rise and shine


1:05: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event in Corona Del Mar, Calif.

2:45: Departs Los Angeles, California en route San Francisco

3:30: Arrives San Francisco

5:00: Attends a campaign event

10:10: Delivers remarks at a campaign event


AP: The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. It was the fourth drop in five weeks and the fewest number of claims since March 2008.

More here


USA Today: General Motors earned its highest profit ever last year. The 103-year-old company made $7.6 billion in 2011, up 62% from 2010. Full-year revenue rose 11% to $105 billion.

More here



ABC (Devin Dwyer): Fact Check – Obama and the Resurgence of American Manufacturing

President Obama is this week heralding the resurgence of American manufacturing as a leap toward an “economy built to last,” and a sign that he deserves a second term. …. Obama’s claim is corroborated by government statistics, which show an undeniable rebound for manufacturers during his term, both in terms of productivity and employment of American workers.

When Obama took office in January 2009, unemployment in the manufacturing sector stood at 10.9 percent and spiked to 13 percent a year later, according to the Labor Department. But in the two years since, unemployment has fallen precipitously, now holding at 8.4 percent in January 2012.

In terms of raw manufacturing jobs, the trajectory is similarly positive …. U.S. manufacturers have also increased production by 15 percent since the recession officially ended in late 2009….

More here




New York Times (Editorial): There’s nothing like a deadline – and the prospect of acute political embarrassment – to concentrate the mind. With Congress about to go on recess, and with Republicans fearing a voter backlash, negotiators on Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on a deal to extend the payroll tax cut and federal jobless benefits through 2012.

The agreement is imperfect but sound. It will help struggling Americans and the struggling economy. It is also a political win for Democrats and President Obama, who had made extending the payroll tax cut and the jobless benefits a centerpiece of his jobs agenda. We hope that it gives them the courage to stick to that agenda if they face another round of Republican obstructionism…..

More here

See Steve Benen here


LA Times: ….. President Obama was expected to raise a total of more than $3 million during two events at the expansive Holmby Hills estate of “The Bold and the Beautiful” producer Bradley Bell and his wife, Colleen. The outdoor event, with tickets priced at $250 and $500, featured a performance by the Foo Fighters and appearances by comedian Jack Black and actress Rashida Jones.

Obama spoke later to a more intimate gathering inside the Bells’ Spanish-style home, which about 80 supporters each paid $35,800 to attend. Among those present were George Clooney, Jim Belushi and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who on Wednesday was named chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

More here


Washington Post: …. If Obama is suffering any lingering Hollywood blowback after his administration failed to get behind a pair of high-profile Internet piracy bills championed by the entertainment industry, it wasn’t apparent …. The two Tinseltown events were expected to reap more than $3 million….

“Anything we can do to help,” said Andy Spahn, a political consultant to DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of Obama’s top campaign bundlers and staunchest Hollywood supporters. “The events are sold out,” Spahn said of Wednesday’s concert and dinner at the home of Bradley and Colleen Bell, producers of “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “I expect the president to continue to enjoy strong support.”

More here





Oh boy.


SF Gate: …. this week, The Chronicle has learned that the Obama campaign has, for the first time, opened a new type of campaign office in San Francisco: A Technology Field Office. It is believed to be the first such type of campaign office for a presidential campaign.

“We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was a key to building the most effective organization,” said Obama campaign deputy press secretary Katie Hogan. “We’re taking the next step by providing tools and space for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools like BarackObama.com and our mobile applications.”

…. instead of cold-calling independents, a techie who wants to help Team O can come in and help develop something new for the website, etc…..

If you want to get involved, contact techvolunteers@barackobama.com.

More here


The Guardian: …. Obama has critics and doubters. Maya Angelou, the sage of black America, now 83, has no time for them. “I think he has done a remarkable job, knowing how much he has been opposed,” she says. “Every suggestion he makes, the Republicans en masse fight against him or don’t vote at all.”

…. “I was hoping for the best. And I think I have gotten the best from him.” What of his detractors? “Those are people who didn’t see the morass into which he stepped.”

….. “His physical self, just being there, his photograph in the newspapers as president of the United States; that has done so much good for the spirit of the African American. We see more and more children wanting to be like President Obama, wanting to go to school.”

…. More recently, her presidential link has been via the first lady, Michelle Obama. “She’s the grand dame,” says Angelou. “I wrote her a note a few months ago because I was in a gathering. The president and his party were there, but I had to leave early. I know that’s a gaffe because no one leaves the building before the president so I wrote and apologised. I got a letter from her in her own handwriting. She said: ‘I have only one regret – that I didn’t come over and hug your neck.'”

More here


Morning everyone 😉 I’ll catch up with more news later, see you then.

301 Responses to “rise and shine”

    • 2 ChristiMTL
      February 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

      You have the best seat in the house amk 🙂 Good morning everyone.

      I really don’t like that new Twitter layout….it’s annoying.

      Ohhh Georges Clooney was at the event…..nice!

      • February 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

        And I have been sitting on that damned ‘best’ seat for too long a damned time for the damned act to open. 🙂

        GM Christi.

      • 4 utaustinliberal
        February 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        I know! It’s awesome. Whenever I hear the media gasping ad nauseam about how PBO has lost Hollywood and their money, I laugh in the face of their stupidity. Hollywood ( the sane ones) knows how much PBO has accomplished despite unprecedented and appalling obstruction.

  1. February 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

    SECOND!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Good day to all.

  2. 6 symmetry11
    February 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Good morning, Chips & TOD fam.

  3. February 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

  4. February 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Social apps ‘harvest smartphone contacts’

    Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers’ knowledge.

    Access to the address book is enabled when users click on the “Find Friends” feature on smartphone apps.

    Two US congressmen have written to Apple asking why the firm allows the practice on its iPhone, as it contravenes app developer guidelines.

    Twitter has said it will update its privacy policy to be more explicit.

    The practice came to light when an app developer in Singapore, Arun Thampi, noticed that his contacts had been copied from his iPhone address book without his consent by a social network called Path.

    Dave Morin, CEO of Path, apologised and said Path would ask users to opt in to share their contact information.

    However, he noted separately that it was an “industry best practice” to upload or import address book information.

    iPhone apps by social sites including Facebook, FourSquare, Instagram, Foodspotting and Yelp are also reported to access the address book.


  5. 9 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD!

  6. 10 Linda
    February 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Good Morning.

    Has anyone confirmed that Democrats agreed to drug testing the Unemployed.?

    • 11 hopefruit2
      February 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

      What was the source of that info?

      • 12 Linda
        February 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

        Dems OK Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing—in Some Cases


        I am very disappointed ..

        • February 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

          From that NYT editorial:

          Democrats successfully blocked Republican demands to impose uncalled-for conditions on applicants for jobless benefits, including drug testing and requiring them to be high school graduates or working toward an equivalency degree. (A fig leaf requires applicants to be drug-tested if they lost their job because of a failed drug test or if they are seeking a job that generally requires a drug test.)


          Steve Benen: The GOP is not leaving completely empty handed, though — states will be allowed to conduct drug tests on those who lost their jobs for failing a drug test (states can already do this)


          PS Morning everyone 😉

          • 14 hopefruit2
            February 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

            Thanks for setting the record straight Chips. I think this illustrates why it is so vital for all of us to first consider the source, then read the ENTIRE article, not just the headline. Many times, the GOPmedia writes a sensational headline to generate outrage (usually among Dem supporters) when the article says something completely different – in fact many times, the opposite of what the headline implied.

            • 15 prettyfoot58
              February 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

              Gooood Morning everyone…GM Chipsssss and DF….

              Thanks Chips for that all too important clarification….

              and DF….truer words have not been spoken…

              i think that we have to do the investigative work and gather info….now for me…i am not always sure where to go to look for the truth…but there are extremely informative…intuitive…and knowledgeable folks on this blog….and i thank God for this…that has help me find that oasis in the wilderness…

              and indeed i know that sometimes we would like to think that news pundits and company are not deliberately distorting the news but i have learned thru the years that is what they do…and in some cases have outright lied…it is a pity but it is so…

              on another note….

              a discussion came up on Morning Joe about Santorum…about him having the right to his veiws…and i suppose one can say that everyone is entitled to their own belief systems…however when one wants to translate that belief system into public policy…one enters into treacherous waters…and this is where we are with Santorum…altho many of his views are outside of main stream thinking, the media and the Repubs want to make him main stream….

              We Willlll Not Go Backkkk…
              Presssssssssss ON!….

            • 17 anniebella
              February 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

              I have not problem with someone who lost their job because of drugs, being tested if they seek unemployment benefits. Like you say we do have to consider the source anytime we read something.

              • 18 anniebella
                February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

                This is just another reason why I like coming here, because Chipsticks will do her best to give us the facts. Thanks Chips.

          • 19 Linda
            February 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

            Thanks, Chips…..

  7. 20 desertflower
    February 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Morning everyone! I see this morning, that we still have work to do.

    In other news, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, lead by Chuck Grassley, are blocking the approval of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act because provisions recently added to the bill grant existing protections to members of the LGBT community, immigrants, and Native American tribes.

    From Bob Cesca

    • 21 57andFemale
      February 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Not entirely accurate. The bill did pass out of committee on a party line vote. Can it be blocked by filibuster? I assume so. But it is set to go to the Senate for a full vote.

      I guess repubs don’t want the women’s vote. Bring it on, assuage.

    • February 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Good cartoon – except it doesn’t speak to the fact that the church now wants to eliminate general access to affordable contraception for ALL women under the ACA. They can’t control women in the Catholic church, so now they want to control ALL women. This only seems to be a phenomenon in the United States. Has anyone else heard of this kind of poutrage happening anywhere else in the world? Someone mentioned last week that women in Rome even have their birth control covered in their insurance policies.

      • 25 Cindy Sweatt
        February 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        As a woman of faith I find it important when we talk about all this we call it the “Catholic Church” and not just “The church.” Not all churches are the same. My church has come out strongly in favor of supporting women’s choice. Just saying.

  8. 27 mtmarilyn
    February 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. So much great news! Love the Milwaukee headline. At least they didn’t put Walker there.

    So much work to do this year. They Repubs will be brutal but we are strong. Off to work. Have a great day everyone.

    • 28 Lovepolitics2008
      February 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Loved it too. An image like this can have more influence than days of campaigning. President Obama connecting with ordinary working folks. President Obama smiling. He just ooozes optimism, empathy and focus on the future. A total contrast with republicans, who offer nothing except fear, division, bigotry, and doom and gloom.

  9. 29 Marlz (@marjgra)
    February 16, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good morning everyone. . . Hope you all have a wonderful day!

    February 16, 2012 at 8:26 am


      February 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I’VE GOT THE PHONE #…303-293-2726.

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Sue, I received a call on my cell phone yesterday morning from a private number. The guy was young, and spoke at lightning speed. He asked for a donation of $250 and I said no, that I had already donated what I could through OFA and he would not take no for an answer. I continued, foolishly, to try to explain to him that I also try to support other candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and some Arizona dems trying to gain seats here. He could have cared less. Finally, I said to him that if he was seriously interested in helping our President get re-elected, he would slow down his speech so that he could be understood, and that when someone said no, to be gracious and thank them for their support. It is that kind of call that can turn someone on the fence away from voting for the President and for democrats.

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Jackie, Sue, I’ve had that experience, too. When I told a fundraiser that I had just made two contributions to OFA, he said that he was calling for the Obama campaign and OFA was different. I said I know what OFA is and that it’s dedicated to the re-election of the president and that’s where I chose to make my donation. Then some other caller told me I hadn’t made a contribution in several months when I had been making one just about every week in response to an appeal from Michelle Obama or Joe Biden or the president’s fundraising manager or on TOD. It really irritated me when he said his records were right. I’m getting very leery of phone solicitations and will stick to online or mailed requests. There are so many people making phone calls for the president’s campaign, DNC, DSCC and DCCC as well as the state party and individual candidates that some of them are a little less than professional or congenial. It happens.

        • 34 edp4bho
          February 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

          Good morning TOD. To add to your discussions here, I received a call from the Democratic National Committee last evening, after receiving mail from them for membership renewal, which I initally tossed out. I am an independent though prefer the term Obot or Obamacrat now. Anyhow, I interrupted her greeting by humorously stating that if she’s asking for donations, I have nothing at all to give right now. I stated that I do give directly to PBO’s coffers but that I would be inclined to donate to the Dems in the near future. She was kind and understanding, and did not pressure me as some others have. So, there are some who know how to do their job. She graciously thanked me for my future intended support. Incidentally, great news on the site today. Keep on pushin 😀

          • 35 anniebella
            February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

            My donation goes to the Obama for America in Chicago Ill., that’s the campaign office.

          • 36 Ahero62
            February 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

            The same thing happened to me but in my case it was an adult. Even after I told him that I am 100% Obama supporter and that I’m well informed of the democratic issues, he kept on talking non stop and insisting on a donation. I informed him that I donate monthly through BarackObama.com and when he wouldn’t listen I just hang up on him. I hated doing that but his phone manners were off putting to say the least. I know we are all enthusiastic about PBO and want to re-elect him but some of the volunteers need to be re-trained!

        • 37 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          February 16, 2012 at 10:14 am


        • 39 Pamela
          February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          Hearing these reports, I suspect the GOP might have gotten hold of some DNC phone lists, and are out to cause trouble. If you go into the white pages and use reverse lookup, you can sometimes trace a call. I do not answer my cell phone unless the caller is in my contact list. Let it go to voicemail but many calks choose not to leave a message. They get deleted, no attention from me at all.

    • 40 Cindy Sweatt
      February 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      I agree. I often run up against some of the OFA paid workers. I do think they are under a lot of pressure. My worry is that they will alienate supporters in their zeal. I do know that once we start really hitting the neighborhoods we will have many volunteers that will be stepping forward. In the meantime I just tell everyone to be patient.

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      February 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      I too got a phone call about a week or two ago from a young man I believe from the DSC not sure the acronym is correct but the Senatorial branch of the Dems. I responded immediately with how did you get my phone number as I am unlisted on a tribal phone system and don’t normally give out my number? However I do donate semiregularly to OFA, and the House and Senates along with the DNC on occasion. I donate as I can afford it and only through the mail. I do not on internet or the phone. I also requested he take me off the call list. This young man continued to try to get some sort of commitment out of me regardless as I repeated they could send me a request and I would look at my budget and expenses and see if it were a possibility for me at that time. We both talked of the importance of controlling the Senate and the House. I thanked him for his work. He again pressed and I said I had an upcoming surgery in March (which I do have) and he said do you want me to check medical expenses or some such thing. I said I will have to choose when I can and cannot donate myself and rethanked him for his work as well as reminding him to take me off the call list and hung up. I think it was a legitimate Democratic fundraiser but the inspired sometimes come off like used car salesmen not able to take not now for an answer. I do get turned off by too high of pressure. It is weren’t for knowing myself the importance of this election I would decide to forget giving to the party with that kind of pushiness.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:30 am


      February 16, 2012 at 8:31 am


    • February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Sue, I’m so sorry this happened to you. Please call OFA HQ and tell them about this rude behavior. It’s outrageous and should be reported. It almost sounds like a Republican has infiltrated the phonebank system in Colorado.

      OFA HQ: 312-698-3670

      • 45 a4alice
        February 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Hey Sue – I volunteer at OFA too and we’re not doing any calls for money. we’re calling for volunteers and for people that might be on the fence. I see you are working at OFA in Indiana – are you doing any pitches for dough? I wonder if this guy was for real. I would give that number that Meta gave you a jingle and let them know.

        February 16, 2012 at 10:41 am


  12. 50 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Charles Pierce of Esquire Magazine asks a very pertinent question:


    By Charles Pierce


    Where in the hell are the doctors? Where in hell is the AMA?

    Women are being required to undergo a medically unnecessary, personally violative procedure without their consent. (An amendment to require consent unsurprisingly failed in the legislature.) Doctors simply should refuse to conduct this procedure as a violation of their duties as physicians. The AMA should back them legally all the way up to the five wise souls in the big marble building. It should also sue the Commonwealth of Virginia, and McDonnell, until their eyeballs bleed. Doctors should speak out boldly, and without fear, about being used as middlemen in the relentless war on women being waged on several fronts by the anti-choice communities. It’s time for being a physician to mean more than the fact that you get a new Lexus every year. Any doctors in the peanut gallery who think I’m wrong about this should chime in down in the comments.



      February 16, 2012 at 8:37 am


    • 52 desertflower
      February 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

      THIS! Let’s call this what it is. RAPE. The state of VA. is advocating rape for any woman seeking a LEGAL medical procedure!


    • February 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Good questions ? Tweeted.

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Pierce is absolutely right about this. And frankly, where are the insurance companies? This is a separate procedure requiring extra time by medical personnel and additional use of equipment. I certainly have never gotten that time and use for free, so somebody must be paying for it. And over and above all these voices, the women of Virginia should be screaming in outrage and building such a massive level of support that they vote every one of these legislators and their ass of a governor out the door. Virginia governors serve only one term. Where is the Democratic challenger? He/she should be out on the road now taking a stand. Republicans have showed their hand–there’s no veil to hide behind any more, no weasel words to disguise their real meaning. They have shown they have nothing but hatred and contempt for women and take pleasure in humiliating and controlling them. I, for one, think is more than time to show them that the contempt is mutual. No woman in the US should vote for a Republican for state or national office. They have shown us what they are and it’s ugly.

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Good damn question. I am so mad at Virginia, I see red every time I think about it. I’m right across the river in Maryland. Virginia went “teabag” and elected these nuts to their legislature, Governor and AG. They are anti-women, anti-minority and anti-gay. It’s just disgusting. You are correct. Where the hell are doctors? Why are they not all over the TV protesting this abuse of women? If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant and wants an abortion, she’s going to be raped again because some doctor has agreed to violate her again by inserting a probe into her uterus.

    • 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm



      Yes We Must

  13. February 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The Guardian: …. Obama has critics and doubters. Maya Angelou, the sage of black America, now 83, has no time for them. “I think he has done a remarkable job, knowing how much he has been opposed,” she says. “Every suggestion he makes, the Republicans en masse fight against him or don’t vote at all.”

    …. “I was hoping for the best. And I think I have gotten the best from him.” What of his detractors? “Those are people who didn’t see the morass into which he stepped.”

    ….. “His physical self, just being there, his photograph in the newspapers as president of the United States; that has done so much good for the spirit of the African American. We see more and more children wanting to be like President Obama, wanting to go to school.”

    …. More recently, her presidential link has been via the first lady, Michelle Obama. “She’s the grand dame,” says Angelou. “I wrote her a note a few months ago because I was in a gathering. The president and his party were there, but I had to leave early. I know that’s a gaffe because no one leaves the building before the president so I wrote and apologised. I got a letter from her in her own handwriting. She said: ‘I have only one regret – that I didn’t come over and hug your neck.'”

    More here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/15/maya-angelou-barack-obama-remarkable-job?CMP=twt_gu

      February 16, 2012 at 8:39 am


  14. 59 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

    So I’ve been seeing lots of (rightfully) disapproving diaries on OLD ORANGE about “Operation Hilarity” a lousy idea put forth by none other than Markos Moulitas (former Repub and questionable Obama “supporter”). According to Markos, Democrats should vote in the GOP primaries for Rick santorum to prolong the GOP primary as long as possible to weaken the eventual candidate. This is a similar tactic to “Operation Chaos” pushed by the likes of Rush L back in 2008, when PBO and Hillary Clinton were battling it out in the Dem primary.

    Why would Democrats need to stoop to the level of Republicans ? PBO is doing quite fine already – the economy is improving and PBO is currently beating both Santorum and Romney nationally. Why does Markos want to give the Right Wing a new talking point that their GOP primaries are being interfered with by Democrats? It seems like he wants to create problems for the president and the Democrats by making it seem as though they are stooping that low just to win an election? PBO doesn’t need Markos’s “help” in that regard. He already has a good ground game, and his TRUE supporters are registering new voters, making use of the democracy as it’s supposed to. We don’t need frauds like Markos muddying up the waters pretending to be helping when he’s actually hurting PBO’s cause and the Dems credibility.

    I’m glad that that idea is getting a lot of pushback on Old Orange. I hope the pushback continues and Mr. Markos abandons this stupid plan completely.

    • February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

      “We don’t need frauds like Markos muddying up the waters pretending to be helping when he’s actually hurting PBO’s cause and the Dems credibility”

      This and all This!! When have his strategies ever actually worked?

    • 61 donna dem 4 obama
      February 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

      He is such a fool. He did that stupid mess during the 2008 primary. He had Dems voting Repub in the Michigan primary. Apparently Michigan and Florida went early with their primaries and were penalized by the DNC. The delegates were not counted so Hilary lost those delgates. He told people that since the votes wouldn’t count for the Dems to go and muck up the Republican Primary and some people did just that. For a while there was talk about a re-vote for those states. When that happened people realized that if they voted Republican in the orginal primary they would not have been able to vote Dem in the re-vote. Therefore messing up the opportunity for them to vote in favor of PBO in that primary. It was eventually settled at a meeting here in Washington by the Dem Party that summer and no re-vote was necessary but Markos could have caused a really big problem had there been a re-vote for the Dems and they would not have been able to participate.

      You’d jave thought he would have learned…I guess not!

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

        It’s hard for me to believe that guy still has any credibility whatsoever. You would have to be a fool to follow his advice and surrender your working brain cells to DK. Instead of playing games with Republican primaries they need to get up off their rears and work to get voters to the Dem primaries. Even if they think the presidential primary vote is “pro forma” there are lots of congressional and senate seats being challenged. Focus on supporting good candidates. That’s what grownups do as opposed to immature game players.

    • 63 ChristiMTL
      February 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Hey thanks for the info Hope…….I think Rachel mentioned it last night but I’m not sure if it was that in particular because I just saw a few sec of it.

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Juvenile idiot game player. I wish he’d freakin’ grow up.

    • 66 JER
      February 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I don’t think anyone needs to interfere with the strategy set forth by PBO’s campaign team. It’s obvious their knowledge is far superior to those who think they are smart and know everything. I have found their strategy to be multi-tiered with outcomes that no one ever thought of. So I’m opposed to listening to this person’s idea.

    • 67 Cindy Sweatt
      February 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I totally agree. I think I would do just about anything to make sure our President is re-elected, but that being said I should remember the reasons why he is the best. It would not reflect well on our President to lower ourselves down into the mud with the gop. We have the classiest President ever-we should reflect this in our actions. Thanks for the reminder.

    • 68 Obama Grandmama
      February 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I hated it when Rush Limbaugh pushed the Operation Chaos Republicans register as Dems and vote for Hillary to prolong the fight in the ’08 Primary. There are some things needed in order to compete such as even though we do not like or believe in the Citizens United ruling not partaking in it when the other side is would be political suicide. In that case we need to go by the current laws and change them when we are able to change them. Choosing to create a chaos ourselves is different than that. It involve more and I feel two wrongs don’t make a right in this case. Just cuz they did it doesn’t make it right for us to do it. It is not a current law but trickery. We can win without stooping to tricks that upset the freedom of letting our voices be heard through voting. When you lower yourself to doing what you do not think is right you are no better than those you criticize.

  15. February 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

    • 70 ChristiMTL
      February 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Wow….more good news!…thanks for the info meta.

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

        My pleasure!! We are on a very good roll right now. I think PBO plays an amazing long game.

        I also want to encourage everyone out there who is looking for a job to be encouraged. Our thoughts are for your success.

    • 72 desertflower
      February 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

      🙂 🙂 🙂

        February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am


    • 74 donna dem 4 obama
      February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thanks meta! Retweeted. Republican heads are exploded everywhere. They did not count on the economy turning around. They had their plastic candidate (Romney) all lined up to convince the public that he was the answer to our economic troubles. I’m praying that we continue to recover because if we do….Mr. Romney (or whoever the Republican flavor of the day) is TOAST!

      • 75 ChristiMTL
        February 16, 2012 at 8:55 am


        ”They did not count on the economy turning around”.

        They did everything to stop the recovery……..they were ecstatic last year when the US was downgraded by S&P.

        The corrupt media didn’t help…

        They have nothing

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

        “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”
― President Obama


    • February 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Pure bliss, thank you Meta!

  16. 78 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Feb. 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. EST
    U.S. weekly jobless claims drop 13,000 to 348,000

    // WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. fell by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000 in the week ended Feb. 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the lowest level since March 2008, when the U.S. was in the early stages of a recession. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch estimated claims would total 368,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 361,000 from 358,000. The four-week average of claims, meanwhile, fell by a smaller 1,750 to 365,250, keeping it near a four-year low. //


    February 16, 2012 at 8:43 am


  18. February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Chips, this deserves a billing ?

  19. February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    “We hope that it gives them the courage to stick to that agenda if they face another round of Republican obstructionism.”

    Where has the New York Times been? The President has stuck to his agenda and successfully pushed back since his inauguration? Why does the media have weekly memory loss?

  20. 90 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am


    I don’t think anyone has pulled back the curtain on this hideous law like Rachel Maddow. This segment should be required viewing for every woman in American and any man who loves and supports her. The depravity of the Republican Party knows now bounds. Also, as Charles Pierce of Esquire asked, where is the medical community?

    VIDEO: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/46406410#46406410

    Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal ultrasound probes!


    • February 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

      she has done a superb job reporting on this.

    • 93 a4alice
      February 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

      ok i just had to tweet that.

    • February 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      In fact, for every woman who’s forced to endure a transvaginal probe to get an abortion, a man should also have to endure some meaningless humiliation – since it does take two to make a baby. Get both of them involved. It’s only fair.

      Seriously, though, this latest move by the GOP should make every woman (and every tea partier who is crying about their “freedom” and every person who thinks) furious and outraged. Real outrage, not the nonsense from the Catholic church kind of outrage.

  21. 95 Janelle
    February 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Chips, thanks for posting that article on Maya Angelou. Maya was on the Tom Joyner show talking about how FLOTUS’ letter impressed her and she said Mrs. Obama was “pure class”. Maya was referring to her having to leave the cathedral early for Dorothy Height’s funeral because she has to receive oxygen every 2 hours and had been in the church over 2 hours and had to leave quickly before the Obamas. But I didn’t realize that Maya didn’t know that the First Lady would be presenting on the BET Honors show.

  22. February 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning all. Just popped in to say have a great day. Read about the provisions in UE bill. First, if you are FIRED you are NOT eligible for UE insurance. UE insurance is just for Lay-offs. Second, I would NEVER pee in a cup to get UE. This is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. One other issue that I DO agree with is…job training or GED equivalent for getting unemployment. The job market today requires education, good jobs go to those that are trained or AT LEAST have a GED or High School diploma.

    On the last little rant…I propose that we change the name of “Virginia” to the state of “Vagina”.

    Never stay home for an election. This is what we get.

    • 97 Linda
      February 16, 2012 at 8:59 am


      I think it is if you QUIT your job, you are not eligible…..if you are fired the waiting period is longer. ( At least that is how it was in New York State )

      • 98 hopefruit2
        February 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

        Yup – I’ve heard of cases where folks were fired (also in NY) and were eligible for UE insurance. I don’t know if this is a state specific policy or it it’s at the federal level.

        • February 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

          Frequentrly depends on the reaswon for the firing. If it is a performance issue, usually you can get UE. However, if it is for violation of company rules not related to performance (stealing, etc.) then no UE. Some states do allow it under extreme circumstances and there is always a delay.

    • 100 prettyfoot58
      February 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

      it is my understanding… if you are fired …you can be denied unemployment insurance…that exists now….

      if you lost your job…you need money to live…right now…not many workers have a rainy day fund..however i would add a job training/retraining component to unemployment insurance….

  23. February 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Oh snap, Pres Obama smashing Mitt and Rick in New Mexico. And this is from Rasmussen!

    A new telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds the president earning 55% of the vote against both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. Santorum picks up 37% support. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) more are undecided.

    Romney earns a similar 36% against the president, with five percent (5%) going for another candidate and five percent (5%) more undecided.


  24. February 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

    But Greece, the Eeeconomy, contraceptives, Iran blah blah blah.
    Their always has to be something the media says, you see?
    Personally, I am loving seeing them all squirm like worms.
    The reason the Companies are making a decision to hire, even with growth only at 2%, is because they made a lot of money the first three years of the recession, cash reserves.

  25. February 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I wonder who the President will name for the World Bank?

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I know Sec. Clinton is being mentioned along with Summers. Are there indications she wants it?

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

        No. Me thinks she has her eye on 2016!

      • February 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

        “It has been an open secret in Washington for a long time that Hillary Clinton wants to become the next president of the World Bank,”


        • February 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

          Very interesting. I clicked through on the associated article and there’s also denials. Should be quite a history making event if it happens given the IMF head is also female. Thanks, blondgrrl.

          • February 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

            I didn’t think about it that way. If Hillary got it – or some other equally qualified and dedicated woman – we’d probably start to make strides in the world to elevate the role of women in developing countries. I know both the President and Hillary have spoken about how the measure of progress in a country can be seen by the way they treat their women. (Important point as the US slides into Taliban country with these GOP measures). It’s even more important that women are presented globally in the two big economic powerhouses that support developing countries, because maybe a global shift in gender power can help save the world from the next world war, climate change disaster and general global catastrophe that the GOP seem determined to bring about.

    • 111 desertflower
      February 16, 2012 at 9:06 am


      U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers are two leading candidates to succeed World Bank President Robert Zoellick when he leaves in June, said two people familiar with Obama administration discussions.
      The U.S. promised a candidate “in the coming weeks” for the post that has always been held by one of its citizens, while officials from Brazil and Mexico vowed to make the selection process open to emerging markets.
      “It is very important that we continue to have strong, effective leadership in this important institution,” Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in an e-mail yesterday, four hours after Zoellick, 58, announced he will leave at the end of his five-year term. The U.S. choice will have “the experience and requisite qualities to take this institution forward,” Geithner said.
      While Summers has expressed interest in the position and has supporters inside the administration, the position would be Clinton’s if she sought it, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the private conversations.
      Clinton, who said previously she doesn’t plan to remain in her post if President Barack Obama wins a second term, repeatedly has denied having an interest in the World Bank job. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland repeated those denials yesterday.

      • February 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        Yeah, I don’t see Hilary taking the job. She’s been on the go since the 90s—First Lady, Senator, Presidential candidate, and now SoS. If anyone deserves a break it’s her.

        • February 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          I hope it goes to a woman, but I also wouldn’t have a problem with Geithner getting the role, as a reward for leading the world out of financial crisis and enduring the stupidity of GOP opposition. He already has good relationships with world financial leaders, he’s done service work around the world, he’s got strong relationships with the Chinese (doesn’t he speak Mandarin?) and other Asian countries – and he knows his stuff.

  26. February 16, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Great getting up morning once again in OTown! Keep your eyes on the picture in this link, amazing: http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj112/iconreese3/holidays/AMLK4.gif

  27. 117 Lovepolitics2008
    February 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Wow, the movement of independant voters from january to february is pretty impressive. No doubt that Romney’s gaffes helped but I think it’s the job reports. The good news made the front page on newspapers all over America.

    People sense that Barack Obama is a good man and is on their side; they simply have been discouraged and disappointed that things were not improving fast enough. Hence after receiving good news, many of them came back into the President’s column. Look at the president’s numbers in Michigan for example. For a couple of years, people were doubtful about the auto bail-out ; but now that it has proven to be an unmitigated success and that jobs have come back in thousands, voters are finally rewarding President Obama with their support.

    I think lots of independant voters base their support mostly on results, not on good policies nor good intentions. KInd of short-sided but it’s the unfortunate reality.

  28. February 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Robney penned an op-Ed saying that Obama is a supplicant to the Chinese.
    What is he talking about?

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Who knows? Who cares? Willards’s opinions are barely a footnote in the court of public opinion. What he says today won’t matter tomorrow, so……….

    • 130 Pamela
      February 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

      He hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about …. Just thinks he SHOULD be yakking about something, anything, nothing.

    • 131 hopefruit2
      February 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Five months from now he will say the complete opposite. Willard is broken.

    • 133 Lovepolitics2008
      February 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Nonsense as usual. Lies as usual. Trying to peddle fear as usual. People are afraid of China, so you say that President Obama is weak in defending America against China, hoping that low info voters will believe you. It’s not important that what you say is completely false, since you know the media won’t call you out for it.

    • 134 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

      The point is Jovie, Mitt lies so much he doesn’t even know what he is talking about. Considering 95% of what comes out of his mouth are lies.

  29. February 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Gah, Chips! So many goodies, so little time! 😀

  30. 142 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

  31. February 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  32. February 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, guys.

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Ah here, MORE good news???

      Thank you BWD! This Rise and Shine is about to become longer than the Great Wall of China.

      • 146 hopefruit2
        February 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

        I’m simply enjoying this Rise and Shine! 🙂 🙂 Our West Coast folks are just about to get out of bed and by the time they get to TOD, Rise & Shine will be over 100 comments!!!

  33. February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The Knickerbockers Jeremey Linn responds to having the President as a Fan-

    “I’m very, very honored and very humbled,” Lin said. “I mean, wow, the President. Nothing better than that.”

  34. February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Political AnimalBlog
    February 16, 2012 8:30 AM

    Michigan Microcosm
    By Ed Kilgore

    We’ll obviously be hearing a lot from and about Michigan over the next twelve days, thanks to the state’s February 28 presidential primary, and the focus it will bring to Michi-centric issues like the relationship of the federal government to the auto industry.

    A Michigan focus will also inevitably lead to greater scrutiny of Mitt Romney’s personal story as a Michigan native whose father was not only an auto executive in a very different era, but later the prototypical moderate Republican politician—precisely the kind of politician Mitt set out to be when he started running for office in the 1990s.

    Mitt’s roots in the state, his ambivalent relationship with “Detroit” as a city and as a cultural symbol, and the sense you get that Michiganders are kind of “on to his game” having watched him more closely than most Americans others in his permutations, are all factors that could magnify the impact of the primary’s results here. That’s particularly true if Romney, with all his advantages, manages to lose.


  35. 158 desertflower
    February 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Our Basketball loving President had something to say to the bball phenom 🙂 And vis a versa 🙂

    And finally: Yesterday, a spokesperson said President Obama is a big fan of Jeremy Lin, the New York Knick. Lin responded very graciously last night, “I’m very, very honored and very humbled,” Lin said. “I mean, wow, the President. Nothing better than that.”

    From TP

  36. 161 desertflower
    February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am


    For months, Catholic religious leaders have waged a PR campaign criticizing the Obama administration for allegedly infringing on their religious liberties. They’ve blasted, among other things, an administration requirement (since rescinded) that institutions affiliated with religious organizations offer contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans. Religious conservatives are also fuming that the administration declined to renew a contract with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide services for human trafficking victims, because the group refused to provide referrals for contraception and abortion to sexual assault victims.


    But all the outrage about religious freedom has overshadowed a basic truth about the Obama administration: When it comes to religious organizations and their treatment by the federal government, the Obama administration has been extremely generous. Religious groups have benefited handsomely from Obama’s stimulus package, budgets, and other policies. Under Obama, Catholic religious charities alone have received more than $650 million, according to a spokeswoman from the US Department of Human Services, where much of the funding comes from. The USCCB, which has been such a vocal critic of the Obama administration, has seen its share of federal grants from HHS jump from $71.8 million in the last three years of the Bush administration to $81.2 million during the first three years of Obama. In fiscal 2011 alone, the group received a record $31.4 million from the administration it believes is virulently anti-Catholic, according to HHS data.

    • 162 Pamela
      February 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

      What if I don’t want my tax dollars going to the catholic church?

      • 163 Pamela
        February 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

        And thank you for posting this link, df, I had been thinking a lot about this topic yesterday, found some answers to my questions here.

        • 164 desertflower
          February 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

          I’m glad that you found what you needed:) I understand your not wanting to give to the Catholic Church…just like people don’t like giving $$ to war or anything else they are opposed to….but, it all goes into the big kitty…this is not the President’s fault, as I know you know….just how the whole thing was set up.

          • 165 Pamela
            February 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

            Yes, we do know, but just after I wrote that, while getting ready for work, I thought: Hmmmm, second term. Well, WE all understood there were simply too many critical concerns, which needed to be prioritized, and we know PBO has done a STELLAR job mastering those priorities. Second term, we must, we will!

      • February 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        That’s the point. Exactly, Pamela.

  37. February 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Politicians and media have long known this, but the perception remained that there was a “Catholic vote” one the bishops could deliver, even if those voters ignored the bishops’ backward sexual edicts. But the events of the past week reveal that the bishops command no one, not even the leaders of Catholic institutions.

    In offering the bishops an “accommodation” they refused to accept on a contraception provision of the new healthcare law, the Obama administration effectively exposed the powerlessness of the bishops when the rest of the church rose to accept the offer. Any perception of the bishops’ power that remains in the halls of Congress or the annals of news stories exists solely because that perception serves the aims of its purveyors: right-wing politicians and news producers in need of spectacle.”


  38. February 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

  39. 184 Pamela
    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Seattle. President Obama. Tomorrow (Friday) can it get much better? Woot! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 185 hopefruit2
      February 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Rest up, Mr. President. Pamela and the whole state is waiting for you in Seattle! They won’t give you a break while you’re there 🙂

      • 186 Pamela
        February 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Oh, I will put the billy on the fire, and he shall enjoy a cup of my famous green jasmine tea with a touch of stevia, before he shakes the place up! Ginger cookies too, if he likes those! 😉 Feet on he ottoman, I wonder if he likes Maine Coons? 😉

  40. 187 # 1 obama fan
    February 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    GM TOD family..love love Dr.Maya Angelou she is truly phenomenal !

  41. February 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Good Morning TOF family

    What great news all around.

    Sorry I have to be at work all day today.

    Saw this trailer of a show which will be shown tonight on PBS

    US Health Care: The Good News – PREVIEW

    Airing February 16, 2012 at 9pm EST on PBS

    echoes many of the concepts PBO and ACA promote

  42. February 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The President’s budget is full of good ideas. Even though “experts” predict it will never get passed, we can still spread the news about what it asks for. The budget is a preview of what he will do if re elected with a Dem. controlled Congress.

    Obama Unveils Budget That Includes Billions To Rebuild Nation’s Infrastructure, Create Jobs


  43. February 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Here is yet another reason to promote “clean energy”

    Report: Green Jobs Are Twice As Recession Resistant


  44. 191 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Headline: New GM plant will bring jobs from Mexico to Baltimore County.

    // Workers peered through safety goggles as they fitted together parts of the electric motors they were building on a General Motors assembly line in White Marsh. For now, the parts are made in a factory in Mexico and then shipped to Baltimore County for assembly. But not for long.
    By the end of the year, motors for cutting-edge electric vehicles will be built from scratch in a sprawling $244 million plant under construction next to GM’s factory, now called General Motors Baltimore Operations. //


  45. February 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

    This is what happens when you have a President that works with other countries, instead of saber rattling.

    American Jobs Act :: 5 European Nations Agree to Help U.S. Crack Down on Tax Evasion


    • 193 prettyfoot58
      February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

      What is Working…

      i must thank you so very much for your website..

      the information that you provide is invaluable…i frequent a website call paltalk…there is a music room that i frequent there …on Wednesdays they host a public forum on current affairs and other topics….yesterday’s forum was on the voter suppression…i posted a link to your website regarding the voter id laws of each state…i love the interactive page that you provide….i cannot tell you how invaluable that page is…so many folks who do not pay attention to what is happening in their state and in their local communities…YES they are voting for the President and YES they are major supporters of the President…but when it comes to local politics they do not have much awareness….

      so last night led to a discussion of local politics and the importance that can play on a national level….

      once again thank you…

      Presssssss ON!….

      ]ps…i also turned folks on to the Obama Diary….smilin

  46. February 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    • 195 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

      That video about the auto industry was great, except for one thing, they should have gave POTUS some credit.

    • 196 Lorraine
      February 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I’m a person who is a personal sprinkler on many occasions and watching this video was one of those occasions. This is beautiful. I love the story of the friends moving from TN to Flint, at their core is that great American can do spirit.

  47. February 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Looks like Cape Wind got their Power backing from NSTAR.
    Now, they can start construction ti feed over 500k Cape Cod residents…
    MSM ignores it!

  48. 198 Jessica
    February 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I swear the Barack Obama store is off the chain. They have shirts with Bo on them that you can color.


    And I just got my Beyonce Runway to Win shirt in the mail yesterday. It’s cute.

  49. 200 57andFemale
    February 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    What was the Catholic Charities organization position on the birth control issue and are they on board now?

    My friend’s father died and they have listed Catholic Charities for donations. He had Alzheimer’s amongst his many ailments and his daughter, my friend, makes quilts for the Alzheimer’s Foundation so I could certainly donate to them.

    I’m a very un-practicing Jew. I don’t mind donating to Catholic Charities but my preference is something secular. I read earlier today that Catholic Charities has benefited greatly from the Obama administration; so if they were pissy about BC I will make a donation elsewhere.

    I’m off to work and can’t research it myself right now. I can check in and out, however. Any insight would be appreciated.

    • 201 Pamela
      February 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Oh, 57andFemale! I was just thinking about you yesterday and his much I have missed you (we share the tiny keyboard typo dilemma) and today here YOU ARE! Tomorrow, PBO for tea, I love my life! 😉

      • February 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Pamela, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had vowed to only read and no longer comment, but read I do because the energy is so wonderful here. Because of people like you.

        I’ve made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of my friend’s dad. I’m more comfortable with it.

    • February 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      One thing I’ve heard from many actual Catholics is that the thing they are most proud of is the Church’s dedication to poor and underprivileged people, working with them and providing for them. So, while the bishops are on the wrong page with their flock, the flock seems to be intent on doing good. I wouldn’t let the birth control saga limit you from donating to the church. However, that said, we need more work in the Alzheimer’s area – so that is a perfectly good cause, too, as more and more people are being diagnosed with that horrific disease.

  50. February 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

    MAJOR CLIMATE NEWS — The United States will join five other countries and the U.N. Environment Programme to launch a climate change and clean air initiative aimed at reducing pollutants identified as quick-fire global warming threats, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce this morning. The initiative will focus on so-called “short-lived” climate pollutants — methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons — in an effort to make inroads on climate change and public health internationally. The announcement is at 9:30 this morning, but you don’t have to wait, as Martinson has the story for Pros: http://politico.pro/z2gyyp

  51. February 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The oil Companies all told the President that he better approve Keystine or else.
    Bam!!! 1 month later oil and gas prices are going up, despite the CFTC rule to limit speculation.

  52. February 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

    – A rare bit of good news for the California high-speed rail project, which is looking to integrate with local rail systems. California Watch: http://bit.ly/zxlwna

  53. February 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    February 16, 2012 10:08 AM

    Garry Wills on the Contraception Mandate
    By Ed Kilgore

    At several points during the administration’s ongoing struggle with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over contraception coverage, I’ve found myself thinking: “Wonder what Garry Wills would have to say about this?” For those unfamiliar with Wills (one of my idols, from my first reading of Nixon Agonistes back in the 1970s right on up to the 2009 book What the Gospels Meant) he’s the author of an entire array of remarkable books about Christianity, Catholicism, the Founders and U.S. politics.

    Turns out we don’t have to wonder any more, because Wills has at least initially weighed in on the subject at the New York Review of Books’ blog. He certainly doesn’t mince words:

    Pusillanimous Catholics—Mark Shields and even, to a degree, the admirable E. J. Dionne—are saying that Catholics understandably resent an attack on “their” doctrine (even though they do not personally believe in it). Omnidirectional bad-faith arguments have clustered around what is falsely presented as a defense of “faith.” The layers of ignorance are equaled only by the willingness of people “of all faiths” to use them for their own purposes.


  54. February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

  55. 210 lovingandlaughing
    February 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I just saw a tweet that FLOTUS and Bo are going to assist giving a White House tour at 11 AM!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can watch it live at whitehouse.gov!

  56. February 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

  57. February 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m worried about Stephen Colbert, his show abruptly cancelled last night’s taping due to “unforseen circumstances” and Stephen’s twitter feed has gone silent. Hope everything is ok.

  58. February 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    By Ben Geman – 02/16/12 09:50 AM ET
    The White House Office of Management and Budget has begun vetting upcoming Interior Department rules that will toughen regulation of the controversial natural gas drilling method called hydraulic fracturing.

    Interior’s rules are already under fire from GOP lawmakers who allege the plans – which President Obama touted in his State of the Union address – will slow development.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promised that the rules, which will govern “fracking” on public lands, will be proposed very shortly.

    Interior sent the proposal that requires disclosure of fracking chemicals to OMB for review on Wednesday, according to OMB’s website.


  59. 219 Jessica
    February 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Flotus greeting people at the White House. Spotted a kid in a RP tshirt. LOL. Too funny.

  60. February 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Oh the beautiful Maya Angelou. I cried when I read her words. She speaks the truth and if anyone can put our collective frustration and pain into words it would be this amazing women. Thank you Maya for all you do.

  61. 224 Linda
    February 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    “When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimpos­ed on the statutory schemes that are binding on others in that activity. Granting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.­”

    — Antonin Scalia

  62. February 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Mrs. Obama is such a beautiful ray of sunshine. And Bo! Such a gentle, sweet dog.

  63. February 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

  64. February 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    (MIR ALI, Pakistan) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan, killing six people.

    The officials say Thursday’s attack occurred in Spelga village in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.
    (See photo gallery: Militants Attack NATO Convoy in Pakistan)
    The identities of those killed were not known. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

    President Barack Obama has significantly ramped up drone attacks in Pakistan since he took office. He recently acknowledged the covert CIA-run program in Pakistan for the first time in an interview.

    But he and other U.S. officials refuse to discuss details of the program openly.


  65. February 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

    The Senate will likely work at least part of an extra day on Friday in order to complete work that has piled up due to filibusters and inter-party strife.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted Thursday morning that a cloture motion on the pending highway bill will ripen Friday morning and that that the Senate must vote on the payroll tax cut conference report and vote on an Obama judicial nominee before leaving for a 10-day break.

    “We are doing our utmost to work through the matters that we still have to do here in the Senate,” said Reid, speaking from the floor.

  66. February 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The Unbelievable Lameness Of The GOP’s Favorite Joke

    Jill Lawrence is amazed that “the mockery of Obama as incapable of expressing a thought without a cue card won’t die”:

    The Republican nominee, whoever he is, will have to rely on a teleprompter, and at least one candidate — Mitt Romney — already uses one regularly. … Romney has used a teleprompter for at least three caucus and primary-night speeches. The teleprompter jokes … suggest a GOP mindset that could be counterproductive. It’s reflected in Romney’s constant allusions to Obama as “in over his head” and Sarah Palin’s sarcastic implication that he is an “idiot.” Do Republicans want to lull themselves into thinking Obama is an incompetent who can’t speak coherently or win a debate without a teleprompter?

    Lull themselves? A core, ugly minority of the GOP base assumes that Obama is an affirmative action candidate who didn’t write his own book, and is too black to be smart. The joke, I fear, relies in part on racism. So does the absurd condescension from someone like Palin of all people! In the end, of course, the joke is on the bigots. What does it say that a man they think is this dumb is beating them in the polls? Weigel, meanwhile, gleefully photographed the presence of teleprompters at CPAC.


  67. February 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

    First lady Michelle Obama (along with first dog Bo) surprises tourists visiting the White House. Watch the livestream above.

    “He’s gone. I’ve got some time on my hands,” Obama said about her husband. President Obama is visiting Wisconsin, California and Washington this week.


  68. February 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Watching the WH tour on my laptop….doing this on my iPad. Can hardly type for sobbing. This group of AA women……she’s hugging all of them and encouraging them to stay focused and strong. I think I understood they are in an AA group…..one lady told her how long she had been sober. And, that 14 yr. Old boy that keep thanking her and the President for all they do……she said “we’re doing it for you…..there is more to come…more to do.” What a role model! Amazing…..I don’t have the expressive ability to write what effect this is having on me.

  69. February 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Is Romney Dole?

    Well, first off, Dole had a dry sense of humor and fathomless sense of irony that Romney would not and could not even comprehend. But Steve Kornacki draws the parallel:

    Like Obama, Bill Clinton began the 1996 cycle on the heels of an epic midterm election defeat and with the opposition party convinced it had found the formula to defeat him. But the Republican Party’s image plunged in 1995 and early ’96, the product of overreach by its new congressional majority and the toxic antics of a House speaker named Newt Gingrich, while the economy — and Clinton’s approval scores — improved. By the time Bob Dole, who suffered an embarrassing series of early primary season defeats (including to Pat Buchanan in New Hampshire), finally secured the GOP nomination he was running far behind Clinton. And despite predictions throughout the spring of ’96 that the race would ultimately tighten, it never really did. After his defeat, Dole was known to lament that the election had come two years too late. Obama’s recent gains are tenuous, but it seems a lot more likely now than it did a few months ago that the 2012 Republican nominee will end up saying the same thing.


  70. 243 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This whole WH tour is a MAJOR tear jerker!!!!

  71. 256 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Loving this tour! FLOTUS has truly made her home the “People’s House!”

    She just talked to kids in “Close-Up;” I participated in that program in 192 and 1973…

    Most touching — the group from AA — FLOTUS offering words of encouragement and celebrating their sobriety!

  72. 258 lovingandlaughing
    February 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    i’m amazed she is still shaking hands and hugging. it has been over an hour! Wow! FLOTUS absolutely rocks!

  73. February 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    She’s such a natural, the way she chats so easily with everyone is a joy.

  74. 260 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm


  75. February 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Maloney asks, ‘Where are the women?’
    By Steve Benen – Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:36 AM EST.

    Following up on an earlier item, here was the witness table at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as discussion about contraception access and health care got underway.

    You’ll notice, of course, that all of the witnesses are men. What you can’t tell from the photo is that the second panel will feature four more men, and the combined total of the nine witnesses will include no women, no experts on contraception, no experts on health care, and no experts who might say something Republicans disagree with.

    As ThinkProgress noted, this proved to be a bit too much for some of the Democratic woman on the committee. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked a sensible question under the circumstances: “Where are the women? When I look at this panel, I don’t see one, single woman representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need coverage for basic preventive health care services.”



  76. February 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Oh lord the lady who just kissed FLOTUS’ hand.. would be me- I would completely lose it to meet her.. and POTUS for that matter.. I’m sitting her dripping tears viewing this.

  77. February 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  78. 268 lovingandlaughing
    February 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    i could not stop watching! that was such a treat! thank you FLOTUS!

    • 269 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I was right with you, I so enjoy FLOTUS greeting the visitors. I tell you if I had went there and walk in and saw FLOTUS standing there, oh my gosh, I probably would faint. To stand there and greet all those people, Wow. I know she is tired. But I just love FLOTUS.

      • 270 lovingandlaughing
        February 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        =) i really want to go on a white house tour during these times of the Obamas. i really hope to go, so i’d better just start making plans!

        • February 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

          I could never risk taking a White House tour while the Obamas are there, if I turned a corner and saw FLOTUS looking at me …. well, there’s no point me kidding myself that I’d stay calm and just thank her for everything. I’d obviously:

          – and in doing so would create quite a scene. I’d probably be included in West Wing Week bloopers and outtakes. 😳

        • 272 prettyfoot58
          February 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          YESSSSSS…The TOD fam…should plan a road trip to the White House…meet the First Lady…and have lunch….Oooooo weeeeee….wouldn’t that be great!!!!!!


      • 273 anniebella
        February 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        Bo is cool too.

  79. 275 OkeyO
    February 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Alex Wagner, Alex Wagner shut the F>>>>>>>>k up President have difficulties with blue collar workers!!!! what the hell is she talking about. Can she explian to me if Union Workers on the GM line not blue collar workers, all this groups that support the President from Teachers union SIEU, Hospitality workers and the hourly workers. I am just astonished how she even have a show.

    • 276 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I think Rev. Al need to talk to Alex.

    • 277 Linda
      February 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      How can you even watch her. Even my son calls me and says ” Mom” that stupid woman is on TV again.

    • 278 Jessica
      February 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      The only demographic PBO struggles with is white males; particularly white males without a college degree. That’s about it.

    • 279 PoliticalJunkessa
      February 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      She’s stuck on that talking point. The other night, when the contraceptive non-troversy was at its zenith, she was saying that issue would cost PBO with white, blue collar workers. It was ridiculous. She obviously has no analytical ability — just a valley girl stuck on trite points.

    • 280 prettyfoot58
      February 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Where did that meme come from…that the President has trouble with white male blue collar workers…..

    • 281 Lorraine
      February 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      MSNBC is the anybody but Romney network. First it was Cain, then Perry, then Bachman, then Speaker Newton Leroy with Paul somewhere in the middle, and now Senator Santorum. But now it seems like everyone except CNN is with Senator Straight-Lace Santorum.

    • February 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I’m so glad I have never watched a full Alex Wagner show – can only take about four minutes. The one pundit whom I absolutely love is Krystal Ball. Her analysis is deep, she’s interesting to listen to, she defends Democrats whole-heartedly and passionately, and she’s smart. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

  80. 283 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I am so sorry I missed FLOTUS — I looooove when she and Bo greet the visitors. Wah! 😥

  81. February 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Good morning all! I hope everyone has a great day ! 🙂

    By the way, did you catch Jon Stewart on David Letterman?

    He had a great quote about President Obama, he said that President Obama must get tired of the the [stupid] media. He compared President Obama to a 6th grader who did a book report ,but who read the book when he was in the 1st grade 🙂 contrast that to Bush who was stumbling over a book report he hadn’t read! LOL!

    It was a hilarious segment as they talked about Mitt Romney, and how no one likes him!

  82. February 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    February 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm


    • February 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Hiya Sue, I saw this listed on CNN’s live streaming schedule:

      11:59: America’s Choice 2012: Obama in San Francisco

      President Obama will deliver remarks at a campaign event at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco.

      • February 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        Chips, is that 11:59 tonight which would be what 8:59 ET?

        • February 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

          Hiya Proud, oh crikey – I’m not sure.

          This is the CNN listing:

          11:59 PM: President Obama will deliver remarks at a campaign event at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco.


          But this is the White House schedule:

          5:00 pm : The President attends a campaign event (Local Event Time: 2:00PM PST) – San Francisco Intercontinental Hotel

          10:10 pm: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event (Local Event Time: 7:10PM PST) – CA, Private Residence, San Francisco

          I presume CNN are referring to the first event (because the second is in a private residence), but I can’t make sense of the times.

  84. February 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    We had an OFA training session this past Saturday and people were sharing why they support POTUS. One guy said he supported PBO because he is the man he himself wants to be. He said he’s got the swagger he wants, the intelligence and he’s got the right woman. Watching First Lady greet people at the WH with such genuine affection just under scored that for me. POTUS and FLOTUS are just perfect for each other. They compliment each other so well. It’s so easy to see why they fell in love with each other. And as I recall they fell in love on the first date.

    They are just a marvelous couple.

  85. 294 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Pelosi To GOP: ‘Duh!,’ Women Should Be Included In A Hearing About Contraception

    PELOSI: What is it that men don’t understand about women’s health and how central the issue of family planning is to that? Not just if you’re having families but if you need those kinds of prescription drugs for your general health, which was the testimony they would include this morning if they had allowed a woman on the panel. I think the fact that they did not allow a woman on the panel is symbolic of the whole debate as to who is making these decisions about women’s health and who should be covered.


  86. February 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Okay, so I’m listening to CSPAN3 who’s rerunning Ray LaHood addressing the budget committee Wednesday, on PBO’s 2013 transportation budget. Well, once again the Bozo’s have escaped the circus and are now sitting on the budget committee. LaHood is a feisty critter and he is trying his best to herd this group back into the clown car. Next up, Tim Geithner will try and knock some sense into these people. Earlier they tried to box in Homeland Security’s budget, but wasn’t much they could do with that, since it was established under their compassionate cowboy.

  87. 300 LDS
    February 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Tien Le the photographs are absolutely breath taking. Reminds me of what an awesome God we serve! Thank you for sharing.

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