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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk back to the White House after joining members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept 11th




President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta observe a moment of silence at the Pentagon

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afternoon all

Iowa Democratic Party

Last week at Firebaggerlake:



USA Today: President Obama announced a new military strategy on Thursday that will cut the Pentagon budget by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Speaking from the Pentagon, Obama said the plan is “smart, strategic” and sets priorities.

…. The new military strategy includes $487 billion in cuts over the next decade. An additional $500 billion in cuts could be coming if Congress follows through on plans for deeper reductions. The announcement comes weeks after the U.S. officially ended the Iraq War and after a decade of increased defense spending in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after the president spoke on the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon


Washington Post


Dana Milbank: If this is Mitt Romney’s idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses. The day after his impossibly thin eight-vote victory …. he flew here for a town hall meeting at Manchester Central High School, where he was to bask in the endorsement of his 2008 arch rival, John McCain.

But the senator grimaced when he was introduced, and as Romney delivered his own stump speech, an increasingly impatient McCain pulled up his sleeve and checked his watch. McCain gave his endorsement address without mentioning Romney’s Iowa win until the end. “By the way, we forgot to congratulate him on his landslide victory last night,” he said, laughing. Romney ignored him.

….. Romney continued to wrestle with words when he took the stage … “What a, uh, big night we had last night, or what a big morning we had, uh, last morning, this morning, in, uh, Iowa,” he began…..

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Randall Enos


Ah, the Firebaggers just keep on embarrassing themselves …. from Firebaggerlake:


Raw Story


Washington Monthly: What If Obama Loses? … there’s a widespread assumption that extreme positions taken in the (GOP) primaries will fade in the general election as candidates “move to the center,” and will disappear entirely once the serious business of governing begins. Surely President Newt Gingrich would not get rid of child labor laws. Surely President Perry would not seek to eliminate three cabinet departments.

We don’t think that this year, with this GOP, those assumptions are warranted. And so we asked a distinguished group of reporters and scholars to think through the hitherto unthinkable: What if one of these people actually wins?

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Thanks BWD


Chart of the Century:

Steve Benen (thanks Meta)


yesterday ….

Vice President Joe Biden greets a guest following a ceremony at the Pentagon (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Shanksville (Pete Souza)

Shanksville (Samantha Appleton)

The site where Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville (Pete Souza)

Arriving at the Pentagon landing zone in Arlington (Pete Souza)

The Pentagon (Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama signs a paper for children at the Pentagon (Pete Souza)

More official White House photos here


the longest day

Night everyone – thank you all for your kind words, and for being so civil on a difficult day. You’re seriously good people.


A woman hugs President Barack Obama as he greets guests following a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


the pentagon

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet families of victims of 9/11 and military personnel at the Pentagon Memorial






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