Early Bird Chat

@petesouza: Pres Obama signs memorandum creating the myRA retirement savings account, at US Steel in Pa


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

124 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. January 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD! 🙂

  2. 8 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

    • January 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I agree. One thing I”ve noticed is that governments retain their records at least for decades, and there is always someone to ask and take to account.
      A private company has far fewer restrictions and less accountability. From the hospital, CarolD.

  3. 10 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Easy to please campaign platforms for dems

    Will raise taxes on 1%ers, especially an additional affluence tax on their bonuses.

    Will spend money on infrastructures likes roads, college research funding their by creating jobs for skilled employees and students.

    Will put in additional wall street reforms so that your future funds are protected (for the retirees),

    Will increase minimum wages.

    Will improve and increase affordable health care benefits.

    Will spend on school education.

    Will reduce defense corporate spending and use the money for soldiers and vets.

  4. 12 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:01 am

    The campaign committee for House Democrats raised $5.6 million in December, bringing its fundraising total for 2013 to nearly $76 million.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has about $30 million in the bank heading into the election year. After picking up eight seats in 2012, Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats in November to capture control of the House.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee hasn’t yet released its December totals. But at the end of November, Democrats had $8 million more on hand than Republicans and were poised to outraise them for the year. Both committees were debt-free.

  5. 13 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Can someone please tell the media that their constant attempts to measure this President’s effectiveness by relying on outdated methodology is tiresome as it is unethical? Notice the article did not measure the increase in social media over the previous years – you betcha, many people watched via livestream, or through “watch parties” or some may have just followed Twitter comments to see what was being said . For example, yesterday, Judith Fardig posted a pic of a bunch of people watching a livestream in an overflow room.

    It is expected that the number of television viewers will decrease over time for a variety of reasons unrelated to PBO. First, people do NOT want to hear the endless vapid punditry in the minutes leading up to and immediately following the speech. Secondly, the SOTU address is accessible via alternate methods that Nielson does not take into account. Thirdly, people do not necessarily tune in at the time, because they have YouTube and other ways of seeing the speech when it’s convenient for them.

    • 14 catrst
      January 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I used whitehouse.gov to tune in. I loved the split screen with the visuals. I also refuse to listen to the pundits anymore. The first time I watched a debate on C span and realized I got so much more out of it without the commentary, I never went back. I read some of the reactions later in print but no more talking heads for me. I want journalism not punditry. Any good journalist is recognizable even if they are presenting their report in video form. I crave that reporting. Good moderators are also helpful if there is to be a discussion but only if they help query the guests in a way that shows the true range of opinions.

      • 15 hopefruit2
        January 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

        That’s the thing – most people have simply stopped watching these networks because they’re sick and tired of the slanted punditry that has replaced actual journalism. And when you factor in this general decrease in cable tv viewing, and for some networks like CNN, that decrease is dramatic, the 33.3 million TV audience for the SOTU is actually quite large.

    • January 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Not to mention that with the new media, each speech will be watched over and over for months and years. In the old days when tv ruled, if a person worked during the speech, they could only rely on soundbites on the radio or quotes in the next day’s paper. But none of methods allow you the pleasure of watching or listening to the entire speech. Which put a premium on being in front to the tv to watch.

      A personal example: I have Obama’s 2012 victory speech, audio and video on my mp3 player and listen to it whenever I can.
      That listening is not measured in ratings.

    • 18 Jziglar
      January 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Great points. Also you have that idiot morning jerk talking about people tuning the president out and he said that President Obama will be known as the most divisive president based on the polls. Did this idiot forget that President bush was the most divisive, and the fact that we have plenty of racists in this country means that we will never have a minority president who will be treated with respect and have high approval across the board.

      • 19 hopefruit2
        January 30, 2014 at 8:24 am

        True Jziglar. And again Morning Joke is making his assertions “based on the polls” which are no longer valid indicators of anything except the pollsters agendas, and the current undertone of racism in this country.

      • 20 Lovepolitics2008
        January 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

        If there is one thing that breaks my heart when it comes to american politics, it’s the fact that some pundits are blaming the president for the divisions. Well, they should go ahead and say that Martin Luther King was one of the most divisive political figures during the 1960s. !!
        Heck, was Jacquie Robinson the most “divisive” athlete in his time ??

        Bullies and haters always blame the victim. “If I’m angry , it’s their fault ” !!

        President Obama is the first black president and he’s paying a price for it. It enrages me that no commentator dares to talk about that. Republican pundits would never touch the subject, but very few “journalists” go there.

        Of course, President Obama is also a democrat. Given the radicalization of the republican party in the last few decades, we know that if nothing changes, EVERY democrat in the Oval Office will face total obstructionism, if he tries to, you know, enact the agenda HE CAMPAIGNED ON. Like Karl Rove said, they won’t let a democrat govern like a democrat. What republicans are doing is ABUSING their constitutional powers to NULLIFY the election when they’ve lost it.

        Republicans peddle hate, they scream because they’re not in power, they refuse ANY collaboration, they refuse ANY compromise, they’re absolutely allergic to compromise. THEY ARE THE ONES who are the MOST DIVISIVE , by far. And they have the AUDACITY to blame the victim !!!


    • 22 mophene
      January 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

      You’re right about that. I watched it on my computer, while tweeting on twitter.

    • 23 anniebella
      January 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

      I had family who watched the SOTU on tv, but I watched on white house.gov also. Because I didn’t want to hear all those pundits running their mouth about what the President have to say.

      • 24 anniebella
        January 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

        I’m not saying anything about anyone else watching Morning Joke, but I honestly can’t stand to watch him. Anyone with any dam sense can look at President Obama base, the people who support him, it looks like America. Look at the people who HATE him, it looks like a KKK rally. President Obama hasn’t divided this country, it’s the people racism who don’t like the fact that a black man is President of their white country. Their Tea Party Republicans ugly racism is what has divided this country. Almost every black person I talk to when we get to talking politics says the same thing, and that is most of these white people don’t like the fact that we have a black President. Please know that I am not talking about all white people.

    • 26 Judith Fardig
      January 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Exactly! And the people who did watch in my TV room saw it on C-SPAN to avoid the talking heads. We all gathered afterward to listen to Jon Carson and plan OFA Action. There were at least 300 such viewing parties across the country, probably many more. Whitehouse.gov is an awesome resource. Did anyone take advantage of the Big Block of Cheese Day yesterday?

  6. 27 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

  7. 28 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

  8. 29 Linda
    January 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

    New Jersey lost 36,000 jobs in December….I am waiting for Joke and Mika to report THAT about their ” good friend ” Christie……….


  9. 30 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:44 am


  10. 31 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

    This would be the bestest, sweetest win, imo.

  11. 36 symmetry11
    January 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Good morning TOD…From TMT’s(Lala) Facebook Page this morning…..
    “Good morning, all. Decent night. Pain pump gone…….now on pills. Waiting on breakfast….my main meal.”

  12. 38 dotster3
    January 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Anyone spending a lot of time feeling sorry for the richy rich? Poor things. My how they suffer!

  13. 39 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    • 40 amk for obama
      January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

      270 K more signed up after the private sign-up hit 3 million just last week.

      • 41 Don
        January 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Bless those that are able to get health care insurance for the first time in their lives.

      • 42 Vicki
        January 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Such good news.
        Also I notice that POTUS is mentioning the 3/31 deadline and encouraging people to sign up and tell their friends to sign up.
        ACA is a triumph. A major success. I am glad to hear The President and everyone else for that matter talking about it.

        2014 is simple: Do you want the party who will help you and your family stay healthy or the other party that wants to deny you coverage?
        Do you want the party that will keep us out of war using Diplomacy firts? or do you want the party that represents weapons manufacturers and war profiteers?

  14. 43 africa
    January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Happy Thursday everyone. I am still iced in for a second day in Florida. Imagine that.

    And on the good news front:

    • 44 Linda
      January 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I am trapped here in Atlanta….I can’t even get up the driveway to get my mail….

      • January 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

        Good Morning Linda! I feel your pain…just glad that I was safe at home when the snow/icing started and didn’t have to navigate the interstates and streets to get home. Stay warm and safe.

      • 46 Dudette
        January 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

        Go back inside. Stay warm. Stay safe. The ice is supposed to melt later this afternoon.

  15. 47 Don
    January 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I’m so appreciative of the President for creating the “myRA,” as a person that has a government run and government backed retirement account I’m so glad that any and everyone that wants to save for retirement can now do so safely.

  16. January 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Good Thursday Morning Chipsticks…TODers!

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

  17. 50 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening / Night!

  18. 56 Ladyhawke
    January 30, 2014 at 9:33 am


    Clearing a low bar

    By Steve Benen


    Watching McMorris Rodgers, I kept wishing it were an interview in which her claims could be subjected to follow-up questions. Stylistically, the congresswoman was fine. Substantively, nearly all of her speech fell somewhere between vague and incoherent.
    McMorris Rodgers hasn’t voted for a credible jobs bill in three years; she voted for a budget plan that slashed college aid; and she’s supported cutting social-insurance programs for the elderly, including replacing Medicare with a voucher scheme. By her own reasoning, doesn’t that mean McMorris Rodgers is making the “opportunity gap” worse?



  19. January 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I just saw the post Liberal Librarian wrote for me and I read everyone’s comments. I can’t thank LL and everyone here enough for the kind words. I truly appreciate it and thank you, thank you, thank you sooooo much. I love this blog. It is literally the first site I come to when I open my computer. Literally. And this is why.

    ((((kissses and hugs)))))

  20. 75 Vicki
    January 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Actual news this morning:
    1) Ukrainian president taking sick leave. What does this mean? I have no idea. Bobfr?????
    2) West Virgina water so polluted that WV may become our first evacuated state.
    3) California has a frightening drought.
    4) ACA exceeding expectations says Wellpoint.

    Enough with Michael Grimm and Justin Bieber

  21. 77 Allison
    January 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

  22. 83 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

  23. 84 JER
    January 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

    President Obama to visit Nashville, TN today

  24. 88 Dudette
    January 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Good Morning Family!

    Sending you all love and positive energy this morning. Be well. Be at peace.

  25. 97 JER
    January 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

    In Wisconsin…

  26. January 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning, TOD. Lurker Pamela here. Was wondering if anyone else is unable to read comments over at “The Peoples View”? It’s my second stop after TOD to surf and lurk!

  27. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    January 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning TOD – I hope everyone has a great O’Day today.

  28. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    January 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

    And they wonder why we have tuned them out!!!

    • January 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Morning, DD!

      • 102 donna dem 4 obama
        January 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

        Morning meta. Yep, I know for a fact that I turned their propaganda off in 2009 and only on a rare occasion (if PBO is on) will I tune them in. From what I see in clips here and there I don’t see where they are informing the public one iota. They let these nuts spew their crap with very little if any challenge from the host and then the public gets dummed down more and more each and every week. One good note is that their viewership is down so more people are getting the clue that this stuff is just RW propaganda.

        • January 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

          I’ve talked about my Republican brother who voted for PBO twice. I don’t prompt him on politics because although he’s loosened up politically (I think this is a major function of becoming a grandfather of two adorable little girls), he still considers himself a Republican and he says he can’t stand any of this either. He says it’s just tiresome endless noise. So that is my measure of how much the MSM has failed all of us.

  29. 104 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    But but but the media and Howard Fineman told me that no one cares about what Obama sez anymore….

  30. January 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good morning all. Keep warm and safe.

  31. 108 JER
    January 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

  32. 112 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    With Chris Christie, it’s always not for nothing: Right where the bridge lands in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a brand-new billion-dollar real-estate project was then in the funding stage. In Hoboken, likewise, there’s a stalled plan to develop a 40-story office-tower right across the Hudson River from New York City; Hoboken’s mayor says Christie’s capos told her that delivery of dollars for Hurricane Sandy relief depended on the mayor unstalling that little project.

    None of this is coincidence. This is where Chris Christie’s lust for power has come to die. When — and crucially, if — the New Jersey legislature and the U.S. Attorney untangle the webs that connect the governor, the Port Authority, and the billions of dollars generated by New York City real-estate development, Chris Christie’s political life is finished. One false step. One e-mail. One witness. He has lawyered up and hunkered down, but he knows it’s merely a matter of time now. That’s a dead man at the microphone.

    • 113 hopefruit2
      January 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Yup, indeed. Perhaps the Democrats knew something all along – which is why they seemed so nonchalant for the special election of NJ Governor.

    • 116 Lovepolitics2008
      January 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I’ll breathe easier the minute someone among his inner circle spills the beans and gives the feds something strong so Christie can be prosecuted in court.

      Republicans, for the moment, have a very weak field of candidates for 2016. Christie was the best they had. Many republicans are still clinging to the hope he will get out of this. They will try to paint him as a “decider” , a man who will be feared and will make Congress do its job. Just look at Mitt Romney this week who said that Christie’s leadership reminds him of LBJ. That’s the way republicans will try to spin the bullying of Christie.

      Power. It’s always about power. Power over character. Power over integrity.

      Republicans nominated A CROOK in Florida. And he got elected ! Many , many rank and file republicans, and many independents KNEW about Scott’s problems with the law, and they voted for him ANYWAY !

      So, I’m not completely reassured. I’m very hopeful, don’t get me wrong. But I want the scandal to be so big that there is NO CHANCE in the world he will rebound from it. I want the american people to know, without any doubt, that he abused his power not just once, not just twice, but MULTIPLE times. And frankly, I want him to go to prison. So even in ten years, he can’t attempt a political comeback. Because americans have a great capacity for forgiveness… that’s good, but in the case of dishonest politicians, forgiveness is dangerous.

  33. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

  34. 121 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    And that is true for the detractors on the left as well.

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