Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama returns to the White House from the Los Cabos G-20 Summit, June 20


Sensible people, of course, ignore polls at this point ….. so, I’m sure most of the media will ignore this one:

Bloomberg: Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Mitt Romney in a Bloomberg National Poll … Obama leads Romney 53% to 40% among likely voters …

The survey shows Romney has yet to repair the damage done to his image during the Republican primary. Thirty-nine percent of Americans view him favorably, about the same as when he announced his presidential candidacy last June, while 48% see him unfavorably – a 17% point jump during a nomination fight dominated by attacks ads. A majority of likely voters, 55%, view him as more out of touch with average Americans compared with 36% who say the president is more out of touch….

……. Beyond Romney’s low favorability ratings, the poll reflects perceived weaknesses for the Republican challenger both in style and substance. Only 31 percent of likely voters say they’d want to sit next to Romney on a long airplane flight, compared with 57 percent who prefer Obama as a seat mate.

Full article here



Washington Post: The seven Bain Capital founders believed they were so destined to make millions that the young men posed for a photo on the grand marble staircase of Boston’s Copley Place with $10 and $20 bills popping out of their shirt collars, tucked behind their eyeglasses and clutched in their teeth.

… At the 1984 photo shoot, Romney and his partners were celebrating not only their new company but also the ethos of their era …. years later, as Romney pursued the presidency, the photo surfaced on the front page of the Boston Globe, part of the newspaper’s 2007 biographical series about Romney…

“I was stunned when I saw it,” said Graham, who was not in the picture. “I was upset. I thought it was tacky. I thought it was inappropriate. They must’ve done it in a moment of giddiness.”

…. Robert Shrum, a longtime Democratic strategist … called it “an iconic image of what could be perceived of greed or a total focus only on the bottom line and making a buck. That’s why it’s so powerful. It’s iconic.”

… The founders came to Bain from different backgrounds, yet they were a homogenous group. Each was white and male, and by 1994, a decade after the company started, there were still no black or Hispanic employees among the 40 professionals and eight support staff members, the Boston Globe reported at the time.

Full article here



Washington Post: Republicans’ emerging problem with Latino voters looks even worse when you factor in the electoral college.

A look at Latino population trends in swing and key red states shows just how ominous the GOP’s future could be if it doesn’t do something about its current struggles with Latino voters.

We noted yesterday that nationwide population and minority voting trends paint a haunting picture for the GOP. But the problem is particularly acute because of the states where Latino growth has been strongest — particularly several key swing states and red states that Democrats are hoping to put in play in the coming elections…..

More here




Washington Post: The tax reform plan that House Republicans have advanced would sharply cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and could leave middle-class households facing much larger tax bills, according to a new analysis set to be released Wednesday.

The report, prepared by Senate Democrats and reviewed by nonpartisan tax experts, marks the first attempt to quantify the trade-offs inherent in the GOP tax package, which would replace the current tax structure with two brackets — 25 percent and 10 percent — and cut the top rate from 35 percent.

…. The net result: Married couples in that income range would pay an additional $2,700 annually to the Internal Revenue Service, on top of the tax increases that are scheduled to hit every American household when the George W. Bush-era cuts expire at the end of the year.

Households earning more than $1 million a year, meanwhile, could see a net tax cut of about $300,000 annually.

Full article here



Denver Post: First lady Michelle Obama will speak in Colorado today as part of an outreach campaign aimed at grassroots supporters.

…. she will start the two-stop state tour at Arapahoe High School in Centennial at 10:30 a.m. and will then travel to the Creative Arts Building at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo around 1:40 p.m.


Thanks Jovie


Morning everyone 😉

196 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 9 Carol
    June 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Where’s everybody?

    • June 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

      GM Carol 🙂 Not sure, I thought people would be around already. It’s just after midnight, so Thursday morning here in my country and I couldn’t sleep, so I came here to get my President Obama fix, and no one in sight.

      • June 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

        God Morning . . . are you from New Zealand? My daughter is there now on a study abroad. . . having an amazing time!

        • June 20, 2012 at 8:24 am

          Good Morning. . . not God! Sorry and I like your tag!

          • June 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

            GM to you too!! Where is she in New Zealand? I live in Auckland 🙂 It’s winter time here, so I hope she is warm hehe

            • June 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

              She was in Auckland, Wellington . . . met Mourie (sp) tribe, climbed Tonlonga mountain (please forgive all the spelling). They are all returning tomorrow and was there for a month. Now she wants to live there!

              • June 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

                Oh yes, it’s the native Maori tribe groups that your daughter would have met and Mount Tongariro may be the mountain she climbed, its the only one that comes close to the spelling/sounding out of the name that you wrote above hehe. By the way, some folks have lived here all their lives like me, but they still don’t spell the native words that well themselves! So you would be more forgiven as someone who lives overseas trying to correctly spell the words unknown to you, than those who were born here and grow up around it 😆 😆

                I hope your daughter returns to you safely and in good health, as it has been raining here in Auckland quite heavily these past few days.

  2. 16 collegekay
    June 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Good morning.

    Nobody would want to sit next to Romney on a long flight. Can you imagine? He’d be all like, “the clouds are just the right height.” Ugh.

  3. 25 Suzette
    June 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning all.

  4. 26 ChristiMTL
    June 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Morning Chips and everyone…..Ha! That’s what I was curious about…..how the MJ crew is spinning this?…..haha the clouds are just the right height……

  5. 28 cat48
    June 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    This is my very Favorite comment on the poll:

    Romney would do worse. “His perspective is you just let the free market take care of everything, and we’ll go right down the toilet drain, and everything — all the jobs — will go straight to Asia,” Sunde says of Romney.

    I think people have had it with “free market” & “freedom” shit from the GOP & Rombot is always saying that crap. Just funny comment though!

  6. June 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

    But but but Andrea Mitchel just said the Bus Tour was highly successful and it Himanized Robney so maybe the Bus Tour…

    • June 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

      That was the media push from yesterday. They were all trying to make Willard the best campaigner of all time—–all warm and fuzzy like a beloved teddy bear—–never mind Willard on tape saying excruciatingly dumb things and fake laughing.
      Andrea needs to straighten up and fly right—–people were laughing at her and her fellow pundits trying to sell snake oil to viewers who believe their eyes and ears.

      • June 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

        They are only reading emails on their blackberry! That is their top reporting?

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        June 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

        Especially comical when the dominant news stories were about the way Romney had to dodge protesters in PA. Could these media types be more obvious?

  7. 33 Chi
    June 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    The Bain Capital article also neglects to mention that there was a conscious effort to prioritize hiring Mormons only…

    • June 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Hi Chi, the article also pretty much ignored the impact of Bain on workers of companies it closed down – but still, I liked the focus on that repulsive photo.

  8. 35 relellit
    June 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good morning TODville and Chips

    I don’t see how anyone would want to sit next to Willard. Well, maybe Rubio so he could smooch Romney. HAHA 🙂

    Everyone have a nice day.

  9. June 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I just went to talking points memo, I thought I went to Drudge by mistake.
    Good grief!

  10. June 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Greece just formed a Government!

  11. June 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

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    $44 – Gen44 Earlybird (online only)
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  12. June 20, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The FED meeting today! Let’s hope for some stimulus!

    • 40 Bill
      June 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

      We need demand created by spending, as PBO is trying to do with the jobs and transportation bills. More stimulus by the Fed is like pushing on a string. It gives more cheap money to the banks to play the markets but does little to create demand. The ten year Treasury is at 1.60%. Lower rates from this point can mean little for the middle class.

    • June 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      The only stimulus the Fed seems to offer is to the banks – who hoard it. I’m not sure what any of these Fed stimuli have done for any normal people.

  13. June 20, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I see Ezra Klein is real mad about the Bloomburg poll. It has thrown him off course, doesn’t fit with his “Obama is doomed” narrative he’s been pushing lately. It has completely wrecked his day.

  14. June 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

    OK, here is Darrell Issa’s rap sheet:


    Let’s get this moving, TODers!

  15. 49 proudmemberofglobalzero
    June 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning TOD family. I am off this morning so I can hang around just a bit. I spoke to a young man yesterday at work. He is a Ron Paul Supporter. He said that Romney and PBO were the same. I asked him why he thought that and he couldn’t explain. I asked what the President has done and he could not explain that either. I asked why he liked Paul. He gave me the “troops home now and pot” meme. I asked him with congress that we have, do you think Paul could get anything done. “Blank Stare”! I asked if he had a mother, sister, niece, girlfriend or Aunt? He said he did. I asked him to check out the state laws and congressional laws against women. I reminded him that 3 SCOTUS appointments were up in the next 4 to 6 years. He got a really scared look on this face at that point. I gave him a short list of what the President had done…not the full list..I would have been there all night.

    We now have a new Obama supporter!

    • 50 LOL
      June 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

      BOOM! Great Job…Armed with facts, the Obama supporters are unstoppable.

    • June 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Proud . . . one voter at a time. Your are doing a marvelous job and I always look forward to your comments as I know you work so hard for this president. Thank G-d you are on our side!

    • 52 Suzette
      June 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

      This is how we win them, one at a time.

    • 53 lisalovesobama
      June 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Go Proud!!!!!!! Awesome work! 🙂

    • June 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Thank you for scratching the surface and letting this young man know the truth. Ron Paul supporters and the PL are the most uninformed voters I’ve ever come across. They’re not really into politics, just like to be ANTI-

      • 55 proudmemberofglobalzero
        June 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

        I also got my poll worker assignment for the Primary in August in FL. I moved from Broward County to Palm Beach County and had to reapply. I went to orientation and they “PICKED” me. One scary aspect of this….I had to put down the party I am registered with. They said it was to keep it “even” at the polls. When in Broward we pledged to be NON POLITICAL….I don’t understand how Palm Beach works. I will soon find out!

    • 57 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

      *Applause* Great job!

      The choice will become clearer and clearer all the way to November. Major kudos to you for doing your part!

    • 58 theo67
      June 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm


  16. 59 vitaminlover
    June 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Probably the reason no one would sit beside
    Willard is because he is less than fresh.

  17. June 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

    the Bloomberg poll:


    hee hee hee

    how did they spin it on Morning Murderer?

  18. June 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

    FOMC decision at 12:30
    updated forecasts 2:00
    Bernanke speaks 2:15

  19. 70 Linda
    June 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Things Black Presidents (and First Ladies) Are Not Allowed to Do

    The growing list – according to Republicans and Republican-leaning media – of things white Presidents and their first ladies can do, but black ones can’t:

    Deliver State of the Union without being heckled
    Complete Rose Garden remarks without interruption
    Call for a joint session of Congress (the NERVE!)
    Take a vacation (LAZY!)
    Play golf (ELITIST!)
    Play basketball (GHETTO!)
    Attend Harvard (QUOTA!)
    Have a birthday party (must instead be called “hip hop barbecue”)
    Invite other black people to White House (THUGS!)
    Speak to school children
    Appoint judges
    Serve without providing long-form birth certificate to douchebag rich guy and racist Sheriff
    Serve without providing SAT scores (see #7)
    Lawfully use executive authority when Congress refuses to act
    Issue orders as Commander-in-Chief of the military
    Take a single scintilla of credit for killing the world’s biggest terrorist
    Run for re-election
    Raise funds for said run
    Go on late night TV
    Encourage healthy eating
    Have garden
    Do push-ups
    Display awesome arms
    Be larger than size 6

    And finally (for now), the big one…

    25. Use teleprompter


    • 71 theo67
      June 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Someone was asking for a list like this just yesterday. It’s pretty heartbreaking, actually. And shameful.

  20. June 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    GOP Senators send letter to Obama challenging immigration directive

    By Jonathan Easley – 06/19/12 07:14 PM ET

    A group of 20 Republican senators led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to President Obama late Tuesday questioning the legality of his recent directive to stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.

    “Not only do we question your legal authority to unilaterally act in this regard, we are frustrated that you have intentionally bypassed Congress and the American people,” the letter read in part. “As president you swore to uphold and defend the constitution and enforce laws. Your recently announced directive runs counter to that responsibility.”

    The letter requests documents from President Obama proving that he sought legal counsel to ensure that he had the right to issue the immigration directive.

    Obama announced on Friday that his administration would stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age and meet certain requirements. The policy change will apply to those who came to the United States before they were 16 and who are younger than 30 if they have lived here for five years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or served in the military.


    • June 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

      The Republicans continue to challenge the legitimacy of this President…to challenge his authority…but despite the obstacles that they put in his path…he Presssssssssses ON!!…

  21. June 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    June 19, 2012 5:26 PM
    Wherever the Backpack Roams

    By Ed Kilgore

    I continue to be amazed at how little general attention has been drawn by Mitt Romney’s radical proposal to turn all federal K-12 education dollars into vouchers that will, as one of his advisors, Grover Whitehurst, likes to put it, follow kids around like a backpack wherever their parents choose to send them.

    If the Romney proposal is implemented and becomes, as it appears designed to become, a super-charged magnet for state as well as federal money to flow into private schools, some pretty big questions will have to be asked about whether any conditions will be placed on private use of public dollars. Will schools all over the country receiving public largesse be like some of those which are beginning to receive state money via Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new “scholarship” (just another word in this case for “voucher”) program? Here’s a report on those fine institutions from the Independent Weekly’s Walter Pierce:

    The tally of private schools approved by the state Department of Education to accept voucher students reads like a who’s-who of who’s-that; one sees few big brand names — no St. Thomas Mores or John Curtises. Evangel, a football powerhouse in Shreveport, jumps out, but the vast majority is overwhelmingly small, Christian schools — evangelical mostly along with a fair number of Roman Catholic schools — tiny operations with fewer than 100 students…

    Most appear to be tied to evangelical churches with names like Eternity Christian Academy, Old Bethel Christian Academy and Boutte Christian Academy. In fact, “Christian” and “academy” dominate the nomenclature….

    The most brazen example is Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake. The school has been approved to accept 135 new students. That’s a considerable uptick in enrollment, which at the end of this school year stood at 38 — a more than 300 percent increase. Talk about buttressing the budget; $1 million in tax dollars will be diverted from the public school system to Eternity Christian, a school that, according to its mission statement, offers “a quality faith-based curriculum that is soley [sic] based on principles from the Bible


    • 75 Pamela
      June 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Question: How many ‘Grovers’ does Myth Rover have as his ‘advisors’? Good morning everyone!

    • 76 theo67
      June 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      This is when I start to agree with the “no new taxes” folks – I don’t want my tax dollars being shovelled from my pocket into the pockets of the rich or the falsely religious. I’d rather have my money go to poor people, education, public workers who make this country work – i.e. the “parasites”, according to the GOP. Infuriating!

  22. June 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Bleeech! Can you imagine sitting next to Romney on a plane,and watching him peel the skin off of his chicken, and listening to that annoying laugh? Heh,as if we peons could afford the pleasure of sitting next to Mr. Romney on a airplane.

    • 78 Pamela
      June 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I am a bit suspicious of this factuality of this article, as in reality, how often does Myth fly commercial, rather than a private jet; if he did fly commercial, he would be in first class, not business or god forbid economy, so did this lady really sit beside him…I would have asked for a seat re-assignment, all the way back to the bottom of economy, to get away from that numbskull.

      • 79 theo67
        June 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        I believe it was when he was trying to pretend to be “one of the people”… I don’t think he’s tried it again.

  23. 80 utaustinliberal
    June 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    GM TOD. Loving the Bloomberg polls. Some in the media have already tried spinning it as bad news for PBO by saying that the poll over sampled minorities and under sampled whites. That’s a huge lie. 67% of the respondents were white and Pres. Obama still fared better than Romney in general. I’ve been tweeting about the good news. 🙂

    • 81 Pamela
      June 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

      So, some white people are not as dumb as they look to be? (hint – me?) 😆

    • 82 criquet
      June 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Good for the lazy good-for-nothing media. When that Purple Strategies (or whatever is the full name of a Republican PR consultant’s firm Alex Castellanos) ) poll came out claiming Romney was leading or ahead in a number of battlerground states they all happily cited it and no mention of the percentage of any groups polled. karma and all that applies……

    • June 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Awesome job on twitter Utah.

  24. 84 sabreen60
    June 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD.
    Congrats NZ on being first.

    Speaking of polls, turned on TV to watch Stephanie Miller. TV was set to MSNBC and Luke Russert was sitting in for Chuckie Todd. Well, when and his pea-head guest mentioned the Bloomberg poll {{{{{scream}}}} – it was like Noooooooooooooooooooo – this can’t be true. His guess said it APPEARS that MAYBE in this poll more BLACK and BROWN people were polled. Oh, and don’t forget THIS IS ONLY ONE POLL.. I thought their heads were going to explode.

  25. 89 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

  26. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    June 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Okay am I the only one who has fallen in love with the start of these ads where PBO is in full all out swag and puts his hands in the pockets and says, “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message”? I have played and replayed that part of the video a gazillion times. Is it just me and do I need therapy? Check it out. He is soooo 😎

  27. 105 Pamela
    June 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Chips, I just sent a cool photo, check your email if you are still here!

  28. 108 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

  29. June 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    WH executive Privilige on documents!
    Barack is going to Bat for Holder, sticking up for Him!

  30. 116 ourmanflint
    June 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Good Mornin’ Chips!!!!! Good morning everyone. I got delayed being underground in the subway so could not comment earlier

  31. June 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Mubarek in a coma, just about dead yesterday. Today, he’s conscious and off life support. STRANGE.

  32. 121 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Ezra Klein has a sad.

    • 122 anniebella
      June 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

      It seem the poll upset Mr. Klein more than Mitt Romney refusing to release his tax returns, or Mitt lying all the time, or the racists hatred B.S. the President has to deal with. It is clear Klein is a hater.

      • June 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

        This is mind boggling. A progressive is upset because a Democratic President has opened up a big league on his Republican opponent? FOX News showed PBO up by 7 in their polling so what is Klein crying about?

        • 124 carolyn
          June 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

          These people desperately want a “horse race” because it’s good for their bottom line. They know as well as anyone, that this is not a political horse race. This talking is just desperation to keep the public interested in a very dull man…..MR. They will continue to manufacture this until late October.

        • 125 theo67
          June 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          He already declared that his job is not to promote Dems. I guess his job is to promote GOP…

  33. 126 ChristiMTL
    June 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Fox News Almost Pulled A Fast One On Jon Stewart


    Sean Hannity rolled an old clip showing President Obama admitting he can’t take executive action to prevent deportations.

    But after seeing the clip, Stewart thought Obama might have more to say. In fact, he did!

    “Mother fuckers!” Stewart said. “You just cut Obama off, just before he very clearly says he can do the exact thing he just did

    I watched the Daily Show last night.

    It was a typical Fox distortion. They do that all the time.

    But if I recall, didn’t the GOP was furious this week about MSNBC editing a clip that in no way was distorting what Romney said? They wanted MSNBC to apologize, Andrea Mitchell I think.

    They’re so hypocritical.

    • 127 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      that was a jon stewart show worth watching. there’s a bit where cenac and oliver play out the ‘both sides do it’ meme, which you can skip. but the pox news bit is priceless.

  34. 128 CEB
    June 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD ohana! The good news just keeps pouring in; young immigrants granted a reprieve on deportation, Russian ship carrying helicopters and weapons to Syria stopped by having their insurance pulled (that is too damn smart!) and a poll that more correctly reflects voter attitudes. Woot!

    Chips, as always, I cannot thank you enough for this awesome place which is a valuable public service in support of our democracy. Knowledge is power.

  35. 129 lamh35
    June 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    White House to invoke executive privilege over Holder documents.


    there will be outrage, but this is actually the 1 executive privelege invoked by Obama admin to Ronnie Reagan’s 24 I believe I read.

  36. 136 ourmanflint
    June 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Like seeing mehmney get his ass kicked by our great President Obama

  37. 137 anniebella
    June 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Okay if FLOTUS will be at the first event at 10:30 am, is that 10:30 am here?

  38. 138 Dakota
    June 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Good Morning Family!

    Now I’m off to a meeting!

  39. 139 amk for obama
    June 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    tpm reporting that birther gary kreep has won the CA judgeship ? wtf ?

    pathetic dems yielding power meekly and then whining about wingnuts


    • June 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I’m disappointed but not surprised. San Diego is a pretty conservative city sometimes as this vote shows bordering on extreme.

      • 141 japa21
        June 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Wxactly. Just because it is in CA doesn’t mean it is Dem oriented. Isn’t Issa from CA. And San Diego is one of the most conservative parts of the state.

        • 142 theo67
          June 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

          I’ve never felt comfortable in San Diego – always couldn’t wait to get out of there. But, it’s so beautiful – especially La Jolla. What a shame.

      • 143 nathkatun7
        June 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        Actually, San Diego city is not as conservative as it used to be when I first arrived here in the early 70’s. This judgeship involves the larger San Diego county which is still pretty conservative with extreme right wing tea bagger sections.

  40. June 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Matthew Dowd on the Bloomberg poll basically said good news for the President is actually bad news for the President!
    Got it!
    Their will be a lot of lobbying of Bloomberg, so next months poll is likely to be dead even.

    • June 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Just stunning, fascinating, each one.

    • 148 prettyfoot58
      June 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

      TY meta…..for the link….my favorite is number 13…he has the german chancelor attention…

      and i often tweet your tweets… i have not mastered the art of creating tweets but i do pass on your tweets as well as others…i feel that we are part of the on the ground soldiers for the President and i am ever grateful to play a small role…


    • 150 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      great pix! it’s painful to see them in business attire, at such a relaxing spot, but necessary i know. they are all working so hard, and our president is clearly a leader among leaders.

    • 151 theo67
      June 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I love that Pete seems to have a shoe fetish, but the one of the Protocol Secretary in her heels, standing with all the men in the comfy loafers is interesting – since you can only see legs and feet.

  41. June 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Obama campaign
    2:30 p.m. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to campaign volunteers in Arapahoe County, Colo.
    4:30 p.m. Vice President Biden attends a campaign event in Carmel, Calif.
    5:40 p.m. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to campaign volunteers in Pueblo, Colo.


  42. June 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    — Vice President Joe Biden is on the road again Wednesday, attending a fundraising breakfast in California before speaking at a gathering of journalists in New Orleans on Wednesday evening.


  43. June 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

  44. June 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Lemieu just dropped out of Senate race in Florida.

  45. 157 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Oops, Romnesia needed again:

  46. 158 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    • June 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I wonder if they will continue the floor vote?

      • 160 theo67
        June 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        What they are doing and demanding is actually jeopardizing national security. It’s bad enough that they have destroyed the economy, and continue to do so – but to also now jeopardize ongoing investigations for a witch hunt! They haven’t even called as witnesses the main people who were actually involved in the early mismanagement of the whole affair. This really is over the line.

    • 161 relellit
      June 20, 2012 at 11:26 am


      Obama invokes executive privilege over DOJ documents

      President Obama has asserted executive privilege over the documents sought by a House committee as related to the “Fast and Furious” operation, a development which will have a big effect on the contempt proceedings.


      The unconvicted, ex-criminal, should investigate the NRA for letting guns kill our children and other people in favor of profit over money, ALEC for writing the damn laws, and the Kochs for their treasonous actions; particulary in relationship to Iran. Let’s not forget ole Murdoch.

      But, he’s too Koched up for that.

  47. 162 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Some Dem pushback:


  48. 163 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Some Democratic Party push back:

  49. 164 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

  50. 165 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

  51. June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hello Mayor Chips and TODvillagers everywhere. Wishing you all a great day/evening/night.
    It is good to see that things in GOPnutverse is still the same…up is down, down is up and everything is good news for “he of Cayman Islands accounts.”

  52. 167 prettyfoot58
    June 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Opening Statement from ranking member Elijah Cummings…
    on the motion to hold AG Holder in contempt of congress…

    Click to access EEC_Opening_statement_Business_meeting_62012.pdf

    • 168 prettyfoot58
      June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

      House OversightDems‏@OversightDems

      Fact: Gun-walking was also used in the Bush Administration yet Issa has refused also to allow the Committee to hear from former AG Mukasey…

  53. June 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Snark is preaching gospel over on Twitland…check him out.

  54. 172 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Morning everyone:) Nice to wake up to such a great Rise and Shine!! I posted this info from Salon late last night…and Charles Pierce has the scoop this morning


    BUSH KNEW, and he let it all happen anyway (We figured this) but ROMNEY has these very same asses in charge of his foreign policy…REALLY??? I can’t even describe how much I hate these cretins.No words.

    • 173 susanne
      June 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      this is powerful stuff. i read it late last night on your post, df, then this morning checked news outlets, thinking (oh well) it should make a big splash. nada. thanks esquire magazine for having the cojones to publish serious news!

  55. 177 Bill R.
    June 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Left wing communist poll Bloomberg has PBO up +13 53-40 . Voters hate Romney http://t.co/S5OkkVc7

    PPP PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Obama leads Romney 54-41 in Washington. Was 53-38 in February, slight tightening due to GOP unification: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/obama-up-13-in-washington.html

  56. 178 Bill R.
    June 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Voters in WA hate Romney too: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Washington narrowly approves of Obama, 51/45. Does not like Romney- 39/51 favorability: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/obama-up-13-in-washington.html

  57. 179 Bill R.
    June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Maria Cantwell looking solid for re-election in WA: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Maria Cantwell looks solid for reelection- up 51/35 on Michael Baumgartner. Was 51/36 in February:

  58. 180 desertflower
    June 20, 2012 at 11:51 am


    If the SCOTUS messes up the ACA….most people WANT heathcare reform…they are FINALLY beginning to “get it”! Pay attention people!!!

  59. 181 prettyfoot58
    June 20, 2012 at 11:53 am


    It is the first time Obama has asserted executive privilege as president. The practical effect of his decision is that Holder is likely to be held in contempt by the House committee, as congressional Republicans have been sharply condemning him for months. But it puts Obama firmly in defense of the first black attorney general and suggests Holder is unlikely to resign even if he is held in comtempt.

    Wednesday’s vote by the House Oversight Committee is likely to lead to a full vote by the House of Representatives . That measure is very likely to pass too, as the dispute over the documents has divided along partisan lines, and the GOP has the majority in the House.


    Question:…If Holder is held in Contempt of Congress….what does that mean??

    • 182 desertflower
      June 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Ed had a great segment on this last night. It isn’t posted yet. He was talking to a rep from CA, and I just can’t remember his name…Shiffer or something like that…he’s a lawyer, and I think he said that it will be thrown to the courts to decide, but it will take months to do…nothing will happen to Holder immediately, no matter what those idiots on the House do today….If I think about it, I’ll check later and see if I can get that over here…the rep did an excellent job of explaining the truth of Fast and Furious….and exposed the lies and BS that the Republicans say…and “forget” to say about the operation. It was very good….

  60. 185 japa21
    June 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Don’t know if anybody has seen this, since it was from last Saturday, but interesting comments from Justice Ginsburg over upcoming rulings from SCOTUS. No real revelation as tro what the rulings will be. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/15/us/scotus-ginsburg-health-care/index.html

  61. 186 Bill
    June 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    MoveOn.org is currently running a poll to determine if the organization should endorse PBO for reelection. At this point 91.94% favor endorsement.

    • 187 donna dem 4 obama
      June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Why would this even be in question. I know they like to leave these things up to their members but It’s not like he had any oppostion in the Democratic Party. Sometimes I just don’t know about MoveOn.

  62. June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This rally in Colorado with FLOTUS is wild! Love it.

  63. 192 lamh35
    June 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Chips et al, Found this video on Sullivan’s site. It’s a good one.

    Why the Dream Act Matters

    These kids don’t deserve to be deported: http://vimeo.com/44123341

  64. June 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Ezra Klein looks about ready to blow a gasket about the Bloomberg poll. He said Obama is only up .8%, a very slight lead. He is really mad about that poll. Michael Steele agrees, said this poll is meaningless. Why do I have the feeling that if the poll was reversed, Klein would not be angry and Steele would not call it meaningless.

  65. 195 criquet
    June 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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