I so amuse myself. Even if I put my whole brain toward it, every time I see that “Leave a comment,” the only word I can think of is “Whoa.”
Whoa! Me like dem steps you made through the door!
ha, ha. when I see it, all I can think of is yo. you got me by two letters.
Never thought of yo!!! Dang. Would have saved myself a couple of fast heartbeats.
Utal, is that you up there?
O, it’s JO’B. Nice stepping there, lady!
Hey, we’re co-sharin’ the #1 spot, VC. Yeehaw!
As in not very, WTG, JO’B!
Close is close!
So glad you’ll be all settled in for the holiday, MightyPamela! And even the winter solstice. But I bet nobody’s happier than you are, about it!
Guarantee no one is happier than I and my dear delightful kitty!!
Almost! Would have waited for you though if I had noticed you coming.
I knew I was running a bit behind, these pesky emails just keep piling up in my inbox, making it hard for a new post to raise it’s pretty head!!
Well, I devised a system where anyone who wants me to pick up their email on their time frame, vs on mine, have to phone. Generally they start the call with ‘Did you get my email?’
So nice to see the photo of Mrs. Obama with “the bangs,” in Joe Madison’s backdrop.
Yup and congrats on first!
Thanks! It’s a banner day!
Congratulations to *whoa* J’OB, VC & MP
That is much of you, GGail, I was nowhere as fast as the others! Followed their trail of magic dust!
Thank you Chipsticks and to Collegekay for providing this interview. My company’s web security says Joe Madison is a radical site – HA!
Thanks for the interviews, CK, UT and Chips.
Now that I’ve gone to the top of the thread, I can see that UT is the poster. Thank you UT!
No problem y’all. Now that’s funny.
@SenatorReid We have one #CommanderinChief in our President @BarackObama Don't undermine Peace with #Iran No more War. Sanctions on hold!— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) December 19, 2013
Senator Menendez’s weaknesses are why I have contended that from the start, PBO wanted John Kerry to be SOS, but knew that in his first term he needed Kerry as chair of the Foreign Relations Comm. He would never have gotten the START treaty through if Menendez had been chair. Kerry knew this, and I’m sure the two of them talked about it. We know now that SOS Kerry was doing diplomatic work for the admin sub rosa…and there’ve been pictures of him, now, from four years ago, with the foreign policy makers.
Menendez does not see the big picture, the long game at all. sad. Now Reid has to deal with M’s ego and power trip.
It’s so frustrating. All this posturing does absolutely nothing to further mankind in general, or any American, specifically. If they’ve got objections, then they should air them and offer viable alternatives – that’s the mandate of their jobs. Instead, they just obstruct the only ideas that are on the table – for very complex problems. Worthless.
Carolyn, your comments jumped off of the screen for me. I have been discussing this same point with a friend who thinks so way out in a field that I do not even want to get into. I have felt that Sen. Menendez is a very weak Chairman for the Foreign Relations Committee. I do not like his laid back attitude, and I surely cannot stand his attitude towards President Obama.
I know junior senator, Cory Booker will not be tripped up by his senior Senator Menendez. Sen. Booker is smarter than that. I know that SOS Kerry has a great respect for those on the Foreign Relations Committee, but he is very mindful of how he deals with them when he is expected to report to them. SOS has a great respect for President Obama and I do believe that he is the right chose for this time.
Thanks Carolyn and theo67 for your thoughts on this. I was trying to find a space within my space to put forth forgiveness for my feelings towards Chairman Menendez. It is like he does not care. TY for an inspirational moment. HZ
Also, follow the $!
This is what I’m thinking as well, Layla. Someone must be paying for this odd and un-called for weakness.
Carolyn, I appreciate your comment and your insights! You make tons of sense. Sen Menendez would have been a disaster as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during President Obama’s first term. I must confess that I know very little about Sen. Menendez! I was, however, surprised that he became the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee despite the fact that he has served less than two terms in the Senate. From what I’ve seen of him, I am not terribly impressed. Why in the world is Sen. Menendez hell bent on undermining the preliminary Iran deal which has the potential of peacefully resolving Iran’s nuclear issue?
We love our FLOTUS!! Thanks for posting this interview.
No problemo, UT.
I love the way Mrs. Obama connects these issues with her own life.
She really cares. You can feel it!! Thank you for providing the link to the video
Thank you UT for posting it on the FP!!
When we're hungry it's not the same way kids on food stamps are hungry. Kids are 45% of SNAP recipients: http://t.co/2iUlxTS272— ProgressiveHelp PhD (@CallOut4) July 21, 2013
@PRyan Gonna re-wash clean pots at the food kitchen this year, or was that just for show in 2012? Gonna feed the hungry? clothe the poor?— (@JOBoomr) December 19, 2013
“CAN’T WAIT” for him to pop-up in clips of the absurd, white-wash willard movie that I won’t watch. I’d sooner grab a white-hot pair of pliers with my bare hand and gouge my own eye out. No doubt eddie-paul munster’s appearances will be heavily edited to make him look NOT like the privileged, wormy, vacuous little prick that he is.
Oh. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Yes, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
And I laughed out loud at what you wrote! I felt yer pain!!! Eek.
Thanks for this tweet, JOB! P Ryan and other GOPs are truly heartless!
Thanks, nath. And, yes, I’m waiting to hear back whether Ryan thinks his mother on Social Security should “sweep floors” for her benefits! Despicable them.
I see VC accompanied Jacqueline through the door
No matter what day one happened to check in via CSPAN, since 20 Jan 2009 the display of brutal indifference to the plight of Americans – from soldiers in combat, to vets, to the unemployed, to students, to women and girls, to our environment, to EVERYTHING – displayed by Republicans will be seen as one of the most damaging acts every perpetrated.
@OFA @DSCC @DCCC It's all in the CSPAN archives. Since 20Jan09 a trove of evidence of @GOP intentionally harming Americans to damage #POTUS.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 19, 2013
It is for each of us to use the evidence in every way possible to motivate every eligible voter to #VoteDEM in 2014 and 2016.
Yes We Can
It will fail, but the thought of voting to not approve the Defense Programs Bill should be an event no Republican is ever allowed to escape.
@SenatorReid Now @GOP, vote to kill the Defense Program Bill. No external agent has ever been more harmful >> Their legacy since 20Jan09.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 19, 2013
GOP, since 1/20/2009, has made their hatred of Obama more important than doing what is right for American people. If not treason, it's close— john miller (@deaconmill) December 19, 2013
@SenateDems protect America from the radical @GOP by blocking their effort to KILL the Defense Programs Bill cc @VP @SenatorReid @Pfeiffer44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 19, 2013
Raise your hand if you didn’t know that Brian Boitano was gay. I’m happy he made the announcement if that’s what made him happy.
I would really like to get to where it’s none of my business what your orientation is except whether you are a good person or not!
Hell, I thought he had come out long ago.
I agree but also think the more people come out the more people will come out, to the point where it will no longer matter.
I knew it years ago. This is not new. But I’m glad he’s making it public again.
Gail, I think his primary reason for doing it was to stick it to Putin & lend public support to LGBT Russians. BTW, until I saw that PBO had selected him I didn’t know who the fella is as I’m not a sports spectator & hardly ever glance at sports news
Oh Bob, you’re forgiven for not knowing who Brian is –
And I get that it’s sweet timing, given that he’s selected to represent us. I just wish…
Gail, should have also noted that I totally concur with “… it’s none of my business what your orientation is except whether you are a good person or not!” !!!
Did Boitano come out as gay? Good for him. Hope he came out earlier to his friends and family.
I thought he had come out years ago (don’t need gaydar for lots of celebs) and almost included that in one of my comments a couple of days ago, but thought better of it…
His father was a Vice President at the company I worked for at the time, so Boitano was a big deal then. Loved the competition of the “two Brians” (Boitano and Orser) back then, loved Orser’s routine to TMBG’s Constantinople.
I so agree with you, GGail. I’m so tired of this focus on people’s sexual orientation. I don’t care. If they are perverts, like pedophiles, charge them, otherwise, get out of their sexual lives.
"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." – Edmund Burke— Irish Quote (@IrishQuote) December 19, 2013
Senate Defeats Attempt to Table (kill) 2014 Defense Programs Bill. Yes/ 45 No/55.HZ
Bobfr, I am so slow, cannot see, and just plainly missed your tweet. Please forgive me for posting again. A senior pass, please.HZ
Please, dear HZ, no need to apologize!!!! And, you provided the actual vote count, which I didn’t. Thank you.
(((((((((((((( TY, our Champion of Twitter))))))))))))). I was watching it live on C-SPAN and so I just started typing. Our TOD family is so right on the issues that we seem to run in the same trend of thinking. I love my TOD brilliant minds on this beautiful site. Thank you, Bobfr for all of the great work that you do all of the time. We are so blessed to be in your presence. HZ
WASHINGTON — In a remarkable rebuke to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), 10 other Senate committee chairs are circulating a joint letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, urging him to reject an effort by Menendez to tighten sanctions on Iran and warning that his bill could disrupt ongoing nuclear negotiations.
The senators write in their letter that “at this time, as negotiations are ongoing, we believe that new sanctions would play into the hands of those in Iran who are most eager to see the negotiations fail.”
Earlier Thursday, a senior White House official had accused Menendez of undermining the negotiations.
The 10 senators who signed the letter are Banking Committee Chair Tim Johnson (S.D.), Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (Mich.), Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Commerce Committee Chair John Rockefeller (W.Va.), Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (Calif.)., Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chair Thomas Carper (Del.), Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin (Iowa).
Yet Menendez is not alone in his call for tougher sanctions: Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are also backing it.
Table your ego, @SenatorMenendez & stop interfering with the valiant efforts of #POTUS & @JohnKerry to avoid war with Iran. cc @SenatorReid— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 19, 2013
That’s why we as Democrats can’t have nice things; this guy is a panderer of the worst kind. Surely New Jersey has more pressing issues, oh I don’t know, maybe Senator Menendez can investigate New Jersey’s Governor for closing a major highway that connects New Jersey and New York all because his ass wasn’t sufficiently kissed.
Thanks for this tweet Bob. This is why PBO could not have John Kerry as SOS first term…..he knew the kind of shenanigans Menendez would pull. Kerry knew it too.
This just gives more support to my position about the SOS first term that I posited a few weeks ago here. to recap…..PBO knew Menendez was weak and he needed Kerry as chair of foreign relations committee; he also knew HRC could give trouble in the Senate; he talked this over with Kerry, and Kerry knew his mind also…..so, Kerry was a good Senator and chair and PBO used him sub rosa in international dealings………now Kerry is a smashing SOS!
Right on point, Carolyn.HZ
Totally agree with you, Carolyn!
Just saw Fox News Alert : ” Several Top Democrats Break with PBO over Iran Sanctions ”
Fox math : Several = 2
Well, it occurs to me that this may not come up for a vote. Pretty sure there are 40 Dems who could vote against cloture, if it came to that.
Doubt if Senator Reid would even allow it to come to a vote.
J Street Strongly Opposes Introduction of Senate Iran Sanctions Bill bit.ly/1bTzaf7— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) December 19, 2013
No kidding. Huh?
No surprise ….
Video: White House @PressSec on new Iran sanctions: "If it were to pass, the president will veto it": bit.ly/1gJ13i4 #obama #Iran— Saeed Kamali Dehghan (@SaeedKD) December 19, 2013
And, State Dept., adamantly against any legislation on sanctions at this time.
Just walked in, gturned on my local news and one of the first reports was how “by large percentage, people believe big government is the most pressing concern for our country.” Went on to say that “big government” is always a big concern but this is the largest number ever. I was so furious, I didn’t even catch what the number was. Wanted to throw something at the TV………..Sigh………..
Get yourself some foam shoes honey and go at it! Now remember their sample may be 100 rednecks.
Good idea, Layla. This Lala needs to listen to the other Layla.
Give it up for all the Lala’s/Layla’s!!!!!
I remember how well the RW defended free speech rights of The Dixie Chicks, MoveOn and Martin Bashir. Oh, that's right…they did opposite.— john miller (@deaconmill) December 19, 2013
Full disclosure. I watch Duck Dynasty and really enjoy it. There is a part of me that thinks the family patriarch should not have been suspended, just like I don’t believe Bashir should have been suspended, MoveOn censured by Congress or The Dixie Chicks ostracized.
Obviously, I don’t agree with anything he said, but I really wonder if we, as a nation, have gone too far at times. We can end up giving too much credibility to certain things when all we do is condemn and punish. Have to do more thinking on this one.
I’m with you, japa.
Firing people over their comments is an abridgment of 1st amendment rights.
People are entitled to their opinions, and to air them publicly, regardless of whether you or I disagree.
Threatening people or groups cannot be condoned, but expressing opinions is valid. BTW I don’t know what this guy said (don’t know who he is, don’t know who or what Duck Dynasty is) but know he expressed negative opinions about gays. That’s his opinion, so let it be.
Ceiling in London Theater Collapsed on Audience?
Just In……wow. I hope that no is seriously hurt.
LIVE NOW: Apollo theater balcony collapse, London – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
Sad especially before Xmas.
UPDATE: 30 people injured after a balcony collapse in the #Apollo theatre in London's West End. Details @thetodayshow http://t.co/8ahzM0qxeQ— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) December 19, 2013
Got me thinking. So many auditoriums get so much wear and tear during the holidays. with dozens of performances. stomping feet, and crowded aisles. And in a place like London, I bet there’s a lot of really, really old theaters that don’t get the maintenance they should or don’t get replaced as often as they should. In the States, the very old theaters have become museums or have been practically gutted and modernized. But in a place where really old means 300 years plus, I can see how a more regular theater may be simply patched together over and over.
And, I believe, a good many people want to keep all of the old structures going, maybe long past their prime, including Prince Charles. I’m not blaming him, but structural integrity checks might get lost in the mix, sometimes.
I live in an old school that was modernized. But being in the States, we added a new roof and other things to stabilize it. Not to mention the advantage of it being abandoned for decades was that we had to use all new wiring, plumbing and et cetera. And a residence has far less stress than a school would on its quietest day, so the modernization will hold pretty well. So there’s no danger of collapse of the roof or anything else for a very long time.
Love that you live in an old school that was modernized! That would be what I would have liked to have done at some point (live in a similar old building), although I’ve resided in some good spots over the years, so I’m not complaining.
I agree. Some things may need to be gutted, like the White House was, or even replaced due to the materials that wer used in the original building. Two centuries of termites and wood rot may rerquire it. Or materials like abestos and lead need to remediated for obvious reasons. That brings up a little tidbit: during the September 11th burning of the Pentagon, it was found that the roof was difficult to put out because it was made of horsehair used for insulation. Of course, it was outdated, but still nobody ever had thought of replacing that roof with something more fitting, secure and energy-saving.
Probably because “MILCON.” Over the years, the military construction budgets (for ashore buildings) were all pulled back. That’s a lot of years not to pay attention to such an important building as The Pentagon (it’s like an indoor city within those walls, if you haven’t been inside), of course, and – unfortunately – a big chunk of it was totally re-done after Sept. 11 when the airplane hit.
I love the old buildings – and some in London are 1000 years old – something we can never see in the US or Australia. Often they are amazingly well built (have to be to last so long). We have had instances in my city where balconies less than 50 years old have collapsed – usually when crowded with people – and cheap builders not going the extra step are discovered.
And then I see the Apollo was built in 1901 – so in European/UK times – not so very old – and it wasn’t a balcony collapse – it was the roof – so it may not have been so well built – nor well maintained.
I’ve found that most old structures in the UK are well maintained – perhaps it is more likely to be the government ones than those in private ownership – food for thought for those who complain of the “restrictions” of local government rules and regulations related to building.
So true. You are right – a building built in 1901 isn’t that old for the UK, comparatively speaking!
Trey Radel leaves Rehab center? Already?
Robert Bruce Ford is still at his Dancing Reggae gig?
So Brian Boitano, a day or two after he was selected by POTUS as part of the SOCHI Winter Olympic Delegation, he comes out as what We all knew already? That he is Gay? Hmm?
I’m not surprised at this. However there was a time not that long ago that a male performer needed to at least be discreet so that he could get advertising dollars, and before that as a figure skater, jobs and support. There was a pressure for skaters to be “All American” or seemingly innocent. An out gay skater would have risked forfeiting medals and much more to really come out. Thankfully, times have changed, and Johnny Weir and Brian Boitano can be true to themselves.
And don’t forget, he was at his Olympic best during the height of the scourge of AIDS.
One of my best friends in high school, a guy popular with all the pretty girls, announced he was gay the summer after we graduated. He, along with several of my co-workers died of that awful disease 20 plus years ago.
So there was a definite stigma against AIDS, and sadly by extension, against gays.
And a Brian Boitano who needed to pay back skating debt and to make a living as a pro-may have not wanted to come out public in such an atmosphere. He could live openly, but as long as he didn’t say so, he could be like Liberace and make a living being ambiquous. Fortunately, society matured enough so he could be open now as soon as he turned pro, and maybe once the Russians grow up, even as a competitor.
But what is really needed in figure skating is a gay female coming out as well.
Top story: Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants ow.ly/rVrW7 #Catholic #Rome #gifts— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) December 19, 2013
Socialist!!!!! What about the bootstraps…..
Exactly. He’ll never learn!
So this Robertson from the Duck Dynasty has a Bi-racial adopted grandson. I bet he would say that he loves his grandson. Yet he spouts wicked ugly bat poop about people of color and Gay people? Wow. Now the right want forgiveness? They called for Bashir to be fired. But when it comes to the Rightie spouting nonsense, then forgiveness and Freedom of speech are scream out loudly by them?
A disgusting piece of trash! Sorry japa!
But these are Barbara Walters fascinating people.
I’ve never watch Duck Dynasty, nor do I care too. Just like I’ve never watch Honey Boo-Boo. It’s just not my cup of tea.
TMZ has now a Video in 2010 with more gay bashing by the same Phil Robertson.
Limbaugh mocked that the Police PC group will Cook Roberston’s goose.
GOP wants to kill defense bill. Huh?
Two Dem senators looking to sabotage peace with Iran. HUh?
Common sense, good judgement, care and concern for the people of the USA and World TIME TO STEP UP.
Jay “Clark Kent” Carney WH presser on 12-19-13 with Economic WH expert
I don’t know if anybody else covered this but 2 more people have been released from Guantanamo. This time to Sudan. That makes 6 men released in the last few days.
number now is 158. It was over 250 when POTUS started his first term.
If the releases continue, however slowly, surely it will be a comfort to those still incarcerated.
I’d like to see all the 86 prisoners who were cleared for release several years ago on their way to freedom ASAP. If PBO can do this I am sure he will. Another reason to hate the GOP.
In the last thread or so. But Vicki it is worthy news to be repeated over and over again.
I am surprised there has been no freak out in the media or in Congress…..
Congress gave The Obama ADM a more favorable bill these past months where the ADM could slowly start sending some of the detainees back.
Thank you so much, Vicki. So glad to see the changes needed.
Does anyone know if the Senate is voting on nominees today ? They seem to be just wasting time giving general speeches for hours.
Does Ed Schultz think that if he rants and raves loud enough that UI insurance extension will be passed this year? Does he know that the House is in recess ?
Isn’t Our Dudette from GA?
News 2 hours ago was that there were two winning Mega Lottery Tickets for the $636M on Tuesday. One was by an AA Female in GA. The other ticket is for a person, not yet known in CA.
So Dudette, TODable Musical DJ………Should We at TOD start a party tonight?
I think Dudette was in Surprise AZ when the lottery ticket was purchased.
Republicans are holding UI extension hostage to an unreasonable demand that we withdraw all pending votes on nominations first.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 19, 2013
F them….Harry……confirm the nominees……
Fuck these fucking fuckers!!!!!!
The only reason they are doing that is they then get to blame the President and Democrats for not being able to pass an extension! They are truly EVIL!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t anyone think that the House Republicans are the only nuts in the Republican Party, the lilly white Senators are just as nutty as the old white Tea Republicans in the House. I hope Senator Reid tell them like POTUS did, we don’t deal with terrorists.
President Obama in the White House Press Briefing Room. ASAP.
Enough is enough !
I hope he does it tomorrow. SHAME THEM, Mr. President ! GET MAD !
Democrats have to do something spectacular so the media won’t have the choice to cover the latest shenanigans of the republicans.
And the national media if ever they would bother themselves to mention this……It will be Both sides malarkey.
This is NOT how US senate or the whole congress has ever operated in our modern times…..probably, Not ever.
Maybe we can tweet them. Maybe we could try to appeal to their pride. They have a high opinion of themselves. When we attack them, it doesn’t work in the long term. They get back at us or at the President. Maybe we can try something different. USE THEIR EGO, tell them that THEY ARE THE ONES who can make things better. I don’t know. Make them understand that their silence is part of the problem. THey KNOW that the obstruction has become ridiculous. They have to have a bit of courage for once. They’re so obnubilated by politics as a “game”, they’ve forgotten that in the end, it’s about democratic institutions and democracy itself.
He’s not playing. Votes at 1115p ET tonight; 6pm tomorrow night …..
Thanks for the heads-up Bob. I knew they had something up their sleeves….
Wow. Wow, wow.
This is unbelievable.
Seriously, how did He do that?
The reaction by the Players is epic.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday said that the federal government will hit the federal debt ceiling at some point in late February or early March, according to the Huffington Post.
“While this forecast is subject to inherent variability, we do not foresee any reasonable scenario in which the extraordinary measures would last for an extended period of time — principally because the government experiences large net cash outflows in February and March due to tax refunds,” Lew wrote in a letter to Congress obtained by the Huffington Post.
Congress voted in October to extend the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and Lew said that the Treasury can keep spending for only a few weeks beyond that using extraordinary measures, according to the Huffington Post.
Please proceed repugs!
93% of hospital executives think Obamacare will make health care better wapo.st/1fJoFQy— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 19, 2013
I doubt that any of the Nightly Evening News would Lead with this information.
Women’s rights sold out again: McAuliffe’s betrayal
salon.com/2013/12/19/wom…— (@symmetry11) December 19, 2013
Women’s rights sold out again: McAuliffe’s betrayal
salon.com/2013/12/19/wom…— (@symmetry11) December 19, 2013
WTH??????? I swear I DO NOT trust these Clinton people. Disgusting.
and I think that by law ..governors only have one term
@TerryMcAuliffe Are you a #Fraud? salon.com/2013/12/19/wom… Women will not forget.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 19, 2013
Somewhere in a distant quiet room HRC is heaving a deep sigh.
Is it not The Governor that sets the rules the HHS guy in VA must follow?
I read yesterday that his main reason for keeping this guy is to have him help get more rightie VAians get medicare under ACA.
Paying attention to politics as a former Dem Chair is his part of his expertise.
Nena, the dude he is proposing to keep is not in any way a fan of Medicaid, let alone expanding access to it. He opposed such expansion under the current Governor.
Then McAuLiffe has some more explaining to do as to WHY he is bent of this selection.
WOW!!! Sure didn’t expect this!
It seems even when you vote for the pro choice person – they suddenly change their views – PBO seems to be the only politician in a long time who has introduced laws related to his election policy – and for that he has been attacked every which way what way.
It is going to be a long walk back to justice for women in the US
RWNJ's in Senate delaying vote to confirm Janet Yellen. Now scheduled possibly for Saturday.— meta (@metaquest) December 19, 2013
Trying to delay POTUS departure to HI again?
That is what it is looking like.
It won’t keep him from departing, Nena. He can auto-sign anything requiring his signature and is not required for official swearing in procedures.
Senate Republicans have voted to block nominees, and then, moments later voted to confirm them. reid.senate.gov/blog/republica…— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 19, 2013
Well…their jets are waiting!!!!!
As noted up thread, Layla, they better cool those jets because Senator Reid has votes scheduled into Saturday night, and is showing no signs of backing down
Yeah!!!!!!!! TY Mr Bob!
Thanks Bob – your updates are so appreciated
The number of undocumented immigrants deported from the U.S. fell to about 370,000 in 2013, from about 410,000 last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Thursday.
The department attributed this year’s number of deporations, the lowest during President Obama’s administration, to its increased focus on undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime.
I’m proud to be a DEMOCRAT.
Guess who got paid @cspanwj but tell kids to dumpster dive! http://t.co/NbjmAY2SuK— George Monroe (@Nupe117) December 19, 2013
OMG….dude…..RT @kasie: Rep. Radel says he was "never" high or drunk while voting in Congress.— Pragmatic Obots (@PragmaticObot) December 19, 2013
Whoa!!!!!! He is like a saint then!!!!!!!
These Mofo’s should be kicked way the hell out of office.
Meta, don’t say that about my Rangel. LOL
Now 4 states are exceeding their expected enrollment targets, up from only 2 this morning.
Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and New York are the 4 states knocking this out of the park today. Tomorrow? we will see.
And yes, I am obsessed with this rollout.
Fantastic. TY for keeping us posted, Vicki!
The winter moon in Finland. http://t.co/cw59PBk3lV RT @k0ong RT @AsapSCIENCE— Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu) December 19, 2013
20 Things Beltway Journalists Can Do To Be Happy In D.C. And Not Have To Move To Kentucky huff.to/1fIU2uA via @HuffPostPol— Nelson (@Yardarm756DD) December 19, 2013
December 19, 2013
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
The Honorable John A. Boehner Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
Dear Mr. Speaker:
Last week, the House of Representatives passed-budget agreement that provides partial relief from the sequester for FY 2014 and FY 2015, and enacts spending and other reforms. Yesterday, a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate passed the same agreement. With these votes, Congress again has demonstrated its ability to work constructively to address the country’s most pressing fiscal issues.
In this spirit, I am writing to urge Congress to take prompt action to protect the full faith and credit of the United States by extending the nation’s borrowing authority. It is incumbent on Congress to allow Treasury to finance the spending levels established in the budget agreement as well as the commitments previously approved by Congress.
In October, Congress passed the Continuing Appropriations Act to suspend the statutory debt limit through February 7, 2014. When that suspension period ends, the United States will reach the debt limit again. At that time,in the absence of Congressional action,Treasury would be forced to take extraordinary measures to continue to finance the government on a temporary basis. We currently estimate that through the use oft hese measures, we would be able to extend the nation’s borrowing authority only until late February or early March 2014. While this forecast is subject to inherent variability, we do not foresee any reasonable scenario in which the extraordinary measures would last for an extended period o f time – principally because the government experiences large net cash outflows in February and March due to tax refunds.
Protecting the full faith and credit of the United States is the responsibility of Congress, because only Congress can extend the nation’s borrowing authority. No Congress in our history has failed to meet that responsibility. The creditworthiness of the United States is an essential underpinning of our strength as a nation; it is not a bargaining chip to be used for partisan political ends. Moreover, as you know, increasing the debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to pay for expenditures Congress has already approved.
with an overwhelming bipartisan majority- a The American public expects its leaders to put an end to governing by crisis and to focus on promoting economic growth and job creation. I respectfully urge Congress to take action to raise the debt limit at the earliest possible moment and ideally well before February 7, 2014.
Jacob J. Lew
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