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Washington Post: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will visit the White House on Thursday to attend a retirement ceremony there for her husband, astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly.

… According to a statement issued by Giffords’ congressional office, Vice Presidnent Joe Biden will administer a retirement oath, and he and Kelly will each give brief remarks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 1 p.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden will attend the ceremony, along with a handful of Kelly’s and Giffords’s colleagues in Congress and at NASA.

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Steve Benen: knew, if we waited long enough, we’d see Sarah Palin make a sensible decision: “Sarah Palin is not running for president.”

…. Jon Stewart joked just a week ago, “So, here’s the thing. You can have a colorful bus and drive to early primary states or you can go around telling people what you would do if you were president. But when you put those two together, there’s really only two possibilities: you are either running for the president of the United States, or you are a crazy person.”

It would appear we now know which of these two possibilities is correct.

Full post here

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CBS: President Obama will embark on another bus tour later this month to sell his $447 billion jobs plan, a White House official confirms. The president will travel through North Carolina and Virginia to continue his vigorous campaign on behalf of his American Jobs Act.

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52 Responses to “good morning people”


  1. 1 ChristiMtl
    October 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    you are either running for the president of the United States, or you are a crazy person.”
    I like this.
    She’s such a fraud,.

    I wonder what the press conference is about at 11.
    Any ideas?

    • 2 Ladyhawke
      October 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

      PLEASE SCHOOL THE PRESS AND THE GOP ON HOW A PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IS SUPPOSED TO WORK

      Since President Obama made the flawless roll out of the American Jobs Act the press has been obsessed with the fact that President Obama is taking his message directly to the American people and asking them to get involved and contact their representatives. You would think that this was some kind of bazaar behavior. The problem is that President Obama has the Republican Party in a real bind. They are back on their heels and the press just doesn’t like it when President Obama is breaking through their firewall.

      At yesterday’s press conference, Jay Carney mocked the press obsession with who called who questions.

      =====================================================================

      Q The President — and the White House in general — are not talking to Republicans in the way they did during the —

      MR. CARNEY: Do you guys all get a memo in the morning to, like — “Remember to ask Jay about meetings that should be happening”?

      Q I’m not talking about — I’m not even — I’m just — I’m not trying to get processy. But if there aren’t — if there isn’t the outreach that we saw in the past on trying to avert a government shutdown or increase the debt ceiling — I mean, you have to read into that. Why the change?

      MR. CARNEY: We’ve been very candid and transparent about the approach that we’re taking in promoting the American Jobs Act and trying to get Congress to act on it, because it’s in the interest of the American people.

      Someone I think on the Republican side suggested yesterday or the day before that it’s somehow a problem or wrong that the President is out there talking about the American Jobs Act with the American people as opposed to sitting in a room with members of Congress. His responsibility as President is to have these conversations with the American people, to take his message out and explain the approach he’s taking, and, in this case, and to urge Americans who believe, as he does, that Congress needs to act, that Washington needs to act, to take action to grow the economy and create jobs, to make their voices heard with their representatives, their senators and congressmen that they’ve sent to Washington.

      But one does not preclude the other. I mean, the fact of the matter is, we are now going to have the Senate vote on the President’s jobs bill. So something is working. And we believe that the approach we’re taking will hopefully get the House to —

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/05/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney

  2. 3 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Per TPM…PBO holds a news conference today at 11:00 am

  3. 8 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Thank you Chips.

    THIS is the ad I have been waiting to see. It’s brilliant, it states the facts, and everyone will get the message. The timing could not be more perfect. The juxtaposition of this ad and the protestors on Wall Street is overwhelming. Only the Republican Party could be against an agency whose sole responsibility is to protect the American people so that they KNOW BEFORE THEY OWE.

    http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

    • 9 desertflower
      October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Thanks for this link!

    • 10 Ladyhawke
      October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

      A Big Vote to Protect Consumers
      =========================

      Today, the Senate Banking Committee will take a vote that is critical to implementing this law so that it fully protects consumers from hidden fees and abusive practices: the committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to become the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was created as part of Wall Street reform to enforce consumer protections.

      Today’s vote, and the subsequent vote by the full Senate to confirm Richard Cordray, is so important because without a director the CFPB is hamstrung in its ability to protect consumers. Without a director, the CFPB will be unable to ensure that banks, debt collectors, private student loan providers and payday loan providers play are properly supervised and that consumers are not put at risk of falling prey to the same kinds of abusive practices that helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

      But despite these important protections, Senate Republicans have pledged to oppose this nomination, choosing to support special interests at the expense of consumers. This move is just the latest in a string of efforts by Congressional Republicans to defund, delay and dismantle President Obama’s Wall Street Reform law.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/06/big-vote-protect-consumers

    • October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Mornin’ Ladyhawke,

      Maybe DNC/OFA can put this to good use: 😉

      WHY #OCCUPYWALLSTREET? HERE’S ONE ANSWER… http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/2011/10/04/why-occupywallstreet-heres-one-answer/

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      PRESS ON!

      • 12 Ladyhawke
        October 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

        Wow, Wow, Wow, and Wow some more. THAT is a remarkable and powerful video. And to have my hero Elizabeth Warren at the beginning and the end was terrific. I expect this video to get one million views. It goes right to the heart of the matter. Thanks snoop.

  4. 13 Fred
    October 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    good morning TOD family

    I pray that it’s only good news when the President speaks today

  5. 14 relellit
    October 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good morning all
    As stupid and dumb as Sarah is not running was the smartest thing she could have done. It’s too bad they’ll use her poisonous voice to raise money for whomever the nominee will be.

  6. 15 COS
    October 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good morning Chips and friends. I have been listening to this guy this morning, Kevin Zeats or Deets(?)h who appears to be one of the leaders of occupy DC. He says that it is not about elections but he continues to criticize and bash PBO about his leadership and fundraisers and plan to raise a billion dollars. A couple of people called in and told him that the occupation was fine but he beleive that the energy could be better spent by working on a local level registering voters. I have big questions about his motives. So far everything he has said are total lies. He is even speaking against the PL and says that they will come in and kill the movement. I am totally puzzled over his motives and goals. Now some guy who is running again Gillebrand is sucking up and asking to meet with this guy.

    • 16 COS
      October 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Oops, I am typing in the dark and the h doesn’t belong and I meant “believe”. 🙂 I am looking forward to PBO’s press conference.

  7. 17 Fred
    October 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    President Obama Will Welcome South Korea’s President Lee For State Visit, State Dinner

    Lee will be honored on October 13th…

    President Obama will welcome President Myung-bak Lee of the Republic of Korea to the White House on October 13th for an an official State Visit, the fifth of the Administration, Press Secretary Jay Carney announced late Tuesday. President Lee’s wife, Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok, will accompany him. (Above: President Obama and President Lee during a meeting in the Oval office in June 0f 2009)

    After a day filled with pomp and circumstance as well as meetings, President Obama and First Lady Obama will host President Lee and Mrs. Kim for an official State Dinner. The formal affair is also the fifth such event of President Obama’s administration.

    President Obama visited President Lee at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 11, 2010, during the G20 Seoul Summit. (Above: The Presidents at the Blue House)

    “This visit will highlight the strong alliance, the global partnership, and the deep economic ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea. The visit will also celebrate the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people,” Carney said.

    The two leaders are “expected to discuss a broad range of economic and security issues and review the progress made in connection with the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the 2009 U.S.-Korea Joint Vision Statement for the Alliance,” Carney said.

    German Chencellor Angela Merkel was the last world leader honored by President Obama with an official visit and a State Dinner.

    http://obamafoodorama.com/

  8. 18 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This about sums it up…What Republicans think of poor people……
    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-republicans-think-of-poor-people.html

  9. 19 Linda
    October 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    A news conference ? I am nervous

  10. 24 JER
    October 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    According to CNN… Obama to push Congress to act on jobs plan in 11 a.m. ET briefing, senior administration official says.

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      October 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

      I am loving this relentless focus on getting the American Jobs Act passed. It’s been like a fire hose turned on the GOP and media since the joint session of congress. They don’t know what hit them. The firewall has been breached.

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      October 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Awesome. The relentless intense focus that he’s put on republicans in congress in regards to the AJA is fantastic! They’re left floundering in the water and looking like the callous people they are; who would rather dismantle the middleclass than make their cronies pay their fair share.

    • October 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      NOW! That is what I call a “PIVOT”!!!

    • 29 theo67
      October 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      This is great! Take that dull weapon away from the dull GOP. They were stupid to try to use President Obama’s name as a form of insult.

  11. October 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Good morning, TODville. Yesterday was quite a day. From the increasing crowds on Wall St and other cities across America, including mine, to the hysterical laughs over our infatuation for Sam Kass to the sadness at the loss of one of the greatest innovators of our time, Steve Jobs – Chips, you really are a landing place for so many of us. A place where we can laugh, cry and marvel at our world. THANK YOU.

    I’m guessing that today PBO will talk in stark terms about the AJA. He will lay out the urgency and the necessity like no one else can. He may even refer to the groundswell of unrest about our economy. He may discuss what he’s willing to accept and what will result in his veto. Whatever he chooses to say, we all know he’s going to hit it out of the park. I’m excited to see him at his best – chomping on the jackals of the press.

  12. 31 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    They indulge in this…while the 99% have to figure out where to get their next meal and how to pay the rent. Telling.
    http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_37/heard_hill_royal_nail_treatment_steve_king-209214-1.html

  13. 32 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    STOP GOP VOTER SUPPRESSION

    ============================

    I just received an email from DSCC Election Protection Project with the following……

    The Petition:

    I strongly oppose Republican attempts to suppress the Democratic vote and manipulate their way to victory in the 2012 elections. Preventing voters from doing their civic duty is just plain wrong, and I stand united with Democrats against coordinated Republican schemes to do so.

    ============================

    If you are not on their mailing list, please check out their website for more details. There is lots of good information for TWEETS.

    http://www.dscc.org/epp

  14. 33 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    As pissed as I am that he’s not given the AJA support…this is good.
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/05/336517/defazio-financial-transactions-tax/

    • October 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Loud mouths like Defazio aren’t short on good ideas but other than going on the usual liberal shows and sending out e-mails/petitions, they don’t do much else to get these things passed. Yet they go on TV saying Pres. Obama is ineffective. pffft.

      • 35 desertflower
        October 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

        Agreed….on DeFazio…but we still need to get this done….and this suggestion is one more vehicle. The national nurses assoc. also endorses this .

  15. 37 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

    WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE “PEOPLE”??????????????????????
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/10/06/florida-lawmaker-files-bill-to-repeal-state-ban-on-dwarf-tossing-in-bars/ Can we toss MENTAL MIDGETS over the bar??

  16. 40 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

    WILL BE WATCHING THIS A.M. GOD BLESS PBO..GRACE TAKING THE HIGH ROAD..FAR ABOVE THE REALM OF POLITICAL INSANITY!

  17. 41 desertflower
    October 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    No words.
    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201110060002 Norquist politizes death of Steve Jobs

  18. October 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Looking forward to POTUS’s Press conference, should be interesting- of course they always are when he’s talking. Good morning everyone, a very happy Thursday to us all 🙂

  19. 44 Fred
    October 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Tea Party Congressman: Obama Administration Accessory To Murder
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/and_now_we_get_to_murder_alleg032638.php#

    Tea Party Congressman: Obama Administration Accessory To Murder yet House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was also briefed on the briefed on the “Fast and Furious” plan last year, never raised any objections, and later pretended to be surprised that the program even existed
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_06/issa_plays_fast_and_furious_wi030423.php

    Will Rep. Issa Ask What Former AG Gonzales Knew About Bush-Era Gunwalking?
    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201110040019

    ‘Operation Wide Receiver’: The Bush Administration Had Its Very Own ATF ‘Gun Walking’ Scandal
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/wide_receiver_the_bush_administration_had_its_very_own_atf_gun_walking_scandal.php?ref=fpb

  20. 46 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Pass. This. Bill.

  21. 47 Fred
    October 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    VIDEO: Justice Scalia Laughs At Rick Perry’s Tenther View Of The Constitution

    During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, however, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia openly mocked their suggestion that his Court should simply declare all these programs unconstitutional in response to a question from committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT):

    LEAHY: Justice Scalia, under our Constitution, what is the role, if any, that the judges play in making budgetary choices or determining what the best allocation of taxpayer resources is? Is that within their proper role, or is that somewhere else?

    SCALIA: You know it’s not within our proper role Mr. Chairman. [laughs] Of course it’s not.

    Watch it:

    Scalia is right to laugh at people like Perry and Lee, because their views do not survive even the most superficial contact with the text of the Constitution. The Constitution gives Congress the power to “to lay and collect taxes” and to “provide for the…general welfare of the United States.” No plausible interpretation of the words “general welfare” does not include programs that ensure that all Americans can live their entire lives secure in the understanding that retirement will not force them into poverty and untreated sickness, or programs that ensure that young Americans can begin their careers with the skills they need to provide for themselves.

    Yet this break between Scalia — who has long been considered one of the nation’s leading conservative legal thinkers — and the increasingly vocal tenther movement demonstrates just how far today’s conservatives have strayed from the mainstream. Indeed, congressional Republicans have largely abandoned Scalia’s sensible view that people who are accountable to the electorate and not unelected judges should be responsible for the federal budget. Last year, the congressional GOP leadership released a so-called “Pledge to America” which made the false tenther claim that “lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year.”

    If these tenthers ever have the opportunity to start selecting Supreme Court justices of their own, America could wind up with a Supreme Court that makes Scalia look like a raging liberal.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/12/294753/rick-perry-says-social-security-and-medicare-are-unconstitutional/

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/09/23/120468/gop-tenther/

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/06/337651/justice-scalia-laughs-at-rick-perrys-tenther-view-of-the-constitution/

    • 48 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Excellent piece, thanks for bringing it here, Fred.

      These idiots going around screaming “unconstitutional” are so out of their intellectual depths it’s not even funny. They truly do not understand the Constitution and are proud of their ignorance. They don’t even know what they don’t know.

      If Scalia is mocking you, you’ve really gone off the deep end.

  22. October 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Some GOOD breaking news:

    ESPN statement on Hank Williams, Jr.: ‘We have decided to part ways’ – Sports Business Journal’s

    Thanks to everyone who spoke out to ESPN to express their outrage. And BRAVO to ESPN for doing the right thing.

  23. 52 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

    America Should Be Livid With The GOP For Their Anti-Jobs Agenda

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-anti-jobs


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