and their coffers have been reduced because of the GOP Republican Governors. We have to keep fighting this year and again in 2014….this is the long game folks, not the short game.

    • 141 nathkatun7
      July 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Extremely well said Donna!

      • July 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        Extremely, Extremely well, well said Donna!!!. As my TOD family here well know that I am retired, with very seriously medically at a disadvantage, however, I try to think of many other ways that I can help financially. I know, just as someone said above, I think of the friends that I have(who do not go on blogs or twitter, etc.0 but they have more money than I do and I personally talk with them, and many of them started back in 2007 with their donations. They are still donating more than I could ever donate.

        I also sat and tried to think of how I could donate myself. I figured out a plan that was sufficient for my lifestyle and my meager monthly budget. Then I have this great deep desire to get our president re-ect, so decided to set out on a dream financially that I wanted to do before I leave this earth. Many of you know that I was led to set up my fundraiser page. I was so moved during the last election to see how so many of you worked so hard then to so beautifully donate using this tool.

        Then here on our blog, I was so inspired by all of you to give it a try. In less than 24 hrs.,you all helped me to reach that goal of 250.00 Then amk inspired me to go further. I did and we reach that one. Then I set up my final one just before my medical procedure to $1200.00(which is still open.) So I feel that when we can give, only do it then. When we can’t, let us move FORWARD and pray and hope with positive thoughts that someone will come out and give for the first time. They are out there, so let us keep hope and keep moving. Be not discourage, but do what you can. We know that PBO does not want us to feel guilty in our actions, but let us give When we can. Just let your good deed be done with a gentle spirit and goodness in our thoughts. He will have what he will need when he need it. I just believe in that faith in those who believe and will come forth. Be calm, be loving, and be gentle on yourself. We are a loving and focused family in all of this. Now enjoy yourself and stay focus. ((((((((I love all of you so much))))HZ

        • 143 nathkatun7
          July 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

          HZ! Stay strong, wise, and loving because you are an inspiration to many of us. You are truly an amazing person! Not many of us can go through the pain you’ve gone through and still remain loving, positive and focused. I surely will answer your gentle and loving call to remain focused. Having come this far we cannot afford to turn back. That means that we must figure out away of separating minor slights and inconveniences from the big picture: Our determination to make sure that this great and good man, President Obama, is re-elected. From now until November that will be my number one focus,

          With love and Best wishes for good health.
          NK

  45. July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  46. July 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  47. 146 whatisworking
    July 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    For those who want to push out videos of President Obama and the Economy, here is a page of ads on the subject

    http://www.whatisworking.com/search/label/vid-obama-economy

    • 147 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      GM & TY, Linda!
      I have a request. When you can, would you please prepare a mini-version of the last video “President Obama: Romney’s Record at Bain: What the Election is About” starting at approximately 2:00 and going to the end? The Cory Booker beginning section makes it too long (Booker’s opinion is of no real interest IMO). That last part would be just right for general sharing over the 10-12 Mondays we have left before election day. THANKS!

  48. July 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  49. 150 Bill R.
    July 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    PBO giving a lesson on economics and taxation. Beautiful explanation of differences in GOP and Dem. policy. Contrast between Clinton years and Bush years. Voters understand this.

  50. 154 Bill R.
    July 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful framing from the President. Let’s pass what we agree on, extending middle class tax cuts. Let’s have the election about trickle-down tax cuts for the wealthy.

    • 155 Ladyhawke
      July 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      That was just exquisite. He teed this up beautifully. I loved they way PBO ticked off all of the expected objections and squashed them completely. That was a thing of beauty. Clear and concise. President Obama just makes sense.

      • 156 nathkatun7
        July 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        Let’s hope the media will broadcast his speech in its entirety. The problem is the media either ignores or filters most of the President’s major speeches.

    • 157 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      A little bit of ‘divide and conquer’? Let’s separate what we agree on from the rest, pass it, move it aside, THEN have a knock down win/lose fight about the rest, because G’OPS? You can’t can’t win THAT fight in THIS election!’ :lol: I suddenly remember McCain saying in 2008 that our wonderful president does not know the difference between tactic and strategy. :roll:

  51. 158 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    :) http://www.businessinsider.com/congressional-democrats-republicans-election-congress-house-senate-2012-7

    The GOP’s Internal Polling Displays Some Awful Signs For Republican Congressmen

    Gee…YOU THINK! Wonder why….

  52. 159 desertflower
    July 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Pay no attention to that record heat…It’s summer!

    http://www.businessinsider.com/july-heat-record-map-2012-7

  53. 160 Don
    July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Did I miss President Obama’s comments regarding taxes?

  54. 161 whatisworking
    July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Why Obamacare Is A Tax Cut For Millions Of Americans

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/why-obamacare-is-tax-cut-for-millions.html

  55. 162 Don
    July 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    And if I did, where can I get a link to those comments?

    • 163 Linda perry
      July 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Did you notice that the Fox did not show the President speech. I was at the gym 2 lifetime and only MSNBC and CNN were showing it. GOP/FOX/Willard are liars and the so called msm should call them out and report the facts.

  56. 164 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    HEADS UP: Press Secretary Jay “Clark Kent” Carney will be briefing the jackals at 1:00 p.m.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-146

  57. 165 cluny
    July 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hi TOD gang – as a foreigner it is very frustrating not being able to donate to the campaign so forgive me for throwing my opinions around but my impression is that the O campaign needs money now to run a lot of ads early – in the summer – so that they can define Romney who many Americans still have no idea about. All the outsourcing, tax avoidance, immigration, war on women etc has to be highlighted now. Then they will need more money in the last phases. it’s awful when so many people are struggling but Citizens United has changed the game and there is no doubt that they will be outspent but they do need to stay as close as they can.

  58. July 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Gibbs comments about Robney offshore accounts, are all over MSNNainC and CNN.
    You see, the media just loves controversy, we just got to play their game!
    Good job Gibbs!

  59. July 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    NEW YORK, July 9, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — In a Mamiverse.com exclusive, First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down to chat with six Latinas to discuss their lives as moms, and the key issues impacting Hispanic families across the nation.  The live streaming video chat will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT on Mamiverse.com.  Filmed in Miami, and moderated by Maria Cardona, contributing political editor to Mamiverse.com and CNN analyst, the approximately half-hour chat will be aired continuously on the Mamiverse.com platform for future viewings. 

    “We could not be more honored to have the First Lady join us for this conversation. Hispanics in America find ourselves at a pivotal cultural crossroad,” said founder and CEO Rene Alegria. “We are just now starting to understand the effect we will have in shaping America’s future. Our moms, thankfully, are leading the charge.”

    Latina moms are an increasingly powerful demographic in America. Their amplified clout at both the voting booth and in the shopping aisle has been acknowledged by politicians and corporations alike. With extraordinary population shifts occurring in this country, most tilting in favor of the booming Latino community, understanding their thoughts and lives has become more and more important. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S., and accounted for 55% of the overall U.S. population growth between 2000-2010.  One in four babies born in America are by way of Latina moms.   

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/09/4618736/first-lady-michelle-obama-chats.html

  60. 170 ChristiMTL
    July 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Robert Reich scolded the President yesterday: Stop with the “I inherited a bad economy” excuse, says Robert Reich, it’s wearing thin……

    I was angry when I saw this on Twitter last night but than I got over it very quickly.

    People like him, know-it-all who know nothing, had their ”influence” in 2010 with their constant criticism of the President.

    It’s not 2010 anymore.

    They will whine for 4 more years and nobody will care.

    • 171 Linda
      July 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I don’t like him either……but most of the left gets on my nerves anyway……they whine and complain about everything…..

    • July 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Reich needs to stick to economics and stop pretending he knows the first thing about how to run a campaign.

    • 173 0388jojothecat
      July 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Ronnie Raygun whinned about his poor economy he inherited from Carter for eight years and they are STILL complaining about it.

  61. 174 Linda
    July 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Did “Leona Hemsley’s ” dog give to Romney at one of those fundraisers in the Hamptons yesterday ? It inherited 12 million…

  62. 179 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Obama pushes middle-class tax cut, reignites larger fight

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————————

    But that raises a related question: if it’s nearly certain that this fight will be pushed off until the lame-duck session, why is the president staking out this position now? The answer, I suspect, is that Obama believes his proposal will be the politically popular one. It put Republicans, from Romney to Capitol Hill, in the position of effectively arguing, “Middle-class tax cuts are nice, but we’re going to the wall to fight for the top 2%.”

    That’s what Obama wants them to do, especially before the election. If Republicans balk at a proposed middle-class tax cut, the president believes that helps him by reinforcing the worst suspicions about GOP priorities.

    Given the larger context — Romney’s offshore investments, his out-of-touch elitism, his comically tone-deaf donors, his fat-cat supporters trying to buy him the keys to the White House — it’s a fight the president’s team feels good about. He’ll speak for the middle class; Romney can speak for the elite.

    ———————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/09/12643513-obama-pushes-middle-class-tax-cut-reignites-larger-fight

  63. 180 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Just got back home after discharging my aunt from the hospital after her heart surgery. A great relief to all.

    I see that June fundraising number is at 71 mil as compared 60 mil in May. Way to go dems.

    • 181 vcprezofan2
      July 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Didn’t you get the memo re June fundraising from the msm? Follow orders – you’re supposed to use a negative spin! :roll:

      Nice to hear Aunty is recovering well. Is she staying with you, IOW are you a member of the at-home after surgery care team?

  64. 182 Bill
    July 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    There is a Willard campaign spokesperson talking with Mrs. Greenspan about Willard’s tax returns and offshore bank accounts. His only response is that they are diversions. She is not pushing back at all. It is obvious they have no answer.

  65. 184 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Good. Let the ‘class war’ begin. It’s high time the average american learned that rethugs are not on their side.

  66. July 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  67. 187 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • 188 0388jojothecat
      July 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I hope the veterans come out in full support for Duckworth. It baffles my mind why there is NO push back on Joe “the bully” Walsh on attacking this brave veteran. If it was a Dem attacking a GOP vet this way it would have been ALL OVER THE MEDIA.

  68. 189 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Egypt’s highest court rejects President Mursi’s order to reopen parliament, heightening tensions between the new leader and the military.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18765947

  69. 190 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, made a wager of £1,520, at odds of 66/1, that the Swiss tennis star would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019.

    Mr Newlife died in 2009 but had left the betting slip to Oxfam in his will.

    Federer’s defeat of Britain’s Andy Murray in Sunday’s Wimbledon final means the charity will now collect a payout from William Hill of £101,840.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-18765015

    You can’t go wrong betting on fedex. :)

  70. 191 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Libyan elections: moderate Mahmoud Jibril poised for victory

    Libya’s former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril has won a landslide victory in the country’s first democratic election, provisional figures show, defying expectations that the Muslim Brotherhood would sweep to power.

    Voters on the streets of Tripoli on Monday said they had supported Jibril because of his education – he has a PhD from the US – and his reputation as a pragmatist. “He’s a good man. He understands business. He believes in national reconciliation,” one worker in a pizza parlour said.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/09/libyan-elections-moderate-mahmoud-jibril

  71. 192 Bill
    July 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Chris Cillizza from Mrs. Geenspan’s show and the Washington Post has a book coming out tomorrow. It should rank in value to the half term governor’s.

  72. 193 carolyn
    July 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I just called Obama headquarters and spoke with a polite, attentive young man, expressing some of the concerns posted here about the tones of the fundraising emails. He said he will record those and pass them along.
    I told him that many of us give regularly, and that sometimes these emails made us feel as if what we gave was not enough. I suggested a couple of things……one, targeted emails to specific groups; an email detailing WHY they need this money NOW, and what it goes for NOW, why it’s more important and useful now than in October. I told him most Obama supporters are information seeking rational people. We like to know WHAT, and WHY. I mentioned that these constant fear emails are in danger of becoming a little like the boy who cried “wolf, wolf.” until it lost its resonance. I also said that we are frustrated that more of the big donors haven’t stepped in to do their part, that I was close to my allowable total, and we would like for the big donors to do as much as we are doing.
    He listened and I could tell he was writing down what I said. He said the email writers always try to be honest, and I told him we appreciate that, but a change in tone and direction might be helpful.
    Anyway…….so good to know that when we call the headquarters we get a real live, polite person!!!

    • July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you for doing that, Carolyn. Though I haven’t expressed it, the tone of these emails bother me too. I haven’t given anything to this point (except for ordering from the store and adding $10 to my total.) I do plan on doing a virtual credit card number (probably for $100) and do $5 and $10 donations to OFA or some of the folks here at TOD. With my husband being a Republican, I have to be cautious. However, I decided few weeks ago that he has spent–already–thousands on his AT hiking and I have not said one word. So I decided this is my passion and I am going to do it! I don’t think he will say anything, but if he does, I will make the point I just made about how much he has spent (and will continue to spend.)

    • 195 Debz
      July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you, carolyn. I’m sure the message will get to the top staff. A change in tone and explaining why the money is needed now is important.

    • 196 nathkatun7
      July 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      That was an excellent way of going about it, Carolyn. It’s better than expressing anger at the campaign with commentaries on this blog. But I also hope many of us who give should stop taking these e-mails personally. I think it would require a great deal of expenditure to try to separate people who give regularly from those who may have slacked off, as I tend to do, at times, because I no longer use a credit card and have to remember sending a check.

      • July 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Thanks Carolyn. I also had a beautiful conversation with a very polite and calm young man when I called the Chicago office a month or so ago on a matter. They are at some level are aware of our blog and appreciate it very much.

        So I do believe that we will come through with this situation with much peace and goodwill. Our efforts are in so many cases, not only for us, but for our children and their children. GOPers always feel that they are the only ones who is concerned about their “children and grandchildren.’ Well, we are also.

        We will make it, trust me. We Will!!!! HZ

  73. 198 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Gov. Corbett contracts with Romney fundraiser for PA Voter ID ad campaign

    Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has signed a $249,660 contract with a company run by Mitt Romney fundraiser, former state GOP party executive director, pharmaceutical lobbyist, and school voucher advocate Chris Bravacos to direct a media campaign promoting the state’s Voter ID law.

    http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/nakedcity/Corbett-contracts-with-Romney-fundraiser-Voter-ID-campaign.html

  74. 199 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Mitt Romney, meet your fundraising match: Elizabeth Warren

    Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who is running for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, is nearly keeping pace with Mitt Romney’s astronomical fundraising levels, according to the latest figures released Monday by each campaign.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/mitt-romney-meet-fundraising-match-elizabeth-warren/story?id=16741348#.T_sgeHnkCIw

    good for Elizabeth Warren

  75. 200 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: LET’S ARGUE TO DO WHAT WE AGREE ON.

    Remarks by the President on Extending Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Families

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    ————–excerpt————————————–

    Now, we can already anticipate — we know what those who are opposed to letting the high-end tax cuts expire will say. They’ll say that we can’t tax “job creators.” And they’ll try to explain how this would be bad for small businesses.

    Let me tell you, the folks who create most new jobs in America are America’s small business owners. And I’ve cut taxes for small business owners 18 times since I’ve been in office. (Applause.) I’ve also asked Congress repeatedly to pass new tax cuts for entrepreneurs who hired new workers and raised their workers’ wages.

    But here’s the thing that you have to remember. The proposal I make today would extend these tax cuts for 97 percent of all small business owners in America. In other words, 97 percent of small businesses fall under the $250,000 threshold. (Applause.) So this isn’t about taxing job creators, this is about helping job creators. I want to give them relief. I want to give those 97 percent a sense of permanence.

    I believe we should be able to come together and get this done. While I disagree on extending tax cuts for the wealthy, because we just can’t afford them, I recognize that not everybody agrees with me on this. On the other hand, we all say we agree that we should extend the tax cuts for 98 percent of the American people. Everybody says that. The Republicans say they don’t want to raise taxes on the middle class. I don’t want to raise taxes on the middle class.

    So we should all agree to extend the tax cuts for the middle class. Let’s agree to do what we agree on. Right? (Applause.) That’s what compromise is all about. Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy. We can have that debate. (Applause.) We can have that debate, but let’s not hold up working on the thing that we already agree on.

    —————————————————————

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/09/remarks-president-extending-tax-cuts-middle-class-families

  76. 201 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    :)

    • 202 Cha
      July 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Precisely, LOLGOP! willard’s always accusing PBO of what little willy is guilty of..so wtf not?

      Thx amk.

  77. 203 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    House GOP Opposes Democrats on Tax Cuts

    As President Obama called on Congress today to extend tax cuts for taxpayers making less than $250,000, House Speaker John Boehner said he opposes extending only some tax cuts while letting others run out.

    “President Obama is still asleep at the switch when it comes to our economy and jobs,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “In the wake of another weak jobs report, the president is doubling down on his quixotic call for the same small businesses tax hikes that have been routinely rejected by the House and Senate. How will these small business tax hikes create jobs?”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/gop-opposes-democrats-on-tax-cuts/

    no surprise here.

    • 204 Linda
      July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Ha…. # At the end of this recording ….please press # 2 to hear the next Republican say the same exact words….

  78. 205 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Democrats go after conservative political groups for exploiting tax-exempt status

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will file a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission Monday against politically active conservative groups operating under tax-exempt status, Yahoo News has confirmed.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/democrats-conservative-political-groups-exploiting-tax-exempt-status/story?id=16740196#.T_she3nkCIw

  79. 206 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Obama: Let Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest expire

    Sounding every bit like the candidate he is, President Barack Obama called Monday for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts on annual income up to $250,000, while letting those that chiefly benefit the very wealthy expire on schedule at year’s end. The proposal reignited an election-year fight designed to polish his credentials as a champion for middle-class Americans.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/obama-bush-era-tax-cuts-wealthiest-expire/story?id=16741714#.T_sh-nnkCIw

  80. July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks TPC for link to the President’s awesome speech on extending the middle class tax cuts. If you missed it, be sure to take a look:

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/07/09/video-president-obamas-speech-on-tax-cuts-for-the-middle-class/

  81. 208 amk for obama
    July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Question to BobFr.

    I had blocked a rwnj from following me on twitter. Now I find that he has sent me a message. How come I get messages when I have blocked that punk? Also, how to delete these messages ? I have got spam shite too.

  82. 209 nospin
    July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Texas voter ID law heard in federal court

    Texas’ voter ID law is is in getting its day in federal court today. The outcome of the case could determine if up to 600,000 people in Texas who lack a photo ID can vote in November.

    The Republican-led Texas legislature passed a law last year requiring Texas voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the voting booth. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, a U.S. passport or a concealed-handgun license. Student IDs are not acceptable. Texas residents without a photo ID can vote by provisional ballot accepted only if he or she later presents photo identification to verify the vote.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57468617-503544/texas-voter-id-law-heard-in-federal-court/?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

  83. 210 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    S-CORPORATIONS EXPLAINED – “SMALL BUSINESS” IS A BRAND NAME

    Keith Olbermann Special Report Exposes And Mocks Republican “Small Business” Tax Lie And Scam

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

    Clip from September 22, 2010, Countdown Special Report with Keith Olbermann where Keith deftly exposes and mocks Republican “Small Business” tax lie and scam.

  84. 211 ChristiMTL
    July 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Well this is interesting, I wonder if the so called ”journalists” will have the same reaction as Norah O’Donnell when Gingrish called Romney a liar…which is an undisputed fact of course but the word is taboo in the media apparently.

    ”Romneyland’s hammer is about to drop…

    In a conference call Monday morning, senior staff said Romney’s surrogates would stop shying away from the word “lie” in responding to Democrats’ attacks on his business record, and plan to go on TV to call Obama a “liar,” the source said.

    “They are very fed up with these attacks,” said the source.”

    Fed up with the attacks? Oh really…..what a joke…well if they start calling the President a liar, they better be prepare for major pushback.


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