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rise and shine

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11:15 AM: PBO hosts Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit.

12:00 PM: Attends a working lunch with Harper and Calderon.

1:15 PM: Holds a joint press conference with Harper and Calderon.

White House live

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USA Today: President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side.

In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.

The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group. Romney’s main advantage is among men 50 and older, swamping Obama 56%-38%.

…. In the poll, Romney leads among all men by a single point, but the president leads among women by 18.

More here

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David Javerbaum (NYT): A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney. The recent remark by Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom that upon clinching the Republican nomination Mr. Romney could change his political views “like an Etch A Sketch” has already become notorious. The comment seemed all too apt, an apparent admission by a campaign insider of two widely held suspicions about Mitt Romney: that he is a) utterly devoid of any ideological convictions and b) filled with aluminum powder.

…. according to the latest theories, the “Mitt Romney” who seems poised to be the Republican nominee is but one of countless Mitt Romneys, each occupying his own cosmos, each supporting a different platform, each being compared to a different beloved children’s toy but all of them equally real, all of them equally valid and all of them running for president at the same time, in their own alternative Romnealities, somewhere in the vast Romniverse.

And all of them losing to Barack Obama.

More here

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Rupert Cornwell (UK Independent): Obamacare is in the hands of the unelected – The Supreme Court has the power to trump Congress and consign to history the US’s boldest attempt at universal healthcare.

….. If the so-called “individual mandate” is rejected, then the whole financial edifice of Obamacare comes crashing down. With the stroke of a judicial pen, unelected judges would have voided the most important piece of health legislation since the Medicare and Medicaid Acts in 1965, and destroyed the boldest effort yet to give America what is taken for granted in every other industrial country: universal health coverage.

…. The biggest casualty of all, however, could be the reputation of the Supreme Court itself … it would be shown once and for all as just another player, albeit a mightily powerful one, in the partisan warfare that has brought the American political system almost to the point of dysfunction. Maybe, that will induce one conservative justice at least to step back from the brink on Obamacare. But don’t bet on it.

More here

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Morons with Signs

This. Just. Cracks. Me. Up.

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Tuesday: PBO will deliver remarks at the AP Luncheon during the ASNE Convention.

Wednesday: PBO will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Christian leaders from across the country will join the President at this breakfast for a time of prayer, reflection, and celebration of Easter. Also on Wednesday, the President will sign the STOCK Act, which makes clear that Members of Congress are subject to the same insider trading laws that apply to everyone else. This was legislation the President called on Congress to pass in his 2012 State of the Union Address.

Thursday: PBO will sign the JOBS Act, which includes key initiatives the President proposed last fall to help small businesses and startups grow and create jobs.

Friday: PBO will deliver remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy. Later, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

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Morning everyone 😉


260 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 symmetry11
    April 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Morning all

  2. 10 amk for obama
    April 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    GM folks.

  3. 11 collegekay
    April 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning fam!

  4. 20 TrumpDog
    April 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning!

  5. 22 utaustinliberal
    April 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. Monday was made even better watching Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel decimate Joe Scarborough and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) for the second time about ObamaCare (still love how the Obama 2012 team reclaimed that term and left the GOP floundering). It was brilliant to watch. The Obama 2012 team has to use Dr. Zeke on the stump – if they aren’t already and I tweeted them – to go around the country and talk to college students, older voters, women, men etc about the wonderful benefits of ACA. He was fiery and was on point with fact after fact after fact. It was funny watching Joe sputter in rage and get flustered. For about 10-13 minutes he held everyone spell bound. Twitter went nuts. It was great.

  6. April 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Former President Bill Clinton, who used to teach constitutional law, has a list of cases he seems surprised the Obama administration didn’t cite in its arguments defending the health care law before the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
    “It seemed to me that the conservative justices were just accepting as a matter of course that there was a serious constitutional question here,” the former president said, “and that they didn’t make the plaintiffs, the people that want to strike the law down, prove their case.”
    “Nobody asked, for example, do they want to overturn a case called Wickard v. Filburn in 1942,” Clinton said. “Where in the beginning of World War II, where we were still coming out of the Depression, a farmer was told and the Supreme Court upheld the ability of the federal government to limit his ability to grow food on his own farm for personal consumption. Because they said it affected the aggregate amount of food consumed in interstate commerce and the price of food.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/president-clinton-imagines-the-cases-he-would-have-cited-before-the-supreme-court-to-defend-health-care/

    • 28 amk for obama
      April 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

      monday morning qb’ing. stfu, bill.

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        April 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Exactly.

      • April 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        So agree amk, sit down billygoat and STFU…..gawd, his ego is unbearably out of control….what they should have done, what he would do, how they should do it, what he did…..go away. Have the common decency to be like other EX-presidents and stay out of the limelight….jeeez!

        Oh apologies, Good Morning TOD and congrats collegekay!

      • 31 nathkatun7
        April 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        THIS! Bill Clinton needs to get off the stage, especially since he was as quiet as church mouse during Dubya’s eight years of destruction of this country. He needs to get over the fact that his wife lost to the PRESIDENT! That’s what mature people do.

    • 32 amk for obama
      April 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

      So Jovie, any news on march fundraising numbers yet ?

      I thought I will start early this time. 🙂

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Great. It’s always terribly helpful when someone tells you what you should have done. He’s a former president and the husband of the SOS, he could have picked up the phone and talked to anyone in the administration at any time. So, thanks for nothing , Bill.

      • 35 L3
        April 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

        He’s also a narcissistic a$$hole who couldn’t get healthcare passed during his own presidency so why would anyone ask him for help. The only thing he’s truly good at is chasing women.

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

        ‘he could have picked up the phone and talked to anyone in the administration at any time’

        Now, JG, don’t pretend to be naive. YOU KNOW this would not have resulted in any noticeable publicity.! 😉 😉

    • 41 prettyfoot58
      April 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Gooooooooood Morning…Chipssssssss….and TOD Fam…

    • 43 miss pat
      April 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

      See, I told you so. The former president is back to his true self. He will have a lot more to say right up to election time. He is a snake in the grass.

  7. 44 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Setting the stage for a ‘Buffett Rule’ showdown

    By Steve Benen

    ==================================

    In case this isn’t obvious, the fight has sweeping implications. For the Senate, Democrats are eager to put Republicans, especially vulnerable GOP incumbents like Scott Brown and Dean Heller, on the spot, testing their willingness to fight for tax loopholes that benefit millionaires and billionaires.

    But there’s also the presidential race, in which the likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is extremely wealthy thanks to a successful career as a vulture capitalist. Romney takes full advantage of the existing loopholes, allowing him to pay a 13.9% rate on the millions he receives every year from the firm at which he no longer works.

    The question for congressional Republicans, then, is whether they support tax fairness or whether they want to keep allowing Mitt Romney to pay a much lower tax rate than America’s middle class.

    ===================================

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/02/10980218-setting-the-stage-for-a-buffett-rule-showdown

  8. 45 joyce
    April 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I think that ad about big oil is great, short and to the point.

  9. 47 a4alice
    April 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

    morning TOD! hope everyone has a great monday (or as well as can be expected ;-))

  10. 48 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Women boost Obama in swing states

    By Steve Benen

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    Campaigning in Wisconsin yesterday, Mitt Romney seemed well aware of the recent polling trend. “We have work to do,” the Republican said, “to make sure we take our message to the women of America.”

    The available evidence, however, suggests American women have already heard that message, and they’re not especially impressed.
    .
    .
    I won’t pretend to be a master political strategist, but I’ll go out on a limb here and argue that trying to restrict contraception access, mandating medically-unnecessary ultrasounds, vowing to get rid of Planned Parenthood, and enabling Rush Limbaugh may not have been the smartest election-year strategy for the GOP.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/02/10980698-women-boost-obama-in-swing-states

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Mitt is beyond clueless. He has nothing to say to women–zero. He’s already on record about not funding Planned Parenthood and supporting an employer’s right to deny contraceptives and I have not heard a single objection from him about disagreeing with the forced rape vaginal probes. So what’s his message–“I’m a rich misogynist from a long tradition of regarding women as subordinates of men and I fully intend to do everything in my power to make sure women know their place.” Now that’s got the smell of win all over it.

      • 50 Debz
        April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

        And yet, reading some of the articles this morning, Romney and the gop think he can somehow change his message for the GE and women will fall for it.

      • 51 Pamela
        April 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Succinct, Jackie! 🙂

      • 52 Ladyhawke
        April 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

        You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

        The media knows that Mitt Romney is a weak presidential candidate, so they are desperate to try and prop him up any way they can. The latest focus on Ann Romney as some secret weapon that the Democrats should be worried about is really fascinating. Are they saying that Ann Romney is in a better position than her husband to explain away the Republican Party disdain for women? Sorry MSM, you can’t un-ring that bell. The Republican Party “War On Women” is real. You can try your “Look At That Shiny Object” crap all you want, but it will not change the fact that the Republican Party record on women’s rights is morally repugnant.

        • 59 jackiegrumbacher
          April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          LH, I can’t count the number of people who said Cindy McCain was a gorgeous woman who would prove a great asset to her husband and be a truly gracious first lady and look how that turned out. Also I can never forget the fact that Ann Romney dishonored her father by allowing him to be converted to Mormonism after his death even though he was an avowed atheist. I think speaks volumes about her character. And where was she when the family dog was put on the roof. Does she even have a voice, or is she Willard’s little “me too”?

          • 60 vcprezofan2
            April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

            She’s Willard’s humanizer. She just never bothered to humanize him during the dog incident because he wasn’t ‘running for office for pete’s sake’.

            //
            She routinely sits in on strategy sessions — but saves her suggestions for private conversations with senior staff or her husband. When she declared to an audience last month that she had “decided no more debates” — few who know her thought she was kidding. When the campaign was mulling over how to better humanize the candidate last December, she jumped into the discussion, telling staff, “I can do that.”

            Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74718_Page3.html#ixzz1qu2nESeP

            • 61 Cha
              April 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

              She needs to humanize herself first.

              • 62 vcprezofan2
                April 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

                Everything is relative, Cha. 😉 No doubt compared to Willard Anne’s quite, quite ‘human’. I found the part of the article I read very interesting in that both the campaign staff and the son who spoke were saying directly and indirectly that Willard can’t function for long without her. This suggests to me that they are well aware that something isn’t ‘right’ with the guy, but his money covers all.

    • 64 a4alice
      April 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

      these are great LH. I tweeted them and then sent them to my local OFA – I’d like to get something going for women here in our senate district.

      • 65 Ladyhawke
        April 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

        HEALTH AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS FOR WOMEN aka “HERvotes”

        ===================================================

        About HERvotes

        In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, a coalition of women’s organizations, representing millions of women, announced plans to counter the attacks on women’s economic and health security through a new multi-organization effort, HERvotes. The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER rights.)

        The top priorities of HERvotes are to educate and engage more women to use their voices and their votes to urge lawmakers who seek to represent them to:

        Stop the attacks on historic advances for women;
        Preserve successful policies, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
        Respect women’s contribution to the economy; and
        Act on jobs at livable wages and equal pay for our families’ economic security.

        This multi-organization effort is coming together to harness the growing power of women in the United States. Women now comprise half of the entire paid labor force, and are essential contributors to the economy, both as workers and consumers. Women are also an increasingly powerful political force. According to the Center for American Women in Politics, women had a higher turnout rate in 2008 than men, with 60.4 percent of women turned out to vote compared to 55.7 percent of men. This gender gap held true across all ages and races.

        ====================================================

        http://hervotes.org/

        (h/t Linda H. http://www.whatisworking.com/)

        • 66 0388jojothecat
          April 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

          This is a good organization. I wonder why you can log on or anyway to gain membership? I only see tweets which is fine but not all women tweet. Maybe it’s a new organization just getting off the ground?

  11. 68 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Morning! Happy Monday…

  12. 72 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    More from TP

    The wave of enthusiasm that swept dozens of Republicans into Congress in 2010 appears to be ebbing. The New York Times reports that Republican turnout across the first 28 primary states is lower than in 2008, despite the prolonged nomination battle and a higher number of registered GOP voters.

  13. 73 Bobfr
    April 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good morning TOD!

    Couple of reflections …

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest

    #LandslideDEMS2012

    • 74 Pamela
      April 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Let them hear it loud and clear, thank you bobfr!

    • 75 desertflower
      April 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Speaking of torture….http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/juan-cole-polish-pm-admits-they-tortu

      As a result of a Polish newspaper article published in February, the Polish PM is admitting that his country’s security forces helped torture al-Qaeda suspects for the U.S.:

      Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk is now more or less admitting what has long been suspected: The Bush administration established a secret CIA prison in Poland and had Polish security officials help torture al-Qaeda suspects there.

      These steps were unconstitutional in Poland on two grounds: first, high Polish officials surrendered sovereignty over Polish territory to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Second, torture is forbidden in Poland. In addition, it contravenes European Union conventions and treaties.Poland had only escaped the grip of the Soviet Union in 1989, and so its democracy was a fledgling one. For the Bush administration to seduce its high officials into committing torture risked permanently marring its politics and undermining that democracy. Polish human rights workers have been deeply critical of Soviet-era torture, and to be put in the position of having to acknowledge this practice in their own country weakens their moral standing and besmirches the name of those tortured in the Stalinist era. Waterboarding and extreme stress techniques are also illegal in US law and practice.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Good for you, Bob. You always tell it straight.

    • 78 Bobfr
      April 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Pamela, df & Jacquie,

      BTW – not to overstate the obvious but what Ryan, Boehner & Cantor did last week on their ‘budget vote’ is superfluous at best and likely violates the Budget Control Act of 2011. The BCA is law, not merely a House or/and Senate resolution. It set the budget structure for fiscal years 2012 AND 2013.

      #AmericaThisIsNotATest

      #PRESSON

  14. 79 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    In the insanity that is Arizona, a smile…Two months after she stepped down from Congress, Gabrielle Giffords is still holding on to nearly $1 million in her congressional campaign account, leaving the possibility open that the former Democratic House member from Arizona will run for a House or Senate seat again.

  15. 81 Pamela
    April 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    G’day y’all!

  16. 82 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Chips and TODville! After hanging around for—e–ver last night, I’m now having to prop my body up this morning. A sensible person would have slept in of course, but lying under the covers for three hours now, AND avoiding the laptop, hasn’t brought sleep back so I’ve given in.

    Have a MAH-VE-LOUS MONDAY, you all! 😆 😆

  17. 85 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    thinkprogress Zimmerman’s father admits to “confusion” regarding his son’s version of the events. Says it’s “a little bit cloudy” thkpr.gs/H9AmCN
    7 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite
    thinkprogress In the NYT, Zimmerman’s father admits he was present when police were questioning his son the day after the shooting thkpr.gs/H9AmCN
    8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    thinkprogress “There were Trayvon-like dudes with their pants down” – Zimmerman neighbor Frank Taaffe on starting neighborhood watch thkpr.gs/H9AmCN
    9 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Here comes more spin. “Confusion”??? “A little bit cloudy”?

    • April 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Oh Suki, Suki now! :-). The spin, the spin … There is no longer a doubt in my mind that the former judge is a republican!

      • 87 desertflower
        April 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

        No doubt! Why was he in there when the police were questioning his son? I’m pretty sure that his son ISN’T a minor!! Did the police, daddy, and George hatch this scenario???

        • 88 vcprezofan2
          April 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

          Well, they have certainly had enough time and CONSULTATION, and media help, to hatch as many parts of it as they think will do the job. The irony is that they have done so poor a job to date. I guess, confident in their ‘contacts’, they never expected such scrutiny, and they forgot the old saying that liars have to have good memories. I don’t know why, but from the first time I heard that Trayvon was found face down I’ve been thinking that George strikes me as the kind who would bang his own head and bloody his own nose if he thought it would benefit him – anything in the cause to prevent another @@@@ from getting away. I still haven’t been able to get clear in my own mind if he shot him in the back. I’m struggling with the mental picture that the teenager would have fallen backward if George had been in front of him, and if they had been in a struggle then wouldn’t he have fallen on George. {Oh, why am I going there this morning? I’ve been trying not to discuss this because the thoughts are so enraging. To shoot an unarmed teenager of any colour for merely walking is just heart wrenching to contemplate.}

          • 89 desertflower
            April 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

            I know, vc…I think many of us have the very same questions and concerns as you do. Hopefully the DOJ will be able to answer those questions. The Sanford PD and their spin meisters have corrupted themselves and deserve to be fired for their actions. Stay tuned.

        • 90 Debz
          April 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

          Why were they questioning him the day after the shooting instead of immediately? I guess they had to wait for Daddy to be there.

        • 91 hopefruit2
          April 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

          Lawrence O’Donnell reported last week that Zimmerman’s father is in fact a registered Republican.

        • April 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

          It’s deep and dirty! The State Attorney allegedly left his home on Sunday night – the night of the shooting – to meet with the Stanford police. Mmm… As Attorney Crump said, “Why did he get out of his bed and go to the police station that night and overrule the lead investigator?”. Why indeed.

          Also, this Zimmerman has been very lucky with the law… Fighting with a police and domestic violence??? No time served? Let’s just say it must be nice to call a judge your dad!

    • 94 Bobfr
      April 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Good morning df,

      They may be confused, but we are not. George is a murderer and his father and other family members are, at a minimum, obstructing justice.

      #PRESSON

    • 96 57andfemale
      April 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Zimmerman’s father was ‘present’ when he was being questioned by the police?

      What is he, 12?

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

      “Trayvon-like dudes”? Excuse me, Frank Taaffe, every one of those “dudes” is a human being with a soul, a unique history and the potential for a great future. If you had any kind of basic religious training in your life, you may have heard that ALL of us are made in God’s image, or did you fall asleep during that lesson, Frank. You are rotting in your own hatred, Mr. Traaffe, and you, like Trayvon and the rest of of mankind, have only one soul to lose. And guess what–they’re all equal.

    • 99 miss pat
      April 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

      I am so angry. Why is a grown ass man being questioned with his father present? He is not a minor so why bring in the father? Something is not right and the truth is coming out little by litte. After 75 days they can’t charge him so “they ” better hurry up and do what’s right. That’s all I have to say. Remember 1968?

  18. 101 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    BLESSINGS EVERYONE…MY BROTHER IS HERE TILL WEDNESDAY MORNING SO I’M NOT ON THE PUTER…WILL CHECK BACK LATER! GOD BLESS OUR PBO!..:)

  19. April 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama can win re-election if he can persuade voters he steadied a shaky economy.

    Clinton tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” he believes likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have a difficult time reconciling positions he’s taken during the primary season with what he’ll say against Obama in the fall.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-president-clinton-says-obama-can-argue-he-put-a-floor-under-the-2008-09-recession/2012/04/02/gIQA3eUcqS_story.html

    Old Bill hogging the airwaves…

    • 104 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Bill Clinton is making me tired. Another person who doesn’t understand the meaning of retiring.

    • 106 amk for obama
      April 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Bill ===> see dubya.

    • 107 Debz
      April 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Bill Clinton may think he’s helping, but he is so self centered, he really needs to keep his mouth shut. He should be the one telling everyone that PBO saved the economy, not saying what POTUS needs to do.

      • April 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Not only that, but he told Luke, that he did not buy the whole etch a sketch thing.
        He goes subtle, and it kills us Obama supporters.

        • 109 Lorraine
          April 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

          He will after Myth becomes the nominee. President Clinton was Secretary Clinton to be the next (me, too) President of the United States, for that to happen, President Obama must win re-election. I’ve had my issues with President Clinton but I believe regardless of how it comes out of his month, he was President Obama to win re-election, too. Folks have to remember President Clinton is one of the best (President Obama is the other, one) at boxing the opponent into a corner that they can’t come out of. Watch what I tell ya.

          • 110 Lorraine
            April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

            “wants,” sorry

          • 111 nathkatun7
            April 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

            Why was he so quiet during the Bush presidency? Why does he always second guess President Obama while claiming to support him? Yes, I supported and worked hard for Bill Clinton, but I think he needs to know that he had his time and any advice he needs to give President he should do it behind the cameras. Otherwise, he makes himself the center of the story. I don’t care how good he is, he needs to stop making himself the story. He did that during the Bush years, why can’t he do it again?

            • 112 nathkatun7
              April 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

              My last sentence did not come out right. What I meant to say was President Clinton was silent during the Bush years and he should the same during the Obama presidency; unless President Obama asks him to to speak for him. For some who is supposedly so good at framing, he should know better not to give the corrupt media snippets that he knows would be used to attack the President. He did that with his 14th Amendment bullshit during the debt ceiling crisis.

        • 113 Cha
          April 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          Oh Really? Then he needs to pay attention and then come back and make some comments.

      • April 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

        He can’t go on an interview show and when they ask him questions keep his mouth shut. Could he phrase it better? Possibly but I don’t see a whole lot of harm in what he said. If the President thought he was damaging I suspect he would have told Guggenheim to leave him out of the film and his staff not to include him in upcoming campaign events.

        And I give him credit for encouraging Paul Ryan earlier this year to keep chatting up his idiotic plan. That has been a boon for us.

    • 115 itgurl_29
      April 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Somebody please get Slick Willie a girlfriend so he can get a life and STFU about what POTUS is or isn’t doing.

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Bill Clinton has always been about Bill Clinton. Not saying that I wouldn’t take him ahead of any Republican they would throw out, but he knows that his legacy is being overshadowed by Barack Obama, and its making him insecure like hell. It would have been ok if Hillary did that, because she was still his wife, and thus he would have indirectly received credit. But since Barack Obama is in office, he can’t take credit because he didn’t endorse him in the primaries. I will always say that Bill was a better President than all of the Republican Presidencies, but the man has an ego the size of the QM2. Anyone who sleeps around in Arkansas, then after he gets elected, sleeps around has that big of an ego.

    • 117 miss pat
      April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Here he goes again. Hust can’t shut his trap.

  20. 120 utaustinliberal
    April 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You’ve got to love PBO’s foreign policy team. They delivered a huge smack down to Mitt Romney and his jingoistic foreign policy clap trap. Then they signed their names at the end of the Op-Ed. Brilliant!

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/28/an_open_letter_to_mitt_romney_explain_your_national_security_ideas

    • 121 desertflower
      April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

      That was a great read, ut 🙂 Brilliant is an understatement.

    • April 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

      That was a super article/letter. Of course, the Rpmney campaign will ignore it. ANd the fact is, thanks to our wonderful media, most Americans don’t realize all the President has accomplished in foreign affairs. I would love to see this basically as a major print ad.

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      April 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Rachel Maddow did an absolutely scathing segment on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy weaknesses last week. She interviewed David Corn the author of “Showdown”. It was a fascinating and enlightening discussion. Pay close attention to the (weak and curious) response from the Romney team when President Obama’s campaign asked for more of his tax returns. It’s very telling and makes them look like amateurs.

      Corn on Maddow: Why Romney’s Latest Obama Attack Won’t Work

      By David Corn

      http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/04/corn-maddow-why-romneys-latest-obama-attack-wont-work

    • 124 a4alice
      April 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

    • 125 Ladyhawke
      April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

      POUNCING ON HOT MIC INCIDENT BACKFIRES

      Team Romney pushes its luck with hot-mic story

      By Steve Benen

      ======================

      Late Friday, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul, responding to calls for the former governor’s still-hidden tax returns, pushed her luck in a written statement:

      “Obama should release the notes and transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders so the American people can be satisfied that he’s not promising to sell out the country’s interests after the election is over.”

      This really wasn’t a smart thing to say.
      .
      .
      If the Democrats’ goal is to make Romney look like an unprepared rookie, not ready for the big kids’ table when it comes to foreign policy, the Romney campaign calling for the release of private transcripts makes the Dems’ job easier. There are plenty of reasons to question Romney on international affairs — he seems painfully out of his depth on the subject — and self-inflicted wounds won’t help.

      =======================

      http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/02/10982679-team-romney-pushes-its-luck-with-hot-mic-story

    • 127 nathkatun7
      April 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks UT for sharing this. As you said, It was a “brilliant” response. Sadly the so called mainstream 4th Estate will not expose this to a wider audience because it will undermine their meme that the two parities are the same.

  21. 128 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/03/ta_032912.html

    Yet again, big money is buying what it wants in Wisconsin and across this country, with the aim of squeezing the poor and middle class even further out of the political process now and into the future. That is the true story of the 2012 election. The fact that money is increasingly able to dominate our politics, culture, and society would not have been possible without the tacit complicity of the so-called liberal media, which has failed and continues to fail to put such stories at the center of their political narrative where it belongs.

    Amen! Good read about money buying elections. Thank you SC. Thank you media for NOT doing your job.

    • April 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

      That is the only thing that scares me about Robney, his Super Pacs will have 100s of millions(including Roves group).
      The airwaves will be a draw, but we need to get our message out, they don’t.
      That is why it will be close.

    • 136 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Big money will buy votes when your opponent is Frothy Santorum, but it will not work against President Obama! Romney is in for the shock of his life.

      • 137 0388jojothecat
        April 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Meg Whitman & Carli Fiorina had millions too and it did not work for them in California. They were in my opinion, two unpopular and snobby people who could not connect with voters…just like Robme. The more you see and hear Robme, the more people don’t like him.

        • 138 nathkatun7
          April 3, 2012 at 2:28 am

          That’s the absolute Truth, jojothecat! Now lets hope people in other states will do exactly what we did in California when we rejected the attempt by the multimillionaires to buy elections.

    • 139 a4alice
      April 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

      tweeted

  22. April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Oil down to 1.02! Yet, gas keeps going up. This is all crap.

  23. 142 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rights-stealthy-coup/2012/04/01/gIQAZlBjpS_story.html

    If our nation’s voters want to move government policy far to the right, they are entirely free to do so. But those who regard themselves as centrist have a moral obligation to make clear what the stakes are in the current debate. If supposed moderates refuse to call out the new conservatism for the radical creed it has become, their timidity will make them complicit in an intellectual coup they could have prevented.

  24. April 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Robney is up 7 as of yesterday. So, if this trend continues…

  25. 146 amk for obama
    April 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

  26. 149 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I love that Gender Gap :mrgreen: ! Just wait ’til the women candidates that are running for the House and Senate get going — that gap is gonna increase.

  27. 150 amk for obama
    April 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I don’t get that god hates taxes toon. Anyone ?

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

      I’d love to know who the guy in the pic is, but it doesn’t say at the link. But it never fails to amuse that these bible-wielding right wing nutjobs actually do believe God hates taxes! As for the cuddly creature on the right …. I have no clue. But his face left me weepin’!

      • April 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

        Specially since Jesus specially endorsed taxes. “Render unto Caesar” was specifically concerned with the topic of taxes.

      • 153 Pamela
        April 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

        I’m scratching my head at all the trash on the sidewalk, suspect the critter is meant to be a post-apocalypse symbol. Very weird portrayal of the First Amendment.

      • April 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

        If you read to the end of the comments, the guy with the ‘God Hates Taxes” sign comments. It is a bit of performance art – he doesn’t appear to be a teapartiest. There is also a link to an article by a Canadian journalist who was going around interviewing people at the rally including ‘Taxes’ guy. It’s very funny in an understated way.

      • 155 a4alice
        April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

        one of the commenters said he must have gotten it wrong and meant god hates texas – another one was god hates taxis. bah ha.

      • 156 Cha
        April 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        I say “God Hates Liars More”.

  28. April 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    ISM manufacturing index better than expected, to 53.4 in March.
    50 number shows growth.

  29. April 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Today Show is blasting away their GREAT NEWS that Palin will be hosting tomorrow. I just heard a promo which said to tune in to hear how she feels about the president. Wowee! As if no one knew how she feels about the president. I am so disgusted by NBC and Today with this in- the- bubble decision—-some kind of destructive competition with GMA for asking Katie Couric to guest host. No regard to all the damage and divisiveness Palin unleashed in this country—–she was the first to lift the rocks and the teabagger haters crawled out—–it’s all about some ratings contest, to hell with good sense and what is good for the country.

    • 160 desertflower
      April 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I think that we should write them and let them know that we’ll be boycotting them for choosing to put a cartoon character on to co host their morning show.

      • 161 hopefruit2
        April 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

        I agree. I’m going to do just that and tell them how irresponsible they are to have someone as a host who does nothing but bring hatred and incivility to our national discourse.

      • 163 AJ
        April 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

        That description does a real disservice to all the good cartoon characters out there. I’d take the Simpsons anyday over the former half-gov. 😉

      • 164 Cha
        April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        The Today show is putting a hater on who is a bully victim. We’ve all seen Game Changer. If I hadn’t boycotted them years ago for being so propagandish I would now. I hope that flop in their desperation.

    • 165 Lorraine
      April 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Katie Couric was amazing on ABC! I seriously doubt Mrs. Palin will be the same.

    • 166 Debz
      April 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Yes, that’s what we want to hear, what Palin thinks of the President. What is wrong with NBC???????

      • 167 Cha
        April 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        They’re f**king a$$holes..that’s what’s wrong with them and I hope it comes back to bite their craven zombieheads.

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Two weeks from now nobody will remember she was on. And I bet dollars to doughnuts the Today Show ratings for her time on are going to take a nosedive. They can prop up Moosewomen all they want but two failed TV series and a failed bus tour tells me they are wasting their time.

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

      WHO THE FUCK WANTS TO HEAR HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT?!! Thats like asking Jenna Jameson how she feels about a penis. Seriously, NBC?! You’re gonna compete with Katie by using the dragon she slayed? God, Journalism is not only dead, but is rotting into liquid.

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Considering her low approval numbers, this may actually be a plus.

    • 173 57andfemale
      April 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I want Elizabeth Warren to host one day, then.

  30. 174 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Great read

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/2012418126392479.html

    Gun laws, culture wars and the struggle for common sense
    The NRA’s laws have made the US a more dangerous place, directly contradicting the organisation’s stated goals.

  31. April 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Good Morning TOD family. It’s Monday a whole new week of drama to lose your mind over. I am practicing deep breathing.

  32. 179 desertflower
    April 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Goldman Sachs has other uses for its money…..none of it good.

    thinkprogress For 6 years, Goldman “held a significant stake in a company notorious for ties to sex trafficking” of under-aged girls thkpr.gs/HKXB1k
    52 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  33. 180 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

  34. 182 amk for obama
    April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

  35. 183 yardarm756
    April 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    ‘Morning y’all. On deck and ready to assume my watch in a bit. But first I thought I’d put this little tidbit out there. I’m sure it’ll piss someone off.

    1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.
    Kurt Vonnegut,

  36. 184 utaustinliberal
    April 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

  37. 185 amk for obama
    April 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Chips

    Also on Wednesday, the President will sign the STOCK Act, which makes clear that Members of Congress are subject to the same insider trading laws that apply to everyone else.

    Did the thugs actually pass it ? I am shocked.

  38. April 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Secret donors to be revealed. Judge orders donations to be disclosed.
    Just heard it on Bloomberg!

  39. April 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Bloomberg channel just reported, GM sold 100k green vehicles in March, and 2k chevy volts.

  40. 193 Linda
    April 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The Supreme Court has ruled that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.

    By a 5-4 vote Monday, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/02/supreme-court-upholds-strip-searches-at-jails/#ixzz1qtd2JbPH

  41. 198 donna dem 4 obama
    April 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    So I guess the SP hosting crap is not an April Fools joke and it’s real. TOD we are getting poll after poll that shows that PBO is beating Romney with women by astronomical numbers. The Repubs need an image change and NBC needs a ratings boost so they go and get the woman who claims to HATE the lamestream media with a vengeance to co-host their show. SP will get 24-48 hours of “glowing” media coverage for her guest host spot. NBC will see a big ratings boom tomorrow because even though we Dems loath SP for some unknown reason they will tune in to listen to her word salad garbage in record numbers while she makes headlines by saying something really outrageous about PBO. Thereby, trying to bait the O’Campaign to come out and respond to this “woman” who was just using “free speech”.

    The media consensus (made up of mostly men) will declare that she is just a misunderstood “woman” who has fabulous camera presence and you can count on Mika and other Republican woman to echo this sentiment for the rest of the week on cable.

    I see this one as clear as can be so just sit back and watch it unfold as the freak show aka/the media attempts (unsuccessfully) to try and manipulate the public with an attempt to soften the Republican Party’s image of women and cast aspersions on Dems for being too harsh on this poor Repub woman who has every right to spew her venom an a mainstream (Not Fox) morning news show.

    They must think that we are unbelievably stoopid!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙄

    • April 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

      They don’t think we are Stoopid, but they do think the Inbreeds are dumb as Rocks!

    • 200 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      donna you are spot on in your ability to see right thru the BS media’s antics. I notice they’re also trying to push Ann Romney as some “rock star” seemingly oblivious to the failure that was when they tried to do the same with Palin in 2008.

      Women voters don’t care about “rock star” if the substance of their rights to health, contraception, equality in the workplace and elsewhere is not being addressed. The males who control the media think with their sex organs and think that women are just another “interest” group who will vote simply because they see another female representing the GOP.. These men are WRONG.

    • 201 Pamela
      April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      This Democrat ain’t watching that crap…. I’d rather watch the recycle trucks work up and down the street, far more productive to a better future.

      • 202 jacquelineoboomer
        April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂 And I will never look at a recycle truck the same way again! Thanks for that analogy!

        • 203 Pamela
          April 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          Seattle leads the nation in green practices: our recycling is free, we also have weekly food scraps and yard waste pick up which goes directly to the composting station, and only costs a pittance, and our new light rail construction is moving forward rapidly! (Pun!) we are one of two cities I believe, where the Nissan Leaf is being tested, so seeing a lot of those on the road, I really like the look of them, now where to get the 40K to buy me one!

    • April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I really don’t see Pailin getting glowing anything. The woman’s venom is a turn off to women.

  42. April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Tyler Perry posted on his Facebook Sunday his recent experience Driving While Black (DWB)
    https://www.facebook.com/thetylerperry

    RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!

    That way local government can’t make the decision on whether or not these people get punished.

  43. April 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    So, NBC is now tacking Far right, with the temporary addition of SP?
    What’s next?
    A fill in for Rachel Maddow?
    Don’t laugh, the Liberal media will cease to exist in 20 years. The equivalent of State run media, except it’s Corporate run media!

  44. April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Where did everybody go? I was talking to a few people and then everybody vanished.
    Like one of those creepy movies!

  45. 214 jacquelineoboomer
    April 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    CNN just showed a clip of Oprah’s saying, “I am 100% behind our President,” and, as her face softened, she continued, “I actually love our President … ” and went on to say how much respect she has for him. Nice.

    • 215 anniebella
      April 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Well Oprah, we love our President too. And let me add, we love our First Lady also. A wonderful pair.

  46. 220 edwina3
    April 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Tweet of the day and no, this is not from the Onion:

  47. April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve just been followed on Twitter by a Cat and Dog supplies company. But I shouldn’t boast. 😕

    • 247 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Cat and Dog supplies company for Obama!

    • 248 amk for obama
      April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      I was followed by pr0n stars. Ha.

    • April 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Chips. given the GOPolitico’s insane article touting Ann Romney as rock star…I think we’re due for a new Politico “front page”. Isn’t it interesting how this Politico fake story comes on the heels of the polls showing a huge gender gap and our own FLOTUS looking every bit the rock star at the Kids’ Choice Awards?!

      • April 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Oh, you’re spot on Pamela, the timing is most curious.

        A new GOPolitico front page? I’ll get to work 😉

      • 255 anniebella
        April 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        Let’s see Ann Romney sit down with poor, middle class people, let’s see her sit down with black, white, latinos, people of all race, and income, and see if she makes them feel welcome or that they are with a friend. GOPolitico is just trying to compare Ann Romney to Michelle Obama. NO CONTEST. First Lady Obama can sit down with Queens and Kings, and feel at home, then she can sit down with everyday middle class folks, poor homeless folks, and she would feel at home with them too. Tell me Ann Romney can go spend time with a black or latino poor person, and feel at home. I want to see it. We all know GOPolitico is full of alot of Bull sh*t.

  48. April 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Good Day all my O peeps!!!! Another great getting up day in the TOD universe!!! There was a Wisc poll that said repub men and women rated their issues as: men – deficit, spending, contraception and women – healthcare, economy, contraception. The announcer tried to make this as repubsdon’t really feel that this whole contraceptive thing is just not that big a deal for repubs of either sex. I’m thinking, ‘you numbnut, most women feel that contraceptive/birth control IS healthcare! Why else would repub women make healthcare their #1 issue and do we really think it’s their #1 issue because they don’t like ACA? I’ll say this once again, no matter how repub women vote in the primary, they are voting PBO in the general.

  49. 259 smilingl8dy
    April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Test

  50. 260 dadafromtoronto
    April 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    LMFAO i cant believe miss Ann just tell the world her husband is unstiff


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