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This, That (and the Other)

OFA

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Today:

2:0: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Cincinnati

9:25: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Seattle

CBS have the first speech in their schedule, not sure whether the second one will be shown

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Detroit News: General Motors said its September sales rose 1.5 percent to 210,245 vehicles, marking its best September since 2008.

Chrysler Group LLC beat analyst expectations as its September sales rose 12 percent, while Ford Motor Co. sales remained flat in September compared to the same month a year ago.

GM said passenger car sales jumped 29 percent from the same month a year ago, while sales of mini, small and compacts shot up a combined 97 percent.

….. Chrysler reported its best September sales total in five years. The Auburn Hills automaker sold 142,041 vehicles last month; September also marked the 30th consecutive month that Chrysler has experienced year-over-year sales gains.

More here

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CNNMoney: American Express will refund $85 million for what government officials called deceptive practices involving about 250,000 customers.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday that American Express (AXP, Fortune 500) subsidiaries illegally charged late fees, deceived customers by promising non-existent money rewards, and discriminated against new applicants over the age of 35.

“Laws were violated at all stages of the game,” said CFPB director Richard Cordray in a statement …. In addition to refunding customers, American Express will pay a $27.5 million penalty…

More here

Thanks amk

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Quinnipiac: An 18 point lead among women puts President Barack Obama ahead of Gov. Mitt Romney 49 – 45 percent among likely voters nationwide, and voters expect 54 – 28 percent that the president will win the debates, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

…. “It is very difficult to win an election when you are getting shellacked among women,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac.

More here

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LA Times: Home prices nationwide are recovering, making their largest leap in more than six years in August, according to a new report.

Prices soared 4.6% in August from the same month last year, the biggest year-over-year increase since July 2006, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic in Irvine.

And the gauge rose 0.3% from July for its sixth straight monthly increase.

All but six states are experiencing the gains, with only 20 of 100 major cities showing price depreciation….

More here

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BuzzFeed: The Bureau of Labor Statistics last week announced that its economists had found an extra 400,000 jobs in past surveys, a revision that had some real symbolic value: It appears to mean that there are more jobs in the American economy now than there were in January of 2009, the month President Barack Obama was sworn in.

A new ad from the Republican SuperPAC American Crossroads ignores this figure: There are now, the ad says, “fewer jobs than when he started.”

A spokesman for American Crossroads, Jonathan Collegio, didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about the figure.

….. What’s more, it depends on an arbitrary starting point: Obama was inaugurated on January 20 of 2009; if you begin counting on February 1, he’s already in net positive territory.

More here

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Washington Post: ….. There’s little doubt that Chinese companies have infringed on U.S. intellectual property rights, just as the Romney ad claims … but the Obama administration has taken action on this issue. Furthermore, the Romney ad said the president “cost” 2 million jobs, as though those positions actually existed and then disappeared during his administration. The difference here is missed opportunity versus actual loss of jobs, and the video was not clear about which it referred to.

As for China stealing fighter-jet technology, the Romney campaign pointed us to an April 2009 Wall Street Journal report that said “Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon’s $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project – the Defense Department’s costliest weapons program ever.”

The article quoted former U.S. officials saying the attacks “appear to have originated in China,” so the Romney campaign seems to be correct about the culprit.

But the report noted that the infiltration dated back at least as far as 2007,” which was during the George W. Bush administration.

More here

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Steve Benen: At a campaign stop in Ohio last week, Mitt Romney, unprompted, accidentally told the truth. The Republican candidate conceded that President Obama “did not” raise taxes “in his first four years.”

In a new attack ad, however, Romney says the opposite….

…. the notion that the Affordable Care Act is “government-run healthcare” is a blatant lie, and the idea that it’s a middle-class tax increase is ridiculously untrue. Indeed, the entire crux of the policy argument here is simply incoherent, especially when one realizes Obama’s national policy mirrors Romney’s Massachusetts law.

…… Seven days ago, the GOP candidate was certain Obama didn’t raise taxes. Today, he’s certain Obama did raise taxes. Does Romney not remember his own rhetoric, or does he assume voters just aren’t paying attention?

More here

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NYT: Buried deep in the tax returns released by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign are references to dozens of offshore holdings …. based in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Romney, responding to opponents’ barbs about his use of overseas tax havens, has offered a narrow defense, saying only that the investments, many made through the private equity firm he founded, Bain Capital, have yielded him “not one dollar of reduction in taxes.”

A review of thousands of pages of financial documents and interviews with tax lawyers found that in some cases, the offshore arrangements enabled his individual retirement account to avoid taxes on its investments and may well have reduced Mr. Romney’s personal income tax bills.

But perhaps a more significant impact of Mr. Romney’s offshore investments has been on the profit side of the ledger — in the way Bain’s tax-avoidance strategies have enhanced his income.

More here

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TPM

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Las Vegas Sun: He didn’t look like the average pizza deliveryman. Wearing tan slacks and a dress shirt — sleeves rolled up, of course — President Barack Obama sauntered into a Henderson field office for his campaign Monday afternoon, clutching six boxes of Settebello pizza.

…. “My jaw dropped,” said 73-year-old Ellen Merill, a campaign volunteer.

The room erupted in applause. Obama discarded the pizza and began making the rounds, shaking every hand and dispensing hugs to the approximately 20 campaign staff members and volunteers on hand for his surprise visit.

…. The president’s entranced almost reduced Walker to tears. She said Obama seemed “so natural, so genuine” during his 27-minute visit, even singing “Happy Birthday” to a fellow volunteer.

“He said, ‘Give me a hug,’ and I just melted,” Walker said.

More here

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Cagle

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A Word from Tally

Why does it matter that Mitt Romney has no clue whatsoever on how normal people live: (Not to mention he doesn’t have a clue about the physics of pressurized airplane cabins and that Ann’s biggest worry is his mental stability…..)

Let’s pretend you lose your job (whatever that is that gives you a paycheck, and allows you to have a roof over your head, and eat food.) What do you do until you get a new job? Let’s pretend you don’t have a trust fund or a savings account. You live paycheck to paycheck and already live frugally. There is no tightening of the belt, because it’s already tight. What do you do?

Think about it…. I’ll wait.

You can’t pay for health care with a chicken.

You’re not going to sit with a sign at the end of an off ramp.

You’re parents are dead.

You can’t borrow from your family because they’re as broke and starving as you are.

Until you invent the next Liquid Paper® so you can start your own business, WHAT DO YOU DO?

And no, you’re not part of the Donner party. Cannibalism isn’t an option.

You use your credit cards. You BORROW MONEY……

See the full post here

Thank you Tally!

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Tourists have their picture taken in front of the White House, Oct. 1, 2012. The North Portico of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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138 Responses to “This, That (and the Other)”


  1. 1 Nena20409
    October 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Wow….the PA law is not fully over turned?

  2. October 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

  3. 3 Nena20409
    October 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I am confused now. TPM and HP are giving me different answers. Do we have lawyers here? Please help!!!!

  4. 4 Nena20409
    October 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Rep Cummings of MD is saying that this is a huge Victory in a statement over at TPM. Then I should be Happy for PA voters or not?

    • 5 prettyfoot58
      October 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

      A judge postponed Pennsylvania’s controversial voter identification requirement on Tuesday, ordering the state not to enforce it in this year’s presidential election but allowing it to go into full effect next year.

      http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8832240

      • 6 prettyfoot58
        October 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

        This means that in 6 mos…during primary season…the voter ID laws will be upon us once again…and those that have no way of attaining the IDs could still be out left out in the cold/but at least we have some breathig room to get folks the IDs that are required..in addition…it has become quite confusing because the process to get IDs in order to vote has changed so many times…

        • 7 prettyfoot58
          October 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

          Make no mistake about it….this is a VICTORY..on so many levels….it has galvanized and forged coalitions between the community/unions/civic and human rights organizations…it has brought the issue of Voter Suppression and disenfranchisement front and center…

          WE WILL NOT GO BACK…..

          • 8 jacquelineoboomer
            October 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

            Beautiful! Thanks for that recap. We will not go back!

          • 10 jackiegrumbacher
            October 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

            You’re right PF. We did not stand still and take it. We fought back. And we made people confront the ugliness of the GOP controlled state capital.

          • 11 57andfemale
            October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

            There’s more good news buried in the recent court decisions: it must be easy to obtain the ID and must not disenfranchise voters because it would create two classes of voters: those who have little to do to comply and those who have to go through a bunch of hoops to comply.

            It’s more than just the time constraints for 2012. I think the requirement will be curtailed significantly.

            And to think so many of the whiny left thought 2010 would ‘send a message’. It sent the message that they don’t give a damn about the electoral process or their country, allowing the tea party to take over state legislatures. We’re stuck with their re-districting because those ‘disappointed’ Dem’s don’t understand census years. These voter restrictions are the result of apathy on the part of many Dem’s who didn’t bother to vote.

            Hopefully they’re getting the message now.

      • 14 JER
        October 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Nena, it’s not clear yet. The PA democratic Party says it’s a victory. If voters can go ahead and cast a ballot as usual, despite not having a photo Id, it’s a victory, If the provisional ballot applies, even without the 6 day provision, then’s it’s a quasi victory. Wait for the legal experts at ACLU give their opinions.

      • 16 Nena20409
        October 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

        Thanks Prettydoot58 and Jackiegrumbacher. I just saw a Tweet on the last page from ACLU saying it was a victory. I am going to start being a tad happier for this ruling.

      • 17 57andfemale
        October 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        No provisional ballot, per AP, definitively. Voters CAN be asked for ID but there is no punishment for not having one — you get to vote a regular ballot.

        However, this message has to be told, far and wide. People will be intimidated by certain election poll workers.

        But from everything I’ve read, the requirement is completely dead for this election. And I think, based on the recent decisions, it’s going to have to be made a whole lot easier to get ID’s — extra time will not be enough. So I THINK we’re looking at a much watered down ID requirement for PA.

  5. 18 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Thanks Chips.

    So boss sitting on your head today morn ? Fire him.

    • October 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

      It’s worse than that amk, the boss is lying on a beach somewhere for the next two weeks, so I said to myself: “paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty”. But the guy who’s filling in for him seems waaaaaaaaaay too eager to make an impression, and is actually expecting me to be, you know, busy :shock: It’s a grim affair.

      • 20 amk for obama
        October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        Ha, the pretender. The worst kind. So whatchugonnadoaboutit?

        • October 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

          I’m trying to come up with a plan amk, maybe hire a private detective to get some dirt on his background and then blackmail him so he won’t call me once in the next two weeks? What d’you think?

          • 22 amk for obama
            October 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

            Bad plan. These pretender docuhebags never had a ‘life’. So backgrounding them never gonna get ya anything. Besides, why throw good money after bad sleuthing ?

            How about you ‘break a leg’ and call in sick ?

      • 25 57andfemale
        October 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        Well that sucks.

      • 26 Pamela
        October 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        How very rude!

        • 27 Pamela
          October 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

          Does this person not know you have a major role to play in helping our President WIN this election? He does know there is an election coming right up, yes? :lol:

  6. 28 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thank you thank you thank you Chips for this plethora of news. It’s fun to delve into them.

  7. 30 pugeretto
    October 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thought I just posted, but guess it didn’t go through? Hi Chips….!!!

  8. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    October 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Good morning, TODville! What a treasure for those volunteers to have President Obama sign his name to their/his victory wall, in that photo! And I love the “Keep Calm and Vote Early” poster. Thanks for all the goodies, Chips.

    Only a day and a half until we have to mute half of the first presidential debate. How President Obama is forced to debate a joker is beyond me, but if he can handle it, we can handle it! At least the moderator is Jim Lehrer, so I don’t have to mute him.

    • October 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Jacqueline – sure hope someone photographs the ‘victory wall’ after he signed it and gives a copy to all those who also signed – can you imagine being able to pass that on to a son or daughter, etc., in the years to come!

      #PRESSON

    • 37 Pamela
      October 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Me and you on this, JO’B! Remember when there were no remote controls, and we had to use a little swiveling button thingy to turn the sound up and down.

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        Barely! I also, too, find it humorous that when my 20-m/o great grandson is watching my recorded episodes (eyeroll) of Spongebob (which he watches as often as his mommy used to watch the dreaded Barney of the ’90s at my house), and a commercial comes on in the middle of the recording, he hands me the remote so I can FF to the next part. Evolution!

  9. 39 vcprezofan2
    October 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Love the title, CC! Probably means there’s enough there to keep me occupied and out of trouble until suppertime. :lol: :lol: Thanks.

  10. 41 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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  13. 46 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  14. 47 a4alice
    October 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I ab hombe from work. I hab a code. a code in mby doze.

    Not a good time to be sick. Making chicken soup as we speak but at least I get to hang with you guys for a bit! :D

  15. 60 japa21
    October 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I mentioned yesterday that I probably won’t watch the debates. I will now confess to my main reason. I have this horrible practice of nitpicking everything. And I know I am going to sit there and listen to Romney say something and yell out what I think PBO should say in response. The problem is that I also know he probably won’t and his response will in truth be far better than mine. But I just won’t be able to keep myself from being frustrated anyway. So I will just sit back and have total trust in PBO to handle it the way I know he will, without, at the same time, subjecting myself to second guessing.
    I will follow either through the various live-blogging efforts here and elsewhere, or read summaries from people I trust to give me as close to the unbiased reporting as possible. Of course that means I will listen to Fox. :)

    • 61 theo67
      October 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Yup – I’m bravely saying I will watch, but I think I’ll chicken out at the moment of truth. I plan to be on Twitter.

    • 62 Pamela
      October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      TY, japa21, I continue to procrastinate, yet, in truth, I am not a procrastinator, ever.

  16. 63 thoughtful3
    October 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    just wanted to drop a quick hello. glad the cfpb is working as it should on behalf of consumers. thank the brilliance of both elizabeth warren and pres. obama! back to work for me ;-)

  17. 65 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Ok, a bittersweet story before I turn in (yes, need to obey wifey unit’s command).

    Today afternoon, I got a call from a college friend, who is a US citizen. I had last seen about 4 years back. After his usual guess who game that went on over 5 minutes (yes, I am that dumb), we got to talking about good ol’ college days, what’s heyouknowtheloseris doing now etc., we got to family talk. His bright daughter, who won a Fulbright scholarship recently, was planning to spend a year in India. As part of the program, she went for a medical checkup and to his family’s horror, a chest x-ray revealed some of kind of cancer.

    Of course, he and his wife are devastated and I asked him how is her insurance situation ? The first words that tripped out of his mouth was “Thanks to Obamacare, I don’t have to worry about, amk. I know you’re an avid Obama fan. I tell you that our entire family will be voting for him and the dems’.

    As I said, bittersweet….

    • October 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Quite touching, amk. Thank you for sharing and sleep well!!

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      October 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Bittersweet, but we’ll take it, since his daughter’s able to receive medical care thanks to those two guys we really MUST get re-elected in November! All the best to her and your friend.

    • 68 a4alice
      October 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      oh dear. yes indeed, bittersweet AMK. I wish them the best.

    • 69 dudette9t9
      October 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing this story amk. At least she’ll be getting the care she needs and another family can focus on caring for their loved one rather than fighting an evil insurance company or struggling with no insurance at all.

    • 70 theo67
      October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      That is bittersweet, amk! I hope that bright daughter gets a chance at a full life and to fulfill her potential through the Fulbright scholarship. “Thanks to Obamacare” – that’s one less thing the parents have to worry about as they care for their daughter through this disease.

  18. 71 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    • 72 dudette9t9
      October 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Roughly half a billion dollars right there! Think of what can be done with that?
      Awesome agency, awesome administration … AWESOME President!!!

  19. 73 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  20. 74 utaustinliberal
    October 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  21. 76 Bill R.
    October 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    • 77 khyber jones
      October 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Wow! Prior polls had suggested an Obama surge in NV, though it was tough to tell given some pollster’s LV screens. WAA is a GOP outfit, so if they are saying that Obama is in front by 10 points with 3 debates and 5 weeks to go, Romney is going to have an uphill climb and would have to make a huge investment with a limited chance of a win for 6 EVs. This is one state Romney may re-evaluate following the first debate.

  22. 78 vcprezofan2
    October 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    ” and the other” = Another reminder that WE’VE got the debater who is comfortable in his skin and in ANY, ANY situation! This is dated 2008, and even McCain looks like he is genuinely laughing. Willard has anything to compare?

    • 79 susanne
      October 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      thanks for posting this vc–it’s a wonderful reminder of pbo’s skills, and also just so much fun to watch again!!

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        October 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        Susanne, we got really, really lucky (blessed really) when this man decided to go into public service! He makes me laugh even when he isn’t telling a joke, and I mean that in the most positive way. I just see him, and my heart smiles. I can’t say that about any other politician in my lifetime!

  23. 81 Bill R.
    October 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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  25. 83 dotster3
    October 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Check out the action in this tweet—pretty cool

  26. October 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Local fluff piece video on PBO’s visit to OFA office yesterday:

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/videos/2012/oct/02/7719/

  27. 85 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This one is for our Tally.

  28. October 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    (random) I always wondered… Chips, when Obama is done being President, what will you do with this site? Will you be following his post-office life?

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  30. 91 dotster3
    October 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Good ol’ Andrea Mitchell. MSNBC Political guy Mark Murray was saying it would take a pretty cataclysmic event to shake up the poll numbers enough to change the trajectory of the race. Andrea hesitated and said, “You never know. Remember Poland! and (some other country) where late breaking events completely reversed the expectations?” So desperate she appeared ridiculous.

    • 92 theo67
      October 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      You just have to wonder about people like Andrea Mitchell and the rest of her media cohorts. Do they really want the Presidency, the nuclear power and command of the US military, their futures and the the future of everyone around the world – to be in the hands of Mitt Romney, who has shown himself to be utterly incompetent, uncaring and greedy? I really could care less whether the President collapses into a stuttering heap on Wednesday night – we’ve got nearly 4 years, plus 2 campaign years, of evidence showing us the character and competency of the man. He doesn’t have to prove anything to me – he’s already done that. Romney, on the other hand, has a history of failure under his belt as Governor of Massachusetts, a series of gaffes, volumes of lies and a plateful of dangerous policies that are more extreme than the failed policies from which they were derived. The GOP has four years of unapologetic working against the American people and the stability of the country – and they don’t deserve another chance. I can’t imagine anything that Romney could do that would change my opinion of him, and I can’t imagine anything that President Obama could do on the night that would erase the opinion I have of him. Wednesday is purely entertainment.

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  33. 95 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Via BJ

  34. October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  35. 97 Linda
    October 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Issa is at it again.

    House committee: security requests denied in Libya

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security for the consulate in Benghazi and were turned down by officials in Washington, leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.

    In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chairman Darrell Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz said their information came from “individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/house-committee-security-requests-denied-libya-151542076.html

    • October 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Linda, whose side are you on?

      • October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        You have an Article quoting Ussa and Chaffetz?

        • 100 57andfemale
          October 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          they’re demanding a response from the SoS and are going to hold hearings. It’s newsworthy.

          • October 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

            I know. But I am already pissed off that I had to watch 4 Americans come back in Coffins. It makes me feel powerless.
            Therefore, I certainly don’t need any articles saying it was obamas fault.

            • 102 57andfemale
              October 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

              I forget where I heard it — one of the nightly MSNBC shows I’m sure — that the RWNJ’s were absolutely gleeful at this, calling it PBO’s Watergate (another one).

              Gleeful. Romney himself said in the infamous 47% tape I believe, that they were just waiting for a Jimmy Carter-type moment in order to get political advantage.

              An entire party gleeful over not only tanking the global economy the first time, but making is dysfunctional the last four years. And now ‘gleeful’ over the deaths of one of our best diplomats in the Mideast and his committed staff. Despicable.

              Unfortunately, it’s a political imperative to fight this and fight is correctly.

          • 103 Obama Grandmama
            October 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            This looks like it feeds into what I read the Romney campaign was using for their October surprise.

            • 104 57andfemale
              October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

              That’s correct. The administration will be ready for this. I’m expecting Romney to bring this up in the debate tomorrow, but he won’t be able to mask his glee.

        • October 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          Jovie, this article is no different from some of the ones you link here. Linda’s just saying Issa and crew are at it again.

    • October 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you for sharing this, Linda. It is important we have knowledge of such actions.

    • 109 Margie James
      October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Robme and the GOP will try their damnest to make politcal hay out of what happened in both Libya and Arizona. Willard is too weak on FP for the media to try and build him up though.

    • 110 criquet
      October 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      They said similar things about the Fast and Furious investigation and that did not turn out so well for them.

  36. 111 Dakota
    October 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I was going through and purging some of my email files and I ran across this from the 2008 campaign and it is still fitting and powerful today:

    As is the age-old tradition, Barack Obama wrote the following prayer on
    paper and left it in a crevice of at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It was
    removed by a seminary student, passed to the press and appeared in the media
    the next day. While I do not condone the student’s actions, I was greatly
    touched by the simple elegance of his prayer.

    Let us all hold this prayer in our hearts and minds in the coming months so
    that Barack Obama and his family will be surrounded by a powerful blanket of
    protection.

    Barack Obama’s Prayer

    “Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard
    against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just.
    And make me an instrument of your will.”

    Left at the Wailing Wall
    Jerusalem
    July 24 2008

    Peace & Light

  37. 117 Jewelz
    October 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Chips–check out this video link of President Obama supporters camping out overnight in Ohio to early vote. Also, i really like State Senator Nina Turner (featured in the video). I’ve enjoyed her appearances on MSNBC, and hope she seriously consider mounting a challenge against Rob Portman in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat.

    http://www.wkyc.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1871705634001

    • 118 anniebella
      October 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      I have seen Senator Nina Turner on ED several times and I really like her. She has away with the words.

  38. October 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Returned Ballots

    A total of 68,454 ballots have been returned in all states and localities for which I have statistics.

    IOWA reports 43,856 ballots cast as of Tuesday morning.
    MAINE reports 48 returned ballots as of Monday morning.
    NORTH CAROLINA reports 16,357 returned ballots as of Tuesday morning (with 7 non-reporting counties).
    OHIO 10 counties report 268 returned ballots as of Sunday morning.
    SOUTH CAROLINA reports 1,753 returned ballots as of Thursday afternoon.
    SOUTH DAKOTA reports 6,172 returned ballots as of Tuesday morning.

  39. 122 Lorraine
    October 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    President Obama is up in Gallup by 6 50-44
    Roanoke poll has him up in VIrigina by by 8 and future Senator Kaine by 10.

  40. 124 57andfemale
    October 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/magazine/mitt-romney.html?_r=0

    “Romney had been an informal adviser, fund-raiser and campaign surrogate for McCain since dropping out of the G.O.P. race seven months earlier. Well before the meltdown of the markets that summer, the former Massachusetts governor and Bain Capital C.E.O. had emphasized his vast experience in the private sector. As he told one campaign audience in Sarasota, Fla., in January 2008: “I will not need briefings on how the economy works. I know how it works. I’ve been there.”

    That day in the Hilton conference room, however, Romney did not distinguish himself as McCain struggled to decide what course he should recommend in Washington. Holtz-Eakin recalls “nothing specifically” that Romney had to offer. The other McCain senior staff member is more emphatic: “The reality is he didn’t take command. He wasn’t a Marshall-type figure who conveyed an understanding of both business and politics. But the truth is, no one else had any clue what to do, either.” Then he added, “There wasn’t a single person in the room, including Romney, who had any specific policy”

    • October 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      This is so revealing. He really does have nothing. The nation is so fortunate that Obama won that race.

      • 126 57andfemale
        October 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        I found this chilling, Tien Le, I really did. He had nothing to offer but his puffery that he didn’t need no explanations, he understands the economy. Then he had nothing substantive to offer. He’s a fraud and a menace to America.

    • 127 theo67
      October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Except for then-Senator Obama – who figured it out.

      • 128 57andfemale
        October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        I, I’m sorry to admit, wanted some more progressive voices on PBO’s economic team. But when we zero in on the enormity and nature of the crisis PBO was faced with, he chose advisers who were experienced in banking. It makes sense.

  41. 129 dudette9t9
    October 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    A lesson for govt-hating Republicans who think we can do just fine by simply cutting everything out of the budget: Well-trained and well-paid Food and Health Inspectors are our FRIENDS!

    Vomiting virus hits thousands of German children

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49222967/ns/health/t/vomiting-virus-hits-thousands-german-children?ocid=ansmsnbc11

  42. 130 lisalovesobama
    October 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    is there a link to watch Miche?

  43. October 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    TOD, just popping in to say how thrilled I am about the PA ruling. Yaaaaay! I am beyond happy. :) :)

  44. 134 Margie James
    October 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve just read Romney has new ideas on taxes, and immigration……. just in time for the debates. This guy’s brain is like a ping pong ball.

    • 135 Obama Grandmama
      October 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Do you think his etch-a-sketch technique right at the time of the debate will swing lots of votes his way? I would hope people would be reticent to believe this tactic especially after his primary stance and his 47% video.

  45. October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nev.  — Nevada’s top elections official says more than twice as many Democrats than Republicans registered to vote in September.

    Secretary of State Ross Miller says his office processed more than 30,000 Democratic registrations last month, compared to less than 15,000 Republican registrations. Another 15,000 people registered as nonpartisan.

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    Miller says Nevada has 1.2 million active registered voters.

    Of that number, 42 percent are Democrats, 36 percent are Republicans and 17 percent are nonpartisan.

    Online and mail-in voter registration is open through Saturday. Oct. 16 is the deadline to register to vote in person at a county clerk or registrar’s office.

  46. 137 57andfemale
    October 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    A good read on PBO’s good numbers with blue collar women in swing states:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_10/imperfect_vessel040239.php


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