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From August:

Steve Benen: …. I’m reminded of a recent tweet from Eli Lake, a national security correspondent for the conservative Washington Times (see above).

Though I imagine the choice of words will be very different, I suspect Obama’s re-election team will be pushing a similar message. Sure, national security policy probably won’t drive the presidential race, but for those who consider the issue, Obama and his team will have a compelling pitch to make.

There’s still a worthwhile debate to be had over whether U.S. intervention in Libya was a wise move, a terrible tragedy, or something in between, but the White House can credibly claim quite a bit of success: the Arab League endorsed intervention from the West; the administration assembled an international coalition with surprising speed; the mission gained approval from the United Nations; and as of this morning, it appears the Gaddafi regime is no more.

Full post here

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From this August post:

Steve Benen (in August): …..if McCain and Graham really want to complain about why “this success was so long in coming,” maybe they can talk more about their trip to Tripoli two years ago, when both cozied up to Gaddafi, even visiting with him at the dictator’s home, discussing delivery of American military equipment to the Libyan regime. Both senators shook Gaddafi’s hand; McCain even bowed a little.

I’m curious if McCain and Graham have simply forgotten about this, or if they’re just hoping everyone else has.

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Oh, here’s McCain sharing his fine judgment with us today:

McCain statement today: “The death of Muammar Qaddafi marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution. While some final fighting continues, the Libyan people have liberated their country…… (bla bla bla).”

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Ah ha – update:

GOPolitico: Sen. John McCain hailed the reported death of Muammar Qadhafi as a “victory” for President Obama.

“This is a victory for the president, the Obama administration but most importantly” for the Libyan people, McCain said on Fox News Thursday morning.

…. In a statement released earlier in the day, the Arizona senator said Qadhafi’s death “marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution” but didn’t mention the president or the Obama administration.

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😆 Thanks Esmerelda & amk

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Thanks Linda

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Reuters: New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, according to a government report on Thursday that showed layoffs in recent weeks had dropped to levels last seen in April.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000, the Labor Department said. Economists had forecast claims falling to 400,000.

The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, dropped 6,250 to 403,000 – the lowest level since mid-April.

Michael Woolfolk, senior currency strategist at BNY Mellon in New York, said recent data on payrolls and retail sales had “effectively removed the double-dip scenario for the U.S.”

“The weekly fall in jobless claims adds to this, and the four-week moving average continues to drift lower. But we are still a long distance from the 200,000 new jobs a month we need for a sustainable improvement in the unemployment rate,” he said…..

Full article here

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TPM: One reason you can expect unanimous Republican opposition to Senate Democrats’ latest jobs bill Friday is because it includes a tax – a 0.5 percent surtax on income above $1 million starting in January 2013. That would raise enough money over the next 10 years to cover the $35 billion cost of hiring and retaining about 400,000 teachers and emergency responders next year – but for Republicans, it’s not worth it.

….. Enter Vice President Joe Biden, who at a Capitol Hill rally on Wednesday provided a lesson on just how modest the tax is.

“You have a one-half of one-percent surtax on the 1,000,0001th dollar — in other words it doesn’t affect anybody who makes $999,000, it doesn’t affect anybody making $999,999 — and if you want to find the guy who make $1,000,0001, it only affects that $1. That’s the only thing the rate goes up on,” Biden explained.

…. “If you make $1.1 million, and god-willing this passes, you would pay next year, $500 more in taxes,” Biden said.

….. “I say to the American people: watch your senator,” Biden said. “Watch him or her choose: Are you going to put 400,000 school teachers back in classrooms; are you going to put 18,000 cops back on the street, and 7,000 firefighters back into firehouses? OR are you going to save people with average income over $1 million a one-half of one-percent increase in tax on every dollar they make over a million.”

Full post here – Thank you Donna Dem

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Back later 😉


103 Responses to “chat away”


  1. 1 CTGirl
    October 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Again, Mitt Romney is looking like an idiot!

  2. 4 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That’s my President.. . only he alone could do all this!

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      And he’s doing It, Isn’t he??? I mean really, he’s on a roll. May God continue to show him Favor 🙂

      • 6 HZ
        October 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        Luci1119, this is always my prayer each morning. “Give POB wisdom, protection, compassion, physical strength, and show and give him Favor for the peacefulness, and goodness for so many people all over the globe.”HZ

  3. October 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    McCain spinning in 3…………2…………1 🙂

  4. 9 Esmerelda
    October 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Twitter has been quite hilarious today.

  5. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    October 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Biden Takes Senate Republicans To School On Tiny Millionaire’s

    “You have a one-half of one-percent surtax on the 1,000,0001th dollar — in other words it doesn’t affect anybody who makes $999,000, it doesn’t affect anybody making $999,999 — and if you want to find the guy who make $1,000,0001, it only affects that $1. That’s the only thing the rate goes up on,” Biden explained.

    This is a basic fact about marginal tax policy, but its one Republicans like to obscure.

    “If you make $1.1 million, and god-willing this passes, you would pay next year, $500 more in taxes,” Biden said.

    Biden claimed the average income of people who earn more than $1 million a year is $3 million. The jobs bill would cost a person making that much money $10,000 in 2013 — exactly one-third of one-percent of his total income.

    “I say to the American people: watch your senator,” Biden said. “Watch him or her choose: Are you going to put 400,000 school teachers back in classrooms; are you going to put 18,000 cops back on the street, and 7,000 firefighters back into firehouses? OR are you going to save people with average income over $1 million a one-half of one-percent increase in tax on every dollar they make over a million.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/biden-takes-senate-republicans-to-school-on-tiny-millionaires-surtax.php

    • 21 donna dem 4 obama
      October 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Title should read: Biden Takes Senate Republicans To School On Tiny Millionaire’s Surtax

    • 23 donna dem 4 obama
      October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Before a supportive audience on Capitol Hill, Biden had an answer for that criticism as well.

      “In housing the bottom fell out, foreclosures increased particularly in poor neighborhoods, abandoned homes … drug lords moved in, arson increases, budgets fall because property taxes fall, cops and firefighters get laid off, response times increase from five minutes to thirty, and innocent people die and people’s homes burn to the ground,” he said. “There’s nothing temporary about kindergarten being eliminated, that will have an effect on that child the rest of his life…. There’s nothing temporary about the life saved in a home invasion or a robbery because the squad car was able to get there in five minutes and not in thirty.”

  6. October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Here’s a clip of Hillary Clinton and Hamid Karzai laughing at Herman Munster:

    http://cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2011/10/20/sot-afghan-clinton-cain.cnn

  7. 27 LOL
    October 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Andrew Sullivan.”To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.” *puts down the mic…..and walks away* *applause*applause* Hey maybe the Prez will be bumped up to 9.1% positivity in coverage.

  8. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Just heard on MSNBC: John Kerry’s statement about Ghadaffi mentions the “clear-eyed leadership” coming from President Obama. Nice.

    • 29 donna dem 4 obama
      October 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I blasted NBC and MSNBC and MTP to get John Kerry on their shows to discuss this and to stop trotting out Repubs to spin this event as a negative for the President and somehow a win for Bush like they did with OBL. ENOUGH!

  9. 33 Don
    October 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan-stan”

    Herman Cain
    circa 2011

    Thanks you thank you, I’ll be here all week folks, try the fish and don’t forget to tip your waiter.

  10. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Chips – Just noted you’re at $4,500 – just $500 away from your goal! Congrats!

  11. 40 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    But, all that matters is…..what’s The Donald’s opinion on Khadaffi/Qadaffi/Ghaddaffy? Pray tell!

  12. 41 dotster3
    October 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    AttackWatch tweet: Romney says Obama doesn’t have a jobs plan. Apparently Mitt doesn’t have access to a computer, TV or radio.

  13. 44 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Joe’s been unleashed. Go, Joe, Go!

  14. October 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    DavidCornDC David Corn tweet

    It took a Kenyan anti-colonialist secret Muslim socialist to get rid of Qaddafi. Who knew African geopolitics were so complicated?

  15. October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I know Jon Stewart can be a pill sometimes, but the last few nights he has been great.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-18-2011/scorn-in-the-u-s-a-
    Scorn in the USA – he takes on Republicans and Cantor

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Yeah, I enjoyed that one. He nailed the lying hypocrites aka rethugs. These fuckers are laughing stock of the entire world. They are actually weakening their own country with all that violent rhetoric against their own people and the rest of the world.

  16. 52 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    THE GOP “DO NOTHING” CONGRESS or BAIT AND SWITCH ON STEROIDS

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

    Any reporter, network or cable station reading the website below should hang their heads in shame. Why haven’t they reported this?? During the 2010 midterms, all the GOP talked about was the importance of focusing on jobs jobs jobs. But since taking the majority in the House of Representatives, they have done absolutely nothing about job creation. And sadly, too many Americans don’t have a clue about what they HAVE been doing. Which is resurrecting the culture wars and perfecting the art of hostage taking. This website pulls back the curtain and reveals their dishonesty and disdain for the American people. Bottom line, the Republican Party is the biggest threat to the economic recovery and the future of this country.

    http://www.republicanjobcreation.com/

  17. 53 Don
    October 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Not only is President Obama cleaning up the mess that both Bushes left, but he also cleaned up Ronald Reagan’s mess.

  18. 57 Fred
    October 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Romney Cheers Gaddafi Death 🙄

    GOP hopeful Mitt Romney was the first candidate to react to former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s death Thursday. “I think it’s about time,” Romney said in a town hall in Iowa, calling Gaddafi “a terrible tyrant that killed his own people and murdered Americans and others.” But GOP candidates have been criticizing President Obama’s actions in Libya for months, with Rep. Michele Bachmann the most outspoken, calling the administration’s actions “leading from behind.” Rep. Ron Paul had said that Gaddafi’s past as a “bad guy” shouldn’t justify war in Libya.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2011/10/20/romney-reacts-to-gaddafi-death.html

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      October 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Note to idiot Ron Paul: President Obama doesn’t need to justify starting wars, since he uses diplomacy – as well as negotiating with the UN and NATO – first and foremost.

  19. October 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Jon Stewart
    This clip ran last night – my favorite quote was at the end. Al Sharpton said he wouldn’t support Herman Cain if he was running against a white guy.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-19-2011/al-sharpton

    • 60 jacquelineoboomer
      October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Rev. Al’s comment: Priceless. 🙂

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      my favorite quote was at the end. Al Sharpton said he wouldn’t support Herman Cain if he was running against a white guy. ……. Now Rev Al, I’ll drink to that, my Friend. You are spot on, because really, Herman Cain, doesn’t know WHO he Is, Really, He’s dreaming, dillusional 😦

  20. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    One self-described Independent journalist and commentator on the economy, markets, and policy – Howard Gold – had this on his blog today:

    “This is also a big victory for President Obama, who used diplomacy, multilateralism. and covert muscle to get rid of Qaddafi, without spending lots of money or sending troops we don’t have. He called on Qaddafi to step down on February 27th; barely more than seven months later, he’s most likely dead. Speak softly and carry a big stick indeed.”

    http://www.independentagenda.com/uncategorized/it-looks-like-qaddafi-is-dead/

  21. 69 dotster3
    October 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Stephen Colbert perfect again last night, destroying Rushbo broadcasting that Obama’s killing Christians, again shedding light on all the garbage that Limbaugh and others recklessly throw out to their gullible, hateful and undereducated listeners:
    http://gawker.com/5851612/stephen-colbert-comes-to-rush-limbaughs-defense

  22. 72 ChristiMtl
    October 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I saw a retweent of the awful Ron Christie, the regular ”analyst” on the right leaning MSNBC.

    Ron_Christie Ron Christie
    Please. If Gadhafi is dead, the Democrats can’t seriously tout this as an accomplishment for the Prez as he led from behind on Libya!

    They have nothing,…

    A lot of nerve from a guy who still defend Bush and Cheney.

    Pathetic.

    • 73 LOL
      October 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Didn’t Bachman say Obama led us into Libya—oh, how they backtrack so fast. Could give you whiplash.

      • 74 ChristiMtl
        October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Yes of course, now it’s no longer the talking point…..another ”war” is now….leading from behind….or whatever lies they will come up with,.

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Yeah, but tell me, just what Is Ron Christie’s problem????? I tell you, he just IRKS me 🙄

    • 76 smoothscotch
      October 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Every fkng time that guy opens his mouth, I cringe. He can’t seriously believe all that shit he says, can he? I thought he was educated. You can disagree with how a person does things and in the case of politics, their policies, but Jesus Mary and Joseph, where the h*ll is the common sense?

  23. October 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    hehe..From my twitter timeline :

    RT @reelectobama012: Check this video out — Occupy Wall Street Protester Confronts MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan

  24. 84 Don
    October 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Poor Marco Rubio, he was on foxy news praising the French and the British and complaining that President Obama moved too slowly and led from behind. If I were Rubio I’d get my long form birth certificate in order because the birthers are hot on his tail.

  25. 85 Ladyhawke
    October 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    In President Obama, we have a charismatic, brilliant and effective leader. Everyday in every way, he is mopping the floor with the Republican Party. President Obama is showing the American people and the world what it looks like to have smart and efficient government. He is demonstrating that government has a productive role to play in their lives. This is an absolute nightmare for the Republican Party. The last thing they want is for the American people to see that government is good.

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Look, President has FAVOR from GOD. End Of storyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. God chose him, and then God saw to It, that we, the People elect him. God’s got this, and I don’t care what the enemy says. Yes we can 🙂

      • October 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        Nobody’s Greater – Look at God!!! I believe He has even more great things in the works for our wonderful, courageous, and God-fearing President Obama!!!

  26. October 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    From Milt Shook’s blog – For all those who say the President hasn’t done anything or that they are disappointed with the President. Milt says if you are disappointed than the problem is YOU. I AGREE !

    http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html

  27. 89 Don
    October 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I keep seeing this video coming out of Libya that shows some guy dressed in black dancing in a crowd of people and they are egging him on. It is so funny.

  28. 90 halo
    October 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/10/the-untold-story-of-the-actual-obama-record.html

    CHIPSTICKS, THIS IS ANOTHER GEM FROM ANDREW SULLVIAN AND ONE OF HIS READERS!!

    • October 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      This just drives me crazy! I will admit to wishing at times for a more robust PR delivery system attached to the White House and to the Democrats, generally. But when the President DOES tout his accomplishments he is accused by the right-wing of campaigning when he should be governing. Or his remarks are picked apart—by the Old Left or the newly incarnated Left—as boasting about weak tea, or empty suited timidity via tiny reproductive organs re his too little/too late initiatives.

      Whose job is it to be the President’s PR machine? Rather, whose job is it to AUGMENT this PR? The so-called Fourth Estate doesn’t even have to tell us how good the president’s accomplishments are; they just need to REPORT them and it will SEEM like positive advertising. But Sullivan didn’t condemn them, he works for them. I have no trouble finding negative commentary from the very people condemning the president’s PR team—THEY have the microphones, THEY have the cameras, THEY have the blogs, the columns. What the frack are they doing with their access to the public? Why are they using that access or giving equal time those who’d use that access to perpetuate a narrative about the president’s so-called failures? Further, why do they allow themselves to be used by a medium that is owned and operated by the 1% to ultimately serve that 1%’s aims? As if using the master’s tools will bring down the master’s house. The only time the RW/1% shows the other side is if that side is offering “constructive critiques” of president Obama because these critiques dampen voter enthusiasm and can be used in or out of context to misrepresent the administration.

      Some of us need to take Al Giordano’s course and create a citizens’ journalism. OFA should create, if it hasn’t done so already, a newsletter explaining in humanese the ongoing accomplishments of the administration that directly affect their lives. Blogs like TOD are serving this necessary function.

      That’s why God loves Chipsticks! And why He wants BWD, the heroic trendsetter, to hurry back.

      /rant

  29. October 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Marco Rubio is getting hammered on twitter. HA.

    @marcorubio

    • 93 Ladyhawke
      October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Good, he deserves it. It’s nothing but a knee jerk partisan response. I just posted Steve Benen’s post about him entitled “The Thank America Last Crowd”. He is really pathetic.

    • October 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      I sent him a tweet asking if it is official GOP policy to only congratulate GOP presidents with failed domestic and foreign policies. Added hashtag #GOPSELECTIVEPATRIOTS

    • 95 Debra
      October 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I called his DC office and hammered Rubio.

  30. October 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Isn’t It amazing how, the more they beat up on PBO, the more he prevails, the better he looks, the more mature he looks, and IS; really?

  31. 97 57andFemale
    October 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I have a question: if a $50,000/year job is created (as an example), how much of that paycheck goes back to the government in payroll and income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, etc..? Joe Lieberman and his ilk say “we don’t have the money”. But won’t there be more money to support this nation if people are employed?

    Just askin’……..

    • 98 Sue in Minnesota
      October 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      His is a disingenuous and opportunistic argument. Yes jobs create revenue for the government and support local economies, not to mention, empowers people by encouraging self reliance, responsibility and dignity, which I happen to think counts for ALOT.

      And Joe wants to persuade us away from the fact that this is fully funded if they raise taxes (marginally) on millionaires and billionaires. Call him Oligarchy Joe….I got mine you can’t have yours….Joe serves only himself and his connected cronies.

    • 99 Sue in Minnesota
      October 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Remember that old saying…It takes money to create money. Enough said!

  32. October 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I copied this from another blog, I liked it and wanted to share with the rest of the world out there reading this blog.

    22 minutes ago (2:14 PM) OBAMA’S HIT LIST

    August 2009
    — Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mahsud killed in Pakistan
    September 2009
    — JI operationa­l planner Noordin Muhammad Top killed in Indonesia
    — Al-Qaeda in East Africa (AQEA) planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed in Somalia
    December 2009
    — AQ operationa­l commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id killed in Pakistan
    February 2010
    — Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Berader captured in Pakistan
    — Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani killed in Pakistan
    — Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar killed in Pakistan
    March 2010
    — AQ operative Hussein al-Yemeni killed in Pakistan
    — Senior JI operative Dulmatin, believed to have been involved in the 2002 bombings in Bali, was killed during a raid in Indonesia.
    April 2010
    — AQI leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdad­i killed in Iraq
    May 2010
    — AQ senior leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid aka Shakyh Sa’id al-Masri killed in Pakistan
    June 2010
    — AQ commander Hamza al-Jawfi killed in Pakistan
    May 2011
    — Death of AQ leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad­, Pakistan
    June 2011
    — AQ senior commander Ilyas Kashmiri killed in Pakistan.
    — AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi­, and Ali Saleh Farhan killed in Yemen.
    — Al-Qa’ida in East Africa senior leader Harun Fazul killed
    August 2011
    — AQ senior leader ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman killed
    September 2011
    — AQ external operations commander Yunis al-Maurita­ni arrested in Pakistan.
    — AQ chief operations officer Abu Hafs al Shahri killed in Pakistan
    …..List still growing…­…

  33. 101 meabloom
    October 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Went to work and missed everything. I see PBO is still kicking a**. That’s my President.
    If you didn’t know before you should know now that President Barack Obama will get 4 more years.

    Obama/Biden2012

  34. October 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Let’s stay encouraged. The statistical page for the 1 Million Donors to BarackObama.com. Find out WHO we are!!!


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