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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and student performers react to seeing President Barack Obama as he drops by the White House Talent Show, hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in the East Room of the White House, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    May 20, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Hello!

    • 2 CEB
      May 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Hello and Good Morning! Thanks for all that you do for the village (and for helping a person of a certain age be more current on the latest youthful phrases). May you have a life equal to your brilliance and passion.

      • 3 Nerdy Wonka
        May 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

        “May you have a life equal to your brilliance and passion” – Amen! Amen! Amen!

        Thank you, CEB for that heartwarming and really kind blessing. You ROCK!

        • 4 mtmarilyn
          May 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

          I also concur with all said about our brilliant NW. I have always said we will all be saying one day we knew her when. Our NW is destined for greatness. Her ability to bring all the important news to us. Has kept us all calm and hopeful and able to appreciate the brilliance of our President and his administration.

          I am so tired of the far left tea party that supports Bernie talking about how they voted for Obama but because he didn’t do so and so they were so disappointed they blame him for all that is happening now. They won’t look at the big picture or all that was happening in the first 2 years of the Obama administration. I truly believe if he had added the prosecution of Bush, Cheney or any of the CEO’s he wouldn’t have been able to save the economy and give us health care. None of that matters to them. They only look at the people who got away with what happened. Obama isn’t perfect, but dang near.

          Again having this community to come to has kept us all sane and hopeful. I really love you all. We are a family community.

      • 5 Dudette
        May 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

        I second CEB’s beautiful sentiment. Love you Nerdy! 😘

      • 6 MightyPamela
        May 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

        I add third to the Blessing of NerdyWonka, May She Live Long and Prosper!

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      May 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hello! Have a great day!

      And I may save this takedown for my own private world use, if I ever need it … too funny.

  2. May 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  3. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    May 20, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Morning all. What joy and awe in those young faces! Imagine being able to get that reaction when you walk in a room. And then imagine the magnificent human being who inspired those looks. Just thinking about it will make this a good day.

    • 10 99ts
      May 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

      gm jackie – did you have your meeting yesterday – I was hoping that it went well & didn’t get too swamped by the bernie folks.

      • 11 jackiegrumbacher
        May 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

        Hi 99. We did have our meeting and the Bernie people were very subdued because they knew there was no path forward. Then some idiot Hillary supporter said he thought Bernie was being vindictive in his desire to hurt HRC and the denials flowed. “He never said that!” “He isn’t like that!” “He’s done so much good–pushed her to the left.” One Bernie guy couldn’t let it go and wrote a followup e-mail to the whole group saying that Bernie never said anything negative about Hillary. At this point, it’s best to just ignore it and let each Bernie person handle his/her own grief. The good news is that every single person in the group said they would support Hillary and do their part to get her elected. Now if we can just keep Bernie from disrupting the convention, we may be able to go forward.

        There was a tweet posted on TOD yesterday that the DNC was going to offer Bernie a prominent role on the policy committee as an inducement for him to cut the threats to disrupt the convention. I honestly think this is a good idea. Policy meetings are not televised. Nobody reads the outcomes. And if it makes him feel that he’s accomplished something and gives him bragging rights with his followers, then everybody wins. If he refuses to cooperate, then all bets are off and his Senate career is likely to be brief and uncomfortable.

        • 12 99ts
          May 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

          Thanks Jackie – I think Hillary & her team are being really good in staying away from attacking Bernie – and also refusing to be lowered to the level of Trump & his ridiculous tweets. It is not a time for name calling which seems to be all that too many are doing. I believe Trump will fall into the gutter (already 90% there) when he has to campaign against someone who ignores his taunts and concentrates on his absolute lack of qualifications for the job.

          I think you are amazing in all that you do during your elections – so very different to my world – we are having our longest ever election period – 8 weeks – and everyone is sick of it already – heading into week 3!

        • May 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

          I like that you said Jackie. I have a friend who’s a Bernie supporter and we kind of got into it yesterday. I tried to respect her beliefs (although it was hard!). She said Hillary should make Bernie Vice President (!) and that the idea of the first 2 years of college being free was Bernie’s idea. Blew me away, that was the President’s idea! Such rabid support. I like the way you framed it; let them have their grief.

        • 17 57andfemale
          May 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

          We need to be part of the healing, although I want to rail against all of them. Howard Dean said he’s not at all surprised – BS is a sore loser, a nasty guy and always has been. There will be the dead enders, for sure, but we have to start pulling this together. Too much is at stake.

          I’m hoping CA, NJ and PR are good showings for HRC, which will send the right message.

          Always appreciate your updates from the trenches, jackie.

  4. 18 99ts
    May 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Morning all – reading the GOP health care blan at BJ & saw this comment

    “Republicans are members of a cult, wherein there is only one solution to every problem and it is built around tax cuts of some kind or other.”

    Seems to fit any RW political party across the world – not just the GOP.

  5. May 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    PHUCK.OUTTA.HERE.

    GOP Senator: US Suffers From ‘Under-Incarceration Problem’
    By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND
    Published MAY 19, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT 7126 Views
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that the United States suffers from an “under-incarceration” problem in a Thursday speech rejecting a bipartisan criminal justice bill.

    “Take a look at the facts,” Cotton told an audience at the conservative Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., according to Politico. “First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration, ignores an unfortunate fact: for the vast majority of crimes, a perpetrator is never identified or arrested, let alone prosecuted, convicted, and jailed. Law enforcement is able to arrest or identify a likely perpetrator for only 19 percent of property crimes and 47 percent of violent crimes. If anything, we have an under-incarceration problem.”

    Cotton has spearheaded the effort to derail a bipartisan bill aimed at easing federal sentencing guidelines for non-violent offenders and allowing incarcerated offenders, many of whom were imprisoned on drug charges, to petition for reduced sentences. The bill was crafted by two Republican senators, John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, and one Democratic senator, Dick Durbin of Illinois.

    • 21 Don
      May 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Isn’t this the same Sen. Cotton that wrote a letter to Iran imploring them not to seek a nuclear deal with President Obama? And I bet you he wouldn’t lift a finger to provide programs that would help ex-offenders assimilate back into society once their sentences are complete.

      • 22 arapaho415
        May 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

        GM Don.

        You got that right… outtasight, out of mind.

        His supporters are the first people to cower in fear if they thought a formerly incarcerated person is crossing their path, the first to shoot first, ask questions later if they knew the person’s background.

        Cotton and his supporters believe in “locking them up and throwing away the key.”

        BTW it cracked me up when Josh Earnest referred to Cotton as “an international man of mystery” when asked about some treasonous thought/action by that moron.

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Rikyrah, I would dearly love to increase the incarceration level by ONE– Tom–the traitor– Cotton himself.

    • May 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

      GM Rikyrah, everyone.

      We need to start with incarcerating him for impersonating a human being.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      May 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Cotton thinks there’s an existing condition called under-incarceration? Maybe we can get him to be the first volunteer to fill up the jail cells. Like now, please.

  6. May 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Sanders Camp: Millions Have ‘Growing Doubts’ About Clinton Campaign
    By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND
    Published MAY 19, 2016, 5:51 PM EDT
    Hours after Hillary Clinton declared herself the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign fired off a statement warning that she spoke too soon.

    “In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton,” communications director Michael Briggs said in a statement. “We expect voters in the remaining eight contests also will disagree. And with almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign.”

    Sanders’ team was responding to comments Clinton made in a CNN interview that aired Thursday, in which she said there was “no way” she wouldn’t earn her party’s nomination.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Rikyrah, it’s sad that this grumpy old man can’t control himself or his campaign from spewing lies and vitriol. HRC needs 90 delegates to clinch the nomination. She will win those in Puerto Rico on May 5 and New Jersey on May 7 before the California polls even close. At this point he should be more concerned with the growing doubts about his own sanity, rather than Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

      • May 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

        Does Hillary need 90 delegates to clinch the nomination without the Super Delegates?

        • May 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

          I believe so, Sherry. Someone more fully informed may correct me and that would be fine. 🙂 In the recesses of my mind, I believe I heard that within the past 2-3 days.

        • 33 Dudette
          May 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

          Yep 90.

        • 34 cd4biden
          May 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

          Hi Sherry,
          She is, as Dudette said, within 90 delegates, however that is also counting her 525 super delegates. So she needs 615 regular delegates to clinch the nomination without her super delegates, which is what BS is always yelling about.

    • 35 57andfemale
      May 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

      This infuriated me yesterday. BS was supposed to win OR by double digits, HRC kept him to 6. I figured anything under 10 would be a “win” for HRC, but she’s not touting it. BS was favored to win KY, & he lost. Whenever BS closes a gap, it’s a big victory for him. When HRC closes a gap, crickets.

      I understand not wanting to piss people off, but BS & his campaign are going to be pissed off anyway. It drives me crazy when she allows BS to define her. I did hear on the radio this morning, that she’s going to start hitting him on “temperament”.

      It would be totally reasonable for decent HRC surrogates to say that BS has not faced the GOP & Trump attack machine, making polls meaningless. He shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this b.s.

  7. 36 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 20, 2016 at 9:10 am

    MUCH TO MY ROOMATE’S DESPISE…………….MY BROTHER COMES 2DAY….AND I WILL NOT ALLOW THAT BASTARD TO PUT A DAMPER ON THIS DAY..I HAVE FEW!..END OF STORY!..I LOVE MY PRESIDENT..HE IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE THAN I…………………HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE!

    • 37 GGAIL
      May 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Hope you have a pleasant visit with your brother Sue!

    • 38 Dudette
      May 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Sending you positive thoughts and hope that all goes well.

      • 39 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        May 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        THANKYOU SO MUCH..HE WILL BE IN AROUND 2;30…GOD LOVE HIM..HE’S BEEN FLYING AND LANDED IN CINCY..SO HE RENTED A CAR TO COME AND SEE ME FOR THE DAY..HE LUVS ME!..:) WE WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME DESPITE THE GRUMPY ONE!

  8. May 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    hmmph

    hmmph

    Trump Claims UK Prime Minister David Cameron Invited Him To Visit
    By KATHERINE KRUEGER
    Published MAY 20, 2016, 8:34 AM EDT
    Just days after presumptive nominee Donald Trump sparred with both UK Prime Minister David Cameron and London’s newly-elected mayor, Trump said Friday that Cameron has invited him to visit.

    During a discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about policy in the Mideast, Trump said Cameron attacked him first but has since changed his tune.

    “And by the way, he would like me now to visit 10 Downing Street,” Trump said. “They put out that invitation about two days ago. I’ll do just fine with David Cameron. I think he’s a nice guy. I’ll do just fine. But they have asked me to visit 10 Downing Street. And I might do it.”

    Cameron has called Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration “stupid, divisive, and wrong,” which caused Trump to caution that they might not have a “very good relationship” if he’s elected President.

    • 41 GGAIL
      May 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Trump must be scared of big words. His language is on the level of a seven year old child.

      • 42 99ts
        May 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

        I think that’s insulting 7 year olds ggail – my glorious grandbabe – approaching 4 years has better language skills than those that appear in Trump’s Tweets.

        • 43 GGAIL
          May 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

          LOL, you’re right 99ts and I imagine your grandbabe does have more extensive language skills than Trump 😊

  9. 44 GGAIL
    May 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Friday’s GREAT 🎉🎉

    Congrats NW on First! 😘

  10. 47 MightyPamela
    May 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

    • 48 MightyPamela
      May 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

      The Sun moves into Gemini today, 10:37 am ET, 7:37 am PT

      • 49 99ts
        May 20, 2016 at 9:34 am

        My daughter is a Gemini – must be approaching her birthday – the years go too quickly.

        We had a glorious moon this evening MightyP, 2 days until it reaches full – I do love our new balcony – though I wish their were less city lights as we see very few stars.

        • 50 MightyPamela
          May 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

          Full Moon tomorrow, 99ts, 1.14 Sagittarius 5:14pm ET, 2:14 PT (about another 32 hours so in Brissy, 5:14 am on your Sunday). Gorgeous!

    • 52 arapaho415
      May 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

      GM annieb.

      Thanks SO MUCH for posting, had completely forgotten that this happens today!

      Couldn’t get link to work 😦 .

      Found the article…

      • May 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

        I think FLOTUS will speak at the Santa Fe Indian School next week, I think it will be the 26th.

        • 54 arapaho415
          May 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm

          annieb,

          Thank you for the update.

          Will replace my tweet — annoying, the article said “Thursday,” so I mistakenly believed it meant today. Just noticed in a sidebar that article clarifies to say May 26. Again, thanks for clarification [insert Chips’ “egg on face” photo here].

          Sorry for the error, looking forward to her arrival and events in Santa Fe next week!

        • 55 arapaho415
          May 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

          Also…

          realize my excuse doesn’t hold water. I know it’s Friday, have no idea why I had a brain lapse while reading this article and thought it was Thursday… wishful thinking on my part, thinking there’s one more workday in week to get things done. 😳

          😦

  11. 56 GGAIL
    May 20, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I’m surprised by the death of CBS reporter Morley Safer so soon after his announced retirement.

  12. May 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    from Matt Taibbi:

    If this isn’t the end for the Republican Party, it’ll be a shame. They dominated American political life for 50 years and were never anything but monsters. They bred in their voters the incredible attitude that Republicans were the only people within our borders who raised children, loved their country, died in battle or paid taxes. They even sullied the word “American” by insisting they were the only real ones. They preferred Lubbock to Paris, and their idea of an intellectual was Newt Gingrich. Their leaders, from Ralph Reed to Bill Frist to Tom DeLay to Rick Santorum to Romney and Ryan, were an interminable assembly line of shrieking, witch-hunting celibates, all with the same haircut – the kind of people who thought Iran-Contra was nothing, but would grind the affairs of state to a halt over a blow job or Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.
    A century ago, the small-town American was Gary Cooper: tough, silent, upright and confident. The modern Republican Party changed that person into a haranguing neurotic who couldn’t make it through a dinner without quizzing you about your politics. They destroyed the American character. No hell is hot enough for them. And when Trump came along, they rolled over like the weaklings they’ve always been, bowing more or less instantly to his parodic show of strength.

  13. 60 desertflower
    May 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Morning everyone:) Can it be over now?

  14. 61 JER
    May 20, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    President Obama walks out of the Oval Office to the White House Colonnade. Finally a day with no rain.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

    • 63 sherijr
      May 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

      yep and sunshine for the first time in weeks! Am on my way outside to do something in the sun that can be considered productive 😉

      • 64 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        May 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

        I LOVE MY PRESIDENT..HOPE HE HITS THE GOLF COURSE!…I HAVE MY LITTLE GUY COMING FROM CHURCH TOO ON SATURDAY TO FISH…THIS WILL BE A SUPER WEEKEND FOR ME! EXCEPT FOR THE WORM PART..I HAVE FEELINGS!

    • 66 GGail
      May 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Good morning JER 🙂

      I have been paying more attention to the DC weather lately since I’ll be visiting there next month, and I can’t believe how much it rains! It seems like it rains at least partially every day 😯

  15. May 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    After Capitol Hill ‘chaos,’ Democrats name names
    05/20/16 08:40 AM—UPDATED 05/20/16 08:42 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In recent years, not much gets done in Congress, so there aren’t a lot of opportunities for drama. And yet, yesterday, multiple headlines highlighted the “chaos” that erupted on the floor of the House of Representatives. So, what happened?

    It was a chaotic scene on the House floor Thursday morning after an amendment to help protect LGBT people from discrimination failed by just one vote as Republicans succeeded in convincing a few members of their own party to switch their votes to help ensure the measure would not pass.

    House Democrats could be heard chanting “shame, shame, shame” on the floor as the measure went from garnering up to 217 votes at one point down to just 212 when the vote was gaveled. Boos erupted from the House floor as the measure failed.

    There are a couple of relevant angles to this. The first is the substance: two years ago, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting government contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and applicants. Congressional Republicans won’t consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, so the White House did what it could under the law.

    Two years later, House Republicans want to undo that policy. When putting together this year’s big defense spending bill, the GOP quietly added a provision to restore contractors’ ability to discriminate. Pushing back, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) sponsored an amendment yesterday to nullify the anti-LGBT provision and protect the White House’s anti-discrimination policy.

    It didn’t go well – the Republican majority defeated Maloney’s amendment. In 2016, the House GOP is still willing to go to the mat to allow businesses to discriminate, even when taxpayers’ money is being used.

    ………….

    Democratic leaders, outraged by the ugliness and underhanded tactics, decided to name names, releasing the list of the seven House Republicans who agreed to switch their vote, after time had expired, to advance the anti-LGBT policy (in alphabetical order): Reps. Jeff Denham (R- Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Mimi Walters (R- Calif.), and David Young (R-Iowa).

    Each of these members initially voted to do the right thing, but each reversed course.

    • 69 Betsy
      May 20, 2016 at 9:53 am

      4 of them are from California, 😦

    • 73 Roberta in MN
      May 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

      This reminds of what DeLay did on the Prescription Drug bill, it didn’t pass because of the clause to no negotiating and the penalties, but he brow beat his caucus until 3am in the morning before he could get it passed. It was a mess. I blew my top when it passed by 1 vote also. I think on that one.

  16. 75 desertflower
    May 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    🙂 🙂 The adorable Jon Fav…

  17. 77 JER
    May 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

  18. May 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Nerdy on #1, and Happy Friday everyone! 🙂

  19. 80 arapaho415
    May 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

    GM TODville.

    I’ll be eating my words soon.

    Thought Trump is avoiding release of his taxes because, like his hands, his “huge” income/wealth is inflated in his mind.

    Turns out 99ts was right (upthread) — it’s about not paying taxes.

    Trump is laughing all the way to the bank…

  20. May 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Why it matters that Donald Trump never vetted himself
    05/20/16 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s Campaign Management 101: It’s not enough to research your rivals; you have to research yourself. Taking a close look at your opponents’ backgrounds will help uncover their strengths and weaknesses, which in turn will help shape your strategy, but digging through your own background will help you anticipate and prepare for upcoming lines of attack.

    None of this is controversial. There are professional researchers who, for a handsome fee, do nothing but this and I’ve never heard of a modern national candidate who chose not to take advantage of these services.

    That is, until now. Mother Jones’ David Corn reported yesterday on a detail that should make Republicans nervous.

    For most major presidential campaigns, it is a routine act: You conduct opposition research on your own candidate. The reason is obvious; campaign officials and candidates want to know what they might have to contend with once the you-know-what starts flying. But not Donald Trump.

    At least not at the start of the campaign that would lead to him becoming the presumptive GOP nominee. According to a source with direct knowledge, when Trump was considering entering the presidential race early last year, his political advisers, including Corey Lewandowski, who would become his campaign manager, suggested that he hire a professional to investigate his past. But the celebrity mogul said no and refused to pay for it.

  21. 82 arapaho415
    May 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    GM TODville.

    This is for even amk (where is the rascal now? is he a volunteer counting ballots for recent election? LOL.), despite Modi not being a favorite of his.

  22. 86 Dudette
    May 20, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning Family! I have designated today as “Friendly Friday” for myself, so that for one day, I am not consumed by the ugly side of life and politics. I will ignore bullies & mean people today and focus on positive, uplifting pursuits. When I feel the inclination to go negative, just for today, I will bite my tongue, hold my breath, count to 10 and reconsider my words and thoughts. On this day, I shall soak up inspiration, spread love, and strive for enlightenment.

    And if anyone tries to stop me, I’ll kick ’em in the ass!

  23. 93 JER
    May 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

  24. 94 amk for obama
    May 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oregon voters decisively rejected candidates who expressed support for the armed occupation of a wildlife preserve in their county.

    Candidates packed the ballot Tuesday in Harney County, where armed militants led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy took over the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve earlier this year in attempt to overthrow federal ownership of federal land.

    Voters flocked to the polls — with a state-high 72 percent of eligible voters participating — to reject candidates who expressed support for the occupiers or echoed their anti-government rhetoric, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/oregon-voters-overwhelmingly-reject-candidates-who-backed-bundy-militants/

  25. 95 amk for obama
    May 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Valerie Jarrett: Obama will keep low political profile out of office

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/what-will-obama-do-after-presidency-223406

  26. May 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    GOP Elite Banking on More Gridlock
    by BooMan
    Fri May 20th, 2016 at 10:03:56 AM EST

    Given the ridiculous amount of gridlock we’ve experienced in Congress during the last six years of Obama’s presidency, you’d think that folks would have an appetite for one side or the other to get enough political power to break it. Certainly, that’s Democrats’ ambition, but it’s no longer true for the Republican donor class.

    Hundreds of millions of dollars that Republican groups had been poised to spend in the 2016 presidential election are now increasingly likely to move into Senate and House races, as many big donors look to distance themselves from the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump.

    It’s clear now that Big Money Republicans are ready to concede the presidency, and they’re preparing to deal with a Clinton administration with as much obstruction as possible. Never mind that the country has come to loath Congress just as much as they loath cockroaches, chiggers, and herpes.

  27. May 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Just finish listening to First Lady speak at the Partnership for a Healthier America, she got a wonderful welcome.

  28. May 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Political Animal Blog

    May 20, 2016 8:30 AM
    What the Obama Administration Has Done to Reduce Income Inequality
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    There are those who say that President Obama’s most important speech is the one he gave in Osawatomie, Kansas in December 2011. He went back to the town were Teddy Roosevelt said, “The fundamental rule of our national life – the rule which underlies all others – is that, on the whole, and in the long run, we shall go up or down together.” Here is how Obama described our current situation:

    ……………….
    The steps this President has taken to reduce income inequality are not often highlighted as a package, and so they are sometimes unacknowledged or dismissed. Today, Paul Krugman takes a look at a few of them, but he begins by suggesting they can be placed in two categories:

    Step back for a minute and ask, what can policy do to limit inequality? The answer is, it can operate on two fronts. It can engage in redistribution, taxing high incomes and aiding families with lower incomes. It can also engage in what is sometimes called “predistribution,” strengthening the bargaining power of lower-paid workers and limiting the opportunities for a handful of people to make giant sums. In practice, governments that succeed in limiting inequality generally do both.

  29. 104 Neena20409
    May 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Happy, Happy Friday to all the TODable TODbots community.
    TGIF.
    Congrats, NW for your Solid Au ⭐
    WH presser with the Deputy Sec Eric Schultz coming LIVE at 1:00 PM EDT

  30. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    May 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  31. 108 Neena20409
    May 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  32. 109 cd4biden
    May 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I think I found the source for the article Yardarm posted a while back (#42 in PBO Awards National Medals…) that so many readers liked.

    When I tried to post the website I got sent to moderation. So here is what I found. It seems to be an editorial called The Digital Future created by Liftingtimes.com, written on 4/26/16.

    Except I noticed the last 3 sentences of the version Yardarm posted seem to have been added to the original editorial. It appears, at least to me, they were posted by Khan Academy as a way to promote their software product.

    Anyway, enjoy this great article, and now jazziz2 can post a source reference with the article! 🙂

  33. 112 Neena20409
    May 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  34. 113 Neena20409
    May 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  35. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    May 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Gag. Accidentally heard ignoramus Trump on the teevee, speaking at the NRA convention with the good old boys and girls. He invited ’em all to come to the RNC convention – as though it were a trip to Mar-a-Lago for the week, on his dime. He didn’t mention you can’t just walk in, because that’s what he’s gonna do. What could go wrong?

    WHAT A JERK!


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