catching up

This can never be posted enough, right? Read Steve Benen on the video here



White House Live




I forgot to post this yesterday:

New York Times editorial: Where the Iowa caucuses illuminated the dark essence of social conservatism, the New Hampshire primary was a journey into the dingy, cramped quarters of the right wing’s economic policies.

The Republicans ritually denounced President Obama as hostile to capitalism, disdainful of individual enterprise and lacking in ideas for reviving the economy. All they had to offer were economic ideas that not only are inadequate for that purpose but were instrumental in creating the nation’s current economic problems.

…. The solution is policies that promote growth and help the middle class, not what the Republican hopefuls want. Mr. Obama said it well on Monday night: “We can’t go back to this brand of you’re-on-your-own economics.” You couldn’t tell that by listening to Mr. Romney prattle about a merit-based economy and call for lowering taxes and cutting spending.

…. The answer is not more of the same failed policies. The solution is to revive the successful ones, along with policies to stimulate the economy and stop foreclosures. Mr. Obama understands this. The Republican hopefuls are deluding themselves and trying to delude the voters.

Full editorial here


Washington Post





Steve Benen: Herman Cain argued yesterday about the Republican field, “Look, these candidates have broken the Reagan’s rule from the beginning. Reagan’s 13th commandment, you know? Don’t go negative against another Republican, but they did it anyway!” I think he meant “11th”.



OFA: Get the scoop – including exclusive updates and sneak peeks – on Runway to Win, a project by fashion designers in support of Obama 2012.


New York Times (July 2011)


CNN: Foreclosure filings and repossessions fell to their lowest level since 2007 last year.

Total filings, including default notices and bank repossessions were down 33% for the year to 2.7 million, according to RealtyTrac, the online marketer of foreclosed properties.

One in every 69 homes had at least one foreclosure filing during the year, while 804,000 homes were repossessed. That’s a significant improvement from the peaks reached in 2010 – when 1.05 million homes were repossessed – and the lowest levels seen since 2007.

More here

Thanks Creolechild


Yes, I saw a pig fly today – GOPolitico (Donovan Slack) actually did some half decent journalism:

Michelle Obama was raring to help her husband promote his signature health care plan during the summer of 2009. But, according to the latest book about the first couple, “the West Wing never really took the first lady up on her offer.”

“She did a few events, but they were small and drew little coverage,” New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor wrote in “The Obamas.” …. “Her support for the initiative became a mostly private matter, the subject of long conversations between the Obamas.”

But a review of news clippings during the period covered by that chapter in the book – May through August 2009 – found that Michelle Obama was very public about her support and received extensive coverage. The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and ABC News, among others, reported on her efforts.

Kantor’s own newspaper declared in July 2009 that she had become “one of the Obama administration’s most visible surrogates on health care.”

Kantor says that she stands by her core assertions but believes her language could have been clearer. “As Robert Gibbs told me on the record, the White House was concerned about putting the first lady in the line of fire. But given the NYT story you mentioned, I could have been more precise about the media coverage,” she told POLITICO in a statement.


You can read the full DOJ memo here (it’s a PDF)



One of the facts from K_Creations:

Thanks Criquet


Thanks Creolechild



279 Responses to “catching up”

  1. 5 GGail
    January 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Good morning Chipsticks!
    Happy Birthday a4alice!

    • 6 a4alice
      January 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

      thx! GGail and everyone! 🙂

        January 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm


      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        Happy Birthday, a4alice! Not sure where you are located, but it’s snowing in Illinois in honor of your birthday! So, we’ll have to be careful when we drive over to your party!

      • 9 utaustinliberal
        January 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Happy Birthday Alice! Hope you have a fantastic day.

        • 10 HZ
          January 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

          May I add my birthday wish as well to you a4alice. Happy, Happy Birthday. Hope that you enjoyed your special day and that you will have many more wonderful ones to celebrate with much joy.HZ

  2. January 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

    It’s been coming from all sides as if it’s a settled fact, so it’s interesting that Leon Panetta says Iran isn’t developing nuclear weapons:

    Panetta On Face The Nation: Iran Is Not Developing Nuclear Weapons
    By Susie Madrak| January 11, 2012 05:00 PM

    Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Panetta admitted that despite all the rhetoric, Iran is not pursuing the ability to split atoms with weapons, saying it is instead pursuing “a nuclear capability.” That “capability” falls in line with what Iran has said for years: that it is developing nuclear energy facilities, not nuclear weapons. “I think the pressure of the sanctions, the diplomatic pressures from everywhere, Europe, the United States, elsewhere, it’s working to put pressure on them,” Panetta explained on Sunday.

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/panetta-face-nation-iran-not-developi

    • 12 Don
      January 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I think I’ll go with what Mr. Panetta said regarding Iran’s non-attempt to manufacture nuclear weapons seeing as he was the only cabinet member to support President Obama’s decision to go ahead with the Abbottabad raid which killed Osama bin Laden, according to Vice President Biden.

  3. 13 rikyrah
    January 12, 2012 at 11:27 am


  4. January 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    All great news this morning (night here).

  5. 15 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Everyone have a wonderful wonderful day, will check in when I can…. a4alice, save me some cake! Bye y’all! Obama ~ Biden 2012!

  6. 16 FiredUpInCA
    January 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Cain now:

    “Look, these candidates have broken the Reagan’s rule from the beginning. Reagan’s 13th commandment, you know? Don’t go negative against another Republican, but they did it anyway!”

    Cain then:

    Cain Blames Perry Aide for Leaking Sexual Harassment Allegations

    He didn’t know who the source of the leaks were but his first suspicion before he had any proof was to blame a fellow Republican.

  7. January 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dems Prepare To Hammer Romney With The REAL Bain Onslaught
    Benjy Sarlin| January 12, 2012, 5:33 AM

    Some pundits have thrown out the idea that because the Bain story is coming up sooner than expected, it will be that tougher for Democrats to go on the offensive later as per their original plan.

    While Democrats have fanned the flames from the sidelines somewhat with press events and web videos, they’ve yet to spend a single dollar on anti-Bain TV ads themselves. That won’t be the case as the calendar ticks towards November. Once Democrats decide its time to make their ultimate Bain push, they’ll have the resources to flood the zone with TV spots, direct mail (likely referencing Bain layoffs in targeted swing states), and a small army of Democratic lawmakers and operatives reinforcing the story 24/7 on cable news.

    Read more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/is-the-bain-capital-story-peaking-too-early.php?ref=fpb

    • January 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

      The REAL Bain Onslaught will be BRUTAL and won’t happen until the Fall.

    • 21 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

      This reminded me of a similar post by Steve Benen this week. I am glad to see the hand wringing about peaking too soon was addressed. Seriously, does anyone think that the Bain topic is just going to fade into the sunset because of overexposure? It is a potent part of the Romney history, and it’s just one of the many arrows in the DNC quiver.

      It’s going to be absolutely huge


      It’s very hard to predict what kind of political stories will have staying power, and I have no idea if folks will still be talking about this a week, a month, or a season from now. But The Hill reported late yesterday, “Democrats on Monday described the statement as one of several ‘silver bullets’ they plan to use in the summer and fall, if Romney becomes the Republican nominee.”

      One labor official said of the planned advertising assault, “It’s going to be absolutely huge.”


      • 22 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        This will be the reality America finally will wake up to…. Many are still trying to figure out what really happened, this is it. It will ring true. I believe MythRobney is worth far more than anyone realizes… He is adept at hiding it. And all those who have aided him in his trickery will fall with him. IMHO.

    • 23 57andFemale
      January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I would like to see dem’s do one thing, though: demand that Romney hold a press conference. Without hand picking who asks the questions and what questions are asked.

      Be a man.

  8. 24 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Shs don’t scare me, I recognize refined intelligence when I see it, I don’t give a fig what color is it! All colors work together, imagine if our world was only black and white! B.o.r.i.n.g ………

    • 25 edp4bho
      January 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

      small minded, racist “white folks
      That scares racist “white folks”.

      Pamela, it’s the context that matters here. Obviously, you are not “racist white folk”, so this does not speak about you. Go gentle, this stuff is real.

      • 26 dotster3
        January 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        The good news is a great majority love her and appreciate and admire her as a wife and mother and the way she has handled her role as First Lady. It’s the small minority of racists who throw their hate around because they hate all black people and the President and First Lady receive a disproportionate amount because they are the most prominent, the most in the public eye.

      • 27 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        As a 6 year old child, riding our whites only school bus, I have a crystal clear memory of seeing the remnants of a burnt cross on the front lawn of a home in our southern Maryland district. This lovely brick home had beautiful grass, well tended flower beds, and I felt looked prettier than our old farmhouse. To this day, I remember that, and still do not understand the hostility it took to commit such an act. Thank you for the gentle reminder, epb

      • 28 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        As a 6 year old child, riding our whites only school bus, I have a crystal clear memory of seeing the remnants of a burnt cross on the front lawn of a home in our southern Maryland district. This lovely brick home had beautiful grass, well tended flower beds, and I felt looked prettier than our old farmhouse. To this day, I remember that, and still do not understand the hostility it took to commit such an act. Thank you for the gentle reminder, epb4bho, point taken.

        • 29 edp4bho
          January 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

          Ha ha. I am back and forth here, at work. Pamela, as a 6 year old, that had to be a frightening spectacle to view, I’m sure. It is such a shame that grown men and women do such dastardly deeds, never caring how it all affects the babies- black, white, red, yellow, brown.
          Such evil does not go unpunished, so I can’t for the life of me ever figure how these miscreants can read the words of any religious text, and believe they are saved. Sad on them.

  9. January 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    NYT actually has an article titled :

    Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?


    “I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.”



    Lord Have Mercy!

    • January 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

      gobrooklyn, this is a great find! The reader’s comments that I briefly scrolled through are letting the media have it for “reporting” their opinions as news and letting lies, distortions, and misinformation go unchallenged. We definitely need more of this, and it will be interesting to see whether the NYT changes the manner in which they present information to the public. Not gonna hold my breath though.~

      • January 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

        The grey lady wants respect ? Get rid of all the pundtwits and their useless columns. Just fucking report the news and fact-check pols. Do more investigative journalism on powerful people, especially the puppeteers.

      • 34 57andFemale
        January 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        There should be a line, however, between letting Romney’s explanations take on the appearance of fact. Then we’re fighting CW later down the road.

        Don’t know how to draw that line, however.

    • 35 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

      That is absolutely P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C!!!!

      I cannot believe that he has to ask should they call people out when they lie. Have Mercy is right!


    • 36 Betsey
      January 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much for posting this, gobrooklyn. Since I’ve given up on the Times for this very reason, I wouldn’t have seen it. The question is beyond pathetic — it’s truly frightening. I urge everyone to go and comment, even if you feel you’re saying the same thing everyone else is saying. It can’t be said enough, and we each have our own individual slant. It would be great to post the link on all the blogs we go to, and on our FB pages. Here’s the comment I left:

      I’ll join the chorus here: it’s stunning that the New York Times would ask this question. And do it in a slightly negative way: vigilantes are people who take justice into their own hands, often with very unjust results. Reporters don’t need to be vigilantes — they need to be journalists. I’ve been around a long time, and remember when a reporter’s job was to find and present facts, not talking points, and certainly not his or her own opinions or attitude. Is there now a class in journalism school to fine hone snarkiness? I find the debased state of journalism these days to be deeply depressing and dangerous, and the fact that this is even a question at one of the world’s better newspapers is a sign of a deeper debasement than I thought. No wonder candidates aren’t afraid of lying. And newspapers wonder why people are flocking to the internet?

    • 39 Pamela
      January 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Uh, Hello?

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      This comment from SallyIdaho said it all for me:

      “Your headline could just as well be found at the Onion. If a newspaper doesn’t give a damn about the truth, then I don’t pay for it’s services. Free markets and all that. Why would I pay to be insulted on a daily basis. Obviously, you think I’m stupid.”

      • January 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        It’s also brilliant that many of the responses refer specifically to Romney’s lies about the President apologizing for America. I hope this article and the public disgust expressed in the comments, gets wide coverage and prompts some real journalism as we go into the deep election period. And it should be noted by the idiot TV pundits, too. I think the public would easily opt for the end of 24 hour news coverage, if it meant that we could trust what we were seeing and reading.

  10. January 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    NEXT ISSUE TO COME UP is Romney’s tax returns. WaPo Editorial board has already written to editorials asking Romney why doesn’t he release his tax returns as well as names of bundlers.

    Even Sarah Palin on Hannity last night said that Romney needs to release his tax returns.

    • 43 57andFemale
      January 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Here’s what I think Romney’s doing: the 2011 return will be sanitized beyond belief but he will say, “Hey, I released my tax returns for the year I was running.”

      I’m assuming someone has a retort for that b.s.

  11. January 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    From previous thread-

    Shuster slams National Review for cover-up of Romney’s Bain bailout
    By Eric W. Dolan| Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Countdown guest host David Shuster on Wednesday night chided the National Review, a leading conservative publication, for claiming Mitt Romney’s firm Bain Capital invested in struggling businesses and “never asked for a bailout.” But the firm received a federal bailout of $10 million. “All news publishers, even [the National Review], have an obligation to be honest and truthful,” said Shuster.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/12/david-shuster-slams-national-review-for-cover-up-of-romney%E2%80%99s-bain-bailout/

  12. 46 Ladyhawke
    January 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Ah, another batch of delicious morsels to devour. Thanks Chps.

    BTW, I hope Jonathan Alter reads the (gasp) actual reporting of the “facts” by GOPolitico on the Jodi Kantor book. The lying pig is priceless.

  13. 48 bizgirl
    January 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    They come in and devastate American towns. One by one by sucking the life out of them and moving on. My God.

  14. 49 TrumpDog
    January 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I think it has more to do with the fact that they hate Pres. Obama and would look to anything to tear him down.
    It will be interesting to see the contrast in coverage of Myth’s wife, though. Wonder if she will be as ruthlessly attacked like Michelle was during 2008….

    • 50 luci1119
      January 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Wonder if she will be as ruthlessly attacked like Michelle was during 2008….

      I don’t have 10k to bet, but If I did, I would bet that she WOULDN”T be attacked like this In the least! People who are racist, are not just racist towards the Obamas, but to all whose skin color Is darker than theirs. Thank God, all white people are not racist, but the ones who are, are just MEAN and UGLY! 😦 It’s very offensive and hurtful. God made us ALL, HELLOooooooooooooooooooooooooo, and God loves us ALL, HELLOoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  15. 51 anniebella
    January 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    rikyrah, I hope to those who are not racists, this is not talking about you. But i love the piece, it speaks from my heart totally.

    • 52 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I know there are alot of good white people in this world.

      • 53 Bill
        January 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        Anniebella, I am an old white southern guy and believe President Obama and the First Lady with their life stories are the finest role models for whites, blacks, browns, yellows, and any other color our country has ever had in its history.

    • 57 rikyrah
      January 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      there are White folks who love FLOTUS.

      this piece isn’t for them.

      • 58 nabsentia23
        January 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Actually, there are millions of white folks who love FLOTUS. There have even been times when she was more popular than her husband.

        I purchased a reusable grocery bag from an upscale grocery with Michelle’s likeness on it. It sold out….twice! And they still haven’t been able to restock it. And this store is located in a neighborhood mostly of affluent whites.

        So, it’s clear that these racist idiots who keep bashing FLOTUS are not speaking for every white person out there. However, it was evitable that this was going to happen. Michelle Obama, as First Lady, is challenging America’s idea of beauty, too. The entire First Family is a challenge to our culture. And while it’s painful to watch – it’s necessary.

  16. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday a4alice and DF there is something good in store for your husband. I’m going to keep praying that it happens sooner rather than later.

  17. 61 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Outstanding and informative thread Chips. I’m going up top to “like” this.

    Thank you for all you do!

    • January 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Donna, everyone here makes it very easy, I just steal their links from the comments!

      • 63 donna dem 4 obama
        January 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        But you put it together for all to see. I have so many online friends that visit here but never come into the comment section. They stop by just to get the headlines and you do a masterful job of putting together the best of the best.

        Your blog gives hope when sometimes things look bleak.
        You make us smile and laugh and drool over the best President evah.
        You arm us with the knowledge to inform and share the good news.

        Your impact cannot be measured.

        We love what you do!

        • January 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

          Stop that, you’re making me blush! You’re a dote Donna, thank you.

        • 67 GGail
          January 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

          Donna – that was beautifully said and so VERY TRUE about our Chipsticks and TOD.
          Thank you for putting it in words how we feel. 🙂

          • 68 HZ
            January 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

            Hi GGail. Hope all is well with you. Yes, thanks for putting it so beautifully, Donna. Chips gives so much joy, so many healing words, so much positive thoughts to meditate upon, and just plain pure love on this site.

            Our Chips is the perfect angel for these times in our country. I believe that this place was born out of love, hardwork, patience, and brillant intellect to reach out and touch all of our lives so that our lives will be able to reach out and touch others in ways that we will never know.

            But one thing we do know is that we are true supporters of a beautiful gift in our 44th President of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama and Vice President, Joseph Biden. We are so very, very, blessed. Thank you so much, Chipsticks. We love you and appreciate you so much.HZ

  18. January 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Adding insult to injury…

    PA’s Gov. Tom Corbett To Bar Food Stamp Recipients For Having Assets
    By Susie Madrak| January 11, 2012 04:00 PM

    Everything Gov. Tom Corbett does comes right out of the ALEC playbook. But because he rarely speaks to the press, preferring to fly under the radar, there are no outrageous sound bytes on the local news and public outrage is hard to generate. Maybe this latest decision will finally get Pennsylvanians to speak up. From the Philadelphia City Paper: Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a major assault on the food stamp program that feeds 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, including 439,245 in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare announced that on May 1, people under 60 with more than $2,000 in savings or other assets will be barred from receiving food stamps. People over 60 would have a $3,250 cap.

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/pas-gov-tom-corbett-bar-food-stamp-re

    • 70 HZ
      January 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

      This is what keeps us Pressing On with our POB. My heart is painful when I read this. However, we will do all that we can to get out the vote to make the necessary changes in these cities and states when people are being oppressed because of policies of men and women in power who have not compassionate hearts.

      We keep praying for the best to take place. HZ

  19. January 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Great read, but the headline on it should refer to ‘racist white folks’, and not just ‘white folks’.

    • January 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Chipsticks, and Hello TOD Family,

      I grew up in the segregated south, and I confess I have some scars from that era. I am aware of slights and insults in ways some others may not experience. One of the strong reasons I support President Obama is the lesson I learned from reading his writing about the love his WHITE FAMILY had for him, and how they raised this exceptional human being. Because of President Obama’s life experience, I am able to purge old hurts from my early life living in a segregated world. Also, my experience in the 2008 campaign was one of working with everyone, and accepting everyone for the contribution they could make to elect our awesome President. I, personally, would feel bad if President Obama signed on to TOD to read comments railing about what “white folks” did or didn’t do that were acts of discrimination or evil. The other side is raising the issue of race to distract us, and to divide us. Let’s NOT buy into the tired arguments. Let’s rise above this nastiness, and work even harder to re-elect President Obama.

      • 75 jacquelineoboomer
        January 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

        Yes, there are attempts to distract and divide us from all corners, but they will not prevail. I’m with you, and I so much admire your personal strength!

        The collective “we” are going to work even more closely together in purpose in 2012, as we re-elect our great President and “invite” him – along with FLOTUS – to stay in the White House for another four years. #landslide

      • 76 nabsentia23
        January 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        I understand totally what you are saying but, racism needs to be confronted. I knew the moment Obama was elected that all Americans who be confronted with some, hardcore racial realities. And I say its about time. However, the trick is not to be too bogged down with this. Don’t get so distracted by it that you forget the main objective. And believe it or not, the attempt at distraction and division is not working.

      • 77 luci1119
        January 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        “white folks”….. People, we need to be ever so careful In what and how we say and speak. It’s SOME “White Folks”, and not “White Folks”. I really don’t want anyone to dare think, that “White Folks” are racist, because that’s just NOT so, and Is just as hurtful and offensive 🙂

  20. January 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Krueger’s Speech Seals Obama’s 2012 Inequality Message

    Sahil Kapur – TPM

    If a speech Thursday morning by one of his top economists is any indication, President Barack Obama is going all in with the 2012 re-election message of stemming the rise in income inequality and reforming a system that’s increasingly perceived to be rigged in favor of the rich.

    White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger rattled off a flurry of statistics illustrating the rise of inequality and its connection to the shrinking middle class. He blamed it on economic policies tilted to favor top earners — including income tax reforms (presumably during the Bush era) and the “drastic cut in the estate tax.”


    Now if OWS was smart they would help push this during the entire general election instead of claiming that Pres.Obama is no different than Romney.

    • 79 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      I need to ask OWS are they any different than the Tea Party?

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Romney is the poster child of why there is income inequality: Pays only 15% in taxes, ports much of his money overseas in tax shelters.

    • 81 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks gobrooklyn. I am watching the speech now. If anyone is interested here’s the link……

      White House Economic Adviser on Income Inequality in U.S.

      Washington, DC
      Thursday, January 12, 2012

      Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Alan Krueger talked about the dangers of inequality and how it threatens the middle class Thursday at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

      He also discussed President Obama’s economic plans and why a payroll tax cut is vital to the economy.


  21. January 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor
    By Rich Morin| Released: January 11, 2012

    A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009. Not only have perceptions of class conflict grown more prevalent; so, too, has the belief that these disputes are intense. According to the new survey, three-in-ten Americans (30%) say there are “very strong conflicts” between poor people and rich people.

    That is double the proportion that offered a similar view in July 2009 and the largest share expressing this opinion since the question was first asked in 1987. As a result, in the public’s evaluations of divisions within American society, conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old. Back in 2009, more survey respondents said there were strong conflicts between immigrants and the native born than said the same about the rich and the poor.

    Read more: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/01/11/rising-share-of-americans-see-conflict-between-rich-and-poor/?src=prc-twitter

  22. January 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

  23. 87 anniebella
    January 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Another lie from Jodi Kantor, what do you know. She’s trying to cover her ass by saying maybe she could have been more precise about the media coverage. No Jodi you said there were no media coverage, you said FLOTUS wasn’t out there doing the Healthcare debate. I guess it wouldn’t have been a trashy gossipy book if Kantor had told the truth.

  24. January 12, 2012 at 11:59 am


  25. January 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Umm so are Perry, Gingrich and Huntsman basically admitting they support The President?

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Oh no. Perry and Gingrich are just being craven. If they weren’t in the race they’d be defending Romney. Yesterday, Huntsman told the others to stop attacking Romney on capitalism. And that’s only because Huntsman probably makes a lot of his money the same way as Romney.

  26. January 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    WTF is Bryan Tau talking about?

    The Washington Post’s Al Kamen catches this nugget in President Obama’s address to supporters yesterday in Chicago:

    “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we’re going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.”

    Didn’t president learn his lesson about rhetorical hypotheticals from the “my Muslim faith” incident?–

    This guy is a Dick!

  27. 104 Linda
    January 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    GIULIANI: I’m outraged about what he and Rick, who is a very close friend of mine, I’m shocked what they’re doing. It’s ignorant, dumb. It is building something we should be fighting in America, ignorance of the American economic system.

    Playing on the dumbest, most ridiculous ideas about how you grow jobs. […] You get rid of venture capital and private equity, you get rid of risk taking, which is what it’s about, risk taking, Romney was a risk taker. […] And the stuff you’re saying is one of the reasons we’re in the trouble we’re in right now.

    This total, ignorant, populist view of the economy that was proven to be incorrect with the Soviet Union, with Chinese Communism.

    Words fail me.

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      They are all SO going down. How insulated do you have to be to think this is going to wash?

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      It’s not about venture capitalist – it’s Bain and Romney’s brand of vulture capitalist. Bain and Romney never took a risk – they bankrupt a company, all jobs are lost, other investors lose their shirts but Bain got out months before and pocketed hundred million dollars.

      • 107 Lovepolitics2008
        January 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Exactly. In short, it’s a sophisticated form of robbery. Completely amoral.

        I don’t want Romney anywhere near the oval office. My goodness, he makes George W Bush look good by comparison.

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Newt was confronted about this angle on Fox and Friends this morning and seem to have a solid retort –

      “When you have a circumstance where they [Romney’s Bain Capital] made a lot of money and the company went broke, it’s legitimate to ask the question—and this is the whole Wall Street problem—how come the big boys made a lot of money and they went broke? That’s not an attack on capitalism. That’s not an issue about the whole capitalist system. That is a question about a very particular style of activity involving a very particular person. Remember, we’re not talking about the system. We’re talking about somebody who is running for President of the United States, and we’re asking the question about his judgment, his values, the choices he made.”

      • 109 Linda
        January 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        I agree with Newt.

      • January 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        Go noot. (never thought I will say that).

      • 111 nabsentia23
        January 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        Newt has a valid point. However, look at this from another angle. Romney provides justification for regulation (which his party hates). And he’s blowing the cover off of the congame the GOP has been playing on working classes votes for decades. The working class supporters of the GOP are going to have a hard time swallowing what Romney did with Bain Capital. And actually, this could be part of the reason why Romney just can’t get above a certain percentage of votes. When it comes to Newt Gingrich, I always look for alterior motives. Is he out for revenege because he feels slighted or is he sending out a warning that the party has gone too far. Yet, in this case, it may not be a bad thing in any case. Who knows?

        • 112 57andFemale
          January 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          Yeah, and who helped usher in the policies that made it possible for Bain to do what it did? Up until, well, a week ago Gingrich was defending this kind of b.s.

  28. 113 MsKitty (@michelec64)
    January 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Some of you might have missed the writer’s disclaimer at the end of the piece…

    “Now, for all you non racist white folks who are going to message me, comment on, and scream that you are not racist, and that not all white folks are racist, good. Then my term “racist white folks” & “white folks” does not apply to you. Just as the word criminal does not apply to you if you are not a criminal. Just as cancer patient does not apply to you, if you are not a cancer patient, and so on. Hope that is crystal”

    It’s obvious that the white members of this community absolutely adore FLOTUS, so the writer isn’t talking about y’all. But there is no denying that the Obamas just by being their fabulous selves is have the racists apoplectic, and since that has a very real impact it has to be addressed early and often. I apologize if i’m coming off as a little harsh but this post resonated with me deeply as a Black woman because you can be the most intelligent, most beautiful, most caring person and asset to the community but at the end of the day to some white people all you are is a Black bitch…or worse. I’ve experienced that, though not on a grand scale like FLOTUS. That’s the reality of it and people need to look past their sensibilities to acknowledge that.

    Again, I apologize for being blunt and Chipsticks feel free to delete this if you want.

  29. January 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    All we need now is for Tavis and West to be interviewed by Alex GAGner.

    Oh wait…

  30. January 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Foreclosures fall to lowest level since 2007
    By Les Christie @CNNMoney January 12, 2012: 8:18 AM ET

    Foreclosure filings and repossessions fell to their lowest level since 2007 last year. Total filings, including default notices and bank repossessions were down 33% for the year to 2.7 million, according to RealtyTrac, the online marketer of foreclosed properties. One in every 69 homes had at least one foreclosure filing during the year, while 804,000 homes were repossessed. That’s a significant improvement from the peaks reached in 2010 — when 1.05 million homes were repossessed — and the lowest levels seen since 2007. More than 4 million homes have been lost to foreclosure over the past five years.

    Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/12/real_estate/foreclosures/index.htm?iid=Lead

  31. January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’m lovin’ this!!

    • 122 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Willard made a big mistake in not releasing them right off the bat. With his refusal, he’s made it a huge deal with all waiting to see what he was trying to hide and ready to pounce on every sinister detail. He’s not going to escape this. He will be hounded at every stop until he does.

      • January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        I think it’s a trap – but it seems now the GOP primary candidates will be the ones to fall into it. Unless he figured, wait to general to release it because GOP will have no choice by then to defend me completely and Fox and Co will sweep it under the rug.

    • 124 Linda
      January 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      But she also trashed Michelle Obama.

      Sarah Palin Rips Michelle Obama: ‘Are We Just A Bunch Of Numbskulls?’


      • January 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Again? She’s obsessed! Yes half-termer, you’re a numbskull 😉

      • 127 Bill
        January 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        I detect a bit of “envy” and “class warfare” from the half term governor who went to five colleges to receive an undergraduate degree towards someone who graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law. We shall not mention the envy of a failed mother towards a mother with two wonderful daughters.

        • 128 Sue in Minnesota
          January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

          Bill you are a true gentleman, on issues regarding SP eloquence escapes me. Sarah…..shut up!

          • January 13, 2012 at 12:32 am

            Hello Sue. I hope all is going great for you today. Sue, you speak what is on my mind also. I have constant prayers for SP to leave us alone with her ugly personality and deep ugly soul. A very hateful person is all I can see from SP. She speaks from a very bitter spirit.

            She can’t measure up to an inch of FLOTUS smallest toe.HZ

  32. 130 rikyrah
    January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    January 12, 2012 10:45 AM
    Defining a rival early
    By Steve Benen

    Some of Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals, most notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, have invested quite a bit of energy lately in going after the former governor’s private-sector background. Very quickly, the political world started catching up to what lefty blogs have been arguing for months: Bain Capital is a potent, potential campaign-changing issue.

    And as Romney takes his lumps, what does the Obama political team think? Jackie Calmes reports today on how delighted Chicago is at the recent developments.

    For months David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior strategist, has argued with evident anticipation that Mitt Romney offers a glass jaw when he boasts that his business record sets him apart as a presidential candidate. Now Mr. Romney’s Republican rivals have beaten the Obama team to the punch, and Democrats could hardly be more pleased.

    “It’s a total win-win,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster who works with a group supporting Mr. Obama. “Either Romney will be the nominee or one of those other, even more unelectable candidates will be.” […]


  33. January 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Wisconsin Democrats have announced they will submit the petition signatures in their effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker next Tuesday, January 17 — with a massive drop-off of boxes at the state’s election administration agency, the Government Accountability Board:

    Julie Wells, the Janesville grandmother and factory worker who triggered the recall, will be joined by volunteers from Wisconsin’s 72 counties, who will load scores of boxes from a truck dubbed the “Forward Flyer” into GAB offices.

    Also present and available to the media will be representatives from the recall efforts against four Republican senators.


  34. 133 vero804
    January 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve been kind of busy, but has the media really harped on Romney’s weak response to Matt Lauer on the Today Show about speaking about the tax code, etc. “in quiet rooms?” That’s such a curious phrase to use…”quiet rooms.” You are just not supposed to openly debate and discuss unfairness in the tax code and in economic policies coming out of Washington?

    Gosh…this guy is dangerous.

  35. January 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, Bain Capital is all over the news this week, prompting an upset MItt Romney to accuse his rivals of turning to “the bitter politics of envy” in order to halt his momentum. But is it possible the latest round of attacks will actually work to Romney’s advantage in the general election?

    Some pundits have thrown out the idea that because the Bain story is coming up sooner than expected, it will be that tougher for Democrats to go on the offensive later as per their original plan.

    “[If] Romney wins the nomination, this early fuss might have inoculated him against the Scrooge gambit,” TIME columnist Joe Klein wrote.”The public may feel Bain is same old, same old by October.”


    And the hits just keep on coming!

    • January 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I don’t think it loses effect come November because this is a major issue that people of all political stripes have felt – the game is rigged, and it’s rigged for people like Romney and against us. Also it’s Republicans making the claim now, so a lot of Republicans are left on the sidelines because they don’t want to pick sides during the primary. When this came out in the general it would have been the whole of the Republican machine coming out in defence of Romney.

      I think the Obama campaign keeps up this drumbeat from now to November if Romney is the nominee. Mitt and the GOP will try and say Pres. Obama and the Dems are putting capitalism on trial, but as Newt has done above, there is an easy pushback. It’s not capitalism on trial, it’s Romney’s no risk-all reward, raid companies and destroy jobs to make billions brand of vulture capitalism.

      • January 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        And the President can keep doing public speeches with all those capitalists lined up behind him, like the one he did yesterday, showing captains of industry bringing jobs back to America. Easy to push back on Romney’s stories.

    • 138 jeff
      January 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I can’t stand Joe Klein the guy is a complete fake and I seriously question his journalism skills.

    • 139 nabsentia23
      January 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      The problem with the Bain Capital story is that it could alienate the GOP’s working class supporters. These people have always voted against their economic interests but it’s more difficult now. Romney was and is the very type of businessman who “took their jobs!”

    • 140 Obama Grandmama
      January 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Thom Hartmann said the same thing this morning on his radio show from Sweden today.

  36. 141 FiredUpInCA
    January 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I am trying to follow Romney’s logic and but I cannot:

    “Romney began defining his position on abortion in South Carolina Wednesday night in Columbia, when he concluded his 12-minute stump speech by adding a phrase, “the protection of life,” that hit on his abortion position. The language was not present when he addressed New Hampshire voters.

    “I’m convinced that the principles of opportunity, and freedom and the protection of life were not temporary but are permanent and that if America is going through tough times, we’ve just got to not stray from those principles, but instead return to them,” he said in Columbia.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71373_Page2.html#ixzz1jGTnvul0

    Hmmm. “If America is going through tough time, we’ve just go to not stray from those principles, but instead return to them.” So is he saying overturning Roe v. Wade will cause a hiring boom?

    What does reproductive rights have to do with economic “tough times?” In his effort to be all things to all conservatives, Romney is starting to toss word salad like Sister Sarah.

  37. 145 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    FLOTUS just passed 80,000 twitter followers 😉

  38. January 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Confused with a chance of flip-flop: Mitt Romney’s views on climate and energy
    By Lisa Hymas| 4 Jan 2012 2:34 AM

    He went after Newt Gingrich for appearing with Nancy Pelosi in an ad promoting climate action. He bashed the EPA, insisting that it had no business regulating greenhouse gas emissions (even though the Supreme Court told it to). He rounded up a bunch of coal-loving and EPA-hating campaign advisers, including key refugees from the George W. Bush admin. He reversed his position on government support for renewable energy industries. He lambasted the Obama admin for supporting clean-car companies.

    He attacked the notion of green jobs, ignoring the 64,000 that have been created in his home state of Massachusetts. He dissed the Chevy Volt. While belittling clean energy and cleantech, Romney has demonstrated his fealty to Big Oil, Big Coal, et al. He wants to maintain massive tax breaks for the oil industry. He backs plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. He joins fossil-fuel industries in opposing EPA’s efforts to reduce mercury, arsenic, lead, and smog pollution from power plants, cement manufacturers, and large industrial boilers.

    Read more: http://www.grist.org/election-2012/2012-01-04-mitt-romney-climate-change-energy

  39. January 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    FLOTUS twiiter – 81 K in 4 hours.

  40. 152 Ladyhawke
    January 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    GRAPH: GOP’s Do-Nothing Congress


    The Republican-led 112th Congress has proven to be one of the least productive Congresses in recent memory. In 2011, Republicans passed 165 bills, and 62 were signed into law. In 2007, when Democrats took back the majority and a Republican president was in the White House, more bills were passed and more than double the number of bills were signed into law. Republicans have also had fewer votes and Committee mark-ups and hearings. Republicans have also spent fewer days in session – just 132 days so far compared to 152 days in session in 2007.


  41. January 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Cool!~ 🙂

    AFSCME Launches ‘Political Match Game’, Highlighting Anti-Worker Positions of GOP Presidential Candidates

    h/t Kenneth Quinnell| CrooksandLiars

  42. January 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Move your money!~

    Bank Fees: They Keep Climbing, and Climbing…
    By Sarah Seltzer | Posted at January 10, 2012, 9:12 am

    Despite consumer revolts that have led to some mammoth banking ins[t]itutions to renege on plans to institute monthly checking fees, other fees are continuing to proliferate at unheard-of levels. From the Boston Globe: The region’s largest banks are charging consumers as much as $50 a month if they do not maintain minimum balances or meet other requirements for certain high-end checking and savings accounts. Citizens Bank charges customers $50 a month when the balance in a top-end money market account slips below $1,000. Sovereign Bank imposes fees of up to $30 a month, and Bank of America and TD Bank each charge $25 a month whenever customers fall short of minimum balance and other qualifications for some premium checking accounts.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/761248/bank_fees%3A_they_keep_climbing%2C_and_climbing…/

  43. January 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Robney is definitely on the defense. I bet the polling this weekend has him dropping!

  44. 163 FiredUpInCA
    January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Such sweet disarray in the headlines. A total meltdown of messaging and party messaging:

    Romney Free-Enterprise ‘Trial’ Aligns GOP With Obama

    “As Romney attempts to frame a general election contest with President Barack Obama on the economy, some of his rivals for the Republican nomination have made many of the same arguments against him that Democrats have.”

    “Chamber leader: Attacks on Romney ‘foolish’

    The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital are “foolish” and are playing into President Obama’s hands.”

    Gingrich sucking up the oxygen Santorum needs

    “One of the downsides of Newt Gingrich’s blowtorch political attack on Mitt Romney is that it has diverted most of the media attention away from the one viable, consistent conservative who might beat Romney, Rick Santorum.

    Gingrich’s broadsides against Bain have made friend and ally Rudy Giuliani furious.”

  45. January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    And @MichelleObama crosses the 100,000 follower mark at 12:57pm

  46. January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    FLOTUS twitter a/c hits 100 K followers within 4 hours.

    GO MO.

  47. January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    YUP, “people are wanting to know” (snicker…tee-hee…haha…gasp…sorry!) Oh, heart be still! I think I’m breaking out in a rash of some sort…maybe it’s the hives. Sarah Palin seems to have that effect on me! Also. Too.~

    Palin slams Romney’s jobs record: ‘Is there proof?’
    By David Edwards| Thursday, January 12, 2012

    “I think what Gov. Perry is getting at is that Gov. Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim?” Palin told Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday. “And was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens?”

    “Nobody should be surprised that things about Bain Capital and maybe tax returns not being released yet and maybe some records not being as transparently provided as voters deserve to see right now, don’t be surprised that that’s all coming out today because it would come out as an October surprise had the GOP candidates not brought those out today,” she added. “It’s kind of like some come-to-Jesus moments for some of these candidates, and that’s healthy and that’s good.”


  48. 176 Don
    January 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Make no mistake this entire Travis Smiley and Cornel West show is not about poverty, it is all about President Obama. Granted Smiley and West do care about poverty, and I’m sure they care about it deeply. But I have never heard such a cry about poverty from Smiley and West before President Obama was elected to office. West can call people brothers and sisters all day long and it will not hide the fact that he is still upset with President Obama for not getting him tickets to the Inauguration, and Smiley can continue to act like he’s not upset with President Obama for not attending his annual “Black State of the Union” address. And tonight on C-Span the charade continues with both Smiley and West talking about poverty. And of course a book can’t be far behind, in fact a book about poverty is coming out in April, written by both Smiley and West.

  49. January 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today
    By Rob Boston| January 10, 2012

    To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike many of today’s candidates, the founders didn’t find it necessary to constantly wear religion on their sleeves. They considered faith a private affair.

    Contrast them to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (who says he wouldn’t vote for an atheist for president because non-believers lack the proper moral grounding to guide the American ship of state), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hosted a prayer rally and issued an infamous ad accusing President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion”) and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (whose uber-Catholicism leads him to oppose not just abortion but birth control).

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/belief/153727/5_founding_fathers_whose_skepticism_about_christianity_would_make_them_unelectable_today/

    • 182 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, an inconvenient truth for all the rt. wing religious extremists who are on a campaign to break down the separation of church and state and use “our founding fathers” in their argument.

  50. January 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hate to be the party-pooper here, but regarding that drop in foreclosures, as the CNN piece also pointed out:

    “While the declines seem like good news for the housing market, where a flood of foreclosed homes has depressed home prices, much of it is due to processing delays caused by fall-out from the “robo-signing” scandal that broke in late 2010.

    During the year, banks spent more time making sure paperwork was legal and proper, creating a backlog in the foreclosure pipeline. As a result, the average time it took to process a foreclosure climbed to 348 days during the fourth quarter, up from 305 days a year earlier.

    “Foreclosures were in full delay mode in 2011, resulting in a dramatic drop in foreclosure activity for the year,” said Brandon Moore, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac.

    However, Moore said there were “strong signs” during the second half of the year that lenders are working through foreclosure backlogs in certain markets. He expects foreclosure activity to rise above 2011’s level but remain below the peak hit in 2010.”

    Ezra Klein had a great suggestion the other day for dealing with the housing market, which was to issue a recess appointment to replace FHFA head Edward DeMarco who Klein writes “has opposed many of the Obama administration’s efforts to use Fannie and Freddie to help the ailing housing system.” Read the piece for more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/mass-refinancing-the-biggest-thing-obama-can-do-without-congress/2011/08/25/gIQA8RG1nP_blog.html

    • January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, I read the entire article. I suppose we’ll have a better idea of how the housing market is faring once more people have taken advantage of the program that was unveiled by the White House earlier this month. I believe that was also mentioned in the article.

  51. 186 Don
    January 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Now if only the Obama’s family dog “Bo” had a twitter account we could see if he could get more twitter followers than Mittens. Now that would be funny.

  52. January 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Renewable energy investment rose 5 percent to a record $260 billion last year driven by a surge in solar developments and increased spending in the U.S., Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.
    New spending on solar energy jumped 36 percent to $136.6 billion in 2011, outpacing the $74.9 billion put into wind power, the London-based research company said today in a statement. Spending in the U.S. rose by a third to $55.9 billion, surpassing the 1 percent gain in China to $47.4 billion.
    A jump in photovoltaic installations in the U.S. and Europe overcame a 50 percent decline the price of modules during 2011, said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of New Energy Finance. Falling prices made more developments possible and is bringing closer the date when wind and solar can rival fossil fuels without subsidies, he said.


    But but but the GOP says…

  53. 190 Tulips
    January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    @ByronTau is at it on twitter. trying to get conspiracy going abt Potus .

  54. 195 Ladyhawke
    January 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm


    Gingrich Joins O’Keefe In Fearmongering About Voter Fraud


    Gingrich’s comparison between requiring an ID to vote and requiring one for other activities, like flying, is absurd. As Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU’s South Carolina office, noted, “It’s not a constitutional right to buy Sudafed or become a frequent flier. … People fought and died to win the right to vote.”

    The fact is, despite Gingrich’s and O’Keefe’s claims, voter ID laws have already disenfranchised voters, while there is no evidence voter fraud occurs in any significant numbers.



  55. January 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    MGM Massachusetts resort to create 3000 jobs!

  56. 197 Ladyhawke
    January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Heads up, the hour of the jackals is upon us. Jay is at the podium.

  57. January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Has anyone posted this? Obama’s and the DNC’s campaign haul: $42 million in Q4 for Obama, $24 million for the DNC, for a grand total of $66 million that can be spent on the general election. Wheeeeee!!!

    Story here: Obama Campaign Raises $42 Million in Fourth Quarter.

    • 199 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Yes in the previous thread but no one will mind seeing it repeated. 😉

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Considering that it was shopping time for gifts for most people, that’s pretty good! I’m seeing a lot more 2012 bumper stickers on the roads, too.

      • 201 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        Me too Theo. I ordered 5 bumper stickers for me and four of my friends who are passionate supporters of the President. I am also proudly wearing my 2012 t-shirt and cap.

  58. January 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    We’ve shared various strategies here on TOD about how to get accurate information out about President Obama, and his administration’s, achievements. But we’ve haven’t–to the best of my knowledge– created a plan on how we would use social platforms and media outlets to accomplish this. Donna Dem and WhatISWorking had great ideas and have posted suggestions that we could also implement. I’d like to throw an idea into the mix, if I may.

    I’d like to know if we could have a News Dump Day where we agree on a theme (such as health care reform, the benefits of the American Jobs Act, payroll tax extension, raising the tax on the wealthy, alternative energy, green jobs, etc.), and we each commit to sending a set number of articles (1-3) to at least five, or more, individuals that we know. We could use Twitter, FaceBook, and websites that aren’t on our blogroll. I think Fridays or Saturdays might be the best days to attempt this. There’s so much good information that’s posted here that would go a long way towards informing the public and helping to lay the foundation for President Obama’s re-election.

    What do you think?

    • 203 AnitaW
      January 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      This sounds like a really good idea. And maybe asking our 3-5 friends to put them on their facebook pages and pass along to folks they know.

    • 205 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I love the idea creolechild. I’m all IN for it.

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      This is a stellar idea and something I already do in a way as I have a very large email list of family and friends that I forward links to. Many of them are on FB and Twitter (which I am not) so they Tweet and alert others on their lists. I have already gotten feed back from some HS friends of my son who saw my links on his FB page and emailed me to add them to my list. I think this is a great way to spread the news and I sure would be happy to participate in a “News Dump Day”

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I am in, I am preparing web pages with articles about the issues, so it fits right in with thsi idea. We can either chose old articles from my page or the new ones we find the day we do the action. I just love this blog.

      As son as I catch up I am going to make a “payroll tax extension” page, that issue will be brought up again once congress gets back from recess.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      creole- I wish we could do more of this type of positive, productive planning and not waste so much on what ‘they’ are saying or doing.
      Come on you’all. Let’s get rolling!

    • January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I’m liking the News Dump Day. Happy to participate.

  59. 214 Tulips
    January 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    The Dnc great videio funny http://youtu.be/wFjdTGoFBdI

  60. 215 Tulips
    January 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Chipstick this is priceless Debbie wasserm schultz is hilarious Where in the world is john bohner. http://dccc.org/pages/goponvacation lol

  61. January 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    WH just announced: Michelle Obama will attend filming of BETHonors on Saturday


    • January 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      5th annual BET HONORS 2012 is a show celebrating outstanding achievements in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. It tapes on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC. Honorees are poet Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, filmmaker Spike Lee, The Tuskegee Airmen and educator Beverly Kearney.

      Gabrielle Union serves as host for the show, which also features celebrity award presenters and performances by Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Cicely Tyson, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrance Howard, Jill Scott, John Singleton, and Willow Smith.

    • 222 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm


      Wow this is great!

    • 223 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Sounds like fun.

  62. January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Hmmm…..seems like someone should have given this more thought (looking at you Haley Barbour)!~

    Judge Halts Mississippi Pardons After Uproar
    By Steve Osunsami | ABC News – 2 hrs 51 mins ago

    As victims’ loved ones ask why killers and rapists got pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour during his final hours in office, a Mississippi state judge has temporarily halted the release of 21 of the 200-plus pardoned inmates. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood had requested the injunction against the inmates’ releases, telling reporters he believes some of Barbour’s pardons could have violated the state constitution by failing to give sufficient public notice that the convicts were seeking clemency. Five former inmates, four of them convicted of murder and serving life sentences, have already been released. The state’s top lawyer is asking the court to serve those former inmates notices underlining that their release may be challenged.

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/judge-halts-mississippi-pardons-uproar-020954858–abc-news.html

  63. January 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    FLOTUS twitter a/c hits 125 K mark.

    • 228 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      She will pass Mittens by 7:15PM EST tonight if not sooner. I just looked at his account and he has 247,000 followers.

  64. January 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I just had the most surreal experience that I just HAD to share with all of you. First, a little background info: I live in Miami, my husband is a registered Republican (although he voted for Obama in ’08) and I work from home. OK, so I’m at my computer and all of a sudden I hear a woman’s voice outside my house screaming my husband’s name while pounding on the door. Also, I hear the sound of paper being slid under the door. I freak out and go to the window. There is a woman dressed in a ROMNEY campaign t-shirt. She is yelling my husband’s name, I guess trying to get someone to come to the door so she can give her schpeil. My dog gets on the couch in our living room which is under a window that faces out to the front of the house. Max is barking like a rabid dog (they sense evil, you know) at her. So, she starts screaming for someone to hold the dog and answer the door. By this point she is standing on the side walk in front of my house at shouting at my house!!! I almost called the police to report this woman for psychotic behavior. She eventually left. I never opened the door or engaged her in any way. In hindsight, I should have videotaped the episode and made it viral. With that kind of grass-roots campaigning, Romney is sure to win the election (snark)…

  65. January 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    From Joining Forces

    Go behind the scenes: 2011 @NBA Champion @DallasMavs meet wounded warriors at the White House

  66. 236 lovingandlaughing
    January 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I finally just watched the “When Romney Came to Town” video. Scary stuff! All I kept thinking about was the stark contrast between him and POB. Think of that pic of Romney that is shown in the video when he is having his shoes shined by a man while sitting beside a corporate jet up against Michelle’s description of her early dates with Barack when he was a community organizer doing work that made a difference in people’s lives and how Barack drove a car with holes that had rusted through the floor so she could actually see the ground passing below. Isn’t there also a well known pic of PBO with shoes on that were very old and worn? Those two pics side by side would speak volumes.

  67. January 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I don’t tweet, but for those of you that do, could you tweet Roland Martin and give him this link to Steve Benen. It’s a chart of the massive increase in the use of the filibuster by the GOP. He had that GOP clown Taytum on his show, and let him utter the LIE that the GOP really hadn’t been using the filibuster all that much.


  68. January 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    January 12, 2012 1:20 PM

    Why we can’t have nice things
    By Steve Benen

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) appeared on MSNBC this morning, and spoke briefly about his perspective on the nature of compromise.

    “[S]aying to compromise now, and I use this analogy a lot, is just like a coach telling his team to go out and work with the other guys and cooperate with them. The Democrats are there to beat us. Every policy that they introduce is to centralize power. They are completely incapable of cutting spending because their constituency is based on dependency on government and those who want more from government.”

    As a matter of policy, we know DeMint isn’t telling the truth. Democrats in the Obama era, much like Democrats in the Clinton era, have cut quite a bit of spending. And as part of the “grand bargain” offer and the so-called super-committee process, Dems were prepared to cut even more, in exchange for some concessions from Republicans. GOP leaders refused.


    • 244 JoJothecat
      January 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      That was a very heart warming story that veterans are “sitting-in” as a protest of the intimidation some idiot inflicked on these newly minted immigrants who are working hard to start a business and be a part of america.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Wonderful video, good for the vets, good for Lowell

    • 246 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful example of neighborliness. This is what I thought America was all about before the rise of the teabaggers. Kudos for the veterans for standing up for the American values!

  69. January 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/12/2012
    Mitt Romney’s extreme defense of capitalism
    By Greg Sargent

    If there’s one thing the presidential race has made clear, it’s this: There’s broad bipartisan agreement that certain practices of capitalism are not above reproach. It’s not only legitimate, but desirable, to raise questions about whether certain types of profiteering, such as that practiced by Bain, are immoral, destructive and fair game for condemnation.

    The big story that pulls the events of the last few weeks all together is that Mitt Romney, the likely GOP nominee for president, is to the right of this consensus.

    Romney openly equates any criticism of his Bain conduct as putting “free enterprise on trial,” suggests his brand of capitalism is synonymous with the foundations of American life and greatness, and refuses to say whether any concerns about inequality and excessive Wall Street influence are rooted in anything but “envy.”


    • January 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I wonder if Warren Buffett will come out and ask Mitt if he’s implying that Warren Buffett – worth hundreds of times more than Mitt and far more influential – is envious of him. Ridiculous and dishonest stance from Mitt Romney.

      • 249 nathkatun7
        January 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm

        Exactly! I made a similar comment yesterday. Besides, the people criticizing Mitt Romney are themselves millionaires; though, admittedly, their millions are no where near Willard’s millions.But I totally doubt that that they are envious of the unemployed Willard Romney. IMO, Romney and his supporters are cleverly trying to change the focus from the real issue in this debate. The issue is: Did Romney, in his role as the CEO of BAIN, destroy jobs in order to maximize profit for his firm, or was he a job creator who created the hundreds of thousands jobs that he repeatedly claims to have done?

        Romney has been running on a platform that claims he created 100,000 jobs while he was at BAIN, and accusing President Obama of destroying jobs. Now that there is ample evidence that his company destroyed jobs in the process of enriching the company and people, like Romney, who run the company; Romney, instead of effectively defending his claim that he was a job creator –and that the accusation that his company destroyed jobs in order to make money was false — decided to change the subject by claiming that this was all about the envy of people who did not make as much money as he did. This “envy accusation” is a nothing but a deliberate smoke screen, by Romney and his supporters, to divert attention from the real issue. Did Romney create 100,000 thousand jobs, or did Romney’s venture capital company destroy jobs in order to maximize profits for the investors and the people who run the company? Why are supporters of Romney refusing to take into account the experiences of workers who lost their jobs because of BAIN’s predatory practices that destroyed their jobs?

  70. January 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Why am I the designated loser?
    by Kay

    I was talking to a local Democrat the night before last about Obama’s chances. He’s the former county chair, now retired. He said he was done with politics when he retired, said he was going to spend time with his grandchildren and follow Notre Dame football and to hell with all of us, but he didn’t mean it, because he still calls me all the time. He’s (generally) a pessimist, a dour person, although I recently borrowed his car and the one and only CD he had in there was called something like “Silly Songs for the Very Young”. Now I imagine him cruising west on I-80 towards Indiana, huge sedan full of his tiny grandkids, singing merrily along. I don’t “know” anyone, really.

    Anyway, he worries about things I forget to worry about, and he’s fretting about the health care lawsuit. He told me it’s “bad for Obama”. I thought about that, and I’m not sure that’s right. I think the health care lawsuit carries risk for both sides.

    Why is it assumed that 5 judges repealing the Affordable Care Act is good for conservatives, politically? The polling isn’t at all conclusive, despite what we’ve been told. This isn’t a slam-dunk. Republicans support repeal, and Democrats oppose repeal.

    Conservative lawyers and donors are asking the Supreme Court to throw out the whole law, which is of course consistent with their long-held principle of judicial restraint. But, conservative lawyers and donors (and federal judges) have health insurance, and if they win this ideological battle they’ve draped in legal garb, 2.5 million young people who are now covered under the Act will get very, very nervous.


  71. January 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t believe it. I’m looking at twitter and even Michelle Malkin is excited to have The First Lady on. I think.

    • 252 itgurl_29
      January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      They hate on her, but in the end, what’s going on with them is that they are the mean unpopular girls who wanna hang out with the head cheerleader. But since the head cheerleader doesn’t wanna hang out with mean people because she’s actually a sweet person and not stuck up at all, they spread nasty rumors about her. But they’d want nothing more than to just be her friend, but that won’t happen,because they’re just unhappy miserable girls.

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Probably so they can insult her over twitter directly now.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      That vile snake is excited because she can tell more lies and send her little rat readers over to harass the First Lady.

  72. January 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Hi TOD Family
    Just wanted to drop in and ask for the sincere prayers and positive energy for our family’s medical crisis. My son, a major general in the Air Force, was disagnosed and had emergency brain surgery in San Antonio. He had to have a titanium plate implanted. I was there from Friday – Tuesday. He has a very long road ahead of him. His military career is also on the line which is very painful for him. He has nearly 30 yrs service as of May. Please send your prayers for him, me and his sisters. We are devastated and paralyzed with fear that it will be malignant. We should know in a day or so. Thanks so much for your love an support on this site. I always feel at home and feel like I know so many of you as friends. Thanks

    • 258 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I pray that your son makes a full recovery.

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Jeeze! Of course, a prayer will be said.
      Remember, the military takes care of their own. Lean on that huge community for support!

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Positive healing energy to your son and my heart to your family for strength in the coming days. Be Blessed.

    • 261 CTGirl
      January 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      I will add your son and family to my prayer list … I believe there is power in prayer 🙂 so let’s claim your son’s speedy recovery in God’s precious and holy name. I pray also for your peace of mind during this difficult time.

    • 262 symmetry11
      January 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Sending prayers/positive thoughts for you & your family. Keep the faith!!

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      smilingl8dy, you and your family will be in my thoughts as you go through this terrible time. I hope that his surgery is successful and that you find the strength to get through this. ~

    • 265 luci1119
      January 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      *smilingl8dy*, you and your Family are most certainly In my prayers. I pray that our father In Heaven, will give you strength, peace, and endurace. I pray that God will do a miracle In your Son’s life, and restore him back to normalcy. Take care, and mayGod Bless you real good 🙂

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Our thoughts are prayers are with you. Hold good thoughts, this too shall pass.

    • 267 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I’ll be praying for and with you and your family.

    • January 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I hope everything works out ok for you and your family. Think positive thoughts.

    • 269 lmrj
      January 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      MUCH PRAYER = MUCH POWER for your son and you and your family!

    • 270 desertflower
      January 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thoughts and prayers and positive energy are with your entire family.

    • 271 africa
      January 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Praying for your family, Smilingl8dy.

    • 272 nathkatun7
      January 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. I am also thankful, and grateful, for your son’s 30 year contribution in defending this country. I know how difficult it is for a parent to experience a major illness for his/her child. I say that because I’ve been there. All I can say is keep hoping for the best, smilingl8dy! Miracles do happen sometimes. Try to resist fear and prepare yourself for whatever news you receive. Your son needs your strength to help him cope with what he is going through. It’s at times like this, when you have to do whatever you have to do, to courageously face the reality of the mystery of human life.

      Wishing you and your family all the Best. I am sure I am not alone in saying that many of us here, at this wonderful TOD family. are rooting for you and your family to receive good news about your son.

      • January 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Smilingl8dy, I will be praying and sending out goodness in my thoughts for your son and your family. Please receive our thoughts and prayers for you knowing that they will have power to help you get through all of this.

        Keep you positive thoughts of energy going out into your space and your son’s space. I entered your request in my TOD Family prayer and meditation book. Be gentle to yourself, and carry your heart very close to the space of trust and faith that this will turn out in line with what you are able to carry within. HZ

    • 274 sjterrid
      January 13, 2012 at 4:14 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that your son had to have emergency brain surgery My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your son, and your family as he goes through this medical crisis. Please thank him for all his years in the Air Force serving his country.

    • 275 JCAfrica
      January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I’m praying with you and your family, please take heart…..

  73. January 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    With winter just beginning, can snow be far behind?
    We’ve all heard that no two snowflakes are alike, but what do we really know about them?

    Snowflakes always have six sides, their form and shape depend on temperature and moisture — and they may have also inspired a pathway to a new alternative source of energy!

    Physicists working on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are using a device called a “snowflake divertor” to solve one of the grand challenges of magnetic fusion research: reducing the effect that plasma has on the walls of the fusion machine,  a “tokamak.”

    By using a snowflake divertor, a novel magnetic divertor named for its shape, scientists have reduced the interaction between hot plasma and the cold walls surrounding it. This helps address the challenge of how to reduce the effect of the extremely hot plasma on the tokamak’s walls.


  74. 278 Sue in Minnesota
    January 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Holding you and yours in healing thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you, especially your beloved son.

  75. January 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I finally watched the whole “When Romney came to town” movie. It is depressing as hell.

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