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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, President Barack Obama, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Rep. Peter King walk down the steps of the Capitol in Washington following a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon


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  1. 5 Elle in MI
    March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm


  2. 6 Desraye
    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Who invited Orange man and the muslim hater?

    • 7 elo4obama/biden
      March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      That’s what I said!. Bonehead and the hater. Couldn’t the president have a cooperative member of congress with him, a friend to the American people? Yuck!

    • 8 anniebella
      March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      YUKE ! Boehner and King. Those two creeps,

  3. 9 prettyfoot58
    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm


  4. 10 Hachikō
    March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  5. 13 prettyfoot58
    March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    hehehehehehe,,,daggggggggnapit….lololol…i told you all to go that way>>>>>>>>>>>

  6. 15 GGail
    March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Eating with Boehner and Peter King is enough to give one indigestion!

  7. March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Looks like he’s trying to steady Boehner. Was happy hour that early?

  8. 26 CEB
    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    There is my president, being helpful and protective as they descend the stairs (or was he afraid that Boehner was drunk and he did not want him to embarrass us by falling down the stairs, he he ).

    • 27 CEB
      March 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Love the mutual respect and admiration between Taoisach Kenny and PBO.

    • 28 miss pat
      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      The President is a class act. Most mortal men wouldn’t be seen with those two but he put politics aside and walked with them. Is that the Irish first lady in the backgound? They were so noice to the Obamas on their visit to Ireland.

  9. 30 Pamela
    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    A wee PT break to stop in and say Hello TOD! back later

  10. March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    thanks Chips!!!

    have a good day!!

  11. March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    World export bank expires in may, and it just failed to be reauthorized in Senate- 54-44.

    All Republicans voted against it!

  12. 36 yardarm756
    March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Good -o Admiral. That other thread was getting a bit long. 🙂

  13. 37 0388jojothecat
    March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Randi listed the “Make my Day” laws that allows a citizen to shoot first and ask questions later.

    AL, AZ, IN, KY, LA, MT, NV, NH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA state, and of course FL. I hope states have 2nd thoughts on this law to make the person prove that they were in fear of their lives in order not to be convicted of murder since the person they killed can no longer speak for themselves.

  14. March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Permits for homebuilding neared a 3.5-year high in February, suggesting a budding recovery in the housing market was still on track even though groundbreaking activity slipped.

    New building permits surged 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 717,000 units last month, the highest since October 2008, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.

    The jump in permits, which exceeded economists’ expectations for an advance to a 690,000-unit pace, reinforced views the housing market was improving and that home building would add to economic growth this year for the first time since 2005.


    • 52 miss pat
      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      It is recovering. I moved into a new low/median income building and new buildings are going up all over Harlem. Most of the high rent condos are empty. People are afraid of Harlem I guess and middle class and poor can’t afford the high rent/mortgages. If they would build them for working middle class that would be good. Too many people are priced out of the market because they make too much or too little.

    • 53 0388jojothecat
      March 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I am noticing more building, new condos and homes, going up around SoCal too. That is a good sign for people who want to sell.

  15. March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Tweet and Goatee Man are trying to convince us that Willard “fixes things”. He’s a fixer, alright, wants to fix what ain’t broken. Wants to fix things for his corporate BFFs. Hardball crew was twisting in a pretzel trying to convince themselves and viewers that even tho Willard doesn’t appear to have a heart or soul, he’s a “pragmatist” and “what’s wrong with that?” Chuck T asked, he’s a real fixer and that’s all well and good. Thanks guys, check is in the mail.

    • 58 0388jojothecat
      March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Tweetie and Goat-Boy-Toad are two demented idiots. One day Tweetie is calling Robme a phony, the next day he’s genius. Upchuck Toad is just a make-believe-journalist that is full of himself and too busy hearing himsself talk about nothing.

  16. March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Saudi oil minister- we can raise oil exports by 25% if needed or if their is a disruption.

    Oil went down 2.30 today, as a result.

    • March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      hmmmmmm—Andrea Mitchell had a 9/11 widow and former Fl. Sen. Bob Graham on her program who are still pushing ——and convinced about—the Saudi connection to 9/11——say they have proof of financial support to hijackers in San Diego area. I know Bob Graham was involved with a Fl. connection too—–where a Saudi family disappeared like poof on 9/11 from their upscale home in Tampa area—-left all furniture, cars, clothes, food, kid toys floating in pool.

  17. 61 carolyn
    March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Since I just got here, and read the previous thread, I want to comment on those favorability ratings of our precious FLOTUS and Laura Bush. I was never polled…LB would not have gotten a favorability from me. She was empty with nothing to give.
    My sister who was a diehard GWB fan…..if you can believe it…..read some things about her that were supposed to be favorable…..and laughed. I was appalled. According to what my sister heard from people in the Bush campaign, (she worked closely in it in 2000) Laura did hardly any of the rearing of the girls. Barbara was the disciplinarian and guide. Laura just laughed, sat on the porch smoked and read novels. She truly could not be bothered. My sister had a few choice quotes from her that appalled me. She just laughed.
    My husband, the psychologist, said she is the enabling wife of a sociopath husband, who just sits and smiles as long as he’s bringing in the money and her life is undisturbed. We had a good friend here like that. Her husband was disgusting, few of us could see how she stood him. BUT, he had MUCH money and she got to live in a wonderful style. She took her girlfriends all sorts of places…opera,Europe…..he stayed home and drank. The only thing they participated in together were antique car rallies, so she could wear beautiful vintage clothes, and yes. REPUBLICAN party affairs. Laura is the same type. She won’t leave, she won’t DO anything, as long as she has enough money and comfort. Our kids in Dallas hear things about them, but that would be all hearsay. Suffice it to say, they are not flattering.

    • 62 Jessica
      March 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Well if Barbara was doing most of the rearing then they turned out pretty good. The Bush girls seem nice and I thought that was because they got it from their mother. Laura definitely seems like she’ll overlook almost everything to have her and her children live a certain lifestyle.

  18. March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sought to overcome a potential filibuster on a motion to create a conference committee for the STOCK Act on Tuesday by abandoning the Senate-passed version of the bill and filing a cloture motion to concur with the House-passed version.


    This is a win for House Republicans!

  19. March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday said he’s not yet convinced that President Obama’s birth certificate is legitimate.

    “I am, shall we say, looking at all the evidence,” Stearns told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday, comments that come after he expressed similar doubts at a meeting with constituents in February.


  20. March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Well, I turn on Hardball and Arlen Spectre is on bashing POTUS(sour grapes), then I turn on CNN and Bachman is on bashing POTUS.

    What is this? Bad POTUS day? Lol!

    • 66 Linda
      March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      What ? I watched Specter ….what did I miss…I did not hear him bash the President.

      • March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        I didn’t either, but I wasn’t paying close attention—–I tend to tune out Tweety more often than not. I just heard them talking about how all the moderates are gone from the Repub Party, that it’s a Strom Thurmond style conservative party now. But then we knew that.

      • March 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        He recently said after he passed the healthcare law that the President ignored him!

      • 71 geeja
        March 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Me either. It was mostly about the Republican party being taken over and how Lil Ricky dissed Spectre.

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      March 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Jovie, Arlen Specter never bashed POTUS. Listen to an interview carefully before you assign comments to someone when he/she never said them.

      • March 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        Who cares? He is a scumbag and I tuned him out.

        Who cares?

        • 74 Chi
          March 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

          You can’t just casually drop something that’s so clearly untrue and when you are called on it, say who cares…

          If Arlen Specter wasn’t bashing President Obama and you had it tuned out, why post that he was…

  21. March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Randi Rhodes is doing a wonderful job calling out these crazies here in Florida regarding Trayvon Martin.

  22. March 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday he does not plan to schedule a Senate vote on a short-term extension of the highway bill. 

    House GOP leaders plan to move a short-term funding bill for highway measures before current funding expires on March 31, but Reid said he wants the House to pick up the two-year bill approved in a bipartisan Senate vote. 

    Asked if he would schedule another vote on a short-term extension if the House sends one over to the Senate, Reid said: “I plan not to do that. 

    “Millions of people depend on the [Senate] highway bill to pass in the House but House leadership needs a permission slip for everything from the Tea Party,” Reid said.  

    Here we go again!

  23. 77 4morefor44
    March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    now that Elizabeth warren is leading in polls again, hopefully people will remember not to get too worked up when they go up and down, which they will again for sure. Warren is a great candidate who is following PBO’s model of grassroots, and she could make a great contender for 2016 in my opinion. latest from PPP, which has proven one of the better polling outfits:

  24. 78 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Two top executives at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced their resignation, amid reports that the breast cancer charity is struggling to raise money and repair its reputation after its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and subsequent reversal.

    Katrina McGhee, Komen’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, privately announced several weeks ago that she will be stepping down on May 4, and Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of Komen’s New York City affiliate, announced her resignation on Tuesday. Both cited “personal” reasons and declined to elaborate

    • March 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I am sure they are regretting that decision. The republican came in, did her damage and left! What a waster of a great organization! Such a shame!

      Republicans messes up everything they put their hands on!! When will they ever learn?!?!?

  25. March 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to rename the Little Rock National Airport in honor of two of Arkansas’s most well-known exports, former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term President, and as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State — that’s a legacy of which all Arkansans can be proud,” Jim Dailey, chairman of the airport commission, said in a statement. “The Clintons continue to have a major impact on our state and our local economy, and we believe renaming our airport in their honor is a fitting way to recognize their service and their position in Arkansas and our nation’s history.”


  26. 81 Bill R.
    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    St. Brigid’s Blessing-
    “May Brigid bless the house where in you dwell.

    Bless every fireside every wall and door.

    Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.

    Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy.

    Bless every foot that walks its portals through.

    May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.”

    St. Brigid, from the 6th century- Monastic abbess, acknowledged woman bishop and priest of Celtic Christianity

    Slainte to all,
    Bill Ryan

  27. 82 Linda
    March 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Fineman just said Santorum is a member of opus die on Hardball..

  28. March 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Last April, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the National Clean Fleets Partnership — an initiative to reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil. Less than a year later, the partnership has grown to include 18 of the nation’s largest private-sector fleets.

    Collectively, the Clean Fleets Partners operate more than a million commercial vehicles nationwide, accounting for more than 12 percent of all commercial vehicles on American roads. By adopting alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and by making their operations smarter and more fuel-efficient, these national partners are increasing their competitiveness and helping to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.


  29. 85 itgurl_29
    March 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Here’s a lovely photo of FLOTUS on her way to dinner with Beyonce, Jay-Z, and others.

  30. March 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    A new study mapping out habitats in and around the waters off New York was released on Tuesday, bringing the state a step closer to determining the potential for wind energy projects offshore.

    The study is the product of a two-year joint effort by New York’s Department of State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify critical bird and fish habitats to ensure that they are not harmed by future wind farms. Environmental groups say the pre-screening will help save time and red tape and could attract developers and investors to wind projects by removing uncertainties about the environmental impacts at a given site.

    Like New Jersey and other states along the Atlantic Coast, New York is seeking to take advantage of its geography to introduce offshore wind farms and significantly increase the amount of renewable power in its energy mix. New York officials have been working on identifying the most viable locations for the wind farms by surveying large swaths of the ocean with an eye toward protecting commercial shipping and fishing as well as ecological niches.

    The ultimate goal, state officials said, is to protect places that are important to New York’s existing ocean industries while harnessing offshore renewable energy resources.


  31. March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Paul Ryan’s budget: Should the poor pay for deficit reduction?
    Posted by Ezra Klein at 11:23 AM ET, 03/20/2012

    Here’s the basic outline of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget in one sentence: Ryan’s budget funds trillions of dollars in tax cuts, defense spending and deficit reduction by cutting deeply into health-care programs and income supports for the poor.

    At the end of his initial release, Ryan posts a table comparing his budget to the president’s budget. The single largest difference is in the tax section: Ryan raises $2 trillion less in revenue than the White House does. In the president’s budget, those revenues come mostly from increasing taxes on the wealthy. So that’s the first big gap between the two proposals: Under Ryan’s budget, revenue would be lower, and the distribution of taxes more regressive, than under Obama’s budget.

    On the spending side, Ryan’s biggest cuts come from health-care programs. He eliminates the $1.5 trillion that the Affordable Care Act uses to purchase health insurance for 30 million Americans. Then he cuts Medicaid and related health programs by $770 billion — which is to say, by about a third. Medicare takes $200 billion in cuts on top of that. This graph from the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of Ryan’s budget tells the story:


    So Ryan’s budget ultimately poses two questions: First, whether this amount of deficit reduction is actually necessary. It’s more substantial, I believe, than what’s called for in Simpson-Bowles. And second, if you do consider this amount of deficit reduction necessary, whether the right way to achieve it is almost solely by cutting programs for the poor.


  32. March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Oh. Mah. Gawd. Idris Elba has been confirmed to play Nelson Mandela in the long-awaited biopic, ‘The Long Walk To Freedom.’
    Get in line!!

  33. March 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Just in-
    WH will fast track permits for the oil pipeline in Oklahoma.

  34. 99 whatisworking
    March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    After Six Months, A Look At What Occupy Wall Street Has Accomplished


    I know …. they have done many stupid and counter productive things, but this article sent to me from creole child, shows how they have done a few things well.

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