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rise and shine

Marine One approaches the South Lawn of the White House during President Barack Obama’s flight from Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2011. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attended a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews marking the return of the United States Forces-Iraq colors to the United States. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Morning everyone. I’ll be out for most of the day, but will catch up with you and all the news when I get back. Have a perfect day 😉


520 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. December 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

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  2. 4 Bill
    December 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Morning Joe is claiming President Obama said he was the fourth best president of all time. PBO said nothing of the sort. He was discussing his number of accomplishments on 60 Minutes compared to past modern presidents. Big difference. As usual no one contested Joe.

    • 5 anniebella
      December 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Good Morning Bill, hope you had a peaceful restful night. I hope you have a wonderful day. I have always heard if you can’t say anything good about someone then don’t say anything at all. So I choose not to discuss Morning Joke. I did all that yesterday and we all know what they are all about. Take care.

    • 6 Michele
      December 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

      Bill, this was a question asked by ed henry from faux news yesterday at Jay carney’s press briefing. So I guess this it most be the right wing talking point on faux news and the right-wing freak party…. The joke is not even original and he must be afraid of those poll numbers..

      • 7 Bill
        December 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

        Ed Henry just asked Jay Carney to comment on it again.

        • 8 utaustinliberal
          December 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

          Hey Bill, I think the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin did a great job in pushing back on Joe’s mockery of PBO. She said PBO had every right to be very proud of his legislative accomplishments. She listed ACA, DADT repeal, Wall Street Reform, End of Iraq war, hate crimes bill, killing of OBL, liberating Libya, going forcefully after Al Quaida and on and on and on.

          • 9 Bill
            December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

            UT Austin, I agree, she certainly did and was great. However, my point was that no one pushed back on Joe and Mika saying President Obama claimed he was the fourth best president of all time, which he never said.

            • 10 nospin
              December 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm

              I guess they thought that comment didn’t warrant a serious discussion and instead chose to focus on the list UT provided.

              I agree with that assessment.

    • 11 LOL
      December 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

      Not concerned GOPOLITCO had three stories about that….and the president said nothing of the sort. He was talking about legislative accomplishments and hell, Kroft, was the one that said the President has had many, and the president agreed. Yawn. Cue the next wing nut outrage. I wonder why Joe is not talking about the walk away caucus. What a sad bunch. I agree with most posters, I don’t give that show any time. Stopped watching a long time ago…actually their ratings are up (still crappy compared to Fox). Morning Schmuck does nothing for me and neither does his sidekick Mika the Mouse.

    • December 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Redstate. Com is freaking out that he compared what he got done with lincoln, lbj and fdr

      And then it was exaggerated, which led us to Morning dickheads.

      • 13 jacquelineoboomer
        December 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

        All of which no doubt came from Frank Luntz’ latest talking points. I tweeted Frank this week, and asked how he sleeps at night. Not that the question means anything to him. And I never watch Morning Joke anymore, although I did before. Almost wish the dreaded Don Imus were back in that slot – at least he knew he was the joke.

    • December 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

      His 60 minute interview was on Sunday, right? And Joe is talking about this today? all those good poll numbers and news from yesterday got them scared.

    • 17 jeff
      December 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Morning Joe is a propaganda machine.

  3. 18 Jessica
    December 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

    awesome pic! Yes that is the best I could come up with. So is the House really gone for the holiday orn they somehow be forced to come back on the 27th.

    • 19 anniebella
      December 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

      How can we fine out if those House Republicans have gone home? Call their office. I think I will call my Congressman this morning.

      • 20 Obama Grandmama
        December 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        I heard the Senate went home and the Dems in the House. I also heard Thom Hartmann complain that the House GOP were winning the talking points with the stenographer press even the NPR journalists were just reporting the year vs two months and not detailing all the poison pills they were trying to slip into the year tax extension. I wrote an email to NPR this morning about the lack of journalistic integrity they were showing on this.

        • December 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

          Yes – I plan to challenge the NPR “journalist” – I think her name was Tamra Keith. She really got my blood boiling this morning with her skewed reporting.

          • December 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

            Here’s an interesting perspective that I just came across:

            Capitalism and Racism: Remembering the Great Oliver C. Cox
            By Joe

            In doing some research on capitalism and racism lately, I have been re-reading Oliver Cromwell Cox’s pioneering and excellent Caste, Class, & Race; A Study in Social Dynamics book, which was first published in the late 1940s. It is still very much worth reading and learning from. It is available for free in various pdf and ereader formats for the Monthly Review Press edition here. (I use the Kindle formatting in quotes below.)

            Racial antagonism is part and parcel of this class struggle, because it developed within the capitalist system as one of its fundamental traits…. Race prejudice in the United States is the socio-attitudinal matrix supporting a calculated and determined effort of a white ruling class to keep some people or peoples of color and their resources exploitable. In a quite literal sense the white ruling class is the Negro’s burden; the saying that the white man will do anything for the Negro except get off his back puts the same idea graphically.

            It is the economic content of race prejudice which makes it a powerful and fearfully subduing force. . . . However, it is the human tendency, under capitalism, to break out of such a place, together with the determined counterpressure of exploiters, which produces essentially the lurid psychological complex called race prejudice. Thus race prejudice may be thought of as having its genesis in the propagandistic and legal contrivances of the white ruling class for securing mass support of its interest. (Kindle Locations 11973-11982).

            Read more: http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2011/12/21/capitalism-and-racism-remembering-the-great-oliver-c-cox/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+racismreview%2FnYnz+%28racismreview.com%29

    • 23 Linda
      December 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

      I love that there are no tall buildings in DC blocking those beautiful buildings and monuments.

    • 24 LOL
      December 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

      I think the majority of them have gone home..some may still be there, perhaps leadership on the Republican side. I have read that some DEMS plan to stay to beat the snot out of the Republicans for staying.

  4. 39 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Did UpChuckTod­d just say Gingrich has to go to Virgina tonight because he does not have enough signatures yet to get his name on the ballot ?

  5. 40 nintendowii10
    December 21, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Lurking over at HuffyPuffy on the thread about President Obama telling John Boehner to pass the Senate compromise, it seems that one of the right wing talking heads decided to circulate a talking point about Obama’s vacation cost, that is all the right wing apparently has. That, and the right wing posters are actually buying Boehner’s garbage about “kicking the can down the road.”

    President Obama played this exactly right. Now John Boehner and the Walk Away Caucus own the impending tax hike on the middle class, unless John Boehner decided to call them back from holiday recess early, which isn’t likely.

    • 41 Sukey
      December 21, 2011 at 7:47 am

      Is the Pres going to join his family? Or can the Reps be shamed into passing the bill.

      • 42 nintendowii10
        December 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

        the Reps know no shame, why else are they playing political games with the middle class?

        It looks like Boehner caved in to Can’tor and the TeaPub crazies in his caucus. There is no other explanation on why Boehner would reject a Senate bill that almost every Senator voted for, 89-10 in favor.

        • 43 Linda
          December 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

          They are whining about the vaca and about the Progressives (cough) in the media going to the WH quoting Jake the Snake Tapper.

          Here is one comment. “Only a weak coward would surround himself with preeners. A true leader would invite a bi-partisa­­n group. Anyhow this shows how in the tank the MSM are for this guy. ”

          So… I asked this person to identify the people in this picture.

          • 44 majii
            December 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

            That this person made this type of comment shows how little he/she understands about the way our government operates. The Constitution clearly states that it is the job of Congress to deal with issues of spending. PBO did the right thing in letting Boehner and the republicans take their own licks for their ineptitude and obstructionist tactics. It’s a clear signal to Boehner, Cantor, and the other GOPers that PBO is no longer willing to bail them out of messes they deliberately create because of their hatred of him. He’s through with that BullStank. Just the fact that Boehner sent PBO a letter “demanding” that he “make” the dems in the Senate re-negotiate the deal with the House is a clear sign that Boehner has NO control over his caucus. I can imagine the phone calls that are now taking place between Boehner, Rove, Priebus, Luntz, and other GOPers discussing ways to spin their failure to help the middle class for two freeking months to their advantage, and the comment you shared shows that some people will believe whatever lie they come up with over the holidays.

      • 45 a4alice
        December 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

        wow Sukey beautiful work I was looking at your gravatar – you’ve made your living for the past 30 years being a pottery artist? that’s amazing

    • December 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

      They will say anything at this point but it sounds flat, stale and very old. The president and his family pay for their own vacation, except for the Secret Service protection that is rightly paid for by the government, as it has been for every other president. This is such blatant and petty criticism that a child could see through it. The Republicans have perfected the game of ‘kick the can down the road’ for their entire existence as a party and now they want to self-righteously claim to dislike the game when the welfare of middle class and UI recipients are at stake. They are phonies and it shows. Too much is at stake this time that directly affects the pockets of individual Americans and their garbage isn’t going to sell. Doing a two-month extension while you negotiate differences is NOT kicking the can down the road. It’s common sense when so much is at stake.

      Our job is to keep making the lives of these Republican traitors miserable. Write and twitter everyday. Use Facebook. Leave messages in their offices so their inboxes jam. Write LTEs. The American people have to see who is on their side and who isn’t. They have to understand that we are operating as a nation with a rogue House of Representatives that is a slave to a rump portion of the Republican party and does not have the interests of the American people at heart. This is the most important message we have to deliver. This crowd must go for the sake of our country. Obama/Biden 2012 and a Democratic House and Senate.

      • 47 Ladyhawke
        December 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

        The Obama Hawaii Vacation Pricetag: Much Ado About Nothing

        Oh, the screaming and crying and gnashing of teeth at the price tag for the Obama’s approximately $4.1 million Hawaii vacation. You really gotta hand it to The Huffington Post, and its founder, politically schizophrenic Arianna Huffington who hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to be when she grows up.

        http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/12/20/the-obama-hawaii-vacation-pricetag-much-ado-about-nothing/

        • 48 nintendowii10
          December 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

          It figures that the right wing would parrot a talking point from a rightwinger masquerading as a liberal.

        • 49 Cha
          December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

          Thank you, Ladyhawke! Wonderful piece by Julie Driscoll~ I’m adding addicting information to my address bar right now!

          There’s even a never seen by me before pic of PObama with a Boogie Board in the surf and little surf kids. This should go Viral!

      • December 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

        I’m with you, Jackie! It’s time to put those boots on and put foot to the GOP’s azz.~

        We Will Not Allow The Tea Party To Mug The Middle Class This Christmas
        December 20, 2011
        By Jason Easley

        Due to the straight majority rules in the House, there is nothing that House Democrats can procedurally do about the Republican led implosion of the payroll tax cut extension. What they can do is make sure that Boehner’s latest cave to the tea party carries a heavy political price. That’s where you come in.

        By signing this petition and calling House Republicans, you can let them know that you are watching and you make sure that you, your friends, your neighbors, and your family will be voting for their opponents in 2012.

        Call the House Republicans at (202) 224-3121 and make it clear that their days in power are numbered if they let the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extensions expire. America has had enough of the tea party shakedown. Tell them the game is over by signing the petition today.

        http://www.politicususa.com/en/tea-party-mugging

      • December 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        We could save some money if the press corps didn’t travel with him – or if they paid their own way…They are completely useless.

    • 55 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Nin…here’s a good piece (NOT AT HUFFPUFF) about the cost of vacation…..

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/12/20/the-obama-hawaii-vacation-pricetag-much-ado-about-nothing/

      They’re all idiots. This President could go to Hawaii every 3 months for the next 10 years and it wouldn’t put a dent in the amount of taxpayer money that has been wasted by Bush & Co……another faux outrage. As usual.

  6. December 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Twitter language today please…the walk away caucus…this is not a game etc.

  7. 58 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Tom Brokow is an elitist snob. His “Boomers” documentary was horrible and not even close to reality.

    • 59 LOL
      December 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

      He sounds so full of himself.

    • 61 Bill
      December 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

      MSM often talk of politicians being in “the bubble”, yet they are ever so much in the same bubble. Talking about eating in folksy places in Iowa and NH every four years does not make MSM part of the middle class.

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I was given Brokaw’s “Boomers” book as a gift, since I’m an original baby boomer. It was BORING, and I lived through all that. He missed at least half of what was going on, just as he does now.

  8. 63 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Ha…I just saw Rove’s ” Solyndra” ad running on MSNBC. I think Karl has lost his groove…

    • 64 LOL
      December 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

      Yes because I care way more about some funny name sounding company than 40 bucks being taken from my pocket weekly. And this is Bush’s Brain/Architect…

  9. 65 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Today’s Today Show Repub—–5th place lie- to- your- face Michele Bachmann—–must have run through all other options. Ann Curry did ask her about an op ed she wrote where she said it was time to restore “someone of character” to the WH—–did she not think President Obama was “someone of character”? Bachmann had no answer, sputtered around and then came up with some nonsense about the founding fathers. Bachmann looked ridiculous, everyone knows Obama is someone of impeccable character, and she was caught in an outright lie, a false premise, as false as false can be.

  10. 66 Brookwater
    December 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I want to officially lodge a complaint against Chipsticks and TOD family. I have been somewhat politicially aware for a while now, but got most of my information from the usual local and national media sources on TV and in print. But since I’ve started coming here I have become more aware and sensitive to the tone in many newscasts. For instance, my local TV station in Atlanta characterized the payroll tax cut difference as “Obama and the Democratic Senate only wants to extend the tax cuts for 2 months but Bone-head and the Republician house want to extend it for one year.” Where at one point I would have said that does not sound right, because I come here and read all of the great information you have I was up cursing and yelling at the TV and now I feel compelled to send the station an email about the stupidity that they are repeating!

    So, thanks to Chips and TOD for making my blood pressure go up and ruining my Christmas. As long as I come here I can never walk around blissfully unaware again! 🙂

    • 67 Ceb
      December 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

      Welcome to the ranks. As has been said “once you know better, you do better.”

    • 68 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

      AH! Welcome, Brookwater! Your ears will begin to fine tune themselves to the RW slant of the news! It is IMPERATIVE that you call them out, every single time they do this!!!!! Do it in response to Tv news broadcasts, blog posts, TV blogs…everywhere you see it 🙂 The public is being lied to and manipulated by the corporate owned media….daily. It is our job to set them straight and not let them get away with the lies! Welcome to the family 🙂

      • 69 Obama Grandmama
        December 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        Just sent an email to NPR about not giving all the facts and just repeating the House GOP talking points this morning on their news. I said I was disappointed in their lack of journalistic integrity.

    • 70 Ladyhawke
      December 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

      KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

      Thanks for the feedback Brookwater. Your update made my day because it clearly demonstrates that “knowledge is power”. That’s the beauty of this amazing website that our dear Chips has created. Letting your local tv station know that they are being dishonest with their reporting should feel incredibly gratifying. Hold their feet to the fire.

      Getting the facts to the American people continues to be a challenge. But day after day it is clear that the relentless push back from sites like TOD is making a difference. With over 6 million hits, TOD has done wonders for educating the public and the media with the facts on President Obama.

    • December 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

      How can any newscaster say that when PBO has been going on and on about a 1 year extension for months? Why don’t these folks ever mention what else the GOP wanted? Did they have to jump to celebrity gossip segment or something?

    • 72 donna dem 4 obama
      December 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Thank You Brookwater you have made the point that I have been trying to express. Folks are being duped by our media. Many still trust the media and are left with a right leaning conclusion. So often I hear people here say “how can 45% of the country think the Republicans will do a better job at some policy”. This is your answer. Perception is everything and our media knows this. They have worked like crazy to paint this administration as incompetent and that the likes of a “Romney” can fix what ails this country.

      And its not that people are dumb or lazy about seeking information. Its just that the information they are getting (which they think is good information) is bias and false.

      I’m so happy you found your way here and am is truly an informed person who can push back on the lies and the bias. Each one, must teach one….

    • 73 a4alice
      December 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Ha Brookwater that made me smile. Yep you can never be “Blissfully unaware” again. Good for you to correct your local media. 🙂

    • 74 Pamela
      December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

      And! You will never be alone again…. My prayer is that millions take this step along the path you now follow with us. Now wouldn’t we see America rise up fast!

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Brookwater – We’ve all fallen into the Chipsticks’ “trap”! Welcome, and don’t let it ruin your Christmas! 🙂

    • 76 majii
      December 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

      I live in GA, too, Brookwater, and as we both know, everything here has a RW spin. The republicans’ misdeeds seem to never get a fair airing out, and the voters remain clueless about how hard PBO is working on their behalf.

  11. 77 Ladyhawke
    December 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

    THE REPUBLICAN ‘PAYROLL TAX’ FIASCO

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    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, one of the most conservative pieces of media real estate in the country, went considerably further today, blasting the GOP’s “payroll tax fiasco,” and mocking Republicans for “managing to lose the tax issue” to President Obama.

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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_republicans_payroll_tax_fi034233.php

  12. December 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Will chuck Todd ask mittens any tough questions today?
    I noticed, mittens has three dine and eats with voters today.
    Maybe chuck, will then tell us all how he connects so wonderfully with ordinary people.

    Bet?

  13. December 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Remember, today is the day that Lisa Jackson announces new clean air act regulations.
    These clean air act rules were ignored in past administrations.
    If you got to EPA.gov, her department fines big business for clean air act and clean water act everyday.
    Last week she fined a Texas business 12 million bucks for clean water act violations.
    That said, these new rules will cost companies 10+ billion by 2016, for special scrubbers.
    But, it will save 17k lives.

    How about that Lisa Jackson, best EPA administrator ever!!!

  14. 82 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

    GOD BLESS PBO…WILL CATCH UP MORE LATER…LOTS OF FAMILY VISITING RIGHT NOW!

  15. December 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

    So, Americans elect is letting the Internet pick their candidate?-

    http://swampland.time.com/2011/12/21/americans-elect-can-a-well-heeled-group-of-insiders-create-a-populist-third-party-sensation/

    This is a bozo way of doing things and of course Doug scohen us the one that is interviewed. Ugh!

    • 85 mb32
      December 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

      If they’re letting the Internet pick their candidate, I wonder if we can infiltrate the and select PBO? 😀

      • 86 Judith Fardig
        December 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

        We wouldn’t want to do that because part of the fine print is that the candidate selected by voters via internet primary (but with veto power by a cabal of the instigators) must pick a Veep from “a different party”. If we infiltrate, it should be to pick a loser like Sarah Palin or Ron Paul who can’t win a general and would peel off votes from Romney/Gingrich/whoever the Repubs choose as their official nominee.

  16. December 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

    ECB to lend 489 euros to euro area banks.

    Phew! That will help!

  17. 89 Ladyhawke
    December 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

    MITT ROMNEY IS A FLIP FLOPPING LIAR

    It’s bad enough that Mitt “Who Am I This Time” Romney flip flops so much on every issue that it just makes you dizzy. But what I find most egregious is that this man is just plain dishonest. On top of that he’s a phony. He has no core. His latest speech (where he used a teleprompter) was another opportunity to attack President Obama and make stuff up. It’s really astonishing. Steve Benen documents the atrocities in the link below.

    The point at which Mitt Romney loses his mind

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    And Romney is just a weak man who lacks the courage necessary to have a credible debate over economic policies. Such an argument requires honesty, an understanding of the basics, and a willingness to be consistent and principled — and given Romney glaring character flaws, he simply lacks the integrity to engage in such a discussion.

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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_point_at_which_mitt_romney034234.php

  18. December 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The press is fixated on the new quinnipiac Virginia poll that has Romney beating Obama by 2.
    The polls are all over the place., because nobody knows what methodology to use, you can basically write your own outcome before the poll is taken!

    • 91 LOL
      December 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

      I think Nate Silver said Quinn had a Repub bias..their polls are always horrible for the President. Hey Jovie here is a pretty good read on the Taliban is not our enemy story. It’s from a vet.

      An excerpt:
      It is my opinion that what the vice president said is something many of us combat veterans of Afghanistan already know: the only reason we are at war in Afghanistan today is that Afghanistan is where Osama Bin Laden was hiding on September 11, 2001. And because the Taliban leaders and their cultural code of pashtunwali value pride and stubborness to such a degree that they refused to give him up, we now find ourselves still shedding blood there, long after al Qaeda has been crushed and is no longer a presence in that country.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/20/i-hate-the-taliban-afghan-war-vet-says-but-biden-was-right.html

    • 94 Desraye
      December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

      The PPP poll had Obama beating Mitt in Virginia last week. I agree with your observation about polls being all over the place.

    • 95 anniebella
      December 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Jovie, that means it’s a tie, right? Romney leads in Virginia by 2, if it was Obama leading by 2 they would call it a tie.

  19. 97 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  20. 98 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Wednesday, December 21, 2011
    Can’t Quit Hitting The Sauce
    Posted by Zandar

    The mighty Tea Party has feet of clay, and nobody’s more clay-colored than Orange Julius as the House GOP picks up their payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit extensions ball and goes home for the holidays. The Tea Party drinks your smoothie, John. They drink it up.

    Obama insisted today that the only path to continuing the tax break past its Dec. 31 expiration is for the House of Representatives to send him a two-month extension passed by the Senate. At the White House today, he blamed a “faction” of Republicans for blocking the bill by including extraneous issues.

    Meanwhile, Boehner and the Republican-controlled House pressed ahead with their plan. The House voted 229-193 to reject the Senate bill and insist on a year-long extension of the tax cut. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, then chose eight House Republican negotiators and demanded the Senate name lawmakers to attend formal talks.

    “There’s no reason we can’t do this,” Boehner said at a news conference.

    Actually there is, Johnny. And it’s called “You have no control over your caucus anymore.” They’re over you. You’re irrelevant, you can’t deliver a deal, you have no clout on the Hill, and you’re a joke.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/

    • December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      That about sums it up,rikyrah. Plus the fact that nobody’s responding to his stupid call, so he would end up negotiating with himself. That’s why he had to call on Daddy PBO to bail him out. But Daddy told him to stuff it.

  21. 100 Bill
    December 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

    It is hilarious how Willard now has a few strands of hair out of place. A focus group must have come to the conclusion it makes him look more natural.

  22. 103 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM
    The Republicans’ ‘payroll tax fiasco’
    By Steve Benen

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CNN yesterday that the fight over extending the payroll tax cut is “harming the Republican Party,” adding, “We’ve got to get this resolved and with the realization that the payroll-tax cut must remain in effect.”

    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, one of the most conservative pieces of media real estate in the country, went considerably further today, blasting the GOP’s “payroll tax fiasco,” and mocking Republicans for “managing to lose the tax issue” to President Obama.


    GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be re-elected. Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the President before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.

    The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_republicans_payroll_tax_fi034233.php

    • 105 nospin
      December 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      that was hateful Ladyhawke. He is basically saying gay Americans should vote for the other guy if human rights will be a central issue in their decision making because frankly my dear, he doesn’t give a darn.

      hateful

  23. 106 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

    TPMDC
    How The Payroll Tax Fight Descended Into Chaos

    Brian Beutler- December 21, 2011, 5:45 AM

    The fight over renewing the payroll tax cut into next year has escalated into a multi-front political war, both between Republicans and Democrats, and within the Republican party itself.

    Lost in the gamesmanship and the arguments about process, hypocrisy, and leadership are the issues at stake.

    So let’s review.

    This debate started when President Obama introduced his jobs bill, the priciest provisions of which were a one year renewal (and broadening of) this year’s payroll tax holiday, and an extension of emergency unemployment benefits.

    Republicans were never wild about moving ahead with either of these items to begin with — but a very public campaign by President Obama made it too politically toxic for GOP leaders to oppose them outright. Instead they just made it as difficult as possible for either to pass. They could’ve agreed to support the measures without paying for them, or to pay for them with war savings, as some Dems to suggest, or with a mix of payfors that included a balanced mix of tax revenue and spending cuts. Likewise they could’ve agreed to pass the measures “cleanly” — without attaching unrelated policy riders to the legislation.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/what-its-all-about-a-recap-of-how-the-payroll-tax-fight-descended-into-chaos.php

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

      “Lost in the gamesmanship and the arguments about process, hypocrisy, and leadership are the issues at stake.”
      Only quibble: President Obama and other Dems have not lost sight of the effect this bill will have on millions of Americans.

  24. 108 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    December 21, 2011 8:35 AM
    The point at which Mitt Romney loses his mind
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney unveiled a brand-new stump speech in New Hampshire last night, reading a carefully-crafted, poll-tested text from two teleprompters. Confident that his Republican primarily rivals simply won’t (or can’t) catch him, the former one-term governor ignored the other GOP candidates in his speech, and focused exclusively on attacking President Obama.

    Unfortunately for those who have even a passing interest in reality or a civil discourse, Romney, allegedly the responsible one in the Republican field, has been reduced to lying uncontrollably.

    Just a couple of weeks ago in Kansas, President Obama lectured us about Teddy Roosevelt’s philosophy of government. But he failed to mention the important difference between Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Roosevelt believed that government should level the playing field to create equal opportunities. President Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes.

    “In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk. That which is earned by some is redistributed to the others. And the only people who truly enjoy any real rewards are those who do the redistributing — the government.

    “The truth is that everyone may get the same rewards, but virtually everyone will be worse off.”

    It stands to reason that Romney, who’s completed the transition from “progressive” views to far-right hysterics, would present a worldview different from the center-left president’s. But this speech was written in a twisted fantasy land, and it ascribes views to Obama that are simply made up. It’s simply madness.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_point_at_which_mitt_romney034234.php

    • December 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Wow, Romney is reduced to concocting fantasies about phantom President Obamas who speak to him in another sphere that none of us can see or hear. This equal outcomes crap is as old as the hills and I remember it as a RW talking point during the Civil Rights movement. No civil rights leaders ever said or thought about creating equal outcomes, but the R’s always dug up that straw man to create outrage. And name one American who’s struggling to get a job, feed a family, get their kids through college, save a buck for retirement,or try to meet monthly bills who feels this is an “entitlement” society. Having a safety net for senior citizens that they have contributed to all their lives, and providing some base of societal support for the disabled and those unable to work IS THE LEAST a civilized society can do for its people. Heck, even the Egyptian pharoahs knew this. If this is Romney’s stump speech, he has nothing. He hasn’t got the wit the attack the things the president actually says and does and he has not one original thought to add to the discussion. That’s why he needs to go back in time to dig up a dead issue.

  25. 110 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    December 20, 2011
    Hang tough
    Thus spoke John Boehner:

    [T]he issue now is will the president engage with the Senate Democrats and bring them to the table so we can resolve this and give to the president what he has asked us to give him: a one-year extension of these expiring programs.

    Oh we get it. Speaker Boehner and pals were trying to be helpful.

    Ah, screw it. When one is contemplating contemporary GOP politics, ridicule remedies nothing and reason is futile. Excepting maybe Sen. Scott Brown, who’s been terrified into reasonableness, all the usual partisan, pseudoconservative yahoos will line up before the cable cameras and yap away with identically insufferable propaganda; see above.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/12/hang-tough.html

  26. 114 carolyn
    December 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Shakespeare always has beautiful lines for all situations. Yes, Cantor is Iago to Boehner’s Othello, Othello who was so totally gulled by a totally evil person, whose only motivation seemed to be “the green-eyed monster” jealousy, yes, Shakespeare coined that expression in that play.
    But I love the reference to Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech…”Once more unto the breach” and we know who won that day…..the young King Henry. He had the long view, and our valiant President has the long view.
    If you want a treat, one that will stir you and encourage you, watch Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. It is far superior to Laurence Olivier’s which is all posturing. My husband went with me years ago to see it, and not being a Shakespeare aficionado, didn’t know what to expect. He was touched and completely won over. Said the language was difficult at first, but my by the time you get to that great speech and the battle, he was into the movie, and I believe you will be completely enthralled and weeping.
    Thank you for bringing that idea to mind. This entire experience of our country’s for the past nine years is like a Shakespearean play, and our valiant President is doing all he can to prevent it from being a tragedy. If we rise up, as the English did with Henry V, we will prevail, and the evil will be put down.

    • 115 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 9:32 am

      The speech that makes me tear up, every time! I hold a special place in my heart for that speech (Branagh’s version)….when my daughter was young (3 or 4) she watched that speech over and over again with her dad. She watched it SO much, that she had memorized the entire thing and would recite it for speechless relatives! She was adorable, and recited it with the same passion that she heard on TV….she called it the “Hendery speech” She’s 20 years old now….and has long since forgotten that she did that…wish I thought to video tape that….maybe if we show that to her now…..

    • December 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Do you know I read this speech on every election day morning. It’s a stirring way to get your juices going for the battle ahead.

  27. 119 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Header at HuffPuff.

    MATT DAMON SLAMS OBAMA ! A long article about an interview Damon did for Elle Magazine….

    One problem….the article at Elle is two pages and Damon only mention PBO in the last paragraph and his complaint is old news.

    Epic Fail at HP. ( I am shocked it is not their Main story .)

    • 120 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

      SHOCKED! At the fail!

    • 121 nintendowii10
      December 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

      and yet they defended billionaire Michael Moore after he was exposed for funding his films through a company funded by Goldman Sachs.

      • 122 Jessica
        December 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

        Of course he would be in the Michael Moore cult. What will Damon say when PBO’s reelected and OWS fades into oblivion?

    • 123 Jessica
      December 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

      So he brought up the President again. Damn he sucks. I’m definitely not seeing your whack ass movie.

      • 124 anniebella
        December 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

        You can have Matt Damon, I’ll take George Clooney, Denzel Washington, any day any time over that Matt who character.

    • 125 AnitaW
      December 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Makes it easier to decide which movie not to see. My god-daughter may have liked this, but there’s always Tin Tin.

    • 126 ChristiMtl
      December 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

      He makes as much sense as Michael Moore….Ignorant jerk.

      Matt Damon: “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

      • December 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

        Matt, an actor with more talent, would, in the long run, have made better movies.

        • 128 Sankofa
          December 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

          Jackie, I am so tweeting that to damon…… 🙂

          • December 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

            TODers who tweet, is it possible to send Matt a list of the President’s accomplishments or each person could send a different accomplishment until the list is completed. I think that would be an effective way to show him just how wrong he is! Just a thought…

            • December 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

              Or you could send him the link to this article. I just love posting this list. Facts, facts, and more facts! Thank you, Milt Shook. 🙂

              A List of President Obama’s Accomplishments So Far!

              One of the most irritating things I hear these days is the idea that President Obama is really no different than Bush, or that he’s a “disappointment.” Both of those characterizations are flat ignorant. If you truly believe that, you’re in serious denial, and you can’t be paying very close attention. In fairness, perhaps you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, and if so, I forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this Barack-obamapresident has done most of what he said he would do if elected, and he’s not even through his first term. Imagine what he could have done by now if we supported him, and gave him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.

              ~snip~

              What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one. Anytime someone, right OR left, tells you Obama sucks, or is a “disappointment,” show them this list and tell them to kiss a part of your body not usually considered pleasant to kiss. The first section alone should make them sit down and shut up.

              ~snip~

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

      • 131 Cha
        December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        If Matt Damon didn’t have his head buried in his ass he would have seen what all President Obama has accomplished instead of looking like a clueless braindead dick.

  28. 132 Ladyhawke
    December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    REPUBLICANS ATTACK PRESIDENT OBAMA’S LEADERSHIP (Try to control your laughter)

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

    The Rovian tactic of attacking your opponents strengths has been on full display lately. GOP polling must be confirming what we all know – that President Obama gets high marks for his leadership skills. That must be why every one of the GOP clown car presidential candidates has spouted some nonsensical comment blasting PBO for not leading. This is just laughable. It just makes the clown car candidates look more unhinged and deranged because the facts just don’t support their criticism. It just shows how desperate they are. They got nothin…..

    There was a good segment on Ed Shultz last night that focused on President Obama’s leadership skills and his accomplishments. I was especially disgusted with attack dog Chris Christie’s puffery. We all know he supports Mitt Romney and probably wants the VP slot.

    THE ED SHOW

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45745162#45745162

  29. 135 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Today at 7:57 AM

    Mitt Romney Goes Glenn Beck

    Mitt Romney has reworked his stump speech and delivered the new version last night. It’s premised on … a total lie:

    ………………………………………….

    This isn’t just a casual line. In eight sentences, Romney asserts over and over again that Obama wants to create “equal outcomes” and give everybody the “same rewards.” This is nuts, Glenn Beck–level insane. Restoring Clinton-era taxes is not a plan to equalize outcomes, or even close. It’s not even a plan to stop rising inequality. Obama’s America will continue to be the most unequal society in the advanced world — only slightly less so. The alternative proposals accelerate inequality even further.

    This is a form of insanity that has become extremely pervasive in the Republican Party since 2009. The response to liberal invocation of rising inequality from the right’s intellectual leaders has been to argue against not liberal policies but against socialism. This wild lie has become so widespread that press accounts don’t even bother to mention it anymore

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/12/mitt-romney-goes-glenn-beck.html

    • 137 Linda
      December 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

      I have grown to despise the word ” cave ” regardless of which side uses it. It is so offensive to me.

    • 142 majii
      December 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Well, sometimes it is true that you reap what you sow. In shilling for the GOP and upholding, denying, and promoting their failed policies, Fox created a monster. IMO, it’s too late now to denounce the monster, especially when it’s lying in the bed right beside you. I think what the Foxers hate most is the fact that the GOP came out of this fight exposed as enemies of the middle class and poor and stinking like the pieces of feces that they really are.

  30. 143 desertflower
    December 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

    This is how you all know that I’m officially on vacation and can afford the time to eff off on the intertubes!

    ALERT!!!! Chips, you MAY have to update and revise the Mankini pics…I found some juicers!

    http://newtsnudes.com/

  31. December 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

    While President Obama was stuck in Washington on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Hawaii introducing daughters Malia and Sasha to the wonders of organic farming, Aloha style. Joined by Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, Mrs. Obama took her girls for a visit to MA’O Organic Farms in the Waianae area, according to Honolulu chef Ed Kenney, a board member for the community farm. Using fresh produce, Kenney and Kass cooked veggie-laden pizzas in a fire oven. Mrs. Obama first visited the farm in November, when she hosted a Let’s Move! event there as President Obama hosted the APEC Leaders Meeting in Honolulu. (Above: Mrs. Obama and Kenney during her first visit to the farm)

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/12/hawaii-vacation-michelle-obama-brings.html

    • 147 Jessica
      December 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

      I really hope he gets to spend the holidays in Hawaii with his family. These games are stupid.

      • 148 desertflower
        December 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the ladies flew back to Washington to spend Christmas with dad. I get the feeling he’s not leaving. He doesn’t say things he doesn’t intend on doing.

        • 149 Jessica
          December 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

          That’s what I said earlier. I said if this drags on past the 23rd they would probably fly back to DC but that was when we were on the brink of the Senate deal and I thought everything was good to go.

          • 150 desertflower
            December 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

            We shall see….

          • 151 JoJothecat
            December 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

            Why can’t he fly to HI for Xmas eve and day, then fly back? He is the President….F’ em.

            • 152 edp4bho
              December 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

              That’s my take, jojocat. He is the President. He’s not running out on the American people. If the American people are that sensitive as to think it would be a bad optic, then they deserve the clowns voted in. President Obama should not put his personal life on hold where staying in DC would produce nothing, while everyone else gets to vacate. I imagined him alone, wondering what the hell is he going to be doing while his family is in Hawaii, for Christmas, for pete’s sake. Fuck the congress, the media, the haters.

              • 153 Debz
                December 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

                Why should POTUS stay in Washington when congress goes off on a month long vacation? He deserves time with his family and I agree, if American people are offended by this “they deserve the clowns” who, by the way will also go away for the holidays.

    • 155 rikyrah
      December 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

      he’s such a weasel

      • 156 Debz
        December 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

        I hope Huntsman takes votes away from this POS. I don’t care which fruit loop wins the primaries, as long as it’s not this liar. I can’t even listen to him speak without feeling ill, has any one of the “journalists” who have interviewed him called him out on his lies?

        • 157 L3
          December 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

          I agree. I despise him. How can someone who claims to be a Christian and talks about how important his faith is lie like a dog every waking moment of each day. And when he’s called out on it, he just lies some more and never ever admits to flip flopping or lying. If I were a Republican I would rather stay home than vote for some one who is clearly a psychopathic liar. How could any of our allies or any world leader trust anything he says.

        • 158 Lorraine
          December 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          Debz, I completely agree. I was telling my sister how many I just can’t stand this man, Lord forgive me. He is such a pathological liar. He is wooden and down right mean.

  32. December 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    WASHINGTON–The year 2012 will bring publication of two new books about Barack and Michelle Obama, with “The Obamas” by Jodi Kantor published on Jan. 10 and an Obama biography by David Maraniss out around June.
    From blurbs on “The Obamas” at Kantor’s web site:
    “When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.
    “Then they moved in.”

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/12/the_obamas_new_book_on_first_c.html

    • 160 Jessica
      December 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Can’t wait. I think I might pre-order the jan 10th book.

    • 161 dotster3
      December 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

      I see Kantor got a 7 figure deal on her book. I am always a little apprehensive when the tease is she will take us “deep inside the WH” and provide “riveting detail and insight into their partnership”. Will hope for the best. And for Maraniss’ biography.

      • 162 L3
        December 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

        Who is she? Her name sounds vaguely familiar. Is she the photographer from the campaign?

        • December 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

          She’s been a writer on the campaign for the NYT. She’s done a very decent job in her reporting but when I read her blurb for her new book I tweeted her and asked her if she was going to go the way of the rest of the media and focus on negative narrative. She wrote back to me but didn’t say all that much about content. I hope she doesn’t go there.

          • 164 L3
            December 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

            I really believe that many of the folks who claim to be “disappointed” with PBO just want to get close to him to make money by writing books or to affirm their social status and to be able to say he’s their friend because whether you like PBO or not he is now and forever an historic figure. People should know that true friendship is not instant; it develops over time and is generally rooted in some commonality. I admire PBO and the First Lady for keeping these vultures at bay and maintaining their friendships from Chicago.

            • 165 Janelle
              December 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

              The one author’s book I would definitely read about PBO’s two terms is Doris Kearns Goodwin—because she is a historian. Though she’s been to the WH several times, it’s really for PBO to listen to other historians. She’s good at getting a good perspective of Presidential history without the TMZ “reporting” that we see prevalent in today’s media. I think she’s one of those few people that if she were to write a book, the President would give her a personal interview for some background information.

              • 166 L3
                December 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

                I agree and I like her too. She would be more interested in an historical record of PBO’s presidency rather than her own selfish or personal agenda.

    • 169 edp4bho
      December 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

      I will not be buying another book about the Obamas, as I don’t want to feed anyone’s ego. The Obamas are alive and well, they are successful, smart, and all out a together couple and family. I shall wait until Mrs. O, should she ever decide, to write about her own life in the White House, and will wait with baited breath, the historical accounts of President O’s life in that same place. No more getting famous off of my dime, pimping this historical period, way before it has had time to solidify it’s place in history.

      • 170 L3
        December 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        I agree. The only book I own about PBO is Dreams from My Father. I still have to get The Audacity of Hope. But I decided I would only purchase books authored by the family. I was becoming appalled that everyone was writing books disecting PBO just to make a quick buck. I could make an exception for a book by Doris Kearns-Goodwin.

      • 171 geegee
        December 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        My sentiments exactly edp4. The Obamas know how to speak for themselves, thank you very much!!!

      • 172 Eleroy
        December 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

        I too will not be buying any more of these 3rd party Obama books. I will wait till the President and First lady write about their sojourn!!!

        As for Jodi Kantor, I do not trust her and will NOT be buying her book!!!
        I’ve seen some of her reporting and as usual there is always that bit of gratuitous slighting and dissing of the Obamas.

        Sorry but Jodi Kantor can keep her greed-driven book to herself!!!

  33. 173 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I received a notice from Social Security yesterday. My increase will be $ 51.00 a month Starting in January . Up 3.6 % !

  34. December 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    You see, the republicans are spinning and lying all over the cable stations.
    Oh, and it’s all the Presidents fault.
    Lol!

  35. December 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    ECB is up to 645 billion dollar bailout of europea banks.
    They are calling it TARP 3.

  36. 184 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Preaching to the GOP – Do The Right Thing

  37. 186 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Haven’t read all of the comments this morning, but did everybody get the cute email from Reggie Love about Dinner with Barack and Michelle? So adorable!

  38. December 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Turned on MSNBC – why oh why? They played a robocall to elect Hillary Clinton. It said (I paraphrase) If Hillary were President, Wall Streeters would be in jail, there would be no foreclosures and something else that I can’t remember. It was really, really tired. These people just don’t quit with the nonsense. The reporter said they don’t know who is behind the calls. They don’t want to know.

    • 188 nintendowii10
      December 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I keep on saying it’s Hillary’s husband, Slick Willy Bill. He was recently on BillOLiely sniveling about how the media supposedly favored Obama over Hillary during primary season 2008. Slick Willy is proving the adage that he was the best Republican President we ever had.

      • December 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

        I don’t trust Pres. Clinton and he sure as foot in mouth disease but he wouldn’t do this. This is Americans Elect or a right wing group.

      • 190 CEB
        December 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Why can’t he let it go? She lost. The stench of his disappointment is damaging the remnants of the reputation that he has left. He really needs to grow up and let go.

        • December 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

          For those who still think Clinton supports the POTUS, this is what else he had to say during the interview with Bill O’Reilly. You can’t convince me that he’s not trying to start some shit!~

          Bill O’Reilly Gives Bill Clinton The ‘No-Spin Zone’ Treatment In Extended Interview
          by Frances Martel | 8:36 pm, December 20th, 2011

          The hypothetical vote questions continued, as O’Reilly asked Clinton whether he would vote for Mitt Romney in New Hampshire. Clinton answered that he was “not going to get in that Republican Party” with a chuckle, but later recanted and added that he liked Jon Huntsman, and argued “he arguably has the most consistently conservative economic record of anyone running.”

          O’Reilly then pushed him to answer why he believed the media supported more liberal candidates– in 2008, to the detriment of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton hesitated to answer, instead adding, “nothing I say will be helpful on this,” and after some repeated questions arguing that he did not believe the media was consistently liberal. That said, he repeated with humor, “nothing I say will result in anything good happening in America.”

          http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-gives-bill-clinton-the-no-spin-zone-treatment-in-extended-interview/

          • December 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

            Oh, and there’s THIS from the same article.

            Clinton told O’Reilly he believed that President Obama appeared more vulnerable now that he will in the general election because “he’s out there running against himself out,” though O’Reilly countered that he believed 2012 would be a referendum vote.

      • 193 utaustinliberal
        December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

        I don’t believe Former President Clinton would stoop so low. As previously reported on TOD, this robocall movement is spear headed by two so called “Democrats” Doug Schoen and Paul Caddell I believe, who are employed by Fox News to represent the “Democratic” viewpoint.

        • 194 Eleroy
          December 22, 2011 at 5:33 am

          So why aren’t both Clintons speaking out loudly and clearly AGAINST these attempts to use them to divide the Democratic party???

          I just do not trust them and believe they will stoop to any level!!!

    • December 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

      They don’t know ego is behind the calls.
      Meanwhile, fox and CNN have dine interviews with bill Clinton.
      The media is trying to build up Hillary again.

      • 196 anniebella
        December 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

        Why would they do that Jovie? Hillary is a smart and loyal Democrat, she knows it would destroy the Democratic Party if she talks about running.

        • December 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

          They want the pumas to reemerge!

          • 198 anniebella
            December 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

            Let the pumas reemerge in 2016. As a African American I feel President Obama have been shown such disrespect, like no other President. And to the Pumas, here’s something you need to think about, I will not vote for any Democrat in 2012, but President Barack Obama.

            • 199 edp4bho
              December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

              I think these kinds have destroyed their future elective chances by many AA Democrats after the horrendous treatment the first AA President has received. You all can count me as one of them. After 2012, I’m out. Zilch. Kaput. Nada. Asta la vista. Whatever! Not feeling any love. Don’t give a shit. Drained. And hinging on hatred of the politics of this historic time, more than in any time in my life.

              • 200 Alycee (@jazziz2)
                December 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

                I’m going to hang in there — ever election until I die. Too many of our ancestors marched, prayed, cried, were beaten and battered, some even died so that we could exercise our civic responsibility. No way I’m going to let them down. The teabaggers/firebaggers/etc WANT us to become discouraged. My mantra is “REMEMBER 2010!”

            • 201 Lorraine
              December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

              The only African-Americans that would go along with this idiocy are West, Smiley (who should come out the closet) and Wilder. Many AA I’m told 2012 will be the last time they vote Democratic.

              • 202 Renee / Aunt Sis
                December 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

                Unfortunately, what you’re saying is being said by many. In our community. I understand and certainly feel that way as well. But voting matters and I worry what will happen to the masses of African Americans and what political clout we may have had, will be lost if our vote isn’t in large numbers. Hope that makes sense. Typing on my iPad and it’s not good!

      • 203 Lovepolitics2008
        December 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

        The corporate elite ( Wall St, Big Oil, defense contractors, etc.) want Barack Obama out of the White House. They will try every trick in the book. This building up Hillary is one of them. The American Elect thing is another one.

        God, I wish the “left” would wise up and see that Barack Obama IS liberal and progressive, and a TRUE agent of change who scares the hell out of some greedy and powerful people in America ( and in the world too).

    • December 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Unfreakinbelievable. Here’s an embed.

      • 206 Ladyhawke
        December 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

        MAKING A MOCKERY OF OUR DEMOCRACY

        This is a violation of their oath of office. Just unbelievable.

        House of Representatives Oath of Office

        “I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

      • 208 rikyrah
        December 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

        to quote the great Bernie Mac:

        ‘Punk Azz Summabishes’

      • 209 nospin
        December 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        this needs to be front page. This needs to be tweeted, face booked, emailed

        . . . . this needs to go viral.

      • December 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

        They really are. And MSNBC allows Repubs to come on say, but, but, but, but, we onnnllly want to extend the tax cuts for a year. We just don’t understand why the Democrats won’t meet with us so we can extend it for a year instead of the lousy two months they want. I could scream.

    • 212 nintendowii10
      December 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

      What assholes. Kudos to Steny Hoyer for calling them out!

  39. December 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    The President still has not signed the defense act!
    Pocket Veto?

  40. December 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    CNN iReport picked up the WH #40Dollar idea and is asking people to send in videos of what they would do with $40 – Cool.

  41. December 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Conservatives Pan GOP Strategy On Payroll Tax Cut: ‘A Fiasco,’ ‘Entirely Outplayed’ By Obama
    By Pat Garofalo on Dec 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Most of the House of Representatives left for the holidays yesterday after House Republicans rejected a bipartisan Senate compromise to extend the payroll tax cut that is expiring at the end of the year. Several Republican senators took the House GOP to task, with Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) calling the House’s action “irresponsible and wrong,” while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the standoff is “harming the Republican party.”

    Now their concern has migrated into the wider conservative movement. In an editorial today, the notoriously right-wing Wall Street Journal called the GOP’s strategy “a fiasco,” saying “the GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play.”

    ~snip~

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/21/393785/conservative-worry-gop-payroll/

  42. December 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    What Happens To The Economy If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires?
    By Pat Garofalo on Dec 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    House Republicans intend to vote down the Senate’s bill tonight, leaving the issue unresolved. But what happens if the payroll tax cut is allowed to expire? According to several economic analysts, it would severely affect growth and job creation next year:

    – According to Macroeconomic Advisers, allowing the payroll tax cut to lapse “would reduce GDP growth by 0.5 percent and cost the economy 400,000 jobs.”

    – Barclay’s estimated that letting the cut expire would knock 1.5 percent off of first quarter growth next year.

    Meanwhile:

    – Ameriprise Financial Services estimated that extending the cut “is likely to add between 750,000 to 1 million jobs.”

    – Susan Wachter, a finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, calculated that the payroll tax cut “would add 1 percentage point to economic growth and create 1 million jobs next year.”

    – Regional Economic Models Inc. estimated that the cut would pump “$120 billion into U.S. households in 2012.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/19/391989/what-happens-payroll-tax-expire/

    • 224 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

      The perfect comment left on this post at TP:

      Actually this is exactly what the Republicans want. If you have been listening at all to them over the last year their only goal is to get rid of Obama. Everything they have done is to undercut him and keep him from accomplishing anything for the good of the country. They don’t care that this will cost the economy growth. They don’t care that this will cause the loss of more jobs. They simply don’t care. They don’t care that 1 in 2 Americans are now in, or near poverty. They don’t care. When you call a Congressman’s office to express your opinion, you are treated rudely and told you don’t know what you are talking about. You give them FACTS and they brush you off like you are the biggest annoyance out there. There only goal is to see Obama gone, Keep the House and re-take the Senate. The majority of Americans and their welfare? Well they can go to hell, that is the Republican attitude. We will do as we please, who are you to question us? Well voters, I suggest we remember the Republican priorities come next November, and send them all home.

      I think she is right on point.

  43. 225 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    December 21, 2011 10:10 AM
    They should watch ‘Braveheart’ to the end
    By Steve Benen

    In July, when House Republicans were prepared to crash the global economy on purpose, they took inspiration from a movie clip. It was a scene from the movie “The Town” in which Ben Affleck’s character said, “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later — and we’re going to hurt some people.”

    It was, in the words of one right-wing lawmaker, a scene that helped “forge a sense of unity” among House Republicans.

    This week, these same unhinged GOP lawmakers had a different movie in mind. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said this week, “Look, this is a ‘Braveheart’ moment. You, Mr. Speaker, are our William Wallace. Let’s rush to the fight.”

    The “fight,” in this case, was blocking a middle-class tax cut and unemployment benefits a few days before Christmas. Dana Milbank marveled at the nonsense.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/they_should_watch_braveheart_t034237.php

  44. December 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Putin calls for 1.3T in stimulus to create 25 million jobs, in Russia!
    Must be nice!

  45. December 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Newt To Gay Voter: Support Obama
    Pema Levy December 21, 2011, 11:01 AM

    If you’re a gay American, don’t vote for Newt Gingrich.

    That’s not a Democratic talking point — that’s reportedly what Newt himself said to a gay man in Iowa Tuesday.

    “I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him?” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University, told the Des Moines Register. “And he told me to support Obama.”

    ~snip~

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/newt-to-gay-voter-support-obama.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  46. December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Newt To Gay Voter: Support Obama
    Pema Levy December 21, 2011, 11:01 AM

    If you’re a gay American, don’t vote for Newt Gingrich.

    That’s not a Democratic talking point — that’s reportedly what Newt himself said to a gay man in Iowa Tuesday.

    “I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him?” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University, told the Des Moines Register. “And he told me to support Obama.”

    ~snip~

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/newt-to-gay-voter-support-obama.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  47. 229 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

    December 21, 2011 11:00 AM
    Literally walking away from a fight
    By Steve Benen

    It was rather remarkable this morning to watch the proceedings on the House floor. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wanted to try again to bring up the Senate’s bipartisan payroll-tax-break compromise, and instead of debating, Republicans literally walked away from the fight.

    If you watch the clip, you’ll notice that Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), who was presiding over the House session at the time, got out of the Speaker’s chair and left the chamber altogether. Other Republicans joined him. Hoyer, of course, noticed, and explained, “You’re walking out, you’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle class taxpayers, the unemployed, and … those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors.”

    When Hoyer finished speaking and turned to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to continue the debate, GOP leaders demanded that C-SPAN turn off the cameras so the public couldn’t hear the debate any more.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/literally_walking_away_from_a034239.php

  48. December 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Video- Fox’s Crowley Claims Obama Had A Year Of “Disappointing And Dangerous Foreign Policy Fumbles” — No Mention Of Bin Laden
    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 8:00 am by Paddy

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/12/21/video-quick-clip-print-email-foxs-crowley-claims-obama-had-a-year-of-disappointing-and-dangerous-foreign-policy-fumbles-no-mention-of-bin-laden/

  49. December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Newt To Gay Voter: Support Obama
    Pema Levy December 21, 2011, 11:01 AM

    If you’re a gay American, don’t vote for Newt Gingrich.

    That’s not a Democratic talking point — that’s reportedly what Newt himself said to a gay man in Iowa Tuesday.

    “I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him?” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University, told the Des Moines Register. “And he told me to support Obama.”

    ~snip~

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/newt-to-gay-voter-support-obama.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  50. December 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hi everyone! I delurked last week and finally got the nerve to post this video re Min. Farrakhan blasting the media during the commercial break of a radio interview he did here in Chicago. Whatever one may think of Min. Farrakhan, he always tells the truth. I hope I do this right – not too good at this computer stuff.

    • 236 edp4bho
      December 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Nothing personal, but did he tell the truth when he blasted PBO about Libya, jeopardizing his (Farrakhan’s) relationship with Gadhafi? Yes, he has been known to be straight and many times truthful, and I would give him a listen quite often, until he went against his very own advice of not chastising the first AA President. Differences aside, I heard he was unmerciful about the Libya issue. Critique is one thing, but he went the way of the emoprogs. Hopefully he has settled back into reason.

      • December 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        He has his own truth about Gadhafi and Libya. I only posted this because of what he said about the media, which I believe should be considered our worst enemy at this time.

        • 238 dotster3
          December 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          We have many other more widely respected spokespeople pointing out the truth about the media.

        • 239 edp4bho
          December 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

          I agree with you. I just wanted others to know Farrakhan as a lot of people won’t give him the time of day. As I said, he went off on PBO, so I need for him to be a man of convictions, and not cause discord. I was disappointed in him for that occurrence. But it does not take away from his overall knowledge and insight.

          • December 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

            I guess maybe I shouldn’t have posted this!

            • 241 JoJothecat
              December 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

              I am glad you did because he told those “media slaves” the truth. They will look the other way to save their jobs. I can’t think of a situation where I would work from someone that I had to lie, cheat, steal, kill in order to keep my job. I’d look for another profession. To go into journalism as a career is a joke!

            • 242 AnitaW
              December 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

              You just wanted to share something and there’s nothing wrong with that idea. You just have to be prepared that everyone is not going to agree. And that’s okay too. Remember we are just a group of friends having a discussion.

            • December 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

              elayne. Post, post, post! Even though I have my own beef with Farrakhan, doesn’t mean what he says shouldn’t be heard. Post to your heart’s content and welcome into the fold. Hope to see more comments from you!

    • 245 dotster3
      December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      No thank you.

  51. December 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

    CALL TO ACTION
    We need to hit twitter, email, fax, phone,

    Start with Boehners office, then contact your congressional representative and hang tough. or tell the Rep. to vote for the bill.

    I just read this quote from an article at CBS –

    ———–

    “This is not a game,” Mr. Obama said. “The clock is ticking.”

    The Obama campaign promptly took to Twitter and Facebook to fight it out. With their candidate’s poll numbers rising, Democratic operatives seemed almost giddy at the prospect of a prolonged battle.

    “The response was overwhelming,” said a White House official requiring anonymity to discuss Obama’s political efforts.

    ——–

    So today we need to help make the response overwhelming again. We need to do what Senator Schumer said, keep the pressure on.

    Visit http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/05/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter.html
    I have added a fax for free link near the top of the page.

    Boehners info

    Twitter SpeakerBoehner (202) 225-6205 :: (202) 225-0704 fax email http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/
    Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/johnboehner

    PressOn

    • 247 majii
      December 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      I’ve been blasting Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell on Twitter, and I will continue to do so. In one tweet I sent Boehner a link to a Reuters article to inform him that his failure as Speaker is no longer limited to the U.S. I’m expecting him to block me because I’ve really been hammering him.

      • 248 desertflower
        December 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        majii….did I see you commenting on Phoenix New Times article about Arpiao? Just so you know, the Army veteran in question has died.

  52. December 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Iran War? Iranians aren’t worried
    Jason Rezaian| December 21, 2011 06:23

    TEHRAN, Iran — Despite the crescendo of war rhetoric sounding among US, Israeli and Iranian officials, life on the smoggy streets of Tehran has remained business as usual. For the time being, the shops are still well-stocked and Iranians are going about their daily lives as if what some say is the coming war is not actually, and will never, come at all.

    “Everybody fears war; that’s natural,” said Mohsen, a 44-year-old high-school English teacher. “But in the current circumstances it’s not something to worry about. There has to be a good reason for a war, and in this case the consequences for America and Israel of a war against Iran outweigh the reasons for doing it. No one actually thinks the US wants to occupy Iran.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/111220/iran-war-israel

    • 250 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a friend/coworker that is Iranian. We always talk politics (on the DL because it’s not really allowed at work). His family is there, still. He was unhappy with the President’s sanctions on the country, saying that it hurts the average person, and is squeezing them all pretty hard, when they actually like the US and our people. The citizens are very pro America,it’s the govt that is not. He was feeling very badly for all the suffering that these sanctions have imposed on the average Iranian, and didn’t want those difficult sanction results to harm the people’s feelings toward America.
      He expressed his frustrations with PBO in this regard.He is a big supporter of the President, as is his beautiful wife. We talked for quite some time about the world, the realities(!!!) and the wisdom of this President. In the end, I talked him down. I asked questions that made him think. He is an incredibly aware man…a well traveled and intelligent man that has lived all over the world.I think that because of this, and because he understands the complexities of the national politics and global politics, he was able to see my POV, and understand my issues with his concerns over this President. He supports this President…I just needed to give him more food for thought…it is best when one realizes certain realities on their own.THESE are the conversations that i love to have….with a knowledgeable, genuinely concerned person, not intent on spewing talking points at me….it’s always a pleasure to speak to someone else that realizes that knowledge is power…..I adore him….he thinks, like I do, about ALL the issues of a complicated world, that seen to happen at breakneck speed….never able to catch your breath before the next catastrophe hits. Information overload is what we suffer from. I think it felt good for him to vent those concerns to me. Ignorance is NOT bliss.

  53. 253 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/21/2011
    Harry Reid to John Boehner: Game over.
    By Greg Sargent

    Don’t look now, but it really does look as if Dems just may hold the line in the payroll tax cut fight. With House Republicans calling on Senate Dems to reopen negotiations over the Senate bill temporarily extending the tax cut, Harry Reid has now sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner firmly rebuffing the demand.

    Reid also offers Boehner a deal that he’ll have a very hard time refusing: Reid says he’s willing to sit down and negotiate over the terms of the one-year extension — but only if the House GOP passes the shorter-term extension first. Here’s the letter:

    ………………………………………………..
    Reid responds to the House GOP argument that a one-year extension is necessary by pointing out that Boehner himself appointed Mitch McConnell as his negotiator to find a solution with Dems, and by noting that the solution they found passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Reid also tells Boehner he’s fully prepared to negotiate over the one-year extension the House GOP wants, but that in the name of giving middle class families tax relief and “certainty” (a favorite GOP buzzword) those talks won’t happen until House Republicans relent and pass the short term extension.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

    • 254 desertflower
      December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Nice. I think we should call, email, Tweet , Harry Reid a big, fat thank you! Stand firm!

      • 255 Lovepolitics2008
        December 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        Not only him, but every democrat who voted for the Senate bill. Heck, make it every senator, republicans included.

        And Nancy Pelosi and her caucus.

  54. December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Kim Jong Un “to share power with military and uncle”: report
    News Desk| December 21, 2011 04:17

    Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s new young leader, will share power with uncle Jang Song-thaek and the military, according to a Reuters report. Kim Jong Un, said to be in his late 20s, is the son and successor of Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday.

    Jang Song-thaek, 65, is the brother-in-law of Kim Jong Il and is described as a charismatic man with powerful political and military connections. In 2009 he was appointed to the National Defense Commission of North Korea, the supreme leadership council that Kim Jong Il led.

    Reuters, citing a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing, said North Korea’s military has given its backing to Kim Jong Un.

    ~snip~

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111221/north-korea-news-kim-jong-un-uncle-jang-song-thaek-military-share-power

  55. December 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Soooo….

    I just called Boehner’s office. I was on hold for 12 minutes. The loud patriotic music almost made me hang up. The person answering the phone did not even ask me where I lived, just quickly thanked me and hung up.

    My point is this, we need to clog the phones and all other methods of communication everyday (except maybe Xmas). Boehner is counting on people being too busy with Xmas to notice, discouraged, or buying his Baloney.

    Even if you only have 10 minutes you can leave a message, send a tweet or email the speaker.

    Boehners info

    Twitter SpeakerBoehner (202) 225-6205 :: (202) 225-0704 fax email http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/
    Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/johnboehner

    Dems hang tough
    Republicans – do the right thing

    • 260 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Took several mins but finally spoke to whomever answered Boehner’s phone and told them ‘the Speaker is not representing me, he is violating the Norquist Pledge and increasing taxes on 160M of us, tell him to do his job and pass the Senate bill’ ….

      #PRESSON

    • 261 a4alice
      December 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      way to go Linda – I tweeted cantor and boehner this morning. I’ll try faxing them too. Sent WhipHoyer a little love. gotta send some to Reid and Nancy Smash.

      and PBO of course.

  56. 262 halo
    December 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    WE”RE WINNING! KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!

  57. December 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    This is cool:

    The White House Blog

    Regional Editorial Roundup: Will House Republicans Allow Taxes To Go Up On 160 Million Americans?
    Posted by Josh Earnest on December 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM EST

    “Now is not the time for political brinksmanship. Nobody wants to see their taxes go up in just ten days. Not right now. Not when families are trying to pay the bills or make ends meet. Unfortunately, if House Republicans fail to act, this tax cut will expire and millions of families will have $1,000 less next year.

    Judging from the local newspaper editorials below, it looks like we’re not the only ones who believe the House Republicans should get to work and get this done before the end of the year.” Let’s take a look:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/21/regional-editorial-roundup-will-house-republicans-allow-taxes-go-160-million-america?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

    • December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      This is very cool, and a wonderful chance for us to put our ” Local teams ” into action. Fina an editorial in your state and send it to friends, tweet the story, make a comment on the page or call the local paper and thank them for the article.

  58. December 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hailed new rules for pilot scheduling Wednesday that were spurred by a plane crash almost three years ago, but agreed with the families of victims that they had taken too long to be finalized. 

    LaHood argued Wednesday the new rules for pilot scheduling was a “big deal.” 

    “What we did in three years is more than what does in the previous 21 years,” he said during a news conference at the Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Washington. 

    http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/aviation/200769-faa-unveils-pilot-fatigue-rules-that-go-as-our-government-have-ever-gone

  59. December 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced Wednesday that it has adopted portions of its contentious union election rule.

    Portions of the rule will reduce litigation on union elections by limiting testimony at regional hearings and consolidating appeals of regional director decisions into one post-election review request, the labor board said. 

    The election rule is strongly opposed by business groups, and House Republicans passed legislation earlier this year to void the regulation.

    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/200759-labor-board-finalizes-union-election-rule

  60. December 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Newt Gingrich’s Congressional Ethics Scandal Explained: Everything you need to know about the allegations that brought down the speaker of the House.
    —By Tim Murphy| Tue Dec. 20, 2011 3:00 AM PST

    Gingrich told the Des Moines Register editorial board on Thursday. “It’s truly one of the most frustrating things of my career.” He blamed his congressional downfall on bad lawyering and on the zealotry of the House ethics committee (although half of the members were Republican). Lost in the campaign trail barbs about Gingrich’s ethical lapses, however, is any sense of what Gingrich actually did, either allegedly or as a matter of record.

    ~snip~

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/gingrich-congressional-ethics-scandal-explained-newt-inc

  61. December 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    TODers, is anyone else have this problem? Whenever I attempt to post an article about Newt Gingrich, it disappears…

  62. December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Governing on Empty
    Harold Meyerson| December 21, 2011

    With the Tea Party in control, House Speaker John Boehner can do little but make empty promises. The current House Republican talking point is that a two-month compromise won’t solve anything, that they want to extend the payroll tax cut for an entire year. But this summer, they were disavowing any interest in extending the tax cut at all.

    “I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said Dave Camp, the Michigan Republican who chairs the Ways and Means Committee. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan complained that extending the tax cut “would simply exacerbate our debt problems.”

    Of course, the Republicans had made huge cuts to the income tax, chiefly benefiting the rich, during George W. Bush’s first term, and expressed no concern about the cuts’ effect on the nation’s debt. With Democrats highlighting the fact, however, that the Republicans had finally found a tax cut they opposed—a tax on working people—Republicans discovered that in fact they supported extending the payroll tax cuts after all.

    ~snip~

    http://prospect.org/article/governing-empty

  63. 274 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Not only have a couple strands been pulled loose from Romney’s usual perfectly coiffed do, but I see he is in Obama’s fave presidential casual checked shirt too. Everything about Romney is manipulative and unnatural.

    • December 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      everything about him is contrived but he truly is an asshole.

    • December 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      At one of his rallys, the jeans that he wore appear to be specially picked to look like he was part of the middle class working person. They were the faded kind which was a little rugged . No way would he wear those jeans if he was not running for office. I can’t stand him. He constantly complain about PBO but he emulate everything President Obama does. He doesn’t realize that you need a heart and and a core to go along with it.

  64. December 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    had a dream last night that the House left Washington without passing the bill and PBO went on air to call them back. They ignored him so he pulled a Scott Walker. He sent out National Guards to round up all the repubs and haul ’em back to DC. The best part was the look on Boner’s face when he answered the door and saw the NG!!!!! It was hilarious! I thought I was gonna piss his pants!don’t know where that dream came from but it surely made me feel good this morning when I woke up! Hiya folks!

  65. December 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    WTF..Bill Clinton really needs to shut the F up sometimes. I’m sorry, but I think Clinton who may have been some great Dem strategist back in the day is no longer so great. I know the MSM like to tout his cunning in political matters, but lately he’s been almost completely off his game. Going on FoxNews of all places. His mind is not as agile as it use to be, but his mouth hasn’t caught on to it’s limitations.

    • 285 nintendowii10
      December 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Slick Willy Bill is another overrated and lionized politician, like Reagan and FDR. It’s because of Slick Willy that we got NAFTA, DADT, DOMA, Gramm Leach Biley, and his campaign against Barack Obama in the 2008 primary season was shameful. His wife seems to have gotten over that bitter primary, but he hasn’t… Hillary needs to tell her man to STFU!!!! 😡 👿

  66. 286 ChristiMtl
    December 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I cannot believe how much that Matt Damon story angered me…..I never hit anyone in my life but I think I would punch his face if he was in front of me, that’s how mad I am…..that’s not good.

    *deep breaths*

    • 287 ber6964
      December 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      I would too if I could, but imho he like so many expected the President to kiss his posterior after the 2008 campaign!!

      • 288 AnitaW
        December 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

        Funny. As I was driving to work I wondered the same thing. Are his feelings hurt because he hasn’t received an Oval Office invite? His behavior comes off as very bitter.

        • 289 Janelle
          December 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          I believe you’re right. He feels very entitled. George Clooney has gotten personal access multiple times. But in the end, celebrity tantrums do not intimidate the President. But the disrespect leveled at PBO is something I can never forget…..ever.

          • 290 AnitaW
            December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

            I agreed. I am beyond tired of the disrespect. It’s so uncalled for and serves no point, but just to be nasty. ODS indeed. Saw on twitter this morning from DCPlod.

            Dear Matt Damon: America does have a president with balls. What it lacks is celebrities with brains.

            So far my favorite of the day.

            • 291 Cha
              December 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

              Thanks AnitaW, for that uplifting Twitter! I take it this is a recent matt damon whine? I was hoping he would have thought about the big picture and a couple of his friends’ view..George Clooney & Ben Affleck(who along with his wife, Jennifer Garner, has already donated to PObama’s 2012 Campaign) and decided to stop with the disingenuous whining.

              I wouldn’t watch a movie with him the other night because looking at him would remind me what a stupid ass he is.

    • 292 donna dem 4 obama
      December 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Draw a picture of his face on a sheet of paper. Tape it to a big pillow and punch it really hard. I swear it works and will make you feel so much better. I do it to Boehner, Cantor and McDonnell all the time 🙂

    • December 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      I’m not even going over there to look. Fuck Damon. He’s a good-for- nothing, no-count imitation of what an actor ie: George Clooney,is supposed to be.

      • 295 ChristiMtl
        December 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

        I had to stop reading the article after that:..

        Matt Damon on Obama “You know, a one-term pres with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run, much better.”

        I was livid….it’s a &%&% lie…..the disrespect drives me crazy.

  67. December 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with this, but expect the soul patrol to be pissed by this. Let’s bet on who will be first..for my money: Maxine Waters

    “On the substance, Wilder couldn’t be more off base. But honestly, we’d pay more attention to this if he wasn’t known as Doug “in the Wilderness” Wilder. The last time he was relevant to the political process cell phones were the size of shoe boxes. Doug Wilder is dying for relevance – but we’re not going to help by paying attention to his rantings.”
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/ben-smith/2011/12/dem-blasts-wilder-rantings-108325.html

  68. 299 nintendowii10
    December 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    If you follow political news like I do, you may remember this year for its GOP horse race: who was up, who was down, who had an “oops” moment. But that’s not how I’ll remember it.

    I’ll remember it as a pretty incredible year for Democrats. Here’s why:

    Just in the last week, we’ve seen solid evidence that health care reform is working: 2.5 million Americans are now insured thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance, more than double the number previously estimated.

    And with the last troops leaving this past Sunday, the war in Iraq has come to a responsible end. Because of the veterans provisions of the American Jobs Act and the Hiring Heroes Act, which provide tax incentives to businesses who hire veterans in need of work, our troops coming home and all our veterans know that they can get the help they need in finding work and supporting their families.

    These are the kinds of fights Democrats are waging — and winning. They’re crucial victories, but they don’t happen without you.

    Next year, the stakes will be even higher. That’s why I’m asking you to step up right now and say you’re ready for the fights ahead:

    Chip in $20 or more for 2012.

    Next year’s election will be huge, that’s for sure — but the work we did in 2011 shows just what a grassroots campaign can do. Across the country this year, Democrats worked together and fought critical statewide battles on the ground.

    In Mississippi, folks worked tirelessly to protect a woman’s right to choose and soundly defeated the Personhood amendment, which would’ve made abortion illegal, including in cases of rape or incest, and even banned some forms of birth control.

    Up in Maine, statewide Democratic groups worked together to overturn the state legislature’s recent ban on allowing people to register and vote on the same day — a nearly 40-year tradition that’s helped the state have some of the highest voter turnout rates in the country.

    And in the bellwether state of Ohio, the state Democratic party and progressive allies collected more than 300,000 signatures to stop a law that would greatly reduce how and when Ohioans can early vote — and put it up for a statewide vote next year. Thanks in part to thousands who were able to cast their ballots early, Ohio voters in November successfully repealed a collective bargaining law that would’ve stripped away the rights of teachers and firefighters to negotiate for important benefits and working conditions.

    We have a ways to go to get the economy working for everyone, and there’s much more work to be done.

    But we have a lot to feel good about. We’ve worked together at the national level to make change that’s going to affect millions of lives every day, like repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and we’ve banded together in our states and communities to stand for our party’s principles.

    It’s what Democrats do.

    But don’t doubt that for every victory we’ve had this year, the GOP is ready and waiting to reverse it. Repealing health care reform, reinstating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” restricting voting rights, and putting Personhood amendments on the ballot in other states are all things the other side has promised to do if given the chance.

    That’s why we need to be ready to fight for the change we’ve made — and make certain we’ll get to keep pushing for more.

    It can’t happen without you. Show you’re ready for 2012 by giving $20 or more today:

    http://my.democrats.org/Ready-for-2012

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

    • December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Democrats have accomplished a lot but some Dems seem hesitant to say what those things are. Stop running away from your record and the president and tell the people what’s up.

  69. December 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Seen on Twitter:

    @ElleLamar
    ELAMAR
    Jay is reading off #40Dollars tweets & FB posts. Love that the our voice is important to #POTUS! #nw Whitehouse Briefing

  70. December 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    On twitter CBS reporter Pete Maer says Pres Obama went shopping at a mall and took Bo into a pet store. How funny is this. President Obama went to do some Christmas shopping while Boehner and his walk away GOP congress twist in the mess they made. Love it!

  71. 337 halo
    December 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    LOL THE JACKALS THINK PBO SHOULD BAIL BONER OUT. HELL NO YOU CAN”T!!

  72. 340 vero804
    December 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Am I really hearing that Doug Wilder has suggested Joe Biden be dropped from the ticket in 2012? Last weekend it was “POTUS isn’t appointing enough black folks” and now it’s drop VPOTUS Biden????? Doesn’t he have some X-mas shopping to do??? A bar to hit up, perhaps??

    • December 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Vero, I use to respect Doug wilder. Next, he will be joining Tavis and West on a tour. He should just shut up. Why is he doing this?

      • December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        Being paid, come to find out he works for Americans elect!

      • 344 vero804
        December 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        He is doing it for the same reason Bill Clinton comes out and says some shady stuff every now and then. Bitter and not true supporters of the president. Plus, they like their moment in the spotlight and this is the way to get it since they are both, for the most part, irreleveant…obviously Wilder much more than Bill Clinton.

    • 347 ChristiMtl
      December 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Oh FFS….sick and tired of idiots

    • 348 TrumpDog
      December 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Here we go again with the micromanaging know-it-alls.
      If Wilder thinks he knows better than the president, why doesn’t he fucking run?

      I’m so sick of these people. They make me sick.

    • 351 nathkatun7
      December 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Here is my message sent to Doug Wilder:

      “Gov. Wilder, you ran for President and failed miserably! You didn’t even get 2% of the votes in the early caucus and primaries. I am sorry your are envious of the President because, unlike you, he was successful in winning the presidency. But, sir, why not act like a grown up and go tend your gardens, and enjoy hanging out with your grandchildren and let President Obama govern without you second guessing everything he does? He is the duly elected President of the United States. I don’t think he has to prove anything to you about his care and commitment to Black people. Nor does he have to listen to you about VP choices. Besides, VP Joe Biden is a highly respected leader with unimpeachable integrity. VP Biden has served the President and the country with honor for the past three years. President Obama and VP Biden won the election without paying attention to your idiotic demands. Why should they pay attention to you now? Remember, Governor Wilder, when the history books are written, they will record that you ran for president and very few people paid attention, but Barack H. Obama was elected 44th President of the United States. This tells me that he has more political skills than you.”

  73. December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    As Monty Python would say, “Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror”.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Newt Gingrich is urging House Republicans to give in, and go along with the White House and Democratic Senate on the payroll tax-cut extension. Gingrich does make clear that this is a calculation of the political realities — as a man who previously faced a Democratic president in government standoffs — while still siding with the GOP’s position in principle…

    Story here: Gingrich: House GOP Should Give In To White House On Payroll Tax Cut.

  74. December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Presidential travel pool is assembling for an unannounced Obama trip; destination unknown.

    UPDATE: A TV pool report says the president went to Potomac Yard Center in Alexandria, Va. to go shopping. He’s been to Best Buy to buy gifts, and PetSmart to buy chew toys for the first family’s dog, Bo, who’s with him on the trip.

  75. December 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    THE KOCHS WANT THEIR POUND OF FLESH

    The impasse is NOT about the payroll tax cut. It is ONLY about the Keystone Pipeline and weakening the Social Compact (unemployment, Medicare, SS).

    The pipeline is the Kochs’ personal baby. It is the spear-tip of their war against Clean energy policy/initiatives/legislation and Pres. Obama personally. The teabagger House members are the Kochs’ servants sent on a Kamikaze mission. They don’t care about re-election as Koch will reward them amply. Kochs don’t care about the Repug party itself per se, only as a vessel to freight them to power and total control of this country.

    The Kochs have greased the palms of the media to bend the narrative to their favor no matter what, bought unlimited access for their Teabagger congresscritters. Also dangled huge superpac advertising $$$$ in front of corporate media’s eyes. Now they are cashing their chips, 160 million Americans be damned!

    “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.” — Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    • 359 rikyrah
      December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      you were the one who told me about the KOCH BROTHERS attachment to the Keystone Pipeline.

      thank you for telling me.

    • December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      You have nailed it, Zizi. This is the huge threat looming over the US. These guys have to be exposed.

      • 361 nathkatun7
        December 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        Yes, Indeed, Jackie! As always, Zizi went to the heart of the matter! The Kochs are on a mission to control this country. And as you said, the only way to stop them is to continuously “expose” their dirty machinations.

  76. December 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    ORC poll for CNN (PDF). December 16-18, 2011. American adults. ±3%.

    Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year?

    Approve: 78
    Disapprove: 21

    Click to access rel20d.pdf

  77. 364 donna dem 4 obama
    December 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    So after being on hold for almost 10 minutes at Boehner’s office they transfer me to his voicemail. I call back and it goes straight into voicemail. I let him have it in the message I left. I asked him to for once do what is right for the American public instead what he thinks will keep him in power. I told him it was unconscionable to think that his Republican Congress was going to go home without allowing a vote on the Senate bill that passed overwhelmingly with almost 90 percent agreement. To go home and leave millions and millions of people guessing right here before Christmas if they will have the funds needed to keep their lights on next month is a travesty.I then tried to appeal to his better nature (if he has one) to look beyond himself and answer the call to allow a vote on the Senate bill otherwise many will suffer because of his House’s inaction.

  78. 365 defytheodds
    December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    LIVE: Clean Air Act Event with Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

    http://epa.gov/

  79. December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Here’s a very cute photo of POTUS and Bo!!

    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/us-president-barack-obama-slideshow/president-obama-goes-shopping-20111221-104256-310.html

    It will likely change position soon as they add more photos.

  80. 370 FiredUpInCA
    December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Mr. Boehner held a news conference with his appointees to the nonexistent conference committee. The members faced 10 empty high-back chairs, meant to represent missing Democrats.

    “We’re here,” he said. “We’re ready to work.” He added later, “It would be helpful if members of the Senate of both parties were here.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/us/politics/obama-reaches-out-to-congressional-leaders-over-payroll-tax-standoff.html

    Boehner’s caucus has isolated him from both parties. Surely, this is not a scene he dreamed of when he became Speaker. Talking to empty chairs, isolated from both parties and leading a refusal to end tax cuts on the middle class.

    • 371 TrumpDog
      December 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Theatrics.
      2010 GOP House. More silly games!

      I hope the people who stayed home in order to “show President Obama” are happy with the results.

  81. 372 Ladyhawke
    December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    House Dem Leaders to Stay in Washington Until Payroll Tax Cut Resolved

    ———————————–

    Washington, DC
    Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    House Democratic Leaders promised, at a press briefing Wednesday, to return to the Capitol every day until the dispute over extending the payroll tax cut is resolved.

    Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) and Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (MD) went to the House floor Wednesday morning to speak on the issue, but were not recognized by the presiding Republican Speaker. House Democrats want the Republican leadership to hold a vote on a Senate-passed payroll tax cut bill that passed over the weekend with a large bipartisan majority.

    ————————————-

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Dem-Leaders-to-Stay-in-Washington-Until-Payroll-Tax-Cut-Resolved/10737426536/

  82. December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Bo Obama flirts it up while out from under his mommy’s watchful eyes:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcu00pe2R3tp?__site=daylife&q=bo+obama

    • December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      This is good. One more example of good messaging from the White House and campaign. Everyone should tweet.

    • 382 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Posted at BarackObama.com

      Bobfr Collapse
      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MittRomney Do you stand with #KochServant @SpeakerBoehner & the Tea Party on raising taxes on 160 M Americans? http://t.co/ruboeaQo

      #YesWeCanDOMoreTogher – We Must! #OutPerform1936

    • 383 anniebella
      December 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      So where does Daddy flip flopper stand on the pay roll tax cuts? Willard isn’t showing leadership here.

  83. 384 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    December 21, 2011 1:50 PM
    House GOP loses another ally in tax fight
    By Steve Benen

    When the Senate voted over the weekend on its bipartisan payroll-tax-cut compromise, it passed 89 to 10. One of the 10 was Sen. Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee.

    Corker’s concerns had nothing to do with procedures or timetables; he simply doesn’t want there to be a payroll tax break. He’s heard the warnings about the economic impacts, and he knows it would shrink the paychecks of 160 million Americans, but Corker thinks it’s a bad idea anyway.

    It’s noteworthy, then, that Corker has decided it’s time for his party to give in and move on.


    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that Republicans are losing the public relations battle over a payroll tax cut extension and should find a way to extend the tax holiday and move on.

    “Are Republicans getting killed now in public opinion? There’s no question,” Corker said Wednesday on CNBC.

    “Both Republicans and Democrats have agreed that this is going to happen and probably the best thing to happen now is just to get it over with — one more policy blunder — but just get it over with and move on because now it’s been framed as a tax increase which it’s not,” he said.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/house_gop_loses_another_ally_i034238.php

  84. 385 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    TPMDC
    Dems Redouble Efforts To Break House GOP Will On Payroll Tax Cut

    Brian Beutler- December 21, 2011, 1:48 PM

    With Republicans so perilously on the ropes, Democrats aren’t relenting in their push to break House GOP leaders’ will, and force them to pass the Senate’s payroll tax cut compromise. Not in the White House, not in the House, not in the Senate.

    On a conference call with reporters this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — joined by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) — called on John Boehner to wave the white flag.

    “This is the end of the road,” Schumer said. “The first thing that they have to do to show their good faith is pass the two-month extension…. I feel for Speaker Boehner because I know he didn’t choose this path. But they’re pretty far down a dead-end path.”

    For the first time in recent memory, that’s the same thing the House GOP is hearing from House Dems and the Obama administration. President Obama called Boehner this morning and told him to pass the Senate’s payroll tax cut compromise “to ensure that middle class families aren’t hit with a tax hike in 10 days,” per a White House readout.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/dems-dont-relent-in-push-to-break-house-gop-will-on-payroll-tax-cut.php?ref=fpa

  85. 386 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Huntsman Camp Slams Bain Layoffs In New Hampshire

    It’s officially open season on Romney’s Bain Capital days in the Republican primary. On Wednesday, Jon Huntsman’s campaign became the latest to accuse the private equity firm Romney co-founded of cruelly laying off workers.

    In a conference call with reporters, Huntsman supporters in New Hampshire described the pain of watching dozens of their neighbors lose their jobs as a a factory owned by Holson Burnes Group Inc. was trimmed and then closed entirely after being taken over by Bain Capital, which ended up making an impressive profit off the company as many of its operations were moved overseas.

    “The people who worked there, people who were laid off, the final 37 [workers] we had to deliver the news to, they where constituents, they were families,” former Claremont Mayor Scott Pope said. “They had hopes and dreams.”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/huntsman-camp-slams-bain-layoffs-in-new-hampshire.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  86. December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Intrade:

    Obama – 52.2%
    Romney – 33.0%
    Paul – 5.0%
    Gingrich – 4.0%
    Huntsman – 2.8%
    Perry – 1.4%

  87. 390 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Is This The Moment The GOP Implodes?

    These things happen quite quickly in the public’s mind. An event crystallizes an inchoate general feeling, and gives it clarity. I think of the moment Gingrich threw a hissy-fit about his seat on Airforce One; or the moment when Americans first saw Bill Clinton sitting for a taped deposition, and changed sides almost instantly.

    The House Republicans have now all but guaranteed that taxes will go up on middle-class Americans because of what they themselves have called “high stakes poker.” And this moment may as well sum up why Americans despise this Congress as deeply as they do:

    Yep, he is literally walking away – giving Hoyer a perfect moment for the rhetorical slam-dunk.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/is-this-the-moment-the-gop-implodes.html

  88. 391 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Romney Refuses To Take Position On Payroll Tax Holiday
    By Alex Seitz-Wald on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    In two TV interviews today, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to take a stance on the biggest issue in Washington today: the extension of the payroll tax holiday. A huge bipartisan majority in the Senate passed a two-month extension of the cut, but the House rejected that yesterday.

    A number of Republican senators have slammed House Republicans for blocking the extension, but on Fox News this morning, Romney wouldn’t say whether he sided with the House or Senate, dismissing the issue as an “internal battle.” “I’d like to see this payroll tax holiday extended,” Romney said, without saying for how long.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/21/393843/romney-payroll-tax-refuses/

  89. 392 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    December 21, 2011 2:05 PM
    Why Boehner wants a conference committee
    By Steve Benen

    So far, we’ve seen the payroll tax-break fight play out in a variety of steps. The first was House Republicans passing a ridiculous, right-wing extension of the tax policy, filled with extremist goodies that necessarily made the bill a non-starter. The second was the Senate approving a temporary, bipartisan compromise.

    The third, of course, came yesterday when House Republicans rejected the bipartisan compromise and said they wanted a conference committee to reconcile the two bills.

    It’s quickly looking like the conference committee itself is at the heart of the GOP strategy, such as it is. It’s worth taking a moment to consider why.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/why_boehner_wants_a_conference034243.php

  90. December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    You guys have to check this out. True genius very cool. Every time you enter http://www.NewtGingrich.com it goes to a different site related to his past. TRY IT.

    @Ali_Davis
    Ali Davis
    @MaddowBlog Genius hack alert over at NewtGingrich.com.

  91. December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hah! Just got redirected to Tiffany & Co.

  92. 405 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    December 21, 2011 2:45 PM
    Romney’s layoffs move towards center stage
    By Steve Benen

    I’ve been wondering for months why Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals weren’t going after the former governor’s vulture-capitalist record. It turns out, they were just waiting until crunch time.

    To briefly review, Romney got very rich running a private-equity firm, Bain Capital, which broke up companies and laid off American workers. He had considerable success orchestrating leveraged buyouts, seeking taxpayer subsidies, flipping companies quickly for large profits, and making money for investors “even when companies slid into bankruptcy.” Romney, it turns out, is still making millions from the firm he left more than a decade ago.

    This is starting to matter. Newt Gingrich took a shot at the Bain record last week; Rick Perry’s campaign has a new spot slamming Romney for “making millions … laying off workers”; and Jon Huntsman’s campaign is following highlighting all the New Hampshire workers who lost their jobs because Romney, at least indirectly, fired them.

    This coincides with a very tough AP article, published on Monday, noting the hundreds of layoffs Romney’s firm orchestrated in South Carolina, creating lots of profits for Romney and his investors.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/romneys_layoffs_move_towards_c034247.php

  93. 408 LOL
    December 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Rick Perry and Dan Choi—–eat Sh&^, OK now that I have that out of my system here is a nice article from the AP

    Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted “first kiss” on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif., descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss in the rain with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. Gaeta, 23, wore her Navy dress uniform while Snell, 22, wore a black leather jacket, scarf and blue jeans. The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NAVY_GAY_KISS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    • December 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      And my friends, this is what the teabagger faction is so afraid of: a changing America, where everyone is accepted on his or her own merits, where people aren’t looked down on because of belief or orientation. They know that America is coming, that its arrival gains speed every day, and that they’ll have no place in it. That’s what we’re fighting for.

    • 411 Linda
      December 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Why does Choi still wear his uniform ? Isn’t he a civilian ?

      • 412 AnitaW
        December 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        Because if he didn’t wear it we wouldn’t know him from all the other idiots.

      • December 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        This post raises some interesting questions about Choi’s flawed decision to wear his uniform in public–while protesting. Thank you, Norbrook!

        Was Dan Choi Ever In the Army? You Have to Wonder

        More recently, I’ve been seeing supporters claim that he had the right to wear his uniform to this. Well, no. In fact, Dan Choi is wrong on many counts. He is no longer on active duty. He can say he’s retired, or claim veteran status, but he’s no longer serving in active or active reserve status. He shows up at a military base in uniform, to attend an Article 32 hearing, to “support” PFC Manning, and make a political point. After that, he goes on television to give an interview – again, in uniform.

        Why is that important. Everyone who has been in the Army knows “there’s a regulation” about uniforms. Most of us can even tell you what it is: Army Regulation 670-1. It details everything about the uniform. What’s allowed, what isn’t, and how they’re to be put together.

        ~snip~

        http://cendax.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/was-dan-choi-ever-in-the-army-you-have-to-wonder/

    • 414 CEB
      December 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      America is finally growing up. The ankle-biters (far-right wing conservatives and other haters) are trying, but we will keep kicking them loose and pressing on to make our union more perfect. I am so thankful for the visionary leadership of President Obama.

  94. 415 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    R epublicans will do anything to make Obama a one term president.
    E ven destroy the economy to do it.
    P eople need to wake up and vote to defeat them in every state.
    U nder their rule America is doomed to failure.
    B ecause they only care about money
    L et’s remove them from office because they put
    I deology before country. Republican­s
    C aused this mess
    A nd now refuse to pay the bill for their frivolous spending.
    N ow more than every we need to vote them out of office.
    S ave America from republican ideals.

    A ngry voters will remove them all from office and
    R elieve them of any responisib­lity within the government­.
    E ventually they will all be removed from office.

    L et’s move America forward again by voting ALL republican­s out and
    I nvesting in America’s future.
    A fter we remove them all America will move towards a possitive future.
    R epublican ideology can no longer be allowed to thrive in America.
    S top the republican­’s Pathway to Poverty.

    h/t to GomezAdams over at HP.. ( he is one of the few originals that still fights the good fight )

  95. December 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    guys on this site where you can watch MSNBC live, people are watching and having a convo about DWS cancer coming back. One person thought it had gone into remission but others said its back. WTF?! I hope this isn’t true.

    http://www.rentadrone.tv/msnbc-live-rockinroosters/

  96. 420 QuietObserver
    December 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    😆 😆 😆 (skip to :26)

  97. December 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This list keeps getting longer and longer! Makes an excellent reference tool to push back against the media, PL, and emoprogs. Thank you, Milt Shook!~

    A List of President Obama’s Accomplishments So Far!

    One of the most irritating things I hear these days is the idea that President Obama is really no different than Bush, or that he’s a “disappointment.” Both of those characterizations are flat ignorant. If you truly believe that, you’re in serious denial, and you can’t be paying very close attention. In fairness, perhaps you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, and if so, I forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this Barack-obamapresident has done most of what he said he would do if elected, and he’s not even through his first term. Imagine what he could have done by now if we supported him, and gave him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.

    What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.

    ~snip~

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

  98. December 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    One of the most visited public gardens in the United States, and a popular attraction for elaborate holiday decorations, is now running on solar power thanks to help from the Energy Department.

    Longwood Gardens, located in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, has commissioned an American-made 1.2 megawatt, 10.7-acre solar field as part of a goal to generate three megawatts of renewable energy by 2018. Once achieved, this solar power will provide 100 percent of Longwood’s electrical needs on a sunny day.

    http://energy.gov/articles/solar-field-powers-historic-garden-holiday-display

  99. 427 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Did Karen Finney just claim that Keystone is a client of Grover Norquist ?

  100. December 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    2012 Will Be The Year Of Republican Hypocrisy
    December 21, 2011
    By Chad Henderson

    They don’t have much of a choice. The Republican Party have two options to go up against President Obama: Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. When the Republican voters go out to the polls at the beginning of the year the majority of them will vote for a person who has a background that these voters blasted years ago.

    For instance: A decade ago some Republican voter probably said, “I can’t believe that ole’ Clinton had a daggum affair while in the White House. He has ruined our image and I could never vote for someone who cheated on his wife and lied to God by breaking a vow.” Well, this same person could very well vote for Newt Gingrich who has had three wives, breaking two vows to God. Uh oh!

    ~snip~

    So lets recap for just a moment: the Republican voters didn’t want someone who cheated on his wife and they didn’t want someone who wasn’t a under the Christian label. Then they got Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Looks like those talking points were thrown out the window and forgotten about.

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/12/21/2012-will-be-the-year-of-republican-hypocrisy/

    h/t Addicting Info

  101. December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Whoever was the dude or dudette, who thought of that 40 dollar number, was brilliant.
    It’s on every news show.
    Good messaging!

    • 435 AnitaW
      December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Just walked by the television at the office and CNN is covering the #40dollars question. MSNBC RATigan and Rendell are discussing 60 Minutes interview and taking it out of context as usual. I’m glad I cannot recall the last time I watched an MSNBC show. Sorry to Rev. Al but I haven’t watched his either. And guess what? It feels good.

  102. 436 Tulips
    December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

  103. 437 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Dylan Ratigan is a hater.

  104. 443 Lovepolitics2008
    December 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I hope that House repubs finally give up and agree to Reid’s offer.

    And then… And then… Folks, do you realize that the House republicans have just made themselves the champions of the full-year tax extension, after saying a few weeks ago they were against it !!? Meaning … they won’t have a lot of leverage in the next negociations ha ha…

    The next negociations will indeed be interesting. If the House republicans refuse to vote for a full-year extension unless it comes with some defunding of ACA or any other crazy idea, they will further expose themselves. In another scenario where the GOP decides that the House republicans will vote yes and ask the Senate repubs this time to play the role of the obstructionists, it will further expose the GOP as chaotic and fractured.

    Karma is a bitch…

    • 444 AnitaW
      December 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Even better when it comes time to debate the Bush tax cuts. They are going to have to argue for extending them, but also find a way to pay for them. They will of course try to do this on the back of the middle-class which is why it’s so important that we win back the House and hold the Senate next year. Very important.

      • 445 nathkatun7
        December 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        AnitaW, I am with you 100%! Last December (2010) President Obama promised to have this debate. As usual the frustrati emoprogs paid no attention to his words as they went on a rampage demonizing him. But this President, who has demonstrated over and over again that he keeps his promises, has once again delivered. By insisting on a middle-class tax cut the President has backed the teabag-Republicans in the corner. After their instance on maintaining the Bush tax cuts that favor the rich, they now have to explain why they oppose tax cuts for the poor and the middle-class.

        • 446 AnitaW
          December 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

          Exactly. They are hoping that people forget. And it’s up to us to keep the focus on the income disparity that’s going on thanks to the GOP.

  105. 447 Tulips
    December 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  106. 448 Desraye
    December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules

    Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed speculation Wednesday that President Barack Obama would issue a signing statement when he makes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its controversial detention provisions law.

    “We made really substantial progress in moving from something that was really unacceptable to the administration to something with which we still have problems,” Holder said in response to a question from the Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez. “But I think through these procedures, with these regulations we will be crafting, we can minimize the problems that will actually affect us in an operational way.”

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/holder_obama_will_issue_signing_statement_with_ndaa.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    • 449 Linda
      December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      I knew he would come through…. Maybe this will shut up those emoprogs for a minute.

      • 450 TrumpDog
        December 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        Surely you jest.

      • 451 nathkatun7
        December 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

        Don’t count on it, Linda! The emoprogs are like the teabaggers. For them, It’s all or nothing!

      • December 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

        Some people who supported PBO, but are ‘disappointed’ with him now already said ‘Signing statements are bad! Just like Bush!” These are also people who wanted PBO to ride rough shod over everyone else and do things their way our else! In other words be a bully, just like Bush!

    • 453 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Yo Emoprogs (aka ClosetGOP) Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules tinyurl.com/75abez7 #OutPerform1936

      #PRESSON

  107. December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    LOL…SNL could really have fun with that.

  108. December 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    President Obama clip from Osawatomie

    Laws that make sure everybody follows the rules will transform our economy.

  109. 456 Tulips
    December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  110. December 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    For those concerned about the NDAA here’s some good news:

    @adept2u
    adept2u
    #Obamaistheworst Well a signing statement to clarify #NDAA to assure liberties. Signing statement! Just like BUSH http://t.co/SIz3F5SA

    There were still troubling parts of the NDAA and I believe it was Adam Serwer or Bob Cesca that said if PBO did a signing statement it would render one of those areas moot.

    You can read more here:

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/holder_obama_will_issue_signing_statement_with_ndaa.php

    Now I’m curious to see where the goal post is moved now because those who were upset were asking for this.

  111. 458 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    More Bo and the President shopping photos—–Bo gets REAL FRIENDLY with his new friend:
    http://nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/president-obama-and-bo-go-holiday-shopping-pictures-20111221

    • 459 anniebella
      December 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I thought Bo was in Hawaii with FLOTUS and the girls.

      • 460 L3
        December 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        I thought so too because someone posted an article quoting a man who lived near where the family was vacationing who said he’d seen the First Lady, the girls and Bo. I guess he was mistaken, unless for Bo’s protection Secret Service ordered that he have a double.:)

    • 461 itgurl_29
      December 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Aww. Bo found a little girlfriend! LOL, the ladies love Bo just like they love PBO! LOL

  112. 462 CaliCat
    December 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    whoops, I screwed up my post sorry for the huge link!

  113. December 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    All I can say is: BRAVO! She lets Choi and Olbermann have it…

    Dan Choi Has Lost It, and Dan Ellsberg’s Not Far Behind
    Posted by: Linda Carbonell on December 16, 2011.

    As usual, I’m watching Countdown while I work. I just listened to Lt. Dan Choi calling Bradley Manning “an excellent soldier.” If Lt. Choi’s appraisal is indicative of what his supporters know about Manning, they are fools.

    As for Manning “defending our Constitution” – could Choi please provide us with a citation from the Constitution for handing over American military and diplomatic documents to a member of another country’s government? We charge people with espionage if they steal documents to give to our allies. Birgit Jonsdottir, a member of the board of WikiLeaks, was also a member of the Icelandic Parliament. That, Lt. Choi, qualified Manning for charges of espionage.

    Furthermore, an excellent soldier does not hand over to some irresponsible, glory-seeking prick information that endangers the lives of dissidents inside brutal dictatorships, particularly some paranoid asshole who’s so determined to damage this country that he put these documents out without redaction of the names of people who would be endangered by them. Choi needs to sit down sometime with the real journalists who worked with Julian Assange and find out what really transpired.

    ~snip~

    http://lezgetreal.com/2011/12/dan-choi-has-lost-it-and-dan-ellsbergs-not-far-behind/

    h/t Angry Black Lady

    • 471 CaliCat
      December 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Choi is a disgrace to the military. He’s an absolute embarrassment and not a spokesperson for all gays in the military like he thinks he is. I’m sure there are many gay military personnel who wish he’d shut his ignorant trap.

    • 472 TrumpDog
      December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      I absolutely despise that man. I really wish someone would buy the “liberal” media a watch and tell them fame whore Choi’s 15 minutes are up

  114. 474 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    21 Dec 2011 03:15 PM

    Mitt Romney Is A Big Fat Liar

    One of the advantages of having put your soul on eBay is that it frees you up. You can say anything to anyone, and feel no consequences. You can go from promising to be more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy to backing an amendment to the Constitution permanently putting gays into second class status. You can go from calling yourself “progressive” to “the most conservative candidate in this race.” And you also can repeat in increasingly crude terms the notion that this president is some kind of anti-American, far-left ideologue determined to turn 21st Century America into Eastern Europe c. 1978 … and pretend that this is the actual debate we are having and that this is the universe we are living in. Given the alternative galaxies proferred by Roger Ailes, any other narrative might prove confusing for the true believers, I suppose. But if you want to read a long list of the whoppers that Romney has been touting, check out Sargent.

    This is a lie:


    Roosevelt believed that government should level the playing field to create equal opportunities. President Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes.

    I hereby challenge Romney to cite a single case or action in which president Obama has said he believes that government should enforce equal outcomes in the workplace or the economy or anywhere else. His signature policy in education is called “Race To The Top”, for Pete’s sake. He chose to extend the Bush tax cuts. He has actually cut Medicare and taxes on a majority of Americans. The idea that at a time when the debt is soaring the wealthy might be asked to contribute their fair share to balancing the buget is not Marxist. It’s something the most right-wing economic government in the West, Britain’s Conservative Party, has insisted upon.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/mitt-romney-is-a-big-fat-liar.html

  115. 475 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Another cute Obama photo—-getting pic taken w/2 kids

  116. December 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Company owners fake being disabled vets for government contracts
    By David Edwards| Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Each year millions in government funds intended to help veterans get back to work go to firms where owners have lied about being disabled vets, according to government watchdogs. The federal government sets aside billions in contracts each year for companies considered to be service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The program is intended to help returning veterans find employment.

    But each year, about $500 million in Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts go to ineligible firms, the VA inspector general’s office has found. Even after the VA claimed it had increased fraud-prevention controls, the Veterans Affairs inspector general’s office found that 1,800 of the companies awarded contracts were not eligible. At least 70 of those firms have been referred for criminal prosecution.

    ~snip~

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/21/company-owners-fake-being-disabled-vets-for-government-contracts/

  117. 478 Ladyhawke
    December 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    THE HOSTAGE THIS TIME IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

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

    President Obama Tells Boehner No Negotiations, Vote On The Senate Bill

    What the tea party is doing to the Republican Party is less Braveheart and more kamikaze. Since the Senate left town, the House’s usual hostage taking tactics are not going to work this time. Obama is not going to make the Senate return to Washington. Reid is not going to appoint conferees. No one is going to help Boehner out of the mess that he created this time.

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

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-boehner-payroll-tax

  118. 479 rikyrah
    December 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    December 21, 2011 3:45 PM
    ‘History is made’ on mercury emissions
    By Steve Benen

    It’s not uncommon for the Obama administration to do something worthwhile. Once in a while, though, the administration does something very worthwhile that will have a major impact on society.

    Dave Roberts has a helpful piece today on the EPA’s new national standards for mercury pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants — the first of their kind — which he described as “a Big Deal” and an instance in which “history is being made.”


    Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline. It will save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. It will make America a more decent, just, and humane place to live. […]

    [T]his is an historic day and a real step forward for the forces of civilization. It’s the beginning of the end of one of the last of the old-school, 20th-century air pollution problems…. Long after everyone has forgotten who “won the morning” in the fight over these rules, or what effect they had on Obama’s electoral chances, the rule’s legacy will live on in a healthier, happier American people.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/history_is_made_on_mercury_emi034248.php

    • 480 nathkatun7
      December 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much Rikyrah for sharing this important news that will benefit the health of many Americans. I really appreciate the work you do, both here and at the POU site, linking us to valuable news and information, which is routinely ignored by the so called mainstream media. Without your link, I would probably have missed the details of this important news story that has major implication for the well being of all Americans.

  119. December 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Can a Montana Program to Reduce Veteran Suicide Succeed at the National Level?
    By: Eric Newhouse| Wednesday 21 December 2011

    As America closes out its mission in Iraq, the Pentagon is gearing up to provide hundreds of thousands of returning soldiers with a new safeguard: intensive screenings for mental and emotional problems caused by combat. But military suicides – on average, one soldier has taken his or her own life every 36 hours between 2005 and 2010 – aren’t slowing down yet, according to an alarming new report this fall that says the suicide rate could threaten the United States’ decades-long reprieve from conscripted service.

    Troubled in large part by those suicides, Congress passed legislation two years ago requiring three mental-health screenings for each soldier within the two-year period after he or she returns from combat. As of October, the Pentagon had hired nearly 3,500 health-care providers to screen its returning combat vets for elevated stress levels. The Army has already provided its initial examinations of the first 400,000 troops, although it hasn’t announced the results of those exams yet.

    “Before this law, many of our troops received only a paper questionnaire, and never received an individualized assessment,” Baucus said. “Thanks to this law, they are now getting personal, and private, one-on-one attention from a trained health-care provider. And they get follow-up assessments for at least two years after they return.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.truth-out.org/can-montana-program-reduce-veteran-suicide-succeed-national-level/1324394752

    • December 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, President Obama for making it happen!~

      Remarks by the President at Signing of Caregives and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act

      We’ve dramatically increased funding for veterans’ health care, including our wounded warriors, especially those with the signature wounds of today’s wars -— post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Under Secretary Ric Shinseki’s outstanding leadership, we’re building a 21st century VA, including budget reform to ensure predictable funding, and a historic increase in the VA budget.

      As a nation, as the beneficiaries of their service, there’s always more we can do and more that we must do. And that’s what we’re doing today, as I sign this important legislation —- the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.

      With this legislation, we’re expanding mental health counseling and services for our veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, including our National Guardsmen and Reservists.

      We’re authorizing the VA to utilize hospitals and clinics outside the VA system to serve more wounded warriors like Ted with traumatic brain injury.

      We’re increasing support to veterans in rural areas, with the transportation and housing they need to reach VA hospitals and clinics.

      We’re expanding and improving health care for our women’s veterans, to meet their unique needs, including maternity care for newborn children.

      And we’ll launch a pilot program to provide child care for veterans receiving intensive medical care.

      We’re eliminating co-pays for veterans who are catastrophically disabled.

      And we’re expanding support to homeless veterans, because in the United States of America, no one who has served this nation in uniform should ever be living on the streets.

      ~snip~

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/improving-health-care-veterans#transcript

  120. 483 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Tease for HBO movie Game Change, coming in March. Looks good, but can’t stand the thought that Mark Dick Halperin made money from selling the movie rights to HBO (with Heilemann)

  121. 487 Tulips
    December 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  122. 488 donna dem 4 obama
    December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    A couple of videos from CBS on President Obama’s shopping trip.

    He seems to be having a ball!

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57346223-503544/obama-goes-christmas-shopping-at-best-buy/

    scroll down to see the second video.

  123. 497 Linda
    December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    ABC’s Jonathan Karl predicts:

    House Republicans will soon – probably within 24 hours – cave in and accept the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed last week by the Senate.

    I base this on conversations with House Republicans who know they are losing the public relations battle and losing it badly. They know they are taking the blame for a stand-off that threatens to raise taxes on 160 million Americans. And they cannot let that happen.

    As one top House Republican aide just told me: “I do not expect taxes to go up on January 1st.”

    At this point, there is really only one way for taxes not to go up on January 1st: House Republicans need to fold. Democrats won’t give in because they are completely confident that House Republicans will take the blame for the impasse. And Republicans don’t disagree.

    A collage of crybaby boehner.

  124. 498 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Tea Party Deadbeat Dad Horribleness Joe Walsh’s Repub primary opponent has dropped out of the race. Not sure what the thinking is there—-she was supt. of schools and a more sane Repub, if there is such a thing these days. Of course, anyone appears sane next to nutball Joe Walsh. Maybe because Walsh is now in a Dem leaning district with 2 excellent Dem candidates, Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi (sp.?) This will be an important race, one big reason is Walsh needs to be gone from our government —–forever. He’s done enough damage.

  125. December 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Seen on Twitter

    @TheDemocrats
    The Democrats
    94 percent say Speaker Boehner is to blame for the payroll tax impasse. http://t.co/CPVJ9xS3

  126. 500 Lorraine
    December 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Chips, please put the video of President Obama in Pet Smart, Best Buy and going out to greet the citizens on the street it is PRICELESS. The Secret Service guys, bless their hearts are having a time trying to keep up with his every move. The video is wonderful. It’s on the CBS website.

    • 501 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Lorraine – Looks as though Donna Dem posted the videos upthread. 🙂

    • 503 dotster3
      December 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      He was sure putting the Sec Ser. guys through their paces—-they were nervous and scrambling—–fun to watch tho—-the people——I repeat, the people—love Obama. It seems joyful crowds gather wherever he goes—–and a joyful noise too.

  127. December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    HA HA! Ron Paul got questioned about his racist newsletters and walks out on the interview.

  128. 510 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Agree with bwd’s tweet—–Romney is desperate—–he’s asking that Obama’s uncle be deported! Wow—-Romney’s got nothin’.
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/romney-deport-obamas-uncle.php

  129. December 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you, Matt Osborne!~

    Last Word on the Public Option
    Dec 21, 2011

    Congress did it. Jonathan Chait:

    There was always a slightly puzzling dynamic at work in the fight over the public option. It polled extremely well, but key Democrats in the Senate opposed it. Now, you could envision a justification for Democrats from red states opposing the measure on political grounds – even if the measure itself was popular, perhaps they saw more value in breaking from the liberal wing and demonstrating “moderation,” regardless of the specifics of the issue. But then you had, among the public option skeptics, blue state Democrats like Lieberman and Carper. It’s … interesting to learn that they were meeting with hedge-fund executives and telling them about their efforts to subvert the public option. (Emphases mine)

    Wasn’t Obama. Sorry firebaggers, it just wasn’t. Anyone who tells you Obama killed the public option might as well be telling you he was born in Kenya.

    http://www.osborneink.com/2011/12/last-word-on-the-public-option.html

  130. December 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Too Early To Chill The Champagne, But Action to Overturn Citizens United Heats Up
    (By Joanne Boyer, cross-posted at Wisdom Voices)

    The hustle and bustle of the holidays, the background noise of the GOP presidential debates and before you know it, you’ve missed a story that takes root in the month of December. It’s the time of year when it’s pretty easy to lose track of some noteworthy news items, no matter how many aggregated news services or web sites you monitor.

    I took note the last few weeks on what seemed like an unusually high amount of activity around the topic of a constitutional amendment to overturn the horrendous Supreme Court Citizens United decision. It was as though every day brought another mention of someone doing something. For your review, I offer the following:

    ~snip~

    Read more: http://www.winningprogressive.org/too-early-to-chill-the-champagne-but-action-to-overturn-citizens-united-heats-up

    h/t Winning Progressive

  131. 517 dotster3
    December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I see even Rove is saying the GOP blew it on the payroll tax cut fiasco—–agrees with WSJ——telling Repubs to wait till Obama gets on plane to Hawaii, pass the 2 mo. extension, and then blame the absent Dems and Obama for deserting and failing to pass the 1 yr. deal.
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/karl-rove-says-house-gop-should-throw-in-the-towel-on-payroll-tax-video.php

  132. 518 donna dem 4 obama
    December 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Chips…Chips come back to us soon. There are soooo many comments and videos on this thread that my computer (here at work) is running at snails pace. 😦

  133. December 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    You know, this is just bad. I got up this morning with a looooong list of stuff I had to do, and here I am an hour and a half later, still reading stuff on this blog – the very first piece of email I opened! I can’t believe how much stuff you all dig up and contribute!


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