Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets students following a Flash Mob Dance at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



4:30 EDT: The President honors the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the White House

114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD!!!

  2. May 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Look at all those smiles …. what a great way to begin the day ….

    …. especially when you realize where those children live …..

  3. May 3, 2016 at 8:10 am

    So, Chips, what do I get for my birthday today?

  4. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    May 3, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Morning all. In our Hispanic Initiative meeting yesterday, I learned so much about the frustrations Latino families have with the local school and justice system. For example, the steps that parents must go through if they feel their children have been unjustly targeted are written in English only, so many parents don’t know how to appeal an unjust suspension or expulsion. Many parents feel helpless when confronted with the juvenile court system and look on helplessly when their children are given onerous sentences for minor things. We’re going to try to get together a group of community members to air their frustrations and recognize that they’re not alone. People’s voices become more powerful when they work together and hopefully we can start to bring serious attention to the concerns of Latinos.

    • May 3, 2016 at 8:15 am

      ” People’s voices become more powerful when they work together and hopefully we can start to bring serious attention to the concerns of Latinos.”

      Thank you JackieG. These are the kinds of actions that matter!!!

    • 20 cd4biden
      May 3, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thank you for your message this morning jackieg. The group I belong to, Mainstreet Moms, is working with one of our elementary schools to get more recognition of the problems local Latinos face with the school administration. I’m going to check if any of the instructions for anything are only in English, as you pointed out.

      And, as you said, people become more powerful when they work together. We had a group of Latino mothers come before the school board to voice, in Spanish, their concerns about an issue, and just the presence of a few women from our group emboldened these mothers to speak out for the first time. A shift occurred in their community, and on the school board that evening. I think they will be taken more seriously in the future. Little by little….

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        May 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        Thank you, cd4biden, for this real life perspective. I love the title of this group and I’m so happy that the Latino women were emboldened to speak out. So many Latino mothers work so hard, struggle with child care and then have no resources to confront the school authorities when they’re children are treated unfairly. I’m going to share your story with my Latino friends.

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          May 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm

          Late to the discussion, I know Jackie G, but I don’t get why a translation of vital information is not provided to/for all parents. If the School Board (or whatever it’s called in the States) doesn’t provide this service, there must be someone from the Hispanic (or any other) community who could translate or subsidize the translation for important information such as the example you gave.

  5. May 3, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Thanks to the Peshmerga and despite all of Erdogan’s attempts to thwart their efforts ….

  6. 27 amk for obama
    May 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Go foxes.

  7. May 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

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

    To all, I hope that your countenance brings cheerfulness, happiness, and joy to all those you encounter today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. May 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  9. May 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

  10. 32 amk for obama
    May 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy’s highest court of appeal has ruled.

    Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket.

    Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food “in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment”, the court of cassation decided.

    Therefore it was not a crime, it said.

    A fellow customer informed the store’s security in 2011, when Mr Ostriakov attempted to leave a Genoa supermarket with two pieces of cheese and a packet of sausages in his pocket but paid only for breadsticks.


    hope the fellow customer is very proud. #asshole

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      May 3, 2016 at 9:12 am

      For “customer” substitute “nosy busybody.” Italians don’t like to see anybody go hungry. Glad this man landed in an enlightened courtroom.

  11. 34 amk for obama
    May 3, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Multinational companies that move profits offshore to avoid tax will be penalised under new measures in Australia’s budget.

    Companies caught shifting profits will be taxed at a penalty rate of 40%, rather than the usual 30% rate .

    Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget doubles as the government’s pitch to voters at an early election slated for 2 July.

    The government is seeking to raise additional revenue to pay for tax cuts.



    • 35 99ts
      May 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Only not so bad thing in the budget. Spending billions on submarines – why? – and saving millions by cutting back health care – won’t even pay for 1 sub. Killing tertiary education with massive cuts to university funding, giving tax breaks to business because “trickle down”. There shouldn’t be any tax cuts to fund. We need more taxes not less. Telling everyone smoking is bad but making 5 billion with massive tax increase on tobacco. Love it if that fails because people stop smoking. The poor & addicted pay this government millions.

      We have a right wing government doing right wing things. Reducing the size of the public service – closing government offices and making you use the world’s worst computer system to access all government departments – when someone cracks that system the fallout will be off the planet. You can if you wish, wait on the phone for an hour or two if you don’t use the internet and thousands of elderly folks do just that.

      I could rant on for hours – the new PM is no better than Abbott – in some ways worse because he pretends to be the good guy. Nothing this government does fits my definition of good.

      As for the reserve bank and its ridiculous monetary policy – trying to turn us into Japan with 20 years of deflation. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

      • 36 Betsy
        May 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Why do people vote for right wing governments when we clearly have examples of “left” governments being more successful? I don’t get it.

  12. May 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I’m a Rock, You’re Water
    by BooMan
    Mon May 2nd, 2016 at 06:17:42 PM EST

    Right-wing polling of Florida paints the bleakest of pictures for Donald Trump in November, and it’s probably accurate, at least for now. Naturally, the candidates have to have their conventions, pick their running mates, run the gauntlet of a campaign that will last for about 120 days, and see what they can do by why of inspiring organizers to get out in the field to work for them. Things will happen both here at home and in the wider world that could change how the public views their choices.


    Donald Trump currently doesn’t stand a chance in Florida and it’s just as likely to get worse for him than it is to get better.

    A couple of things are really working against Trump. The first is that Hillary Clinton already has net negative numbers in the Sunshine State, and yet she’s still absolutely crushing him. It’s pretty unlikely that Trump can drive her negatives a whole lot higher, so he’s got to do something first and foremost with his gonorrhea-like popularity with key Florida voting blocs.

    The second thing is that she’s disciplined and he’s not. When you combine this with the comparative immutability of her approve/disapprove numbers, it’s clear that Trump is both more likely to make mistakes and more likely to pay a substantial price for them.

  13. May 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Republicans’ voter-ID laws ‘work’ as intended
    05/03/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In recent weeks, we’ve seen some high-profile examples of Republicans accidentally telling the truth about voter-ID laws. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), a far-right freshman congressman, admitted a month ago, for example, that these laws are likely to make a difference boosting Republicans in the 2016 elections.

    Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), now the head of the Heritage Foundation, added last week that Republicans have kept up the crusade in support of this policy “because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.”

    But what sometimes goes overlooked is the fact that anti-voting policymakers aren’t just spinning their wheels, pushing an idea that may or may not have some effects on the margins. As the New York Times reported yesterday, Republicans are championing voter-ID laws precisely because they have the intended effect.

    Since their inception a decade ago, voter identification laws have been the focus of fierce political and social debate. Proponents, largely Republican, argue that the regulations are essential tools to combat election fraud, while critics contend that they are mainly intended to suppress turnout of Democratic-leaning constituencies like minorities and students.

    As the general election nears – in which new or strengthened voter ID laws will be in place in Texas and 14 other states for the first time in a presidential election – recent academic research indicates that the requirements restrict turnout and disproportionately affect voting by minorities.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      May 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Since the Republican Party has so clearly made its intent clear on voter ID, this whole issue needs to go in front of the Supreme Court, which is one HUGE reason why no one can sit out the November election.

  14. 41 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  15. 47 Gazelle
    May 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Good morning! Totally drive-by posting! 🙂 I’m in Meta’s end of the world for a conference. Hello too, CA TODers! BTW, did you all catch FLOTUS & Dr. Jill on The Voice last night? They were so good! Show dedicated to military families.

  16. 50 Gazelle
    May 3, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Have a totally blessed day everyone!

  17. 51 GGAIL
    May 3, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Sending {{{hugs}}} to Chips’ Mom and anyone else desiring one this morning 💕

  18. 52 99ts
    May 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

    GM Miss Chips and TOD. Budget night in my world and typical RW b.s. being wrapped up as good government. We are supposedly having an election in July – although the PM has not formally announced same – longest campaign we have ever had & the RW will probably win anyway.

    Might send a note to BHO and suggest he come down under. We don’t have term limits, nor do you need to be born in the country to be PM. He could sort the place out for us & enjoy all the sunshine as well.

  19. May 3, 2016 at 9:33 am

    As a Hamilton Fanatic- YEAHHHHHH!!!

    Eyewitness News ✔ ‎@ABC7NY

    BREAKING: Megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations.

  20. 55 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Tuesday!


    Have you ever had the experiencing of reading an explosive headline only to click on the story and find that the actual context doesn’t back it up? I sure have. Let me give you an example.

    Perhaps you’ve heard that, at a news conference, Bernie Sanders said that Democrats would have a “contested convention.” Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes have a story at The Hill with this headline: Clinton allies fume over Sanders’s vow to fight on. That headline repeats the first paragraph of the story.

    Hillary Clinton’s allies are fuming over Bernie Sanders’s vow to take the presidential nominating contest to a floor fight at the Democratic convention this summer.
    After that, you get some background on the state of the race. When it comes to what “Clinton allies” actually said, here is the report:

    Read on….its nothing as it seems. Act surprised.

  21. May 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

  22. 60 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

  23. 61 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

    WATCH THIS. PASS THIS> Can someone just post the video??? Pleeeeeeaaaasssseeee!!!


  24. 64 MightyPamela
    May 3, 2016 at 9:58 am

  25. May 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Good morning, good people.


  26. May 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

    PBO’s select tech team:

  27. May 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! 🙂 Congrats Sir Bob on #1, and Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂

  28. 71 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2016 at 10:22 am

  29. May 3, 2016 at 10:25 am

    LOVE this:

  30. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    May 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Good Morning TOD

    A Word To The Wise 😡

    • 74 donna dem 4 obama
      May 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

      • May 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

        Trump is the face of the GOP. No matter what they say. Folks better not be fooled. I saw something the other day where Jon Huntsman were urging GOPers to support Trump. I don’t trust anything some of these GOPers are saying negatively about Trump.

        • 76 arapaho415
          May 3, 2016 at 11:20 am

          GM AT2.

          MSM are working themselves into pretzels by denying their cheerleading of 2010 “Tea Party” without ever scratching beneath the surface of what was fueling TP resentment.

          And they had the gall to parrot RWNJs claim that PBO was “playing the race card” while continuously attacking PBO for not improving race relations in America. MSM has the power to shift public perception, yet this overwhelmingly WHITE institution was unable to state this simple fact.

          And Huntsman proved himself to be the self-serving weasel we suspected all along:

          • May 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

            GM, friend.

            “MSM are working themselves into pretzels by denying their cheerleading of 2010 “Tea Party” without ever scratching beneath the surface of what was fueling TP resentment.”

            They are so responsible for much of what’s wrong in the country. It is mostly money driven equaling to ratings.

      • May 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

    • May 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Trump is a racists, no different from the rest of the Republicans, of course they will end up supporting Trump.

  31. May 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers!!

    Heeeeya Chips!!

  32. May 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    back to work ….

  33. May 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Bernie Sanders need to sit down.

  34. 87 desertflower
    May 3, 2016 at 10:46 am


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  38. 92 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

    NOW: Hillary Clinton Participates in Discussion on Substance Abuse and Addiction in Charleston, WV – http://www.msnbc.com/live-online/watch/live-clinton-attends-wv-drug-abuse-forum-678452291982

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  42. 99 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      In addition to everything else, Trump is certifiably insane, methinks.

      Secondly, my generation (his generation, too – ugh) had to live through the Kennedy assassination, and we do not wish to re-live it for his political “gains.”

      • 101 arapaho415
        May 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        GA JO’B.

        Good to know that your granddaughter actually pays attention to what you say, even if it doesn’t seem so at the time — she’s must be a bit like PBO, who considers input carefully rather than respond immediately (which makes his constituents who don’t suffer ODS heave a sigh of relief).

        Here’s Trump’s briefing material…

        • 102 jacquelineoboomer
          May 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm

          Loved that sweet note about my granddaughter! Thanks so much for anything sweet on a night where El Trump won yet another state. OMG.

  43. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    My oldest granddaughter told me this last night (when I mentioned I never wanted to seem like I was too pushy or giving her too much “life advice” — she’s making several positive changes in her life, trying some new things she used to be afraid to try — because she’s “got this”):

    “You know, 99 percent of what you talk to me about, I roll it around in my brain later and consider it and really appreciate it. Don’t ever feel you can’t give me advice, I know you’re trying to encourage me, and that’s why I call you.”

    My question? What was wrong with the other 1 percent? (Luckily, I didn’t mention that. This time.) 🙂 🙂 🙂

  44. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    May 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  45. 106 57andfemale
    May 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  46. 107 JER
    May 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  47. 108 Neena20409
    May 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Hello TOD on a Tuesday Midday from MN.
    Congrats, Doc Bobfr on your Gold ⭐
    Congrats to Au ⭐ winners since yesterday.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest, starting LIVE, shortly.

  48. May 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

  49. May 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Latinos and Democrats hide in safe houses as right-wing sheriff uses mob rule to take over Texas town
    03 MAY 2016 AT 12:50 ET

    A so-called “constitutional” sheriff is accused of intimidating Democrats and Latinos in her Texas county — which has been thrown into political turmoil since her 2012 election.

  50. 111 57andfemale
    May 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  51. May 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  52. 114 Neena20409
    May 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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