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@petesouza: President Obama at a Walmart in Calif

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  1. 1 derbingleguy
    May 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Well I’ll be

  2. 12 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm


  3. May 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Afternoon all. Congrats Derbingle!

  4. May 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    This stunt by Tzar Vlad more than justifies pouring on the sanctions ….

    …. flagrant flaunting of lawlessness, pure and simple.


  5. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Wow. Also, pay attention to “Kennedy Proposes Expanded Choices For Health Plan.” Trying and failing to get comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage until President Obama successfully got the job done. Life is crazy.

  6. 20 GGail
    May 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    My President…ooops! I mean our President has been spreading joy and kicking azz all over the Mid-West & West Coast 🙂

  7. 22 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm


    The Missoulian reported Thursday on the “non-publicized” meetings between Gov. Steve Bullock’s office, Republican lawmakers and private business groups. They’re considering a privatized Medicaid expansion plan, using Medicaid dollars to pay for private insurance, much like Arkansas has done.

    The negotiating parties have met with Arkansas officials to discuss their experience with the so-called private option, according to The Missoulian.

    Expanding Medicaid, which would cover up to 70,000 low-income Montanans, could happen during a special legislative session this year or in 2015. But those involved in the secret negotiations have acknowledged it isn’t a given that they’ll be able to make it work.

    • 23 mtmarilyn
      May 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I love my state but I get very frustrated. I have to be very careful here. I truly hope they get things worked out. I have several friends who sure could use it. I also have many folks where I work who are avid tea partiers. I walk a fine line sometimes. Would love to argue with them but I have to work with them and they buy from me so I need to keep them as customers.

  8. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  9. 25 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa on Thursday strongly condemned comments by GOP gubernatorial front-runner Tim Donnelly, in which the state lawmaker has tried to tie his Indian-American rival to fundamentalist Islamic law, calling his statements “hateful and ignorant garbage.”

    Donnelly, a state assemblyman who is popular with the tea party, has repeatedly said this week that Neel Kashkari supported Shariah banking code when he was a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008. On Facebook, Donnelly posted a link to a banking seminar hosted by the department during which Kashkari, a Hindu, delivered opening remarks.

    “As far as I’m concerned, this type of stupidity disqualifies Tim Donnelly from being fit to hold any office, anywhere. Donnelly is no longer a viable option for California voters,” Issa, who has endorsed Kashkari, said in a statement.


    As POTUS said in one of his Jokes at a WHCD about Michele Bachmann: This is how it starts.

    • 26 derbingleguy
      May 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      calling his statements “hateful and ignorant garbage.”

      That’s rich coming from Issa.

  10. 27 Don
    May 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    “Whether Democrats lose the Senate or not, Obama will have a tough time getting significant legislation passed in his final two years. Please don’t tell me he simply needs to be a better politician, like Bill Clinton. Obama ran rings around both Clintons in 2008. A black man with the middle name Hussein who gets elected president twice should be in the all-time-all-world Politics Hall of Fame.”

    Eugene “motherfucking” Robinson,
    Washington Post.

    • 28 Vicki
      May 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I heartily agree with this quote, Don.
      And we will NOT lose the Senate. No matter what cable news is saying now.

      • 29 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Exactly – and if winning/losing the Senate makes no difference, as Eugene Robinson is implying, why are the GOP (and the media) so desperate about trying to prevent the Dems from retaining it?

    • 30 COS
      May 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      If Bill was so great, why is PBO spending a lot of his time cleaning up Clinton’s mess? I really wish that these pundits would mention that. DADT and de-regulating the banks were huge. Let’s not forget NAFTA.

      • 31 japa21
        May 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        He isn’t praising Clinton over PBO. This is all about praise for PBO. He is stating the truth. If the House stays GOP or if the Senate has less than 60 Dems, it will be tough to get anything done. But he is trying to tell all those people who complain about PBO not schmoozing the GOP to STFU.

  11. May 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  12. May 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    “May 9, 2014 16:55

    Interior Minister: 20 terrorists killed in Mariupol, 4 detained
    Nearly 20 terrorists were killed and 4 detained during the shooting between Ukrainian police and military and separatists, Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister, wrote on his Facebook page. Ukrainian law enforcers have lost 1 man, 5 wounded

    “A group of terrorists, around 60 people armed with machine guns, attacked the city police department. They attempted to take over the building without any prior demands. A clash took place inside the building. It escalated into a full-fledged armed conflict as support [to Ukrainian police] of the interior troops and Omega unit of the National Guard arrived. As a result of the fight that involved National Guard units, interior troops, and Azov special police unit, a big part of the terrorist group was destroyed,” Avakov wrote.”

    More at link: http://ukrainianweek.com/News/109456

  13. 34 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Louie Gohmert Compares Gay Rights Advocates To Nazis In House Floor Speech


  14. May 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    TODers, please join me in prayer so that my Ma doesn’t see this:

  15. 50 Don
    May 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I would love to see Bill back in the Whitehouse for the entertainment value alone. Oh of course he’d be able to keep it in his pants this time, the wheeling and dealing is what he’s addicted to.He’s a train wreck waiting to happen, I can almost guarantee you he’s already made a deal with somebody about something, contingent on Hillary being the next President that is.

  16. 52 Vicki
    May 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I am now completely confused and conflicted about whether Dems should participate in benghazi farce. First I thought we should show up and punch hard.
    Now I’m wondering if depriving this GOP disgrace of as much oxygen as we can is a better way to go.
    Don’t know. Good thing it is not up to me!!!!!

    • 53 Layla
      May 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Bob sent an interesting tweet to Nancy Smash on the previous thread suggesting equal number of dems show up demanding parity, all this live on Cspan

      • 54 Judith Fardig
        May 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

        Interesting idea, but I still hope they don’t give it any credibility whatsoever.

      • 55 57andfemale
        May 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        Nancy proposed this several days ago and was rebuffed.

        • May 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

          You are correct, 57. My point is that she and six other senior Ds arrive at the kangaroo court and demand parity – for all to see and for it to be recorded. Force the issue into the public’s full view. Rs refuse. Ds depart, boycott and rip the Rs daily until the farce ends.

          • 57 57andfemale
            May 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

            I saw that after I read it more carefully.

            I like what Nancy is doing today, putting the GOP on defense. I still think Dem’s have to be present.

          • 58 GGail
            May 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

            Yes, Yes, Yes!!! “she and six other senior Ds arrive at the kangaroo court and demand parity – for all to see and for it to be recorded. Force the issue into the public’s full view. Rs refuse. Ds depart, boycott and rip the Rs daily until the farce ends.”

            Thank you Bob

    • 59 Don
      May 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I don’t think the Dems should go at all, what better way to expose the Republicans than letting them have the floor all to themselves?

      • May 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        Initially, that was my response, as well, Don and I tweeted Leader Pelosi to that effect. On reflection, however, I think what would be most effective and would certainly require even the #NEWSTAINERS to cover it (and, it would be Live on CSPAN), is for Leader Pelosi and six other very senior Ds to arrive at the hearing, demand parity and if the Rs refused, then leave. That would set the stage for Ds holding incessant press conferences and other activities focused on the fact that Rs are not only not governing, they intentionally suppressed a fair & balanced investigation preferring instead to run a kangaroo court.

        Just my opinion, of course. Have no doubt Leader Pelosi will do what’s best for the Nation.

      • 68 57andfemale
        May 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        I really don’t understand this reasoning. How is it shown to be a sham if we’re not there to make those points? They have already virtually manufactured evidence, kept full documents from full view so they can trump up their lies. How in the world to we get to show what they are by giving them the floor unchallenged and letting them manufacture a b.s. impeachment?

        I don’t get how they look ‘bad’ if we’re not there SHOWING how bad they are.

        Do you want the entire Congressional record to only reflect their side of things?

        Just don’t get this reasoning at all.

      • 69 nathkatun7
        May 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

        I agree with you, Don!

    • 70 derbingleguy
      May 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I’m been on the same tip Vicki. If we had a functioning press I would say boycott and let them own this farce all by themselves. We don’t so Dems imo need to show up and really make Republicans pay for this farce.

    • 72 57andfemale
      May 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      I don’t think we starve them of oxygen. They already have their talking points ready if we don’t participate: we don’t believe in Congress, we’re afraid because PBO has no defense, yada yada.

      We HAVE to be in that hearing room. We cannot let their manufactured b.s. be the only story and the only Congressional record. We will get absolutely no credit for our ‘principles’.

      Stephanie Miller said today, “Well if we’re there, they’ll just turn off the mic when we talk.” That’s the point: THAT will become the story of that day – that GOP won’t let duly elected members of Congress speak in a hearing.

      This side show will be seen a ‘illegitimate’ if we don’t participate. I hate to think what Frank Luntz has cooked up to explain why we’re not there.

      We HAVE to participate.

      • 73 Vicki
        May 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        Thanks everyone for the input.
        Now after reading all your comments I am leaning towards Dems showing up perhaps the way Bob has suggested—with an equal size representation.

  17. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Chips I’m sure Danny O would take on these bears as well!

    Completely O/T but I must share this.

    One of the comments left me weeping with laughter….

    “love the bulldog at the back of the bear, I am sure it was thinking” oh sure we are going fight, but first let me just check out your ass”

  18. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    May 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Beyoncé, Janelle Monae, Solange, and Erykah Badu at the Met Ball. The picture is begging for a caption because it inspires so many stories.

    Plus, gorgeous and talented women.


  19. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  20. May 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Let me begin…….I don’t condone threatening anybodies life, but this in Indiana:

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      May 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Wow. I’d imagine the caller’s in the hands of the FBI or Secret Service right now.

      • May 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        He was arrested by the FBI….. according to the charging document he sent a letter to Boehner threatening to use his sniper rifle “you will never see it coming”

        • 85 jacquelineoboomer
          May 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

          Oh good. And, if he actually has a sniper rifle, I wonder if he has to turn it back in to the NRA for re-issue.

          Of course, the underlying message that desperate people actually NEED unemployment insurance benefits will be lost.

          • 86 99ts
            May 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

            Crime and poverty go hand in hand – yet another reason to raise the wage, extend UI and have universal health care – but the GOP thinks bigger and better prisons signal economic successs

            • 87 jacquelineoboomer
              May 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

              Yes, economic success for their minions who want there to be more “private” prisons, so they can profit. Disgusting. Can’t recall where I saw it – possibly today – but there’s starting to be a pushback on the public-private prison partnerships. Thank God. As Eisenhower would have warned: Beware the Prison-Industrial Complex.

    • 88 anniebella
      May 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      lovelyplains, are we sure it wasn’t Boehner after one to many drinks.

  21. May 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  22. 90 57andfemale
    May 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Go, Nancy and the dems!

    • 91 57andfemale
      May 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      From sargent’s post:

      “Today Boehner delivered a memo to Pelosi outlining suggestions to address Dem concerns. Pelosi’s new letter rejects Boehner’s latest suggestions, claiming the structure being envisioned is still “fundamentally unfair” and risks duplicating “abuses” we’ve seen from House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa’s handling of the Benghazi probe thus far”

      Now THIS is good framing – put THEM on the defensive.

      • 92 57andfemale
        May 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        A comment from the above post that I agree with:

        “Boycotting hearings–like boycotting elections–is burying your head in the sand in a democracy. We need Dems at the table. Even if they’re outnumbered, opportunities will abound for ridiculing Republicans. It’ll be like shooting fish in a barrel. “

      • May 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        Agree, and having read what Greg just summarized, I’m a bit more bullish on the idea that I’ve suggested to Leader Pelosi. Wrangle with the Rs up to the moment the kangaroo court convenes and then hammer them for parity. Rs still refuse, Ds have laid the ground work, by doing everything possible to have it be a legitimate investigation, and they can rightfully boycott and bash the Rs incessantly until they end their farce.

        • 94 57andfemale
          May 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

          make their unfairness the story. Gives us opportunity to bring up the rigging and mis-representation of evidence in the past. I like what I’m seeing today. I want to see this each and every day.

            • 96 carolyn
              May 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

              Don’t usually do “I told you so”, but this is just what I said on a previous thread. If we don’t show up, the Rethugs control the entire narrative and make all the points. I suggested Rep. Levin of MI would be a good committee member. He shoots straight and is cowed by no one, like Rep. Cummings and Rep (Speaker) Pelosi.

  23. May 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Center Ring at the Republican Circus


    The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal. Half the House has asked to “serve” on the committee, which is understandable since it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid any real work while waving frantically to right-wing voters stomping their feet in the grandstand.

    They won’t pass a serious jobs bill, or raise the minimum wage, or reform immigration, but House Republicans think they can earn their pay for the rest of the year by exposing nonexistent malfeasance on the part of the Obama administration. On Thursday, they voted to create a committee to spend “such sums as may be necessary” to conduct an investigation of the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The day before, they voted to hold in contempt Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official whom they would love to blame for the administration’s crackdown on conservative groups, if only they could prove there was a crackdown, which they can’t, because there wasn’t.

    Both actions stem from the same impulse: a need to rouse the most fervent anti-Obama wing of the party and keep it angry enough to deliver its donations and votes to Republicans in the November elections. For a while it seemed as if the Affordable Care Act would perform that role, but Republicans ran into a problem when the country began to realize that it was not destroying American civilization but in fact helping millions of people.

    More at the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/09/opinion/center-ring-at-the-republican-circus.html

    • 99 Judith Fardig
      May 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Excellent editorial by the erratic NYT. Bobfr, I’m coming around to your suggested tactic on Boehner’s Benghazi B.S. committee.

  24. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  25. 103 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm


    More of this please…Dems joining with our President to bring about change…

  26. 104 57andfemale
    May 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t know how the RW sleeps at night:

  27. May 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Oh Canada:

  28. May 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    The First Lady will deliver the weekend address to express outrage of Nigerian kidnappings…….

  29. 108 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    MAY 9, 2014

    House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing


    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues. She said the House Select Committee on Benghazi was “a political stunt” and that she would meet with Speaker Boehner (R-OH )on the level of participation Democrats will play in the committee.



  30. May 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Tzar Vlad’s lies exposed for all to see ….

    And, the violence he is causing is unquestionable ….

  31. 111 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    The Stock Market today. Dow ended at all time Record. I blame pres Obama 1001% IMPEACH!

    Name Price Change %Change
    DJIA Dow Jones Industrial Average 16583.34 32.37 0.20%
    S&P 500 S&P 500 Index 1878.48 2.85 0.15%
    NASDAQ Nasdaq Composite Index 4071.87 20.37 0.50%
    After a 37-point rise, and a 52-point fall, the Dow Jones Industrial Aver


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