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  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    October 26, 2011 at 12:59 am

    You’re just a wonderful friend to us, Chips, if we may call you “friend”!

    G’night.

  2. October 26, 2011 at 1:00 am

    It was a perfect interview and we TODers enjoyed ourselves mightily tonight. Thanks for the space, Chips. See ya tomorrow (later today)!

  3. 4 halo
    October 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Anyone else think it was a bit more serious than the last time he was on Leno? Maybe it was becaus ethey jumped right into Kaddafi without the usual small talk. That Roscoe bit was funny though.

    • October 26, 2011 at 1:28 am

      Halo, these are serious times my friend… These GOP fools want the middle class and the poor to pay more with this flat tax bull crap, and they want to lead us into more wars and more debt…

  4. October 26, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Thanks Ms. Chips! I get to watch a second time! Yippie!!!

  5. 7 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Chips you sly one. Thought you were in your bed hoping the bed bugs don’t bite. Thanks for the video Chica. I get to watch that piece of magnificence again. 😀

  6. October 26, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Actually I liked that it was serious at first then light-hearted at the end. In between PBO jabbed the Republicans several times plus he showed how tough he was on National Security. He really displayed why we all fell in love with him from the beginning.

  7. 9 theo67
    October 26, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I’m so glad I got to hear everyone’s stories about the interview – and can watch it here on the West Coast without panicking. Sounds like Jay did good tonight – which is good, because he was on my “bad” list these past few months. I’m glad President Obama had a good time, from the sounds of it. Just imagining that motorcade going through Los Angeles with a police escort, as President Obama sat inside scarfing down Roscoe chicken and waffles – priceless! 😀

  8. 12 desertflower
    October 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Thank you so much, Chips! I was just about to go to bed and shut this old computer down…and thought I’d check one last time….and there it was! clips from PBO on Leno….I don’t have to stay up late, though the DVR is still set! And I can go to bed with a shit eating grin on my face…I love him. Just love him.Thank you, Mr. President.Thank you so much for all the hard work you do, everyday, for all of us.
    Night, Chips, and thanks again for all you do.You’re amazing!

  9. October 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thanks Chips. I fell asleep ealier and thought I had missed everything when I woke up a litle while ago. Thanks for posting those two video clips of the President’s interview with Jay Leno. I’m still waiting on the last video featuring the lighter stuff, but I guess I’ll just have to see that tomorrow–I mean later today. 😉 BTW, Jay asked some pretty good questions, and as usual President Obama responded wonderfully. I just love that man. He’s just something else and more. 🙂

  10. October 26, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Jay Leno did a wonderful job with his questioning. I also liked how he talked about the rating for Congress ha ha ha……. POTUS as usual was steady, clear, and funny which is what I need in a leader.

    Those other fantasy island wanabees should vote themselves off the island now and stop torturing the American people…

    • 16 Proud of Obama
      October 26, 2011 at 1:31 am

      LOL Michelle at fantasy island. They do live in la la land. The whole Perry mess today was truly painful.

  11. October 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    As always, our Prez was just spectacular. Jay Leno actually rose in my estimation as his questions were respectful and also provided PBO with the opportunity to speak in some detail (and without interruption) to a large audience about the amazing things he is doing in the international arena. Maybe I’ll allow Jay back on my “watch” list!!!!

    • 19 Betsy
      October 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

      I thought he was way more respectful than Jon Stewart was last year. I thought Jay did a great job and so did PBO!

  12. 20 Debz
    October 26, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Thanks Chips! Great interview, I’m glad Leno let POTUS talk about his accomplishments. Why are comedians better than the “journalists”?
    PBO was fantastic as always.

    • October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

      ‘Why are comedians better than the “journalists”?’

      Both groups have switched roles? Comedians have probably decided, unconsciously, that since the journalists have become clowns who are impinging on their ‘space’, they (comedians) might as well move into the created media emptiness. As noted, the comedians are doing a much better job filling the emptiness. 😎

      Morning TOD’ville, and warm wishes for a productive and enjoyable day – whatever form that takes for you!

  13. 22 Sue in Minnesota
    October 26, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much Chica for the opportunity to watch this, what a homerun for the President, Mr. Leno and the American people. And it was made even better being able to share in the delight of everyone here.

    Anyone who refuses to see what is plainly in front of their eyes, a remarkable, brilliant, generous and dedicated man working to improve the lives of millions (billions?) and ensure a future of opportunity, prosperity and hope…..well if they can’t see that, they need a psychological examination.
    President Obama is truly exceptional, and as a nation, despite our trials, we are truly blessed. If we keep his back, and provide him with a supportive Congress, do our part by staying engaged and involved in the process of government…..America will prevail. YES.WE.CAN.

    God Bless you Barack Hussein Obama. It is an honor to call you Mr. President.

    • 23 Chi
      October 26, 2011 at 5:15 am

      Couldn’t have said it better Sue…

      How are you dear…? Hope you are you’re feeling so much better…

      Take care of yourself…

      • 24 Sue in Minnesota
        October 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

        Chi, getting better with everyday. Thank you so much for your kindness and especially your support. It means a lot to me.

        Another week or so and my hope is that pain will no longer be an issue and the drugs can disappear from my life. I have much to be grateful for.

        Namaste.

        • October 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

          So wonderful, Sue. You’re a strong person and we are so glad you are back with us.

        • October 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

          Happy to hear your update, Sue in M, 😆 and second your hope that you’ll soon be free of both pain and medication! I myself feel positively wimpy that I couldn’t hold my eyelids open the extra minutes (signed off at about 11:25pm) last night to watch the President. Of course, part of my capitulation had to do with the fact that Ms Chips is SOOO good that I had no doubt I could see it all today. Yep, she’s creating an ‘entitlement’ community right here, and I love it. THANKS, Chips Chica. Hope you had a good sleep when you finally got to bed!

  14. 28 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

    If anyone has free time, you ABSOLUTELY have to check out tonight’s Colbert Report (10/25/2011). He featured the Herman Cain Ad and the whole segment about Cain was EPIC. Pure Colbert genius! He had me in stitches. The whole show was BRILLIANT. Stephen Colbert is a master at truth telling. Chips when he posts the video, I’ll provide a link and I really really really hope you can post the video because it is a MUST SEE for TOD’ers. 😀

  15. 31 mtmarilyn
    October 26, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I just got home and watched it on my dvr. What a President we have if those teapubs think they can out smart this man they are more stupid than we know they are.

    For my the icing on the cake was getting to hear Yo Yo Ma. I love listening to him play.

    Good night! Can’t wait wait to watch all the events tomorrow.

  16. 32 bonkers
    October 26, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I haven’t seen any of the show, but I can’t help but notice how Our Guy just goes from one event or appearance to the next, and just completely knocks it outta the park. It’s amazing considering how much he does, yet there are few if any real gaffes or “off-days” with Stanley Ann’s son. It’s staggering really, how well President Barack Hussein Obama performs day in and day out.

  17. October 26, 2011 at 2:21 am

    … until they are voted out of the island. LOL. Perfect ding at that clown show.

  18. October 26, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Ah, dear Chips, thanks for working into the wee hours (that’s what it is in NY) so some of us could have the satisfaction of seeing the whole interview. I felt so guilty—waiting greedily at the kitchen door, kicking stones—seeing that red-faced little smilie you posted when you said you’d forgotten Leno was coming up as you tirelessly gathered our goodnight snack. You work so hard creating this operational headquarters with pictures, this—dare I say it—Occupy Obama. (Hope no one hates me for this, it’s late and it just popped-out!)

    • 36 theo67
      October 26, 2011 at 3:06 am

      That’s cute. 🙂

    • 37 bonkers
      October 26, 2011 at 3:34 am

      No “hate” here. Just constructive comments about the whole idea of “occupying” anything. That whole clown show is flawed on so many levels, and it starts with their verbiage. To “occupy” something is so aggressive first of all. And then they have no idea why or what it means to “occupy” something.

      Personally, I want that word and phrase to just go away. We have a leader for the ages leading the way right now, and I feel we should be taking cues from him. He wants us to “Pass This Bill” and so on, so that what we and all the “occupy” people should be doing, if they are sincere about creating real Change.

    • 38 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

      “Occupy Obama”

      I LOVE IT 😛 😛 😛

  19. 39 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 26, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Good morning TOD family. Popped in to say have great and productive day. I just wanted everyone to know that OFA has shut down the comments on the blog. We have Ron Paul stalkers that are mean and threatening to all of us over there. It is a sad day in America if half of the country is so mean and hateful that opinions are reason to hate.

    Go Texas Rangers~

    • 40 Grab a Mop Grace
      October 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

      Good Morning TOD peeps,
      It’s a sad state of affairs that OFA has closed comments, but having seen the filth spewed there, it’s what’s best. I hope that they provide the site with a REAL moderator, and mop up the place before allowing comments again.
      Chipsticks, thank you for this wonderful haven that I’ve come to rely on for daily sanity and clarity.
      Your work is appreciated by many.
      God Bless you all with a wonderful day.

      Obama/Biden 2012

    • October 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

      Because Ron Paul people are woefully misinformed.
      You know, he would lose half his support if he mentioned that he does not believe in the federal government.
      Instead he mentions, he is anti war and wants to legalize marijuana, so the kids will walk a plank for him!

    • October 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

      What? Is it temporary or permanent? This is really sad and a terrible development in their grand experiment with that blog. I always thought the moderating of comments was really badly handled, letting trolls post day in and day out in the name of “free speech” while deleting regulars for criticizing the trolls. It’s one of the reasons why I stopped posting there after nearly 4 years. Sad.

  20. October 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

    WHAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDERED: President Obama will rally college students at the University of Colorado on Wednesday as he stops by the Denver campus to talk about making it easier to pay back education loans. “The announcement is part of a series of executive actions to put Americans back to work and strengthen the economy because we can’t wait for Congressional Republicans to act,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

  21. October 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Quinnpiac-

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating and re-elect numbers remain underwater among Ohio voters, who disapprove 51 – 43 percent and say 49 – 44 percent the president does not deserve a second term, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

    Despite his negative scores, the president leads potential Republican challengers:
    47 – 39 percent over Cain;
    45 – 41 percent over Romney;
    47 – 36 percent over Perry.

    • October 26, 2011 at 7:41 am

      yeah, preznint perry is all about jobs and the OHians will live happily ever after.

    • October 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

      All these are pre-campaign numbers. The rust belt states weren’t supposed to go for the pres in 2008, either. Hilary won the primary by ten points in PA and the outlook was not that great in Ohio and Indiana either. Then the ground game got going and the weakness of the McCain Palin ticket became evident. All of these rust belt states now have Repub governors who are hurting people and killing unions. There’s a lot of unfocused anger right now. In PA, unemployment has gone UP under Corbett and people ares so unhappy they don’t know who to blame. That’s our job. Put the focus on the real culprits–their governors and the stacked state legislators–and show how much the pres is doing to help. The president’s jobs message is getting through, especially as he bypasses the beltway media. We’ve got lots of work to do, but we can do this.

      • 48 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        Yep Jackie everything you said in your post is SPOT ON!! I live here in Ohio so I know. The Governor (Kasich) is well hated. We are at 55-35 in the polls in favor of overturning his Fascist anti-collective bargaining law. WE are also stoll collecting sigs to stop the oppressive new voting restrictions from coming into effect. There is a lot of discontent out there and you are right it is somewhat confused and misguided. It is our responsibility (OFA, DEMS) to get the word out. To make the public understand who is really on their side. Wether the Rethugs want to believe or admit it or not PBO’s foreign policy success will go a long way in helping him in 2012. The majority of Americans want someone in charge they can trust and believe in. Eliminating 3 major terrorist leaders in 6 mos and ending the war in Iraq should garner some trust. The economy will still be the main issue come 2012, but as long as we aren’t going backwards and appear to be swinging heavily into a recession once again we will be alright. The public is starting to see who is really causing the economy to stagnate and not improve on job creation. Yes, we have plenty of work to do, but it can be done and we will SUCCEED. YES WE CAN!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  22. October 26, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Gallup- prez at 46%!

    Yo!

  23. October 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    CBS news poll- prez
    46-44 approval.

    Yeah. MSM is taking the day off…

  24. October 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

    IBM has appointed its first ever female chief executive.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/

  25. 53 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am

    From the NYT:

    //US is Set to Charge Major Executive in Trading Case. Rajat K. Gupta, the most prominent executive ensnared in an aggressive insider trading investigation and a former director of Goldman Sachs, is expected to surrender to authorities. //

  26. October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE79O8CC20111025?irpc=932

    More Dodd frank rules coming online-
    Last week it was the volcker rule.

  27. October 26, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good morning all.

    OK, Chips, knowing you, you probably already have seen this, but just in case, I thought I post this. Looks like the baby whisperer is at it again. If there is video, I know you will get it for us.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/25/BA0F1LMB17.DTL

    • 57 dotster3
      October 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

      Fun to read that, africa. We saw a photo yesterday of PBO holding the unhappy baby, and I wondered if he had any luck with his baby whisperper abilities. Apparently he did! Is there no end to this man’s talents??? (I loved the way he knew to cradle the baby’s head)

    • October 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

      I posted the video in the San Francisco thread.

  28. 59 Andogriff
    October 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Thanks so much for these clips of the Leno interview, Ms Chips! Our president was brilliant, as usual, and Leno did an excellent job as well.

  29. October 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

    President Obama will announce new programs Wednesday to lower monthly loan payments for some students graduating next year and thereafter and to let borrowers who have a mix of direct federal loans and loans under the old Federal Family Education Loan Program consolidate them at a slightly lower interest rate.

    At a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, Melody Barnes, director of the Domestic Policy Council, said the president would use his executive authority to expand the existing income-based repayment program with a “Pay as You Earn” option that would allow graduates to pay 10 percent of their discretionary income for 20 years and have the rest of their federal student loan debt forgiven. That plan would start next year.

    Most of the 450,000 low-income student-loan borrowers currently enrolled in income-based payment must pay 15 percent of their discretionary income for 25 years before having their debt forgiven, although terms are easier for those in public service.

    The lower caps of the new program were scheduled to go into effect for new borrowers in 2014, but, Ms. Barnes said, “because we know the frustration of crushing loan burdens, we have to act now.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/education/26debt.html?_r=1

  30. October 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) – The incoming head of the European Central Bank threw the euro zone a lifeline hours before a crucial summit on Wednesday by signaling the bank would go on buying troubled states’ bonds to combat market turmoil.

    Mario Draghi delivered the message that financial markets have been waiting for about the ECB’s intentions as leaders of the 17-nation single currency area struggled to produce a comprehensive plan to resolve the bloc’s sovereign debt woes.

    “The Eurosystem (of central banks) is determined, with its non-conventional measures, to prevent malfunctioning in the money and financial markets creating an obstacle to monetary transmission,” he said in typically coded ECB language in a speech text released in Rome.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE79I0IC20111026?irpc=932

  31. 62 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

    This is so sad. . .Let me hear how they spin this. Michele Bachmann anybody?
    The bodies of 267 people have been found in Sirte, Libya; many appear to have been executed – Al Jazeera
    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liveblog/libya-oct-26-2011-1206

  32. 63 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Chips, here is another baby whispherer for you.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/25/BA0F1LMB17.DTL

  33. 67 Fred
    October 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

    good morning TOD family.Can anyone tweet this to Eva Longoria.She can raise the alarm and make this go viral

    FACTS and LINKS:Feds: Perry Signed Redistricting Map That Was Intentionally Discriminatory.Also Involved are Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX);Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)

    DOJ: Rick Perry’s Texas Redistricting Plan Purposefully Discriminated Against Minorities

    What DOJ Tossing Texas’ Redistricting Plan Means For Rick Perry

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/feds_v_rick_perry_what_dojs_dismissal_of_texas_red.php

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/doj_rick_perrys_texas_redistricting_plan_purposefully_discriminated_against_minorities.php

    DOJ: Rick Perry’s Texas Congressional Redistricting Map Violates Voting Rights Act

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/justice_department_signals_concerns_with_rick_perrys_texas_redistricting_map.php

    In E-mails, Texas GOPers Worried Feds Would Say Redistricting Map Diluted Hispanic Voting Power

    Court rejects GOP congressional delegation’s privilege claim

    http://txredistricting.org/post/8796138313/court-rejects-gop-congressional-delegations-privilege

  34. 69 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Can someone answer this question for me? If you have a boy/girlfriend who no longer wants to talk with you or be around you, what would you do? Stay and Beg?

    Why are the republicans so set to force our hand to stay in a country that told you to LEAVE? I think they would have started another war just to stay in Iraq. I guess they should check the dictionary for the meaning of that word. Here is “DICK” Cheney’s comment. . .
    http://www.670kboi.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=113&itemid=29745000

  35. 70 MoObama
    October 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

    It appears that NBC producer Michelle Tasoff really enjoyed being so close to the president. It looks like she is asking him for a date.

    • 71 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

      I was also struck by the body language of the lady who is the NBC producer. She was very comfortable to have the President around and I can jot that down as 1, 100% vote for POTUS from her

    • 72 anniebella
      October 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

      MoObama. Oh I don’t think so, but if she were I think she got a big fat No.

  36. 73 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns 64 today. Happy birthday to Mrs. Clinton
    Let’s send her some love.
    @H_Clinton

  37. 79 Robert
    October 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Morning everyone. I watched the Jay Leno Show last night and I thought President Obama was great as usual, That joke about waiting till all the republican candidates were voted off the island had me cracking up. By the way, just finished reading an article about Michelle Bachman and all I can say is that I had no idea Minnesota had such good weed. Have a great day.

    • 80 Sue in Minnesota
      October 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Robert, as a Minnesotan, I had no idea we had so many right wing nutcases, enough to elect Bachmann to office. Personally, it embarrasses me greatly, and erases my once held delusion that we were a tolerant and gracious population here in Minnesota.

  38. 81 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 26, 2011 at 8:55 am

    To be frank, I did not realize there were so many bridges in the US. This is an interactive site for Transportation for America. http://t4america.org/resources/bridges/#?latlng=32.725409,-97.32084959999997&bridge_id=

  39. October 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Roger Simon: Barack Obama gets no credit for protecting the nation

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66744.html

  40. October 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I watched our President on Jay Leno last night. He was fantastic, as usual. Did anyone else get the impression that he left with more fans than he had at the start?

    Thank you Chips for posting the video. I want to see it again!

    • October 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

      What Jackie said. I feel so humbled and proud of our progress and PBO’s ability to keep the ball rolling every single day despite the travesty that is the Republican Party.

    • 85 Ladyhawke
      October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Totally agree jackie. He was calm, cool and collected. He is so comfortable in his own skin. He has incredible range. He goes from talking about the demise of a dictator to the delight of chicken and waffles smelling up the beast. He was serious, witty and charming. That million dollar smile and that laugh was just the icing on the cake.

      Since Mitt “Who Am I This Time” Romney has to copy everything President Obama does, I guess we can expect to see him pop on one the the late night shows to get equal time. Of course, it will be a challenge to figure out which Mitt should show up.

    • 88 Me4obama
      October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

      I believe this the best fun he has had giving an interview and being entertained at the same time. No wonder Newt is pissed at Leno and PBO this morning on CBS.

      • 89 anniebella
        October 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

        Now what is that worm’s (Newt) problem with Leno and President Obama. No one is stopping him from going on Leno.

      • October 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Think about that. Newt while on a morning talk show is angry at the President for appearing on a late night talk show. Is he upset that it came on pass his bedtime?

  41. October 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Take heart all petitioners!! The White House is listening:

    1st We the People petition response -> Taking Action to Reduce the Burden of Student Loan Debt

    Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy and Usher in a New Era of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity

    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/response/taking-action-reduce-burden-student-loan-debt

    YES WE CAN.

  42. October 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

    What a great way to start my day with the President on Leno.

  43. 93 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

    BLESS YOU FOR THIS VIDEO…MY BODY DOESN’T STAY UP THAT LATE! PBO IS SUCH A ‘PRESIDENTIAL GIFT’ TO ALL OF US!

  44. October 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Feds: Rick Perry-Signed Texas Redistricting Plan Reduces Voting Power Of 479,704 Hispanics

    Ryan J. Reilly October 26, 2011, 6:00 AM 17029There is “ample circumstantial evidence” that the congressional and state representative redistricting maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not only the effect but the intent of limiting the voting power of Hispanic voters, Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing late Tuesday.

    DOJ is seeking the block the maps, filing to deny Texas’ request for summary judgement in a case involving allegations that officials in the state tried to limit the voter power of Hispanic voters in violation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

    Federal lawyers contended in the newest filing that there is “ample circumstantial evidence of a discriminatory purpose with regard to both the State House and Congressional plans” and that in the new maps nearly half a million fewer Hispanics would live in districts where they would have the ability to elect a candidate of their choosing.

    “The proposed Congressional redistricting plan has a retrogressive effect because, compared to the benchmark plan, it decreases the percentage of districts in the Congressional plan in which minority voters have the ability to elect and because under the proposed plan 479,704 fewer Hispanics will reside in districts in which they have an ability to elect a candidate of choice,” lawyers with DOJ’s Civil Rights Division write. “Both plans were also adopted with a discriminatory purpose, and there are a substantial number of material facts in dispute with regard to both prongs of the Section 5 standard.”

    Race and ethnicity, the lawyers wrote “were common themes during discussions between the Republican leadership and others, including a United States Congressman and staff. State leaders viewed race as a proxy for party, leading to redistricting decisions and movements of population based solely on the basis of race.”

    The member of Congress in question is Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — who as it so happens chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which has primary oversight over DOJ. Smith’s emails are cited as an example of officials plotting to protect their electoral interests while taking race into account.

    Talking Points Memo on Facebook“While the existence of contemporaneous statements of direct racial intent related to current redistricting efforts may be rare, the email exchanges between United States Congressional representatives and staff, and State officials involved in devising the State’s plans, provide riveting circumstantial evidence bearing witness to the process discussed above, where data as to race and ethnicity rather than partisan data drove the line drawing for the proposed Congressional plan, and where the State sought to exclude minority representatives from the redistricting process,” DOJ lawyers said in reference to emails to and from Smith.

    A redistricting expert hired by DOJ, Theodore S. Arrington, contended in a study included in the filing that the emails showed that Republicans and officials conspired to “make sure that no one who might look out for minority voters would be included” and that participants in the emails were aware of the “trade-offs between drawing minority election districts” and GOP prospects.

    Justice Department officials said the only way this could be settled is for the facts to come out in court.

    “Deviations from procedural and substantive standards, as well as racially-charged contemporaneous statements, also provide significant evidence of a discriminatory purpose,” DOJ lawyers argue. “The State has presented little evidence concerning the intent of the proposed plan, but the legislative staff who crafted the map and legislators closely involved in the process have provided conflicting testimony. Assessing the credibility of these witnesses and resolving other disputed factual issues cannot be performed until trial.”

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/feds_rick_perry-signed_redistricting_map_keeps_479704_hispanics_from_electing_candidate_of_their_choice.php?ref=fpa

  45. 95 dotster3
    October 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Read that the weather is terrible in Denver—2 ft. of snow and 40,000 without power and major roads closed. Wonder if this will make it more difficult for PBO’s agenda there today.

  46. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Chips, I hope you get a chance to pull the MSNBC’s “Daily Run Down” interview of Congress woman Karen Bass (who was with POTUS for Roscoe’s chicken run in LA) conducted by the fill-in host. The Congress woman provides a vey good explanation of how ordinary people reacted to the POTUS (sorry maxine W, they did not unleash anger)

    • October 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Hi Linda, thank you for the tip-off! Was that inteview today?

      • 98 utaustinliberal
        October 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

        Yes it was Chips. Chris Cilliza was the fill in host. Karen Bass was so complementary of PBO. She was great! Her recount of the visit was just precious. I hope you’re able to get the video and if you can the video of Stephen Colbert taking on Herman Cain, his Ad and his campaign, it would be great! Colbert was brilliant. The show was yesterday 10/25/2011.

        • 99 globalcitizenlinda
          October 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

          right on Utaustinliberal. It was today @ 9.00 a.m, and it occured in the first 30 minutes of the show Chuck Todd usually hosts The Daily Run Down. Todd was on the road in Ohio last night hosting debate about the pending vote against the Uion bursting bill – which I hope we will win since it has all the conservative police and firefighters, who usually vote republican, so angry with the Ohio gop .

  47. 100 carolyn
    October 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    We watched the interview last night, and it was wonderful. I told my husband…this is a good way for him to reach a maximum number of people without the interference of media personalities. Jay asked good questions, let him talk, and was generally more intelligent than any of the highly paid pundits. A thoroughly informative and enjoyable time. I bet Letterman will be clamoring for his chance now!

  48. October 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Nancy’s not playing.

    By the Numbers: 294 Days of the Republican

    Today marks the 294th day of Republican control of the House of Representatives. In 294 days, they have not passed a single bill to create jobs. Instead, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to end Medicare (while providing tax breaks to Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas), passed legislation that destroys nearly 2 million jobs (that’s 10,000 jobs lost every day), and pointlessly manufactured crisis after crisis–creating economic uncertainty and hurting small businesses and the middle class. In addition, House Republicans have voted 17 times against Democratic proposals or efforts to consider proposals – several of which are bipartisan – to create or protect American jobs.

    294: Days Republicans in charge
    2 Million: Jobs potentially destroyed under GOP bills
    0: GOP jobs bills
    17: Times GOP have voted against Democratic jobs legislation, including China currency legislation that would help create 1 million American jobs
    3: Times GOP have voted to end Medicare and protect tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas
    4: Times GOP have brought our nation to the brink, creating economic uncertainty

    LOTS more detail here:

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=4529

    • 102 JoJothecat
      October 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

      How anyone could vote Republican is beyond me. This is what the so-called “independents” want? I hear on the radio people calling in saying they are republican and will not vote for them again, then I hear or read other republicans and independents that want this president gone and more republicans in the house and senate. I just don’t get it. These are not rich people. Has americans become so ignorant that we all have to be enslaved before they wake up?

  49. 103 Titti
    October 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks Chips, really enjoyed the interview. Eating chicken in the limo; just love how rounded he is.

  50. 104 ChristiMtl
    October 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

    President Obama was informative and charming as usual….thanks for the videos Chips.

    From what I saw on twitter, Piers Morgan must have been delighted with Michael Moore last night.
    Predictable crap from a Naderiste.
    I saw that he refused to say that he’s part of the 1%.

    Little excerpts of the interview:

    MORGAN: You crazy man. He makes a good point. You’re in the 1 percent?
    MOORE: I’m not in the 1 percent.
    MORGAN: Probably 0.2 percent?
    MOORE: No.
    MORGAN: You’re one of the most successful filmmakers in the country.
    MOORE: No, I’m not. For a documentary filmmaker, I’m doing well.
    MORGAN: You’re splitting hairs.
    MOORE: There’s a big difference between a documentary and “Avatar.”
    MORGAN: There is.
    MOORE: I’m not that. Let me just say –
    MORGAN: There are people watching that say “Michael Moore, rich guy.”

    Moore justified his position by saying he was only able to earn large amounts of money because it was profitable for large corporations.

    His net worth is over 50 millions…..what’s the point for him to pretend that he’s not part of the top earners?

    • 105 JoJothecat
      October 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I turned it off after that exchange between Morgan and Moore. I knew the next thing he was going to talk about was PBO and how awful the president has been. So glad to see Congress is at 9%….before the 2012 election they will be at 5% and the president will be close to 50% or more.

    • October 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Funny how Moore felt the need to try and duck the obvious.

    • 107 TrumpDog
      October 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Why wouldn’t Moore just admit he’s doing well. There’s no shame to that.

  51. 108 desertflower
    October 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

    WOW. A new low. Congressional “approval” rating is now 9%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! America IS paying attention…..
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_10/revulsion_towards_congress_rea033086.php

  52. 112 JoJothecat
    October 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thanks so much for posting the video chips…..ughhhhhh, I fell asleep just before the interview and woke up after the show was over.

  53. 114 AnitaW
    October 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Loved the videos. Jay actually did a good interview and the audience was loving it. I loved until the tears rolled down my cheeks. Very funny.

    • 116 anniebella
      October 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Did you all hear Elisabeth running her mouth about the President appearence on the Leno show? I still can’t stand that woman.

      • 117 TrumpDog
        October 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

        You know the president is doing well when Hasselblech starts blathering.
        Way to go, President Obama.

        • 118 anniebella
          October 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

          Right On TrumpDog.

          • 119 edp4bho
            October 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

            Annibella, I read that article posted above and noticed you commented a couple of times. IMO, those other commenters are what I abhore most about politics……the ideological purists, who I think live in their own little “perfect world” bubbles. They need to get out and about with real people, whose concerns they would find are more on the lines of creating a decent life for themselves and their children and grandchildren, and who realize there is no “perfect” candidate or world. Life is hard, people are complicated, and even God never promised us heaven on earth. They really need to get a clue or STFU and let the rest of us pragmatists do what’s necessary for the good of the masses. Also, the writer made the pervasive mistake of stating PBO escalated the campaign in Afghanistan, as though this was a reflex. Anyone honest person who paid attention during the 2008 election run, knows that PBO always said he would take the fight to Afghanistan/Pakistan. He was right, as the outcome has shown. To hell with his supposed “many misteps”.


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