A tweet or two – #stopthefight

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  1. 1 bojoflo
    February 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Stop The Fight!!

  2. 3 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Any questions? Certainly not from me.

  3. 12 MightyPamela
    February 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    G’day y’all!

  4. February 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    This is pretty much how I feel right now:

  5. 22 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    • February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I must have blinked yesterday because I missed this. There really are no words.

      Key Democratic Group Will Sit Out Midterm Elections
      Priorities USA Action, the super PAC now backing Hillary Clinton, won’t spend to help Democrats in the House and Senate this year, a spokesperson confirms.


      • February 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        What started out as a PAC to support PBO and his election is now this.

        Priorities USA Action Board members include:

        Jim Messina, Co-Chair
        Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Co-Chair
        Charles A. Baker III
        Allida Black
        David Brock
        Maria Echaveste
        Justin Gray
        William P. Hite
        Harold Ickes
        Stephanie Schriock
        Marva Smalls
        Joe Solomonese
        Greg Speed
        Randi Weingarten

        Buffy Wicks is now Executive Director

      • 28 57andfemale
        February 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        It starts again. The Clintons didn’t give a damn about the party or the candidates when they were in the WH. They care about their personal ambition only.

      • 29 Lovepolitics2008
        February 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

        To be fair, they say that there is a separate PAC for the Senate and another one for the House. And they say they don’t want to fundraise too much before the mid-terms, enabling donors to be more generous for the Senate and for the House.

        Maybe it’s better than the headlines sounds.

  6. 36 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm


    Boehner’s ‘trust’ issues on immigration

    By Steve Benen


    And finally, let’s not lose sight of the blame game. Congressional Republicans, who have zero major legislative accomplishments since the 2010 midterms, are prepared to kill a popular, bipartisan immigration-reform effort that’s been endorsed by business leaders, labor leaders, economists, immigration advocates, and the faith community. If they refuse to pass legislation, as now appears likely, GOP leaders will need an extraordinary excuse to justify failure on this level.

    According to Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan, that excuse effectively boils down to this: “Republicans don’t like Obama.” If they think that’ll work in persuading the public, they may want to consider a back-up plan.



  7. 37 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    WASHINGTON — The White House regularly boasts about the diversity of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. Just this week, it launched a new web page breaking down all the female, black, Hispanic and gay nominees he’s put forward.

    But when it comes to the professional diversity of his judicial picks, Obama doesn’t have much to brag about, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday.

    Speaking at an event hosted by Alliance for Justice, a left-leaning association of more than 100 groups focused on the judicial system, Warren said the federal bench is currently dominated by judges who previously worked for large firms representing corporate interests. She lamented that little has changed under Obama.

    “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Warren said. “President Obama has supported some notable exceptions but … the president’s nominees have thus far been largely in line with the prior statistics.”

    The Massachusetts Democrat ran through several stats on Obama’s judicial nominees, as outlined in a new AFJ report, “Broadening the Bench.” Seventy-one percent of his nominees have practiced primarily for corporate or business clients, which means that among Obama’s judicial picks over the last five years, corporate attorneys outnumber all other kinds of attorneys by three to one. The report also found that just 3.6 percent of the president’s nominees have a background in public interest organizations.

    “Power is becoming more and more concentrated on one side,” she said. “Professional diversity is one way to insulate the courts from corporate capture.”


    No words.

    • 38 Layla
      February 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I do not like this woman. There, I have said it!

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        February 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        On the advice of counsel (actually, upon the recommendations of two or three close friends, off and on, who disagree with me), I have tried to like her. But I don’t. Not sure why, either, so maybe I can still be persuaded.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Amazing, Linda, how people like Hillary and and Elizabeth Warren think they have the automatic support of the tens of millions of people who supported for and voted for Barack Obama. They also have no idea of the widespread animosity they create when they speak or act against our president. The are both very smart women. But Hillary will need every single vote she can get to reach her goal, so she’s starting out by alienating the entire Obama coalition. Warren has convinced herself that’s there’s a big audience out there waiting for her to attack the president when it’s just the usual line up of emos, a few Independents and the Rs with Obama Derangement Syndrome. Elizabeth needs to take her head out of the clouds and understand that she’s making things worse for herself and her cause. Hillary needs to take her foot our of her mouth and start setting both feet on solid ground.

      • 41 hopefruit2
        February 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        Exactly Jackie! I would expect this nonsense from Clinton but Warren should know better – seeing that she just recently rode into the Senate on PBO’s coattails. She needs to stop lurking on those emo-Libertarian filled blogsites like Old Orange and Balloon Juice and start reaching out to everyday Americans with lives that exist outside of the blogging industry.

        • 42 Linda
          February 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          I will NOT vote for Hillary in the primary and will have to hold my nose if she is the nominee.

          I am going to e-mail Warren on this nonsense.

          • 43 nospin
            February 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

            I will not vote for Hillary Period. Not doing it. No more Clintons. Anybody else but. No way, now how, never.

      • 44 COS
        February 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Totally agree with everything you said JackieG. They are taking us for granted. If Elizabeth has recommendations for judicial picks, she should request a meeting with PBO and talk to him privately instead of bashing him in public like this.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        February 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        Go, jackie! Well said.

    • 47 COS
      February 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      PBO cannot get a break. Elizabeth lives in a dream world. Democrats really know how to shoot themselves in the foot.

      • 48 debz
        February 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

        They seem to be doing everything possible to depress dem turnout in Nov. As for Elizabeth, the only people who even know or care who she is, are emos on the internet.

    • 49 57andfemale
      February 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      And how, precisely, was PBO going to get fire-breathing liberals on the bench with this level of GOP obstruction?

      The stupid astounds me. It shouldn’t but it does.

    • 50 Jziglar
      February 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Elizabeth Warren is going overboard. First of all just because someone practiced corporate law does not mean that they are shills for the corporations. They are paid to do a job which is representing a client which is the same as criminal law.

    • 51 Lovepolitics2008
      February 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Don’t scream folks, but Mrs. Warren may have a bit of a point with her numbers. It would indeed be ideal if there was more professional diversity in the nominations. Problem is Mrs. Warren gives statistics without any context.

      Of course, there are surely many very good lawyers who don’t work for big corporate clients and big firms. However, it’s true that the big law firms try to recruit the most talented lawyers, the people who finish at the top of their class in law schools. Those lawyers end up having prominent careers, work on big cases, etc… So among the bunch of names that climb up the “natural chain” for judge nominations, a good portion of them are lawyers working in big lawfirms. That being said, there are people of integrity in every ‘milieu” so it may very well be the case that all of president Obama’s nominations are good ones.

      I have NO DOUBT about the President wanting the courts to rule less for corporations and more for ordinary people. NO DOUBT. However, the suggestion of Mrs. Warren to be careful about professional diversity is a good one. I wish she would have provided more context and worded her comments in a way that CAN’T BE INTERPRETED as if President Obama is a corporatist like his predecessors. She knows better !!

      Note: now that the Senate has scrapped the filibuster for judge nominations (except SCOTUS) I bet President Obama will make a special effort to find candidates who have different backgrounds. Let’s not forget that in the nomination process, President Obama and his team had to take into account a very big factor: his candidates had to obtain 60 votes in the Senate !!!!

    • 52 Nena20409
      February 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      I have just called Sen Warren’s office at 202-224-4543. I left a message for No One answered the phone.

  8. 53 Layla
    February 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Welcome to Sochi where all is exposed! Cameras in hotel bathrooms anyone….

  9. 54 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Voting has begun in the Senate .

  10. 56 desertflower
    February 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm


    Journalists, spectators, and athletes in town for the Sochi Olympics (which start today) have been reacting to their unfinished hotel rooms, dirty water, and unfamiliar lavatory setups with a mix of amusement and frustration on social media. Less genial are the Russian officials tasked with running the games, who have begun accusing their detractors of deliberately sabotaging the Olympic village in an effort to embarrass Russia. And they can prove it too, thanks to the surveillance cameras installed in visitors’ showers.
    At least that seemed to be the admission from Dmitry Kozak, a deputy Prime Minister who is responsible for overseeing the Sochi Olympics. He spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the endless stream of criticism, and was eager to offer his evidence that much of it is fabricated.
    “We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,” he told the paper. Before the Journal could inquire as to how Russian officials were able to see inside the showers of hotel guests, an aide stepped in and pulled the reporter away from Kozak.

    AH! Russia! The bastion of privacy, liberty and freedom according to GG/ Snowdanistas. Sure.

    • 57 Linda
      February 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Our stupid media is more concerned about the water in Sochi than the water in West Virginia.

    • 59 MightyPamela
      February 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Where does the IOC weigh in on this. It is all so appalling. I’ll sit this year out.

    • 60 Lovepolitics2008
      February 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Authoritarians are the same everywhere. Incapable of accepting criticism. Absolutely no self-reflction. It’s always the fault of others. Or the others are accusing them unfairly. They play the victim.

      Ringing a bell ?

  11. February 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Man, this gonef really does go out of his way to prove the point of my piece yesterday.

  12. 67 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Geesh….the vote is 59-39 .

    They must be working on someone.

  13. 72 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    • 73 Lovepolitics2008
      February 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      This is just plain nuts. In no other country the minority has so much power for everyday affairs.

  14. February 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  15. 75 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  16. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Two votes short of cloture. Republicans are heartless. They’re millionaires and are basically telling everyone without huge amount of zeros behind their name to drop dead.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      February 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      And the more disturbing thing is how quickly the media rushes to protect these animals by claiming that the “Senate failed to extend…” And we KNOW if it were the other way around, the media wouldn’t hesitate to single out the Democrats.

  17. 78 hopefruit2
    February 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Perhaps Elizabeth Warren could put her writing talents to good use and instead of blathering crap about PBO’s judicial nominees in WaPo, she could instead pen an article on the nonstop GOP obstruction which is anti-American and ultimately bad for the economy that she claims to care about?

    • 79 Layla
      February 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Do not hold your breath hope!

    • 80 Linda
      February 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      She is a hypocrite ….she defended Big Corporations like the Coal Industry .

      • 81 Jziglar
        February 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Exactly ! Like I said up top when you’re a lawyer you have to serve clients because that’s your job. That doesn’t mean that you hold the same beliefs as your client, and not every corporation is bad. The problem with a number of democrats is that they love to whine and complain if everything doesn’t go there way.

      • 82 LDS
        February 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        Send her a case of WV bottled water, then.
        (Not trying to make a joke at all…this is serious)

  18. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  19. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Hope nobody’s still eating their lunch.

  20. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    • 96 Layla
      February 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Alycee, what would serious side-eye entail..just wondering

      • 97 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        No help in the primary; if they advance to the general, pulling the lever next to their name would probably be a vote against their opponent rather than genuine support of the Dem. While I’ve pulled the Dem lever in every Presidential Election, I’ve only voted FOR Carter, Kerry, and PBO; all the other times I was voting AGAINST the republican.

  21. 98 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Baucus confirmed 96-0

  22. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    February 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Golden Apple finalist didn’t expect to be unemployed so long

    I am a responsible adult, well-educated and have always looked out for those less fortunate than I. I am not accustomed to being someone who may need help. Is there any way that you can shed light on this situation for the Chicago community to see that there are people like me out there? We are not out of work because we are lazy. We are out of work because of layoffs, or office politics, through no fault of our own.”

    The long-term unemployed.

    We hear the phrase all the time. Congress debates whether to extend their benefits. President Barack Obama encourages businesses to give them a better shot.

    It can be easy to forget that “they” are us.

    “I’m your sister, I’m your neighbor, somebody you go to church with,” O’Connor said when I called her.

    It wasn’t so long ago that O’Connor was a married woman in a two-income family. Now, at 49, she is divorced, unemployed and raising two teenagers on her own.

    “You wake up one morning thinking you’re part of the middle class,” she said, “and the next day you’re filling out Medicaid forms.”

  23. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    February 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      February 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Beautiful sentiment, Donna.

    • 103 jersey girl
      February 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      It is a beautiful sight to see – Americans – black and white holding hands and standing up for what they believe in. I AM grateful to Rosa Parks, MLK, John Lewis AND PRESIDENT OBAMA, and countless others who bled and died for this. It brings tears to my eyes to watch all the MLK speeches – I believed I watched every single one. It gives me hope in this country when I am feeling down (Trayvon Martin case, insults against PBO, etc) – as the struggle continues – how we have so far to elect an African American president but have not yet “perfected the Union”. I know my more conservative friends (white and non-white) have asked me before – WHY do I care? I am not African American (I am Indian American in fact). But these people – those who have fought so hard – worked not just for the freedom of African Americans – but for ALL Americans – particularly religious and racial minorities. My parents came to this country having faith that as an American I would be treated equal under the law – because of the sacrifices of the American heroes above. I am what I am today – a proud successful American woman because of these people. They give me hope!

  24. 104 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm


    Senate GOP again blocks jobless aid

    By Steve Benen


    As for this afternoon’s effort, today’s bill came one vote shy of overcoming a Republican filibuster: proponents had 59 votes, but needed 60. (It technically ended up with 58 votes because Reid had to switch from “yes” to “no” for procedural reasons.) A similar bill garnered 56 votes a few weeks ago, so proponents can at least take some solace in the fact that they’re getting closer to their goal.

    Four Republicans – Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) – voted with the majority this afternoon.

    Note, this vote wasn’t to approve the benefits for the unemployed; it was simply to determine whether or not to allow the Senate to vote on benefits for the unemployed. The Republican minority refused.



  25. 105 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Matt Murphy ‏@MattMurph24 24m

  26. 108 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm


    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 13m


    can we drop the “Senate Votes Down Unemployment” bullshit headlines? how about the truth: “Republicans

    Filibuster Unemployment Benefits”


  27. February 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Irrespective of what the House does, ending the filibuster will eliminate any “Senate” blaming when it’s the GOP to blame. They simply won’t be able to block the Senate Dems from advancing legislation. And, it will place that many more pieces of legislation in the House that Leader Pelosi can work to advance via discharge petitions. That’s the way to bring maximum exposure to the evil that the current GOP is.

    • 110 Vicki
      February 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      During the Gov’t Shutdown Eric Cantor passed something that prevented a discharge petition from happening.
      Why won’t the GOP just do that whenever they want to?
      Tell me I’m wrong, please, Bob

  28. 111 Vicki
    February 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    The most alarming news today———-and there is competition for the top spot in this category, unfortuneatly, still the worst news is that Prioriites USA announced! Announced that they’d be sitting out the 2014 elections.
    Bad enough if they decide not to support the Democrats struggling to be elected or re-elected. That alone would be bad news, but to Announce it, like the next few years don’t matter enough to them, POTUS agenda and last years in office are irrelevant to this bunch, all they care about is 2016.
    I find that breathtaking.

  29. 112 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm


    Senate GOP Denies Help To The Long-Term Unemployed — Again

    By Jason Sattler


    Republicans helped George W. Bush pass emergency unemployment benefits five times during his presidency, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program defeated today, which began in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis. Congress has never cut off benefits when the long-term unemployment rate has been this high, approximately 2.6 percent.

    “I’m beginning to believe there is nothing that will get Republicans to yes,” Reid said. “It’s a ‘no’ vote because they don’t want to extend unemployment insurance.”
    Help for the long-term unemployed is sure to be an issue in the 2014 elections. If that wasn’t clear enough to Senator McConnell, his likely Democratic opponent tweeted a reminder Thursday morning.



    • 113 Lovepolitics2008
      February 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Why, why did the democrats agreed to the budget deal in december, without securing the extension of unemployment benefits ? They KNOW they can’t trust republicans. They CAN’T TRUST THEM, even if republicans assure them behind the scenes that they will find a solution and “placate” the crazies in their party. The republican negotiators NEVER deliver !!

      • 114 nathkatun7
        February 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        I am sorry, but I don’t think it’s fair to blame Democrats! Would you have preferred to have no budget deal at all?

  30. 116 yardarm756
    February 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

  31. 117 criquet
    February 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The great Nancy Pelosi:

  32. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    February 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    smh 🙄

  33. 123 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s chief justice, known on the national stage for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, is jumping into the gay marriage debate with his push for a states-led constitutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman.

    “The moral foundation of our country is under attack,” Chief Justice Roy Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    He mailed letters Wednesday to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying the only union recognized by state and federal governments is “the union of one man and one woman.” He also is setting up a website to rally public support.

    Moore said the only way to stop judges who are finding new rights for gay unions is with a state-initiated constitutional amendment. “Government has become oppressive, and judges are warping the law,” Moore said.


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