rise and shine

Bloomberg: The U.S. economy expanded more than forecast in the fourth quarter as companies rebuilt inventories in anticipation of growing demand. Gross domestic product climbed at a revised 3 percent annual rate, the most since the second quarter of 2010 …

Income gains in the second half of 2011 were stronger than previously reported as employment growth accelerated, which may set the stage for a pickup in consumer spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy…..

“The U.S. economy looks decent,” Drew Matus, senior U.S. economist at UBS Securities LLC, said before the report. “There are certainly risks out there, but it looks better than what people are giving it credit for. The combination of job growth and credit creation and better spending numbers all seem to be feeding off themselves.”

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Business Insider: New data out of the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the U.S. economy expanded at a much faster pace than originally reported, jumping 20 basis points to 3.0 percent.

Economists polled by Bloomberg forecast no change from the first reading of 2.8 percent, and more than 35 percent predicted a further revision lower.

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Reuters: The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea had agreed to implement a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and nuclear activities including enrichment at its Yongbyon nuclear complex and to allow U.N. nuclear watchdog inspectors in to ensure compliance.

The State Department said that the United States in return had agreed to finalize details of a proposed food aid package and to take other steps to improve bilateral ties.

“The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas, but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these,” a State Department statement said.



iVillage: …. First Lady Michelle Obama will announce today that the American Society of Travel Agents, the largest travel agency association in the world, is committed to hiring 3,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014, iVillage has learned exclusively.

“This commitment means that thousands of our heroes can build meaningful careers and provide for their families,” said Mrs. Obama. “And we’re especially excited that many of these jobs are tailor-made for our military spouses, who can keep their job as they move to new duty stations around the country and the world.”

The companies who have pledged to hire veterans and military spouses include Enterprise Holdings, Avis Budget, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Hertz Corporation, American Express Consumer Travel Network, and Orbitz Worldwide.

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Thanks Hopefruit


Jonathan Cohn: Did Mitt Romney win the Michigan primary? Or did he merely survive it? That really depends on your perspective … Romney succeeded, but the exit polls suggested a familiar class divide. Romney won among voters who attended at least some college and those making more than $100,000 a year. But he lost among voters who attended no college and among those making less than $100,000 a year.

…. In a Republican primary, or at least this Republican primary, you can prevail by losing among all voters making less than $100,000. But it’s tougher in the general election … Romney has to win over at least some middle class votes to win in November. And he’s shown very little ability to do that.

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Steve Benen: …. It’s easy to forget, but as recently as three months ago, Romney led Rick Santorum in Michigan by 32 points…. What’s more, Romney outspent Santorum in Michigan – a state where Romney was born and where his father was governor – by nearly a two-to-one margin.

And Romney still only beat Santorum by three points. The sports cliche “a win is a win” is being bandied about, but so is the phrase “winning ugly.” Only Mitt Romney can win two major contests and reclaim the momentum in the race, and somehow look worse anyway.

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Ezra Klein: … after outspending his opponent by 2-1, Mitt Romney managed to win his home state by four points. That’s a win. But it’s a win that makes Romney look weak, not strong.

…. If Romney won in a way that made him look weak, Santorum lost in a way that made him look strong. It’s not the sort of a result that leads an overperforming longshot to drop out of the race.

…. independent voters will continue to see a side of Romney they don’t much like. You can argue that Michigan produced three kinds of winners last night. Romney, who didn’t lose. Santorum, who almost won. And the Obama campaign, which gets to sit back and watch this primary go on for that much longer.

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Harold Meyerson: The longer the Republican presidential contest drags on, the more uncomfortable Mitt Romney seems around blue-collar Americans, and the more antagonistic Rick Santorum seems toward America’s professionals, current and aspiring, and their ideals. This does not portend Republican success in November. Romney’s victories in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday do not alter this dynamic.

Romney’s stabs at seeming a regular guy have provided the most painful moments of his campaign. How to come off as a car buff in Michigan? Mention your wife’s Cadillacs. How to be a good ol’ boy at Daytona? Say you’re friends with some of the race car owners. Not since Richard Nixon has a national political leader appeared so excruciatingly ill at ease with the simplest public encounters.

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The Week


12:00: PBO and VP Biden meet for lunch with Congressional Leadership.


Morning everyone 😉

232 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    February 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning everyone

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Morning Symmetry, morning everyone 😉

      • 3 symmetry11
        February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

        Morning, Chips…thanks…I needed to see that smile this morning.

        • February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

          Good morning, sis and TOD family!

          Everyday, I feel more and more assured of Congress turning blue and President Obama winning re-election. What we must also do, is to win back the local and state governments – turn them blue as well. When the Federal government gives the states the money, if we have Democrats running every level, the money and assistance will get to we, the people in the ways it’s intended to be of the most help.

          We will also see, perhaps, a return of the Fairness Doctrine and get corporations and their stooges, out of the newsrooms. I, along with the rest of you, am tired of #mediarazzi pulling for the #Rethuglicans in every instance. WE owe it to the younger generation to present the news with no bias and make it as factual as humanly possible.

          Please join me in sending tweets to my Senator Robert Menendez (@SenatorMenendez – https://twitter.com/#!/SenatorMenendez) who is in charge of the DSSC – electing Dems to the Senate. We have an opportunity to deepen the Senate and turn it Navy Blue. Let’s get PBO 63+ RELIABLY Democratic votes in the Senate and it starts with tweeting Senator Menendez and letting him know we’re watching him.

          The other side is crazy and pro White older males who are rich and only answerable to the super, super rich – the truly elite few. Just close your eyes and listen to any of the Rethuglicans and do the same for PBO – you can hear it; touch it; feel it; taste it – the hatred, invective, the crazy jealousness that is called Republicans, bared naked for all intelligent people to suffer through. PBO is the antidote and what is needed to get the country back to leading the world again with moral imperatives. Look at North Korea: they are willing to make concessions to get food and PBO is shrewd in starving the Military Industrial Complex beast, step-by-step. Not all at once but here and there, a bit at a time.

          Finally, whenever you feel down and #mediarazzi is getting to you, realize President Obama is always looking at the long game. Using that thought process, I’ve been able to look at #TEANN and #MSNBC (although Bashir and Rev Al are ABSOLUTELY WORTH WATCHING for examples on how to combat the BS that passes for “news” from #mediarazzi today) and not get depressed. President Obama has more fight in him today than when he first ran; I have more fight in me as well as all of us do! We’ve got Twitter, Facebook and other social media that we use to get facts and truth out to the masses – so keep our chins and heads up and let’s give #44 4 more years!

          Have a great day all!!

          • 5 edp4bho
            February 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

            Wonderful, wonderful post. I’m with you in starving the beast that is the mediarazzi. Ain’t got the stomach for it.

          • February 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

            Senator Menendez is facing reelection and is asking for donations for his campaign. He is being targeted by a Christie acolyte and money is being poured into NJ to unseat him.

            • 7 sjterrid
              March 1, 2012 at 1:12 am

              I live in NJ, and I have donated to his campaign. I don’t remember where I saw it, but I do believe that Senator Menendez was leading in the polls. Yes we have to make sure we pay attention to our local and state elections, and do what we can to make sure our democratic candidates win.

      • 8 TrumpDog
        February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Damn that man is sexy.

  2. 9 Ladyhawke
    February 29, 2012 at 9:00 am


    Jon Stewart Reads Fox News’ Talking Points


    Why are Fox News hosts focusing on these three talking points? According to Stewart. it’s because of an internal memo that one host, Steve Doocy, read aloud.



      February 29, 2012 at 9:07 am


      • 11 Dakota
        February 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        No it’s not new, but it needs to be continually repeated and kept on people’s minds. We all need to be kept fully aware of what kind of scum we’re dealing with and be poised to fight the disgusting lengths that they can and will go to. We WILL be prepared!

    • 12 Mel
      February 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Ladyhawke please, please send this vidion viral and to the rest of the MSM talking heads, we
      have to stop thier bullshit so FOX get their marching orders from the GOP how fucking pathetic
      they loook and do they think we are STUPID? and Thanks Ladyhawke.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:01 am


    • February 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Good morning, Sue. I think the White House is going to cover PBO’s remarks. Not sure if the whole event will be shown.

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Morning Sue. I think – and I could be entirely wrong – there’ll just be coverage of PBO’s opening remarks. Will try to find out.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      G’morning Sue, Chips and TOD!

      The dinner will be livestreamed on WH.gov, but I’m hoping that at least CSPAN will televise it – after all it’s dedicated to our troops, why shouldn’t at least one Cable Network carry it?

        February 29, 2012 at 9:09 am


      • 18 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Hope C-SPAN does so and I hope it’s not only PBO’s opening remarks they stream.

  4. 20 Ladyhawke
    February 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Santorum Exposes The Real Republican Party


    I am relieved he is at least candid. For now we can see in plain view the religious fanaticism that has destroyed one of the major parties in this country, a destruction that is perilous for any workable politics. It must be defeated – and not by electing a plastic liar and panderer like Romney. But by nominating Santorum and defeating him by such a margin that this theo-political Frankenstein, which threatens both genuine faith and civil politics, is dispatched once and for all.



    • 21 sabreen60
      February 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I think maybe we didn’t realize how broad based “C” Street actually is. We were “shocked” that representatives of the US Congress were actively involved with religious fundamentalism while living together under suspicious circumstances. Santorum is dumb enough to pull all the covers off. “ChurchLady” who writes on several blogs says that like many of those in “C” Street, Santorum is a dominionist (someone who believes that society should be governed exclusively by the law of God as codified in the Bible, to the exclusion of secular law. She says be afraid of these people. I say they are the same as the Taliban.

      • 22 yardarm756
        February 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Hi ya’ll. Up and at ’em. What you say is true sabreen60 but I’d like to dip my oar in the water. Santorum reminds me of the pilgrams that came to the Americas because of so called religious persecution. What did they do when they got here? They established draconian laws and customs. Burning people on a stake, branding and stoning sinners or punishment in public using stocks. That was early America. It was zealot and crazies but we tend to praise those nuts.
        I think that is where Santorum would like to take this country.

    • 23 57andFemale
      February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

      A couple of quibbles with Sullivan: ‘Religious fanatacism’ didn’t destroy the Republican party. The Republican party invited them in 35 years ago with an engraved invitation, and as recently as the 2010 election and its disastrous results, has done their bidding. Not to the extent they’d like (still no overturn of Roe v. Wade), but damn near at every turn. Going so far as to let batshit crazy idiots make up the entire freshman Congress of 2010. Sure, the party thought they could fool them but seriously, folks: how long do you continue to fool what should be the fringe of your party when their consistent votes have given you every election you won in the last 35 years?

      You drummed out all moderates and replaced them with Rick Santorum wannabes, with less intellectual heft (!). You used them to NOT govern in order to make the best President since FDR look bad. You gave the Speakership to the laziest, dumbest ass to have the job in my 62 years on this planet, and you still did their bidding. You got the Republican party YOU created.

      So here you are. You asked for it.

      • 24 prettyfoot58
        February 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm


      • 25 susanne
        February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        oh, yes! that’s the story they don’t want to let out. they keep pretending they’re about the economy and judicious governance–but really, they’re just buying elections from the whacko fringe to stay in power. and they want power so they can get their hands in more pockets.

        this is why i have so little patience with people of intelligence and good will who say they’re ‘moderate repugs’ or ‘independents’–if you can’t see the repugs are playing a dangerous game, and that you will not be invited to participate in their winnings, then you’re too dumb to vote. please stay home.

  5. February 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

    So can the dems take snowe’s seat ? Is maine blue enough ?

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Morning amk. Not sure about Maine, I’ll leave that to the experts here, but just read this. Snowe/Boren 2012?!?!

      NY Mag: Olympia Snowe’s retirement statement seemed like it dropped a huge hint, and I’m surprised it hasn’t received any attention….

      ….sounds exactly like the kind of rhetoric emanating from Americans Elect, the third-party group that believes that both parties should put aside partisanship and come together to enact an ever-so-slightly more conservative version of Barack Obama’s agenda. Moderate retiring senators often deliver lofty, vacuous paeans to bipartisanship on their way to a lucrative lobbying career. But Snowe’s statement seems unusually specific (“unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate”) about her intent to do something.

      I suspect it may not be coincidental that David Boren, the former Democratic senator from Oklahoma and oil industry lickspittle, came out for Americans Elect today. The group is set up so that its presidential and vice-presidential candidates need to come from opposing parties…. Snowe and Boren would make for the kind of ticket Americans Elect is looking for. Is that the plan?


      • February 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

        Morning chips

        wp seriously needs to get a rotflmao smiley. s’rusly.

        nymag needs to fire that stoopid writer

      • 42 hopefruit2
        February 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

        Good. Let them try. This is essentially a Republican ticket with corporate interests. They will FAIL.

      • 43 anniebella
        February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Sen. Snowe is responsible for alot of the partisanship in Washington, because she went along with Mitch McConnell and his plan. At one time she and the female Senator from Maine were know as two Republicans who would work with the Dems, but they went along with McConnell’s plan not to work with President Obama. So Sen. Snowe is just as must responsible as any of the other Republicans. After all it was these Republicans who set a record with filibusters.

        • 44 57andFemale
          February 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

          I said a few years ago that any ‘moderate’ Republican who continued to do the lion’s share of the bidding of that party — deserved being called a Republican and all the baggage that came with it. She could have changed parties, she could have said then what she’s saying now. she was a coward then, she’s a coward now.

          • 45 TrumpDog
            February 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

            Exactly. She’s just as partisan as the rest of them and did not stand up against the divide when she had the chance.
            Too fucking little, too fucking late.

    • 46 Ladyhawke
      February 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Snowe’s stunning surprise


      There are a few angles to a story like this. First, in terms of the electoral consequences, Snowe’s announcement is a brutal setback for Republican plans to retake the Senate majority next year. As Steve Kornacki explained, “With Snowe in it, Democrats had virtually no chance of winning the Maine Senate race this year. Now they are likely to do so, given the state’s partisan bent.”

      Second, I can’t help but wonder how much Snowe regrets her shift to the right, taking positions she never would have adopted earlier in her career.



      • February 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

        Her timing couldn’t be much worse. Only a couple of weeks to gather signatures and meet the filing deadline to run for any candidates seeking her seat.

  6. 48 hopefruit2
    February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Over at a certain “red” place they are having a major sad over Romney’s barely eeking out that MI win. They know it’s BAD NEWS. Despite what folks in the MSM might want you to think. Romney is a WEAK candidate, and the MSM has pretty much been easy on him compared to the other GOP candidates in the last several months. Already his wife is nervous and making the false claim that the media loves PBO! Sure Ann, you are telling me that if someone disses me 91% of the time, that is LOVE? Alrightee then, Ms. Ann. Keep making excuses for your robot-mate Mitt.

    • 49 collegekay
      February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

      What are they saying about him? Do they hate him? Lol.

      • 50 hopefruit2
        February 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

        They can’t stand him. They think he’s Obama-lite, but most importantly, they don’t think he can beat PBO at this point because the economy is improving and he’s not “as likeable” as PBO. They are bringing up Jindal’s name as a possibility but counting mostly on Newt.

  7. February 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Let’s hope this is for real.

    BREAKING: US says North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment, moratorium on nuclear, missile tests.

  8. 57 hopefruit2
    February 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

      February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am


  9. February 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    And then Brokaw said that when not if, affirmative action gets struck down in July, this shows everybody that poor whites don’t have the same opportunities that black people do.

    Yup! On morning Joe. Nobody said a word except Joe who said this is now what Axelrod wants to talk about in the Summer!

    It’s getting ugly out there!

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Not what he wants to talk about! Not!

    • 61 hopefruit2
      February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

      The media want’s to turn this election into an ugly racial war, pitting blacks and whites against one another. Because they have NOTHING else. NOTHING. But this attempt will FAIL because it will be revealed that affirmative action has helped people of ALL races and ethnic backgrounds.

      • February 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

        We’ve been down this road before. Republicans sure know how to lose.

      • 63 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

        I almost lost my damned mind when he said that on Morning Joe. He maligned affirmative action, made it sound as though black people were getting opportunities they don’t deserve and white people were suffering because of it. He crowed about affirmative action being struck down and said that if PBO knows what’s good for him, he’ll stop pissing off white people and stop concerntrating exclusively on the concerns of ethnic people because white people will repay him at the voting booth for ethnic people benefiting under his policies and white people suffering. My mouth dropped in shock. Halperin, Mika, Scarborough all nodded in agreement and said nothing to refute his disgusting statements. These days, cretins like him make no attempt to hide their prejudice.

        • 64 utaustinliberal
          February 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

          p.s. FACT: More white women and more white people benefit under affirmative action than minorities. Brokaw the cretin didn’t mention that while maligning PBO and minorities.

          • 65 hopefruit2
            February 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

            I have no resistance to saying that these media mouthpieces of today (e.g., Halperin, Scarborough, BrokenJaw, etc) are the white-hooded supremacists of yesterday.

          • 66 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            February 29, 2012 at 9:28 am


          • 67 collegekay
            February 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

            Say it UT.

            Whites have had affirmative action for over 200 years. People of color have been characterized as “undeserving” when it comes to any sort of aid since the creation of the Freedman’s Bureau. None of this shit is new. These talking heads think we’re stupid and clueless.

          • 68 sabreen60
            February 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        • 71 L3
          February 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

          That’s a stunning statement by Brokaw considering we just went through months of “PBO isn’t doing enough for black people.” Both statements can’t be true. I’d like to know what is it that PBO is doing that’s focused only on minorities and not the entire country because I don’t see him focusing on any “ethnic group”. PBO is working for all Americans. There was a time I really liked Brokaw and saw him as open minded about race but his recent appearances have left me confused as to what happened to him and his objectivity. I guess he feels if you can’t beat opinion journalism you may as well join it.

          • 72 hopefruit2
            February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

            The election of a Black President seems to have revealed a lot of people’s hidden prejudices….

            • 73 L3
              February 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

              It appears so. I have seen Brokaw often speak very eloquently and sensitively about race in the past and now he seems to be throwing gasoline on the smoldering embers of our racial history. He should be ashamed of himself. Also, I see no evidence what he is saying is true.

              I wonder if PBO refused his request for an interview. It always seems that most of those who criticize PBO do so out of some personal animosity instead of real policy diffferences.

            • 74 Betsy
              February 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

              This^^. A lot of ugliness has come out of the woodwork, and the light is shining on them, and they don’t realize what we all are seeing. They’re being exposed and in turn, we as an American society, are also being exposed, and I think most of us are not liking what we are seeing in ourselves. This is why what PBO is saying about what is good in us is what he believes in, and building us up by focusing on the good, is so positive and makes us feel grateful that despite the darkness there is also light within all of us and if we focus on that, on helping each other, on doing good things, on being proud of our work, it uplifts us. That’s why PBO will win. When you listen to PBO, you feel good about yourself and inspired to do good things, when you listen to Santorum or Romney or Gingrich, you feel anger or hatred, etc. A person with vision and the ability to inspire always wins over the doomsday person, for that reason.

            • February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am


            • 76 prettyfoot58
              February 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm


            • 77 Puddin'
              February 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

              Yes, the “hoods” have been snatched off!!!!!!!!!!!

            • 78 yardarm756
              February 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

              Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
              Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845)]

          • 79 anniebella
            February 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

            I have gotten fed up with Tom Brokaw. He wouldn’t make a comment like that in front of Rev. Al.

        • 80 MsKitty (@michelec64)
          February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

          Brokaw needs to get over his “Greatest Generation” fixation and realize that white people aren’t the be all and end all of voting blocs anymore (Tweety does this too).

        • 81 anniebella
          February 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

          This kind of talk, I would expect from the Morning Joke crew, but not Brokaw. I guess Brokaw want to take Pat Buchanan place on MSNBC. The old racists white man.

      • 83 TrumpDog
        February 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        I believe I read a study a while back that said affirmative action helps White women the most.

      • 84 Puddin'
        February 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        The real truth is, affirmative actin has helped white women more than any other group…just look at any board room, major business owners, ceo, etc. When I read the business section in the Sunday Chronicle, the people that are featured for promotions, etc are mainly white men and women. One can count on one hand the number of black folks (women or men) featured (in a 12 month period).

    • 85 collegekay
      February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

      “this shows everybody that poor whites don’t have the same opportunities that black people do.”

      I could say something really mean right now, but I won’t. I’m glad I don’t watch Joe’s show. I’d be in a bad mood every morning.

      • 86 57andFemale
        February 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Neither group has an advantage, unfortunately. I’ve seen my husband’s nieces and nephews of talent and intelligence not be able to get a decent education. But the mindset that black people — as a race — have some ‘advantage’ is outrageous. Both groups need help and making it a battle against affirmative action is beneath contempt.

    • February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

      the biggest beneficiaries of Affirmative Action are WHITE WOMEN.


  10. February 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    February 28, 2012

    Wrong again

    From the Washington Post:

    The former Massachusetts governor said he was “not enough of a pundit” to evaluate how his comments [about Cadillacs and NASCAR owners] are received by voters struggling through the economic recession.

    It’s not a question of punditry, Mr. Romney. It’s a question of your humanity.


  11. February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am


    Iran is to accept gold instead of dollars as payment for its oil, the country’s state news agency has said.

    The move comes as US and European Union sanctions against Iran have made it difficult for buyers to make dollar payments to Iranian banks.

    Mahmoud Bahmani, the governor of Iran’s central bank, is reported to have said that the country would accept payment in gold “without any reservation”.


  12. February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Soledad is also tracking to the right. All these supposedly Obama supporters get anchor jobs and then they all have Republicans on, with minimal pushback!

    • February 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

      The main function of the press is to pull a headfake.

      • 96 bonkers
        February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Perfect summation of the “press,” (gonna steal that if ya don’t mind…) at least in the last 30-40 years as ReichWingers decided to start buying it all up, to the point where about 5 billionaires own all of it, and thereby the public discourse. Thank god the Internet advanced as far as it did, when it did, and we’ve been able to chip(sticks) away at their control, and of course Stanley Ann’s son has just bypassed them altogether with good old-fashioned Organizing. Fired up!

    • 97 anniebella
      February 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Soledad is paid by TeaNN, she does what they say. And if it’s anti- Obama, well she does what they say. That’s why that lying wife of Mitt Romney were talking such nonsense when she said the media loves Obama. You can see that whole family lies very well.

    • February 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Is Roland Martin still on suspension?

      This is the consequence of GLADD calling for CNN to reprimand Roland Martin. What ever problem I may have had with Roland Martin, he more likely than Soledad would attempt to keep the GOP feet to the fire.

      So GLADD got there bit of flesh by advocating for Roland Martin’s suspension and in return you get NO ONE who will at least attempt to talk about the Dem agenda.

  14. 99 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Short Ron Paul: The housing market collapsed, not because of the reckless greed of Wall St., but those BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE got houses!!!!!!!!!! Beyond offensive! Why does ANYONE pay attention to this moron???

  15. February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    February 28, 2012
    Dear Mr. Jindal: Please don’t feed the buffoons

    Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, at a Republican Governors Association news conference this week:
    President Obama is clearly the most liberal president we’ve had. You’d literally have to go back to Jimmy Carter’s years in the White House, back in the 1970s, to match the liberal ideology, to match the incompetence.

    This is, as they say, a free country, so everyone has a right to interpret “incompetence” as they see it. But contemplate the egregious history in Mr. Jindal’s comments. Obama “is clearly the most liberal president we’ve had” — which knocks the founders of the New Deal and Great Society down one ideological peg, at least; then to confuse matters, Jindal asserts that Obama is equal in liberalism to conservative Democratic president Jimmy Carter.

    Which is it?


      February 29, 2012 at 9:25 am


      • 109 miss pat
        February 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Jindal does not read the Bible. I can never forget his rebuttal speech right after the President gave his State of the Union Address one year. He came out of the shadows llooking so scary and when he opened hiis mouth I said to myself, he looks and sounds like Mr. Rogers. Low and behold the next day people were saying the same thing all over the Internet. He is one scary fellow. They haven’t used him since for anything. By the way his mother was pregnant with him when she migrated. He was conceived in India so is he an American citizen? That is something the Birthers should look into. As foolish as they are if he was a Democrat they would be doing just that.

  16. 110 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

    BREAKING! James Murdoch steps down as Executive Chairman of News International ! Found on Reuters

  17. 114 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I think amk asked about this earlier…..

    Leaving a previously safe Republican seat wide open, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) announced she will not seek re-election. Her decision is a blow to Republican chances of taking control of the U.S. Senate. Popular progressive Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is considering a run for the open seat.


  18. 115 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the company announced Wednesday.

    Murdoch, who was once seen as the heir apparent to his father Rupert at the head of News Corp., has now lost a key position within the company.


  19. 116 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

    President Obama laid out a new policy directive concerning suspected terrorists, making it clear that some Al-Qaeda suspects will not be held in military detention facilities and instead be subjected to trials in civilian courts. The directive comes after the Obama administration expressed concerns over the rigidity of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act.


  20. 118 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 9:30 am


    Reports are coming in that Santorum lost Mackinac County in Michigan by one vote. 667 for Romney which means….666 for Santorum.

    Cue the Church Lady! “Who is inspiring Republican turnout? Could it be…SATAN?”


  21. February 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Kid Rock Puts Romney Over the Top

    Posted on 02/29/2012 at 7:05 am by Bob Cesca

    Romney won Michigan (barely) and Arizona last night. The most striking thing wasn’t necessarily the victory, but Romney’s victory speech. But first, here’s what he said the other day.

    “It’s very easy to excite the [conservative] base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign that if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am.”


    He has no character. No core beliefs. No ethics. He’s a robot who goes any which way the wind blows, and that makes him susceptible to nefarious puppeteering by others. We’ve already had a Republican president like that recently.


    • 127 CTGirl
      February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Yep, and that Republican president gifted us with Dick Cheney! The puppeteers aren’t even hiding the fact that Romney would have no say as president, he would do as he is told by the establishment. Sorry buddy, that will not work!

      February 29, 2012 at 9:36 am


    • 129 L3
      February 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I hope this isn’t true but I read that Kid Rock made Romney promise that when he became president he would help MI and Detroit before he agreed to perform at his campaign event. Romney, the liar, promised he would. Only a fool would take his word for anything. My question to Kid Rock is why would you take the word of a liar over PBO who has already helped MI and Detroit. I’m surprised but not shocked.

    • 130 anniebella
      February 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Kid who????????

  22. 131 CTGirl
    February 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Good morning everyone! Chips, you sure know how to jump start a great day, all this yummy news! I especially love this:

    “The U.S. economy looks decent,” Drew Matus, senior U.S. economist at UBS Securities LLC, said before the report. “There are certainly risks out there, but it looks better than what people are giving it credit for.”

  23. 132 hopefruit2
    February 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh dear talk about sabotage:

  24. February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    The He-Man Woman Haters Club

    Posted on 02/29/2012 at 9:23 am by Bob Cesca

    Only four women appearied as guests on the Sunday shows. Media Matters with the sad tally:

    A total of 56 guests were booked on the Sunday programs to discuss national affairs in February. Of those, 52 were men. (The newsmaker tally does not include guests invited to participate in roundtable discussions this month.)

    And of the four women booked this month, just one, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was associated with the Democratic Party, despite the fact Democrats currently control the White House and the Senate. “We complain about this all the time,” a Democratic aide told Media Matters.

    Good thing the issues of birth control, women’s healthcare coverage and abortion never came up this month.


    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 am


  26. February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Snowe’s stunning surprise
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:53 AM EST.

    When prominent members of Congress are considering retirement, there’s nearly always some kind of hint in advance of the announcement. Maybe they stop raising money; perhaps they’re slow to put a campaign organization together; maybe key staffers are seen moving to new jobs elsewhere; something.

    But with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine, all of the evidence pointed in the other direction. Not only were there no hints about a pending departure, the Republican senator gave every indication of seeking another term, even moving considerably to the right.

    It’s what made Snowe’s retirement announcement late yesterday such a stunning surprise.

    As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.”


    February 29, 2012 at 9:45 am


  28. February 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Chris Christie little help vs. Obama in N.J., poll finds
    By MJ LEE | 2/29/12 6:49 AM EST

    Having Gov. Chris Christie as his running mate would strengthen Mitt Romney’s bid against President Barack Obama in New Jersey, but not enough to help the Republican candidate catch up to the president in the Garden State, according to a new poll Wednesday.

    In a general election match-up that doesn’t take into consideration the vice presidential candidates, Romney would trail the president 49 percent to 39 percent in New Jersey, a Quinnipiac University survey of the state’s voters found.

    With Christie as his running mate, Romney would fare slightly better in the state, but still fall short of catching up to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, 49 percent to 43 percent.

    “Putting [Christie] on the ticket helps the Republicans a little, but not enough, in New Jersey. If the measure of a vice presidential pick is carrying his or her home state, then Gov. Christie comes up short,” said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73429.html#ixzz1nmZ4yw5p

  29. 140 hopefruit2
    February 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Once again, walking the walk.

  30. February 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Catholic Bishops Denounce Assembly Bill Making It Easier for Sexual Abuse Victims to Sue

    The Catholic Conference, which lobbies lawmakers on behalf of Catholic bishops in New York State denounced a bill pushed by Maspeth Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that would make it easier for sexual abuse victims to sue their accusers.

    The bill would temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of children, and Ms. Markey has been pushing it for years. The Catholic Conference says carves out public schools, which have been a frequent site of abuse in recent years.

    “While Assembly Member Margaret Markey pursues a one-year ‘window’ in the statute of limitations to allow for lawsuits for 60- or 70-year old claims of sexual abuse against private schools and churches, it would be wise to look at what is going on TODAY in our public school system, and focus on protecting our children and grandchildren from predators,” wrote Dennis Poust, a spokesman for the group, in an email today. “Mrs. Markey’s bill would continue the unfair system of forever barring lawsuits against public institutions (schools, colleges, city pools, county health clinics, juvenile justice facilities, etc.) if the victim does not file a ‘notice of claim.’ with the courts within three or four months.”

    Mr. Poust emailed out a slew of stories showing instances of abuse in public schools, and passed along the following memo calling on the law to treat public schools and the Catholic church equally.


    February 29, 2012 at 9:49 am


  32. February 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Soon. Ann Robney will be doing all the speeches and debates, for her Husband!

  33. 153 hopefruit2
    February 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Check this graph of GOP primary voters in AZ & MI. As you do, keep in mind that:


    Arizona has 30% Hispanic, 4% Black and 3% Asian
    Michigan has 14% Black, 4% Hispanic and 2% Asian

    It’s interesting how the MSM LOVES to repeat over and over how PBO is doing badly with the White working class “middle America” vote, yet they are hush hush on the shamefully low turnout rate of minorities (black, hisp, Asian, native American) so far in ALL the GOP primary elections.

    • 154 utaustinliberal
      February 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Man oh man this is laughably atrocious. AZ really and truly could be in play for PBO and the Dems come November if we play our cards right. We have to keep pointing out that Romney 100% supports SB 1070 and keep highlighting GOP obstruction to the Dream Act, point out that with the recovering economy under PBO, it also benefits the Latino community, ACA also benefits the Latino community as they were part of the 54 million Americans who received free preventive services in 2011, part of the 2.5 million young Americans who got health insurance last year and part of the Medicare community who saved over $1.5 billion dollars on their prescriptions. Under Willard, these benefits would disappear faster than one can say Jack.

  34. 155 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    February 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good morning everyone! Loved yesterday and the contrast between the speeches of our beloved PBO, Mittens and Sick Rantorum.

    Looking forward to the dinner tonight. Can’t wait to see Michelle’s dress and the President’s smile. Have a great day!

    • 156 57andFemale
      February 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I just clicked on the coverage once in awhile to get ‘the score’ last night. I did land on Santorum’s speech for the 2 minutes I could stomach it. You could see it in his face: he actually thought his ramblings about George Washington or whatever he was spewing was in the same ballpark as that phenomenal speech of PBO at the UAW yesterday.

      They have no shame.

  35. February 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Having Gov. Chris Christie as his running mate would strengthen Mitt Romney’s bid against President Barack Obama in New Jersey, but not enough to help the Republican candidate catch up to the president in the Garden State, according to a new poll Wednesday.

    In a general election match-up that doesn’t take into consideration the vice presidential candidates, Romney would trail the president 49 percent to 39 percent in New Jersey, a Quinnipiac University survey of the state’s voters found.


    Did you know that LBJ brought Kennedy Texas? Without Texas, Jack loses!
    So, kudging from those merits, Christie is Weak! Lol!

    • February 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

      two north east wall streeters. yeah, that’s the ticket to fire up the base.

      • 160 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Hahahaha…the media pundits and GOP fools who really and truly believe that Chris Christie is a formidable candidate and would enhance the Romney ticket are insane. Flat out batshit crazy. Let’s see how well Christie plays in the Southern States. Even in the Mid-West he would tank. Heck he can’t even win his state in 2012. PBO is taking NJ and everyone knows it.

        • 161 MsKitty (@michelec64)
          February 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

          PBO is leading here in NJ by double digits against the “generic” republican. And Christie’s statewide popularity is overstated in the national media. He’s well regarded in the half a dozen or so counties that are wealthy and/or conservative…but that’s just a third of the total counties. Everywhere else, not so much. And his re-election next year is far from a slam dunk, especially if Cory Booker decides to run.

    • 162 miss pat
      February 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Christie cannot be VP. Christie cannot walk up and down the stairs to get on and off a plane. Christie is getting wider and wider every time I look at him. Christie will need a hydraulic lift to lift him up to the platforms. Christe better sit down one side and order him up some food. Christie not accepting any nomination as VP because he knows he cannot do the work involved. Christie will not carry NJ. Christie is barely hanging on in NJ.

  36. February 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

  37. February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Top of the mahnin’ to TODsters!!! Can’t believe what a great getting up day this is in TOD city! While flipping thru channels, I caught DNC’s Debbie WS on FOX and Friends this morning. Wow did she put that Gretchen woman in her place. Gretchen tried to filibuster Debbie and wouldn’t let her talk, Debbie said to her, ‘if you’re going to ask me questions, then you’re going to have to let me answer them.’ It was good, cause Debbie wouldn’t let her step on her message.

    Also, Debbie seemed to have a new look, but I couldn’t put my finger on what the change was.

  38. February 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Why Mitt Romney Still Has A Battle To Win On Super Tuesday
    Kyle Leighton February 29, 2012, 5:58 AM

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the popular vote in Michigan on Tuesday night, and all of Arizona’s 29 delegates. His team can breathe a sigh of relief that whatever damage it took to get here, he’s still the leader for the Republican presidential nomination.

    But while Romney might be two steps closer to Tampa, he’s not anywhere near out of the woods. The campaign now takes a dangerous turn for his camp — to the South.

    Super Tuesday is a smaller affair this cycle than last. Much smaller, actually — California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York were huge anchors of the 23 Democratic contests and 21 on the Republican side. Next week eleven states will hold their GOP votes, among them the Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Massachusetts primaries as the major sources of delegates, along with caucuses in Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Vermont has the fewest number of delegates at stake with 17, and only two candidates will have the opportunity to pick up Virginia’s votes, as Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) are the only candidates on the ballot. In total, 419 delegates are up for grabs.

    Polling at the moment shows problems for Romney everywhere. The biggest fight looks to be over Ohio and its 66 delegates (1144 are needed to secure the nomination), where Romney has been in a more traditional fight by 2012 cycle standards, the former governor unable shake the various GOP flavors of the month. Here’s what the trend looks like over the last three months.


  39. 169 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced Wednesday on the House floor he would not seek re-election.

  40. 170 Ladyhawke
    February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am


    Fighting Virginia’s legislative assault on women.


    Do you share our outrage at the Virginia General Assembly’s legislative assault on women? Join our efforts to recruit and support candidates opposing any elected official who supported the “personhood” or mandatory ultrasound legislation in the 2012 Virginia General Assembly. Your donation will help defeat the members of the Virginia legislature who supported these dreadful bills.

    We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents joining together to fight for women.

    Our bi-partisan group will work to support and elect candidates who will bring respect for women back to an arena of civil discourse and put a stop to the legislative attacks on women.



  41. February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Ralph Nader telling everybody to vote for him to be Americans elect candidate.

    Can you believe it? We hotta put up with him? You know Republicans will all vote for Nader, just to muddy the waters.
    He will get 2% of the vote, again!

  42. February 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

  43. February 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

  44. February 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Michigan Exit Polls: Santorum Winning Blue Collar Voters…Barely

    Exit polls of Michigan Republican primary voters show that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won more votes from blue-collar conservatives, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took more votes among those in the upper income brackets. Numbers from CNN show that the two men nearly split lower-income voters (those with family incomes less than $30,000), but Santorum won those making between $30,000 and $50,000 by 8 points, and those with family incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 by 3 points, a group that represented a third of those polled.

    But the top third of exit poll respondents, those making $100,000 or more, went strongly for Romney. Romney won the $100,000 to $200,000 group by seven points, and among those who made $200,000 and more, Romney bested Santorum 55-29, the largest split of any income group. However, the group only made up ten percent of the exit poll total.


    • 179 relellit
      February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

      So Robney won Michigan by 41% in the state where he grew up, where his father had served as governor, and where he won by nine percentage points in 2008 and won 47% in Arizona. Did it ever dawn on Romney 41% and 47% is not going to cut in the general?

      What I find even more laughable is frothy mouthed Santorum concessions speeches in Arizona and Michigan. Santorum thinks he came in 2nd in Michigan because of the operation chaos. Really??? Santorum ‘s “Loose Lips “sunk his ship. Santorum didn’t even get the Catholic vote. He should know the people who voted for him in the chaos think he is a freak. Apparently, so do Catholics.

  45. February 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    But Michelle Obama’s the one with the anger management issues.

    Posted on February 28, 2012 by Emily L. Hauser | 11 Comments

    So apparently Ann Romney, wanna-be First Lady, said this about the media:

    [It’s] getting harder and harder to be cheerful…. I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.

    As Mother Jones’s Adam Serwer rightly pointed out on Twitter today: Imagine what would happen if Michelle Obama had said anything even remotely similar, adding:

    You know, for such an angry black woman, I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard Michelle Obama talk about strangling anyone.

    But she does like to encourage kids to exercise, and we all know that’s straight-up Kenyan Communism, mirite?!!1!?


  46. February 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

    President Obama nullified major provisions of the 2012 Defense Authorization law Tuesday that would have mandated military custody for terrorist suspects.

    In a directive issued Tuesday evening, Obama cited national security interests as he gave federal law enforcement power over the military to investigate and prosecute terrorism cases.

    The directive is not a big surprise, as the president threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year over the detention provisions, before signing the bill after concessions were won that gave him more authority over detention. Obama signaled he would use the authority in a signing statement issued in December.


    February 29, 2012 at 11:05 am


  48. February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Ooops, the Willard/Ron Paul love-in seems to have eased a little:

  49. February 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

  50. 196 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Ed Schultz just said that they’re voting on the Blunt amendment today and Scott Brown is going to vote for it (I know he’s one of the sponsors). Please, God, I want Scott Brown to vote yes on this. Please.

  51. February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I could’ve sworn that when I last checked in last night Mittens was ahead by 10 in MI. Wow. What a lamer.

    Morning everyone!

  52. 199 nintendowii10
    February 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The emoleft are having a HUGE meltdown because President Obama waived the indefinite detention rules for the NDAA, now they have some wacko theory that he could restore them at any time. They are just mad because he is making them just as irrelevant as the Republicans!

    President Obama continues to demonstrate he is the fucking MAN and deserves re election. I’m going to enjoy watching all of the crying from the emoleft and hard right in November when Obama is announced the winner. PRES ON!!!!

  53. 200 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Problems again at Politicussa?

  54. February 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    That kid who is St. Torum’s spokesman is the perfect example of Lutz’ theory of just over talk people, don’t take a breath, never put a period on the end of your sentences, and btw, it doesn’t matter what you say, just keep talking, talking, talking. Make the other person have to jump in and cut you off to get a word in edgewise. Actually, it works, but I can’t understand why paid pundits let other folks take over their shows.

    • 206 anniebella
      February 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Let us remember the news comes from LYING Fox so call news. Till I hear it from someone who knows what the word TRUTH means, I ain’t believing it.

    • 207 lovingandlaughing
      February 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      i did not watch that video above (and i don’t wish to since it is fox), but let me just ask is that woman on the left covering the news or going to a formal dinner party? man, imo that is not an appropriate outfit for “news” media. she looks completely like eye-candy. fox is so ridiculous.

  55. 208 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    In an effort to head off former Sen. Rick Santorum’s push on manufacturing in the key Super Tuesday state of Ohio, Mitt Romney this morning announced an “Ohio Manufacturers for Romney” coalition. A search of Recovery.gov shows that the corporations of two members of the group received nearly $1.6 million in Recovery Act funds.

    Lincoln Electric of Cleveland received a sub-award of $1,125,00 on April 7, 2010 from the Ohio Department of Communications Development for an energy-related project in Euclid, Ohio. RPM International of Medina received two sub-awards in 2010, totaling $458,758 for two U.S. Army projects.


  56. 210 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  57. 212 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Olympia Snowe To Appear On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports At 1 PM ET

  58. February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    For those of you with strong constitutions, tune in to Mrs. Greenspan’s show to hear what Olympia Snowe has to say.

  59. 215 anniebella
    February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Did anyone catch the President of Israel, Shimon Peres on the View today? He said he will meet with President Obama Sunday, and Barbara asked him about the relationship with President Obama. And he said don’t believe all the things you hear, he spoke highly of our President and and his support of Israel. When the GOP is trying to put out there that this President is against israel, Shimon Peres didn’t say that.

  60. February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    And, citing Egyptian judicial authorities, a travel ban on American NGO workers on trial is to be lifted. So they can skedaddle out of the country.

    But, you know, we should’ve bombed them. Bombing solves everything.

  61. 219 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa House Democrats have moved away from the state’s legislature and into an undisclosed location. The move is a protest against the GOP majority’s scheduling of two gun bills for debate today. Democratic leaders say they were misled about when the bills would be brought to the floor and so they had not filed the amendments they desired. One of the bills aims at rewriting the law on “reasonable force” used in self-defense, and the other alters the state constitution specifically to include gun rights.

    Here’s more:

    Republicans hold 60 of 100 seats and could debate the bill without Democrats since they have a quorum. The majority party sets the calendar for debate and guides the course of business on the House floor.

    “We have been double-crossed as a caucus, and we’re not going to sit back and be treated with historic misuse of power,” [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy said.


  62. February 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Huffington destroys everything she touches.

    Unbelievable as it may sound, the soap opera that has engulfed the popular tech blog TechCrunch and its corporate parent AOL is still going on.

    On Wednesday, former TechCrunch editor and founder Michael Arrington — who had left his post at the helm of the blog back in September 2011 due to an acrimonious clash with AOL chief content officer Arianna Huffington over Arrington’s private, AOL-backed tech venture capital fund — took to his new blog “Uncrunched” to blast Huffington for the impact she’s had on his former website.

    “Arianna Huffington seems to enjoy fucking with TechCrunch in her leisure time,” Arrington wrote.

    Story here: http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/whatever-happened-to-techcrunch.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  63. 221 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    A Texas doctor was accused Tuesday in the largest Medicare fraud case in US history, with federal prosecutors charging him with scamming the government with $375 million in phony billings.

    Justice Department officials announced that Dr. Jacques Roy was arrested in Texas and faces life in prison as well as fines of more than $250,000 if convicted, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The newspaper reported that Roy and his assistant, who was also charged, sent “recruiters” door-to-door in the Dallas area to get people to sign bogus medical forms that were then used in the alleged scam. The pair even went as far as to pay homeless people $50 each to sign the forms, according to the DOJ accusations.


    P.S…. I thought Rick Scott paid the largest fines for Medicare Fraud…

  64. 222 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    This is a paraphrase: On the Ed Schultz show, they just said that Romney’s at a plant in Ohio and pushed a button on a machine and said something like, “I pushed the button. This is the extent of my heavy lifting on manufacturing.” I may not have the exact words, but that’s the gist.

    My effing God, what is the matter with this guy?

  65. 230 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Oh my God, you people have me tweeting and everything…….

  66. 231 Vicky
    February 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I cannot begin to express how I rely on this site for news, analysis, insight….. and inspiration.

    Thank you all. Especially Ms. Chips.

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