Rise and Shine



1:40: President Obama delivers remarks calling on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling on July 1


Thanks amk


NYT Editorial: The political feud between the White House and Congressional Republicans has now culminated in a House oversight committee vote to cite Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for criminal contempt. His supposed crime is failing to hand over some documents in an investigation of a botched gunrunning sting operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

The Republicans shamelessly turned what should be a routine matter into a pointless constitutional confrontation. And the White House responded as most administrations do at some point: it invoked executive privilege to make a political problem go away.

…. Mr. Issa has relished making this investigation a political fight….There was no reason the House committee and the Justice Department could not work out a deal to produce the documents requested, or some form of them. Instead, they show again that every issue, large or small, can be turned into ammunition for political combat.

Full editorial here






TPM: Mitt Romney’s campaign asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott to downplay his state’s job growth after several press releases from the governor’s campaign and messages from the Florida Chamber of Commerce trumpeted gains for the month of May, according to Bloomberg News.

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in April to 8.6 percent in May, though still significantly above the national rate of 8.2 percent.

A Romney adviser reportedly requested that Scott’s office say that Florida’s unemployment rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency….

The development is perhaps one of the clearest examples of the messaging predicament the Romney campaign finds itself in …. when you ask Republican governors how things are going, especially in swing states, the economic picture starts to brighten considerably…

More here




First Lady Michelle Obama greets patrons before eating lunch at Nacho’s Restaurant in Pueblo, Colo., June 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)



Morning everyone 😉

As usual, I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind in replying to emails, will try to catch up soon.

350 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

    GM First is it?

  2. 6 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

    GM folks

  3. 7 Ceb
    June 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD ohana. Have a wonderful, positive day; we have this. Obama/Biden 2012-2016.

  4. 8 Suzette
    June 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good morning all.
    Have a great day.

  5. 9 LOL
    June 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

    If Holder is handcuffed…the image of a black man who poses no threat being arrested….the Republican party might as well say goodbye to African Americans forever. They might as well say goodbye to all minorities. Especially since Roger Clemens and John Edwards recently got off. I guess it pays to be a white male these days.

    • 10 amk for obama
      June 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

      There is nothing for EH to “get off”. These thugs have got nothing on him.

      • 11 HZ
        June 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Thank you amk for obama. You are so correct. There is absolutely nothing for AG Eric Holder to “get off.” That need not be even spoken about AG Holder in this situation.

        We support AG Eric Holder and POB. This is a thuggish attempt to try to stain POB and AG Eric Holder’s office. Plain and simple, but I am supporting AG Holder and President Barack Obama.HZ

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I would love to see ALL House Democrats stand up together and walk out of the House chamber if the Repugnicants vote to censure Holden. They could all march to the capital steps and hold a press conference about the outrageous partisanship of the vote. Hope Nancy can organize something like this. And there had better not be a single Democratic who votes for censure or that person should pay the consequences either in the caucus or at the voting booth.

      • 13 Debz
        June 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

        I would love to see that too, but the house dems (and senate) haven’t shown much support for the President so far why would they start now? Where are all the loud mouths in the CBC and “progressive caucus?” They should be all over the place screaming about this, but it seems we only see them when they want to attack POTUS.

      • 14 amk for obama
        June 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

        That would be a wonderful gesture. For once, the dems should do it. Send this great idea to Pelosi.

    • 15 trinisamba
      June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

      SSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Let it happen if only for a few minutes. Holder will get over it but they NEVAH will.

    • 16 Betsy
      June 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I read that because PBO asserted executive privilege, Holder can not be prosecuted while he’s AG. Don’t know if that’s true, but it means no handcuffs.

  6. 17 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 8:13 am
  7. 20 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    • 21 Bill
      June 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

      But Mrs. Willard said on April 16, 2012, “It’s our turn now.” Whatever that means.

      • 22 Nena20409
        June 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

        It simply means that Joseph Smith and the 12 in planet Kolob bequeathed USA to the bishop Romney.

        No one asked 70M who voted for pres Obama in 2008.

      • 23 Cha
        June 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Unfortunately, mrs willard is full of horse shyte.

  8. June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

  9. 25 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I am betting that all this ugly lying drama from the rethugs (after such many despicable;e displays) is gonna turn off many indie and moderate repub folks and it’s going to turn into a landslide for dems in November. You heard from me first.

    • 26 desertflower
      June 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

      I’ve be thinking this very same thing…but didn’t want to say it out loud, or appear too confident. Still have lots and lots of work to do. They will be the death of them…which, to my way of thinking, makes the victory all the sweeter. GM, amk:)

      • 27 Pamela
        June 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

        The NYT editorial quoted above will get the message through to a great many people who may not have been questioning the GOP. This will make a huge difference in how those readers begin to think and ask for clarification.

      • June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

        I tweeted Orangeman last night and told him to continue on his destructive path because it will cause the Repugs to become extinct for a decade.

        • 29 a4alice
          June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

          good for you!

        • 30 theo67
          June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

          Hopefully, even longer than a decade. The next two generations need help – and they need a dedicated 50 years of investment, growth, goodness and light. i feel for the children growing up right now, watching the behavior of the GOP and the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney et al. These people don’t care what kind of example they’re leaving for these kids, and how damaging their behavior is to this and the next generation.

          I saw a clip of Rachel’s show last night, and she showed a graph of wealth distribution in the United States. It’s really scary.

  10. 31 Linda
    June 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning.

    21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity


    • June 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Loved these photos and stories. Most people in the world are decent and caring. The bad guys get too much attention.

    • 34 Brian
      June 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Linda, I can’t tell you how much I needed this. Thank you, and have a wonderful day.

    • 36 ChristiMTL
      June 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Linda, thank you so much, …the last pictures made me cry, the brave young man who rescued that beautiful dog, and to see the owner, so grateful…….it’s so beautiful.

    • 37 Ceb
      June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Linda, thank you so much for these pictures that remind us as Anne Frank wrote, that most people are good. Tears poured from my eyes as I viewed them and read the captions. It also reminds me of what PBO and MO often say; when you go all over the country meeting and talking to people, you see how good, decent, and hard-working most Americans are. The Beltway politicians and pundits and their views are not representative of who we are.

      I especially liked the first 2 photos. The idea that these Christians came to a Gay Pride parade with their signs of love, apologies and acceptance is remarkable. I have great hope and certainty that America is growing up.

    • 38 trinisamba
      June 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I’m adding this to MY Favourites although I was crying while looking. Ther are still so many good people on this planet and a lot of them visit this blog, daily.WHOO HOO !!

    • 39 a4alice
      June 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      all teary eyed. thx

    • 41 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

      ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      I saw these yesterday on another site. Thanks for bringing them here. Beautiful pics.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Linda. Very touching pictures and a nice way to start my day.

    • 43 theo67
      June 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Fantastic. Definitely needed to know the world hasn’t gone completely crazy.

    • 44 sjterrid
      June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you Linda for posting this.

  11. 45 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The moar the voters see mehmney, the moar they dislike him.

    • 46 Bill R.
      June 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Actually I think the Q poll’s voter sample was more accurate this time.

    • 47 theo67
      June 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I thought all the pundits were emphasizing how the Bloomberg report was an “outlier”, but I’m seeing a bunch of polls today backing up that initial Bloomberg report. Basically – reality and the pundit version of reality aren’t the same things, and they’re shocked that people aren’t buying their nonsense and lies. The media is lazy – they decided Romney is equal or better than President Obama, even though Romney is a liar and hasn’t been honest about anything. While the media may not be willing to take a hard look at Romney and the GOP, the rest of the country feels the impact and positive effects of President Obama’s policies, and are wondering whether they should throw away the tangible, for the imagined.

  12. June 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

  13. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    June 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Because I Stand with AG Eric Holder, I am requesting issa to come and hold me in contempt too since I am another minority person

    here is my message:

    hey @DarrellIssa, I am a minority too so please do not forget to hold me in contempt ; I Stand with AG Eric Holder

  14. 51 vcprezofan2
    June 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning Chips, Roberta, & TODville! Oh it feels good to be able to say that and not be on the run! 😆 😆

    Good afternoon to you, ex-potential-spouse-recently-converted-to-Bro, Amk! 😉 Seems like today is going to be another scorcher, but life is good! I’m off to see what my guy PBO and his cohort AG, EH are up to today.

    Have a Wonderful Day, Everyone!

  15. June 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    • 56 Roberta in MN
      June 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Thanks dotster3, Flom couldn’t have said it better. I am off for the better part of the day and will have to catch up tonight if I am up to it. Having family coming this weekend for a wedding. Busy weekend. Everyone have a great day and thanks again Chips for the wonderful Picture of First Couple. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Now this is a gem from Peter Flom. If it were worked into a sampler or put on a poster, I’d stick on any wall I could find.

    • 58 Obama Grandmama
      June 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Sometimes those that are given much only want more. GREED

  16. 59 Vicki
    June 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I am holding my breath this AM. SCOTUS may make its decision on ACA public. Are other people as anxiety-stricken as I am about this?

    • June 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Me thinks, realistically, the individual mandate is likely gone, anything better than that will be great, anything worse will be horrible!

      • 61 theo67
        June 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        I think people have bought into the story about the individual mandate without actually knowing the details. It’s not actual mandatory, the penalty isn’t mandatory, and there are a ton of waivers and subsidies that are available to people. So, why it’s an assumption that it’s unconstitutional – I don’t know.

        The truth of the matter is that the only real mandate is on the emergency rooms to provide service to people in emergencies, whether they can pay or not.

    • 62 57andFemale
      June 21, 2012 at 8:58 am


    • June 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I don’t think they’ll change it. That’s my call 🙂

      • June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

        I’m with you Berny. And if they only strike down the mandate, it is the plan PBO initially wanted. It was the experts (lawyers) that convinced him the plan needed a mandate

    • 65 lisalovesobama
      June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

      My stomach has a zillion butterflies in it. 😯

    • 66 globalcitizenlinda
      June 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

      SCOTUS may save the individual mandate because the big insurance companies need it for survival and profit maximization.

      one thing you can bet about the rightwingers on SCOTUS is that they will always vote to preserve corporate profits

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      June 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Anxious and worried

      • 68 Obama Grandmama
        June 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Saw a clip on Ed that Howard Dean wants the mandate to be thrown out so we can get Universal Healthcare. Here we go again! How does he ever think we can get it now with the House controlled by the nutcases? Lawrence O’Donnell explained the mandate and how it does not have an enforcable part to it anyway.

  17. June 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning, OTeam. Nice to wake up to a sweet note from FLOTUS:

    For the first 10 years of our marriage, Barack and I lived in an apartment in my hometown of Chicago.

    The winters there can be pretty harsh, but no matter how snowy or icy it got, Barack would head out into the cold — shovel in hand — to dig my car out before I went to work.

    In all our years of marriage, he’s always looked out for me. Now, I see that same commitment every day to you and to this country.

    The only way we’ll win this election is if we can rely on one another like that, all the way to November 6th. Barack is working hard, but he can’t do this alone — he needs your help.

    Make a donation today to build this campaign — when you do, you’ll be automatically entered to join Barack and me for a casual dinner:


    Your flight, your meal, your accommodations — that’s all taken care of. Just bring yourself and a guest, and get ready to enjoy a good meal together.



  18. 71 DDonon
    June 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I’m anxiety-stricken as well.

  19. 72 symmetry11
    June 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Romney Campaign Said to Ask Scott to Downplay Job Gains http://bloom.bg/Mvs466

  20. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    June 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Black Radio is on Fire this morning about this contempt charge by Congress. The discussion on Joe Madison’s show is that one of the scenarios is that when PBO is reelected and there is a vacany for the Supreme Court that Eric Holder would have been considered to be a nominee for Supreme Ct Justice. By voting these comtempt charges the congress is trying to taint Holder for future positons.

    I hadn’t thought of this but…..

  21. June 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Morning everyone. HOPE you have a good day. It’s time to get serious and expose Issa. We knew from the beginning of this Presidency that he planned to take our President down.

  22. 84 ChristiMTL
    June 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Morning Chips and everyone,

  23. June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • June 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

      These ads must be having an effect, we ate at least a couple of months ahead of Robney and they are playing catch up.
      Meanwhile, we are defining him and us beautifully.
      Ads work!

  24. 87 chitra
    June 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Hi good people in TOD. It is time for me to donate . Whoever is going to post the fundraising link first I will make a donation through you.

  25. June 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Twitter certainly gets you noticed. From

    Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper
    @bernyp @lawalazu Fast + Furious started in Fall 2009.

    Ha! Haven’t replied…..yet 😉

  26. June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Rove: Pelosi ‘sounds like Mad Red Queen’ with arrest threat
    Justin Sink
    06/21/12 07:29 AM ET
    Karl Rove said Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “dead wrong” when she suggested Wednesday that she could have had him arrested.…

    Fuck you Rove! I remember what you did!

  27. June 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

  28. June 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Isn’t that what we thought 2 weeks ago when everyone in the media was busy claiming that Romney outraised Obama???

  29. 117 Bill R.
    June 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Actually it turns out PBO outraised Romney last month when comparing apples to apples: http://t.co/K1nddNxG

    • June 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

      EXACTLY as I predicted on Twitter – two weeks ago

      • June 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

        You called it! Its their playbook…they whip up a frenzy of lies over anything to try and dominate news spots – their constant BREAKING NEWS, then you always find down the track, what really happened….more and more people will see this also

        • June 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

          That’s why I get extremely frustrated when I see some of my fellow TODers reacting to very little bit of MSM-manufactured “bad news for Obama” and sometimes out of sheer frustration, I can be overbearing (I’m trying to work on this aspect) and lash out at them in ways that I don’t intend to.

      • 121 0388jojothecat
        June 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

        It just makes Obots send more money….Thanks Corp GOP Owned Media!

  30. June 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    If you watched the hearing yesterday, you heard the RWNJs trying to pull this one.

  31. 123 Linda
    June 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    So…Jon Huntsman took a job with the left leaning Brookings Institute ?

  32. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    June 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Anyone else in the mood for a donation? Our Meta could really use your help with her fundraising page.

    Please Pretty Please with a cherry on top 😉


  33. 130 Ladyhawke
    June 21, 2012 at 9:44 am



    By EJ Dionne


    What’s happened so far in Europe is austerity without enough stimulus. This is a recipe for keeping economies down, unemployment high and electorates in an entirely understandable rage. No wonder historians and economists are now regularly offering frightening comparisons between the Europe of our times and the Europe of the early 1930s. If established parties tell voters they must suffer indefinitely, extreme parties begin to look attractive. The urgency of containing extremism is one motivation for French President Francois Hollande’s call for reversing austerity, and his hand was strengthened by his Socialist Party’s legislative election victory last weekend.

    The real lesson from Europe is not that we should all tighten our belts and endure more pain but that we need to get the global economy moving. That means our Federal Reserve should pursue more expansive policies. And if congressional Republicans weren’t so determined to block nearly every initiative President Obama puts forward, they would agree to pump more money into state governments and into infrastructure spending to speed a decline in unemployment.



    (H/T Krystal Ball tweet)

  34. 131 a4alice
    June 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

    good morning TOD. Back from Colorado where half the state’s on fire. Wow is it dry there. And then I flew back in to St Paul last night and I feel like I need to consider building an arc. (non stop rain) Although it is very lovely today. can’t believe this about what the repubs are doing to Eric Holder – gads Issa’s an asshat.

  35. 132 Bill R.
    June 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Here is the SCOTUS live blog for courtwatchers this morning: http://scotusblog.wpengine.com/

  36. 134 Ladyhawke
    June 21, 2012 at 10:00 am


    The Republican Party has gone stark raving mad. Rachel Maddow did a very thorough and informative segment last night on the Fast & Furious witch hunt. The entire topic is very confusing, but Rachel manages to boil it down to the bottom line.

    Maddow: Fast And Furious Investigation Is The “Specific” Version Of NRA Leader LaPierre’s Obama Gun Conspiracy


  37. 136 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 10:02 am


    I have a wealthy friend who lives in a wealthy neighborhood. One day he was in his front yard, chatting with his next-door neighbor, a Republican, who asked him why he’s a Democrat. My friend said he’d grown up poor but had gotten a good public education, worked his tail off, and made it. Then he pointed to a gardener working across the street. “Don’t you want that gardener’s son to live the same American Dream we have?” my friend asked. His neighbor shot him down, sniffing, “That gardener’s son will be my son’s gardener.”

    And so dies the American Dream. Have we reached a point where rich people no longer want to extend the winner’s circle? Has it gotten so bad that poor people cannot plausibly aspire to success? Are we moving toward Third World economics, where a few have it all and most have nothing? Are we witnessing the death of the great American middle class?

    And the roadblocks continue to be put in the way, of “certain people” being able to make it in America. This President understands this, and is trying desperately to reverse the tide…but he can’t do it alone. If HE is doing this for all of US, we need to get out in forces that will boggle the minds of those that would hold our head’s underwater and choke us all until we die. More for them.An epic battle needs to be waged…or all of us will see desperation and poverty like we have never known.

    • 137 a4alice
      June 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

      thoughtful article DF Rt’d

    • 138 amk for obama
      June 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Tweeted df. GM.

    • 140 Obama Grandmama
      June 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

      The story of wanting the gardener’s son to be his son’s gardener reminds me of a few years ago when I was in Versaille, France. In the coach house there were all of these golden carriages including a very tiny one. It seemed the little one was pulled by minature ponies and the servants’ children were the footmen and drivers of the wealthy children. It seemed so outrageous that some children had to serve other children like that. All the tourists were aghast at that. Same story now different place and time.

  38. 141 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

  39. June 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

    So Moveon.org decided that it’s time to get in line behind the President.

    // “As of 9 a.m. this morning, 91% of voting MoveOn members have decided to endorse President Barack Obama. So now it’s all systems go. We have big plans for the election season, like a grassroots strategy to define Mitt Romney as the “President of the 1%,” and an innovative new program for all of us to help register thousands of young voters, women, and voters of color who the right-wing is trying to keep from voting.” //

    • June 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I can’t believe they even took a vote on that.

    • 149 collegekay
      June 21, 2012 at 10:16 am


    • 150 lisalovesobama
      June 21, 2012 at 10:16 am


      • June 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

        WOW, lisa and collegkay have exactly the SAME reaction at the SAME time?!?!?!? And I agree with both of you by the way. It’s time for moveon.org to growup.org!

        • 152 desertflower
          June 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

          Maybe right…but we’ll need all the fundraising and ads that we can get….someone else is trying to buy this election, you know!! I want to know who those 9% are! RP people, my guess…

          • 153 Cha
            June 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

            My guess is those 9% are low information firebaggers.

            And, I agree..we need all the ADs we can get..even if they had to “vote” on it.

    • 154 donna dem 4 obama
      June 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I’ll join in on the 🙄

      • 155 amk for obama
        June 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Don’t get it. They have decided to finally fall in line. It’s a good thing, no ? What am I missing here ?

        • June 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

          They should not even have had this silly vote.

        • 157 donna dem 4 obama
          June 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

          They are a progressive/liberal site and they have to take a vote to “see” if they want to support a progressive/liberal Democrat that is unopposed in an election year.

          Pfffttt! They are full of crap!

        • 158 lisalovesobama
          June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

          It’s supposedly a progress organization. The fact that they had to take a vote is ludicrous. Did they expect that their members would want to throw their weight behind Mehmney? That’s like the NAACP holding a vote about whether they should support PBO, or the NRA holding a vote as to whether they should support the repug candidate. There were no other choices, of course they would support PBO. It was a ridiculous waste of time. MoveOn.org ain’t that important. Bunch of narcissists. 😕

    • June 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

      NEW Email accounts?

    • 160 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

      hf, I assure everyone here that the push back they got on Twitter for this stunt was very, very substantial. My guess is that they thought they’d use the vote as a fund raising ploy and realized that they might have lost thousands of supporters if they didn’t support the President, full bore, and stop with the silliness.

      Good to see they are going to be aggressive – they’re out of biz if they aren’t …


    • 163 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

      I got that stupid email and deleted it…..I have ALWAYS been behind PBO. I dumped MO when they started attacking the president.

  40. 165 lisalovesobama
    June 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hey everyone. I’m trying to find Miche’s interview with Kelly Ripa and Bryant Gumble, I can’t even find it on the Live! site. Also for some reason, I’m not seeing Kelly’s show on the ABC App. 😦 —— I haz a sad.

    • June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I know, right? I was looking for the recipe for that salad and I finally found her site:


      • 167 lisalovesobama
        June 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Yeah, but the site only shows 2 videos: the double Dutch and the salad making one. There’s actually a sit down interview with all 3 of them. Was flipping channels the other day and saw Tweety showing a clip of Miche talking about Sasha and Malia and using the ‘mom voice’.

        • 168 carolyn
          June 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

          Is Bryant Gumbel being considered for Kelly’s permanent cohost? From what I saw, he would be excellent. I think the Today show has declined since he left…

  41. June 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    No SC decision today.

  42. 176 lisalovesobama
    June 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

    So no SCOTUS ruling on ACA today….. Bastards, they’re waiting till the very last minute.

  43. 179 Bill R.
    June 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

    No SCOTUS decision today. Coming next week on Monday or later.

  44. 180 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

    So, the following comment appears on the SCOTUS live blog stream by “Tom” who appears to have some role in the Bloomberg Law sponsored feed:

    Thanks again to everyone, and to those who linked to us, including especially Drudge Report and Instapundit, both amazing sites.”

    My response was:

    ‘So, Drudge is considered an “amazing site” on a SCOTUS ‘live blog’ – that is a very informative statement.’

    Tom didn’t respond … wonder why 😉

    Appears likely that they will have at least one day, beyond Monday, of Court decision announcements because the Court has indicated so, per the live blog.


  45. 184 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

    so gopolitico hacks will go hand themselves ?

    • June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

      As I predicted two weeks ago…the GOPMEDIA is so predictable that foolish me can see right through their transparent antics.

      • 186 amk for obama
        June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Yes hf, your suspicious mind is a sight to behold. 🙂

        It’s disgusting the level of dishonesty and lies that is being used for an election for the world’s leader. God forbid, if mittbot wins, what kinda credibility and trustworthiness can america to bring to the table for the rest of the world ?

      • 187 desertflower
        June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Maybe it’s a RW ploy to make PBO supporters feel like “why bother voting” this thing is already bought and paid for…..we need to GOTV BIGTIME!

        • 188 nathkatun7
          June 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

          I think you absolutely right, df!! This was aimed at demoralizing us. They wanted us to be so afraid of the big Romney machine and give up.

      • 189 nathkatun7
        June 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        You know, hopefruit2, I am a very big fan of your astute political analyses and especially your ability to see through the BS coming from the media.

  46. 190 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Get ready to be ill … grab your cyber barf bag before reading ….


  47. June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

    But the recent filings by MoveOn suggest the group is indeed struggling with fundraising, as first reported by The National Journal.  

    Documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission show MoveOn.org Political Action raised $9.1 million in contributions from January 2011 to March 31, 2012. The group spent $10.5 million and still has $2.75 million cash on hand, over the same period.

    Their is your answer!

  48. June 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    // 12.8 MILLION RECEIVE INSURANCE REBATES AS A RESULT OF OBAMACARE | 12.8 million Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from insurers that have not met minimum spending guidelines in Obamacare, the administration announced Thursday morning. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on health care services or issue rebates to policy holders. The average rebate is valued at $151 per household. //


  49. 204 amk for obama
    June 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

  50. 207 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Yes…there may be some hell raising if the Supremes mess with this…people are starting to get a clue


    12.8 MILLION RECEIVE INSURANCE REBATES AS A RESULT OF OBAMACARE | 12.8 million Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from insurers that have not met minimum spending guidelines in Obamacare, the administration announced Thursday morning. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on health care services or issue rebates to policy holders. The average rebate is valued at $151 per household.

    • 208 desertflower
      June 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

      A comment from this post:

      I love Obama Cares as well because of Obama Cares my premium has gone from $600 per month down to to $200 this works well for my Small Business. Does anyone know when the rebates start arriving? I am sick of Corporations take over of Healthcare.

  51. June 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

  52. 210 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Nice! http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/21/503285/obamacare-grant-local-clinics-jobs/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Obamacare Grant To Create 5,600 Jobs, Treat Millions At Local Health Centers

    As the Affordable Care Act continue to be implemented, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that $128.6 million in new grants have been awarded to local health centers. More than 200 clinics received grants to help expand access to health care for 1.25 million patients, and the grants are expected to fund 300 new clinics and create 5,600 jobs by infusing “critical dollars into health centers and their surrounding communities.”

    WiW…this is good!

  53. June 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    President Obama’s announcement on student loan interest rates Thursday is just another example of his “deflection and distraction” strategy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday mornin

    You see how they twist things? It gets their Base thinking that it’s the Democrats and not us!

  54. June 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Robney says he mow has immigration plan he will announce today.

    • 214 desertflower
      June 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Just like PBO’S only HE thought of it first? Because he’s speaking in front of those “brown people” today…..what’s he going to do, tell them that he’s going to make life so miserable for them that they WANT to self deport?

    • June 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

      So that’s the “game changer” and “watershed” moment that the MSM has been breathlessly talking about all morning? As we already know, any of Romney’s plans all boil down to the same thing: privilege for the top 1%, white, christian, male, heterosexual, demographic, and nothing for anyone else, and this “immigration policy” will fall exactly along those lines.

  55. 218 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 11:20 am


    Millions of Americans, especially in key battleground states, have turned against the law because they’ve been told to hate it. Voters have heard so many negative claims about “Obamacare” so often, they’ve started to believe them — even though the claims aren’t true. $235 million, in other words, can change a lot of minds, and convince people who want and need health care reform to reject a law that would serve them well. The right relies on well-financed propaganda campaigns because well-financed propaganda campaigns work.

    The second has to do with the media.

    And this is how they do EVERYTHING…which is why they should never be allowed to govern. EVER.

    • 219 Nena20409
      June 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

      And not to mention, those advertisement dollars went mostly to the TV, Cablers, Print papers, periodicals, websites, etc. Hence the corporate media pockets the dollars and the public is never told the truth about their bias and the nation suffers.

  56. June 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Wow, I’m in twitter jail. My first time.

  57. June 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    US Commerce Secretary Bryson’s has resigned following seizure, car accidents.

  58. June 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

    John Bryson submits his Resignation!

  59. 234 Linda
    June 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson has resigned from his post.

    President Barack Obama accepted the resignation on Wednesday, according to the White House.

  60. 235 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Ann Romney takes a $77, 000 tax deduction for a horse, and the GOP votes to cut food stamps. Any questions?

    • 236 bjw2
      June 21, 2012 at 11:53 am


      DF, if you dont’t mind can I tweet this comment?

    • 237 anniebella
      June 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

      $77,000 tax deduction for her dancing horse, can you imagine if it was our First Lady Mrs.Obama, what the right wing haters would be saying about that. About the foodstamps,these Republicans have no heart, they are evil, look after the millionaires and billionaires. But poor and middle class don’t mean a thing to them.

      • 238 theo67
        June 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        Remember when they went crazy over Michelle Obama’s $500 sneakers? No tax dollars involved, whereas that $77K for Ann came straight out of our pockets.

    • 239 nathkatun7
      June 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      No question, df! That picture tells it all.

  61. 240 JER
    June 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Starting soon – V.P. Biden Speaks at Launch of new White House Public Service Announcement about Dating Violence:

  62. June 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Thomas Roberts to have Robnry live in a little while.
    Jeeze, every five minutes he tell us, like the countdown clock at NASA!

    • 242 carolyn
      June 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Even if Robney is in the studio with Roberts, he’s not “live” he’s a plastic robot…..there is nothing “live” about him.
      I just cannot tolerate that man. I have a worse feeling about him than I did about GWB, if that’s possible. Just last week, someone on some show….can’t remember, played a bit of a GWB speech. I just thought…..”we survived eight years with that man?” HOW??? He was worse in retrospect than even at the time. Now, we have PBO to compare him to, and the contrast is too much.

    • June 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I can’t wait for Willard to embarrass himself and the GOPMEdia with that foolish pandering dull speech. And after PBO gives his amazing speech in Tampa tomorrow amid a fired-up, enthusiastic crowd that has not been bused in or bribed with cash, the GOPMEDIA and RomneyCamp will be further humiliated.

  63. 244 Linda
    June 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    President Obama last night accepted Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s resignation, the White House just announced. Obama in a statement thanked Bryson for his service, and wished him the best.

    As Secretary, John fought tirelessly for our nation’s businesses and workers, helping to bolster our exports and promote American manufacturing and products at home and abroad. John has proven himself an effective and distinguished leader throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, from his success in the business world to his work leading on issues in the renewable energy industry. I am grateful that he brought that invaluable experience and expertise to my administration, and am pleased that he has agreed to continue supporting our efforts to strengthen the economy and create good jobs by serving as a member of my Export Council going forward.

  64. June 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Wow, who is David Shuster? He just did an epic smackdown of Malkin on twitter.

  65. 261 japa21
    June 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Late entrance today. Actually ahd some work to do when I arrived at the office. Today I am officially with Medicare. Since I am still on my wfe’s isnurance, it is secondary, but at least I know my medical needs are taken care of.

    As far as all the crap that the Republicans are throwing against the wall to see if anything sticks, it seems they forget that all the crap they threw at Clinton actually ended up with his approvals going up. After a while, a certain percentage of the public, which may have been leaning towards the GOP starts saying, enough is enough. They would rather see adults in office than the children throwing tantrums.

  66. June 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

    • 263 desertflower
      June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s a MILLION nice places to eat in Snots, um…Scottsdale! They chose a risque nightclub? Give me a freaking break!

  67. 265 pugeretto
    June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Ok, Nice picture Roberta!!! Good Morning Chips, Good Morning all TOD family. We arre in the process of getting a better rate, as we bought our home June, 2006, soooo I was forced to clean my house. So glad to back, behind, but catching bits & pieces…thanks for holding the down the fort Chips & I have come to really miss not being able to read TOD.

  68. 266 Liberal Librarian
    June 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Well. Twitter is blocked at work now.

  69. 273 vcprezofan2
    June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, own up. Which of you have knocked out Twitter?

    • 274 amk for obama
      June 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      ut, meta, LL, snarknoller are the usual suspects.

      • 275 vcprezofan2
        June 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        You are so right. I notice LL was admitting to it even as I was typing the question. 😆 😆 I haven’t see UT yet today though.

        • 277 vcprezofan2
          June 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

          What are you, his assistant, campaign manager, lobbyist, medical adviser? I noticed he/she wasn’t in such good health recently.

          • June 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

            I’m just his spiritual advisor VC, I don’t deal with his bottom problems.

            • 279 vcprezofan2
              June 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

              Aaaah! So it’s your fault Snark has been swearing more often than at first! What kind of spiritual advice have you been giving, Chips? Here I was thinking it was just the stress of the job with the election drawing inexorably closer each day, and PBO still not acknowledging him at the pressers. I mean, how can he credibly inform his readership when he can’t get a seat at the table?

              I shall have to have a serious conversation with you about the spiritual advice you’ve been doling out….LATER. For now at least thank you for settling one question for me. Normally I was never sure how to refer to Snark – I mean is he a he or a she. I once asked him outright and almost got myself blocked, so your clearing up this issue by saying you are HIS SA is appreciated. 😀

    • June 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      It’s not even doing the whale thing.

    • 285 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      moi 😉

  70. June 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I think I broke twitter……..

  71. 297 ChristiMTL
    June 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Listening to Romney, I want to vomit………lying POS…

    • 298 desertflower
      June 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm


    • 300 vcprezofan2
      June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      You know Christi, I blame all you guys here for the ease with which I now read cyber acronyms! There was a time not so long ago when all I would have understood from the last part of your comment was the word ‘lying’, which was enough for me. 😆 😆 Now everything gets absorbed into my brain with just a glance. I can’t no longer block the images fast enough. Sigh! 😆

  72. 302 donna dem 4 obama
    June 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    So the same ridiculous poll that the media was breathlessly touting a month ago that spelled DOOM for PBO now has him up 46-42. The media needs to go somewhere and sit the hell down. They are totally useless!

    “A shift by independent voters gives President Barack Obama a 46 – 42 percent lead over Republican Gov. Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State, according to the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll.”


  73. 303 itgurl_29
    June 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The silence of the audience is quite telling. You don’t hear a sound!

  74. 306 Cheryllou
    June 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    What is going on with twitter? I can’t get on my phone.

  75. 308 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Twitter down … hard …



  76. 314 desertflower
    June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    can you guys live blog…so we don’t have to listen to the LPOS…..I want to know what the crowd? does….

    • June 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      The crowd is mostly silent but applauds occasionally. Willard is now talking about his so-called immigration plan – nothing but a bunch of vague platitudes. Nothing specific.

  77. June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Willard is telling a pack of lies right now. He is DESPERATE.

  78. 325 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    While Twitter is undergoing a likely massive ddos … some fun news from teabagger central ….

    Freedom Works won’t endorse Romney

    Matt Kibbe, president of huge tea party group Freedom Works and owner of the most fantastic sideburns since Hugh Jackman’s in Wolverine, tells The Daily Caller it won’t be backing Mitt Romney or anyone else.


  79. June 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Willard is disgusting, trashing PBO with every sentence, every word, and he is telling them what PBO will tell them when he speaks there. The only applause he’s gotten is when he said he will repeal Obamacare—–a very strange phenomenon—-and then some boos in response. Now getting a smattering of applause about school choice—-turning public schools over to his corp. buddies—–there’s money in them there hills. Saying he will work with Democrats and Republicans for immigration reform—-hahahahahaha. Trying to report on this, but I can’t gut this one more minute.

  80. June 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Remember Romney’s #1 fan. The dweeb that was going around cross country? Well it seems like he had a little accident and I’m guessing much to his wife’s chagrin he’s on his way back home.

    Romney’s Super Fan Loses His Truck in a Fire

    Jim Wilson, whose cross-country travels in a GM pickup festooned with giant Romney for President signs and stickers earned the admiration and enmity of strangers, reported that his truck was badly burned on Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon.

    Mr. Wilson, Mitt Romney’s most loyal, visible and assiduous supporter, was not injured in the fire, but his truck was destroyed.


  81. 332 Liberal Librarian
    June 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Ok, how sad is it that 2 months ago I couldn’t have cared a whit about Twitter, and now I’m pissed because it’s down?

  82. 336 symmetry11
    June 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I guess it’s a good thing that Twitter is down b/c I was getting ready to go there and rant/cuss at Willard. He is a LIAR!!

  83. 337 pugeretto
    June 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Farm bill being voted on…permits states to require food products be labeled for geneticall engineered products

  84. June 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    CNN is carrying that ENTIRE horseload of a “speech” yet they cut off PBO’s speeches.

  85. June 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The lack of energy in that room where Willard just spoke is so starkly contrasted with the pumped up, electrifying energy at PBO’s speeches – EVEN the formal ones!

  86. 340 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    They’re aware … http://status.twitter.com/

    ‘engineers working on it’ …. you betcha they are!

    Would not surprise me if, as we move closer to Nov, all kinds of attacks on Twitter happen …

  87. 342 Squarepeg
    June 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    What is going on with Twitter? It’s completely down.

  88. 343 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Btw, it’s being reported that 12.8 million Americans will receive insurance rebates because of Obamacare 🙂

    Current link is to a fox outlet so I’ll not post it 😉


  89. 345 donna dem 4 obama
    June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Well call me suspicious but this twiiter crash happening just as Robme gives this dispicable speech has me questioning the timing….

  90. June 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    New chatty chatty post everyone, this one’s getting looooooooooooooooooooooong:


  91. 348 Linda
    June 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    2008: Darrell Issa Voted “YES” to Fund Project Gunrunner & Merida Initiative.

    The notion that Darrell Issa had never heard of Project Gunrunner is bullsh!t since Issa voted “yes” to specifically fund Project Gunrunner in 2008.


    They have the entire timeline ….


  92. 349 proudofobama
    June 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hey TOD family,

    Caught just the end of Romney’s lying speech. What a douche. And what was up with his hair? He looked like he’d been shocked with an electric current. Hahaha. Too funny.

  93. 350 Jessica
    June 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Was by the Lincoln Memorial when I saw the President’s helicopters taking him home! I thought he was at home.

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