evening all

ABC: President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said.

Following President Obama’s speech at the retreat, a small group of Senate Democrats, mostly women, left the retreat early in order to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to counter the Republicans’ news conference today at which they called for the mandate to be overturned.

Democrats said they will “fight strongly” to keep the mandate in place …. “It’s time to tell Republicans ‘mind your own business,’” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. ”Ideology should never be used to block women from getting the care they need to lead healthier lives.

More here



Michelle Goldberg (Daily Beast): Mitt Romney has been railing again the Obama administration’s refusal to exempt Catholic-affiliated institutions like hospitals and universities from its mandate that health insurance cover contraception …. Perhaps no one told him that such rules were in place in Massachusetts the entire time he was governor, because as far as I’ve been able to tell, he never raised a word of objection then.

…. many Catholic institutions are already operating in states that require contraceptive coverage, such as New York and California. Such laws are on the books in 28 states, and only eight of them exempt Catholic hospitals and universities. Nowhere has the Catholic Church shut down in response.

…. Nationwide, major Catholic universities including Fordham, Georgetown, and DePaul all offer birth-control coverage. So does Dignity Health, until recently known as Catholic Healthcare West, the fifth-largest health system in the country. In Massachusetts, the six former Caritas Christi Catholic hospitals, which were recently acquired by Steward Health Care System, all complied with the state law.

…. The Obama administration, then, was acting in line with several longstanding state and federal precedents when it issued these new regulations, something that’s been totally obscured amid all the caterwauling we’ve heard in response….

Full post here



Michael Tomasky (Daily Beast): Seriously? He lost to Santorum? …. At this point, it’s fair to start questioning how Romney can really unite this party behind him eventually and make people enthusiastic about him. It sure doesn’t look, on the evidence of last night, like he’ll seriously be able to compete with Obama in Colorado or Minnesota. Even Missouri, which Obama lost by 0.1 percent last time, looks problematic for him right now.

But the Romney contests to watch in some ways aren’t against Obama or Santorum or Newt Gingrich, but against himself and against history – his numbers, and the overall turnout numbers, from last time. If he doesn’t show impressively in Arizona and Michigan on Feb. 28, GOP power brokers are really going to start wondering what they’ve bought into.

More here


USA Today: President Obama will sign the last piece of legislation sponsored by former representative Gabrielle Giffords on Friday, the White House announced today.

The Arizona Democrat and her husband, Mark Kelly, as well as Vice President Biden will be on hand in the Oval Office for the signing. The legislation gives law enforcement greater authority to combat drug trafficking between the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders.

The bill was the last piece of legislation that Giffords voted on before she resigned on Jan. 25 …


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the Situation Room of the White House, Feb. 8, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Sun Times: First Lady Michelle Obama to embark on three day national tour celebrating second anniversary of Let’s Move!

Thursday: Des Moines, Iowa / Little Rock, Arkansas / Fort Worth, Texas

Friday: Dallas, Texas / Homestead, Florida / Orlando, Florida

Saturday: Longwood, Florida / Orlando, Florida

More here


341 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 collegekay
    February 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    not first

  2. 14 tally
    February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Princess Potty Mouth has arrived. Nothing else matters.


  3. 18 tally
    February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Washington state legislature votes to approve same-sex marriage


    • February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Now we just need to get the Prop 8 repeal on the November ballot.

      • 20 tally
        February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        That would ROCK SO HARD. It would get people out EN MASSE to the polls! And mostly on the REPEAL IT side.

        No one can claim they’re confused anymore.

        • February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

          My hope is that it would have the ancillary effect of making the GOP Congressional delegation less than a rump.

          • 22 tally
            February 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

            However, putting anything to do with civil rights on any ballot should be illegal. Prop H8TE should never have been allowed in the first place, and repealing something that shouldn’t exist is just as stupid.

      • 23 JoJothecat
        February 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Please educate me, why do we have to vote to repeal if it’s unconstitutional?

        • February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

          Well, because it’s likely headed to SCOTUS, and God alone knows how they’ll rule. If SCOTUS refuses to hear it, or does hear it and strikes it down, then jim dandy. However, if it hears it and votes that it does pass Constitutional muster, then we have to go back to the ballot box and overturn it. Consider it an attack from two fronts.

    • 26 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      How cool are WE out here in the warm rain? So pleased to have this done and showing leadership! We are a BLUE state, pretty comfy! Chipsticks, I have been thinking of you often today, some days just fall apart, you do your best, knowing tomorrow is a new day. Stay focussed and get through each moment, get a good nights rest, and wake up raring to go! You have started a love wave here, it reminds me of the 60’s, only now we are in cyberspace instead of Woodstock, and the mental energy generated among us is profound and dynamic! It does not matter one whit that we have never met in this plane, on a higher level, we are always greater together! Bless you, and you keep on keepin’ on!

      • 27 cuphalffull
        February 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        On the love wave idea, yesterday I was volunteering helping to get the first campaign office in Indiana ready for the grand opening this week. I made confirmation phone calls to volunteers reminding them to come out for the event and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, that’s how nice these folks were to talk to on the phone. The crew making calls along side me that night were also the most genuine and warm people. Every one is ready with a great big hug when they are introduced to each other for the first time or if they have worked together before. I am so glad I am fighting on the side of compassion and respect for our fellows. Go Obama and everyone that’s going to be a part of this historic campaign. You are all family.

        • 28 susanne
          February 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

          ‘i am so glad i am fighting on the side of compassion and respect…’

          thank you for saying it just that way.

      • February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Good thoughts, Pamela. I envy you your blue state and its progressive ideas. And, yeah, we’ve got the wave.

  4. 30 gn
    February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is the cutest video: http://youtu.be/xeGrgewqEXw

    Obama/Biden 2012: Let’s Do it Again.

    That tickled me pink. /waving hello to everyone

  5. February 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    And, about fucking time that Democratic officials not named Barack Hussein Obama got out in front of the cameras supporting the Administration’s position on contraception. I swear to God, they expect this man to do all the heavy lifting. It’s the Democratic Party, not the Obama Party; do some of the damned work.

  6. February 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I just love these three women. I wish we had 40-50 more like them.

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Apparently the ‘Good ole Boys’ don’t really know what happens when you piss-off a lot of woman. LORD help ’em (smh).

    • 54 Betsy
      February 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Glad that you are ok BWD. So sorry to hear of your accident. I know how awful things feel after, so I hope you are surrounding yourself with good people who love you.

    • 55 nathkatun7
      February 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      BWD, Good to hear from you! I hope you are doing much better! The three women Senators are exceptional. I just love my Senator, Barbara Boxer. She is such a fighter.

      • 56 HZ
        February 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        Beautiful healing and peace, BWD. The candles are burning with the sweet light of warmth and peace for you and all of our TOD Family members. {{{{{{{{Hugs coming forth}}}}}}HZ

        Oh, I also wrote my Senator to thank her and my best friend sent an e mail off to her Senator who was standing tall for all of us. I love it when our ladies come forth and speak with passion for the people. Let’s get some more in the Senate as well as the House. Got to do it.HZ

    • 57 57andFemale
      February 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

      How ya doing, bwd? What can we do to help?

  7. February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Name: Buffy Wicks
    Job Title: National Operation Vote Director
    Hometown: Foresthill, California
    Based in: Chicago, Illinois
    Twitter: @BuffyWicks

    Q1. What does a day at work look like for you?
    As soon as I wake up, I immediately read the news clips and Politico’s Playbook—I sleep with my iPhone next to my bed. I also watch the TODAY show while I get ready for work. With all of that, I have a good sense of what’s going on that day. I have three meetings first thing in the morning—8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. These meetings get me and my team prepared for the day ahead. We are constantly talking about how to engage every single voter in this election. The stakes couldn’t be higher and so we’re always looking for the best way to communicate the importance of this election.


    Good to know!

  8. 59 Ladyhawke
    February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm


    When 98 percent of Catholics use birth control, why is Obama in hot water for making sure insurance covers it?

    By Joan Walsh


    Let’s make a couple of things clear here. Obviously, the law won’t force Catholics to use contraception. And 98 percent of Catholics already practice birth control (and not the “natural family planning” kind), according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. It’s not as though Catholics are an endangered minority of true believers being forced to transgress a fervently held and widely practiced church rule. This battle is over a Catholic Church teaching that even Catholics ignore almost unanimously.

    The administration’s requirement comes from the Institute of Medicine within the National Academy of Sciences, which considers contraception access part of a total healthcare plan that brings down maternal and infant mortality rates. The government sets minimal basic standards for the benefits and safety conditions employers must provide to employees. What if Catholic hospitals and universities and public agencies objected to occupational safety rules for doctrinal reasons? Child labor laws? Would people argue they should be exempt from those regulations? Of course not.

    Now Catholic bishops are urging priests and parishes to rise up against the Obama administration’s alleged violation of religious freedom. It’s bad enough that men with no credibility on the issue of sexuality get to tell their fellow Catholics what to do. They do not get to tell the American president what to do.



  9. February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Any Ricky Martin fan out there? Well last night he was on Glee and it can’t just be me, but I swear the man has gotten hotter since he came out…I guess there is something that can be said about how being true to yourself can make you more happy with yourself and therby more attractive to others.

    Anyway, check out my fav performance by Senior Martin from last night’s Glee:

    Ricky Martin and Naya Rivera – La Isla Bonita

  10. 68 Andy46
    February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    George Clooney, loves him some President Obama *sigh*

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      did he say something new? Links?

      • 70 Andy46
        February 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Ya, he was on Person to Person tonight (CBS) at 8pm with Charlie Rose they were showing his home and he
        has signed photo of himself and President Obama framed in his home front and center. Warren Buffett was on as well
        Charlie ask both about their relationship with President Obama, Warren took a swipe at Romney lol about income inequality.

        I got the impression that Charlie is fan of President Obama.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      And I LOVE me some George Clooney. He and PBO are the only men I’d consider leaving my husband for ;). He’s aware and accepts it. Since there’s no chance of either happening, he’s ok with it 🙂

  11. 73 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    My first thought when I read this post: “Looks like someone at Fox News thinks Susan Rice is next in line for Hillary’s job”… and so the attacks begin. Anybody with me?

    Go Ambassador Rice! If she wants SOS, she should get it — no question!

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Amb. Rice would be a kick ass SoS if Hilary decides to retire in a second Obama Administration.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      I also clicked on some of the links from previous interviews that people provided here over the weekend. She is awesome, and really knows her stuff. She doesn’t seem to get phased by any pundit nonsense.

      As soon as the Russians started trying to demean Ambassador Rice and SOS Clinton over the weekend, with typical attacks that they were being “hysterical” and “emotional”, I knew the ladies had won. When someone doesn’t have anything of substance to counter with, they go after the personal stuff, to throw their opponent off balance. Didn’t work.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      So the GOP is launching another attack on a prominent woman. If they were deliberately trying to turn off women voters, they could not do a better job.

      • 83 HZ
        February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

        Truth you are speaking for sure Jackie. Thanks. Oh, Ambassador Susan Rice would be a great SOS. POB has her back and she has his and the nation. It will be very interesting to see what will materialize in this entire SOS situation when the time comes. Oh my, we have so much great business to take care of in our future with our second term President, Barack H. Obama. I am loving it.

        Good to see you BWD tonight. Take good care of now. Relax and pamper yourself as much as possible. Candles going again tonight for my TOD Family. Love you all.HZ

  12. February 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Reposting from the previous thread:

    Hi Everyone. Hope you are all doing well. BWD glad you weren’t hurt.

    I noticed in the last post that a few folks were complaining about Elizabeth Warren. Her official twitter ID is @elizabethforma. It doesn’t look official but it is. So those tweets that pissed you off were not from her or her campaign. So feel free to tell the others to piss off.

    • 85 sherijr
      February 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      thank YOU gobrooklyn, I really appreciate that info, will go ahead and follow her there, again thanks. I should have looked further to find out if the other one was official.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks gobrooklyn – I apologized for my catty comment about Elizabeth Warren in the last thread, and will do it again here. My anger with some of her followers was misdirected, and I should have known better, given that she’s been a staunch supporter of the President every time I’ve seen her. I’m glad this isn’t her official campaign.

    • 87 lovingandlaughing
      February 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      That is good to know. I was really surprised to hear about what was said on the last page but now it makes sense.

  13. February 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Are we looking at the Catholic birth control flap upside-down?

    Most of the media traffic on this story has focused, naturally enough, on the risks President Obama is incurring with white Catholic swing voters. The perils are real, as I wrote last week, and there’s a case to be made for not picking this fight in an election year. 

    But what about the possibility of a female backlash against Republicans and Catholic bishops who want to limit their access to condoms, IUDs and the pill?

    So far, the White House and HHS have dug themselves a very deep hole by doing a lousy job of getting out their side of the story out – Obama says he did this to protect women’s reproductive rights – but the West Wing has projected defensiveness instead of making that case forcefully… just like on health care reform, the stimulus, etc. etc. etc.

    But a dozen or so  Democrats I’ve spoken to in the past few days, while not oblivious to the dangers of the Catholic backlash, say there’s a big potential upside here with women voters of all political orientations, who don’t want the church, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, E.J. Dionne or John Boehner meddling with their bodies.


    That is what I am talking about!

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Oh. My. God. On frakking Politico, no less!!

      And, is the Admin’s messaging bad because it’s bad, or bad on purpose, a strategic feint? I present Deaniac’s take: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/barack-obamas-brilliant-play-on-birth.html.

      To quote Sully, “meep meep”.

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        I agree with you. How can they have dug a deep hole on a rule that already exists in 27 states, and is followed by several high-profile Catholic churches, plus, it’s a rule in Italy, too. I think the Administration is taking a very deliberate tone. It’s only when people rise up for themselves that enough pressure gets imposed on Congress. And with Boehner so arrogantly making promises that Congress is going to overturn the rule, they’ve walked right into the trap – especially when they’re squeaking about causing delays in the payroll tax cut – the work they SHOULD be doing.

        This is going to be another delicious take down of the GOP, especially since the entire slew of GOP candidates have jumped on the bandwagon without thinking this through, doing their homework, and seeing if there are any GOP women screaming for justice along side them.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      “So far, the White House and HHS have dug themselves a very deep hole by doing a lousy job of getting out their side of the story out”

      I call BS on this. This was a non-issue UNTIL some good news on the employment/economy and PBO’s polls came out and then the MSM did a sudden about face and decided that the economy was no longer an issue of concern to them or voters or America. Had nothing to do with the administration.

      • February 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        Wasn’t it hilarious today when Mara Liasson asked whether Jay thought this was a real controversy or one hopped up by the press? Jay answered in a very formal and diplomatic way but, HELLO? When even the press call themselves into question, it obviously jumped the shark long, long ago.

      • February 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        There you go, hf. What a rw enabling msm generated bs.

      • 94 nathkatun7
        February 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

        Thanks for SPEAKING TRUTH, Hopefruit2! I wish our good people on this site would resist buying into media manufactured outrages. Instead of attacking the White house messaging we should be attacking the media distortions that manufactured yet another “non-issue” controversy to discredit the President. How does the administration get out “their side of the story” when the hostile media is fixated on generating a controversy to attack the President? In my humble opinion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with messaging on the part of the White House or HHS!

        • February 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm

          Thank you for voicing this is just this way, NathK-7! Democratic voices IMO need to just simply ‘lay off’ the President & his people and concentrate their energies on the real obstructionists to the country’s growth. And when I say lay off the President this should be UNTIL Nov.6! We should ALL be of the mindset that our President makes no mistake from here on – put a positive spin on everything this Admin does for the rest of the year! Since Democrats are ‘lifelong learners’ let’s learn from the repubs and adopt a 2012 mantra = our side is never wrong!

    • 97 Andy46
      February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      IA, especially young female voters…to me this is an old issue and the church will never change their position…plus the Catholic church
      is still suffer from their own backlash and huge membership lost….credibility IMO is key.

      If I was advising the Catholic Church, this is not a fight I would tell them to be involve in not when they are
      struggling for memberships and still trying to repair their image.

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      If these mopes think women are going to turn back the clock on their rights, they are freakin’ CRAZYTOWN.

      • February 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        IMHO folks need to turn their attention away from women’s va-jayjays. Those that have them have been taking care of ’em for a long time. Even when some skuv-ball are is tryin to mess it up to prove his manhood………I better get back in my lane.

        • 100 GGail
          February 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          yardarm – you are on a roll on behalf of us women!
          We love you to pieces
          Preach on Sailor 🙂

          • February 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

            Love you yardarm756. You can stay in this lane as long as you want. You speak with truth to the ears of the women who love to take and are very capable of taking excellent care of our “va-jayjays.” Love you yardarm756. You just made me almost choke on my banana.HZ

        • 102 smoothscotch
          February 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

          This!——totally agree. GTH out of my v”’—, I bet those loud mouths’ wives and daughters take care of their bus.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      This really isn’t about Catholics. As I pointed out yesterday, those Catholics that would see than issue would never vote for President Obama anyway. It is, however about two other things. One, and recent polling shows this, is that the evangelical right sees this as more of an issue than Catholics do. This is where the TP sprang from and was key to getting Bush elected in 2004. They need to get that part of their base really riled upand motivated to get to the polls in November.

      The second is that this faux controversy is couched in the terms of “attacking religion”. You will not hear the candidates or and Republican talk about attacking the Catholic church. This is a subtle dog whistle in trying to reinforce the Muslim meme, as most RW Christians will tell you that Islam is not really a rela religion.

    • 104 jacquelineoboomer
      February 9, 2012 at 3:49 am

      Way past time for me to go to sleep, so I’ll just comment on Politico’s “white Catholic swing voters” phrase. Huh? There are plenty of non-white Catholics! Sloppy “journalism,” yet again.

      Goodnight, all!

    • 105 57andFemale
      February 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

      We did not see the concerted pushback from women on this issue that we saw with the Komen/PP issue and that is a problem.

      Even most of the statements from the few women who have stood up proudly on this (and yes — thank you, Joan Walsh) have not been strong enough. This is not about ‘religious freedom’ for Catholics, it’s the exact opposite — this is about theocrats forcing THEIR religious beliefs on the populace, and mainly as a way of restricting the rights of women.

      The contraception issue is anti-first Amendment in the truest sense. No one is forced to use contraception, no one is even ‘forced’ to prescribe it. A nurse is hired by a Catholic hospital because she is a good nurse, not because she’s a good Catholic. The woman cleaning the toilets is not giving a religious litmus test as a condition of her employment; and it is a burden for her to pay for contraception when men can get Viagra on demand.

      This is a war against women, pure and simple. We are effective when we work together, like the Komen issue. We are not fighting back with the same fervor and frankly, this is a far more serious issue and precedent concerning how this country treats its women in the 21st century.

      Let’s be clear, Mark Shields and you other preachers shoving your religion down the throats of all women — Obama will lost more votes if he caves on this than he will the mythical monolithic vote of Catholics.

  14. 106 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm


  15. 114 JoJothecat
    February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I loved the video of IL Rep Guiterrez pn “Sr. and Jr Food Stamp Presidents – it runs in the family”. That hateful Grinch trying to pit americans against americans is pure evil. It won’t gain much traction because there are a lot of white people who used to be middle class who are now on food stamps since this recession. It’s funny how when people need it, they are glad to get government assistance until times gets better, but like the representative said, it is used mostly for children and elderly on fixed incomes.

  16. February 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    So tonight we are all winding down, eating dinner, falling asleep in front of the TV

    But tomorrow………

    We send some love………….

    To Rep. Guitierezz, an all the Dems who spoke out for women today

    These videos are great

  17. 120 Alma Blanca
    February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I miss Anthony Weiner for this kind of outspoken commentary but Rep. Luis G. does an exceptional job. Thanks Chips for that delightful video with Adele singing. It would make any body feel better.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Unfortunately, both of these aforementioned individuals are not exactly in live with the President.
      Not by a long stretch.
      That said, Guittirez is coming around.

      • 122 hopefruit2
        February 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        Well, I am in live with my President. To hell with Weiner and Gutierrez if they insist on being on the wrong side of history.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm


  18. 129 sonjiaduncan
    February 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I just love it when Dems show up to support the President. They need to do it every chance they get. Coattails are a powerful thing.

    • 130 Betsy
      February 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      I’d like to see Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization of Women, and other women’s groups speak up about this and about the GOP war on women.

    • 131 nathkatun7
      February 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Real Democrats like Senators Barbara Boxer and Pat Murray always have the President’s back! Senator Boxer is one of the most progressive senators, yet she never runs to the media to bash President Obama for minor issues she may disagree with him on. The same is true Senator Murray and Speaker Nancy Pelosi! These incredible leaders know that President Obama is family. Sane and mature family members don’t go around washing their dirty linen in public. This is why I lost my respect for people like Anthony Weiner, Maxine Waters, Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kucinich, and now Russ Feingold!

      • February 9, 2012 at 1:17 am

        Don’t forget Alan Grayson. He was another one who spent more time preening in front of the camera and developing his shtick, but never got anything done for the people.

  19. 133 CTGirl
    February 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    It’s about time the Dems stand up and fight! Loving it!

  20. 134 ChristiMTL
    February 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    ROBERT REICH: Obama Has Handed The Election Over To The Super Rich

    ”That’s how the Obama team justifies its decision to endorse a super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited sums for his campaign.

    Baloney. Good ends don’t justify corrupt means.”

    For those who missed him on Ed’s…he was his usual purist PUMA jerk…..I don’t know why but I am so angry about this. I should not react to his stupidity.

    He wants President Obama to lose.

    • 135 nospin
      February 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      he got the side eye from both Ed and the other person that was on the show. No one was falling for the hype. period.

    • 136 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      And thankfully, (and rightfully) he got blasted on Twitter. Folks weren’t having any of his fake-ass purity purer-than-thou crap especially considering how tied to big money interests he was during the Clinton administration, and most likely still is.

      • 137 utaustinliberal
        February 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

        Exactly. It’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Frankly, Reich can kiss my ass with his faux poutrage. He was in the Clinton administration known for glad handing, having extremely close ties to big business, and offering up the Lincoln bedroom for so called donors willing to pony up and kiss the ring; so to speak.

      • 138 57andFemale
        February 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

        This, from the guy whose ‘advice’ to President Obama was to forget about manufacturing in the U.S.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      He’s a loser who lives in a fairytale. I get the feeling from reading my twitter TL that he’s descending into debilitating bitterness because nobody important listens to him.

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Pretty much. It was another chance to get props from the purity pity party for “standing tall”. He’s less than irrelevant.

      • 143 nathkatun7
        February 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        “I get the feeling from reading my twitter TL that he’s descending into debilitating bitterness because nobody important listens to him.” I think you are absolutely spot-on, Meta! I think Robert Reich, Like Cornel West, was expecting to be part of President Obama’s inner circle. In my humble opinion, the two professors exhibit all the characteristics of wounded lovers! Because they couldn’t be with President Obama they feel that they must trash him every chance they get.

      • 144 57andFemale
        February 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

        No one listens to him because he spouts unrealisitic b.s. like his diatribe on Ed Show last night. You want to be relevant, grow the eff up.

    • 145 Betsy
      February 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I saw that he was going to talk about this and changed the channel. Same with when Rachel Maddow has Pawlenty on, I refuse to watch those liars.

      • 146 hopefruit2
        February 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Yes and she allowed Pawlenty to lie about Romney’s record while she sat there and giggled like a damn grade schooler. If it were anyone from OBama’s cabinet, she would have gone after them and be much more aggressive than she was with Pawlenty. She didn’t ask Pawlenty a single question about Romney’s flip-flopped position on the birth control issue; His profiting from the pharmaceutical co that makes BC pills; His offshore tax havens, etc. She basically used the segment as an opportunity to rehabilitate Romney’s image in my opinion.

        • 147 ChristiMTL
          February 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          Is it me or she ALWAYS giggle like a grade schooler when she interview a Republican?….Megan McCain, Michael Steele, Tim Pawlenty

          • 148 Betsy
            February 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

            Yes she always giggles and acts like a schoolchild when she has a GOP person on as if having them on gives her credibility that being “liberal” doesn’t. I find the childishness demeaning a person of such “intelligence” and an insult to those of us far more intelligent than she is. Some of her reporting is brilliant, but then ??? I don’t get what she gets out of such ridiculous behavior.

            • 149 Pamela
              February 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

              I tried to watch her once, just did not see or hear anything to substantiate why so many think she’s all that. Felt like a waste of data time to me.

              • February 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

                She has her moments, those (fewer & farther) times when she will take an issue and treat it like an old-fashioned journalist would have. Maybe she giggles when she is restraining herself from telling the guest they are talking ‘bull puckey’? I’m really not defending Rachael as she turned me off completely a good while ago. I only watch her these days if a segment is recommended.

            • February 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

              Maybe she is fearful/hesitant to address issues fully with them because she wants them to feel ‘comfortable’ enough to return. After all, aren’t they all trying to build their audience? I do believe Rachael wants the cachet of having Republicans come to her show even though she is well known as ‘liberal’.

              • 152 hopefruit2
                February 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

                Sorry vc, as much as I would like to believe that – the facts just don’t support it. Since PBO has been elected (more than three years now) Michael Steele and Meghan McCain have made many, many appearances – and every time Rachel behaves exactly the same. I suspect that Rachel used to be a conservative before she realized she was gay and deep down holds some conservative values near and dear to her. She has a soft spot for Republicans and seems to have a bit of contempt for Democrats – that is something that was internalized way back during her childhood and youth. No matter how intellectually “evolved” a person may be, what they learned and saw in their youth and childhood plays a significant role in their adult behavior.

          • February 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            Yep. She does and it gets on my nerves. I stopped watching Rachel unless there is really someone on her show I really want to see.

      • 154 cos
        February 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        I hit my mute button as soon as T-Paw came on. I knew he would only lie and Bash PBO.

    • 155 cos
      February 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I hit the mute button on Reich and that other guy also. Reich always find a way to disagree with anything PBO does. I don’t care for him. I place he and Bernie Sanders in the same category.

    • 156 Cha
      February 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Bullshit, Reich. Just another WHINE in a long history of WHINES.

  21. 157 anniebella
    February 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Finally some Dems speaks up. It’s about time.

  22. February 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The Congressman from IL was on point. I hope the walrus saw it.

  23. February 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Yesterday we told you about how Romney is in the midst of attacking the President for providing women with the very same access to contraception that he did as governor of Massachusetts. In fact, the law that Massachusetts passed while Romney was governor and the federal law he now denounces are nearly identical in requiring contraception, including emergency contraception, to be covered by health insurance.
    But today a new twist in the plot surfaced—and it makes Romney’s hypocrisy even more breathtaking.
    Think Progress is reporting that “the very same GOP frontrunner who is now petitioning the White House to extend the regulation’s conscience clause and exclude more women from the benefits of birth control is himself invested in and profiting from pharmaceutical companies that produce the frequently prescribed and extremely common medication.”



  24. February 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    teann suspends roland martin for homphobic tweets and yet that racist erickkk erickkkson (what a stupid name to go by) is still on its ‘political panel’ ?

  25. 168 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Is Rachel Maddow trying to rehabilitate Romney after his humiliating defeat in the midwest?

  26. February 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  27. 173 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Jimmy Fallon looked like he was floating after his meeting with My FLOTUS 🙂

  28. February 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    By Gautham Nagesh and Brendan Sasso – 02/08/12 05:10 PM ET
    THE LEDE: The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up a bill on Thursday that would permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. Allowing cameras into the Supreme Court has been a controversial topic for some time, but it has gained momentum thanks to the upcoming challenge of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law. Proponents argue the court’s proceedings should be open to the public because transcripts are already distributed after the fact. Critics suggest the changes could lead to grandstanding and affect how the court does business.

  29. 175 Obama Grandmama
    February 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I am back. I signed on just to say I’d be back this evening earlier this morning. I announced it was my birthday and I was going to be celebrating. Celebrations over and I’m back with my Obama family now.

    I am going upthread to read what you have all been up to today. It is raining here after a few days of sunshine but it is better to have a birthday than the alternative. I went to the bakery and bought a three layer carrot cake and had them write Happy Birthday and my name on it. I took it with apple cider to my art guild meeting and created my own birthday party. They all loved it and sang happy birthday to me. It is the first time I have created my own celebration, but why wait for someone to do it for you when you live alone? My special time was getting calls from my four adult kids to wish me a happy birthday.

    • 176 Diane
      February 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Happy Birthday OG. I am so glad that you created your own celebration you deserve it!

    • 177 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      February 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Happy Birthday Obama Grandmama. And here’s to many more! Cheers!

    • 178 Cathy from MN
      February 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Happy Birthday; sounds like you made it a great day! Glad you are here to share the rest of it with us!!! 😉

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Happy Birthday again and I’m so glad you celebrated your special day.

    • 180 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      We have been celebrating you here all afternoon Obama Grandmama! Happy to know you are having a Happy Birthday! 🙂

    • 181 Mary Gray
      February 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Happy Birthday and glad that you had a nice special day.

    • 182 Betsy
      February 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Happy Birthday Obama Grandmama!

    • 183 LunarSea
      February 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Birthday Greetings. I’m so glad you gave yourself a celebration. Must be that purple hat syndrome. he he he

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Happy Birthday Obama Grandmama…and many more..
      much love 🙂

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      There’s still time to wish you a ‘Happy Birthday’ OG! 😆 😆

      You’re a woman after my own heart! I started a similar tradition at work well over a decade ago after I passed up a dinner invitation from colleagues to go home to family, AND no one there had remembered my birthday! / In all honesty, I have to admit that birthdays have never been a big deal in my family, but I got fussier as I aged. / Anyway, I was so ticked that after that, whenever my birthday fell on a work day I ordered in a big lunch which, when delivered, I’d lay out on the lunch table for anyone who wished to help themselves. (I’ve always worked with staffs who loved to eat! 😉 ) I didn’t tell them why initially, but over the years they figured it out. Of course, by the time I started this tradition I had come to the conclusion that MY birth day was the only day that was truly MINE so a special reaction was totally appropriate. In fact, to go along with lunch, I always wore a new outfit. It really became a fun tradition for me, I’ve got to say that one staff surprised me on one of those big ‘0’ birthdays with a huge surprise party, so we had lots & lots of food that lunchtime! {The boss gave them the big ‘0’ information from my personnel file.} Ah, memories! VC

      OG, may you enjoy many more years! 😆

      • 187 Obama Grandmama
        February 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

        That’s a great story. A couple of years ago I signed up for Netflix as a birthday gift to myself and I decided that is the best kind as you get exactly what you want. hee hee. I am newly deciding I may buy myself a bouquet of flowers for Valentines Day too as this year I am widowed for 14 years. Why should I only have received flowers from my late husband? I can buy myself flowers. I am empowering myself to treat myself. It’s about time. Thanks for the ideas!

    • 189 GGail
      February 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Happy Birthday OG and I’m so glad to hear you treated yourself with a party.
      You Go Girl!

      • 190 yfoot58
        February 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Goood Morning everyone…GM Chipsssssss..

        Happy Belated Birthday OG….

        i love the way you celebrated your BD…and VC….what an inspiration you are…i love that idea…i usually take off for my BD..

        thinking of something special to celebrate my 59 BD….

        and i love the idea of sending flowers to yourself for Valentine’s Day……

        have a sweet day everyone…

    • 191 smoothscotch
      February 9, 2012 at 12:22 am

      A very happy birthday to day and may you see many more.

    • February 9, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Great that you had a wonderful time on your birthday! If you can’t celebrate the day you were born with gusto, then who can?

  30. 193 dotster3
    February 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Does anyone have any idea why this JFK/intern story is being promoted big time now? I’m surprised that Meridith Viera is doing this. I don’t get the big need by the media to focus this big spotlight so many years later.

    • 194 Cathy from MN
      February 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      I was wondering the same; why now? Why bother telling this story?

      • 195 hopefruit2
        February 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        So that they can try to find a way to tie it to President Obama.

        • 196 L3
          February 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

          February is sweeps month. Sweeps happens three times a year (also May, November). During sweeps networks try to generate high ratings so that they can set their advertising rates. The networks that can show they have the highest ratings, particularly among certain demographics, can then charge the most for advertising. So yes, it’s about getting people to watch their crappy programming, getting paid and bragging rights. (i.e. CBS, America’s most watched network blah, blah, blah)

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm


    • 198 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      They need to leave the deceased in peace.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Sex sells, especially if it involves our own King Arthur.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm


    • February 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Huh? For me coming in without reading all the threads throughout the day ALWAYS make me feel like Alice must have felt when she fell into Wonderland. I can’t wait for the weekend!

  31. February 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The teachers federation endorsed the Prez today.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm


    • 205 Ladyhawke
      February 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm


      Thanks df, this is a great read. I would like to personally thank the Republican Party for having a cow about this ruling on contraception for women. Because contraception is just one facet of a plethora of services aimed at improving women’s health. Clearly, there are women in this country who may be laboring under some misconceptions and may not know all of the facts. But the longer this issue is in the spotlight, the more radical the Republican Party looks and the more educated the women of this country will become. Knowledge is power. And that will be a benefit for President Obama and his administration. Bottom line, women need to know which candidate is looking out for them.

      • 206 Michele
        February 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

        President Obama gets to defend women on such a large scale in the debates and the whistlestop tours around the country.. And now all of the Rethugs are on record for their contempt of women….

  32. 207 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm


    For our foreign policy wonks 🙂 LL and Bobfr 🙂

    Look through the Pew Global Attitudes project data on confidence in the US president. In almost every country, you’ll see a dramatic or startling increase in confidence between 2008 and 2011. In Germany and France, George Bush had approval ratings in the low teens in 2008; Barack Obama’s approval has never dropped below 80%. In Japan and Britain the shift is nearly as striking. In Egypt, the corresponding figures are 11% and 35%. Even in Russia itself, they are 22% and 41%. When Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice try to win backing for American positions at the UN, the exceptional popularity of the president they represent in other countries is obviously a factor. Commentators who envision Barack Obama running on his foreign-policy successes in this year’s campaign generally adduce examples like the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the crippling of al-Qaeda. Perhaps these are the examples that figure most clearly in the American voter’s imagination. It would be nice, though, if voters evaluated presidents’ foreign policies on the basis of whether they had won the respect of the world and advanced American interests internationally. The evidence of recent American foreign-policy effectiveness isn’t that we’ve shot a lot of bad guys. It’s that when our UN ambassador calls the Chinese and Russian vetoes of action on Syria “disgusting”, she’s speaking for the overwhelming majority of the world, and they are in the isolated minority.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Exactly. Can you imagine John Bolton bringing the rest of the world with us as Susan Rice has? GWB damaged our standing to such a degree that PBO’s resuscitation of our international influence should be viewed with even more amazement. He did something nigh on miraculous in only 3 years.

      • 209 LunarSea
        February 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        “He did something nigh on miraculous in only 3 years.”

      • 210 desertflower
        February 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        I knew you’d appreciate this 🙂

      • 211 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        February 9, 2012 at 1:04 am

        That particular miracle didn’t even take three years. It happened overnight. I got congratulatory messages from the UK the morning after the 2008 election. The whole world breathed a sigh of relief. I loved watching the footage of the reaction around the world to PBOs victory 🙂

        I have been reading your masterpieces LL. Awesome insights! Very enjoyable reads.

        • February 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

          It was overnight for me as well.

        • 213 susanne
          February 9, 2012 at 4:57 am

          yes, and that’s why the nobel peace prize was awarded to him, and why it was deserved, even before the mass of his remarkable foreign policy successes. the quality of his mind, his heart, his preparation, and his commitment made an immediate impression on the world stage–here was a leader that would heal and revitalize inter-nation relationships by virtue of his presence alone.

          thanks for the piece, desertflower. i love the economist for an intelligent, if a bit tigty-righty, perspective.

  33. February 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Last night, a New York council member told Rachel that they’re hearing from Veterans that they want to wait and have one celebration at the end of the Afghanistan war. I just turned to MSNBC and have it on mute, but I see that she’s talking about ticker tape parades again. I’m not sure whether she’s right or wrong on this one, given that the Afghanistan war started before the Iraq war, and is uglier in a lot of ways.I think the Vets should speak for themselves. If the President and the Pentagon were getting requests from Vets to have a parade, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t let that request go unnoticed and/or unexplained.

    • 215 AnitaW
      February 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      And don’t forget that some of the Iraq vets are now in Afghanistan. Not sure it makes sense to have a parade until they are all home. This state dinner is just to blunt the unreasonable criticism that’s going around. I wonder who will be invited. Former Secretary Gates maybe? Admiral Muller and possibly George Bush?

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        The parades should be a national Thanksgiving and a plea for forgiveness. Forgiveness for the Iraq War vets for sending them on an illegal, unwise, and damaging conflict; from the Afghan vets for abandoning them for so many years while the Bush Administration pursued the neocon wet dream of a permanent US presence in the middle of the oil region.

        • 218 JoJothecat
          February 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          I agree with you LL. There should be a parade when ALL troops are home from both wars and afghanistan is handed over to Karzi if he’s still around.

        • 219 nathkatun7
          February 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

          Liberal Librarian, you are truly a fountain of wisdom!

        • February 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

          Very wise. I’m not even sure why Rachel is pushing this quite so hard, even to the point of being rude to a member of the Defense Department, (after fawning all over Tim Pawlenty, and letting him lie on her show). People who don’t stop to think and who are very emotional about this, will simply blame the Administration, and not think that there might be a legitimate reason for not celebrating an unwarranted war while the actual war is still raging (and about to enter the fighting season), even though people are rightfully proud of the soldiers who fought in that war.

  34. February 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Deal on foreclosures! Not 20 billion, now it’s 25 billion to help paydown principle-

    Government officials are on the verge of an agreement worth as much as $25 billion with five major banks, capping a yearlong push to settle federal and state probes of alleged foreclosure abuses by lenders.

    The deal would represent the largest government-industry settlement since a multistate deal with the tobacco industry in 1998.

    The agreement covers five banks: Ally Financial Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo & Co. Together, the five handle payments on 55% of all outstanding home loans, or around 27 million mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance.


  35. February 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Love that picture of PBO and FLOTUS holding hands. Wow, they are beautiful together and warm and sexy 🙂

  36. February 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    @BhamHerald: Sen Cantwell helps defeat latest Senate GOP attempt to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling http://t.co/uoFBhlIE

  37. February 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    LOD has Stephanie Cutter Dep Press Secretary of WH and he’s asking what happens to the forgotten women? the 25 million women who won’t be covered by ACA. WTF? what’s he talking about? He mentions some CBO numbers.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Dep Sect of Obama Re-election Campaign.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      LOD is another catholic, like Matthews and ej Dionne, that is siding with the bishops!
      Sick democrats!

      • 232 dotster3
        February 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Except he had David Boies on who set the record straight—–BIG TIME! and made clear the preposterous of this whole politcally motivated partisan issue, this Cath-o-lic trumped up blown out of proportion mess, all because the Romney campaign is a mess, no one likes him and Obama’s poll numbers are rising.

      • 235 cos
        February 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        Although this law has been in existence in 28 states a long time, they just deided to make this a faux controversy, although the polls show most women are not against it.

      • 237 anniebella
        February 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

        Whenever I think of Catholic church and bishops, I think of those kids who were molested by priests and the higher ups kept it quiet.

        • 238 nospin
          February 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

          to be fair, all religions have their share of hypocrites and enablers who stand on the sidelines and don’t protect the people they are there to serve.

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      lisa, LOD, opened his show by trying to scratch open the scab over single payer. Guess his segue to Stephanie Cutter has to do with that. He was saying that the President wouldn’t have this contraceptives problem if we had single payer….anyway, that’s when I turned him off.

      • 240 57andFemale
        February 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

        LOD may have lost me forever over the last few shows. He worked hard – very hard – to plant the meme that ACA will only work for a few years, then costs will go up and more people will be uninsured.

        This is LOD, someone who has worked in Washington and should know better. CBO numbers are always based on certain constraints that may or may not be true. They assume that nothing will change over time. The notion that once we start to repair our health care industry we won’t improve ACA or other improvements is ridiculous.

        SS, Medicare — when they were first passed they were a mere shadow of what those programs are now. LOD knows that.

        The only way we don’t get to single payer is if people like LOD do their best from the left to jettison progress and usher in Republican rule.

        He should be deeply ashamed.

    • 241 4morefor44
      February 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Huh? The answer is obvious, Larry, and you should be letting people know, since you apparently care so much. Those 25 million women should be heading down to their local OFA office and making sure Democrats take back the House and strengthen the Senate so President Barack Hussein Obama can fix all that mess. C’mon Larry! I know you can do it, buddy!

      • 242 nospin
        February 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

        “Larry should be letting people know, since you apparently care so much. Those 25 million women should be heading down to their local OFA office and making sure Democrats take back the House and strengthen the Senate so President Barack Hussein Obama can fix all that mess. ”

        Now that recommendation is a good one and worth tweeting.

    • 243 Obama Grandmama
      February 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      I am so glad I didn’t turn Lawrence off as I was tempted to when he was railing against the healthcare act not being single payer. I thought that Stephanie handled his outcry well. I had heard early on that the ACA would not reach all and cannot remember why some are left out but it was thought that it would grow to eventually cover all at that time.

      • February 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

        Happy Birthday, Obama Grandmama. Now I’m sorry I put the kabosh on LOD but after his awful interview with Mark Shields I wasn’t in the mood to hang in there.

      • February 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

        Lawrence, of all people, should know how hard it was to get health care passed, and that the door is now open for more changes. He knows that there’s plenty of misinformation out there, and that ,any people, including many in Congress, never read the bill because it was “too many pages”. He knows that there are four people who might try and kill the law in the Supreme Court. Lawrence knows that this isn’t the time to spit on the health care law because your fantasy law didn’t come to life.

        • 246 Lovepolitics2008
          February 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

          Lawrence was very emotional the night that ACA passed the House. Oh, he KNEW what an accomplishment it was. I don’t mind him pointing out that there is still work to be done, but the way he does it… I’m tired of the theater on tv.

          • 247 57andFemale
            February 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

            ‘Work to be done’ — that should always be the meme. However that is not what LOD said last night — he crawled into the festering PL bed to make it sound as if we didn’t get the perfect bill in 2010, there is no hope. That was his message and he should hang his head in shame.

      • 248 Betsy
        February 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

        The remaining 25 million couldn’t get health care as the law could not be passed to include everyone-single payer. But as Ms Cutler said, they will have access to cheap health care through the exchanges once they are set up. I think Lawrence forgot about them. He seemed to back down after that.

  38. February 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Maybe I should be happy that the opposition — both left and right — has yet to figure out PBO’s modus operandi. It certainly makes for wonderful entertainment. He ended the past year by having the GOP pretty much go on record as being against a middle class tax cut. And now he’s getting the GOP to go on record as being against women’s contraceptive rights, and for the old, male leaders of the Catholic Church. He’s a fencer who feints and feints and gets his opponent to commit all in, then strikes like a boa constrictor, slashing at him both viciously but oh so elegantly.

    Keep being idiots. You’re making our jobs much easier.

    • February 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

      I read Deaniac’s excellent post on this over at TPV and I regained some much needed equilibrium. I also read a comment at Balloon Juice that stated when the dust settles s/he thought it could be like the Terry Schiavo fiasco.

    • 255 Michele
      February 9, 2012 at 4:57 am

      A true chess player knows how his opponent will move….. The President has them all on record against contraceptives which are more then just family planning which Senator Boxer spelled out….

  39. February 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    My mom just texted me- Do u want 2 go see Michelle in Orlando, if I can get tickets?

    Duh! He’ll to the yes!

  40. 260 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Good evening TOD fam. Been on the run for a few days, trying to catch up…

    BWD, QuietObserver, Fred, HZ, and Sam UK, you are all in my prayers.

    Chips, thanks for all you do. Now, off to speed read.

  41. 261 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Shit can the pink razors and fight like a girl. These women ALWAYS kick ass! Must Read.


  42. 262 africa
    February 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    OT: Saw a young man today in traffic. looked like a college student. He had a big 99% on his car, right next to a 2012 PBO sticker. Nice, I thought!!

  43. February 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Ok, my sinuses are screaming at me, so I’m going to take the hint and head to bed. If my body can just hold out through Friday, it can go to hell after that as I deal with yet another sinus infection. Night all, stay frosty.

  44. 265 Andy46
    February 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Local news, is sometimes better then cable….more good news on the jobs front
    GM recalling workers


  45. February 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Thursday Feb. 9, 2012
    11:00 AM
    Biden delivers remarks at the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
    11:15 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    2:45 PM
    Obama welcomes Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy to the White House.
    7:10 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.

  46. February 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Greece is a hot mess! 1 minute they have a deal and the next, not so much!
    Playing chicken with Germany and France, seeing if they can give them the bailout first, before austerity.

  47. February 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Well, i didn’t get back very far in my catch up stint, but it’s time to get some sleep for work tomorrow. I’m resigned to another day in the TOD dark. ;(

    Good Night, Everyone who’s still awake! Sweet Dreams!

    Enjoy your Thursday!

  48. 271 Tally
    February 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    HILARIOUS. Trust me. (sorry if this has already been posted a bazillion times, and I just missed it – like I miss all the trolls…..)

    • 272 isonprize
      February 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

      😆 😆 😆 😆 LOVE IT. I also love this!!!! We worked the concert when he came to Philadelphia in ’08!!


      • 273 Tally
        February 9, 2012 at 12:43 am

        And he’s touring again!!!!!

        • 274 isonprize
          February 9, 2012 at 12:48 am

          Yeah, baby!! I know we can’t “relive” ’08, that will always be a special year, but if Bruce brings it to Philly and other locations for the campaign, it’s ON!!!

          We just have to deliver votes for PBO and vote for the Senate and House. Nancy Smash simply must, must, MUST get that gavel back!!

          To quote Bobfr, AMERICA, THIS is NOT a TEST!!!!

          We take care of our own. And the only way to do that is to ‘take care of our own’ Thanks, Bruce, for this little love tap for Pres. Obama!!


          • 275 nathkatun7
            February 9, 2012 at 1:44 am

            Thanks Tally and Isonprize for sharing these powerful and positive video clips. I am sure if people come back home and revive the ’08 spirit we will overwhelmingly win this contest. Yes I want the President re-elected. I also want Speaker Pelosi back. And I want a filibuster proof majority Democrats in the Senate. Time to “Take Care Of Our Own!”

  49. 276 isonprize
    February 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Alright ya’ll. Isonprize gotta get eyes on pillow. tee hee! Peace out.

  50. 278 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

    lights out!

  51. February 9, 2012 at 2:22 am

  52. February 9, 2012 at 3:18 am

    My earlier post on rm vid eated by moderation.

  53. February 9, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I know this is o/t but I want to thank Chipsticks and all who commented on the “for out friends here” thread yesterday. You are all so very kind and thoughtful it brought tears to my eyes. it also made me feel so lucky and blessed both in the actual world where I have some of the most beautiful friends and here at TOD where your beauty, kindness and love shine through like a beacon of light. I love you all.

    I want to send a HUGE (((((hug)))))) to Fred, HZ, BWD and Quiet Observer and anyone else here who is experiencing ill health. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    I only saw your lovely post just now and it means so much to me and I ADORE the video too. Chips, you are the greatest.

  54. February 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Pentagon to lift most combat restrictions on women http://t.co/YzOT1TzY #finally

  55. 288 susanne
    February 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

    aloha and peaceful sleep to chips and the toddies.

    and a pleasant tomorrow!

  56. February 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

    One of the most senior al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Badar Mansoor, has been killed in a US drone strike, local officials say.

    The attack took place in Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal area, close to the border with Afghanistan.

    Badar Mansoor is suspected of killing dozens of people in attacks in Pakistan and further afield.

    If confirmed, his death would be seen by the US as a vindication of its drone programme, correspondents say.

    Al-Qaeda has so far not publicly commented on the claim, but AFP news agency has quoted one Mansoor loyalist confirming the death.

    Pakistani officials say he was among at least four militants killed in the pre-dawn strike.


    February 9, 2012 at 7:01 am


  58. 291 Grab a Mop Grace
    February 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Good Morning TOD peeps.
    Just saw a bit of Morning Joke, and they’re all a flutter with poutrage over the President’s Catholic Birth Control “problem”. Joe, being the political genius that he is, is sure that the President has made a HUGE miscalculation on this one. HA!
    Being a former Catholic, I can speak to some of the hypocrisy on this. But all I really need to note is that 98% of Catholic women have at some time in their lives, or are currently using birth control. The official position of the Catholic church is that Birth Control is akin to abortion.
    You MAY NOT use birth control. Okay so 100% not allowed and 98% actually use??

    I maintain that that the President is playing chess, and the rest of them are playing tic-tac-toe:(

    Obama/Biden 2012

    • 292 Bill
      February 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

      And Morning Joe has no one taking the side of the administration. They like to say they are having a “conversation”. Morning Joe is bad but their coverage of this is the worst.

    • 293 hopefruit2
      February 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

      For the last 3 days, that’s all Morning Joke has been focusing on. And we know why. This is not about birth control, or the Catholic church or anything remotely close to that. That’s not even the issue. It’s all about Mourning Joke’s attempts to distract from the fact that the economy is improving, the President’s job approval and favorability numbers are rising (while MSNBC’s golden boy Romney’s is diminishing). It’s an attempt to distract from Romney’s pathetic shameful defeat in the Mid-West on Tuesday, not evening winning a SINGLE county in Minnesota and Misouri, and losing in the state of Colorado – all places where he did quite well in 2008. It’s an attempt to distract from the disarray that’s in the Republican party with the so-called “front-runner” actually losing more states than he has won despite spending records amount of money that far supersedes that of anyone else in the race.

      • February 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

        That’s exactly it, Hopefruit.

      • 295 dotster3
        February 9, 2012 at 7:50 am

        Ex-actly. That’s it in a nutshell. Joke must think that his viewers are all dull knives, that they aren’t aware of the nonsense he’s stirring up for purely political reasons, all said out of anger and frustration at the sad state of the GOP campaign. Very childish.

      • 296 Linda
        February 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

        One of the first things this morning was talking about the Democrats that came out against it.

        Someone in the Admin needs to contact Kaine, Casey and Larson…and tell them to stifle……

        I am so tired of the Dems not having his back…

        • 297 hopefruit2
          February 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

          Are Kaine, Casey and Larson women? If not, then the administration doesn’t need to do anything. The Dem WOMEN have already spoken loud and clear. Their video has been posted up here. They have the President’s back and they have the back of all other women who are more qualified to speak on this issue than the men in congress or on cable TV. Many states including the very red, right-wing conservative state of Georgia provides coverage for BC. If someone doesn’t want to be informed of those things, it’s not the administration’s fault it’s their willful ignorance and hypocrisy at play here.

          • 298 nospin
            February 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

            “Are Kaine, Casey and Larson women? If not, then the administration doesn’t need to do anything.”

            exactly. Men can say what they want but it is the women’s opinion that counts on this one.

        • 299 Bill
          February 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

          I don’t know about Larson, but it should be pointed out that Kaine and Casey are both white middle aged devout Catholic males who do not have the ability to become pregnant. They are both active politicians looking for votes from conservative Democrats. They both may be making a mistake.

  59. 300 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

    • 301 symmetry11
      February 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I think that it might have something to do with the No Child Left Behind waivers. I saw on my local news website that TN would be getting a waiver.

  60. February 9, 2012 at 8:08 am

    This is off topic… I just watched video from ED… and rep Keith Ellison (MN) is really handsome lol just sayin………. *goes back to reading the comments posted* 😆

  61. 306 desertflower
    February 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Morning everyone…I wasn’t here much yesterday, but I did want to send love and well wishes to those that are going through a tough time now. HZ, Fred, Sam, Q/O….BWD…..and anyone in our family that hurts right now.We are a family, and when someone is struggling…we all feel for that person…their family.Amazing to me that a virtual family would be so connected, and feel genuine concern and angst when one of our own is hurting. Hugs and love go out to all of you…know that you are thought of, by many, every single day. Be well. Soon.

  62. 307 desertflower
    February 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Just a little reminder that today is the CPAC day! WOOT! Bring out the racist, crazy, bigoted loons in one big room for all the world to see!

    A preview: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/09/10361046-the-company-cpac-keeps

    Following speeches from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Michele Bachmann, CPAC is hosting the panel “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity” with Peter Brimelow, the founder and head of VDARE.com.

    VDARE is a White Nationalist website, run by Brimelow, which frequently publishes the works of anti-Semitic and racist writers and is named after Virginia Dare, who is believed to be the first child of English parents born in the Americas. Brimelow, an immigrant from Great Britain, expresses his fear of the loss of America’s white majority, blames non-white immigrants for social and economic problems and urges the Republican Party to give up on minority voters and focus on winning the white vote. He also said that a New York City subway is the same as an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, “an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.”

    Ah, yes. This kind of BS is welcomed with open arms.Oh, and this year…GOProud is NOT WELCOME! Great company you keep, Republicans. NOT!

  63. 308 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    In 2010, the MSM couldn’t stop talking about the Dems enthusiasm gap – yet now the shoe is on the other foot – crickets. Instead the media wants us to be focused on a non-issue like BC which 28 states (including some VERY red, right-wing conservative ones like Georgia) are ALREADY covering.

  64. February 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    U.S. jobless claims fall 15,000 to 358,000

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – U.S. jobless claims fell by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 in the week ended Feb. 4, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had estimated claims would rise to 370,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up by 6,000 to 373,000. The four-week average of claims, meanwhile, dropped by 11,000 to 366,250, the lowest level since April 2008. The monthly average smoothes out seasonal quirks and provides a more accurate assessment of labor-market trends, economists say.


  65. 310 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    • 311 utaustinliberal
      February 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

      And this is another reason why the GOP is freaking out. Romney is tanking, the economy is improving, jobless numbers fall to second lowest level in 4 years. They have no plans, no platforms, and no policies. They’re losing on every front. They thought they’d be able to hold the economy over PBO’s head like the sword of damocles and now they’re losing that battle. So what do they do? They send word through the clown car grapevine for all conservative and whack job pundits to conduct a hyperbolic freak out over a contraception mandate that makes perfect sense and provides equality in the healthcare system. HHS had already made this decision in January and it was out there in the msm, yet no one was freaking out about it. Yet when they see their one flawed position – the economy – tanking, what do they do? Gin up fake outrage and pretend that PBO is doomed from the I-4 corridor to swing states. Complete and utter hogwash.

  66. February 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

  67. 316 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

  68. 319 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m looking forward to my “Rise & Shine” this morning! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  69. 323 Linda
    February 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Was this posted last night?

  70. 324 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

  71. 326 hopefruit2
    February 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Wonkbook: Economy poised to beat expectations in 2012. But will Congress get in its way?

    // The White House’s most recent set of economic forecasts — the one that will appear in Tuesday’s budget — used November’s employment data to come up with a prediction for unemployment in 2012. That prediction is 8.8 percent. Unemployment, however, is already 8.3 percent. So barring an economic disaster, that prediction is pretty clearly wrong.

    Alan Krueger, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, told the New York Times that he now believes unemployment could be below eight percent a year from now. And he’s not alone. Mark Zandi, head of Moody’s Analytics, is now projecting 7.9 percent unemployment at the end of 2012. //


  72. February 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Barack Obama’s brilliant play on birth control
    Wednesday, February 08, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 3:43 PM

    Barack Obama is a transformative president who has far-reaching policy triumphs and who has never been afraid to take the political risk to do the right thing. But he is also the man whose political acumen has Republicans scared. Even post the GOP electoral gains of 2010, President Obama wrapped the Republicans in their own petard, so to speak, and won policy as well as political victories over the GOP on the debt ceiling fight, on instituting and extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and even on some parts of his jobs agenda.

    Here comes another one: birth control. The beltway media thinks that it’s a public relations disaster for the Administration for applying the law as it has been over more than a decade (only difference being under the Affordable Care Act, it is now free – h/t blackinthebuilding in the comments) and trying to protect the religious freedom of employees of religion-affiliated civil institutions from the religious dicta of their employers. Catholic bishops (who are at odds with the majority of American Catholics) are demanding for their Church-run (but non-church) public civil institutions the ability to shirk laws every other employer has to abide by. But as Rachel Maddow said last night, there is another way to look at this:

    More here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/barack-obamas-brilliant-play-on-birth.html

  73. February 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I am so mad at Joe Manchin right now. He is sponsoring a bill to repeal contraception availability.

    Give me a fucking break? Please!

    What a Jerk! Seriously hate that jerk!

  74. February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    Last Call
    Posted by Zandar
    I haven’t really weighed in on President Obama’s decision to take support and money from the Priorities USA Action PAC, but Kevin Drum is 100% correct about it.

    Is this hypocritical of Obama? For the thousandth time, no, no, no. The playing field is the playing field, and once a public policy has been legally put in place you’d be a sap not to play by the same rules as everyone else. If you oppose the mortgage interest deduction as a matter of policy, you still have every right to take the deduction as long as the rest of the country keeps it in place. If you’re a Republican governor who objects to the stimulus bill, you’d be actively irresponsible not to take your share of the money once it’s there. If you oppose earmarks, you still have an obligation to your district to take them as long as they exist.

    More here: http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/02/last-call_08.html

  75. 333 Bill
    February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Sen. Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Rubio (R-FL) both Catholics are co-sponsoring a Senate bill to reverse the contraceptive ruling.

    • 334 Jessica
      February 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Manchin has a lot of nerve seeing as how reports came out that even though teen pregnancy is going down in America it’s rising in West Virginia and they are looking at ways to address the issue (hmmm). This contraceptive rule is a gift from heaven for his state and he should be thankful. Whatever it’s going to fail in the Senate and if the GOP keep beating this drum they are going to get their feelings hurt.

    • 335 Linda
      February 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

      The rule has not even been written…..what are they , stupid ?

  76. February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Dear Russ Feingold, let me tell you about dancing with the devil
    Tuesday, February 07, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 2:49 PM

    Hey, did you hear? The Senator who lost his seat to a wingnut is now pretending that he’s qualified to call the shots on ‘strategy’ for the president who not only is the first black president of the United States, but has shown strategic brilliance in defeating the Republican legislative agenda time and again. That’s right. Russ Feingold is calling President Obama’s decision to support Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, “dumb strategy”, and “dancing with the devil.”

    This is dancing with the devil. I know a lot of Democrats in D.C. don’t agree, and I understand the desire to do everything possible to win,” Feingold said in a statement. “But this decision will push Democrats to become corporate-lite, and will send us head-on into a battle we know we will lose, because Republicans like Mitt Romney and his friends have and will spend more money.”

    More here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/dear-russ-feingold-let-me-tell-you.html

  77. 337 MK
    February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Did anyone just watch Barbara Boxer on TV discussing the assault on women’s right to contraception? I was cheering. When the video is available I hope it goes viral. It was awesome!!!!

  78. February 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    February 09, 2012
    ObamaCare’s tyrannical fairness
    Filed under ‘In Case You Missed It.’

    Appearing on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night, the unflappable David Boies, of Bush v. Gore fame, calmly and damn near indifferently explained to his host that there is no — repeat, no — Constitutional, First Amendment issue at stake in the most recent Inquisition into ‘Obamacare’s’ purported tyranny, this time over the Catholic Church’s holy conscience.

    (To digress, or perhaps I should say clarify: Yes, holy “conscience,” as divinely revealed, for example, in the ecclesiastical expediencies of shuffling pedophiles or accommodating fascist regimes. Just so we all understand the terminology.)

    What is at stake? Labor law; the same labor laws that the Church and every other U.S. employer is obligated to obey. The Catholic Church, as Boies explained dispassionately, could not evade out of some presumed religious conscience the minimum wage or workers’ compensation or a 40-hour week or any other universally applied labor law of a reasonable standard. The Affordable Care Act’s contraception provision, as a required condition of employer healthcare coverage, is no different. The Obama administration has already compromised, the ACA has already exempted the Church itself, just as a variety of preceding state laws have — which have never, not once, been an “issue.”


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