The Week Ahead


No information yet on funeral arrangements for Beau Biden



11:05 EDT: The President hosts the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Oval Office

2:10 EDT: Hosts a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows, East Room



The President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Sergeant William Shemin and Army Private Henry Johnson for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.




The President will attend meetings at the White House.



The President will welcome the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants to the White House to honor the team and their 2014 World Series victory.



The President will attend meetings at the White House.


133 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. June 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Good morning, TOD! ICYMI:

  2. 4 Obama Grandmama
    June 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hi all

  3. June 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Bring this over from the end of last; could really use your prayers today…

    Good morning, TOD. Bittersweet day for me. Today would have been the 31st birthday of Danielle, my late son’s late fiancée.

  4. 15 Roberta in MN
    June 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Thank you Chips, Nerdy and all who ssent prayers an special poems to the Biden Family. Just love you all to pieces.

  5. 17 Judith Fardig
    June 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Alycee – thinking of you and your family on this somber day.

  6. 18 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

    This death of Beau Biden has hit me quite hard. It’s as if someone in my own family has died. It’s interesting the way we have become “family members’ of our President and VP. With all the political chaos and nastiness that is thrown at them I sometimes wonder if they really realize the full breath of love that so many of us have for them. I found myself hugging the members of my natural family quite a bit this weekend. LOVE is a powerful word and it can never be used enough. I let VP Joe and Dr. Jill know in my message to them how much I care about them, am grateful for their public service and pray that they find peace somehow at this very sad moment in their lives.

    • June 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

      LOVE is a powerful word and it can never be used enough.

      AMEN to This

        June 1, 2015 at 11:40 am


  7. June 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 22 GGail
    June 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Guess, I’ll do some work now. For the last 15 minutes or so, I was still on the previous Post. /smh 😀

    June 1, 2015 at 11:42 am


    June 1, 2015 at 11:43 am


  11. June 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    GM TOD. Congrats Alycee and thanks for the weeks schedule Chips!

    …can’t make this stuff up:

  12. June 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Good Southwest Morning TOD Family.

    I want to thank everyone who offered condolences on the passing of my aunt. This is a wonderful place. Love to you all.

  13. June 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    ICYMI: A.G. Lynch international superhero….

    “WASHINGTON — Thabiso Sithole, a sports reporter with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, had just finished his Wednesday evening segment on the American indictments that had rocked international soccer when his cousin called. “Who is this Loretta Lynch person?” she said.
    Ms. Lynch, only one month into her job as attorney general, captured the world’s attention this week when she vowed to rid FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, of corruption. Her news conference on Wednesday was watched around the world and made her the face of the United States government’s crackdown on some of the world’s most influential soccer officials. “She’s been Googled more than a couple times here,” Mr. Sithole said by telephone from South Africa. “It was interesting, from this side, that there’s a woman calling the shots for the U.S., and a black woman at that. In particular, going up against football, which is such a boys’ club.”…

    The Argentine newspaper La Nación introduced Ms. Lynch as “the relentless attorney.” In Paris, Le Figaro called her “the woman who is rocking FIFA.” In Germany, she was simply called FIFA-Jägerin — the FIFA hunter. The FIFA indictment capped a month in which Ms. Lynch set in motion a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department and slapped Wall Street banks with billions of dollars in fines for manipulating currency markets…continued”

  14. June 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  15. June 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  16. June 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    elections have consequences.
    so do vanity third-party candidates.


    LePage: I’ll veto every Democratic bill until Legislature agrees to kill income tax
    By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
    Posted May 29, 2015, at 2:27 p.m.

    AUGUSTA, Maine — During a fiery news conference that lasted nearly an hour, Gov. Paul LePage pledged Friday to veto every bill sponsored by a Democrat until his opposition relents and accepts his constitutional amendment to eliminate Maine’s income tax.

    LePage this year has proposed a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state’s income tax by the year 2020. Republicans, who have shied away from the governor’s more comprehensive tax reform efforts, have rallied around the amendment.

    Democrats have opposed it, sparking LePage’s trademark fury during a news conference at the Blaine House.

    Efforts to amend the state’s Constitution require not only the support of two-thirds of the Legislature but the approval of Maine voters. LePage has said voters should be given the option of eliminating the income tax, which accounts for about half of all state revenue.

    “If the Democrats are going to disenfranchise the Maine people, then the governor of Maine is going to make sure that every bill that comes down from the House and the Senate with a Democrat sponsor will be required to have a two-thirds vote, because I’m going to veto every one, and I did a bunch this morning,” LePage said.

    Two-thirds support in both the House and Senate is needed to override a governor’s veto. So far, 205 bills have been sent by the Legislature for LePage, according to official legislative figures. Of those, LePage has vetoed 26.

    The governor’s bill, LD 1637, was rejected by majority Democrats on the Taxation Committee on May 13. It has yet to come up for additional votes in the full Legislature. It could likely pass in the GOP-controlled Senate, but given Democrats’ questions about how to pay for such a monumental reduction in state revenue, it’s unlikely to garner enough support to pass in the House, which they control.


    • 35 57andfemale
      June 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks again, Maine Democrats, for allowing this loon to stay in office.

      • June 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

        We worked really hard but we had a 3rd party candidate who happens to have gazillions of dollars, enough so that he could stay in the race even though he didn’t have a chance. That plus an incredibly poorly timed referendum question that brought conservative voters out in droves .

        • 37 57andfemale
          June 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

          Thank you, MomSense, and shame on me. I had forgotten that. It was the third party candidate who allowed that miserable excuse for a human being to remain governor. And of course, conservatives vote all the time, and Dems are pathetic at mid term elections. This petty stance by LePage is particularly loathesome.

    • 38 desertflower
      June 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      KING LaPage?? How come the RW has nothing to say about THIS dictator?? That was rhetorical…..

    • 39 theo67
      June 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Maine voters should be told exactly what bills that could have benefit their futures have been vetoed by this man already, and then tell us how this governor plans to make up the lost revenue when the income tax is removed. These Republicans are good at saying things that sound good to the masses, but just taking a minute to dig a little into the consequences of their poorly thought-out actions reveals ideas that are very damaging to this and future generations. Someone will have to come around in a few years to clean up the mess – likely a Democrat… Some people have no idea how we pay for government services and where their tax dollars go.

  17. June 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm


  18. June 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    “It’s not every day you get to meet the Leader of the Free World. “I was starstruck as soon as I saw Obama,” Jamal Holloway told Bleacher Report. “I was afraid to say my name wrong, it felt like my hands were really sweaty, and I was just kind of falling apart with nerves.” The 3-star college football recruit was among a small collection of Camden athletes who took part in an intimate meeting with President Barack Obama during his May 18 visit to the tough New Jersey city. A 2011 study of 432 American cities identified Camden as the poorest and home to the highest crime rate per capita, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. That year, its murder rate was found to be nearly 12 times higher than the national average.

    This was a landmark day for the city as the president came to applaud the role Holloway and fellow Camden youth have played to help improve safety in the city. “He said we’ve pretty much had to be superheroes to do what we’re doing,” Holloway said. The high school junior met Obama at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Three Camden High School basketball teammates joined him—Myles Thompson, Rasool Hinson and fellow coveted college football prospect Brad Hawkins—as well as four members of Woodrow Wilson High School’s girls basketball program. “President Obama understood what’s been going on in Camden and the challenges we faced sometimes growing up,” Holloway said. “He’s an excellent listener…continued”

    • 60 GGail
      June 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      That’s an awful lot of police officers around the kids.
      I’m glad these kids got the chance to meet a real live President. They need all the encouragement and inspiration we can give them.

  19. June 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  20. June 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I know that there are folks who don’t have a comfort level with the changes taking place….and that everything is NOT equal…..but for each step Forward we march on towards a more humane world…

    • 64 desertflower
      June 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      I think its fabulous for her. We need to all be our authentic selves:)

      • 65 Anna
        June 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        “We need to all be our authentic selves”.
        Great statement to repeat to oneself each an every day.

    • 66 theo67
      June 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      I just don’t know why she had to disrespect President Obama on her way to realizing her true self. I’m pretty much done with hearing about anything to do with Kardashians.

  21. June 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    sorry for the duplication

  22. 70 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Hello TOD. It’s Sunny and Nice in MN.
    Congratulations to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2 posts back.
    WH Presser on 6-1-15 with Josh “The Voice” Earnest…….LIVE……shortly

  23. 74 Linda
    June 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Today Ted Turner weeps for what CNN has become.

    He launched the Network 35 years ago today.

  24. June 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    BREAKING: It’s Monday and I don’t feel exhausted.

    Morning/afternoon/evening, everyone.

    • June 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Morning LL! I never had less energy than I’ve had today, and I have no clue why. Tomorrow better be flippin’ better 😦

      • 81 57andfemale
        June 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

        I need a weekend after the weekend. I’m exhausted, cold, cranky, achy. And it’s only Monday………

        How’s our Danny?

        • June 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          We are one, 57 – how the hell is it only Monday?

          Danny was almost as lazy as me today, napped for ages. Must be something in the air.

          • 83 57andfemale
            June 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

            Hey, send some good vibes to my Nickelby. I think he needs to see a specialist to determine what is causing his cough. It’s not cancer but I can’t get it under control and it could be his heart, although indications are that is probably is not. It’s so hard when you don’t know how old he really is. He is such a good boy………..

            • June 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

              Ah 57, HUGE hugs to Nickelby, I hope you get this sorted out, nothing so worrying.

              • 85 57andfemale
                June 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

                You just wish they could tell you exactly how they’re feeling.

                I’ve joked that Mr. 57 has provided for my old age by getting me a full time job. I’ve always been able to work at home until recent years. I’ve nursed dogs through illnesses, attacks and old age because I could be home with them, monitor them. I’ve been through the “heart cough” of 4 geriatric dogs. How many times have Mr. 57 and I been sitting in the living room and I could hear the “heart” cough of one of the dogs, and he heard nothing. Now, I have to rely on him telling me how Nickelby is doing. He means well, but he’s not attuned as I am.

                This doesn’t sound like a heart cough to me, and we tried the basic treatment and it didn’t help, so we assumed some kind of chronic geriatric bronchitis. But it’s hard to monitor prednisone when I’m not there to watch him. It breaks my heart, Chips. I cried all weekend, feeling so helpless. All I want is to live in my modest house until I die, and be able to take good care of my pups. It’s really hard………

                Even getting him to specialists is tough with my schedule, and Mr. 57 zones out when doctors talk to him.

                Just trying to cope. Thanks for your good wishes.

                • June 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

                  {{{{{{{{{{{{{{57}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Nickelby}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Maybe you could ask your vet to email you the information or set up a time when you can call? Nickelby and the others are lucky to have such a kind and caring mom!

            • June 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

              Sending positive vibes for Nickelby’s recovery.

              • 88 57andfemale
                June 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm

                Thank you so much CarolMae. He is so dear. I’ve always said that all of our dogs needed us, but we needed Nickelby. I just want to be with him all the time and I can’t be. I’m accustomed to flexibility and I’ve given all of that up for this stupid job.

                How are you feeling, my dear friend?

                • June 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

                  So sorry you are in this situation with your job. I still blame Bush for the economy and putting people our age in a bind.
                  I’m okay. My eyes get tired and I have other annoying health problems. My computer is slow and annoying and I don’t know how to fix it.
                  But don’t worry about me. Take care of you and your babies. ❤️

                  • 90 57andfemale
                    June 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

                    I WILL worry about you, my friend. You can’t stop me! I know finances are tight, but sometimes the only answer is a new computer.

                    Thanks for your good wishes. I really have to get some pictures uploaded and tweeted so you can see my furry family. Except Pearl – not so furry, poor thing, but she’s gorgeous to us……….

                    • June 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

                      Thank you Faith. ❤️ I would love to see their pics. I can never remember what breeds or mix is. Their photos would help a lot. How is your shelter doing? Were they able to rebuild? Thought of them at calendar time. My DIL sent the sweetest ever Facebook post. I don’t know how to post pics here so I’ll tweet it. It pertains to you too.
                      I recently decided to list the dogs and cats we’ve had in our almost forty-four years together and it was twenty-one. We can remember all but ones name. Now to write about them. Take care.

  25. 92 57andfemale
    June 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I had an interesting “discussion” with someone on ACA yesterday. I’ll supply details later when the boss isn’t lurking.

    • 93 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Boss: I’ll be lurking for the rest of the day. I’m keeping an eye on your output!

  26. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    • 95 Nena20409
      June 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I just saw a story about Kim KWest is expecting her 2nd child with KWest. Are they now in competition with Caitlyn Jenner?
      Could they have not waited a week?
      What a family!

  27. 96 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  28. 100 Linda
    June 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    U.S. Capitol Police arrested an intern for Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) Monday morning when he allegedly tried to carry an unloaded gun into a House office building.

    Joshua Wheeler, 25, of Atchison, Kansas, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and taken into custody, according to U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider. She said that a search of Wheeler, required for entry into congressional buildings, allegedly turned up an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun.

    Jenkin’s office called Wheeler’s behavior “poor judgment,” according to NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell.



    • 101 theo67
      June 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      If it was unlicensed and unregistered, what was the real purpose for that gun? What did he plan to do with it? How can we be sure he was one of the “good guys with a gun”? It’s crazy. We have to live with gun nuts shopping for toilet paper with their AK-47s strapped to their back, but legislators get protected from gun nuts in Congress?

  29. 102 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I was listening to TSMS this AM and a caller jogged my memory by stating that years ago, Denny Hestert was sharing and living with with his staff male, a homosexual in the 2006. This story was reported in Oct 2006.
    USA News Media were pretending that this latest story on Mr. Hestert came out of nowhere?
    In Oct 2006, Lawrence O’Donnell blogged about it on HuffPost.
    Here’s the link.

    He is Speaker Hastert’s chief of staff, which makes him the key player in the what-did-Hastert-know-and-when-did-he-know-it drama. Scott Palmer has issued a statement flatly denying that Kirk Fordham, Mark Foley’s former chief of staff, warned him that Foley was crossing the line with pages long before Foley’s inappropriate email surfaced. Palmer’s denial of Fordham’s headline-grabbing claim is the thread Hastert’s Speakership is now hanging by.

    In Hastert’s brief, evasive press conference on Thursday, sharp reporters immediately zeroed in on Palmer’s role in the Foley information flow. Did Hastert leap to the defense of his chief of staff’s honor in the crucial credibility contest with Kirk Fordham? Did he say I know Scott Palmer and I know he’s telling the truth? No. He avoided every question with Palmer’s name in it. Hastert obviously does not want to talk about Scott Palmer.

    If Fordham did warn Palmer about Foley a long time ago, what are the odds that Palmer did not tell Hastert? As close to zero as you can get. Many chiefs of staff are close, very close, to their bosses on Capitol Hill. But none are closer than Scott Palmer is to Denny Hastert. They don’t just work together all day, they live together.

    • 103 Nena20409
      June 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      It was after the 2006 elections…..that Hestert left office in 2007, leaving the leadership for John Beohner.
      Coincident? Hmm?

      I hope that Lawrence O’Donnell remembers this and talks about it on his show this week.
      The DC Journos faking amnesia are Big Effing Liars.

    June 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    BBL….HARD DAY….<3

  31. 107 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    • 108 theo67
      June 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      I hope this lifts up the Islamic community a little bit, after so much stupid, hateful behavior towards them in the “Land of the Free”…

  32. 109 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  33. 110 desertflower
    June 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    A “funny” thing happened on the way to incite violence at the mosque…..


    Jason Leger, a Phoenix resident wearing one of the profanity-laced shirts, accepted an invitation to join the evening prayer inside the mosque, and said the experience changed him.

    “It was something I’ve never seen before. I took my shoes off. I kneeled. I saw a bunch of peaceful people. We all got along,” Leger said. “They made me feel welcome, you know. I just think everybody’s points are getting misconstrued, saying things out of emotion, saying things they don’t believe.”

    Imagine that:)

    • June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      A superb example of ‘mindfulness,’ df!

    • 113 Nena20409
      June 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      The Golden Rule?
      Doing unto others as one would have hone unto him/her?
      Walking in others shoes?
      Being a Human being…….Love, Kindness, Acceptance, Empathy, Tolerance, Etc

    • 114 Don
      June 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      What I don’t understand about this guy Leger is that if you don’t understand something your first instincts is to curse it? I’m not Jewish nor have I ever been to a temple, but I’m going to go stand in front of a temple and curse the people that attend that temple, that doesn’t make sense to me at all. Why curse it at all if you don’t understand something.

  34. 117 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This is part of the Psychosis of those that Cover President Obama.
    Take a great accomplishment and soil it with negative insinuations…….Sad. Hatred. Bigotry. Racist Pigs.

    • 118 Don
      June 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Very interesting, Brooks is right; President Obama and his people have been devoid of scandal. I think that early in his administration word got out that President Obama wasn’t about that bullshit, he was about business, and he wasn’t going to play that game. I think that’s why his relationship with the Clintons was and continues to be strained. Most people that aren’t about bullshit tend to be loners and aloof (he doesn’t want to be bother with your ass) and very self-sufficient.

      • 119 GGail
        June 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

        I wouldn’t characterize his relationship with the Clinton’s as strained because I don’t know enough to form that opinion, however, I will say that from the way POTUS & FLOTUS conduct themselves with family first and not being seen at every political party that they hired and surrounded themselves with people who would be able to represent the Administration in the same light.

        What’s sad is that it’s surprising to have it reported that we have an Administration that is devoid of scandal. 😯

      • 120 nospin
        June 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

        agreed Don

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