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President Obama and Haiti President Michel Martelly, Oval Office, Feb. 6

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  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm


    – Send me a congress in 2014 that wants to build a road.

    – Send me a congress in 2014 that cares about the middle class.

    – Send me a congress in 2014 that will help me create jobs and fight global warming.

    Then and ONLY then will we get things done.

    —— President Barack Obama

  2. 2 LDS
    February 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Congratz, Ladyhawke!
    Our President said it ALL!

  3. 3 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Joe Manchin is a liar…..he just claimed the water was affected where he lives……..He does not live anywhere near the 9 counties that are affected.

    When Alex Wagner asked if his wife is using the water….he said yes…that their water is ok , “now “

  4. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Sometimes the truth … oops … hurts.

    • 5 anniebella
      February 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      What a disgrace John Boehner is. The fact that he does not have the leadership and guts to get his caucus to follow him and pass Immigration, he is trying to blame it all on POTUS.

  5. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    February 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    In my congressional district we have nobody to vote for, so I will do my best to help other candidates in the surrounding areas. We’ll have lots of choices in the governor’s race and that’s about it. Very frustrating.

  6. 8 vcprezofan2
    February 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Two down and one more to go – I’m hooooommme!

  7. 9 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Menendez is on the floor pimping for AIPAC sanctions on Iran

  8. 10 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Interesting material and pattern your suit’s made of, Mr. President.

    One’s eyes are immediately drawn to the suit.

  9. 13 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    New Hampshire emerged Thursday as the latest state that appears poised to expand Medicaid.

    The Associated Press reported that after months of private meetings, Granite State Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan deal. The agreement would expand health insurance access to just under 50,000 poor adults.

    “The bipartisan nature of this agreement shows what can happen when we work together to focus on the issues critical to the well-being of our state,” Senate President Chuck Morse (Salem-R) told the AP.

    “At the end of the day, this is about expanding coverage for tens of thousands of mostly working, low-income citizens, supporting our providers, helping our state budget, and helping our economy. Our bill will do all of these things,” Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) added.

    The Senate’s move arrives approximately one month after the New Hampshire House passed the expansion plan, 182-154, in a vote that largely went along party lines. A similar plan fell flat in November 2013.

    According to a late January graphic compiled by the Daily Briefing and American Health Line, New Hampshire would become the 27th state, along with the District of Columbia, to expand Medicaid.

  10. 15 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 21m


    would be nice if press coverage of immigration notes bill passed easily in the Senate and votes are there to pass in House; GOP won’t allow


  11. 16 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    A New Hampshire Republican seems to be feeling regret after backing a bill to expand the use of mental health courts, lamenting on Facebook that his “name is attached to this turd.”

    According William Tucker, writer for the blog miscellany: blue, Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) is one of the sponsors of HB 1442, which would allow circuit and superior courts to establish mental health courts. Those courts could lead to treatment for mentally ill, nonviolent offenders rather than incarceration.

    But on a Facebook post from Feb. 2 and 3, Tasker commented that “[t]he idea that being crazy is a shield against the full force of the justice system is laughable.”

    “Crazy people need to face consequences equal or greater than everyone else,” Tasker wrote.

    “Damn it this is why you need the full language before you sign off on bills like this…now my name is attached to this turd,” Tasker said in a separate comment.

  12. 17 Linda
    February 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm


    BBC World News is now on my cable line up….

  13. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Wow – 14 million?

  14. 25 Judith Fardig
    February 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Just got home after driving to my state capitol to hear/give testimony on the bill to close background check loophole in Oregon. Capt. Mark Kelly honored us with his presence. The NRA has really poisoned the minds of hundreds of people. Statements from their side ranged from delusional to hateful. The idiot ahead of me in line outside the capitol doors at 6:30 this morning actually said he “didn’t care about dead children because they didn’t affect him and should not interfere with his second amendment rights.” Yikes! Later, he disrupted the meeting to denounce Capt. Kelly as having no standing to offer testimony since he was from out of state but was perfectly happy to have an out-of-state NRA lobbyist on a panel for his side.

    • 26 GGail
      February 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you Judith for participating and giving voice to those of us who support stronger background checks all across the US. I’m glad you got to see Capt. Kelly. Any autograph or photo?

    • February 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Much appreciation to you for making the effort to show up and support this legislation. And I swear, the gun nuts all appear to be missing some vital gene or have a shortage of reasoning brain cells. Maybe their mothers didn’t take their pre-natal vitamins—-or some such dereliction of duty.

  15. 29 Ladyhawke
    February 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Six Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

    By Jason Furman – Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.


    This week has seen the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that refuted claims by opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that it is a “job killer” and demonstrated that, by giving families more options for obtaining affordable health insurance outside the workplace, the ACA will make it easier for people take a risk and start a business, take time out of the labor force to raise a family, or retire when they are ready.

    As CBO made clear, however, its analysis was not a comprehensive analysis of how the ACA will affect the labor market in particular or the economy as a whole. This blog post illustrates six ways that the ACA is helping the labor market, laying the foundation for future economic growth, and improving families’ financial security and well-being.



  16. 30 Vicki
    February 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Am I over-reacting to the Priorities USA announcement? Priorities USA is staying out of 2014! WTF?
    To me it seems like an immense betrayal to the Democratic party.
    And a huge disrespect to the Obama Presidency.

    I think winning 2014 races should be the Top of every democrat’s agenda.
    If something else is first priority then are you a Democrat or a Corporate tool?

  17. 35 Nena20409
    February 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    For Our Beloved TODable Geeks 😉


    Our Earth Looks so TINY.

  18. 36 Nena20409
    February 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    This is Funny. There’s AUDIO, but No Video……Visual? Hmm?

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH presser on 2-6-14

  19. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    That Hillary PAC is hearing it on their foolishness, thank goodness.

    • 38 Nena20409
      February 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Isn’t Messina part of that Grp? Dems are the Most foolish bunch of people. Seriously? I honestly thought that BuzzFeed was making this story up. With Axelrod tweeting this Out Loud, seriously? Without a Congress to work with Does this Super PAC think that the rank and file Dems will be pleased with them?

      Dems know exactly how to depress and demoralize their Base. How shameful.

      • 39 Vicki
        February 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        Yes. jim messina is leading the group. Judas.
        The GOP and Corporate Democrats are uniting behind their candidate.

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        February 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Totally shameful and we can’t put up with it! What’s that old movie line “We’re made as hell and we’re not going to take it any more!!!” – something like that!

      • 43 Obama Grandmama
        February 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        So many times I think Republicans are total crazy idiots in seeing how they react to policies that would benefit them. Unfortunately, I also see many Democrats as reactionary purists that act against their own best interest not seeing the big picture. Funny how the two extremes actually have similar traits.

    • 44 carolyn
      February 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hillary and the PAC need to know that if they don’t support Dems this year, they will not get support in primaries in 2016 from the rank and file grass roots, of which we are members. This is stupid thinking on their part, and part of why she lost in 2008. They will be shooting themselves in the foot by this action, in fact higher than their feet! I don’t tweet……but they need to hear this. Can I email them?

      • 45 carolyn
        February 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        I wrote Hillarypac and told them I am thoroughly angry about this announcement if this is true. I said they would not get my money, my work, or my vote, if they do not support Democrats in 2014. That I am not the only one feeling this way, and that they need the great grassroots movement President Obama built to win. I also said Hillary needs to support and extend President Obama’s good work.
        To get there I googled Hillarypac and it brought up their website Ready for Hillary. Eventually I got to a place where I could contact them and emailed them.
        I did NOT sign that I was ‘ready for Hillary.”
        I hope other people of prominence call them out on this.

      • 47 jacquelineoboomer
        February 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        Will try to find some contact info a little later, for all of us! Shocked that Jim Messina and Bill Burton are a part of this.

      • 48 nospin
        February 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        to be fair, whether or not she supported Dems this year, she still will not get my vote. No more Clintons.

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I’ve mentioned before how the lightbulb went on for me last month that the worst nightmare for MSM/Koch would be a Dem sweep of both Houses.

      Now Hillary’s PAC? What the hell is wrong with Messina and Burton? Neither of them care about this country or are true progressives if they pull this triangulation stunt. Sounds like MuscantineGal was right, that HRC is announcing on May 1 (the plans so far).

      I already hate PUMAs. I HRC does this I will be so mad I will be spitting nails.

      County first, please.

      The best thing about Clay Aiken’s appearance on @Lawrence last night was LO’D’s take away that more Congressional candidates need to directly challenge their GOP incumbent’s actual record.

      LOVED Aiken’s intro spot and his appearance on LO’D last night. (Full disclosure… never watched a single episode of American Idol, so am not swayed one way or the other about Aiken’s so-called celeb status.)

      I have never seen anything like the challenges and obstructions placed in the way of our President.

      – GOP who eagerly list to constituents calling for the “execution of Obama” (Dotster posted yesterday, and @Hardball_Chris featured on his show last night)
      – MSM in Koch pockets
      – Dem establishment not lifting a pinkie finger to get more passionate and honest candidates like Clay Aiken to challenge lazy and dim GOP incumbents.


      • 55 jacquelineoboomer
        February 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        Well, I agree with everything you and the others wrote. Deep breaths, all around, for all of us! We’ll get through 2014, and we’ll have a majority Dem Congress for our President when we are done. As long as we all keep going and don’t give up (which none of us will, of course!). PUMAs be damned!

  20. 56 Nena20409
    February 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Jay was asked about Jay Leno? Seriously? Who are these fools? Seriously? POTUS had to have a comment or speak with Leno? Holy Smokes.

  21. 57 yardarm756
    February 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

  22. February 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  23. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    February 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Is it just me or do others have this sense that Democrats in power don’t feel that they can make any inroads in the 2014 election? With Priorities USA PAC conceding this election in favor of 2016 it gives me the impression that they feel it would be a waste of money. I know that some of you attribute this to Hillary but she doesn’t have anything to do with the decisions of this PAC. In fact if she runs for President her campaign as I understand it cannot have any coordination with this PAC whatsoever.

    So as I’ve stated, I don’t place the blame on her I place it on those making decisions regarding 2014. The general election of 2016 will take care of itself but this President needs to get a Congress more willing to work with him now. There are plenty of good to great candidates all over this country that could give Republicans a run for their money. From what I’ve seen of Clay Aiken, he is a good example of this. He’s what I call a good ole boy from the south and I probably won’t agree on every opinion he has but I’ll take the likes of him over any Republican from that district. There is no reason why we can’t register Dems like crazy in his district and push them to the polls on Election Day. It’s a winnable seat with the right candidate. We should be working our tails off to win everywhere like this. To decide that due to gerrymandering it is impossible to grow our numbers in the house and hold onto the senate is crazy talk to me. We increased our seats in both the House and the Senate in 2012 (two years after the gerrymandering took place) because we turned out the vote on Election Day.

    So the question becomes how do we get all these supporters who love and adore and have pride in PBO but are not what is classified as “likely voters” for the mid-term elections to turnout in record numbers this year?

    The answer in IMO is simple. We have to make this mid-term election about President Obama.

    Radio host Joe Madison talks about this frequently. He explains to his listeners that if we lose the Senate and the House grows more Conservative we will be looking at Articles of Impeachment. I know that some will say they have no grounds but you must remember that they don’t care if they have grounds or not. They will drum up something. They will constantly be issuing subpoenas to the WH for one thing after the other. Just look at how they have treated Eric Holder. Imagine that on steroids.

    Because they couldn’t defeat him at the polls their goal is to try and destroy his legacy so that no other person that doesn’t look like them ever graces the living quarters of 1600 PA Avenue again.

    Although I know that PBO knows all of this I don’t believe he will use the strategy of making this year’s election about him. As he said in 2012, he ran his last election. So I feel we, his supporters, are going to have to play the bad cop this year by using Twitter, Facebook, Emails or writing to our editors, calling into progressive radio shows and just old fashion spreading it by word of mouth. We are going to have to put fear in the hearts of his supporters that if the R’s succeed in winning the Senate that the Republicans will spend the last two years of his Presidency trying to destroy him politically and we all know that our media will be more than happy to be the rights accomplices in this effort. There first action as we all know would be overturning the filibuster rules and this will open the door for them sending him the most egregious pieces of legislature ever for him to Veto.

    Getting his supporters who stood in those long lines in 2012 to understand the importance of doing it again this year will be a challenge but I believe if we make this about whatever candidate that is running in their district or state being an extension of the President and his legacy we can win this thing.

    I’ve got his back forever. That’s my mission, that’s my job.

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Donna, I just sent you a DM.

    • 62 Vicki
      February 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      My heart beats with yours, Donna.
      Here’s a little bit of cheer.
      Gerrymandering is not as big a deal as we’ve been led to believe. The idea that the GOP has things sown up is an oversold myth. Sam Wang of Princetonedu. The only pollster who beat Nate Silver in his projections points out that the GOP margin in most districts is tiny and can be swung with a good democratic candidate. The DNC, DCCC, DSNC whatever , all know this.

      The real problem is that the Corporations influence both parties and in my view they have agreed that they have found the next president in Hillary.

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      DonnaD, you make so much sense! I certainly hope that Dems are not conceding ground, without fighting for 2014.

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’ve got his back forever. That’s my mission, that’s my job..


      Ultimately …this is about the American People…those that get him and support him as well as those that don’t….We are in the struggle of our life…be it for women’s rights…workers right…civil rights… voting rights ..etc….
      What can we do to beat back those forces that seek to enslave us all?

      OFA is the arm of PBO organizing around issues of concern agitating for change…but what it does not do is organize for candidates…or GOTV…

      What is the Democratic National Committee’s role here…what is it doing…is there any grass roots organizing going on…voter registration…etc…I always felt that PBO dragged the Dems up the hill…who were kicking and screaming all the way…

      as for Priorities ….Messina without PBOs guidance is like a ship without a captain…

      Lastly, PBO has shown us how to win…I hope someone was listening..

    • 65 Judith Fardig
      February 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Donna! Is Buzzfeed to be believed? Can’t imagine sitting out such an important election as 2014!

      • 66 donna dem 4 obama
        February 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        I didn’t take it to heart until David Axelrod tweeted this. So I concluded it was true.

  24. February 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ok everyone, sharpen your knives for next week:

  25. February 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Short article, alas, but always glad to have the opportunity to post a photo of @VP Biden!

  26. 70 japa21
    February 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    About seven months ago, I mentioned how my younger son and his wife had been trying for years to get pregnant and had finally succeeded. Well, when she went for her normal checkup yesterday, the doctor didn’t like the fetal heartbeat and put her in the hospital to induce delivery several weeks early. Then last night they decided to do an emergency C-Section. Well, I have a new grandson. Under 5 pounds, but doing well all things considered.

    Mother is doing well, father in shock, grandparents delighted.

    • 71 Nena20409
      February 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Congratulations Japa21. Happy Landing to Earth Little one. Congrats to the New Parents.

    • 72 99ts
      February 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      What a delight – 4-5lbs is not so small – you will soon be ranting every other day about the joy of grandbabes. And a joy they are – congrats to everyone

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Congratssssssssssssssssssssss….glad everyone is doing well

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Congratulations, Japa! Wishing mother, father, babe and grandparents good health and happiness! 😀

    • 75 dotster3
      February 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Congrats japa—-and to the new parents! My newest grandbabe is 4 mo. today—-it’s been such a fun journey. Glad everyone doing well—-except for the shock part.

    • 76 No Child Left Behind
      February 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Big congratulations to you and to the new family. May the little addition find a world much better than the one we live on because we are fighting just for that.

    • 77 nospin
      February 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      one of my triplets was 3 lbs 2 oz at birth and now that she is 13, she is tall and bears no resemblance to that preemie. 🙂 Congrats on your new grandson.

    • 78 Judith Fardig
      February 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Have a wonderful time spoiling your little grandson! Hope he gains weight fast and thrives in a loving family.

    • 79 donna dem 4 obama
      February 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Oh Congratulations japa. Being a grand for me has been simply Grande. Blessings to the new family.

  27. 80 Nena20409
    February 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm


    MSNBC recently announced that longtime contributor and fill-in host Joy Ann Reid would be getting her own weekday show at 2 pm, starting February 24th. That show now has a name, The Reid Report, to go along with its host, who took a few minutes to fill Mediaite in on what viewers can expect.

    The idea for a Joy Reid show has been kicking around for a long time, but in its final stage, it’s blasted off relatively quickly. In October, I took a shot in the dark with a highly-placed source at MSNBC, asking when Joy would be getting a show, and was told to “stay tuned.” Barely a quarter later, here she is.

  28. 83 dotster3
    February 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  29. 86 Anjo
    February 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    This is a call to arms I agree 1000% with Donna if we don’t give President Obama a congress he can work with in 2014 then we would have wasted our votes in Nov 12, why vote for a leader if you wont vote to advance his agenda, Democrats are becoming the party of stupid, why vote for a leader and then refuse to give him legislators to pass his agenda??? Really its just stupid, anyone sitting out this election deserve to have their candidate lose in 2016,, As a Canadian I can’t vote but I campaigned to my relatives and made sure they all registered and went out to vote in 2012, I will start my campaign again and hope I can add more..lets not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. VOTE VOTE VOTE and spread the word far and wide on why its more important to vote in 2014 than 2012

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