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  1. 1 desertflower
    July 30, 2015 at 11:26 am


  2. July 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Congrats and GM df 🙂

    VC 😀

    Thank you NW!


    Iran deal is a historic opportunity

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich / Democrat, New Mexico

    “While the military option will always remain on the table, it should remain our absolute last resort. Our military and intelligence leaders have looked at the potential repercussions should a military conflict with Iran occur. That path would provoke retaliation and very likely lead to a nuclear armed Iran in a matter of just a few years.

    For too long, our country has been engaged in military conflicts that have cost our nation dearly in blood and treasure. We must always be ready at a moment’s notice to defend our country, our allies and our interests, but we must also be willing to avoid conflict whenever a diplomatic option is present and possible.

    I am optimistic this accord is in the best interest of our nation and our allies. I am still deeply distrustful of Iran’s leadership. But, to make peace, you must negotiate with your enemies.

    Any deal with Iran will not be without risk, but the risks associated with inaction are far more dire. This deal sets the stage for a safer and more stable Middle East, and a more secure United States. We must seize this historic opportunity. ”


    And, then there’s this FOOL ….


  3. 28 MightyPamela
    July 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

  4. 29 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Must watch video of Tensing pulling over another innocent person last year.

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Contrasting this with the Dubose murder (which I couldn’t bring myself to watch), these guys are fortunate the cops didn’t shoot them and make up their own version. Who knows, these two here having gotten the better of him a year ago, and maybe many others in the interim, might have unknowingly laid the groundwork for the officer’s murderous response to Mr. Dubose. Awful that police are so pumped on their power they’d take the time to harass citizens to feed their sense of superiority. I can’t think of one of these highlighted cases that show them even remotely serving and protecting anyone before the fatal incident!

  5. 31 JER
    July 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

  6. July 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Morning, everyone.

    Tweeted this yesterday, and I think it still applies today.

  7. 42 57andfemale
    July 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  8. July 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Some one have a birthday coming up soon. Is it August 4th?

  9. July 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    • 45 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      GREAT!! Thanks, pf:)

    • 47 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Pf, I like the title and the idea behind this article but here’s my initial reaction in two parts:-

      1. Cain spent far too much time and detail on the Republicans
      2. He was too vague re PBO’s accomplishments.

      After all, the article is supposed to be about PBO! Cain might have stated ….

      “The contrast is stark. President Obama runs circles around them.”

      ……. but to my mind he sure didn’t show that. If I were grading his essay, 😉 😉 I’d have to tell him he placed his emphasis in the wrong areas.

      • July 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

        i see your point but i think his point was made that despite all that the President was able to accomplish many things

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

          😀 I did get his point; however, I think he threw away an opportunity to tout some of the President’s (not the Republicans’) *specific* ‘many things’ to a wider audience. We here all know all that is implied behind his brief hints, but after reading his title, I had anticipated him spelling out several for the general readership. I felt disappointed that he didn’t. Also too, I didn’t actually check it but my gut feeling is that he spent more time on the Republicans in an article that was meant to highlight PBO.

          NP – his intent was good.

  10. 50 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    • 52 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm


      • 53 Allison
        July 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm


        As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL.

        Kevin, who has continued to publish to FDL during hiatus, will be the organization’s Managing Editor. You might know him from the work he has done covering Chelsea Manning, John Kiriakou, and other whistleblower cases. His Dissenter column was an enormous success at FDL, and he will continue to publish the column at Shadowproof.

  11. 54 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • 55 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Hardest working woman in congress, right there. She knows precisely everything that is happening at any given time….strategist extraordinaire. This woman actually KNOWS how to count!!

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  14. 59 JER
    July 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    • 60 Vicki
      July 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      I have total confidence that Nancy Pelosi will get this done in the House.
      Can anybody tell me who is leading the Yes votes in the Senate?
      Chris Murphy? Maybe.

  15. 61 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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  17. July 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Michelle Obama would be so proud of this young man:

    A Boy Got Hundreds Of Books After A Postal Carrier Found Out He Was Only Reading Junk Mail

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/javiermoreno/after-seeing-a-boy-use-junk-mail-as-literature-a-postal-work?utm_term=.pc72w8d42 via @Javi386 @buzzfeed

  18. July 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  19. 66 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    We Do Need Education.
    A well educated Country sustains and galvanizes her Citizenry.
    Hello TOD on a TBT……Sunny, Lovely Breezy Blue Sky in my neck of the wood.
    Congrats DF for your Au ⭐ and congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, 2/3 posts back.
    WH Presser, scheduled for 1:00 PM EDT

  20. 68 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  21. July 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Since coming on four months ago, relatively new NBC News Chief Andy Lack is obviously making his presence felt. Ratings are in the toilet…it somehow finished 5th in a four-horse race recently. Staffers and talent are walking on eggshells. And unless your last name is Matthews, Maddow or your first name Joe or Mika, nobody appears safe, as Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell reported exclusively earlier this week.

    Once self-dubbed The Place for Politics, MSNBC goes back to its 1996 roots: More news, less talk.


  22. 76 MightyPamela
    July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Have been trying to catch up with all o’ y’all – whew.
    {{{{{ Carolyn & Family }}}}} ❤ _/I\_

  23. 77 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    The Dysfunction Looms and Continues……..WHY?
    2010 and 2014…….We The People who stayed home BUILT this Nonsense.

  24. July 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    • 80 CEB
      July 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      PBO, boldly going where no U S president has ever gone before. His eight year mission: to explore new ways of doing things to make live better and new life forms and civilizations that have been neglected by previous administrations.

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  26. July 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    • 83 Vicki
      July 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      I wish the American people will understand this and remember it.
      Constant brainwashing by the warmachine and the media make me doubt that they will.

      They have been carefully taught that Iran is a danger. To USA and Israel.
      I believe that the biggest danger is US War Interests.

      • July 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        The Amer ppl by large margins do not want another war in the Middle East. Even with all the sabotage and propaganda by the media, when the #IranDeal is explained large marjorities of Americans and American Jews favor it.

        • 85 Vicki
          July 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

          Of course they will. American Jews are with The President by overwhelming margins.
          Still the 40 million spent on hatred is a sick shame.

      • 86 EricFive
        July 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        The American people are not the problem. The problem is that AIPAC has purchased a large number of our congressmen and these traitorous congressmen reflect the views of Israel, not their constituents. The American public receives no AIPAC money and is. not willing to volunteer U.S. lives and treasure for Israel’s benefit. Unbiased polling reflects this fact.

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  28. July 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    • July 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Because that worked so well last time!

      • 93 Nena20409
        July 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

        Yes, it did for them.
        The were never punished. Dems stayed home and the GOPers increased their influence and dominance in many states.

        • 94 EricFive
          July 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

          Presidential elections are different than midterms. Vastly different voting pool.

          • 95 Nena20409
            July 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

            Elections occur ever 2 yrs.
            To have a Functional Gov’t……..there are No Differences. An engaged Electorate would know this……..Politics 101.
            In USA, We The People are fond of making excuses and then, as in 1994, 2010 and 2014……..turn around and Blame the Slowness of getting things done on Clinton or on Pres Obama. It takes We The People to get the elected Officers We want …..who Must Do the Right Things.

            • 96 EricFive
              July 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

              I am well aware when elections occur. I am also aware that Dems historically don’t vote in midterm elections. Merely pointing out the reality of the situation to highlight my point that a strategy that worked during a midterm election would not work during a Presidential election year due to the difference in the size and make up of the voting pool. I agree that Dems should vote in every election.

        • July 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

          sigh…you are so right…
          this more than anything has been the downfall of the DNC…not grass roots organizing to get folks to the polls

  29. 98 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  30. 99 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  31. 102 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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  33. July 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm


    And, they’re ripping past our home practicing just now. BTW, I actually think it’s STOOPID to fly high-performance war machines just off the deck over a densely packed metropolitan area …. the consequences of a f…up are considerable ….

  34. 111 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Though Sen Graham might have gone the Birther route as Trump……..Graham has said inflammatory cruel stuff against Pres Obama.

  35. 112 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Josh started out with the Dysfunction and the Destructiveness of the GOP controlled Congress and the WHPC said…….NOTHING and moved on to #IranDeal?
    The Fed Gov’t is once again about to be Shutdown and the WHPC is concerned about the #IranDeal that is not due for a vote until Sept 2015?

    • 113 EricFive
      July 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Gov’t is funded until Oct. 1. 2015. I don’t think the GOP wants to shut down the gov’t that close to a Presidential election. Escalating the war on women’s reproductive rights will definitely galvanize women to HRC, so even if they are stupid enough to shut down the gov’t over Planned Parenthood funding, it is a strategic folly. Presidential elections differ vastly from midterm elections, so there would be a price to pay for the foolishness (larger voting pool and folks will be paying attention). GOP inability to govern is a liability during Presidential election because the GOP base is not large enough to win Presidential election by itself (unlike midterm elections where Dem voters historically do not participate).

  36. 118 Nena20409
    July 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

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  38. July 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Secretary Kerry does a graceful troll of House and Senate war mongers ….

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