The First Lady Hosts an Event Honoring the History of Broadway

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  1. 3 tnmtngirl
    November 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I have to say one more time: I am so thankful Barack Obama is POTUS! That news conference was so powerful and “in your face” that he has no more f—- left to give. Yet, he remains calm and respectful. Do not know how he does it because I would tell them all to go take a flying leap off a tall building. 🙂

  2. November 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Nice to see FLOTUS this morning.

  3. November 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    How Paris ISIS Terrorists May Have Used PlayStation 4 To Discuss And Plan Attacks
    NOV 14, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

    Following Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris which killed at least 127 people and left more than 300 injured, authorities are discovering just how the massacre was planned. And it may involve the most popular gaming console in the world, Sony ’s PlayStation 4.

    The hunt for those responsible (eight terrorists were killed Saturday night, but accomplices may still be at large) led to a number of raids in nearby Brussels. Evidence reportedly turned up included at least one PlayStation 4 console.

    Belgian federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon said outright that the PS4 is used by ISIS agents to communicate, and was selected due to the fact that it’s notoriously hard to monitor. “PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said.


  4. November 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

    ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ Abbie and Jenny Will Reunite With Their Father
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    November 13, 2015 at 5:04PM

    The father of the “Sleepy Hollow” characters Abbie and Jenny, played by Nicole Beharie and Lyndie Greenwood, will be reuniting with his daughters on the series, in the form of James McDaniel, who will play Ezra Mills when the Fox drama returns for the second half of its currently season next February.

    Fans of the series may already know that Ezra has been estranged from his daughters since their childhood, when he abandoned them with their mother who had to be institutionalized soon thereafter. Now Ezra will return hoping to become a part of his daughters’ lives once again. I’m sure drama will ensue.

    Earlier this week, FOX announced that “Sleepy Hollow,” which has its fall finale on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 9 to 10pm ET/PT, and which has been under-performing in terms of ratings, will move to Friday nights at 8pm, when it returns after the holidays, with all-new episodes on Feb. 5.


    • 7 Dakota
      November 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      It’s been under-performing because they moved it opposite Scandal on Thursday nights. Bad idea. When they start moving shows around like this, it’s not a good sign. Love Abby and Crane.

  5. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

    He has far more patience with those toddlers then I ever could. I’d tell them exactly where they could go and I’ve give the the train ticket to get there 😡

  6. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

    BT Free Me Free Me.

  7. November 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Media Alert:

    ‘Broadway at the White House’ on TLC – One-Hour Special Airs on Thanksgiving, November 26 at 8/7c

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    November 13, 2015 at 1:27PM

    This Thanksgiving, TLC cameras will follow deserving high school students who were chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend an all-day symposium on careers in theater, which will be held at the White House, alongside some of the biggest names on Broadway. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will transform into a space for students to explore their creative aspirations and receive help from the pros on molding their emerging talent.

    The special will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison with special guest, First Lady Michelle Obama. Also participating throughout the day will be Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle and other current Broadway performers


  8. November 16, 2015 at 11:48 am


    You come home late,and your Daddy meets you at the door with THAT LOOK!

    You know your azzz is gonna hurt that evening…..LOL


  9. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

  10. November 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Hello from Seattle where I’ve been helping my little sister get back on her feet after her second knee replacement. She has Parkinson’s, so it is extra challenging. Also, our daughter is coming home tomorrow evening from her service trip to Lesvos, Greece doing public health work with the Syrian refugees. Cannot wait to hug her and hear all her stories.

    Blessings to TOD, the Obamas, and all who persevere to help their fellow humans on this planet in peril.

  11. November 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Yes…..this is one of our stories that is long overdue to come to the screen.


    OWN Developing Mini-Series About the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots Starring Octavia Spencer

    Shadow and Act
    By Sergio | Shadow and Act

    November 11, 2015 at 8:21AM

    The 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma race riots were maybe the most deadliest and devastating in American history. Taking place over an 18 hour period, between May 31 and June 1, 1921, the riots started when a group of angry whites attacked blacks in the Greenwood district, known as “The Black Wall Street,” which was actually the wealthiest black community in the entire United States at the time.


    But that may start to change, as, previously announced, Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event mini-series, “Tulsa” (working title), which is currently in development at the OWN network. “Tulsa” will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The mini-series will center on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism. Mattie’s journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies.


  12. 22 JER
    November 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

    President Obama has departed Antalya, Turkey en route Manila, Philippines.

  13. November 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    But what must be clear to all is that we can’t allow ISIS to achieve its goal of framing this as a fight pitting Islam against the West. It’s not. It’s all of us versus ISIS.

  14. 26 Allison
    November 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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  19. 33 MightyPamela
    November 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  20. November 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    There are things in this article that i do not agree with…but Capehart’s 3 suggestions are good ones…

    • November 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      prettyfoot58, Let me read this article before I comment.

      November 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm


      • 37 susanne
        November 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        My feelings exactly, Sue. If they would actually read sensible, informed pieces like this, they could begin to make sense of the situation. Instead, they steep themselves in inflammatory rhetoric that serves no informational purpose, and leads to no reasonable solution. I’m putting this up on FB too, but I’m guessing the people I really want to read it, won’t.

  21. November 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  22. November 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Parents fume at Cherry Hill Mall’s pricey Santa

    LAST UPDATED: Monday, November 16, 2015, 1:08 AM
    POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7:07 PM

    You better not cry. You better not pout. And, if you want to see Santa at the Cherry Hill Mall, you better have at least $35.

    I’m telling you why:

    To enter the mall’s Adventure to Santa holiday display, visitors must choose packages which range in price from $35 to $50 (marked down from $75), according to the mall’s website, and include photos or, for the pricier option, video of the visit with Santa. But there’s no sitting on Santa’s lap without first paying the entrance fee.

    That’s left some parents and children surprised and disappointed. So much so that they’ve taken to Facebook to complain.

    The elaborate North Pole headquarters built in a large atrium in the center of the mall features bright, cheery digital panels for walls – but no windows. Children can’t even steal a peek at the legendary elf.

    “He’s locked up in his castle,” complained Elsa Anzideo, a Voorhees mother of two daughters. “You can’t even see Santa.”

    The exhibit is unique, the mall’s management, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, wrote in a statement Sunday night. It’s one of only 12 Adventure to Santa attractions in the country.

    “Families who experienced this exciting amenity last year commented that it was nothing like any Santa visit they had ever had before, and parents were thrilled with not just the adventure but the quality of the photos as well,” the PREIT statement said.

    It was also free.

    The Santa display in Cherry Hill features characters from Dreamworks’ Shrek movies and offers kids a 15- to 20-minute range of experiences in addition to seeing Santa, including a simulated sleigh ride to the North Pole, a concert performed by “holiday elves” and games, like iPads for designing gingerbread houses.

    The statement also noted, “we were mindful of all our customers’ wishes and therefore host the more traditional Santa visits at our six other PREIT malls in the Philadelphia area.”

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/retail/20151116_Parents_fume_at_Cherry_Hill_Mall_s_pricey_Santa.html#7RxlmV5ZAVOjAlVT.99

  23. 44 No Child Left Behind
    November 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille!

    For the past few days, I’ve been out of my comfort zone and away from home, in meetings that have nothing to do with what’s going on in the world. Thanks to TODVille, which I visit by peeping in from time to time, am I being informed on the most recent news.

    Thank you for posting my POTUS’s briefing.

    I did see Ms. Lindsey and her companion, the Great POW, this morning spewing their regular venom about what POTUS could have, should have,done. I will not mention comments from Miss Mikah and her companion to whom 3 whole hours are given every morning to attack the left and any sensible progressive.

    There are so many posts to applaud, so many delightful comments to thank for, that my limited time wouldn’t allow me to acknowledge now. May I simply say how much I enjoy even more TODVille for the information it provides and the scope it covers.

    Stay well everyone.

  24. November 16, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    PBO to Matt Yglesias

    But this is going to be a generational challenge in the Muslim world and the Middle East that not only the United States but everybody’s going to have to deal with. And we’re going to have to have some humility in recognizing that we don’t have the option of simply invading every country where disorder breaks out. And that to some degree, the people of these countries are going to have to, you know, find their own way. And we can help them but we can’t do it for them…

    And so, I think the real challenge for the country not just during my presidency but in future presidencies is recognizing that leading does not always mean occupying. That the temptation to think that there’s a quick fix to these problems is usually a temptation to be resisted. And that American leadership means wherever possible leveraging other countries, other resources, where we’re the lead partner because we have capabilities that other folks don’t have. But that way there’s some burden-sharing and there’s some ownership for outcomes.

    That’s what it means to be smart on terrorism.

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  26. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  27. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Not sure about the veracity of it, but …

  28. November 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    To be clear, states still retain the power to deny their own resources to the federal government, so they could potentially make settlement of refugees more difficult than it would be if the states cooperated. Nevertheless, an act of Congress — the Refugee Act of 1980 — has given Obama broad discretion to allow refugees to be admitted into the United States. The states of Texas, Louisiana and others must yield to that act.

    • 56 Don
      November 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Prettyfoot, I sometime get a kick of the Republicans reading of the constitution. President Obama knows the constitution backwards and forwards, he probably can recite it in his sleep. For god’s sake he taught constitutional law for ten years in Chicago, so please proceed Governors.

    • 58 Linda
      November 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      ok then…. just refuse these Welfare States and Federal money……..

      The End.

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  31. November 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Hope everyone is having a productive Monday.

    bbl ….


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  35. 73 tnmtngirl
    November 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Had this experience at my eye doctor’s earlier this afternoon. His assistant who did the checking of my eyes, etc. said that her husband had called her at lunch to tell her that 2200 refuges had just been “deposited” in Lexington, KY. 1800 of them were men. She went on to say she was going to pick her kids up at school and start home schooling them. I did not reply. Waited a few seconds then asked what her husband does. That was never brought up again. While I waited for the doctor to come in to check my eyes (after the drops took affect), I Googled that info. Turns out that happened in February of this year! There were a number of entries about those refuges coming into Lexington. Thought this was a perfect example of the right-wing memes that get spread. Betting he heard that on Fox or right-wing radio. Sigh……….

    Just saw on Facebook that there’s a GOP TN lawmaker calling for TN to refuse to take any of the refuges. Geez…….SMH!

    • 74 Linda
      November 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      The Refugee Act of 1980 …. Maybe all the Republicans need to look it up.

      States have NO say at all… The Supreme Court has already ruled on this fact.

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  38. November 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Been saying this for awhile. There was a ME country behind 9-11. And, it WAS NOT IRAQ.

    It was the country that fully funded the schools where they teach




     To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account

    And that includes the Saudi kings whose funding of Wahhabi doctrine gave rise to the scourge of Islamic extremism.


    Laila LalamiTwitter

    ¿We must call to account the Saudi kings—Salman, Abdullah, and Fahd—whose funding of Wahhabi doctrine gave rise to the scourge of Islamic extremism.

    When I was a child in Morocco, no clerics told me what to do, what to read or not read, what to believe, what to wear. And if they did, I was free not to listen. Faith was more than its conspicuous manifestations. But things began to change in the 1980s. It was the height of the Cold War and Arab tyrants saw an opportunity: They could hold on to power indefinitely by repressing the dissidents in their midst—most of them secular leftists—and by encouraging the religious right wing, with tacit or overt approval from the United States and other Western allies. Into the void created by the decimation of the Arab world’s secular left, the Wahhabis stepped in, with almost unlimited financial resources. Wahhabi ideas spread throughout the region not because they have any merit—they don’t—but because they were and remain well funded. We cannot defeat ISIS without defeating the Wahhabi theology that birthed it. And to do so would require spending as much effort and money in defending liberal ideas….

     The beheadings, the crucifixions, the destruction of cultural heritage that ISIS practices—none of these are new. They all happened, and continue to happen, in Saudi Arabia too. The government of Saudi Arabia has beheaded more people this year than ISIS. It persecutes Shias and atheists. It has slowly destroyed sites of cultural and religious significance around Mecca and Medina. To almost universal indifference, it has been bombing Yemen for seven months. Yet whenever terror strikes, it escapes notice and evades responsibility. In this, it is aided and abetted by Western governments, who buy oil from tyrants and sell them weapons, while paying lip service to human rights.


  39. November 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I consider this water is wet news.


    November/December 2015
    The Second Racial Wealth Gap
    White Millennials can often rely on their parents for financial assistance. For many black and Hispanic Millennials it’s the other way around.
    By Mel Jones


    My father’s passing was unexpected. And so was the financial burden that came with it.

    For many Millennials of color, these sorts of trade-offs aren’t an anomaly. During key times in their lives when they should be building assets, they’re spending money on basic necessities and often helping out family. Their financial future is a rocky one, and much of it comes down to how much—or how little—assistance they receive.

    A seminal study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives on wealth accumulation estimates that as much as 20 percent of wealth can be attributed to formal and informal gifts from family members, especially parents. And it starts early. In college, black and Hispanic Millennials are more likely to have to work one or two jobs to get through, missing out on opportunities to connect with classmates who have time to tinker around in dorm rooms and go on to found multibillion-dollar companies together. Many of them take on higher levels of student debt than their white peers, often to pay for routine expenses, like textbooks, that their parents are less likely to subsidize.

    “Student debt is the biggest millstone around Millennials, period, and an even larger and heavier one around the necks of black Millennials,” said Tom Shapiro, director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. “It really hits those doing the right thing. [They’re] going through all the hoops.” He explained that, unlike in previous decades, when college tuition was drastically lower, the risks of educational costs are now passed down to the individual.


    • 83 0388jojothecat
      November 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      I don’t see how this situation.is different than previous generations. The minority baby boomers had affirmative action, Fed/State grants, and in California city college was free. Minority Baby Boomers who acquired wealth in assets such as home lost them in the real estate busts in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.

  40. November 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  41. November 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Not sure what happened, so I’m reposting ….

    It’s way past time to focus on precisely who are real enemy is. It’s certainly not Muslims. It’s a pack of patriarchal kleptocrats who stroll around in white robes when they’re not riding in one of their Rolls Royces or private 747s.

    Yes WE Can

  42. November 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Apparently, WP has decided to block my comments …. oh well …. will check in late tonight to see if the issue persists …. take care everyone ….

  43. 88 57andfemale
    November 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  44. 89 57andfemale
    November 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    • 91 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      First time I was in Mobile, Alabama, there was a huge billboard on the side of the road which said “Jesus is Lord of Mobile.” Maybe the words in this tweet should be up on a billboard “down South,” too. And other places in our country and in other countries.

  45. 92 JER
    November 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  46. 94 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    GE TOD.
    It rained pretty much all day today.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last night.
    Whenever I see a Gallup Poll numbers with Pres Obama from 47% and up in approval, it gives me a great pleasure to post it here. Why? In reality, Gallup and Co undermine the real approval numbers by 10% points.

  47. 95 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

  48. 96 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm

  49. 97 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm


    However, there is a reason…..MN has more Hmong, Ethiopians, Somalians, Eritreans, etc per capita than most States. MN was willing and eager to take in the Refugees.

  50. November 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm

  51. 99 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    During WII when Religious Bigotry was pumped to deny 20,000 Jewish Children a safe place. An act We the People see today as a moral failure.

  52. November 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  53. November 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    • 102 nathkatun7
      November 16, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      In November, 2016, I will cover my nose and vote for the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. I will do so, not because I like any of the three people vying to be the Democratic party’s nominee for president. Rather, I will vote for any one of the three because all the Republican presidential candidates are horrendous.

  54. 103 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I remember BP
    I remember the ACA Website
    I remember Children from 3 South American Nations crossing the Southern Borders.
    I remember the Beheadings from ISIL/Daesh
    Ebola, who could forget.
    Then after the Nov 2014 elections……the US News Media and GOPers were gleeful, then they got angry for Pres Obama refused to play their Lame Duck memes.
    I remember Terror in Jan of 2015 in Paris…….it became Why didn’t Pres Obama attend.
    Then Why are We Not accepting Syrian refugees while Germany is taking 800K…..this was asked many times at the WHPC
    Then the numerous coverage on POTUS announcement on sending 50 Special Ops to Syria.
    Now……..Pres Obama is the What now of France? Holy Smokes. The inconsistencies by these blokes are just too darn much.

  55. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

  56. 107 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Oh boy a schism in the ranks. Get the popcorn. That might get some GWB devotees to actually criticize something somebody/anybody in his administration ever said or is saying.

  57. 109 vcprezofan2
    November 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    😀 😀 HUGE Smile – Have you guys seen this?

    A New Gig
    In case you haven’t heard yet, this morning Paul Glastris (editor in chief at the Washington Monthly) ……..

    Here’s what comes next:

    We’ll be handing over the reins of Political Animal to a rising star in the blogging world, a wonderful writer who’s been contributing on weekends and filling in for Ed for a while: ***Nancy LeTourneau***. Joining her will be another shrewd political observer who’s also been writing great stuff for us: Martin Longman.



    Way to go Smartypants!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 We wish you continued success!

  58. 122 Nena20409
    November 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Those who have Ears, Let Them Hear!

  59. 123 Dudette
    November 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Family! Thought I’d pop in for a sec while I wait for my flight home. Had a ball in Orlando this weekend. Kennedy Space Center visit was the highlight for me, of course. I was squealing all day! Heading home exhausted but happy! 😄

    Hope everyone here at TOD is okay. I know I have a lot of catching up to do.

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