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Prime Minister Modi with President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama on the Raj Path, at the 66th Republic Day Parade


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  1. 1 desertflower
    January 26, 2015 at 10:16 am


  2. January 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    BBC coverage of PBO’s India visit is fantastic. CNN International news clips are dour

  3. 6 Linda
    January 26, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Good Grief.

    MSNBC says the drone at the WH got stuck in a tree.

    CNN wants to know if it should have been ” shot ” down. They even mentioned a ground to air missile ….

    • 7 debz
      January 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

      So CNN thinks we should destroy the WH to shoot a drone out of a tree?

      • 8 Linda
        January 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

        At least former FBI agent Tom Fuentes noted that if they missed, the bullets or rocket would land somewhere possibly injuring someone or landing on a building.

      • 9 57andfemale
        January 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

        All these idiots watch too many Bruce Willis movies and think they are real.

    • 10 idon
      January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      a factivist – i love it. that’s me a factivistI wonder if CNN asked that question when the wingnut military dude made deep penetration into the WH.

  4. 11 yardarm756
    January 26, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I see you guys have been doing a serious all nighter…..bbl after I catch up.

  5. January 26, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Great stuff Chips. Just watched the parade. Beautiful!

  6. 13 japa21
    January 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

    GM all.

    First and foremost, to any TODvillians in the path of the blizzard, be safe. Please don’t take an unnecessary risks.

    Secondly, has the President been doing anything special the last couple days?

  7. January 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Imagine her saying this…

    • 15 Betsy
      January 26, 2015 at 11:15 am

      What’s going on with Israel now after Nutinyahoo’s dis of President Obama and his own Mossad openly disagreeing with him about speaking to Congress? What’s Rozen talking about?

  8. 17 Linda
    January 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Snow-ghazi !

  9. January 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    • January 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

      BTW, I agree with him ….

      • 20 japa21
        January 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

        This little bit extra from Yahoo News story on the liberation of Kobane:

        Over the border in Iraq, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi announced they had “liberated” Diyala province from IS militants.

        “We announce the liberation of Diyala from the (IS) organisation,” he said.

        “Iraqi forces are in complete control of all the cities and districts and subdistricts of Diyala province.”

        This still needs confirmation, but if true, also represents a major blow against IS. Could Mosul be next? When that happens, it will be the death knell for IS.

    • 23 FoxfireTX
      January 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      This is such great news! And a severe blow to Daesh who thought Kobani would be another cakewalk. I love all those who criticize PBO’s strategy on the ME. It has been a mess my entire lifetime at least, and I suspect will stay a mess for a very long time to come. The idea that somehow PBO is supposed to “fix it” is laughable.

  10. January 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

    3) The Obama Effect: Many conservatives are confounded by the idea that Barack Obama, someone who had so little experience before running, could win. (Remember, he was just a state senator four years before running for president.) Many Republicans wake up and look at themselves in the morning and say, “Hey, if he could do it, why not me?” But that can be a dangerous takeaway from Obama’s election. Catching lightning in a bottle twice is nearly impossible. And the fact is, for as much as conservatives have underestimated him, not everyone is Barack Obama — with his personality, oratory, campaign skills, ability to raise money, and perhaps most importantly, an ahead-of-its time campaign.


    i am dumbfounded…how so many GOP members will try running…but no DEM is…smh…smh…i do not know what will become of us…

    • January 26, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Let me be the first to introduce you to President Joe Biden and Vice President Elizabeth Warren, pf58 🙂

      • January 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

        thank you for the introduction…i will be watching…

        • 27 debz
          January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

          We need to have a primary with actual viable candidates. Without a good primary fight to interest dem voters the turnout will be horrible, not only in primaries, but the general. Hillary and the DNC need to wake up and realize that Hillary isn’t walking into the WH without voter turnout. She seems to want to be President only because she is a woman. She wasn’t a beloved first lady, I’m the only person who liked her that I know of. At the time the only women i knew, family, friends, and at work were democrats. If any one thinks women are going to crawl over glass to vote for her because she’s a woman, that is as insulting as the idea we would all vote for Gramps because Palin was the VP candidate. All the gop has to do is find a candidate who is younger than her and not crazy, and she could lose.

      • January 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm

        What I find it amazing is how progressives keep talking about how we need Elizabeth Warren to move HRC to the left. (First of all, I don’t believe in that kind of magical thinking, but whatever). Well, we have a perfectly good progressive standing right in front of us: VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN. No, he’s not a woman, but he’s the most qualified candidate for the job. But Dems are completely wedded to electing a woman RIGHT NOW despite the most flawed candidate in the mix.

        • 29 debz
          January 26, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          I hope VP Biden runs, as well as several other candidates. We don’t need any one to “move” Hillary anywhere, we need people who are already progressive. I would love to have Joe Biden be our President, he would be the progressive in the race. There is no doubt he would continue PBO’s policies. He has my vote in the primary and general.

    • January 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Because Barack Obama, a Black Man, won the Presidency, they’ve got every clown thinking that they can run. It’s why they push forth that a racist grifting nitwit like Sarah Palin is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. It’s why they push a fucking college dropout like Scott Walker as a plausible ANYTHING. They amuse me at the level of nothingness that they now say is ‘qualified’ all because Barack Obama won. They simply will not accept that he is smarter than them all the way around. Nobody will EVER convince me that if Sarah Palin were Black, she wouldn’t have already been laughed off the national stage, never to be heard from again.

      They would rather push forth White Mediocrity than validate Black Excellence.

  11. January 26, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Here is DWS’ and the Democratic Party’s answer to fighting the RWNJs. Heaven help us.

  12. 32 Vicki
    January 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Meta and prettyfoot—I just read the Politico article too and i see why you are depressed about it. One thing that bothered you, Meta was the personnel, right? Except fro John Lewis most of the people cited will be no loss at all. Kiki Vanderwege–aaaaack.

    Tell me that John delCecato has signed with Lady Walmart and I will give up on this election. He’s the guy whose commercials sunk Mitt Romney and propelled Bill de Blasio.

    • January 26, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Actually, the whole thing bothered me. The idiotic idea that HRC and her staff want to avoid the appearance of inevitability, all the while she & Ready for Hillary have been touting her inevitability for years. The fact that Bill will be front and center, unlike 2008, because they think that’s what we want. The two of them together is just too too much. But the worst of it is the realization that no one will have the money or the momentum to run against her. I also feel deflated that most of PBO’s campaign staff have hitched up to her wagon. Taken all together, it’s like a vicious circle. I just can’t face that.

      Do we have any reason to believe delCecato won’t join her?

      • 34 Vicki
        January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        No, I have no reason to believe John delCecato won’t join her, but that he hasn’t so far gives me hope.

        Bill front and center means that they will lose together. All the GOP has to do to sink them is look at what has happened in Haiti under the joint efforts of Bill (named Ambassador to Haiti) and USAID, Hillary’s pet. Nothing, pretty much. All the money gone and nothing much built.

        It is intensely depressing when we see that the Clintons and the Bushes represent identical interests.

        Where is our voice?

        • January 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

          Yes, intensely depressing. Sorry to drag this conversation in today but it just feels like we are about to get steamrolled. I hope with all my might I am wrong. Very, very wrong.

      • January 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        i read the article…given that this is politico…i take it all with a grain of salt…but what struck me most about the article..is that there is no talk of issues…of WHY she wants to run….No mention of “We the People”

        • January 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

          EXACTLY. All tactical maneuvers to WIN.

          I never read Politico but when I was sent the link, I went ahead. What struck me is the level of plausible detail. And the fact she chose to leak to Politico says a lot. Says it all.

      • 39 jziglar
        January 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        Hillary Clinton is still very popular with many democratic voters like President Obama is popular with democratic voters. People have some reservations on some issues but she is liked. Personally I have some reservations but if she is the nominee I will support her over the GOP just like many Hillary and John Edwards voters backed President Obama when he won the nomination. I think it would be foolish for us to be divided when that will only help the republicans. We should hold her accountable but it’s important that a democrat succeeds President Obama.

        • 40 Don
          January 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm

          I agree with you, but she has to earn my vote just like then Senator Obama had to earn my vote. Her platform has to consist of more than just “it’s my turn” and “ready for Hillary”; the only thing I’m ready for is for the next President to build on what President Obama created. Hillary or Bill has yet to show any humility when it comes to President Obama. If the last Clinton Administration was such hot shit then they should have gotten healthcare passed, and ended DADT and DOMA when they were in the White House. Hillary needs to give me a reason to vote for her.

        • January 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          She has yet to earn my vote….it is as simple as that…

          • 42 Don
            January 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

            Like we are supposed to just run down to the voting booth and pull the lever for Hillary and forget about the disrespect they showed President Obama. I’m supposed to forget that Bill told Senator Kennedy when he was alive that someone like Barack would be getting them coffee once upon a time. I will vote for Hillary if she earns my vote and not a minute sooner. I can survive another Republican in the White House.

  13. 43 MightyPamela
    January 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

    • 45 MightyPamela
      January 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Love this, just love it!! WTG, GOP! Just don’t let them be thinking they are doing something for the Common Good, that will freak them out!!

  14. 46 57andfemale
    January 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  15. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD!

    Thank you again Chips and Nerdy Wonka on your phenomenal coverage of the President and First Lady’s Trip to India.

    A small bit of a rant!

    I am trying my darndest not be become cynical and disgusted with my Party but they sure do make it difficult to remain hopeful at times. Somethings are so obvious to me. Like getting a full time DNC Chair who can devout day and night to winning and pushing back against republicans. We need fresh, new, innovative blood in this party and they are just as content as can be with just letting stale old strategies of the past rule the day. Geesh! Sigh! 😡 😡 😡

    • January 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more. You would think after that midterm drubbing they’d be extremely focused on and invested in breathing fresh new life into the party structure, bringing on people with new ideas and energy. But NO, just the same old tired stuff. I honestly don’t understand. I’m throwing up my hands at this point.

      • 49 Vicki
        January 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        Donna and meta. You two are assuming that the DNC wants to win.
        After backing candidates who clearly did not want to win such as Alison LG, I am not sure why you think that winning is the only goal now.

        I can make the case that the endlessly delayed campaigin -in-waiting has other aims than simply winning.
        For one thing Lady Walmart knows she bores audiences to tears. She offers no policy and no achievements. What’s the hurry to prove this again?
        For another, her coming schedule is filled with highly compensated speeches to corporations. Not exactly what a presidential candidate does, is it.

        She has suceeded in freezing the Democratic party. Either they have endorsed her (which they will recind very quickly if they can) or they are terrified to oppose her.
        That is her power. Bully. The minute she announces, then the field opens up and her control will be gone.

        I am not saying that I am right in any of this. i am saying that we do not have to read the signs only in one way.

  16. January 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    interesting comments

  17. January 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  18. January 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  19. 61 57andfemale
    January 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  20. January 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Is the U.S. Embassy in Yemen closed?

  21. January 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

  22. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    January 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm


  23. 72 forus50
    January 26, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Amazing news. US was a big factor in the air. Just the first step in a long road…

  24. January 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Kumar is having a good time in India 😎

  25. January 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    When do POTUS suppose to speak before the India Congress?

  26. January 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Not sure if anyone saw that I posted this this morning.
    Look whose twitter CNN quoted there. 😛 http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/25/politics/feat-india-visit-friendly-moments/index.html

  27. 80 forus50
    January 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      • 82 donna dem 4 obama
        January 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

        And the media remains silent and not a word from Democrats touting the success of PBO’s policies….!!!!!

        • January 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm

          what has been interesting…is that all thru this President’s time in office,…there have bern very few Dems that have touted the successes of the President. Perhaps they do not get the platform to be heard the way that those who want to bash the President does…i wonder why that is so..

          • 84 EricFive
            January 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

            I think it is a combination of pols only getting the “microphone” when they have something negative to say about PBO (to feed the predetermined, ever present pro-GOP narrative. ‘m sure Nancy Smash, Harry Reid, James Clyburn or any number of Dems could be found who support PBO on various issues, but they are ignored) and the strange reality that policies that tend to help regular Americans (and not the super rich or corporations) are largely ignored or shunned by today’s media. The Owner class does not like anything that goes toward the common good because it takes away money that should be going to them (infrastructure spending is a great example). As for foreign policy in general, the since GWB was a foreign policy disaster, and the current GOP are a collection of ignorant blowhards, the MSM/GOP is duty bound to ignore PBO’s foreign policy successes and promote (and create) foreign policy mistakes. When it comes to Putin, since he is the MSM/GOP’s great White hope, who they counted on to put PBO in his “place”, they cannot possibly be expected to report how PBO is winning against Putin. I’m sure it is clear to most folks who read this blog that the news media has a definite pro-GOP agenda, and works hard to create the impression that PBO and his policies are not supported.

        • January 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm

          sorry …
          i meant those that bash the president get a platform to do so.. but what i wonder about is why there were so few Dems who touted the President’s successes

    • 87 Linda
      January 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      but…but…the media says…. The sanctions are NOT working……..

    • 88 Don
      January 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Isn’t “junk” one level above “shit”?

    • January 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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  29. January 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Fareed Zakaria of CNN is the name of the person POTUS suppose to do an interview with.

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  31. January 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    If I could have my hands around the Democrat Senator named Menendez… I’ll measure the size of his shirt. Wackobird that he is!

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  33. January 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Worth noting …

    • 107 Vicki
      January 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Bob—This is exactly what happened in NYC with Mayor de Blasio. Every news source—mainstream or otherwise—-every big money source, too. Uniformly opposed de Blasio.
      And yet, the People came out to vote. 73% win, and yes, the turnout was low because only de Blasio supporters came out as the outcome was obvious in advance of Election Day.

  34. January 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  35. 111 Nena20409
    January 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hey TOD, Great Afternoon from my neck of the woods 😉
    Sunny, 24F and Fantastic for January. So 😦 for East Coaters ❤ You All. Be safe.
    Au ⭐ for DF and all the Gold ⭐ winners 6/7 posts back.
    Awesome Chips and NW for Keeping TODers and the Globe informed on The Obamas trip to India.

    Deficit Under this POTUS, keeps going down.

  36. January 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I hope the DOJ will investigate thoroughly.

  37. 118 Linda
    January 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Wow… the oil boom in North Dakota about to go bust ?

    Oil boomtown: ‘We could see 20,000 layoffs by June’


    Short video

    • 119 Nena20409
      January 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      That is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to drive these Frackers to debt and then drive down crude oil surplus and then, tighten their production to drive crude oil back to $100 plus a barrel.

  38. January 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Anyone who believes them is a fool dare I say.

  39. January 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  40. 123 Nena20409
    January 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm


    Jail Him, Now!

  41. 124 Nena20409
    January 26, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    In 112 days….with 30% plus Female fighters, Daesh is No Longer in Kobane

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