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Dr. Jill Biden visits the Taj Mahal in Agra, India after touring a USAID site nearby


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  1. 4 GGail
    July 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    So did amk say he was holding the official reception for VP & Dr. Biden???

  2. July 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  3. 7 57andfemale
    July 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Dr. Jill Biden is so authentic. Love her!

    • 8 hopefruit2
      July 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Isn’t she? So down to earth, so natural, so warm. A very accomplished woman in her own right, and yet so humble. We couldn’t have asked for a better team in the Bidens. I look forward to seeing more posts from Lovely Plains on their trip to India.

  4. 9 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Our President is so naturally funny. I just love this President.

    Chips, from Jan 2017, you should think seriously of converting this blog into an online therapy support site – the demand for PBO-withdrawal consolation will be huge…

  5. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  6. 13 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Who is our History Buffs?
    Wasn’t that a Tomb where the King and Queen is kept?
    Or originally a Prison?

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      July 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I prefer to remember the intended “love story” part of it!

      “It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” (Wiki)

    • 15 carolyn
      July 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife. It was built as a tomb for her. There is a beautiful love story associated with this building. I don’t remember it all, but it’s a good story. Never used as anything other than a memorial to love.

  7. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  8. July 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hiya everyone, next up we’ll have a post from Zizi, will post it when this gets busy. Thank yooooooou Zizi!

  9. 18 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Gee, I wonder why?


  10. 19 MightyPamela
    July 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Peering in, low on data so can only scan after a thread is complete, and y’all get to enjoy (relative) silence from MP! The most perfect day in Creation here in Seattle today! {{{{{HugsAllAround}}}}}

  11. 21 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

  12. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    He’s so cute!

  13. 23 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  14. 24 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Wolfe sez…

  15. 25 anniebella
    July 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Coach Patino talked about how much the team was glad to be there to meet POTUS. One thing had me laughing when the Coach said that there is only one thing missing, Michelle. If Michelle was there it would really make the guys day. Those aren’t the exact words he used., but that’s what he were saying. It was a nice event.

    • 26 anniebella
      July 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Louisville team a big fan of POTUS and FLOTUS. Coach Pitino said, If Michelle was here they would be off the wall. I see there are some good people in Kentucky. All of them aren’t McConnell and Paul idiots.

  16. 27 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm


    Troubles plague the ‘KIDS Act’

    By Steve Benen


    Congressional Republicans are already taking a beating from the latest Spanish-language television network in the country. How about the largest Spanish-language newspaper?

    Last week, House GOP leaders embraced something called the “KIDS Act,” which is basically the renamed Republican version of the DREAM Act. The political calculation isn’t subtle: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) may kill comprehensive immigration reform, but they’re hoping this lesser bill softens the political impact.



  17. 28 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Really Anthony? You have a problem here and you need help.

    • July 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      “”As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.””


      • 30 hopefruit2
        July 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        Thanks for clarifying Bob. I wonder who is the GOP candidate running for Mayor?

        • 31 57andfemale
          July 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          There is still a very crowded Democratic primary. A little less crowded as of today, methinks.

          What a jerk.

      • 32 arkluvspbo
        July 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Something seems kind of fishy with this one, however, if it is true, then he is the supreme idiot.

    • 33 arapaho415
      July 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Were these sent recently?

      He never did come clean when the original pictures surfaced; he admitted there could be more stuff. Then he resigned.

      So undercovering his online contributions may be news, but not that they exist.

      I’m trying to catch up here, think that Weiner occupies too much of my Twitter timeline regardless of whether there’s new revelations or not.

      MSM love distractions and shiny objects that don’t amount to much (but don’t admit that they’ve been wasting everybody’s time all along).

      • 34 Jeff
        July 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        seems like the special interests are hard at work to make sure they have no fighters in congress.

  18. 35 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm



    by Van Le on 07/23/2013


    The Senate passed an important though imperfect bill on a bipartisan basis that has an inclusive path to legal status and an eventual but achievable path to citizenship. Right now in the House of Representatives, there are more than 218 votes for a similar bill. When I hear about Hastert rule and piecemeal and all this process mumbo-jumbo, I’m like, ‘give us a vote, dude.’ Right now the only thing standing between the people behind me and their families getting on a path to citizenship is a Republican procedural excuse, when the votes exist right now to pass it.



  19. July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • 37 hopefruit2
      July 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Well, that’s about to end soon. Anthony Weiner just dropped another bombshell involving newly revealed suggestive photos and texts….

    • 39 anniebella
      July 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      LL, let me answer that for you, Yes the dam MSM have lost it’s collective mind. Not everyone is all goo-goo over those people. I’m not saying I hate them, but the Queen, Charles, William, Harry, Kate, and the new baby are no better then anyone else.

      • 40 jacquelineoboomer
        July 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        We’ve seen enough coverage of death and its aftermath these last several weeks, non-stop, that I think a day or two of seeing a new life emerge – whether it’s here or abroad – is very soothing on the nerves. It won’t last long, and it gives people a chance to give their pros and cons, to mock or enjoy, which is healthy, and then we’ll move along. I wouldn’t give it much thought. Plus seeing any new baby in his parents’ arms is a good thing that reminds us to love one another, and keep that same wish for all babies – a happy and healthy start!

        One of the UK reporters just said on TV that half their population is sick of the unending coverage, too, so it’s not just here in America. As I mentioned, we’ll all be moving along soon! (This is just my grandma take on it.)

        Don’t forget we have the attention span of gnats, but remember we also spent days on balloon boy back in ’09! I’d rather have a #RoyalBaby watch everywhere! At least that’s pleasant.

        • July 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Martin Bashir said what I was thinking. They seemed so natural and glowing like any new parent and those of us with children reflect on the birth of our own children. Hopefully they were as blessed as mine are.

        • 42 anniebella
          July 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

          Go to the hospital and see a new born baby, who is just as important as that royal baby. I have voice my opinion over and over again, I hope Will and Kate and the new baby have a wonderful life, but I am not all goo-goo over that royal couple having a baby.

  20. July 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm


    x 1200 days

    x 34,493,169 @BarackObama twitter followers

    x (ONLY 5% participation) 0.05

    = $ 2,069,590,140 USD

    Yes We Can

  21. July 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • July 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Based on his statement, scroll up, these are images/texts from his past and he and his wife have worked through the issue.

      If that is true, then whomever released these could well be in legal trouble because the intent is merely to do harm.

      • July 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Growing up in NYC, I know quite well that NYC politics are as dirty as they come. I wonder if they can track who released the information.

        • July 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm


          And, this is clearly an attack:

          “The chats were posted by Nik Richie, the founder and contributing editor of The Dirty. The Dirty’s post gained traction in the mainstream when BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith posted them. Richie did not respond to a request for comment.

          When he first jumped into the campaign, Weiner said that he couldn’t guarantee new photos like the one that forced him to resign wouldn’t surface.

          Weiner had built up consistent leads in multiple recent mayoral polls before these new revelations, leading both City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.”

          ref: ibid

      • 49 Gazelle
        July 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        [Bobfr, earlier I read something that said these are from last summer. Is he telling the truth. TBD, I say.]:

        […..] Anthony Weiner’s campaign did not respond “to repeated inquiries about a new set of unverified images suggesting that he exchanged sexually charged messages — and an explicit image — with a woman last summer,” BuzzFeed reports. […..]

        [Later post]:

        Said Weiner: “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. These things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress.”


      • July 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        There are many folks who do these kind of things online…however if you do …. trying to run for office..ummmm…will prove to be challenging….but i will say…i would rather have Weiner than a Rand Paul with his Confederate comrade or a GOP member (Steve King) that compares undocumented immigrants to dogs…

  22. 54 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Dr. Jill Biden looks gawgeous!

    • 55 arkluvspbo
      July 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      That blue is stunning on her. I like blue — it’s a very peaceful calming color. I notice a lot of heads of states and VIPs wear it.
      I wonder what she’d look like with a shorter bob and darker hair color.

  23. 56 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  24. 57 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Even the Aide Who Coined the Hastert Rule Says the Hastert Rule Isn’t Working

    By Molly Ball


    Feehery actually wrote the speech in which Hastert laid out the rule that bears his name. He coined the catchy phrase “majority of the majority.” And now he thinks Boehner ought to ditch the Hastert rule.

    Feehery outlined his thinking in a blog post in January. In a recent interview, he elaborated: Given the current “ungovernable” state of the House GOP caucus, he told me, Boehner must balance the risk to his own standing with the “larger reputational risk” to the Republican Party of things like, say, blocking the Violence Against Women Act — which would have happened had Boehner not violated the Hastert rule to get it through with the votes of just 38 percent of his members.



    • 58 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Without the Hastert Rule the Tea Party would be neutered in the House. I think GOP internal polls are showing that the Tea Party is leading the GOP to oblivion. The sudden wave of sanity coming from the Senate tells me that the “grownups” are trying to free the GOP from Tea Party control. If Boner jettisons the Hastert Rule, it would confirm my suspicions. Time will tell.

      • 59 arapaho415
        July 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        Agree with you 100% (mentioned you while I was talking to myself on previous thread, LOL). Here’s what I said over there:

        GOP Senators are scared of their own shadows when it comes to facing a Tea Party primary challenger.

        But since most of them are facing that possibility, I agree with ericfive that it’s now dawning on GOP Senators’ aides that, hey, TP primary challenger is inevitable, let’s look back at TP canditate implosion history:
        . Christine O’Donnell
        . Sharron Engel
        . Todd Akin
        . Can’t remember that midwest fella who got confused with Akin whenever “GOP” and “rape” were mentioned

        • 60 ericfive
          July 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

          Good points. Too bad we have to piece together clues to figure out what is really going on on Capitol Hill (since our MSM is so reluctant to report on discord among the GOP). I definitely think we are on to something;)

  25. 62 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I feel bad for Huma. She doesn’t deserve this.

  26. July 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Biden when she was in NH for a Democratic rally for the election last year. She is tiny and very pretty. Her talk was informal and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed what I thought would be another dull event.

  27. 72 daisydem
    July 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    She is beautiful!

  28. 73 arapaho415
    July 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Geez, almost 50 comments here now, and I’ve been conversing with myself on the previous thread for awhile now. LOL.
    Unlike the GOP, Dem female Senators won’t be drawn into a civil war of their own making:

  29. 74 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  30. 76 Linda
    July 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    The ” Breaking News ” banner of the baby blocks what they are trying to show.

  31. July 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Keep talking, Stevie.

    • 78 desertflower
      July 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      WOW. When they’re shooting their entire feet off….let them keep talking and don’t get in the way!

      • 79 arkluvspbo
        July 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        There is something seriously wrong with that person, he is obviously mentally unstable and in desperate need of attention.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      July 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      It boggles the mind that this man is elected to any office. He’s so full of prejudice, it’s a wonder he makes it out the door without tipping over. I hope every Latino voter in the country hears about this. Anyone running against him should play this statement in an ad and run it 24 hours a day.

    • 81 Gazelle
      July 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      [Some comments to the article. 🙂 ]:


      Republican outreach at its finest.
      Please tell us what crimes all blacks and asians are engaging in, im very interested.

      For every valedictorian DREAMer there are also 10,000 white meth addicts.

      And he got this information from who? Sheriff Joe?

      ya, here are a few more popsicle sticks and scotch tape to build your bridges with.

    • 82 ericfive
      July 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      A blatantly racist statement like that by a current Congressman is a true scandal. Hope every hispanic person (or person with a shred of human decency) hears about what the House GOP thinks of our latino brothers and sisters.

    • 83 Linda
      July 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      UPDATE: Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) slammed King’s comments during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon (via TPM):

      In my district, I have multiple schools, who on a regular basis produce valedictorians and they are undocumented. However, when members of this house use language such as “for every one that is a valedictorian, there are another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and have calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” it is offensive.


  32. 84 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  33. 86 Gazelle
    July 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    [Awww! Bless! 🙂 ]:

    Security personnel worry about all kinds of things when U.S. officials travel abroad, but Vice President Biden’s trip to India this week presented a special challenge: Monkeys.

    About a dozen adult monkeys invaded a mango tree near a Gandhi statue that Biden and family members visited in New Dehli on Monday.

    Officials were less worried about the monkeys themselves than the fact they were tossing unripe or partially eaten mangoes onto the ground below.
    “What I don’t want is a mango to drop on the vice president when he comes here,” said an Indian security official, reported The Wall Street Journal.

    Rest assured: The Biden visit went off without a hitch. […..]

    […..] “As Mr. Biden and his wife walked towards the statue, and the monkey filled mango tree, Monday evening, photographers trained their cameras on the couple with a glint of anticipation. But no fruit fell from the tree as the U.S. vice president posed for a few seconds in front of the statue. Perhaps his security team had that covered too.”


  34. 87 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  35. 90 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Heads Up.

  36. 92 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    You mean, Republicans don’t ride Amtrak?

  37. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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