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A Special Guest

President Obama greets children and volunteers during a visit to Martha’s Table, a kitchen that prepares meals for the needy, in Washington, October 14

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President Obama walks back to the Oval Office after he visited Martha’s Table, Oct. 14


160 Responses to “A Special Guest”


  1. 1 Maubyandice
    October 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Excellent

    • 2 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Congrats Mauby on #1 🙂

      • 5 Maubyandice
        October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Hey! Hope all’s well with everybody.

        That last pic makes me want to cry. It’s a hard job made more difficult by stupid people.

    • 6 carolyn
      October 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      I’ve noticed something about President Obama…..when everyone else is biting their nails, and he knows he’s done everything he can, and is waiting for the right moment, he leaves the White House and does something productive by giving to others. He does not sit around worrying or feeling sorry for himself, or increasing angst….he gets out and works. He is amazing. He’s gone to Martha’s Table before during such times…..can’t think of exactly when, others will remember probably, but this is a constructive, healthy pattern of his. Amazing.

      • October 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        You are quite insightful and totally correct, Carolyn!!!

      • October 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        It’s a good prescription for all of us, Carolyn. The worrying brings on stomach problems, lack of sleep and a sense of pessimism. Going out and getting something done, helping a neighbor or making some calls for a local candidate is like a tonic to all the ailments. Nobody works harder than our president, but he knows that sitting around worrying will only give him less strength, not more.

      • 9 idon
        October 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        Your post brought a smile to my face because it is so true. As Oprah once, President Obama’s got this!

      • October 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        hello Carolyn…..

        thanks for bringing this up….the President is my role model…I often think of him during trying times…I think of his patience…his humor…his way of keep on keeping even when they slam his wife and children….

        he as you said….Amazinggggggg…..we are lucky to have him….

        #TrustBarack

    • 11 Judith Fardig
      October 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Congrats on #1!

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      /shaking my fist at Hopef/

      Drat, Hopef! My eyes saw ‘bad news’ and my heart jumped through my chest BEFORE my brain got the ‘for John McCain’ part. Phew! Good thing my heart still has some bounce back capabilities.

  2. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love our President. One of the biggest minds ever, and yet he’s so humble. Quite frankly, I’m not sure we’ll see his like again – in the White House or anywhere else.

  3. 15 Betsy
    October 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Saw this awful headline on Yahoo, from Forbes. It’s a conservative magazine, right? Made me very angry because it’s so untrue. It goes to show how much we need to fight.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/14/obamacares-website-is-crashing-because-it-doesnt-want-you-to-know-health-plans-true-costs/?partner=yahootix

    I am so angry they can get away with these lies.

    • 16 Betsy
      October 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Brought this over from the last post. Sorry Chips for the double post.

      • October 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        No problem at all Betsy, compleeeeeetely happy for people to bring comments from post to post, especially if you’d only just written them when a new post appeared!

    • October 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Betsy, if it’s in Forbes, they are talking to themselves, giving themselves comforting strokes so they don’t have to face reality. The people who need health care insurance and are signing up are not Forbes’ audience, so, in the end, it accomplishes nothing aside from ensuring that well-to-do business people renew their subscriptions.

    • October 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      All you need to know about some of the Forbes articles re: ACA is the author:

      From Wikipedia: Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of the Forbes blog The Apothecary.[1] He has stated he is an “outside adviser to the Romney campaign on health care issues.” [2] He is a contributor to National Review Online, where he was described as a member of Mitt Romney’s Health Care Policy Advisory Group.[3]

  4. 20 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    That’s OUR President. What a wonderful human being. He’s doesn’t talk the talk; he walks the walk every single day.

    • 21 anniebella
      October 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      So POTUS is out there helping to feed the hungry. Cruz, Palin,Lee, Tea Party, is out there in front of the White House spreading racists hate.

  5. October 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Oh, the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments has likely already begun …..

    #TrustBarack …. or get paved ………

    • October 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      DOW closes up 64 – that’s almost a 170 point spread from daily low to close 😉

    • October 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      The good news is the hostage situation ends and we get a breather. Bad news they’ll take the same hostages in January and February when they don’t get everything they want in the budget negotiations. I suspect, though, that if the Republicans pull this crap again after the first of the year, public patience will be zero and the need for retaliation at the ballot box will soar. Interesting that they chose December 15 when the House is getting close to shutting down for the holidays. They sure do love keeping the President from his family in Hawaii at Christmas.

  6. 28 Jovie
    October 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    According to cnn the republicans request have been granted on the debt limit. The gov will be funded they jab 15 but budget negotiators will finally be appointed. Then …
    We are giving the republicans the medical device tax and income verification for Obanacare, in order to raise debt limit to feb 15.
    What did we get ? Nothing?

  7. 32 carolyn
    October 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I’m thinking every one of those Rethug congresscritters should go and do as the president is doing. They need to SEE in person what their horrible policies and obstruction are doing to real people. This is one way our President keeps himself centered and grounded in reality. He does NOT live in an ivory tower….either intellectually or economically.
    As Nancy Pelosi said…..”it seems these Rethugs (she didn’t say Rethug that was me.) think everyone has a trust fund.” Very FEW people do have one. We certainly don’t, and I doubt very many, or any, on this blog do. My husband keeps saying……”he lived where people don’t have anything…..he worked on Chicago’s south side, he knows reality.” Most of the people in Congress have NO idea.
    On a good note…..I finally got the special edition of US, “Michelle’s Amazing Journey.” It is wonderful. It is a keeper. If you can find it, I highly recommend it. I brought it home, sat right down read it, and it’s on my coffee table right in front of where I sit all the time doing my grading. I’ve already gone through it again.

  8. 35 Vicki
    October 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    It seems that now the GOP/TP/MSM want to make some false equivalence of the GOP trying to nullify the ACA with the Dems now looking to replace the Sequester.
    To Be Clear: The ACA when it is enacted will help millions of Americans to lead a better healthier life.
    The Sequester as it has been enacted has hurt millions of Americans, me for example.
    If you think these 2 things are remotely similar, MSM, then you are truly hopeless.

    • 36 57andfemale
      October 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      The sequester was only supposed to kick if there was no deal between Dem’s and Repubs. Repubs walked out if they couldn’t get everything they wanted, so sequester kicked in.

      ACA is a stand-on-its-own law, now enacted. False equivalence to be sure.

    • 37 pkayden
      October 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Vicki, do you know if the sequester will lead to more furloughs of federal employees next year? The Dems really need to push for those furloughs to end. You’re talking about federal employees losing $$$ that they cannot afford to go without.

      • 38 57andfemale
        October 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        I believe so. The REAL brunt of the sequester in happens after January.

        • 39 Vicki
          October 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          Not exactly, 57. The 2013 sequester cuts were real and terrible.
          The 2014 cuts will make a bad situation worse. Additional cuts. ie: 57,000 head Start kids cut in 2013. Who knows how many more in 2014.

          • 40 57andfemale
            October 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

            They were phased in – the full extent is set to hit in 2014. I never meant to say that they weren’t terrible – they are terrible by any metric. I believe they had some leeway in 2013, but the cuts must be indiscriminate in 2014 and that will be a disaster.

            Have I mentioned I loathe Republicans? Remember, they walked out of sequester talks because they REFUSED to raise any revenue, when we are paying the lowest taxes in history. Monsters. All of them.

            • 41 Vicki
              October 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

              Got it, 57. Worth mentioning that if the cuts are left in place they will not end in 2014.

              • 42 57andfemale
                October 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

                I don’t think a lot of people realize this. I need to tweet this and get others to do so as well. Most Americans think the worst is what we have right now.

        • 43 pkayden
          October 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

          Thanks. Had no idea.

      • 44 Vicki
        October 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        I don’t know about Fed employees.
        Sorry,pkayden

        • October 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

          No problem. I think 57andfemale adequately answered my questions. For some reason, I didn’t know things would get worst with the sequester in 2014. Starting to feel sad. I’m not furloughed but I know several fed employees who have been (and I guess will be next year).

  9. 46 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  10. 47 Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Republican pollster Rasmussen, minutes ago:

    A 7-point shift from last week:
    Generic Ballot: Democrats 45%, Republicans 38%

  11. October 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Speaking of “Special Guest” in this post – just noticed Sarah Palin is coming back to Iowa in November! http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/10/14/sarah-palins-coming-to-iowa/article
    That will be very excitin’ and upliftin’, but unfortunately I think I’m busy that day. 😀

    • October 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Did you see this editorial from the Quad City Times yesterday?

      “We’ve read and heard all of the justifications for the congressional impasse that is terrorizing our nation.

      We use the word “terror” emphatically. What else can you call tactics the perpetrators fully intend to wreck the stock market, throw people out of work and remove any semblance of stability for economic growth?”

      Do you know if QCTimes is usually liberal or conservative?

    • 50 idon
      October 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Just sent this tweet to Sarah Palin “In November 2013, HATE is coming to IOWA in the form of Confederate flag waving domestic terrorist @SarahPalinUSA”

    • 51 pkayden
      October 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Palin needs to take several seats and shut up. Thank you so much McCain!!

  12. October 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Evening guys.

    Today’s Cool vid: @tomhanks & Sandra Bullock Recreate Big Piano Chopsticks Dance Scene http://youtu.be/NruWYK-KA6w

  13. 53 dotster3
    October 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Pardon if this has been linked already (haven’t been around to catch up) but even if it has, it is another great piece from Roger Simon—-on target, a bulls eye——worth a 2nd posting.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/government-shutdown-racism-roger-simon-98272.html

  14. 55 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  15. 56 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    More wishful thinking by the GOP – I will wait to hear from PBO and/or Senator Reid thanks.

    • 57 forus50
      October 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      I read this morning discussion that if it was included by GOP then tax cuts for oil would be eliminated by Dems. So both would get nixed and wouldn’t be in the final bill.

    • 58 Jovie
      October 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      See? The president said if he agrees to anything, it would be something that he already decided on .

    • 59 pkayden
      October 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Just hearing on Ed Schultz’ show, via Jonathan Alter, that no part of Obamacare will be part of the negotiations as the President refuses to make any changes to the ACA with a gun to his head.

  16. 60 forus50
    October 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Chipsticks,
    My my I’m seeing stars. 🙂 So we get to Like posts??? How awesome. Can you just default in auto Likes for me on everybody’s? 🙂

  17. 62 Jovie
    October 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    …unloaded

  18. 63 forus50
    October 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  19. 64 Jovie
    October 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I am trying to like Hopey and bobs posts but it just keeps saying loading.
    🙂

  20. October 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Chips, the site is freaking out with this rating gizmo …. 😀 😀

    • 79 Linda
      October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      He has been a huge disappointment .

    • 80 Jovie
      October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      “I hope they’re working day and night to get this done. And when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work,” Gibbs said on MSNBC.
      “We knew there were going to be some glitches, but these are glitches that go way beyond the pale of what should be expected.”
      “This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services,” Gibbs said. “This was bungled badly. This was not a server problem, like just too many people came to the website. This is an architecture problem.”

      Oh shut up !

      • 81 Allison
        October 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        Wow…What a creep. He’s really bitter. Axelrod and Plouffe should pull him aside for a quick word about LOYALTY.

      • October 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        Glitches beyond the pale are still glitches.

        A glitch is a short-lived fault in a system. It is often used to describe a transient fault that corrects itself, and is therefore difficult to troubleshoot.

        I must have been out sick the day glitches became epic fails.

      • 86 Judith Fardig
        October 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        Co-sign about Gibbs! If he can’t say something positive about the Obamacare rollout (like how well it is going in cooperative states on the West Coast), he should keep his powder dry. Being so negative feeds the loony right.

      • 87 pkayden
        October 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        Wow. Who needs enemies with friends like Gibbs?

        • 88 carolyn
          October 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          From what I’ve read, one problem with the “architecture” was that funds were taken away by the sequester and Republicans. They wanted to sabotage the entire program. Programs like this take money.
          I’m sorry Gibbs is acting like this. However, I remember when he was press secretary, I was often disappointed in him. He was weak, could not think well on his feet, and his press conferences did not help the President when he needed help….like in 2010. I was very happy when he left that position. Jay Carney is tip top.

  21. 89 collegekay
    October 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I’m seeing stars.

  22. 91 japa21
    October 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Is that why after every comment I see Loading…

  23. 92 Lb4Obama
    October 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Personally the stars can fade away. Distracting IMHO.

  24. 93 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I do like the idea of being able to ‘like’ a comment, though.

  25. 100 Nena20409
    October 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Blue Stars for TOD Likes 😉

    Good Evening Beloved TOD family.

  26. 101 Nena20409
    October 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    A whole lotta shaking going on after posting a comment.

    I do like the Blue Stars, though.

  27. 107 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Here’s a video clip to show any of your contacts who feel maybe GOP leaders should not be voted out as soon as possible. Rep Louise Slaughters ask why GOP Reps changed the rules at the last minute, and the reply was that they changed them deliberately to keep the government shutdown…basically.

  28. 111 forus50
    October 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Hey guys, I see Gibbs comments about the healthcare.gov website and unfortunately I think it needs to be said. I don’t know how many of you saw my tweet about getting an app completed within 15 minutes the other night. Well that was the good news.

    The bad news is that I still haven’t been able to get on to “Shop” and “Choose a Plan” which are steps 2 and 3. It keeps going in this techy loop of telling me my app is in process (which it isn’t since it’s been approved) but it doesn’t allow me to go to steps 2 and 3. I ended up calling the 1-800 number and the girl told me to wait a few weeks as my application was part of the bug problem and it’s in a perma-loop. I told her they are doing a great job and I’m complaining as I have insurance and don’t need to switch plans – I just would like to see if I can get a lower one. So I’m guessing that’s why there has been very little news about it here in Illinois as, unlike Kentucky, we are using the main healthcare.gov website.

    The only thing the CR and DL manufactured crisis did that was any good was take the bulls eye off the roll-out. Hopefully the tech issues get fixed in the next few days.

    • 112 57andfemale
      October 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      I’ve had the same experience.

      A suggestion I read yesterday was to create an entirely new account, but you need to do it through a different email address. And to give them as little info as possible – ignore anything that is ‘optional’ because that will require the extra steps to go through the system. You can (and will need to) fill in that information later.

      At least that’s what I read. I admit I got quite distressed and didn’t try over the weekend. However, I am going to create a new email account and try from scratch. Frankly, I don’t mind using a dedicated email address for this stuff anyway.

  29. 113 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So the latest I’m hearing is that there are many Senate R’s who still haven’t seen the “deal” and will be reviewing it tomorrow during the GOP Senate Caucus meeting at 11AM.

    Just more time-wasting nonsense in my view…

  30. October 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Oooooh, is everything fixed now???

  31. 120 susanne
    October 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    charles pierce:

    ‘ It is not merely unseemly, but positively obscene for people like Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, and the unspeakable Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods to use surviving World War II veterans to advance a political agenda that would make the lives of those veterans immeasurably worse. It is obscene for them to use old, brave men as camouflage for bigotry and nonsense. It is obscene for them to borrow courage that never would find in themselves and to gussy it up in Confederate flags and trot it out as an an audience for crackpots like Larry Klayman. It is obscene for them to claim for themselves the dead of Normandy, and the Bulge, and Okinawa, and Saipan. It is obscene for them to try to purify their own vandalism in worthier blood than flows in their veins.

    How dare these idiots? Tailgunner Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, the constitooshunal skolar from Utah, and Ms. Palin. How dare they traffick in this manner of grave-robbing? They would all throw these veterans off Medicare, close the VA hospitals, bury the brave old men and women in substandard nursing homes rather than give an inch away of their indomitable ideology of entitled selfishness. Ted Cruz doesn’t think the government has a role in making the lives of these veterans easier. Mike Lee thinks the Founders wanted vets to starve. Sarah Palin doesn’t think, period, and is proud of it. ‘

    Read more: Republicans Using WWII Vets For Political Agenda – The Grave Robbers In Washington – Esquire
    Follow us: @Esquiremag on Twitter | Esquire on Facebook
    Visit us at Esquire.com
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/republicans-using-wwii-vets-for-political-agenda-101413

    • 121 99ts
      October 14, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      When Pierce isn’t carrying on about the perfect of his fellow press members – he is the intertubes best blogger. His art of perfectly naming and describing political figures is second to none

  32. 122 Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Blitzer is making a big deal out of what Gibbs said about the ACA website.

    • 123 Nena20409
      October 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Whenever a Dem, especially one that is close to POTUS makes a public criticism…..especially with the TBGOPers in deep bat poop, the press would have early euphoric feelings.

      Gibbs should not have said what he did. My guess is that he is ticked off for the needless problems that should have been fixed…..in his mind by now.

    • 124 57andfemale
      October 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      WTH was the matter with him, saying such things? Hey, the problems are true – I’m a testament to that. But I would not have given the nut jobs any ammunition. He should be ashamed of himself. What a disappointment.

    • 125 COS
      October 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Gibbs, should know better. These pundits wait for someone to say something negative about the ACA. He has been a big disappoinment since he was hired by MSNBC. One would think that he never worked for PBO. He worked for PBO for years and they go way, way back. I think he could have chosen his words a little better. I am sure Kathleen S. is aware of the glitches and are working on fixing them. Are they trying to discourage folks from signing up for ACA? What gives?

      • 126 99ts
        October 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        His first comment on MSNBC was stilted, stupid and anti the President – he is no friend of the administration in his current role.

      • 127 ERICFIVE
        October 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        Glitches in a website will not “discourage” someone who needs healthcare care from getting health insurance. Since any insurance signed up for today would not go into effect until January 1, 2013, there is no huge rush. It is scary how quickly GOP talking points become “conventional wisdom”. In this instance, problems with a WEBSITE are being used as an excuse to dismantle or postpone a law that will help millions of people get healthcare they need. The stupid is very strong in such an argument. Such an argument also treats access to healthcare as if it is some kind of frivolous luxury, that people who have been frozen out of for years will forget about due to website glitches. The people making such ignorant arguments are either agents of evil or don’t realize that a person’s health is his/her greatest asset, most important possession. As for Robert Gibbs, he now WORKS for MSNBC and if he wants to keep his job, he must tote the company line. There are no jobs in todays MSM for PBO loyalists.

    • 128 pkayden
      October 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Of course he is. I’m sorry to hear about the glitches but technical problems with the government website do not negate the need for the ACA. Nothing is perfect — especially something that’s new.

      • 129 Obama Grandmama
        October 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        …besides postponing will only mean the glitches turn up later. Might as well work them out as you go. We need that healthcare now not later, but the GOP would have more time for 44 more votes to repeal it and get their own President in to sign their repeal (in their minds). Not going to happen. We worked too hard for this!

  33. 130 africa
    October 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  34. 132 Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Luis Gutiérrez has written a book. He was on Book TV last night and was bad mouthing PBO…….

    There was an incident in the Oval Office where PBO yelled at him ” Why don’t you get off my Back ” ! Over immigration of course.

    • 133 pkayden
      October 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Oh dear. Does Gutierrez feel that President Obama doesn’t genuinely want immigration reform? Does he believe that Republicans, including the T’Baggers, want immigration reform? What’s the sense of badmouthing President Obama when you know he’s on your side?

      • 134 ERICFIVE
        October 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        He is selling a book and needs attention. Same shit Matt Damon does when he has one of his horrible movies to promote. Talk shit about PBO and you get access to the “microphone” to promote whatever crap you are selling.

    • 135 57andfemale
      October 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I am stuck with this twit as my congressman, because I live on the wrong side of one street in a gerrymandered district. And I used to have a great Congressman.

      He cares only about immigration issues and absolutely nothing else. I care about immigration issues, too, but he does not do his job as a congressman for his entire district, and that includes many immigrants or children of immigrants who are already US citizens, living in a bungalow neighborhood in Chicago. He actually threatened to vote against ACA because it didn’t include undocumented. Let me tell you my wonderful Hispanic neighbors – trying to make ends meet, pay a modest mortgage, working hard, trying to put their kids through school – were PISSED.

      To add insult to injury, he refuses to update his website to include my side of the street so I can’t email him. I have to use snail mail. I’m happy to do it, but sometimes I just want to send an email.

  35. October 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Senate has confirmed Madeline Haikala for a lifetime appointment as a federal U.S. District Court Judge for northern Alabama.

  36. 140 dotster3
    October 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I agree it is wise to wait to hear from the horse’s mouth—-just reporting what Jonathan Alter said on Ed—–that the current “deal” (that word itself makes me nervous)—–was kick the CR and debt ceiling can down the road—-till end of Jan./first of Feb., sequester stays till Jan. I also join those who question if the House will vote to approve anything that the Senate agrees to. Now I see on Rev. Al that “token concessions on Obamacare” also included in “deal”.

    • October 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Every time I hear/see the word ‘deal’ I remind myself that the President, Senator Reid and Leader Pelosi have all said – no ransom. So, will just wait until one or all of them tell us what the outcome is, if anything, beyond opening the government and paying its bills.

      BTW, Senator Reid has come to the floor of the Senate – CSPAN live

    • 142 Linda
      October 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I think the concession has to do with income verification of the subsidies…..

      Republicans are worried that scammers will get subsidies.

      • 143 99ts
        October 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        The main scammers of government funds are rich republicans – they are so sure the poors are going to get something – they want to stop all welfare – this is just like wanting voter id to stop all the voting fraud – pretend that there are thousands out there scamming away.

        In my world the biggest scammers of health care have been those who provide medical care – not those who receive it.

  37. October 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Note that Senator Reid is not on the Senate floor for the Haikala confirmation so perhaps he and the other leaders have gone to the White House.

  38. October 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Senator Reid says that he and Senator McConnell have made ‘tremendous progress’ – no votes tonight. They hope that tomorrow will be the day they resolve the situation.

  39. October 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    They will be in session again at 10a ET tomorrow.

  40. 147 Nena20409
    October 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/14/rand-paul-s-hate-speech-sounded-just-like-al-qaeda.html

    Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention – so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims. But despite what some may tell you, not all press is good press. And in the case of Rand Paul’s speech – it was awful press for Muslims. In fact, by the end of Paul’s talk, he had almost convinced me to hate Muslims.

    Instead, his speech made me realize just how desperately Rand Paul wants to be President. Paul opened his speech with an attention grabbing line: “From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity.”
    Now, I thought he would be talking the typical fare: “war on Christmas,” Obama wants you to take birth control, gay people have the audacity to want to get married, etc.

  41. October 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Bottom line – anything you read or hear from anyone until the President, Senator Reid or Leader Pelosi say it you should be highly skeptical at a minimum.

  42. 151 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  43. October 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    New post in 12 minutes, 14 seconds.

  44. October 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    TODers, you know the drill:

  45. October 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

    The Supreme Court are hearing arguments about whether there should be unlimited contributions…to political campaigns…


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