@petesouza: President Obama and VP Biden join hands during a prayer at end of meeting with faith leaders on immigration reform, Nov 13

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  1. 7 Layla
    November 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    That picture is making me cry

  2. November 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  3. November 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Yeah, Obama was going to dump Joey. It’s so bloody obvious. *eyeroll*

  4. 13 amk for obama
    November 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  5. November 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    ….To consume Attkisson’s story is to freak out about HealthCare.gov. The scoop here is that Henry Chao, Healthcare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), somehow didn’t know about a Sept. 3 memo warning of issues on that troubled government Web site. The transcript to which Attkisson gained access spells out some serious alleged difficulties with the site. From the televised report: “In excerpts we’ve obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system. Chao said he was unaware of this Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said, ‘The threat and risk potential to the system is limitless.’ The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.” Via Attkisson’s treatment, Chao comes off looking clueless about a critical aspect of HealthCare.gov. In her narrative, a Republican lawyer questioning Chao asked him if he found it “surprising” that he’d never seen that memo before. Chao replied, “‘Yeah . . . I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me?’ He later added: ‘It is disturbing. I mean, I don’t deny that this is . . . a fairly nonstandard way’ to proceed.”

    “So when CBS Evening News ran its report based on a leak, presumably from the [Republican] staff, but we don’t know — of a partial transcript — excerpts from a partial transcript — they said the security issues raised in the document, and I quote, ‘could lead to identity theft among buying insurance,’ that cannot be true based on what we established in our back and forth. Is that correct?”

    Chao replied: “That’s correct. I think there was some rearrangement of the words I used during the testimony and how it was portrayed.”
    The Erik Wemple Blog raised similar questions to CBS News yesterday. It declined to comment……

  6. November 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  7. 18 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    MSNBC is NOT an honest broker when it comes to this President.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    • November 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Reminder from yesterday.

      The percentages in the tweet are for *approval* of the President’s initiatives.

      Most people aren’t aware of a means to get news outside of the MSM. They have no idea that there is not an ounce of integrity or ethics in jounralism today.

      Sneering and bad-mouthing the President is the preferred modus operandi.

  8. November 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm


    • November 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Jesus, you’re protecting the President of the United States. Keep your genitalia in your pants!

      • November 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        I’m not a man so I guess I don’t understand how men in such prestigious positions with high stakes can have such a lack of impulse control. I just don’t get it.

        • 24 jacquelineoboomer
          November 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

          I didn’t read this particular story, but let’s remember these men – and there are women, too – are being asked to take high risks in those very same high-stake positions. Taking risks in their private lives, while it may seem different, might be more likely to follow the same individuals called to this type of duty. Doesn’t excuse the behavior, especially since the President’s involved, of course. – By anonymous non-expert somewhere in the Midwest (aka me)

          • November 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

            I get the danger and I get the thrill but seriously, this is POTUS. POTUS. And this is the freakin’ Secret Service of the U.S. The risks are extreme. And it’s almost not really so much the sex but the weaponry oversights and irresponsibilities that really reveal how irresponsible they are being at any given moment and are really unnerving. That’s the thing that gives me pause maybe even more than the exposure to blackmail.

  9. November 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  10. 27 forus50
    November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Other than immigration reform this tweet says it all for me.

  11. November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve been visiting the orange site that shall remain nameless for a few days. There are times when I stay away for months, but they are so good at skewering Republicans and love to do it so when GOPers are acting up, I know I will see some posts I enjoy. I saw one of the best write-ups of the process going on now to fix the ObamaCare software. Very upbeat. I was married for 20 years to a software developer who does very high level consulting now and this article is right on target. My ex makes big money and has work all the time because these programs almost always have big problems. In the article ‘Pluto’ tells us where the problems were and the process for fixing them.

    I’ll give the link in case any of you want to read it.


    …Let me start off by saying that Healthcare.gov is now working well in most areas of the US. Folks are accessing the site all day, every day, and getting enrolled. Current capacity allows up to 17,000 people to register and up to 25,000 people to access the system each hour. During October, 846,184 US residents have completed applications for health insurance. Of those, about 106,000 have selected insurers and enrolled. October brought about 20 million unique visitors to Healthcare.gov….

    ….I’ll give you my perspective on Healthcare.gov post-launch tech surge — but, first, I’d like to repeat what you already know: The mad-dog political hysteria going on in congressional hearings and derp-news are nothing more than a continuation of the attempt to kill the PPACA. It is noise.

    The Surge Team will meet and perhaps even beat the deadline, as Healthcare.gov improves hourly. There is absolutely no need to fret over this….

  12. 35 Claire
    November 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Democrats are spineless as usual. This is the time when Democrats should come together and shout from the rooftops that the ACA is great. They should be encouraging their constituents to get enrolled today. There should be an all out campaign. I haven’t seen one advertisement for people to get enrolled. I see nothing encouraging people to get enrolled. No radio ads, no web ads, no print ads, nothing. It’s like the Democrats have disappeared. The only place I see anything positive about the ACA is here.

  13. November 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Caroline leaves for Japan tomorrow:

    “Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy and one of President Obama’s most prominent supporters, was sworn in Tuesday as the United States ambassador to Japan…”


    “Japan ‘knows that it is getting an envoy who has the ear of the president,’ Mr. Kerry said. ‘And that, as we all know, is a vital thing in the conduct of foreign policy.’

    Ms. Kennedy also will be the first woman to serve as the American ambassador in Tokyo, an assignment that coincides with a call by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the professional and economic role of women in Japan”

    (Screen shot from video in tweet – a little blurry, reminds me Chips’ photos of Danny, LOL.)

    • 39 dotster3
      November 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Attractive family—-great photo. Wish the best to Caroline as she serves in Japan.

      • November 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        There’s talk that John, the oldest, and the one most Kennedy-like, could have a very interesting future. He’s apparently already quite accomplished… and said to have a very fine mind… would be fun to see. Gotta’ keep hope alive! I adored Caroline for coming on early in her support for PBO … little trivia- Caroline’s daughter on far left is Rose who has an uncanny resemblance to Jackie O. (but not really in that picture )

  14. 41 vcprezofan2
    November 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Congrats, Allison!

    Sneaky, sneaky, Chips!

  15. November 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    • 44 yardarm756
      November 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      It would take the hospital ship at least 7-10 days to get to the P.I.

      • 45 jacquelineoboomer
        November 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm

        They’ve done some magnificent humanitarian work aboard the USNS Mercy, as you know, all around the globe. Remember reading all about it, during previous catastrophes to which they responded.

        That’s the part of the military mission some people in this country aren’t even aware of – the humanitarian part, which goes a long way toward instilling good feelings about the U.S. in other lands, and in my book is a big part of our diplomatic efforts on the ground.

        Of course, your service and the service of others who go “in harm’s way” is the main mission – and no wonder you’re so proud of being a part of all that. I know I felt it was a wonderful privilege supporting it from my nice safe desk in this country, when I worked for the Navy as a civilian.

  16. 46 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I’m probably late on this, but have y’all read this?

  17. November 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    The best article I’ve seen so far. McClatchy shreds the rest of the Benghazi report. The article goes specific point-by-point and McClatchy visited the site in Benghazi. Tears the 60 minutes report to pieces.

    Questions about ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi story go beyond Dylan Davies interview; CBS conducting ‘journalistic review’

    CAIRO — When “60 Minutes” apologized for featuring in its report on Benghazi a security contractor whose story turned out to be a lie, it said it had been “misled.” But a close examination of the controversial piece by McClatchy shows that there are other problems with the report, whose broadcast renewed debate about one of the most contentious events in recent U.S. diplomatic history.

    In an email Wednesday, CBS declined to respond to questions about the accuracy and origin of some of the other aspects of the report. But it acknowledged that it was undertaking “a journalistic review that is ongoing” – the network’s first acknowledgement that concerns about the report may go deeper than just the discredited interview with security supervisor Dylan Davies….

  18. November 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Sweet video of the awesome PS22 choir kids, and their reactions to meeting Lady Gaga 🙂

  19. 54 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  20. 55 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  21. 58 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  22. 59 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

  23. November 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    A fed-up Elizabeth Warren called out Republicans’ “naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election” and warned of payback in the mode of filibuster reform if they keep blocking all of Obama’s judicial nominees. (Video of floor speech included)

    “Republicans may not like Wall Street reform. They may not like Obamacare. But Congress passed those laws,” Warren said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “President Obama ran for reelection on those laws, while his opponent pledged to repeal them–and his opponent lost by nearly five million votes. It is not up to judges to overturn those laws or their associated regulations just because they don’t fit those judges’ policy preferences.”

  24. 67 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  25. 72 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  26. 73 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  27. November 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

  28. 83 a4alice
    November 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    maybe I should do more of this…..

  29. 85 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      November 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Dudette, this is good news and a great step forward. Dems have needed to push back on this anti-abortion BS for a long time. We need to start putting the GOP on the defensive and push the issue back to the center. Women also need to know that Democrats on on their side.

    • 88 theo67
      November 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Finally! Maybe Feinstein and Landrieu could have been spending their time tackling issues like this, that are actually harming Americans – especially since the GOP have been almost singularly focused for the past four years on their destructive agenda.

  30. 89 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  31. 90 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    • 91 carolyn
      November 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Well, I guess all the OU fans can yell “We’re number one” for something else! That is just humiliating. Oklahoma also has the highest number of women incarcerated. Particularly awful when you consider our rather small state population.

  32. 92 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  33. 94 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  34. 95 amk for obama
    November 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    why is bbc peddling 27,000 as the no. of people who enrolled for aca while the HHS no. is 100K?

    • 96 a4alice
      November 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      i know amk! but this 27,000 is the unique visitors (see Dudette’s tweet below). effing #MSM does not tell whole truth

  35. 97 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    • 98 carolyn
      November 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Novak’s tweet irritates me. He’s blaming the victim, not the idiots who were rude and nasty. She did nothing. Blame the victim….usual rot.

      • 99 Dudette
        November 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        That’s not how I read that at all. I see it as a word of caution to others. A statement on how the most innocent thing these days can unwittingly get you caught up in drama. Who would think just taking a stock photo would result in such vitriol being hurled at you.

        Kinda like I might say “never knock on a strangers door at 2AM even in an emergency” – not blaming that poor young lady who was recently killed by an idiot who didn’t bother to ask why she was there or call the police. It’s a statement about how live in a world surrounded with crazy, hateful people.

      • 100 theo67
        November 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        I think it could have been worded more accurately, as well. These cowards who cyber-bullied this innocent woman need to be called out, to make it clear that posing for stock photos is harmless, while cyber-bullying someone because of it is wrong – and possibly illegal. Telling someone to curb their behavior because an idiot might decide to use your actions as an excuse to misbehave is no better than telling a woman to dress appropriately so she doesn’t get raped. Focus on the bad behavior – it’s not acceptable.

  36. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Isn’t that the most touching photo! Oh, my.

  37. 102 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  38. 103 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

  39. 104 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  40. 105 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  41. November 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm


    Yes We MUST

    • 107 COS
      November 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Lawrence just read a statement by the dissident Democrats in the House who said that the White House never seem to have their backs …. I say it is the other way. They have hung PBO out to dry many times. They should realize that they are shooting themselves in the foot by joining with Republicans against this President. They will see themselves in ads later because these nasty republicans will use this against them. Right now, I am so upset with Democrats.

      • November 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        They’ll be beginning him and OFA to help them next year ….

        • 109 carolyn
          November 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

          They need to grow up and start speaking out for the President and having his back. Their chances of accomplishing something and getting re-elected will be much better if they do. Most of them were elected in the first place because of him. They are disgusting whiners. They seem to know nothing of loyalty. Who’s on this list?

          • 110 COS
            November 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

            Lawrence only read their statement. He did not mention who they were. So far, everyone seem to be upset with Bill Clinton and says that he is not helping.

        • 111 COS
          November 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          Sure will Bobfr. Our mailboxes will be full of request for donations. PBO is still very popular and can draw a crowd where they cannot. I do not believe any of these recent bogus polls about his popularity.

      • 112 anniebella
        November 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        So am I mad with these Democrats, very mad.

  42. November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Yes WE CAN

  43. 114 Dudette
    November 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  44. 115 99ts
    November 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Good evening late posters – waiting for the grandbabe & her mother who forgot about time the day she turned 13

    I just started reading Pierce to wile away the time – check this if you haven’t


    A way with words he has.

    Woops – babe here

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Enjoy your visit! My son’s just the opposite – wouldn’t dream of being late! (Where’d he come from?)

      • 117 99ts
        November 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

        In my dreams – I add 1 hour and still get it wrong!

        • 118 jacquelineoboomer
          November 14, 2013 at 12:59 am

          I’m always on time for personal fun, but when I worked, I had to wait for the point where we were offered flextime hours at the office (and could name our own starting time) before I got myself out of trouble! Of course, working for the military when you had to be at your desk at 0745 in an upright position lookin’ alert was too much for anyone to bear!

  45. 119 anniebella
    November 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I was listening to O’Donnell talk about those dam cowardly Democrats. I hate the Tea Republicans, but there are times when I can not stand these Democrats either and this is one of those times. Like the guy said it is to early to panic, but it sounds like that is what some Democrats are doing.

    • 120 anniebella
      November 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I am so dam fed up with the B.S. this President has had to deal with from the sick ass racists Republicans, and at times with the these weak knee cowards known as the Democrats. They don’t have his back, but they expect him to have theirs. If it was Bill Clinton these Dems would eat his Sh*t. Excuse my language.

      • 121 anniebella
        November 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        These Democrats better worry about the people out there who support this President, who still have his back. These Dems can vote with the Republicans if they want. I will remember that.

        • 122 theo67
          November 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          You’ve got to stop listening to the MSM. The truth is, we’re living in a wonderful time, with a wonderful President, seeing change that is absolutely remarkable to behold. When you distance yourself from the political noise, you start to see all the good that’s happening, and it’s a lot of good! I have almost completely disengaged from the daily political nonsense. I’ll support candidates for 2014 and 2016. I already know what President Obama stands for, and I know where to go to find out what’s going on. Everything else is just noise.

          • 123 jacquelineoboomer
            November 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

            True, but sometimes ya just feel like you have to know what the noise is, so you can jump in – between elections. For instance, our friend anniebella (and she knows your overarching remarks weren’t targeted to her) is an e-mail Obama warrior and she takes the fight to as many elected officials as she can, sometimes daily.

            The very sad part is that with our wonderful President, we can’t just wait for the elections – even though they are the MOST IMPORTANT part of our roles – because the RWNJs in this country, locally and in the states and in both houses of Congress, are committing dastardly acts right before our eyes, also on a daily basis. We must stop their getting even more of a foothold, by helping to educate our fellow voters. (I’m not saying I’m doing a real good job at any of that, but so many people are and I applaud them!)

            • 124 theo67
              November 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

              Thanks Jacq! I certainly agree that our job between elections is to educate as many as possible.

              Yes, Anniebella. My words were definitely not directed AT you, but to provide you with some comfort in the frustrating media environment we’re living in. I was so frustrated with eh media, and now I’ve just had to disengage from the media, outside of coming to TOD. 🙂

            • November 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

              I remember PBOs 2nd Inaugural speech…in which he talked so much about “We the People and the role of citizens in our democracy…he talked about how Washington gets changed from the outside,,,

  46. 126 carolyn
    November 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I found two good phrases in a letter response to Pierce’s article. The writer said he was thrilled to life in a state (California) where Republicans had become irrelevant, except for three areas. These three were the Empty Quarter north of Sacramento. Fundie Wonderland around Bakersfield, and the White Redoubt in the Inland Empire…for those of you not familiar with California, the Inland Empire goes east from Claremont through San Bernadino and encompasses Riverside and Redlands also. I’ve decided that Oklahoma is a combination Fundie Wonderland and White Redoubt. Finally found the right phrases.

  47. November 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    So Rolling Stone editor joins GG and billionaire…

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