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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama greets a young child after a town hall meeting at the Bob Martinez Sports Center at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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A State of the Union Good MoooOOOooorning, Early Birds!


108 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 4 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

  2. 5 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

  3. 7 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

  4. 8 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

    • 13 africa
      January 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Wow. The derangement.

      Good morning everyone. Happy Tuesday.

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Sick, sick man. So much hatred they get eaten up inside. If he keeps it up, he may get his own special visit from the SS.

    • 15 anniebella
      January 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Just what is this creep John taking about? What did HE do to the US? These people are so dam fill with racism that they have to blame everything that is wrong with this country on the black President. Common sense has long lefted these people like John. Hay but maybe John is talking about wanting to see John Boehner cuffed.

      • 16 anniebella
        January 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

        If it wasn’t for what that black President did, ( President Obama) this country would be in alot worse shape. Because the Republicans haven’t done a dam thing for this country they claim to love so much, but idiots like John can’t see that because all hey see is President Obama blackness.It is people like John and their racism who need to be cuffed and tossed away.

        • 17 anniebella
          January 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

          If it wasn’t for the things President Obama and his administration have done since taking over the dam mess G.W. Bush left, this country would be in terrible shape. Bush-Cheney lied us into a terrible war, over 4000 of our soldiers killed, people were tortured, trillion dollars spent fighting that lie of a war Bush got this country into, but did John call for them to be cuffed, did he blame them for the condition of the US? No the racists bastard didn’t.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

      DF, if the NSA agent or his/her family is threatened in any way, then Snowden and his enables, including all media outlets are openly complicit in a crime. I hope that agent gets lots of protection quickly.

      • 20 desertflower
        January 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Well..you may be right but since the media all behave like the Keystone Cops…nothing will come of this.

  5. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    January 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The day of any major speech by the president always makes me jittery. I have absolute confidence he will do a brilliant job, but I’m always happy when it’s over. It is always, always like watching a member of my family on a stage. The president will flick all pre-speech doomsayers and all post-speech rebuttals off his shoulder like so much dust. None of them matter. He’s the President of the United States, elected twice with overwhelming margins and they are not and never will be. NBC and other Republican outlets can tailor polls to their heart’s content. PBO is still president for the next three years.

  6. 23 desertflower
    January 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I may have missed this yesterday from Jonathan Chait..

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/01/obama-hire-the-long-term-unemployed.html

    In his State of the Union address tomorrow night, President Obama will announce that some of the largest firms in the United States have signed a pledge not to discriminate in hiring against the long-term unemployed, reports The Wall Street Journal. This is an interesting and creative response to the most vexing repercussion of the economic crisis: millions of workers who have lost their jobs and cannot find work precisely because they have don’t have it.

    The crisis of mass unemployment can be thought of as two problems, one of which is normal, and the other of which is not. The normal problem is simply a standard, albeit very large, recession. The basic policy response is for the government to stimulate demand through low interest rates and fiscal stimulus to create more jobs. Since congressional Republicans (and deficit scolds) are imposing contractionary fiscal policy, Obama has no viable fiscal solution.

  7. January 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Chips, Danny and TOD. Looking forward to the SOTU tonight. I assume the party is here, right?

  8. 25 desertflower
    January 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

    NO! Pete Seeger died. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/pete-seeger-dead-at-94

    Singer, songwriter and activist. RIP

    • 26 pkayden
      January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Sorry to hear this. Was a great civil rights hero. RIP Pete.

    • 27 mtmarilyn
      January 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I just heard this. He lived a long productive life. His songs will live forever. My favorite memory is of him and others singing at the first Ingauration.

      Good morning DF

  9. 28 africa
    January 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Uncle Mitty confused.

    • 29 desertflower
      January 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I was just reading that. Good Lord…what a boob. He should just be quiet and maybe spend the day going up and down on his car elevator or something. He needs to quit pretending he should weigh in on world events he doesn’t fully understand.

    • 30 Linda
      January 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

      flippppfloppper

      “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was,” Romney responded.

    • 31 pkayden
      January 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Is there a reason we’re paying attention to Romneybot the Loser? He needs to take several seats in one of his hundred mansions and shut THE HELL up.

    • 32 Lovepolitics2008
      January 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

      If there is something that I don’t get, it’s the way the conventional wisdom makes Putin a hero because he “convinced” Assad to give up his chemical weapons. Good Lord, President Obama and his team had tried to work with Putin for two whole years and the guy was NOT cooperative; he was stalling, pure and simple. And then, when the president MAKES A THREAT to use military action to punish the Assad regime, SUDDENLY Putin moves and helps resolve the situation. So Putin finally caves in after President Obama’s threats, and HE’s the hero ?????

      I don’t get it. I absolutely don’t get it. Yeah Kerry said something and Putin used it, but it was after two years of refusing to do anything.

      That being said, I think one of the fundamental challenges for the President is that he and Secretary Kerry are way ahead of the majority of politicians, federal bureaucrats and military brass when it comes to foreign policy. The President and Mr. Kerry understand that the days where the United States could dictate everything in the world are over. Russia has regained some clout after a couple of decades of decline caused by the blowing up of the communist empire; China, India and other countries like Brazil are growing as economic powers. In the case of China we can also say that they’re growing as a military power. In a multipolar world, the United States has to reassess the way it has to work on the international stage. Republicans, and a whole lot of foreign policy establishment types (Gates I’m talking to you…) seem incapable of seeing reality; they are clinging to the past.

      Those guys still want the United States to exert authoritarian leadership on the world stage. It’s IMPOSSIBLE now, and it has nothing to do with President Obama’s personality. Far from being weak, President Obama is maneuvering brilliantly, and is transforming the american leadership into an “integral” one, as Jim Stewart would say. It’s the only way to go…

    • 33 anniebella
      January 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

      So Mitt think Putin is a better President then President Obama. Mitt and Ann still haven’t gotten over the fact that they lost. Yes Mitt you lost, get over it. Act like a dam man and get over it.

  10. January 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    GOOD morning, Chips and TODville. SOTU tonight!

    • 35 Linda
      January 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Bain Capitol is an owner of Comcast, isn’t it ?

      • January 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

        I don’t think so. According to wiki, these are its holding:

        AMC Theatres, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Canada Goose, Clear Channel Communications, Domino’s Pizza, DoubleClick, Dunkin’ Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, Sports Authority, Staples, Toys “R” Us, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel.

    • 44 99ts
      January 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

      But he just can’t co-operate with the GOP – every President for the last 100 years has co-operated with the other side – there’s just something about this President – he is too partisan for words

      The twits on MSNBC this am – all of them and any of them. No mention of the GOP planning 5 years ago to NEVER cooperate with the President.

      When the dems hold the senate in November I am going to enjoy seeing the pundits choke on their bile.

    • 45 Vicki
      January 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

      And an end to the Wars in iraq and Afghanistan.
      Best President imaginable.
      And yet NBC and rest of Media relentless in denigrating PBO.

    • January 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Moooooooooorning Meta, moooooooorning everyone!

  11. January 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

    PLEASE RT!!

  12. 49 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – ‘CHECK REPUBLIC’ (Highly Recommended)

    Elaborate network obscures Koch influence

    ————————

    Rachel Maddow traces part of the vast network of Koch-funded groups and initiatives to show their influence on conservative politics.

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    http://on.msnbc.com/1b3fN4z

  13. 50 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

  14. 51 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

  15. 53 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    LOL.

  16. 55 GGAIL
    January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I’m leaving work a little early today so I will be home before it starts tonight!!

  17. 56 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

  18. January 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Oh my goodness, the expression on the little girl in the photo. She is really saying it all with her expression. So thoughtful and so much care in her eyes.

  19. 58 dotster3
    January 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This bad news poll that Chuck Todd & Co. came up with on this date is nothing but ugly, dirty politics, in my opinion, manipulated questions and answers to shade PBO’s SOTU, to use against him today. Just saw Today’s Savannah Guthrie’s interview with CoS Denis McDonough and the framing of all her questions was from the poll, making it sound like everyone hates Obama and U.S. was tumbling off a cliff. Todd has been everywhere saying no one is going to watch the boring SOTU etc., and this poll seems so purposely timed, part of Todd’s mission to do everything he can to shed negative light on PBO. It’s enraging. Something is out of whack, but the problem lies with our news media, which seems to be on a mission with the GOP to damage our president in any/every way they can.

    • January 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Totally agree. Contradicts latest Pew poll putting the R’s in a bad light. Since Comcast bought NBC, it has become an R mouthpiece. Used to watch Today show, Nightly News for years and have stopped. The news either lies or does not give the whole story. The channels have become Fox light and more people are tuning them out.

    • 60 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

      The news media are run by Republicans, and the better PBO is doing, the more virulent they become. The media is having flashbacks of the disaster that was Marco Rubio last year, and it bothers them so much that they will attempt to facilitate the GOP this year by airing FOUR responses to PBO’s SOTU, with not one one ounce of criticism directed at them. Meanwhile they will try to diminish PBO by releasing manufactured polls, filling up the airwaves with worthless punditry from the left and right, having various overpaid shills assume the role of “activist” to spread more propaganda about what PBO should or shouldn’t say, etc.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Dotster, there’s no question that the poll was skewered to the NBC’s anti-PBO narrative. They hate him and they want desperately to undermine him so the 2014 elections go to Republicans. Those who support the president will, like you, be more committed to helping him and turn off NBC. Those who are on the fence and have some brains might see the desperate attempt to ‘smear.’ The true PBO haters are off watching FOX news, so what’s left for NBC? I have always deeply admired your capacity for enduring these programs and I appreciate the fact that you alert us to the hate centers. Personally, I’ve never had the stomach for it.

    • 62 Vicki
      January 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Dotster, you got this right, unfortuneatly.
      The ODS and the effort to demean Democrats is everywhere on NBC.
      As I posted a few days ago Sat Nite Live had a bit about sex scandal politicians and the 3 shown were Spitzer Weiner and John Edwards!!!! No Vitter, no Sanford, no Larry Craig, no John Ensign.
      Propaganda 24/7 on NBC. Done with a smile.

  20. 63 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    • 64 Layla
      January 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

      “could’…I wish it noted ‘will’. I do not like ‘may or could’ statements’ just my opinion of course.

  21. 65 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

  22. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    January 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    :lol:

  23. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    January 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Sweeeeeeet. Renewed pressure on Republicans to do the right and fiscally smart thing. Democrats shouldn’t let up. This issue is a winner across the board.

    • 68 Vicki
      January 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Fabulous smart move, Mr. President.
      So many families will do better thanks to this important step.
      And thanks to Nerdy Wonka for yet again keeping her eye on the ball.

  24. January 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

    More inspired choices added to the roster of guests of FLOTUS tonight:

    Aliana Arzola-Piñero (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
    2013 Kids State Dinner Attendee

    Cristian Avila (Phoenix, AZ)
    DREAMer, “Core Faster” and Voter Engagement Coordinator, Mi Familia Vota

    Mary Barra (Detroit, MI)
    Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company

    Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    Tyrone Davis (Winston-Salem, NC)
    Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps

    Vice Admiral Michelle Howard (Washington, DC)
    Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy

    Sabrina Simone Jenkins (Charleston, SC)
    highlighted in the Shriver Report

    Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco, CA)
    My mayor!!

    Andra Rush (Detroit, MI)
    Founder and Chairperson, The Rush Group, Detroit Manufacturing Systems

    Amanda Shelley (Gilbert, AZ)
    Physician Assistant who benefitted from Obamacare

    Antoinette Tuff (Atlanta, GA)
    DeKalb County Bookkeeper

    Read their stories!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/27/first-ladys-box-seats-2014-state-union

  25. January 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Here is your DEATH PANEL, you evil ass mofos of the GOP that won’t expand Medicaid.

    ………………………………………

    Lewisville woman pleads for help removing massive cyst

    LEWISVILLE — Despite appearances, 38-year-old Sherilyn Hurdle is not nine months’ pregnant.

    “I’ve had 30,000 pregnancy tests, because they thought at first I was when I come in because of the nausea and vomiting,” Hurdle said, patting her rounded belly.

    What is expanding her waistline is a massive cyst on her left ovary. According to medical documents, it measures 6 x 7 inches.

    Since October, it has swelled from the size of golf ball to the size of a basketball.

    Every day, the condition causes Hurdle pain, nausea, and shortness of breath. She’s been advised to get surgery, but says she can’t.

    “No insurance… no money,” she said. “I don’t qualify [for an Affordable Care Act insurance subsidy]; they said I’d still have to make a premium of $258 a month, which — if I could work — I would do that.”

    Hurdle said the pain and discomfort is so great, she currently cannot work. Since her condition is reversible, she says she has been told she doesn’t qualify for disability.

    She also does not qualify for Medicaid, though she says she has filled out applications.

    Medicaid in Texas is not solely limited to those who qualify due to low income. Medicaid in Texas is generally limited to children, pregnant women, seniors over 65 and people with disabilities.

    Hurdle isn’t in any of those groups.

    She also had a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancies, which further limits her options in Texas.

    And because she lives in Denton County, Hurdle does not have access to a public hospital, like Parkland in Dallas.

    http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/North-Texas-Woman-Pleads-for-Help-Removing-Massive-Cyst-242293171.html

    • 71 mela in TX
      January 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Once again proving that the GOP care about politics, not people. There is a reason they did not expand Medicaid and sadly, it is working. A woman in my office does not have insurance, she does not qualify for a subsidy so she is responsible for the $300.00 premium for the insurance she is now required to buy. As a single mom with 3 children she lives paycheck to paycheck as it is, now she is pissed off that “Obama is making her buy insurance”…an expense she cannot afford. I believe this was part of the GOP plan all along; they know there’s a good chance of Texas turning blue so they threw a wrench in the works and hurt an awful lot of people. It’s pure, unadulterated evil.

    • January 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

      The “Culture of Life” in action. I am so angry about this. Perry claims this is a Christian nation and he professes to be Christian but has very hard heart indeed when it comes to the suffering of human beings. I don’t know how it is possible to read the Gospels and hear the words of Jesus about caring for the sick and poor and needy and then turn around and deny life saving health care to people who need help.

  26. 73 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

    egg.sack.lee

  27. January 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Ah, Josh found something he could legitimately sink his teeth into:

  28. January 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Whoa

  29. 77 desertflower
    January 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

    http://theweek.com/article/index/255624/will-the-state-of-the-union-response-be-another-disaster-for-the-gop

    Will the State of the Union response be another disaster for the GOP? President Obama’s primetime address will be followed by a GOP rebuttal. Then another. And another. By Jon Terbush | 6:14am
    T
    he State of the Union is a tightly scripted opportunity for the president to lay out his vision for the nation. And the rebuttal is a similarly choreographed platform for the opposition party to frame its agenda, too.

    That is, unless the opposition party totally blows it. And botching the rebuttal has become something of a tradition for the GOP, coming as regularly every year as the State of the Union itself.

    Part of the GOP’s problem is that the party’s official responders to President Obama have generally been ineffectual and uninspiring, remembered not for what they said but for what they did wrong. One has since fled politics; another is facing decades in prison on corruption charges. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is still in office, but has yet to live down the day he awkwardly lunged for a gulp of water on national television.

    To be fair, the rebuttal is a tricky task. The speaker will always appear comparatively unimpressive alongside the president, which might explain the supposed responders’ curse.

    But the GOP has fared even worse with its rebuttals now that the Tea Party has added its own unsanctioned response to the mix. These bonus responses — indicative of the widening rift within the GOP between establishment types and the party’s right wing — have undermined the official party message and sometimes cast the entire party in a negative light.

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

      DF, the best line in this piece is the last only I would take out the “sometimes.” The GOP is desperate today. They know that when the president addresses the national directly, he wins. That’s why they’re doing everything in their power to cloud the occasion. But the president will stand up there alone without a media filter and get to stay his piece. That terrifies them because they wither in the face of the truth.

    • January 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

      form the article…..

      Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will deliver the official rebuttal, followed by Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), who will give the Tea Party response. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who spoke for the Tea Party last year, will respond for himself this time.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      If Rep Rogers is the “Official” rebuttal…why are Mike Lee and Rand Paul getting coverage…

  30. January 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Romney knocks CNN’s Crowley over debate flap
    BY AARON BLAKE
    January 27 at 10:18 pm

    Mitt Romney said Monday that CNN’s Candy Crowley overstepped her bounds by playing fact-checker during a debate between Romney and President Obama in 2012.

    Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Romney said Crowley shouldn’t have interjected to confirm President Obama’s claim about the evolution of the administration’s talking points about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

    “Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point,” Romney said. “And I must admit that, at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had.”

    Republicans were highly critical of Crowley for her decision to confirm Obama’s claim that he had described the attack in Benghazi as a terrorist attack the day after it occurred. While Obama referred broadly to “acts of terror” during a Rose Garden address, the administration didn’t include terrorism in its talking points in the days afterward.

    Romney added: “So, she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that — the nature of the attack.”

    Romney declined to say whether he thought the administration was deliberately covering up the true origins of the attack.

    CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/27/romney-knocks-cnns-crowley-over-debate-flap/

    • 81 Layla
      January 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

      I think Romney is suffering from PTSD! After all he was to be the anointed one!

    • January 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Hi Rikyrah, please please please only post extracts from articles, not the full thing – you’ll get us shut down! Thanks.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Rikyrah, if any of us kept obsessing about a moment that happened over a year ago, kind friends and family would tell us to seek counseling. Romney can’t believe that anything he did caused him to lose, so he has to find a culprit outside himself. In this instance, he’s convinced himself that he would have bested the president in this discussion when it was already clear to millions that he had lost. Romney wasn’t going to beat PBO in the election which he would have known if he had looked outside his own bubble. It’s long past time for him to put this one to bed. He’s got a problem with accepting reality and needs to get over it.

      • 84 Vicki
        January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

        Everything you said Jackie, plus I do not care what Mitt thinks on any subject whatsoever.
        I am interested, though, in seeing how his federal indictement for racketeering in the toy business takeover goes.

      • 86 Obama Grandmama
        January 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        Interesting that Romney would have preferred the American public believe the lie he was perpetuating to knowing the truth. Blaming the moderator for letting the public know the truth before deciding their vote is telling in how Romney would have run his presidency. Glad he did not make it to that office.

  31. 87 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

  32. 89 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 15m

    ——————————————–

    New post: If we’re going to debate exec authority, time for real reckoning w/reality of GOP obstruction:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/28/morning-plum-in-using-executive-authority-obama-is-on-solid-political-ground/

    ———————————————————–

    • January 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      from the essay…

      Few pundits have been willing to reckon directly with the fundamentals of GOP obstructionism. A real reckoning would acknowledge that implacable GOP opposition to the Obama agenda, which began when the country was facing a dire, open-ended economic emergency, has for years been rooted in a combination of deliberate strategic choices and structural factors that have created a deeply unbalanced, unconventional situation….

      ********************

      and here lies the duplicitious nature of the MSM…blaming PBO for the Obstruction when it is the GOP at fault ….esp given what Mitch McConnell claimed was his Number One goal…to make PBO a one-term President…

  33. 91 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

    The new NBC/WSJ poll, for instance, finds that a majority of Americans, 51 percent, believe Republicans will be “too inflexible” with Obama, while only 25 percent say they have the balance right (one wonders about the faculties of the 17 percent who say Republicans have been “too quick to give in” to the president). By contrast, only 39 percent say Obama has been too inflexible with Republicans.

    Yesterday’s Pew poll found that by a huge margin of 52-27, Americans say Dems are more willing than Republicans to work with the opposition. While the GOP holds a narrow lead on the economy, it also found lopsided Dem advantages on which party is viewed as extreme and which party is more concerned with ordinary people — suggesting, again, awareness of the basic imbalance.

    Beyond all this, let’s remember that the minimum wage hike is popular – and Congressional Republicans aren’t. And people don’t care about process — they care about results.

    • 92 pkayden
      January 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

      I would really love to know why the GOP has a lead on the economy when they did nothing but destroy the economy under President Bush (and Reagan).

  34. January 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    The Republican Obamacare Alternative Raises Taxes on 150 Million Americans
    By: Jason Easley
    Monday, January, 27th, 2014, 5:47 pm

    Senate Republicans unveiled their big Obamacare alternative plan today, and besides taking healthcare away from 10 million Americans, it also raises taxes on the 150 million people who get health insurance from their employer.

    In order to force employees to pick cheaper healthcare insurance plans, because the Republican plan doesn’t lower healthcare costs any other way, the proposal would cap the amount employers get to deduct from the cost of an employees health insurance at 65% of the average cost.

    This means that everyone who gets their health insurance from their employer would have to pay a 35% tax on their plan. Currently, employers are able to deduct 100% of the cost of the plan, so the tax is zero. If a worker chooses a plan that is more expensive than the average, they would pay an even higher tax rate.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/27/republican-obamacare-alternative-raises-taxes-150-million-americans.html

  35. 95 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Supreme Court to decide if political groups can lie in advertising

    Republican lawyers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that they have a First Amendment right to lie during political campaigns.

    The case concerns a challenge by a national anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), which tried to put up a billboard in 2010 attacking Rep. Steven Driehaus, D-Ohio, saying that he was pro-abortion because he supported Obamacare.

    The Democratic incumbent stopped the billboard by threatening to sue SBA’s ad agency. He also filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) that the ad would have violated a state law making it a crime to knowingly lie in a campaign ad. The OEC found probable cause to procede with a case, which, in turn, prompted a series of court challenges that is now before the Supreme Court and will be heard later this year.

    ///

    teh founders must be puking their hearts out.

  36. January 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    GOP are losing it!!!

    • 101 Vicki
      January 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

      It would be wonderful if tonight’s ratings soar.
      I believe (with no evidence whatsoever) that viewers will be rewarded with some surprises POTUS has prepared.

    • 102 donna dem 4 obama
      January 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Just like nobody is going to vote for President Obama a second time. We saw how that worked out for them….

    • 103 anniebella
      January 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Call me nobody because I plan to watch every second of POTUS SOTU speech. Those four other jokers speaking forget them.

  37. 104 amk for obama
    January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

  38. 105 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Al Jazeera America, instead of informing its citizens about the realities of getting complex legislation through a deliberately obstructionist congress, is having an emoprog-“Dear Mr. President” fest. This entails having people write their latest complaint du jour on signs, which they want PBO to magically solve, and posing for camera with those signs. And of course, making them think that a single SOTU speech will address and/or solve their problems.

    That is the kind of “activism” that Al Jazeera America is now promoting. NOTHING about the 2014 midterms coming up; NOTHING about helping to get more progressive citizens elected into congress; NOTHING about REAL activism that will improve the lives of the vast majority of ordinary Americans. All a bunch of childish demands that call for endless griping, sniping, finger-pointing (at PBO only), without the responsibility of having to lift a finger or hold others accountable. Most of the people holding those signs do not strike me as average, every day Americans with legitimate concerns. They strike me as paid activists working for various front groups.

    The same Al Jazeera on their “America Tonight” show is featuring Roland Martin (of all people) to TELL PBO that he should be more of a community organizer and less of a politician at his SOTU tonight. Can someone tell me a single thing that Martin has done which has evolved into meaningful policy or legislation?

    This kind of nonsense coming from the so-called “left” media is just as damaging as the crap we we see on the right.

  39. 107 Lovepolitics2008
    January 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    And there goes our hopes that Al Jazeera America would be different.


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