catching up

President Obama speaks during a news conference on Republican obstruction of Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the CFPB, Dec 8

Steve Benen: Two months after the Senate Banking Committee approved Richard Cordray as the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Senate leadership brought the nomination to the floor this morning. Republicans refused to allow a vote …. It’s hard to overstate how outrageous today’s filibuster really is.

…. It’s all part of the normalization of extortion politics. Traditionally, if the GOP wanted to alter the powers of the CFPB, it would write legislation, send it to committee, bring it to the floor, send it to the other chamber, etc. But that takes time and effort, and might not work. Instead, we see the latest in a series of GOP extortion strategies: Republicans will force Democrats to accept changes to the agency, or Republicans won’t allow the agency to meet its legal mandate…..

More here



Washington Post


The President is pre-taping interviews with WISH (Indianapolis, IN), KSNV (Las Vegas, NV), WREG (Memphis, TN) and WCHS (Portland, ME) today



Steve Benen: We generally look to the first Friday of every month for new unemployment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but every Thursday morning, the Department of Labor releases a report on initial unemployment claims.

And this morning, the news is very good:

The number of people filing for state unemployment benefits for the first time fell 23,000 to the lowest level since late February, the government said Thursday. The Labor Department said claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 381,000 last week. The level of initial claims in the week ended Nov. 26 was revised up by 2,000 to 404,000.

The consensus expectations were for a slight drop, which makes the sharp drop that much more encouraging…..

More here



You can never see this enough:


Steve Benen: Politico has a piece today on Senate Democrats’ outrage over Republican obstructionism, as evidenced by Tuesday’s filibuster of judicial nominee Caitlin Halligan and today’s expected filibuster of CFPB nominee Richard Cordray. As Dems see it, GOP abuses are setting a new standard — which Democrats will take advantage of the next time they’re in the minority.

…. Republicans respond that these current tactics aren’t new, and the Politico article tells readers the GOP argument is sound.

…. This isn’t a subjective question on which the parties are entitled to different opinions. There are objective, often quantifiable, answers to the points Politico and Republicans are raising: are GOP senators “replicating” Democratic tactics? Were Dems abusing Senate rules in the Bush era to the same degree that Republicans are abusing them now?

The answer to both is “no,” and the false equivalence does little to advance the discussion.

More here





Oh Willard…..



Steve Benen: Most of the Affordable Care Act won’t take effect for a few years – and if court rulings and the 2012 elections go a certain way, it may not take effect at all – but there’s already evidence that the reform law is working.

It’s making a big difference in providing coverage for young adults; it’s providing treatment options for women like Spike Dolomite Ward; and it’s slowing the growth in Medicare spending.

It’s also, as Jonathan Cohn explained, saving seniors quite a bit of money on prescription medication…..

More here


Boston Herald






President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrive to speak in the South Court Auditorium on the White House, Dec. 7

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada talk backstage at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following their joint press conference, Dec. 7, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Rolling Stone




TPM: Details of Stephen Colbert’s “South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate” are becoming more clear. Kind of…

“It’s happening, we’re doing it, we’ve set the date in stone, sometime in January,” Colbert said. “It’s going to be on Animal Planet. They haven’t returned my call yet.”

More here (plus video)


CBS: President Barack Obama will appear on “60 Minutes” in an interview with Steve Kroft to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Steve Kroft interviewed the president on Tuesday in Kansas after he delivered an economic speech in the small town of Osawatomie. President Obama will talk to Kroft again tomorrow at the White House for Sunday’s report.


123 Responses to “catching up”

  1. December 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Nice Pics of PBO once again… and Good to see you’re back Chips!!

  2. 2 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    My Electricity just came back on now right on time when Chips is rolling out this incredible thread. What a day PBO gave us this morning with a smack down! Off to read & watch & spread. Thanks again Chips.

  3. December 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    PBO…”Ask Bin Laden…”

    BOMB goes the Dynamite on that one!

  4. December 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Wowsa – when you catch up you really catch up. Thanks Chips. My favorite is Bush in the rain vs PBO.
    Poor Laura.

  5. 10 LOL
    December 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Geez Chip are you catching up for the year…or yesterday. You have more “news” than Yahoo. I’m thinking when someone asks me a dumb question…I’m just going to reply ABL- Ask Bin Laden.

  6. 12 dotster3
    December 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Lots of stuff here—-how do you do it chips, after out partying all night long? 🙂 Want to go through all of it, but also want to share this amusing tidbit I ran across, more proof of Repub campaign infighting and eating their own. An Ia. evangleical minister/activist, a Rick Santorum supporter!, has sent out this vid to every registered Repub voter, calling Newt “the Kim Kardashian of the GOP”. Of course it had to include some Obama hatred with the line, “I can’t stand Barack Obama, but at least he doesn’t trade in his wife like a used car every so many years”. Rt. wing Repub Christians—-quite the crew. Who will be left standing? The Newt takedown is underway.

  7. December 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    A very moving story

    This time OWS got it right.

    Saving Bobby Hull’s home :: Occupy Our Homes :: Minneapolis


    the stuff at the end are the real striking comments

    • December 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Good for Occupy and Bobby Hulls. This was done also during the Great Depression, not enough, but it was effective where it was done well. Throwing people out of their homes must stop. Stories like this bring the problem to the forefront.

      Thanks Whatisworking and beautiful, generous Chipsticks

  8. 15 Debz
    December 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Chipsticks, you are very busy today!! Thanks for all of the good info.

  9. 16 LOL
    December 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    2 confirmed dead at Virginia Tech….What is this world coming to?

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      LOL, I just checked the MSNBC story about this.

      “Staffers, students under lockdown at Virginia Tech: Shooting brings back ‘4/16’
      By Jim Gold, msnbc.com

      “Students and faculty under lockdown after two people were shot dead at Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon said they felt secure but could not escape memories of April 16, 2007, when 33 people were killed on the campus.”


      The dead are two policemen, I think campus police. In a running commentary on what’s going on at VT I heard that the authorities are trying to get the students back to their homes, small groups at a time. I guess they’re ferrying them home in buses? Parents and relatives are begged not to come on to the campus. The shooter is still at large and he took off on foot. I wonder why VT is the target for these nutcases? I remember well the 2007 rampage.

  10. 18 meabloom
    December 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    All I did was click Comments and when I strolled back up there were about fifteen photos & videos. Jeez Chips!

  11. 19 dotster3
    December 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My comment went poof—–wonder if this is one of the times when it shows up 15 minutes later—-strange.

  12. 20 Linda
    December 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Boehner stuck the Keyston Pipeline on the payroll tax bill. They will vote next week. He said it will “create tens of thousands ” of jobs.

    Hey Boener..stop lying.

    ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

    • December 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      AJA would have created hundreds of thousands and GOP blocked that. What is telling is that this likely signals that Pres Obama is likely to block the pipeline down the line because if he was inclined to allow it he might just as well horse trade on it now.

      Dems better get out ahead of this attempt by Boehner to frame the XL Keystone pipeline as a jobs issue. Even if he is lying through his teeth about jobs it would create.

      From a WaPo article –

      “Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.”


      • 22 Debz
        December 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        PBO addressed this today, specifically mentioning the pipeline and the fact that the tas cut and unemployment will create mor jobs.

        • 23 Debz
          December 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

          can not type or spell 🙂

        • December 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

          But the GOP argument will be “We’re agreeing to the tax cuts and UEI extension creating jobs, but adding on the pipeline would create even more jobs”. President Obama and staff need to come out with “If Boehner and the GOP was worried about jobs they’d have passed the AJA, this is all all about political posturing pretending they care about jobs on the pipeline deal and not because it’s a gift to their big oil buddies”.

          • December 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

            And then Pres. Obama can say well pass the jobs bill that would create millions of jobs OR pass the extension that would create more jobs than the pipe. We can’t keep fearing the GOP message machine.

    • December 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      I thought Boehner said “so be it” with regards to jobs being lost…

  13. 27 rikyrah
    December 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm


  14. December 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Falling in Polls, Romney Considers Adultery
    Huddles with Advisors About Possible Affair

    CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report)– Troubled by his fading poll numbers, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is considering a bold strategy to reboot his Presidential campaign: engaging in a high-profile extramarital affair.

    At a press conference in Concord, New Hampshire today Mr. Romney confirmed that he was consulting with senior advisors about the best way to proceed with an inappropriate relationship.

    “Republican voters have sent the message that they want to vote for an adulterer and I have heard them loud and clear,” he said. “I promise that I will engage in a world-class extramarital affair that will make all of us proud again.”

    According to one senior advisor, the Romney campaign was already holding focus groups and conducting special polling to determine the best person with whom Mr. Romney should conduct his extracurricular dalliance.

    And in a sign that Mr. Romney is taking precipitous action to find an object for his adulterous intentions, today his campaign launched a new dating site, SexyTimeWithMitt.com.

    But according to one female visitor to the site, Mr. Romney’s nascent career as a would-be lothario is still very much a work in progress: “When I first went on the site and he listed ‘tougher border control’ as one of his turn-offs, and five minutes later it was a turn-on.”

    Still, an aide to Mr. Romney maintains that the former Massachusetts governor has “the right stuff” to be a world-class adulterer: “In the focus groups, the two words we kept hearing over and over again were ‘wooden’ and ‘stiff.’”


  15. 30 Debz
    December 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Wet POTUS!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  16. 31 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Yeesh Chipsticks.. lotsa lotsa stuff.

    PBO’s answer was the perfect bitch slap to the likes of Romney and the moronic media. Ouch!

  17. 32 Ladyhawke
    December 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm


    Thank you Chips. You never cease to amaze me. This thread is a cornucopia of delicious morsels to devour.

  18. 34 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    We now know, beyond reasonable doubt, that the GOP is totally focused on destroying the promise of America for 99% of us. Any ? #ZEROGOP2012


  19. 35 halo
    December 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm


  20. 36 halo
    December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    We missed you round these parts last night! Glad to see you’re back.

  21. 37 Linda
    December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Rick Perry turned down the Trump Debate

  22. December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Perry is out of the Trump Debate now, it has to be canceled at this point as four of the seven are out and Bachmann is non-committal.

  23. 47 Ladyhawke
    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    13 Reasons Why Newt Will Never Be the GOP Nominee


    Well, Gingrich may be on a roll, but he’s overlooking the one truly formidable candidate who stands between him and the nomination: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He is in many ways the perfect foil for the current GOP front-runner. Here, in 13 episodes, is much of the baggage you’re likely to see aired soon in anti-Gingrich attack ads. For him, it won’t be Christmas in Iowa.

    – The front seat
    – The back seat
    – The couch
    – The hospital bed
    – The smoke filled room
    – The inglorious exit
    – The border
    – The doghouse
    – Planet Earth
    – Planet Newt
    – Mandate, Mandate, Mandate
    – The exodus



  24. 48 rikyrah
    December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I’d watch every debate if candidates were asked these questions
    by Kay

    I’m just going to post this entire comment, exchange btwn Kaine and Allen and analysis (via TPM) and accompanying comment (via El Cid), because it’s great:

    Allen criticized Kaine for accepting the role of chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying he should have spent his final year as governor on state priorities, “not the national partisan role of advocating for the likes of, not only President Obama’s policies, but those of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.”

    “The likes of President Obama?” Kaine responded.

    “Well, the policies and agenda of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid,” said Allen. “Were you or were you not advocating for their agenda? And their agenda surely wasn’t consistent with what’s in the best interests of the people of Virginia.”

    “Wiping out al-Qaeda?” Kaine responded “Stopping the Iraq War? Saving the auto industry? Is that not being consistent with Virginia’s interests? I just see it a different way than you do, George.”


  25. 49 rikyrah
    December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    December 08, 2011 2:20 PM

    Republicans still long for other presidential options
    By Steve Benen

    Erick Erickson this week suggested he’s “praying” for a brokered Republican convention, so that some other GOP candidate — as opposed to those currently running — might win the party’s presidential nomination. Joe Scarborough said in response, “I don’t know many Republicans who aren’t praying for a brokered convention right now.” (thanks to F.B. for the tip)

    Though he doesn’t specifically reference the brokered possibility, Rhodes Cook argues today that it’s not “too late” for some other “late-starting candidate to emerge” in the new year. Bill Kristol seems excited about the possibility.

    It wouldn’t be easy to pull off a late draft or a late entry, but it’s not as impossible as conventional wisdom assumes.

    The key, I think, would be if both Romney and Gingrich stumbled during January. If that were to happen, there would be a window of opportunity in February — during the gap between the first spurt of January primaries and Super Tuesday on March 6. The window probably closes around Valentine’s Day — Tuesday, February 14 — so let’s call the late entry the Valentine’s Day option. That could be the last chance (unless there’s a deadlocked convention, which isn’t totally outside the realm of possibility either) for Republicans to throw off the old suitors and run into the arms of a new Prince Charming. Or two. And Valentine’s Day is for the young.

    So … why not the best? Ryan-Rubio 2012?



    • December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Pipe dream. Especially the late comer possibility as both Newt and Romney can’t stumble in January – one will come out the clear favorite and very likely head to the nomination without any chance of brokered convention.

  26. 51 relellit
    December 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Good Afternoon TODville, Good to see our energizer bunny, Chip, back.

    I got a phone call from a friend wanting me to look up the PigfordII settlement. This was posted Wednesday 12-8-11. Once we found this this he asked me to circulate it because it’s vital we stop this Obama is not doing thing for Black people meme. I don’t know how to twitter. In fact, I barely can use a computer. So I hope I can get help with this.

    A Letter to Obama

    Dr. John Boyd, Jr. Blog Site

    Posted by jboyd on December 7, 2011


    My name is John Boyd and I am the great grandson of a slave and the grandson of a sharecropper. In 1984, I bought a farm from another African-American farmer named Russell Sallie, who was forced to sell his property when the U.S. Department of Agriculture began foreclosure procedures on it. As a black farm owner I spent many years battling discrimination by the USDA, and fought hard for the passage of legislation
    which would compensate black farmers who had suffered under the USDA’s discriminatory practices.

    It was a long and often lonely battle, until I met a young Senator from Illinois, named Barack Obama.
    I approached Senator Obama and said to him, “I need your help with the black farmers bill.” He took an interest in the situation, and wanted to hear from me about the discrimination that black farmers faced. He genuinely cared about what I had to say.

    As President, Barack Obama continued to fight for black farmers, and on December 8th, 2010, he signed legislation that would give $1.25 billion in compensation to black farmers. I had the privilege of representing the nation’s African-American farmers in the room the day he signed the bill. And when the President embraced me, I felt like he was embracing all those who were affected by the unjust policies of the USDA.

    That’s why I am committed to standing with the President to pass the job’s plan and help get all Americans back to work. Because if it can be done for black farmers, I believe it can be done for the good of the entire nation. And nothing could be more important at this moment for the African-American community and for all Americans than to pass the job’s bill.



    I too felt exactly what Dr Boyd did after reading this letter. HUGS 🙂 :):)

    Now couple that with what President Obama did to rescue Zimbabwe; no one can say our President does nothing for Black people. Let’s not forget these:


    SCHIP. In 2009, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (SCHIP), which reauthorized and expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The program—which has provided health care to 7 million low- and middle-income children whose parents afford private insurance but are not eligible for Medicaid

    The new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is an important part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reform America’s financial regulations. Minorities were hit particularly hard by the home foreclosure crisis.

    ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invests $5 billion for early learning programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and children with special needs. The Act also provides $77 billion to improve elementary and secondary education

    HBCUS and STUDENT LOAN AID. In 2010, the president signed an executive order for the president’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The order provides $98 million in extra funding for HBCUs for 10 years.


    There are others on the slideshow at the grio.com website if any one cares to see.

    Now all the critical people on both sides, Black (Travis Smiley & Dr. Cornell West et al) and Caucasian, ( Micheal Moore, Ariana Huffington, Glenn Greenwald & Jane Hamsher et al ) and others stuck smack dab in the middle who can’t say President Obama does nothing for Black people.

    I apologize for the space. I tried to be brief and succinct.

    • 52 EDP4BHO
      December 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Good job. Besides the brain-dead pls, the racist rethugs, we also have a lot of insecure black folk who don’t think a black President can do what others have not.

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      December 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      If I knew what a GUI was, I guess I’d either be:

      1. Upset, or

      2. Thrilled.

      Off to read the link! Thanks, meta!

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

        Sorry, JO’B! It’s “graphical user interface” or the visual presentation you see when you look at a web page. Twitter is changing their layout again and creating more functionality. Another adjustment when it launches!

  27. 56 Ladyhawke
    December 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    BREAKING: GOP Filibusters Middle Class Tax Cut — Again

    A bill to extend the payroll tax holiday failed in the Senate this afternoon after Republicans filibustered the extension for a third time, preventing it from getting the 60 votes needed to begin debate or receive an up-or-down vote. The latest bill would have paid for the extension of the holiday, which primarily affects middle and low income Americans, by assessing a small, temporary tax on the top 0.2 percent of income earners. The vote was 50-48.


  28. December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Durban climate talks see US back EU proposal
    Thursday 8 December 2011 11.41 EST

    The prospects of a last-minute deal on climate change have emerged at the UN talks in Durban, as the US threw its weight behind the European Union’s proposal for a roadmap towards a new global agreement. All eyes are now on China, the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, which has yet to back the proposal, and according to some insiders has been giving conflicting signals. Other big developing countries such as Brazil and South Africa have said they are willing to discuss the proposed programme, though India has rejected it.

    With only a day and a half of negotiating time left to run, the words of support from the US on Thursday came as a surprise to the conference. Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change, told a press conference: “The EU has called for a roadmap. We support that.”

    According to the proposal, negotiations should begin soon on a potential new global agreement by which all the world’s major emitters – both developed and developing countries – would make commitments to cut emissions, starting from 2020. Although the EU wants to set a firm date of 2015 for signing up to such an agreement, the US is reluctant to agree to specific dates yet but wants negotiations to start “promptly”.


  29. December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    British troops could leave Afghanistan early
    Nick Hopkins
    Thursday 8 December 2011 14.12 EST

    Up to 4,000 British troops could leave Afghanistan before the end of 2013 under proposals being put before David Cameron at a meeting of the National Security Council next week. The Guardian has learned that a sharp acceleration in troop withdrawal is one of three options to be considered by the prime minister, and is understood to be favoured by at least two senior members of the cabinet, who want to cut the costs of the decade-long military campaign. Under the proposal, the number of UK troops in Helmand province would be cut from 9,000 to 5,000 during 2013, and almost the same number would come out the following year – leaving a few hundred in Kabul when Nato ends its combat role in 2014.



  30. December 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I agree completely with the Sebelius decision to limit the availability of a lightly FDA tested hormone to minor girls. The decision doesn’t say they cannot have/use Morning After Pill, just that they need an adult (can be an older sister or friend even) or prescription to buy it.

    • 64 Desraye
      December 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Also 17 and older women are still able to get the drug.I don’t see why people are so upset about this. If they make this available OTC, then they should let birth control pills be available OTC for girls under 16.

      • December 9, 2011 at 3:00 am

        I believe Sebelius studied this issue very diligently before she made the decision and I support the ruling. All of the experience from countries around the world are after the fact. What they discovered was right in line with buying bubble gum, batteries and Plan B on younger girls.. First young teens may not understand the directions, think they can use it as regular birth control, and the incident of STUD’s has gone up dramatically. We don’t know the long term effects of use in a child who uses it indiscrimately. In Thailand it is most generally bought by men, it can be used in rape and given to the person unknowingly. In all of these cases it is a risk but so is a unplanned pregnancy. My preference would be to make it available for free at Planned Parenthood and Health Departments with an exam by a professional to identify the safety of it’s use and explicit directions on it’s use, but that isn’t always possible and the Christian right will still have a fit with any Birth Control. I may sound like I don’t really approve of this new law but I just like to be aware of the experiences with it up to this time. Yes, Desraye, make OTC BCP’s available.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      December 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm


    • December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      It’s just another minute of the day when the PL seize the moment to express their outrage at PBO. Opportunistic whiners. The law is the same, it’s just the expansion to include those under 17 that Sec. Sebelius denied. I agree with her and PBO’s support of her decision.

      • 68 Debz
        December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        Yes, made up outrage. i agree with the decision, I believe even the FDA stated 17 as the minimum age. How young would the PL think a girl should be to get this pill? 6, 8? They can make up an outrage about anything.

  31. December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Getting nervous, Mitt? What.. ARE.. you.. hiding?

    Massachusetts to allow access to Romney paper records
    Wednesday 7 December 2011 01.15 EST

    Massachusetts will allow some public access to hundreds of previously off-limits boxes of official records generated by Mitt Romney’s office when he was governor from 2003 to 2007, a state official said on Tuesday. Romney has asserted that a 1997 decision by the Massachusetts state supreme court means that while paper records of his administration are property of the state, they are exempt from public disclosure.

    But the state had allowed access to some of the estimated 600 boxes of paper records from Romney’s governorship held by the state archives. The surge in requests to review the records comes after reports that Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret.



  32. 71 Ladyhawke
    December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    This video is hilarious and will hopefully go viral. Brilliant.



  33. December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi everyone – in case you missed the press conference from today:

  34. December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    President Obama will appear on 60 Minutes this Sunday in an interview with Steve Kroft.

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Great. That’s at least his third interview with Steve Kroft. The two must have some kind of a connection.

  35. December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Very touching story – these are the kind of folks working for PBO – we go this.

    19 Years Later :: AIDS Survivor :: OFA volunteer


  36. December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Will be interesting to see if this bill gets passed. At least it is being considered.

    Anti-D.C. insider trading bill gets fast track

    • 80 Linda
      December 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Looks like a NO….

      House GOP Blocks Its Own Member From Moving Anti-Insider Trading Bill: ‘We’re Not Going To Cover Spencer’s Ass’

      A day after Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus said he would move forward on an insider-trading bill, Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped him dead in his tracks.

      In a Wednesday meeting described by one source as “extremely direct” and by another as “very blunt,” Cantor (R-Va.) ripped into Bachus, explaining in no uncertain terms that it was unacceptable for Bachus to mark up the bill without having run it by GOP leaders and other chairmen with jurisdiction over its provisions. The Alabama Republican abruptly canceled the vote, which was scheduled for next week.


    • 81 Desraye
      December 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      I think cantor killed this bill.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Last I heard was Cantor blocked the fast track, chewing out Bachus (GOP Rep) for trying to fast track it. In reality it’s very small potatoes and if folks in Congress were serious about money in politics they’d worry a helluva lot more on the secret unlimted money going into shadow third party groups than the comparative chump change congressional insider trading might happen.

  37. 84 Linda
    December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Well..the Dean Heller bill just went down in flames Yes-20…No-78


    I can’t believe it got 20 votes.

  38. 85 Don
    December 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I just got home from work and I just saw the press conference, wow, President Obama really laid the wood on the silly ass reporter.

  39. December 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    This is a holiday video that will cheer you. – Go Wisconsin

  40. December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Boy- Hardball lives him some Gingrich-

    Quote- in a General Election, if the President brings up Gingrich, past Gingrich can bring up bill ayers and reverend wright.


    • December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      This is stupidity of the highest order. The past (and present) Gingrich has a documented history of corruption and an ethically challenged personal life. The president was in the same room with Ayers and in the church with Rev. Wright. These things are only parallel if you live in opposite world where ice cream grows on trees and leaves are purchased frozen at the supermarket.

    • December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Tweety is the biggest dumbass alive. Everyday I think he can’t get any stupider or corrupt, he goes ahead proves me wrong. What a stupid toad.

    • 92 Linda
      December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      He is 100% incompetent as a political analyst. He NEVER considers the policies that are being put forward by the Republicans. He just said that Romney has ” All the right stuff ” to be President.

    • 94 TrumpDog
      December 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Yeah, cuz it’s like the exact same thing.
      Once again, a big fucking FAIL from Matthews.

  41. 95 Firefly
    December 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    OMG I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!! “Ask Bin Laden, or WHOEVER’S LEFT out there about THAT!!”


    • 97 Debz
      December 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      From the article it seems a response to something romney said. i am tired of romney going around the country calling the sitting President un-American, it is sickening, and the fact that no “journalist” ever calls him out on it is a disgrace.

      • 98 Linda
        December 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        It is a response to Romney saying , at least 5 times yesterday at the Republican Jewish Event ( there are a total of about 750 Republicans that are Jewish in the entire country ) that PBO is an ” appeaser” in the Middle East.

        They all threw out red meat at that event. That is where Gingrich said he would offer Bolton the Sec of State Job.

  42. December 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I was starting to become very aggravated again about all the ugly Republican games and obstructionism until I realized that our president always finds a way out of the darkest messes. He is so done with these Republicans and he’s either going to get what he’s asking for or he’s going to spend the next year hanging this albatross around Republican necks. Somehow, some way, Cordray will be in charge of the Consumer Protection Agency until we can all work together to get a better Congress. And somehow, someway, PBO will get the tax deal and the UI extension. Every day the R’s pull one of these stunts, they open up a vast opportunity for the president to be the champion of the middle class as he brings home the truth in every venue and through all the local media. And he will take every opportunity and manage it brilliantly. Our job–the only one that matters–is to get him re-elected.

    As a side note, I am burning with jealousy after a friend from DC wrote about meeting Michelle Obama at a charity event that my friend was was running. She said they hit it off so well, Michelle invited her for dinner to the White House. All I can say is wow!

  43. December 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    On Quinnipiac polling:

  44. December 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    and more Quinnipiac polling

  45. December 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Can’t be put any more simply…

  46. December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    BREAKING NEWS- EU leaders have agreed on principles for a new fiscal compact: EU officials.

  47. 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Second City response to little Ricky’s ad — The Partisans: Rick Perry – Weak, man.

  48. December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders are committed to a new “fiscal compact” for the euro zone, including much tighter control of public finances and, in the longer term, could consider joint debt issuance, an early draft of conclusions at an EU summit said on Thursday.

    Key elements were, however, immediately rejected by Germany.

    “The stability and integrity of the Economic and Monetary Union and of the European Union as a whole require the swift and vigorous implementation of the measures already agreed as well as further qualitative moves towards a genuine ‘fiscal union’ in the Euro area,” said the draft obtained by Reuters.

    The draft showed the euro zone agreed to bring forward the launch of its permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, to July 2012, and give it a banking license.

    The draft also said that both the temporary bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the ESM, could run in parallel for a year from mid-2012.


    Merkel again. What is her problem? Can’t stand her!

    • December 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      As a BBC report said the other night, a lot of Germans — especially the conservative base — feel that they’ve gotten very little out of the Euro, and end up having to bail out a bunch of “lazy” southern Europeans. Merkel has parliamentary elections soon, her poll numbers are awful, and is trying to shore up that base. Basically, she’s putting her political fortunes ahead of the good of Europe — as well as the good of Germany, because in fact Germany has profited handily from the Eurozone. Conservatives in Europe may not be as batshit crazy as our brand, but certain traits do carry out across borders.

  49. 119 CEB
    December 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Just catching up. PBO is too much! Loved, loved , loved his response to the water-carrier for Romney and company who asked the dumb-ass question about appeasement. From the Somali pirate to Bin Laden and his lieutenants, PBO has shown that he is not the one to be messed with when it comes to our security. Are these people really this stupid? Furthermore, that question had nothing to do with why they were there. PBO’s response was so stellar, that I can see it in some campaign add. These idiots never learn.

  50. December 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you all I love this place.

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