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  1. 7 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  2. 9 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    So JEB’s defense is?

  3. 11 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  4. 12 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    • April 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      because voting is a state venue…each stat has the burden of fighting this voter suppression laws individually…but as the President has said even if there were no voter suppression laws in place our country would still have the lowest voter turn out of countries with free elections….IMO…this is a challenge that should be take on by the DNC…to 1 increase voter registration…2 to join with others in fighting voter suppression laws….if folks say that DEMs need to love their candidates perhaps they need to change the meme….to be more issue oriented….grass roots on the local level….The Obama Coalition wants to be engaged….engage us…

  5. April 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  6. 18 Vicki
    April 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Is anyone on TOD watching the Chicago Mayor’s race? I would love to hear a take from one of us.
    The MSM has Rahm leading but of course they would, true or not.

    • 19 57andfemale
      April 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      I’m following it very carefully. I would LOVE a progressive alternative to Rahm, in whom I am more disappointed than I even expected to be. But I don’t like Chuy. I don’t think he’s up to the job. Being mayor of a large city is complicated, and requires savvy administrative and political skills. It’s not just about ideas. I don’t feel confident that he can do the job. And it does bother me that he has few if any concrete ideas for solutions – just identification of problems.

      Chuy is no Bill DeBlasio, that’s for sure. I wanted to like him, I tried to like him. I just don’t believe he’s ready for prime time.

      The city is a little better off now than it was under Daley, who left a complete mess, although that never gets discussed. Rahm’s administration is a tad less corrupt than Daley’s, but of course in Chicago that is still horrifying. Rahm is fighting for gun control and raising the minimum wage. The schools and the pension problems are a huge mess, because Daley and Springfield thought the stock market would make up for the govt. not paying their share into the pension system. We’ve seen constant, if small, improvements in the middle class neighborhoods around me. It’s nowhere near enough, but tourism is up and we need a vibrant downtown. I wish he’d done an honest and better job with the red light cameras. He did want service taxes that would have hit the wealthier citizens, and couldn’t get it through our City Council. That being said, he’s asked little of his big business cronies. The way he closed the schools was disgusting. And he’s against the local school councils, although those have to be regulated properly as well. Remember, the RWNJ’s got a toe hold in government through local school councils. And I see red when money goes to the Cubs or Soldier Field instead of the neighborhoods. Let the ball teams take care of their own damned parks. The libraries and librarians have suffered greatly. Shame on him.

      Still don’t think Chuy will do a good job. It’s a conundrum.

      We’ll know tomorrow.

      • 20 Vicki
        April 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        Thank you 57 for this complete report. I remember reading that you were disappointed with Chuy when you first mentioned it a while ago.
        I see your opinion hasn’t changed over time.

        So, would you prefer to have Chuy who hopefully will grow into the job if he is elected, or more of Rahm?

        • 21 57andfemale
          April 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

          There isn’t time to “grow” into the job – the city has complicated vital services that have to be performed. Chicago can fall apart pretty fast, and serious corruption and graft will overtake the city (it’s bad enough as it is). But I’m still very disappointed in Rahm. However, his administrative background is substantial and I think the city would be in slightly better hands. I waited until the last minute to vote, hoping Chuy could change my opinion. He’s been lackluster. Also, you need a committed and vast political and administrative “machine” to run this town. I have not seen evidence that he is building that (and I’ve been looking for it). I don’t think Rahm would be cocky with a win tomorrow – he’s faced some serious competition and appears to realize that he’s not a Daley with built-in support. I think he will be moderately more interested in helping the neighborhoods.

          Also, even though Chuy has some AA support, the South side AA’s are still furious with his “no presidential library” stance, especially on public land. Oh yes, then a few days later he was all for PBO’s library, even on public land (hoping to stem the damage). Not just because I love PBO so much, but any mayor of Chicago should be proud to have a presidential library in our city. He was blind and deaf to that on so many levels, I must admit he dug himself a hole right after the initial election, in my book. It was a rookie move. Another reason I think he’s not ready for prime time.

      • 22 FoxfireTX
        April 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        A very good friend of mine is a long time Chicago area resident and his views echo yours. Given the problems Chicago is facing and the new R governor, he doesn’t believe that Chuy has the experience to handle the job. He also said he only seems to have slogans, no actual ideas for making the needed changes.

        • 23 57andfemale
          April 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

          frankly, Foxfire, I’ve been shocked at his lack of depth and details, even though he was criticized early on for this exact problem. He did nothing about it. Maybe he can’t. He’s either dense or naive, but either way, we can’t afford that lack of experience.

          I had forgotten to mention the peril we face with Rauner. We need a pit bull to stand up to him. Even more important, how to maneuver around Rauner to stem the damage to the city and the state. A lot has been made out of Rahm belonging to some wine club with Rauner. Do you think Chicago can function with someone who can’t move in those circles? And yet, no one seems to give a damn that Bill Daley is a Rauner advisor!

      • 24 yardarm756
        April 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        I’ll co-sign that. Chuy would be in over his head.

        • 25 57andfemale
          April 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

          Thanks, yardarm. Trying to be as honest as I can about this, and that is just the way I see it. Everyone from Rauner to a garbage man is going to walk all over him. These are perilous times. When I ask my Chicago friends why they are voting for Chuy, it’s all about how they hate Rahm. Chuy has to be able to do the job and I see literally nothing that inspires confidence.

    • April 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I voted for Chuy Garcia with a clear conscience.

      Being Mayor is complicated, but Commissioner Garcia didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

      Rahm’s such a swell administrator that we’ve had HOW many Bond ratings lowering since he became Mayor?

      I had no qualms voting for Chuy and to vote out my Alderman.

      You don’t shove TIF money into neighborhoods that don’t need it, while neglecting those that do.

      I believe this is an election about turnout.

      As is, the Early Voting Number are double what they were 4 years ago.

      I’m hoping for Commissioner Garcia.

      • 30 Vicki
        April 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        It is so interesting to hear these varied points of view from you all who I trust.
        I will be watching tomorrow’s returns with great interest.

        Also Ferguson city council returns—there I am looking for another seat or 2 to be held by the towns large African American majority.

  7. 31 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    • 32 Linda
      April 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      I highly doubt that ANY of the countries around them would give them permission to fly into their airspace.

      Israel thinks the entire world is stupid.

      • 33 Nena20409
        April 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

        Linda…..Israel is Not Stupid either…….They attacked Syria and Iraq destroying their ‘Nuclear’ facilities.
        Iran with the 2nd largest Economy, after Saudi Arabia in the Muslim World (ME), with the 2nd Largest Population (ME) and with a highly educated population……they make cars for an example, with a diverse economy…….no doubt a potential thriving economy…….Israel has Never attacked them from the air.
        For Israel to do so, they need a USA backed Military. Thank Heavens, Pres Obama is POTUS…….USA is not attacking Iran. I am sure that Netanyahu and his Military have been warned NOT to attack Iran.

      • 34 Vicki
        April 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        Also troubling is the entirely RW Washington Post. All propaganda and Beltway BS, all the time
        Wasn’t The WP a decent newspaper at one time?

  8. 35 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    The Dow flip flops faster than any TBGOPer presidential Candidate…….yet, more reliable than those fools.

    • 36 Linda
      April 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes are the best places to be right now.

      My retirement is there and my S & P came in at 7.74 % gain in 2014 and the Nasdaq came in at 10.04%. They brought over $11,000 gain last year without adding one penny to them.

      I stay away from the DOW.

  9. 38 Nena20409
    April 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  10. 39 JER
    April 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  11. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    April 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I hope this is a lighthearted mock.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      April 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Yep. I think she’s got Hillary’s “number.”

      • 42 MightyPamela
        April 6, 2015 at 3:28 pm

        Nor would the Angels care. #tiredofhillary Angels have far more pressing work to do here than put energy where it is wasted.

  12. 44 JER
    April 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

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  15. April 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    he lesson that we all must learn from these successful negotiations is that diplomacy works. This deal demonstrates that no disagreement should be so deeply entrenched that it cannot be resolved through the give and take of serious diplomacy.

    • 49 Linda
      April 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      but…but… Mrs Greenspan says all the wealthy Jews and giving their money to Republicans now.

      ( she lies )

  16. April 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

  17. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    April 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm


  18. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    April 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    They. Are. The. GREATEST.

    No future First Family should even try. It’s been won.

  19. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    April 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    No other First Lady will match her.

  20. April 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Another Mess courtesy of Bill Clinton…capitalized byt the party of Evil…i am beginning to believe this about these people…

    Kansas has already put in place reforms that have led to a more than 23,000 person reduction in enrollment since Brownback took office in 2011. That’s despite a steadily increasing poverty rate in the state.
    After federal welfare reform was enacted in the 1990s, states were given wide leeway to set up their TANF programs

  21. 61 vcprezofan2
    April 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

  22. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    April 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    • 63 Vicki
      April 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      They are.
      meanwhile Lady Walmart is pictured in a yellow outit that makes her look like a giant Easter egg. That is mean so I kind of apologize.

  23. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    April 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Tomorrow would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. They did a story on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, as well.


    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      April 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Apollo Theater and Absolutely Live Entertainment
      To Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Billie Holiday
      With Presentations in Honor of the Legendary Jazz and Blues Singer
      Songstress to Be Inducted into the Apollo Walk of Fame
      Ceremony to Include Two-Time Grammy Winner Cassandra Wilson
      Monday, April 6th

      Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday Concert
      Will Mark Wilson‟s First Time Headlining the Apollo
      Friday, April 10th; „Coming Forth By Day‟ (Legacy Recordings) Released
      April 7th

      Click to access BillieHolidayWOF_Release.pdf

      • 67 Vicki
        April 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

        Billie Holiday is my all time favorite female singer. Nobody else comes even remotely close to her in my view.

  24. April 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  25. 70 Linda
    April 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Raise your hand if you think we need a THIRD report saying Rolling Stone screwed up the UVA article.

  26. April 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    This guy is TOPS:

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      April 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Of course, because everyone the President selects is TOPS! He’s another one that apparently requires little sleep, like John Kerry.

      • April 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        He was really terrific today at the briefing, going into details expressed in ways we can understand and swatting at the WHPC who thought they could somehow trip up a Nuclear Physicist. LOLOLOLzzzz

  27. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    April 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Believe tomorrow’s the day the stamp will be unveiled. And now I see there’s a brouhaha that the quote on the stamp may not be hers, originally. And now I’m guessing the Postal Service is trying to ease the situation. In any event, it’s still quite the honor for her:

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      April 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Given the fact that *whenever* a Black American gets an accolade of any sort it’s always scrutinized meticulously you’d think the Post Office would have checked and rechecked the quote they planned to use.

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        April 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

        I didn’t follow up enough to know if it were a borrowed quote, but otherwise I agree with you!

        • 78 vcprezofan2
          April 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

          Truthfully, I had always attributed it to her on the basis of her poem on the subject.
          Of course (I was unfair with my previous comment), the person or committee who made the choice probably is unaware that a black person who is being given an honour will be scrutinized and dissected and researched all the way back to before birth! Oops, I forgot it also happens if a black person gets a raw deal from the police.

          • 79 jacquelineoboomer
            April 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm

            A thousand percent agree. Don’t worry about being “unfair” – if this turns out not to be her original quote, somebody was asleep at the wheel. I don’t personally care if it was or not, because, as you said, we all attribute it to her and actually “heard” it because of her. And I miss her.

  28. 80 desertflower
    April 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    He’s just so flipping smart and sensible. I marvel 🙂


    “What struck me most was what I’d call an “Obama doctrine” embedded in the president’s remarks. It emerged when I asked if there was a common denominator to his decisions to break free from longstanding United States policies isolating Burma, Cuba and now Iran. Obama said his view was that “engagement,” combined with meeting core strategic needs, could serve American interests vis-à-vis these three countries far better than endless sanctions and isolation. He added that America, with its overwhelming power, needs to have the self-confidence to take some calculated risks to open important new possibilities — like trying to forge a diplomatic deal with Iran that, while permitting it to keep some of its nuclear infrastructure, forestalls its ability to build a nuclear bomb for at least a decade, if not longer.”

    I can’t imagine why actually believing in the power that is America, is actually a “bad” thing….oh. We know why.

  29. 83 vcprezofan2
    April 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Working Parents Should Be Very Happy About This Obscure Senate Vote – Jonathan Cohn


    On March 26, while individual senators were introducing amendments as part of a process known as “vote-a-rama,” Patty Murray (D-Wash.) offered up what she called a “paid sick day” proposal. Her idea is to guarantee that all Americans can take up to seven days off from work a year, with pay, in order to get better from an illness or to take care of a sick family member.

    Murray has taken up the leadership on the issue in the Senate, now that its previous champion, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), has retired. But as Murray’s aides and allies tell it, the senator did not spend a lot of time trying to rally supporters or persuade wavering colleagues on this particular vote. She figured that most of her fellow Democrats would vote yes. She hoped that a handful of Republicans might do the same, so that she could claim majority support for the concept — 51 votes, or maybe one or two more if she was really lucky.

    She ended up with 61.

    The breakdown of the vote was particularly interesting. In all, 14 Republicans voted to support the amendment. Conspicuous on the “ayes” list were Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire, Mark Kirk from Illinois, Rob Portman from Ohio and several other incumbents up for reelection in states that have voted Democratic or have been up for grabs in the last two presidential elections. In fact, two such Republicans, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, switched their votes at the last minute to join the majority.

    One possible reason for the strong showing: Murray refused requests to consider the amendment on a voice vote only, according to sources familiar with what happened behind the scenes. Murray pushed for a roll call, which meant votes would be recorded — and possible fodder in the 2016 elections. Any Republican who voted against the amendment would have to explain that vote to constituents.

    This doesn’t mean paid sick leave is about to become law. The budget resolution isn’t binding legislation. …….
    ……………………………………………………….. //


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