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  1. 1 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Perfect Tweet.
    Just Brilliant, Chips!

  2. 6 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Don’t allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance (drawn into and yet another ME disastrous war). That is the intended outcome.

  3. 7 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Now I go to get ready for the Dem Debate.
    G’Nite TOD 😉

  4. 8 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Hi nena & vc 😊
    Congrats nena on First!

  5. 17 Obama Grandmama
    November 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Look up what PBS Travel Expert, Rick Steves posted yesterday about the Paris attacks. He compared this Paris attack along with past Madrid and London attacks to US gun violence deaths showing how succumbing to fear and avoiding European travel does not equate the risk factor involved.

    • 18 desertflower
      November 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm


      About the right response to terrorism, I believe we owe it to the victims of this act not to let the terrorist win by being terrorized. That’s exactly the response they are hoping for. Sure, it’s natural for our emotions to get the best of us. But, especially given the impact of sensational media coverage, we need to respond intelligently and rationally.

      In 2004, Madrid suffered a terrorist bombing in its Metro, which killed 191 and injured 1,800. In 2005, London suffered a similar terrorist bombing in its Tube system, killing 52 and injuring 700. These societies tightened their security, got the bad guys, and carried on. Paris will, too.

      I’m sure that many Americans will cancel their trips to Paris (a city of 2 million people) or the rest of Europe (a continent of 500 million people), because of an event that killed about 150. As a result, ironically, they’ll be staying home in a country of 320 million people that loses over 30,000 people a year (close to 100 people a day) to gun violence.

    • November 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      This is very important to give folks some perspective. And the media especially needs to read it…

  6. November 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I see that CBS is busy doing its part to drum up more fear, to indirectly attack our President’s current strategy to defeat ISIS, and to promote another bogus war…

  7. November 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Chucky Todd was on this evening and I still can not stand him. MSNBC isn’t worth watching.

  8. November 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    • 28 amk for obama
      November 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      intell ? all the mofo had to do was to find the right 140 characters.

    • 29 desertflower
      November 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      who’s Morell?

    • November 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      I’m just so tired of the culture of immediacy. Tired of the knee-jerk reactions. ISIS has suffered DEFEATS recently, they are being contained geographically , a sure PROGRESS from one year ago. And in a sense, the recent terrorist attacks may be a sign that ISIS is frustrated to have some difficulties on the ground in Syria, Iraq and Kurdish territories. As I’ve heard a commentator say today, ISIS is suffering pain, so it wants to inflict pain in revenge.

      AS it has been said by many analysts in the last 24 hours, countering every terrorist attack is impossible. There WILL be more incidents like this. We just can hope that in the long term, the organization will be so discredited, so weakened, that there won’t be as many foreign fighters who go train in the ME and come back to plan terrorist attacks in the West.

      As the President said, defeating ISIS will take TIME.

      To all the naysayers, I would ask: What would YOU do ? Bomb Syria to obliteration, without any regard for the innocent victims ? Declare outright war and send thousands of troops on the ground ?

      They don’t have any response. Much easier to snipe at the President with no constructive suggestions.

      • November 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        You have put into words what I have been thinking. This is not an enemy that we can defeat head on. But if we overreact we are playing their game. I hope that by now, we are so sick of war that we will not even contemplate starting another one.

  9. 34 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Any one watching dem debate tonight? I am interested in knowing whether the hawk hillz will emerge tonight.

  10. 36 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I’m in front of a television ready to watch

  11. 37 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  12. 38 Obama Grandmama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I notice that Hillary is not wearing a USA flag pin. It was such a big deal in 2008 when PBO was forced into wearing a flag pin. So soon forgotten.

    • 39 amk for obama
      November 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      If she did not wear it, I applaud her for it. Time someone stood up against that kinda meaningless jingoism.

      • 40 Obama Grandmama
        November 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm

        It was ridiculous, but Obama’s clear explanation of the need to not wear it got no where in 2008.

        • 41 MightyPamela
          November 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          Yes, but he has been true to form and awesome wearing it every single day since, in their face with it, knowing most of them have conveniently forgotten how imbecilic that entire debate (!) topic was.

  13. 42 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

  14. 43 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Where is everyone. Anyone watching the debate

  15. November 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Obama: Help or hindrance for ’16 Democrats?

    Do Democratic presidential candidates defend or inch away from President Barack Obama’s record? There’s no easy answer.

    A new McClatchy-Marist Poll found Americans are split, 48-48 percent, on whether they approve of the job Obama’s doing. And by a 60-35 percent margin, people see the nation as moving in the wrong direction.

    Numbers such as those usually mean big trouble for the party in power.

    “We’re seeing a continuation of Americans being unhappy with the way things are,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the survey.

    Democratic presidential candidates have a big challenge. Obama remains overwhelmingly popular among Democrats, particularly key constituencies. Ninety-one percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos give Obama high marks.

    The general election, though, will be more difficult terrain. The poll suggests than an area where Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton could be strongest is one where any Democratic presidential nominee could have a particularly rough time defending Obama – his foreign policy.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article44763750.html#storylink=cpy

    • November 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Really a stupid analysis from McClatchy. Americans want ISIS to go away but they don’t want another Middle East war of invasion and occupation. That’s what started ISIS.

  16. 47 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    via bj

    O’Malley: My heart goes out to the people of France in this moment of loss. Parents and sons and daughters. We must remember this. This is a new face of conflict and warfare. We must anticipate these threats. It requires new thinking and fresh leadership. As a mayor and governor I thought of the threat of a surprise attack every day.

    He kinda killed it with his last line selfpromo.

  17. November 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Trump: Paris attacks would have been ‘different’ if civilians were armed

    By Bradford Richardson – 11/14/15 02:03 PM EST

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says victims of the terrorist attacks in France on Friday would have had a better chance of defending themselves if they were allowed to carry guns.

    “When you look at Paris, you know, the toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns except for the bad guys, nobody,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday. “Nobody had guns, and they were just shooting them one by one.”

    The billionaire business mogul said the outcome would have been “different” if citizens were armed.

    “And I’ll tell you what, you can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation,” he said.

    At least 129 civilians were killed in France in a series of coordinated terror attacks Friday. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken responsibility for the attacks.

    Trump also called President Obama’s plan to take in displaced Syrian refugees “insane.”

    He pointed to reports that indicate one of the attackers in Paris may have been a migrant who entered Europe through Greece.


    • November 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      10.3 firearm deaths per 100,000 per year in the U.S. 3.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 per year in France. Piers Morgan (I know, but he is big on gun control) tweeted in January after the Hebdo attack: ‘540 fewer deaths in France than in the U.S. this month.”

  18. 56 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    This is going well…so far by all three

  19. November 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    double hmmmmph


    AP Exclusive: Democrats see Rubio and Kasich as 2016 threats
    By HOPE YEN and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    2 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON — Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too.

    That’s what Democratic insiders are saying about the Republican outsiders who sit solidly atop preference polls in the race for the GOP nomination for president.

    They are far more worried about GOP candidates who have experience in office, with Marco Rubio cited most often as the strongest potential competition for their overwhelming choice for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    “As a Democrat, I’d love to see a Trump-Carson ticket,” said Bob Mulholland, a member of the Democratic National Committee from California. “We’d probably win back the Senate and pick up the House as well.”

    The Associated Press contacted all 712 superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention next summer, and asked them which Republican they thought would be their party’s strongest opponent in the general election.

    Offering a window into how the Democratic establishment is sizing up the competition, most superdelegates declined to name a candidate, expressing bewilderment at a Republican field in which billionaire Trump and retired neurosurgeon Carson are leading in polls while Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, struggles.

    Of the 176 superdelegates who answered the question, 65 said Rubio, the first-term senator from Florida, would be the Democrats’ strongest opponent.


  20. November 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Politics | Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:36pm EST Related: ELECTION 2016, POLITICS
    Paris attacks may reshape U.S. presidential race

    The lethal attacks in Paris have the potential to reshape the U.S. presidential race, placing a new emphasis on issues of national security, border control, and counterterrorism, while perhaps bolstering candidates who talk toughest about taking on Islamic State militants both at home and abroad.

    National security has not assumed a central place in a U.S. presidential election for more than a decade as the economy preoccupied American voters. But with the nation’s economic health on the upswing and the threat of Islamic terrorism now looming in Europe, that may change.

    National security will be the focus of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, with the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, expected to be pressed on how she would confront the threat from Islamic State and other terror groups.

    “Something as startling, as shocking as these attacks are going to propel (national security) back to center stage,” said Brian Katulis, a foreign-policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, a think-tank in Washington.

    In the immediate aftermath of the coordinated assaults in Paris, which killed at least 129 and injured 352 more and for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, conservative presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz called on the Obama administration to reconsider plans to allow thousands of Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States.


  21. 59 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    All three are making smart full answers. Not just sound bites.

  22. 62 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    One of the suicide bombers in Friday’s attacks in Paris has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, a French member of Parliament says.

    Mostefai lived in Chartres at least until 2012, Jean-Pierre Gorges, who is mayor of Chartres as well as a member of parliament, said via Facebook.

  23. November 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Does anyone know who Ben Carson really is?
    By Kathleen Parker Opinion writer November 10

    In the annals of presidential politics, it’s hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.

    The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson’s attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself — he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a “close relative,” and hit his mother with a hammer? — will be its own chapter someday, if not in a collection of strange campaigns then perhaps in a catalog of psychological classifications.

    Masochistic/Narcissistic Conflation Syndrome? (I made that up.)

    The illustrious Carson seems to have found his own too-good-to-be-true life story too good to be true — or to bear. ’Tis a mystery: Why would this amazing man serially seek to belittle himself in the eyes of his admirers?


  24. November 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    did O’Malley just say that we need Muslim-Americans to stand up?

  25. November 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    water is wet news

    Black Americans twice as likely as whites to face use of non-fatal police force, US study says

    Justice Department analysis of tens of millions of interactions finds black Americans encounter such force or the threat of it at a far higher rate


  26. November 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Frustrated 8th-grader writes letter about racism he experiences at school
    by theGrio | November 14, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Za’’Khari Waddy is only 13 years old, but already, he has had to face extreme racism.

    “Ever since we’ve moved to this area my son has been faced with racism,” Za’Khari’s mother, Zettrona Powell, wrote in a letter to the school. “He’s been asked if he was going to rape or rob a young lady, he’s been pushed into lockers and called a n—-r on numerous occasions.”

    Za’Khari wrote an open letter describing the abuse he has had to endure at school, in the hopes that he will be able to draw attention to the issue.

    “Yesterday on the football bus coming from our football game a kid … started saying racist things to me. He then started saying he does not like blacks and he told me 200 years ago my ancestors hung from a tree and after he said that I should I hang from a tree,” Za’Khari wrote in his open letter.

    Frustrated 8th grader writes letter about racism he experiences at school news letter“That made me super mad, so in the locker room I told him not to call me n—-r or that I should be hung on a tree,” he continued.

    “The coaches took me away from the kid because I was really mad and they think I was going to fight him but I want someone to do something about it because I’m tired of boys messing with me because of my skin. I’m at my boiling point with this. Please do something about this because when I bring it to the office/principle [sic] you do nothing about it and I’m tired of the racism.”

    Despite this, the school has done nothing except to tell Za’Khari’s mother that they would look into the issue.

    “This has crushed my son’s spirit,” she said. “When my son got off the bus, he threw his backpack, the coaches came in and told him don’t let it get to him. How can he not allow this to bother him mentally? This has mentally damaged my son.”


  27. 68 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    does any one know if berns voted for or against iraq war?

    • 69 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      He says he voted against it.

    • November 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      wasn’t he in the House back then? Barbara Lee of California was the ONLY person in the House to vote against the Iraq War

      • 74 amk for obama
        November 14, 2015 at 10:24 pm


        Sanders voted against the resolutions authorizing the use of force against Iraq in 1991 and 2002, and opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He voted for the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists[75] that has been cited as the legal justification for controversial military actions since the September 11 attacks.[76] Sanders voted for a non-binding resolution expressing support for troops at the outset of the invasion of Iraq, but gave a floor speech criticizing the partisan nature of the vote and the George W. Bush administration’s actions in the run-up to the war.

      • November 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm

        Rikyrah, I think you are thinking about Afghanistan. Many Democrats in both the House and the Senate voted against the Resolution to go to war in Iraq.

  28. November 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    yep, another slave catcher


    Jenean Hampton is Kentucky’s version of Ben Carson


    by David A. Love | November 7, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Kentucky has a new lieutenant governor who is making history as the first African-American elected to statewide office in the Bluegrass state.

    Meet Jenean Hampton. Imagine Ben Carson, but as a woman living in Kentucky, with all the atrocious political positions and appeals to white racists.

    Much like Carson, Kentucky’s new second-in-command is not a career politician. And at a time when sisters are doing things such as building a new #BlackLivesMatter movement to fight racism and police violence against black people, Hampton is one of the few black women in the country who is down with the Tea Party. And the top of her ticket, Matt Bevin, the governor-elect with whom she ran as running mate, apparently is down with white supremacists. But we’ll get to that later.

    Also like Dr. Ben Carson, the 57-year-old Tea party activist from Bowling Green was born and raised in Detroit. Her mother — who did not have a high school diploma and cleaned homes — and her father — who worked in the automobile industry — divorced when Hampton was 7. Her mother was left to take care for Hampton and her three sisters.


  29. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 10:01 pm

  30. 88 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I am so impressed with the level of attention each candidate is giving to their answers.

    Uh oh, Bernie has gone into Hil’s Wall Street

  31. 90 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I am not a Hillary supporter but I don’t want this to turn into a he said she said.

  32. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    This image reminds us that while some of us sit tonight and watch the debate, our current Commander-in-Chief is authorizing our military to make the world a little safer tomorrow night. And many nights beyond tomorrow night.

  33. 97 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    • 98 No Child Left Behind
      November 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    • 99 amk for obama
      November 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      exactly. the corrupt critters voted to legalize whatever the corrupt wallstreet thugs did. no way holder could have got any convictions. he found alternatives and fined them billions, which would have not happened in a mcangry/mittbot presidency.

      • 100 No Child Left Behind
        November 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        This is what the purists on the Sanders’s side don’t get. POTUS had to deal with the hand given to him. Even when he had both chambers in Congress during the first 2 years of his presidency, there were Blue Dogs, Yellow Dogs, Dems that came from red states that would not even look at their shadows. What was POTUS to do? Miracles?

  34. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Apparently, Martin has a new nickname.

    No comment.

    • 103 GGail
      November 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      I am giving all three candidates good marks tonight.
      I don’t want to get to name calling, it takes away from the candidates platform. Bernie made good points as did Martin & Hillary. Martin slipped when he said Muslim Americans, I think Hillary took too much credit for her involvement in bin laden situation.

      It’s a long time to November.

      If VP Biden reconsiders…

  35. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    This is what happens when the Dem debate isn’t as “jaw dropping” as a RWNJ debate. Hard to keep concentratin’ !!!! 🙂

    • 106 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Another one drifting away from the debate – Ha!

      • 107 No Child Left Behind
        November 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

        The public is so used to reality TV that they cannot watch anything substantial. Had the Dems on stage being saying vile things or insulting everyone, there would have been millions, I mean, billions of people watching. (Joking about the billions).

        • 108 jacquelineoboomer
          November 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm

          True. I remind myself that many Americans have the attention span of a gnat, in the 21st century, because reality TV is winning over reality – perhaps has already won, in many cases. It’s mind blowing.

  36. 109 arapaho415
    November 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    GE TODville.

    PBO will be in Turkey just before midnight EST.

  37. 110 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    the cognitive dissonance burns.

  38. 111 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 10:45 pm

  39. 113 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

  40. 115 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Oh yuck! I saw Cornel West

    • November 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Think I heard this week that he is traveling with Sanders. Yuck!!

      I think they all did a good job overall. Bernie’s yelling drives me nuts. MOM is sometimes over the top egotistical and all about me. Hillary is concise, clear and confident.

  41. November 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Doing a “drive-by.” The past week has been “Hell Week;” 1st world problems, so when I’ve had a moment, it has been mostly in lurk mode… Hope to catch up a little later tonight when I settle down for the evening.

    Heartsick about Paris, Beirut, Chad, Cameroon and so many other locations… My friend who I was to currently be visiting in Paris, arrived home this past Monday; last year, she lived on one of the streets attacked; all of her Parisian friends except one is accounted for. My Ivorian friends who are currently posted in Paris have checked in safe; still waiting to hear from my Senegalese friends. My local pizza shop is owned by a native of Beirut, his parents and siblings still live there; will swing by the shop tomorrow to check on their wellbeing…

  42. 118 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Well I am now watching West Side Story. Just my short thoughts on the debate. Martin isn’t there, although I’ll take Amy of our 3 over any Repub. Bernie yells too much and I still don’t think he has any idea aphis it is working with a Repub Congress to run the whole country. Hillary had some problems but I will vote for her over Bernie.

  43. November 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

  44. 123 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

  45. November 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

  46. November 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    2017 I want, I hope a Democrat in office, but as far as feeling part of that day, no I will not. When POTUS and FLOTUS walk away from that White House, I better have my kleenex tissue cause I’m sure I will shed afew tears.

  47. 130 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Amusing … especially this reply.

  48. November 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

  49. 132 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm

  50. 134 vcprezofan2
    November 14, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    To bed I’m a-going.

    Good night, folks, and may you and all your family awaken with hope after a peaceful night’s sleep.

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