Rise and Shine

President Obama talks with Lt. Gen. Doug Lute, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for South Asia, left, and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in the Oval Office, Nov. 13 (Pete Souza)



10:0 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses reporters (C-Span)

1:30: President Obama holds a news conference

2:45: President Obama and VP Biden attend a meeting with business leaders



McClatchy: President Obama assured labor unions and liberal organizations Tuesday that he’s firmly committed to letting tax cuts for higher incomes expire as scheduled at the end of the year….

Obama met with the labor and liberal groups for an hour at the White House, his first extended meeting with anyone from outside his administration since he won re-election a week ago. He told them he’s committed to raising taxes on higher incomes as he negotiates with Congress on avoiding the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year and automatic spending cuts negotiated during last year’s debt crisis kick in.

“President Obama today strongly reiterated his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent finally end Dec. 31 and to protecting the middle class in the process,” said Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org….

More here




Mother Jones (thanks Melanie)








Dana Milbank: President Obama’s opponents have unwittingly come up with a brilliant plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” They want to secede from the union.

If Obama were serious about being a good steward of the nation’s finances, he’d let them.

…. a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for…..

Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes. The balance is the opposite in blue states. The secession petitions, therefore, give the opportunity to create what would be, in a fiscal sense, a far more perfect union.

…. would-be rebels from the red states should keep in mind during the coming budget battle that those who are most ardent about cutting government spending tend to come from parts of the country that most rely on it.

Full article here







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232 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 14, 2012 at 8:36 am


  2. 12 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 am


  3. 15 desertflower
    November 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The SPAMMER was first! Wake up all you sleepyheads:) It’s a new day!!

  4. 20 Vicki Green
    November 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Nancy addresses her caucus at 10:00. C-Span?

  5. 22 TrumpDog
    November 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I love that “firsts” chart. It’s a beautiful thing.

    • 23 desertflower
      November 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Looks like America!

      • 24 TrumpDog
        November 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

        Did you see Sinema? Aren’t you thrilled for her?
        I remember her doing lectures/talks during the health care meetings. Oh and when she spoke at one of the OFA meetings. Loved her because she talks so naturally and keeps your attention. Happy dancin’ for her and more so that she beat that weirdo Parker (gag)

        • 25 desertflower
          November 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

          I’m very happy for her. She used to come into the office in ’08 and work with us…pretty cool. I’m proud of her

  6. 26 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    G’Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc! Happy Wednesday to all. 🙂 I LOVE those cartoons – thanks Chips!

  7. 28 TrumpDog
    November 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The Seceeders are coming off like a bunch of babies. Do they even realize how fucking foolish they look?
    I do hope they keep it up and more so that the GOP “leaders” appease them. Though I think this is a bit too far for them

    • November 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Hiya TrumpDog, I love the fact that these creatures hoot and holler about the beauty of democracy …. until they lose an election. 🙄

      • 30 desertflower
        November 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

        Funny that:)

      • 31 utaustinliberal
        November 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

        The states that signed petitions to secede aren’t just the usual Southern states which is very surprising. There are 30 states that want to secede including New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina etc. It’s hilariously pathetic.

        • November 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

          No shortage of nutjobs everywhere UT, sadly. Morning!

          • 33 yardarm756
            November 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

            Good moring Admiral and all you TODers. On this subject let me say that if one looks beneath the surface, I’ll bet that most of these people are members of or support one of the local militias. Gun nuts and ardent supporters of the NRA. Let ’em go. Then we can close all military bases and government facilities in those areas. Screw ’em!

        • 34 dotster3
          November 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

          that’s because any one nutjob in any state can start a petition—–does not reflect any sizable chunk of the populations in those states, obviously.

          • 35 ChristiMTL
            November 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

            True!….it’s so pathetic.

          • 36 utaustinliberal
            November 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

            Just as it doesn’t represent any “sizable chunk of the populations” in the Southern states either. The point was that any nut job can start a petition and when 30 states have petitions, people should stop casting stones at one region of the United States.

            • November 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

              These are rwnjs, individuals and not the state representatives. If these individuals are so disgusted with the american constitution then THEY not their states need to succeed. Pack you bags and go……Europe? Canada? Somali, or just start your own country…Ignoramistan.

      • 38 TrumpDog
        November 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Very patriotic, I say.

  8. 39 desertflower
    November 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Want to see the question of the day for Arizona? Very apparent why we’re near the bottom of the barrel in education.

    Should Arizona create a state-run health exchange where consumers could choose health plans, or let the federal government create and run one for Arizonans?
    Hard to say.

  9. 40 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2012 at 8:50 am


    Paul Ryan makes the case against a mandate

    By Steve Benen


    Ryan’s argument, in other words, is pretty hard to take seriously. The re-elected president lacks a “mandate” because he only won a majority of the popular vote, a large majority of the electoral vote, and most voters supported Democratic congressional candidates? Presidential mandates are now dependent on gerrymandered House district lines? C’mon.

    But let’s not miss for the forest for the trees.

    Ryan is making the case against a presidential mandate as a justification for obstructionism. His argument, in effect is, “The president may appear to have earned a mandate, but Republicans are inclined to pretend otherwise.”

    This isn’t an attitude that will lead to progress over the next two years.



  10. 41 symmetry11
    November 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning TOD

  11. November 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I like it that I no longer worry when the RWNJ’s insult the president. I just smile and think that he can be himself and no long has a political liability. He will do great things just as we knew he would.

  12. 44 Melanie
    November 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Great article on gerrymandering and how even though Dems lead the popular votes in the House they didn’t win the majority. More people voted for Ds but the Rs still hold power because they drew lines. The reality is the Ds have the mandate of the public in the House, Senate and of course Oval Office. Gotta put that power into action.

    • 45 desertflower
      November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Which is the very reason that EVERY ELECTION IS IMPORTANT, ON EVERY LEVEL!

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Just added it to the post Melanie, thank you. That chart is amazing. Democracy??

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

      It really makes me sick that 2010 was such a debacle. We should have been more aware that the election year would be confounded by the census and would change the dynamics of districting. We’ll be paying for this for years. That’s why I detest the likes of Ed and Michael Moore and all the other disgusting idiots who goaded people into staying home. GRRRRRRR.

      • 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

        That is where, process-wise, the rethugs do much better than the Dems. They have their folks wired to turnout in census years — it’s all about control! When my folks complain about the way we were redistricted (our district PA-07 is ranked as the most gerrymandered CD in the USA!) — my response is “Come out and vote in every election, now – 2020”

  13. 51 Pamela
    November 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I disagree with Dana Milbank that the ‘Union of the Makers’ would be fiscally healthy off but ‘spiritually poor’ without the ‘Confederacy of the Takers’, if their absurd petitions to secede are successful: what we are talking about here is CONSCIOUSNESS, not religion, and religion does not necessarily make one more compassionate, or empathetic. There are plenty of spiritually evolved, conscious people living in the Union of the Makers, which is exactly WHY we voted to re-elect PBO! Hello? Dana? This is why we tend to stay away from Opinion writers, yes? Oh, time to get ready for work: there is an economy to support! That would be the part I play, willingly!

    • 52 carolyn
      November 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

      We also need to remember that it is not the states that are petitioning…..it’s crazy individuals within the states. Both the Texas governor and the Oklahoma governor have made statements that this is not going to happen. I believe this is the last loud bellow of the Tea Partiers. They obviously do not know what democracy is.
      If Oklahoma were to secede….there would go our biggest employer…..Tinker Air Force Base, and also Fort Sill and Vance Air Force Base. There would go grants to the Medical Research at OU, our lakes and dams which are the only things keeping us from another Dust Bowl.
      I read one article this morning that said if California seceded, it would become almost completely solvent (it wouldn’t have to support the red states) and Alabama wouldn’t be able to pay for its stop signs. The states with petitions to secede are for the most part Romney’s “takers”. They are subsidized by New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, etc.
      But these are not STATES asking for this: these are Neanderthal cretins doing the petitioning.

  14. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Mornin’! Okay, I need coffee big time — looked at the first pic and said out loud “WTF is Bill O’Rielly doing in the Oval?” After putting on my glasses, I realized it was Tom Donilon!

  15. 56 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Just realized the major news networks and cable channels like CNBC are going to cover Pres. Obama’s news conference with analysis and all that to follow. Nothing like a sex scandal for the fourth estate to finally do what it should have been doing all along. 🙄

  16. 57 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Crosses fingers and hopes it’s true.

  17. 60 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

  18. 66 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

  19. 71 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Angus King will caucus with the Democrats.

  20. 76 amk for obama
    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    lod seems to be fluffing that aqua buddha nutcase (just based on what that maroon said to gopolitico???) and that racist klowm sean klanitty.

    So this election is not about what the prez and the dems will do in 2012-16 and is more about how the insane thugs oughta to turn sane ?

    The ‘left’ media sux.

    Fucking good morning.

  21. November 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Good morning, TODville!! Looking forward to Nancy Smash and POTUS delivering their usual greatness.

  22. 80 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    This has been confirmed.

    • 81 TrumpDog
      November 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

      But what about the COVERUP?!????

      • 82 lisalovesobama
        November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

        Never fear!! FAUX will come up with something! 😉

        • 83 relellit
          November 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          Never fear!! FAUX will come up with something. ROFL

          So true lisalovesobama. I don’t understand how those idiots can look themselves in the mirror. I would never, ever, have a job that pays me to intentionally lie or harm others.

          I just SMDH

  23. 84 57andfemale
    November 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    • 85 Ladyhawke
      November 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

      I want to see Susan Rice nominated to replace Hillary Clinton. The fake outrage about Benghazi from the Republican Party (I’m looking at you Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker and John McCain) is disgusting and nothing but pure partisan politics. President Obama should nominate the person he wants as Secretary of State. If the angry white men in the Republican Party want to have hearings where they are disrespecting and trying to smear Susan Rice all I can say is BRING IT ON. Susan Rice is tough as nail and she can fend for herself. But the specter of the GOP trying to smear Susan Rice is not going to sit well with the voters who gave President Obama a second term.

      All of the manufactured GOP scandals (Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi) have been soundly debunked. When is the media going to focus on THEM? They just can’t be taken seriously when at every turn all they are trying to do is create sandals where they don’t exist. The media should be questioning why they are not spending their energies on legislation to improve the lives of the American people.

    • 87 desertflower
      November 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Issa has a sad

    • 88 Lovepolitics2008
      November 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

      The attacks on Susan Rice are ridiculous. She obviously reported what the CIA had told her. I have one problem though: I can’t help being a bit suspicious about the CIA reports. Are THEY telling the truth ? Have they been completely loyal to the POTUS ? What is the CIA doing in Lybia and are those actions all APPROVED by President Obama ? Or did Petraeus had his own ideas and didn’t tell everything to President Obama ?

      Reading all about Petraeus, General Allen, the Tampa woman who was an unofficial “liaison” with Middle-East people, Broadwell having military documents in her possession, etc…. All those REPUBLICANS in positions of influence…. you can’t help wondering if they are loyal to the POTUS, or , on the contrary, working behind the scenes on their own agendas.

      • 89 Betsy
        November 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        I wonder too, especially when I heard about that FBI guy going to Eric Cantor before the election, even before they told PBO. Why did he go to CANTOR???

      • 90 taiping1
        November 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        The information about Petraeus opening Afghan headquarters to right-wing think tanks supports your suspicion. However, I believe the President was well aware of Petraeus’ loyalties.

  24. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

    While channel surfing, I stumbled on a panel discussion on CSPAN3 “Educating African American Males.” Panel was hosted by Arnie Duncan. This administration is engaged in working on solutions and sharing best practices; but like with all other things “OBAMA,” the media doesn’t cover it — I don’t recall hearing about this conference last August. These little gems are hiding in plain sight on CSPAN.

    Education African American Males —> http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/307788-1

  25. 92 JER
    November 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    An online petition [http://www.signon.org/sign/urge-macys-to-dump-donald] asks Macy’s to stop selling Donald Trump’s clothing line and fragrance after his recent behavior. (Donald Trump has a perfume? Who knew?) … [D]id you know Trump has a fragrance called “Success”? And did you know he also has a clothing line? …Gasp, the shirts are made in China!
    Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/almost-half-a-million-people-have-signed-this-peti

  26. 93 amk for obama
    November 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

  27. 97 dotster3
    November 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Pardon my indulgence again—but didn’t know this tidbit from the WP——that the original emails that triggered the Petraeus downfall came from Gen. Allen, which were forwarded to Kelley:
    “…Allen forwarded to Kelley anonymous emails he received from someone using the handle “kelleypatrol”. The messages warned Allen to stay away from Kelley, calling her a “seductress” and suggested that Petraeus was having an intimate relationship with her…”
    Kelley turned these over to shirtless FBI guy and then additional similar emails she received. Broadwell sent her warnings from internet cafes and from hotels in locations from her book tour.

  28. 101 ChristiMTL
    November 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

    @politico: John McCain: Susan Rice ‘not qualified’ for State

    But of course…..lets ask the expert in nothing John McCain……Sarah Palin was qualified to be VP though……

    She would be perfect for the job, I really like her

    • 102 dotster3
      November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I knew McCain would be a prob. He maligns her every chance he gets. And of course this means he will be invited to further expound on every media outlet in the country.

      • 103 ChristiMTL
        November 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

        He’s so predictable, bitter, angry…sore loser.

        McCain Defends Obama’s Right To Name Cabinet But Says He’ll ‘Block’ Susan Rice As SecState

    • 105 lisalovesobama
      November 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

      McOld should retire. Grumpy old fool. 🙄

      • 106 HZ
        November 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Morning Lisa. I am so with you on this one. He is such an angry person who tries to spoil peoples space, and that makes him an grateful human being in my mind. He could do so much good at this stage in his life, but just refuses to be miserable and tries to continue to bring the unpleasant attitudes into the good space of people who are trying to help solve problems to better peoples lives all over the world. Sad.HZ

    • 107 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Damn, I’m embarrassed to admit I’m acquainted with him…

    • 108 HZ
      November 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Good Morning my beautiful Chips and TOD Family. This is another beautiful day to welcome into my space, and I give thanks so much for being able to accept it with much graciousness. I send up hope for all of my TOD family to have a beautiful day as well. Be as joyful and gracious in your space as you can.

      I have done my early morning meditation and grateful prayers for our POTUS, VPOTUS and their families today. We will continue to lift them up in our quiet time, meditation time, and prayer time. Send up our prayers, and our blessings will be coming downs all around him and our TOD family. Let us lift each other in for healing, peace, families coming together in love, and graciously accepting other who are having difficult times at this time. We reach out with our words in love.

      I must say that I have been so blessed these last six days because of the beautiful visit with my dear and loving brother. I had a great time. They left this morning on their trip out of the country. Yes, I did not want them to go, but there was more happiness and gratefulness that was greater because I had the blessing of enjoying having him in my space all for those days. What a joy and much peace and love that were shared with delicious food, lots of laughter, good sister and brother talks all filled my heart with so much joy.

      I had the opportunity to share with him and my other guest the beautiful of our beautiful TOD. They were so thrilled to see our family interacting with each other and how we all were so involved in helping to re-elect our wonderful president. My other house guest told me of the wonderful honor of meeting our loving VP and had nothing but wonderful words. Everything was just great to share about my TOD family.

      So to all of my TOD family, speak out your hopes, dreams, and prayers for goodness in your space, and enjoy the joyful gifts of spending that very special times with those you love so much.

      I love you all for your supportive love and encouraging words daily. This site is a complete joy in my life daily, and I thank our beautiful Ms. Chips and each of you. ((((((((((( Lots of hugs to you all))))))HZ

      (((((((((((((((((((((( We have open arms, minds, hearts, and energies to be ready to support POTUS for the next 4 years , so let us put on our boots and keep moving FORWARD.)))))))))))))))))))HZ

  29. 109 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

  30. 110 ChristiMTL
    November 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hahaha….TrumpDog ‏@TrumpDog1

    @amk4obama @markknoller Obama did not say hi to me as we passed in the hallway. Reagan did. Clinton did, twice. But not Obama,….

  31. 119 Don
    November 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m blown away by the diversity of the new house member of congress.

  32. 120 lisalovesobama
    November 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Nancy just trooped in with a hella amount of women!!!!!!!!!! ALL WOMEN!!!!!!

  33. 123 lisalovesobama
    November 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha!!!!!! More women, more blacks, more Asians, more Hispanics, more gays, more straights, more bisexuals, transsexuals, more diversity!!!!!!! These gals are having a lot of fun!!!

  34. 124 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I remember being so excited about the “Win With Women” campaign when I first read about it at their website early this year/late last year. It’s wonderful to see that it has been so successful. It is SO needed — exhibit A was that shameful hearing on “Women’s Health” with no women included, only religious men! Kudos to all these wonderful new (and experienced), mostly Democratic, congresswomen who will make their mark in government.

  35. 125 NurseShar
    November 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Good west coast morning all. I think I’m finally out of my post election high, I can finally get some work done. I’m looking forward to PBO’s press conference today.

  36. 126 Don
    November 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The reason it took 8 days before President Obama did his news conference is because he wanted the Jews and African Americans, Gays, Asians and Hispanics a chance to all drop the mic and walk off stage.

  37. 127 lisalovesobama
    November 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

    YAY!!!! Go Nancy!!!

  38. November 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Nancy Smash is killing it.

  39. 129 lisalovesobama
    November 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Some ass that sounds like Luke Russert just asked an offensive ageism question of Nancy Smash. Asked her why doesn’t she step aside so younger blood can run the party!! All the women were insulted but that ass still persisted. All the women mocked him.

  40. November 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Luke Russert is a rude moron.

    • 132 ChristiMTL
      November 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Figures…what did he ask her?

      I just saw that on Twitter

      Pelosi told Russert, “You wouldn’t ask McConnell that question”.

      • 133 lisalovesobama
        November 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Look up at my comment.

      • 134 4morefor44
        November 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

        oh, nancy SMASH indeed! what a disgrace to the entire history of journalism these mental lightweights russert and all the other nepotism cases (bush daughter, huntsman daughter, etc) are, and especially those who give them the paychecks to fail day in and day out, when there are thousands of real journalists working everyday across america in local markets for peanuts compared to what these clowns get paid. these people are proof that an “unfettered free market” certainly does NOT lead to the cream rising to the top!

    • 135 lisalovesobama
      November 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

      He is the biggest asshole alive.

  41. 140 Don
    November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    President Osama’s opening move to the Republicans is 1.6 Trillion in new revenues by raising taxes on the rich. Is it possible to win a game of chess by only making one move?

  42. November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Who is the woman to the right of Nancy who looks like she’s suffering?

  43. 148 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    The real world intrudes — today I have scheduled office hours. Will peak in later. Have a great “Obama” day!

  44. November 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • 150 amk for obama
      November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I am sick of the lefty whackos.

      • November 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

        They are a a permanent crew of emoprog attention freaks. ENOUGH.

      • 152 lisalovesobama
        November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Me too! I really want people like him, Van Jones, Ed, etc out of this party. Wish they’d make like Texas and vow to secede from this party.

      • 153 COS
        November 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

        GM amk. I could not believe that shows like Rev Al asked whether PBO would stick to his guns on the tax issue. It must have been a talking point for MSNBC yesterday. I realize that the unions and moveon played a role in getting PBO elected, but they need to chill and not crowd him so much. I appreciate that they have his back as well as all of us, but I trust PBO will do what he says. That is why I voted for him.

      • 154 carla4obama
        November 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

        amk…I love your passion but please don’t attack Reich on his short stature, on his policy’s yes, but not on physical characteristics.

        • 155 amk for obama
          November 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

          Couldn’t care less. This nafta signing nut is now patronizing the prez ? Fuck the shorty,

          • 156 carla4obama
            November 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

            amk…my best friend is a “short person”, and she has been bullied/demonized all her life because she was born that way. My daughter is gay/transgender and she has been bullied/demonized all her short life because of how she was born. So even though I loth the repugs and some of the lefties, I loth them for their policys/ideologies but to bring in personal attacks on someone that was born a certain way…well that is not right. If I hear one more person call my daughter a “lesbo” , or my friend a “midget” I will blow. Just my two cents and worth about the same.

      • 157 57andfemale
        November 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        Me,. too.

      • November 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Go Shorty! Go Shorty! No, I really mean it. GO (away) Shorty.

    • 159 4morefor44
      November 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

      great reply!! gee, reich, you mean exactly as president obama has been saying for years, even long before he ever became president?!? that’s subconscious racism, pure and simple, where he feels the need to lecture “the boy” at every turn. maybe someone can send him this, where president obama makes that exact case much more clearly and forcefully than robert reich ever has.

      oh, and president obama, by winning elections and passing legislation, has done more to move america in that direction, and end trickle down economics, more than the entire professional left combined has ever done!

    • 160 FiredUpInCA
      November 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Reich is part of the crew that gave us NAFTA, which accelerated the decline of home-grown manufacturing. This President is the one that saved the auto industry and is slowly but surely modernizing and bringing manufacturing back.

      Reich is part of the crew that gave us the end of Glass-Stegall, which allowed banks to gamble with their depositors’ money and in turn, led to a global economic collapse. This President brought championed the greatest reforms on the financial services industry since the 1930s, so that doesn’t happen again.

      Reich needs to remember the entire record of the administration in which he served time he tries to posture as the most leftist progressive in the history of the world.

      • 161 57andfemale
        November 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        I am no defender of Reich — he’s an emoprog extraordinaire and he’s been snippy all along about PBO and has done great damage, being one of the loudmouths that led to the 2010 debacle. .

        But I believe he was long gone when Glass-Steagall was repealed and I believe he was against NAFTA (but I may be wrong about that).

        He was too progressive for Clinton’s right-of-center policies and was never a comfortable fit.

    • 162 Smoothscotch
      November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Excellent. Constantly, PBO should do this, do that. Stfu, why don’t these cretins run for office then they could put their ideas into actions without any objections from anyone. Obnoxious wannabes.

  45. 163 lisalovesobama
    November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Let me say again, Luke Russert is a stinking asshole.

  46. November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    People, this guy deserves a PUMMELING.

  47. 175 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Luke Russert is a FOOL. He attempted to concern troll Nancy Pelosi and got SHUT DOWN. Nancy Smash is the best.

  48. 179 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This is why we love Nancy Smash. Luke Russert is catching hell from everyone. Reporters are also pondering his so called smarts. He’s being defensive. It’s hilarious.

  49. 182 squarepeg
    November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Well this son of a bitch still hasn’t learned his lesson

  50. 185 4morefor44
    November 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    can someone tweet young luke lie-walker if he could “step aside” and let real journalists, who have long histories of accomplishment in the field, to have his job and paycheck instead of riding on daddy’s name?

    • 186 daisydem
      November 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

      That is an excellent suggestion except for one thing 4more: where are the real journalists?

      • 187 japa21
        November 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Beat me to it

      • 188 4morefor44
        November 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

        there are thousands all across america in the local markets, many with years of accomplishments and investigations that lead to changes in their communities. real, old school-type journalists.

        many apply for these network jobs, especially since the money is so much bigger, but now they keep losing out to these nepotism hacks who have ZERO accomplishment in the field. only their last name. so luke and the others are the ones who should be stepping aside for so actual journalists can do their jobs.

  51. 191 4morefor44
    November 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

    someone’s been going at daddy’s boy luke for a while.

    • 192 HZ
      November 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Little Luke Russert is smelling his pants. He is a disgrace to his seniors, especially his father and grandfather. What a little young man who is wearing pants that are too big for him period. Go and leave the stage and collect your moral compass and get in touch with it for sure. Please young man. You insulted women this morning.

      Get out of our space, Mr. Russert because we are moving on without you. You are in a space but not contributing the goodness that we run on to move our president, Ms. Pelosi and all of the wonderful giftedd women in on our political stage forword to a large and glorious performance than you are capable and willing to accept. Get a life that gives back good energy to people in this society, or stop the stupid and insulting question. HZ

    • 193 amk for obama
      November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  52. 194 ewok2
    November 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Luke Russert is unaware, that it is against EOE policy to ask about someone’s age and to discriminate against age in employment. He has no experience and is ignorant that is why he dare to ask such a discrimanatroy question.

    • 195 COS
      November 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

      MSNBC who gave him this job need to call him to the office and let him know how offensive it was in asking such a question. I am sure we won’t hear any discussion about this on MSNBC shows today. It actually deserves a news cycle to embarrass him.

  53. November 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

    350 coal plants to shut from EPA regs-


    Probably be replaced by cleaner natural gas, burns 60% cleaner than coal.

  54. November 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is for you, amk,

    A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a
    bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s
    mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.
    John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying
    only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think
    of to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary.

    Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled
    back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.

    John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him
    in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and
    screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a
    minute. Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the

    The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I
    believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions.
    I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I
    fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable

    John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about
    to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his
    behavior, the bird continued, “May I ask what the turkey did?”

  55. 206 xtine
    November 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

    By Dan Friedman // November 14, 2012 | 10:27 a.m.
    Updated: November 14, 2012 | 10:29 a.m.

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was elected Senate Minority Whip by acclamation and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., became National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman as both parties returned their Senate leadership team, aides tracking caucus meetings Wednesday morning said.

    Cornyn, the outgoing NRSC Chairman, replaces retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., in the number two Republican spot.
    Sen. Mitch McConnnell, R-Ky., was reelected Republican Leader by affirmation, the fourth time he has won the job without opposition. McConnell was nominated in speeches by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The GOP elected Cornyn and returned their leadership despite suffering a disappointing loss of two seats last week, and for the second time failing to deliver on hopes to win back the Senate Majority.

    Democrats are returning their leadership team intact. Democrats need to find a new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair in coming weeks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has approached Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., about the job and Bennet is considering it, senior Democratic staffers asid. Democratic leaders are also feeling out other members. Aides cited Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., talked of as a possibility, is not interested, the aides said.

  56. November 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Ron Paul and Barney frank seem to think the biggest problem we have, is allowing everybody to get all Chiefed up???
    And are calling on the President to allow this?

  57. November 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Really cool video compressing time from the big bang to now in less than two minutes: http://youtu.be/ZSt9tm3RoUU

  58. 213 xtine
    November 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    GOP Conference Chairman: John Thune (SD)
    Republican Policy Committee Chairman: John Barrasso (WY)
    National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman: Jerry Moran (KS)
    Vice Chairman of Finance: Rob Portman (OH)
    Vice Chairman for purposes of grassroots operations and political outreach: Ted Cruz (TX)

  59. November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  60. 215 terim
    November 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    John McCain: I Would Block Susan Rice For Secretary Of State


    This from the man who ran with someone who was practically illiterate and clearly incompetent.

    • 216 xtine
      November 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Angry Old Man is going to block everything till he loses his seat.

    • November 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I took Civics Class in high school, so I didn’t know exactly what old man McCain could do. I looked it up in Wikipedia and all it says is “All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If they are approved, they are sworn in and then begin their duties.” So how does Sore Loser McCain or anybody have the power to “block” an appointment, then?

  61. 223 daisydem
    November 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’d like for Joe Biden to meet up with McShame in a dark alley some night. After all McCain owes Joe big time for that debate that wasn’t a debate! For having to meet up on a stage with the ignoramus from Alaska and be nice.

  62. 224 Don
    November 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Fuck you Dan Rather, President Obama doesn’t have to have motherfucking brunches at the Whitehouse to get some shit done. Enough with this playing golf or playing gin rummy with the Republicans so they will work with the President.

    • November 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      He’s talking about Republicans that don’t exist anymore. This isn’t Truman and Vandenberg. On top of that I’m not sure why Rather is having a hard time remembering that this is exactly what PBO tried to do for 3 years. Why is it always on PBO?

  63. 227 xtine
    November 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) — Nearly a thousand ballots that were not included in Florida’s final count have been found in a warehouse in Broward County.

    Tuesday morning and into the night, there was a buzz of activity at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill, a week after the general election. There was a recount going on for two commission seats that were too close to call, one in Hallandale Beach and another in Dania Beach. Workers had to count those votes manually.

    Also keeping elections officials busy is the fact that 963 filled ballots were found in a warehouse. The supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, said this happens all the time, especially when dealing with paper ballots. Her department is not the only one to have seen more ballots added to the final number after the election, and they have until Nov. 18 to certify all the votes.

    Snipes noted that it is a routine thing to look for these kind of mishaps after election night and she is just glad that they are now being tallied into that final count.


  64. 228 donna dem 4 obama
    November 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Please retweet

  65. 229 donna dem 4 obama
    November 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  66. 231 xtine
    November 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    [Who’s Gov. Patrick’s deputy? This lineup doesn’t do it for me]:

    Potential candidates in Massachusetts “are quietly scrambling to position themselves to run for Sen. John Kerry’s seat if President Obama appoints Kerry to be his next secretary of state, or secretary of defense,” the Boston Globe reports.

    “A Senate vacancy would probably create a comeback scenario for Senator Scott Brown, the Republican who lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in last week’s election. He has sent clear signals in his concession speech and in recent interviews that he has an eye on another run.”

    “Among the high-profile Democratic officeholders who are expressing interest are three of the state’s congressmen: Edward J. Markey of Malden, the 66-year old dean of the congressional delegation; Michael E. Capuano of Somerville, who ran second to Martha Coakley in the 2009 Senate primary; and Stephen F. Lynch of South Boston, a conservative Democrat who won his seat in a 2001 special election in which several liberals divided the vote on the left.”


  67. 232 dudette9t9
    November 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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