Zika Virus: Do Your Job, Congress


117 Responses to “Zika Virus: Do Your Job, Congress”

  1. 1 Allison
    May 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Yes, indeed. #DoYourDamnJob

  2. 2 amk for obama
    May 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    If you can stomach it, here is what this deadly virus can do.


    only for strong willed.

  3. 4 donna dem 4 obama
    May 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Good Day TOD

  4. 5 Judith Fardig
    May 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    It is stone-cold stupid for the GOP in Congress to ignore the critical need to fund this legislation. Southern states will be affected by Zika first. Climate change will exacerbate the spread of mosquitoes, and costs of dealing with brain-damaged babies will extend for their whole lives. Pay now or pay much more later, especially because these same legislators want to get rid of Planned Parenthood and force women to give birth.

  5. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    May 12, 2016 at 11:44 am

  6. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    May 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

    • 10 pkayden
      May 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      I hope so! This world cannot afford a Trump Presidency. Cannot believe that Republicans are rallying around such a bigoted, deeply flawed individual.

  7. May 12, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Breaking News, the big meeting is over

    May 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm


      May 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm


  9. 18 Dudette
    May 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Not Voting Is Selfish and Stupid

  10. 20 amk for obama
    May 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Paul Ryan and Donald Trump finally met. And decided to have more meetings.

    The highly anticipated summit between the House speaker — the top Republican elected official in the country —and the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee produced a media frenzy, but yielded little in the way of tangible results.

    As expected, Ryan didn’t endorse Trump. It’s also clear they still have significant policy differences. But for now, the two are trying to display unity as they prepare for a fall battle with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. With Republican control of the Senate on the line, as well as fears that Democrats could make big inroads into the House Republican majority – much less the battle for the White House – the stakes for both men are huge, and they need to find some means to cooperate. Or at least look like they can.


    • 21 99ts
      May 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      They don’t have policy differences – Ryan prefers to bring in the policies via backdoor means – added to other legislation – Trump just says up front what he will do. Both are variations of the same sleaze.

      • 22 amk for obama
        May 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

        Yup, of the two, the granny starver is the real danger since he will actually enact laws to push his masters’ multiple agendas.

  11. 23 amk for obama
    May 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    the sick murderer’s gun has been removed from sale.


  12. 25 Dudette
    May 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • 27 donna dem 4 obama
      May 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      oops that didn’t work

      • 28 amk for obama
        May 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

        Annoying gif. No need for stupid gimmicks. Just put the damned chart and be done with it.

      • May 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        PA race is close too..

        45% Toomey/44% McGinty

        The most recent poll showed respondents favored Toomey, a former banker, by a 45-44 margin over the former aide to Bill Clinton and Tom Wolf.

        • 30 jackiegrumbacher
          May 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm

          Pf, it will not surprise you to learn that Chuck Schumer is prepared to put ANY amount of money needed into Pennsylvania to ensure that his hand-picked Senate candidate wins. My concern is that McGinty is very weak on foreign policy and will need to learn this subject very quickly or she will stumble in the debates.

          • May 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

            I think what is important is point of view and where she thinks US should stand in the world. Where does she stand re: TPP, Iran, Asia, climate change, etc.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Hello, GDD, and how are you – fully back on track?
      Hope your Thursday is going well.

      • 33 donna dem 4 obama
        May 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        Hi VC, FINALLY by the end of April I started to feel well. Thanks for checking on me. 😉

  13. 37 Dudette
    May 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  14. 47 Dudette
    May 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  15. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Poor Bill Kristol, king of RWNJ slugs, is “depressed” that congressional GOPers are all cozy with Trump now. Like he didn’t know none of them have any core principles.

  16. May 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    • 52 cherish0708
      May 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you for this article. I was reading in the Japanese edition.
      I am slightly disappointed because PBO is not making a major speech in Hiroshima.
      Apparently that is politically too sensitive( mainly in US side.)
      It would be such a great speech if he made one. We all know that !

      • 53 99ts
        May 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

        The President knows when to speak & when to stay silent. That he is there says so much.

        • 54 cherish0708
          May 13, 2016 at 3:32 am

          Yes, I agree with you after all.
          It’ll be an amazing moment of healing for the people of the world to see him in front of the memorial arch in the Heiwa(peace) Park.
          I, just like others in Hiroshima, stood in front of it so many times. Yet, we never imagined to see an American president laying a wreath there…
          What a wonderful world of hope we are living in despite of all the sufferings. Amazing Grace !

          • 55 99ts
            May 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

            You are right that all the fallout would be on the US side if he made a speech. He is a peacemaker – and that will continue long after he leaves the white house. For that the world is thankful.

  17. 56 Neena20409
    May 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest……..LIVE and already in progress.

  18. 58 Nena20409
    May 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    The Hon Josh Earnest is On a roll, Naming Names, Using the Word: False once, Wildly False once, Lying multiple times. Fantastic! This is about Congress men & women of GOP lying for Months.

    • 59 Nena20409
      May 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  19. 61 Nena20409
    May 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    • 62 pkayden
      May 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      You don’t have to agree about facts though. Just shows how Republicans are living in a bubble.

  20. 63 GGail
    May 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Here I go folks – doing my part…

    GAIL —
    Thank you for signing up for this Pasadena event! The details are below:
    Pasadena Area for Hillary Phone Bank!
    Coco’s Restaurant
    77 N Lake Ave

    Pasadena, California 91101
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM PDT
    Event details:
    Join fellow Hillary supporters make phone calls to your friends, family, and neighbors to let them know why you’re for Hillary and why Hillary needs all of us to get out and vote on June 7th! Please bring your own freshly charged cell phone. Mostly we need phone callers, but also we will have 2 to 3 people entering the data while the rest of us call. For that we will need two laptops. Thank you all for making our last phone bank at Pedrini Music school such a huge success. Two thousand calls were made! We will meet this Satuday and Sunday from 1:30 to 6:30 May 14 and 15. You will find us in the backroom at Coco’s restaurant in Pasadena. The one at 77 N. Lake. (near Union). A great place for politics, fun, food and conversation. Volunteers are encouraged but not required to order food or drink. We want to show our appreciation to the restaurant for providing staff and a such a great space for us. And we want the venue owners to welcome us back in the future. Go team! See you there!
    Why not ask a friend to get involved? Forward this link to a friend: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/4MN7B6KHOGTBA2US
    Have a great time!
    Hillary for America
    P.S. — You can always find other events in your area here: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events

    • 64 Don
      May 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      I do plan to vote for Hillary enthusiastically, but I do miss the excitement of 2008 when then Senator Obama and Senator Biden and Senator Clinton were battling it out at the debates. I’m not a sentimental type of guy, but I do miss 2008 and the night he was elected. I was in the bedroom all by myself and my wife and kid and mother-in-law were in the living room, it was a beautiful night. I also remember a young Bill Clinton getting sworn in and Hillary and Chelsea standing by his side.

      • 65 GGail
        May 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        Don, excitement builds when gatherings such as phone banks and canvassing get under way. You meet a lot of people and leave the event with a sense of accomplishment.

        I’m looking forward to meeting like minded supporters of the American Democracy.

        Yes. We. Can – Again 🙂

    • 66 Judith Fardig
      May 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      GGail – good for you! I went to a home phone bank at a friend’s house yesterday. Some folks used the hub-dialer and some, like me, called from paper lists. It went really well, and I have more hope for Oregon now.

  21. 68 57andfemale
    May 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    • 69 Don
      May 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Because he talks to black people like he has all the sense in the world and we don’t have any sense at all. He talks to African Americans like he knows what’s best for us. Hillary is the opposite, we might not agree with everything she says, but she talks to us like we have sense.

      • 70 57andfemale
        May 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Does he talk to anyone? He talks at people, not with people. He is only comfortable with a large mob. He has not once engaged personally with a voter, with empathy on a personal level. He is despicable and never should be where he is. His entire career is a complete fraud.

      • 71 pkayden
        May 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Plus Black people want to win in November. Senator Sanders is a very nice man but I don’t see him getting anything passed in Congress. I prefer someone like Secretary Clinton who is may be able to push a few things through to further President Obama’s legacy.

        May 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm


      • 73 99ts
        May 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Like PBO, she talks to all as an equal. Too many like Bernie treat those others as if they were children who have to do as required by their parents.

  22. May 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    If you can’t defeat her one way…try another

  23. 77 Nena20409
    May 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  24. 78 JER
    May 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    LIVE NOW: Senate Dems discuss Trump’s meeting with GOP leadership – http://www.msnbc.com/live-online/watch/live-senate-dems-on-trump-gop-meeting-684593219700

  25. 79 JER
    May 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    SOON: Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Frankfort, Kentucky – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

  26. 80 Linda
    May 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Uh Oh: Trump Named In The Panama Papers 3,540 Times!

    Telesur reports that Herr Trump’s name is linked to a whopping 32 offshore companies, including the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama. Yikes.

    His name appears 3,540 times in the database, but we should note that this doesn’t mean he was directly involved, as his name and branding has been sold to other investors.


  27. 84 JER
    May 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  28. May 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  29. 91 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    May 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm


  31. May 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    https://www.ledger enquirer.com/news/local/article77269592,html

    • May 12, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      13 year old paints picture for First Lady Michelle Obama. She will give painting to First Lady at the First Lady Luncheon today, the 13 year old paints picture of little Malia and Sasha. I know FLOTUS will love that picture, and so will POTUS when she shows it to him.

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Here you go, Annieb; thank you

      LOCAL ~ MAY 12, 2016 5:02 PM

      Thirteen-year-old Columbus artist paints portrait for Michelle Obama

      Barbara “B.J.” Joy Tillman features Obama girls in her painting

      The gift was presented at the annual First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington

      Vivian Creighton-Bishop chaired planning committee displaying Georgia talent


      Thirteen-year-old Barbara Joy “B.J.” Tillman has always admired the nation’s first family, hoping to meet Michelle Obama and her two daughters some day.

      On Thursday, she got at least part of her wish as the commissioned artist for a gift that she presented to Mrs. Obama at the First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington. The 11×24 painting is an acrylic, brown-shaded, free-style rendering of Malia and Sasha Obama in their toddler years, a memory B.J. knew their mother would always cherish.

      “She’s a very good role model and I just love everything she does,” B.J. said before leaving Columbus with her mother and grandmother for the big event. “And she’s a great mother.”

      B.J., who celebrates her 13th birthday Friday, is the daughter of Dr. Chip Tillman, a local physician, and Audrey Boone Tillman, executive vice president and general counsel at Aflac. She is a seventh-grader at St. Luke School, and already an accomplished local artist who has painted projects for various churches and organizations.

      The painting of the Obama girls was commissioned by The Congressional Club, which consists of the spouses of members of Congress, heads of state and former first ladies. The group coordinates the annual First Lady’s Luncheon, and this year’s event was chaired by Muscogee County Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton-Bishop, the wife of Congressman Sanford Bishop. About 1,850 people were expected to attend.

      B.J. said it has been an unbelievable experience, and she’s feels blessed to have painted Malia and Shasha, who she considers role models.

      “I really like their style, being an artist and all, and I really like their fashion, too,” she said.

      Audrey Tillman said B.J. discovered her talent at about 5 or 6 years old, while attending an art camp at Columbus State University. The instructor noticed that she had a gift for drawing portraits, which led to private art lessons with Mark Lucas, a local portraiture specialist.
      ……………………………. /////

      Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article77269592.html#storylink=cpy

  32. May 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    The little girl from our area who was taken by her uncle last week has been found safe!!!!!! God is good. Found in a VERY remote area approximately 13 miles from the area where she was from.

      • May 12, 2016 at 6:33 pm

        Here’s the thing. I have to say this here or I’m going to explode because I’m not going to say it to my husband. EVERY time something like this happens (and especially in a very red/Republican area), I hear in my head: “We don’t need no stinkin’ government.” “Government is bad.” “Government can’t do anything and/or do anything right.” Just heard a press conference and all the groups thanked: FBI, TBI, the county sheriff’s dept., the local police dept., the EMS. Stressed how they all worked together and couldn’t have done this without all of them. Yet, it’s the large majority of people in that area who will vote R regardless. They never use any critical thinking when things like this happen and stop to THINK how important government, at every level, is in their everyday lives.

        btw, it was two private citizens on four wheelers who found her. The area was so remote, that’s what it took. NO idea how the man got the van they were in back into the woods where they were found.

        • 104 vcprezofan2
          May 12, 2016 at 6:59 pm

          In this instance maybe it’s as well not to say anything at home, TnMG. The fact that she was found by ‘two private citizens’ would likely give your husband enough of a talking point for him to overlook the governmental assistance in posting amber alerts, description, etc.

          • May 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

            Yep. True, but as I said, it’s everytime these things occur and government at all levels are so needed and appreciated. Then, those same people neer put two and two together when they are bad-mouthing government and complaining about paying taxes. Drives me crazy.

            • 106 99ts
              May 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

              Every time someone complains to me about taxes – I repeat my mother’s words “I wish I paid more taxes”. If I paid more, I would be earning more. If I paid more, we would have better services – roads, public transport, safety nets for the bad times, better schools etc etc . If I paid more I have more rights to discuss how our government spends.

              So many who complain about taxes pay little or none – at the other end of the scale the taxes the rich pay are a minimal part of their expenditure. I laugh at my family friends when they complain about taxes.

              I do complain about the fact that many of our services that used to be provided by government – power, phone, gas, toll roads – have MASSIVELY increased in price since that wonderful private enterprise took them over.

              • 107 cd4biden
                May 13, 2016 at 1:45 am

                Hi 99ts,

                Best quote I have ever heard about taxes is that they are simply the dues you pay for belonging to the club called the United States of America. And just like any club, you pay the dues, and sometimes additional supplements, to maintain the clubhouse, pay the staff, maintain the tennis or basketball courts, the pool, the golf course, whatever. Or in the case of the Club USA it would be the roads, schools, public safety, military, libraries, paramedics, airwaves, and so much more.

                So since these Bernbots, GOPers, and others proclaim long and loud how much they love this club called America, they need to just shut up and pay their dues.

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Great news; hopefully she is in good health emotionally as well as physically. After this fiasco, maybe the authorities and the adults in her life will sort out her guardianship in her best interests.

  33. 109 JER
    May 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    NOW; Officials Hold Press Conference on Missing Girl in Nashville, TN – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3

  34. May 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

  35. 112 Dudette
    May 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Oh Da Hotness! [Where’s my fan?!!] 😱😍

  36. May 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    • 115 arapaho415
      May 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      GA Meta.

      Will be interesting State Dinner, love all the pageantry and anticipation for @FLOTUS dress, shoes and hair!

      Very cool theme — would love to visit these countries, couldn’t get enough of Alaska when I was there (except for the ENORMOUS mosquitos [wonder if Zika might be a real problem there?] — I was covered head to toe on hikes [yes, nerdy mosquito netting over face] but still suffered numerous and painful mosquito bites 😦 ).

  37. May 12, 2016 at 7:36 pm

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