Rise and Shine

Steve Benen: Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous “birther” conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump’s ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned.

“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

That’s not much of a response. By Romney’s reasoning, decency is irrelevant – he should partner with anyone, no matter how vile, so long as it furthers his ambitions and gets him more votes.

…. cowardice is once again getting the better of Mitt Romney … he has been presented with several opportunities to show he’s capable of leadership, but he’s so afraid of what conservatives might say, he just doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing.

No Profile in Courage Award for you, Mitt.

Full post here


Today – 3:25: The President and First Lady honor recipients of the 2011 Medal of Freedom in a ceremony

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom: Madeleine Albright, John Doar, Bob Dylan, William Foege, John Glenn, Gordon Hirabayashi, Dolores Huerta, Jan Karski, Juliette Gordon Low, Toni Morrison, Shimon Peres, John Paul Stevens and Pat Summitt.

Information here


Wednesday: The President will sign the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank at the White House and later will host a Jewish American Heritage Month reception.

Thursday: PBO will welcome George W Bush and Laura Bush to the White House for the official unveiling of their portraits.

Friday: PBO will visit Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility in Golden Valley, Minnesota for an event on the economy. Afterwards, he will attend a campaign event in Minnesota before traveling to Chicago in the evening to attend campaign events. The President will spend the night in Chicago.


Morning everyone 😉

230 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 4 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good morning!

  2. 5 Elle in MI
    May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Congratulations on first!

  3. 6 relellit
    May 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Am I the one?

  4. 9 Cheryllou
    May 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Good morning everyone. Congrats on first relellit.

  5. 10 Suzette
    May 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning all.

  6. May 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hooray…Good morning Folks, made it into top 10

  7. May 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The ex-wife of Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Il., has filed a complaint with FEC charging that Kirk violated campaign finance laws—–hiding a payment to a then girlfriend—-$140,000—-by running it through another company. And more.

    • 13 Bill
      May 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Didn’t Kirk have to apologize for lying about his military record during the campaigh?

      • 14 57andfemale
        May 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

        The only reason this twerp won was because Democrats stayed home. It’s amazing IL didn’t suffer the fate of WI, MI, OH but at least we voted against the tea party crazy governor. It was outrageous that enough Dem’s didn’t turn out to elect Dem’s to the Senate and the governorship.

        • 15 57andfemale
          May 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

          against the tea party “candidate running for governor”. We did not have a tea party governor.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Can someone explain to me how this is different from what John Edwards is charged with? If there’s real evidence for this and Kirk is indicted, isn’t he facing the potential of 30 years in jail, like Edwards, plus a gazillion in fines? Or, is it OKIYAR? Come on Illinois, you’re a great state and deserve better than his jackass.

      • 17 Bill
        May 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

        Great point. Kirk’s actions seem worse than Edward’s. The Edward’s money was not run through the campaign accounts but was paid directly to his girl friend by his aide Andrew Young.

        • 18 57andfemale
          May 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

          It’s not apples to apples with the Edwards case. I read the entire story. The girlfriend actually did work for which she was paid. The funneling of the payment is probably a minor violation, but I’m not sure about that.

          It is precisely that money meant to support Edwards as a candidate was used off the campaign books to support the girlfriend that is the issue. I could argue both sides. What is inarguable is that Edwards is a First Class Jerk.

          Kirk’s girlfriend was known about by this time and he had divorced in 2009. Whether she broke up the marriage — the wife certainly never said so originally but has said so since. The story about the girlfriend, however, is that it was her that changed Mark Kirk into a RWNJ.

          yeah, right. Like Mark Kirk wasn’t going to go where the winds blew. He’s a Mini-Mitt. He only played moderate in order to get the votes of his socially liberal district who didn’t want to pay more taxes. Methinks he’s completely comfortable in RWNJ world.

          • 19 Bill
            May 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

            Before Kirk had his stroke he was having lunch once a week with Joe Manchin (D-WV) to “build bipartisanship”.

            • 20 57andfemale
              May 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

              Oh my effing God. That’s about the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. He’s a soulless little twerp and should not have won this race.

          • 21 amk for obama
            May 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

            Isn’t he traitor who went to China during 2008 GE and told them to short dollars since Obama was going to be elected ?

    • 22 relellit
      May 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I’m so glad the tables are turning. I really don’t like what Kirk did to Alexi Giannoulias, whom I campaigned for as Senator, regarding the banking crises. The truth was State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias was even working for the bank at that time. Furthermore, Alexi Giannoulias’ family bank was hit the same as other small businesses during the financial cricis. Kirk, tries to position himself as a moderate . The truth I believe is that Kirk is an umasked Tea bagger just like the real tea bagger the “Dead Beat Dad”!

      Here is the reason I belive Kirk is phony and has tea bagger support:

      Mark Kirk Votes AGAINST Jobs Bill He Supported Yesterday


  8. May 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Good piece from Booman:


    We’ve got to do this.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

      We’ve got to fight tooth and nail against voter suppression. We’re working hard to overcome the PA stupidity and I’m hoping our new registrations can compensate for what we’ll lose from the rotten ID law. Also, still hope we can get relief from the law suit which comes before the Commonwealth Court in July. In Florida, it must be possible to get a list of the people that Scott has thrown off the voter rolls because they didn’t respond in time and re-register them. Word has to go out to every Floridian to check their registration with specific instructions on what to do if they don’t find their name. The R’s are expecting us to accept these suppression efforts and be defeated by them. We’ve got to show them that we’re are fighting back hard. Also–to anyone in Florida–the Florida ACLU is your friend. Please call them about a lawsuit that will “stay” the Governor’s hand in his blatant attempt at discrimination against Democratic voters. If any state is harassing college students who register as Democrats, tell them to register Independent. Then they can vote Dem in November.

      • 26 57andfemale
        May 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

        Somewhere yesterday I read what was in this letter. It is so intimidating (and that’s the point). The woman originally from OH has to “request an administrative hearing” to “prove” she’s a citizen. It was very legalese.

        I can’t believe the DOJ has no power to fight back on these laws. I know they are in some cases, but it appears to be on a very narrow basis.

        • 27 desertflower
          May 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

          I think that ThinkProgress had the letter that was sent to a woman in FL. What a travesty this is. Freedom my dying ass.

        • 28 prettyfoot58
          May 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

          I can’t believe the DOJ has no power to fight back on these laws. I know they are in some cases, but it appears to be on a very narrow basis….

          I do not know what the DOJ can do outside of the voting rights act….
          for those state like FL they have much more leeway….

          for some things it has to be proven first/like show the outcome/and then using that outcome to place a judgement on intent…..now all of what i have just said is my opinion….

          but it scares me to no end..to think about what would happen if REPUBs were to gain complete control of Congress and the White House/ for whatever we may think of the Sen Dems/they have saved our bacon since 2010…

          • 29 57andfemale
            May 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

            You’re right.

            I read the other day where we should have a constitutional amendment for the Right to Vote. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a specific right to vote. That was the problem passing the Voting Rights Act to begin with. I don’t think people realize this.

            • 30 prettyfoot58
              May 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

              the voter’s rights act had to been passed….as has been shown time and time again…if we put the right of the minority up to the majority/the minority will lose…

          • 31 relellit
            May 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

            Although the voting protections of the Fifteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act are permanent,
            Section 5 remains in effect through 2031.

            Coverage Under the Special Provisions of the Voting Rights Act

            Section 5 freezes election practices or procedures in certain states until the new procedures have been subjected to review, either after an administrative review by the United States Attorney General, or after a lawsuit before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This means that voting changes in covered jurisdictions may not be used until that review has been obtained.


            I found about this when I saw Jessie Jackson Jr do an interview on TV along with a attorney from the Lawyers Committe. You may find their website helpful


            Florida v. Holder


        • 34 nathkatun7
          May 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          The DOJ really has no power to fight against these voter suppression laws, which on the surface appear to be “color blind,” unless the DOJ can show that they violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

  9. May 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Michelle Obama’s garden book, American Grown, debuts today. Sells for $30, all proceeds go to park foundation.

  10. 37 relellit
    May 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Oh my, what a beautiful picture of our President and First Lady. ♥ it. It jumpstarts my day in addtion to being first. Thanks Chips for picking such a beautiful picture. The President looks so majestic . Clearly, I can see him bestowing his confidence and love for the First Lady and us.

    Everyone have a nice day. 🙂

  11. 38 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am


    Questions for Mitt Romney On His Embrace Of Ann Coulter

    Winning Progressive


    You can tell a lot about a political candidate by the people and organizations that they choose to align themselves with. And for Mitt “severe conservative” Romney, few things tell us more about his inability and unwillingness to stand up to the reactionary extremists that have taken over the GOP than his embrace of Ann Coulter.
    Today’s Republican Party has been taken over by reactionary extremists, such as Ann Coulter. As we’ve explained previously, Mitt Romney has plainly decided that rather than try to bring the Republican Party back to some semblance of rationality, he is more than willing to cheer on the crazy in a desperate attempt to become President. With Romney’s embrace of Ann Coulter, we have seen yet another example of the type of severely conservative viewpoints Romney would promote, rather than stand up to, if he were to become President.



    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

      LH, there is severely conservative and then there is severely weak and stupid. Who wants a coreless, pandering, feckless idiot as president? All Willard has going for him is the pigment of his skin. Voting for him is the equivalent of voting for a chicken on white bread sandwich, except the sandwich would be more filling and less harmful than Robney.

      • 40 Ladyhawke
        May 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

        JG, truer words were never spoken.

        All Willard has going for him is the pigment of his skin.

      • May 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

        It’s a kooky strategy but I’m glad he’s doing it. Basically Romney is trying to reclaim the McCain base of 2008 only a whole lot more narrower. No matter how much he tries to etch a sketch there’s now way to turn around and pivot. Another weird part is the way he’s going out of his way to get endorsements from has-been extremist. Ann Coulter?

        One thing Romney has made clear is he is going to dogwhistle like nobody’s business. Except he’s going after the people that didn’t vote for PBO the first time and would not vote for him even if he showed up at their house with a Publisher’s Clearing House Check. The only way for Romeny to win is expand his base which he is not doing.

        I’m all for it.

        • 42 theo67
          May 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          That endorsement doesn’t even make sense. Isn’t Ann Coulter the one who said that if Romney is the nominee, then the GOP will lose? Voting for the GOP at this time, in this form, is basically declaring yourself a coreless, racist, ignorant, cowardly bigot. Why would anyone want a man like that representing their country, making decisions about their lives and the future of their children – and setting the tone of discourse in this country? Very disturbing.

      • 43 ChristiMTL
        May 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

        Great comment jackie, I’m going tweet it.

  12. 44 prettyfoot58
    May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Goooood Morning ..everyone…drinking coffee…sifting thru the news….

    i must say that altho i have been politically active most of my 59 years…i have not been as politically aware as i have become because of this President….i pay more attention to the DETAILS/ things like the debt ceiling/the filibuster/etc….things that i think many Americans are either confused about or are not aware of..

    .i watched my local news this morning…there was nothing about the content re: either of the President’s Memorial Day speeches/however they made sure to mention the bogus gallup poll about Romney being ahead of the President with the veterans’ vote/if i did not come here or if i did not see some of the postings on twitter/i would not know that it is a lie/

    There has been alot said about the influence of social media/bloggin sites etc/tell me…do you think that more Americans still get their news from the TV/print media/


    someone mentioned that they were focusing on postiive tweets and re-tweeted those tweets/trying to remain calm and focused/i think that is a good message….to have focus on what we do….

    Like chips spot on videos….a visual like that is so very powerful

    a few months ago someone on this blog asked each of us to make a personal committement to register a person to vote and then to make sure that person gets to the polls…..i wouldlike to add to that…that we take a personal committment to debunk lies and feed the truth to our inner circle/so that we can become like a pebble thrown into a lake….ONE person can change world…

    one thing we used to say in the sixties………

    POWER to the PEOPLE….

    a line from a rap song….

    FIGHT the POWER that BE……

    and as the President says…..


  13. May 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Morning Joke crew were all “concerned” that PBO is “sacrificing his likability” by being mean to Willard in campaign ads etc., having the nerve to question Bain and mention other Willard defects. They were all in “what a shame” mode, so sad that no one likes Obama any more. Hahahahahahahahaha. They really were hoping that the Obama campaign would not ask any problematic questions about Willard or point out any unflattering truths——because that makes Obama “unlikable”. What a piece of poo!

    • 47 57andfemale
      May 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

      That means we’re winning this argument. When they get ‘concerned’ and give advice to the Obama campaign, do the opposite.

      • May 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

        I was thinking the same thing. When a right wing Republican who happens to have a TV show gets upset, you know we’re on the right track.

    • 49 criquet
      May 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

      So shorter Republican spin is :telling the truth by President Obama about Willard Romney is mean.

    • May 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

      awe isn’t that sweet. they’re all ‘ concerned’.


    • 52 Ladyhawke
      May 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Give ’em hell, Barry

      By EJ Dionne


      There is also an advantage in Obama directly taking on Romney’s background in private equity at Bain Capital. By raising these questions himself, Obama signaled that he would not let criticisms from such Democrats as NewarkMayor Cory Booker force him to back down from a challenge he knows he needs to lodge against Romney’s claims as a “job creator.” By the end of last week, Booker had eased off while the Bain issue was still alive, to the point that even Rush Limbaugh was forced to acknowledge that private equity was about profit-making, not job creation.

      And if Republicans wish to argue that Obama’s vigorous anti-Romney campaigning is un-presidential, they have to answer for George W. Bush’s unashamed attacks against Democrat John Kerry in 2004. Sara Fagen, an adviser to Bush in that campaign, recently told Peter Baker of the New York Times that Bush “almost never mentioned” Kerry, “certainly not this early.”

      Like Truman — and, for that matter, like Bush — Obama confronts a sharply divided country, the need to rally his own supporters and the imperative of convincing undecided voters that electing his opponent would be a dangerous risk. What Truman taught is that Americans would rather see a president with the strength to fight than a politician with such sensitive sensibilities that he leaves all the tough stuff to others.



      • 53 prettyfoot58
        May 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

        i did not read the article but was there any mention of ED Rendell going off message/Ed Rendell who has always been questionable re: his support for the President…

        • 54 theo67
          May 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

          Ed Rendell is always on message – his Clinton message. My Dad is visiting from Canada, and hasn’t paid attention to any of this political stuff up to now. He saw Ed Rendell on TV last week, and within two minutes, said “this guy hates President Obama”. That tells you everything you need to know about Ed Rendell’s message.

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

      So humorous. Not sure I’ve ever seen one of their precious polls where President Obama hasn’t come out on top in “likability.” They’ve got nothing, so they beat themselves up with it each morning, and look even more foolish. With all the problems facing our country, they spend time on this. Maybe they should get to work on … oh, I don’t know … voter suppression. That would be a real topic.

  14. 56 prettyfoot58
    May 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

    The Republican campaign says it rejects the conspiracy theory, but wants to benefit from ties to the conspiracy theorist.


    they do not have to reject it because they believe that there will be no fall-out from this association/and when the so called PL mentions this dinner with Trump angle they bring up the dinner with Clooney….like they are the same thing….

    so i am so very glad for the video /and the push back against this has to be as strong as the push back on was on Corey Booker et al

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Now that’s comical. Ask any woman in the US about which person they would rather have dinner with and admire more–George Clooney or Donald Trump. If there is a woman breathing who prefers DT, she needs help.

  15. 59 57andfemale
    May 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    What did Chris Hayes ‘apologize’ for?

    • 60 Linda
      May 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I guess he said that he was ” uncomfortable saying fallen soldiers are heroes.”

      • 61 ChristiMTL
        May 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

        Yes, that was it….

      • 62 57andfemale
        May 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

        I’ve had it with PL’s. Completely.

      • 64 prettyfoot58
        May 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

        I find that because only 1% of the nation has anyone serving in the armed forces…it is very easy to have that disconnect/ however some folks are just insensitive to make a statement like that on Memorial Day….

        and this is a statement /that no apology will give him cover…

    • 65 Melanie
      May 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

      For saying he felt uncomfortable with calling fallen soldiers heroes. I understood the context of what he was trying to say but I was watching it I felt uncomfortable with him saying it. I knew that he would immediaitely have to apologize for it. I think he did too because it was almost like he wanted to take the words back as soon as he said it.

      • 66 57andfemale
        May 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I understand it. What I do not understand, however, is why these stupid PL’s bring this shit up in an election year and give ammunition to the enemy. Yeah, they’re “independent”. They’re phenomenally tone deaf to what is needed to fix this country.

    • 67 Bill
      May 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

      He questioned the use of the word “hero” for military members killed in combat. It seemed he meant it as an honest question for discussion but he received a great deal of criticism.

  16. 71 Don
    May 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Personally I’m not upset with Romney for bringing Trump on board, as a matter of fact I look forward to it. If you look at Romney’s situation, he has no choice but to turn to Trump in that Romney really doesn’t want to face President Obama alone.

  17. 74 LOL
    May 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

    So….by the media’s standard. Romney doesn’t have to refudiate (h/t Sarah Palin) Trump for his birther nonsense and he can fundraise with him…but the President has to refudiate Hillary Rosen (even though she is not an advisor) and Bill Maher (even though the president is not fundraising with him). Got it.

    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      May 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Yup. If you’re Republican, ANYTHING you do is okay, no matter how vile. You are never to be criticized and never, ever to be punished. If you’re a Dem, you must be St. Francis Assisi and the Archangel Michael combined and have only angels and fellow saints as your colleagues and acquaintances. Once you see how it works, it all falls into place.

    • 76 57andfemale
      May 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Now you got it.

    • 79 ChristiMTL
      May 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Yes, it’s exactly what it is.

  18. 82 criquet
    May 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Ha! Good one. Trouble is, it’s the real Romney.

      Good morning, Chips, criquet, and TODville! I severely underslept this morning (been awake for hours), so my head will be in the soup by noon, and I thought I’d better get in a quick visit to TOD first!

      Lookin’ like a beautiful day. Enjoy yours.

    • 84 57andfemale
      May 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Perfect! Retweeted.

  19. 85 Linda
    May 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Chris Hayes Statement.


    On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word “hero” to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself. I am deeply sorry for that.

    As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots. Of course, that is true of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s citizens as a whole. One of the points made during Sunday’s show was just how removed most Americans are from the wars we fight, how small a percentage of our population is asked to shoulder the entire burden and how easy it becomes to never read the names of those who are wounded and fight and die, to not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues.

    But in seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war. And for that I am truly sorry.

    uh oh…Will his BFF Glenn Greenwald retract his praise ( from Brazil ) of Hayes now?

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

      As I told Chris on Twitter before his official apology, our fallen military heroes gave their all on foreign shores, so a great number of us could make asses out of ourselves here at home, each and every day.

    • 87 theo67
      May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      This seems like a well-thought out, heart-felt apology. I don’t think he’ll ever fully recover because the damage is done, but I hope he learns from this.

  20. 88 Don
    May 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Chuck Todd, you are a piece of shit, you never miss a chance of swallowing anything the Republicans give you.

    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Which is why I find the Mute button so ideal for the purpose of watching his idiotic lips move without hearing the bull he spews. And even then I must look away; he’s ghastly looking, too, like he really did play Chuckie in the movie.

      Earlier, I accidentally turned on his show, heard his idiotic question, hit Mute, felt relieved. I’ll wait to see what the next host has to say. Most of the time I just wait for Martin’s show, but sometimes one just feels the need to search for what we used to call “news.”

  21. 90 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

  22. 91 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    From ThinkProgress:

    – While Mitt Romney was “running the Olympic games he had been investing in a company that was making performance-enhancing drugs banned by them, and he had been for almost a decade.”

    This guy is a piece of work. What a money grubbing shiester.. With NO morals.

    • 96 Don
      May 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Adelson is nothing more than a “Sugar Daddy” at this point.

    • 98 theo67
      May 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      If Romney is willing to lie down with any dog to get the Presidency, what will he do with the power in his first (and only) imaginary term? He’ll be making deals with any dictator or vulture in order to keep the Presidency. Sounds a lot like Reagan and the arms deal with Iran.

      • 99 Cha
        May 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        I don’t think DOGS will lie down with Willard and anyway, Willard is more of a lying down with Maggots kinda sociopath.

  23. May 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The Houston Chronicle examines an industry that’s benefitting from the nation’s drilling boom: water cleanup.

    The common development method called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” leaves plenty of contaminated water to grapple with.

    “The oil and gas drilling boom that has sent thousands of workers and rigs into North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Texas now is spurring another gold rush, as companies jockey to clean up the briny, metal-laden water that pours out of wells nationwide,” the paper reports.


  24. May 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Paraphrasing Robney speech-
    We want a strong Military, a Military second to none, we will build up our Military, instead of using our money for social needs.
    Applause! Yay! Yeah! Woopie!


  25. May 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Goooood Moooorrrrnninng To all my O peeps!!!! What a great getting up day again in TOD-Town. The grass is ris, and the birdies is….
    So watching the Moanin’ show this morning and poor Joke got pushback from everyone around his table. He just couldn’t win on his Syria message. It’s hard to back McGoshIWishICouldStartAWarToo and Mo’money when they are so off-base. Even Willie and Meka were like wayward children, rebelling against dad.

    My political take today is: PBO will do double duty holding spots 44 AND 45, then we should start a movement to amend the constitution to let him stay as long as he wants, or until Mahlia is old enough to take the reins.

  26. 107 LOL
    May 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

    If PBO is mean…WTF is this?


    Terence Flynn has resigned his position on the National Labor Relations Board following an Inspector General report which found he improperly leaked internal information to two former members of the board who are now working in the private sector, one of whom worked for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

    Flynn’s case has been referred to the Justice Department and to the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates possible violations of the Hatch Act (a law banning federal employees from engaging in certain types of partisan political activity).

    The Inspector General report did not say that Flynn took any actions to benefit the Romney campaign. The leaks were made to Peter Schaumber, who had been co-chairman of Romney’s labor advisory committee and left the campaign in December after the Inspector General investigation began, according to the New York Times.



    If they bring a knife…you bring a gun. Politics ain’t no beanbag.

  27. May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    A USC poll just came out and has the President up 19 in California.
    That is no surprise.
    But, he is up 20 in a recent Ny poll. The two most populous States, has the President up 20! That Is great for Congressional Sears in play!
    And in the battleground States, he is either even or ahead..
    But, the national polls swear he is all tied up!

    • May 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

      These national polls arev just trying to make Mittens feel better.

    • 110 Esmerelda
      May 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

      It’s all about the states. That’s how it works. The Electoral College is what matters, not popular vote. It can be frustrating to see the national polls but remember in 2008, President Obama won a respectable 53% of the vote but a massive landslide by electoral college. I am sure the campaign understands this as they did during the primary and general election last time. Unfortunately, it could mean that some votes matter more than others. And grassroots organizing is more important then ever.

  28. 113 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Just a gentle reminder: FLOTUS will be on the View today (11AM ET).

  29. 114 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Good day Chips and all TODers,

    I’ll be posting a series of Tweets about this throughout the day and would appreciate your bringing attention to the event given how much it represents the courage of Libyans and the indomitable leadership of our President Obama.

    On 23 Feb 2011 Gaddafi threatened mass killings of the people of Libya and focused his intent on Benghazi.

    Fortunately, the empathetic and ever thoughtful leader, President Obama, intervened in Libya to prevent the massacre of the people of Benghazi, and elsewhere throughout Libya, and made his intentions crystal clear on 28 March 2011.

    Because of his definitive leadership, the unwavering contributions of many other national leaders, and most importantly, the courage of the people of Libya, they are now creating their own destiny.

    Just over a year later, the people of Benghazi, and all Libyans, will be celebrating the launch of the publication of ‘Voices4Libya’ on 30 May 2012 in Benghazi.

    Just a bit more than a year after their annihilation was the disgusting intent of Gaddafi, an intent that was prevented by a strong Arab & NATO alliance and the exceptional commitment of thousands of brave Libyans, all Libyans will rejoice with the international network of caring individuals who did whatever they could to support them during their courageous struggle to be free.

    We now need to ensure the people of Syria, who seek their freedom from the despotic and vicious tyranny of Assad, are protected and also enabled to determine their destiny just as the people of Libya are doing, today.

    Yes We Can … DO More Together


  30. 116 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    WTH does THIS mean???????????? http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mitt-romney-europe-9256835

    When Willard Romney talks about the economy, or about business in general, you get the feeling that he at least has some notion of what he’s talking about. The vocabulary he uses seems fairly well suited to the purpose and all the words are in the right order.
    But get Romney started on foreign policy and/or the military and the English language goes on a drunken holiday to the moon.
    On Memorial Day, campaigning with John (Anything For A Camera These Days) McCain, this is what he said:
    “There are two courses we could follow in dangerous world,” Romney said. “The first is the course of Europe… and the other is the course of America.”
    The course of America?
    Apparently, Europe went all to hell when Willard stopped living in France.

    • May 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hiya Desertflower, good grief, the man is truly clueless. Europe is in the economic sh1ts simply because Merkel is still pushing her austerity agenda – precisely what Romney wants to introduce in America. Austerity has failed, utterly – yet Willard still thinks it’s the way to go. Unless he’s referring to that European Communist thing about providing healthcare for its citizens, you know, that do-gooder thing of not wanting to see poor people die? Dunno. It’s hard to tell with Willard.

      • 118 desertflower
        May 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

        Well, it’s hard to tell with ANYONE that has no core convictions and is only there because it’s “his turn”. And because he is SUCH a clueless robot that can be had by the highest bidder….what was it Grover Norquist said? He doesn’t have to DO anything, just rubberstamp whatever we send him!

  31. 119 Pauline VITALE
    May 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I guess what the Mitten man is saying, I will associate with the devil even just to get that 51.1%. It’s all about getting my butt in that big White House to hang with my cronies and nothing to do with you the People! Wow

    • 120 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

      He has no inner voice to tell him how his words will sound to others. Like he’s never been in a societal group or something, exchanging ideas, listening to other viewpoints. He’s just awful at the core. Or something. If I could figure it out, I’d run it out of town.

  32. May 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Excellent speech at the War Memorial. When does this man not move us to tears with his words? He is a role model for the way in which leaders lead by example.

    • May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Yes, he does Almablanca. We will continue to lift him up in our thoughts, prayers, and meditations to be who he is to the very core of his being. A decent, brilliant, honest, compassionate, and loving capable leader of the free world, that is our president. We move FORWARD. HZ

  33. 123 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    RACHEL MADDOW: MITT ROMNEY “LIES ALL THE TIME” (Unprecedented deceit.)

    • 124 prettyfoot58
      May 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      UNprecedented deceit…..


      why is he still in play….

      because like Rove has said….
      all we need is a president who will sign the bills…


      Mitt Romney stands for NOTHING…NOTHING….
      make no mistake…he will rubber stamp this right wing conservative agenda…..

  34. 125 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    • May 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Brilliant work by SmartyPants. Whenever I hear that guy’s name mentioned, I think of this:

      ….. from the preface of Greenwald’s first book, “How Would A Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok.”

      During the lead-up to the (Iraq) invasion, I was concerned that the hell-bent focus on invading Iraq was being driven by agendas and strategic objectives that had nothing to do with terrorism or the 9/11 attacks ….. Despite these doubts, concerns, and grounds for ambivalence, I had not abandoned my trust in the Bush administration. Between the president’s performance in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the swift removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the fact that I wanted the president to succeed, because my loyalty is to my country and he was the leader of my country, I still gave the administration the benefit of the doubt. I believed then that the president was entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to, and to the extent that I was able to develop a definitive view, I accepted his judgment that American security really would be enhanced by the invasion of this sovereign country.


      Oh boy.

      • 127 ChristiMTL
        May 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

        I read it earlier…..I’ve never seen anyone so hateful as Greenwald….so obsessed with the President and so hypocritical…There’s a few people I follow on Twitter who are always at war with his minions…..

        The way he talks about the President…..good grief….it’s not normal behavior.

  35. May 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kate Carpenter and her husband waited for two years before sensing the time was right to look to buy a home in the suburbs of New York.

    “This is the first time homes are at an affordable point,” said the freelance writer, 35.

    She hopes to move her two young daughters out of their rented New York City apartment soon, taking advantage of record low mortgage rates and signs the slump is over.

    Six years after the housing market began its slide, dragging the U.S. economy into recession, this year’s spring season — traditionally the busiest period for home sales — is shaping up to be the strongest since the crash.

    Sales rose more than 10 percent in April from a year earlier and may end the year up by as much as 13 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors.


  36. 129 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Followers added in the last 24 hours PBO – 42 K mehmney – 1.6 K

  37. 130 Linda
    May 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

    BBC News uses ‘Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre’
    The BBC is facing criticism after it accidentally used a picture taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.

    Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

    The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

    It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.

    The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

    A BBC spokesman said the image has now been taken down.


  38. 131 LOL
    May 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    IRONY ALERT IRONY ALERT….So Meghan McCain has a new book out and blah blah blah, she goes after Karl Rove for what he did in SC to her father and then goes after Bill Clinton.

    An excerpt:

    McCain also rails on Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. “You can argue all you want, but he cheated on his marriage vows, he cheated on his role as an employer, and he cheated the country from many months of what should have been personal-conflict-free governing,” she writes. “The core actions – seducing a young woman and having her get you off – alone are deplorable, but then the way he went on to play the victim was ultimately worse.”

    Say what? Her father is John McCain, the one who left his wife to be Cindy, Meg’s mom. There is not a dime’s difference between her and Bristol “A kid needs a father and mother- even though my kid has no father” Palin.

    • 132 0388jojothecat
      May 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Like Megans father is some kind of saint? Leaving his wife on her cancer bed so he can marry a rich woman who can further his career is a real stand up guy.

  39. May 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    That is Good little MSNBainC, play Robney new Solyndra. ad for free all Day long!
    I notice that CNN dies not play Robney or rove ads as much as MSNBainC!

  40. May 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wow, events around Syria are escalating. The United States just expelled the top Syrian diplomat in DC.

    • 135 amk for obama
      May 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Lot of countries have joined the expelling race – UK (they even banned their Olympics team) , Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada …

      Major Western powers say they are expelling senior Syrian diplomats following the killing of 108 people in the Houla region of Syria on Friday.

      France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and Australia all announced expulsions, with the United States expected to follow suit.

      Most of the victims were summarily executed, the UN says.

      Residents said pro-government shabiha militia had entered homes and opened fire indiscriminately.


      If assad wants to be next qaddaffi, so be it.

  41. 136 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Qao_iBNlk The Obama Campaign strikes again. Willard and the Donald!

  42. May 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I see Rubio, in his continuous campaign for the VP slot, is on a “surprise visit” to Guantanamo Bay—–for whatever reason—-to cause probs for PBO no doubt. (mediaite)

  43. May 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    The GOP and the MSM had the table all set for Mitts (favorable new poll, Memorial Day speech), so that when he accepts the Republican nomination, he has the appearance of a strong presidential candidate . What does Mitt do? He yanks the tablecloth off the table, by doing a fundraiser with Donald Trump the birther. Thank you Lord.

    • 140 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

      We don’t even have to wish bad choices on him; he runs out and makes them all on his own every day.

      • May 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Good Morning Jacquelineoboomer and TOD family. JB, you are so right in your comment. We do not have to wish bad choices on him, we just need to do what we know will work out for the betterment of the people who need our steady support for POB.

        I pray Ps. 37 everyday. That is one of my stones of faith to get me through the day and my life in general. I weep over my meditations because the things we are seeing are evil, hurtful and vile in what the opposition are doing towards POB. But we take our measure of faith, wherever we may believe or be, and move within that beautiful space daily. This is not easy, but we have each other. And we are a very loving, kind, hardworking, honest, and compassionate family who supports our president.

        So we focus, pray a lot, meditate in our spaces of quiet times, and cling to each other. Evil and wicked men and women will NOT always be. Yes, it is hard, but if POB had given up and in to all the vile and evil things that were said(and still are being stated) about him, he would Not be in the Oval Office working his butt off as hard as any POTUS in my lifetime. So we know what we must do, and we will do it.

        Pray for him and for VP Biden
        Pray for his Cabinet
        Pray for Eric Holder
        Pray for Hillary
        Pray for our Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman
        Pray for Leon Panetta
        Pray for all of our SS detail men and women
        and Pray for our Congress.

        We will get this job done. It is okay to ask God to remove the evil from our paths. It is fine to pray for wisdom for our president. It is fine to lift him up daily for physical strength, protection, getting the issues of the world resolve with other world leaders. Let us be focus in our meditations, prayers, and be bold in believing and asking in faith.

        I love you all so much, and I know we all will get tired, cry, upset, weary, worn, But we are going to win this, okay. Now, put on your measure of faith or trust in your own personal faith, and let us Love each other and Chips each day until we get president and Joe Biden to a return to their office on Nov. 6, 2012.

        Now, I need to go and get something to eat and watch our First Lady. I am crying now, but I know we can do this, our TOD Family and our beautiful leader, Chipsticks. We have his back!!! Do Not Be Discourage, but when and if you do, come here for inspiration and comment on a good thought that come to your mind. We can collectively do this!!! ((((((((((((((( I Love Chips and All of my TOD Family.))))))))))))))))HZ

  44. May 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I notice almost every anti-Obama post at mediaite is penned by Noah Rothman—-he might be due for some knoller treatment. I discovered Rothman’s background is in theater production and fine arts. I wonder how that gives him such great authority and political wisdom to post anything re. the presidential race. His only role there seems to be to find any negative Obama item he can, no matter how unworthy or dishonest, and post it front and center as one of the 8 major daily stories on their front page.

    • May 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Hiya Dotster, what on earth is going on at Mediaite?? Every time I go there now I see anti-PBO rants, many, as you say, by Rothman. Have they been taken over by wingnuts, or something?!

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

      They’re all playacting, while President Obama leads the country and the free world. (Hey, I was in high school drama club; maybe they’ll hire me on.)

  45. 147 AJ
    May 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Just was going through the list of people to be honored with the Medal of Freeedom today. What an impressive, eclectic list.

  46. May 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Economic Failure in Massachusetts

    Mitt Romney loves to attack Barack Obama’s record of job creation as president. Too bad Mitt’s record as Massachusetts governor pales in comparison.

    Bain? Dude, that’s so last week. Let’s talk Massachusetts. President Obama dropped little hints toward the end of last week that Romney’s job-creation record as the Bay State’s governor would also be on the table. So let’s get the facts. They do not support, frankly, an argument from Obama that he is the better job-creator as chief executive than Romney. But they do support an argument that Romney—when working in the public sector, not the private, as he obviously would be as president—had a downright embarrassing jobs record, especially for a state with higher-than-average education levels. And they do support an argument that, if you subtract the difficulties that were sitting there to smack each man in the face when he took the oath of office, Obama has had the better of it. And though he might have a hard time making that case, the case against the opposition is plain and direct.


    • 149 amk for obama
      May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

      uumm, tomasky – mitt couldn’t even hack it in one of the rich states and Obama had to deal with the catastrophe left behind for the entire country and yet could bring back millions of job. Talk about false equivalence.

    • May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Must be a caffeine high or something, but I can’t figure out why you posted this. Doesn’t seem to be positive on first glance.

  47. May 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

    US and five other Nations expel Syrian Diplomats.

  48. 152 lmrj
    May 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

  49. May 29, 2012 at 10:54 am
    • May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Meta, that is a great idea. We should, if we have the funds buy out all of these this week. Let us have a run on this item from the Obama Store. I already have one, but I only have a few dimes left before payday, but I am going to counter the ugly stuff about birtherism, and buy on.

      Let Us Buy Out The Cups in the next 48 Hours. I believe we can do it in 24. But remember Chris (I believe) forgive me for not getting the name correct, but just told us to use the positive stragety when they use their ugly and hateful tactics toward POB.

      Buy your cups today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Senior Mama is asking each to do this. I love you all.HZ

  50. 157 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 11:01 am


    The second highest al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan was killed in a weekend airstrike in the country’s volatile east near the border with Pakistan, NATO-led forces said on Tuesday.

    Saudi Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents and directing attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, NATO said in a statement.

    He frequently travelled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, carrying out commands from senior al Qaeda leadership, supplying weapons and equipment to insurgents and transporting insurgent fighters into Afghanistan, the statement said.

    He was killed on Sunday in the Watahpur district of Kunar province after being identified with another al Qaeda militant.

  51. 158 Linda
    May 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    According to the website PolitickerNJ, Anne Torres, communications director for Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, is resigning amid a conflict following his highly scrutinized appearance on Meet The Press last week.

    Torres is reportedly resigning due to an internal feud that came on the heels of Booker’s appearance on the Sunday morning news show, during which he criticized the Obama campaign’s recent scrutiny toward Mitt Romney’s career with the private equity firm Bain Capital.

    TPM Livewire

  52. May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Just a reminder that the First Lady is on The View today, and The View is on now.

  53. 161 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 11:06 am


    Romney Calls On Obama To Adopt A Syria Strategy Administration Has Already Reportedly Adopted

    As usual, slow on the uptake. Will he call it “his idea” now??

    • 162 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Or McCain will. McCain’s out bloviating on the topic, as well. Like he knows anything about anything. Go home, McCain – wander out in the desert for a while – take stock. Shithead.

  54. 163 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Greg Sargent: Republicans admit government spending helps economy: Juliet Lapidos ferrets out a great quote from GOP Senate minority whip Jon Kyl, who objects to cuts to defense spending on the grounds that “the whole point here is to try to get some economic growth, job creation, to get out of this recession.”

    Really? So government spending on defense would produce economic growth and job creation? That’s good to know. I thought the mantra was that cutting spending is the way to revive the economy. More on this later.

    Opps, Jon! His sorry ass can’t leave AZ politics soon enough for me.

  55. 164 LOL
    May 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

    If you can’t get a crowd to your rally…tell the owners to bus in their workers.

    Looks like all of Craig, CO is out for Romney rally this morn. Coal companies reportedly bussing their workers in.

  56. 166 hopefruit2
    May 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

    FLOTUS on the View right now!

    • 167 jacquelineoboomer
      May 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I almost missed it – but, thanks to y’all, I didn’t! Lookin’ like a beautiful day, all around.

    • May 29, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Keeping it real. Confirming POTUS does tuck her in at night, that she teases him but he doesn’t tease her—“that’s part of the deal”. She has absolutely no interest in ever running for anything after 2016. She does not like politics, never has. She will always serve in some capacity, always will be a voice for military families, that there are many ways to serve, being president is the “hardest” way. Asked about racism and ugliness in campaign, says there is more that unites us than divides us, that she and Barack receive love and respect everywhere they go.

  57. 173 Me4obama
    May 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Michelle is so good on the view. What a lady we have in FLOTUS!

    • 174 anniebella
      May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Me4obama, I agree, we are blessed with a wonderful First Lady. Four more years. Even that right wing witch Elisabeth seem to like her.

  58. 175 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

    LOL. Look at all the folded hands/the hands in their pockets. It’s like showing the finger to mittbot.

  59. May 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

  60. 185 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

  61. May 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Michelle reveals that Bo is a helper in the WH garden, thinks it’s his job to go down there and walk thru the aisles with the gardeners, that he is very respectful of the garden, does not dig anything up. She said Bo is just “delightful”. The View ladies are enjoying some dishes made with the garden vegetables and the recipes from her book—–a pasta/mushroom dish and spinach pie look delish.

  62. 189 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

  63. May 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    OMG—Alex Wagner seeking Glenn Thrush’s deep thoughts on Solyndra, who reveals that the Obama campaign is “scared to death” about this topic.

  64. May 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Glenn Thrush is unbearable. After showing a clip of Gibbs defending Bain attacks, Thrush, when asked to comment, said, “It’s good to see Gibbs with a tan.”

  65. May 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Ah, poor Henry:

    US president Barack Obama’s eighth cousin Henry Healy became a casualty of the economic downturn after he lost his job yesterday.

    The Co Offaly native was thrust on to the world stage in 2007 when American genealogist Megan Smolenyak discovered Mr Obama’s Irish ancestral home in Moneygall and his connection to Mr Healy.

    Since then Mr Healy has had countless official and media engagements, visited the White House and played host to the Obamas during their historic Irish visit last year.

    Confirming the loss of his job as a bookkeeper at a plumbing firm, Mr Healy said he was interested in teaching and had begun a course for a diploma in education.


    • 196 desertflower
      May 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Thinking of Henry. I bet that this will allow him to shine in his life even more…many good thoughts for him.

    • 197 theo67
      May 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I think he needs to enter into politics. He’s a natural diplomat, and the way he handled the negotiations during the planning – he manages to stay calm even under fire. I wish him well.

    • 199 Linda
      May 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      I like the comment posted.

      ” Nope, those batteries were made by free enterprise. Why is he blaming civil servants for the failures of the capitalist system? “

      • 200 theo67
        May 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        Every time Romney insults the President, I take it as an personal affront to my intelligence. Someone of Romney’s low character and complete lack of integrity should not be allowed to utter the President’s name. Romney is completely despicable.

  66. 201 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  67. 202 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    More of Willard’s “it’s ok for me but not for thee” attitude


    ky on May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Mitt Romney refused to directly repudiate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama was born in Kenya just hours before he is scheduled to appear with the reality T.V. star for a fund raiser in Las Vegas, NV. “A candidate can’t be responsible for everything that their supporters say,” Romney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN on Friday, before insisting that the former Massachusetts governor “accepts the fact that [Obama] was born in Hawaii.”
    But Romney has previously demanded that his political opponents publicly rebuke supporters who make false accusations about Mormonism. In October, Romney aggressively confronted evangelical pastor and Rick Perry backer Robert Jeffress, who claimed that Romney is not Christian and is part of a Mormon cult. Romney called on Perry to denounce Jeffress:

    Mr. ” I can’t be responsible for what other people say” What a joke.

    • 203 anniebella
      May 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Where are the sorry media at? Look at how they went after Hillary Rosen for what she said, and she was telling the truth. Mitt Romney knows Donald Trump is lying, but he sticks by his side. Where is the media demanding that Romney to step forth and speak out against Trump B.S? Not speak through some spokesman, but Mitt Romney step forward.

      • 204 theo67
        May 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        Where is Wolfe Blitzer, calling for Trump to look into the camera and apologize to the President – not for an imagined slight, but for a REAL one?

  68. 205 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    • 206 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      What’s funny/horrific is how entitled they are. Bush the Lesser took his barely-squeaked-by “wins” (thefts) and declared he had a mandate. But when Barack Obama wins in a relative electoral landslide, he has a minority party still trying to call the shots through obstruction, filibustering, and general bad will. It’s really amazing.

    • 207 Cha
      May 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Just add this to willard’s heaping dung pile that he’s up to past his sociopathic eyeballs.

  69. May 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks rallied on Tuesday, with each of the major indexes up more than 1 percent, on hopes China may unleash more spending measures and Greek election polls pointing to support for pro-bailout parties.

    The official Shanghai Securities News reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources, that China’s biggest banks appeared to have accelerated lending toward the end of this month as Beijing starts to fast-track its approval of infrastructure investments in an effort to stem sagging growth.

    Investors were also encouraged by weekend polls in Greece that showed the conservative New Democracy party, which backs the country’s international bailout, has a lead over the leftist SYRIZA party, which opposes it ahead of a June 17 election. In Ireland, voters appear poised to reluctantly approve the EU fiscal treaty on Thursday.


    This is good news for, you know…

  70. 212 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Tricks and Traps! http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11938052-dean-heller-gets-lost-in-translation?lite

    It’s become quite common for candidates to publish two versions of their campaign website — one in English and one in Spanish — especially in states with large Latino populations. It’s not surprising, then, Nevada’s appointed senator, Republican Dean Heller, maintains a site in each language.

    What is surprising is that Heller and his campaign team are trying to pull a fast one, putting out one message on immigration policy in English, and a more forgiving message in Spanish. The Las Vegas Sun reported today:

  71. 213 Bill R.
    May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Obama leads Romney 53-39 in Michigan, little different from February when it was 54-38: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/obama-safe-in-michigan.html

  72. 214 Bill R.
    May 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    No home field advantage- only 24% of MI voters consider Romney one of them and his favorability is 35/57:

  73. 215 Bill R.
    May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    On the issue of who’s been better for the automotive industry MI voters pick Obama over Romney 55-31: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/obama-safe-in-michigan.html

  74. 217 amk for obama
    May 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  75. 218 Bill R.
    May 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Mitt-Mentum -PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Eminem has a better net favorability in Michigan than Mitt Romney

  76. 219 Linda
    May 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Facebook shares in free fall again.

  77. 220 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Serious question…Was this Romney’s “Trump” card?

  78. May 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  79. May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Snark is engaged! Making me laugh out loud, for real

  80. 223 Bill R.
    May 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Doom, doom, doom.. if Obama campaign is stumbling, look out when they get their feet: +14 in Michigan, +4 in Colorado, +19 in California- all today. Recent PPP polling +10 in Iowa, +7 Ohio, +8 in PA – winning big swing states -forget Nat. polls – winning big in important electoral college.

  81. May 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  82. 227 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm


    Right-Wing Billionaires Behind Mitt Romney
    They’re trying to buy a presidency – and they expect a big payoff on their investment

    The undisputed master of Super PAC money is Mitt Romney. In the primary season alone, Romney’s rich friends invested $52 million in his Super PAC, Restore Our Future – a number that’s expected to more than double in the coming months. This unprecedented infusion of money from America’s monied elites underscores the radical transformation of the Republican Party, which has made defending the interests of 0.0001 percent the basis of its entire platform. “Money buys power,” the Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman observed recently, “and the increasing wealth of a tiny minority has effectively bought the allegiance of one of our two major political parties.” In short, the political polarization and gridlock in Washington are a direct result of the GOP’s capitulation to Big Money.


    That capitulation is evident in Romney’s campaign. Most of the megadonors backing his candidacy are elderly billionaires: Their median age is 66, and their median wealth is $1 billion. Each is looking for a payoff that will benefit his business interests, and they will all profit from Romney’s pledge to eliminate inheritance taxes, extend the Bush tax cuts for the superwealthy – and then slash the top tax rate by another 20 percent. Romney has firmly joined the ranks of the economic nutcases who spout the lie of trickle-down economics. “Support from billionaires has always been the main thing keeping those charlatans and cranks in business,” Krugman noted. “And now the same people effectively own a whole political party.”

    Then you get to read about the 16 donors to Romney that have donated at LEAST $ 1million…..they don’t give that kind of bucks for nothing in return! First on the list: Koch

  83. 228 desertflower
    May 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Reminder how ACA helps women

  84. May 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    ELTVILLE, Germany—The U.S. Federal Reserve is well equipped to deal with any fallout from Europe’s escalating debt crisis, a top official said.

    “There’s absolutely no reason for people in the United States to get all in a dither,” Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

    Mr. Plosser said that in the short run, uncertainty in Europe might even work in the U.S. economy’s favor, via lower U.S. interest rates and energy prices.

    Worries over Greece could lead to more global investment funds being parked in the U.S., boosting liquidity, Mr. …


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