rise and shine

White House


11:00: VP Biden delivers remarks in Rochester, N.H.

1:00: PBO delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South.

3:05: PBO departs Las Vegas en route to Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

4:35: PBO arrives at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

5:30: PBO delivers remarks.



AP: The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted 377,000, up from a nearly four-year low the previous week. But the longer-term trend is pointing to a healthier job market.

Applications have trended down over the past few months. The four week average has declined to 377,500. When applications fall consistently below 375,000, it tends to signal that hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. Some economists say the figures suggest further job gains ahead…..

More here

Reuters: New orders for manufactured goods rose in December and a gauge of future business investment rebounded, while new claims for jobless benefits rose only moderately last week, suggesting the labor market was still healing.

Durable goods orders climbed 3.0 percent, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. Economists had forecast orders rising 2.0 percent …. Orders last month were buoyed by 5.5 percent increase in bookings for transportation equipment as orders for civilian aircraft surged 18.9 percent….

“What it does tell you about going into the new year is that there’s some momentum here,” said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

More here



Ed Kilgore (Washington Monthly): As Paul and Steve announced yesterday, I am taking on the daunting task of succeeding Mr. Benen at Political Animal. I read every single comment following Steve’s announcement of his new gig, and am awe-struck by the devotion he has inspired from a very well-informed readership.

Full post here


TPM (thanks Loriah)


Morning everyone, that was a very short Rise and Shine, but will catch up properly later 😉

123 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Cheryllou
    January 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’m new here, I’m I first?

  2. January 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Good morning TOD community. It’s a new day and it’s looking good.

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      January 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Good morning to you too japa21. It is indeed a new day, great weather, and we get to hear PBO speak at two events today. Wooohooo!!!!

  3. 11 meabloom
    January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD Family

  4. 12 TrumpDog
    January 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’m so pissed that witch Brewer’s stunt overshadowed Pres. Obama’s visit here. There is NO excuse for what she did. NONE

    • January 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

      So am I, grrrrrrr!. She is truly batsh!t crazy.

      • 14 Mel
        January 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        O.K: I think it’s going to backfire on the Crazy Bitch I have talk with a lot of my Hispanic amigos
        and they dislike her a lot we , she is a fricking racist, and has used the Hispanics as a punching
        bag for political reasons we know that. We Mexican/Americans are just friking tired we are just as Americans
        as she is Oh, Oh but, but we are BROWN? WTF?.
        I watched Marco Rubio on CBS this AM regarding the latino VOTE and I would like to remaind Rubio
        the Latinos in FLA are CUBANS and the have been voting Republican most of the time, Mexican?Americans
        are NOT the same as the CUBAN/Americans in FLA so I am not worried about the support for PBO we will
        be there PRONTO.

      • January 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Umm, that’s not good 😦

        January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am


        • 18 anniebella
          January 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

          I think President Obama need to stay clear of that woman. The Secret Service need to do it’s job and keep Brewer away from POTUS.

      • 19 Fred
        January 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

        welcome Cheryllou 😉

        I raise you THIS Jer.

        Brewer suspected of DUI in 1988 crash; case not pursued

        The Republic obtained state Department of Public Safety records describing a 1988 car crash involving Jan Brewer, who was then a state senator.

        AZ Fact Check looked at several issues in those documents, including whether Brewer was at fault in an alcohol-related crash and whether she received special treatment.

        Brewer confirmed the basic details of the crash, as did the widow of the man Brewer hit. The DPS has not reproduced the records; The Republic obtained the records from another source.

        WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT: Was Brewer involved in an alcohol-related crash, and was she at fault?

        ANALYSIS: On May 4, 1988, a car driven by Brewer rear-ended a van on Interstate 17.

        The van’s driver, William Holland, was not injured in the crash. Brewer also emerged unscathed, though there was significant damage to her car.

        DPS officers at the scene believed Brewer was intoxicated. Unsteady on her feet, her breath smelling of alcohol, Brewer failed a series of field sobriety tests.

        Brewer was placed in handcuffs and taken to a DPS station, where she was supposed to undergo a test to determine her blood-alcohol level. But no test was ever performed. After a discussion with a DPS lieutenant, two officers drove Brewer home.

        At the scene, Brewer told officers she had “one scotch.” Later, at the station, she said she had had two. At the time, she denied being drunk.

        And the case never went to a judge or jury.

        The DPS, after learning that Brewer was a state senator, told her that she had immunity from arrest. No charges were filed in the case. Brewer, who says she remembers the crash vividly, maintains that she was not impaired.

        Brewer told different stories about what led to the crash. She told officers on the scene that a car had rear-ended her, pushing her car into Holland’s, and then driven away.

        But officers found no damage to the back of Brewer’s car, and they noted that a layer of dust on the bumper was undisturbed.

        The next day, Brewer told the Phoenix Gazette that a white truck had swerved in front of Holland, suggesting that he had suddenly braked.

        “I guess I might have been following too closely or something,” she said at the time.

        BOTTOM LINE: Officers at the scene said Brewer was intoxicated, but she denies it. The investigation was halted before they made an official determination. The report says that from the officer’s initial investigation, “it appears that she was the at-fault vehicle as she rear-ended the vehicle in front of her.”

        WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT: Did Brewer receive special treatment from the DPS, and did she get immunity from prosecution?

        ANALYSIS: According to his widow, Holland called the DPS in the days after the crash to ask whether Brewer would face any consequences. The person he spoke with said that Brewer had immunity from arrest.

        Brewer was released because, according to the arresting officers, she was protected from arrest by her status as a lawmaker in session. Brewer did not ask for immunity, nor did she mention that she was a senator, according to reports.

        “It wasn’t my decision,” Brewer said. “I never asked for legislative immunity.”

        Brewer said lawmakers arrested on charges of “serious” crimes should not be exempt from arrest.

        “We are no different from anybody else in this state,” she said. “We all, I think, are citizen legislators.”

        The Arizona Constitution does exempt lawmakers from arrest during the legislative session – with the exception of cases involving treason, a felony or breach of peace.

        A similar provision exists in the U.S. Constitution. It arose as a way to protect lawmakers from retaliation by political enemies, who might otherwise arrest them on trumped-up charges to keep them away from their duties.

        But charges still could have been filed after the session ended, said Paul Bender, a professor of constitutional law at Arizona State University.

        “Legislative immunity would not justify them in dropping the charges,” Bender said. “It doesn’t say ‘privileged from prosecution.’ ”

        Had she been charged with a DUI involving a crash in which no one was injured, it would have been considered a misdemeanor at the time.

        Generally, the DPS would forward cases to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. A spokesman for the County Attorney’s Office says it never received a complaint from the DPS.

        DPS officials have not responded to a request for information about the case, including what policies were in effect at the time with regard to arrests of lawmakers and why they did not pursue the case.

        BOTTOM LINE: It appears that officers were right not to arrest Brewer while lawmakers were in session. But it is unclear why officers did not complete their investigation and pursue charges.

        AFTERMATH: In the years since the crash, Brewer has acted repeatedly to increase penalties for DUI offenders.

        As a state senator in 1990 she voted for House Bill 2433, which, among other provisions, required that drivers who were found to be under the influence have their licenses revoked. In 1993, she voted for House Bill 1003, which increased the minimum jail sentence for a first offense from 24 hours to 10 days.

        This year, as governor, she signed Senate Bill 1420. The bill significantly increases penalties for juveniles who violate DUI laws.

        “I think we’ve become more aware that bad things happen when you drink and drive,” Brewer said. “As we become older, we get more responsible. We understand that’s not a good thing. I believe no one should be drinking and driving. And I take it seriously – I took it seriously then, and I certainly take it seriously today.”

        Holland, whose widow said he developed heart problems while serving in the Korean War, died of heart disease less than a year after the crash.

        – Casey Newton


      • 20 nospin
        January 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        I am not so sure I see the value of them bringing her son or his mental illness into this. There is enough to hold her accountable for so my hope is they will leave her son alone.

    • January 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

      here’s something “funny” to look at:

  5. 22 JoJothecat
    January 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I hope every democrat, independent,students turning 18, vote her out. I will send money to help vote that witch out of office.

    • January 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Believe me JoJo, we tried. She is a puppet for right-wingers like Pearce (of SB1-1070 fame) and is very arrogant. Her side of this story is ridiculous. She claims the President did not agree in their conversation to have a meeting with her, but when would she have heard anything. She was too busy being an uncontrollable bitch.

    • January 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Better still, I hope every democrat, independent, students turning 18 and even some Republicans who are sick of being embarrassed by their racist governor, vote for PBO and turn AZ blue in November.

  6. 25 CTGirl
    January 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    So we are off to Vegas and Colorado today – hope everyone is all packed and ready to go 🙂 I have got a feeling, today will be a good day!

  7. 26 Judith Fardig
    January 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Morning Chips and TOD friends. I have 2 days of reading to catch up on because I celebrated my birthday yesterday by hosting an Obama Neighborhood Team phone bank at my house to get out the vote for Suzanne Bonamici, the Democrat running for Wu’s empy seat in Congress (DC 1 in OR). I’d upload a photo if I knew how, but suffice it to say that the delicious photo of smiling PBO in the rain was the decoration on my birthday cake. You were all there in spirit! People are fired up since the State of the Union speech, so I’m hopeful we’ll have another Democratic woman in Congress.

  8. 30 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good Morning.

    2 North Carolina Dems announcing retirement today.

    Brad Miller….Congressman and Bev Perdue…the Governor.

  9. 33 Pamela
    January 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning, Chips, everyone! Happy Birthday yesterday to you, Judith!

  10. 34 CTGirl
    January 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    From Sully:

    There’s a reason Mitt Romney has shifted his rhetoric recently on Obama’s economic record. He hasn’t dropped the absurd line that Obama has made the recession worse. But he has firmly conceded that the eocnomy is getting better. Money quote:

    INGRAHAM: You’ve also noted that there are signs of improvement on the horizon in the economy. How do you answer the president’s argument that the economy is getting better in a general election campaign if you yourself are saying it’s getting better?

    ROMNEY: Well, of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after a recession, there is always a recovery. […]

    INGRAHAM: Isn’t it a hard argument to make if you’re saying, like, OK, he inherited this recession, he took a bunch of steps to try to turn the economy around, and now, we’re seeing more jobs, but vote against him anyway? Isn’t that a hard argument to make? Is that a stark enough contrast?

    ROMNEY: Have you got a better one, Laura? It just happens to be the truth.


  11. 35 dotster3
    January 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    See now PBO is being threatened by the Ga. Repub Secy of State. In response to Obama lawyers saying they would no longer participate in the birther ballot hearings, he said Obama team’s decision to not appear in person at the ballot hearing would be “at your own peril”. What??? Wonder what he has in mind with that threat. Repubs are rabid and nuts.

    • 36 57andFemale
      January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

      They’ll find them in contempt. What a colossal bunch of insane idiots.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:02 am


    • January 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

      It’s praying time, and candel lighting time, for our beloved President Obama. Lord I pray that you surround him with your Angels, and protect his goin In and coming out.

    • January 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

      This can only apply to the primary. In the general election it’s the national parties that determine who’s on the ballot. The Obama campaign should run lots of ads in Georgia against this treatment , build an army on the ground and go for a big splash in November. I also think what this bastard SOS is doing is illegal and would be overridden by a higher court. I’m sure the campaign legal team has all the bases covered.

  12. January 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This toon should go very with that graphic.

  13. January 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

  14. 52 Debz
    January 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Good morning all. Today will be a great day for our President.

  15. 53 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 10:58 am


    I keep wondering when we are going to reach a tipping point with the pathological lying of the Republican Party. The feckless media seems to have an aversion to calling a LIE a LIE. If they can’t say BOTH SIDES DO IT they will steer clear of calling out anyone in the GOP. The best proof of this phenomenon was when Norah O’Donnell (CBS) interviewed Newt Gingrich and he said flat out that Mitt Romney was A LIAR. Norah headed straight for the fainting couch. She just could not believe that Newt was actually calling Mitt Romney a liar on the tv. As Steve Benen so aptly put, it was Norah herself who should have been make that point. Anyone with a couple of gray cells knows that Mitt Romney lies with abandon all the time.

    In honor of Rachel Maddow’s awesome takedown of Polififact (what a joke?), today my mission will be to post any many articles as I can documenting the pathological lying of the Republican Party. I am hoping the twitter brigade will do the honors and spread the items far and wide. Seriously, we are at a point now where the GOP members of congress and the presidential candidates just make stuff up and they are rarely if ever challenged about inaccurate or outlandish claims. This is an indictment of the media. They just aren’t doing their job of educating and informing the public with the facts.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:59 am


  17. 58 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:02 am


    From Social Security hysteria to “Obamacare” madness, right-wing propaganda is increasingly divorced from reality

    By Michael Lind


    One benefit of the prolonged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been the revelation that most of the 20 or 30 percent of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives live in a fantasy world. In their imaginations, Barack Obama, a centrist Democrat with roots in Eisenhower Republicanism rather than Rooseveltian liberalism, is a radical figure trying to take America down the path of “European socialism.” The signature healthcare reform of Obama and the Democratic Congress, modeled on Mitt Romney’s insurance-friendly Massachusetts healthcare program and closely resembling a proposal by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, is described as “statist,” “socialist” or “fascist” (as though Hitler came to power with the goal of providing subsidies to private health insurance companies).

    How can otherwise sane people believe such lunacy? The answer is that members of the right-wing counterculture are brainwashed — that is the only appropriate term — by the apocalyptic propaganda ground out constantly by the conservative media establishment. A perfect example is a recent essay by Philip Klein, a senior editorial writer of the Washington Examiner, the right-wing newspaper owned by the billionaire Philip Anshutz: “The Welfare State Is Destroying America.”



  18. 60 CTGirl
    January 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

    The GOP Complains That Obama Has Succeeded Despite Their Obstruction

    State of the Union speeches can be inspiring when the President lays out a specific agenda for the coming year and gives an honest appraisal of the nation’s progress during the previous year. President Obama delivered an inspiring speech that highlighted creating a level economic playing field for all Americans and reiterating how far the country has progressed since he took office. According to a CBS poll, 91% of Americans approved of the President’s State of the Union proposals, but as usual, Republicans railed against Obama’s speech. It was interesting to listen to the Republican official response to see if they conjured up some new approach to governing, but first one had to come to grips with which country Indiana governor Mitch Daniels was pontificating about.


  19. 61 CTGirl
    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Another good one from Politicususa –

    Alan Grayson Does What The Media Won’t And Calls Out Gingrich’s Racism


    • 62 Mel
      January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      CtyGirl I watched him on RM show and yes he is soooo right, and by the way RM did an excellent
      job with grafics regarding the # of jobs PBO has created, we Hispanics are not Stupid locos
      we know better.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am


  21. 64 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:09 am


    By karoli


    I keep hearing this ridiculous canard in Republican debates and now from John Boehner about the alleged jobs bills the Republicans have passed that the “Democrat Senate” refuses to act upon. Since I watched the better part of their activity in real time, I know this is a lie. But most people aren’t obsessive-compulsive about government and politics and might not realize just how much of a lie it is. So without further ado, let me debunk this claim made by the disingenuous Speaker of the House.



  22. January 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    If I was more clever, I’d make a picture of Brewer and Obama with the words:

    “I’ll get you, my pretty. And your little dog too” threatens the Wicked Witch of the Southwest.

    Could anyone do that for me? Pretty please?

  23. 68 a4alice
    January 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    OK sent this fax. to Gov Brewer and tweeted. Now I am done and moving on.

    Your actions on the tarmac toward our President were both innappropriate and disrespectful. You were addressing the President of the United States. The picture you presented was boorish and bullying. I don’t really expect you to understand that. What an amazing contrast between you and Gabby Giffords.

    And now. That’s all the attention I’m giving you. Please know that I’ll be making another donation to President Obama’s campaign. I hope the Democrats of your state make it their priority to elect someone who is your direct opposite.

    Alice (last name deleted for here but wrote it on my fax)
    citizen of the US but
    not from your state. Poor Arizona

    I am glad to let her know though that her action provoked another donation from me which I will make later today!

  24. 75 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

    REPUBLICAN JOB CREATION (Nothing but lies)


    Shortly after gaining the House of Representatives in 2010 the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made the welcome claim that the primary goal of the Republican Party was to increase employment. His exact words were:

    “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

    The following, therefore, is a chronological list of legislative activities by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011. I’m sorry to report that none, so far, have resulted in a single new job being created in America.



  25. 77 dotster3
    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    From twitter—–only linking to dkos diary because it references an Arizona writer asking if Brewer was tipsy again during her unseemly finger-wagging, that she is known as “Otis” around the state capital there after the town drunk in the Andy Griffith series.

    • 78 Pamela
      January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

      True to form, PBO walked away, he handled it perfectly. Just imagine the awakening (hopefully) this would have on a normal person… That your behavior was so out of line, the President of the United State would walk away from you, but that President being Barack Obama, one of the most compassionate, reasonable and thoughtful men we have ever known, to walk away from you, well, I expect governor Brewster will not be representing AZ much longer. Enough said.

  26. 79 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:25 am


    Why 2012 Will Be a “Close” Election

    Guest Post: By Joan Ruaiz


    As for the general election of 2012, we have already been repeatedly warned that it will be close due to the economy, and it has been left at that. It is a mantra that too many of us sheepishly agree with. But, come to think of it, wasn’t it the Republican Party who brought upon this nation the worst recession since the Great Depression? Wasn’t it largely Republicans who deregulated our financial institutions, which brought us to our knees? And aren’t they now promising us more of that, and calling it “restoring America”?
    Yes, that was all brought to us by the Republican Party. And wait, there’s more…

    For the past three years, as most in the Democratic Party have attempted to save this country from a financial abyss while being fought tooth and nail by 99.9% of Republicans (plus 20% Republican-lite), we have observed how Democrats have had to argue and fight for benefits paid in and previously guaranteed to the American people. By now, we should see clearly which party is against jobs programs that would benefit the nation during these very difficult times. We really do know who saved the auto industry and all the jobs associated with it.

    We understand who got Bin Laden, ended the Iraq War, passed health care and financial reforms, is ready to cut defense spending and has indeed created jobs despite government job cuts at the state level. We have an inkling as to who proposed immigration reform, as well as a logical energy solution, and who opposed all such things.

    … and yet, “they” tell us that the election will be “close”?




  27. January 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

    POTUS is not afraid to take the Georgia ballot issue to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ruled on that issue already. He knows what the ruling will be.

  28. January 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Good morning to you all. HOPE we have a a really good day today. We get two speeches by our President.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President’s safety during his travel outside of Washington, and for his trips to be well-received by those attending in Colorado and Nevada.


  29. 90 lovingandlaughing
    January 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I just send small donations to OFA, Elizabeth Warren and the DCCC! Might anyone else be able to do the same?

    • 91 57andFemale
      January 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      We’re so broke right now and I want to donate so badly! No pay for December (we’re self-employed) and I’m making money last.

      • 92 lovingandlaughing
        January 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        i understand 57 and female! do what you can in the way you can when possible, even volunteer or put a bumper sticker on your car or tweet in support of PBO! today is my husband’s payday so i decided it was a good day for us to donate. best wishes to you!

      • 94 nospin
        January 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Made a $25.00 payment for you and $25.00 for me.

    • 95 lmrj
      January 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Donating more as soon as I can get the tax man off my back. Got a tax bill right before Christmas that totally altered my Christmas and ruined my budget for the next month or two. Every time I gather my dollars to pay on my tax bill, I think about Dollarbillard Robsme and how little he and his Koch benefactors have to pay! *angry much* I’ll make my missing donations up later… BELIEVE ME!

  30. 96 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:37 am


    By Steve Benen


    Two weeks ago, I launched a new Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week. Last Friday’s installment was well received, so let’s keep this going with a third.

    1. “The president is planning on cutting $1 trillion out of military spending.”

    That’s a Romney favorite, but it’s not at all accurate.

    2. “This president has opened up no new markets for American goods around the world in his three years, even as European nations and China have opened up 44.”

    That’s not even close to being true.

    3. “We’ve got a president in office three years, and he does not have a jobs plan yet. I’ve got one out there already and I’m not even president, yet.”

    This one actually includes multiple lies.



  31. 97 lovingandlaughing
    January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Oh, also I sent a fax to Jan Brewer to express my complete disgust with her. Thanks Alice for the link to faxzero.net!

  32. 98 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I think there may be a protest at the Atlanta Court House today……. ( Pro President Obama )

    Someone on another site said they are going .

  33. 99 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Newt Gingrich Campaign Admits Candidate Was Wrong On Claim About ‘Open Marriage’ Allegations

    Gingrich continued to insist that he offered witnesses to ABC. In a CNN interview Wednesday, he said that ABC’s claim that no character witnesses were offered was “just plain baloney.”

    But later, the Gingrich campaign admitted that the candidate was wrong. CNN reported Wednesday that after “persistent” questioning, spokesman R.C. Hammond said that the campaign only offered the speaker’s two daughters from his first marriage, who were both included in ABC’s story.

    • 100 57andFemale
      January 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      This is laugh-out-loud hilarious, if it wasn’t so pathetic. that conservatives support this jackass and that the press lets him get away with this b.s. is outrageous. They will never get to lecture anyone on morals ever again. These pompous, self-righteous hypocrites.

      “Character witnesses?” Seriously, Newt?!?!?

      Your party is happy to put a FLOTUS in the WH who thought it was just dandy that Newt jump from bed to bed? Our beloved Michelle can get torn to bits if she doesn’t say ‘gesundheit’ if someone sneezes, but you sanctimonious bastards who would deny a woman’s right to choose what happens with her own body, are just fine with plastic Callista?

  34. 101 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:43 am


    By Andrew Leonard (6/3/11)


    The GOP response to the jobs report: The Earth is flat and two plus two equals five

    The Hill reports the House Republican response to Friday morning’s distressing jobs report.

    House Republicans pinned the blame for Friday’s disappointing jobs report squarely on the White House, saying the Obama administration’s “over-taxing, over-regulating and over-spending” has stifled economic growth.

    “One look at the jobs report should be enough to show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.

    How many blatant untruths can a Republican speaker of the House stuff into one sentence? Quite a few!



  35. 103 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2012 at 11:48 am


    By Steve Benen


    Paul Krugman, in his column today, highlights a series of blatant lies from Mitt Romney, and notes that the Republican presidential candidate “seems confident that he will pay no price for making stuff up.”
    As Greg Sargent put it earlier today, “Look, Romney is going to make the claims that Obama didn’t create any jobs, and that he made the economy worse, countless times between now and next fall. They will be central to his entire campaign rationale. Can we please start pressing him to justify it when he says this stuff?”

    That need not be a rhetorical question.

    The alternative is a further descent into “post-truth politics,” with a negligent media enabling liars every step of the way.



  36. 104 dotster3
    January 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Here we go again—–Repub Ia. Secy of State to unveil new Voter ID law there today. Obama’s warm and welcoming reception there yesterday must have kicked his voter disenfranchisement plans into gear. This is just disgusting and stupid. They all cite voter fraud as an excuse, which does not exist. It’s of course to suppress likely Dem constituencies as much as possible.


    • January 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      The only voter fraud they see is voters casting votes for this President. To them, that is voter fraud. A lot of money behind getting the President out of office.
      You gotta wonder what the GOP has in mind, if they win?

  37. January 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Vote in the Senate to disapprove debt Ceiling, on now.

  38. 107 57andFemale
    January 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Wow. Here’s a great frame (that is entirely true) from Media Matters:

    “According to economist Robert J. Shapiro, the economy shed almost 8 million jobs under Republican policies before the Recovery Act could affect the economy.”

  39. January 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Another bit of Hispanic community outreach from the White House: “In support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Goya Foods, the largest, Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, is committing resources to promote the USDA’s MyPlate, or MiPlato, a new food group symbol to remind families about making healthy meal choices with easy “how-tos” about proper portions.”


  40. January 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Watch for this-

    ABC News’ Diane Sawyer was slated to have the first post-State of the Union interview with President Obama, but it appears as though Spanish-language broadcaster Univision beat them to the punch.

    “Noticiero Univision” anchor Maria Elena Salinas sat down with President Obama yesterday in Chandler, Arizona, with the first excerpts running this morning on “Despierta America.” Excerpts will also run on “Noticiero Univision” this evening, “Primer Impacto” and on “Al Punto” Sunday.

    Posted by Alex Weprin on January 26, 2012.

    • January 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Obama: Daughters are ‘much better’ at Spanish
      By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/26/12 11:39 AM EST
      First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama are studying Spanish and, President Obama says, they’re already “much better” at the language than he is.

      Asked in an interview with Univision whether he’s been practicing his Spanish, Obama turned the attention to his daughters. “You know, I have to say, Malia and Sasha are both studying Spanish,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview. “And already they’re much better than me.”

      “What I’ve told them is that my biggest regret was not studying Spanish hard enough when I was in high school,” he said. :Hopefully, they’ve got head start on me. And they’ll be entirely fluent. So they maybe will translate for me the next time I’m out.”

      But then, after interviewer Maria Elena Salinas thanked him for the sit-down in Spanish, Obama spoke a little of his own. “Muchas gracias,” he said.

    • 112 AnitaW
      January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      I like the Iowa papers headlines and articles. The Arizona paper with Gabby above the fold was also nice. The one with Brewer not so much.

  41. 113 yardarm756
    January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Lets try again. G’morning all. My avatar says i’m back to me ole self. Let’s hope the sun didn’t come up red. 😉

  42. 116 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    US Rep. Barney Frank to marry longtime partner

    (NECN) – Congressman Barney Frank’s office has confirmed that the retiring 71-year-old Representative is marrying is longtime partner, Jim Ready, in a Massachusetts ceremony. A date has not been set.

    Congratulations and Best Wishes to Barney and Jim.

  43. 117 Linda
    January 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Conservative Parents Demand School Teach About Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

    A group of conservative Christian parents are demanding Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District teach “ex-homosexual” therapy and “gay-related-immune deficiency” (or “GRID”), the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports.


    I wonder if this is Bachmann’s district

    • 118 dotster3
      January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Yes it is. Religious rt. conservatives have taken control of school board. They’ve removed all matters/consequences relating to anti-gay bullying etc. Obsessed with gay hate and praying away the gay.

    • 119 nospin
      January 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      they need to go sit down somewhere with that BS.

  44. 120 57andFemale
    January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Before Chips sends me to the woodshed, this post is so damned good, I’ll post the dKos link:


    This is one of the most articulate frames for why Democrats must vote. It was in response to some snide post that I didn’t bother to read.

    I believe it is chock-full of frames that we can use, or I wouldn’t link. Honest.

    • January 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks for the “judicious” link, 57and Female. I read the diary, tipped and recc’d then left. I won’t abide the counter productive, ideological food fights. that is the hall nark of GOS.

  45. January 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Auni, you’re welcome back so long as you stop posting RW smears about the President, I just don’t want that stuff here. I accept you don’t believe that stuff, but please don’t post it at this blog. Thanks.

  46. 123 dotster3
    January 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    No ruling in the idiotic birther case in Ga.—–attempting to keep PBO off the ballot there in Nov. Secy of St. threatened Obama’s lawyer “and your client” (that would be POTUS) that with their refusal to appear, they would be doing so “at your peril”.

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