Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office during a conference call with people of faith, August 19, 2009. Official White House Photograph by Pete Souza. This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office during a conference call with people of faith on Aug. 19, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza



WSJ: Obama Administration Pushes For Deal To Start Flights To Cuba By Year’s End

The Obama administration is working to reach a deal with Cuba by year’s end that would allow travelers to fly on scheduled commercial flights between the countries, U.S. officials say, chipping away at a travel ban without requiring Congress to lift it. The agreement would allow airlines to establish regular service between the U.S. and Cuba as early as December, officials said, marking the most significant expansion of economic and tourism ties between the U.S. and Cuba since the 1950s, when Americans regularly traveled back and forth to Havana. The Obama administration is also exploring further steps to loosen travel restrictions for Americans to the island nation despite the decades-old congressional ban, officials said.

The twin moves, which follow the formal reopening last week of the American embassy in Havana, underscore the White House’s intent to solidify one of President Barack Obama’s major foreign policy achievements by making the Cuba shift nearly impossible for a future president to reverse. Only Congress can lift the long-standing U.S. travel and trade embargoes imposed against Cuba in the 1960s following the rise of Fidel Castro to power. But Mr. Obama has executive authority to grant exceptions to them. He announced several last December—such as allowing Americans to use credit and debit cards in Cuba and expanding commercial sales and exports between the two countries—and is considering others.

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Russell Contreras: Judge Orders New Mexico Cops To Stand Trial For Killing Of Homeless Man



158 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. 1 COS
    August 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

    GM NW and TOD.

  2. August 19, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Greetings TOD…..thanks for the R & S…Nerdy Wonka

  3. 6 desertflower
    August 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good morning everyone…it’s already! Congrats, COS….and that Nerdy for greeting the day!

  4. 9 mtmarilyn
    August 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good Montana morning. Love the roundup NW. The looks on those cops faces. They can’t believe they should be caught. Pray there will be more stand trail fok killing unarmed citizens. Have company so off to make breakfast. Hope more senators give their support soon.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      August 19, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Marilyn–It’s going to take a lot of indictments, guilty verdicts and prison time served before today’s police force wakes up to the fact that there are consequences to killing unarmed people. Let every one of them pay a stiff penalty and we may begin to see some change.

      • 11 mtmarilyn
        August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

        It will take many indictments to even start the change. Just glad to see the start. Wish we would see the end to the killings first.

    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      August 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Good Morning, MTMarilyn.

      From your lips to the universe’s ears that justice will prevail.

  5. August 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. 15 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.

    Soccer season has begun. Coach Chipsticks come home! I need YOU!!!

    • 16 Nerdy Wonka
      August 19, 2015 at 11:11 am


      • 17 GGail
        August 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

        amirite? NW, you & LL are Chelsea followers and I am celebrating the ManU wins and I’m too scared to teased you guys for the latest loss of 3-0 you had against ManCity.

        I need Chips so I can gloat, knowing she’ll have my back 😀

  7. 18 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD. Thank you so much for all that you do here. It is greatly appreciated.

  8. 20 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 9:09 am


    Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama’s authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      August 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

      And in doing so, Jer, she is opening up a very big pathway for Joe Biden.

      • 22 JER
        August 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Yes. Let her keep on distancing.

      • 25 57andfemale
        August 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

        I need to do research on the arctic drilling issue. PBO has been fantastic on climate change, but this permit is a flash point for a lot of progressives. I heard the end of an interview on progressive radio the other day that because Shell already had a lease, PBO’s hands were tied more than usual, but that there were ways the administration could halt this. I want to be sure of my facts before I enter the twitter wars on this.

        • August 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

          Here’s one piece.

          • 27 Vicki
            August 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

            Similar argument to those who oppose TPP.
            The choice is to protest in ignorance or to take active steps to protect what is possible to protect.

            Hands over ears yelling “No no no” doesn’t seem to me to be the best option.

            • August 19, 2015 at 9:47 am

              Until HRC addresses the points PBO has made in that piece, she’s just making noise.

              • August 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

                and pandering to the liberal wing of the party. If there’s no realistic solution besides what President Obama is doing, she should have the courage of explaining this to “the base”. Instead of offering delusions. She’s feeling the heat from Bernie Sanders’ campaign I’m sure.

        • 30 0388jojothecat
          August 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

          That’s my understanding too 57 that Shell and many of these oil companies for some reason were sitting on these leases to drill since GWB administration. I think PBO’s administration was probably making them prove they had the safeguards in place in case of oil spills. PBO has not come out toward XLKPL but HRC is all for the pipeline. I wonder if she will flip flop on the pipeline issue since so many progressives are against it.

        • 33 donna dem 4 obama
          August 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

          Good Morning TOD

          I’m probably gonna say something that will be considered controversial here. Let me preface it by saying that most progressive/liberals if we are honest with ourselves and love the environment didn’t want to see this permit approved. With that said, I respect the Obama administration and the decisions that they have to make regarding these permits. As they said, they can’t stop all oil exploration although with an executive order (which yes could be overturned by the next president) this permit could be stopped.

          Now I think that all three of the serious candidates on the Democratic side have stated that they disagree with the President on this issue. It’s just not where the party stands since we are the defenders of the earth and believe in climate change. Although we know from how the Clinton’s triangulate on things that HRC just sticks her fingers in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and that’s how she generally makes her decisions.

          Now this is the controversial part: We have no idea how VP Joe would side on this issue. So to assume that because he is a part of the Obama administration that as a stand alone candidate for President that he wouldn’t possibly take the same position that the other three have taken might be wishful thinking on our part. The reality is that because VP Joe has not stated that he is running we simply don’t know what his position would be. Joe is his own man who will have his own positions on policy so I just hope we are not setting ourselves up to think that he will never have a deviation large or small from the President’s positions because no two people think exactly the same on everything. I believe that he is the best person to continue what our President has started but I know from following Joe that he will take his own approach to policies. He loves and respects PBO and has nothing but a profound admiration for him but he’ll make choices that we won’t like because the media will take some little difference and write a big story about how VP Joe is distancing himself from the President just to try and make PBO look bad. I’m just forewarning you all to understand this is how politics works and don’t be too disappointed should it happen if he decides to run.

          Just my 2cents

          • 34 57andfemale
            August 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

            Excellent comment, donna. I agree completely.

          • 35 cd4biden
            August 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

            Thanks for your 2 cents donna. Some good points to remember when VP Joe announces. Soon, I hope, I hope, I hope.

          • 36 Judith Fardig
            August 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

            Donna, the topic of the Shell Oill permits was raised with angst on OFA Connect’s Climate group message board. This permit is a Bush legacy.

            Here is the response from OFA Climate Leader Jack Shapiro:

            Thanks for raising this, I know a lot of people are concerned. Without going too far into the weeds, and reiterating some of your points, many of these leases were approved and granted during the Bush administration, and refusing to allow these companies access to them would incur billions of dollars of legal liability for the the government and taxpayers. The assumption that the Administration operates under no legal constraints isn’t right. At some level, the Department of Interior has to follow the regulations and the laws that govern this stuff, and it looks like Shell has met the legal requirements.

            This also doesn’t mean that this is going to be easy for Shell. It’s taken them years to get to this point. These permits only allow drilling for a few summer months, and only in shallow water. Many of the other companies have given up and abandoned their leases due to the difficulty and expense. And many experts believe that low oil prices mean that these resources are never going to actually get developed.

            The President’s record on climate is broad and deep. Just this week the administration has taken two significant actions to cut methane pollution, the number two greenhouse gas. It also includes two of the biggest emissions reduction actions ever taken. The Clean Power Plan, and fuel economy standards in the transportation sector. The historic investment in clean energy in the President’s recovery act played a significant part in the incredible price drop and growth in clean energy. And all of this is crucially putting us in a place where we may be able to lead the world to a global agreement on climate change in Paris this winter.

            There is a tremendous amount of work still to be done, and our role still needs to be changing the conversation on climate by making the Administration’s climate actions successful, holding climate change deniers accountable, and helping the switch to clean energy. As you say, building public support and making political change is how we are going to accomplish the difficult tasks ahead of us.

            Thanks again for raising this.


            • 37 cd4biden
              August 19, 2015 at 10:54 am

              Thanks for this response from Jack Shapiro, Judith. I so love TOD because of everyone’s willingness to help us all understand as much as possible about each issue that arises.

              Have a good day everyone. Gotta run. 🙂

            • 38 donna dem 4 obama
              August 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

              Thanks Judith. I agree a gazillion percent with everything Mr. Shapiro has written here and it can be used in explaining the President’s action on this. My point is that most Progressives will not be happy about this regardless of the details (Bush granted leases) and that we simply don’t know what VP Joe’s opinion (as a candidate) would be on this.

            • 39 CEB
              August 19, 2015 at 11:46 am

              Thanks Meta, Donna and Judith; this arctic oil drilling was a concern of mine.

            • 40 GGail
              August 19, 2015 at 11:46 am

              Thanks Judith. I saw this from our OFA leader Jack Shapiro and understood it very well. Sadly, PBO is unable to stop these that were approved under Bush.

              I hope you tweeters will take this response that Judith has provided and send it out and about so more people will have a better understanding of the reason behind PBO’s actions. Facebook it too.

              Thanks OFA warrior Judith! ❤

              • 41 Judith Fardig
                August 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm

                Happy to share Jack’s helpful explanation. Hillary should be aware of this. “Distancing herself” from President Obama is a stupid move.

            • August 19, 2015 at 11:48 am

              THANK YOU so much for this. It’s a very thorough and measured response.

          • August 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

            Donna, I absolutely agree with you on this. I don’t have a problem with politicians disagreeing with PBO – as long as they state their disagreement fully and rationally and it makes sense on the merits. I’m not seeing this from any politician right now but I have a strong feeling that Joe wouldn’t hesitate to spell it all out if that is the case. I completely TRUST him and that is what I think is the very big difference for me in 2016.

            • 44 donna dem 4 obama
              August 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

              TRUST is the big factor in why I struggle so with Clinton. It really isn’t that her policies differ all that much from PBO (in fact of the three her policies parallel his the closest) she just doesn’t project sincerity. Nothing about her seems authentic. As I’ve stated here before I follow the campaigns so that you all don’t have to and I just see that everything about her is guarded, poll tested and rehearsed. It’s a shame because she is probably the closest thing to a woman in the WH that we will see in our lifetime considering that this is a male dominated governing country.

              • August 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

                Bottom line for me is truth and trust. I don’t feel that from her. If you look back over the course of her life, what her friends have even said about her in her early days, she just never strikes me as coming from a good place, an authentic self. I strongly believe her policies are only good now because she got a lot of pushback in her previous trial balloons to go hard against PBO. So I don’t trust her at all. It’s visceral for me.

              • August 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

                I think she is authentic but overly cautious. That makes her come off as rehearsed. When she goes off script she’s actually pretty good.

            • 47 nospin
              August 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm

              ” I completely TRUST him”

              same here meta. I trust Joe Biden on the same level I trust POTUS. I may not like a decision made on an issue but I never doubt fact that the decision was made because it was necessary and in the best interest of the nation.

          • 49 idon
            August 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm

            Here’s my two cents. I don’t think they’re up there to drill for oil. There. I said it.

      • August 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

        I heard on Hardball yesterday that the president is not in favor of Biden running and is leaking reports that Joe doesn’t want to run. The word “supposedly from the WH” is Obama thinks Hillary is the best person to carry on his agenda.

    • August 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Always thought she was favorable to Keystone… She’s feeling the heat from Bernie Sanders I think.

      About Bernie Sanders…

      I don’t dislike him. However, I was VERY mad at him for his delusional remarks about racism, and his “emo” criticism of President Obama especially a few years ago.

      He would become much more humble and much more appreciative of Barack Obama after only a few weeks in the Oval Office. But this won’t happen. And he ISN’T INTERESTED by the job anyway. He thinks Hillary has it in the bag and entered the race only to push her to the left.

      He’s an old idealist but he’s a good man. The sole interest in his political career has been income inequality, and the battle against the power of Big Money. On those subjects he’s pretty much aligned with President Obama. He uses more divisive and accusatory language than the president, but if it is what it takes to wake up more people (the “moderates”) to the problem, I can live with that.

      As far as the racism and systemic discrimination suffered by blacks, latinos… It was clear since the beginning of his campaign that he has never thought of this problem on a deep level. He didn’t get it. My hope is that since I see him as a good man, he is able to listen. He can’t reach the kind of deep understanding that Barack Obama has, but I’m seeing signs that he is learning. I liked his recent acknowledgment that racism is entrenched and will be difficult to overcome.

      As a campaigner, he can do some good, promoting a lot of the ideas that the President Obama himself shares. However, I don’t see him as a probable nominee. As I said, he doesn’t really want the job, and he doesn’t have the kind of temperament for it in my opinion.

      As opposed to Joe Biden who would make a magnificent president. And the best to preserve President Obama’s legacy.

  9. 62 desertflower
    August 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Like I said last night, I hope they all just keep talking…


    Americans broadly support providing federal funding for free women’s health exams, screenings and contraception services, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found, suggesting that Republicans could be in risky territory if they continue criticizing Planned Parenthood as a key part of 2016 campaigns.

    Support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood itself to provide those women’s health services was even stronger, according to the Reuters/Ipsos released on Wednesday.

  10. 63 jackiegrumbacher
    August 19, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Morning. The opening up of Cuban travel has brought back many poignant memories for my 95-year old MIL who went to Cuba on her honeymoon 69 years ago. She loved every thing about the place and still has an album with photos, menus and postcards from the trip. While there, she fell in love with Cuban food and tried to recreate the flavors in meals for her family. I wish she could take one last trip back there, but I’m afraid it would be too much for her at her age and the ambiance that was so new and romantic 69 years ago probably looks pretty shabby after all the decades of embargoes and sanctions.

  11. 64 MightyPamela
    August 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

    • 65 Judith Fardig
      August 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Morning, MP. We’re facing 95 degrees down here today. Hope it will not be as miserable in Seattle!

  12. August 19, 2015 at 9:15 am



    A family in public housing makes $498,000 a year. And HUD wants tenants like this to stay.

    By Lisa Rein
    Washington Post
    August 18, 2015, 5:38 PM

    A family of four in New York City makes $497,911 a year but pays $1,574 a month to live in public housing in a three-bedroom apartment subsidized by taxpayers..

    In Los Angeles, a family of five that’s lived in public housing since 1974 made $204,784 last year but paid $1,091 for a four-bedroom apartment. And a tenant with assets worth $1.6 million — including stocks, real estate and retirement accounts — last year paid $300 for a one-bedroom apartment in public housing in Oxford, Neb.

    In a new report, the watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development describes these and more than 25,000 other “over income” families earning more than the maximum income for government-subsidized housing as an “egregious” abuse of the system. While the family in New York with an annual income of almost $500,000 raked in $790,500 in rental income on its real estate holdings in recent years, more than 300,000 families that really qualify for public housing lingered on waiting lists, auditors found.

    But HUD has no plans to kick these families out, because its policy doesn’t require over-income tenants to leave, the agency’s inspector general found. In fact, it encourages them to stay in public housing.

    “Since regulations and policies did not require housing authorities to evict over income families or require them to find housing in the unassisted market, [they] continued to reside in public housing units,” investigators for Inspector General David Montoya wrote.

    The review, conducted in 2014 and 2015 at the request of Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., found that 45 percent of the 25,226 public housing tenants with incomes higher than the threshold to get into the system were making $10,000 to $70,000 a year more. About 1,200 of them had exceeded the income limits for nine years or more, and almost 18,000 for more than a year.


    • 67 0388jojothecat
      August 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

      My senior mom who is in a very low income senior apartment has to qualify each and every year showing six months of her bank statements and has to list all her assets. The application indicates that to qualify there is an income limit based on the number of people in a household. These people can not be what we call “section 8” because there is a income limit however maybe these folks are in a variation of hud housing in which it is based on income and “market” rent. If the person in NY makes almost $500K that is still low rent market rent for NY, The Los Angeles one really does not make since. I know too many people who qualified for hud low income rent but once they made over that amount they HAD to move. I think a lot of this inside deals for family or friends because it would be shameful that people who are really in need are on waiting list while these people can afford market rent.

    • 68 idon
      August 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      This is a great story of how it used to be back in the day – well at least in the AA community in Los Angeles. We had different income levels living in the same community which stabilize the neighborhoods and made crime very rare. You had working class, educated and some well to do like several sports and entertainment types. You had children of didn’t income levels walking to school together and talking about their post high school plans, e.g. I’m going to college, I’m going into my father’s business, I’m going to become an apprenticeship, I’m going into the military. If the family with higher incomes have lived there for nine years that means the neighborhood is good and has had a stabilizing and positive influence and a good thing.

  13. August 19, 2015 at 9:17 am

    one of the MSNBC Shows had a clip of Trump on O’Reilly, and BillO was trying to attack him about the no birthright citizenship.

    The thing about him, and I’ll say it over and over.

    He’s telling the bold, brutal truth about what the GOP IS…
    and not hiding behind Frank Luntz-approved dogwhistles.

    THAT is the problem they have with him.
    Because his language doesn’t allow the MSM to pretend that the GOP isn’t what it is.
    And, if they can’t pretend, then how can they aid and abed the GOP?

    • 70 desertflower
      August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

      “Good ones”???


      Donald Trump said he wants to “test out” in court his views that children born to undocumented immigrants on U.S. soil are not American citizens. “I don’t think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — and I know some will disagree — but many of them agree with me and you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship,” Trump said Tuesday. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” Trump added that the “good ones” would be able to apply for the right to return once all undocumented residents had been deported.

      He clearly has no idea about what it means to be an American….

      • 71 jackiegrumbacher
        August 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

        DF, by “good” he means white and European. By his measure my 79 and 75 year old sisters would be deported to Italy since my father was not a citizen when they were born. I can only imagine their reaction when this dawns on them.

        • 72 99ts
          August 19, 2015 at 9:42 am

          We have had cases in Australia where people who have lived here since birth have faced deportation to another country about which they know nothing. Imagine being 79 years old & sent to live in a country – of which you are not a citizen. Would the country even take you?

          When I read such inhumane statements and then see the US congress refusing to support their President on international affairs – there is something seriously wrong with the GOP – and one can only hope a large majority wake up & see what is being done in their name.

          I keep seeing all those democrats voting yes to send the young of America off to fight for GWB, and then all those republicans voting no – for peace – horrified isn’t half of it.

          • 73 0388jojothecat
            August 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

            99ts the kicker is all is this hate focused on so-called foreigners in the USA illegally, deporting them and whole families will somehow make America great again is just nonsense. I wonder what do they think will happen if 15 million people leave? There will be more jobs, apartments, more cheap goods in the stores that they can buy? I am afraid America will see billions of dollars leave this country and no one will want to come here or want to stay to attain the American Dream when the GOP has turned American into a Nightmare.

            • 74 99ts
              August 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

              jojo – I wonder how they are going to get 15 million to leave without a major uprising. It will not happen. The legalities will have the courts overflowing for years if they even try.

        • 75 0388jojothecat
          August 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

          ……or “good ones” mean white, European, and have money.

        • 76 desertflower
          August 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

          I know exactly what he means…maybe we should deport everyone but the Native Americans whose land we raped and pillaged. He’s a nasty piece of work.

      • 77 0388jojothecat
        August 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

        Not that the current five GOP SCOTUS would not agree with The Trump but I thought this issue was resolved in a prior higher court decision.

      • August 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

        If Obama isn’t an American is wife and son. Is he going to fly her back to Albania or where ever she’s from.

      • August 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Wowwwwwwwwwww….just listen to his outrageous comments…..dangerous comments….waiting to hear the press call him out…

        who is to say that this could not apply to any person…documented or undocumented….black,,, white …anyone…

    • 80 Vicki
      August 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

      This, this this and this.
      Trump tells the truth about who the GOP is.
      He tells the truth about the war in Iraq.
      He tells the truth about who got the oil after the war in Iraq.
      He tells the truth about our currency problems with China.
      He demonstrates his racism, greed,and immoral and illegal behavior that the GOP covers up with religious references and lies.

      I said it the day The Donald announced. While the media focused on the ugliness towards immigrants I was struck by how Trump was pulling the mask off GOP policies.

      Trump Is the GOP’s worst nightmare.

      • August 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

        YES…he is pulling the cover off of just how aweful and hateful the rethugs really think and feel about our fellow Americans and Americans to be…they are being EXPOSED TO THE FULLEST!!!
        Our good friend Karma is watching and listening…and will be visiting them very soon…WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!

      • 82 Obama Grandmama
        August 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

        Trump operates by yelling obscene and disrespectful things to his enemies and suing and counter suing everyone. Why would he operate any differently as President? How do any of those characteristics and tactics fit the job description of President? He is wrong for the job and dangerous for our country.

    • August 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Well, I think they ARE aiding and abetting, still. He’s been expertly packaged by the MSM in such a way as to sell him relentlessly in every way they can. People are now saying he’s likable. It doesn’t get more propaganda-level BS than that. It’s a total brainwash.

      • 84 Vicki
        August 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

        The GOP is embracing Trump.
        They prefer to go down in flames, perhaps?

      • August 19, 2015 at 10:28 am

        Stuff like this, even the left has joined in. Referring to Trump as “President” is part of softening the public to accept this thought. Making him sound rational – that, too.

        • 86 donna dem 4 obama
          August 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

          Oh you should hear Tom Hartman on the radio always singing Trumps praises over trade agreements. It’s sickening but these are the same people on the left who think that Rand Paul wouldn’t be “so bad”. Yuck!!!!

          • 87 0388jojothecat
            August 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm

            Thom Hartmann was raised in a Republican household and claims to be a “Libertarian/Independent”. He is not a Democrat but spouts all day what a Democrat should do this or should do that. He tells people all day to “take over the Democratic party” in their districts. I am so sick of Thom I refuse to listen to him when all he does is attack PBO, Bill Clinton, HRC all day. If Bernie Sanders does become president and realizes he can’t do the majority of the crap he claims he will do and the Dem backstabbers that will rise up against him, BLM interruptions will seem like a cake walk.

      • August 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm

        The GOP is so obsessed with getting back into the WHite HOuse, the leadership is pretty capable of letting him get the nomination if they don’t have the choice. And work, cheat so he gets the job. I aware to you they will flirt with the idea, I’m sure. Thinking that they can control him and use him as a puppet. Like they did with Reagan. Letting Trump fool the masses, while making the generals, the SOS and the Cabinet govern.

        OK, I’m freaking out. It’s silly season right ?

    • August 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Because his language doesn’t allow the MSM to pretend that the GOP isn’t what it is.
      And, if they can’t pretend, then how can they aid and abed the GOP?


  14. 92 desertflower
    August 19, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Look who’s a Constitutional scholar now! Wonder if he got this information from watching tv shows like the People’s Court?


    • 93 99ts
      August 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

      hahaha – the 14th amendment is unconstitutional! How can the constitution (including the amendments thereto) be unconstitutional? Will the media EVER call out the stupid or is the media the resting place for idiots.

  15. 94 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

    • 95 Vicki
      August 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

      This will be when PBO answers Sanders, O’Malley and now Clinton concerning their opposition to Arctic drilling. I can hardly wait.

      My news at the tail end of the previous post will interest many of us here.
      NY Times editorial piece on “A Part of Obamacare the GOP can Love.”

      it is about the expansion of public health centers in under served areas of our country and it will benefit thousands, if not millions of people.

    • August 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Anyone see RM last night? She did a segment on Shell beginning to drill in Alaska and that PO’s administration just gave approval couple days ago and hypocritical of him to go there next week and talk about climate change.

  16. 101 jackiegrumbacher
    August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    A couple of years ago, Mr. G and I took a trip to Atlantic City, which was then dominated by big Trump buildings and a gigantic casino. From a distance it looked overwhelming, dramatic and powerful, but up close we saw peeling paint, rusted light fixtures and weeds growing in the cracks on the cement steps. This dichotomy between the distant and close image of the Trump buildings seems symbolic of Trump himself. From a distance he seems gigantic, loud and impressive to the easily deluded. Up close he’s an old, seedy, overweight blowhard with simplistic and totally unworkable ideas that could never be implemented. He’s like a superannuated actor who looks good from the balcony of a large theater, but is wrinkled, old and flabby if you’re sitting in the front row.

    • 102 arapaho415
      August 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

      GM JackieG, hope all is well with you (saw your comment a couple of days ago about your schedule for doctor visits, best wishes for good results).

      Have only been to Atlantic City once (in 1998), and since my POV is Las Vegas, agree with you. Looked really downtrodden to me compared to Luxor, Bellagio, etc. Since I don’t gamble, Las Vegas is not “my kind of town” — what I liked about it is that if you have the means to get there, there’s so much to gawk at for free, and if you have a few bucks you won’t starve since so many places on the Strip have “gambler’s specials” to entice people to stay to play *their* slot machines.

    • 103 GGail
      August 19, 2015 at 9:40 am

      JackieG, you created a vision that made me smile 😊

    • August 19, 2015 at 10:42 am

      “This dichotomy between the distant and close image of the Trump buildings seems symbolic of Trump himself.”

      Perfect, Jackie, just perfect!!

    • 105 Judith Fardig
      August 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

      And what comes out of this bully’s mouth is even uglier than his facade.

  17. 106 arapaho415
    August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    GM TODville.

    Seconded, what JER said.

    Hope Chips, Danny and friends are having a helluva time — TODville would be bereft and wailing if it weren’t for NWonka’s tireless dedication. ((( oxoxo NW ))).

    Thank you also NW, for posting TPM’s article on #JamesBoyd — the murder of the Albuquerque homeless man, surrounded and shot to death for illegal camping.

    This happened in April of last year, before #BLM movement, before Eric Garner’s shocking treatment by police. I mentioned here then that our society prefers not to consider homeless people as human, which is just not right.

    This is the tweet I responded to:

  18. 108 arapaho415
    August 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

    For hump-day, your feel-good story of the month, via our beloved @Dudette9t9:

    Response to this tweet:

    From the article:
    “Police officers were so impressed with Bonnet that they took up a collection to reimburse the money he had spent for bus fare and food that night. They came up with $255.

    ‘I spent like $120, and I didn’t think I would see this money again in my life,’ Bonnet said.

    Police presented Bonnet with the money and gave him a tour of Laval police headquarters Thursday.

    For Bonnet, who admitted he’s had run-ins with the law before, it was a chance to see a different side of police officers.

    Guérin said Laval police intend to nominate Bonnet for a provincial award for bravery.”

  19. 109 arapaho415
    August 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Awaiting moderation (and it’s good, a feel-good story for hump-day). 😦

    Meta retweeted this… one more reason I love @POTUS more every day:

  20. 111 Allison
    August 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    August 19, 2015 at 9:57 am


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    • 114 desertflower
      August 19, 2015 at 10:06 am


    • 115 0388jojothecat
      August 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

      It’s like PBO is hitting them with the real “shock and awe” of his presidency. It’s like he saved the best for last by doing stuff for ordinary people in spite of the GOP controlled house and senate.

  23. 117 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

  24. August 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This is cool with me.

  25. 120 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

  26. August 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Congrats COS 🙂

    Thank you NW for your steady hand at the wheel of TOD, guiding us each day into remembering all the great accomplishments of PBO and informing us of really important stuff that he’s doing, every day!


  27. August 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Why the public’s opinion matters

    The fact that public opinion on the Iran deal tends to split along ideological lines is, in narrow political terms, good news for the Obama administration’s hopes of preventing Congress from killing the deal.

    Republicans would need a large number of Democratic votes in both houses of Congress to get a veto-proof majority to kill the Iran deal. That’s a tough sell to begin with: In our modern era of polarized politics, Congress members tend to vote more consistently along party lines. It might be possible for Republicans to overcome this if the deal were broadly unpopular, but if liberals like it that will make it harder for them to attract a lot of Democratic allies

    • August 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I persist in thinking that President Obama should address the nation on this. So much noise, so much money used to propagandize against the deal. He could set the record straight. So many people haven’t watched his speeches and interviews. I just don’t want things to unravel. The noise machine succeeded in making the ACA unpopular and the law took years to “recover” from the bad publicity.

  28. August 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

  29. 131 vcprezofan2
    August 19, 2015 at 10:51 am

    A very ‘Good Wednesday’ to all TODobots & friends! 🙂

    • 132 GGail
      August 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Good West Coast Wednesday morning to you vc 🙂

      • 133 vcprezofan2
        August 19, 2015 at 11:07 am

        🙂 Greetings!
        *Your* greeting made me think of Amk and his previous habit of adding ‘alliteration, see?’ or something such to some of his comments. Hmmmm. I must say that my theory of him being on vacation with unowho1 has not been totally discredited – I have hardly seen sight of him these past couple of weeks!!

  30. 139 Linda
    August 19, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Fox & Friends Monday: Trump’s Immigration Plan “An Early Christmas Gift”

    Fox & Friends Tuesday: Trump’s Immigration Plan “A Dream List”

    Fox & Friends Wednesday: Trump “Can’t Kick Out 11 Million…It’s Not Practical”


    Did they go to Clown College ?

  31. 140 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Attention all SoCal TODers and those close by:

    Our very own bardgal, Tally will be performing: Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey. The event will be held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Gardens in San Marino, CA. And the date of the event is: October 24, 2015 @ 6:30pm

    I’m so excited because I purchased my ticket just now!!!
    If you are interested here is the link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2030856

  32. August 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

    WOW, this will be significant:

    President Obama is going to travel to New Orleans on Aug. 27 to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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  36. August 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

    GOOD GAWD, I hope this isn’t true.

  37. 156 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Oh CRAP!
    I just received an email from Chelsea. It’s her father’s birthday today and she wants “me” to sign his card.

    And I was having such a lovely morning 😀 😀 😀

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