On TV tonight

The Kennedy Center Honors will air tonight on CBS at 9PM ET / 8PM CT.

Barbara Walters’s interview with The Obamas will air tonight on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ at 11:35PM ET / 10:35PM CT.

271 Responses to “On TV tonight”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm


  2. 5 susanne
    December 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    that’s what i get for being so good–went to put a load of towels in the wash, and missed the big moment! aloha chips, and congrats proud!

  3. 6 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  4. 8 yardarm756
    December 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Top 10?

  5. 17 desertflower
    December 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm


    More than 575 guns had been collected by mid-day Wednesday in L.A.’s gun buyback, as people waited for up to two hours to turn over firearms — no questions asked — in exchange for gift cards.

    While police say the bulk of the guns are “mom and pop guns” — hunting rifles and shotguns — the haul includes a handful of larger-scale weapons, including at least 15 assault rifles.

    At the Van Nuys buyback station — one of two in the city of Los Angeles — one of the first guns to be collected was a Bushmaster rifle that was the same type used at this month’s massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

    Other guns collected included semiautomatic handguns typically associated with gang violence and street crime.

    • 18 susanne
      December 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      so good to see this! thanks, desertflower. i’ve been wondering what happens to these guns? melted down and made into high speed rail lines would be nice!

    • 19 yardarm756
      December 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      There were reports that they even got a rocket launcher too, I think.

    • 20 GGail
      December 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks df for posting this. The gift cards are for FOOD from Ralph’s Supermarket. Hand guns = $100.00 gift card, Rifles, etc = $200 gift cards.

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        December 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        Wouldn’t those who bought their guns as collectors prefer a money reimbursement, especially if the gift card restricts them to food items?

        • 22 GGail
          December 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

          Trust me vc. The people who are turning in these guns NEED the Food.

          • 23 vcprezofan2
            December 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

            I trust you, GGail. Awrighty then!

              • 25 GGail
                December 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

                Many of the drivers said they were turning in their guns because they rarely use them, and were eager to snag grocery cards. “I never use it, so just thought I’d come get a little grocery money,” said Oscar, who received $25 for a small pistol.

                The gun buyback, which typically takes place around Mother’s Day, was moved up five months following the Newtown school shooting.

                One father of three from Simi Valley said it was enough to convince him to drive to Van Nuys to turn over the .22-caliber rifle he purchased for protection in 1979. “It’s never been used, never been fired,” said Edgar, who asked that his last name not be used.

                The Newtown shooting made him reconsider keeping a gun in his home. His kids didn’t even know he had a gun, but he didn’t want to risk them stumbling upon it, he said. “After the Connecticut shooting I just had to turn this in,” he said. “If you have a gun, you might end up using it. I’d rather just not have one.”

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      December 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      The police or City of Los Angeles needs to televise these events on local radio. I think the turn out would be much higher. The last time I heard about this was in the L.A. Weekly when I just happened to pick one up on the street.

    • 28 dotster3
      December 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      They need to try this in other cities too, like Chicago, where young guys are shooting and killing and wounding each other daily, plus anyone caught in the crossfire. I don’t know how successful this is in the whole scheme of things, but anything that attempts to put a dent in the huge proliferation of guns in circulation is worth it in my opinion.

    • 30 99ts
      December 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Why people continue to quote gallup after the disaster of their election polls seems to highlight the gop ideal that all and any business is good, regardless of outcome. Gallup deserves to be ridiculed and ignored – not used as a reporter of public opinion.

  6. 31 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • 33 desertflower
      December 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Well…so much for our rationale….

    • 36 desertflower
      December 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Now who’s going to be the Lt Gov?? Seems like twice the work was made because of this appointment

      • 37 susanne
        December 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        the gov said the state senate majority leader has the option of stepping into the lt gov position, but no decision has been made yet by him.

    • 41 Chi
      December 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Hey Aloha Susanne, what sort of person is the Lt. governor…

      Good guy or not so good…

      • 42 susanne
        December 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        good guy–went to punahou school, like the president. and led the president’s re-election campaign here. very respectful, intelligent, progressive.

        • 43 Chi
          December 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          Then he’s an awesome pick…

          Hanibusa can run for it in 2014…

          We don’t lose a hard won congressional seat and we get a smart fill in Senator in the interim…

          Win, win all around…

          • 44 anne
            December 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

            It’s an excellent choice folks! He is young, backed Barack from day one…served in the state legislature for a few terms when my daughter worked as chief of staff and she always said he was a smart compassionate guy. She was impressed because he ran a green office. Absolutely no paper! Politically comparable to Julian Castro like. Ran for governer and i really wanted to vote for him but couldn’t cause thought the democratic front runner’s race was too close. I am estatic at this appointment. Really.

  7. 46 yardarm756
    December 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Don’t know how true this is but there’s nothing like disregarding a dying wish.

    • 47 yardarm756
      December 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    • 48 Chi
      December 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I know, but the Governor must have his reason…

      Let’s let this play out…it’s important…

      • 49 desertflower
        December 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        I heard it was because Carolyn was much needed and respected in House. They needed her there….at least that what I heard in that news conference

        • December 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

          That’s quite a big shock for a lot of folks. But there is an awful lot to consider in terms of leaving a Dem vacancy in the House.

        • 51 susanne
          December 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

          yes, i appreciate that logic. just seems sad to deny inouye his request.

        • 54 desertflower
          December 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

          Sorry. My fingers got ahead of my brain. Happens all the time:)

        • 55 Chi
          December 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

          In a way I’m sort of glad the Governor handled it this way…

          There’s no scramble to sort out a vacant much needed House seat and also the process is fair and not subject to the constant manipulation that’s really messed things up in our democracy…

          Now they’ll all get to run for the seat and the electorate then gets to choose…

  8. 57 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  9. 58 desertflower
    December 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Golly! They updated THIS fast! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Schatz

  10. 60 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    For those who need to read up on Hawaii’s new senator Brian Schatz, here you go.

    He was the Hawaii campaign chair of Pres. Obama’s 2008 run. He was the CEO of Helping Hands in Hawaii. He was a community organizer. Also, for those wondering why Abercrombie didn’t pick Hanabusa, apparently Reid told him he needed to fill Inuoye’s seat fast and a special election would have had to be called for Hanabusa and I guess they didn’t want to take the chance of losing her seat in the House of Reps.

  11. 61 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  12. December 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

    BTW, LtGov Schatz a very wise, strategic choice.

    Yes We Can

  13. 76 susanne
    December 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    gotta say, sen schatz wife is lovely too.

    • 77 susanne
      December 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      this statement from schatz’ wife linda is a very good read– here’s a clip:

      ‘ Brian believes in family. You can tell how much he believes in family because of the kind of son-in-law he is. When we were dating, he asked me about marriage. Just to set expectations straight I told him that I was going to take care of my parents one day and they would probably live with me. And yes, he still married me a year later. We live in a multi-generation ohana. My mother and father have lived with us for the last five years. Brian has embraced the culture I grew up in by showing my parents he loves their pickled pig’s feet and won ton soup. He even speaks basic Chinese around the house to my parents and the kids. ‘


      • December 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        These are my favourite kind of stories. Multigenerational home, immigrant grqanparents contrivuting to the upbringing of the small children in the home. I wish him well.

      • December 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        We could use more of that kind of compassion in this world. I wish him the very best.

      • 80 Chi
        December 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        This is really lovely…

        I like Brian and his wife already…

        I’m a sucker for loving couples looking out for each other and prioritizing each other and what’s most important to the other – in this case love and responsibility for Linda’s aging parents…

        Very telling indeed…

  14. 81 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  15. 91 amk for obama
    December 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Mr Mandela moves out of hospital and dubya sr moves into one. Both are good news to me.

    • 92 99ts
      December 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      George Bush Snr is 88 years old – his money & position guarantee him the best of the best health care – it has allowed him to live well into old age – it is well past time that all Americans should get the same care.

      Nelson Mandela has been my hero for over 40 years – a survivor in every sense of the world – his country may not have the best democracy in the world – but his “compromise” and acceptance of reality saved what would have been a massive civil war and allowed a relatively peaceful change from minority to majority rule. I believe President Obama learned much of his compassion and belief in government from Mr Mandela.

      • 93 amk for obama
        December 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        I don’t have any compassion whatsoever for the bush klan. The pain they wrought around the world is too big to forgive any of them.

        • 94 99ts
          December 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          My point – he has lived well – much paid for by the American people – he will not be remembered for anything other than winning an election – Nelson Mandela, on the other hand, rewrote the history books.

          • 95 amk for obama
            December 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

            Agree. There are only two true world leaders, Gandhi and Mandela.

            • 96 99ts
              December 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

              We have yet to see the life of Barack Obama after 2016. I hope I am around to be part of that world. Interesting that despite the gop love of old white men – few have been well known for anything other than winning or losing wars.

              I have been reading a somewhat ancient book over the holidays “the history of England” written c. 1868 (It belonged to my father & I believe was used by him when teaching history in his early teacher days c. 1937). It is, in reality, a history of the English monarchy & a more bloodthirsty, war mongering group have yet to be seen. Although it seems only one monarch was put to death by the people, any possible or probably opponents for the position were quickly dispatched – some in the most horrifying ways. I can’t imagine there is a video game in existence that would contend with this book for describing violence and horror.

            • December 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

              Three – including President Obama.

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      December 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Oh, Amk. /smh/

    • 112 utaustinliberal
      December 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      That’s not a good thing to wish on another human being’s family.

  16. 114 susanne
    December 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    more from the campaign website:

    ‘ Brian’s dad, Dr. Irwin Schatz, has taught at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine for over two decades and chaired the Department of Medicine. In 2009. Dr. Schatz was honored with Distinguished Alumni Award from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was recognized as a “medical hero” for his courage as a young doctor in standing up against the now infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which black men were left untreated in the name of “medical research.”

    Says Brian, “My father told me to define success by the amount of good you accomplish, and he was walking the talk from a young age. He’s the best example of professional ethics that anyone could ever have.” ‘

    • December 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      susanne, in good time I hope it sits well with the good people of Hawaii.

      • 116 susanne
        December 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        yes, i haven’t heard anything negative, but then i’ve been home doing laundry, washing up the last of the pots and pans, and working away on that left-over pie….. 🙂

      • 117 susanne
        December 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        p.s. how are you feeling, meta? better, i hope, or at least more relaxed from your granny-style cold remedy 🙂

        • December 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          Your cold remedy this afternoon was very good and I think it may be about time for another. Also had some hot broth with Chinese chili sauce in it. I’ve had this incessant tingle-y thing happening in my nasal passages and have been sneezing very hard sneezes all day. Feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. UGH, this is really sapping my energy.

          Thanks for asking, good friend.

          • 119 susanne
            December 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

            broth with chili sauce sounds good! loosen it all up, and burn it out! lots of vitamin c in there, too. honestly, i think the remedies just keep us busy while the cold completes its course. i’d rather be busy with hot broth and toddies, than goopy medicinals. also, some old movies are helpful 🙂

          • 120 desertflower
            December 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

            Nyquil. Bed.

    • 121 Chi
      December 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Sounds like an amazing and intrinsically decent family…

  17. December 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The appointment of Brian Schatz seems to keep the youthful, energetic, look to the new Senate representing the younger vote which helped to drive the Democratic majority.

    • 123 desertflower
      December 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      When he’s sworn in, he will be the youngest member of the Senate. 40 yo

      • December 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Nice, he seems to be a more rounded guy than Scott Brown but I don’t want to sit in judgement. SB didn’t live up to the hype. There’s none with this man so far. Sometimes a surprise choice is better.

      • 125 Chi
        December 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        Democrats have to start grooming the next generation…

        This is a good start…

        He has a great foundation having served in the State legislature, worked in the private sector and as the Lt. governor…

  18. 126 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  19. December 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    UPDATE: He is scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Andrews at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time and at the White House 15 minutes later, the White House announced.

  20. 129 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

  21. December 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Just so he knows, we know ….

  22. December 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  23. December 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Howdy, folks! Been busy today so I’m trying to catch up here now. Just wanted to take a sec to post this link. The petition to declare Westboro a hate group has exceeded 250,000 signatures. If you signed it, please also sign this one to remove their tax exempt status: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-westboro-baptist-churchs-501c3-tax-exempt-status-and-make-it-retroactive/kmYR4DTL

    I’m looking forward to tonight’s interview…not a fan of Barbara but looking forward to watching POTUS and FLOTUS. I really enjoy their joint interviews.

    I am SO annoyed that they have to cut their vacation short because of Boehner and his band of idiots! Grrrrr….

    • 142 susanne
      December 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      ‘grrrrr’ is right! i know that the first lady and first daughters will continue their vacation here, but they need time together as a family, and if you can’t get that at christmas, it’s pretty hard to arrange later on. they’ve had such a grueling year, and more hard work ahead. pbo needs some rest, and the family needs to relax and enjoy each other’s company. this really irks me!!

      • 143 Chi
        December 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        I absolutely agree…

        They absolutely need family time together… This is so important if they are going to maintain a much needed sense of each other and what in the end grounds them…

        I stumbled across some unflattering posts that suggested the President seems to spend more time playing golf than actually spending quality time with his wife and daughters while on family vacation…something I think the tweets from the food blog lady seems to be trying to emphasize with her weird tracking of President Obama, his golf games and golfing pals in Hawaii…

    • 144 desertflower
      December 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Done! Thanks, Rain:)

  24. December 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Chips I always enjoy the Kennedy Honors show. Will be watching Barbara’s interview.

  25. 147 carolyn
    December 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    This appointment reminded me of something that happened a week after the election: the private dinner the Obamas had with the Patricks of Masssachusetts. I thought at the time, this is about John Kerry’s app’t as SOS, and his replacement in the Senate. I still think it was. Both the President and Gov Patrick can keep their counsel, and would never divulge what was said. I believe they knew/know exactly the chance in taking Kerry out of the Senate and opening his seat; but I believe they are/will be, planning to make Scott Brown a loser again. That is why I believe Kerry was President Obama’s first choice for SOS. I think McCain and Graham decided Amb Susan Rice was the President’s first choice, because that is who they would have picked. Anyway…….it is always long term thinking with PBO, as the choice of Brian Schatz shows.

  26. 148 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • 149 99ts
      December 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Living in a fishbowl – is it just social media? Was ANY other president followed with such intensity? Amazing how well they cope.

      • 150 carolyn
        December 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        Did anyone really CARE what GWB did, or his dad GHWB? Which is more interesting: Honolulu, or Crawford TX????? All Junior did was ride his bike and cut limbs. As Presidente Fox of Mexico said…..GWB could not even ride a horse.
        The press followed Clinton obsessively too. I remember telescopic pictures of Hill and Bill on a Caribbean “getaway”….no chance really.

      • 156 Rain
        December 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        I agree 99, it’s a bit extreme IMO…

        • 157 Chi
          December 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

          It’s obsessive and disgusting…

          They need time alone and away from the nonstop prying eyes and the madness of looking for every single misstep…

          I would lose my mind if I had to live like this…it’s madness…

  27. 158 hopefruit2
    December 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I’m watching the Kennedy Centers Honors now on CBS! 🙂

  28. 159 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Kennedy Center Honors LIVE NOW on CBS.

  29. 160 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Quote of the day…

    “That a country so attached to its civil liberties is able to come together and accept significant restrictions to its individual rights to fight against terrorism in the wake of September 11th but is unable to limit the availability of firearms that kill their own children, that’s properly impossible to understand for Europeans.”

    — Sylvie Kauffmann, the editorial director for Le Monde and their correspondent in Washington, D.C., and New York from 1993 to 2001.

  30. 161 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Well played Pres. Obama

  31. 167 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Great tribute to Dustin Hoffman—–starred in some of my fave movies—–The Graduate, Rain Man etc. etc. etc.

  32. 168 Pamela
    December 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Greetings on this cozy night at home, have been in and out of here, checking on VC today, and filling in on any missing bits of info. Signed the petition to straighten out that bunch of mofos in the Westoboro so-called church… I hope they are slapped into oblivion. Indecent to call themselves a ‘church’. Anyway, am tired now, so pleased to be having quiet time at home, I cannot tell you how restful it is. Merry Christmas again, and to all a good night! Back tomorrow. {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{{TOD}}}}}. 😆

  33. 171 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Tracy Chapman is bringing some kick ass soul on the KCH.

  34. 176 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Awesome blues in tribute to Buddy Guy

  35. 177 canadabarb4obama
    December 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Where is JacquelineOBoomer today?

  36. 185 Rain
    December 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Will the Barbara Walters interview be live streamed anywhere?

  37. 193 Ceb
    December 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Commercial break from the Kennedy Center Honors. PBO has that cool club swagger when listening to the Blues. You know the one, the cool dude who does not deign to dance, but who sits with his eyes at half mast rocking cooly as the music grooves.

  38. 194 anniebella
    December 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I was listening to the news and they were saying that the First Lady approval rating is in the seventies, even higher that Hillary Clinton.

    • 195 Chi
      December 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      No surprise Annie, she’s simply magnificent and has put up with so much and yet still handles it all with grace and magnanimity even around those who have been so unkind to her…

      She only grows soars in my estimation with each passing day…

      Her warmth and authenticity is palpable…

      So few women could endure and put up with what she’s been through just so her husband can pursue his dreams…

      I am in awe of her…

      I saw this comment posted on a NY Times article a while back and I must say that I agree…

      ‘…Many of you have spoken very eloquently about all of Mrs. Obama’s exceptional qualities that will one day mark her as perhaps a singularly exceptional first lady, regardless of mentioning race. Mentioning race is unnecessary and cheapens her somewhat, aside from the celebratory and pride aspects of it, she belongs to all of America. All of us.

      What always impresses me on top of all these other fine points so many are making is how dripping with sincerity her body language is: this is an exceptionally honest person who clearly doesn’t care about faking it. What a breath of fresh air!

      One of my favorite moments in the first campaign was when she said “I’m proud of my country for the first time in a long time” (or something to that effect) and then the campaign team obviously saw that as a potential powder keg and pressured that to get tamped down clearly. And when Mrs. McCain retorted in such a petty manner, the contrast was striking.
      Moreover, I felt the opposite of the campaign team (why I am not on a campaign team obviously) and would have LOVED to hear her expostulate on that statement.
      America could use some sobering admonishments.
      Maybe that should now be the realm of first ladies, assuming they have even a sliver of her competence, grace and honesty.
      The two of them represent us proudly on the world stage.
      They seem like, gee, our first couple.

      -Dannomusic43, Michigan

      And this…

      ‘…Every president needs someone in his life who will watch his back, tell him truths that others are afraid to, and who knows who his real friends are. The country needs the first lady to do this, as evidently thankless as the role may be.

      From my observations, Michelle Obama has been flawless– amazingly so. Barack Obama is a very lucky man whether he knows it or not.

      I’m so grateful that our country has been blessed with a gracious, thoughtful, and beautiful First Lady. Thank you Mrs. Obama for everything you do . . . Your husband – whom I greatly admire too – is quite fortunate to have someone like you “watching his back.” The majority of Americans wish only the best for you and your family.

      -Steve, Denver

  39. December 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?
    Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.

    “Since this summer, the anonymous creator of the Twitter feed @GunDeaths has been doing his best to compile those statistics, tweeting every reported death he can find. He was inspired, he told us in a phone interview, by the Aurora, Colo., shootings and simply wanted to call daily attention to the toll that guns take. Now Slate is partnering with @GunDeaths to create this interactive feature, “Gun Deaths in America Since Newtown.””


    Thought it might be helpful to be sure VP Biden knows …


  40. 197 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Fun tribute to Letterman

  41. December 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    • 199 amk for obama
      December 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      The whole tax exempt status for a lot of org’s, including those from the left, needs a relook. Make it a part of debt problem solution.

      • 200 vcprezofan2
        December 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        I never used to think so Amk, but I do now. Ever since the ‘church’s reaction to ACA, PBO and the poor made me realize they really are not into christian principles, generally speaking.

        • 201 amk for obama
          December 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

          People who are donating to these org’s are already claiming tax deduction, aren’t they ? Then why the org’s should again be tax exempt? I run a charity trust in my father’s name, mainly for education for rural children. Every year. the trust is audited and any donations that are not spent above 90% of the amount received for stated purposes, are taxed.

          • 202 vcprezofan2
            December 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

            IMO it’s loopholes and ‘entitlements’ like these that rich people like Romney have been abusing for years, and getting richer and richer. I can imagine that an annual audit of the type you mention would be too much government for the GOP types to allow to pass. I really fail to see how a gun foundation would have initially fall under a tax exempt banner. I also found an interesting list of groups that the NRA are supposed to be helping with their funds and would be surprised to see how much help they have given to these groups previously.

    • 203 vcprezofan2
      December 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      I was just chatting about this on twitter while mentally wondering if the NRA is a charity in USA, or a church. Really there are so many little pieces to laws and government that seem so silly when looked at more closely.

  42. 204 Joy
    December 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    OMG!!! Is it just me, or does the first lady look pregnant? This would be so very exciting! :-))) The pictures with her in the white bottom dress looks like she is sporting a baby belly!

    • 205 hopefruit2
      December 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      She’s not pregnant. The dress is just shaped that way.

    • 206 globalcitizenlinda
      December 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      FLOTUS already said that she is done and PBO said publicly that the decision would be up to her. I recall Oprah asking her this question directly (and Oprah was hoping for another addition to the O-family)

      I have wished for the same since PBO was elected but I doubt it is going to happen.

      • 207 Joy
        December 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        I guess I was over re-acting 😦
        My 2 nieces were born 13 years apart and thought this first family might be sporting a new baby. The first lady’s dress looks a little like something you would wear during pregnancy. I guess I’m not up to the styles and fashions today. lol

      • 208 Ceb
        December 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        FLOTUS will be 49 in January and as has been mentioned, she says that she is done.

    • 209 anniebella
      December 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      It’s just you. OMG, not that again. I remember when POTUS and FLOTUS first got in the WH that is all anyone could hear, four years later I thought it was put to rest.

      • December 27, 2012 at 5:12 am

        I would imagine at this point any additions would be through adoption. There’s doubtless a good little boy (say, schoolaged or so), who would need a good home and a good start. But the scrutiny would be terrible, even though they are certainly fit.

  43. December 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The Obama administration may be looking to expand the number of borrowers who can refinance their mortgages.

    The White House is considering a proposal that would authorize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to guarantee repayment by borrowers whose homes are underwater and whose mortgages aren’t backed by the government, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    The move would require Congress to authorize a change to the companies’ charters that would allow Fannie and Freddie to back billions of dollars in loans and to charge higher rates to borrowers to offset the risk.

    Roughly 22% of homes in the U.S. with a mortgage, or about 10.8 million homes, were worth less than the amount of the loan they secured at the end of June, according to CoreLogic (CLGX), a company that provides financial data.

    Fannie and Freddie currently allow borrowers whose loans are insured by the companies to obtain a lower rate as long as the borrowers are up-to-date on their payments. Officials at the Treasury Department and the White House would like to add borrowers who are currently blocked from the program because their loans are held by investors or private lenders.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, has suggested it would support the administration’s effort, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.

    The administration also is said to be considering allowing borrowers whose loans are underwater to refinance their loan as part of the Home Affordable Modification Program, which can lower monthly mortgage payments for borrowers who face an “imminent” risk of defaulting. The administration’s proposal would redefine “imminent default” to include borrowers whose homes are underwater even if they are current on their payments.


    • 212 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

      This is another great idea that will be stymied by the House. The entire country and its economic recovery constantly being held hostage by the Congressional lunatic society. Gerrymandering or not, we must get the House back.

  44. 213 globalcitizenlinda
    December 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I have been thinking that it be a good idea for the ordinary people, who support gun control and the reduction of gun-violence to start a letter writing campaign to the individual members of the NRA.

    these letters would be collected on a specific social -media page hosted by individual grassroot citizens (hint Chips??) and copied to the White House and NRA.

    Like the letters we wrote on behalf of then-Candidate Obama in 2008, each would contain a reason WHY we should take some specific action and a direct request to NRA members to challenge their leadership and support sensible gun laws.

    I do not know if this could work but it sure wouldn’t hurt to try. we need the support of some less-ideological members to add to our outraged voices

  45. 214 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  46. 216 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    • 217 amk for obama
      December 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      excellent news.

    • 218 globalcitizenlinda
      December 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      This catholic hopes that the Catholic Bishops (who have been rabidly against PBO) can now go sit down and try to devise way to enroll as many of the un-insured lay & poor people into their nearest ObamaCare exchange

    • 220 99ts
      December 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Is the US the only country in the world where health care is related to employment? I cannot imagine my employer having ANY say in my health care, although I do remember in my young days at job interviews having people ask me if I was intending to have children! It used to so annoy me – I missed out on a couple of jobs because I suggested that was not relevant to my job skills.

  47. December 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    There’s a WhiteHouse.gov petition to revoke the tax exempt status of the NRA: http://wh.gov/Qd7p

  48. 227 hopefruit2
    December 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my! Foo fighters followed by Lenny Kravitz…

    • 228 isonprize
      December 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Oh to be one of the beaded necklaces around Lenny’s neck. OMG!!!
      Lenny is FIRE!!! Naughty mat needed RIGHT HERE!!!

  49. 229 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Ok, how many folks here had a prom theme of “Stairway to Heaven?”

  50. 234 dotster3
    December 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    They do a great job with the Kennedy Center Honors—–make it very entertaining.

  51. December 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    How wifey and I spent our day.

    1. Took her truck for an interior detail. It looks splendid now.
    2. Had breakfast.
    3. Stimulated the economy:
    3a. Bought a sound bar for the bedroom tv and pod speakers for my laptop at Best Buy.
    3b. Bought a small desk and a rather nice chair for my laptop so I have somewhere “official” to write.
    4. Used our CPK gift card for dinner.

    She wishes she’d gone to work. 😆

    • 237 Ceb
      December 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      This is how I spent my day ( as someone who knows how vacation days are to be spent.

      1. Woke up early, but stayed in bed.
      2. Actually finished cups of coffee before they got cold.
      3. Wore sleepwear until 3:00
      4. Ate lovely Christmas leftovers most of the day.
      5. Surfed the web, ordering books from B and N using my Xmas gift cards and checking in TOD.
      6. Cooked and ate collard greens and farm fresh peas that I had purchased from the Farmer’s Market a few days ago.
      7. Refused to answer the phone.
      8. Read a book.
      9. Rocked out to Blues and Rock while watching the KCH.

  52. 240 anniebella
    December 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I am ready to go watch Nightline. Good night one and all.

  53. 243 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    HEADS UP: Barbara Walters’s interview with POTUS and FLOTUS is airing tonight on ABC at 11:35PM ET / 10:35PM CT.

  54. 244 Rain
    December 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Just watched it, great interview!

  55. 250 vcprezofan2
    December 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I;m ashamed to say I snoozed off briefly. G;night TODobots!

  56. December 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    what a great evening…two hours of fantastic entertainment with snatches of Michelle and PBO then a fun interview and back here to read all the comments. Off to bed with a happy face and heart.

  57. December 27, 2012 at 12:47 am

    UT, I leave this to you as a slumber present.

  58. 255 anniebella
    December 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I love watching POTUS and FLOTUS, but I was so disappointed with the interview being on Nightline . They cut out the minutes Barbara spoke with POTUS alone. All ABC had to do was what they were planning to do in the first place show the interview on 20/20 this Friday. I think we can count on this being Mrs. Walters, ABC last Christmas interview with the Obamas. At least I hope and pray.

  59. 256 anniebella
    December 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Any chance I get to see POTUS and FLOTUS I don’t care who is interviewing them as long as they show respect. I just don’t like ABC dumping the interview on Nightline at 11:35 and for only 30 minutes if that. Well it’s always nice seeing POTUS and FLOTUS together. Have POTUS left Hawaii yet?

  60. 258 SeattleGirl
    December 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Great show!

  61. December 27, 2012 at 2:13 am

    As Lincoln and so many others have realized and articulated – the gravest threat to America would always come from within.

    Yes We Know

    • 260 Rain
      December 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

      A lovely and strong message, Bob. Let’s all lend him a bit of our strength and support over the next few days.

      • 261 anniebella
        December 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

        I agree Bobfr and Rain, because if I allow myself to think about it I become really piss. President Obama has to cut his vacation with his family short, but the darn idiots who are responsible for this entire mess are remaining on their vacation. John Boehner and the Republicans will remain on their vacation.

  62. December 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    • 263 nathkatun7
      December 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Hello, Bob. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. I am so glad to see you back, and as fearless as ever, spreading the TRUTH. We all have an obligation as citizens not to allow billionaires, like the Koch brothers, the corrupt and unethical corporate media, and the self-serving emoprogs, to destroy our country.

  63. December 27, 2012 at 2:49 am

  64. 267 globalcitizenlinda
    December 27, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I am really angry at the gop for making PBO cut his vacation short! curse word, ………curse word ….. curse word

  65. December 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Rats! I missed POTUS & FLOTUS interview w/Barbara Walters. 😦 I thought it was going to be on 20/20. I wonder if it will re-air?

  66. 269 pugeretto
    December 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Double Rats, I missed POTUS interview also. However, I watched Kennedy Honors Show, and it took me back to age 21 when I saw Led Zeppelin in Chicago…wow, where did those years go?
    My 14-yr-old black male Pug threw up all day on Christmas, so I took him to Vet yesterday. Long story short, after ultra sound, he has liver cancer and days are numbered now. I have a girl Pug also who keeps him company. Anyway, he got fluids & nausea shot & pills and he’s just broken all our hearts around here.

    • 270 0388jojothecat
      December 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I am so sorry pugeretto about your precious little pug. I know he’s had a full loving home with you and yours and his playmates love will be a great comfort to him.

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