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  1. November 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    VOTEEEEEEEE DemNovember2014!!

  2. 6 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hi. Bye.

  3. November 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    G’day from the Windy City……and on this day,


    All Saints Day Holy day of obligation, solemnity, commemorating all the blessed in Heaven, especially those who have no special feast.


    1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urges his people to demonstrate against United States, resulting in the seizing of U.S. Embassy in Tehran three days later.

    1979 Chrysler Bailout The U.S. government announces a $1.5 billion loan guarantee plan to aid the failing auto manufacturer.

    1963 First maneuverable unmanned satellite The Soviets announce the successful launching and operation of their Polyot I.

    1963 First U.S. Christmas stamps The stamps, depicting a Christmas tree in front of the White House, go on sale. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1957 World’s longest suspension bridge opens, a five-mile bridge between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

    1952 First hydrogen bomb explosion By the U.S at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific. The force was ten times that of an atom bomb.

    1950 The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is proclaimed a dogma by Pope Pius XII, stating that upon her death she was taken into heaven both body and soul to join Christ.

    1950 Presidential assassination attempt Two members of the Puerto Rican nationalist movement attempt to kill Pres. Truman by shooting their way into Blair House.

    1944 Harvey by Mary Coyle Chase opens in New York, featuring a giant imaginary rabbit.

    1913 First Army-Notre Dame football game Little known Notre Dame uses the forward pass to win.

    1911 First Air Raid Italy uses a monoplane to drop a 4½-pound bomb on the Turks.

    1911 Chevrolet Louis Chevrolet and William Durant form their automobile company.

    1895 First automobile association is formed, the American Motor League, in Detroit.

    1890 First state constitution to place restrictions on a black’s right to vote is adopted by Mississippi.

    1861 Civil War Gen. George McClellan is named commander in chief of the U.S. army by Pres. Lincoln.

    1848 First medical school exclusively for women opens, Boston Female Medical School founded by Samuel Gregory. It merged with the Boston University School of Medicine (1874) to become one of the first co-ed medical schools in the world.

    1835 Second Seminole War The war begins when Seminole Indians in Florida attack. They were protesting their forced removal to the West.

    1792 Methodist Episcopal Church holds its first general conference in the U.S., at Baltimore, Maryland. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1765 The Stamp Act goes into effect, requiring revenue stamps to be placed on commercial and legal documents, pamphlets, newspapers, almanacs, playing cards and dice. It was repealed in 1766.

    1512 Michelangelo The Italian artist unveils his masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. He had begun working on it in 1508. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church


    1957 Lyle Lovett American Grammy-winning country singer. Music: You Can’t Resist It (1986) and If I Had a Boat (1987), and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989, Grammy).

    1944 Keith Emerson British keyboardist, with Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Music: Lucky Man (1970), Tarkus (1971), and Brain Salad Surgery (1974).

    1942 Marcia Wallace American actress. TV: The Bob Newhart Show (Carol the receptionist) and The Simpsons (voice of school teacher Mrs. Karbappel).

    1942 Larry Flynt American publisher, creater of Hustler magazine.

    1941 Robert Foxworth American actor. TV: Falcon Crest (Chase Gioberti).

    1939 Barbara Bosson American actress. TV: Hill Street Blues (Fay Furillo).

    1933 Davey Moore d. 1963 American boxer, World Featherweight Champion (1959-63). He died of injuries sustained when his head hit the bottom rope during a fight defending his title. As a result, the bottom rope was loosened and a fourth rope was added to boxing rings. He is memorialized in the Bob Dylan song Who Killed Davey Moore.

    1926 Betsy Palmer American actress. TV: I’ve Got a Secret (panelist) and Knots Landing (Virginia Bullock).

    1925 Jerry Tucker (Jerome H. Schatz), American actor, one of The Little Rascals; he appeared in 17 Our Gang films.

    1892 Aleksandr Alekhine d. 1946 Russian chess master, world champion (1927-35, 1937-46).

    1871 Stephen Crane d. 1900 American author. Writings: Red Badge of Courage (1895).

    1863 George Stafford Parker d. 1937 American inventor. He invented an improved fountain pen (1890) and founded The Parker Pen Company.

    1815 Crawford Williamson Long d. 1878 American physician, first to use anesthesia for surgery, he used diethyl ether during the removal of a neck tumor (1842).

    846 Louis II d. 879 King of France (877-79). He was known as “The Stammerer.”


    2005 Skitch Henderson b. 1918 (Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson), American orchestra leader. TV: The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson’s first musical director on the show).

    1994 Noah Beery Jr b. 1913 American actor. TV: The Rockford Files (1974-1980, Jim’s father).

    1993 Severo Ochoa b. 1905 Spanish-born American Nobel-winning biochemist. He shared the 1959 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology with Arthur Kornberg for his discoveries that furthered the research in heredity.

    1985 Phil Silvers b. 1912 (Philip Silversmith), American Emmy-winning comic actor. Film: Top Bananna (1954) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). TV: The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt. Bilko, Emmy).

    1982 James Broderick b. 1930 American actor. TV: Family (father Doug Lawrence). He is the real-life father of actor Matthew Broderick.

    1972 Ezra Loomis Pound b. 1885 American poet, winner of the first Bollingen Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress (1948) for Pisan Cantos. He was charged with treason for making pro-fascist broadcasts in Italy during World War II.

    1955 Dale Carnegie b. 1888 American author. Writings: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936).

    1947 Man o’ War b. 1917 thoroughbred race horse. Won 20 of 21 races from 1919-20 and was named the greatest race horse of the first half of the century.

  4. November 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    November 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    It occurred to me how many countless hundreds, possibly thousands of babies have been kissed by PBO, and those photos are in the baby albums, on the mantel piece, or the bedroom wall, for posterity! The children will grow up not with a memory of the event, but with the knowledge and a visual, their emotions will grow and change as they mature. It will be fascinating to watch this generation develop. Contrast this thought with pictures of W (did he ever kiss any babies, who knows), and the children growing up with an ewwww, and a sense of how could my mom or dad do this to me?? 😉
    Bye y’all!! Bbl.

  5. November 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    So, projected voter participation of 90m. We all know that the 30m additional voters from 2010 are not all, or even mostly, GOPers. I think we’re in for a surprise on Tuesday.

    • 10 Don
      November 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      LL, I could not agree more. I think the citizens of this great country have had enough of the GOP and their suicide by politics mentality.

  6. November 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Good morning CHIPS and TOD. Chips thanks for providing this place where we can come and get inspired
    as we try to fight the negativity out there.

    I am off to my local DNC office now for the afternoon shift of GOTV. This is the big weekend push. I have been and
    will continue to work my tail off, in order to defeat the no good GOP….Especially my terrible tparty rep in the house.
    Blessings to everyone as we each do our part to give our President the Congress he deserves.

  7. November 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    So, update on the common law father in law situation. His hand/forearm look MUCH better. The missus spoke with the wound care nurse, and she said that actually it was quite common for dressings not to be changed on a hand surgery like that for a couple of weeks. Needless to say we were both quite surprised by that. But it doesn’t seem as if he’ll suffer any adverse effects, so all is good.

    My tickets are bought and I’ll be flying for the first time in a few years. Man, airlines have gone to hell. I had to pay for extra leg room, and if I want a meal on the flight I have to buy it. Far different from the first flight I took when I was 10. I even got to see the cockpit that time; that would never happen in a post-9/11 world.

  8. 29 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Bringing over…thought this was amazing

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  11. 37 jziglar
    November 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I think we’re going to see some surprising results on Tuesday. Like others have pointed out voter turnout is up, and early vote turnout is really high and in states like Louisiana democratic turnout was real high, and turnout in Arkansas was high in democratic areas and among democratic leaning groups. It’s ridiculous how some liberals buy into the media narrative that the Dems will lose the senate.

  12. 38 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm


    I keep wondering: When was it that the Republican Party became the anti-environment party?
    It seems like today, it’s Republicans in Congress who lead all the assaults on the nation’s conservation and environmental laws. The list of attacks is long, and includes the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and other important laws.
    This wasn’t always the case. My favorite president, Teddy Roosevelt, was a progressive Republican who was probably the nation’s first conservationist political leader. His legacy includes numerous national parks, monuments and national forests, and the creation of a national conservation ethic…
    Today in Washington, most (but not all) Republicans want to eviscerate the EPA, kill laws and regulations that are designed to protect the headwater streams that ensure clean water in our rivers and lakes, and undermine the Clean Air Act. They have advocated despoiling one of our last great wildernesses in Alaska for oil, and have supported an enormous open pit Pebble Mine that would likely destroy the world’s largest sustainable salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
    If the Republicans take over the Senate, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe will take over as chairman of the Environment Committee. Among other things, he has vowed to gut the EPA, calls climate change a hoax, and has a lifetime voting record of 5 percent by the nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters.

    Then the Koch Bros. call in their favors…..

  13. November 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  14. 40 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm


    Senator Mitch McConnell appears to have committed two separate felony offenses with his voter intimidation flyers, and that’s just under Kentucky state laws. The Kentucky GOP is beginning to look like a band of lawbreakers.

    Per Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the McConnell flyer violates state law KRS 516.030. KRS 516.030 is Forgery in the Second Degree, which is a Class D felony for intent to deceive with falsely designed “official” “public” documents designed to trick voters into thinking they are government documents.

    A second felony is possible for violating a KRS 119.155; unlawfully preventing or attempting to prevent a voter from casting their ballot or intimidation or attempts to intimidate any voter so as to prevent them from casting their vote. That’s another Class D felony. There is a reason why it’s a felony crime to interfere with democracy, and any “lawmaker” who is willing to break these laws to win an election is not someone who is suited to their job.

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  18. November 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    RTs of tweets from various campaigns via the sidebar …. here are a couple ….

  19. 49 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

  20. 51 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Pass it on.

  21. 53 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  22. 54 dotster3
    November 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Wow—looks like huge crowd lining up there——encouraging for Braley votes in Iowa….

  23. November 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    That video is simply awesome

  24. 56 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    • 57 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      And just for some reference, PPP (which tends to be most accurate of polls closest to election) on November 2 2012, had CT Senate candidate Chris Murphy (D) leading Linda McMahon (R) by 9 pts. Murphy’s lead in the actual election was just a little under 12 pts. In other words, even the generally accurate PPP under-counted the Dem lead just 2 days before the election.

    • 58 jziglar
      November 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      The Dems are going to sweep their races in CT. I’m from CT and the state does elect moderate republican governors, but Tom Foley doesn’t seem like a genuine person.

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  26. 61 yardarm756
    November 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome and sad……

  27. November 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Afternoon everyone! I’m keeping 25 eyes out for live links for the First Lady in Chicago, will post if I find one!

  28. 63 Don
    November 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve got a feeling election night is going end early, voters know that the entire Obama Presidency has been about uplifting the American people. People know that President Obama has their best interest at heart, they know he isn’t a crook, they know his moral compass is straight, and they know he is the one they’ve been waiting for. I miss him already; the next two years are going to fly by. Once he leaves office people are going to know just how impactful and profound his President was. I can honestly say that there won’t be another President like him for a long time. I’m so grateful that I was able to witness his Presidency.

  29. 67 dotster3
    November 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    • November 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Hi guys! Your south suburban Chicago Obamabot here checking in. Just finished early voting. The polling place in Matteson, IL was very busy on a Saturday afternoon which is encouraging. I asked one poll worker if they have been busy and she said yes. Predominantly, black people like myself which is good news. The last poll I saw had Quinn trailing Rauner with women 55%-39%. However, the poll was from the Sun-Times and Rauner was an owner before he decided he was rich, bored and wanted to run for political office. Rauner is such a shyster and alot of white women seem to be falling for it. Rauner says women will decide this election and he may be right unfortunately. Rauner is married to a democrat (at least she says she is). Quinn is unmarried and I am not sure if that is hurting him with suburban white women. I am so disgusted with how close this campaign is. We have some prominent black pastors and other sellouts backing Rauner. Not sure what he has promised them behind closed doors. Rauner also chose a Latina for his running mate and the co-chair of Latinos for Obama is a big supporter.

      My brother is an attorney here and a friend of PBO. He has been a member of PBO’s finance committee since he was a state senator here. I told him I voted today and he asked me if I thought Quinn would win. I said I hope so (fingers crossed!) but I am very nervous. Quinn’s team has run a strong campaign but we need the Obama coalition to come home and get Quinn across the finish line.

  30. 69 jziglar
    November 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m looking forward to the last PPP poll of the Kentucky senate race. The Bluegrass poll has been all over the place for a month. One poll showing McConnell ahead, then Grimes ahead, then McConnell ahead by a point last week, and now it has McConnell ahead by 5.

  31. 70 forus50
    November 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I was a bit worried about the doctor but just saw this NYT update. Glad he’s doing better.

  32. 71 yardarm756
    November 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Just another thing for the right to worry about. 🙂

  33. November 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Why do I love my job? I’ll tell you.

    I had a regular patron, Serj, who hadn’t come in in months. JUST THE OTHER DAY I was thinking about how I hadn’t seen him in a month of Sundays. And whom have I just been helping for half an hour? Yep, my musical polymath Serj.

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    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      November 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you for bringing us that, Bob. When the battles are won, if the fighting ever ends, if the rescues are completed, I’d love to see a story written about these courageous women and all the others who can only be named one thing: SURVIVORS.

      • November 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        Am sure many stories of the “Survivors” will be written, Jacqueline. The Kurdish people, especially Kurdish women, will not be defeated by a bunch of fanatical sexual predators which is the only ‘state’ #Daesh are.

        • 83 jacquelineoboomer
          November 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

          Sorry I missed this earlier, Bob, and thanks for responding. This is a time when some are seeing that “warriors” come in all shapes and sizes. Lots of good thoughts and prayers are going out for all of them, from around the globe.

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  39. 85 JER
    November 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama departs Andrews: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. 86 arapaho415
    November 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    NC early voting update:

    WTG, NC!!!

  41. November 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I read something yesterday which pointed out that AA women are the most potent and trustworthy force in the Dem Party. I can believe that!

    • 103 arapaho415
      November 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      They are definitely a force to be reckoned with.

      Loved the twitter pics back in 2008, before the MSM firmly secured their white-elitist cap, of “souls to the polls” photos of lots of women in their Sunday finest, with their enviable hats (when I was growing up, always got a new Easter outfit, complete with a new hat — was convinced I’d be wearing hats forever).

      When I was in Brooklyn a decade ago, I promised a co-worker that I’d go to Juniors on DeKalb (where PBO and deBlasio visited later), and what was immediately apparent to me was how dressed up the customers were. A complete shock to me, in my Cali-casual duds.

  42. 104 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Good Evening TODmates 😉
    1 hour phone banking and wrecking the leaves…..front yard. Will tackle backyard……crossing my fingers if the weather is as they say…..54F.

    Finally sunny and cool in my neck of the woods.

  43. 109 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    $12M plus…..for a job that pays how much exactly?

    Power is indeed, intoxicating.

  44. 110 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  45. 111 arapaho415
    November 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  46. 112 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    • 113 arapaho415
      November 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      HuffPo headline is misleading.

      It’s been less than 4 months since @FLOTUS was in Los Angeles where she @EricGarcetti pledged to end vet homelessness by the end of 2015. So, 14 months to go.

  47. 114 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Then, there are Facts…….the Media ignores.

  48. 115 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  49. 116 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  50. 118 JER
    November 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Waiting for President Obama’s visit in Detroit.


  51. 122 Nena20409
    November 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Now that is a surprise.

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