A resident wearing a shirt with a picture of President Barack Obama carries a chair as he wades along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.


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  1. August 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Any word on how much PBO raised last night?

  2. August 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  3. August 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    In light of the Crooks And Liars blog post today entitled “Romney Proposes $80 Million Tax Cut for His Family” i was wondering if everyone could do their tax rate calculations using President Obama’s tax calculator and then post what their tax rate would be under Mitt Romney along with the the link to the C&L article and a #seemsfair hastag. I did mine earlier.

    Under Romney tax plan, my taxes go up by $884. Mitt’s family gets $80M tax cut. #Seemsfair. http://bit.ly/PCH1me #Mitt2012 #p2 #tcot

  4. August 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    been thinking about the tax return issue.

    Listen to the President from yesterday:



    ‘trickle down fairy dust’

    The President is attacking the very core of the Republican Party’s line for the past 30 years.

    And, Willard is the total package as to what went wrong for Middle Class America.

    He is a pioneer in outsourcing.

    He made millions of dollars while ruining people’s jobs, livelihoods, pensions and healthcare. I’ve said it before…nobody in America, unless you’re on the fringe, has a problem with people making money off of a successful business. People get that. What people don’t get, because it makes no damn sense, is how, people like Willard, could run a company, a company that was OK until it met Bain, INTO THE GROUND AND INTO BANKRUPTCY, and walk away with MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    NOBODY can make that smell good to middle-class America.

    The GOP has been shilling the bullshyt about ‘ job creators’.

    Where here the President has a prime example of what the rich have actually been doing:

    1. destroying the middle class
    2. taking away their pensions and healthcare
    3. not paying taxes on the money owed
    4. hiding their money from taxes overseas
    5. and not paying taxes period to this country.

    W-T-F do they need a tax cut for, when, when they got them, THEY CREATED NO JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY.

    The President has been waiting patiently and crafting the background for this. Willard is the epitome of what is wrong with this country, and he is the perfect example for the President to point to over and over again about ‘ trickle down fairy dust’.

    While GOP political people may want Willard to release his taxes, the 1% doesn’t, because it would expose them for the frauds that they are. And, it would blow a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the entire GOP financial scam.

    • 13 Bill
      August 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Excellent summary. The irony of this election is one candidate personifies everything that is wrong with our economic system and wishes to maintain it.

    • August 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      It has been said over and over that rich people aren’t job creators. If they had a business and no one came, they would create 0 jobs. The job creators are the ordinary folk who work, who need goods and products to live. When WE have money, WE support the merchants and make job creation possible. We need to seriously challenge that GOP BS about who the real job creators are. Give the jobs and tax breaks to ordinary people. Let US create the marketplace.

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      August 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm


  5. August 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/07/2012
    The politics of resentment makes a comeback
    By Greg Sargent

    The new Mitt Romney ad attacking Obama over welfare is generating a lot of chatter this morning, as it was clearly designed to do. It hits Obama for supposedly “gutting” Bill Clinton’s welfare reform bill, by “dropping work requirements.”

    “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work,” the ad says. “They just send you your welfare check.”

    The ad is highly dishonest; Steve Benen and Arthur Delaney both do a good job taking it apart. The key point is that Republican-led states — Utah and Nevada — had led the request for waivers to the work requirement in the welfare reform bill, so they could experiment with ways to do a better job shifting people from welfare to jobs. The work requirement would remain; states would have more flexibility in implementing it.

    To sum up, this ad is tantamount to claiming that Republican governors want to gut welfare reform and ensure that the government just sends people a “welfare check.”


  6. 17 Bill R.
    August 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  7. 18 yardarm756
    August 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Isn’t it great. We got Obamacare and the teaper’s have Romneyhood?

  8. August 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/07/2012
    Romney campaign `vote fraud’ push dealt a setback in Virginia
    By Greg Sargent

    All eyes are on the battle over early voting in Ohio right now, but while you weren’t looking, a Romney campaign effort to challenge voter registration in Virginia — a key swing state — has been dealt a setback.

    Not long ago the conservative media lit up with claims — voting dogs and cats! — that a voter registration group was sending registration forms to deceased relatives, children, those ineligible to vote, and even pets. The cries of “vote fraud” against the group — the D.C. based Voter Participation Center, which focuses on registering unmarried women, minorities and younger voters — were very similar to others we’ve heard from those who are seeking to place tougher conditions on voting.

    The Romney campaign wrote a letter to the Virginia attorney general and board of elections asking for a probe into the group. Romney’s team also demanded that all “pre-populated” voter registration applications from the group — i.e, forms that are filled out with names and addresses and sent to people based on a purchased mailing list — get tossed out.

    Yesterday, the board of elections denied the Romney campaign’s request for a criminal probe:


  9. 24 Ladyhawke
    August 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Defense Industry Leans On Congress — Avoid Cuts, Even If It Means More Taxes



    The very real possibility that defense programs will suffer deep, across the board spending cuts early next year has major defense contractors and their allies making an unusual plea to members of Congress: Put everything on the table to avoid the so-called sequester — including higher taxes.

    That might not sound like an extraordinary ask. But it’s typical for incumbent interests to leave all questions of ways and means to Congress. And given the defense industry’s enormous power and historic alignment with the GOP, it could have enough force to finally break the GOP of its anti-tax absolutism.

    A House Armed Services Committee hearing two weeks ago first exposed the rift. Under questioning from Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), two major defense contractors acknowledged that the GOP’s refusal to consider higher revenues was not conducive to solving the looming budget crisis.



    • 25 yardarm756
      August 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      It is past time to redirect the bullet $$’s to infrastructure/energy. It’s time for the ‘contractors’ and mercenaries to find other work. Our Armed Forces are now technologically ahead of where they need to be to meet any threat against us.

    • August 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      The defense contractors can go frick themselves. They are the same *itches that aligned themselves with the republicans against PBO for no other reason than greed. They gave the republicans their marching orders to obstruct everything the president and the democrats tried to do to help the country just for the hell of it. Now that the republicans have screwed up, and PBO and the democrats are about to pull the trigger on the automatic cuts, the defense contractors are trying to save their own hides. I want the automatic cuts to kick in. ASAP. I don’t even want to wait until January 1, 2013. If the cuts happen, it’ll teach the republicans a lesson. They need to stop messing around. For the last two years, they’ve been screaming, “We need cuts! cuts! and more cuts!,” but when it’s time for the defense cuts to be implemented, they have a sudden change of mind.

  10. 27 utaustinliberal
    August 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wow. That’s a really poignant picture. Even in the Philippines, the image of Pres. Obama is well recognized. Just one more sign of the far reaching changes that have occurred because a skinny kid with a funny name dared to set out to bring about change.

    Sending positive and healing thoughts to the residents of the affected area.

    • 28 yardarm756
      August 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Be advised that rain in the P.I. is like our worse snow storm. You can literally watch a street turn into a swimming pool in less than ten minutes.

    • 29 hopefruit2
      August 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm


    • 30 pkayden
      August 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I didn’t know that the Philippines were suffering from floods. Wishing them all the best as they deal with the aftermath.

  11. 31 Linda
    August 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    A new neologism entered the 2012 presdential campaign on Tuesday.

    Mitt Romney, speaking to Fox News, responded to President Barack Obama calling his tax plan “Romney Hood.” Obama said that the rich would see their taxes lowered while the middle class would pay more, citing a Tax Policy Center study.

    “We have been watching the president say a lot of things about me and my policies — and they’re just not right,” Romney said. “And if I were to coin a term, it would be ‘Obamaloney.'”

    “He’s serving up a dish which is simply in contradiction with the truth.”

    The attack appeared to take a page from former rival Newt Gingrich, who told Romney to drop the “pious baloney” in a January debate in New Hampshire.

    Ha ! Mitt needs a new writer.

  12. 37 Bill
    August 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Papa John’s Pizza, owned by a big Willard supporter, is whining that it may have to raise the cost of each pizza by $.11 to $.14 because of “Obamacare”. This is thus the cost of providing health insurance to its 16,500 employees. I hope the exceptional US economy can handle this jolt to it.

    • 38 Linda
      August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      He held a fundraiser for Romney where Romney wore white pants and a blue blazer and said that all Americans should live like Papa John

      Here is his home….golf course included and he is whining about .11-.14 cents ?

      • 39 Bill
        August 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        $.11 to $.14 will not break too many people’s pizza budgets. The sad thing is at that price he has not been offering his employees insurance prior to the ACA.

    • August 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Is there anybody so skinflint as to care about a 14 cent increase in the price of their pizza? And is a business like pizza, where it’s possible that someone who can’t get that cough checked out might be delivering or making the food?

      • 41 hopefruit2
        August 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        Not even a 14 cent increase. It’s a 3 cent increase! And Pizza is not even a necessity like gas or water.

        • 42 pinkbunny92
          August 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          Wow had NO idea that the guy who did Papa Johns was a Repub! Coming from Ohio, we used to order his pizza, but since I’ve lived elsewhere, I’ve never bought his pizza again. Probably never will…

          • 43 joanshaw
            August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

            It’s staggering to me that a man who makes pizzas for a living can live in an estate like that.

        • 44 hopefruit2
          August 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          Sorry my mistake…11-14 cent increase, not 3 cent increase 🙂

      • 45 jacquelineoboomer
        August 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        Carol – Excellent point. And remind me never to order Papa John’s pizza again! I don’t really like it anyway (nothing’s as good as the pizza back in my home state of NJ!).

    • 46 pkayden
      August 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      I’ve stopped buying from Papa John’s ever since I heard he was a Repub. He needs to stop running his mouth.

  13. 47 yardarm756
    August 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Dear God,

    I know that I don’t talk to you that much, but this year you have taken away:
    my favorite screenwriter, Nora Ephron,
    my favorite visionary, Steve Jobs,
    my favorite author, Ray Bradbury,
    my other favorite author, Gore Vidal,
    my favorite children’s author, Maurice Sendak,
    my favorite American Bandstand guy, Dick Clark,
    my favorite
    hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon,
    my favorite musician, Earl Scruggs,
    my favorite Monkee, Davy Jones,
    my favorite 60 Minutes guy, Mike Wallace,
    and my favorite singer, Whitney Houston.

    …I just wanted to let you know that my favorite radio announcer is Rush Limbaugh.


  14. 52 pugeretto
    August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Uh Oh

  15. 53 pugeretto
    August 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Rush better be on the look out. Good Day Chips, that is a wonderful picture captured on top “Hope” with the Obama shirt.

  16. August 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    PPP’s newest North Carolina poll continues to find an extremely close race for President in the state, with Barack Obama at 49% to 46% for Mitt Romney. PPP started monthly polling of this contest in November of 2010 and Obama and Romney have now been within 3 points of each 21 of the last 22 months.

    North Carolina voters aren’t thrilled with the job Obama’s doing — 48% approve and 49% disapprove. But they continue to have pretty tepid feelings toward Romney with only 42% of voters rating him favorably to 50% who have a negative opinion of him.

    He is doing better than 08!

    • August 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      As an observer, I wish someone could tell me what there is to disapprove in Barak Obama.

      • 56 anniebella
        August 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        I am with you there Almablanca.

      • 57 Cman
        August 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        I’ve made some calls there and some people are not too hot on Obama’s gay marriage stance. Then again they also don’t like Romney because he is a morman. So things that we hardly ever think about as being an issue are what are on these voters minds. It’s kinda hard sometimes talking to people over there.

      • August 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Well, fair or not, it’s 8.3% UE rate. They want that gone, now!
        Unfair? Definitely!

      • 59 Bill
        August 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        In North Carolina a good portion of the 49% disapproval is due to the fact he is black and the misguided belief he is a Muslim. Virginia Foxx and Franklin Graham are two influential North Carolinians. It has little to do with policy.

      • 66 pinkbunny92
        August 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        I’m with you as well!!! Have no idea what there is to complain about in macro terms! Maybe other people would like him to have handled certain things differently. But if you consider the big picture, the President was handled a big pile of shit from W! And he accomplished a LOT!

        People who complain, either are ignorant about what’s happening, purists (they’ll find anything to bitch about in the way anything is accomplished), or racist – ie nothing President Obama could do would make them happy!

        On the plus side, I’m excited to be in North Carolina, and able to vote where it counts! 🙂

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Almablanca – Haven’t found anything yet. Don’t expect to find anything in the future.

    • 68 pkayden
      August 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      That’s amazing. Didn’t think Obama would be polling well at all in North Carolina.

  17. 69 desertflower
    August 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Sent via Dashboard… MUST READ


    Budget office: Obama’s health law reduces deficit

  18. August 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Limpballs said that Robin Hood was a Tea Bagger!

  19. August 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Robney is so stupid! America is not a Collective.

    So, Robney is saying that America is not like the Borg???

  20. August 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Also, the Robney Camp is floating Petreas as a VP pick. And so far, nobody has said anything bad about Him.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Why would Robme pick anyone more intelligent than he is? Oh, never mind … would be slim pickings to find anyone who isn’t.

  21. 75 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  22. 77 criquet
    August 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    • August 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      He would be the only one I would be concerned with!

    • 79 99ts
      August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      From the link
      “President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot” – Now WHO would be a top fundraiser for PBO and then talk to the drudge report ??
      “the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT. ” The GOP just makes things up – all the time.

  23. August 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm


  24. 81 utaustinliberal
    August 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    This is insane. The wealthiest corporations paid about 9% in taxes on average. Individually, they paid less. Far less than the 35% corporate tax rate and yet the GOP look with scorn on the poor and call them welfare queens and kings. This is the real welfare!

    • 82 hopefruit2
      August 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Exactly. And they still lie and claim that they cannot hire because of “uncertainty” due to high taxes and “Obama’s war” on businesses.

    • 83 0388jojothecat
      August 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I have been a tax auditor for several different states ( I won’t mention them) and I will tell you since I have been doing this job since 1985, the biggest to the smallest businesses used to pay a huge amount of states sales taxes until these states and Texas being the main one, started courting these companies to leave these “over taxing” states and relocate to Texas. California lost a lot of businesses ( I do not work for the state of CA) big and small. Then about 1990, because so many states started giving manufacturers exemptions on sales tax on equipment, states started losing even MORE money. Just about EVERY STATE in the UNION has an exemption of sales tax for manufacturers in some form. In this climate, major companies are being paid to STAY in states and not move. They are being paid in some cases with PAYROLL and SALES TAXES….State Governments are allowing them to KEEP these taxes AND THEY STILL DON’T PAY FEDERAL, STATE, and PAYROLL taxes and they STILL LAY OFF EMPLOYEES who will become a burden on these states.

      Folks we are being played and it won’t stop until WE AGREE TO FEEL SOME PAIN so that THESE CORPORATIONS FEEL SOME PAIN.

  25. 84 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    HEADLINE: Obama Campaign Taps Small Biz Owners To Say They ‘Built That’ — With Support

    // As Republicans continue trying to cash in on the out-of-context “you didn’t build that” attack on President Obama, the Obama campaign is assembling an army of small business owners who say that they did engineer their own success — thanks to the opportunities afforded them by generations of American taxpayers.

    The new Obama push, details of which were obtained by TPM, highlights small business owners across the country in a series of state-specific press releases and events throughout this week aimed at highlighting Obama’s “vision for an economy built from the middle out — where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded and everyone gets a fair shot,” according to the campaign.

    The push is tied to Obama’s call for an extension of the Bush tax cuts on the middle class. But the business owners make clear reference to the continued “you didn’t build that” fight. //


    • 85 utaustinliberal
      August 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Hell Yeah! *Punches Air!* Fight egregious lies with the TRUTH. No one does hard hitting ads like we do.

  26. 86 Roberta in MN
    August 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Doesanyone have the website to watch newsroom? I didn’t sav it last time. can you send it to roberta at thetexasandersons com thanks.

  27. 91 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    // Michelle Obama graces the September 2012 cover of Ladies Home Journal, which features an exclusive interview with both the first lady and President Obama. The article focuses on the tight relationship the couple enjoys, their vibrant affection for each other, and how athletics can increase the participation of young women in leadership roles. //


    Great picture of FLOTUS!!!

  28. August 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    The DOD is all about green energy-

    The White House announced Tuesday it is inviting contract proposals from green energy firms to boost the Army’s use of renewable energy.

    The administration is making $7 billion available for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend on locally-generated biomass, geothermal, solar or wind energy for up to 30 years.

    The move is part of a broader White House-led push to green the armed forces, over GOP opposition, which claims the efforts are a waste of taxpayer dollars.


  29. 98 Squarepeg
    August 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Director Spike Lee is going to be on Rev. Al today – be warned – Spike might not be as supportive of PBO as the Rev. is.

    • 99 pkayden
      August 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Just watched him. Spike appeared to be fine with PBO.

      • 100 Cha
        August 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        Thanks for the update, pkd. I came back here to see if there was a comment on Spike. I was thinking that I had seen where he and his wife were at a fundraiser for PObama.

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