President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White House
President Barack Obama listens to Vice President Joe Biden as he speaks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White House
President Barack Obama greets the audience with “shaka” sign, a traditional Hawaiian greeting
President Obama takes a question from a mayor as he address the 82nd Winter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors, at the White House
Hey, Layla, welcome to first onboard. Late for you, but glad to see you on top of TOD world tonight.
Why TY! Actually it is only 21:38 here…should I be in bed….
I recall seeing that you work tremendously long hours (in fact, during one stretch it seemed like you were working 24/7) so I just assumed you like to crawl under the covers at the earliest opportunity.
Good to see you!
Hi my dear beautiful Layla. (((((((( Lots of loving hugs)))))))))))HZ
Thank you NW for the summary of President Obama and VP Biden’s meeting with the Mayors!
“What is the single greatest cause of Ukraine’s tragic strife, the primary cause of so much grief in the region and beyond? Take a look back at the Euromaidan timeline. Think how it began, this latest round of deadly instability featuring tanks, live gunfire, kidnappings, deaths, the state tweeting sinister mass threats – with lots worse to come. This time it began because President Viktor Yanukovych pushed through laws to criminalize demonstrations, in order to prevent a repeat of the first round. What triggered the first round of demonstrations? The greatest Lord of Misrule in our time: Vladimir Putin.
Putin has spent the last 15 years shamelessly berating America for destabilizing interventions around the world. Look at his record: Chechnya, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Syria. And all those Russian journalists and whistleblowers who paid with their lives. For some reason nobody holds Putin to account for the cumulative horrors of his rule. An American President with that record would be driven to derangement by his own media, let alone by global opinion.”
Why Is Nobody Saying The Obvious: Putin Destabilized Ukraine onforb.es/1jFbkue via @forbes #euromaidan— Roman Z (@rwzakalu) January 24, 2014
From the bottom of the previous thread, even more reality:
#Ukraine’s Fragile Cease-Fire Is Met With Reports of Brutality nytimes.com/2014/01/24/wor… #EuroMaidan— Sonja Jo (@Sonja_Jo) January 24, 2014
I’m confident that Lady Ashton is on it:
Ashton to meet with Yanukovych, Ukraine's opposition leaders kyivpost.com/content/ukrain… #EU #Ukraine #EuroMaidan— Sonja Jo (@Sonja_Jo) January 24, 2014
She has done stellar work regarding Iran and I have no doubt she will bring her skills to this much needed intervention.
Thanks Bob for sharing the news of the freedom struggles in Ukraine. This what I missed on my trip to Africa. I watched CNN international, now and then, but there was hardly any coverage of Ukraine
It’s worse than that. We have elements in the West lauding Putin for stopping “warmonger” Obama from striking Syria. Imagine that: “leftists” lauding a Russian tsar. Irony is dead.
Oh, I know, LL.
Since I love maps, here’s one. Caveats on the nature of the “opposition” below.
Useful map via @MaximEristavi: Where local gov't offices were seized (red); where local gov'ts "under siege" (pink) https://t.co/NLDZS7ZeFQ— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 23, 2014
I know very little about European history, but here’s a response to this tweet:
@nycjim @MaximEristavi Looks like that map matches up closely with the Austrian vs. Russian slices of Ukraine in the Partitions of Poland.— Andy Schwarz (@andyhre) January 23, 2014
Here’s the caveat:
Prob w/ most #Ukraine coverage: There isn't ONE unified opposition. Opp ranges frm liberal reformers to neo-nazi nationslists. cc @nycjim— Dave (@dwsNY) January 23, 2014
The caveat expressed by Dave, is correct, Arapaho. Thus, the potential for multifactorial civil war as we are currently witnessing in Syria and Iraq (and, may emerge in Turkey).
After State of the Union speech, Pres Obama will hold virtual whistlestop tour on Jan 31.
googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/hit-ro… http://t.co/5yMttz4gPS— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) January 24, 2014
Prior to #SOTU, it might be useful to offer perspectives to the WH and since Mr Cody Keenan doesn’t have an active twitter account, maybe we can rely on others to convey topics
#SOTU: Please remember 'the American Taliban can't survive if Dorothy Cooper is allowed to vote' youtube.com/watch?feature=… cc @vj44 @PressSec— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
Yes We Can
Sooo, chri$tie’s fat a$$ is in slammer yet?
They are really trying to push it in AMK, but it’s HUUUUGE!!!!
The GOP really don’t understand the concept of “overreach.”
I saw upChuck one day last week and was shocked that he said Christie had learned the lesson of GOP overreach on Benghazi and was thus toning down his response. (I think that was the gist, it was last week and I don’t have a clear memory of his spiel, but am certain he mentioned GOP overreach on Benghazi.)
57andFemale posted this earlier today:
“Republican Party to vote for repeal of U.S. anti-tax dodging law”
GOP to adopt tax evasion as plank of party platform; sadly, NOT joking. reuters.com/article/2014/0… #p2 #smh— Jeff Hauser (@jeffhauser) January 23, 2014
I be talking to myself on the last thread – how unusual!
Wow Rachel gets some interesting stories – I had forgotten how good she can be – when she stops attacking the Obama administration. No wonder her ratings are heading upwards – hope she realizes this.
And the Texas legislature wants scientific proof of the link between fracking and earthquakes – that will be a first! They don’t believe scientic proof in regard to the age of the earth – and most other things
Rachel on Letterman tonight – I think I see that a day late in my world.
I got a lot of pushback here whenever I recommended a Rachel show, so I stopped doing so.
I really hate that she has Jeremy Scahill and other emoPutins on her show, and that she doesn’t consider the alternatives had puppet R-money won in 2012.
But her show is the only daily show that does investigative journalism, and her staff combs through the vast NBC archives to bring us information that we may have forgotten or never known.
Whatever you think of Rachel, her staff is stellar.
I’ve never watched her show but I consider Steve Benen among the very best.
Sadly her attitude on some issues turned many supporters off – I’m not sure she had to do 10 days of Christie – but it seemed to bring folks back – and tonight was a collection of great investigations.
I find it interesting that ALL the attacks on PBO resulted in nothing – despite the months the media spent on looking at, talking about and investigating.
I think I was tired of turning on every pundit and seeing/hearing negative statements about the President. Tonight I heard Lawrence praising the President for health care – long time since I have heard such a heartfelt comment from a pundit – anywhere.
The #GOP have been comprehensively introduced to where rock meets hard place, thanks to President Obama’s steadfast refusal to negotiate ANYTHING regarding the ‘debt ceiling.’ Just want all of our Democratic friends to know they should just sit back, order another bag of popcorn and their beverage of choice and enjoy the self-immolation this issue is for the GOP as it inches ever closer to extinction at the polls on 4 Nov 2014.
Dear @Pfeiffer44 @vj44 @SenatorReid @NancyPelosi @OFA @DSCC @DCC Let's NEVER FORGET: Raising the debt ceiling is not the Democrats' problem.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
Hi Bobfr. I received an email from Valarie Jarrett concerning the SOTU Speech. I do not know how to bring things over, but go to WhiteHouse.GOV/SOTU and I think you will be able to see the participation lineup. Very good layout by Valarie and Cody.HZ
Thank you, dear HZ. I received the same email. They are definitely ‘ON IT’!!!!
Ha. I see Rafalca’s back!
There is no war on ALL women, just the vast majority of them who use birth control and are therefore sluts. -Mike Huckabee— Rafalca Romney (@RafalcaRomney) January 24, 2014
I looove horse talk!!!
Ha. Me, too!
RT @adamslily Attn: @MikeHuckabee and the rest of the RNC, 58% of women use the pill for non-contraceptive purposes. http://t.co/XujBYnJrrr— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) January 23, 2014
@DWStweets Republicans have comprehensively proven that men should have ZERO legislative role in the health care decisions women make. ZERO!— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
@DWStweets Moreover, it's beyond any reasonable doubt that issues like abortion & BC access are proxy for #GOP misogynistic CONTROL of women— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
No escaping it.
Great tweets, Bob! D Wasserman Schultz , Nancy Pelosi, and all sane women need to know that there are men like you (probably a great many) who fully realize that men have no business trying to dictate health care decisions to women
Agree, nath. I think the majority of American men consider it exceptionally wrong for any male to subjugate a woman.
It is my opinion that whether the pill is used for contraceptive or other reasons should never be part of the discussion. What medications a woman chooses to use is entirely her own choice and there is no need to discuss when why or how.
The pill was created – by a man – for women to use to control the number of children they might have. As a young woman of the 60s it was the invention of the century & I have not changed that opinion as I age. That it has advantages to women outside of reproduction is an add on – but never the main objective. By suggesting otherwise, we empower people like Hukabee to continue their assaults on women who believe in birth control – and given the size of modern families compared to the pre pill days – a large majority of women 18 – 50 use some method to control their fertility.
@DanaBashCNN @MikeHuckabee – Yeah right, that's what the misogynist really meant. @cnn Still shilling for @gop hucksters. #thirdratemedia— (@amk4obama) January 24, 2014
japa21 had a post earlier today that said what Dana Bash tweeted.
This is such a stupid discussion IMO. It gets attention because it’s about sex, but there are so many other substantial reasons to rage against the GOP.
Why is this a stupid discussion, especially when this punk is touted as a possible 2016 contender?
Why is this “a stupid discussion”? I am not sure this is simply about sex. First, I think it’s Mike Huckabee who insults women who use birth control by asserting that they are easily duped by Democrats and are hence incapable of controlling their libidos. Second, and even more egregiously, he puts the entire responsibility of human sexuality on women. I suppose Huckabee, like some of the fundamentalist Christians I know, still blames women for what Eve supposedly did to Adam. The truth of the matter is that we men, including Rev. Mike Huckabee, suffer no consequences for failing to rein in our libidos. Until Huckabee, and all of us men, can experience pregnancy and the entire process women go through to give birth, he needs to STFU!
Hear, hear! Welcome back, Nath.
I think I figured it out…..huck’s problem that is. It’s Lib I Do…it has to do with same sex marriage! lol
US authorities have arrested two men in California for hacking email accounts and stealing nude photos to post on a so-called “revenge porn” website.
Hunter Moore, 27, and Charles Evens, 24, face charges including conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and aggravated identity theft.
The men reportedly posted explicit images, submitted without the victim’s permission, to IsAnyoneUp.com.
If guilty, they face decades in prison.
Good, lock’em up and throw away the keys.
Nah. Don’t throw away the keys. Melt them!!!!!!!!!!!!
“@clydetheslyde: @MSNBC #UncleSugar Wants You! http://t.co/nE7BEsV6od” and so does HUCKLEBERRY SIN! #UniteBlue #EndWarOnWomen #LibCrib #p2— Bonnie L. Rosen (@catlovrbon) January 24, 2014
Oh, yes ……
U.S. Attorney subpoenas Christie campaign and GOP State Committee over bridge scandal nj.com/politics/index… #Maddow— Maddow App (@MaddowApp) January 24, 2014
The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey has issued a subpoena for documents to both the Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee, an attorney for both organizations confirmed today.
According to attorney Mark Sheridan, the subpoenas request documents from the two organizations in relation to the investigation into lane diversions at the George Washington Bridge in September.
Both organizations are represented by the law firm of Patton Boggs, which has offices in Newark. In a statement to NJ.com, Sheridan said the following:
“The Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee. All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the investigation by the Assembly committee is expected to merge Monday with the probe underway by a Senate committee. Response to the subpoenas issued in that investigation are due in early February.
@SenatorBuono @SenatorLorettaW Why should the citizens of NJ continue paying @GovChristie's salary? Insist on #LeaveWithoutPay at a minimum.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
bbl … time to prepare some dinner ….
While the feds are not saying so, I would think this is also related not just to money for his reelection ad, but the $25 million dollars spent to change the election date. Where did that money come from?
I’m waiting for the shoe to drop concerning the private donations that were made for Sandy victims…the ones that are sitting in a foundation controlled by his wife.
Agree. Have no doubt that both the wife’s ‘foundation’ and the special election scam are likely under intensive scrutiny.
It’s not a question of whether these folk go to jail, but merely how many decades they remain incarcerated.
Why Would the US Attorney Subpoena the NJ #GOP & #Christie's Campaign Records? A Strong Lead That There Was Also Corruption In That Campaign— Ed Hull (@EdHull8) January 24, 2014
ohhh myyy goodness….stuff is about to get very realllllllllll
Indeed, it is prettyfoot58!! HZ
Omnipresence is a fancy word for stalking.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) January 22, 2014
Oh, God, isn’t that the truth.
Conservative Darling D'Souza Indicted For Campaign Finance Fraud zite.to/1jH2MTy— CA (@Criticalanglez) January 24, 2014
Karma catches up in the end. All the time.
Ok lets give them a hand…the GOP DID ACTUALLY create ONE GOOD PAYING JOB WITH GREAT PERKS in the last 6 YEARS http://t.co/kK6iU2hSl3— (@SassySis843) January 23, 2014
Jeebuz, today is our 26th wedding anniversary.
Totally forgot about that till the wifey unit gave me some sweet just now.
Trouble, trouble, trouble.
Start the prayer chain for amk!!!!! Of course, with 26 years in, I’m sure he has a long list to refer to, of “gettin’ myself out of this.” Ha.
I blame the TOD’ers. Why didn’t anyone remind me?
Why are you still here with us? You should be making reservations and calling the limo, young man. (P.S. Happy anniversary to both of you!)
I’ve done that – working late one night – remembered at 10pm – rushed home – stopping to buy the proverbial bottle – Mr 99 had forgotten as well.
Oh Lord AMK!!!!! What have you done…We probably will not see you again…
Whatever you do not one word about LIBIDO!!
Oh no. You’re going to have to go underground for awhile……
Congratulations to you and your, obviously very, very forgiving, wife!!!!
Don’t sweat it, amk. After 26 years, most couples just say “hi”. Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary, AMK!
RT @Gus_802 How Edward Snowden sees himself. H/T @Kat4Obama bit.ly/1d0c5IF http://t.co/HmsPn2ZMkt— Kat 4 Obama (@Kat4Obama) January 24, 2014
oh my!!!!!! – truth has humor is another thought
Congrats on 1st Layla. And Good Night everyone. Have a long day tomorrow. Hopefully it will really be warmer on Friday. We need a break. And if it gets warmer here, it will get warmer S & E of us. R
G’nite Roberta. Sleep tite. Don’t let Uncle Sugar Huckabee bite!
.@GovChristie to travel across U.S. for #RGA over next few months nj-ne.ws/sTBTf— The Star-Ledger (@starledger) January 24, 2014
@starledger @GovChristie What a gift! If only Nixon had traveled across the US humping for support after #Watergate. cc @OFA @DCCC @DSCC— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
Stay frosty, everyone. LL is off to wind down. And remember:
The first rule of Libido Club: No one talks about Libido Club. #LibidoMovieLines— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) January 24, 2014
That’s all, folks!
Oh, and amk, as regards your forgetting your anniversary: I hear that Russia is very welcoming of fugitives from justice.
And with that, I’m out.
Boehner on Leno, Maddow on Letterman tonight.
I’ve no idea of the times they show – but Letterman sounds good. Is this Leno’s last show? If not – it should be.
It’s close for sure.
No wonder – if this is the example of his guests – could say alot about John Boehner – entertaining does not come to mind.
You’re. I just saw some of it. He was glib, likes everyone in congress and is as slick as snot on a doorknob!
I did not need that vision yardarm – such a way with words
I saw the beginning. Boehner told Leno he finally decided to come on the show because “you’re coming to your end”. Leno responded, “well that makes two of us”.
Ooooh – thank you FayPax – hope that turns up on youtube
A comment on LGF – oh dear
Rep. Steve Stockman is missing. Last time this happened, Mark Sanford was “hiking the Appalachian Trail.”
Favorite Random Pic…Flirting with PBO… http://t.co/H0Qv2eQzGo— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) January 24, 2014
I was going thru my pics and rediscovered this one….still so very cute!
Up late tonight…
watching Maddow on Letterman…do you think it’s possible that she will be hosting Meet the Press…if so …would she be the first openly gay woman to head such a high profile program on TV
Is that what is being discussed? Would be quite a change!
Every time a Republican male talks about reproductive rights a woman votes Democratic.— WesleyZ3 (@50th_President) January 24, 2014
@50th_President And an angel gets its wings.— (@JOBoomr) January 24, 2014
Prettyfoot, remember how this little sweet one was flirting and then came back and got the Big hug from POB? So precious. HZ
yessss… I have that pic too…..so cute
Large blast overheard in downtown Cairo; smoke seen over city center bit.ly/KOctmF @CairoToday @ajamlive http://t.co/BEKB0WiHdM— (@NewsBreaker) January 24, 2014
Amk, may you and Mrs. Amk have a wonderful celebration on your 26th.HZ
Has to be Andrea Mitchell – MSNBC interrupts congresswoman for – Justin Bieber
And note the discussion before the break – Mitchell needs to move along – like forever.
Mrs Greenspan (aka @mitchellreports) WAY, WAY past time for you to retire youtube.com/watch?feature=…
to a #NEWSTAINER hospice. cc @MSNBC @NBC— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 24, 2014
Thanks Bob twitter extraordinaire
Mr. Greenspan needs to buy one of those islands far, far away and live on their island and leave us alone. HZ
Hi, HZ! How are you tonight, darlin’?
This may be old news by now, but just saw a story linked to DK. Apparently, Christie is also being accused, by the town’s political leaders, of shutting down a large Department of Motor Vehicles center in Elizabeth, NJ (fourth-largest city in NJ), because of political retribution.
Stay tuned, folks.
I read that somewhere as well Jacqueline – once or twice is coincidence – seems this is no longer explained by that.
People from Chicago will understand what I mean when I say, he’s been practicing politics in the spirit of Papa Daley.
Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule are sent to #Ukraine from the EU to help mediate current political crisis.
|PR News #Euromaidan #Kyiv— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) January 24, 2014
MJ trying to change the conversation to – the secretive Obama administration – he’s not going to get very far – I’m now able to laugh at his nonsense.
GooOOOood MooOOOoorning, Ms Chips Chica and all TODobots! On my way out, will check in after lunch – have yourselves an informative Friday!
BBL > VC
GM VC – very sad tennis – Federer got mad with Nadal because of time issues & his game fell apart – cool is what he needs to be.
TGIF and before I head out to work I’ll leave you with this.
Have a great O’Day everyone!
Samantha Power Blasts Coverage Of Justin Bieber Over World News talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/saman…— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) January 24, 2014
AIPAC is going after Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Morning Joke is getting loud because he is being challenged for going after PBO’s personality…..because the President does not suck up to Congress people.
Joke is so transparent while complaining that this WH is the most secretive IN HISTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I tuned out Linda – Chuck Todd was saying how this White House used technology to be so secretive – while ROFL – I stopped watching. They are trying anything to attack the President – just doesn’t work.
Very apparent that the news is all bad for Repubs. The Joke was absolutely desperate to come up with ‘Obama is bad, bad, bad’ stuff today. Obama is secretive! Obama does not relate to people! Obama is mean to Repubs, never invites them over! Ha! It was sheer desperation, with b-word Nicolle Wallace as his back-up, screaming “Most Secretive in History!”
I gather there was an item in the NY Times they were all quoting – 75 items on GOPers behaving badly – and Joe picks the one.
Nicole Wallace is one of the weird – support the GOP women – she attempts to support every inane GOP comment by saying – “Well when Obama did …….. – this was not as bad as that”. Hard to image the stupid of any woman who supports the GOP. She also managed to say this am that PBO really didn’t win in 2008, 2012 – the problem was the GOP candidates wiped themselves out in the primaries!!
Moooooorning Early-ish Birds!
GOP = Greatest opportunistic pr….ks.
They now just don’t care because ODS.
2005: Huckabee requires insurers to cover contraception. 2014: Huckabee condemns Obama for doing what Huckabee did on.msnbc.com/1d0BJNm— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) January 24, 2014
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