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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama tours the Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza (left) and the Pyramid of Khafre, June 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


142 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    June 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Before I head out to work let’s make today a Day of Action

    We can start by all of us contacting Sen. Dianne Feinstein

    Here is her contact information

    Phone: (202) 224-3841
    Fax: (202) 228-3954

    Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
    Twitter: @SenFeinstein

    We can help her to understand that as a Democrat it should be her primary goal to support this President and if she has issue with anything he does she needs to talk to his staff or him directly about it. It is not necessary for her to run to every open mike and give the Republicans and the media ammunition to bash President Obama.

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!!

    • 2 99ts
      June 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

      gm Donna – enjoy your day

    • June 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Morning Donna, thank you for that! Have a great day.

    • June 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

      TY, Donna.

      I think she’ll be on every Sunday show, running with her complaints for maximum benefit to herself, to show how noble and righteous she is, as usual. She’s acting like a woman scorned.

      I hope I’m wrong.

    • June 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Done…i think this is a good Template to send to any DEM who mouths off in the press…re: the President…

      • 6 HZ
        June 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

        Good Morning Donna, and my TOD family. I just called Sen. Feinstein’s office and spoke with a lovely young lady. I told her to tell Sen. Feinstein how hard I work daily to support her; but I would hope now and in the future she would give the president a call and go over and talk with him first, if there is an issues especially of this magnitude and sit down and talk with POB.

        I told them also that I am a little upset with the manner in which they are running away from PBO and running to the microphones and giving the opposition morsel to make an un tasteful mean out of each day. I also told her to tell the Sen., that her support is out here; but PBO’s support is hugely out here as well; and we will work and fight against those who do not get that point.

        The young lady said that she totally understand and she will pass my message on. She was of a kind spirit even as she could hear the firmness in the tone of my voice. I was kind, but I made sure that she understood that we on the west coast and all across this nation are at a fatigue point of seeing Sen. Feinstein and others run to the mic rather than running to the WH and sitting down in a calm and decent manner and speak with the President because he welcomes that kind of interaction and the press welcomes it, but for an entirely different reason, and that is to score points on them and President Obama.

        Thanks Donna for waking us up to this this morning. I was so upset last night, and I knew in my spirit that I needed to make some calls today, and there our beautiful Donna’s message was here. That is the togetherness of this great TOD family that Chips has created here.

        Call your Senators this morning, if you can. As Bobfr reminds us: #TrustBarack. Let us put our energies in a phone call, an e mail or a tweet today. We will overcome the “chatter heads” better with our hand to the keys of our devices to communicate for and with our great President. {{{{{{{{{{{ TY again, Donna.}}}}}}}}}}}} I feel better now. HZ

    • 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      June 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

      GOOD JOB DONNA…I’LL BE CALLING…I AM EXTREMELY ANGRY ABOUT THIS!

      • 9 HZ
        June 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

        GM SUE. They are there. I know how you feel. I do believe that Donna was one of the great called Messengers to us this morning. Let us do it. I just did and I am going to put it in an e mail now. Nothing like having it on a paper messenger as well.

        Have a lovely day, beautiful SUE. Love you, HZ

  2. June 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Happy Wednesday.

    Thank you Chips for this lovely picture.

  3. 12 Roberta in MN
    June 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Gm

  4. 13 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    RACHEL MADDOW 06/03/14 (MUST SEE REPORTING ON GOP MELTDOWN)

    1) Right wing organizes bashing of American POW

    Rachel Maddow reports on the passion and outrage with which the American right is objecting to the return of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, rejecting the longstanding American principle of leaving no soldier behind.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1ouzk53

    2) Right ignores due process in zeal to condemn American POW

    Patrick Murphy, an Iraq War veteran, former congressman, and the host of “Taking the Hill” on msnbc, talks with Rachel Maddow about unexpected passion on the right for leaving an American soldier behind in Afghanistan as a prisoner of the Taliban.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1hy0ZDG

  5. 14 Roberta in MN
    June 4, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Congrats on 1st Gold DonnaDem. I am now watching the press conference in Warsaw live on c-Span. Good reception this morning.

  6. 15 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

    LOLGOP @LOLGOP · 4h

    UPDATE: Republicans entering Day 4 of being mad an American prisoner of war won’t be left in Afghanistan.

  7. 16 vcprezofan2
    June 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Morning/Afternoon(if you’re with PBO)/ Evening, TODobots!

  8. 17 vcprezofan2
    June 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Looks like Harper’s plane is tucked in the corner there.

  9. 18 sherijr
    June 4, 2014 at 7:45 am

    g’morning TOD… Chips/ Nerdy, possibly you might want to add this: http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/06/negotiating-with-terrorists.html?m=1 to your R & S … written by a Retired Warrant Officer at StoneKettle who’s fed up with the malarky regarding Bergdahl/ POTUS.

  10. June 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone. Congrats Donna, on being first this lovely morning. Have a Great Day everyone.

  11. 23 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I’m about Bergdahled out, but this is pretty unbelievable—–Rolling Stone reposting this big Michael Hastings report on Bergdahl from 2012, with the exact predictions of what would happen if there was a deal to rescue him with the release of Taliban prisoners——(Hastings died a year later in a car accident)——that President Obama’s enemies would use it as his “willie horton” moment, would try to damage him with this action. So this has been talked about for years, the exact circumstances, predictions of the exact reactions—–as Todd goes around saying the WH was caught flatfooted by this angry reaction. No they weren’t. And neither was Feinstein—–and everyone else…

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Dotster, I always remember the comment the president made during one of his campaigns– “I will NOT be swiftboated” I believe him. The GOP and all of the president’s collective enemies, including some corporate sponsored Dems, will try, but they won’t succeed.

  12. June 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Anybody know what this is about?

  13. 29 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert · 17m

    Israel survived release of 1k (!!) Palestinian prisoners in exchange for 1 soldiers but RWM media claims US doomed by Taliban 5 release.

  14. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    June 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Morning. As others have commented, what’s happening in Europe today is astonishing to those of us who grew up in the post WWII era of the iron curtain and the pervasive fear of the “enemy” in the East. President Obama is the first in my life time to redefine the concept of our world so that it’s not filled with enemies, but potential partners. To those who profited from the old order, this is frightening and explosively damaging to their self-image. They thrive on paranoia and fear, which is why, as our President strengthens our ties in Europe, they’re stoking scary fantasies of five released prisoners wreaking destruction on us and painting a poor, troubled young man as an enemy, who should have been left to die. Fear, fear, fear is all they’re about. As always, the GOP and all their willing shills will go too far. They will show too much spittle with their hyped up rage and the increasing volume of their rants will start seeming shrill to ordinary people. It’s infuriating and hurtful as Cindy said so beautifully yesterday, but we can’t afford to let them distract us. They want us to take our eyes off the ball so we lose our focus on 2014 or give up in despair. Let’s not let them win.

    • 31 Lynn
      June 5, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Wish I’d found this comment earlier, Jackie. You pulled the thought right out of my head with your words. I haven’t been able to articulate this and you’ve done it for me Many thanks.

  15. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Nerdy, imagine how inspiring it would be to have the First Lady smile at you like that. We would all say to ourselves, “I will not fail her.” Wonderful image. Hope this young man frames it and keeps it near him all his life.

  16. June 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

    :roll:

    • June 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Man, I can’t even bring myself to listen to that.

    • 37 99ts
      June 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

      If she runs as a republican – she will lose – she needs some smart advisers and pronto.

      • June 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

        If this is what she needs to do to win in Kentucky, and it probably is, it’s seriously depressing.

        • 39 99ts
          June 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

          No matter what she says McConnell will win the coal debate – she should thus leave it alone & concentrate on the areas where she can win – UE, health care, vets, education, jobs and jobs.

          I am not there, so could well be wrong – but she seems to be losing dems – and she will not win the GOPers on coal.

        • 40 Vicki
          June 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

          I don’t buy that this is what ALG needs to do.
          Steve Beshear is the (D) Governor of Kentucky. Plus there are more registered (D) than (R).
          Ms. Grimes a making a perplexing choice.

          • June 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

            Ah, that’s true Vicki, stupidly I forgot about Gov Beshear. She’s a huge disappointment, of course it would be bliss to see McConnell lose, but I’ll never have any enthusiasm for Grimes.

            • June 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

              I may be too pragmatic here but when it comes to those democratic politicians, I tend to give them a pass especially when they are in red states or coal country.

              Grimes is playing a dangerous game. What she is missing is that if people will vote for her because of her stance against the president, then they may as well vote for Turtle Face. She needs to differentiate herself. She began doing that, then plunged in mimicking right wing talking points. She may lose a fight that appeared at the onset to be in her bag. That being said, if her strategy wins her the elections, so be it. She can always correct herself once elected (like all of them do, particularly the GOP that has no conviction on anything except one: to block Obama).

            • June 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

              I’m starting to wonder if she’s positioning herself to be in a place to bargain for BIG bucks for KY to phase out coal.

          • 44 anniebella
            June 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

            I wonder if Bill Clinton were President would she be critical of him. Just wondering.

    • 45 nospin
      June 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      she can go straight to h e double hockey sticks.

      Go McTurtle

  17. 46 vcprezofan2
    June 4, 2014 at 8:27 am

    BBL

  18. June 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  19. 49 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Goooood Morning TODlandians!

  20. 50 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 8:36 am

    This thought crossed my mind too…..

    • 52 99ts
      June 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

      From the little I have read – he was “different” & didn’t mix. Leads to the thought he was probably bullied.

      • June 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

        99ts, There is so much from this story that we haven’t heard of and may never know. The bottom line is this: The US don’t leave his soldiers behind, whoever they are. Period. And I applaud POTUS for that.

        Why will young people sign up voluntarily for service if they know that they could be left in the hands of the enemy?

  21. 54 africa
    June 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers.

    Congrats on 1st Donna

    Hiya Chips!!

  22. June 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Uh huh
    Uh huh
    ……………………………………………

    Hillary Clinton Was Skeptical of Taliban-Bergdahl Swap
    By Josh Rogin

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week.

    Despite that the White House’s claim this week that the United States
    did not negotiate “directly” with the Taliban to secure the Bergdahl
    swap, the State Department, Defense Department, and White House
    officials did meet several times with Taliban leaders in 2011 and 2012 to discuss the deal. The negotiations, held in in Munich and Doha, fell apart in early 2012. But before they did, Clinton had a framework deal drawn up that was much tougher on the Taliban than what ultimately got done two years later.

    Three former administration officials who were involved in the process told The Daily Beast that Clinton was worried about the ability to enforce the deal and disinclined to trust the Taliban or the Haqqani
    network in Pakistan, which held Bergdahl until this weekend. Clinton was so concerned, the former officials added, that she may not have even signed off if the negotiations had succeeded.

    …Clinton was not the only top member of the Obama administration skeptical of the deal. Three U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast on Monday that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, flat out rejected the release of the five detainees, saying there was too high a risk these Taliban commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against Americans. Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declined to certify that the United States could mitigate the risk of releasing the Taliban commanders.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html

    • 57 Linda
      June 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

      blah…blah…blah…..

      They didn’t want the bin laden raid either.

    • 60 sherijr
      June 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I’m just glad President Obama prevailed- as one of our soldiers is worth as many Taliban as it takes to get him back, imo. I’m tired of this second guessing… I’m with Jim at StoneKettle- didn’t we supposedly fight these wars and sacrifice a whole lotta folks to NOT be AFRAID??

      Hillary Clinton can remain afraid along with all the repubs.. I’m grateful our POW was returned safely.. and I’ll let the Dept of the Army determine whether there are charges to be made against him, not John McCain, not his few fellow platoon mates (which I find questionable) and certainly not the media.

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        June 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

        Sherijr, the R’s and their shills NEED fear. It’s all they have and they play it to the hilt. If Americans with all their precious guns had any guts, they would tell the fear mongers to go pound salt.

      • 63 Obama Grandmama
        June 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        I fear that Hillary Clinton will not be that much different than a GOP president would be in foreign affairs. I really want someone that will build upon the changes PBO put in place and not just go back to the warlike ways we have had in the past. I remember in the ’08 primary Barack said he would meet with enemies whereas Hillary said she would not and it has not been done in the past.

    • June 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

      It’s funny because I am skeptical of Hillary Clinton.

      • 65 anniebella
        June 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Let’s remember Hillary Clinton was all for the Iraq war of Bush and Cheney. She was WRONG about that wasn’t she.

    • 66 Nena20409
      June 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Triangulation? Here we go again. At 65/66, old habits die Young? Or Old Habits are harder to break. People of good will loath Triangulation for political games.

      I pity those who ignore History…..2008 isn’t that far. People do Remember.

  23. 67 africa
    June 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

  24. 69 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

  25. 70 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Yep——–and NYT reporting Bergdahl’s unit cited multiple times for misconduct. Apparently Bergdahl’s final straw was some horrible death of a young Afghan girl. This might explain these (hired) members of his unit coming forward to bash Bergdahl before he exposes them.
    And agree with the reply who notes that none of this is reported on any news program. Don’t they know what I know?

  26. 73 africa
    June 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

  27. 74 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

  28. 79 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

  29. 82 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

  30. 83 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

  31. June 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    ummmmmm

    ummmmmm

    ummmmmm

  32. June 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

  33. June 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    • June 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • 101 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Hf, this is the worst political strategy ever!! Clinton has an uncanny ability to snatch defeat from potential victory. If her form of governing is to bend with every wind and every criticism, the presidency is much too high a reach for her. She would be in over her head on week one.

      • 102 99ts
        June 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

        So true jackie – she does seem to blow hot/cold – just like the media – it does not make for a President.

      • 103 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

        Exactly Jackie. Clinton (and her advisers) are too wedded to to the corporate structure which includes the mainstream media and many GOPers. Thus they gyrate with whatever silly narrative the MSM puts out there and the result is a glaring lack of consistency and shifting of positions from one week to the next.

        PBO on the other hand, is always consistent and doesn’t care about the 24- or 48-hr news cycle, whether he’s up/down in the “polls” in a given week, or what so-and-so said on MSNBC last night. He implements a strategy and STICKS to it – based on the information HE HAS, based on HIS KNOWLEDGE of the constitution (which is solid), and based on HIS CRITICAL ANALYSIS of the end result.

        It’s not hard to see why the public almost always trusts PBO at the end of the day….as Bob always says: #TrustBarack

        • 104 EricFive
          June 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

          Very true. She is weak and has no integrity. The gop/msm could easly manipulate her into stupid and costly wars. She feels the need to prove how tough she is to compensate for being a woman.

  34. 105 jackiegrumbacher
    June 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

    More good news from PA. After Rasmussen showed a 20 point lead for Dem Tom Wolf over Gov. Corbett, PPP’s latest poll has Wolf leading Corbett by 25 percent!!! Wolf has the support of 24 percent of PA Republicans and has a whopping 43percent lead among Independents. Pennsylvanians just can’t stand Corbett and they seem to be ready to break a long-standing tradition of electing each governor for two terms. Anything can happen and the Koch-supported Corbett will get a lot of money from the brothers, but if these poll results are anything like the November election outcome, I’m praying that voters also reject the Republican state House and Senate majority. Electing a governor whose hands will be tied by a right wing legislator is not going to get us very far.

  35. 112 dotster3
    June 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Despicable Feinstein still mad Obama beat Hillary, so gives critics and the entire news media opportunity to say that ‘DemocratS are also saying that PBO broke the law’…..

    • 113 Linda
      June 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Feinstein is a leaker and PBO knows that !!!!!

    • 115 Vicki
      June 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I think this may be an accurate read on Diane F. She is part of the woman scored group which includes Maureen Dowd of the NYTimes, all the PUMAs, HRC.

      The strategy this bunch is using now—-Bash PBO at every opportunity—–makes me think that there is no presidential bid for HRC in the future.
      Perhaps what is happening is a If We Can’t Have It, We Will burn It All Down.
      (I doubt anyone will agree with me on this.)

      • June 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

        i feel you Vickie…

        but i do not know what is up with all of this….my firts thought is that she wants folks to know that although she was in POTUS’ cabinet she differs with him on issues…that she is not a carbon copy of Barack Obama….who she is trying to appeal to …i am not sure…

        however…she has tagged the leadership of the Presidents’ election team to work on hers…

      • 117 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

        I AGREE with you Vicki!!

        These PUMAs have seen the writing on the wall and HRC’s internal polls do not look good – regardless of what the MSM claims or what polls they put out there. HRC’s “endorsement” couldn’t even get that PA candidate competitively close in a DEM primary let alone nominated to run in the general.

        • 118 Vicki
          June 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

          There you go, Hopefruit.

          Hopefruit and LL, if you’re awake out there, it looks like Wendy Gruel—Bill Clinton’s darling in her Failed LA Mayor bid, Failed again last night.

          Clinton endorsement as often kiss-of-death as it is a help to a candidate.

          • 119 hopefruit2
            June 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

            Oh dear…and that about sums it up. Allison GrimesKY had better wake up and smell the coal…

    • 120 nospin
      June 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Don’t Care. We NEVER leave our men and women in uniform behind. Period. Full Stop. #nomoreclintons

  36. 121 Dudette
    June 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Love ya! See ya!

  37. 122 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

  38. June 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Natalie Cole: An Unforgettable Dream House

    The singer recalls the English Tudor home her dad, Nat King Cole, bought in 1948 in a predominantly white section of Los Angeles—triggering a wave of racial hostility but a childhood of fond memories

    The house where I grew up in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles was like a dream—even though my family faced threats after my father bought it in August 1948. At the time, many homeowners in white areas of Los Angeles refused to sell to blacks and other minorities, and Hancock Park was predominantly white and wealthy. But as a young girl, I was oblivious to all that. I felt like royalty living in our home.

    I was born in 1950, so my first memories of our English Tudor brick house were filtered through my mid-’50s childhood world. I don’t think my dad had a clue that the neighborhood was going to have such a hostile reaction to us living there. Both of my parents were celebrities and exceptional artists. After all, my dad was Nat King Cole, one of the country’s most popular pianists and singers, and my mom, Maria Hawkins Cole, had been a singer in Duke Ellington’s band. She wanted a nice house after they married in ’48 and my dad had the money to buy it for his new bride. His money was as good as anyone else’s, and he figured that would settle it.

    But it didn’t. When my mother, father and older sister Carole moved in they became the first black family in the area. Apparently my father’s real-estate agent had a light-skinned black woman put a binder on the house and then sign it over to my dad. The neighborhood was furious when they realized what had happened. Despite cash offers, threats, a lawsuit and racist signs on our lawn, we stayed put. Little by little, many of the neighbors calmed down once they realized we were a great family. My mom was a natural interior decorator and she turned the house into a symbol of elegance and beauty, and my father’s fame kept growing in the ’50s. It was impossible not to love him.

    We lived in an interesting neighborhood. On one street were the Van de Kamps, who made their fortune in baked goods. On the others were the Gettys and Shells of oil fame, and the Vons and Ralphs, who pioneered supermarket chains. My best friend was a daughter in the Ralph family, and we sold Girl Scout cookies together. I got along with all the girls in the neighborhood. As kids, we had no clue about the racial stuff that seemed to preoccupy adults. We just enjoyed our life as kids.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/natalie-cole-an-unforgettable-dream-house-1401298798?mod=WSJ_GoogleNews

    • 124 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Rikyrah, I’m glad the Coles shielded Natalie from the hatred. They were obviously good parents. The people of Hancock should have been honored to have such a family in their neighborhood.

  39. 125 desertflower
    June 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    As discussion of the Bergdahl exchange gets more and more out of control, it’s nice to find someone knocking down one of the major misperceptions, as does Slate’s Fred Kaplan with the “negotiating with terrorists” meme:

    Many columnists and congressmen make a big point that America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Well, sometimes America does, but the key thing here is that the Taliban delegates, with whom U.S. officials have been negotiating in Qatar over the fate of Sgt. Bergdahl, are not terrorists. They represent a political faction and a military force in Afghanistan; they are combatants in a war that the United States is fighting. In other words, Bergdahl was not a “hostage” (another erroneous term uttered by Rogers). He was a prisoner of war, and what happened on May 31 was an exchange of POWs.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_06/negotiating_with_terrorists050607.php

    And then of course, there’s this:

    The Israeli government (which can’t be considered soft on terror) trades prisoners with Hamas and Hezbollah all the time. In the most dramatic case, Gilad Shalit, an Army private abducted by Hamas, was traded for 1,027 Palestinian and Arab prisoners, 280 of whom had been serving life sentences for terrorist attacks against Israel.
    The example of Israel should end this particular argument pretty firmly. You can say the Obama administration paid too high a price for Bergdahl, but discussing the price with the Taliban was no kind of “outrage.”

  40. 126 Linda
    June 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    PA man kills 9-months pregnant girlfriend with shotgun blast to face, says it was an accident

    Doctors in central Pennsylvania delivered a baby during emergency surgery on a pregnant woman shortly before she died from a shotgun wound.

    Police said 25-year-old Denver Blough told them he had accidentally shot his girlfriend, 23-year-old Caressa Kovalcik, during an argument Saturday at the Windber apartment they shared with their 11-month-old son.

    Kovalcik died after delivering the child she had been carrying for nine months, reported The (Johnstown) Tribune Democrat, and the baby was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for additional care.

    “What’s going to happen to my baby?” Blough asked state police as they took him into custody.

    Blough, who worked for an asphalt company, was charged with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault charges, and other charges.

    Police said Blough admitted he accidentally shot his girlfriend during an argument.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/03/pa-man-kills-9-months-pregnant-girlfriend-with-shotgun-blast-to-face-says-it-was-an-accident/

  41. 127 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

  42. 128 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Glad to see that Senator Reid is calling out the GOP on their B.S.

    • 129 japa21
      June 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Well, by make every effort they didn’t mean make every effort. They meant send 3 gazillion troops after him. Then they could blame him for every soldier lost in the attempt.

      And, btw, it looks like no soldiers were killed in an attempt to find him after all.

    • 131 COS
      June 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Feinsten should listen to Sen. Reid.

  43. June 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

    War on voting follows GOP inaction on rights

    Rachel Maddow reviews how Republicans failed to follow up on promises to fix the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by the Supreme Court, helping usher in a new Republican war on voting with new ID laws, restrictions and intimidation tactics.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/war-on-voting-follows-gop-inaction-on-rights-273215043693

  44. 133 japa21
    June 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • 134 Layla
      June 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

      One should NOT respect fools with ill intentions

    • 135 Nena20409
      June 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Pres Obama indeed treats them with respect. TBGOPers want their butts KISSED. POTUS said: Hell No. POTUS asks for adult conversation and resolution of our collective problems. TBGOPers said: Hell No. The TBGOPers since Nov 2008 have chosen to obstruct and disrespect this president than to solve problems.

    • June 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

      RESPECT? Do they even know what it means? Treat others as you want to be treated comes to mind. Maybe they should try treating PBO with the respect they want to be treated with. I have never witnessed PBO treating anyone other than in a respectful way.

  45. 137 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I guess Reid is now on Twitter expressing his opinions and defending PBO’s actions. Good to see.

  46. 138 japa21
    June 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

  47. 140 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    June 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT TODAY FOR DOING SOMETHING I CANNOT PHYSICALLY DO…FOR TRAVELLING TO NORMANDY TO HONOR THE SOLDIERS THERE. MY DAD…WILLIAM ENGDAHL…WAS AN ARMY WAR HERO WHO NEVER GOT OFF THE NORMANDY D-DAY BEACH. PHYSICALLY HE CAME HOME BUT HE WAS MENTALLY DESTROYED WITH PTSD WHICH HADN’T REACHED A MEDICAL AWARENESS BACK THEN. HIS LIFE WAS A NIGHTMARE AND OTHER THAN WORKING HE SPENT IT IN SOLITARY. YEARS LATER I HAD TO COMMIT HIM TO THE VA TO TRY AND PREVENT SELF-DESTRUCTION…BUT THAT ONLY LASTED 30 DAYS AND HIS DEMONS WERE TOO BIG. FINALLY, IN 1976 HE DIED AT THE AGE OF 52…HE DRANK HIMSELF TO DEATH AND WAS DEAD IN THE HOUSE 2 DAYS BEFORE HIS NEIGHBORS NOTICED. MAY HE REST IN PEACE…I KNOW HE IS IN HEAVEN BECAUSE HE WAS A SICK MAN AND I HOPE TO SEE HIM ONE DAY.

    • 141 Dudette
      June 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Sue,

      i’m saddened to hear of the difficlties your Dad (and your family) faced after the war trauma he suffered. His wounds though not visible were deep and scaring. His service and sacrifice deserves remembrance and the utmost respect. I salute him. You honor him by sharing his story.

  48. 142 JIM and BARB PINE
    June 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Chipsticks: I received a note regarding my email. They will only respond to the emails from their state of CA. However, I can copy it to a letter and mail. Which I will do. But you might tell others about this situation. Thanks B. Pine Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:24:14 +0000 To: ksgashog@hotmail.com


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