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  1. 1 Bill R.
    October 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Buon Giorno a Tutti!

  2. 6 utaustinliberal
    October 10, 2013 at 11:52 am


  3. October 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Buon Giorno Bill 🙂 Congrats on 1st!!


  4. 12 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Koch Industries: We Don’t Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund)

    APRIL 15, 2010


  5. October 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    GM Chips, TOD. Don’t know if you saw, but I sent you a DM last night. Check it out if you have a second 🙂

    For many people, particularly in parts of the global south, the Nobel peace prize has come to be seen as a controversial win, associated as it is with particular ideological preferences. Some have raised the question of the ethical considerations of awarding the prize to a girl of Malala’s age. I would instead argue that, given the dubious reputation of some of its past recipients, the Nobel peace prize would be beneath Malala, given her selfless sacrifice and efforts in the cause of education.

  6. 18 CEB
    October 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I am with President Barack Hussein Obama, all the way all the time #TrustBarack.

  7. 19 GGail
    October 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’m with that guy too – allllllll the wayyyyyyy!

  8. 21 LDS
    October 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I am definitely with POB.
    After viewing that Baltimore Massacre video last night, I know now more than ever that he is a gift from heaven. Absolutely brilliant how he worked that room. He intimidates all of those evil persons. They have tried everything under the sun.
    Heads Up:
    I am going to need some serious therapy in 2016.

    • October 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      That makes two of us LDS. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I hope Chips keeps this blog to follow the Obamas in whatever they do next or 😦 😦 ?????

      I need help.

  9. 23 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    There appears to be some kind of event going on on the lawn outside the Capitol …….there are tent canopies and people milling around.

    Any clue what that is ?

    • 24 LDS
      October 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      BBQ for John Boehner’s ass, maybe. Tan is not working. He wants to be like POB whenever he grows up….Not ever gonna happen!
      So let’s go with the first answer.

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Weren’t the Democrats setting up outside, for Speaker-for-Life Pelosi’s news conference? Saw some standing in the rain earlier, getting the party started.

  10. October 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    OMG, this is INSANE. Boehner committed to his party to stand firm on Obamacare delay in any bill to open the government.

  11. October 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I have nothing to do with this organization, but it is interesting that the following just arrived in my email inbox:

    “The Republican Party platform of 1868 declared any repudiation of the
    public debt to be “a national crime.” And so the 14th Amendment to
    the Constitution was ratified providing that “the validity of the
    public debt of the United States . . . shall not be questioned.”

    Stop The National Debt Crime In Progress Action Page:

    If Congress does not want to incur any more debt, they can stop
    passing bills authorizing more expenditures. But to refuse to raise
    some artificial overall “debt ceiling” to honor those debts is no
    different from running up a bill on your credit card and then
    refusing to pay it off.

    For Republican members of Congress to even QUESTION this is a
    national crime in progress. It does more damage to the credit of the
    United States than any violent terrorist, and will lead directly to a
    dramatic interest in our cost to borrow money from the rest of the
    world, making our defecit problem, much of which is interest on
    existing debt, that much worse.

    One of the things that Congress has done in the last 10 years is pass
    multiple laws that are so vague and ambiguous that ANY citizen of the
    United States can be arrested as a terrorist and be held indefinitely
    without trial for doing anything that might possibly “aid” the
    “enemy” in the slightest or tangential way.

    We, the people of the United States, therefore call on the Department
    of Justice to immediately issue arrest warrants for any members of
    Congress who even QUESTION whether or not we will honor our public
    debt obligations.”

  12. 31 amk for obama
    October 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    One Democratic senator compared the crisis to a blindfolded man walking towards the edge of the cliff. A colleague disagreed – they were walking towards the brink with their eyes wide open.


  13. 32 utaustinliberal
    October 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm


      Yeah, so, in keeping with my theme last night (which only I may be laughin’ about), of the President’s playing the song “Look in My Eyes” during his interview with John Harwood, where, clearly, Harwood was overcome with Obama magic dust …

      … today I’m amusing myself that when Boehner, who has so few friends left, if that, meets with the kind-hearted President today, ol’ John will walk in, cryin’ himself a river and singing this song. I’m pretty sure Republicans are all scared to death of President Obama, but would love to have him give ’em a hug!

  14. 34 utaustinliberal
    October 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  15. 36 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I’m crazy, nuts for Jon ……

    Jon Favreau ‏@jonfavs 40m


    Keep in mind, what Boehner claims the President is “demanding” is a government that’s open and an economy that isn’t destroyed by default.


  16. October 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Just love @OFA!!!

  17. 40 Jovie
    October 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    And Alex Wagner mentions capitulation… .
    And it begins! Jesus!

  18. October 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Heads up:

    Minority Leader Pelosi’s Weekly Press Briefing: Live at 2:30pm (ET) – CSPAN

  19. 47 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm



    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing with Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew to discuss the possible economic effects of the U.S. reaching the debt limit.

    Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) will question the secretary on what the U.S. reaching the debt limit would mean for world markets and for the borrowing power of the country in the future.

    In an September 25 letter sent to the congressional leadership, Secretary Lew warned of the risks of the debt limit being reached:

    “The debt limit impasse that took place in 2011 caused significant harm to the economy and a downgrade to the credit rating of the United States. The drawn-out dispute caused business uncertainty to increase, consumer confidence to drop, and financial markets to fall. If Congress were to repeat that brinksmanship in 2013, it could inflict even greater harm on the economy. And if the government should ultimately become unable to pay all of its bills, the results could be catastrophic.”

    Sec. Lew followed up this correspondence with another letter on October 1 which stated that the Treasury Department has begun to put emergency measures in place to push the deadline as far as possible, which he stated to be October 17.



  20. 48 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Good Afternoon TODers.

    WH press by the Honorable Jay “Clark Kent” Carney for 10-10-13 LIVE…..will start shortly 😉

  21. October 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Boehner made sure there would be a shutdown

    The House GOP’s Little Rule Change That Guaranteed A Shutdown

    ….”What people don’t know is that they rigged the rules of the House to keep the government shut down,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, told TPM in an interview. “This is a blatant effort to make sure that the Senate bill did not come up for a vote.”….

  22. October 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    The biggest fear for families such as mine is that we will lose our health insurance and be rendered uninsurable because one of us has been sick. The Affordable Care Act does away with dreaded clauses barring preexisting conditions. It also enables us to keep Mason on our insurance until he is 26; then, he will be able to purchase his own coverage on an insurance exchange. At least, that was the plan until last Tuesday, when the government was shut down in protest of such excesses.

    As far as the brain tumor goes, our family might have drawn the short straw. Maybe our story lacks a certain universal appeal. People might thinking to themselves, “I’m so sorry that happened to you, but odds are it won’t happen to me.” I hope it doesn’t, really.

    But having lived in hospitals with Mason for months, I have seen that bad things — accidents, freak illnesses — happen to smart, cautious and otherwise undeserving people. It’s one thing we all have in common. We are fragile beings. So what is wrong with allowing us to purchase a financial safety net? What’s so un-American about that?

  23. October 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    The GOP is definitely splitting. Here are two articles that show why. 1st one

    The shutdown’s enforcer-in-chief

    …. the ones feeling the pain from Needham right now are Republicans. His group, funded by the Koch brothers and anonymous donors, is the one that joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to rally opposition to Obamacare this summer. Together, Cruz and Heritage Action deserve much of the credit for forcing the government shutdown — and Heritage is threatening to use its considerable war chest against Republicans who waver in the effort to abolish the nation’s health-care law…..

    ….At the moment, Needham is fighting alongside Republicans. But Heritage Action’s broader goal is to turn the GOP into a “libertarian populist” party freed from Wall Street and K Street. Slate’s John Dickerson asked whether Needham was trying to force a confrontation to induce a “massive crackup of the old order” in the GOP.

    “I’m pretty optimistic that it’s going to happen and it’s going to happen pretty soon,” Needham said…..

  24. 53 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Gee, It’s Almost Like National Review Is Full of Stone Deficit Hypocrites

    By Gregory Koger


  25. 54 dotster3
    October 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Nooooooo—-Morning Joe might take over Weekend Today on NBC???? We need 7 mornings of Morning Joke? What nut at NBC thinks this is a brilliant idea? That program is unpalatable. It’s solid Repub talking points, and if anyone sane happens to be there saying sane things, Bully Joe just cuts them off and yells over them. I swear this whole country has gone loco.

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      I was hoping for a minute that Joe was moving ONLY to weekends. Maybe this is a precursor to that type of move. I haven’t been able to watch MSNBC in those early morning hours since 2009. Of course, I’m not awake at those hours, anyway, there’s that. 🙂

  26. October 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    2nd article. Both groups are talking about primarying GOP who don’t do what they want. This group doesn’t want the shut down and wants to primary Tea Party

    Business Groups See Loss of Sway Over House G.O.P.

    ….Their frustration has grown so intense in recent days that several trade association officials warned in interviews on Wednesday that they were considering helping wage primary campaigns against Republican lawmakers who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington…..

    ….Some warned that a default could spur a shift in the relationship between the corporate world and the Republican Party. Long intertwined by mutual self-interest on deregulation and lower taxes, the business lobby and Republicans are diverging not only over the fiscal crisis, but on other major issues like immigration reform, which was favored by business groups and party leaders but stymied in the House by many of the same lawmakers now leading the debt fight…..

  27. 57 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm


    Hmm? Bloomberg didn’t push to get Christie out of office for his gun stance……but he is now willing to use his money to get Pryor defeated? Seriously?

    I would rather have a Pryor than a Cotton the RWNJ who was elected to congress just 2012……Pryor’s opponent.

  28. 58 amk for obama
    October 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  29. 59 utaustinliberal
    October 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  30. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    How to keep your sanity during a government shutdown:


  31. 61 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has been one of the most prominent tea party voices in the budget showdown in Washington, but many of his constituents want to see him compromise, according to two new polls — and his unwillingness to do so may have cost him some points.

    An online Brigham Young University poll of a panel of Utah voters randomly recruited at polling places, found that Lee’s favorable rating is down 10 points, from 50 percent in June to 40 percent in October. Among his own party, his rating dropped from 71 percent to 57 percent.

  32. 63 Allison
    October 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Of all the finger-pointing irony!

  33. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  34. October 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love the picture with this article. Remember when Brewer was hostile before. Times have changed. At least she cares about the people in her state.

    Arizona’s GOP Gov: Don’t Defund Obamacare, We Need The Money

  35. 79 amk for obama
    October 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  36. 80 amk for obama
    October 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  37. October 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  38. 82 amk for obama
    October 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  39. 83 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Jobless Claims Spike As Government Shutdown Cripples Thousands Of Contractor Jobs


  40. 85 57andfemale
    October 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Someone wrote this for Ed Schultz I’m sure but it is EXCELLENT framing. Counter the ‘dirty’ word ‘entitlement’ with ‘earned benefit’.

    Don’t call it ‘safety net’. That is only positive to liberals and other sane people. Republicans have managed to make that synonymous in their RWNJ circles with ‘freeloader’.

    ‘Earned benefit’. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  41. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh, good, the House unanimously passed the bill to resume military death benefits to families. Too bad this didn’t help our most recent families whose loved ones were killed in performance of their duty. Too bad they all had to suffer the discomfort of wondering where the funds were going to come from, to bury their war dead. I firmly believe that there are some Republicans who will now be hoping that more die in battle, so they can be quickly exonerated for being their heartless selves.

  42. October 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Jeez, and you know the GOP and MSM will be in lockstep and claim this is all Obama’s fault.

  43. October 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Anybody else notice a softer tone from the jackals in the WH press briefing room?

  44. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    This sounds grotesque, but actually it’s a quite lovely experience.

  45. 98 Ladyhawke
    October 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm


    Boehner wants to keep one hostage, briefly let the other go

    By Steve Benen


    Indeed, it’s already been rejected.

    The White House indicated that while the president might sign a short-term bill to avert default, it rejected the proposal as insufficient to begin negotiations over his health care law or further long-term deficit reductions because the plan does not address the measure passed by the Senate to finance and reopen the government.

    “The president has made clear that he will not pay a ransom for Congress doing its job and paying our bills,” said a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    The Democratic appeal to Republicans can basically be summarized in a few words: Just do your job.



  46. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  47. October 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Seems out of touch that the Dow, etc., are soaring given that Boehner’s latest head fake re: default is DOA. Maybe someone is whispering stuff ….

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      I don’t understand big finance, but I was thinking the same thing. It’s all a whispering game, while the rest of America worries and suffers.

  48. October 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  49. 106 Nena20409
    October 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Cute Cat……..

    For all you Cat TOD Lovers 😉

  50. 107 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Boehner needs to pass this with NO Dems votes…….

    Don’t save him Nancy

  51. 108 Obama Grandmama
    October 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I hope someone here will send the article to Rachel and Lawrence about the GOP House committee giving Speaker Boehner special powers right before the government shutdown that prevented normal rules from taking affect.

  52. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  53. 111 Linda
    October 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    “Open” – VoteVets.org TV Ad on Shutdown featuring WWII Veteran

    The cost of the VoteVets ad is $100,000 and it will be running on national cable.

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