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Looks like I was hot on your heels again, Carol! Congratulations!
Nice to have you close. Keeps us sharp. I never expected to be in the running today because I’ve been protesting about certain things that bother me to those in power. Just got very lucky, again.
Enjoy your good luck, Carol!
One of the things I was indulging in was kissable lips and you know who was on the list. I’m sure you would like to see them, but how do I share?
By a hair and a prayer, I might be first!
And let the church say Amen!
AMEN, HALLELUJAH, etc.
Brennan’s pretty diplomatic.
Yes, he is. I think he’s doing good. I feel better about him as head of CIA instead of that general.
Yep. I trust him more
TY for listening to those of us who matter @SenCarlLevin – the majority of Americans wp.me/p4HKM-18Wv No more delays on #Hagel Vote.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 07, 2013
Really, Levin is holding the vote when? I’ve already have a few tabs open.
I don’t think the date has been set, yet.
I wish that the people who leak National Security information would pause and think about the lives they may be putting in danger for their five minutes in the spotlight. this is why I’ll never understand those people who fight for Bradley Manning, without any knowledge of the people who may have died as a result of that leaked information.
Amen, Theo. Nothing matters to some people but their own righteous indignation or their own need to inflict damage. They simple do not care what the consequences are for others.
It’s all about the $$$! News org pay big bucks for “scoops”.
Well said, Theo!
Risch trying to pin leaks on DOJ and administration. A-hole.
Mikulski complaining about the changing nature of the CIA. ummm. Lady, the world is changing. The economy is changing, the ways in which we wage war is changing, why the freak shouldn’t the way the agency works change too?
gotta say it: mrs o looks fabulous! love the dress, the pin, her. and her date is pretty cute, too…
Yes, I thought so too.
Woot! Woot! Obama white house of love.
Power couple alert: Obama's deputy chief of staff & Reid's chief of staff are engaged. wapo.st/XoWLPG— Amy Argetsinger (@ReliableSource) February 07, 2013
Not only is Jim Messina a successful campaign manager, but he’s a successful match-maker, too?! Fantastic!
Brennan is such a cutie! Very charming.
Miche talks to People Magazine about music:
Your link goes to page does not exist?
brought over from last thread (talking to myself–lalala)
charles pierce has an opinion on the time magazine cover depicting rubio as a savior:
My money’s on the fact that, sooner or later, Time is going to regret this one bitterly. The scramble in the courtier press to revive the Republican brand because some Republicans are going out of their way to claim that they’re reviving the brand is one of the more unseemly journalistic escapades of recent years. It is all about whether New Slogans will sell. It is all about the careful nurturing of Bright New Stars (see above) or Young Old Favorites (There seems to be a move afoot to rebuild Paul Ryan as the Giant National Figure he was said to be before Willard Romney picked him and Ryan turned into Sarah Palin with barbells.). It is not in anyway about the fact that, young or old, famous or obscure, any Republican is still wedded to extremist ideology on things like the economy and the environment and the rights of women, and that some little head-fake toward common sense on immigration is not going to be enough to achieve liftoff, no matter how much hot air you blow into his image.
Read more: Marco Rubio Time Magazine Cover – This Is Not The Answer, Either – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Cover_Story#ixzz2KFWzbkHj
Mr. John Brennan is schooling Sen. Coats. I love his brilliance and his calmn but firm STFU. I believe in my heart that POB nominated the right man for this position. I have liked and respected his service to the president.
John Brennan is no push over and those who are so foolish to do so in this hearing are misguided. Do these foolish committee people do not realize that we have so many hot spots all over this world and men and women serving in so many of those hots spots right now as we speak.HZ
I guess they are getting ready to run him in 2016. Time is a piece of shit. It has no credibility. Even if he runs in 2016, he wont win. That’s why he wasn’t on Wilma’s ticket in 2012. He’s a liability especially among hispanics, no wonder he immediately jumped on the immigration bandwagon. ass. They are trying to build their own Barack Obama. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to understand that there is and can only be one Barack Obama. People love him and he’s successful because of who he is: a decent, honest, straight forward man. Rubio is none of these. He’s just a republican–with all their idiosyncrasies– with brown skin and a hispanic first and last name. GOP is sadly mistaken if they think he’s ever going to be president of this country, he’d have better luck leading Cuba.
Indeed – we can go back to President Obama’s grammar school days and see the same character and integrity back then that we see today. He’s not a media invention. He’s genuine. That can’t be copied or manufactured.
exactly, but let them try.
Fascinating profile on Alyssa Mastromonaco, Pres. Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff who just got engaged to Sen. Reid’s CoS David Keene. It’s a very interesting read. Pres. Obama really has the best people around him. Their loyalty is commendable.
During Obama’s campaign for president, Mastromonaco was responsible for duties ranging from heading up the search for his vice president (which she calls “the whole cloak and dagger”), to orchestrating the large rallies that were a signature of the campaign, to managing the combination of planes, trains, and automobiles to get the candidate where he needed to be. It’s no wonder the Washington Post called her Obama’s “Ms. Fix-It” and an “improvisational ace.”
Before Obama was a candidate for president, you were on his Senate staff and you traveled together for work. I’m curious what you learned about him on those trips.
I traveled with him for probably about 70 percent of the trips that we did in the fall of 2006. [He] is just the easiest person on the planet to get along with. … We drove five and a half hours in rush-hour traffic up to Providence [Rhode Island], and we stopped at the gas station, and we got Snapple and snacks and magazines. And so the president, then-senator, is reading a book, and I had bought all of my trashy magazines, and I put them inside a TIME magazine. Finally, I thought he was asleep, but he wasn’t. He looked over and said, “Give me that.” And so we were reading Us Weekly together.
How did you end up working for [Obama]?
I met with Barack, and he was just — he’s great. He’s real, he’s interested, he really wanted to do things. … Barack called and offered [the job] to me himself. I was in my apartment in D.C. at the time, and I didn’t even realize 773 was a Chicago area code, so I let [the call] go to voice mail because at the end of the Kerry campaign, so many weird people had my phone number. Then I checked [the message and heard], “Alyssa. It’s Obama. I think that we should do this.” It was so fun. … I started the day after Martin Luther King Day — January 18, 2005.
That was a great article, thanks! LOL @ her wanting to work for someone who would NOT run for president so she worked for then-state senator Barack Obama. Life is funny…
I love that the President joined her in reading trashy “Us Weekly” magazine. He’s just so normal! While being extraordinary!
Brennan is kicking ass. Tells Senators to not believe everything they read in the press because the press often reports news inaccurately or doesn’t cover events accurately or doesn’t provide proper context.
He is terrific.
President Obama (and by extension, we the people) has had the great good fortune of having first-rate people in his inner circle working for the very best for our country. PBO’s astute judgement in hiring them and their intelligence and loyalty in carrying out their extensive duties and responsibilities just simply cannot be overstated.
Well said, meta! From the moment President Obama chose Joe Biden as VP and Hillary Clinton as SoS, I knew he had impeccable judgement in selecting first rate people.
Every time the republicans open their mouths it’s easy to see where they get their news from–Fox, Limbaugh, other RW radio entertainers, and RW blogs. I noticed this during the Hagen confirmation hearing. Listening to their comments/questions was just like listening to Fox. When Romney told the lie that the president had never called the attack on our consulate at Benghazi an act of terror, he deserved to get embarrassed, because that sh*t came right off RW blogs and from Fox News. When he said he’d read that GM was closing its’ Jeep plant in the U.S. and moving those jobs to China, he got that info off a RW blog and ended up being fact-checked by some networks and by GM officials. I knew the jig was up when Romney invited Matt Drudge to join his campaign and ride on the plane with him. It gave him access to one of the major sources of misinformation, which he used, and which made him look like a bigger tool than he already was.
Sen. Udall said to Brennan: “Being Governor of New Jersey is a piece of cake compared to CIA Director.” He then said, no offense to Chris Christie.
Mr. Brennan is surely kicking asses in that room today.HZ
Here is the “Savior”, Sen. Rubio. HZ
Oh Christ. Rubio running his fool mouth. This guy is a piece of work. believing his own hype. Never gonna happen loser. Never gonna be president.
had to turn it off. please god let this dipshit burn through his faux popularity fast, because i cannot stand hearing his smarmy voice.
Right, Lisa. Let him keep talking and this will allow Mr. Brennan will continue to school him. Ribio is no match for John Brennan, for sure. Loving it.
Brennan is making Marco Rubio stutter, sweat, and look foolish. This is bloody fantastic. Holy smokes Brennan is on his A-game.
Yes he is, UT. Marco Rubio is a little one taking his schooling in the face of the entire world. And this is the man these fools want to be POTUS.
He is no match for John Brennan.HZ
You know, HZ, there used to be a time when a junior senator realized his limitations. No such thing for Rubio who, like Paul Ryan, is being imbued by the GOP and the beltway media with qualities he doesn’t possess. Before becoming Romney’s running mate, Ryan would talk a good game and no one would challenge him. After he became the GOP VP nominee, he got fact-checked and his behind was caught lying about everything! I know I’m not supposed to be happy when others fail, but with this bunch of GOPer politicians, I’m loving it and reveling in it, because it is past the time that someone showed them as the liars, hypocrites, and despicable poseurs that they are.
Rubio is only a legend in his own mind and the right wing echo chamber. He’s a complete boob.
Shorter Rubio: "Per TIME Magazine, I am the Republican Savior. Hear me roar!" Shorter Brennan: "Your breath stinks."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 07, 2013
Thank you UT. Great one. HZ
the stupid party talks stupid.
UT, did you know Brennan has a MA from UT, Austin?
No freaking way! AGGHHHHHHHHHH……UT Austin kicks amazing ass! We educate future leaders of the world. Thanks Bill.
You could never tell by his accent.
ROTFLMBO on this one.
Does Rubio want us to invade Tunisia ?
Rubio doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. He’s trying to beef up so he can pull a Barack Obama. Joke’s on that ratfucker. He’s no Barack Obama. Can’t wait from him to fall flat on his face. fucker.
Lisa, can we put this on the “honest news” station to continue to explode their heads?HZ
Does he even know where it is?
Rubio just blew it as presidential material. Sad the way he tried to confront Brennan and got chewed up.
did you see him rambling and bumbling all over the place? he was a complete rube. SMH.
I don’t mean to sound too politically incorrect, but is nothing more than a token. The whole GOP’s diversity wrapped up into one handsome lier. Just my thoughts.
he is a token, but handsome he’s definitely not.
Not to me either.
This is the guy that “SORRY” Speaker of the House choose to give the GOP response to the President’s State of the Union. Rubio. Don’t make me laugh.
Rubio is not ready for prime time and especially not presidential material. He is trying so hard.
Please. Congress gave the President the authority to use drones in 2001 when they passed the Authorization of Military Force Resulation.
It allows the President to use force on any person who os affiliated with Al Quaeda including Americans.
The resolution says:
Section 2 – Authorization For Use of United States Armed Forces
(a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
now collins on the soapbox. this is a test of patience for brennan, nothing more.
Sen. Collins is in another century. Mr. Brennan has a brilliant mind and a very long and cool patience. I have read that he love working for President Obama because POB loves to have the facts before and look at all of the issues into account when weighing in on how to excute CIC orders.
I think Mr. Brennan is a very good person for this job. HZ
It appears that Senator Collins prefers putting our soldiers on the ground and in harms way inside a hostile country that harbors ter.rorists.
I guess they are just collateral damage
House Democrats to unveil gun control plan that resemble Obama's and will include assault weapons ban: apne.ws/WvF6Zc – VW— The Associated Press (@AP) February 07, 2013
Good. Be bold.
Mr. Brennan just gave Sen. Collins a go sit in the corner and LMTCL. HZ
Head of UN inquiry into drone strikes backs John Brennan. Believes the chief architect will rein them in at the CIA. wired.com/dangerroom/201…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 07, 2013
Susan Collins is a hypocrite… Why didn’t she demand the OLC torture memos from Bush ?
I don’t like Susan Collins, I used to respect her but not any more.
The new Republican reality show: No matter how hard pols try, party reinventions R never pretty and hardly ever subtle cnn.com/2013/02/06/opi…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 07, 2013
How the Gun-Control Movement Got Smart: Wayne LaPierre 1x threatened 2 quit NRA if it didnt support background checks theatlantic.com/politics/archi… …— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 07, 2013
Can I just say that Sen. Martin Heinrich, new Dem senator from NM, is crazy handsome?
Cutie, cutie that we can handle on the west coast indeed, meta.HZ
My dear co-conspirator.
((((((((((((((Yes, Yes, I am ))))))))))))))HZ
also, i like the work he did in posing questions, accepting answers, and clearly keeping to the point of demonstrating brennan’s versatility, comprehension, and gravity. in a handsome way.
Yes, yes and of course that’s what I meant. Heh.
That’s my senator!
Above response meant for meta’s comment about Heinrich…
He seems like a really good guy. Congrats!
Steven Chu denies waking up next to solar panel! theonion.com/articles/hungo… He responds to these nefarious allegations http://t.co/zZZOwFvQ— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 07, 2013
So the rain woke me up – because the roof still leaks – and “the man from the insurance” turned up yesterday to “makesafe” the house – the split in the ceiling is now a hole and he couldn’t find the source of the leak – but the rain confirmed this am that it is still leaking.
So I turned on c-span because of Lisa’s great commentary & discover 99% of the talking is by the Senators – they do love the sound of their own voices – but don’t seem to want to listen to the nominee
Fantastic interview. Kerry Washington covers Scandal (the show), politics, her work for Pres. Obama on the campaign trail and in the white house, her activism, her ongoing work to reduce violence against women and get pro-female rights laws passed. She’s an amazing person.
Sen. Feinstein did a great job of showing who the “American” Al Awalaki really was. Tied to Xmas bomber, Times Square bomber and on and on.
Basically a STFU to the whiners.
she did. so much of what’s going on here is grandstanding for the cameras and the folks back home. she used that opportunity to clarify the president’s decision, in a way that was much needed.
Republicans always try to score political points but never know the specifics of anything. All they do is create and push talking points that do nothing. I read an article in Reuters today that lays out the facts and notes that when the republicans critique the president, they’re critiquing themselves. NO republican should have anything to say when economic news is negative because none of them have lifted finger to help PBO create jobs or economic growth. Republicans are very angry that the president’s popularity has increased and that a majority of us prefer democrats’ solutions to our problems than the republicans’ non-solutions. Priebus is in my state (GA) today talking to black politicians. He doesn’t know it, but this is a waste of his time. The GOP tore its’ butt with us and other minorities when its’ politicians began their scorched earth policy against President Obama. We’re not about to forgive them just because Priebus goes to different states to talk with minority politicians.
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This year, our nation commemorates two important events: the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington.
In an exhibition that runs until September 15, the Smithsonian explores the accomplishments and limitations of these two events and their impact on American history. You can view the exhibition online or visit the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Wyden keeps emphasizing how important congressional oversight is. This makes me think that he doesn’t actually know in how little esteem Americans (and the world) think of Congress and the value of their oversight, when the body is populated by grandstanders and imbeciles.
Serious congressional oversight requires serious lawmakers, something that is sorely missing in Congress at this time. Plus, many of them have such big, attention-seeking egos, that they’re wiling to reveal national security secrets if it will advance their careers. Issa and Chaffetz revealed national security secrets in their Benghazi “investigation” and no one in the MSM asked them anything about it. If it had been a dem or someone in the WH who had done this, the MSM would still be writing articles about it.
They wouldn’t just be writing articles about it. There’d be a CNN special to examine the root cause and analyze whether heads should roll. Not sure how they think a group of people which includes some people with questionable and possibly criminal backgrounds can provide oversight to a group of stellar individuals who have exhibited a high standard of the spirit of service.
Oh God. Ron Wyden. That fucker. Does he have a lisp? He sounds like Elmer Fudd.
I do not like Sen. Wyden’s attitude. Mr. Brennan has shown great respect, poise in answering questions, and still stay on subject of his material. Wyden whines when he has a corn cobb in the wrong place. He is not happy with POB and he will try to drag all this crap out in open session of Brennan. He and Sen. Collins just gave me two more meds., my choice. However, I have no fear that Mr. Brennan will not be confirmed.HZ
I hope I’m not the only one who finds Sessions’ appearance at the NPB offensive. He is a poor rep for Jesus, imo, because I can’t think of anyone who is more of a poor example of the things Jesus represents.
The group that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast is severely right wing.
So, from the Twitterz I see Ron Wyden is making an ass of himself.
and a half. He’s a complete psycho.
I don’t know what his deal is because, honestly, I tuned him out because of his grandstanding during the healthcare debate, but wow, he is coming off like a PL concern troll. Like maybe he should have a gig on MSNBC or something.
I already have issues with MSNBC at times when they have certain people filling in as hosts and when they have certain guests on. If Wyden pops up on MSNBC too often, they’ll lose me completely.
Richard Burr (R-NC) makes a waterboarding joke. Because waterboarding is so damn funny and Ron Wyden (D-OR) seems to think if we tell terrorists to surrender they’ll just surrender. Yeah….because OBL and Al-Awlaki were just nice like that.
Where was Collins when “W” got his Director of the CIA? These people are clowns. But Mr. Brennan is putting his answer on the record for Ms. Collins and the world. Blessings to Mr. Brennan. He has served this nation well, and I believe that he will serve his mother, father, wife, children, and this president with truth, dignity, and honesty and in tune with the way we must look at this world today. HZ
ut, how about that question or comment by Ron Wyden. That was just plain stupid. So we should have went to Al-Awlaki and asked him if he want to surrender. If Al-Awlaki gave a dam about America he would have never join a terrorists group who want to destroy America.
Wyden is Russ Feingold, Jr. This purity gets on my nerves.
Susan Collins – two observations:
1. By gossiping with members of the CIA, she’s illustrating that the GOP are the ones who encourage leaks. How can you publicize that there’s someone she’s been gossiping with in the CIA, who is undermining the incoming CIA Director.
2. The fact that the GOP and other Congress people have two-faces, doesn’t mean everyone else does. Serving the President should not be different from being the CIA leader. Since the CIA director serves at the pleasure of the President, he should execute the President’s orders (after giving his best advice, of course). It’s a stupid question to ask which Brennan will show up. It should be the same person serving the Office of the President and the CIA organization.
Thank you, theo67.HZ
She embarrassed herself .
I like the photos of her and the three amigos visiting Gaddaffi.
This is my first real experience listening to John Brennan speak extemporaneously and he is a staggering intellect. WOW, just a phenomenal person of great mind, honesty and humility. Thank goodness he is so dedicated to public service. BRAVO, Mr. President.
And what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall during a conversation between Brennan and PBO, the smartest men in the room.
Senators Rockefeller and Feinstein both said he was the most forthright person ever appearing before them.
That is why the GOPers are having a hell of a time dealing with him. He’s smarter than they are and knows what he’s talking about. We must remember, these are the same people who complained, not about the content in the healthcare reform bill, but about the number of pages it has.
He was clearly the smartest man in the room. Just head and shoulders above all the rest. He deserves to aspire to whatever office he wishes.
I’m embarrassed by my senator from Oregon:
Jeez @RonWyden Don't be such an embarrassment to Oregon. Send lawyers in to talk AlQaeda into surrender, read them their rights?? @ORDems— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) February 07, 2013
What a joke Wyden is.
Will he be the one who is willing to approach them? I doubt it. Trying to talk the Taliban into surrendering is like trying to convince republicans that facts are important.
yeah, and then, after you’ve risked the lives of dedicated americans in service to the nation, and the terrorist predictably says fuck your stupid offer of surrender, then we’re supposed to advance a mission to take them out? who does wyden think we’re dealing with here? his teenage neighbor, who he allowed to confess to driving on the flower bed?
Bill R, I went to school in oregon for six years. I always loved the idealism as well as the down to earth common sense of Oregonians. Oregon always elected very sensible members of Congress, including Republicans. I am surprised that your Sen. Wyden is the one who is coming across as someone who has no basic common sense.
This is SWEET:
#SecKerry met with @MassGovernor Deval Patrick this morning @StateDept flic.kr/p/dT69a9— (@StateDept) February 07, 2013
is that Mrs. Patrick.
No. Maybe it’s a staffer.
Bill above jogged my memory about the rt. wing conservative Christian group who organizes the Prayer Breakfast—-a creepy and controversial org. called “The Family.” I see that the independent ethics org. in D.C., CREW, Citizens for Ethics and Responsiblity, have asked President Obama and members of Congress to no longer attend the prayer breakfast because of the secretive and intolerant practices of The Family. It has a real whackadoodle history and connections. The whole thing should be cancelled. It’s an obligation whose time has elapsed.
Not to mention that it can be interpreted as a violation of the first amendment’s establishment of religion clause.
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