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Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

1PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

3:15PM: President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Carter

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117 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    June 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Morning.

  2. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    June 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Nerdy, do you know of any way that we could all sign an e-card for Chips? I haven’t the foggiest idea of how to go about it, but sometimes at Christmas I get one of these online. Do you think it’s possible for such a large group?

  3. June 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  4. June 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

    RIP Pat Summitt.
    She was a trailblazer.
    Gone entirely too soon.

  5. 9 MightyPamela
    June 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

  6. 10 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    June 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    TARGET SIGNAGE IN MY BACKYARD?..I WENT SHOPPING AND BOUGHT SOME BIG ONES!

  7. June 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Trump Adviser Claims Tax Plan Won’t Cost Money And Expects People To Take His Word For It
    BY BRYCE COVERT
    JUN 27, 2016 3:36 PM

    In its analysis, Moody’s included the finding of the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, which concluded that Trump’s tax plan would cost the government $9.5 trillion over a decade based on its own complex modeling. It wasn’t the only place to come to a similar conclusion. The more progressive Citizens for Tax Justice found it would cost $12 trillion over a decade; the more conservative Tax Foundation, which takes into account assumptions that tax cuts spur economic growth, still found it would cost $10.14 trillion over a decade.

    But Navarro argues those findings can’t be true because Trump says his tax plan will be revenue neutral. “One of the worst mistakes of the Moody’s report is to ignore the cornerstone of Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, revenue neutrality. This principle is clearly stated on the Trump website,” Navarro’s report says. “It follows that under revenue neutrality, none of the downstream negative effects predicted by the Moody’s report occur.”

    Navarro doesn’t offer his own modeling or analysis. “I don’t have the elaborate model of Moody’s,” he told the Washington Post in an interview. “The basic foundation of my analysis is, ‘garbage in, garbage out.

  8. June 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

    There’s no other way to put this:

    He’s just a phucking embarrassment.

    ………………………

    Justice Thomas Passionately Argues That Convicted Domestic Abusers Need Easier Access To Guns
    BY LAUREL RAYMOND
    JUN 27, 2016 2:25 PM

    Today the Supreme Court handed down two decisions: The first is a monumental, headline-grabbing defeat for anti-abortion groups. The second is a highly technical case about gun rights that’s being mostly overlooked.

    In the dissenting opinion for the latter case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues that convicted domestic abusers have been defrauded of their right to deadly weapons.

    At-issue in Voisine v. United States is a technical question of whether two men with convictions for “reckless” domestic assault fall under a federal law prohibiting people convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from possessing a firearm. The law prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms wasn’t the question under discussion — instead, the question was how far that law reached over certain states’ differing domestic assault laws.

    Justice Thomas, however, was very concerned in arguments about the broader law that domestic abusers at large can’t have guns — breaking 10 years of silence on the Court to complain at arguments in February.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      June 28, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Justice Thomas cannot retire soon enough. His opinions have never shown the slightest concern for human life and he seems always to drip contempt for women.

    • 15 arapaho415
      June 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

      GM rikyrah.

      Someone should pass this along to Justice Thomas (from Jan):

      • June 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

        The closest I ever came to being physically abused in my marriage (emotional abuse was constant) was when I ordered the wrong thing from Boston Chicken for my husband. He threw the plate at the wall and came really close to hitting me.

        • 17 arapaho415
          June 28, 2016 at 10:24 am

          GM maryl1.

          Sorry to hear about your experience.

          It’s just amazing to me that something so trivial — a meal (it’s not as if it’s a lifetime experience, you’re gonna eat something else in a few hours) can trigger such anger and abuse in some people, leading to tragic outcomes at times.

          But in my mind it underscores why firearms should not be accessible to people who are prone to violence over a perceived slight.

          Those who “support the second Amendment” regardless of whether there’s reason to believe that others may be harmed/killed choose to cling to the “shall not be infringed” phrase of the Amendment, and nothing else.

          Mentioned before that after the Roseburg OR shooting, heard an interview with a woman who said that mentally ill people are entitled to firearms because the second Amendment right “shall not be infringed.”

          JHC.

          • June 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

            But our right to life can be infringed like billy-o.

          • 19 catrst
            June 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

            Its about control. There is no conflict just control issues. Things build inside the abuser, tension of sorts, until the top blows off again. Its a vicious cycle. Eventually the cycles happen almost constantly, there is not interval in between. Nothing the other person can do to ward it off but get away and even that is incredibly risky with the inconsistant way our society deals with this issue.

            • June 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

              That’s exactly right, catrst. My husband’s whole life was built around being in control, and specifically in control of me. Even his relationship with our children was mainly built around using them to control me. I didn’t see it at first, it was very subtle. And then it’s like the proverbial frog in the pot. The heat is turned up so gently that the frog become habituated to it and doesn’t realize the danger. My husband had reasons for the way he was and I have worked toward understanding and forgiveness because I don’t want to waste my life in anger and bitterness, but he did damage to me and to my children. I was married for 16 years, and in that time I came to feel that my life was one long series of tests that I never quite passed. It’s hard to understand how a fairly intelligent person can come to be in that situation, but it happens gradually and abusers are extremely good at finding points of vulnerability and using them. He slowly cut us off from friends (I luckily did maintain contacts with my very old friends and people at work, but it was in the face of constant pressure). I believed that all the faults in the marriage were mine and when I saw my friends being treated differently in their marriages I knew it was because they deserved it and I didn’t. When the final straw came, after many months of therapy during which my therapist had to tell me that I was being emotionally abused because I absolutely could not see it, I was sure that when I talked to a lawyer about divorce he would say “Well, I can see why he’s divorcing you.” Of course no such thing happened, and as I felt freer to talk to my friends (I had always staunchly defended my husband from any mild critical comments), over and over again they told me how they had watched and felt helpless. I was amazed. It was as though I had stepped through the bubble he had put me in into a different world. Sixteen years later, I have come a long way to reclaiming myself but I still sometimes slip back into old ways of thinking. I’m saying all this because I know it’s hard for people to believe and when they see a friend or colleague in a relationship like that, they can’t understand why she just doesn’t get out of it. Sometimes it makes then think less of her. But the truth is she probably cannot see what they see. She’s looking at a distorted view in a fun house mirror but that’s her reality. This happens to intelligent people. Outsiders do not understand the extreme skills and subtlety of the abuser who takes over your very sense of self. It’s one reason why I feel so strongly that we cannot dismiss others’ lived experiences just because they are not our own (We do it all the time; we just have to correct ourselves when it happens. You may think you would never allow yourself to get into that situation, but what you don’t see is that you don’t start out in “that situation”. It builds slowly over time until your life is completely contained by it.

              • 21 catrst
                July 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

                Finally read your amazing comment. I am your soul sister. So glad for your evolution and safety. I had the opposite problem when I reached out for help after twenty years and when things started to get physical. I was in a backwater area, and reaching out for help was the bad thing not the hurting. It was another voyage to get through the aftermath of the retaliation. I hope everyone some day understands what a risk it is to leave and get help. Its very very dangerous and its important to help not make it worse.

                • July 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

                  I am so sorry for your experience. I was lucky that my friends (and lawyer) supported me whole-heartedly, but I can have some idea of what it would be like to be blamed for ‘disturbing things’. People don’t want to know. I hope you are in a much better place physically, emotionally, and spiritually now. We heal and the experience is there with us, but we don’t let it define and control us any more. That’s what we aim for anyway!

                  • 23 catrst
                    July 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

                    Thank you for the well wishes. I would really like to write about the unhelpful things that happened when I reached out. I’d like to call it “Friendly Fire”. It would be a cautionary tale for those who consider themselves part of the first responders to dom. violence problems. Its true what is said about feelings about bystanders.

        • June 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          Mary, I’m so sorry you experienced the emotional abuse. ❤️

    • 28 MightyPamela
      June 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Step down, you stupid fool. 10 years of silence, all the while collecting your compensation, and this is the best you can do? Step down.

  9. June 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

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

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD”ders. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you lookout for the health, interest, and well-being of others today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  10. 31 GGAIL
    June 28, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    June 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

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

  12. June 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    NBC/national poll (change from last week):
    Hillary 49 (+1)
    Trump 41 (-1)
    Hillary’s biggest lead since NBC began tracking poll.

  13. 34 JER
    June 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    First Lady Michelle Obama & daughters in Morocco recieved by HRH Princess Lalla Salma Marrakech

    • June 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

      You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right. I love the fact that FLOTUS told those young girls that. Wow, it touches my heart..

  14. 41 jackiegrumbacher
    June 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    TODers. This is a site that allows us all to sign a group sympathy card for Chips. Please take a look and we can decide if we want to go this route. The cost is minimal. I’ve got to run out for a few hours, but if you think it’s the right thing to do and anyone wants to start this, please go ahead.

    http://www.groupcard.com/cr/n4jQ0sIGHol

  15. June 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Good Tuesday, Nerdy…TOD Family.

  16. June 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Greedy rich men want you to blame minorities for the things greedy rich men do. Any bigotry is an attack on workers, the middle class and America.

      Trump is using racism to scam white voters and make them poorer. And he’s doing it the same way conservatives have for decades.

      The reactionary economic agenda made possible by dog-whistle politics is responsible not just for the devaluing of black lives but for the declining fortunes of the majority of white families. College costs have soared because anti-government dog whistling has mainstreamed extreme cuts to state budgets. Union busting, which drives down wages and benefits for all workers, has become popular because the image of the union worker has been tarred: now not a white man in a hardhat but a black woman behind a bureaucrat’s counter. When conservatives vilify every modest public benefit, from healthcare subsidies to unemployment insurance, as handouts to the undeserving, the social contract is shredded for everyone. By exposing how the political manipulation of racial anxiety has hollowed out of the middle class, [we] can elevate a simple message: When racism wins, everyone loses.

      It’s time to point out that thing that conservatives hate most about government is that it’s the only thing that can stop them from ripping off the middle class. And if we stand together, we can have a future where guys like Donald Trump are actually held responsible for their rhetoric and their back taxes.

      http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/06/the-one-word-we-have-to-use-to-describe-trumps-racism-strategic.html

      • 51 desertflower
        June 28, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Excellent MUST READ. Thanks for this, swbluega:)

      • 52 idon
        June 29, 2016 at 2:12 am

        This same issue regarding the “whiteness narrative” is exquisitely addressed in the HBO movie #AllTheWay, which is about LBJ’s successful efforts to pass the 1964 Civil Rights bill. I have never seena movei so beautifully and perfectly confront the real purpose behind the “whiteness narrative.”

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

      swbluega, I drive by the tobacco fields here in North Carolina, and who do I see in that field? It isn’t the ones who are claiming that the immigrates are taking their jobs.

    • 54 GGail
      June 28, 2016 at 11:52 am

      That’s a very true statement. Thanks sw for posting it!

  17. June 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

    GM, TOD! Getting ready for houseguests…

  18. June 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Serena won 6-2, 6-4.

  19. June 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Dear TOD folk, I wonder if you could help me with a little problem I’m having. A little while ago I read a quote about leadership – I was pretty certain it was from President Obama. I wanted to make a nice print of it to give to my principal as I retire. I think it fits his leadership style quite well. I asked my son to design it and of course, now I can’t find it. I thought I had bookmarked it, and also sent it to my school email and saved it on my computer. Can’t find it anywhere, and a google search is doing me no good. It was about how leaders identify talented, competent people and then empower them to solve problems. It was a great quote. If anyone recognizes it or something close to it, I would DEEPLY appreciate you pointing me to it. My last day is Thursday, but he might not be in the office that day. I know he will be there tomorrow, which gives me some time to get it done, but not much!

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

      maryl1, I remember tweeting about that quote because I loved it so much. But I just did a search and can’t find it. I think it’s from one of his town halls abroad…….I’ll keep searching and will post if I find it.

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

      OK, so I found these tweets that I posted on April 23rd.

      This is the UK Town Hall quote where I heard these concepts:

      “Two things I’m pretty good at — one is attracting talent. And anybody who wants to be a leader, I would advise you to spend a lot of time thinking about how am I helping other people do great things. Because, as President of the United States, I am dealing with so many issues and I can’t be expert on everything, and I can’t be everywhere. And the one thing I can do is assemble a team of people who are really good and really smart and really committed, and care about their mission, and have integrity, and then give them the tools, or get rid of the barriers, or help coach them so that they can do a great job.

      And I think leaders who think that their primary job is to make everybody do exactly what they want, as opposed to helping to organize really talented people to collectively go to where we need to go typically stumble. You should be predisposed to other people’s power — how can I make the people around me do great things. If they do, then, by definition, I’ll succeed, because that’s my job, is to get this team moving in the right direction.”

      Full speech here:

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/23/remarks-president-obama-town-hall-young-leaders-uk

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Anyway, hope this helps. If not the one you’re looking for, maybe it will help jog your memory or other TODers’.

  20. June 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

  21. 64 arapaho415
    June 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

    GM TODville.

    😉

  22. June 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

    The right wing haters can complain about FLOTUS trip to Africa and Spain, as a waste of taxpayers money, but they have no problem with investigating Benghazi for the 100 time.

    • June 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

      “ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR THE BENGHAZI COMMITTEE”

      http://www.newsweek.com/another-bad-day-benghazi-panel-384592

      Already wobbling with accusations, some by its own Republican members, that it’s been running a Hillary Clinton hit squad since May 2014, leaders of the panel struggled Sunday to fend off new charges that they had mischaracterized the former secretary of state’s handling of sensitive intelligence.

      In a letter on Sunday, Representative Elijah Commings, the panel’s top Democrat, blasted committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) for accusing Clinton of sending emails from her private server containing “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.”

      “The problem with your accusation—as with so many others during this investigation,” Cummings responded in a letter Sunday, “is that you failed to check your facts before you made it, and the CIA has now informed the Select Committee that you were wrong.”

  23. June 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

  24. June 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi…
    You know… The republicans love to point to the movie 13 hours?
    I watched that move…
    And nothing in that movie points to Hillary as a evil person.
    You could have drawn the same conclusion about General petreas who was CIA director at the time.
    Coke to think of it… Why didn’t he order his assets tongue area? Where the hell
    Was he?
    Oh ya he was banging his mistress in Tampa. I forgot.
    Just saying.

  25. June 28, 2016 at 10:47 am

  26. 75 57andfemale
    June 28, 2016 at 10:50 am

  27. 78 Linda
    June 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Gowdy refuses to say that Hillary Clinton was ” culpable “. hahahahaaaaa

  28. 79 JER
    June 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

  29. 83 Dakota
    June 28, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Rest in Peace Coach Pat Summitt. I had so much admiration for this woman. A great human being.

    • June 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Sad day in Knoxville. See my post on previous thread. If someone could bring it over (end of thread), would appreciate.

      • 85 MightyPamela
        June 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

        Tnmtngirl on June 28, 2016 at 6:58 am
        GM, TOD. R.I.P. Pat Summit. A legend.

        We aren’t in Knoxville. Made a quick trip back to northern OH (where we lived for 18 years). Two “young” men who my husband hired in 1978 are retiring so we came back for their event. Also, my husband’s former boss has had numerous TIA’s fairly recently. We knew we needed to get back to see him………stop talking about it and do it. Well also see a few other folks. Head back tomorrow.

  30. 86 MightyPamela
    June 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

    So, a meaningful day for us: www. thespiritofvillarosa.com, official publication release date today!! Much excitement and anticipation for my daughter, who has been the social media and media relations representative, working very hard with great dedication towards this day! Check it out! Especially if you have ties to or interest in Haiti, where much of the tale is set. This is the true life story of a White House photographer in the Teddy Roosevelt and Howard Taft administrations. Fascinating!

    • 87 MightyPamela
      June 28, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Hey, I’ll be bold and ask everyone who tweets to please tweet out the link; you will be making a tremendous contribution to changing the way many people see history! Trust me!

      • June 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

        (darn finger slip…) MP, received my autographed copy several weeks ago. Thanks for the recommendation!

        • 90 MightyPamela
          June 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

          Oh! Fabulous, amazing isn’t it? I know there is much more to be seen in a story like this, I find I’m left with a deep interest in the chieftesses of Voudoo. There must be some powerful energy around those women.

          • June 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

            Full disclosure: It is sitting in the number two position on my “To Read” stack… Occupying #1 spot is Quilt of Souls by Phyllis Lawson. Started reading it last summer, however, put it down because I didn’t have time to give my full attention. This book is like a fine wine, to be savored and enjoyed. I’ve scheduled two days mid-July to sit in my backyard sanctuary and drink it all in. I gave this book to several relatives for Christmas, they LOVED it!

            from the website: http://www.quiltofsouls.com/home

            “Quilt of Souls is a book the world needs to have. It is more than my personal memoir; it is a historical unveiling of hushed bloodlines and stories of a time and place that got swept under the carpet- powerful, intense, poignant stories that need to be heard.

            At the age of four years old, I was plucked off my front porch, from the only family I knew, and delivered sixteen hours away to land on the doorstep of Grandmother Lula, who I never met before. I was abandoned by my mother, pure and simple. I needed a miracle and that miracle took the form of an old tattered quilt (a family heirloom) that my grandmother made out of the clothing of long lost loved ones who died in the face of extreme bigotry, racism and ugliness that was pervasive to that time.

            Lula Horn (1883-1986), through oral tradition, and through the weaving of ripped up pieces of clothes transformed into quilts, told me the tragic stories of my ancestor’s lives and deaths. Each piece of cloth woven into the quilt had the blood, sweat and tears of Black people living and dying at the hands of unconscionable injustices. The weaving of their clothing into a quilt mended each broken life back together with each pull of the thread.

            No matter your ethnicity, this book will transport you back in time and will break your heart wide open. It will make you laugh, cry, and swell with hope and resilience. Out of the grave agony of despair comes healing for many generations. Quilt of Souls is about the strength of Black women who prevailed before and after the turn of the century, a demographic that has gone unrecognized, with no celebration of the lives they endured and upheld. The untold stories of these women who were quilt makers, laundresses, and butter churners are revealed in this book. It tells of how they survived and provided for their children and the grandchildren they raised.

            Seamlessly written, Quilt of Souls is a book that needs to be brought to the forefront. It is a rare story not only due to the complexities and intricacies of the quilt as a physical object, but also what it stands for metaphorically. It speaks about, and unearths, the taboo subjects that were only heard in whispers during that era.

            The quilt on the cover of my memoir is the actual quilt that’s the subject of my book.

            Sincerely,

            Phyllis Lawson”

  31. June 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    The RNC Has a Plan: Go After Clinton’s VP Pick
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 28, 2016 8:59 AM

    As we watch the fissures within the Republican Party deepen with the candidacy of Donald Trump, Sam Stein reports that the RNC has a plan for the presidential race. It basically comes down to that old schoolyard taunt of saying, “yeah I’m one, but so are you!” In other words, they’ll pretend that the Democratic Party is as ruptured as they are. How quaint is it that they’ve named this effort “Project Pander?”

    In a detailed memo outlining its strategy to combat Clinton’s VP choice, the committee says it will frame the selection as both a cynical play to certain constituencies and as an emotional letdown for voters who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary.

    The goals, the memo says, are to “drive wedges between these top contenders and either Clinton and/or traditional Democrat constituencies, such as labor, environmentalists, and gun control advocates, and other traditional left-wing constituencies;” and “[w]here applicable, frame the choice as an insult to the large, deep base of Bernie Sanders supporters who are struggling with the notion of supporting Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee.”

    Here’s how it plays out: no matter who Hillary Clinton picks as her running mate, the RNC plans to cast them as an “emotional letdown” to voters who supported Sanders. Apparently they’ve already done their opposition research on the top six contenders. For example:

    • June 28, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I blame this on Sanders…if he had conceded and backed Hillary…they would not be able to do this….i am willing to bet that they had the same strategy in 2008

  32. 94 JER
    June 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    President Obama On ‘Brexit’, Trump, and the Politics of Middle-Class Revolt


    “Mr. Trump embodies global elites and has taken full advantage of it his entire life,” the president said. “So, he’s hardly a spokesperson…a legitimate spokesperson for a populist surge of working class people on either side of the Atlantic.”

  33. 98 JER
    June 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  34. June 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The GOP’s Shameless Politicization of Zika
    by Martin Longman
    June 28, 2016 12:07 PM

    …………………………..

    But Zika is particularly frightening because it appears to cause birth defects in utero, including microcephaly, a severe brain abnormality.

    And it can be transmitted by the mosquitos that are swarming around me right now. All they need is a population of infected people to bite, and that is fortunately what they do not yet have here in Pennsylvania. There was a baby down in Florida born with Zika-related microcephaly recently, but the mother contracted the disease in Haiti. So far, they’ve found about two dozen cases of Zika in my state, but they are likewise cases of people coming home from the tropics. Unless a mosquito bites one of those travelers and then bites me, I don’t have to worry because I don’t think I’ll be having intimate relations with any of them (which could also transmit the virus to me). It’s easy to see how the virus could go from being extremely rare to a full blown epidemic if we aren’t very vigilant.

    And that’s why the president has requested $1.9 billion in emergency spending. But the Republicans in Congress see this emergency as an opportunity to win concessions from the Democrats and the administration that they could not otherwise get. That the Republicans’ funding bill is $800 million short of what was asked of them is a concern, but I also assume that the administration highballed them knowing that they’d get shortchanged. So, I’m not all that worried that the funding level will be inadequate. What concerns me is that the Democrats in the Senate feel compelled to filibuster the bill and that the administration has issued a veto threat.

    Why, for example, was this funding tied to a bill for the Veterans’ Affairs administration? And why does the bill remove language that already passed in Congress to limit the display of the Confederate Flag in veterans’ cemeteries? What does Robert E. Lee have to do with the Zika virus? And why does it block spending for Planned Parenthood and contraceptive efforts that could be key to preventing tragic pregnancies? Even Pope Francis has relaxed the Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to contraception in response to the Zika outbreak, but Congressional Republicans can’t make the same concession?

    Meanwhile, the Republicans are eager to blame the Democrats if they refuse to go along with their hardball tactics.

  35. 101 desertflower
    June 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Any questions?

  36. 102 desertflower
    June 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    And then some….the total is actually MUCH higher on the Republican side….

  37. 103 JER
    June 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  38. 105 amk for obama
    June 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    The white entitlement vs the ‘other’ white entitlement cage fight is fun to watch.

  39. 107 desertflower
    June 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Liar.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wapo-trump-charitable-giving-only-10k

    While Donald Trump’s campaign claimed that the candidate personally donated millions to charity between 2008-2015, Washington Post investigation out Tuesday only managed to find one donation amounting to less than $10,000.

    Only 11 out of 167 charities to which Trump had some link told the Post that they had received a personal donation from the real estate mogul. Another 77 said they never received such a gift, 39 declined to comment and 40 didn’t respond to the newspaper’s inquiries.

    The most recent personal gift discovered by the Post was submitted to the Police Athletic League in 2009 and amounted to under $10,000. The donations to the league were counted in $5,000 blocks, making it impossible to determine the precise amount, but Trump’s contribution was between $5,000-$9,999.

  40. 108 desertflower
    June 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/06/27/3793360/11-anti-trump-tweets-trumps-new-communications-director-tried-delete-anyone-noticed/

    Donald Trump is having trouble putting together a full-fledged presidential campaign. Trump has a staff of little more than 70 people, compared to more than 700 for Hillary Clinton.
    The problem: many experienced Republican operatives do not want to work for him.
    Today Trump was able to fill a key role. Jason Miller, a senior communications adviser for Ted Cruz, signed up to be Trump’s communications director.
    Before Miller signed on, however, he had some cleaning up to do. Miller deleted dozens of harshly anti-Trump tweets from his Twitter account, many of them authored just a few weeks ago.
    ThinkProgress was able to recover cached versions of Miller’s deleted anti-Trump tweets.

    Go see>>>> 🙂

  41. 110 Ladyhawke
    June 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  42. 112 vcprezofan2
    June 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful ‘painting’ this is!

    Hi TODobots – may your Tuesday have moments as beautiful and bright! 🙂

  43. 113 Ladyhawke
    June 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  44. 114 Nena20409
    June 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Thanks NW, LP, Amk & the rest of the TOD Twitter Brigades, TOD Contributors/Commenters & Lurkers.
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  45. 116 desertflower
    June 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    He’s a petty, vindictive little snit.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-time-donald-dumped-wine-reporter

    Brenner profiled Trump for the magazine in 1990, and the mogul hated the piece. “The story was, in fact, one of the worst ever written about me,” he complained in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback. He also noted that Brenner was an “unattractive reporter.”

    Trump got his revenge, though. Another Trump profile, this one in New York magazine, reported in 1992 that he “boasts about having poured a whole bottle of wine down Marie Brenner’s back after she wrote a story on him that hated.” Trump was still boasting five years later: The New Yorker’s Mark Singer, who profiled the mogul in 1997, relates in his new book, Trump and Me, that Trump told him he’d gotten even “by pouring red wine down Marie’s dress at a charity dinner.”

    There’s more examples of his bullying, petty and vindictive self at the link. What a fucking moron.

  46. 117 Linda
    June 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    House Republican lawmakers sought to reverse previously passed legislation restricting the display of the Confederate flag in federal cemeteries by slipping a provision stripping the legislation into a larger appropriations bill that included Zika funding. The House bill passed last week on largely partisan lines, but was blocked in the Senate Tuesday by a Democratic filibuster.

    The Confederate flag language was just one of a number controversial provisions included in the bill, which also included an amendment cutting Planned Parenthood funding and other swipes at the Obama administration’s public health initiatives.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/confederate-flag-zika-funding


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