A New Day

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  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Way to go Harry!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. November 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  3. 5 ouapiti
    November 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Finally!!! Go Harry and Senate Dems.

  4. 6 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  5. 7 JER
    November 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    McConnell’s appeal fails

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) appeal of the nuclear option vote has failed. Senators voted 52-48 to sustain the original vote, which effectively passed by the same count.


  6. November 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats on 1st Donna!

  7. November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    HAHAHAHA, the Senate just slapped whiney McConnell down one more time!!

    • November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    • 15 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I am loving the way Majority Leader Harry Reid served up the filibuster chart and the McConnell ‘up or down vote’ vine to put things into perspective before the action started. It is going to be fascinating to watch the GOP and the MEDIA have a cow over this development considering how beautifully Harry laid the facts on the table.

      • November 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Precisely, Lh!!! It is now clear that Senator Reid, other members of the Senate Leadership and President Obama have been planning this for sometime. They did good for America today.

        I do regret that Senator Levin has remained fixated to a notion of the Senate that was thoroughly rendered impossible by the actions of the GOP since 2009.

        • 17 Ladyhawke
          November 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

          I agree Bobfr, Senator Levin is a real disappointment. Before I heard the names of the three Democrats who voted nay, I knew that Levin AND Manchin were in there. Not surpassed about Pryor. He has been a thorn in PBO’s side on countless occasions (Just like Blanche Lincoln used to be). But I have to say I am surprised that Mary Landrieu was not on the nay list. She runs for the hills every time the GOP says boo.

  8. 18 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm


    Thank you Majority Leader Harry Reid for stopping the unprecedented filibuster obstruction by the Republican Party.

    President Obama has an obligation to fill judicial vacancies. It’s his job. But senate Republicans have repeatedly filibustered and blocked his judicial and cabinet nominations for no good reason. They are essentially trying to nullify the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections and prevent President Obama from appointing highly qualified candidates. The theory being if they can’t win elections on the merits of their own ideas they won’t allow President Obama to implement his policies and agenda validated by winning two terms. Obviously, this is unprecedented and un-constitutional. Advise and consent has turned into “NO”. Today Majority Leader Harry Reid said ‘NO’ and brought some sanity and decorum back to the senate chamber. Nicely done Harry.

  9. 19 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Donna, Congrats on your Gold medal 😉

    This a BFD.

    Finally. Signed. Sealed and Delivered.

    I am Loving it. Thank you, Dems. It is well over due.

  10. 21 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Guns and Roses: Sweet Child of Mine is swimming beautifully in my head. Yeah ❗

  11. 22 Bill R.
    November 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Now voting up or down on Judge Millett.

  12. 23 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    F i l i b u s t e r was filibusted 11-21-13.

    It’s been a Looooooooooooooooooooooog Time Coming.

    I am just giddy 😉

  13. November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Deeply regret the hassle that Chips is having to experience to ensure my comments appear. Would have very much enjoyed being able to be more ‘conversational’ with all of you during this truly historic moment. Senator Reid has defended our Constitution and our Government from unprecedented assault. For that, we all must be grateful.

    #FORWARD Together

  14. 25 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  15. 26 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm




  16. 27 Bill R.
    November 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    First nominee Judge Millett approved…. next….

    • November 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Hope Senator Reid schedules round the clock votes to clear all the Executive and Judicial Nominees that have been waiting – some for more than 2 years!!!!

      • 29 HZ
        November 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        Amen, Bobfr. And to you, Bobfr, thank you for your appropriate letter writing, and all of your tweets on all of these very important issues. I so appreciate your faithfulness. Thank you, Bobfr. HZ

  17. November 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks a gazilllllllion UT!!!!!!

    Bringing this over:

    Infuriating: the spam filter is playing up again and is sending lots of lovely people, including Bob, straight to friggin’ spam!

    Same thing happened Marilyn recently. If it’s happening you could you contact the spam people here:


    Marilyn did that and they fixed the problem almost straight away, looks like a silly giitch on their end that marks particular WP commenters as spam.

    Sorry about this! Will keep freeing people when I find them!

  18. 33 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Today, the Senate Chambe was reborn.

    Today, the senate chamber Lives.

    Today, the senate chamber said Yes to Democracy.

    Today, the senate chamber said Yes To Governing and No to Hostage taking by the TBGOPer haters in their destructive and hateful schemes.

    Long Live the US Senate 😉

  19. 38 anniebella
    November 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    By now people ought to be tired of the Republicans obstruction. It has been going on for 41/2 years, every since this President have been in office and we are dam tired of it. I shall send Senator Reid a email and thank it.

  20. 39 Vicki
    November 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you UT for the new thread including all the pertinent graphic and tweets.
    This has been a really great day. Lots to be happy about with this significant change. President Obama will now get to fill his administration and courts with his choices exactly as he is supposed to do.

  21. 41 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    All We are saying, Give POTUS Nominees an Up or Down Vote.

    Thank You all., the 52 senators who said 237 yrs was more than enough obstructionism by McConnell and his dittoheads.

  22. 42 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm


    Dems execute ‘nuclear option’

    By Steve Benen


    But it was the decision from Senate Republicans to create a blockade on all D.C. Circuit nominees that ultimately forced Democrats’ hands. For the first time in American history, a Senate minority said it would block every nominee for a federal bench, regardless of the individual’s qualifications, because they disapprove of the nation’s choice to serve as president of the United States. It wasn’t until this week that nuclear-option skeptics in the Democratic caucus decided they’d seen enough.

    Republicans are accusing Democrats of having done something extraordinary, but by any fair measure, Republicans did this to themselves.



  23. 43 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Dancing In the Streets. Wow. Thank you UT. This Awesome.

    My heart is bumping so fast. I can hear it…..almost.

  24. November 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Senator Harkin making a very important speech on the filibuster and Senator Reid’s courage and leadership. No one has fought harder to reform the filibuster than Senator Harkin.

  25. 47 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hawkins Is laying it Out as simple as ABC.

  26. November 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I just returned and got the news. I’ve been dancing so hard, now I’m too tired to say much more than …Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!

  27. 49 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Sen. Harry Reid is going HAM like a mother freaking BOSS!

  28. 51 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    The media is in full meltdown mode…concern trolling, lamenting, pissy, oh dear….

    • 52 Nena20409
      November 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I will be Dana Bash is having a heartache today.

      I say…..Great News.

    • 53 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      No surprise that CNN is joined at the tonsils with the GOP. This kind of concern trolling is right out of the GOP playbook. The media water carrying for the GOP is going to be a sight to see in the face of such overwhelming justification for this move. I can just imagine the jackals will be apoplectic about this today. I am going to count the number of times the phrase ‘poisoning the well’ is uttered at the press briefing today.

  29. November 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Memo To GOP Senators: This is what a well executed left hook feels like. I’ll explain it further when you wake up.

  30. 56 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Time to “pack the courts”.

    • 57 amk for obama
      November 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      And plouffe agrees with me.

  31. November 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Am glad that Senator Harkin is now demanding that filibuster of legislation, the ability of a single Senator to place a hold on any piece of legislation, should also be reformed. He’s correct and we will now push for that change!!

  32. November 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Latinos are organized and unrelenting, fighting for immigration reform.

  33. 60 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  34. 61 Bill R.
    November 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The Dem assholes are Manchin, Pryor, and Levin. No surprise there.

  35. 64 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Sen Harkin was factually brilliant.

    Great job, sir.

  36. 65 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  37. 66 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    CNN is covering Reids news conference.

    Andrea Mitchell has Heilmann and Hackprin on talking about Clinton and Obama and that PBO quick a golf game with Clinton.

  38. 67 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Awwwww—-CNN haz a sad. This is so unfair to the nice Republicans, and it’s going to make them really mad and make them uncooperative!!!
    Agree—CNN is now utterly useless.

  39. November 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    OT, but fuck the war on Christmas. How about the War on Thanksgiving?!

    • November 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      If only consumers understood how much power they have, they wouldn’t dawn on these stores doorsteps. Trust that the so-called discounts will only get deeper if no one shows up. They’re not going to throw the merchandise away.

  40. 70 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  41. 72 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  42. 75 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Grassley is a 80 plus old wicked lying idiot.

  43. 77 sherijr
    November 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hot Damn!! All hell breakin loose. I’m out building a porch before winter actually gets here & Harry Reid is kicking repub rears all over the Senate. YIPPEE 🙂 Well done Senator. Thank YOU.

  44. 78 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    But, but but..

  45. 79 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    • 80 Nena20409
      November 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      That Pictotial is Magnificant.

      Beyong GQ capabilities.

      Just too Darn Perfect, in my 4-eyes 😉

    • 82 yardarm756
      November 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      It’s heifer dust dotster3. As soon as he steps out of the WH you hear the clicks and see the flashes of cameras. What to they want, access to his morning toilet routine? Sheesh, parasites!

  46. 83 Lynn
    November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    PBO on the air now!

  47. 86 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    More media concern trolling and attempts to self-soothe their epic meltdowns…

  48. 87 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh ‘The Voice’ Earnest is at the podium…….

  49. November 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Chips,
    Have completed another form from the akisment folk re: comments being shunted to spam, automatically. Why this suddenly happened today and has never happened before is quite the mystery!! Sorry that it’s causing you extra work.
    Thank you,

  50. 92 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm


    “Last night I got a call from one of my Republican friends saying, Harry, we’ve got a deal for you,” he said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “I’m anxious to listen. What is this — we’ll give you one of the D.C. Circuit [Court nominee], that way it will be 5-4.”

    “I just can’t imagine — and one of my friends, he’s a friend, anyway, we’ve been in the House together, Senate together, a long type, what would you do? What would you do, I said?” he added. “And he, just the two of us, he didn’t want to, he said I’m not answering that question.”

    “Everyone knows that what has gone on is absolutely unfair and wrong and I’m glad we changed it. It’s a day of freshness for this great country of ours,” he said.


    Glad that Sen Reid said No.

  51. 93 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm


    “The silver lining is that there will come a day when roles are reversed. When that happens, our side will likely nominate and confirm lower court and Supreme Court nominees with 51 votes,” Grassley said, “regardless of whether the Democrats actually buy into this fanciful notion that they can demolish the filibuster on lower court nominees and still preserve it for Supreme Court.”


    Grassley, We The People Kenew the TBGOPers play by now.

    • November 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

      The best indicators of future behavior is past behavior. The GOP legislators have used unprecedented obstruction against PBO up to this decision. Why would anyone think when the GOP were in control that they would suddenly change their behavior especially if the Dems just kept taking it? Based on the GOPs previous behavior they would enact the nuclear option on day one obstruction against them or not.

  52. 95 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm


    “McConnell’s threat, it seems to me, makes clear the strategy: let Dems take the first step, and we will then bear no blame when we entirely blow up the Senate’s rules after we take all the reins of power,” he said. “That other Republicans like Corker, McCain, Alexander, Murkowski and so on, went along, shows how much the radicals and anti-institutionalists now dominate the Republican Party. Which is sad indeed.”

  53. 96 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Don’t let the media play their usual manipulative games….

  54. 97 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  55. 98 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  56. 99 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    McBitter said that Harry Reid just ” Ruined the Bipartisonship in the Senate ”

    LMAO !

    • 100 dotster3
      November 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      And it’s been so loverly!

    • 101 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      That is hilarious and epitomizes why Majority Leader Harry Reid had to take this action today to stop the filibuster abuse. We are dealing with vindictive children in the Republican Party. They are not fit to govern. McCain is just doing what he and he deranged and unhinged colleagues are good at – VICTIMIZATION AND POUTING.

    • 102 CindyH
      November 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      My lunch just burst through my nose on this one! How do they possibly keep a straight face when this crap leaves their mouths?

  57. 103 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  58. 104 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  59. 105 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Well, here comes Brianna Kieler with the WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS A SENATOR hypocrisy question about the nuclear option. That’s the best she could come up with. Unbelievable. As if conditions were identical in 2005 and now in 2013.

  60. 107 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm


    The Federal Election Commission voted Thursday to deny the Tea Party Leadership Fund an exemption from disclosing its donors, Politico reported.

    Courts have allowed the FEC to make exemptions for certain party candidates and political groups if donors might be harassed or punished as a result of disclosures.

  61. 108 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  62. 109 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    No wonder the media has a collective meltdown with the GOP. Good news for PBO’s second-term agenda (which is the people’s agenda) is bad news for the corporate media.

  63. 111 Nena20409
    November 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm


    “There is not a doubt in my mind that if the majority breaks the rules of the Senate to change the rules of the Senate with regard to nominations, the next majority will do it for everything. … I wouldn’t be able to argue, a year and a half from now if I were the majority leader, to my colleagues that we shouldn’t enact our legislative agenda with a simple 51 votes, having seen what the previous majority just did. I mean there would be no rational basis for that.”

    Reid was asked if he was worried about a future GOP majority ending the filibuster for legislation or Supreme Court nominees, as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) threatened on Thursday.

    “Let them do it,” Reid said. “Why in the world would we care?”

  64. 112 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest is doing a fabulous job of explaining the White House TRANSPARENCY policies and objectives to the jackals. The jackals are annoyed that they are not getting enough access to President Obama. They just want more time to find negative stories that’s all. Bottom line, they don’t like those amazing pictures that Pete Souza takes.

  65. 113 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  66. November 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

  67. 115 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Ha, that last tweet: “I’m old enough to remember. . .” 😆 I’m not mad at you, Harry “Honey Badger” Reid!


  68. 118 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  69. 120 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Oh please, these whiny arse so called reporters are still complaining about access. Clearly the Pete Souza photos are driving the jackals crazy. They are such babies.

    • 121 Nena20409
      November 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      It truly shows how silly, useless and totally obsessive these fools have become. I say, please proceed. Their actions only states what Prince Rogers Nelson’s sang in a song……They need to act their ages, Not their shoe sizes.

  70. November 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  71. 123 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    aww…Coward Fineman is sad……he thinks what Reid did is wrong….seems like Ari Melber agrees.

    • 124 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      And if Majority Leader Reid had just continued to let the Republicans abuse the filibuster I wonder what Howard “My Sources On The Hill Tell Me” Fineman would have said then.

  72. 125 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm


    ========NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY============

    I would love it the Democrats would arrange to have significant House and Senate votes posted on the front pages of newspapers across the country. The American people should know exactly how members of congress are voting. This has been a problem for the last five years. The Republicans have not paid a price for their obstruction and the American people have been clueless about the extent of their obstruction.


  73. November 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Chips, I think I’m in jail.

    I was out most of the day so I missed a lot of the coverage re Sen. Reid pulling the trigger. Yea!! I have a question. Now that a nominee can be brought to the floor to get an up or down vote, will there still need to be 60 votes to approve the nominee or can the nominee be approved with 51 votes.

  74. 129 Jeff
    November 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I met this Iranian girl from college that I really like, the issue is I know almost nothing about her culture and she does identify as Muslim, although she doesn’t wear a scarf on her head. She is extremely beautiful and I doubt that she actually likes me. I am afraid of offending her in some way…. 😦

    Anyway love the fact that the filibuster is gone!

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