an early heads up – chat away

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Reuters: Israel’s defense minister extolled what he called Barack Obama’s resolve and risk-taking on Thursday, remarks likely to help the president’s re-election bid after the Pentagon beefed up warnings to Iran over its nuclear program.

….Citing Obama’s ideologically tinged 2009 speeches in Cairo and on the occasion of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and this month’s U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, Barak said: “Ultimately you cannot deny he has a certain degree of consistency.”

“You may not like what he does (but) you discern a man who is capable and ready to undertake the fiercest of political risks to his survival, in order to make good on what he believes in,” said Barak, who met Obama in Washington last week.

“We are asked, sometimes, whether Obama is really a soft appeaser. To that, I say: ‘Go ask Osama bin Laden.'”

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306 Responses to “an early heads up – chat away”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    December 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Wish the Obamas well for 2012. Sign the card here: http://my.barackobama.com/Wish-Them-Well

    December 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm


  3. December 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Not First!!!!
    ps- I’ve lost all hope of being first so I am now embracing my failure.;)

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      That’s how all racists end these interviews ~ by walking out ~ right after the media puke apologizes for asking the question, which she says she’s only doing because it’s her “job.” Yes, Gloria and all the others. It is your job. Keep asking.

    • December 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      you would never see PBO walk away from a question. No matter how disgusting the question is, he uses it as a teachable moment and as a defense of his character, reputation and his actions. These repugs are something else entirely. 😐

  4. December 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Reuters: Israel’s defense minister extolled what he called Barack Obama’s resolve and risk-taking on Thursday, remarks likely to help the president’s re-election bid after the Pentagon beefed up warnings to Iran over its nuclear program.

    ….Citing Obama’s ideologically tinged 2009 speeches in Cairo and on the occasion of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and this month’s U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, Barak said: “Ultimately you cannot deny he has a certain degree of consistency.”

    “You may not like what he does (but) you discern a man who is capable and ready to undertake the fiercest of political risks to his survival, in order to make good on what he believes in,” said Barak, who met Obama in Washington last week.

    “We are asked, sometimes, whether Obama is really a soft appeaser. To that, I say: ‘Go ask Osama bin Laden.'”

    More here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/22/us-iran-nuclear-israel-usa-idUSTRE7BL0LI20111222

    • 23 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      America – Israeli DM Barak on whether #PresObama is an ‘appeaser’ – “Go ask Osama bin Ladin” reuters.com/article/2011/1… #ZEROGOP2012 #OBAMA2012


    • December 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I’ve always wanted to know: is that blue thing the baby is sitting in because he’s crying so much or because he’s wet himself? Either way, how apropos for the repugs.

    • December 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more powerful definition of a leader…”able to take on the fiercest political risk to his survival, in order to make good on what he believes in.” Whenever anyone questions PBO’s leadership skills, I’m going to shove this quote at them, which I’ll keep with me. This isn’t coming from one of the president’s supporters or campaign managers, this is coming from the defense minister of a country which has never been shy about expressing its negative opinions of US presidents.

  5. December 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    For those of you, like myself, who have completely forgotten about the occupy folks, I give you this very clever and humorous video for the Occupy Lego™ set. http://www.slatev.com/video/occupy-wall-street-lego-set/

    • 29 FiredUpInCA
      December 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      The Occupiers in L.A. plan to occupy the Rose Parade: 😐

      Occupy protest at Rose Parade angers ‘tea party’ activists

      “Tea party” activists are angry that Occupy protesters plan a demonstration during the Rose Parade, but have dropped their plans to launch a counter-demonstration.

      Occupy protest at Rose Parade angers ‘tea party’ activistsMichael Alexander, president and founder of TEAPAC, a Pasadena-based tea party group, said his members at outraged that Occupy would try to “politicize” the Rose Parade and began formulating a counter-protest. But after talking to police, his group decided to stand down.

      “We have decided to not be part of this piece of drama and exercise in street theater,” he said. “Pasadena is entitled to one day without politics.”

      Occupy activists said they are disappointed that the tea party won’t be on hand.

      “We consider them our brothers and sisters in arms in our fight to take back control of our country,” said Occupy spokesman Pete Thottam.”


        • 31 MsKitty (@michelec64)
          December 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

          Like I said in the other thread, when the Tea Party comes across as the voice of reason you know OWS has well and truly lost the plot. Not that they ever had one to begin with.

          • 32 utaustinliberal
            December 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

            Exactly. They claim that their cause is against the injustices of the 1% yet they occupy institutions where the 99% get their source of income to feed their families or they protest venues where the 99% want to spend quality family time and have nothing to do with their cause. It’s a messed up movement with no focused cause of action.

      • December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        Their “brothers and sisters in arms”? Well, the tea party spent last year trying to kill programs that would help the middle class – the 99% – and passing violent, racist slurs against minorities, Muslims, the President, women, Democrats.The tea party is fully funded by the powers that are made up of the 1%. The tea party want to push their idiotic ideology down everyone’s throats. They also spit on a Congressman. They protested taxes the same month that taxes were lowered. Is this who they associate with? What do they have in common – other than their disrespect for the President, and their complete lack of awareness about what the President has actually done to protect their rights and their chance to make a decent living?

        When I heard they were planning to occupy the Rose Day Parade, and make children a party to their nonsense – I was livid. Kids and adults just want to see the wonderful floats that have been painstakingly built, and enjoy the day. There will be plenty of time for them to join forces with the tea party to work against the only people who are on their side. Leave the Rose Bowl Parade alone!

      • December 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        Occupy is becoming a joke. They “coulda been contenders” but they’ve blown it big time with stupid shenanigans. When you are calling the racist Tea Party a brother in arms, you have lost the thread.

      • 35 Jessica
        December 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Can’t wait for Occupy Sidwell Friends. “No More Private Schools for the 1%” will be there next slogan. Roll eyes.

  6. 36 debbyeOh
    December 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Hopefully this Ron Paul story will get out more, and his so-called youth vote will wake up. The man is a loon and a racist and allowing you to smoke all the dope you want won’t take away from this.

    • December 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      maybe he wants us to smoke all the dope we want so we won’t realize that he’s destroying this country and selling us to the the highest bidder. The man’s a fruitcake! 🙄
      ps- I haven’t had fruitcake in ages can’t stand the stuff. Like cheesecake and pie, I don’t get it. 😐

    • December 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      What about this little “gem” that emanated from Ron Paul…scarey!~

      Ron Paul’s Answer–Unlicensed Doctors for Uninsured Patients
      Posted on September 13, 2011 by ninjanurse

      ….Then he said something that the blogosphere has not picked up, though it’s one of Paul’s most radical statements yet…We have lack of competition. There’s no competition in medicine. Everybody is protected by licensing. We should legalize alternative health care. Allow people to practice what they want.

      “Everybody is protected by licensing.” This is a problem? Not de-regulated enough? “Legalize alternative health care.” What is he talking about? Alternative health care is thriving, and often reimbursable by medical insurance. But do we really want to just guess, when picking a doctor, whether they passed their boards, and whether their medical school was accredited? Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, is not board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, but rather by an association that he founded and directs. That’s one way to do it. Do we crave the freedom to take our own risks with loosely-regulated doctors who can create their own credentials? Do we want an old-time doctor like R.V.Pierce? He peddled a pre-FDA concoction called the ‘Golden Medical Discovery’. It made people feel better, allegedly because it was fortified with alcohol and opium.



      • December 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

        Thank you for your consistently interesting links, creolechild!

        More quaintness from the elfin hellion:

        Warning the Yid With Lid site is a conservative site; enter at your own risk.

        On Race
        “A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. … What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.”….

        In December of 1990 his newsletter described Martin Luther King Jr. as “a world-class adulterer” who “seduced underage girls and boys” and “replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”….

        An October 1990 edition of the Political Report ridicules black activists, led by Al Sharpton, for demonstrating at the Statue of Liberty in favor of renaming New York City after Martin Luther King. The newsletter suggests that “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” and “Lazyopolis” would be better alternatives–and says, “Next time, hold that demonstration at a food stamp bureau or a crack house.”

        On Gays
        A January 1994 edition of the Survival Report states that “gays in San Francisco do not obey the dictates of good sense,” adding: “[T]hese men don’t really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners.” Also, “they enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.”

        Here’s another site—-I think it’s right-libertarian, but I didn’t stay long enough to determine that.

        BTW, I got these links from following the links in Joy Reid’s latest article on Paul.

  7. December 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hi everyone, have to go out for a couple of hours – 😦 – but will catch up when I get back.

  8. 55 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t you just “Love” the transparency?


    Why is it, exactly, that Romney is so eager to hide the same information other modern candidates have shared? Only the candidate knows for sure, but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that Romney, worth about a quarter-billion dollars, makes just about all of his income from “dividends, interest, and capital gains,” which means he pays taxes at a much lower rate.

    In a campaign context, that means the multi-millionaire Republican pays a lower tax rate than working families and — this is important — intends to pursue tax policies as president that would keep this advantage for people like him in place.

  9. 58 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    2 minute warning for PBO!

  10. 59 tally
    December 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So nice that they postponed until I got to work and can watch.


  11. December 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    While we wait for the President to speak, lets listen to the last portion of his Osawatomie speech

    Obama Osawatomie :: We shall go up or down together

    Key Points

    Our success has never just been about survival of the fittest. It’s been about building a nation where we’re all better off.

    We pull together, we pitch in, and we do our part, believing that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; and that our children will inherit a nation where those values live on.

    We still have a stake in each other’s success. We still believe that this should be a place where you can make it if you try.

    And we still believe, in the words of the man who called for a New Nationalism all those years ago, “The fundamental rule in our national life – the rule which underlies all others – is that, on the whole, and in the long run, we shall go up or down together.”

  12. December 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    PBO is coming on nice and strong. He’s really calling out Teapublicans and talking about that extra $40 per week and what it means.

  13. 63 collegekay
    December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    The #40dollars thing was brilliant on the part of the White House. Whoever came up with it — thank you!

    40 bucks means a lot to us and the Walk Away Caucus needs to hear this.

  14. December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    reading people’s responses for what losing $40 would mean for people. Now talking about what not having the bill pass would do to the economy and our recovery.

  15. 66 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    He is pissed !

  16. December 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Nice imagery. PBO standing with real people behind him and Boner the Bonehead standing with his idiot teapublicans.

  17. December 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    He’s using McTurtle to whack Boner over the head.

  18. 69 nintendowii10
    December 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Excellent Mr. President!!!!

  19. December 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    He’s now shaking hands. Nice.

  20. December 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm


    President Obama SLAMS IT OUT OF THE PARK.

    PBO’s MONEY QUOTE: Is this Congress so dysfunctional that they can’t even pass things they AGREE upon? It doesn’t make any sense.

  21. December 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    VERY powerful WH graphic on the voices of Americans and what $40 dollars means to them:


    Please share.

  22. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    December 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Just saw this “first kiss” on Twitter … appears to be official photo posted on the Navy’s website.

    I’m ready to cry!


    • 86 tally
      December 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I know!!! Love that so much!!!

    • December 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      They called them “fiancees” on the Marine website – sweet. The end of DADT seems to be going off quite nicely.

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      What moves me is that they were asked by their shipmates to represent the tradition. That’s cool! It’s a beautiful thing when people of good will help to create an atmosphere where it is safe to be demonstratively affectionate, to love. This kind of support weakens the hands of the bullies, and strengthens the courage to live in gay and lesbian youth. The President has spread this message of love here and abroad, in churches and to the military. The Choistas are too full of hate to ever credit the man who saves lives by demonstrating tolerance and compassion.

  23. 90 Ladyhawke
    December 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Pelosi Letter to Boehner: Do Not Walk Away from the American People Again

    Posted December 21, 2011

    In a letter to Speaker Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reminded him that Republicans last year held hostage the payroll tax cut and extension of unemployment benefits, demanding that the Bush upper-income tax cuts must be extended for two years, and have walked away from numerous bipartisan efforts this year.

    Pelosi wrote that she is “hopeful that reason will prevail in your Conference” to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise to extend the payroll tax.

    Pelosi called on the Speaker to bring the House back and pass the short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits extension, and Medicare physician fee fix that received 89 bipartisan votes in the Senate.


    • 91 desertflower
      December 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Chips…can you add this to the blogroll? She always has the best pertinent info up regarding the House

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      December 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for that link. This is a keeper. This is the perfect article to wake up some young people and some “progressives” to the absurdity of Ron Paul’s ideology. A must tweeeeeeet…

      • 94 desertflower
        December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        I thought so, too…there’s a whole lotta ugly to this man that they ignore or don’t know about. He will never be POTUS. This stuff is repulsive.

  24. 95 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    Perhaps more important from the White House’s perspective, there are clear signs that Americans are becoming less pessimistic about the economy’s performance. Gallup’s daily tracking of economic confidence has shown it rebounding to the point it was at before the debt ceiling debates of July and August, which had scared Main Street and Wall Street alike. The two major monthly consumer confidence surveys, from the Conference Board and the University of Michigan, have also shown improvement.

  25. 96 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Only those blinded by arrogance and greed could be so inept as to provide President Obama and the Democrats what Boehner & Cantor have, and folk like McConnell, Rove, et al., know it and are freaking. Jim Messina and David Axelrod should send special thanks to Boehner & Cantor for making their jobs a tad bit easier.


  26. December 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Awww damn I missed the Live speech….. Grrrrrrrrrr! I hope the WH video is ready to view…….. so annoyed with myself! 😡 😐

  27. 105 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Who’s the biggest TAX CUTTER???


    By the end of his first term, President Obama will have signed into law a series of tax cuts that, taken together, exceed the value of those signed into law by President Bush.

  28. 106 GGail
    December 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I blinked and refreshed and it was gone!

    Chipsticks!!!!!!! Please Post the video.

  29. 107 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Isn’t THIS SWEET?


    A bill clearly inspired by U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s child support issues would forbid people owing more than $10,000 in back child support from running for office in Illinois.

  30. 111 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    The multimillionaire Romney told NBC News he didn’t intend to release his tax returns, even if he were to become his party’s nominee.

    “Never say never, but I don’t intend to do so.” Romney told NBC, bouncing along in his tricked-out bus.


    • December 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I see he’s leaving himself some wiggle room to flop, if he needs to. Let’s turn up the heat.

      • 113 Lovepolitics2008
        December 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        no no no… This is stuff for the general… oh… That will be fun…

        note: I would have prefered to see Gingrich as the nominee, but it won’t happen. So among the other real possibilities, I prefer Romney. I’m confident President Obama can beat him. I think democrats should not attack him too much now.

  31. December 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Not sure if anyone has posted this already…..

    White House Releases Infographic to Spur #40dollars Campaign Recognition: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infographics/what-40-dollars-means

  32. 115 LunarSea
    December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I posted a comment on a previous thread where ChipsChica quoted various sources regarding the GOP obstruction. I don’t normally do this but listening to PBO speak about the gamesmanship echos what I was saying in that post so I am re-posting it here:

    It’s official: the pundit class (formerly referred to as the 4th estate) is most concerned with carrying the water for the GOP. This is made abundantly clear in the way they are all discussing the current standoff with the petulant congress critters.

    Take these quotes ChipsChica has posted here. I rarely listen to them anymore but this mirrors what I’m hearing on the radio as I drive.

    Wall Street Journal is concerned that the debate ‘might end up re-electing the President’ (what about the people who will be affected?)

    Sen Bob Corker is concerned that ‘Republicans getting killed now in public opinion’ (preserving the brand is major concern)

    Washington Post’s worry is that the gridlock ‘could do lasting damage to the GOP’ (Again no mention of the pesky people /snark)

    Greg Sargent is the only one who mentions ‘Americans who would see their taxes go up if the House Republicans fail to act’ possibly quoting a WH press release.

    I obviously look at this current turn of events as a win for PBO and by extension the American People, but it is clear that the GOP & their paid shrills are strictly viewing this as a branding issue & horse race and not as something that will negatively impact millions of American or our economic recovery.

    The American people are just invisible to their minds and to their goals. Yes, I’ll take criticism of their actions where I can get it but it just goes to show how all consuming their quest for power is. The people, indeed the welfare of the country, doesn’t matter. It’s all about their power and control. They really are pitiful excuses for human beings.

  33. 116 rikyrah
    December 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    December 22, 2011 12:35 PM
    Romney to keep his tax returns hidden
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney recently reflected on lessons he learned from his father. “He made sure my brother and I mowed the lawn, shoveled the driveway,” Romney said. “When he ran for president and his tax returns were published, it was clear he could’ve hired a landscaper. But he decided we would work with our hands.”

    It struck me as an anecdote. For one thing, Mitt Romney, we now know, hired undocumented workers to do landscaping work. For another, Romney makes it sound like the release of tax returns are a routine part of running for president.

    It turns out, the former one-term Massachusetts governor doesn’t actually believe that.

    Romney said he didn’t intend to release his tax returns. “I doubt it. I will provide all the financial info, which is an extraordinary pile of documents which show investments and so forth.”


    • December 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Well, ho-hum, La-di-da and all that shit! {{said with an arrogant, filthy rich sneer}} “I have a vast amount of paperwork to prove that I have a vast amount of money. Do you need to see my tax returns? Not at all, how plebeian! I’ll provide you only what you need to know, my boy. Only what you need to know. No need to show just how ghastly my wealth is and just how much money I bring in every year even though I’m “unemployed!” Tish-tish, poo-poo and all that rubbish!”
      ps- don’t know why all my rich people sound like they’re from Great Britain in 1902. Hm. 😐

  34. 118 AnitaW
    December 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Just saw on Twitter that GHW Bush is endorsing Mitt Romney. My response, “who cares?”

    • 119 LunarSea
      December 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      LMAO Kiss of death?

      • 120 AnitaW
        December 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        It’s intended to change the subject from the tax debate.

        So I just tweeted:

        Not sure bringing out endorsement of guy who coined, “read my lips no new taxes” before raising taxes was probably not a good idea for today.

    • December 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      ….hold on, running to the restroom………………………okay, I’m back…Bwahahahhahahhahhahhahahhhahhahhahahhhahahhahahahhaha
      Thanks for that, Anita 😆 😆

    • 123 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      The ” New World Order ” guy !

    • December 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      well it clears up whether or not the other Bush will be running. If people thought that somehow they would get to ignore the current candidates and pick Bushie Boy, they are now mistaken because Daddy dearest wouldn’t have endorsed Willard if he thought his baby boy would or could be dragged into running. asses the lot of them. 😡

      • 125 Lovepolitics2008
        December 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

        Or the theory of Saint Roscoe is right. They think Romney won’t win and it gives an opening to Jeb for 2016.

        I don’t know if this theory is right though. Maybe Jed is not really interested. Or maybe the Bush people think that even in 2016 Jeb is not electable because of his name so they’re pushing Romney, who would be very easy to control because he’s weak in character and he’s not very knowledgeable , especially in foreign policy. Romney has a lot of neo-cons as advisors, hasn’t he?

        • 126 Obama Grandmama
          December 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          When the Jeb survey was happening in NH and Rachel was talking about it there was a conversation with some political pundit that menitoned Jeb Bush has too many current ties to problems himself that took place in FL to run. Either they didn’t go into detail about it or it passed me by. It got me wondering what it was?

    • 127 Cha
      December 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Who the hell else is he going to endorse? Ginch? Santorium? lmaO! They’re all lying shit for brains.

  35. 128 rikyrah
    December 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    the hilariousness of Senator Turtle waiting for Orange Julius to have his press conference, being all big and bad…

    and then, coming out going ‘ Son, pass the f—ing thing’.

    now, THAT is a shiv to the front. , Washington style

    • December 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      But will Boner listen? From TPM:

      Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just doubled down on the payroll tax hold out in a big way, telling reporters at a press conference moments ago that they won’t give in until everyone else gives in and reopens the whole negotiations on the House GOP’s terms. “Nothing can happen until we sit down with conferees,” Boehner said. “We’re not going to sit here and negotiate with ourselves”

      What the hell do his masters have on him that he’s willing to commit political suicide for the entire GOP over this?

      • 130 collegekay
        December 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        What is there to negotiate? Is he drunk?!

        And once again, the tea party rhetoric is oozing through his pores – “they won’t give in until everyone else gives in… on the GOP’s terms”

        These people are nuts.

      • 131 AnitaW
        December 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

        I’m guessing he will continue to hold press conferences blasting the President for not calling the Senate back into session to negotiate. Boehner just doesn’t know when to fold them.

  36. December 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    This is why we will win

    Women for Obama :: OFA :: South Carolina

    ““We have to show up, we can’t just sit around and say oh, it’s me, it doesn’t matter if I vote or not. It does matter. Every vote matters; every vote counts. And we’re out there, and we’re working in the communities. And you’re going to see us, and you’re going to feel us.” –Maryann”


  37. 134 collegekay
    December 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Romney Says He Won’t Release Tax Returns


    A story in The New York Times this week reported that Mr. Romney continues to increase his wealth through a retirement agreement with Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, which still pays him a share of profits long after his departure.

    The arrangement with Bain also most likely means that much of Mr. Romney’s income is taxed at a much lower rate than ordinary income under a provision aimed at hedge fund and private equity managers. Releasing his tax returns would allow Mr. Romney’s rivals to calculate the effective tax rate he is paying.


  38. 137 rikyrah
    December 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Key Provisions Of South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law
    By Ian Millhiser on Dec 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    United States District Judge Richard Mark Gergel just handed down a preliminary injunction blocking several key parts of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law. The provisions blocked by Judge Gergel’s opinion include:

    •Papers Please: The SC law makes it unlawful for immigrants to fail to carry immigration papers. This provision is now blocked under Judge Gergel’s order. Additionally, Judge Gergel’s order suspends a provision prohibiting immigrants from presenting fake immigration papers to law enforcement.
    •No Rides For Undocumented Immigrants: The SC law makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to “transport, move or attempt to transport” an undocumented immigrant “with intent to further that person’s unlawful entry into the United States” or to help that person avoid detection by authorities. This provision is now blocked.


  39. 138 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    WTH is this?? PBO’s favorabilty is FALLING with Hispanics??? Something is not right about this…

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/3093 That doesn’t even make sense.

    • December 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Yeah, that poll has “outlier” written all over it.

    • 140 Betsy
      December 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      More than 30pts, I hear. I think that is an outlier poll. I agree with you, it doesn’t make sense. I wonder what the questions were and how they worded them.

      • 141 LOL
        December 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

        More than 30 since his term began in Jan 09, and about 6 since earlier this spring. I think the spread was lie 56-37 approval disapproval. POLITICO just looking for more clicks. Notice they had no stories on the 2.5 million under 25 who have health care due to ACA or McRaven on the prez’s leadership skills. Speaking of ACA, Kaiser polling has it now about 41-43 approve disapprove from October. Politico had it blaring in October, but now, not so much.

      • December 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        It’s a drop of six points to 56%.

    • 143 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      No details at all….the link goes to politico where there is also no details and no link to the actual poll.

      pffft !

    • December 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      It was tweeted by Sam Stein from HuffPo. I replied to him saying that he was FOS (full of sh__)

  40. 146 rikyrah
    December 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    December 22, 2011
    A re-clarification
    A couple of days ago Ezra Klein attempted to clarify House Republicans’ latest tantrum:

    The single most important thing to understand about the ongoing debate over the payroll tax cut is that it’s not about the payroll tax cut…. Rather, Democrats and Republicans are arguing over the price Democrats are willing to pay and Republicans are willing to accept in order to extend the payroll tax cut for a full year. Republicans want, among other things, the Keystone XL Pipeline and further cuts to discretionary spending.

    Understood, as far as that goes. Yet were this President McCain asking for a one-year or two-month or friggin’ decade-long payroll tax cut, would House Republicans object? Would they burden any such bill with extraneous demands for this and that? Of course not.


  41. December 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Man, this is something you’d expect from a medieval chronicle, not a 21st century nuclear state.

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea says a fierce snowstorm paused and the sky began glowing red above sacred Mount Paektu just minutes before leader Kim Jong Il’s death.

    State media say the ice on volcanic Lake Chon at the mountain in the far north cracked with a load roar.

    And in the city of Hamhung, a Manchurian crane circled a statue of Kim’s father, late President Kim Il Sung, before alighting on a tree, its head drooping before it took off toward Pyongyang.

  42. December 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Moran (D-Va.) is on Martin killing it!!! He’s really supporting PBO and talking about how the repugs won’t come to a good end especially with Little Lord Can’tor gunning for Orange Julius’ job. hehehehe!! love me some Jim Moran!

  43. 153 LOL
    December 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm


    From TPM

    Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) is calling on his fellow House Republicans to pass a two-month payroll tax cut extension, the Wausau Daily Herald reports.

    In a news release, according to the paper, Duffy said:

    “I’ve said all along I’d be willing to support a two-month payroll tax cut extension if that was our only option,” Duffy said in a news release issued this afternoon.

    “Of course, I still believe middle class families would be better served by the certainty of a one-year payroll tax holiday, but this isn’t about proving a point. This is about preventing hardworking Wisconsin families from paying an extra $40 a week for the dysfunction in Washington, D.C

    • 154 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Interesting… Duffy is the one who was whining that 174k a year is not enough money to live on. Also I think his net worth is in the negative per open secrets.

      He needs that $40.00 himself.

    • December 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      What’s beautiful is that with them all screeching about needing to provide certainty for Americans with a one year extension, they will have a hard time objecting to that one year deal in January. Lovely!

    • 156 majii
      December 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      CNN had Hensarling on late last night/early this morning spewing RW BullStank over the airwaves and reading from a document he claims was written by some commerce group. It seems that the new “get out of jail” talking points are that the 2 month deal will be too difficult to implement and that the republicans really want a 1 year extension. Riiight! I’ll believe these new talking points when snowflakes are replaced with genuine diamonds falling from the sky in a snowstorm.

  44. December 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    New York Times Gives CEO $4.5M Golden Parachute, Asks Union Workforce to Take 26% Pay Cut
    Steve Cooper

    In another sign that our major institutions are out of touch, journalistic sentinel The New York Times is giving its CEO Janet Robinson a $4.5 million dollar “golden parachute” while demanding a 26 percent pay decrease from the union workforce that assembles the paper. Comically, this comes at a time when the NYT editorial board is calling for restraint in CEO pay.

    Nothing says 2011 quite like demanding a pay cut from the 99% while dumping easy money on an executive. Arthur DeIanni, President of the Allied Printing Trades Council of NY and of New York Mailers’ Union Local 6 issued the following statement::



  45. December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Exclusive: American Airlines’ $30 million London town house
    By Rhys Jones and Chris Wickham
    LONDON | Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:56pm EST

    Buried deep in American Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is a striking asset — a town house in one of London’s most expensive residential streets that property experts say could be worth up to $30 million. UK regulatory filings show the house has been used as a residence for senior executives, including the current chairman and chief executive Thomas Horton, since the airline bought it in the early 1990s. Listed as “London Residence LON6526,” the five-floor house is one of eight owned properties declared by parent company AMR Corp when it asked for protection from creditors on November 30, sagging under $30 billion of liabilities.



  46. December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Crafty Nevada Business Owner Says the American Jobs Act Would Remove a Roadblock to Growth


  47. December 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Just saw part of an ad from Willard’s camp featuring his plastic surgery enhanced wife: Ann. Apparently it was soft jab at Mr. Grinch and his unconventional family life. I don’t like Ann, Anita or Callista. They are all gross and unbefitting the office of The First Lady of the United States……….wait a minute. Aren’t they all blond too?……. ugh……. I wonder if they all have blue eyes too?

    • 165 LOL
      December 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      If you have never seen this—-please do. It is 51 minutes of Barack’s rock absolutely slaying the other candidate’s wife in 08. Ann was there as well as Elizabeth Edwards (RIP), Fred Thompson wife, and a couple of others. They have absolutely nothing on Michelle.

      • December 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        Cindy OldCain’s hair looks like a crapshoot.

      • December 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        OMG!!! Ann Romney speaking proudly of her husband getting healthcare for everyone in Mass!!!! She was so keen on bragging about it too!!! Wish we could use the clip in ads!!! Start at 23:43. As a side note, everytime Miche talks, Ann romney tries to one up her. Ann Romney is sooooooo ridiculous 🙄
        ps- Cindy OldCain is such a valley girl, she’s vacuous and her stories are pointless.

        • December 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

          Ann talking about bringing down healthcare costs and making sure everyone gets covered, how important that is and how privileged she felt.

          • 169 LOL
            December 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

            Right……she is such an opportunist. And I believe I read somewhere that when she was diagnosed with MS..Michelle actually called her. Again, she can’t hold a candle to our Michelle..

    • 170 dotster3
      December 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Ahem—–not all blond, blue eyed gals are ditzy, fakey Repub wives. Some are marvelous, fantastic, fabulous, non-ditzy, non-fakey Dem babes. Ahem.

  48. December 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Key Provisions of South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law
    By Ian Millhiser | Posted at December 22, 2011, 10:41 am

    United States District Judge Richard Mark Gergel just handed down a preliminary injunction blocking several key parts ofSouth Carolina’s anti-immigrant law. The provisions blocked byJudge Gergel’s opinion include:


    Judge Gergel’s opinion hews closely to longstanding precedents establishing that the federal government — and not the states — must be in charge of our nation’s immigration policy. For this reason, it is an important reaffirmation of the fact that America has one policy towards foreign nationals, just like it has one policy toward trade with China or one policy towards war with Iraq, not fifty different foreign policies for fifty different states.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/752449/breaking%3A_federal_judge_blocks_key_provisions_of_south_carolina%27s_anti-immigrant_law/

  49. 173 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    2 GOP freshman just called for an up or down vote.

  50. December 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Communist Cuba set to end travel restrictions
    By Agence France-Presse
    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    President Raul Castro is Friday expected to announce an end to onerous, unpopular travel restrictions that have been in place for almost 50 years and which keep most Cubans from traveling abroad. The president has said reforming travel restrictions aims, among other things, to preserve “human capital created by the Revolution.” It is not just about stemming a “brain drain” — it is also tremendous business for the only communist regime in the Americas, which is politically and economically isolated, and desperate for cash.

    The incomes from medical service staff working abroad and paid to the Cuban government now tops $6 billion a year, making Cuban overseas medical staff — not sugar exports or tourism — Cuba’s top hard-currency earning industry.


  51. December 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Boner just agreed to let the House vote. What a colossal ass. 🙄

  52. December 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Democrats say we have a deal. At 5 it will be announced.
    CNN says it is the two month deal!!!

  53. 186 Betsy
    December 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Talking Points Memo
    Report: House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax cut deal tpm.ly/ujb7h3
    1 minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply
    Retweeted by jaimeyperham and others

  54. 187 Betsy
    December 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    • 188 Lovepolitics2008
      December 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Finally the circus is over. Statement by the president with ordinary americans all around him, statement by McConnell… It was just a matter of time.

      I wonder if it means Cantor as a new speaker or on the contrary that Cantor will be rejected because the whole stalling was probably his idea, and it has damaged the repubs quite a bit.

      We’ll see.

      President Obama will soon fly to a WELL, WELL, deserved vacation.

      Question: besides the tax-cut extention, does he have to sign the NDAA bill before leaving DC? He will attach a signing statement (military detentions etc.) to it and this is a delicate subject which needs I’m sure a lot of thought and a lot of work…

  55. 191 LOL
    December 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Meep Meep Alert

  56. December 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    The republicans caved! Will this be in every news channel and every segment for three days?

  57. 198 Jenny
    December 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm



  58. 203 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Time for you and Bo to get on Air Force One, Mr. President and see the fam in Hawaii!!!!! 😎

  59. 206 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    The Omnibus Bill has been delivered to the WH for signature which funds the Government until 10-1-12.

    What is going on with the NDAA and the signing statement ?

  60. December 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Woo Hoo

    Just about to post this story

    AFL-CIO has been making videos of folks saying why they need Unemployment Insurance. We will need to pull these videos out again in Jan and Feb when they negotiate a longer deal. I included a video of President Obamas remarks yesterday. A very moving story.

    Jobless Bank Teller: Congress Needs to Extend Unemployment Insurance


  61. December 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    So let’s have a group “pat on the back”

    To everyone here who has pressured an elected official over the past week, virtual Hi Five.

    We did good…..

    • 212 Betsy
      December 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      We definitely did good. Our job is not done yet, but it can motivate us to keep on going. Wishing everyone a happy holiday.

  62. December 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Growing pains as the ground shifts beneath their feet. From TPM:

    A white man convicted of burning down a mostly black church to condemn Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president in November 2008 was sentenced on Thursday to nearly 14 years in prison.

  63. 217 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The media is obsessed with PBO being in Hawaii with the First Family by Christmas.

    • 218 Betsy
      December 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I refuse to watch, but what are they saying?

      • 219 hopefruit2
        December 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        A whole lot of nonsense. They are asking when will the Pres leave? Will he leave for just a few days and come back right after Christmas? Are the first family waiting for him?

        • 220 Jessica
          December 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

          I hope he extends it to the 3rd like he did last year. He and his family deserve it.

        • 221 anniebella
          December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

          The President has a 10 year old daughter and a 13 year old daughter that he loves very much, he has a wife that he loves, so is there anything wrong with the man wanting to spend time with his family? I don’t fine anything wrong with it. Plus he has a sister and nieces over there. So it seems the US media is full of alot of B.S. Have a safe trip Mr. President and I hope you and your family have a Merry Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

  64. 222 rikyrah
    December 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    How Republicans Miscalculated And Underestimated Obama On The Payroll Tax

    Most military experts and athletic coaches will admit that miscalculations and underestimating the opposition is a certain guarantee of losing a contest. There are myriad reasons for making wrong assumptions during the heat of battle whether it is a vicious military conflict or a hard-fought football game. In politics, there are only a few reasons a political party makes bad policy decisions, but at the top of the list has to be arrogance and, on some level, underestimating the opposition’s resolve to hold the line when it looks like the public is solidly in favor of their agenda. The Republicans in the House and Senate have miscalculated and underestimated President Obama and Democratic representative’s resolve at demanding Republicans pass the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit extension proposed by President Obama as part of his jobs plan from a couple of months ago.

    Republicans, led by ineffectual leader John Boehner, have put themselves in an unenviable position of being responsible for raising taxes on 160 million hard working Americans on January 1st unless they get inspired to pass the Senate’s two month payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit extension. Despite the rhetoric and deflection of blame on President Obama and Senate Democrats, Republicans have finally made a hostage demand that the president is not willing to pay. It has taken three years, but Americans now have a clear picture of who Republicans really serve and regardless of the outcome of the payroll tax cut fiasco, the GOP has damaged itself badly and they may not recover anytime soon.

    When a House Republican referred to what they’re doing with the payroll tax extension as being “high-stakes poker,” President Obama said, “He’s right about the stakes, but this is not poker, this is not a game—this shouldn’t be politics as usual.” If Republicans believe playing political brinkmanship with 160 million American’s tax increase was a game, they fail to understand the fragile state working Americans find themselves in, or how serious the President is in demanding Republicans do their jobs. However, it is becoming clear that Republican’s job may have been to never pass the payroll tax cut extension in the first place. The fact that Boehner did not allow an up or down vote on the Senate’s two month extension makes clear that he knew there was a possibility of it passing the House, and to satisfy the tea party caucus, set aside the Senate’s bill and scheduled a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate’s version of the bill. Now that the Senate has gone home until January and all but 8 “negotiators” appointed by Boehner to work out a deal with the absent Senate are still in Washington, it appears there will be a tax increase on 160 million Americans


    • December 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      I want to highlight this key passage:

      It has taken three years, but Americans now have a clear picture of who Republicans really serve and regardless of the outcome of the payroll tax cut fiasco, the GOP has damaged itself badly and they may not recover anytime soon.

      I want that quote shoved down the throat of Matt Damon and every emoprog PL. PBO could’ve ranted and raved all he wanted about the GOP being full of evil bastards that want to reinstate a modern version of feudalism, but it would’ve been seen as mere partisan posturing. He had to SHOW what the GOP was, to drive the nails into their coffins. The basic lesson of writing as well as politics is “show, don’t tell.” Not that that will have any impact on Michael Moore and his ilk. But it will make a difference among those that matter: voters.

      • 224 desertflower
        December 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        How right you are, LL! SHOW the majority of Americans that are taken in by one side of the argument..or the miserable MSM meme that both sides are to blame, when ever something else holds a hostage in Washington! Americans SAW FOR THEMSELVES who did this! They will NOT forget. Maybe we should all send Boner a thank you card! Nice job, LL.

  65. December 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Headline at ABC

    “House Republicans Likely to Back Off on Blocking Payroll Tax Cut”

    Thats the kind of banner I like to read. Puts the blame where it belongs. No story yet just the breaking news headline.

    • December 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      It is music to my ears to see a headline that says “House Republicans “CAVED” instead of the Dems. Thanks for our fearless leader PBO.

  66. 229 Tulips
    December 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    • December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      LOL! Thanks Tulips. From that same article

      “As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested Thursday morning, it will involve House Republicans passing a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut (and unemployment insurance and reimbursement rates for Medicare physicians) in exchange for Senate Dems agreeing to a formal conference committee to work out a year-long extension of all items.”


      In other words they want a conference to pass exactly what the President wanted an one year extension. The President is amazing!!!

  67. 231 Tulips
    December 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  68. 234 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm


    House Republicans on Thursday crumpled under the weight of White House and public pressure and have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut, Republican and Democratic sources told National Journal.


    • 235 utaustinliberal
      December 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Hahahaha. Nice!

    • December 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Oh Lord, if they get this done quickly and PBO can sign it and join his family in Hawaii, I’m going for a big glass of mulled wine. Fingernails can’t get any lower after all these budget brinksmanship games. PBO has nerves of steel. I think it was all the $40 stories that finally did it. You can’t beat that kind of human testimony with process explanations. Nobody cared or understood Boehner’s conference committee insider stuff. They just wanted their tax cuts. This was pure genius on the part of the White House.

    • 237 Dakota
      December 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      LOVE’S IT!!!!

  69. 238 Tulips
    December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

  70. December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Not good news for Boner.

    • December 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      LL I don’t know at what point Boehner is going to stop letting the tea partiers in his caucus play him for a sucker. Everytime they force him to go to the brink (he let’s them is more appropriate) and everytime he comes out of it looking stupider than before. At some point going into an election year with historically abysmal approval ratings, a house whip who wants you job and a faction of your caucus pretending they don’t have to listen to you Boehner has to wise up and realize his best friend in Congress is the guy at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave.

      • December 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        And the thing is, I think Boehner likes Obama. But I think he likes the gavel more. Or, god knows, his masters have SOMETHING on him.

        Political parties in the US have always been disparate coalitions formed around a few key issues, and those coalitions have changed over time. The GOP coalition as it now stands is unsustainable. It’s made up of fascist Tea partiers, who provide the bulk of the coalition’s energy, and the 1%, who provide the money. It doesn’t speak to the broad middle. It cannot go on like that. The fact that 19% of Republicans approve of PBO should give GOP leadership pause. We can fume all we want to about Blue Dogs, but they vote with us more often than not, and speak to a part of the Democratic coalition. The GOP has pretty much become a European-style far-right party, like the National Front in France. There is a realignment coming soon, and don’t think for a minute that this isn’t what Obama has been working towards. Forget “meep meep”; think “revolution”.

        • December 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

          This last fiasco exposed them raw. He literally had Senate Republicans openly angry at their House collegues. It’s been a long time since I saw anything like that on the Republican side.

          I’ve said this before but if Boehner really wants that gavel back he’d pass everything the President wants and then take credit for it. I hope he doesn’t because I’m a big fan of Tommy D’lesandro’s daughter. She needs to be speaker of the house for as long as she likes.

          The GOP Civil War is coming one day after The President delivers a blue tidal wave across this country.

  71. 244 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #KochServants @SpeakerBoehner @EricCantor cave tpm.ly/ujb7h3 Yes, America, the evil Koch Empire can be defeated. #ZEROGOP2012

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @Messina2012 @davidaxelrod @pfeiffer44 Hope you expressed your gratitude to #KochServants Boehner & Cantor for all the 2012Campaign ad input

    #PRESSON #OutPerform1936

  72. 245 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations America. You are the winner today. Your taxes will not be going up thanks to the outstanding leadership of President Barack Obama!

    • 246 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you, Mr. President. Hope you’ll be flying to Hawaii soon, if you haven’t departed already!

      Rep. Chaka Fattah is on the Rev. Al’s show, and he can’t stop smiling!

  73. December 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I heard about the ‘cave in’ from House R’s… I didn’t want to read it from any other place.. I had to come here to get the TRUTH!!! *dances* Congratulations to Mr. President for that win and also the D’s!!! Gonna celebrate with a drink since its already the start to my weekend!!! Party Party PARTYYYYY!!!!!

  74. December 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Seen on Twitter

    Jason Karsh
    Brilliant. RT @SimonMaloy: Rough approximation of Boehner’s payroll tax strategy. bit.ly/bgQ3OA #p2

    http://chzgifs.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/watermelonp1.gif – click link. Ouch!

  75. 249 Betsy
    December 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  76. 254 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Just really goes to show that WE HAVE A VOICE! They work for US! Thank you, President Obama for doing the right thing….again.

  77. 255 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Boner shrivels.

  78. 256 desertflower
    December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Is there going to be a statement anywhere…CSpan??

  79. 258 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Fire Trucks seen at Fox News Headquarters.

  80. December 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    What Mitt Pays – DNC on top of things. Mitt Romney refusing to show his tax returns?


  81. December 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  82. December 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  83. December 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    In Coloardo improving economy may make more money available for schools
    By Scot Kersgaard| Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    If Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has anything to say about it – and he will – most of a potential increase in state tax collections this year and in 2012 will go to restore some of the money cut from K-12 budgets in the past few years. Hickenlooper on Tuesday recommended that $89 million in proposed cuts to K-12 education be restored because a higher-than-expected revenue forecast shows more money will be available for the state’s general fund.

    His amended budget request for the current and next fiscal years will also call for adding about $110 million to the state education fund; restoring about $30 million to higher-education financial aid programs; setting aside approximately $8 million for the Colorado property tax/rent/heat rebate in 39-31-101, C.R.S., to help the neediest of seniors; and increasing local severance tax grants by $8 million, to $18 million.



  84. December 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Btw- this was part of the American jobs Act.

    Msm ignores it.

  85. December 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Texas home to the most influential of ‘political one percent of the one percent’
    By Teddy Wilson| Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    The Political One Percent of the One Percent details the enormous amount of money contributed to political campaigns and interest groups by the wealthiest of the wealthy. According to the report, in the 2010 election cycle, 26,783 individuals each contributed more than $10,000 to federal political campaigns. Combined, these donors spent $774 million. In comparison, President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign raised $778.6 million.

    The Sunlight Foundation report notes that this has resulted in “a political system that could be disproportionately influenced by donors in a handful of wealthy enclaves.” During the 2010 election cycle they contributed an average of $28,913 to political campaigns, more than the median individual income of $26,364.



  86. 283 Linda
    December 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Chris Matthews is back sucking up to the Iowa Governor and not challenging him on his lies.


  87. December 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    The boner is slurring his speech. It must be happy hour!

  88. 289 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Statement by the President

    For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans. Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test.
    Because of this agreement, every working American will keep his or her tax cut – about $1,000 for the average family. That’s about $40 in every paycheck. Vital unemployment insurance will continue for millions of Americans who are looking for work. And when Congress returns, I urge them to keep working to reach an agreement that will extend this tax cut and unemployment insurance for all of 2012 without drama or delay.

    This is good news, just in time for the holidays. This is the right thing to do to strengthen our families, grow our economy, and create new jobs. This is real money that will make a real difference in people’s lives. And I want to thank every American who raised your voice to remind folks in this town what this debate was all about. It was about you. And today, your voices made all the difference.


  89. 293 Ashley
    December 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Did anyone catch old Rusty on the news? Those sneaky basttards are trying to do everything they can to add keystone to the deal they are such jerks.

    • 294 hopefruit2
      December 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      The Keystone pipeline was already in the senate bill so they didn’t really add anything that wasn’t there. The issue is not whether it’s in the bill, but whether the administration will approve it – which they probably won’t. There is independent data to show that the GOP claim that it will create “tens of thousands of jobs” is categorically false.

    • 296 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      A second report today about Keystone being a client of Grover Norquist. I read that Thom Hartmann reported it today.

  90. 297 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Happy Holidays Mr. President! Enjoy your Christmas in Hawaii with your family. Be safe and well-rested. We need you back here after the New Year’s to continue the good fight! We will we fighting right along with you Sir 🙂

  91. 298 AnitaW
    December 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Did Eric Cantor really make Boehner stand up there by himself? Seriously, Dumb and Dumber.

  92. December 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    The House of Saud and the Big Banks Move in on Twitter
    By: Emily Osborne| Wednesday 21 December 2011

    As Time Magazine names ‘The Protester’ as person of the year, news broke that Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal joins JPMorgan Chase as a major stakeholder in Twitter, the social media network that catapulted both the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movement onto the global stage. Alwaleed is the nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He invested $300m from Kingdom Holding Co., the largest company in Saudi Arabia, owned largely by the royal family.

    The House of Saud’s investment in Twitter is ironic given that in response to the Arab Spring, Saudia Arabia implemented a new electronic publication law that gives the government the authority to regulate all electronic content including online text, tweets and video sharing.



  93. 303 hopefruit2
    December 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    New Thread!

  94. 304 auni
    December 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Supporting people like E. Wayne Powell against Cantor is what will make the moral and economic changes we need.

  95. 306 Ladyhawke
    December 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Obama Wins: House GOP Caves On Payroll Tax Cut Extension

    This is a huge and dramatic win for President Obama. For months Obama has faced criticism from some on the left who feel that he caved to the Republicans on numerous issues, and today’s victory should go a long way towards muting that criticism. Outside of politics, this is a huge win for the two million Americans who were facing termination of their unemployment insurance at the beginning of the new year.

    The unnecessary battle over the payroll tax cut extension has allowed Obama to define himself and demonstrate that he is on the side of working Americans. This is a complete and comprehensive victory for the president that allows him to keep building momentum as he heads into 2012.

    The Republicans have crumbled, Obama has won, and 200 million Americans can now enjoy a Merry Christmas.


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