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heads up

White House live

CNN live streaming

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12:30: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC luncheon in Richmond, Va

2:45: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Virginia Commonwealth University

5:15: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC reception in Charlottesville, Va


228 Responses to “heads up”


  1. 1 COS
    January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD friends.

  2. 3 LDS
    January 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Good morning,
    Almost #1……….getting there.

  3. January 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I wonder how much Obama raised this past quarter? I hope over $80 million.

  4. 6 PhillyinJA
    January 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hello Chips and everyone from the sunny Island of Jamaica. I’m so glad I was trying out a new Chinese recipes and not watching that fruitcake Romney giving his speech last night. I’m sure I would throw the TV through the window and I know my mini me son would have been very upset.

    • 7 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I’M NOT GOING TO WASTE MY TIME WATCHING ‘MITTENS!’ HE’S JUST A RERUN GOING NOWHERE. PBO WILL HAVE SOME FUN…ME TOO!..:))))))))))))

      • 8 lovingandlaughing
        January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        I watched POB’s NH speech from 2008 instead of Romney’s 2012 and nearly started to cry I was so excited: “Yes We Can!”

      • 9 jacquelineoboomer
        January 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        Sue – We have yet another new nickname for him: Rerun Romney!

        Love it.

  5. January 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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  6. January 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Bad Business Under Jon Huntsman
    —By Stephanie Mencimer| Tue Sep. 13, 2011 2:00 AM PDT

    Utah is home to the nation’s largest concentration of companies built around the practice of multilevel marketing, which is widely considered to be a type of pyramid scheme. In 2006, Huntsman took representatives of both companies on a trade mission to China, which has largely banned MLM companies from operating because of their business practices. Huntsman lobbied the Chinese to open their markets to MLMs.

    He also did the industry an important regulatory favor that year. At the behest of the Direct Selling Association, the trade lobby for multilevel marketing companies, the state Legislature passed a bill that essentially gutted Utah’s anti-pyramid-scheme law. The bill Huntsman then signed into law may have sanctioned the practices of at least 20 companies in the state thought to be illegally operating a pyramid scheme under the old statute, according to Jon Taylor, the head of the Utah-based Consumer Awareness Institute.

    Read more: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/jon-huntsman-pyramid-scheme-mlm

  7. 15 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    MY COMMENT THINGY ISN’T WORKING RIGHT…GOING TO WATCH PBO ON MSNBC!

  8. January 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    South Carolina GOP Chair Says His State Is GOP Primary Reset Button
    Evan McMorris-Santoro| January 11, 2012, 5:23 AM

    South Carolina Republicans pride themselves on running the primary that “picks presidents.” And while everyone is watching for New Hampshire tea leaves, the state Republican chair told me they shouldn’t bother — anything can happen here and nothing should be taken for granted. There are signs that this will be a very different campaign from the two that have immediately preceded it in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    For the one thing, it’s going to be incredibly nasty for Romney. Gingrich’s Super PAC is dumping a gigantic buy on the state, promising to life a lot harder for Romney. Romney also faces opponents with well-built infrastructure. And candidates like Rick Santorum have spent a lot more time in the state than Romney, doing their retail thing. Santorum surprised in Iowa thanks to his retail effort and ability to tap into the state’s evangelicals, and Connelly said Santorum’s looking stronger than expected here, too.

    Read more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/south-carolina-gop-chair-says-his-state-is-gop-primary-reset-button.php?ref=fpb

    • January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Florida is the big one. But I agree one of the Not-Romneys NEED S.Carolina for any chance in Florida. Newt/Santorum combined beat Romney (and Huntsman for fairness) in S.Carolina and Florida – but both Newt and Santorum will not get out of the way, meaning Mitt is likely to win again.

      I say Florida is the big one because it’s still winner-take-all – so Newt who has no delegates yet wins it, he gets all 28 and would jump to the delegate lead. As it stands now Romney has 18, Santorum has 11 and Paul has 6-7. S.Carolina will be a close split as well, so even if Mitt wins he’ll get 7-8 delegates for a total of 26 heading into Florida.

        • January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          NYT would be the accurate one, I had him at 18, but I took the average of the spread in the article I was reading. Also there is a mistake in my Florida number as they were halved from 99 delegates down to 50 already, I took their count as 50 and halved it thinking it wasn’t already adjusted for them jumping up in the primary field. So Florida is winner-take-all with 50 delegates going to the winner.

          So even if Romney wins SC and gets 8 delegates, he’ll have 28 heading into Florida where he polls behind a combined Gingrich/Santorum by about 10 percent. I figure one of Newt or Santorum will drop out after SC seeing the writing on the wall. I wonder if they have a gentlemans agreement of sorts where whoever comes out the higher of the two goes on while the other drops out and endorses.

    • January 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      My hope is that Romney loses South Carolina in a big way.

      • January 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        He would if Newt/Santorum were not splitting conservative vote. I think he’ll probably win it with a low 30’s pull. Newt and Santorum will probably battle it out both scoring in the mid-20’s. Of course meaning one Not-Romney would have pulled in the mid 40’s to near 50%.

  9. 22 ChristiMTL
    January 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I was wondering where they were…

    Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement have announced plans
    to picket a fundraising event and concert at the University of Illinois at Chicago where Obama is expected to speak.

    Occupy UIC, in conjunction with Occupy Chicago,
    is organizing a demonstration during the concert.

    • 23 Desraye
      January 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Yea, I seen this on the daily gos last night. Hopefully they will be outnumbered.

    • 24 Linda
      January 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      They ruined their own movement by letting in the Libertarians.

    • 25 edp4bho
      January 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      These butts are stumbling and fumbling because nobody is really finding them interesting anymore. Looking for a meaning, hoping to be as influential and infective (yes, I mean infective) as the teabaggers. Holding unreasonable grudges against ghosts, in essence. No leader, no visible outcome. I still think they had reacted to the surge in “effective” uprisings across the globe, and felt entitled to be in the limelight. As Angela Davis stated, this was an awakening brought by the campaigns of PBO. Too many just thought they could do change better than he.

  10. January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi everybody. I’m super stoked today. We’ve been gathering signatures for the petitions to get PBO on the Indiana ballot in November. And woot! We’re done and they are being delivered today. I am so excited. Now I pray the state doesn’t try any tricks.

    I also have a request for some help. I’m starting a Women for Obama group in my neighborhood and want to know if anyone has been a part of one or is part of one. If so, could you share some projects, events that you’ve worked on?

    I want us to focus on voter registration and voter IDs, as well as educating and mobilizing young women but want to do anything that will help GOTV for the President. Any tips would be appreciated.

    • 30 Cathy in MN
      January 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Those sound like great focus areas; attacks on voter rights mean we all need to be vigilent in helping people get ready to vote.
      I haven’t figured out how to better spread information on women’s issues; however, plan to generate my own fact sheet to use when canvassing and making calls.

      Will include number of bills that have been passed by the current congress focused on limiting women’s right (and key points) – attempts to limit education funding, recent issue with passing reform on school lunch dietary guidelines (pizza = vegetable; sure, any Mom knows that is a pile of crap). Also include number of improvements the curretn administration has made on issue relevant to women.

      Oh well, I found in the last election that if I had a list in my own thoughts it worked best for me in dicsussions. If I try ot do it off the top of my head, I stumble.

      Just random thoughts; good luck and congratulations on leading in your local community!!!

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      congrats pob. well done.

    • 35 tally
      January 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      ok – I’m confused….. and apparently have missed some HUGE news piece – but WTF??? WHY wouldn’t he be on the ballot automatically????

    • 38 kittypat
      January 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      proudofobama, one of our local OFA groups organized a woman to woman phone bank focusing on the President’s record re: women’s issues. I was supposed to participate but didn’t make it due to a storm that knocked power out in my neck of the woods.

  11. January 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Obama Auto Bailout Has Created 10 Times More Jobs Than Romney Ever Did
    By Jason Easley| January 10, 2012

    Mitt Romney may have only created 10,000 jobs while at Bain Capital, but the Obama auto industry bailout that Romney opposed has created 170,000 jobs since 2009. According to the White House, Today, the American auto industry is coming back, creating jobs and moving cars off the line. Last month, the automotive industry added nearly 11,000 positions, bringing the total number of jobs added in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 36,000. The industry added 100,000 jobs over the course of 2011.

    Romney is about creating jobs. He only thinks in terms of increasing profits for the one percent. His economic perspective is based on creating wealth for those at the top. Mitt Romney may be trying to sell himself as a job creator, but only Barack Obama was brave enough to take the risk that saved the auto industry. Obama is a job creator, and Mitt Romney will always be a job cremator.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-romney-auto-bailout

    • 40 utaustinliberal
      January 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Wow, 10K. That sure is a far lower number than the 100K Willard likes to tout. Liar liar pants on fire Mitt.

  12. 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    AM SO HAPPY PBO IS GOING TO CHICAGO…THERE IS NOTHIN’ LIKE A REAL SLICE OF HOMETOWN FOLK WHO LOVE YOU! I HOPE HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL TIME…THERE WILL BE QUALITY TIME EVEN THO’ IT HAS TO BE A SHORT VISIT! CHICAGO IS BLESSED TO HAVE HIM!

  13. 42 P
    January 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hey everyone, good afternoon!
    Just wanted to know who’s the fool that refered to the First Lady as “this person” when speaking to Gayle King this morning? Don’t watch cbs morning shows.
    I’m a little late to the party but can’t wait and happy I can listen to my President this morning….woop woop!!!!

  14. January 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Ah, I love this fella:

    • 47 Debz
      January 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Love him!! Also kudos to Gayle for saying that she’s a friend of FLOTUS and “that didn’t happen, that didn’t happen” called out kantor’s lies good for her.

    • January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      How sweet that someone would make a video like that and present what we all know to be true. And love the “icecubesonly.com” ??!!

    • 51 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Oh Chips! I love this! who is that awesome gentleman??

      • January 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Hiya ChristiMTL, don’t know who he is! If you click on the video title (ie top left of the video) it’ll take you to his YouTube page – share your love!

    • 53 edp4bho
      January 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Me too. All I can say about this book bit is, this too shall pass. Call me creepy, but I read predictions at times, and one who’s name escapes me, foretold of a scandal about the WH that was going to mean next to nothing for the general. This person has already predicted four major events regarding famous people, and so far two have come true. Those 2 were that Michael Jackson would die, and that PBO would survive an assassination attempt ( I’m looking at the try by the nutjob shooting at the WH windows) This will be number three, and number four, will have to be a wait and see, but it’s monumental. Okay, I’m ready for the onslaught of jokesters, doubters, and what have you. I have a sense of humor…..LOL. But sometimes these ring true. I so hope that last one brings it home. Just thought I should mention this rather than have doubters later, after the fact. I even feel guilty posting this because it is just what I believe is my “need to know now” personality. I must learn the patience of Job, and President Obama. I know.

    • 54 tally
      January 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Love him!!! Everyone LIKE that video please!!

    • 55 lovingandlaughing
      January 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      well all right! what a guy!!!!!!!!! thank you sir for speaking up. i liked the video hope all TODers will too.

    • 56 nathkatun7
      January 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      This gentleman was spot-on! What’s his name? I wish I could send him a thank you note for telling the TRUTH about the motivation of many of these books based on second and third person accounts.

  15. 57 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    INCOME INEQUALITY ENVY

    Romney: Talking About Income Inequality In Public Means You’re Just Envious

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    Romney was unequivocal: “I think it’s all about envy.”

    LAUER: I’m curious about the word envy. Do you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country is envious? Is it about jealousy or is it about fairness?

    ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. I think when you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus 1 percent, and those people who have been most successful will be in the 1 percent, you’ve opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country, which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God.

    When Lauer pressed Romney on whether there are “no fair questions about the distribution of wealth,” Romney suggested that perhaps there are legitimate concerns — but we’d better not talk about them in public.

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

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201201110002

    • 58 TrumpDog
      January 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I still say this is a dumb move.
      The worst thing you can do when addressing someone’s concerns is accuse them of being jealous. It’s insulting and condescending.
      Whomever gave Mitt the advice to attack in that was needs to have his/her head examined

  16. 59 edp4bho
    January 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TOD If anyone doubts NPR is in the tank for the GOP……those who want to slash funding for public broadcasting—I heard report a short while ago today on NPR, stating independents in NH went for Mitts because, even though under PBO, unemployment has gone down, they feel it should have happened sooner, like atleast a year ago. Say what you will, but I find indies like to pride themselves on being autonomous political thinkers, but they are really some of the most ass-backward in terms of reasoning. And I am an Indie, so don’t come back on me for stating the obvious. Not only this, but NPR has gotten more w-wing in its reporting since the 2008 election season. I only hear these because I listen to classical music in the day, and jazz at night, (with my breaks for Rev Al and Randi Rhodes) and this college station only uses NPR news sources.

    • 60 Desraye
      January 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Could some of those independents be Republicans too ashame to be part of the current Republican party?

      • 62 edp4bho
        January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Possibly, since, as someone pointed out here on this blog once, there are no true independents. We will either vote majorly one party or the other since it’s all we have in the mainstream. I myself used to split my vote, but cannot stomach the name “rethug” anymore. I always voted more Dem anyway because I care about the body of man rather than just my own personal needs. Further, if the populace is doing well, I will benefit anyway.

    • January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      This may explain the change, edp4bho, but I noticed NPR’s gradual shift before October 2011– when Gary Knell was appointed. I think it’s interesting that Information which had previously published on NPR which described his past affiliation with the Republican Party has conveniently disappeared. ~

      NPR Names Sesame Workshop’s Gary Knell As New CEO/PresidentGary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop – producers of the Sesame Street educational children’s TV show — has been named the new CEO and president of NPR. His selection culminates a search that began last March when Vivian Schiller resigned from those positions. Two high-profile controversies had led the board of directors to conclude that she could no longer effectively lead NPR.

      NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik reports that Knell says he hopes to “calm the waters a bit” at NPR after the crises and political controversies of the past year. He also hopes to “depoliticize” partisan debate over the future of public radio. “It’s not about liberal or conservative — it’s about fairness,” Knell told David this evening. “We’ve got to make the case we’re delivering a fair service, not only in the way we do our jobs, but in the way we disseminate the news.”

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/02/140994384/npr-names-gary-knell-as-new-ceo-president

  17. January 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I just read the last post, it appears people are despondent.
    Some people communicate that in different ways- some like to say how the media is full of it, some like to be critical of Romney, others like to rag on other peoples post.
    In the end, we all support the President and his policies. It’s important to remind ourselves of that, after rough days in the Political arena.

    That is all!

    • 65 Brit
      January 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I agree, and it’s okay for people to watch the MSM, and report on what is being said.

    • January 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I agree Jovie, and I’m not one for hiding our heads in the sand and ignoring what’s been reported in the ‘news, I just think we should consider the sources more carefully before inflicting PBO-bashing on each other!

      • January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Yup! I hate days when it’s all negative Obama, it’s trying.
        I think that Joe Biden should be dispatched to campaign. The messaging would at least hold it’s own, and he would be able to respond to these lies by Robney.

        That is all.

      • 68 ChristiMTL
        January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        There’s something I never forget….the Pew Research about President Obama receiving 9% of positive coverage in the media.

        So it’s about 90% of negative coverage, mostly lies, pure BS, attacks on his motive and character and policies, exaggerations, etc….

        He never get credit for anything but is blame for everything.

        Positive polls are ignored, etc….

        I view the media as a wing of the Republican party…..we have to fight them and not ignore them.

        President Obama approval ratings are always in the 40 %….with 90% of attacks and negativity day after day after day, I think it’s pretty remarquable…..it would be about 65-70% if there was rules and regulations in the media…if they would tell the truth, the facts.

        • January 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          I agree with the sentiments expressed in your post, ChristiMTL, but the most effective way to fight back is to make sure that we get the news out about the many accomplishments that President Obama and his administration have achieved, and contrast that with what the Republicans have done–which is basically nothing. The media is focused on ginning up manufactured outrage, shaping the narrative against President Obama with misinformation, and generating clicks. That’s not going to change and we have no control over it but we can make sure that accurate information is disseminated to the public–at least to those who are interested. That’s what we can, and are, doing…the rest is on them!~

    • 71 TrumpDog
      January 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      The hair on fire posts are annoying.
      No things aren’t perfect but posting every rumor or innuendo without factual basis is not good either.

      • 72 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

        I totally agree with you TrumpDog! I don’t mind shared articles that highlight the unfair and negative criticism of the President. We absolutely must know the lies being told so that we may fight back. What I find demoralizing are comments about fears of Romney, or Huntsman, or Ron Paul, or which ever GOP candidate that is being promoted by the media. I have 100% faith in President Obama; no matter which opponent he faces. Until the results are announced on November 6, I am absolutely convinced that President Obama and Vice-President Biden will prevail. I obviously know that winning an election is never easy. That is why I am going to work as hard as I can, and donate as much as I can, to ensure President Obama’s victory. I hope we never forget that electing President Obama in 2008 was neither easy nor guaranteed! For me it was a miracle! I never thought I would live long enough to witness such event. So, in spite of all the negativity in the media, I am still convinced that the people who voted for the President the first time around would do so again. For all of us who are passionate supporters of the President, all we need to do is focus on spreading the positive message. If we spend time and energy worrying or imagining scenarios about which candidate is likely to defeat the President, then that is time and energy that distracts from working hard to make sure that no Republican candidate will defeat the President.

  18. January 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Cspan is covering the jobs forum!

  19. January 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Rick Santorum’s Big Coal Buddies
    —By Kate Sheppard and Adam Serwer| Wed Jan. 11, 2012 3:00 AM PST

    Rick Santorum likes to brag about how he helped a poor local company fight big, bad government regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. But Consol Energy, the company for which Santorum was a “consultant,” wasn’t some bare-bones local outfit—it’s one of the largest coal mining companies in the United States, and its largest shareholder is the German utility RWE.

    And Santorum wasn’t doing volunteer work: He was paid quite handsomely for his services, to the tune of $142,500 from 2010 to August 2011. In the most recent congressional debate over a climate bill—the one for which Santorum “volunteered” his services—Consol spent $10.24 million on lobbying, a major increase over its lobbying expenditures in previous years. Much of that money was spent to defeat legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions.

    Read more: http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/rick-santorum-coal-buddies

  20. 75 rikyrah
    January 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Ron Paul Defends Romney’s Bain History
    Posted on 01/10/2012 at 5:30 pm by JM Ashby

    For some inexplicable reason, Ron Paul is the only candidate in the race who seems to have decided not to be the anti-Romney. Paul has labeled Romney as a “member of the establishment,” but has not mounted a serious effort to assail Romney’s economic or social record, both of which are a train wreck.

    Paul could be under the mistaken belief that he may be chosen as a vice presidential candidate, however a statement from Paul today suggests he hasn’t attacked Mitt Romney’s economic record because he doesn’t see anything wrong with it.


    Ron Paul has differentiated himself from his Republican rivals again, this time by opting not to join the chorus that is relentlessly attacking Mitt Romney. While Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been more than eager to assail Romney for his much-publicized “fire people” gaffe and time spent at Bain Capital, Paul has thrown the GOP frontrunner a life raft. According to CNN, Paul decried Romney’s critics for “unfairly attacking” the former Massachusetts governor for remarks that were taken out of context. Paul added that those who are criticizing Romney for his time at the venture capital company “don’t understand” the free market.

    We do understand. We understand quite well.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/ron-paul-defends-romneys-bain-history.html

    • 76 Sue in Minnesota
      January 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I found the discussion last night between O’Donnell and Maddow really interesting how Paul who has been running for President for ever, is actually focused on building a political movement, his son Rand Paul for which will become it’s heir apparent.

      • January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        Hi “Sugar”! It’s great to see you! Though the year is now old I haven’t had a chance yet to wish you a wonderful, healthy 2012 – so…

        ‘Sister Sue in Min, Have a Wonderful, Healthy 2012!” 😆

        • 78 Sue in Minnesota
          January 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          Why thank you…..and the same back at you. I’ve been keeping tabs on you Sister VC, just been keeping quiet as I’ve been challenged this last month in particular by the losses I experienced this year and what feels like an overwhelming task of reinventing my life. Everyday I am grateful for the opportunity to visit here, to know their are so many bright, caring and inspiring (and always colorful) people here….you have taught me so much, and always help me to maintain a sense of hope and gratitude despite my own temporary sense of confusion. I know that the supportive network that continues to grow here is a gift to all of us, sometimes in ways we may not expect. Chips you are an angel for all you have done and continue to do in bringing people together.

      • January 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        That’s an interesting point. I’ve often wondered why he seems so complacent about his candidacy. I remember reading something about an interview where he was asked if he envisions himself in the White House. He just shrugged nonchantly and said. “No.” Makes perfect sense if he’s laying the groundwork for his son. Now there’s a scarey thought–especially when many so people don’t really understand how government is supposed to operate!~

  21. January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Manufacturing and mining are set to power U.S. job gains again this year, from auto assembly plants in Ohio to the oil and gas fields of North Dakota.

    The two industries combined helped spark the biggest annual job gains for the economy in five years in 2011, with factory payrolls expanding the most in 14 years and mining adding more jobs than any period in the past three decades, according to Labor Department figures.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/u-s-job-outlook-brightens-from-ohio-factories-to-dakota-fracking-economy.html

  22. 81 rikyrah
    January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    January 11, 2012 12:35 PM
    Clarence Thomas’ brand of justice
    By Steve Benen

    In 1995, a group of men burst into a New Orleans in search of money and drugs. They ordered those in the home to lie down and then opened fire, killing five innocent people. One man, Larry Boatner, survived the violence and identified Juan Smith as one of the assailants.

    Boatner’s testimony was the only evidence presented at trial, and it proved persuasive enough to convince a jury. Juan Smith was convicted of murder.

    There was, however, a problem. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office decided to hide relevant information from both Smith’s lawyers and the jury: mere hours after the slayings, Boatner told police he could only describe the gunmen as black men, and five days later, Boatner said he never saw the intruders’ faces.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/clarence_thomas_brand_of_justi034689.php

  23. 82 anniebella
    January 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    The President seem to be running late with his speech.

  24. January 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Ok it just started on cspan. What do you know, coverage?

  25. January 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hey again, all. Don’t want the request in my post to get lost. I’m chairing a Woman for Obama group and want to know if anyone has been part of one or is a member of one. I’m looking for ideas for events like voter registration, voter ids, education on what the President has done for women. Need lots of ideas for getting out the vote. Thanks.

    • 90 Sue in Minnesota
      January 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Women’s reproductive health issues and rights is an important aspect of President Obama’a agenda. Lots of young women are unaware of the struggles of the womens movement and therefore not really connected to how this impacts them personally….and how their votes will matter to their future ability to make choices.

      I have worked with my niece and a group of her girlfriends, college sophmores, Initially they were a bit befuddled….but as the issues became topics of discussion in some of their college courses and the topic of personhood a national topic, they connected the dots. They are at college in Wisconsin, there have been many phone chats about the issue, voter ID changes, the campaign to recall Walker…..my niece gave me a I signed the petition to recall Scott Walker button…I’m proudly sporting it, and so proud that she is engaging in the political process.

      Thanks for getting in the trenches and working to engage others. This is how this battle will be won.

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility

      The Women’s Bureau has a strong record of outreach to local employers promoting policies and practices that benefit working women. This outreach has included promotion of flexible work policies across the country. Promoting work-life balance, including flexible workplace polices, is one of the many ways the Women’s Bureau will improve working conditions and promote economic security for all working women.

      Read more: http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/natldialogue3.htm

      • January 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        WOW! Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis is doing an incredible job! This site is packed with information on issues that are specific to women. I’ve listed several categories but when you get a chance visit the site and read what’s there.~

        Tools for Women Seeking Employment
        Labor Force Information About Women
        Women in the Military and Women Veterans
        Federal Laws and Regulations of Interest to Working Women
        DOL Publications of Interest to Women

        http://www.dol.gov/dol/audience/aud-women.htm

  26. January 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    And don’t forget, the BLS does a annual jobs revision, which gets reported on Feb 3rd.
    It was reported we will get a revision up 192k for march of 2011.
    That is in addition to the January jobs numbers.
    That means the rate will tick down again, in a couple weeks.
    That is good news!

  27. January 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    So far, the President is getting road block cable coverage!
    Maybe the cable channels feel guilty. Lol!

  28. 99 carolyn
    January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I will repeat what I said on a post last night…..I think some independents voted for Romney just to mess with the results! Or, this may be their temporary protest vote…Remember four years ago…..all the nasty stuff coming out from various sources…..I’d read a story in HuffPo and think “Oh, he’s doomed.” Then, of course the campaign just kept working and working, and my despondency was silly. Frankly, these pundits don’t know any more than we do. I’ve read better political analysis on this blog than I’ve heard on most TV programs.
    I firmly believe those guys have less influence than they want to believe. In the long run the decency and reality of the President and his wife, and Joe Biden and Jill will win. I still firmly believe there are more people who want that than want deceit and dishonesty.
    We hear the uglies, but my husband keeps saying, most of us (meaning the president’s supporters) go about our daily lives and are quiet. The reports we hear from OFA volunteers and their individual canvassing underscore that idea.

  29. 100 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The character of Mitt Romney:
    .

    “Romney called Hayes one winter day and said he wanted to come over and talk… They chitchatte­­d for a few minutes. Then Ro/mney said something about the church’s adoption agency. Hayes initially thought she must have misunderst­­­ood. But Romney’s intent became apparent: he was urging her to give up her soon-to-be­­­born son for adoption, saying that was what the church wanted. Indeed, the chu/rch encourages ado/ption in cases where “a successful marriage is unlikely.”

    Hayes was deeply insulted. She told him she would never surre/nder her child. Sure, her li/fe wasn’t exactly the picture of Rockwellia­­n harmony, but she felt she was on a path to stability. In that moment, she also felt intim/idat­­ed. Here was Romney, who held great power as her church leader and was the he/ad of a wealthy, prominent Belmont family, sitting in her gri/tty apartment making gra/ve demands. “And then he says, ‘Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you don’t, then you could be excom/muni­­cated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,”

    http://goo­.gl/KIaw3

    • 101 dee
      January 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      That is incorrect. As a mormon, that is not done. Meaning excommunication for having a baby out of wedlock. It was his role as stake president to discuss her options. I see this enough to know how it works. I was not privy to this person’s conversation , so i do not know how flat-footed he spoke to her.

  30. January 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This Forum is very well timed! The WH wins the day with this jobs Forum. Bravo!

  31. 103 Bill
    January 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    When does PBO get to the part about class warfare and envy?

    • 104 Debz
      January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      He mentioned the words, “middle class”, more than once, that is clearly class warfare. Also, too, since he talked about Ford that is a slap in the face to Mitten’s who is sure that he saved the auto industry by giving advice to PBO. The President is showing his envy just by making a speech.

      • 105 Bill
        January 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        Thank goodness. No speech or comment by PBO is complete without at least a little class warfare or envy mentioned.

  32. 106 dotster3
    January 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Sorry to be a broken record, but I would like to know how we can get more attention and exposure in the media for President Obama’s truths, his insights and policies, his rebuttals to all the lies being told currently. I sense and see some evidence of some slippage and know that all this heavy concentration on just the Republican candidates and all their accusations against President Obama has been harmful and has done some damage. And with the entire news media now flocking to S.C. to air a million more hours of sliming of Obama and then to Fl. for the same, I just think there needs to be some campaigning NOW—-a united effort to counter some of this 24/7 slander. The effects of the public hearing only one side are accumulating. And we can do all our GOTV efforts which are so important and critical, but it is the news media which is responsible for the damage. Is there any way we can affect a change, some kind of campaign to ask our Dem leaders to get themselves on TV, and/or a prime time news conference by President Obama, something?

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Put Joe Bidrn on the Campaign trail with press in tow.
      Just saying!

    • 109 Bill
      January 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      DWS seems to be the only one out there on a regular basis.

    • 110 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I don’t think they are controlling this….it is not a government agency……..the MSM is a business own by corporations, republicans own the airwaves and RW radio (90%)……they call the shot of who is on the air and what is broacast….no?

      It’s a different story for a press conference but even that….if someone doesn’t watch it, live or online if they missed it…they only get the sound bites by the RW hacks AKA journalists.

      Social networks and grass root movement are the only ways I can think of to get the truth out….

    • 111 Sue in Minnesota
      January 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I think we have to encourage people to consider the alternatives to the MSM. The more exposed one is to other sources, the clearer it becomes how our news/political programming has become formatted to excite controversy and drive profits, and has an insidious influence on our political lanscape. Reality TV has infected our broadcast journalism.

      And the very best place to begin is at Whitehouse.gov.

      • January 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Hi Sue in Minnesota. I’m glad that you mentioned Whitehouse.gov. It provides valuable information and I think it is vastly under-utilized. The site could be a formidable tool in educating the general public if we encouraged more people to visit it–as you mentioned.~

    • 113 edp4bho
      January 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Dotster, I just came across this about a movie, Peacful Warrior, which I have not seen, but seems pertinent here. Yes, it’s a movie, but there is truth in art, n’est ce pas?

      “At the beginning of the plot, Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is a university student as well as a locally famous gymnast who dreams of winning a National Championship competition. He suffers from restlessness, and on one occasion Dan attempts to compensate for the restlessness by running along streets before sunrise. At a car-service station, he encounters an old man (Nick Nolte) who seems to know more about Dan’s problem than Dan himself knows, whom Dan later nicknames “Socrates.” Dan is unsettled by Socrates’ knowledge; by the fact that Socrates had appeared in a nightmare as a faceless janitor, clad in mismatched shoes (by which he is identified in waking life), who sweeps up the pieces of Dan’s shattered leg; and by the old man’s extraordinary speed, agility, and co-ordination. As a result of his exposure to the last, Dan seeks to learn the secret behind it.

      Socrates, prodded by the impatient and defiant Dan, gives the boy a series of tasks and lessons. The central concept of “Soc”‘s philosophy is this: that one must live entirely in the present moment. Other ideas include the related notion that at no time is “nothing going on” and the idea that an appropriate time exists for fighting and another for abstaining from violence. These lessons are conveyed through practical lessons, long contemplation, and one spectacular mystical experience. Dan gradually learns to appreciate every moment; to view the journey toward a goal as more meaningful and significant than the attainment; to pay attention to that which he is doing – thus increasing his gymnastic prowess; and (to a slightly lesser extent) control himself.”

      This I think is PBO’s basic nature, and with David Plouffe at the helm, the two of them can offer a major dose of kick-ass, when the time comes. Let the rethugs become smug and narcissistic Mitts get the attention he so craves. In the end, he will have his day of reckoning, as his dishonesty will be his own undoing.

      • 114 ChristiMTL
        January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        Oh wow, that bring back a lot of memories.

        I went to see a fortune teller/astrologer years and years ago, she was so good, well almost creepy good, telling me things that no one knew but me…..

        The first thing she told me….after saying hello…

        ”buy Dan Millman…le guerrier pacifique.”

        I still have it.

        • 115 edp4bho
          January 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

          Well thank you ChristiMTL. Now I won’t feel strange all day after posting my previous comment about predictions 😀 Also, I will be looking for that movie. It so speaks to being contemplative and learning to listen, and then acting on real intelligence. Peace be still !!

          • 116 ChristiMTL
            January 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

            lol I read predictions as well….I like this stuff…..

            • 117 Sue in Minnesota
              January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

              Oh I do too! I think the mind is largely a mystery even to our experts. I suspect we all have a latent capacity for extraordinary brain function. I know I have had several personal experiences with it….visual premonitions that have subsequently come to pass. I am sure many others have as well.

          • 118 ChristiMTL
            January 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

            lol I read predictions as well… I like this stuff…..

      • 120 dotster3
        January 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        The stay in the moment advice is a good one. It is just so frustrating to watch all the unfair negativity about President Obama with little/no rebuttal. More astute political minds than mine likely know what they’re doing, but I wondered about the need for ads now in the contested states. My Fl. sister said that constant anti-Obama ads have been running on every channel there now for quite some time. I’m assuming most/all are Romney ads since he’s the only one with unlimited funds, and they are damaging. People say they hate them and don’t pay attention but if you hear the constant drumbeat every time your TV is on, it has an effect. I see Obama is down now to Romney there in the recent Quin poll when he was up a couple of months ago. I don’t know if they think it’s a waste of money to run ads at this time, but I think the silence in the face of constant and continuous attack ads can be unwise. Gingrich never recovered from the onslaught against him and he was up 20 points, or whatever it was, for his brief but shining moment because he was unable to respond. Negative opinions of him got solidified in peoples’ minds. And not that I compare Newtie and PBO in any rational way but mention it only as an example of what can happen, especially with our “low information” voters.

        • January 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          dotster, please keep in mind that despite the mudslinging and negative ads, President Obama’s has maintained HIGH favorability ratings because even those who may disagree with his policies can sense that he is a good man. Negative ads may work to some degree but most people are turned off by them. As I’ve stated elsewhere on this thread, less focus on what the GOP is doing. We know who we’re voting for so we should be preparing to lay the groundwork for his re-election and not become distracted by the media and the political circus.

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Talk to friends, neighbors, family. Be armed with the facts. Share links on jobs, health care reform, education, foreign policy gains. We’ve made historic achievements and we need to start spreading the word because taken together, there is nothing that compares to this presidency. Let everyone in your circle know you’re a resource whenever they have questions or doubts. Warn them about the bias of the media they are glued to so they can begin to develop some critical thinking about what they’re listening to every day. One-on-one discussion is one of the most important things you can do. It spreads and ripples out, too.

      • 123 Lovepolitics2008
        January 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        And give them the links to white house.gov. Just inform them when there is a particular important speech or town hall or forum on jobs etc. Just tell them there is good information there and ask them, in a respectful and non-confrontational way, to judge for themselves. Nothing better than going at the souce to realize how the MSM is feeding people with superficial and distorted information.

      • 124 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 1:37 am

        Really excellent suggestions, Meta!

    • 125 TrumpDog
      January 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Breathe.
      It’s still early and like it or not, attention will be on the GOP right now. This is not a horrible thing as it highlights the many Myth gaffes and showed what a doofy dweeb he is.
      We have several months to go. Just stay positive and aware. But never give in to the hair on fire nonsense. President Obama doesn’t and always seems to win in the end.

  33. January 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hey buds – I think we all know by now what the 2012 script will be for this election. There will be many MSM outrages du jour and there will be plenty, plenty, plenty of lies. There will a lot of racist ugliness and it will not let up. The GOP is fighting tooth and nail to win back the WH because if they fail to do so, it means they are a fading power. It will be rough. We will have highs and we will most certainly have lows, especially during August (when all hell seems to always break loose) and as we turn the corner into fall and the election itself. But what’s important for us to keep in mind in order to WIN is to make sure we each find ways to stay energized, hopeful and involved in the ground game. President Obama is counting on us to register voters, phonebank, fundraise, canvass, do some tabling, data entry and GOTV – not only for him but for the House and Senate races that will be crucial to the success of our agenda going forward. If you don’t feel up to these tasks, even delivering water or snacks to your local OFA office or passing out flyers can mean the world to volunteers. If you find yourself feeling very discouraged on any given day, believe me, the best antidote to that is volunteering in whatever way you can. It will lift you up and you will feel tremendous satisfaction knowing that you did your part to make this campaign a great success.

    So let’s also begin to share strategies and ideas for getting this work done most effectively in the months ahead. It will be WORK, to be sure, but I can’t tell you how important it will be to create an atmosphere of support and creativity and humor here when the campaign gets going full speed. It will mean so much for all of us if we can help each other in this particular way.

    • 127 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Powerful message meta, thank you for that great comment.

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I’m not really focused yet today and haven’t had lunch, so the two words I really picked out of your post, meta, were: snacks and humor!

      All kidding aside, this was extremely well said and all I ask is that you please remind us of this as we all go along together in 2012. TOD is definitely our headquarters, base camp, etc. Thank God for Chips and people like you.

    • 132 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2012 at 1:42 am

      Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! Thank you so much, Meta, for this realistic as well as empowering message.

  34. January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    THAT was an EXCELLENT SPEECH on insourcing. Brilliant forum and timing on this issue. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO.

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      There are two terms I’ve picked up on here today, which I hope to use lavishly in my future tweets:

      1. Rerun Romney
      2. Insourcing – our campaign should own that one!

  35. January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    dotster, do not despair! 🙂 I understand your concerns but maybe it’s a good thing for the GOP to be front and center so that America has an opportunity to have a nice long look at who they are and what they represent. Hopefully, they’ll be repulsed. Remember that the POTUS has not even begun to campaign yet but when he does it will be a stark contrast to the GOP. We can lay the groundwork by doing what we always do: provide accurate information by pulling back the curtain on the GOP’s policies that are harmful to this country using all the social platforms that are available to us, i.e. FaceBoo, Twitter, email, speaking to family, friends, co-workers and ensuring that everyone is registered to vote, has proper ID, and shows up at the polls to vote.

    • 136 Pamela
      January 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Agree, give them lots of time in the early days to tear themselves apart. Meanwhile we quietly and silently move forward. Trust the OFA, they aren’t handing anything over. Be brave!

  36. 137 defytheodds
    January 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    DNC Chair Assesses NH Primary, Looks Forward

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at the “Politics and Eggs” breakfast event hosted by the New England Council and New Hampshire Institute of Politics. (1/11/12)

    Video: http://www.c-span.org/Events/DNC-Chair-Assesses-NH-Primary-Looks-Forward/10737427024-1/

  37. January 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Well, I, for one, can’t wait to run against that weasel. The media was always against us and always will be. That’s a given. We beat them once, we’ll beat them again.

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Totally agree, BWD. Media was never with Pres Obama. They all predicted Hillary would beat him but he won. They rallied to pump up McCain and what happened. I swear, Romney’s campaign actually reminds me a lot of McCain’s losing mess of a campaign.

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Exactly. So all of this should feel very familiar, unfortunately. But we are ready for it. We are ready.

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Not only the media, bwd. Many dem corrupt corporate congress critters would be against him.

    • 142 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Agree, bwd.

      As to my assessment of Romney’s situation:

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MittRomney: bad & worse & worst news. You’ll never see 39% again. You FAILED according to 61% NH GOP primary voters. Next, Confederate SC

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      RT Kleptocrats heads explode; Teabaggers cheer @JohnAvlon: Paul won independents with 32% – followed by Mitt at 29% and Huntsman with 23%.

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MittRomney lies. #Newstainers let him. RPaul & #Teabaggers will soon secede from the GOP. And, #LandslideOBAMA2012 is ever more likely.

      And, turnout in NH, as in IA, was well below 2008 when “Republican enthusiasm” was characterized as depressed. Moreover, President Obama carried NH, yesterday, with 82 % – Bush in 2004, 80 %.

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must!

    • 143 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      We can’t forget how Romney is when he’s challenged, he get angry, flustered…his face turns red, he says the stupidest things, corporations are people my friend……

      He’s been in a position of authority all his adult life….having a powerful and extremely rich father opened doors. In his church as well.

      If you remove all this, what you have is a man of no character, a little man, very jealous and insecure….he doesn’t stand for nothing, he constantly try to imitate President Obama and can’t say a sentence without attacking him.

      I do believe also that 2010, no matter how horrible it is for President to deal with that corrupt Congress filled with sociopaths, is a blessing in disguise….

      The more they are exposed, the better it is…..the RW governors overreaching as well, taking away workers’ rights……….a lot happened and a lot is going on still…..

      A lot of people are waking up.

      • 144 dee
        January 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        I so concur!!. Do remember, though positions in our church are temporary, wether you are stake president, or another leadership role. Your next calling could be nursery leader, or greeter. (Not to demean those callings) But when one is in those roles of leadership, you must remember that in our church there is no “politicking” from the pulpit, we are instructed not to take political views in those roles. I know what I believe, but because my hubby in in one of these roles, I avoid blasting my feelings on facebook, etc. I do stand for truth and righteousness when I can. Many of my church members know my political leanings and frequently ask my opinion on issues, I just can’t “represent”, as it would be assumed hubby is supporting this or that person. We keep it mostly to ourselves and those who are like-minded.

    • 145 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Exactly! This is the approach we need to take! I remember how the media, in 2008, kept talking about the Bradley factor. It never happened! While I am not one to forecast an easy victory, I am still absolutely convinced that Willard Romney is a much weaker candidate than the military hero, John McCain. Let’s all go to work to make sure that we re-elect this incredible president!

  38. 146 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – TiMT has compiled a comprehensive tally of ObamaCare (yes he does) Achievements – http://t.co/xJBRCmXb – Even more to come by 2014

    Yes We Can … DO More Together – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012

  39. January 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    January 11, 2012 10:35 AM

    A tale of two speeches

    By Steve Benen

    After watching Mitt Romney’s speech in New Hampshire last night, I went back and watched Barack Obama’s speech in New Hampshire, delivered almost exactly four years ago. The contrast told me quite a bit about the two candidates.

    Obama, who’d just lost to Hillary Clinton in an upset, delivered his “Yes We Can” speech. It made literally no mention of George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, literally no mention of those seeking the GOP nomination, and it referenced Republicans only twice — each time to highlight the fact that Obama was prepared to work with anyone, regardless of party. In the same speech, then-candidate Obama looked at his competitors and said, “All of the candidates in this race have good ideas and all are patriots who serve this country honorably.” He also shared a vision, which included ending the war in Iraq and reforming the nation’s health care system.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/a_tale_of_two_speeches034685.php#

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Jackie, thanks for the great Steve Benen post – just a reminder, we can only post two or three (max) paragraphs from other bloggers’ work, otherwise it’s stealing! I edited it for you. Thanks Jackie.

  40. 149 tally
    January 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    ok everyone – this needs to go viral: TWEETER – ALL HANDS ON DECK!

  41. January 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Applause for Matt Lauer?

    • 155 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MittRomney – Anyone ‘envious’ of you has a disease. #PresObama practices the politics & policy of empathy, unity & advancement for ALL.

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must!

    • 156 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      The question couldn’t be more clear, no ambiguity! …” I think it’s about envy”……geezzz….I can’t find the words to describe how I feel about that man……infuriating.

    • 157 tally
      January 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Just WOW. Matt GIVES HIM THE RIGHT ANSWER, and Romney still can’t see it biting him on the ASS.

      Just when I think he can’t be any MORE out of touch, he surprises me.

    • January 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      This should be in an attack ad ASAP. A couple of days it was “I like firing people” now it’s “politics of envy” – I guess we know why the Romney campaigns initial strategy was to keep Mitt off television and away from interviews.

    • January 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      WOW. What a complete stooge. Unbelievable how tone-deaf he is. GAH.

    • 160 MJ
      January 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      I think that we should all email/tweet/facebook Matt Lauer and give him some good feedback on how well he handled the interview. Carrots and Sticks and all that…

    • 161 anniebella
      January 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Do you see that arrogant punk. It’s has nothing to do with envy, it’s about fairness, but some fifthy millionaire like Romney don’t give a dam about fairness.

    • January 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Wow. Smug, thy name is Romney

      • 163 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

        Indeed!

        • 164 nathkatun7
          January 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

          By the way, the President cannot be accused of envy! Every time I hear him talk about the importance of rich people paying their fair share of taxes, he always includes himself as a prime example of fortunate people who’ve made money and who need to pay their fair share of taxes. Some one should ask Romney if the billionaire, Warren Buffet, who agrees with the president about taxing the rich, is envious of rich people like Mitt Romney. I try to adhere to chipsticks request, but I am sorry to say that Willard Romney is a total idiot! I honestly doubt if he understands the meaning of “envy.”

  42. 165 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    GOP CAPITALISM CONFUSION

    1) GOP Establishment Rushes To Defend Romney’s Vulture Capitalism From Populist Backlash

    The attempt by these candidates to tap into the sentiments of Americans — many of whom are registered Republicans — who have been ripped off and mistreated by corporate executives like Romney is spawning a backlash from the Republican establishment. A number of prominent right wing individuals and groups rushed to defend Romney’s behavior at Bain Capital, saying that being critical of corporate greed is tantamount to betraying conservative values and being anti-capitalism.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/11/402271/right-wing-defends-romney-vulture-capitalism/

    .
    .

    2) GOP Strategist Frank Luntz: ‘Conservatives Should Not Be Defending Capitalism’

    Apparently, Luntz wants the public to believe that Republicans are both the defenders and the opponents of “capitalism.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/11/402342/gop-strategist-frank-luntz-conservatives-should-not-be-defending-capitalism/

  43. 166 24Sass
    January 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I really liked the Esquire article. Thanks!

  44. 167 donna dem 4 obama
    January 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    We have some great folks on our side who will be out there campaigning for President Obama

    • 168 utaustinliberal
      January 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Yay!!!! Love love love Hill Harper. He’s great on CSI:NY and has a real grasp of PBO’s accomplishments. He was great defending PBO on Piers Morgan Tonight.

    • 169 edp4bho
      January 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Go on Hill, with yo bad self !! You too, Donna 🙂

  45. 170 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    WHITE HOUSE “INSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS” FORUM (Happening now on CSPAN)

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

    Meeting with Obama today were representatives from 14 companies that have returned jobs to the U.S. or decided to make new investments here. The complete list is below:

    Ford
    DuPont
    Otis Elevator
    Intel
    Siemens
    ThyssenKrupp
    Rolls Royce
    Master Lock
    Lincolnton Furniture
    GalaxE Solutions
    AGS
    KEEN
    Chesapeake Bay Candle
    NOVO 1

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/01/obama-to-propose-tax-breaks-for-insourcing-jobs/1?csp=34news

    • 171 Ladyhawke
      January 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Commerce Secretary John Byrson just said the goal is to …………

      “BUILD HERE AND SELL EVERYWHERE”

      • 172 utaustinliberal
        January 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        I give C-SPAN kudos for showing the forum in its entirety. Public television is really important in times like these. It’s nice to just watch the forum without pundits droning on and on.

  46. 173 defytheodds
    January 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)

    Throughout the year, we’ll be keeping tabs on these superdonors (many of them couples who double up or spread out their gifts). As primary season heats up, we’ve tallied the current top 20 political givers based on donation data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Here’s a quick look at how they’re giving, starting with their partisan tilt: 17 out of 20 are giving to Republican or conservative groups and candiates.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/top-donors-2012-election-romney-obama-gingrich

    • 174 ChristiMTL
      January 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I was wondering who was Sheldon Adelson….okkkkkkk just a net worth of 21 billions.

    • 175 Brit
      January 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      We have to donate to “our” PACs 1911, and Burton’s. We cannot allow the GOP to buy this election.

      • January 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        It’s to the point we have to hope it’s like California where there are so many ads that it turns folks off. Whitman tried to buy the governorship and people were turned off by it.

        We can’t compete with the SuperPACS and the SCOTUS and GOP knew this – they have folks like Adelson and the Koch’s that could give $50M and not feel any pain from it. Nobody on the Dem side will do that. Buffet won’t, Soros won’t. All the celebrity types are wealthy, but not rich like these GOP supporters are.

        Only chance might be Pres Obama framing these superpacs as secret 1%ers trying to buy the election for Mitt Romney.

    • 178 dotster3
      January 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      We’re kind of outnumbered there, not surprisingly. I liked our donor who drives a 1999 Ford Escort and owns only 3 suits. Our millionaires are more interesting than their millionaires, again not surprisingly. There is going to be an attempt to buy this election, that’s for sure, huge, unprecedented amounts of dough will be spent in that effort.

    • 179 a4alice
      January 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      excellent tweeted.

    • 180 Lovepolitics2008
      January 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      History won’t be kind to Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy. Their decision was one of the most absurd ever delivered by the Supreme Court.

      • 181 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

        LP, I Agree! The Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, along with the “Bush v. Gore” decision are among the worst, politically motivated, Supreme Court decisions in history. They are only topped by the “Dred Scott” decision (1857); and the “Plessy v. Ferguson” decision(1896).

  47. January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Some good news for today – Elizabeth Warren raised $5.7 MILLION in the last quarter of 2011! Scott Brown raised $3.2M and has $12.8M COH – Warren raised $3M in Q3, so would have raised $8.7M so far, but I don’t know her COH. This does show that she is connecting and will be formidable enough a fund raiser to stay in the game. Since Mass is very blue, she doesn’t need to beat Brown in fundraising, but she needs to have enough to have a presence so the airwaves are not flooded with Brown ads.

    Brown will not have the out of state support he did during the special election, and Dems in Massachusetts will not take the seat for granted.

  48. 185 QuietObserver
    January 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    O/T: Just wanted to update you on the family situation I brought up a few weeks ago. Thankfully, my relative was able to find a new home in the 17 day deadline she was given. With the helping hands of family and friends (including me), she was able to move pretty much all of her decade’s worth of possessions out in time. I know this continues to be stressful on her and her child (coincidentally, they also lost their pet- the one they had throughout the entire time they lived there- over the holidays), but at least they are able to move on with their lives and every-day routines without interruption, and hopefully for the better.
    As for me, I feel like I’m on the verge of a great breakthrough, but my current living situation and financial issues makes it very difficult for me to stop and think, which is what I really need right now. So again, I appreciate all the good thoughts sent my way. I think this is going to be a really good year. #PressOn

  49. January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    It’s still on cspan!

  50. January 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    CNN said Robney has 19 coh!
    So, he is spending his war chest!

    • January 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I’ve heard that he’s building a ground game with it that is largely off the MSM radar. This would back it up as where else is his money going as the vast majority of ads are from his supporter SuperPAC’s. He’s raised $56M for the year, so with $19M COH it means he’s spent $37M somewhere and maybe $10M of that could be on ads though to Florida.

  51. 191 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    GOP: TALKING LOUD AND SAYING NOTHING

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

    VIDEO: The New Hampshire Speeches in 60 Seconds, From Worst to First

    By Sarah Frank – New York Magazine

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/01/video-the-new-hampshire-speeches-in-60-seconds-from-worst-to-first.html

  52. January 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Republican National Committee Files Brief Seeking To Allow Corporate Funding Of Campaigns
    By Ian Millhiser on Jan 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    One of the few remaining limits on corporations’ power to buy and sell American elections is that corporations are not allowed to give money directly to federal candidates. Citizens United frees them to spend billions of dollars running ads or otherwise trying to change the result of an election to suit their interests, but corporations cutting checks directly to candidates or to political committees such as the Republican National Committee is one of the few things the Supreme Court’s conservatives have not yet imposed upon the country.

    If the RNC gets its way, however, that will soon change. In a brief filed yesterday in the Fourth Circuit, the RNC argues that the federal ban on corporate donations is unconstitutional in large part because it applies across the board to all corporations:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/11/402358/republican-national-committee-files-brief-seeking-to-allow-corporate-funding-of-campaigns/

  53. January 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Kris Kobach, Author Of Anti-Immigrant State Laws, Backs Mitt Romney In GOP Race
    By Amanda Peterson Beadle, Marie Diamond and Ian Millhiser on Jan 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Following his win in the New Hampshire presidential primary, Mitt Romney announced today that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) endorsed his campaign. Kobach is the anti-immigrant official who drafted Arizona and Alabama’s harmful immigration laws, and who once wrote a book opposing the anti-Apartheid boycott of South Africa. “With Kris on the team, I look forward to working with him to take forceful steps to curtail illegal immigration and to support states like South Carolina and Arizona that are stepping forward to address this problem,” Romney said in press release.

    Earlier in the campaign, Romney had sought the endorsement of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who eventually endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry. With Kobach’s support, Romney reinforces his anti-immigrant stances heading into South Carolina, where officials are facing court challenges to the state’s own anti-immigrant law. Kobach praised Romney in a press release:

    “We need a president who will finally put a stop to a problem that has plagued our country for a generation: millions of illegal aliens coming into the country and taking jobs from United States citizens and legal aliens, while consuming hundreds of billions of dollars in public benefits at taxpayer expense,” said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. “Illegal immigration is a nightmare for America’s economy and America’s national security. Mitt Romney is the candidate who will finally secure the borders and put a stop to the magnets, like in-state tuition, that encourage illegal aliens to remain in our country unlawfully.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/11/402550/kris-kobach-author-of-anti-immigrant-state-laws-backs-mitt-romney-in-gop-race/

  54. January 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Romney Following in McCain’s Footsteps
    by BooMan
    Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 12:31:59 PM EST

    This is pretty astute.

    “I’m thinking of a Republican primary. It starts with a candidate (John McCain/Mitt Romney) who ran once before, came in second place, and won over the party’s elite class without winning over its base. Other candidates, understandably unwilling to accept this, line up: An under-funded social conservative (Mike Huckabee/Rick Santorum), an elder statesman who’s walked to the altar three times (Rudy Giuliani/Newt Gingrich), a libertarian who wants to bring back the gold standard (Ron Paul/Ron Paul). The conservative base is displeased. In the year before the primary, it pines for a perfect candidate. At the end of summer, on (September 5/August 13), it gets him: (Fred Thompson/Rick Perry). The dream candidate immediately rises to the top of national polls, but collapses after lazy, distaff debate performances… The Republican base looks at the wreckage and shudders. It can never allow this to happen ever again.”


    The rest of it continues with the same eerie sense of déjà vu. Which means that Mitt Romney will be looking for a running mate that can create the same kind of excitement as Sarah Palin without all the downsides.

    He’ll want someone who is adored by the Tea Party but not someone with barely any experience. He’ll want someone charismatic but not with a checkered ethical past. Both of those considerations speak for and against Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/1/11/123159/685

    • 195 itgurl_29
      January 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Speaking of Marco Rubio, he will not be the first Latino president. Mark my words. Marco Rubio is the Harold Ford of Latino legislators. Harold Ford and the Clintonites just KNEW Harold would be president one day, the first Black one at that. He was groomed for that. But like Rubio, he’s an unlikeable phony with no real political talent. There will be a Latino president in our lifetime, but he/she’s not on the national scene right now. But whoever he/she is, best believe he’s studying Barack Obama, not Marco Rubio.

      • January 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        Julian Castro could be that person. But he’s stuck in Texas so his chance to move up the ladder politically might be blocked. As Mayor of San Antonio, his next step would be to run for Governor in two years when Perry’s finally finished. GOP will go all out to make sure this doesn’t happen as a Democratic Governor from Texas and a Latino would be huge on the national stage come 2020 or 2024.

        • 197 itgurl_29
          January 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

          “President Castro” will be the nail in the coffin for tea baggers a decade from now! Like literally, because that will just kill them! LOL

          • January 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

            I recall reading the goal was Also a reason why the Dems and Obama campaign need to challenge in Texas – if for no other reason that to build campaign infrastructure and register voters.

        • January 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

          Yes, at this point his ambitions are rather simple. He wants to be Governor some day. Says he’s not interested in a cabinet position or something at the national level at this point. He’s carefully doing things in a very systematic, thoughtful day. I have no doubt that he will be a serious contender for the WH some day if he wants it. He’s very intelligent and very saavy about how he talks about issues.

      • 201 Bill
        January 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        I have never understood the appeal of Ford, Jr. or Rubio. Your analysis is spot on.

  55. 202 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Backers Of Radical Anti-Abortion Bill Shamelessly Use Kids Carrying Teddy Bears To Lobby Lawmakers

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    Disgusting and Pathetic

  56. January 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Defending Romney’s Role At Bain, Ctd
    Readers push back against the others:

    It’s very nice that Bain produced $2.5 billion in gains for their investors and that the company made great profits and high returns. But that’s not what Romney is running on; he’s declaring, again and again, that he’s an experienced JOB CREATOR, that he knows how to create jobs, and that in his time at Bain he created jobs. If he wants to run on how much money he made for his investors, then I agree that there’s no real reason to attack him for that – he did a hard job very well by that metric. But as long as he insists that he also helped people who were not investors in Bain Capital, and takes credit for creating jobs, it’s perfectly legitimate to look at the job-creation record. Especially since the supporting evidence his campaign provided is so laughable.

    Another writes:

    I’d like respond to your reader who asked, “Aren’t we mature enough as a country to acknowledge that sometimes companies need to let employees go in order help their bottom line?” We sure are. Everyone knows layoffs, bankruptcies and turnover are part of life. We deal with it on a regular basis. No one begrudges the local businessman who has to let an employee go because of tough times.
    The problem with your reader’s point is that there is a difference between accepting that layoffs and firings are a part of life and admiring the people who do the firing, especially when those people don’t even run the businesses.

    The reason Romney’s work at Bain is such a liability is that he is the guy who was brought in to do the firing. He didn’t build new businesses, he didn’t create jobs in the way a guy who opens up a local hardware store creates jobs, and he cashed in whether or not the business actually succeeded. Americans believe in fairness. Success is supposed to be earned through hard work and playing by the rules. To those of us who aren’t of the finance world, there’s something inherently unfair about an investor making a massive profit even as the business he invested in fails. It makes us feel like the game is rigged. That’s Romney’s Bain problem.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/i_once_caught_a_job_this_big034692.php

    • January 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      It’s rich that the GOP is busy trying to justify the laying off and firing of people and the bankruptcies caused by Romney as a natural process in the free market, but they’re also busy investigating Solyndra, which failed as a natural form of doing business – aided by the refusal of Congress to provide sufficient subsidies to make them competitive in the global market (specifically to compete with China, who flooded their solar companies with rebates and subsidies).

      I heard two interesting things on the radio this week:
      1. In the ten minutes I listened to Stephanie Miller this morning, Hal Sparks mentioned that Romney’s raiding of successful businesses – Leveraging their multi-year projected earnings into loans to give to his investors as returns, while leaving the company reeling under debt and forcing them to declare bankruptcy – is very similar to the over-leveraging that the bankers did to the housing market. I hadn’t made that connection before.
      2. Randi Rhodes mentioned this week that there is no product from Bain. They don’t make anything. What did they make that caused them to make all those billions? Staples had multiple investors, not just Bain. And they did most of their growing after Romney left. Another company that Romney cites (can’t recall the name) as an example only went public last year, long after Romney left. They’re just like the bankers who destroyed the economy – they replaced profits with debt, and have zero to show for it.

      Food for thought.

  57. 205 defytheodds
    January 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Obama Auto Bailout Has Created 10 Times More Jobs Than Romney Ever Did

    Mitt Romney may have only created 10,000 jobs while at Bain Capital, but the Obama auto industry bailout that Romney opposed has created 170,000 jobs since 2009….

    Three days ago, Mitt Romney again claimed that he created 100,000 jobs while at Bain, “In the business I had, we invested in over 100 different businesses and net-net, taking out the ones where we lost jobs and those that we added, those businesses have now added over 100,000 jobs.” When The Washington Post fact checked Romney’s claim they found that when he ran for Senate in 1994, he stated that he created 10,000 jobs while at Bain. In almost 18 years, Mitt Romney job creation claims have miraculously grown tenfold.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-romney-auto-bailout

  58. January 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    The Perfect Storm That Could Sink Romney’s Hispanic Vote Hopes
    Pema Levy January 11, 2012, 5:26 AM

    Romney may have just become the first Republican candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire — and is looking increasingly like the eventual nominee — but the primary is about to spread to the rest of the country where the Latino vote is significant. Once in the general election, that vote becomes crucial. But Romney is not on track to win over the requisite number of Latino voters, who will be key to winning swing states like Florida, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. Moreover, the Democrats may have stumbled into a neat situation that could give them an unusual boost. In addition to a growing population in crucial swing states, the Latino community is working hard to play a big role in the 2012 election.

    Tuesday, in one of many efforts to mobilize the Hispanic community, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition launched an initiative in the crucial I4 corridor in Florida to register young Hispanic evangelicals to vote. In the coming months, they intend to partner with churches and colleges in key swing states moving from Florida to Ohio, then Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. There are an estimated 10 million to 11 million young Latino evangelicals, many of voting age, and they want them to vote. For this evangelical community, their top issues are not abortion or gay marriage but immigration reform, as well as poverty and education. And they’re partnering with pro-Dream Act group Campaign for an American Dream.

    Read more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/after-new-hampshire-romney-will-face-hurdles-with-latino-voters.php?ref=fpa

    • January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Romney has an ad out today targeting the Latino community in Florida where one of his sons does the speaking – in perfect Spanish. I have to assume this son did missionary work a Spanish speaking country and Romney will try to use this to his benefit.

      • January 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        saintroscoe, it won’t matter to the majority of Latinos that his son speaks Spanish. Romney has publicly stated that if he wins he will veto the Dream Act! For Latinos, immigration reform is at the top of the list this year. Remember what happened when John McCain changed his position on immigration reform? He lost the Latino vote which helped to put Barack Obama in the White House! Latinos are starting early, they’re organizing, and they’re registering voters. No way in hell Romney gets a significant portion of the Latino vote. Go Boricuas!~

      • January 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        I think NPR said this morning that his son did missionary work in Chile. Doesn’t change the policies, no matter what language they’re spoken in.

  59. 210 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The challenge: Decide whether the following statement was uttered by Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin.

    You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God.

    The answer: Mitt Romney. Not so easy, though, was it?

    Maybe it would have helped if I gave you the rest of his quote:

    I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.

    Ah, so the problem isn’t the issue per se. It’s that it’s being talked about in public. Better to keep things private, in the back rooms. So the wise men like Mitt Romney can make sure their voice is heard.

  60. January 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    In the meantime, on the other side of the aisle, the republicans are freaking out about Romney possibly winning the nomination, (as if they ever had a choice) and having to debate President Obama. They think Newt is the only guy that can handle him.

  61. January 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    OCI Solar Power, majority-owned by a unit of South Korean polysilicon maker OCI Co., plans to build 400 megawatts of solar power projects for CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal utility.
    The proposal may be finalized within the next three months and would include a 25-year power purchase agreement for electricity generated by multiple projects, Doyle Beneby, chief executive officer of CPS, said today on a conference call with reporters. Project costs weren’t disclosed.
    Construction is expected to begin next year, with the first projects coming online in the second half of 2013 and the remainder through 2016, said Kirk Milling, CEO of Atlanta-based OCI Enterprises, the U.S. parent of OCI Solar.

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/oci-plans-400-megawatts-of-solar-power-plants-in-texas-for-cps.html

  62. January 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    RNC seeks to overturn ban on direct corporate donations to candidates
    By Andrew Jones| Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seeking to increase the influence corporations have over funding American politics. In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the RNC is seeking to overturn a 1908 law banning corporations from directly giving money to candidates, calling it unconstitutional.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/11/rnc-seeks-to-overturn-ban-on-direct-corporate-donations-to-candidates/

  63. 214 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Borowitz: “Romney Vows to Undo Everything Obama Has Done: ‘I Will Make Bin Laden Alive Again'”

    • January 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Oh dear! We could really have fun with this one. We should go down the line and send tweets to Mitt Romney of all the promises President Obama has kept, and ask Mitt Romney if he’s going to reverse that progress. Return the country to losing 800,000 jobs a month. Make GM and Chrysler bankrupt again, and fire 170,000 new workers. Erase the controls that the Treasury put on the bailed out banks and give them back the money that Sec. Geithner recovered. Fire all the workers at the manufacturing companies that have been hired. Raise all the taxes for small businesses that received the 16 tax cuts over the last three year. Raise taxes for the middle class from the tax cuts they received in the Stimulus and the payroll tax cuts. Unsell all those cars from “Cash for Clunkers” and make people return all those rebates. And best of all, repeal Obamacare(s) and dump all those people back onto the uninsured rolls, make seniors give back the donut hole savings and deprive them all of the annual check ups they received for free. There are 244 of these promises kept – environmental promises by the EPA, protection of women’s wages thru the Lilly Ledbetter, advances in science from lifting the ban on stem cell research. And that’s just domestic stuff! We can talk about the trade deals, the better relationships with global partners, slowing down China and forcing them to start revaluing their currency, slowing down Iran.

      Mitt wants to reverse everything. Let’s tell people exactly what that means!

  64. January 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Hmmm….

    One Wisconsin Now: Gov. Scott Walker may have violated campaign finance laws 1,115 times
    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 10:39 am by GottaLaff

    Madison – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has violated the state of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws 1,115 times since 2009 by failing to disclose information about contributors who donated more than $100. Walker’s serial offenses include 456 contributions filed in the last 72 hours totaling nearly $284,000. […]

    Read more: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/11/one-wisconsin-now-gov-scott-walker-may-have-violated-campaign-finance-laws-1115-times/

    h/t OneWisconsinNow.org and Thinkprogress

  65. 221 FiredUpInCA
    January 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    True to form, the tea party refuses to compromise or co-operate. Because of that trait, that can’t form an alliance to achieve a mutual goal: stopping Mitt Romney from winning the GOP nomination:

    “Tension is exacerbated by the deep divisions between two key GOP wings: tea party groups yearning for a pure small-government conservative, and evangelical Christians who want a loyal social conservative.

    “We’re aware that the vote is being split and how dangerous that is,” said Joe Dugan, a Gingrich supporter who is chairman of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party and coordinator of the convention.

    “We’re trying to encourage coalescing around one candidate,” Dugan added. “But tea party people are very independent-minded.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conservative-activists-scrambling-for-a-strategy-to-block-romney/2012/01/10/gIQAVFATpP_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

    • 222 Debz
      January 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I would say that Mitten’s winning in Iowa and NH has shown these foolish people who believed that the Koch- funded tea party was really a grassroots thing, that they are irrelevant. They got their asses handed to them. If Mittens wins in SC or Florida, that should be a wake up call the the religious right, that the gop just isn’t into them anymore. But not to worry, these same people, and a good 45% of the population will still vote for Romney, they would vote for a can of tuna if it had an “R” next to it’s name.

  66. January 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    THANK YOU, TiMT and Deaniac!~

    Comprehensive Achievements of ObamaCare! Care to Share It With the 54% Who Favor Repealing IT?
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Posted by TiMT at 7:37 AM
    Crossposted from ThisIsOurTime Blog:

    Note: It pains me to see that there are many folks who are not well informed about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Below the fold, I have compiled a well researched comprehensive list of the ObamaCare achievements. I am giving permission to anyone interested to use/re-post the information within this essay to your audience as you see it fit.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/01/comprehensive-achievements-of-obamacare.html

  67. 224 Linda
    January 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Gingrich Campaign Releases Talking Mitt Romney Doll

    “This doll will remind voters that Mitt Romney has destroyed more jobs and profited more from the misery of ordinary Americans than any other Republican in history,” said Gingrich at a town hall in Hampstead, New Hampshire. “I mean, we want free-market capitalism, but not like this.”

    When users pull the string on the back of the doll, they hear one of Romney’s most memorable phrases. Among the choices: “Corporations are people, too”; “I’m also unemployed”; “I’m running for office, for God’s sakes”; “I’m a business guy”; and of course, “I like being able to fire people.”

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11265447-gingrich-campaign-releases-talking-mitt-romney-doll

    • 226 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Halo, thanks for sharing this! I don’t know how Willard Romney will be able to counter Gingrich’s blistering, but truthful, attacks. This video is totally a god send for Democrats. It completely undermines Willard’s central message that he is a job creator based on his in business experience.

  68. 228 ChristiMTL
    January 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    TMZ has an exclusive video

    VIDEO: Warning Graphic Content — Soldiers Urinating on Dead Bodies — U.S. Marines to Launch Investigation bit.ly/y606cN

    The anonymous person who put it online wrote, ‘Scout sniper team 4 with 3rd battalion 2nd marines out of camp lejeune peeing on dead talibans’

    The film is likely to spark a huge diplomatic row between Washington and Kabul and rekindle memories of the abuse meted out by American troops at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

    I just hope that it’s a hoax…it makes me sick to my stomach.

    Twitter is buzzing already…..


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