180 Responses to “Home”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    July 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Welcome back!

  2. July 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Indeed…welcome home world ambassadors.

  3. July 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I hope they get to enjoy their long weekend at Camp David….. I’m afraid the tragedy in AZ, and the powderkeg in Egypt will interfene.

    • 4 globalcitizenlinda
      July 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      It seems from past events, the First Kids’ birthdays are celebrated at Camp David – read that it allows their friends a chance to come over without much snooping from the press.

      I think PBO will be the one returning early – like he did last year (can’t remember WHY)

      • July 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        He never gets to relax…..EVER. I can’t think of a presidency that had so many domestic/international tragedies/incidents one after another.

        • 6 carolyn
          July 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          I’m so glad that Air Force One is a comfortable plane….good beds, good food….fortunately, they don’t travel economy class like we do on long flights. I read that the President finds Air Force One relaxing, as he can get away from others and be by himself. He enjoys his flights and recharges on them.

          • 7 jacquelineoboomer
            July 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

            Well, we do know they all disembark looking fresh as a daisy. So, yes, their comfort on AF1 does seem secured!

          • 8 vitaminlover
            July 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

            I wonder how much fuel it takes to fill Air Force One up.

        • 9 globalcitizenlinda
          July 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          I don’t know how PBO does it – never gets a chance to breath normally before duty calls.

          It is amazing how hard he works and how seriously he takes ALL challenges (domestic and international) that constantly come his way

  4. 10 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I’m posting this here again…it’s delicious!

    HA! For your consideration:) Jovie…are you here?? Rest easy, my friend. He’s got this:)

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/02/obamas-brilliant-move-deals-blow-gops-2014-hopes.html

    Reply
    182desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    ” Obama is playing chess, while Republicans are stuck on Go Fish.”

  5. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    July 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    welcome home First Family

  6. July 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm
  7. 18 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady 13m
    RT @ClinicEscort: North Carolina #feministarmy is needed in the gallery tomorrow at 9 AM against extreme antichoice #h695 sneak attack.
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  8. 20 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    They look so bright eyed and bushy tailed for that long flight:) Welcome home family!!

    • 21 arapaho415
      July 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Here’s yesterday’s NYT article that Bob Cesca referenced in that “Snowden is a hacker article.”

      And here’s Josh Marshall’s latest question re: Snowden.

      Kurt Eichenwald speculated that Snowden may be bi-polar.

      • July 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        The mindset needed to do something so obviously wrong has to be an internal tangled mess. Snowden’s absolute belief in his righteousness has to come from a troubled mind. He blames Obama for being stateless and accepts no responsibility for the consequences of his actions. He may be brilliant academically but dysfunctional socially and morally.

  9. 23 vcprezofan2
    July 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Thank the Lord for a wonderful trip to different areas of Africa, and for a safe journey back! Thanks too for the inner beauty of the Obamas, who though travel weary can take the time to pause and smile. AND huge thanks for those who traveled with them and served, helped, or worked, doing whatever was required of them. Lord, am I overjoyed that everyone is safely back! Thanks! :grin: :grin:

    • 24 globalcitizenlinda
      July 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      I totally agree with ALL you said!! Thanks to all – you do us proud!

      • 25 vcprezofan2
        July 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Hi GCL. Sometimes I forget the ‘smaller parts’ of the entire operation who work diligently and without mention because that’s the way things are. However I’m buoyed by the certain knowledge that the Obamas treat those who ‘serve’ respectfully. They too do do us proud. :grin:

  10. 26 globalcitizenlinda
    July 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    what happened to First Grandma (Mrs. Robinson) and First Niece? Did they stay in TZ? They are not in the photos

    • 27 Lovepolitics2008
      July 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      They probably exited the plane by another door. Protocol ? Or a decision by the communications team…

  11. July 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    You would get laughed out of Hollywood if you brought a script 1/2 as nuts as this…….I don’t even know what to call it anymore?

  12. July 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I used to be a NFL scout a few years ago……If the background checks used for drafting player were used for guns we would be a safer USA.

  13. 30 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I found it funny that bbc was also looking for hits with its wall to wall coverage (with both positive and negative thrown in) while their own pm’s visit to afghanistan and pakistan were just scrolling one-liners.

  14. 33 CEB
    July 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Malia looks like a female version of her dad in this photo.

    They must all be tired, but they are still able to greet people with smiles and grace.

  15. July 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  16. 35 carolyn
    July 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I’m thinking that this trip to Africa will have long term effects, both in America and in Africa. This has already helped Africa’s position in the world community, and has brought the attention of Americans to Africa. Americans are really woefully ignorant about the continent (or country as Palin thinks). I believe this will spur interest in learning about the continent. President Obama is always talking “partnership” not the patriarchal approach used in the past.
    The President has planted seeds of interest and education on both continents…..ours and Africa. They will germinate and bloom down the months and years. Always the long game.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      You are right. Always the long game. It’s so very impressive!

    • July 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I agree. I think his plan to partner with different countries to increase self reliance is brilliant. His speech was epic in the scope of what he hopes to achieve working together.

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      July 3, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Agreed.

    • 39 Anna
      July 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

      I agree, I learned much from this trip to Africa by PBO and family. I now have a strong interest in learning more about Africa. Thanks to TOD and all who brought pictures and information about the trip. Would know little to nothing about PBO’s trip if Chips and all fellow contributors had not made it possible. A huge thank you to all of you.

  17. July 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I thank God for their safe return. Love them deeply.

  18. 42 criquet
    July 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    If you can, please support venusvs :

  19. July 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm
  20. 44 yardarm756
    July 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm
  21. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Nakamura hasn’t written any offensive tweets since this one (give him time), but I figured I’d give it another go.

    • 56 anniebella
      July 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Powerful, that was Powerful.

      • 57 LDS
        July 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

        Anniebelle, I agree with you. I am so proud of Our POTUS AND FLOTUS. I daily pray for them and thief family.
        My prayers are with President Mandela and the people of Africa. What a powerful video. I am so glad Mrs. Obinson and the girls’ cousin were with them on this trip. I am sure they will never forget this and they are mature enough to comprehend.

    • 58 nathkatun7
      July 3, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Thank you so much LP for sharing this powerful clip of FLOTUS’ narration of her experience visiting the Prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18years. I am so proud of the Obamas. Both POTUS and FLOTUS speak words of wisdom wherever they go. Their mission is to break down barriers and promote human respect and human brotherhood. I wish more people in the United States, and especially those who passionately hate President Obama, would learn a lesson from South Africa.

      • 59 anniebella
        July 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

        nathkatun7, their hatred of that black man won’t allow them to learn any lesson from Mandela. Ghandi, Martin L. King Jr.

        • 60 anniebella
          July 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

          I was watching Lawrence O’Donnell last night and he was talking about how some on the right, starting with that racists,fat head, pain killer addict Limbaugh were upset with Michelle Obama being at that event of Laura Bush yesterday.

  22. July 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I’m on this iPad and I don’t know how to post a link (copy paste isn’t working) but Ashley Judd has just endorse Alison Grimes and the The Party told McConnell to step down because he can’t beat her.

  23. 64 Jenny
    July 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

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  24. 65 Jenny
    July 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    STOP TEXTING ME SNOWDEN— KimJongNumberUn (@KimJongNumberUn) July 3, 2013

  25. 66 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm
  26. 67 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    John Paul II ‘set for sainthood’ with second miracle

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23149489

    smh

  27. 68 amk for obama
    July 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    so morales is stuck in austria and trying to get a new flight path. Shooting off your mouth gets you in trouble.

  28. July 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    so good to see them home

  29. 73 Jovie
    July 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    • July 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Do they not know the Washington’s, Jeffersons, Adams, etc knew they would loose their land and lives if they didn’t win? Nathan Hale gave his life as a spy. Twits.

    • 76 desertflower
      July 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      I got this reply as well….These horrid people are wanting to protest AZ firefighters funerals. Scum

  30. 77 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    The entire THINKING world knows US media is crap.

    Hany Ghoraba ‏@Hanyghoraba 21m
    We Egyptians are fighting a two fronts war First against Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood&the second is the clueless US Media outlets #Egypt
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  31. July 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    IE Peters@iefap1940

    @chucktodd opens his segment by complaining abt a 20 hr flight home-He has no idea how many more competent pple would love his job-what a JA – 02 Jul

    Chuck Todd @chucktodd
    Follow Follow

    @iefap1940 I was not complaining… Simply responding to a Q… Lighten up
    well chucky cheese not too tired to reply!!!

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      He will never admit to anything. Takes no responsibility whatsoever for his own actions and how they affect people. Not the way to grab “ratings” for his awful show, either, by telling a viewer to “lighten up.”

  32. 80 4morefor44
    July 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    i would like to thank julia pierson, director of the secret service, and everyone who works there for doing such a fantastic job as usual. these last couple of weeks must have been extra challenging for them, and they still knocked it outta the park! director pierson is one of the most important people on the planet right now…the entire world needs the obamas.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      July 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

      4more, had I been a bit less wordy I might have been able to give you credit, but I hope you won’t mind too much.

      • 82 4morefor44
        July 3, 2013 at 3:12 am

        oh vc, that is perfect. i’m always amazed by you all who can work the twitter machine to such great effect. forward together!!

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          July 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

          #FORWARD together indeed, 4more! Teamwork is great! You often make such cogent points that I encourage you to try twitter yourself. Sign up is quick, not difficult at all. Come join us and share your great point of view more widely. (In truth I consider twitter **my** own simple contribution to the ‘war’ effort as there is not much else I can do.)

    • 84 globalcitizenlinda
      July 3, 2013 at 7:47 am

      thank you very much for this sentiment

  33. 85 Jovie
    July 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    But…

    • 86 57andfemale
      July 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

      meanwhile, the grown ups in the Obama administration are doing their jobs.

      • 87 Ladyhawke
        July 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

        Awww, And poor widdle Chuckie Todd is feeling cranky and tired because of that very very long plane ride. He must have misplaced his baby binky.

  34. 89 Jessica
    July 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Looking at this picture makes me happy that they are going to Camp David this weekend. It’s nice to see them but they need a break. Apparently the blogs are hating on Sasha over some shorts she wore in Soho last weekend. It makes me sad, she’s 12 and so heavily scrutinized. I feel like the press will pounce once Sasha is 13.

  35. 98 Jovie
    July 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    • July 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Everything he does has a dual or triple purpose. This is the only way he can get round the GOP to keep stimulating the economy..

  36. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I love this response, “Did you reply?”

  37. 102 desertflower
    July 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    night all…been awake since 4:15am when my power went out. Getting tired now:) See everyone tomorrow.

  38. 105 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Off to bed I go! Good night everyone who’s still awake. Sweet Dreams!

    • 106 Mellesia Barnett
      July 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

      good night VC

      • 107 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2013 at 1:47 am

        Stuck my head back in because I finally finished and emailed my overdue tax return just now (phew!) and wanted to see who was running around the village before I actually went TO bed.

        I’m genuinely going to try to sleep, after I read a chapter of my book. That’s guaranteed to make me sleepier.

  39. 108 PamfromCalif
    July 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Chips & TOD Team~ Thank you for the outstanding & wonderful diaries about President Obama’s African Trip.

  40. 109 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:21 am

  41. 111 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:25 am

  42. 112 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

    This one is dedicated to POTUS and FLOTUS

  43. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    July 3, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Goodnight, all!

    • 114 anniebella
      July 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

      I love this tweet by sfpelosi. Republicans stay the hell out of my womb unless I invite you there.

  44. 115 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Now to set this joint on fire. (WARNING: Language)

  45. 116 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2013 at 1:43 am

    FIRST …after the 1st person after #100! :grin:

    • 117 Mellesia Barnett
      July 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

      VC I thought you went to bed

      • 118 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2013 at 1:50 am

        That was the plan, but then I figured I might as well finish the last sections of my income tax so that I could send it off – and I did. :grin: Now I’m off for sure.
        Have a good night if you are working or go to bed soon if you’re not. ;) Caio!

      • 119 theo67
        July 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

        I was about to say the same!

  46. 120 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:46 am

  47. 121 Mellesia Barnett
    July 3, 2013 at 1:49 am

  48. 122 Bill R.
    July 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

    This explains a lot:

  49. 123 theo67
    July 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Funny…

  50. 125 HZ
    July 3, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Good Nite Chips and my TOD family. Just wanted to check in because I have been trying to do some needed paper work all day.

    I send loving comforting hugs to tnmtngirl ((((Love you tnmtngirl)))) HZ

    Lots of healing hugs for our Gobrooklyn. ((((Love you, inspirational sweet spirit.))))

    Thank you Almighty God for delivering our beautiful President and First Family back home safely. Thanks for all of the beautiful service our SS and team did to make this a safe trip for our POTUS, First Family and the entire traveling team. Bless the SS families who make the sacrifice along with our SS team as they do their jobs. Bless the entire team on AF1 and Marine One.

    May others see the beautiful gift that we have been blessed with in our brilliant, humble, caring, compassionate, and hardworking president. This was a beautiful and historic trip. Thanks to Chips, and all of the brilliant contributors here. You all are so amazing.

    We thank you, Mr. President and First Lady Michelle Obama for always sharing the love from our arms to the world’s arms. Get some Rest and Relaxation, Mr. President and First Family. Bless the preparations for Malia’s birthday coming up, and bless us as a nation during our celebration on the 4th.

    Grant loving comfort for the families of the firefighter in AZ who gave their lives in a horrendous way. Comfort, Comfort, Comfort the families. This is so hard to even try to wrap my mind around this precious loss.

    Protect continuously our service men and women all across this nation. We must pray for the winding down of the war and a peaceful return home very soon.
    Everyone, please be gentle and kind with your spirits and keep loving deeds in your heart and hands as you journey on through these times in our nation during this presidency. I love you all very much.HZ

  51. July 3, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Yes We Can

  52. July 3, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Just a little PSA ….

    … time for some rest ….

    #LandslideDEMS2014 (that’s not a speculation, that’s a GOAL worthy of all our efforts)

    Yes We Can

  53. July 3, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Early good morning to any early birds.

  54. 131 lisalovesobama
    July 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

    So, idiot France wants to suspend EU-US trade talks because of Snowdirt’s big mouth…… Um, France? Don’t push your luck. Bunch of ideological nincompoops. :roll: you don’t hear Russia and Germany trying to cut off their noses to spite their faces. Get over it. We spy, you spy. This is the world you live in, fool.

    • July 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I would take this report with a grain of salt. No country is that invested in Snowjob. This is a fairly “old” report by the way – about 4 days now, and questionably sourced. I’ve had issues with even BBC news’ reporting on this lately.

    • 133 globalcitizenlinda
      July 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

      I think Hollande is doing this for the temporary benefit of the home crowd – issue will disappear from headlines soon.

      In the meantime, each country spies in order to get the leg up one friends and foes – we know it, they know it but we have “don’t ask don’t tell”

      • July 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

        Assuming that this story is even true. My distrust of media reports on this particular issue is so strong (and justifiably so) that I don’t believe a single report about Hollande or France – REGARDLESS of the media source – unless I see video footage, or I hear direct spoken words from PBO or a trusted representative like Jay Carney.

  55. 135 LDS
    July 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you Ms. Chips for the trip to Africa and back. Nobody does it like my TOD family here. I am worn out catching up with all the posts, videos, tweets and comments. What a trip! Our POTUS and FLOTUS were loved and they gave love. I will never ever be able to express how much I appreciate all of your hard work, dedication, commitment and sacrifice that goes into making all of this possible for us to share here.
    Thank you.

  56. 136 kathryn kivett
    July 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I really would like to hear opinions/facts about the apparent takeover of states by Right Wing Christian groups…..When did this happen? How did it happen? As you all know, I am from NC….when I was younger, back in the late 50/60s the only extremist Christian groups anyone had heard of were snake handler groups way back in the mountains….basically, the only difference between Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian etc; was the way the services were conducted and who had the best youth groups with the most fun activities…never can I remember any religious group shoving their beliefs down someone’s throat……..Living in NC now, I am beginning to feel as if I am living in the beginning of how it might have been in natzi Germany…”I will force you to believe and OBEY my moral beliefs”………if you think, because you live in an urban progressive area, that your state is immune from this kind of takeover, think again…it’s insidious…never in a million years would I have ever thought it could happen in NC………Women are being forced to live like we did in the 50’s…..Illegal abortions, no birth control pills, education unaffordable, barefooted women in the kitchen, and the only difference for men, VIAGRA….which I notice no one seems to question……and the sad thing is…. Right Wing Christian women seem to be just fine with the way things are going, sometimes leading the cause….such as “Nipplegate”…..

    • 137 Bill
      July 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

      KK, I have had the same question as you as to what has happened to right wing religion which crosses all denominations. The only partial answer I have is that it helps them recruit the ignorant and the haters to their dwindling congregations. However on the positive side, many progressive religious groups seem to be involved in Moral Monday.

      • 138 kathryn kivett
        July 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

        But Bill, how did we get so many ignorant and haters in NC?….My age group would be the parents of these adults doing this….and I can assure you, my adult children don’t think like that……I know this began more than 25 yrs ago b/c I have a stepson who is involved and know he began turning rwnj at least 20/25 yrs ago…Jesse Helms????…because of Civil Rights ?????….but if you look at the Moral Monday pictures…the crowd is very diverse.

        • 139 Bill
          July 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

          I think the ignorant and haters are the people who feel life has passed them by and their horrid form of religion is all they have to make themselves feel they have some sort of worth. $90 million is being cut from public education in NC and it will only keep more people down. We have gone in the wrong direction since the days of Terry Sanford. It is sad.

    • 140 jackiegrumbacher
      July 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

      This is the right wing/GOP plan, Kathryn, and we have to fight with everything in our power to reverse it. We have an election coming in 2014 when much of the NC state legislature is up for re-election. Fight against them with everything in your power and work to get large coalitions to fight with you. Register voters, and call them out in massive numbers to vote. This American Taliban must be reversed or the US won’t have an immigration problem any longer. We will all be emigrating.

  57. 141 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

    snowden saga of around the world in 18 days

    Asylum requests

    Rejected: India, Poland, Brazil

    Considering: Bolivia, Germany, Italy

    Has to be in the country for request to be considered: Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Ecuador

    Unconfirmed: China, France, Venezuela

    Withdrawn: Russia

    Pending: Nicaragua, Cuba

    • July 3, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Why isn’t Green(wald)land on that list? It should be – best place for him!

      • 143 amk for obama
        July 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

        after gigi’s snowjob on him ?

        • July 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

          Boooooooooom!!! :lol:

          • 145 vcprezofan2
            July 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

            :shock: Is this you, Chips Chica? Clocked in at 8am? When was the last time you’ve dropped in regularly before noon ….I mean before nine? Boy, AM I IMPRESSED with that new organizational regime you are experimenting with!

            ::cough:: ::cough:: FRESH START ::cough:: ::clears throat::

            Morning Ms Chips! So good to see you up and about! Sent you a (time sensitive) email and DM in the middle of the night. Please check them out. Thanks.

    • 148 99ts
      July 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

      No way I can believe that Italy/Germany are considering – I don’t know enough about Bolivia to hazard a guess. I’m wondering how he decided who to ask? Countries with direct flights to Russia?

  58. 156 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Two patients have been taken off their HIV drugs after a bone marrow transplant seems to have cleared the virus from their bodies, doctors report.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23132561

  59. 157 dotster3
    July 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Look at the giant “chia” heads which have taken up residency along the Mag Mile in Chicago. It’s a project by Plant Green Ideas, a nonprofit. I like them!

    http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-130702-planter-heads-magnificent-mile-pictures/

  60. 160 dotster3
    July 3, 2013 at 8:34 am
  61. 161 dotster3
    July 3, 2013 at 8:38 am
  62. 163 dotster3
    July 3, 2013 at 8:40 am
  63. July 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Rep. James Clyburn urges national standards in revised Voting Rights Act

    by Perry Bacon Jr. | July 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C,), the man House Democrats have tapped to lead their push for revising the Voting Rights Act after last week’s Supreme Court decision gutted the law’s Section 4, urged the creation of national voting standards that would likely replace the special restrictions for a bloc of Southern states under the current law.

    While not ruling out a new kind of “pre-clearance” system, which had required parts or all of 15 states to get federal approval for changing their voting provisions, Clyburn said Democrats were mostly debating a new provision that would mandate every state abide by certain “minimum standards.” Clyburn said such a law, for example, might require every state have at least nine days of early voting. States could chose to have many more days, but could not have fewer than nine, he said.

    More here:

    http://thegrio.com/2013/07/02/rep-james-clyburn-urges-national-standards-in-revised-voting-rights-act/

  64. 165 desertflower
    July 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Morning! GREAT read from Bob Cesca this morning :) Putting things in perspective…..in a reality based world.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/07/eight-corporate-privacy-violators-that-know-more-about-you-than-the-nsa/

  65. 166 Linda
    July 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Al Jazerra English is currently offline ….their chat room says the military has taken over Egypt ‘s State TV.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/

    • 168 kathryn kivett
      July 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

      see above, DF

      • 169 desertflower
        July 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Yes, I saw your conversation with Bill….funny how they have to sneek this stuff in. If they really thought the people of NC would agree, they wouldn’t need to do this on the sly. They know it’s wrong, and they do it anyway

        • 170 kathryn kivett
          July 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

          Yep, just what we need in NC…..A Sharia law for all those pesky Muslims trying to take over NC and an anti Women Healthcare law combined to take care of another pesky group of sub prime human real estate….wouldn’t be surprised if on the night of July 4th during the fireworks that they didn’t pass the anti voting law to complete their annihilation of the pesky AA and Hispanic groups…..Bless their hearts, they know not what they are unleashing…….

  66. 171 vcprezofan2
    July 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning, everyone! Is it really Wednesday already? I guess I’ll have to go do the lab tests I shirked yesterday, plus pay my overdue insurance – no slacktivism for me today, Maryl…. later! :grin:

    • July 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Sadly, it’s the same thing here, vc. The fun of throwing things out is over, now I have to clean the carpet and ::gasp!:: ORGANIZE stuff and then work out plans for the summer school class I will be teaching next week, and then Dr. appt. I’m afraid I’ll really have to accomplish something before the day is over.

      • 173 vcprezofan2
        July 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

        My heart feels for you, M! :grin: You have summer school on the horizon – you crazy woman! Is it remedial ss or academic advancement ss? I hope it’s the latter. And does it go until school restarts or do you get another couple weeks in between? Ah, Maryl!

        • July 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

          Yes, crazy, but also needing to replace a little of the many salary cuts we have taken over the past couple of years. It is for 6 weeks, half days, Monday through Thursday, so not so bad. It’s supposed to be remedial but with a class size of 20 or so it is more just a try-to-keep-the-skills-fresh kind of thing. I have incoming first and second graders, so really kindergarteners and first graders. So it will be lively :) I do have a high school helper so that will be good. I just have to figure out what I’m going to do!

          • 175 vcprezofan2
            July 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

            Figuring what to do? I’d vote lots of fun, as in learning through ‘fun’ activities; after all it’s their summer too. Are they too young to do math with marbles, pizza slices, bird feathers, fallen leaves, whatever? (kidding) They might even have brilliant suggestions of their own of what they’d like to do, we know great learning can occur within a context of minimum structure. High school helper = +++ IF s/he has initiative and is not one of those who has to be TOLD when to move and when to sit. Good luck!

  67. 176 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

    bbc

    Egyptian army asks all but essential staff to leave state TV building, ahead of deadline for president to respond to ultimatum.

  68. July 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

    The war on voting in a post-VRA world
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 2, 2013 4:18 PM EDT

    In North Carolina, thanks to Republican gains in the 2010 state elections, the congressional district lines already drawn in such a comically gerrymandered way, the state’s delegation bears little resemblance to the actual wishes of voters. In 2012, for example, a majority of North Carolinians voted for Democratic congressional candidates, and yet, only 4 of the state’s 13 members of the U.S. House are Democrats.

    But as the Los Angeles Times reports today, that’s apparently not quite good enough for GOP state policymakers. In a story Rachel has covered on the show, now that the district lines have been gerrymandered to ensure a Republican advantage regardless of voters’ wishes, the next step is to restrict voters’ access to their own democracy.

    More here:

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/02/19254258-the-war-on-voting-in-a-post-vra-world?lite

    • July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Moooooooooorning Rikyrah! I edited that post, only include extracts from posts from other sites, if you paste them all here there’s no need for anyone to visit the other site, which isn’t fair! Thanks Rikyrah.

  69. 180 amk for obama
    July 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet states are colluding in an illegal rendition programme, a new report from Amnesty International has claimed.

    The report says Russia and Ukraine have “stepped up” efforts to return people to Central Asian countries over the past two years.

    That is despite there being European Court of Human Rights rulings blocking the extraditions, according to Amnesty.

    The report says many people have been sent back to torture and unfair trials.

    People from former Soviet countries have been abducted by foreign security forces and forcibly returned to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, according to Amnesty.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23157257

    Great judgment snowden, wikileaks and assange.


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