Early Bird Chat



11:40 ET: The President delivers remarks on his executive order on guns, East Room

107 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. January 5, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Thanks a trazillion to Nerdy for all the posts yesterday, MASSIVELY appreciated!

    Morning everyone!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

    also. too.

  3. 5 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 8:03 am

    so, it’s gonna rain toona sammiches in bt’s household this year? #luckystiffs


    mebbe, in celebration of this?


  4. 13 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 8:04 am

    damn wimminz taking over all the men’s jobs and going a good job of it / smh


    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      January 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Morning, AMK. Toons are great; tuna kill is disgusting; female GM chairman is cool. Have a good one.

  5. 15 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 8:06 am

    via bj

  6. 18 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

    More to the naked eye with those domestic terrorists….


    Morning everyone. Gonna be a GOOD DAY!

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      January 5, 2016 at 8:18 am

      These people are psychopaths, Df. No laws of decency, morality, humanity or government seem to apply to them.

      • 20 desertflower
        January 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

        would seem so. evil sick sob’s

        • January 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

          Getting into my car, I saw a child taken round the back of a restaurant and viciously beaten for doing something imperfectly at the table — in a different redneck state. If you decide to say something and I have protected children whenever possible, due to parental/grandparental ego the child may well get it once again when they get home.

  7. 22 andogriff
    January 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Good morning everyone! So very proud of our president for doing something about our senseless gun laws, in spite of the massive obstruction from Congress/NRA puppets! Bravo sir. 😀👏😘👍

  8. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    January 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

    It’s going to be a wild day with the president’s much needed announcement on guns and the predictable outrage from the usual suspects. If over ninety percent of Americans of either party want stricter background checks, then the R candidates are appealing to less than ten percent of the population. Good luck with that.

    • 25 amk for obama
      January 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

      President Obama will announce a series of executive actions on Tuesday that will allow him to personally take your guns and replace them with a Quran, an illegal immigrant having sex with your wife and/or a gay marriage, according to several commenters on Facebook.

      I KNEW IT.

    • 27 No Child Left Behind
      January 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Good morning TODVille.

      A great article. Hope it could be posted everywhere.

    • 28 99ts
      January 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

      “The president’s actions will likely be challenged in court – like most everything he’s done, including being born.”

      gm df

  9. January 5, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD 🙂

    If one judged the quality of their tweets by the number of trolls it attracted, then this one is definitely a contender 🙂

    Looking forward to the President’s statement; he’s certainly got everyone’s attention!!!!!

    updates appearing soon in the sidebar ….

    • 31 No Child Left Behind
      January 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

      The RWN don’t know how to spin the news to get the most juice f or their failing campaigns.

  10. 32 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

    And so many Republicans just LOVE them! As I recall, GWB even kissed the Saudi Prince, didn’t he?

    • 33 amk for obama
      January 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

      and now kuwaitis also fall in line and call off their iran ambys. From all the ‘reactions’ from these regimes, it would appear that it is the iranians that murdered a sunni cleric instead of exact opposite of what really happened.

  11. January 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

  12. 42 CEB
    January 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Good morning, TOD ohana.

    A brisk, sunny day in my corner of NE Fla. This is especially welcome after a Christmas week with temperatures in the 80’s.

    A special thank you to our Renaissance woman, Dudette. Your wide interests in the visual arts, all types of music, science, fashion, nature and so much more have delighted and inspired me. You share all of these things with us with such joy, humor, and great generosity that I can almost hear your voice and see your face as you do so. The contributions to the last thread of Monday night were so uplifting and so needed. Thanks also for introducing me to Thomas Newman (Patrick Doyle, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner are my favorites) whose music I may have heard at various times, but was not aware of it; off to check him out some more.

    2016 promises to be a wild ride with our PBO riding the crest of the wave. He has re-defined the presidency in such a way that I hope and pray that it becomes the template for many American presidents to come, just as MO has re-defined the role of the First Lady. The best thing about all of this however, is that they have done all of this by simply being themselves.

  13. January 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Yup ….

  14. 45 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

  15. January 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    True ….

  16. 48 GGAIL
    January 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  17. 50 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    shorter rwnj’s – gobinment should spend ALL the tax payer money ONLY on US.

  18. 62 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Can this total idiot just go away now?

  19. 65 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Now we’re cooking!


    Authorities plan to cut off power to militia at occupied Oregon refuge
    Armed militants will begin their third day at the wildlife refuge and have vowed to remain for months in protest at over the treatment of two local cattle ranchers

    Federal authorities are planning to cut off the power of the wildlife refuge in Oregon that has been taken over by militia, exposing the armed occupiers to sub-zero temperatures in an effort to flush them out.


    A federal government official told the Guardian that authorities were planning on Monday to cut the power at the refuge.

    “It’s in the middle of nowhere,” said the official, who is based in Washington, DC, and has knowledge of the planned response to the militia. “And it’s flat-ass cold up there.”

    The official, who asked not to be named, said they were not privy to the FBI’s plan of action. However, they said the US Park Service, which is leading the crisis management reaction to the occupation in liaison with the FBI, planned to cut the power to the building where the militiamen are spending their nights.

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      January 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Good plan. Glad they’re going to do it in steps. Electricity, then phone, then access route. Make it miserable beyond endurance there.

  20. January 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats , on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you are simply cheerful, delightful, and happy today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  21. January 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    i worry about domestic policy in the next administration….i also worry who will be able to match the President as he bobs and weaves his way thru all the crises of the world…and the mess the ME is…also who will be SOS ..

  22. January 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  23. January 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

    They are mad because ‘ all you gotta be is WHITE’ doesn’t take them as far as it used to.

  24. 71 Allison
    January 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Good Morning Everyone!!

  25. January 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    So cool …..

  26. January 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Our US Ambassador to Ukraine really knows how to leverage Twitter RTs 🙂

  27. January 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers.

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!

  28. 80 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD lurkers, everyone, and congrats Chips on #1! Happy Tuesday everyone. I look forward to our President’s official remarks later this morning.

  29. January 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

  30. 82 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    If you knew or found out that a person was a danger to himself or others, would you give him car keys? Then why on Earth would you give them a gun?

  31. January 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

  32. 84 desertflower
    January 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I have to get to work…was supposed to go yesterday, but water main burst in my front yard…..I would have rather gone to work! Will lurk today. Will miss the President’s important announcement…I know I will be able to watch here later. Thank you so much for this, President Obama!!! Have a great day everyone:)

    January 5, 2016 at 9:55 am


  34. January 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What those explanations miss is that in 2015, Republicans took control of both Houses of Congress. Simply obstructing Democrats was no longer a viable strategy. Initially they eschewed government-by-crisis in favor of passing bills that would force President Obama to use his veto pen. That strategy started to fall apart almost immediately when the lunatic caucus wanted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security over the President’s immigration executive orders.

  35. January 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Be it slings, arrows, boiling oil, or whatever the killing device, those driven by insatiable greed & power have always known that a sure fire algorithm for ‘success’ is stupid + ‘religion’ + weapon ….

    American white supremacist kleptocrats have perfected the art since installing saint ronnie in the WH.

    2016 better be the year Americans defeat its gravest threat, ever. And, we know exactly how to do so while we still have the option of accomplishing the goal, peacefully.


    bbl …

  36. January 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Good for them ….

  37. January 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    There Are No Better Alternatives to Trump
    by BooMan
    Mon Jan 4th, 2016 at 10:58:32 AM EST

    Byron York talks to right-wing billionaires to try to ascertain why they aren’t coordinating to take Donald Trump down. He comes up with five categories of explanation:

    First, creating an organization and spending millions of dollars to carpet-bomb Trump with negative ads in key states isn’t easy; there aren’t many people who could pull it off. Second, some donors think an anti-Trump offensive not only would not work but would backfire on an already unpopular GOP establishment. Third, some who do believe it could work think it should not be attempted until Trump’s critics have agreed on an alternative candidate — which they haven’t. Fourth, the anti-Trump opposition can’t decide who should lead such an effort. And fifth, most GOP strategists and money movers continue to believe Trump will ultimately fail on his own, that in the end he will not be the Republican nominee.

    I think we can safely ignore the first and fifth answers because they’re basically unresponsive. On the first, the premise of the question is that these billionaires could pull off a carpet-bombing of Trump but simply aren’t doing so. On the last, if a carpet-bombing is unnecessary, then what are we even debating?

    The real explanation can be found in the second, third and fourth points. I am going to discuss them out of order.

    The single biggest problem is that there are no acceptable alternatives to Trump. Jeb was supposed to be their guy but he just can’t get any traction. Scott Walker and Rick Perry have already dropped out. Ben Carson’s campaign is in free-fall. Chris Chistie was once a hot commodity with the billionaires, but the closing of the George Washington Bridge put an end to that romance. Marco Rubio has his Miami Vice problem, and if there is one thing that Jeb campaign has been largely successful at in this campaign, it has been warning big donors about the skeletons in Rubio’s closet. Other than Ted Cruz, that leaves no one with the finances, polling numbers, and potential to win that billionaires need to see before they get invested.

    • 91 amk for obama
      January 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

      thugs built this bed of bs. now, they get to sleep in it.

    • 92 Vicki
      January 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Yes. And Hillary has been making the valid point that All the GOP candidates are the same in their platforms. They all want to cut off Planned Parenthood funding and repeal Obamacare. Anti woman and anti everything not their definition of White.

  38. January 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Good morning, good people.

  39. 94 amk for obama
    January 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

  40. January 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I agree with this.



    New calls for federal probe of Snyder admin in Flint water fiasco

    Bryn Mickle, Flint Journal/MLive editor, talks with Rachel Maddow about why his organization is calling for a federal investigation, including subpoena power, of what the Rick Snyder administration knew, and when, about the problems with lead and the new water supply to Flint.


  41. January 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Kasich, running for president, professes ignorance of Oregon standoff
    4:50 p.m. CST January 4, 2016

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said while campaigning in Iowa on Monday that he had no knowledge about a standoff in eastern Oregonwhere armed anti-government protesters have taken over a federal wildlife refuge.

    The Oregon protest, which began Saturday night, has attracted national news headlines on radio, TV, newspapers and from Internet sources. But Kasich — a former U.S. congressman — repeatedly told a reporter from The Des Moines Register on Monday that he didn’t know anything about it. Then Kasich excused himself and headed outside to his vehicle.

    Kasich’s profession of no knowledge about the situation was unexpected because presidential candidates who visit Iowa are routinely quizzed at length about current events and policy issues while on the campaign trail. His response to the question about the incident involving federal property in Oregon came just after he finished a campaign appearance before more than 100 people at a coffee shop in West Des Moines’ historic Valley Junction business district. During his remarks to the audience, he talked at length about how he would respond in a tough manner against ISIS terrorists if he were elected to the White House.

    Kasich campaign spokesman Rob Nichols emailed The Des Moines Register about four hours after the event in West Des Moines with an update: “He’s aware of the issue. This was an error in staff briefing,” Nichols said.

  42. January 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

  43. January 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Trump takes mainstream tone, no longer too fringey for GOP
    Rachel Maddow looks back at the 2012 Republican primary in which Donald Trump had a strong start but was ultimately too embarrassingly fringey for mainstream Republicans, compared to 2016 when Trump, still of-the-fringe, is the Republican front-runner and redefining the party’s mainstream.

    • 101 hopefruit2
      January 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Did Rachel Maddow explain how her own network (MSNBC) helped to make Trump “less fringey” with their constant critique-less promotion and free airtime?

    • 102 amk for obama
      January 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

      So, why is she is talking about him then? Instead of talking about the alternatives from the other party?

  44. 103 JER
    January 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  45. January 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

  46. 105 Nena20409
    January 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Unfortunately, some brave Special Ops may have been killed on harmed in Afghanistan.
    Hello TOD.

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