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  1. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    February 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm

  2. February 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    And then there’s slime ball McConnell. This woman is bringing it:

  3. February 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm

  4. February 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I can’t believe the news today about wider guidelines for deportation. The most important and terrible thing is the searing human cost, but the thought of all the resources being committed to this miserable and useless program is also appalling. I’d like to gather all the Trump supporters in one huge group and say “Raise your hand, anyone that whose life has been directly and negatively affects by an undocumented immigrant”. The hands could probably counted on ten fingers. So we are going to put all our resources for solving a nonexistent problem, while we allow these murderous white citizens with guns to go around killing children, church-goers, theater-goers, mall-shoppers at will. I am basically an optimistic person, and I believe President Obama when he talks about the values and vision of our country. But truly it is a daily, even hourly struggle to hang on to that optimism and that vision. But I will hang on because I will not allow ‘them’ that victory.

    Meanwhile in Michigan, the House has passed a bill to reduce the state income tax to nothing over a period of years. Since this is 75% of the states operating budget, it looks like we will be going down the Kansas path soon. They say that school funds will be held harmless, but seriously, in a year or two when they run out of funds where do you think that money will come from.

  5. February 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Having said all that, thank you Nerdy, for always keeping our beloved PBO in front of our eyes.

  6. February 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm

  7. February 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hmmmmmm……..what could possibly go wrong???

  8. February 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Another Iowa showdown!

    • 19 COS
      February 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      I have a feeling that 2018 is not going to be that easy for these Senators and Representatives.

    • 20 CEB
      February 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      While I am really enjoying and appreciating the rowdy and feisty white folks at these town meetings, I am also struck by how privileged they are. No one is calling them thugs or sending cops in riot gear to arrest them. One cop that I saw on video from another scene was smiling and saying proudly “This is what democracy looks like” as people protested outside of a representative’s office. Contrast this with the arrest of the Director of the NAACP who was led away in handcuffs after a small sit-in outside a representative’s office (I think the photo was featured on an earlier post or I saw it on the msn feed). Many thanks to those who are stepping up and speaking out; I hope that your efforts will help the most marginalized among us as well. More than anything, however, we need a political answer. We have seen what can happen when states get democratic leadership: Louisiana, expanded Medicaid; Virginia, sentences commuted and voting rights restore; and North Carolina, dropping the appeal to keep racists, restrictive voting laws. GOTV for all of the new people who are running for local, state, and national office is critical.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      February 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Did anybody rip the fake $12 1980s Made In China wig off her head? Asking for a friend.

  9. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    February 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    This is AWESOME!

  10. February 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    • 26 pkayden
      February 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Yes this is the good side of religion. Lovely to see given the hate spewing from the White House and Trump supporters.

    • 27 CEB
      February 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      In another act of extraordinary kindness and valor, a 52 year-old A-A woman in Louisiana, saw that a young white policeman was having trouble as he tried to handcuff another white guy in a traffic stop. According to the msn article, she stopped asked if he needed help, then called 911. The suspect wrestled the policeman’s baton from him and started beating him with it. This grandma got out of her car, jumped on the suspect’s back and wrestled him down long enough for the back up to arrive, The cop that she helped is this big, beefy young man, while she is this tiny be-spectacled woman. She was hailed as a hero by the department.
      You never know where your help will come from when you are in need. When our country is in need, we will not have any allies left to help us if 45 and his crew continue as they are. Globalization is here to stay, our country is multi-cultural, and everyone needs everyone else.

    • 29 Bill R.
      February 22, 2017 at 1:05 am

      The America I believe in.

  11. February 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  12. February 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Is this part of MAGA?!?!?!?

  13. February 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

  14. February 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    “ICE is legally empowered to conduct sweeps, and Trump is within his rights to lift Obama’s restrictions. But two recent high-profile arrests suggest that ICE may be altering evidence and manipulating facts in order to move in this aggressive new direction.”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/02/ice_s_crackdown_is_beyond_aggressive_it_s_illegal.html

    • 35 pkayden
      February 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Both those stories are highly disturbing because it shows that ICE agents are lying so that they can justify deportations. Scary times. This is why you don’t elect a racist to the most powerful position in the country.

      • February 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm

        They’ve adopted an SOP of “guilty until proven innocent” knowing that will be difficulty for those being arrested, especially if they’re being denied access to needed resources.

  15. February 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  16. February 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    But they’re benefiting from the taxes everyone else pays…

  17. February 21, 2017 at 7:50 pm

  18. February 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I wonder if all questions will be addressed or if they will pick and choose only those questions Brat feels comfortable with.

  19. February 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  20. February 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  21. February 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  22. February 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

  23. February 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Just wow…

  24. February 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    YUP!!!

  25. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

  26. 57 CEB
    February 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Right now on PBS; American Masters: Maya Angelou.

  27. February 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) on Tuesday became the fourth House Republican to back legislation requiring congressional approval in order for President Trump to remove or lessen U.S. sanctions on Russia.

    Dent joins three other GOP co-sponsors for the bill: Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Tom Rooney (Fla.) and Michael Turner (Ohio). Four Democratic lawmakers are also co-sponsoring the bill, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.).

    The bill mirrors legislation introduced earlier this month by a bipartisan group in the Senate.

  28. 60 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  29. 64 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Full Length.
    I am so proud of whoever thought of this and went on had it done.
    Vive La #Resistance!

  30. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    February 21, 2017 at 9:26 pm

  31. 66 JER
    February 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

  32. 67 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm

  33. 68 desertflower
    February 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Is this what “great” looks like? Cutting the legs out from under military families?

  34. 69 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm

  35. 71 desertflower
    February 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I’m sorry. WHAT THE FUCK???!!!

  36. February 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    THIS

  37. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    So funny to see the clips of the RWNJ town halls, where the RWNJ so-called elected officials are red-faced and looking scared. Love it.

  38. 77 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 10:09 pm

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  40. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm

  41. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

  42. February 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    • 86 GGAIL
      February 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

      This yuuuge turnout is the result of OFA members from No & So California calling voters in Issa district and informing them of the Townhall. They showed up. He didn’t.

  43. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2017 at 10:28 pm

  44. 88 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Issa who hardly won last Nov is Dodging his Constituents.

  45. February 21, 2017 at 10:31 pm

  46. 90 Nena20409
    February 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm

  47. 91 Judith Fardig
    February 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm

  48. 94 Bill R.
    February 22, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I hope you all got to see the PBS documentary on Maya Angelou from the American Masters series. It was wonderful. Such a light filled soul who came up from such pain and suffering.

  49. 95 No Child Left Behind
    February 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

    From CNN:

    Federal judge blocks Texas from withholding Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood.

  50. 96 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Morning everyone:) Two sides to every coin!

    http://www.npr.org/2017/02/20/516292276/episcopal-church-sues-trump-administration-over-travel-ban?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170220&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare

    A church in Washington state is suing the federal government for preventing it from practicing its faith. The Episcopal diocese says the refugee ban stops them from welcoming strangers in need.

  51. 97 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

  52. 99 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Dudette…if you’re reading….SCIENCE RULES! REALITY RULES:)

  53. 100 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Maybe this should be sent to every single congressperson and senator. Is there a way to mass tweet this?

  54. 102 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/annoyed-pushback-trump-takes-aim-progressive-activism

    At his White House press conference last week, Donald Trump acknowledged the progressive activists working to protect their health care benefits, but the president quickly added that these Americans don’t really count.

    “We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said. “Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It’s a disaster. You can say, ‘Oh, Obamacare.’ I mean, they fill up our rallies with people that you wonder how they get there, but they’re not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.”

    It was a bizarre peek into the thinking of a president who doesn’t fully understand the basics of our democracy. Elected Republican officials, in Trump’s mind, should focus on representing “Republican people.” Others may speak up and petition the government for redress of grievances, but as far as Trump is concerned, their voices are neither important nor relevant.

    Republicans are elected to represent Republicans, the argument goes, not all of their constituents. It’s a zero-sum game: if your side of the political divide isn’t in a position of power, then you might as well sit down, shut up, and stop asking impertinent questions at town-hall forums in which GOP officials want to hear from “the Republican people” – as opposed to, say, the American people.

  55. 103 ydavis00
    February 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Video version of an earlier post

  56. February 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

  57. February 22, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Ivanka Trump hit with lien in New York for failure to pay taxes on her high end jewelry business
    Tom Boggioni TOM BOGGIONI
    21 FEB 2017 AT 19:16 ET

    It has been a tough month for presidential first daughter Ivanka Trump, with retailers dropping her fashion lines due to poor sales, and it got worse as it was revealed that she has been hit with a lien for failure to pay back taxes owed by her New York jewelry store.

    According to documents acquired by the Daily Mail, Trump owes over $5,000 in taxes related to Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry — officially listed as Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC — located in Trump Tower.

    According to the report, the high-end jewelry business routinely sells items in the $1,000 to $20,000 range.

  58. 107 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

  59. 108 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 9:47 am

    WTF!

  60. February 22, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Democratic recruiters see new zeal for public service in office
    Rachel Maddow reports on the surge in enthusiasm that Democratic Party officials are seeing while recruiting new candidates for local legislative office, and the energized crowds that members of Congress are encountering in their home districts

  61. February 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning TOD….

    Good Read..

    “a hostage’s (WWs) belief in the humanity of their captor, for the reason that when a victim holds the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat.”

  62. 113 desertflower
    February 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Made me chuckle:) Have a good day everyone

  63. 114 arapaho415
    February 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

    GM TODville.

    Something to put a smile on your face this fine Spring morning… 😀

    Oui On Peut?

    From the article:

    Included in the article is this tweet 😉 :

    ;D

  64. 117 arapaho415
    February 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    And yes, if you live in the southeast US (which I know many here do), Spring has sprung early…

  65. 118 JER
    February 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  66. 119 JER
    February 22, 2017 at 10:03 am

  67. 120 JER
    February 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

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  70. February 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Well, well, well…even though I don’t necessarily like the cabinet picks, it seems that some of them are actually *trying* to do their jobs and actually thought they would be able to run their departments without being micro-managed.

    Many Cabinet nominees joined the administration believing they’d have wide latitude to pick lieutenants, but they’re beginning to realize Trump’s powerful advisers are looking over their shoulders. The White House’s approach has already slowed hiring — and the dozens of vacancies at key agencies could make it more difficult to implement some of Trump’s policy proposals.

    Examples of clashes have popped up across the government:

    When an informal adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently recommended a candidate for a high-level Senate-confirmed position at the agency, the adviser was told that the candidate had little chance of getting the job because the person had previously worked for an organization that was seen as being at odds with Trump’s policy positions..

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has clashed with White House officials over top officials in his department, sources say. The White House saw some of Mnuchin’s picks as too liberal or not supportive enough of Trump…

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has struggled with the White House to appoint his own aides, with significant pushback from the White House over deputy positions and ambassadorships.

    Housing and Urban Development, Shermichael Singleton, a top official, joined the department before being terminated when criticism of Trump surfaced in a final White House review.

    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is “getting high marks within the building,” one transportation source said, “but she is frustrated with the White House.” Several people in or close to the department say they were confused earlier this month when two different officials purported to be the chief financial officer.

    • February 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

      • February 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

        AMEN!!!

        We already know that he doesn’t really want to be president– at least he doesn’t want to do the job.

        *In his mind*, calling Mar-a-Lago the “Southern WH/Winter WH” makes his weekly jaunts okay. It’s not a vacation because he is generating income for his business(es).

        When you think about it, PBO was criticized for many things that were acceptable for previous presidents, and is now more than acceptable for 45.

  71. February 22, 2017 at 10:35 am

    But they don’t think it’s worth the cost to investigate 45-Russia ties?!?!?!?

  72. February 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

  73. 130 JER
    February 22, 2017 at 11:03 am


    The Story: backstage with Brandi Carlile at the Letterman Show in 2015. Both were guests that night on the show. Brandi was performing a song with the Avett Brothers. Yesterday, Brandi announced Cover Stories to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her landmark album, The Story. It is an amazing project in music but almost more importantly in how it benefits refugee children. Rather than just re-release the original recording, Brandi has recruited the most eclectic group of artists to sing covers of all the songs. ADELE! PEARL JAM! DOLLY PARTON! AVETT BROTHERS! I mean the list just goes on and on. 14 songs, 14 different artists. Trust me, it’s amazing. Brandi was kind enough to play the recordings for my wife and me yesterday. And here’s the thing: every artist is joining Brandi in donating ALL proceeds from this album to War Child UK, an organization dedicated to helping children who have become refugees because of war. To quote my former boss: “These children are no less curious, hopeful and worthy of love than our own.” Check this album out: http://www.brandicarlile.com. — petesouza

  74. February 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

  75. February 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    This, taken together with recent findings of Sater collusion with Trump campaign, is mind-blowing:


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