Rise and Shine


9:50: President Obama departs the White House

11:40: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Mansfield Central Park, Ohio (listed for live coverage)

1:15: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event in Greensboro, N.C. (listed for live coverage)

2:30: President Obama departs Mansfield en route Akron, Ohio

3:00: Arrives in Akron

3:05: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event in Laconia, N.H.

3:55: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the John S. Knight Center (listed for live coverage)

5:05: Departs Akron

6:25: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Raleigh, N.C.

6:30: President Obama arrives at the White House





CBS: President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida – and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania – according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.

The poll shows Mr. Obama leading his presumptive Republican challenger 53 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania. The 11-point lead results largely from independents, who favor the president by 22 points, and women, who favor the president by 24 points.

Mr. Obama holds a six-point lead in Ohio, 50 percent to 44 percent, a state where he holds a campaign event later today. His lead here is also due in large part to women, who back him by a 21-point margin. Romney leads by ten points among Ohio men, and seven points among Ohio whites.

In Florida, Mr. Obama also holds a six point lead, 51 percent to 45 percent. He holds a small lead among both men and women and a 19-point lead among Hispanics, while Romney leads by double-digits among whites and voters age 65 and above.

The president is viewed more favorably in all three swing states, and is far more likely to be seen as caring about voters’ needs and problems….

….. Mr. Obama’s favorable rating is 50 percent or slightly higher in all three states. Romney’s favorable rating, meanwhile, hovers around 40 percent. In all three states the president’s favorable rating is higher than his unfavorable rating, while Romney’s unfavorable rating is higher than his favorable rating….

… One issue that’s dogged Romney is the release of his tax returns. He’s insisted the two years he’s released is plenty, however a majority of voters in all three states disagree with him. Just over 50 percent in each state say a candidate should release several years of tax returns while just under 20 percent in all three say one or two years of returns will suffice.

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Morning everyone 😉

152 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2012 at 8:10 am


    G’morning Chips & TOD!! 🙂 🙂

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    It’s August, and another Wednesday closer to taking the country FORWARD!
    G’Morning, Everyone! Are you fired up? 😆

    • 7 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Okay, we’re in a tie, congratulations vc! And yes, I’m fired up!

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

        Even our good wishes clock in at the same time. 😉 Reading the twitter comments re the pretender shows a beautiful start to August. I’m happy.

  3. 9 LOL
    August 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good stuff from the DNC

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

      A very good morning to you, LOL! I see you are also enjoying the positive vibes around the Dem. campaign today. 😀

      • 11 LOL
        August 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Yup Yup VC….top of the morning to you. I started my day with my coffee and the latest “What did Romney say now” stories. A good morning indeed 🙂

      • 12 ourmanflint
        August 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

        Did you get your car issues sorted out????

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          August 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

          Yeah, had to install a new battery. I was surprised because there was no previous hint but happy that it happened yesterday and not when I am heading to the airport to pick up offspring this Friday. I am so blessed that way!

    • 14 amk for obama
      August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

      LOL. I mean LOL. Nice dig of an ad.

    • 15 anniebella
      August 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Considering what happen in London, Israel, Poland, we should be grateful he didn’t go to Afghanistan, Mitt might would have insulted the people over there, maybe even burn the Koron.

  4. 16 LOL
    August 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Study: Romney tax plan would result in cuts for rich, higher burden for others

    “What would that mean for the average tax bill? Millionaires would get an $87,000 tax cut, the study says. But for 95 percent of the population, taxes would go up by about 1.2 percent, an average of $500 a year.”


  5. 17 utaustinliberal
    August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

    We’ve got good news guys.

    (CBS News) President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida – and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania – according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.
    The poll, conducted from July 24-30, shows Mr. Obama leading his presumptive Republican challenger 53 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania. The 11-point lead results largely from independents, who favor the president by 22 points, and women, who favor the president by 24 points.

    Mr. Obama holds a six-point lead in Ohio, 50 percent to 44 percent, a state where he holds a campaign event later today. His lead here is also due in large part to women, who back him by a 21-point margin. Romney leads by ten points among Ohio men, and seven points among Ohio whites.

    In Florida, Mr. Obama also holds a six point lead, 51 percent to 45 percent. He holds a small lead among both men and women and a 19-point lead among Hispanics, while Romney leads by double-digits among whites and voters age 65 and above.
    The president is viewed more favorably in all three swing states, and is far more likely to be seen as caring about voters’ needs and problems. Voters are split on Romney’s business background: While roughly 42 percent say it will help him create jobs, about half say it is too focused on profits.


    • 18 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Thanks for posting UT. This is wonderful news to open the day (and the thread) with! Our President’s ads are working, Americans are listening, and I do believe that certain Twitter O’bot warriors from TOD (e.g, Bobfr, ut, amk, vc, christi, Liberal librarian, ck, BWD, proud of obama, etc) and elsewhere have made a huge impact in disseminating important nuggets of information about our President and his opponent, thereby neutralizing the toxic effects of the media/GOP false propaganda.

      • 19 utaustinliberal
        August 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

        Thank you so much Hopefruit. When 2012 hit, I told myself I’m not going to sit on my behind and allow the media to paint a crappy narrative of Pres. Obama. He has accomplished so much. He has made legislative and executive history time and time again; all with a media and an opposition rooting for his failure. So it’s all hands on deck with volunteering, donating, tweeting, Facebooking, making calls, registering voters, emailing, and spreading all his wonderful accomplishments far and wide.

        I’d say you should very much include yourself in the twitter champion brigade hopefruit. You don’t play. I follow you on Twitter and I want TOD to know that even though you don’t post all your tweets here, you are a fierce warrior. You go after the media when stories are reported in a biased manner and you use facts to point out truth to them. It’s always fun when they reply and you shut them down with the truth and they’re forced to own up to their bias. Plus, your very clear analysis on TOD, when hair on fire comments and articles are posted is very much appreciated.

        • 20 hopefruit2
          August 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

          Aw..thanks ut for all that you do and for being so supportive of my efforts!! I see all the O’bots on Twitter are in form today. I hope that fighting spirit continues through the rest of the campaign season. 🙂 🙂

          • 21 proudofobama
            August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

            Hey hopefruit, you are too kind. UT is right; you are force to be reckoned with. We are all working to get our brilliant President re-elected. Boy, did the Mourning Joe crew have a HUGE sad today about the new polls and Romney’s incompetence performance. He was about to blow a gasket. Haha. Good times. It will be so nice to see and hear our President today. I have missed his calm, hopeful spirit.

          • 22 vcprezofan2
            August 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

            HF, I stand with Utal 100% when she pats you on the back. You do a stellar job! I get pertinent info from both of you that helps me put ‘body’ into my tweets from time to time, and I always enjoy when you engage Knoller.

            TODville, the truth is my chest always puffs out whenever I spot a TODobot fighting the good fight on Twitter with real info. I always feel like shouting out to twitterland, ‘Hey! Look at that. I know that PBO champion! That’s MY team member.’ Of course I’ve restrained myself so far, and will try to do so until Nov 7th! 😉 😉

  6. 23 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

    MSNBC, you can get rid of Ed Rendell now. He’s obviously not doing the job you hired him to do. PBO is up by 11 pts in PA.

    • 24 LOL
      August 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

      LOL….I watched a bit online yesterday, and Eddy had the nerve to say PBO didn’t enjoy being president. One of the guests…might be a regular now..black guy, bald head, I think veteran…said PBO enjoys meeting people not just the asinine parts of the Presidency (stroking egos..etc).

      • 25 dotster3
        August 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

        Wes Moore? I heard that msnbc theme yesterday too—-that neither Obama nor Willard enjoy politics—-they’re both “technocrats”, as they said. It has nothing to do with the truth, of course, as pertains to Barack Obama, who chose politics as his life’s work. I will admit that Willard is not at all suited for politics as he always is extremely awkward in any situation involving interacting with humans. But it has nothing at all to do with President Obama, who is the best at this that I have ever seen. Much of Morn Jerk’s efforts as of late, as poll after poll is not to his liking, is to try to say both candidates are the same, both bad. But gee, it doesn’t seem that prospective voters are paying much attention to that pathetic and desperate drivel.

        • 26 LOL
          August 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

          yeah that’s his name…I haven’t watched MoJo in ages…but caught some online. They sound so deflated..hell, they didn’t even seem to be buying the crap they were spewing.

      • August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

        I saw that yesterday!

        Joe was blathering on about how past presidents (such as the holy Ronald Reagan) had a joy for politics, but it’s apparent that neither candidate this year is a cheerful politician. And of course, all panelists sagely agreed with him, the worst being Jon Meacham.

        WTF? Do they even watch a portion of PBO’s speeches on the road? Or see even a snapshot of children relating to and expressing joy at being in his presence?

        Infuriating that the media is allowed to get away with blatant BS and lies and never have to answer the question, “What makes you believe that?”

        • August 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

          He’s a Republican Arapaho. Joe got his marching orders and is doing exactly what he’s told. The shock would be if he came on every morning and told the actual truth. He occupies a miniscule portion of the mediasphere. Don’t let him in infuriate you.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

      ‘you can get rid of ed rendell now’ 😆 😆

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

      LOL!! That’s cold but oh so spot on.

  7. 31 utaustinliberal
    August 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

    • 32 LOL
      August 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Yup…and these are LIKELY voters which are a better forecaster than REGISTERED voters.

      • 33 vcprezofan2
        August 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

        I noticed earlier on twitter that the young people are being encouraged to do an outreach today (forgot to note who was the tweeter) –

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        August 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Lets hope all of these likely voters have photo IDs. I am so sweating the PA court decision on this heinous law.

        • 35 dotster3
          August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

          There are so many voting shenanigans going on everywhere—-everywhere meaning Repub controlled states—–every day a new story somewhere. Story in Miami Herald today about some woman going from apartment bldg to apartment bldg filling out absentee ballots for voters there, found in posession of 31 of them.

  8. 36 LOL
    August 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

    For what it’s worth…

    The payroll processor ADP reports that the U.S. private sector added 163,000 jobs in July. Analysts expected 120,000 new jobs. The Labor Department’s jobs report is due out Friday morning.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Sam Stein of HuffnPuff was quick to point out that we shouldn’t trust ADP figures – and I agree with him to a great extent. However, I also added that the Republicans in congress must stop blocking our President’s Jobs Act – reminding him in not-so-subtle ways that in case he is happily ancticipating a lukewarm or poor jobs report tomorrow, we know EXACTLY who’s at fault, and we are holding THEM accountable, not President Obama.

    • August 1, 2012 at 8:43 am

      ADP has been wrong so many times, I hesitate to believe any reports from them. I will be waiting for the real deal on Friday. Good day everyone. Off to spread the word about ACA benefits for women starting today.

      • 39 hopefruit2
        August 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

        Yes, ADP is probably off by a mile. But I believe we must be prepared for very, very strong push back on the media tomorrow if the jobs report turns out to be weak. The Republicans are going away for recess and Friday is their last day. They have sat on the President’s Job’s Act and refused to help the American people just so that Romney can win. We need to hold them accountable for this, and hold the media accountable for enabling them.

    • 40 57andFemale
      August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Not falling for the ADP numbers. They always overestimate.

    • 41 anniebella
      August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I’m not going there with who said this and who said that about how many jobs were created. I will hope for the very best and just wait and see.

  9. 43 ourmanflint
    August 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good morning, everyone, Chips!!!!

  10. August 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Robney has an ad out this morning, hitting the President in the Auto Bailout.
    That is it, Presidentis winning in those States because of the Auto bailout and Ribney is trying to demonize it!
    I see what is happening. Robney does not have the time to say we spent to much, crony Capitalism and Freddy Kruger us the moderator of the ads! Just saying!

    • 47 lisalovesobama
      August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

      He’s so stupid. The reason PBO’s campaign could do what it did to Willard’s supposed reputation ie: Bain, taxes, Olympics, governorship, etc. is because Willard is an unknown entity and he works hard to keep it that way. He let PBO write his life story therefore he could be swift-truthed. Not so in reverse. The auto loans are a done deal that everyone now agrees with and sees favorably especially in the states that were impacted. It’s stupid for Willard to go this route cause I doubt he’ll be changing any minds. What a total moron. 🙄 PBO will just counter with ads of Willard saying: LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT!

      • August 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

        He’s not a moron. He’s an absolutely brilliant tactician. For team Obama I mean. Let’s not look a gift horse with dressage issues in the mouth.

    • 49 ChristiMTL
      August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

      I’m curious to know what he’s attacking the President about with the Auto Bailout?

    • August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Willard said LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT

      aint NOBODY gonna forget that.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I thought he was taking credit for it. Geez he can’t even keep his lies straight.

    • 52 Cman
      August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I saw the ad and it is the STUPIDEST ad I have seen this season. It is not very well made and the point it supposedly makes is not clear at all.

  11. 53 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What an asshole. Even when given a chance to be gracious and to accept his mistake, he doubles down.

    Bill was right.This guy is dubya on steroids.

  12. 56 Pamela
    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Good morning Chips, good morning TOD! excuse me while I go over to RAISE the Goal On my FR page! Thank you to everyone who makes me look so good! 😆

  13. 57 Pamela
    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Oh, yummy!

  14. August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am

  15. 59 ChristiMTL
    August 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Morning everyone,

    Heads are exploding this morning I’m sure! I’m so happy to see this poll……the truth is getting out.

    No matter how much corporate media protect Romney and lie about the President, it’s obvious that it’s not working for them.

  16. 60 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Morning everyone! Happy Healthcare Day!!!! A bit of news that will make some in AZ sweat!


    ASU study: High Hispanic birth rate could turn Arizona into Democrat state by 2030

    Hope that happens before this:)

  17. 61 Squarepeg
    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Good morning. Flashback video

  18. 62 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Medicaid Turns Out To Be a Pretty Popular Program

    By Kevin Drum


    But the finding on the right surprised me more. More than half the respondents said that Medicaid was important to them or their family. That suggests a much higher level of support for Medicaid than I would have expected. And this isn’t just among the poor, either. The importance of Medicaid is obviously higher among those with lower incomes, but even among those with incomes over $90,000, a full 36% say Medicaid is important to them or their family.1

    As you’d expect, this means that support for expanding Medicaid is pretty strong too: 67% of respondents support Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid. That includes even 39% of Republicans.



  19. 63 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Sandra Fluke: Finally, women have access to preventive care. Now let’s get the word out.


    Women across the country have reason to celebrate tonight. Why? Because on Wednesday, the law that provides American women with access to preventive health services, including birth control, at no cost—no co-pay, no increase in premium, no deductible—goes into effect.

    This victory wouldn’t have been achieved without the work of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) who originally proposed requiring insurers to provide this coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, and without the resolve of the Obama administration, which stood firm when opponents attacked the measure—sometimes in vitriolic terms.

    But our work isn’t nearly done. Unless American women actively take advantage of these benefits, our efforts will have been in vain. And polls suggest that too many American women don’t know about them. That’s why we need to spread the word.

    So, here’s what the law does for women:



    • 64 Pamela
      August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

      So very pleased with this, but does anyone know what difference it will make to people who have no health insurance at all? Can women still seek out a service to access this care?

    • August 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      I am so happy about this, but some sources say “on new policies”. Does this mean that if you already have insurance (self-paid or through your employer) it will not apply to you?

  20. 66 utaustinliberal
    August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    URGENT TECH HELP: Hey TOD. Are the Mac Book Pro users having trouble copying and pasting in WordPress and Microsoft Word for Mac? I tried copying and pasting my tweets in WordPress and it’s not going through.

    Also, whenever I try to paste in Microsoft Word, it says that there isn’t enough disk space and memory. How do I check my disk space and memory? I just switched from Mac to Mac Pro and I haven’t downloaded anything onto my computer except Java and Adobe Flash Player.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Not sure I understand your problem, but if you want to check memory usage, do this:

      Go to the Utilities folder – you can get there by clicking on the Applications folder in your dock, then scroll all the way down to the Utilities folder. Click on it just once.

      In your Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.
      Scroll down and click on the System Memory tab.
      That will show you usage and free space.

      If you have a new MacBook Pro, there’s no way you are out of space. Not sure I understand if you’re having trouble posting in WP or in pasting in MS Word?

      • August 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Also, there shouldn’t be any difference in functionality from Mac to MacBook Pro. More power but same functionality. Did you install a new copy of MS Word or did you migrate from your old computer?

        • 69 utaustinliberal
          August 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          Thanks so much for help Meta. I didn’t migrate MS Word. I installed a new 2011 MS Word For Mac. I shut down my computer and when I turned it back on an hour later, everything was alright. I figure it’s because I hadn’t shutdown the Mac in a while.

          Another question I have for you. Is it good to always “Force Quit” applications when there’s nothing wrong with them or no “colorful beach ball” that pops up? For example; if I’m done with Microsoft Word and have saved and closed my document, but on the Dock, a bluish light shows under the Microsoft Word Logo showing that the application is still running in the background; should I “Force Quit” MS Word or will that harm my system in the future?

          Thanks so much.

          • August 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

            Force Quit is really only for problems. Just quit the apps when you’re done and don’t want them running the background. If you go to quit and Force Quit is an option on the icon on the dock or menu, it means there’s a problem with it. Otherwise it just says Quit.

            I usually put my laptop in Sleep mode when not in use. I shut down about once a week, just to clean things up and let the system do its system maintenance. There’s a lot of junk that collects from weird apps and web nonsense.

        • 72 utaustinliberal
          August 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

          p.s. Is there another way to make the application not show a blue light underneath when it’s on the Dock or to make the application disappear from the Dock?

          For example, I used the “Activity Monitor” like you said and you’re right I haven’t used up any significant disk space. But now, the “Activity Monitor” icon/app now appears on my Dock with a blue light underneath it. I don’t want it taking up space on my Dock so is it safe to “Force Quit” it? Or is there another way to make it disappear from the Dock and have it return to its normal position/space?


  21. 77 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am



    The Romney team has totally tricked the Obama team into talking about how he saved the auto industry and thus the economies of OH & MI.


  22. August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am


    Rachel Maddow’s opening segment last night was excellent on all the benefits of Obamacare. will you post it?

    • 79 57andFemale
      August 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

      If Chips is too busy with her dumb boss today, I would suggest going to Steve Benen on the blogroll — you should be able to find links to Rachel’s show there.

  23. 80 japa21
    August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good morning TODville, the home of the most intelligent people on the planet, led by the Queen Bee herself, Chips the Magnificent. I will be doign mostly lurking today as I tie up loose ends at work prior to flying off to SF tomorrow morning. Will be very limited if any commenting until Tuesday. I know you will all miss my wisdom, sage advice, etc. etc. etc. as Yul Brynner would say.

    Two quick comments.

    The first is about the polls released by Q. The really significant things about those polls is that PBO is at 50% or above in all of them. That means that even if Romney picks up all the undecideds, he still loses, and we know he isn’t going to do that. In other words, this is a case of Romney not being able to win unless something happens to make PBO lose support.

    The second is about the ADP reports. I know there is a lot of skepticism about ADP reports, as they have always tended to be high compared to the fingers that get announced on Friday. However, if you look at their record, they are pretty close by the time all the numbers are revised, which takes two months. In other words, I don’t expect to see 160,000 presented as the number Friday, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the previous two months revised upwards and July’s number could well be around 160,000 come September.

  24. August 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Several people here speculated that @SnarkKnoller must have been served with some kind of restraining order, since he’s been silent since July 2.

    I think they’re right, because @MarkKnoller is increasingly letting his tinfoil hat show through. See this tweet from yesterday (the opposite of objective reporting):

  25. 82 CindyH
    August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I’m going to see First Lady Michelle Obama in Raleigh NC this evening!!! I couldn’t sleep last night and got up at the crack of dawn to clean my car up for 3 other lucky folks that are riding with me. Happy happy happy!

  26. August 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Mornin’ Chips and TOD. HOPING for all good news about our President today (and everyday, of course). I am dumbfounded at the polls beind as close as they are given the many missteps by Romney. The TP taking the election in Texas is troubling and I just cannot believe the pass the 112 Republican Congress continues to receive. Logic and common sense seems to have become extinct.

    • 88 amk for obama
      August 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

      I am only interested in the six swing states OH, FL, PA, IN, NC and MO. The others, blue and red, are not gonna change.

      • 89 CindyH
        August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

        We’ve got our work cut out for us in NC, but I am working with FABULOUS people via OFA and Democratic party – I think we learned a lot of lessons from 2010. I know the visit with First Lady Michelle Obama in Raleigh NC today will inspire our volunteers!

      • 90 relellit
        August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

        Good morning Todville, amk for obama, and Chips

        Don’t forget Iowa is also a swing state. I volunteered to canvass there last Saturday. We were told the advantage we have there is voting by mail which starts September 27th.

  27. 92 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

  28. 93 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Mitt Romney: Deficit Increaser (Part 2)

    By Stan Collender


    Back in June I did the first of what I thought would be just one post on how, in spite of his rhetoric and promises to the tea party wing of the GOP, Mitt Romney’s policies would increase the deficit. That post was just about military spending.

    I really wasn’t planning to do more, but when I received a six-page fundraising letter from the Romney campaign yesterday i which Romney pledges to do a steady series of things that will increase the deficit — or at least will increase the deficit unless there are offsetting spending cuts that aren’t hinted at let alone mentioned — I realized I had no choice but to go on.



  29. 94 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am


    His rate-cutting plan for individuals would reduce tax collections by about $360 billion in 2015, the study says. To avoid increasing deficits — as Romney has pledged — the plan would have to generate an equivalent amount of revenue by slashing tax breaks for mortgage interest, employer-provided health care, education, medical expenses, state and local taxes, and child care — all breaks that benefit the middle class.

    “It is not mathematically possible to design a revenue-neutral plan that preserves current incentives for savings and investment and that does not result in a net tax cut for high-income taxpayers and a net tax increase for lower- and/or middle-income taxpayers,” the study concludes.

  30. 95 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

  31. 97 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 10:00 am


    The Romney campaign is up with a new billboard touting another small business owner upset with President Obama’s out-of-context remark that businesses don’t succeed on their own but rather with help from federal government programs.
    But like so many of the small businesses that the Romney campaign has trotted out in recent weeks, Tanya L. Burns & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm in Florida, is yet another beneficiary of federal spending. And not just any spending: Burns’ firm has helped clients reduce their health insurance premiums thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal.

    • 98 anniebella
      August 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

      desertflower,What a bunch of hypocrites.

      • 99 desertflower
        August 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

        Liars, is more like it….ALL the business’ that Romney has rolled out to counter this “Built It On My Own” thing…have been helped in some way by the govt. Every.Single.One.

    • 100 relellit
      August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

      That’s all these idiots know is to distort and intentionality lie. Unless they were born with a silver spoon, they cannot make those claims. These fools talk about their hands building things; yet here they are cutting off the hand that feeds them with lies. Do they even know what government loans are?

  32. 101 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Seriously, TexASS???

    thinkprogress Ted Cruz (R-TX), just nominated for U.S. Senate, believes George Soros is conspiring with the UN to abolish golf thkpr.gs/R0u7Qt
    25 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  33. 111 Uche
    August 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

    This is such good news to wake up to.
    What Chicago has achieved with the Bain ads is to define Romney….and he’s not looking good to the likely voters!

    • 112 itgurl_29
      August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

      But, but, but…..Ed Rendell, Clinton, Harold Ford, and Cory Booker said attacking Bain was morally wrong and a waste of time!

  34. 113 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Great article about “tax reform” and Republican plans…..


    In conclusion: Like some other recent tax proposals to “lower the rates and broaden the base,” the Senate and House Republican bills place their top priority not on deficit reduction but on costly and regressive tax-rate cuts. These proposals would likely lead to larger budget deficits, a less progressive tax code, and greater inequality in after-tax incomes.

  35. August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good morning, TODville. Hope our fundraising this month was stellar and exceeded expectations so we can mount an even more aggressive campaign when in counts.

  36. 115 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    If you missed this yesterday, you shouldn’t miss it today. There’s a video segment of Julian Castro at the end, speaking at the Texas Dem. convention


    • 116 desertflower
      August 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

      He’s a wonderful choice! Thanks for posting this…he has a great story to share. That is who we are!

    • 117 daisydem
      August 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I love this, love this, love this. He is great, eloquent and passionate. You know after we elected Barack Hussein Obama, who happens to be black as President, on the blogs I frequented at the time, when reading of any of the RWNJ’s nasty reactions, I would giddily post … and yeah, our next President will be a Hispanic gay woman! Well Castro is not a woman, nor is he gay, but he is Hispanic and I think his time will come, maybe not in the next 8 years, but hopefully soon, to lead this country. And yes, I too (reading the comments on this link) love just calling him Castro because you know that the Republicans heads will explode over that! Thank you for the link so we could hear him speak. I hope Texas turns blue soon; the waves are crashing at their shore!

      • 118 0388jojothecat
        August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

        Yeah I must agree. I loved his passion and energy. I hope he rises to Governor of Texas to turn it blue AGAIN. Texas used to be blue with great politicians such as Ann Richards and Lyndon B Johnson to name two. Then I would love to see him be President or on a ticket for Vice-President. I would campaign for him just like I am doing for PBO.

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thanks, vc. He’s a good speaker. His story is in some ways unique but resonates with an entire sector of Latinos from Mexico.

  37. 120 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

  38. 121 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Matt Busigin ‏@mbusigin


    “Stalled US economy adds 163k jobs” – really skewed perspective. Average 2000-2007 was +77k, and no-one would have written that then.


  39. 122 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

  40. 124 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The Six Worst Intelligence Leaks Since 9/11

    Jason Sattler


    Mitt Romney spent much of his speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention last week blasting President Obama for leaks that no one except the President’s political opponents have connected to the White House. The next day, Romney promptly revealed a secret conversation he had with the Australian Prime Minister.

    Some leaks cast light on secret activities that need light cast on them—such as the leaks that revealed the wide-scale spying on American citizens the NSA was engaged in post 9/11. Other leaks make a false case for war or actually put America’s armed forces and our allies in danger.

    Here are the six examples of the worst leaks since 9/11.



  41. August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

  42. 126 dotster3
    August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Can someone please stuff a sock in this Rev. William Owens, who is leading the black pastors in opposin Obama because of same sex marriage, who is now everyone’s favorite media guest? He’s on CNN now, calling President Obama a “Judas” who “sold out to the homosexual money”. Oh brother.

  43. August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

    The House will soon be leaving for the August break, but before the did, Boer said would reconvene ONLY if all the Bush tax cuts were extended in the Senate.
    Oh yeah, ohhkay!

  44. 132 donna dem 4 obama
    August 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Thank You!

    Tracy, Dianne, Kampan, Faith, Beverly, Angela, Chitra, Jackie, Linda, Connie, Linda, Judith, Sheri, Beatrice, Margaret, LaDonna (BIG FAT THANK YOU) and Scott (OMG! THANK YOU).

    You all caused me to have to raise the roof on my fundraising thermometer (again). 😉

    A special thanks to Amk for posting my FR link while I was toiling away here at work. Love ya Amk!

    Your support of our President’s Campaign and my One donation for 100 days Challenge is so very much appreciated!!!!

    Day 5’s donation has been recorded so the streak is alive and well! 95 more days to go 🙂

    Thanks again everyone and have a great productive O’Day!

  45. 135 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 10:47 am



    Jesse Taylor ‏@jesseltaylor

    Shorter @DanSenor: the Obama campaign’s strategy is working, which is unfair.

    Keith Boykin ‏@keithboykin

    Dan Senor blames poll numbers on Obama campaign spending. If so, then that proves the Obama strategy is working. pic.twitter.com/FZbSPL4R

    • 136 Bill
      August 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Senor was dominating the Morning Joe discussion this morning on how successful Willard’s trip was with no push back at all.

      • 137 Ladyhawke
        August 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

        How utterly ridiculous. Senor must have sounded like Baghdad Bob. There’s no enough lipstick to put on that pig. The trip was a disaster and everybody knows that. That video from the DNC is devastating. I love it because it’s just news reports. By the way, has Dan Senor become a permanent fixture on Morning Joke. I can’t bare the watch that show it makes me feel dirty.

    • 138 Cha
      August 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Isn’t that what warmongering bully boys do.. Whine their heads off when nobody is buying their bullshit.

  46. 139 Linda
    August 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Once a year on august 1st, the people of Warsaw pay hommage to the fallen heroes that fought for freedom in 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. The biggest rebellion against German Nazi occupation during WWII cost over 200 000 lives and destruction of the capital.

  47. 140 Ladyhawke
    August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am


    Why Not in Vegas?



    I’ll make this quick. I have one question and one observation about Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel. The question is this: Since the whole trip was not about learning anything but about how to satisfy the political whims of the right-wing, super pro-Bibi Netanyahu, American Jewish casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, why didn’t they just do the whole thing in Las Vegas? I mean, it was all about money anyway — how much Romney would abase himself by saying whatever the Israeli right wanted to hear and how big a jackpot of donations Adelson would shower on the Romney campaign in return. Really, Vegas would have been so much more appropriate than Jerusalem. They could have constructed a plastic Wailing Wall and saved so much on gas.

    The observation is this: Much of what is wrong with the U.S.-Israel relationship today can be found in that Romney trip. In recent years, the Republican Party has decided to make Israel a wedge issue. In order to garner more Jewish (and evangelical) votes and money, the G.O.P. decided to “out-pro-Israel” the Democrats by being even more unquestioning of Israel.



  48. August 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Last night I saw my first Romney ad about the stimulus. Was that a limp ad or what? What was the message? His team is a real mess.

    • August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Here in Iowa, we’ve been getting bombarded with these messages for months. Thank goodness for the mute button. I know what you mean about “what’s the message” on that one. It says that PBO gave the stimulus money to his friends, cohorts, etc. Then it says only “I’m Mitt and I approve this message”. WHAT message? There really is nothing in it to promote him, just tear down PBO. My favorite part is always him holding hands with Miss Ann at the end – that’s so sweet. Can they be purchased separately?

  49. 143 cluny
    August 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Last night on MSNBC David Cay Johnson, the tax expert, speculated that some damning evidence on Mitt’s returns may be floating around since the returns have already been out of his hands at least once that we know of (McCain 2008 vetting) and thus open to being distributed. Does anyone else get the feeling that some giant hammer is gonna drop on Romney’s head? Fingers crossed.

    Having said that let’s not be distracted even by good poll numbers and keep demanding from the media that they follow up. Let’s try and get the number of the public wanting to see the returns up into the 60%+ range.

    • 144 desertflower
      August 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I saw that on LOD last night:) I wish that Johnston could be the one to look over all Romney’s taxes and ask the questions that need to be asked:) He even said that he thinks that he should release his returns dating back to the ’80’s!

      • 145 cluny
        August 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Me too desertflower – DCJ would be the best tax examiner! I think Romney is starting to get nervous – that’s why he made those blunders in the ABC interview (also admitting to being audited). I don’t know if he’s got the nerve to try and brazen it out. I mean he’s got the arrogance and sense of entitlement but he’s under a different kind of microscope now. What surprises me is the lack of ambition from the press – isn’t there some enterprising, ambitious journalist who would want to make a name for themselves by blowing a lid on all this juicy Bain/tax stuff? Maybe everybody is waiting till after the convention?

  50. 146 Linda
    August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Looks like someone caught on to ” The Newsroom ” being put up on line….

    It is no longer avaiable. 😦

    • August 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Oh, there are other ways to get it. I’m going to have a Newsroom marathon this weekend.

      • 148 susanne
        August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        oh, pleasepleaseplease tell us how!
        i was watching it on jstream and seriescravings, but both gave my computer ugly viruses, so i’m bereft and beginning to panic! love the series, and must watch!

        • August 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

          Well, you can download it from torrent sites like thepiratebay.se. That’s the one I use.

        • 150 Cha
          August 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          Glad you said that about the “ugly viruses”, susanne(sorry you got them!). I just dodged a bullet on one when something popped up and I immediately turned off my laptop like I was advised when I was in NY.

          I guess I’ll have to wait for netflix or hulu for newsroom ..better than a virus.

  51. August 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Trying to understand Mitts new add on GM bailout and I am still scratching my head!
    Does he think we are dumb?!?!?!?

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