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Rise and Shine

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Bloomberg: Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in December as incomes grew by the most in eight years, a sign the biggest part of the economy was contributing to the expansion as the year drew to a close.

Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, rose 0.2 percent after a 0.4 percent gain the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 72 economists called for a 0.3 percent rise. Incomes rose 2.6 percent, pushing the saving rate up to a more than three-year high.

More here

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Greg Sargent: Perhaps the most important moment so far in today’s Senate Judiciary hearing on guns came when astronaut Mark Kelly directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords …. LaPierre’s argument was completely unmasked for the sham that it is.

During the hearing, LaPierre repeatedly voiced the talking point that there’s no need to expand the background check system because criminals don’t cooperate with background checks. Kelly responded:

“The Tucson shooter was an admitted drug user. He was rejected from the U.S. Army because of his drug use. He was clearly mentally ill. And when he purchased that gun in November, his plan was to assassinate my wife and commit mass murder at that Safeway in Tucson. He was a criminal …. but because of these gaps in the mental health system, in this case, those 121,000 records, I admit did not include a record on him. But it could have. And if it did, he would have failed that background check. ….”

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MinnPost: President Obama’s Monday visit to Minneapolis will be to “discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of common-sense ideas to reduce gun violence,” according to a White House spokesperson.

“Minneapolis is a city [that] has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed,” White House spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm said in a statement. “President Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence.”

….. No word yet on where or when the Obama event will take place, or what the format will be.

Full post here

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Dana Milbank: Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, arrived for his hearing on Capitol Hill in the organization’s trademark fashion: violently.

When he and his colleagues stepped off the elevator in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Wednesday morning and found TV cameras waiting in the hallway, LaPierre’s bodyguards swung into action. One of them, in blatant violation of congressional rules, bumped and body-checked journalists out of the way so they couldn’t film LaPierre or question him as he walked.

“You don’t have jurisdiction here!” a cameraman protested as an NRA goon pushed him against a wall. After the melee, congressional officials informed the NRA officials that, in the halls of Congress, they had to follow congressional procedures — which prohibit manhandling.

Full post here

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This undated family photo shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago. Hadiya was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire while she was hanging out with friends on the warm rainy afternoon under a shelter in the park. Hadiya was a majorette in her high school band and recently performed in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration. President Obama’s Chicago home is less than a mile from the park where Hadiya was killed

Nate Pendleton comforts his son Nathaniel, 10, as they listen to speakers at a press conference in a neighborhood park where Nate’s daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30 in Chicago

Cleopatra Pendelton talks with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy before a news conference seeking help from the public in solving the murder of Pendelton’s daughter Hadiya

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton holds the hand of her ten-year-old son as they listen to speakers during an event with police and community leaders at a neighborhood park where her daughter Hadiya was killed

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NYT: If ever there were a moment for Democrats to press their political advantage, this is it. Their message on many of the biggest national issues — taxes, guns, education spending, financial regulation — has widespread support, and they have increased their numbers in both houses of Congress. But after years of being out-yelled by strident right-wing ideologues, too many in the Democratic Party still have a case of nerves, afraid of bold action and forthright principles.

That’s particularly evident in the Senate, which the party controls. Last week, Democrats had a rare opportunity to change the Senate’s rules by majority vote and reduce the routine abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, which has allowed a minority to slow progress to a crawl. But there weren’t enough Democrats to support real reform, so a disappointing half-measure was approved. The reason was fear: Fear that they might return to the minority one day, fear that a weakened filibuster might hurt them, fear that Republicans might change the rules to the disadvantage of Democrats if they regain a majority.

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Senators Jack Reed, Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel, Kuwait, 2008

NYT: President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning for what is likely to be a combative confirmation hearing focusing on Iran, Israel and the American military’s role in the world. White House officials say they remain confident about his prospects.

Mr. Hagel, who has gone through three “murder boards,” or mock hearings, in preparation for the real one, has met with nearly 60 members of the Senate. He has spent the past three weeks working out of a modest transition office down the hall from the office of the man he hopes to succeed, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in the Pentagon E-ring, the corridor with sweeping views of the Potomac River and Washington.

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Charles Pierce: …. if you want to see the walking, living, sweating, mewling manifestation of still runnin’ a’skeered, take a gander these days at Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. This is a man with the gallows in his eyes, Because he hasn’t been entirely insane, and because South Carolina’s wingbits have been deprived of their real campeon de loco, Jim DeMint, and because of, you know, that conspicuous longtime bachelorhood issue, Graham has become something of a target…..

I mention all this because he’s going to get a crack at Chuck Hagel on Thursday, which may bring about the mother of all public tantrums. Somebody give him a cookie and then primary him, just to put him out of his misery.

More here

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TPM: Here’s how the Obama administration wants the Obamacare individual mandate to work.

The IRS and Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules Wednesday pertaining to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that uninsured taxpayers purchase health insurance, and expanded the circumstances under which Americans may receive an exemption from the so-called “individual mandate.”

Churches, illegal immigrants, incarcerated individuals and members of Native American communities are excluded from the individual mandate, which takes effect in 2014….

More here

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Bloomberg: Calm down. Yes, the U.S. economy surprisingly shrank in the fourth quarter at a 0.1 percent annual rate, weaker than any economist had forecast … But let’s look under the hood. The overall number disguises strong consumer spending and business investment in equipment and software, which zoomed upward.

You could even say the strength of consumer spending and business capital expenditures is the bigger surprise, more than the contraction. Why? Because the fourth quarter also featured a bitter presidential contest and a Washington battle royale over the fiscal cliff, both of which dampened consumer and corporate confidence.

The healthy consumption and business investment pictures were bolstered by another report out today showing that the labor market continues to heal. Companies took on more workers than expected in January, with an increase of 192,000, according to the ADP Research Institute.

Two factors were largely responsible for the poor GDP showing: a steep decline in government spending, especially on defense, and in the growth of business inventories. Combined, they took 2.6 percentage points out of GDP…..

Full post here

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Steve Benen: One of top Politico stories of the day tells readers that, in the wake of yesterday’s economic news, President Obama has a “GDP problem.” After noting that the drop in economic growth was “largely due to a drop in government spending,” the article adds:

Nonetheless, the politics are unambiguously terrible for Barack Obama … and it gave an adrenal jolt to the a GOP messaging establishment left supine by the Mitt Romney mirage and recent soul-searchy infighting.

Politico’s report added that Democrats “will try to spin” the news, but the party’s “narrative” is “not very convincing” and burdened by “weakness.”

It’s almost as if facts, evidence, reason, and a cursory understanding of economic policy no longer matters at all. In reality, the economy shrank a little in the last quarter because of spending cuts, but the party demanding more spending cuts has suddenly received “an adrenal jolt”…..

More here

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BarackObama.com

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ThinkProgress: 5 Reasons To Be Optimistic The Republican Election-Rigging Plan Is Dead (And 3 Reasons It’s Not)

Two weeks ago, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called upon “states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red” to consider a Republican plan to rig future presidential races……

Six states potentially fit Priebus’ description of a blue state that is currently controlled by Republicans — Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. To date, senior Republicans in four of these states have either voted down the plan or indicated that it will not be taken up in the first place, and the governor of a fifth state has expressed concerns about the plan…

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Moooooooorning!


302 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Yoo hoo yous O’s!!! It’s a great getting up beautiful day in TOD country!!

    There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow
    There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow
    The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye
    And it looks like it’s climbing clear up to the sky

    Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day
    I got a beautiful feelin’ everything’s goin’ my way

    All the sounds of the earth are like music
    All the sounds of the earth are like music
    The breeze is so busy it don’t miss a tree
    And the little ole willow is laughin’ at me

    Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh, what a beautiful day
    I got a beautiful feelin’ everything’s goin’ my way – Frank Sinatra

  2. 7 vitaminlover
    January 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Goooooood morning!

  3. January 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning everyone. Congrats cookemom.

  4. 9 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Happy Thursday to all TODobots! MoooOOorrNNning to you, Chips Chica!
    .
    (Waving to CookeMom as I pass by) Hey CM, you done your running for today yet, or are you counting your race to the top as it?
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    Has anyone yet seen or shared the PBO interviews that were on yesterday’s schedule?
    .

    • 10 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Hiya vc! I believe the first vid Chips posted above one of the telemundo interviews? :)

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        January 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

        GM, Hf & TY. Yes, I just watched that short clip. I don’t doubt more of the interviews will surface as the day unfolds. Have a great Thursday, Ms Fruit!

    • 13 cookemom
      January 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Morning vcprez. No running this morning. The trail is slicker than owl’s poop. Last night I missed Zumba because all of my car doors were frozen shut. So I’m just going plop in an exercise video and shake the old tail feather.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

        Smart choice, CM. I’ll join you……..mentally. I don’t exactly want *my* tail feathers to fall out from the unexpected shaking.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Mornin’, cookemom (almost late mornin’ when I’m involved), thanks for the song, glad you’re the one shakin’ the old tail feather this morning and not I. Maybe later.

        Big chunky beautiful snow flurries were teasing us here in Central Illinois this morning … Begone, snow flurries! Our temp. tonight will be minus one (-1) … Begone, minus one! I gotta get me back to Florida mid-year. Missin’ my palm trees and weather so hot you can’t walk through it and, instead, must stay in a hermetically sealed air-conditioned house or car from April through November, which is more my style, thank you very much.

        Mornin’, Chips and TODville!

    • January 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Hi VC, there’s a clip from one of the interviews at the top of the post.

  5. 19 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 8:44 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats cookemom on #1! :)

  6. 20 ranman11
    January 31, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a blessed day today. Congrats Cookemom on being first this lovely Thursday morning.

  7. 21 amk for obama
    January 31, 2013 at 8:47 am

    GM folks.

    So, if the gun control law does pass, and that’s a big if, will the nra thugs then shoot up the congress critters right inside the capitol hill ?

    You feed the snakes and get to enjoy the result of your stupidity.

  8. 22 GGAIL
    January 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. It’s gonna be warm and sunny in Los Angeles today :)

  9. 25 ranman11
    January 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I am so heart broken behind the senseless killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. This senseless gun violence has to stop.

    • January 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

      It’s completely heartbreaking Ranman, when will this madness ever stop?

    • 28 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

      And the only reason this child is getting any attention is that she was in PBO’s Inauguration parade the week before. And the media reporting is more slanted towards the fact that she was in the inauguration than the fact that so many more like her get killed by guns on a daily basis.

      • 29 dotster3
        January 31, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Exactly. That is the only reason, because, tragically, this is a daily occurrence in Chicago. And I really hope—–that this is not turned into another Travon Martin type circus, where every opportunist makes a beeline for a microphone for their own selfish, personal gain. She and her family does not deserve that. And the media also loves associating this to Obama by noting this shooting happened in a “good neighborhood”, near Obama’s Chgo home. (Supposedly a gang member shot into the crowd of h.s. kids because they were under a shelter, “trespassing” in a park “owned” by some gang.) Yesterday a Chgo teen was arrested for shooting and killing a man, attempting to kill 2 others, 6 others were shot—-on a snowy, cold night.

        • 30 hopefruit2
          January 31, 2013 at 9:41 am

          dotster -you articulated my point very clearly. The media’s interest in this case is more about the Obama association, and less about sympathy for the child or genuine concern about gun violence.

    • 31 anniebella
      January 31, 2013 at 10:17 am

      ranman, it makes no sense at all. What the hell is wrong with people? I was discussing this gun issue with someone and they were saying it’s not the guns at fault here, it’s the people. While I still support the assault weapon and magazine ban, I have to agree. Something is wrong with the souls of people, any time you can fire at a group of kids, knowing it can kill someone and it doesn’t even bother you one bit. It’s evil. Lord help us.

    • January 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Yes I am ranman as I said in my comment yesterday.

      I am so heartbroken at the news of the 15 year old young lady that was shot and killed while sitting in a park near school in Chicago.
      Her mother was weeping and that tore at me even more. This young lady was a performer in her school band in the Presidential Inaugural
      parade….less than 2 weeks ago. I just got home and saw this on Rev. AL. This may have been mentioned before but I had to mention it as I was so deeply touched.

      After watching our bold and courageous Gabby make her case this morning I was so thrilled that we were on the right track forward.
      My prayers will be made for this girl’s family along with all the other victims. After Sandy Hook, now this.

      As for Wayne LaPierre….THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS.

  10. 33 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m liking Barack Obama’s economy. If we post strong jobs numbers tomorrow, I’m looking forward to another Jack Welch insane meltdown.

  11. 34 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning, VitaminL! I see you were neck and neck with the first place finisher. Good run! Have a Terrific Thursday! :-)

  12. 35 mtmarilyn
    January 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. That is one great roundup, Chips! You are the tops. Off to work this morning. Will be following Hagel’s hearings here on TOD on my droid. Can’t wait to see how he handles those nut jobs! Have a great day everyone!

  13. 37 99ts
    January 31, 2013 at 9:03 am

    There are some people out there living seriously sad and scared lives – that LaPierre needs bodyguards in the Senate office building says it all. (I couldn’t get the link to Milbank’s article to work above)

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

      That LaPierre story is horrific. He sounds like Al Capone or some other big mafioso boss. Why does he need violent bodyguards around him? If he were the normal leader of a lobbying group in DC, this would not be necessary–in fact it would be regarded as a mark of insanity. LaPierre should be be treated as a respected leader–he’s a crazed loon put in place by greedy gun manufacturers who haven’t the smallest concern for human life. Congress should bar this lunatic from every setting foot in the House or Senate again.

  14. 39 symmetry11
    January 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good morning everyone

  15. 40 desertflower
    January 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

    http://www.prosebeforehos.com/article-of-the-day/01/30/public-debt-not-credit-debt/

    One big part of the well-financed campaign for economic austerity is the contention that the public debt is like a national credit card. If we keep charging on it, the argument goes, we’ll get overwhelmed with interest costs, suffer a reduced standard of living and, pretty soon, go bankrupt.

    As David Walker, a prominent budget hawk and the former head of the billion-dollar Peter G. Peterson Foundation, has contended, “Both Republicans and Democrats in Washington have charged everything to the nation’s credit card, including tax cuts and spending increases, without paying for them.”

    The Peterson Foundation is the leading sponsor of this brand of bogus economics. It is a spurious metaphor on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to begin.

    Most important, this credit-card metaphor is a totally false analogy because, unlike a consumer on a spending spree who later has to pay the piper, government’s borrowing strategy directly affects economic growth. When deficit spending helps increase growth, that, in turn, makes the debt less burdensome. The Federal Reserve also has the power to buy public debt ? a prerogative not available to consumers.

    The U.S. economy has vast productive potential that remains idle in a deep recession. When everyone who wants a job has one, and people use their purchasing power to buy goods and services, the economy is maximizing that potential.

    When the economy is in a prolonged slump, however, there are literally trillions of dollars’ worth of idle people, factories, buildings and purveyors of services.

    The worst slumps typically occur after a financial collapse – true for both 1929 and 2008 – because so much asset value is wiped out. The whole economy goes into a self-reinforcing tailspin.

    The whole thing is here: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/14/why-public-debt-is-not-like-credit-card-debt/

    • January 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Except, everything that President Obama has put forward has actually been paid for. The Republicans, on the other hand, put forward legislation that is not paid for – and then complain about President Obama trying to account for it and pay for it.

  16. 42 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 9:15 am

  17. January 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Do you think if Wayne LaPierre was black or Latino he and his thugs would have gotten away with that man-handling entrance to Congress?

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Nope, meta, they would have been hauled off to jail and barred from any Senate office building.

    • 46 EricFive
      January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Yet LaPierre and his ilk insist on portraying themselves as victims. This white male temper tantrum has to end!!! They openly despise their fellow citizens who had the audacity to elect a black man President twice. They root for (and in many cases actively work toward) the country’s failure. They defy logic and twist themselves into pretzels just to be against anything PBO supports. Hopefully we are witnessing the “birthing pains” of a new and fairer country, a more perfect union. But the behavior of the GOP and its lack of moral bearings should be a cause of concern for every sane, fair minded American. They don’t care about “democracy”, the Constitutiion or this country. All they care about is POWER and the prospect of losing the power they have possessed since the country’s founding is causing many American white males to lose their collective minds.

      • 47 theo67
        January 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        The good thing about this LaPierre visibility is that it’s an indication that we are getting to the very dregs of the Republican party. It can’t be much longer until we hit bottom, and they can start climbing back out of the hole where their most vile, nastiest secrets and demons reside. The whole party has to be exposed to the light, and shown to be clueless and unreasonable and driven by hate. Then, the more reasonable people can reorganize and present the country (and the world) with an actual and worthy opposition party. The current lot have no idea how to govern, how to live in civilized society, how to cooperate with the world, how to value anything worth valuing.

        When I saw the father of one of the Newtown children speaking at the end of Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night, it was heart-wrenching. He said that the rights of these gun nuts come second to the rights of his son to his life. Owning something that is only designed to kill and harm surely has to come way after the rights of people/children to live and prosper? Anyone who can’t see that isn’t human.

  18. January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

    FYI –

    2:00 PM
    Clinton’s final speech as Secretary of State
    Hillary Clinton delivers her last speech as Secretary of State before the Council on Foreign Relations. She will discuss American leadership.

  19. 51 Japa21
    January 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

    GM TODville, home of believers in truth, justice and the American Way. What do we see when we look up? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Super Chips bring another load of goodies for our perusal. So much to digest, so much deserving of comments.

    The first item from the NY Times is particularly important. It talks about fear. This line jumped out at me.

    ” But after years of being out-yelled by strident right-wing ideologues, too many in the Democratic Party still have a case of nerves, afraid of bold action and forthright principles.”

    And it goes beyond just the Dems. It is a pervasive fear on the part of those who want this country to live up to its ideals. A quick story and then a little more expounding on my part. Recently my wife and I were out shopping. Well, she was shopping and I was paying. Anyway, speaking in a normal tone of voice I mentioned to her just how crazy the gun nuts were becoming. She quickly asked me to lower my voice and when I asked why, she said, “Because one of those gun nuts may be listening ad you can’t tell how they might respond.” I wanted to gently laugh at her, but the reality is, many of those gun nuts are dangerous and my mind could visualize one of them following us to our car and starting an altercation. And based upon response to this story when I shared it on another site yesterday, she is not the only person who is afraid of what reactions might be.

    Expounding time. Fear is probably the most powerful emotion any of us can have. Yet, at the same time, fear is also the one thing it is important that we work to overcome. Note, I said overcome, not dismiss or eliminate. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is doing something despite our fear. We have to speak out, we have to organize, we have to make our voices heard by all. The vast majority of this country is with us on the issue of gun control.

    And you know what? The gun nuts know this and they are just as afraid as we are. Except they fear not bodily damage but loss of power, loss of prestige. That is why the act the way they do. They know there time in the sun is about to come to an end if the rest of this country stands up against them. So they lash out in an attempt to intimidate, to make us cower. Pushing back against that is difficult, it is scary and, at times, it might be dangerous. But we owe this country and future generations the effort.

    The people who marched for civil rights in the 60’s were, I am sure, also afraid, but they marched for what was right. Their voices were heard and change happened. And their opponents then were also afraid, and of much the same thing, loss of power and prestige. So their opponents did everything they could to stop the tide. But it didn’t stop. Have we reached a racial Nirvana in this country? No, not yet, and we may never. But Nirvana is not the goal. Progress is the goal. And the same thing applies in the world of gun control, or immigration or gay rights.

    But progress will not be made if we cower in fear. Yesterday we saw a great example of courage, both personal and public. Gabby has every reason to be afraid of how the crazies may react to her comments. She knows she is not the best speaker and I have already read some on the right mock her way of speaking yesterday. But she stood tall. And so must we.

    Expounding over. Sorry for the length. (And I am not proofreading this, so apologize in advance for any typos.)

    • 52 sherijr
      January 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Well said Japa, I agree so much with your comment.

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Good article, Japa. I often find myself succumbing to fear on this issue and it’s an awful emotion–it’s also paralyzing and unproductive. That comment that some on the right made fun of Gabby’s speech has me absolutely livid. When did some people decide to leave the human race and become heartless sadistic ghouls. In a just world, these mockers would be put in a public square and made to hang their heads in shame–preferably while hanging upside down.

      • 54 LB4Obama
        January 31, 2013 at 11:03 am

        There is a psychological theory that there are really only 2 true emotions, LOVE AND FEAR. Every other emotion is based on either love or fear. For example, jealousy = fear, hate = fear, empathy = love, sympathy = love. Take every possible emotion and it comes from either love or fear. The theory postulates that any emotion one experiences is either fear-based or love-based. Period. Oh how true is is! Just apply this theory to our politics of today. GOP = fear, PBO = and operates from a love base!

        • 55 Japa21
          January 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

          Back when I was doing counseling, I focused on anger management. One of the first things I would explain to people is that anger is not a primary emotion. It springs from either pain or fear. The gun nut side is channeling their fear into major anger. We on the other side have not let that happen yet, although we are getting closer.

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thank you, Japa, I like the points you have made. I totally agree ‘progress will not be made if we cower in fear’.

    • January 31, 2013 at 10:10 am

      That’s powerful Japa, and after watching Gabby Giffords yesterday and thinking about her courage, it’s so timely. And she stands out to me because there seem to be so few public figures prepared to show that kind of courage and just, for once, do the right thing. It’s sickening. Too many Democrats are still thinking of their own asses through all this, and just about every Republican still refuses to put people and country ahead of their vested interests. This battle is all about convincing them that doing the right thing IS in their interests, that the majority of people demand it, so, as you said: “We have to speak out, we have to organize, we have to make our voices heard by all. The vast majority of this country is with us on the issue of gun control.”

      • 59 Japa21
        January 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

        I did not get a chance to actually watch Giffords until I got home yesterday and finsihed doing all the things I have to do; get dinner ready, feed the dog, many other little things. My wife got home and we sat down to eat and I pulled up the video. By the time she was done my wife and I just looked at each other, basically in awe of this woman.

    • 60 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Beautifully stated, Japa. I can’t believe that people can mock Gabby Giffords – those people don’t deserve to be listened to by anyone. Your point about the civil rights workers being afraid, but still marching for the right thing is absolutely spot on. These civil rights workers had no protections. Hate was sanctioned in this country, and amplified by law. When Rosa Parks decided she was too tired (literally and figuratively) to move for someone else’s comfort, she was arrested. But, she was right. The same fear intimidated those in South Africa who were under the cruel thumb of Apartheid, but it didn’t stop school children from marching in the streets even under the threat of arrest, torture, death. And they prevailed.

      This is our moment to stand up to these mindless bullies. Another one showed up at a grocery store yesterday with a loaded rifle slung over his shoulder. The police came but no arrest was made, and the police chief applauded his right to openly carry. We can expect more of these intimidation stunts, but we can’t back down. This is not civilized behavior. These people are not police, and they have not been trusted by society to defend the peace. Only a gun nut would march into a public area where children are present and sling a loaded gun over his shoulder to do his shopping – just because he can. And what if one of his fellow gun nuts panics at seeing him, and decides he has to defend the public and shoot the other gun nut, because nobody knows who is the good guy or the bad guy in a scenario like that? I don’t want a gun nut defending me – I want the police to defend me, and I especially want the police to defend me against the gun nuts and vigilantes. That’s their job.

      This thing is likely to get worse before it gets better – it always does when change is involved. But, we have to hold firm and “break the fever”, as President Obama says. We have to.

  20. 61 relellit
    January 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning

    Dark Money Groups Have Ulterior Motives for Opposing Hagel

    The campaign against Sen. Hagel’s nomination is just one more reason why Congress must address the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. Until dark money groups are forced to disclose their donors, the public has no way to know who is influencing members’ votes — or why.

    http://www.citizensforethics.org/blog/entry/dark-money-groups-have-ulterior-motives-for-opposing-hagel

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  21. 62 Bill
    January 31, 2013 at 9:34 am

    It looks as though Senator Cruz (R-TX) will be questioning Senator Hagel. Cruz is quickly becoming the biggest ass in the Senate.

  22. 66 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Excellent roundup this morning Chips, thank you. Good Morning to all TOD.. tuning in to the Hagel hearing now: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Fmr-Sen-Hagel-Testifies-at-Confirmation-Hearing/10737437704-1/

  23. 68 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Inohofe just made this ignornat statement: the misguided policies of the President’s first term. What a dipshit.

  24. 69 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    What are Levin’s priorities?

    • 70 Japa21
      January 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Levin has already said he is satisfied with Hagel. I think he is providing Hagel with a public opportunity to discuss his opinions. Better these questions, which are going to come up anyway, come from a friend rather than an enemy.

  25. 72 Bill
    January 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    With Sam Nunn and John Warner recommending Chuck Hagel nothing else needs to be said.

  26. 73 HZ
    January 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and my TOD Family. Beautiful day on westcoast and grateful to be here. Though my body has pain racing through it, I will not give up. Going to try and watch the hearings.

    (((((((((((((( Everyone, keep looking FORWARD and to the goodness within your hearts. We Will Prevail. Pray for our president also in your meditation moments. Also lift up our TOD members in love and healing for whatever their needs might be. Be gracious and gentle to your spirit and share your kindness with someone today.((()))) Love to all here in my family.HZ

  27. 85 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

    FOR HISPANIC AMERICANS, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT “IMMIGRATION POLICY”

    Hispanic Americans farther out of reach than the GOP realizes.

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Rachel Maddow points out the consistency with which President Obama has maintained his position on immigration policy and wonders if Republicans will eventually balk at courting Hispanic Americans once they realize the extent of their LIBERALISM.

    ———————————————————————————————————

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26315908/#50633692

    • January 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

      It’s is one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever seen in any politician. A consistency that is almost unmatched.

    • 87 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      When I saw Rachel doing this, I was wondering what her intent could be? Is it to point out President Obama’s consistency? Because the way she did it seemed somewhat mocking, to me. Or is her intent to stop Republicans from continuing to cooperate on immigration? As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing positive to be gained by calling attention to the GOP’s low chances of winning over the Hispanic voters – let’s just use their delusion to get stuff done!

  28. 88 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Saw an earlier tweet which reminded of the preposterous scenario of rt. wing Repubs opposing Hagel, a REPUBLICAN vet from Nebraska, for Obama’s cabinet. The key words there are “Obama’s cabinet”.

    • January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Hagel’s going to get confirmed. Maybe not as overwhelming as Kerry but still healthy. The Senate is not going to embarrass one of their own. Grandstand? You bet. Vote him down? Not a chance.

  29. 90 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’m watching/listening to the Chuck Hagel nomination, and just looking at McCain (full disclosure – I CANNOT like that man) and the way he smirks when he’s complimented tells me so much about him. He is so insecure, and so ‘in need’ of attention. After years of being around the senate, and in positions of ‘leadership’, you’d think he would have learned how to accept these comments with humility.

  30. 91 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Former Republican Sen John Warner from Virginia tells new members of the Armed Services Committee of the importance and prestigious undertaking they face. What may give him pause is that today, those same new Republican members would primary him……and win!

  31. 92 Pamela
    January 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    G’day Y’all! :)

  32. 98 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Actually very nice commentary from John Warner.

  33. 99 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

    alright Hagel to speak now.

  34. 100 JER
    January 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

    U.S. stocks are flirting with all-time highs, climbing to levels not seen since before the financial crisis.

    The Dow Jones industrial average is hovering just below 14,000. The S&P 500 recently broke above 1,500 and is inching closer to a new record. Both indexes have risen to their highest levels since October 2007. http://www.money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/investing/stocks-bull-market/

  35. 103 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

    well twitter sucks this morning.

  36. 106 cos
    January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD friends.

  37. 107 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Did Levin just say that the economy is in a shambles??

  38. 108 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Just to be clear, not dissing or anything….but is Blumenthal the designated Dem Senate Spokesperson?…seems as if everytime I switch to MSNBC he is “sneaking” out of the chamber to discuss….

    • 109 Bill
      January 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

      So true. Maybe he needs to purchase some Joe Theismann super beta blocker prostate pills and the cameras catch him.

  39. 110 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    A little light heartedness! “Denver Mayor Michael Hancock paid off his bet after the Denver Broncos lost their playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens by doing Ray Lewis’ pregame squirrel dance.”

    .

    .

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/01/30/denver_mayor_makes_good_on_bet.html#052778a

  40. 111 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 10:55 am

    LOL! It was a matter of time before someone invoked PBO to give a speech about the Twitter problem….

  41. 113 proudmemberofglobalzero
    January 31, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Have been watching CSPAN hearing for Former Senator Chuck Hagel. My question, why do members of the committee quote news paper articles instead of relying on their own knowledge? Never mind, I just answered my own question.

    • 114 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Yup, proud. Their own knowledge is scarce. Newspapers are plentiful. These hearings would be over in 15 minutes if senators relied on their own knowledge.

  42. 115 Rita
    January 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Dear Chips, TOD friends, saw this on the One Million Moms for Gun Control FB page and thought to share here. Please do join the conversation, if you can!

    “ALERT: Virginia residents! Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat rated “A” by the NRA, is holding a Twitter town hall at noon today. Please jump into the conversation stream if you have a Twitter account and tell him you vote on gun safety issues and you hope to see him support common-sense gun violence prevention legislation in the Senate.

    Our federal demands are:
    1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds.
    2) Require background checks for all gun purchasers.
    3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF.

    Please join the conversation at noon by adding your comments to #askwarner and @MarkWarner. If we don’t show up, he’ll think we don’t care. Let’s not give him that excuse!”

    We need to push on this and push hard, wherever and however we can!!

    • 116 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      These “A” rated NRA congresspeople and Senators should be asked to explain just what they had to support to earn their “A” ratings, and if they are proud of those efforts, and what they plan to do to make up to the dead whose blood they have on their hands.

  43. 117 anniebella
    January 31, 2013 at 11:06 am

    McCain is up, I can’t even stand to look at that man.

  44. 123 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Poor ol’ McYouDoneMeWrongHagel is all out of sorts. To which Hagel responds, ‘you’re an idiot, next question’. It’s pitiful to watch, but oh so delicious to see him once again blame Obama for turning his best friend against him.

    • 124 HZ
      January 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Sen. Hagel is a better man than Sen. McCain on this issue. I like that Sen. Hagel said in his response to Sen. Nelson’s question, ” I am not consumed by it.” McCain is so consumed with his anger toward POB and will always be. Shame to go out so ugly and consumed with so much,”I have to be right.”HZ

      • 125 jackiegrumbacher
        January 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        If ever there was a man who needed a lesson on “Knowing when your time is up” it’s John McCain. He could have retired in dignity. Now he will always be remembered as the cranky old man that every one wished would leave and didn’t. .

  45. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Chuck Hagel’s my man. John McShithead asks for a yes or no answer, and Chuck says “it’s a far more complicated issue than that.” Then the shithead keeps going, saying John Lieberman should be up for sainthood and Petraeus and the lot, or something like that. Five minutes in, and I’m totally disgusted with McCain. About my usual limit. Trying not to mute this hearing, so I can check out Hagel’s responses. Wish me luck – I wish us all luck. Now, here’s the calm Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who’ll put everyone to sleep, I’m thinking, thus resting other brains from having to listen to the shit spewing from McCain, who has now substituted a mass of hatred for a brain.

    • 127 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Apologies, Sen. Nelson, for the slight put-down, because your question about Hagel’s Vietnam experience was spot on and a good one. Because he’s a man of integrity, Chuck Hagel is answering it in context with today and our nation’s current and future war interests and decisions and sending men and women into harm’s way, not just to self-aggrandize. Bravo.

      There’s something in the cadence of Hagel’s voice that I can’t stop listening to. Comforting, smart, real. Kind of like President Obama’s voice, in a lesser way.

      • 128 kathryn kivett
        January 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

        agree

      • 129 HZ
        January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

        I am sitting here saying in my spirit, that his cadence is calm, steady, and brilliant. POB saw this when POB came to the Senate.HZ

        • 130 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

          Agree. Unless something happens, he should make it through this hearing just fine. He has a temper, when justified, because he does not suffer fools gladly … I’m on the edge of my seat. Part of me wants him to take ‘em down, but the other part knows he’ll sear their ears with calm brilliance. All of me knows this isn’t theater, it’s real life stuff, so I’m also praying and hoping for the best outcome.

          • 131 jackiegrumbacher
            January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

            Hagel’s had some good training for this. I’ll bet there were some McCain simulators for the practice sessions as well as for some of the other committee bozos. Would love to have been a fly on the wall for those sessions.

            • 132 jacquelineoboomer
              January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

              Plus, Hagel knew what was coming when he first accepted the nomination and before the trial runs. And he had the experience of being on the other side of the table, many times, while in the Senate.

          • 133 Cman
            January 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

            “sear their ears with calm brilliance”

            That’s is very eloquently put. I like.

      • January 31, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Thank you for watching the hearing and commenting – all my good hope goes to Chuck Hagel. He will be excellent in this post. I am feeling confident that he is going to get confirmed. When the nuts are against him, it lets us know how well a job Sen. Hagel would do in this post.

        • 136 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

          Yes, and how good of a choice our President made in nominating him!

          I don’t want to watch, but I figure if Chuck Hagel and others can go to Vietnam and then later serve our country in government, and have no fear of facing the nuts, at least I can support them from afar. And I used to work for the Navy, and know they’ll be in good hands with Hagel.

    • 137 cookemom
      January 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I actually like to hear from good ol’ McWhichWayIsUp. It just reminds me so much of the 2008 campaign season and all the goofydom he took part in, from tiptoeing behind PBO’s back making that gawd awful face, to trying to convince us that he really did like $arah Pay’em, who stole his thunder, to putting his campaign on hold to see about the economy, to getting to the meeting he requested on the economy and the only Republican in the room to say anything was Paulson…and that was on his knees in front of Smash. I love it! Keep talking McWhinyFace.

      • 138 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

        He’s servin’ it up for you, then, cookemom! I’m watching his continuing facial expression, which C-Span seems intent on catching.

        • 139 cookemom
          January 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

          yep, they’re showing the whole world what a nincompoop he is. It isn’t lost on CSPAN that we escaped having this numbnut as prez. He knows he is on TV, and still can’t help himself. The bitter….it burns deep.

          • 140 jacquelineoboomer
            January 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

            Yes, he wants that deadly glare visible to the world as he sees it. It’s all he has going for himself, as far as I’m concerned.

            To me, though, it’s more like FEAR than anything else in his eyes. Fear that somebody’s going to top him, get the best of him, expose him for having no core. AGAIN. It’s why he keeps buddy boys around him, to protect people from finding out he has nothing to offer that’ll hold up. He spouts something and they second it and C-Span covers the smug looks. He even has a different voice and tone and facial expression (from the ol’ unstraight talk express days) he uses when he thinks he’s fooled the cameras or an interviewer. GHASTLY, isn’t it?

            • 141 cookemom
              January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

              For a person like him, it’s worse than ghastly…..it’s inconsequential in the face of indifference to his self appointed statue….the worst possible outcome for an egoistic person with delusions of grandeur. That’s why I enjoy his hrumpflery.

  46. 146 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m liking Chuck Hagel thus far. McCain can suck a lemon however.

  47. 151 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Vietnam “doesn’t consume me” but it is “part of me.” Yes, Chuck Hagel! He does not minimize Vietnam or any war or how it greatly affected him and all the others in harm’s way, and the fact it’s part of him and all the other veterans lucky enough to have come back. But he goes on to say he will never forget it or the mistakes made then by our government, either, as he makes future decisions. Works for me.

    • 152 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Oh, and, McCain learned nothing from Vietnam – it appears to me – that would relate to anyone other than himself and his own feelings of importance and grandeur and self-pity. I cannot see his caring about any other man or woman who has ever served, or any other man or woman who may serve in the future. He’s self-possessed and filled with negative traits, and really needs to remove himself from the national scene.

  48. 160 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Sometimes it’s just plain inspiring to re-read the great Barbara Jordan:

    “[.....] Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: “We, the people.” It’s a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

    “Today I am an inquisitor. An hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemnness that I feel right now. My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.” [.....]

    .
    Her Statement on the Articles of Impeachment for Nixon: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/barbarajordanjudiciarystatement.htm

    • 161 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      There have been some brilliant people in this world, able to articulate so beautiful the meaningful moments in history. Thanks for posting this.

  49. 162 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Why are they going through this again? Hagel will be approved and he will be sworn in as SOD. I don’t even see why a cabinet member has to go through these hearings at all. By accepting a president’s nomination, they are agreeing to carrying out that president’s wishes and representing him on policy. So in my mind, the person to ask the questions of, is the nominating President about his policies for those departments. That to me, is true Advise and Consent, not to mention it eliminates the person who is simply the messenger in all of this.

  50. 177 amk for obama
    January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

  51. 178 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Some of the Sandy Hook kids who’ll be singing at SuperBowl:

    .

  52. 180 anniebella
    January 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Joy Reid is so good at her job. I don’t know why MSNBC doesn’t give her a show.

    • 181 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Ari Melber was really good yesterday, too. But, I always hesitate in wanting the good pundits to get a show, because they get ensnared in the media bias. I prefer them to be able to inject some reason into the debates.

  53. 182 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Although I detest John McCain for his “hate” for PBO, never did I think I would witness such UNPATRIOTIC actions from him…..The distain and disrespect for Hagel, a fellow veteran, just ozzed from every pore of his pasty white body.

    • 183 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

      The rest of the Nation is noticing how small and ugly McCain is. The man is bitter and his rage is within him and in order to feel better, he must impose his rage on someone else. The only people who are still worshiping McCain are DC/NY Journos.

    • 184 HZ
      January 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      They keep referring to Sen. Hagel’s book and I must say it is an excellent book. I got it a week ago and I completely enjoyed it.
      “America: Our Next Chapter. Tough Questions, Straight Answers.”HZ

  54. January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

  55. 188 amk for obama
    January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • 189 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Amk, Hagel made his money; Whereas, McCain left his wife who had disfiguring car accident and married Cindy…..Money….money, money. McCain graduated 4th from the bottom of 986 cadets. Nothing has McCain been able to accomplish than to spout his bitterness on the rest of Us with Sarah Palin.

    • 191 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Well said.

  56. 192 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 11:51 am

    President Obama Super Bowl 2013 interview on CBS at 4:30 p.m. ET

    // Barack Obama has been interviewed every Super Bowl Sunday since he became President of the United States and this year will be no different. Scott Pelley, the anchor of the CBS Evening News, will interview Obama at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 3. on CBS, according to Richard Deitsch.

    Pelley plans to use the majority of the 10- to-15-minute interview to address a number of current issues facing the President and the nation, but will work in at least one question about football. “We will be talking to the President about whatever the current issues of the moment are on that day,” Pelley said. He believes that despite the major focus of the day being the Super Bowl, everyone is interested in hearing the President speak about current events.

    Last year President Obama was interviewed by Today show host Matt Lauer on NBC, and in 2011 he was interviewed by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly. Both interviews drew in near 17 million viewers. //

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/1/31/3936880/obama-super-bowl-interview-2013-pregame-schedule

  57. 195 Vicki
    January 31, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Chuck Hagel is a terrific choice. He will be a strong smart ally and partner to PBO. It’s too bad he has to run this gauntlet and really too bad that John McCain has no other way to get the cameras on him than with his bile.

    • 196 sherijr
      January 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

      What I’m liking about Hagel is that he seems very thoughtful, not a leaper or a reactionary.. but a common sense guy… also completely unruffled, much like ‘no drama Obama’.

  58. 197 Nena20409
    January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That caricature of Lindsey Graham is so typical of the inadequate pri*k.

  59. 198 daisydem
    January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Another great, great Rise and Shine. Oh my, I haven’t even read 1/2 of it, but had to scroll down to say, I liked LOD’s clip on the selection of Mo Cowan … some yesterday were chiding him for his remarks of Patrick having to defend his choice …. and I had not listened to that, but it is obvious now he was being snarky .. he was kidding. How could the governor not listen to him and take his advice, lol! So the clip above is cute, upbeat and now we can look forward to seeing what Patrick (or Cowan) (which one is coming on his show tonight?) has to say! Should be a good show.

    • 199 cookemom
      January 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      i just want to get Mo some glasses that fit. It bothers me that the arms on the frame don’t reach his ears. It’s probably just my OCD kicking in. It’s like a knot in the coiled telephone cord that dangles from the handset (land line phone for you young whipper snappers).

  60. 200 Allison
    January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

  61. 204 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Chuck Hagel is kicking ass. McCain is such a bitter a-hole and won’t let 08 go. Kept questioning Hagel over and over about calling the Iraq war a quagmire and Hagel looked McCain dead in the eye and stood by his words: “Senator, I stand by those words because I made them.” The guy who picked Palin as VP is questioning someone else’s objectivity? Jeff Sessions on the other hand just likes to hear himself speak. Blowhard.

  62. 205 amk for obama
    January 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  63. 210 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I swear I don’t think I’ve ever seen this Wicker character from Mississippi before. Maybe he’s been around for a long time, but he’s a newbie for me. A newbie trying to play “gotcha” with a guy who’s been around the block – the whole neighborhood – his whole life, walking with integrity.

    Love the steely look on Hagel’s face, as he awaits the end of questioning from the bloviators.

  64. January 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Laugh break:

  65. 222 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Makin’ me laugh, because Hagel has a distinct, tempered way of speaking. It’s nuanced. You have to have an actual brain to follow him. Wicker is looking at him like “Say what? Did you answer me?”

  66. January 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  67. 225 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This should be the rallying cry in the gun debate: “The liberty of any one person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life.” (Dave Wheeler whose 6yr. old son, Ben, was killed in the Newtown massacre at a hearing in Ct. yesterday)

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/newtown-residents-debate-guns-conn-lawmakers/story?id=18362461

    • 226 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      This was a very deep statement for him to make, and the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice… He spoke extremely well, but with a still, persistent, determined purpose. This has to happen.

  68. 227 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you Sen Hagan for raising the issue of camp Lejeune water contamination!

  69. 229 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  70. 230 squarepeg
    January 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

  71. 231 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    [It's PBO's fault! Thank you, PBO!]:

    .
    African Americans living in parts of Alabama will get improved access to community-based health services to prevent heart attacks and strokes through a new public, private partnership led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    The Morehouse School of Medicine and HHS awarded $900,000 to the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. to target three counties in Alabama where African Americans face significantly high rates of cardiovascular disease. The National Baptist Convention will build on the strengths of faith-based organizations to connect communities to vital health care resources like hypertension management services, including blood pressure monitoring, free or low-cost medication, and patient counseling and education.

    The Million Hearts Stroke Belt Project is being funded jointly through the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS/OMH).

    “Partnerships that help reduce health disparities and save lives is our priority at HHS,” said J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., deputy assistant secretary for minority health. “This project helps educate and empower people to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.”

    “The Affordable Care Act has made preventive services more accessible to Americans, including those at higher risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Cara V. James Ph.D., CMS/ OMH director.

    .
    More here: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USCMS-69ee8f

  72. 232 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Need more guns. Not enough shootings in U.S. Texas prosecutor shot and killed.

    • 233 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      These shootings have been happening every day for years – we’re just hearing about it now. I’m glad the media is finally doing its job, and I hope they keep at it until something changes for the better.

    • 234 susanne
      January 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      sooooo….. they obviously need more guns in texas?

  73. 235 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Joe Scarborough, ‘If you defend assault weapons, you look like a jackass.”

    By: Jason Easley

    ————————————

    The NRA doesn’t want any laws when it comes to guns. That’s the whole point of their existence. They aren’t defending the average American’s Second Amendment rights. They are a lobbying front for weapons manufacturers. The fewer laws the better. The easier it is to buy a gun, the more profits will grow for the gun industry. That’s is the purpose of what the NRA is doing. While working to make sure that the laws on the books can’t be enforced, the NRA has taken the public stand that the problem is that government isn’t enforcing existing gun laws. What the NRA doesn’t mention is that they are the ones who are lobbying Congress to limit the power to enforce gun laws.
    .
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    The NRA is selling a fearmongering fantasy that is making their membership and the Republican members of Congress who mouth their talking points all look like jackasses.

    —————————————————–

    http://www.politicususa.com/scarborough-assault-weapons-jackass.html

  74. 236 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Yep, as we all suspected – and McCain expected – first clip C-Span repeats of the hearing, during the break, is McCain’s questioning of Hagel.

    • 237 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      The only thing viewers could get from McCain today is to say a silent prayer of thanks that McCain never got to be Secretary of Defense, much less President.

  75. 238 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Yesterday’s shooter, in Phoenix, found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-phoenix-shootingbre90t15o-20130130,0,7080214.story

    • 239 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Not that I want anybody shot, but Geraldo Rivera once said when he found out a gunman had committed suicide after killing others, “Too bad they always get it in the wrong order.”

  76. January 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    as you watch the rethugs puff up their feathers here is a interesting list of they that served and they that didn’t –

    http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html

  77. 241 Obama Grandmama
    January 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Question-
    Does anyone know if on the post at the top about the IRS and Affordable Care Act considering exempting certain classes of individuals from the insurance mandate including Native Americans whether that has to be approved by Congress or it just happens if the departments decide on it?

    • 242 57andfemale
      January 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      It does not. It’s within the purview of the regulations of the government agency. What Congress can try to do — and has done effectively, the bastards — is defund parts of it so it can’t function.

  78. January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    That fool on MSNBC–“There was times Hagel seem ill-prepared to answer the question.”. Red hair reporter…….Kelly ????? Stupid idiot. CLICK!

  79. 249 Bill
    January 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) is in the Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) IQ range.

  80. 251 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Am I too jaded and biased, because I think Chuck Hagel is calmly taking down all of the goofball Republican Senators and their trumped-up, staff-provided questions … they just don’t know it. When they try to pick apart individual reports, with which he’s connected, they have no overall analytical abilities and he does. Simple as that. He needs to come up with not only strategies but also tactics at the Department of Defense. One-liners in a think-tank report don’t give answers in fulfilling that role, as people like the “gentlewoman from Nebraska” seems to think. Those reports are opinions. He will be providing recommendations to the President, based on all opinions on the table, in the same way the President will be making decisions. Hey, lady from Nebraska, as one of your fellow Republicans said about education, “This isn’t rocket surgery,” and do you stand behind that goofball, misplaced one-liner? #WhatAJokeTheyAllAre

    • 252 COS
      January 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      The repugs are asking all of those stupid questions, knowing that they are not going to vote for him anyway.

      • 253 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        Or they will vote for him. Nothing they do has any integrity or truth behind it. It’s all for show, against the choice of President Obama. They can go straight to hell, in my book.

    • 254 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Sounds like this Hagel hearing is the clearest evidence yet that today’s Republican Party isn’t your father’s Republican Party. They once were able to think and feel.

      • 255 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        Neanderthals, although they don’t even believe in any of that “hard core scientific” stuff! Well, they claim that, but they’re not really giving even that much thought.

  81. 256 4morefor44
    January 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    wow, lindsey graham is a total nutjob. he can’t look him in the eye and stop fidgeting. there’s something really wrong with that guy. for real.

    • 257 COS
      January 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      He is showcasing for his teabaggers. I find Grahmn disgusting and vile anytime I see him. I think he is unhappy that he can’t be himself. He is a self hater.

      • 258 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        He is showcasing for his daddy McCain.

          • 260 jacquelineoboomer
            January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

            In my mind, he no longer thinks for himself – he follows McCain’s lead.

            • 261 miss pat
              January 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

              Okay, I see. I was thinking with my dirty mind. I read somewhere that they were very fond of each other. And right away my dirty mind went all over the place. Mr Graham crackers is a lifelong bachelor. Wonder if that’s the reason he is so mean.

              • 262 jacquelineoboomer
                January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

                miss pat – We’ve all heard those rumors, that’s for sure. But I was more leaning to the point that McCain seems to have taken over Graham’s mind – and for some reason, Graham let him.

  82. 263 Allison
    January 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  83. 265 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • 266 COS
      January 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Good response aspirational. So I guess Luke drank the nepotism kool aid.

    • 267 Bill
      January 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      So Luke is no longer a reporter but a pundit now? What a snot nosed brat. He has never done a thing in life on his own.

    • 268 4morefor44
      January 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      yes, good, especially since to any rational person, PRESIDENT obama also won that 1st debate. this whole “he lost the first debate” theme was completely made-up by “the news” and it’s amazing to me they’re still flogging that dead horse. mind-boggling how dense these “news” people like young luke are. wow.

      • 269 anniebella
        January 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        I agree with you 4morefor44. Any time some one can win a debate by lying their freaking behind off, something is wrong. According to the media Romney won the debate because he was more forceful, but it didn’t matter that he lied his butt off.

      • 270 theo67
        January 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        I totally agree with you, 4morefor44! Thanks for saying it. Anyone saying that Lying Romney won a debate by totally disrespecting the American people has a strange set of standards for what kind of integrity a leader and President should exhibit.

    • 271 yardarm756
      January 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      This jerk would be a bitter disappointment to his father, I bet.

      • 272 4morefor44
        January 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        his father is credited as bringing chuck todd the fraud to nbc, despite chuckie being a college drop out (wasn’t even a journalism major before the drop out) and no real background in journalism whatsoever, and voila! he’s now a millionaire “political director” of all of nbc news! timmy russert was grooming the next propagandist, so i’d bet timmy would be ecstatic with luke and where he’s at. they’re continuing the big scam, just as pappy russert did.

        • 273 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

          I have a different opinion of Tim Russert, but I agree on Todd’s buffoonery and Luke’s inexperience.

          • 274 4morefor44
            January 31, 2013 at 2:29 pm

            i honestly haven’t understood why timmy has seemed to get a pass over time. i assume it’s just because of the sympathy from his early death, because he was horrendous as a “journalist” and was a leader in many of the things we all complain about in “the news” to this day.

            • 275 jacquelineoboomer
              January 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

              Just as one example – to this day, I have no idea if Tim was a Democrat or a Republican. Worked for me, then; works for me, now.

              • 276 kathryn kivett
                January 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

                Me too, Jackie O…..watched him every Sunday morning….religiously…..miss him……….never have liked Chuck Todd and very disappointed with “little” Luke….he certainly does not walk in his Father’s footsteps.

              • 277 4morefor44
                January 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

                you can answer that about brian williams, bob schieffer, and so on? I hope you don’t suggest that they are responsible journalists also. as someone who watched russert for years, i can assure you his job was to get republican talking points into the minds of the masses. don’t take my word for it, how about dick cheney’s former communications director who said this in court talking about “selling” the iraq invasion to the public:

                “”I suggested we put the vice president [cheney] on ‘Meet the Press,’ which was a tactic we often used,” Martin testified. “It’s our best format.””

                http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012501951.html

                the ones who try to play reasonable know that can’t be completely off the rails like fox people, otherwise they’d be exposed for what they truly are, so on certain issues that aren’t too important to the power structures, they’ll act responsible to give some fairness cred. but on any big economic, taxes, military issues, they will always, always pump the republicans talking points without scrutiny, while the democrats are portrayed as unreasonable. always.

                and again, why would timmy bring chuck todd in, who was in his low 30s and with zero accomplishment as a journalist, to a very high-paying and powerful position within nbc?!? seems like we all agree now on what chuck todd is there for. chuck fraud, young luke (the poster child for nepotism) are simply carrying on timmy’s work, just as he trained them to do.

    • 278 anniebella
      January 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I have said from the start I never cared for that punk Luke Russert, who only got where he is because of who his father was. To me he is a first class arrogant punk.

    • 279 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  84. 280 4morefor44
    January 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    it’s really disturbing to see hearings such as this, and to see how truly stupid and evil so many of these republicans senators are, and then how much power they have. how they can act all self-rightous toward hagel about past decisions and berate him about past decisions, when they themselves have some of the most horrific decisions and votes in modern history that have been so fantastically wrong, is really, really unnerving to me. these republicans have made ridiculous decisions resulting in the killing of thousands of u.s. troops, and hundreds of thousands of innocent women, children, and men around the middle east, and they behave much like serial killers with no introspection or feeling about this at all, and even get on high horse about those horrible decisions in their pasts. truly creepy people that need to be kicked out of government asap.

    • 281 Lovepolitics2008
      January 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Yep, watching the hearings is tough for the brain and the soul. Watching those republicans express their concern about how the military is weaken, when THEIR PARTY and THEIR LEADER BUSH were the ones who pushed for the war in Iraq, while the USA was already at war in Afghanistan… it’s difficult to stomach.

      On another subject: Senator Cruz, repub from Texas, brought up an old interview of Hagel with Al-Jazeera. And the whole discussion seems to be about the fact that Hagel made the biggest sins: suggesting that Israel did some bad things, and suggesting that the USA sometimes behaves like a bully. Unfortunately, it seems to me that Mr. Hagel was caught by surprise with the presentation of that old Al-Jazeera tape. Cruz also accuses Mr. Hagel of not providing the text of the multiple speeches he gave recently.

      Folks, I’m getting concerned. Senator Cruz may make news with his stunt, and republicans who were willing to vote for Mr. Hagel will get cold feet.

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  87. January 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Rendell rules out serving Obama in Transportation post
    Keith Laing
    01/31/13 10:44 AM ET
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is taking himself out of the running to replace departing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. …

    -/
    Great news!! Can’t stand him anyways…

    • 286 symmetry11
      January 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Somehow I doubt that he was ever in the running.

    • 288 kathryn kivett
      January 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      WHEW!…..best thing he has ever done for his country…saving himself for Hillary’s cabinet as Secretary of Back Stabbing

    • 290 Linda
      January 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      What ? Is he saying he was asked ?

      I find that hard to believe…….

    • January 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Same crap Rendell pulled 2 years ago, nominated himself to replace Ram Emmanuel as COS when it was never in consideration and leveraged it to raise his contract price to b/c a NBC contributer. Doing same crap again, I bet his contract is up, wouldnt surprise me.

    • 292 Allison
      January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Why would President Obama nominate a backstabber to his cabinet? Had not heard Rendell was being considered

    • 293 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Sure, he takes himself out of the running after someone breaks it to him that he’s not on Obama’s short or long lists.

    • 294 COS
      January 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Rendell probably has way to many skeletons in his closet, which he doesn’t want aired to the world, otherwise, he would be jumping to take that job.

    • 296 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      He’s full of Sh^+; he knows darn well, he was NEVER in the running. My President is too smart to have “Fast Eddie” within 100 miles of an appointment. He has barely been invited to the WH these last for years. That’s why he’s always criticizing PBO — you’ll notice that he’s the featured Dem soloist in the “PBO Doesn’t Socialize MEME Choir.” Eddie is po’d that he and Bill aren’t sitting on the Truman balcony, puffing away on cigars, laughing about “good times.”

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  90. 299 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    How is it considered relevant that the surge in Iraq worked or not, when the entire war was a result of known false pretenses? I guess for Pubs, a successful surge, justifies the war itself. They look at the surge as a do over ‘mission accomplished’.

  91. January 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  92. January 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Manchin just voted no on the debt limit increase. West Virginia is the poorest state in the nation and he votes No.
    What an Asshole!


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