rise and shine

The President returns to the White House from New York


10:05 President Obama delivers remarks at a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University

5:0 The first family attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting. The President delivers remarks




President Barack Obama will speak alongside former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and anti-AIDS activists in a World AIDS Day panel on Thursday.

The President will join the event’s hosts at George Washington University to participate in the discussion. Clinton and Bush will appear via satellite. Bush is in Tanzania with President Jakaya Kikwete.

Other guests include Bono, whose ONE and (RED) campaigns have sought to raise awareness of global AIDS and poverty issues. Artist Alicia Keys will also participate on the panel. The singer is the co-founder and global ambassador of Keep A Child Alive – a non-proft organization that helps families in Africa with HIV and AIDS by providing medicine and supplies.


The hand of President Barack Obama reaches out to ‘high-five’ a supporter at a campaign fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel, November 30, in New York




Thanks UT


Morning everyone. I’ll be out for a few hours, but will catch up later 😉

291 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    December 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Good morning Chips & TOD family

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    December 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Good Morning TOD


    All along, everything has gone according to Mitt Romney’s plan. His strategists didn’t believe that Tim Pawlenty would catch on. They were confident that Michele Bachmann would fade. They were prepared for Rick Perry. They never thought Herman Cain would pass the commander in chief test.

    But they didn’t count on a late and strong rise by Newt Gingrich.

    Oh Oh Williard…mankini newton leroy is on your heals.


    • 3 ChristiMtl
      December 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

      To be fair, I don’t think anyone saw that coming lol…..I sure didn’t..

    • 4 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

      I never thought in a million years after the Tiffany fiasco that Newt Mankini will ever be the front runner. Nobody like Willard for sure. 🙂

    • December 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

      the thing about Newt is….his slime is already out there. there’s nothing you can pull out the hat that would say, ‘ hmmmm, I’m gonna rethink my support of Newt’

      Newt is SLIME.

      if you support Newt, you’ve already decided that his slime doesn’t bother you

    • December 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Good Morning TOD. I’m a little late this morning.

      When Newt’s entire staff quit, I thought it was over for him. I still wonder how serious he is. I read instead of doing a fundraiser or campaigning he was doing a book signing in Long Island (I believe) New York. I know it was New York.

  3. 7 symmetry11
    December 1, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Deal by deal, U.S. ambassador turns salesman in China http://reut.rs/v5BSBZ

  4. 12 ChristiMtl
    December 1, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Good morning everyone,

    Can this guy be more delusional…the serial liar

    ”Romney to launch assault on Gingrich as “serial flip-flopper” — Romney preps Gingrich attack”

    From what I can see on twitter: Romney is on the cover of TIME and apparently his flipflopping doesn’t mean that he is not consistent…it’s actually a good thing.

    Who is Rick Stengel anyway……

    • December 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

      He is apologizing for mittens. Lol!

    • December 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

      We could have used Rick Stengel in the 04 elections, when Kerry flipped once on his saying he does not support the war in Iraq. That one flip, lost the election for him.
      Now, Time magazine is carrying the water for Mittens.

      • 15 57andFemale
        December 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

        As I recall, Kerry’s big flip flop was that he votedto bring a vote to the floor and then voted against the bill — someting procedural like that.

        I actually heard a Republican on MSNBC the other day say that Mitt’s flip-flops were in no way as bad as Kerry’s. Now THAT’s pushing an agenda, facts and truth be damned.

  5. December 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Repost from last thread.

    Been out of loop due to crappy innnernet connection with limited bandwidth.

    I see that newt is the flavor of the week while ‘herb’ cain is in the doghouse. Really rethugs ??? Both mofos are serial womanizers but at least, cain stayed married to the same woman (with his worts and all) for decades and you choose multiple marriage, impeached, newt over the black guy ??? Guess your days of ‘we ain’t racists’ are over. Fuck you, teabaggers.

  6. 17 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Hahahaha Hilarious TIME magazine cover. It has a picture of Mitt Romney with the words “Why Don’t They Like Me?” Hmmmm…..maybe it’s because you’re a #FlipFlopper Willard?

    Also Rick Stengel of TIME on Morning Joe said that Romney’s flip flopping is not a bad thing and Democrats should stop trying to paint it as a bad thing. It doesn’t mean he’s not consistent and wouldn’t be a good president. It’s actually a good thing. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat????? I thought I was freaking hallucinating but people on twitter also heard him say the same thing. How ridiculous is that? Does he really expect that to fly with voters? How desperate are the media morons on Morning Joe and the media sphere?

    • December 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

      up is down, left is right with these folks. I sincerely hope the american voters aren’t as stoopid as they were in 2000, 2008 and 2010. Three strikes, you’re already fucking out.

      • December 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

        It’s the media that won those elections for the GOP.

        • 20 hopefruit2
          December 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

          Yes the media has been campaigning for the GOP since 2009. The midterms 2010 were the media’s doing. It worked for them because most voters are ignorant of how congress works and who their congressmen are. But the presidential elections are a bit different and it’s clearly proving to be far more difficult for the media to simply swiftboat our President. Watch morning Joke get angrier and angrier as the months go buy and their latest savior (Gingrich) begins to tank in the polls and they’re stuck with Romney.

          • December 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

            I dunno, Rick Stengel really stuck up for Romney in his magazine!

            • 22 hopefruit2
              December 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

              He has no choice but to stick up for Romney, because he realizes that the GOP is going to be stuck with Romney whether they like it or not. Newt Gingrich has a ton of baggage that will sink him eventually.

          • December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

            All of the MSM is just like Rupert Murdoch in that they want to be the kingmakers and want to be catered and pandered to by the White House and if they act against the Administration.

      • December 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

        I think you meant to say 2004. We did pretty well in 2008.

      • 26 Betsy
        December 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

        In 2008 they elected PBO, so they smartened up for that year. I think they’ll do it again in 2012 by re-electing PBO.

    • 28 Uche
      December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Morning Joe and his crew are living in an alternate universe. You just can’t miss it when they start reciting GOP talking points. Joe even chanelled Romney verbatim by saying…’the President didn’t create this economic mess, but he made it worse..’. With all the work PBO is doing – both overt and possibly covert – nobody gives him any credit. Even Donny Deutch who’s supposed to be a supporter accepted the false meme that PBO has been ‘hands-off’ in handling the economy.
      The myopia of it all is what gets me….this damn problem was decades in the making! And they want it all solved by PBO waving a magic wand.

      • December 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        It’s such a shame that these jokers are given a programme to educate the public, but instead all they do is sit and sordidly ramble disingenuously every morning. A total waste of morning come alive. Oh God, just had a thought. But, isn’t this what F*** Noise do all day long? Wow….what legacies these folks will leave behind!

    • December 1, 2011 at 8:18 am

      It’s a big thing in the General, he is trying to stave off criticism for layer on.
      In the primary, it’s the Mormonism and the health care law that is hurting Romney.
      Rick Stengel has been talking to Rove!!

    • 31 hopefruit2
      December 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

      HAHA! It’s interesting when it comes to Republicans how these “pundits” twist themselves into pretzels trying to spin positive…but when it comes to our President, they twist themselves to do the exact opposite. Like amk said, up is down, left is right. The media is just as dishonest and vile as the GOPers they carry water for.

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

      And did Stengel and Mourning Joke defend John Kerry against the Bush/Rove attacks that he was some chronic flip-flopper? I bet they didn’t. I bet there is even quotes from Joke echoing the smears on Kerry somewhere in the intertubes…

  7. 36 desertflower
    December 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Good morning! The LOD Colbert segment is a MUST SEE! The man is a genius…I actually find him funnier than Jon Stewart….

    Do yourself a favor and start your day with a laugh…watch that this morning….don’t be sipping the coffee though 🙂 I think I’ll watch again…

    The Christmas tree lighting looks fun….bet we’ll see great pictures from that…

    Have a great day everyone…it’s Thursday already!

  8. December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Shawn Donovan is going in front of congress today saying that the FHA needs a 50 billion dollar bailout.
    Yeah right. Nice try Shawn. It ain’t gonna happen. Maybe the FED?

  9. 43 Linda
    December 1, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Good Morning…. Did you all see Jay Carney on AC360 last night ? Is the President campaigning in the swing states ? Who is paying ?


    But…but…but… They Republicans say he is campaigning on the taxpayer dime.

    Unfortunately…TeaNN did post the entire segment where Jay basically told Cooper off.

  10. 45 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Completely off topic. But Chris Hayes of Up With Chris on MSNBC just tweeted a picture of his new baby. 🙂 Cute, cute baby.

  11. 49 Linda
    December 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Cable News ratings are out for the month of November… UpChuck Todd came in last. teehee.

    • 50 Uche
      December 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Not surprised. You can’t be so cynical and a complete douch on your programe and expect good ratings. Karma!.

    • 51 Bill
      December 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Chuck has three or four titles at NBC and MSNBC. I wish some one could explain why he even has a job. It is not because of knowledge,smarts, wisdom, looks, sense of humor, personality, or likability. Why?

      • 52 dotster3
        December 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

        What I want to know is why Morning Joe and GOPolitico are allowed to set the whole political conversation every day, as if their “deep thoughts” have any relation to reality or truth. It’s all a bunch of bs. Joe sits there spouting Republican talking points pretending he’s something other than a true red Republican from Pensacola, Fl., almost all the guests are rt. wing, anti-Obama puppets. And then their talking points spread throughout the rest of the news media as if they were gospel, as if they had merit. It’s nuts.

        • 53 Bill
          December 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

          Dotster, the good news is that Morning Joe has well under a million viewers and is not as near as important as they believe they are. Only political junkies can put up with them, and I doubt if they change many minds. Ask someone who works at your grocery store or your post office who Morning Joe is, and they will not have a clue.

        • December 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

          what “deep thoughts”? Mourning Joke is a complete fraud and douchebag! The only deep thing he has are his pickets and the deep shit
          he manages to shovel every Monday thru Friday from 6am to 9am.

      • December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

        Because he does what his bosses want.

      • December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        Because chuckie toad is a weasel and carrier for the wimpets! Poor damn-fool chuckie. Watching him act so fake and ‘knowledgeable’ about his’lassertions’ and imited world, makes me want to rush the tv and slap some sense into him.

    • 59 utaustinliberal
      December 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

      BWAHAHAHAHA *choking on uncontrollable laughter* Hahahahahahahahaha. Must. Stop.Laughing.So.I.Can.Tweet. 😆 😆 😆

    • 60 utaustinliberal
      December 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Hey Linda could we please have a link. I just tweeted about the news and Chuck Todd got pissy at me. 😆 I want to show him the link.

      He and Jake Tapper are birds of a feather. They HATE it when people demand truth of them and are sooo thin skinned.

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Sharpton Ratings Smash! MSNBC #1 Among Black Viewers
      After much controversy about the hiring of the Rev. Al Sharpton, the new TV ratings are in, and Sharpton’s show is a smash.

      • December 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        I don’t even know why there was so much controversy, except that many (like Randi Rhodes) think it was her turn to get a TV show, and not Rev Al. Jealousy is a bad thing. My only concern with Rev Al was that he might get corrupted by the powers that be, but he seems to be holding his own, even with his occasional Repug guests. I’m proud of him.

      • 71 anniebella
        December 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Great news Sonjia.

      • December 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        People generally seem to prefer authenticity,even if they don’t fully agree with one’s positions. Respect and admirations is gleaned from this and The Rev Al is a truthteller,keeps it real and doesn’t give a rat’s a**. Go Rev!

    • December 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      He’ too busy leaning forward!!

  12. December 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

    (Reuters) – Early reports by big U.S. retailers showed November sales were better than expected, buoyed by a strong turnout on “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year.

    Shoppers shrugged off economic concerns to buy gifts as well as shop for themselves, giving a big lift-off to the holiday shopping season. Five of the six retailers tracked by Thomson Reuters that have reported November sales so far have beaten expectations.

    Total retail sales for the weekend reached an estimated $52.4 billion, up from $45 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.


    • 75 hopefruit2
      December 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Many months ago, CNN was preaching doom and gloom for the economy. The stock market had taken a nosedive, and there was a whole panel on talking about how the US and world economy is going down, no confidence in Obama, etc. Yet, ALL the panelists had huge grins/smiles on their faces while supposedly talking about doom and gloom, and it became immediately evident to me (and probably to others) that this was nothing but pure propaganda on the part of CNN. I think consumers are fed up of the media playing stupid games, selling outrage, predicting false gloom, while enabling the Republicans in congress to stall any efforts at recovery.

      I also predicted that once the President unveiled his jobs act, the economy would “magically” start to show signs of recovery (which was there all along but was being deliberately suppressed by the Republican employers and their media bosses) because the GOP would be now be blamed for any continued failure of the job market to improve. So said, so happened. The media and GOP had hoped that they could safely run on the economy in 2012, but now that’s clearly not going to happen, because PBO has out-maneuvered them. So what do they do? Resort to what they do when their back is against the wall and they have nothing else…race-baiting/dogwhistles (e.g., he can’t connect with the people), and promotion of infighting (e.g., using OWS to splinter PBO’s base, invoking PUMERISM by pushing the tiresome meme that Hillary should replace Biden).

      Media +GOP = FAIL

      • December 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

        You are so right hopefruit. They had to talk gloom and doom because it is all about the success of the President, not about our country. I knew the economy was better than they were reporting and others had to realize that too with their own lives improving. There are more people in the stores, manufacturing is up, GDP is up, unemployment is steadily going down, however slowly.

        For me, although I knew it already becase we are all tuned in daily to current events, was when my family and I went to Disneyland over Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving day is usually a very slow time, but not this year. It was standing room only. Cast members and other Park goers could not believe how busy it was. It wasn’t just the rides. People were buying souvenirs, eating like crazy. You cannot disguise prosperity or doom and gloom.

        • 78 JoJothecat
          December 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

          I was unfortunately, listening to Thom Hartmann, who has been predicting that the stock market will crash since April 2008! He has been predicting another “Great Depression” since 2009 and now says we ARE IN a Depression as I watch tons of people going to work, shopping, stock market reaching 12K…but for him, we are in a Depression. I truly hate listening to Thom Hartmann, he is so anti-Obama that the only reason he wants him re-elected is for the SCOTUS and thats all.

          • 79 Obama Grandmama
            December 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

            I know what you mean about Thom Hartmann. I used to listen to Progressive Radio in the mornings for background noise as the tv shows were geared towards the Repubs in the morning. Now I go silent instead.

          • 80 MoObama
            December 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

            Tom Hartman has never liked Obama. He would go on for an hour about how Obama didn’t say this or that or how Obama wasn’t like some other politician. His wife got tired of it and said, “let Obama be himself”. So when your wife tells you to shut up I need to turn you off.

            • 81 nathkatun7
              December 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

              Tom Hartman is in love with his perfect President, Thomas Jefferson. Never mind the fact that Jefferson owned over 200 slaves. Jefferson also promoted the doctrine of white superiority and black inferiority.

              • 82 Eleroy
                December 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

                And Thom Hartmann is wrong everytime!!!

                He who told us not to discount Michelle Bachmann that she was a formidable candidate!!! LOL!!!
                Then he gets so mad when his cock-sure predictions do not come to pass and then digs in and digs deeper in his hostility and envy of President Obama!!!

          • 83 donna dem 4 obama
            December 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

            And this is why the Presidents poll numbers are where they are. Folks are told day in and day out that things are not getting any better so even though there are indicators all around us that say our economy is vastly improving they believe the worse. The left wing media feels that they do better when Dems are out of office because we become more engaged and enthused about complaining about the other side. Its all manipulated just at Hopefruit stated.

      • December 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        Great analysis, hopefruit2. I have come to listen to the economic reports and always add, “but”, or “however”, at the end of the first part, because no matter how good the news is, there is always a little negative twist added at the end to make sure people don’t get too hopeful or optimistic. The reality is that the actual indicators have been moving along nicely, particularly for an economy that was so deeply damaged, and has lost a lot of its foundation because of those industries that don’t make anything (i.e. the Financial industry) and with the GOP obstruction. I’m not sure how the media expects things to get much better week to week when the GOP and greedy corporatists are deliberately doing nothing.

        As soon as I saw the President’s goal to double exports by 2015, I grew even more confident. The country needs to produce things, save more and consume less. And that means that the rest of the world needs to consume more. Increasing trade is the perfect answer,and the President is on track to meet that goal. The GOP don’t know anything about the global economy – they only know about amassing money using dubious means. The right person is definitely in the Oval Office.

      • 85 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        Another of your spot-on commentaries, hopefruit. I totally agree with you about the National media’s hostility towards President Obama.

      • December 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        The way I feel is that the doom and gloom is a negative on my spirit. Don’t need it, thanks,even if the doom is in front my face. Why the media persists in this type of perspective with the American public is an insult and is pure evil,I don’t care which channel. Turn them off people. Turn them off!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:27 am


  14. December 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

    BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The new head of the European Central Bank signaled on Thursday it was ready to take stronger action to fight Europe’s debt crisis if political leaders agree next week on much tighter budget controls in the 17-nation euro zone.

    Speaking a day after the world’s major central banks took emergency joint action to provide cheaper dollar funding for starved European banks, Mario Draghi painted a dark picture of the state of the banking system.

    “A new fiscal compact would be the most important signal from euro area governments for embarking on a path of comprehensive deepening of economic integration. It would also present a clear trajectory for the future evolution of the euro area, thus framing expectations,” he told the European Parliament.


    They got ten days!

    • 91 Linda
      December 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

      According to Jeffrey Sachs it was clear that the European Banks were about to collapse within the next ten days..

  15. 92 desertflower
    December 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Norbrook has a great post up…..pass it along to all your “liberal warrior” friends!


  16. 93 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Goodmorning TODville, that time magazine cover is not good for Willard no matter how the pundits spin it.

  17. December 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Sharpton Ratings Smash! MSNBC #1 Among Black Viewers
    After much controversy about the hiring of the Rev. Al Sharpton to fill the MSNBC time slot vacated by liberal pundit Cenk Uygur, the new TV ratings are in, and Sharpton’s show is a smash.

    While MSNBC has never been able to trump the conservative juggernaut of Fox News, MSNBC resoundingly beat CNN in all “dayparts,” according to the latest Neilsen ratings. TVNewser reports:

    MSNBC pulled back ahead of CNN this month, reclaiming the #2 spot among the cable news networks across the board: in primetime and in Total Day.

    Sharpton’s show, “PoliticsNation,” is a part of that success. According to the network, the show is 50 percent ahead of CNN’s “John King USA” in the 6 p.m. weekday time slot. According to the network:

    At 6 p.m., “PoliticsNation” hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton beat CNN’s “John King USA” by 50% among total viewers (767,000 vs. 512,000) and by 41% in the demo of A25-54 (171,000 vs. 121,000). This is MSNBC’s best A25-54 6p program delivery since Dec. 2010 and the lowest 6p delivery for CNN since August 2010.

    MSNBC has been rated first among African-American viewers for almost two years straight.


    • December 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

      cenk u(gghh)ygur ? wtf was msnbc thinking?

      Glad that straight talking reverend is making a difference.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      MSNBC needs to figure out that the African-American viewers have been loyal for two years, and those same viewers are loyal to President Obama. If they want good numbers for 2012, then MSNBC needs to stop bashing the President, and catering to their GOP guests and water carrying pundits.Personally, I haven’t watched MSNBC for a long time now, and only watch clips when posted here. It’s done wonders for my blood pressure!

      • 99 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Theo, I thought I was alone. I haven’t watched the cables for almost two years and that means I don’t have to be angry at my poor t.v. I may start checking out Rev. Al’s show.

  18. December 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Gingrich:” I want to be the best paycheck president in American history”

    So far, Newt Gingrich has a solid lead in South Carolina over runner-up Mitt Romney.

    He’s hoping to remain the front-runner and use that support to win the primary and ultimately the election.

    On Tuesday, he hosted a town hall meeting in Newberry to talk more about his issues.

    Gingrich asked his supporters to stand with him to take back their country and guide it toward recovery.

    He spoke about making practical decisions, using principles and core value, three things he says separates him from Barack Obama.

    Gingrich didn’t waste any time picking out the problems, and many of his supporters at the town hall in Newberry all seem to agree.


    • December 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Oh he is indeed separated from the president by principles and core values, although not in the way the serial adulterer thinks he is. Defining himself as principled is a slippery slope for old Mr. Hypocrite. South Carolina is hardly a bellweather of mainstream thinking.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      What kind of principle and core value can Gingrich point to that the President doesn’t trounce him with a million times over? Soundbites won’t win the election.

  19. December 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The GOP From Abroad
    Der Spiegel says what few US outlets are prepared to say:

    “Africa is a country. The Taliban rule in Libya. Muslims are terrorists. Immigrants are mostly criminals, Occupy Wall Street protesters are always dirty. And women who claim to have been sexually molested should kindly keep quiet.” Welcome to the wonderful world of the Republican Party. Or rather: to the distorted world of its presidential campaign.

    For months it has coiled through the country like a traveling circus, from debate to debate, from scandal to scandal, contesting the mightiest office in the world — and nothing is ever too unfathomable for them… These eight presidential wannabes are happy enough not only to demolish their own reputations but also that of their party, the once worthy party of Abraham Lincoln. They are also ruining the reputation of the United States. They lie, deceive, scuffle and speak every manner of idiocy. And they expose a political, economic, geographic and historical ignorance compared to which George W. Bush sounds like a scholar. Even the party’s boosters are horrified by the spectacle…

    Platitudes in lieu of programs: in serious times that demand the smartest, these clowns offer blather that is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans. But as with all freak shows, it would be impossible without a stage, the U.S. media, which has been neutered by the demands of political correctness, and a welcoming audience, a party base that seems to have been lobotomized overnight. Notwithstanding the subterranean depths of the primary process, the press and broadcasters proclaim one clown after the next to be the new frontrunner, in predictable news cycles of forty-five days.


    • 106 desertflower
      December 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Ouch! That sounds about right! Too bad the “media” here has a problem with reality and facts.

    • December 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Platitudes in lieu of programs: in serious times that demand the smartest, these clowns offer blather that is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans. But as with all freak shows, it would be impossible without a stage, the U.S. media, which has been neutered by the demands of political correctness, and a welcoming audience, a party base that seems to have been lobotomized overnight. Notwithstanding the subterranean depths of the primary process, the press and broadcasters proclaim one clown after the next to be the new frontrunner, in predictable news cycles of forty-five days.

      Nail, meet the hammer.

  20. December 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

    The 2011 White House Holiday Guide:


    Holidays at the White House:


  21. 111 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

    So does anyone know whether the President got heckled at his fundraisers by OWS folks? From what I read on Old Orange last night, it appeared that they changed their mind and decided that they would greet him instead. Not sure exactly how that went down.

    • 112 utaustinliberal
      December 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

      I haven’t seen any news of them protesting or mic checking him. You bet your ass if they had; the lamestream media would be all over it this morning. 😉

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

      They met him outside with signs, about 20 of them!
      One such instigation, was a Leon panetta being hung snd the sign read are you f*cking nuts?
      Nice, huh?

    • 116 donna dem 4 obama
      December 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

      They apparently didn’t want to ante up the money so they protested in the street


      • 117 utaustinliberal
        December 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

        Haha. They’re all a bunch of wussies. Have they asked themselves why their movement isn’t ethnically diverse? Have they asked themselves why they aren’t mobilizing to register voters? Have they asked themselves why their movement is devolving into stupid and unnecessary scuffles with police? Have they asked themselves why they haven’t been paying attention since 1/20/2009 when PBO has constantly been on their side. Noooooo….all they do is protest him and say he sold out to corporations. They need to realize that people who are working their asses off for 2012 to make sure republicans don’t take back power and further wreck the economy do not have time for their misguided crap.

        • 118 donna dem 4 obama
          December 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

          Apparently there was a diary yesterday on the new website OWS aka Dailykos titled “Occupy Obama”. There was tons of blowback about it and the author of the diary was forced to change the title and this whole “occupy the President” idea was basically squelched. One of the comments left me with a big ole smile:

          “Nonviolent protest is powerful. But OWS seems to have become taken over by those who enjoy being anti-anything-and-everything adult. There is a difference between principled anger and principally angry. OWS is losing much of the support it initially garnered in the area in which I live – which is very deeply involved in the Walker recall. In fact, there is a great deal of worry that by spring the OWS protest will have generated a back-lash that will endanger our recall efforts. People involved here feel we are working FOR something and that OWS is only working to destroy our current system, both the good parts and the bad parts.

          I support the goals of OWS (in terms of working towards the wellbeing of the 99%) and have participated in local events. But my primary efforts at the moment are getting Walker out of office and getting Obama reelected.”


          • December 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

            OWS is too arrogant to listen to such advice. I’m sure there are more sensible people among them but they’re either not talking or not being heard.

          • 120 hopefruit2
            December 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

            Yes donna, I saw the diary that you are referring too. The author clearly did not expect such pushback (I was also pleasantly surprised) and had to soften his original position.

          • 121 Lovepolitics2008
            December 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

            “There is a difference between principled anger and principally angry”

            Wow, one of the best quotes of the year !!!

      • December 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        If any of those OWS people listened to President Obama’s speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, they’d know that he’s doing a lot more than any of them to combat greed, corruption and joblessness.

        Apparently, the New York branch of OWS have now moved into office spaces in a building owned by one of the very banks they purport to oppose. They would be a lot more effective if they stayed at home and called their Congress people and insisted that they pass the President’s Jobs Act. I understand their need to stop feeling powerless, but their tactics are ignoring the very real power they have – which is the fact that Congress works for them, and they each have a vote. If I was a member of Congress, I wouldn’t feel the slightest threat from a group of people who’s current goal is to sleep in parks and get on TV, and who are actively advocating and protesting against the very person who is fighting for them.

  22. 126 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Here’s a great front page on PBO’s visit yesterday from the Scranton Paper! (as per Dan Pfiefer on Twitter)


  23. 127 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Here is some plain truth about the WH messaging from Eclectablog:

    // There has been a LOT of complaining about the poor messaging coming out of the White House. It’s hard to find anyone on the anti-Obama left that doesn’t have some negative thing to say about it, in fact. What most people don’t realize is that the White House has pretty fantastic messaging when it comes to the main media sources. From Daily Press Guidances that give the next day’s events along with background to official White House statements, press releases and speech transcripts, they are providing America’s media with plenty of fodder for their reporting. So far as I can tell, the vast majority ends up in the trash folder.

    I am on the White House Media Office mailing list so every day, I get the same emails every major media outlet gets. There isn’t a day that goes by that I see evidence that the White House team is on message, on target and doing all they can to let America know, through the media, what they are thinking, planning and trying to accomplish. //

    Read more at:

    • 128 utaustinliberal
      December 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Electablog is absolutely correct. The White House doesn’t have a problem with messaging. Their messaging team is fantastic. I get daily emails from them also. http://www.whitehouse.gov is a digital and aesthetic masterpiece. They have live streams and videos of all events. ALL events; from press briefings to oval office meetings with foreign dignitaries, to roundtable discussions etc. If you’re not listening; you’re not paying attention. The media is the one who distorts the whitehouse’s message. PBO and his team use all sorts of outlets to get their message across every freaking time. At every event or townhall PBO conducts, he reminds voters about http://www.whitehouse.gov. Anyone who says they dropped the ball on messaging clearly hasn’t been following this administration from the get go.

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

      I totally agree with this assessment of White House messaging. If we know it, the media knows it, but they CHOOSE not to present to present it to the public. On the other hand, they will broadcast every Republican press release they can get their hands on. This has got to be the message we deliver to everyone we know.

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Eb nails it and so are you hf. I’ve taken issue with people cribbing about WH messaging and that includes bwd.

      When you have a wilfully lying media and pundtwits completely blanketing out what this admin says and does and then you blame the admin for it, you are as clueless as the pl.

      • 131 dotster3
        December 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

        It was never more obvious than Obama’s recent trip. I don’t remember one word of it reported on any news media outlet here. I do remember Chuck Todd standing in all the different locations reporting on Cain and Gingrich and never mentioning President Obama or his activities/accomplishments once.

      • December 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

        I stand by my opinion on this issue, but we can sometimes disagree. Love you to pieces, you know. 🙂

        • 133 hopefruit2
          December 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          ‘s all good BWD! We disagree on this particular issue but the bottom line is that we love our President and will work to get him re-elected in 2012! 🙂

      • December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        I don’t know what else the White House can do. Corporations own the media. The powers-that-be decides what’s going to get aired. PEW reported that PBO got 9% positive coverage while Perry got 22% positive coverage. What’s the WH suppose to do about that.

        I was hoping that Current TV (primarily owned by Al Gore) would be a positive outlet for liberals. Instead we get Keith Olbermann, Markos, and any other far left whinner to bash President Obama non-stop. So, it appears to me that social media and blogs is the way to go. Democrats who are able to get on these political shows have to be forceful in getting the truth out there. When you see that the Sunday political shows are booking 95% or more Republicans it can get a little depressing. But we all know what we have to do:

        Press On!

    • December 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      This is so true – I get so frustrated by people who claim the White House messaging is the problem, but then state that their sources of information are the mainstream media outlets that they know are GOP water carriers. The MSM machine is too big to overcome in its current form, but the White House has made information available to anyone who’s interested – and it’s up to us, and the grassroots network, to get that message out to as many people as possible.

      • 137 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

        I think the WH is very much aware about the national media filters that either refuses to report on, or distorts, what the President is doing or has been able to achieve. I think this is why the WH decided to go through local media instead of relying on the National media, and especially the WH Press corp. with the like of Jack Tapper and Chuck Todd.

  24. 138 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Chuck Todd is so freaking thin skinned. I tweeted that he came in LAST in the Cable News Ratings for November 2011. He and Jake Tapper are birds of a feather. They hate it when anyone challenges them on their daily dish of crap. They get all sanctimonious. Other people retweeted my tweet and had a good laugh. He got huffy with me and tweeted me; telling me that I obviously don’t know how to read and can’t read. I sent him a link showing that out of 30 cable news programs in november 2011, he came in LAST. Heck Rev Al’s new show Politics Nation beat Chuck Todd’s Daily Rundown. Rev Al came in 18 and Chris Matthews came in 17. As of press time – writing this comment – he hasn’t replied. He’s strangely quiet. The supercilious, arrogant, smug, blowhard! 😆

    • 139 hopefruit2
      December 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Nice – give him hell UT! You provide him with the facts, and he can’t spin this one. I see he’s getting lots of pushback on Twitter espeically now that he has allowed that wannabe/has-been Jindal to spew nonsense on his show. Since he LOVES to push numbers when it comes to braying about our President’s approval ratings, let’s see him bray about the cable news ratings.

    • 140 Linda
      December 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Was he doing his show during the Asian Trip or will he blame the trip on the low ratings?

    • 141 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Congratulations UT for getting Chuckie Boy mad.

    • December 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Keep hitting the chuck turd, where it hurts most. This punk was a nobody before 2008 and the clueless nutroots pole-vaulted him to this current useless position.

    • 143 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Wonderful, UT! Armed with real information, you take ’em all on.

      Ed Schultz was the same way (only worse) a year or so ago to one of our own (and he even emailed me a ghastly follow-up message, as well). He was put in his place, finally, and had to admit to his nastiness – but only after Phil Griffin found him out.

      Telling you that you “can’t read” is so childish, it’s almost unbelievable. But, then again, it’s Friar Tuck Toad, child reporter.

    • 144 nathkatun7
      December 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Bravo, UT! Keep exposing them and their BS!

    • 145 Eleroy
      December 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

      LOL UT!!! Serves the blowhard right!!! Their Karma hasn’t even begun to rain down on them!!!

  25. December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    December 01, 2011 8:35 AM

    Willard the Wuss

    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney’s interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier on Tuesday was a bit of a disaster. The Republican presidential candidate, who generally goes out of his way to avoid anyone challenging him on anything, came across as combative, agitated, and overly defensive.

    It’s one thing, though, to screw up a media appearance. It’s something else to whine about the questions.

    Baier told Bill O’Reilly last night that Romney complained directly to Baier — twice — that the questions were “overly aggressive” and “uncalled for.”

    After having seen the interview with the candidate, there’s just nothing there to complain about. Some of the questions were tough, but there were no cheap shots, and we certainly didn’t see Baier interrupting Romney the way he did with President Obama in March.

    But even if Romney convinced himself that the interview was outrageous, complaining about it is, as Nate Silver put it, “Drudge-siren level stupid.”

    There’s a growing sense that Mitt Romney is, for lack of a better word, a wuss. Even if voters were willing to overlook Romney’s incessant flip-flopping, his inexperience, his affinity for Wall Street elites, and his far-right platform, most Americans just don’t care for candidates who convey weakness.


    • December 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

      If you consider a Fox news interviewer overly aggressive, you are not capable of dealing with the presidency. You can send PBO into the worst lion’s den with large, snarling, hyper aggressive cats and he comes out unscathed. Willard went into a lamb’s den and got his feelings hurt. He’s shown he’s incapable of playing in the big leagues–a kitten in a big cat world.

      • 148 jacquelineoboomer
        December 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

        President Obama can take out a fly during an interview and then ask for the next question – he’s so calm, cool and collected.

        PBO also invites adversaries (Ryan) to sit in the front row, so he can discard their viewpoints from the podium, right in front of ’em.

        Fun to watch, and I can’t begin to tell ya how glad I am that he’s on our team. Or we’re on his team, whichever came first!

    • December 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

      It’s also in the debates where Romney whines to the moderator about wanting time to respond or not getting enough time.

    • 152 Obama Grandmama
      December 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      I think the debate where Perry and Mitt got into a back-and -forth and Mitt complained Perry’s time was up then looked to the Moderator for help confirms the weak thoughts.

  26. December 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out
    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 30th, 2011 at 11:50:17 PM EST

    We all know the story to one degree or another. The financial sector set up a system that encouraged mortgage initiators to prefer subprime loans to prime loans. They stopped asking for any documentation proving an ability to pay back home loans. They sought out unsavvy borrowers and steered them to riskier loans because they got bigger bonuses that way. The garbage loans were packaged up into derivatives and given deceptively high credit ratings. Then those derivatives were sold to unwitting customers who lost tons of money when they went bad. Meanwhile, the big banks bet against their own financial products even as they marketed them as safe investments. When the house of cards fell, the government had no choice but to save the banks because our economy can’t function without a banking system. Then the bankers took the money and paid themselves big bonuses while millions lost their jobs, their homes, and their retirement security.

    There are a few bankers out there who are honest about what happened.


  27. 154 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Okay, Jon Huntsman is clearly showing us how he really feels about women. He has been pimping his daughters (most likely as eye candy for horny males in the media) to boost his struggling presidential campaign, and recently referred to Cain’s female victims/accusers/mistresses as “bimbos.”

    Their (Huntsman’s daughters) latest Youtube video is just plain ridiculous. I’m not even going to link it here to give it more attention than it deserves.

  28. 157 carolyn
    December 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Willard’s question…..”Why don’t they like me?” I don’t think it has much to do with flipflopping….it’s just that he is a plastic person, a phony, an empty shell, there’s nothing inside, and eventually people see and feel that. His manner is so patronizing and condescending and out of touch with anyone in the real world that we react negatively to him. There is nothing he can do to make himselrf likable, as they say “he is what he is!”
    There is a sheen to him at first, but he doesn’t wear well. He is the little rich kid who was never challenged and truly disliked everyone but a few people. He cannot PRETEND to like people because he doesn’t. He wants the Office, not the responsibilities or work. He doesn’t work, he never has. He gave Massachusetts about two years worth of “working” and the last two years slept. The longer he is in the spotlight, the less people like him. His staff knew that, and I’m sure that is why they’ve kept him away fro one-on-one interviews. I would love to have seen Tim Russert interview him, with his famous “Let’s go to the videotape!” He would have been totally capsized.
    He’s like Sarah complaining about the questions….they were really softballs.

  29. 160 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Hey Guys early heads up: PBO speaks at World AIDS Day panel at 10:05am ET/ 9:05am CT The live stream is also up and running. 🙂


  30. December 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Apple denies claims that Siri is anti-abortion


    Good for people who pushed back on this. Make the effing corporates responsible for what they do.

  31. 163 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

  32. December 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Mike Allen is causing problems, flagging a remark by the President last night saying- that he has done more for Israel security than any other President.
    Trying to mock him.
    Does mike Allen know that even old Bibi days the same!

    • December 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Says! He also put forward a plan in Egypt last month, when Egyptians stormed the Israeli embassy, this President was responsible for saving six Israeli Nationals, and Bibi took note!

    • 167 anniebella
      December 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Well Jovie what’s the problem? He probably isn’t lying. He probably have done a lot for Israel security.

  33. December 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

    It’s pretty obvious that msnbc is pushing a third party candidate, Rachel last night and now this jansing lady has on a group sponsoring a third party run.
    Msnbc, the no labels third party news outlet.


    • 169 blondegrrl
      December 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

      as long as the third party candidate is a republican, I am all for it

      • December 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

        On rachels show he was from the left pushing climate change initiatives!

        • December 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

          Any so-called Professional Leftie who pushes a third party candidate wants a Republican in the White House. To my knowledge Rachel has NEVER come out and said she’s a Democrat. Personally, I don’t know what she is. Maybe a Libertarian who leans left.

        • December 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

          The President can point to the more left initiatives that have stalled in Congress. He’s tried Climate Change, closing Gitmo, getting his nomination to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Agency confirmed, passing the DREAM act, building an investment bank. All of these have been stopped cold in Congress, and many of them have been stalled by Democrats who sided with Republicans. So, tell us exactly how a Far Left candidate will be more successful getting these initiatives through than President Obama, who was able to galvanize public opinion for many of these measures?

          • 173 Eleroy
            December 2, 2011 at 3:23 am

            Thank you Theo!!! But Jovie also needs to calm down seriously!!! All this freaking out over everything including that by bit players will drive any sane person carzy!!!

            Jovie, please stop with the freak out!!! So not helpful and so not worth it!!! Seriously!!!

  34. 174 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

    That Willard TIME cover is almost as scary as the Michele Bachmann cover. Yikes.

  35. 175 donna dem 4 obama
    December 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Thank you PBO for saving the auto industry!!


    Shoppers streamed into car dealers in November, pushing auto sales to their highest annualized rate since the federal government’s “cash for clunkers” program in August 2009.

    By most estimates the annual sales rate was expected to hit about 13.5 million vehicles last month, modestly higher than in October and up about 10% from November 2010.

    “The market is getting stronger. Prices have eased from the spring and summer and people are seeing a lot of advertising out there,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with auto information company Edmunds.com.

    General Motors Co. said it sold 180,402 vehicles in the U.S. last month, up 6.9% from a year earlier


  36. 178 Linda
    December 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Top GOP Strategist Admits He’s ‘Scared’ Of Occupy Wall Street Because It’s ‘Having An Impact’

    Luntz told attendees that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death.”

    – Don’t Mention Capitalism: Luntz said that his polling research found that “The public…still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

    – Empathize With The 99 Percent Protesters: Luntz instructed attendees to tell protesters that they “get it”: “First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ … ‘I get that you’re. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”

    – Don’t Say Bonus: Luntz told Republicans to re-frame the concept of the bonus payment — which bailed-out Wall Street doles out to its employees during holidays — as “pay for performance” instead.

    – Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It: “They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers,” Luntz instructed the audience. “We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”

    – Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich: Luntz reminded Republicans that Americans actually do want to tax the rich, so he reccommended they instead say that the government “takes from the rich.”


    So …basically…he is telling them to just lie…..


    • 179 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

      And any time some Frank Luntz advice comes out into the sunlight, I can’t help but think he planned that, too.

      He’s one guy who does not have anybody’s best interests at heart. Anybody who spends his every waking moment devising “the message” is just institutionalizing – forever – the fact that no Republican is permitted to work for the common good or speak from the heart or think for himself or herself.

      Imitators, all.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I think it’s humorous that this: – Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich: Luntz reminded Republicans that Americans actually do want to tax the rich, so he reccommended they instead say that the government “takes from the rich.” will fly with people. He’s really jumping the shark with this latest set of talking/spin directives. Like people aren’t going to see through “Pay for Performance”. Yeah right. #hubris

    • December 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Oh, please – cut the crap. The best way to keep this Occupy “movement” going is to have Repubs come out of the woodwork and pretend to shiver with fear. Exactly what do they have to be afraid of? These people have stated that they’re not interested in voting. They would back a third party candidate. They don’t want to push for passage of any of the legislation that would help to solve their stated grievances. They’re preoccupied with sleeping in tents and having it out with police. Their primary legislative issue is legalizing marijuana. They are busy claiming credit for any successes that the President achieves, so he won’t get that credit in the minds of voters. I saw a few people claiming credit for the GOP changing stance on the payroll tax cut, but I haven’t heard anyone from OWS talk about the payroll tax cut, and I’m sure if you were to question any of the evicted campers, they’d tell you that they don’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to any of the legislation that’s currently pending.

      They are the GOP’s election year dream scenario, and will go a long way to demoralizing potential voters and providing cover for the massive voter disenfranchising that is under way with GOP governors. The only cost the GOP are paying is a little embarrassment when they get mic checked.

  37. December 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

    EYE ON AIDS: President Obama is at George Washington University today to deliver remarks on HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day. Obama takes the stage at 10:27, after being introduced by Sanjay Gupta.
    Obama: “Few could have imagined that we’d be talking about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation. But we are. And we arrived here because of all of you and your unwavering belief that we can – and will – beat this disease.”
    The president continues: “Today, I’m announcing some new commitments. We’re committing an additional $15 million for the Ryan White program that supports care provided by HIV medical clinics across the country. Let’s keep their doors open so they can keep saving lives. And we’re committing an additional $35 million for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs…
    “…But we’re not stopping there. We know that treatment is also prevention. And today we’re setting a new target of helping six million people get on treatment by the end of 2013. That’s two million more people than our original goal,” drawing huge applause.

  38. 189 lovingandlaughing
    December 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    OMgoodness, that Colbert clip about Herman had me laughing so much! Have a great day everyone!

  39. 190 rikyrah
    December 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Apparently The Cause Of Income Inequality Is Poor People Existing
    by Zandar

    That’s this week’s Occupy message from the LA Times, as the “Let’s get the Dirty Effing Hippies” counter-movement rolls on in cities like LA and elsewhere across the country. AEI Junior Randian, Third Class Nick Schulz explains why America’s massive income inequality is reality, and it’s because of you bloody poor people.

    The reason is straightforward. The role that human and social capital plays in helping a person generate income in an advanced economy has increased over the last half a century. And over that same time, the primary institution for inculcating human and social capital has badly weakened.

    Social scientists routinely find that individuals raised in intact families are generally better equipped to thrive in the economy. Today’s 99% is teeming with tens of millions of Americans who were not raised in a stable home environment, and their earnings potential is compromised as a result.

    If you had simply inherited your money from a rich, stable two-parent family (where dad’s on his third wife and mom’s on her second husband), you wouldn’t be poor.


    • 191 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Some of these folks need to “inculcate” themselves a soul.

    • December 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Funny – the current President of the United States was raised in an “unstable” home environment. He’s a millionaire, and highly successful. Given that over 50% of marriages end in divorce these days, their lies are pretty easy to poke holes into.

  40. December 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    Following up on the remark about Allen and Israel, I found this story. The story sites “international pressure” – I wonder who that was?

    Israel agrees to release tens of millions of dollars of withheld tax money to Palestinians


  41. December 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

    More good news about jobs and the economy

    Boeing keeps new jet at Pacific Northwest plants


  42. December 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Training NY Supers To Reduce Energy

    the video is great, last 2 minutes has plain talking building superintendents who make a lot of sense. Go SEIU


  43. 199 Linda
    December 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    VP Biden tears up when discussing Iraq casualties.


    • December 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Thanks so much, Linda. Joe really spoke his mind and his heart. Superb answers. GAH, I hate the MSM.

      • 201 Linda
        December 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

        Yep…Her questions were pathetic.

        • 202 utaustinliberal
          December 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

          Ann Curry was annoying in the interview. What kind of questions were those? VP Biden made the interview bearable. When he teared up while talking about his son, Iraq casualties, and scenes with families at Dover; it brought home once again how costly this unnecessary war was and just makes one so mad to think that if it was up to the GOP candidates and John McCain, we’d be there til thy kingdom come. Thank goodness for the Obama administration.

          • December 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

            I used to really like Ann Curry, but ever since she became an anchor and after her first horrid interview with President Obama – I’ve gone off her. I haven’t heard of her doing a decent job since then.

  44. 204 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

    OMG—and why?—-and not that it matters but Barbara Walters just announced that The Donald—-ewwwww—-is on her “most fascinating” program this year. Why??? What is fascinating about Trump, other than his hair configuration? I see Newtie is meeting with the Trumpster now too. Why? I expect he’ll be announcing doubts about Obama’s birth certificate soon.

    • December 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Truly disgusting. I’m sure he’ll go on and slam POTUS and spew his ugly empty soul. BW makes me gag. Time for her to sail off with her BFFs, Scarianna, Newt and Callista.

      • 206 Brittany
        December 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

        I do not like Barbara Walters. I never got one she is considered a great journalist.

        • 207 jacquelineoboomer
          December 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

          She was one of the early women reporters who paved the way, which was a good thing (back when women could only cover society events). Now she (and Andrea, too) just need to be paved over.

          • 208 utaustinliberal
            December 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

            😆 😆 😆 😆 You have a whiplash wit Jacqueline and I love it!

          • 209 Eleroy
            December 2, 2011 at 3:54 am

            Yea, “paved” the way by doling out massive favors in horizontal positions!!! These were not the best or the brightest women in the field, but the most immoral and callous who slept and scratched their way to the top!!!

            The smartest and brightest never got half the opportunities these airheads got!!!

      • 210 jacquelineoboomer
        December 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

        … and I’m not sure who’s scarier, but “Scarianna” is the best name for her I’ve ever seen! Oh, I’ll be borrowing that one, honey pot.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Does anyone still watch that show?

    • December 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      I hope the President and First Lady don’t invite her to the White House for the annual special this year. She is horrible.

    • 214 Eleroy
      December 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Donald Trump and Barbara walters are great “friends”!!! Barbara is also great friends with Newt Gingrich, Arianna Huffington, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Gulliani and every loud, hateful, callous racist with a million dollars to spare!!!

      Just call them the millioniare racist club!!!

  45. December 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Ppp polling is taking suggestions on which questions to ask in next weeks polls?

    I’m happy to announce that starting Monday we’ll be releasing a weekly Iowa tracking poll for the remainder of the campaign. The tentative schedule is to put out polls on:
    -Monday, December 5th
    -Monday, December 12th
    -Monday, December 19th
    -Wednesday, December 28th
    -Sunday, January 1st
    I think we’re generally going to release these polls in the evening.
    We need your help coming up with the content. Obviously we’ll do horse race, second choice, and favorabilities for all of the candidates. But what questions beyond that would you like to see us ask Iowa Republicans every week for the duration of the campaign?
    We’ll also have polls in North Carolina and Colorado next week (Georgia cheated the vote.) We’ll do all the standard Presidential stuff and the Gubernatorial race in North Carolina but what else would you like us to ask about in those states? Thanks as always for the suggestions…


  46. 216 rikyrah
    December 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    This is what I meant by Newt surging is the worst thing for Willard. See, there’s no dirty little secrets for Newt. Newt is SLIME.SO, if you decide to vote for Newt, you’re already saying that you don’t give a shyt about him being human slime. …


    December 01, 2011 10:40 AM
    The scenario they didn’t see coming
    By Steve Benen

    There are a whole bunch of well-sourced reports this morning on the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and they all pretty much say the same thing: (1) Mitt Romney and his team never expected Newt Gingrich’s recent surge; (2) Romney and his team aren’t sure what to do about it.

    Here’s the L.A. Times’ Doyle McManus, for example.

    The Romney camp is worried.

    By this point in the Republican presidential campaign, Mitt Romney’s backers had hoped that conservative voters would be coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor as the inevitable nominee.

    But that’s not happening.

    Now, Romney and his aides are having to contemplate nightmare scenarios: A Gingrich upset in New Hampshire, a Gingrich victory in South Carolina, a Gingrich endorsement from Sarah Palin — and a bitter, two-man race all the way through the 11 primaries of Super Tuesday on March 6.


    • December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Romney has been to busy campaigning and lying about PBO instead of campaigning against his opponents to get the nomination. At one point he was measuring the curtains. I think the lovefest among the candidates are over. 🙂

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Romney camp has surrogates out everywhere trying to attack Gingrich without any fingerprints leading back to Romney because Mitt doesn’t want to disobey the 11th commandment publicly.

      Also the Romney campaign is highlighting his family values – being married to his wife for 42 years, with the hope of course being that the media would then juxtapose that with Newt’s affairs and three marriages.

      Mitt’s problem is that the big shifts seem to come as a result of debate fallout. Bachmann, Perry and Cain all had sucky debates that caused folks to look elsewhere. The next GOP debate is 10 days away – so this Newtmentum storyline will likely be the main storyline for the next 10 days. And then come the debate on the 10th of December, if Newt survives that he almost will have to be considered the new front runner. Newt will likely be under attack from all sides in the debate – will he survive it?

      Cain did have the harrassment charges and now Ms. White – but that was new info for the press to sink it’s teeth into. Reporting on Newt’s affair from 15 years ago and 35 years ago isn’t news.

      Also if Mitt is starting his attacks on Newt with personal attacks, it could really piss Newt off to go scorched earth.

    • December 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      “A Gingrich endorsement from Sarah Palin”? Is that a good thing? I hope this doesn’t mean that women will be making an appearance again. I thought we’d finally gotten rid of her.

  47. 220 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    That TIME cover is a thing of beauty. Who knew they had it in ’em?

    Poor Willard (not!) — being unlikable is not a good trait to carry into an election. Womp Womp. 😆

    • 221 Obama Grandmama
      December 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      This likeability factor reminds me of the 2008 Primary debate where Hillary was asked why she is not liked. She sort of pouted and pretended to be hurt and BO said “You are likeable enough, Hillary.” I watched that exchanged and saw it as BO coming to her rescue while the media pounced on BO as being snarky to her. It is sometimes hard to know how things will be interpreted by others.

      • December 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        I’ve never understood that criticism from that moment. I thought the President (then-Senator) came to her rescue with that comment, too. Didn’t see how the media could see it as being snarky.

        • 223 Eleroy
          December 2, 2011 at 4:19 am

          It was a case of demanding that Hillary be lavished with unquestioned praise and love every waking moment even as she was running around being evil and spouting off every hateful thing she and her surrogates could muster and every kitchen sink they could throw at President Obama!!! It was unbelievable!!!

  48. 224 rikyrah
    December 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Mitt Romney vs Bob Forehead

    I’ve pointed this out before. But I trust Rasmussen to poll older white conservative voters who form the base of the GOP, if little else. And I presume their methods and samples are uniform. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that Rasmussen’s latest poll of Obama against a generic Republican shows the generic dude – let’s call him Bob Forehead (in honor of Stamaty) – with a 6 point lead.

    But Rasmussen reveals at the same time that every GOP candidate but one fails to match Bob Forehead even before the shape of the general campaign next year gels. That one is not Romney. Rasmussen’s latest poll of Obama vs Romney reveals that Obama would beat Romney by six points. So that’s a 12 point gap in a conservative-skewed sample between Forehead and Romney. In contrast, Rasmussen now has Gingrich 2 points ahead of Obama.

    Romney underperforms Forehead by 12 points, Gingrich by only four, in the polling group likeliest to capture the most GOP-friendly sample. Romney is losing his electability card. Which is one of the very few cards he has with the base of his own party.


  49. 225 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Every msnbc anchor is pushing a 3rd party candidate today. Who sets the agenda for all of them there? Who’s in that meeting? What astute political minds? And is Alex Wagner supposed to be liberal? If so, that’s a big miscalculation. Now she’s touting Huntsman, and airing the Huntsman gals’ “musical” dad ad. And asking if he would appeal to those who just can’t seem themselves voting for another 4 years of Obama. And she constantly smiles inappropriately.

    • 226 hopefruit2
      December 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Does that phony fake-liberal have a twitter address? Because i’m going to shame her arse and tell her, sure, Huntsman would definitely appeal to those who can’t see themselves voting for another 4 years of Obama because it pains them to see a Black man in the WH. I’m sick and tired of her BS.

      • 227 donna dem 4 obama
        December 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm


      • 228 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        Please go after on behalf of us who still have not mastered twitting. It’s important that these people not be allowed to claim to represent us by pretending to be liberals. How in the world is Huntsman more liberal than President Obama?

        • 229 Eleroy
          December 2, 2011 at 4:27 am

          Funny that anyone who might “not see themselves voting for another 4 years of Obama” would actually consider voting for a washed-up, flimsy, poor imitation!!! LOL!!!

          The lengths the sad excuse of a “media” will go to push their lazy alabaster pony Jon Huntsman and their contrived horserace for ad dollars!!!

    • 230 Linda
      December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      They are all just grasping at straws because the Republicans have no candidate. She came from the Arianna School of talking out of both sides of your mouth in the same segment.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Any mention of his “bimbo eruption” slur against the victims of sexual harassment?

      • 232 utaustinliberal
        December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        No, no mention which, as a female and a human being is highly insulting. He was mocking victims of sexual assault. Imagine if it was a Democrat or heavens forbid President Obama who said that, it would measure *OVERBLOWN BREAKING NEWS* in what passes for “respectable” media.

    • 233 SueBee
      December 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Richard Wolffe set her straigth though, Ari Melber did as well

    • 234 Bill
      December 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Having Meghan McCain going on amd on praising Michele Bachmann for being smart and knowledgeable does not make for insightful viewing.

    • December 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Again,confirmed that nearly all these ‘newsy anchor’ folks are IMMORAL. They have sold their authentic souls …and years later will write a book and apologise. Just watch and see.

    • 236 Eleroy
      December 2, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Dotster, maybe if you and all 150 of her viewers stop watching, maybe MSNBC might stop wasting money and air time on this teething toddler Alex wagner!!!

  50. 237 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Huntsmann has a web ad up — Mittstant Replay

  51. 238 JER
    December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Vice President Biden in Iraq streaming now: http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  52. 240 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I see Chuck Todd—sigh—-told his “alma mater”, George Washington U.——attended but never graduated—–that he feels the WH isn’t run very well—–that any time there is 9% unemployment, the West Wing is not being run well. He’s disgusting, grown such a big head for no good reason.

  53. 254 tally
    December 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm


    Shut up, I’m in CA. I had to crawl over downed power lines and toppled trees this morning.

    ANYWAY – So, every so often I go to our giant TOD on TWITTER list, to make sure I’m following everyone.

    I suggest everyone do the same:


    And yes, I’m wearing one of my (RED) shirts today! 😀

  54. December 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Good afternoon TOD. Here’s a post article by emiliawahoo in response to the actions of the Senate earlier this week.

    WASHINGTON —”The polarized US Senate on Tuesday beat back an attempt to set aside proposed rules on detention of terrorism suspects, defying a White House veto threat and criticisms from the FBI and the Pentagon. By a 37-61 margin, senators defeated an attempt to strip the proposed regulations from a vast annual spending bill that has yet to pass but is seen as a sure thing because it affects US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”


    I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but it needs to be repeated. President Obama signed an executive order the day he took office to close Guantanamo. Since then, Congress has voted no less than four times to continue policies that keep Guantanamo open. Congress has voted unanimously against civilian trials for detainees, voted against funding the closure of Guantanamo, and voted for indefinite detention.


    The idea that President Obama lied about closing Guantanamo Bay irritates me more than possibly any other political meme out there, because saying that means you are willfully overlooking and excusing the actions of congress. Presidents do not rule by fiat.


  55. 257 tally
    December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    In other news, our POTUS loves my HOT MEN RUNNING so much, he called their coach INTERNATIONALLY (they’re on a South Pacific Exhibition tour), to congratulate them on winning the MLS CUP.


    oh. yeah.


  56. December 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Mass. AG hits big banks with foreclosure lawsuit

    The Massachusetts attorney general has filed a lawsuit against five large U.S. banks accusing them of deceptive foreclosure practices, such as robo-signing. Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Thursday the lawsuit was filed in state court inBoston against Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc, Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo & Co and Ally Financial.

    Coakley’s office said the lawsuit was filed after more than a year of negotiations with the banks involving all 50 states.



    • 261 tally
      December 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Michelle Bachmann is PROOF that evolution exists, in that MOST OF US have evolved past where she and her brain function are.

  57. 262 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This is why PBO/OFA/DNC have had to run repug ads — no need for them to spend money when failed GOPMedia give free air time…

    Cheapest GOP Primary in Decade Defies Forecast

    Even as experts predict that the 2012 presidential race will be the most expensive in U.S. history, a funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican nomination: It’s becoming one of the cheapest primaries in a more than a decade.

    The top nine Republican candidates spent $53 million through September, compared with $132 million spent at the same time four years ago. The sum is even lower than totals reported during the same period in the 2004 and 2000 primaries — when most candidates still were abiding by campaign spending limits in order to receive public matching money.

    more — http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-01/cheapest-primary-in-a-decade-defies-campaign-spending-prediction.html

  58. December 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Mayor Bloomberg calls the NYPD ‘my own army’

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said the New York Police Department was like his own personal military force during a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to PolitickerNY. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” he said. “I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”

    Bloomberg was speaking about why he prefers City Hall to the White House. But later in the speech, he raised the possibility that he would seek the presidency. He claimed the executive duties performed by mayors prepared them for the White House better than other political positions.



    h/t Eric W. Dolan

    • 266 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Of course, according to OWS, PBO has control over NYPD and personally ordered macing, beating, arresting of OWS …

  59. 267 rikyrah
    December 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    December 01, 2011 12:30 PM
    Huntsman offers a ‘Mittstant Replay’
    By Steve Benen

    Honestly, is there any entity in politics more effective in slamming Mitt Romney than Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign?

    In this new video, Team Huntsman not only draws additional attention to Romney’s awful interview with Fox News, but also fact-checks Romney’s denials about flip-flops.

    As is usually the case with Huntsman’s videos, any party or campaign can use a clip like this. Lob off the last five seconds, and anyone hoping to undermine Romney is ready to go.

    This is just the latest in a trend. Huntsman is struggling badly to compete, and nearly every national poll shows him in last place among Republicans, but Huntsman and his campaign have been focusing heavily on slamming Romney, and they’ve proven to be very good at it.


    • December 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Mitt’s problem is that he has no media safe harbor. Talk radio is much too conservative and if they support him, they still don’t like the guy, Gingrich used to work at Fox and Fox on the whole seems less than impressed with Romney. Any more moderate Republican on non-Fox stations seem infatuated with Huntsman. His plan was to lay low and win the nomination by default and than all the conservative media would get in line behind him and offer him the softball interviews.

      If Mitt’s campaign was smart they would have went to David Gregory for their desired softball interview.

      • December 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        Totally agree Saintroscoe. Well said. I am so happy that Mitt is finally getting scrutiny from someone besides the Obama campaign. He is not ready for primetime, although he has been running for president most all of his life. He has a very thin skin.

  60. 273 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    For what its worth, GOPRasmussen has a new natl poll out showing Gingrich ahead of Romney, 38-17.

  61. 275 rikyrah
    December 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    December 01, 2011 1:20 PM

    Understanding the nature of education aid
    By Steve Benen

    From time to time, I find it enjoyable to poke fun at congressional Republicans and their, shall we say, limited understanding of the world around them.

    But this quote, delivered on the House floor this week by Rep. Rob Woodall (R) of Georgia, is one of my new favorites of the entire year. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) had just finished saying that students who get degrees invariably improve their income levels. Woodall didn’t care for the observation.

    “My colleague who was here right before me said the value of higher education, in terms of future earnings, is undisputable [sic]. The value of higher education, Mr. Speaker, in terms of future earnings is undisputable. And then went on to talk about all the federal programs that provide money so that people can seek higher education. Now my question is, Mr. Speaker, if the value is undisputable why do we have to pay people to do it? If the value is undisputable, why do we have to pay people to do it?” [emphasis added


    • 276 JoJothecat
      December 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      It’s called “Investing in our future”! I am one of those people who took advantage of free grants to pay for my education and I also worked part time. I am proud to say I am a professional that makes a better than average salary and a very proud Democratic, property owner, and taxpayer for the past 29yrs! As an african american female, raised by a single parent, raised on welfare….pretty damn good investment!

  62. December 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Vote coming up at 2pm EST on Feinstein’s amendment #1125 to clarify the applicability of requirements for military custody with respect to detainees.

  63. 280 dotster3
    December 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Newt doubles down on his brilliant idea to abolish child labor laws—–said poor kids should clean bathrooms.

  64. December 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Manchin: “We tried the payroll tax last year and i supported it. But i will not double down on a failed policy.”

    Have at it, folks.


  65. 283 donna dem 4 obama
    December 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm


    Study: Racial bias cost Obama 3 to 5 Points In 2008 Election | Americans’ racial biases cost President Obama between three and five percentage points in the popular vote in 2008, according to a study from Harvard Ph.D. candidate Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. If the entire country held the views of the most racially tolerant communities, Stephens-Davidowitz found, Obama’s share of the popular vote would have risen from 53.7 percent to somewhere between 56.7 percent and 58.7 percent. According to the paper, racial bias took two forms: some Democratic voters stayed home, while other voters who normally would not have voted turned out for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Obama also benefited, however, as the paper estimates black turnout boosted by his candidacy added 1.2 percentage points to his popular vote total


    • 285 JoJothecat
      December 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      People who comment on Politico44 are absolutely mentally insane. Warning**warning** don’t read the comments.

  66. 286 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    this candidate is f’ing nuts!

    #Senate Bachmann names Santorum, Trump, DeMint and Rubio as possible vp picks http://bit.ly/sLM5Wu #Politics

    • December 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Halo, thank you for posting this article. It’s an excellent read! This part really stood out to me because it personifies the President’s extraordinary talent at developing long-term strategies, and solutions, for the many problems that we’re facing.

      The Obama administration is in the midst of doing something rather extraordinary. While most of the U.S. government and frankly, most major governments worldwide, are mired in a swamp of political paralysis, victims of their own inaction, the president and his national security team are engineering a profound, forward-looking, and rather remarkable change. It has gone back to its roots in that. Washington himself argued that the only reason to even have a foreign policy was to protect commercial interests….


      So, the “pivot” is actually multi-dimensional. We are not only winding down our wars in the Middle East and shifting our focus to Asia, not just moving away from massive conventional ground wars against terrorist but mastering more surgical drone, intelligence and special forces-driven tactics, not just closing the book on exceptionalist, unilateralist policies and moving to toward multilateralist, rules-based approaches, not just setting aside reckless defense spending and moving toward living within our means, not just ditching the binary “you’re with us or you’re against us” rhetoric for policies open to more complex realities (as with China, our rival and key partner), but we have also made a pronounced move toward recognizing that the foundations of U.S. national security are also economic and so too are some of our most potent tools.

      The talk that somehow because of Guantanamo or because of continued need to go after terror targets Obama was somehow just like Bush needs to end. The change in foreign policy has been sweeping and the results will make almost certainly make America stronger in the long run. It is interesting however, that the only ones who have not seemed to get this message are the Republican candidates for President who appear, based on their last debate performance, to be the only people in America who are nostalgic for panicked, reckless, dangerous, and ineffective security policies of the Bush years.


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