Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama greets Karen Dunn, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, and her son in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Happy Tuesday!

42 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    April 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    GM TOD

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

    • April 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I can’t see the tweet through the tears. I’m going for a long walk over a short cliff. 😥

      • 5 Nerdy Wonka
        April 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

        For decades, Man United has had Sir Alex Ferguson to grease the wheels, intimidate referees, and dare I say, find ways to CHEAT for them.

        Now he’s gone and Man United is being exposed for the mediocre team it is.

        Welcome to reality folks.


        • 6 jackiegrumbacher
          April 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

          Uh-oh! We’re going to need a referee this morning! Morning Chips and Nerdy. Time to retreat to your corners.

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  4. April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good Tuesday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Everyone enjoy your day and remember to be AWESOME!

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    FL same-sex lawsuit couple attends W.H. Easter Egg Roll

    //WASHINGTON — A Florida couple suing the for marriage equality joined the first family Monday for the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The Aleniers were one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute to file the lawsuit in pursuit of marriage protections for their family.

    They, along with their son Ethan, were among the 30,000 people crowded on the South Lawn where kids outfitted with wooden spoons pushed Easter eggs across the grass. Watch their interview with the media after the event below: //


  6. 10 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning.

    Oh Dear……

    Supreme Court To Hear Case Challenging Ban On Campaign Lies


  7. 13 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

  8. 14 Ladyhawke
    April 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Obama could drastically expand drug clemency


    Rachel Maddow discusses President Obama’s recent promise to extend clemency to potentially hundreds of drug offenders currently serving harsh sentences, and the overhaul to the presidential pardoning process that will precede it.



  9. 15 Ladyhawke
    April 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

    ‘Smart’ vs. ‘tough’ on drug crime


    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that there would be new criteria when dealing with clemency applications for federal drug sentences. MSNBC.com’s Dafna Linzer and MSNBC’s Ari Melber join Joy Reid to discuss the new criteria as well as how this may affect the sentencing of drug crimes.



  10. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    April 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This is a fascinating map of the population-free places in the US. Most are in the Western states, but there’s a significant area in PA. Gerrymandering gives these areas disproportionate representation in some states, while de-emphasizing the urban areas where the people are. It’s why Republicans can gain in district level races–state reps and sens and Congress reps– but often lose in statewide and presidential elections when every vote counts.


  11. 18 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Mapping Poverty in America


    Wow…this is scary…..my area says 40% live in poverty.

    • April 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Heaviest concentration of the poor are in those southern RED states…..yet…the southern white poor consistently vote for the folks that keep them in poverty…

  12. April 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good morning everyone.

  13. 21 Vicki
    April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Yesterday I said that all Dems should endorse ACA heartily and tell their happy Obamacare stories.
    Here is mine.

    Yesterday a friend called me about her daughter who is getting a divorce. They knew about the ACA but were aware that the signup period was over. The daughter has health issues and was pretty worried.
    I was able to tell her about “Qualifying Life Change,” and directed her to healthcare.gov where it is immediately clear and easy for her daughter to apply.

    This is the way success keeps growing.
    Exchanges are open 365 days a year for life changes and Medicaid and small business.
    This is a friendly helpful system that aims for inclusion.

    The ACA is a Winning message and if we all pitch in Winning in November is exactly what will happen.

  14. April 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Happy Earth Day! Seven years ago, on April 22, 2007, Senator Barack Obama paid an Earth Day visit to 10,000 of us here at the University of Iowa and convinced us that he should definitely run for President.

    Here’s a great video of the whole event – I’m somewhere in the crowd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yIRoBP1LYE

    He gets introduced at the 5:00 mark, appears at the top of the hill about the 6:00 mark, and it takes him 3 whole minutes to get down to the stage. It was GREAT.

  15. 27 99ts
    April 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    GM everyone – that is just the most wonderful picture – I have never seen another politician (and few men of any persuasion) who can communicate with children in the way of PBO.

  16. 28 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Morning everyone…here’s your morning smile 🙂 🙂 🙂 I actually would pay to see this…


  17. April 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    GM all. Our local morning show has a Mom’s Panel every Tuesday and they take 3 or 4 topics that are in the news and offer their thoughts/opinions. Today one of the items was FLOTUS speaking at the high school graduation and centered around the Brown vs. Board of Education. They all thought it would be wonderful to have the FL speak at your child’s graduation BUT two of them felt that the whole thing has become totally political instead of the focus being on the kids. One had NO problem at all even though it may limit number of tickets, etc. She said the positive of having the FL outweighs the negatives.

    • 36 anniebella
      April 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

      So you kind of agree with some racists nut who goes out and kill three people including a 14 year old kid.. Your sorry ass ought to resign.

  18. 38 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

    HEAD’S UP people!! http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/22/us-koch-group-hispanics-idUSBREA3L07F20140422

    Conservative Koch-backed group uses soft touch in recruiting U.S. Hispanics

    The conservative advocacy groups backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are known mostly for spending millions of dollars to pelt Democratic candidates with negative television ads.

    But this year, one Koch-backed group is using a softer touch to try to win over part of the nation’s booming Hispanic population, which has overwhelmingly backed Democrats in recent elections. The group, known as The Libre Initiative, is sponsoring English classes, driver’s license workshops and other social programs to try to build relationships with Hispanic voters in cities from Arizona to Florida – even as the group targets Democratic lawmakers with hard-edged TV ads.

    Taking a cue from liberal groups that have been active in Hispanic neighborhoods for decades, Libre says it aims to use these events to build support for small-government ideas in communities that typically support big-government ideals.

    “If they trust us, they may seek our opinion on something else,” said Michael Barrera, a former Bush administration official who now works for Libre, which says it has built a mailing list of 90,000 people during the past three years.

    People need to know about this. These people don’t give a tinker’s damn about Hispanics or anyone else for that matter!

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thank you, Df. The key point here is that Democratic groups have been active for DECADES. If the Koch brother groups are just getting started, they are going to have to wait a long time for get results and two things will happen first: 1) the elderly Koch brothers will pass from the scene; and 2) Demographic changes will overpower all their little efforts to undermine Democrats. Young people of all ethnic groups know ethnic prejudice, condescension and phoniness when they see it.

  19. April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Good morning and Happy Earth Day , TODville. Let’s continue our revolution to care for our planet.

  20. April 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

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