Heads Up: President Obama in Columbus, Ohio

Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, August 21

1:00: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus


CBS (streaming has started) – second CBS link



The student union at the Ohio State University

255 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Columbus, Ohio”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’m ready, thank you Chips Chica!

    • 2 isonprize
      August 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Chica, Ohio State is is Columbus, Ohio (not Cleveland) But the picture is STILL wonderful!!

      • 3 vcprezofan2
        August 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Man Ison, it’s so hard to keep all your states, cities and universities in their correct place! The map I bought doesn’t help ME with universities, only with states and major cities. 😉

  2. August 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Good day everyone …

  3. 8 pinkbunny92
    August 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Happy Tuesday All!!!

    Yesterday’s Presser with President Obama was all kinds of awesome. He constantly wipes the floor of those useless WH Press Corps! When Will they learn they can’t outsmart him?

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      November 7th? Even then I don’t think they will accept it. They’re not known to acknowledge truth even when it slaps them upside the head.

      Hi, Aunty PinkB, Happy Tuesday! [I don’t doubt you have already bought niece her stuffed pink bunnies for when you’re not around.] 😉

      • 10 pinkbunny92
        August 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Hahaha! Yep! Lots of pink stuff! Although several months ago, I was in Europe for business, and connecting through Amsterdam Airport, and I bought this glow in the dark bunny! It was made out of material, that when it soaks up light, it will glow in the dark 🙂

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          August 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          Take it easy on little niece’s eyes, please. She might want to actually rest her eyes at night. Glow in the dark, bunny, indeed! 😉 😉 😆

      • August 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        Now here is something Nate Silver, with all his polling data and statistical analysis, could do for me.

        The previous general election I had to stay up until 5:15 a.m. CET before the election was called for BHO.

        Surely, given the wealth of data available to him, he could project a useful estimate on when I can go to sleep on Nov., 7, 2012, CET.


  4. 13 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hey guys….it’s not good to spread LIES about Pres. Obama. After NewsWeek put that horrible full of CRAP article by Niall Ferguson as their cover page, Pres. Obama decided to conduct and exclusive interview with TIME magazine today.

    Can you say BURN! 😆 😆

  5. 21 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    The GOP is going down in flames. It’s official: They’ve lost the women vote.

    Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. On Monday, King signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

    King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

    “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”


    • 22 ChristiMTL
      August 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I saw that little gem on Twitter as well.

      King just told an anecdote about a young girl being raped and forced to have an abortion just the other day

      It’s on Youtube….Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Clarifies Statements On Dog Fighting

      I’m not posting this garbage here.

      Dangerous lunatic

    • August 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      This is the real reason the GOP was upset with Akin and his comments – it’s going to lure all the nutjobs out of hiding. So many of them will come out (like Dana Loesch) to defend Akin, and it will reveal once again that the GOP is made up of the lowest common denominator in the gene pool. These people are completely reprehensible. I wonder if the GOP knows that the world can actually see this stuff – and this is the image of America that’s going out there. So offensive.

    • 27 ewok2
      August 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Has he ever heard of Bristo Palin?

  6. 28 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Small correction—-Oh St is in Columbus, which I’m sure you meant.

  7. 29 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Look at how everyone, young and old alike are smiling when our President is around! 🙂 🙂

  8. 30 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  9. 35 cookemom
    August 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Nice thread pics. Female SS agent serious business.

  10. August 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    CSPAN 1 tv has it blacked out. Something about a GOP jobs summit. I tried CSPAN 2, something about the GOP convention.
    But, Robney got roadblock cable coverage, yesterday?
    Got it.
    Thank God for Chiperoo!

    • 37 Linda
      August 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      GOP Jobs Summit ?

      hahahahahahaha ….how funny

    • 38 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      I’ve noticed that too! CSPAN 2 tv has devoted round the clock coverage of the RNC convention prep. None of our President /Biden speeches will be featured on CSPAN TV today. And when you go on the CSPAN website, the first thing that jumps out at you is the RNC Convention preparation.

      I’m going to take a screenshot and save it, and then compare CSPAN’s homepage when it’s time for the DNC convention and see how the advertising compares.

  11. 39 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Wi. Atty Gen. is again seeking to put Voter ID law in place, asking State Sup. Ct. to review the judges’ rulings which knocked down the Voter ID law there——and he wants this action before the Nov. election! Why can’t he have his Voter Suppression Voter ID Law just like all the other Repub controlled states???
    Despicable. All of these voter suppression efforts. Astonishing, really.


  12. 40 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Chips….Ohio State University is in Columbus not Cleveland. 😀

  13. 41 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Okay, the speech is about to begin! Person to introduce the President is now on the podium!

  14. 42 4morefor44
    August 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    president obama up 3% in missouri according the ppp! great news! he’ll win wisconsin too. just wait until after the republican convention, and it’ll be pedal to metal for the obama campaign. i think they’re pacing themselves in terms of money right now, and just imagine the momentum he’ll have after his convention speech in north carolina. big expenditures now will be lost in the media fluffing of the republicans next week, so keep that powder dry, i’d say! they jumped out of the gates early to set the narrative on rmoney, and conserving for the big final push. debates will help too and college kids going back to school. forward!!

  15. 43 nospin
    August 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  16. August 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    In the interests of amity and concord, I didn’t slag Man United’s atrocious performance yesterday. But, I must ask, how does Paul Scholes still not know how to tackle? Chips, the floor is yours. 😀

    • August 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      “In the interests of amity and concord, I didn’t slag Man United’s atrocious performance yesterday.”

      You’re very kind, LL 🙂

      I’ll have you know, Scholesie can tackle fine – he’s just been mistiming them for, um, 20 years.

  17. 46 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

  18. 47 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm




    The Only Big Idea Coming Out of the Romney-Ryan Camp Is the Big Lie



    The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don’t really want a `great debate’



  19. 48 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  20. 51 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  21. 52 Tally
    August 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  22. 55 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    My President has a loud voice. And that’s a very good thing!

  23. 56 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    BET To Interview Obama Today In Columbus, Ohio

    Ed Gordon of Black Entertainment Television, or BET, will interview President Obama in Columbus, Ohio, this afternoon, a network spokesperson confirmed to TPM. The interview will air as part of BET’s live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET.

  24. 57 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • August 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      This is good news. We need him to stay in the race.

      • 59 theo67
        August 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        My concern is with the voters who thought he was a good idea in the first place. Apparently, he’s been spewing this kind of nonsense for a while, and he was still double digits ahead of Claire McCaskill in the state that knows him best. The only difference here was that he gained national notoriety. It’s still those Missouri voters who will decide who wins, and if he wins despite the GOP pull-out, it will open up a whole new can of worms. There are just some people in this country who are actually stupid – and the fact that one of them is now running as the GOP VP candidate is deeply embarrassing, and ultimately dangerous.

        • August 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

          I agree it is a concern. Half of the whole country seems to be totally out of touch or stupid or both.

        • 61 vcprezofan2
          August 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

          I hear you now, but don’t you think that earlier conversations about Sandra Fluke, ultra-sounds and Planned Parenthood, etc.etc. on the national as well as state levels may have awakened a) previously non-participating democratic women in Missouri, b) some smart (?) Missouri repub women? Yeah, reading your comment I suddenly remembered Wisconsin, but, jeez louise Theo, the WIMMIN in Missouri can’t be so deaf! Can they? This is more personal than the recall, after all.

          • 62 theo67
            August 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

            VC – this meme about not getting pregnant with a “legitimate rape” has been around since the 60’s, I believe. We may think it’s horrendous, but this is mainstream among the pro-lifers. This isn’t the first time this guy has made these types of announcements – it’s just the first time they’ve been heard nationwide. Remember, they even (including Paul Ryan – who may be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office) co-sponsored a bill to define “forcible rape” so that teens who were raped under statutory laws or incest wouldn’t qualify as rape victims deserving of federal funding for their medical expenses. This is who they are – and their followers believe them. This is why Akin put out a fundraising letter last night. He clearly got enough enthusiasm and support (from the likes of Huckabee and others), that he felt ok staying in the race. The only reason the GOP is backing away from him now, even though he’s accurately describing their platform, is because they want the Senate and the White House – and ultimately, a completely right-leaning Supreme Court and control of America’s checkbook via the House leadership. If Americans weren’t paying attention before, then how many warnings and signs do they need before realizing they’re completely in trouble? As soon as the GOP started complaining about their “freedoms” being taken away, people should have realized that they always accuse others of what they are doing themselves.

            Rant over.

        • 69 majiir
          August 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

          I read on TPM today that the percentages are now Akin = 44%; McCaskill =43%. On yesterday, Akin had @ an 11 point lead on McCaskill. PM Carpenter reported on his blog that Powerliine is pizzzed about how Akin’s comments has affected his lead. I don’t understand why, because Powerline, along with Fox, and other RW media outlets has endorsed every anti-women bill the GOP has passed in the House the last few years. The only reason republicans are angry about Akin staying in the race is because he said what they have been trying to keep the public from knowing.

    • 70 lisalovesobama
      August 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      good for you, Todd. McCaskill is laughing her way to re-election right now.

  25. August 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  26. 76 Linda
    August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    These students better vote………they did not in 2010 and see what happened ?

    • 77 nospin
      August 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I cannot blame students for what happened in 2010. Adult democrats were knee deep in hand wringing and some dems were telling folks to stay home and not vote. (Looking at you Ed). Dems did not do a good job of presenting themselves to the American people.

  27. August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm


  28. 79 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm



    The live stream for VP Biden’s event in Minnesota is already up.

  29. 81 Claire
    August 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Did I miss it?

  30. 86 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Another reason to love Costco
    Joan Rivers Escorted Out of Costco
    The comedian protests Costco for not selling her book. (video article)
    Get this: Ms. Rivers claims her first amendment rights are being violated! LOL!
    Where are the corporate-freedom lovers now? Doesn’t this business have the right to decide what products it chooses to offer its customers?

  31. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Last night I was catching up on the HBO series “Newsroom” shows I missed while on vaca. Let me say that the “Osama Bin Laden” show was just incredible 🙂

    I realized at about 10:00PM that I hadn’t gotten a donation in my 100 donations in 100 day Fundraising Challenge to get at least one donation everyday.

    So I popped on here and posted my FR link. I fell asleep and woke in a panic that the streak had been broken. Ohhhhh No…TOD wasn’t going to let that happen. I got 5 (FIVE) donations even into the wee hours of this morning (which covers my one donation needed for today).

    All I can say is that the President’s supporters here at TOD are PURE AWESOMENESS all tied up in a purtty bow.

    PBO and I Thank you 5 wonderful Obots sooooo very much!!!!!!!!

  32. 102 edwina3
    August 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Contact Tina Brown at letters@newsweek.com. Here’s mine:

    You choose to publish a piece on President Obama by Niall Ferguson that is so riddled with falsehoods that it  has permanently damaged the reputation of your magazine. I will never trust anything from Newsweek again, much less purchase a copy. The ONLY way that you will salvage your tattered reputation is to publish a cover story with a mea culpa and point by point refutation of Mr. Ferguson’s many lies. Shame on you, Tina, shame. You have embarrassed your self and all women in journalism.

  33. 105 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thought it was a great speech—-new material!—–enthusiastically received! President Obama made it quite clear how his forward education policies stack up against Willard’s backward, dumb bunny, out-of-touch “shop around” and “borrow from your parents” education tips.

  34. 106 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  35. 107 Linda
    August 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    During a meeting of the Republican National National Convention Platform on Tuesday, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach spoke out against an amendment that would have struck down the party’s longstanding support for the Defense of Marriage Act — which outlaws same-sex marriages — by comparing homosexuality with drug use and polygamy.

    Pat Kerby, an RNC delegate from Nevada, introduced the amendment, arguing that “under the constitution, every American gets treated equally under the law.”

    But Kobach, who is best know as the chief architect of Arizona’s xenophobic SB 1070 law and advises the Romney campaign on immigration issues, opposed the amendment by comparing LGBT people to drug users and polygamists:

    Our government routinely judges situatons where you might regard people completely affecting themselves like for exmaple the use of controlled substances, like polygamy that is voluntarily entered in to. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people at least directly. So this is worded way to broadly for inclusion in the platform.

    The amendment was defeated by a voice vote.

    • 108 theo67
      August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      They are so full of hate – they need to be treated the way they treat other people, except other people just aren’t that heinous. We have to leave them to Karma.

  36. August 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

  37. 114 Linda
    August 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I wish Al Franken was at the Biden rally.

  38. 115 edwina3
    August 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    “I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His. What I can do is just keep on following Him, and serve others—trying to make folks’ lives a little better using this humbling position that I hold,” – Barack Obama.

    H/T the dish

  39. 117 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    That Minnesota politician is doing a terrific job as a presursor to VPBiden! I didn’t catch her name.

  40. 125 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    • 126 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Ah, Utal, thank you for her real name. 😉 My hearing doesn’t always work the way I want it to. 😉

  41. 127 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    VOTE Obama/Biden2012

  42. 129 cookemom
    August 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Atkin modified his term legitimate rape to false rape. So there will be a test a woman takes after a rape? True or false…..were you raped? If true, so what….if false so what also too such as.

    • August 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      I love that he then went on to say that what he meant to say was “forcible” rape, not “legitimate” rape. AHHH the curtain continues to get pulled back. As if rape isn’t forcible by definition. These cretins are disgusting.

      • 131 cookemom
        August 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        He’s since changed it again today, It’s false rape now. He went from legitimate to forcible (language RAyn used), to false.

        • 132 vcprezofan2
          August 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

          From the look of things to date, CM, women won’t have to worry about a test afterwards, the GOP lawmakers will make the determination if they are not swept out of the way.

  43. 133 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    VP Biden is on the podium!!

  44. 134 FiredUpInCA
    August 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Politico pulls Dave Catanese from Akin story:

    “We have had newsroom conversations about the importance of good judgment on social platforms like Twitter and the perils of letting that slip.

    Unfortunately, today offered a good example. David Catanese crossed a line a reporter shouldn’t cross on Twitter when he seemed to weigh in on the merits of Todd Akin’s comments — especially in a way many people, including many POLITICO colleagues, understandably found offensive.

    Dave’s tweets on Akin created a distraction to his own work, and to the newsroom as a whole. They also made himself part of the story, requiring us for now to remove him from Akin coverage.”


    • 135 donna dem 4 obama
      August 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Most of them cross the line everyday. Candy Crowley et al spewing Right Wing talking points in every interview they have with a Dem, the jackals being stenographers for the Republican Party, Sunday morning Talk shows that favor the Repubs 2,3 or 4-1 most Sundays. And this guy gets a slap on the wrist while the black guy (who spoke the truth) loses his job because it’s a fact that Romney is only comfortable around people who look like him. Remember, “who let the dogs out, woof! woff!”.

      They are all pathetic and only because Politico was getting pushback from minority websites who were questioning why this guy was allowed to do what he did and Joe Wilson or William’s (I’m not sure which) lost his job.

      • 136 nathkatun7
        August 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        You are absolutely right Donna! Politico ‘s like most media uses double standards. Joe Williams lost his job because he told the truth but David Catanese, who was out defending a disgraceful man, gets a slap on the wrist.

    • 137 symmetry11
      August 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      They did not give Joe Williams the same courtesy. He should be removed from his job.

  45. 138 Janelle
    August 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    FYI….since FLOTUS is guest editor on iVillage all this week, today’s video is a relaxed convo with her feet up/shoes off in her office….very nice.


  46. 140 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    VP BIDen is on FIYAH!!!!!!

    • 141 Lovepolitics2008
      August 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      He is FAB on the stump !! I missed him this time, but watched him last week. No wonder the gop and their media allies want to caricature him…

  47. August 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    OMG Joe is blistering! Wish I could tweet excerpts as expertly as UTAustinLiberal

  48. 143 Claire
    August 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Go Joe!!!!!!!

  49. 149 Tally
    August 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    • 150 Dudette
      August 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      The whole damn country should be hanging its collective heads in shame.

    • 151 yardarm756
      August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      I guess stuff doesn’t exist if you never heard of it,eh? And must rwnj’s believe in Unicorns ’cause they’ve seem ’em on tv right?

  50. 152 FiredUpInCA
    August 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    • 153 Ladyhawke
      August 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm



      Remember what Grover Norquist said:

      “We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” Grover Norquist told conservatives at the CPAC convention in February. “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”

      Norquist went on: “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.” [….]

      • 154 yardarm756
        August 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        Fortunately The Presidency is not a play or part you audition for. Although Romeyhood is acting like it. Get that sucker some green tights,eh? Where is Little John(Ryan)?

  51. 155 Claire
    August 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    OBL dead, GM alive!

  52. 156 Obama Grandmama
    August 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    A clue into what a person will do should be based on what they have done, not on what they say they will do. Take a look at Paul Ryan’s Congressional record of being severely Conservative. Then decide if you would want him to be a heartbeat from the Presidency. It is not only about Mitt Romney’s candidacy. It is also about what it would be like if the VP became the President.

    • 157 Obama Grandmama
      August 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I wish I could tweet or had a following to post my above message. If anyone wants to shorten it and use it feel free.

  53. 158 edwina3
    August 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Joe Scarborough: Romney’s welfare Ads are “completely false”


    h/t democratic underground

    • 159 57andfemale
      August 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Huh? And when did Hell free over, exactly? How’d I miss that?

    • 161 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      He was concern trolling this morning. He brought this up when he was trying to divert the conversation from the Atkin problem after Meka pointed out that Mitt didn’t condemn what Atkin said. Joe Schmo got so upset that he blamed taking bill Maher’s million dollar donation for his campaign. He was comparing that to Mitt not telling Atkin to get out. Joe is very good at poutrage and welcomes this clip all over the innertubz. It’s just false concern cause he got caught defending the indefensible.

  54. 162 Bill R.
    August 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Don’t mess with Harry Reid. Koch Bros. did, and he’s coming for them:

  55. 165 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I see why the MSM and GOP are afraid of VP Biden. He can give one helluva speech!

    Be afraid MSM/GOP, be very afraid.

  56. 166 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    VP Joey was on fire!!! We have the best POTUS/VPOTUS team in history. May God continue to Bless us!

  57. August 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm


    just wanna thank you for the great Ryan as GENERAL OF THE GOP’s War on Women graphics that you’ve been posting.

  58. 168 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    BTW, VPWannabee is in my neck of the woods this PM…

  59. 169 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Damn! VP Biden was on fire! When he took off his jacket you knew it was on! 😀

    • 170 susanne
      August 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      ‘being played for a sucker’
      now that’s language that makes the rethug agenda absolutely clear to middle income voters. thanks, joe!

  60. 171 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  61. 173 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Ha! The campaign should try and make this a really big event. Show the RNC up right in their backyard 😉

    The Obama campaign made it official on Tuesday: Vice President Joe Biden will host a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla on Monday. Additional details will be announced later.

    Biden’s appearance is notable in that it will be held in the same city and at the same time as the Republican National Convention, which kicks off on Monday.


  62. 177 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  63. 180 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  64. 182 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  65. 183 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  66. 184 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  67. 189 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  68. 191 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    What is it with the people in Minnesota? Just when things were going so well for our side!
    Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17, in bushes at public rest stop after meeting him on Craigslist

  69. 193 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Just wondering: Could Congress pass the Voting Rights Act now?

    By Laura Conaway


    Now that we’ve lost our national consensus that it’s a good idea for more people to vote, I’ve found myself wondering whether the current Congress could pass the Voting Rights Act if it were before them now.

    When I floated this question in here, Rachel sent over this bit on what else Congressman Todd Akin said when he was talking about rape and pregnancy — namely the problems with having federal protection for the right to vote:



  70. 194 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Can anyone please tell me what Glenn Thrush politico is selling in his new book. I don’t watch MSNBC at all during the day until Maddow & Lawrence.

    • 195 ChristiMTL
      August 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      I’m sick of that idiot and his ebook….no facts checks nothing….

      It’s just lies…gossip.

    • August 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      A former Unnaned Obama aide, says that the President is an angry Person and a bunch of gossip from this unnamed source.
      It’s all he said She said, Karl Rove style.

    • 199 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      PBO is angry and very competitive. He proves it by stating that he would challenge Reggie Love to impromptu games of tiddlywinks, or a winner take all, take down bout of, who could guess the number of tiles on the ceiling.

  71. August 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Joe Biden to bracket the GOP convention in Tampa-


    Very good idea. The MSM can not ignore Joe.

  72. 202 sabreen60
    August 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I was watching my recording of Stephanie Millers’s show and she played a clip from Mitt Romney on the stump. There has got to be a way to get the media to call Mitt out on his lies. He said he’s not raising taxes on anybody and that President Obama needs to stop lying about this. I believe at least two organizations, the CBO and the Tax Policy organization have analyzed Mitt’s plan and says that he does increase taxes on the middle class and the poor.

    Generally, I don’t watch Mitt and I try not to listen to much of what he says, because frankly with my temperament, I’m subject to throw something at the TV.

    • August 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      They are taking important issues and are using our talking points to confuse.
      It’s Soviet style behavioral modification.

    • 204 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Keep plenty of Nerf stuff around and toss away. Little damage done to tv, but very soothing to the soul.

    • 206 57andfemale
      August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      This is one of Mitt’s more weaselly positions, because he has not given any details of his plan. The CBO and the Tax Policy Center have taken what he states as his goals and his suppositions of how it will work and extrapolated the outcome. Mittens literally has said on the record that if he gave details it could be scored and he doesn’t want the public to know the details until after he’s elected (God forbid!) because the public won’t like it. Amazing…….

      What caused only a blip was Paul Ryan saying he’s never run the numbers on his budget. But the Repubs have voted for it as a budget! It’s absolutely stunning…….

      The only way any of it comes close to working for these two jackasses is if they magically project increased revenue from their magical tax cuts.

      Now here’s the thing: Mittens admits to at least $20M in ‘income’ in 2010. Has he created any jobs with that money? Have his tax cuts gone to opening a textile factory in the U.S.? He’s done NOTHING to generate jobs in the U.S. with his tax cuts, but more tax cuts will magically make this happen?

      I work for an obscenely wealthy man. He hates PBO. He once told me that with the tax brackets as they are, there’s no reason to invest his earnings in order to shield income from excessive taxes because the taxes are no longer excessive.

      And that’s the point: when tax rates were really high, it was in a rich person’s best interest to invest in actual businesses. But with ridiculously low tax rates, the rationale no longer applies, not by a long shot.

      Also, since Reagan, the odious Gramm bill, and other deregulation of the financial industry (for which I will never forgive Bill Clinton. Talk about getting a total pass from the press on how this legislation led directly to global financial collapse), there is virtually NO REASON for rich individuals to invest in actual companies. They can play with their money in the casino that is now the banking industry.

      It’s horrific.

      • 207 susanne
        August 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        you make a point that we need to amplify and broadcast: those with huge incomes have no incentive to invest in building the economy, because they can legally, and lucratively, stuff that money in offshore banks, or play roulette with huge bets against the dollar, or buy up luxury properties and goods overseas. this isn’t due to some ayn rand-type law of nature–it’s due to laws written by congress, which can be re-written, if voters are armed with this info, and maybe some pitchforks and torches.

        • 208 57andfemale
          August 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

          The low tax rates themselves chill investment — there simply is no longer an incentive and there hasn’t been for 30+ years. And the replacement of actual investment with banking casinos has significantly changed the calculus of how money is used in a national economy.

      • 209 sabreen60
        August 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Last night my husband and I discussed Clinton and his policies – Glass Seagall, The Fairness Doctorine, NAFTA – policies that progressives have given him a pass. Yet they are willing to throw President Obama under the bus because they didn’t get a public option. The double standard is mind blowing.

        • 210 57andfemale
          August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          Phenomenal to me. Especially the few PUMA’s still around. Who honestly thinks she would have been more progressive than PBO? It’s absurd — the only time the Clintons are progressive is when they’re running for office — they do not govern that way.

          And although Repubs like to use Clinton as a poster boy for ‘sensible’ policies now, there are only two people in the world Repubs hate more than PBO: Bill and Hillary Clinton. Congress would have been tied up with every claim by every woman who ever shook Bill Clinton’s hand. It would have been a bigger disaster than it is now, except the policies would have been more rightward than PBO’s have allegedly been.

          I heard recently that after the morning’s impeachment trial, the afternoons were spent by Clinton working out the details of the Gramm bill, with the same monsters who were impeaching him. Clinton never did anything to stop that legislation and was actually complicit in how it was shaped. I will never forgive him for that, or the Telecom bill that unleashed right wing radio to obscene heights.

  73. August 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Report: Convention platform to embrace Ryan Medicare ideas.

    • August 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Albeit, look at this Stupidity-

      At this point, most Americans do not associate Ryan with the proposal to change Medicare. Just 23% of those who have heard about the idea of shifting Medicare to a system of credits to buy private insurance identify it as Ryan’s. Nearly as many (17%) say Barack Obama proposed this, while 44% do not know who proposed it.

      You see how stupid People are? I would say all democrats know the Ryan plan, so I question this poll.

  74. 223 Tally
    August 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    • August 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Tally is force on Womens issues. I love it.
      You should run for some Political office, you would be good at it.

      • 225 Tally
        August 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        Thanks so much babe….. but I think my head would explode from trying to process all the stupidity. Newsroom is keeping me sane.

    • 226 susanne
      August 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      again, this is the insidious evil underlying the current rape discussion: if the woman or girl becomes pregnant, then she wasn’t raped. she’s lying. here’s the proof.

      i cannot imagine anyone supporting this belief system who is not personally invested in covering up some pretty nasty behavior of their own.

  75. 228 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    A Mountain of Legislation Proves Legitimate Rape is a Republican Policy, Not a Gaffe

    By Sarah Jones


    Republicans’ feigned outrage over Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” statement didn’t stop them from falsely and conveniently negating it with a “both sides do it” reference to Biden’s shackles gaffe, as if a gaffe is the equivalent of years of policy.

    Maybe everyone does say stupid things, but not everyone has a mountain of legislation backing up the stupid thing they said, proving that it wasn’t a gaffe but a policy. “Legitimate rape” was not a gaffe nor was it the opinion of one lone Republican in the House. The Medieval thinking behind “legitimate rape” runs wild in the Republican Party, and there is a mountain of legislation to prove it.
    It’s not about your words, Republicans. We’re used to being called barn yard animals, caterpillars and sluts by your party. It’s your legislative policies that diminish our rights to those of barn yard animals to which we are objecting.



  76. 229 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    • 230 FiredUpInCA
      August 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Ryan called too but didn’t ask him to quit. Shades of Palin. A VP with a different agenda than the top of the ticket:

      “Ryan called Akin Monday and the two spoke for about five minutes, a Republican source familiar with the call told ABC News.

      “He didn’t ask him to get out,” the source said. “He said, basically, ‘You need to reflect on this and think about what is best for you, your family and things you believe in.'”

      • 231 57andfemale
        August 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        I’m still betting that Akin will cave.

      • 234 theo67
        August 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        He probably promised to carry the torch in the war against women, and maybe even appoint Todd Akin to a committee to rewrite the Constitution after the election (if they win, by some diabolical means).

  77. August 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Pew poll- only 23% of Voters KNOW that the Ryan voucher plan came from Paul Ryan.
    Twenty Three Percent???
    Stupid is as stupid does!

  78. 236 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  79. 237 nospin
    August 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Mitt Romney nearly bobbles Yankees fan’s vote
    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee tells a joke about a group of South Carolina cadets who ‘all hate Yankees.’ Even VP pick Paul Ryan, who tried for the assist, couldn’t save him from the error.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/mitt-romney-bobbles-yankees-fan-vote-article-1.1140446#ixzz24DJRgPMq

    • 238 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Yankee’s fans? I do believe he just said that those So. Carolina cadets hated folks from the North. Is he now siding with the RWNJ in re-fighting the civil war? #facepalm

  80. 239 Tally
    August 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    this just gets more hilarious by the minute!!!

  81. August 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Scott Brown has come out against the GOP platform for abortion.
    He is the only Republican on thus Earth, that actually goes against the Upper echelon.

    • August 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      That is the plan, The Republican don’t care if he go against them in order to keep his seat, Scott plan is to go against the republican so his state won’t think he is a teaparty nut. But vote with him when he win.

    • 242 lisalovesobama
      August 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      he’s trying to hold on to his seat in a blue state. of course he’s against it. there is nothing courageous about that.

  82. 243 Tally
    August 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  83. August 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Here you go Tally-

    Earlier today, Newsweek announced on its Tumblr account that it was changing its cursor to a coat hanger in protest of the Republican platform on abortion that allows no exceptions for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

    “We’re retiring the mustache cursor for the day. Here’s our new one: a coat hanger.”

    Newsweek’s Social Media Editor, Brian Ries, tweeted an explanation:


    Well, well, well…

  84. 245 nospin
    August 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    2012 Presidential Debate Schedule

    The dates and venues have been announced for the 2012 Presidential debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The date for the Vice Presidential debate has also been announced.

    Tickets for the 2012 general election debates are controlled by the Commission on Presidential Debates and are extremely limited since the debates are primarily produced for television. The majority of tickets are distributed to host university students and faculty through a lottery system with the remaining tickets going to friends and families of the campaigns and the media. Please contact the individual colleges hosting the debates for specific ticketing information.

    All debates will be streamed live online. Check back here for live stream links.
    October 3, 2012
    Obama/Romney Topic: Domestic policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
    Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
    Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

    The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

    October 11, 2012
    Vice Presidential
    Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
    Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
    Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

    The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

    October 16, 2012
    Obama/Romney Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
    Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
    Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)
    The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

    October 22, 2012
    Obama/Romney Topic: Foreign policy
    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
    Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
    Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

    The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

  85. 246 susanne
    August 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    akin apologizes, in your dreams:

    ‘I know what some of you are thinking: if we send Todd to the Senate, won’t he be able to do more damage than he did in the House? Well, think again. In the House, I was a member of the Science Committee. Scientific matters that impact the entire nation were entrusted to a man who thinks that lady parts have E.S.P. Electing me to the Senate will get me as far away from science as possible.’

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/an-apology-from-todd-akin.html#ixzz24DO5sh4H

  86. August 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is astonishing! Did you all see my post about the Pew poll?
    23% if voters know the Ryan plan is from Paul Ryan, 17% blame the President for Paul Ryan plan.
    WTF? We got work to do! Lots if it, apparently!

    • 249 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Cool your jets, it’s still August. Folks just aren’t as into this stuff as we are yet. They’ll get more involved after Labor Day and after taking advantage of the last of summerness. imo of course

  87. 250 cookemom
    August 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Paul RAyn has just joined MisMitt asking for Atkins to step down. smh

  88. 251 cindysweatt
    August 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I am sure everyone else has seen this video except me. Some people are saying that Faux news is going bankrupt. I wish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYA9ufivbDw&feature=player_embedded

  89. 252 Jodi king
    August 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What is the source of the pic of the boy with his dad (both in blue)? That is my son and husband and would love to purchase picture

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