President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Bidenat at a Hanukkah reception at the White House, December 8

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  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Great! I’ll watch PBO on the computer and Valerie w/Rev Al on telly.

  2. 2 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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

  3. 13 dotster3
    December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Here’s the first report on the interview w/WISH TV Indy today—–sounds like the reporter managed to jam in a lot of questions in her allotted time and was thrilled with the opportunity. More on her interview coming up later:

  4. 41 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Chips.

  5. December 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Liz Warren to be on Larry odonell show!

  6. 43 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Valerie Jarrett is on Politics Nation with Rev Al. Love her!

  7. December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Boner released a statement saying the Presidents veto threat sure makes my job easier.

  8. 48 dotster3
    December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Someone included this great vid on twitter, and it’s worth another look and another laugh—-the Donald being skewered by Obama at the WHCD: (Mr. 26% approval, Looney Fl. Rick Scott, is seen at the Trumpster’s table:

    • 49 Linda
      December 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      That NEVER gets old….

    • 52 CEB
      December 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Still one of my favorites, especially when I think of all that he did that day: visited and comforted those in a tornado ravaged town, down to Fla. to visit Gabby and the astronauts at NASA (the lift-off was scrubbed because of weather), delivered an inspiring commencement speech at Miami-Dade, flew back to DC to put that fool in his place, all after giving the go ahead to take down Osama. PBO is like no other. I am not easily impressed, but I am in awe of his many gifts. The reason thatTrump acts as he does toward PBO is that he wants recognition and respect from the president. PBO ignores Trump because he acts like a spoiled child and he has nothing of real value to offer to anyone or anything.

    • December 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      When I watch this I think of one thing. The end of Osama. Appeasement my ass.

    • 54 conlakappa
      December 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Shortly after this, Jon Hamm was on with Conan describing it from his perspective. He and Zack Galifinwhat’shis were at the next table and cracking up so hard, he said, that at some point Hamm wondered if it was rude. Zack told him it wasn’t!

    • 55 Dudette
      December 9, 2011 at 2:05 am

      Classic bitch slap! But you know what? That one was scripted. The one earlier today (yesterday) was off the cuff and totally unexpected. My President is the HEAT!!!

  9. 56 desertflower
    December 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/2590 Rick Santorum to make a “major” announcement tomorrow…..I’ll wait with bated breath! 6 pm….then going on Hannity. I’ll be sure to relax by cleaning toilets or something important.

    • December 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      I believe he has a daughter that is sick, and he said the only way he’d drop out before NH was if she took a turn for the worse. I hope it’s not that. But outside of dropping out I don’t know what possible major announcement Santorum could make. Maybe a Huckabee endorsement? But Huck’s not going to endorse somebody polling single digits.

      • 58 desertflower
        December 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        well, I wish his daughter well, and I certainly hope that it’s not that. However, if he does have a sick daughter, and he knows the angst of that, then he should want others to have the kind of healthcare that he does,No excuse for that. I think he should drop out. He has to know that this is going nowhere fast.

        • 59 conlakappa
          December 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

          He talked about healthcare in the opposite way. I still wonder where his health coverage comes from. His daughter has a genetic illness, which certainly wouldn’t have been covered without an ACA.

      • December 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

        But, if he’s going on Hannity, it’s likely not a drop-out announcement.

  10. 63 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    FLOTUS looks gorgeous!

    • 64 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      December 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      She is beautiful. She has that sweet innocent smile she puts on her face that really gets me. I love my FLOTUS.

    • 67 JoJothecat
      December 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      I received my WH Xmas card yesterday and today I received on from Mrs.Michelle Obama, very nice picture of holiday events that occured so far this year…..Bo with large felt Bo, the family at the Xmas tree lighting, and the first couple in front of the Xmas tree.

  11. 73 AJ
    December 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    AAACCK…..I missed it. Will there be a clip somewhere? 😦

  12. 74 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Bachman will not participate in the debacle. . . sorry the Trump debate!

    • 75 dotster3
      December 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      He’ll have to cancel it, won’t he? With just Blingrich and Santorum? Who would tune into watch that? Guess they didn’t buy Trumpster’s boast that he had influence “over millions”. And I hope this means it’s the last we see of the Hair Nest, that he goes the way of the Cain Train—off the rails and out of sight.

  13. 77 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    New ad. . .

    • 78 Marlz (@marjgra)
      December 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      • 79 Obama Grandmama
        December 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        Glad you posted the Rob Cornilles ad as I saw signs all over the place here for him in Oregon earlier. None of them pointed out that he was a Republican. They all seemed like he was an Independent. His ads on tv left out his party too. My Sister-in-law thinks of him as an Independent. She lives in his District and is a staunch Dem but did not like Rep Woo. I saw results on tv on his election that said he was a Repub. and I tried to tell her. His run reminds me of Scott Brown’s run. Where he never mentioned his party and talked favorably of the Kennedys. Pretended to be with what the people wanted and rode around in his pickup. I hope my Sister-in-law gets it before the real election.

  14. 82 Linda
    December 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Michele Bachmann said NO to Trump.

    • December 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Miche looks great! Proving everyday that healthy eating and exercise does a body good. 🙂

    • 89 utaustinliberal
      December 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Chips; hands down you are bloody AWESOME. Thank you soooooooooo much for the pictures. FLOTUS is just dynamite. Shared it on twitter! 😀

      • 90 Chi
        December 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

        She is so breathtakingly lovely and unaffected isn’t she…

        I do love her and our magnificent President so…

        May God continue to bless, protect, guide, guard and defend them always…

  15. December 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    They got our stealth plane in tact.-

    CIA f*cked up!

  16. 110 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Michelle.

  17. December 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Check out the new hashtag: #YoungerThanMittsPoliticalCareer. It’s pretty funny.

  18. December 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Mort Zuckerman will haz a sad seeing all those Jewish people celebrating with PBO.

    • December 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Have you seen good ol’ Mortimer’s face? The sad can only improve it……… one hopes. 😐

    • December 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Lol. Mort zuckerman! What a tool.

    • 120 vcprezofan2
      December 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Seeing the word Zuckerman reminded me that at work today I read (yes, I had to resort to the newspaper as I can’t access the computer at work) that the Google guy’s private facebook pics were recently hacked, but Google insiders quickly blocked the hole. Fear of privacy violation is definitely one reason why I’m always suspicious of trying new cyber stuff (like Facebook 🙄 😉 )

      • December 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        Thanks for finding and sending me home safely, Ms Chips. 😉 I figured the gremlin didn’t think this comment was worthy of inclusion so he tossed it into cyberland. VC

    • 122 Dudette
      December 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Hmmm… let’s see… Zuckerman…. is he the one with the Famous Pig? 🙂

  19. December 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    WASHINGTON–The back-to-back NATO/G8 meetings in Chicago will take place in McCormick Place with the dates firmed up on Thursday, between May 19 and 21, NATO, the State Department and the city said.
    Planning for the events is ramping up, with logos and a website also unveiled on Thursday. In Brussels, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton–a Chicago native– and NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen waxed on about coming to Chicago. The G8 summit, hosted by President Barack Obama is on May 19-20; the NATO session, run by Rasmussen is on May 20-21.
    “Chicago is city which inspires, and I have seen that with my own eyes when I visit Chicago, meeting its dynamic people, enjoying its magnificent skyline. Chicago is a city where great ideas are born, as well as great diplomats, like you, Madam Secretary,” Rasmussen said. Rasmussen offered so much praise for the city Clinton said she was going to call Mayor Rahm Emanuel and tell him.
    “And Chicago is a city where many cultures come together, including many cultures of European allies. Chicago is a city built upon diversity and determination. And those values underpin NATO, too. So Chicago is a fitting host for the NATO summit as we endeavor to implement our vision of an alliance ready to tackle the security challenges of the 21st century.”
    To that Clinton replied, “Well, that was so magnificently said, Secretary General. And you’re right, I was born in Chicago. I love the city. I think everyone will not only enjoy being there because of the NATO summit but also the attractions of Chicago. And we are all looking forward to welcoming you. President Obama is very excited about being able to host the NATO summit in Chicago, and I am going to call the mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and tell him he has a new slogan for the city: the city of diversity and determination. I’m sure that he will be pleased to hear that you coined that, Secretary General.
    “So I join you in warmly inviting everyone to come to Chicago in May, when it is absolutely beautiful, for what will be another very significant NATO summit.”
    In October, I reported that the McCormick Place complex was the likely venue.The buildings, hugging the Lake Michigan Shore and stretching across Lake Shore Drive, were selected because of the ability to secure the location, the proximity to downtown hotels and the enormous space the venue offered.
    The gathering of world leaders, expected to draw some 2,500 journalists to Chicago, will be a chance to throw a global spotlight on the city for visitors and provide historic educational opportunities for students and residents.


    That should be good!

  20. 126 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Rick Perry “Strong” anti-gay ad now 4th most disliked video in YouTube history?

  21. December 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This almost has the ring of truth to it…

  22. 132 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

  23. December 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Hell-o! Who are you and why are you playing with my sign in information??? [Testing. Testing]

  24. 135 M
    December 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Oh Michelle did it again, se looks incredibly smashing! This dress has to be one of my all time favorites. The color and shine is divine on beautiful Michelle!

  25. December 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Part of the draft EU treaty changes include having Eurozone countries amend their constitutions to require balanced budgets.

    Is Paul Ryan writing this treaty?

  26. December 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Get the cots out–

    Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) channeled President Obama on Thursday in threatening lawmaker’s holiday break over the Senate’s repeated failure to renew the payroll tax cuts.

    “What the president has said is ‘roll out your Christmas trees and blankets here in the Senate because you are going to stay here even through the holiday if necessary,'” said Durbin on Thursday afternoon. “We are not going to go home to celebrate until we can celebrate with American families.”


  27. 143 auni
    December 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Santanum should go home and spend as much time with his daughter as possible before she passes. I understand she is terminal and his wife is the one there with that little girl. I don’t understand how he can be out there campaigning at this critical time for his loved ones. I don’t understand it–I DON’T UNDESTAND IT!!! He was at the idiot round table thing the Repub candidtaes had–crying about his daughter’s situation. GO HOME and bring every bit of comfort you can to your family.

  28. December 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today approved a transmission line, access road and substation on public lands that will connect a 150-megawatt solar energy project to the power grid in California. The proposed project, Rice Solar Energy Project, will be built on private land in Riverside County and, when constructed, the facility is expected to power 68,000 homes, create up to 450 jobs, and generate more than $48 million in state and local tax revenue over the first 10 years of operation.

    “The Rice Solar Energy Project is yet another example of how we can strengthen local economies by generating good jobs and reliable power as we strive to become energy independent,” Secretary Salazar said. “I am pleased to approve this project as we move toward a sustainable clean energy future.”

    Proposed by Rice Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of SolarReserve LLC, the thermal “power tower” facility will be located on 1,410 acres of previously disturbed private land near Blythe. The above-ground 230 kilovolt transmission line that crosses eight miles of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will connect with the Western Area Power Administration’s Parker-Blythe #2 transmission line. The project’s innovative molten salt storage system can capture solar energy and deliver power to the grid even after the sun goes down.


  29. December 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    A quick cheat sheet of where the various EU countries stand:


  30. December 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which is buying a $2 billion solar project in California, may have picked the right time to invest in the industry.
    The 550-megawatt Topaz project will qualify for a federal incentive because construction began last month, and it will sell electricity under a long-term contract that was completed before prices for solar panels fell 44 percent in the last year. Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings utility unit and First Solar Inc. (FSLR), the project developer, announced the deal yesterday.


    Warren Buffett to the rescue.

  31. 147 dotster3
    December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Laughing at Stephen Colbert. He’s run into roadblocks, but he keeps insisting that he’s going to host a Colbert Super Pac Republican Debate in S. C. He said, “It’s going to be a classy affair. Shrimp cocktail, the works.” hahahahahahaha. And he’s working on getting a question on the primary ballot asking “Are corporations people, or are people people?” What a gem, that Colbert.

    • 148 debbyeOh
      December 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      And you know since a large number of Republicans don’t get the joke Colbert is playing, they might just consider going to the debate until Karl Rove tells them what Colbert is doing.

  32. December 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Lotsa freaking out over plan B and the downed drone. Meh.

    • December 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Same here.

      Just saw a tweet from Joan Walsh saying all birth control is restricted because we have to wait in line at the pharmacy. Another said Pres.Obama is aspiring to become the lesser of two evils and women see him as that or some such nonsense. I also see that some folks are basically saying he’s just as anti-choice as the right wing.

      Its bizzarro world.

      • 151 utaustinliberal
        December 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        Some people are definitely f*cked in the head. Jeez… the pill isn’t banned. It’s just that under 17’s have to get a prescription to obtain Plan B. The idiots on twitter likening PBO to the rightwing are morons. They don’t seem to realize that Plan B isn’t vitamin C to pop at will; it’s a serious drug.

      • 155 vero804
        December 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

        I’m definitely pro choice, but I get uncomfortable with some pro-choicers who talk about abortion as if it’s a good thing. I subscribe to the theory that abortion should be rare, legal, and safe. Sometimes, some pro-life folks sound almost like abortion is no big deal, in terms of the moral and physical side of things.

        I know the Plan B pill prevents the issue of abortion when used correctly, so it’s something we should definite allow women a lot of access to, but I do think young girls should be made to get a prescription or at least tell an adult.

      • December 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

        These activist women come out swinging over Plan B protection of minors, but they haven’t said a public word against the GOP actions that are basically outlawing abortion across this country. Do these women know that there are some states where abortion is basically now illegal? They need to get a grip.

    • 157 vero804
      December 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Plan B is no big deal to me. Someone made a good point that if you are 13, or even 15 and having unprotected sex, or God forbid have been raped, etc., then I think having to get a prescription first, or having to tell an adult could be a good thing since hopefully that adult or doctor can also help the young girl who is engaging in either risky behavior, or who has been assaulted and needs emotional and legal help too. So, for me, I agree with the decision, and can’t really see the validity in the argument of the people who are upset about the decision.

      Now, I do see some cause for concern on the downed drone. Not just for the technology that the Iranians and whomever they affiliate with can steal, but for the simple fact that they intercepted a signal shows that there’s a glitch in the system, and that’s not good.

    • 158 Desraye
      December 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      They are always in freakout mode. They will find something else to freakout over.

  33. December 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Washington, D.C. – As part of President Obama’s commitment to helping U.S businesses create jobs and strengthen their competitiveness by speeding up the transfer of federal research and development from the laboratory to the marketplace, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced a new pilot initiative to reduce some of the hurdles that prevent innovative companies from working with the Department of Energy’s national laboratories.  The new Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) will help businesses bring job-creating technologies to the market faster by allowing them to work with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories from start to finish to develop and deliver new clean energy technologies and other innovations.

    “To compete in the 21st global economy, we need to make it easier for businesses to move great ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace,” said Deputy Secretary Poneman. “The Agreements for Commercializing Technology will cut red tape for businesses and start-ups interested in working with our nation’s crown jewels of innovation, the national laboratories, and strengthen new domestic industries by helping bring innovative, job-creating technologies to the market faster.”


  34. 160 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The First Lady should always wear blue. Always! She’s absolutely stunning (again). 🙂

    • 161 Obama Grandmama
      December 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      I also remember fuschia looking wonderful on her as well as a black and white and yellow dress she has worn. Actually I love most all of what she has worn as they look great on her. I didn’t like the red and black dress she wore the night PBO won the election but that was because of how the colors were blocked in the design. I also really didn’t care for the Inaugural ball dress so much. I think she is more stunning when the dresses are less frilly and more dramatically cut.

      • 162 desertflower
        December 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        SHE makes the clothes…not the other way around:) She is stunning, no matter WHAT she has on.

      • 163 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        December 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

        She does look lovely in a variety of styles but I just love the stylish blue dresses she has worn this week. They are my favorites of the outfits I’ve seen her wear as First Lady. She is so elegant. I also prefer to see her in the less frilly styles as she has the tall elegant figure to carry the dramatic cuts.
        But we all know the glow comes from within and no amount of fancying up could make her look this radiant if it were not for the beauty and grace on the inside.

        Also agree with Lovingandlaughing that I need to get with the “Let’s Move Program” (can I wait until after Christmas?)

    • 164 lovingandlaughing
      December 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      I agree Walking on sunshine, she is completely gorgeous and that blue on her is incredible. Okay, so how do I start on the Let’s Move exercise program? Man, she is an inspiration in so many ways.

      • 165 conlakappa
        December 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

        If you’re being serious, start by going onto the Let’s Move Web site and look for suggestions. Try to get a community of people involved in the endeavor.

  35. December 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Obama: Gridlock frustrates me, too

    WASHINGTON (WISH) – 24-Hour News 8 anchor Debby Knox carried viewers frustrations over inaction in Washington straight to the top Thursday in her one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama. He told her he can relate.

    When asked how high his personal frustration level with gridlock in Washington is, on a scale from one to 10, he replied: “Oh, it’s off the scale.”

    Full article here:


  36. December 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m actually glad the far left if freaking out about this Plan B pill needing a prescription for underage girls. Nobody but them is upset about this so the more they freak out the more they undermine their credibility. They are so far on the wrong side of this that they look petty and foolish.

  37. 169 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    OT: Can anyone explain to me the Morning Joe “Dance to the Music” commercials? The only thing they bring to my mind is a bunch of corporate ho’s doing their master’s bidding.

  38. 170 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    You’re a mean one, Newt Gingrich

  39. 171 collegekay
    December 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I honestly do not agree with the Plan B decision but it’s really a non issue right now for me. Priority is passing the tax cuts for the middle class.

    • 172 Ladyhawke
      December 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Wasn’t she terrific? I was smiling during the entire interview and I still can’t wipe the smile off my face. I love that woman.

    • 174 nospin
      December 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      collegekay what don’t you agree with? Are you saying that kids under 17 should be able to access the Morning after pill without parental consent or prescription?

      Just trying to understand your thoughts.

  40. 175 JoJothecat
    December 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Lovin’ me some Elizabeth Warren….you go girl!!! She’s on Lawrence O’Donnell and she’s smokin, she’s smart, she’s likeable, EW 2016!

    • 176 Lorraine
      December 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      She was wonderful!!!!!

    • December 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Gabby Giffords is still my first choice to give the Dem Convention Keynote address, but if she isn’t recovered enough or not up for it (or in Africa!!) than I think Elizabeth Warren would be a damn good choice.

      • 178 Lovepolitics2008
        December 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        Totally agree. And if she widens the gap with Brown and can afford to get out of her state at least once a week, I would like her to be used in swing states.

  41. December 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    That picture …. of my President and his lovely, beautiful wife … oh my goodness! Looks, class, happiness …. doing happy dance! And of course, our handsome VP and his gorgeous wife Jill : icing on the cake! May we have that cake for 4 ….. more ….. years!

  42. 181 Lorraine
    December 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    In 2008 President Obama got 30% of the Evangelical vote against Senator John McCain, the war Veteran; 30%!!! I think President Obama’s agreement with Secretary Sebelius about Plan B was the right choice regardless of how the politics play.

  43. 187 Sosena
    December 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Herman Cain Passes Torch to Rick Perry. So Funny.

  44. December 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Liz Warren just proved why she’ll be the next senator from Massachusetts on Lawry’s show.
    Ps- what’s up with LOD? He hasn’t done a segment on PBO all week. WTF?! It’s all Kane, Gangrene and Mittens.

    • December 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Rove attacked Warren about a month ago for being too tight with OWS, now today he unrolled a new ad – tying Warren to being tight with Wall St. HAHAHAHAHA! Rove is at a loss, but the banksters donating to him are likely saying they want their money spent on attacking Warren.

      Brown won a special election against a lame candidate. It’s a Presidential election year, where Pres Obama will likely win Mass by 20 points regardless who the GOP nominee is (I used to think Romney would make it closer, but he’s running away from everything he did in Missachusetts which is rubbing folks the wrong way). So Brown would need 20% of the Mass electorate to split their ballot – vote for Pres Obama and than Scott Brown. Add in that Dems should win all Congressional races and Brown would need to split that ballot as well, meaning he needs to find a whole lot of Obama, Dem Rep and than Brown supporters in Massachusetts.

  45. December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    So, is the House GOP not even going to vote on its poison pill laden version of the payroll tax cut?

    DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement about House Republicans refusal to extend the payroll tax cut before they leave for the holidays.

    “House Republicans are willing to leave for the holidays and force a $1,000 payroll tax increase on 160 million middle income Americans, while fighting to the end to protect tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil.

    “For nearly a year, House Republicans have done everything in their power to protect the ultra wealthy and now they won’t lift a finger to protect middle income families on tight budgets from a payroll tax increase. If Republicans fail to protect middle income families from this $1,000 payroll tax increase, families will face a harder time paying for gas, groceries and other expenses and nearly 1 million Americans could lose their jobs.”

    • December 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      So is it because they don’t have the votes? Or is this a lame trap set by Boehner to than spring the bill with the policy riders inc. Keystone Pipeline and saying “take it or leave it?”

      • December 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

        Your guess is as good as mine. I was under the impression that Boehner would push through the tax cut with riders. At least according to this statement, it seems he won’t even do that. Maybe the Orange Man is tired of being Speaker and is just doing everything he can to throw the election to the Dems.

  46. December 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Evening Chips! Good Evening TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    Now, in the midst of this debate, there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia…. And their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. I am here to say they are wrong. I’m here in Kansas to reaffirm my deep conviction that we’re greater together than we are on our own. I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules. These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.

    –from Remarks by the President on the Economy in Osawatomie, Kansas, December 6, 2011

    Have a great evening, everyone! 😛

  47. 196 e
    December 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I know that everones aware about the provision in the DA bill about military detentions, Can someone explain to me why people on the kos and john sewart make it seem that the president secretly wants this provision?

    • 197 Eleroy
      December 9, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Sorry, can’t help you there. Most of us no longer watch jon Stewart or visit kos. For exactly the same reason your scratching your head about. They mislead, lie and misinform to attack President Obama!!!

    • December 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Daily Kos and Jon Stewart are NOT Obama supporters and will jump on any issue to use against them. They would rather have a corporatist Republican as president than say one good word about PBO. For your sanity’s sake drop them. Each time one of us drops out, their audience gets smaller.

  48. December 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    New Twitter hashtag: #OtherPossibleGOPCandidatesTrumpDebate

    My fave so far:

  49. December 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I was calling people to ask them to turn in their petitions for getting legalizing marijuana on the ballot and got this 22 y.o. male who said he wasn’t going to vote; he thought it was a better idea to plant seeds on the White House Lawn. (He was baked.) It was pretty funny.

  50. December 9, 2011 at 12:59 am

    10:00 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Biden attends a campaign event in New York City.

    1:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Biden delivers remarks at an event honoring Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

  51. 204 MJ
    December 9, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Hi Chips et al. I’m mostly a lurker here, but I just saw this article at Washington Monthly and I rushed over here to share it with the TOD community. Please forgive me if someone has posted a link to it before.
    African-American Liberals Know How to Love Their President
    By Keith Humphreys (who, by the way, is not an African-American)

    • December 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

      Thank you, MJ..I might have missed that and was glad to read it. It’s what I’ve thought and I appreciate being able to comment on it.. I saw yours too. I didn’t really thank Keith Humphreys yet..so back I go!

    • December 9, 2011 at 2:52 am

      I thanked him and told him about theobamadiary because he said he was glad to see such positiveness about PObama on AA blogs and I am too. This is what I wrote..

      And, I want to thank you, Keith Humphreys, for writing this article of what I’ve thinking about. I frequent those blogs you mentioned and more..also, there’s a blog you might not be aware of that is a mixture of pragmatic peeps who are very positive about what this President has actually done and will continue to do for our country and its people and it’s.. http://theobamadiary.com/

      She just got over 6 million hits so quite few know about it. 🙂

  52. 207 SueBee
    December 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I am hoping Jovie will this and can answer this. What are the chances of Eric Holder being impeached? I am concerned about this becoming a distraction in 2012 and can hinder our great President chances of being elected.

    • December 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

      Fast and furious first started under bush. So, like Solyndra, if they dig to deep, they might not like what they find.
      They are desperate, they realize their candidates suck and they need something else (besides the economy) to take over the WH.


    • 209 anniebella
      December 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I don’t think it will happen,Holder will not be impeached.

  53. December 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

    European leaders added 200 billion euros ($267 billion) to their crisis-fighting warchest and tightened anti-deficit rules, seeking to lure the European Central Bank into stepping up its rescue operations.
    In an accord hailed by ECB President Mario Draghi, the leaders outlined a “fiscal compact” to prevent future debt runups, accelerated the start of a planned 500 billion-euro rescue fund and watered down bondholder loss-sharing provisions.


    ECB just waiting before they act?

  54. December 9, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House on Dec. 12. Two days later, the president will address troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Special Operations Command.
    Obama wanted to speak to troops and their families on Dec. 14 “as we definitively end America’s war in Iraq this month,” the White House said in a statement today.


  55. December 9, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Recall Walker Rally in Downtown La Crosse
    12:30 AM
    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)–Dave Obey, former Democratic Congressman for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, spoke to volunteers about the importance of the recall efforts at a rally in La Crosse Thursday evening.

    Obey has 42 years of political experience and is known for his straight forward approach.

    He touched on the rationale behind the recall. More specifically what he calls Walker’s anti-family, anti-worker agenda including his cuts to education and health care. 

    “Whether it is walking over the rights of workers or working out ways to make it harder for certain groups of this society to cast a vote, I think he and his supporters have crossed the line, they’ve been extremely thuggish and I think the public is fed up with it,” said Obey.


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