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  1. January 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. January 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    CPS chief Claypool turns to political hack for help

    What could be the second teachers’ strike in four years is looming.

    The Chicago Public Schools already are many billions of dollars short of what they need.

    And Springfield is ignoring the desperate cries from CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Never fear. Claypool has called in a favor from an old pal from one of his many previous stops in local government.

    CPS officials confirmed Tuesday they are getting help from James D’Amico — a Chicago Transit Authority executive with a scandal-pocked past and deep-rooted clout.

    An anonymous tipster thought I might be interested in D’Amico’s recent appearances at the school district because I wrote about him a couple of years ago.

    At the time, D’Amico had gotten into trouble in his job at Cook County. Claypool, then Emanuel’s main guy at CTA, found a cushy landing spot for D’Amico in March 2014.

    There was no mention of a college degree on D’Amico’s resume. What a background search would show, however, is a guilty plea.

  3. January 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

    ‘Want me to go down there with a mop?’ Chris Christie has no time for New Jersey flooding

    WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out on Monday night at an audience member who asked why he was campaigning in New Hampshire when there was flood damage in his home state from this weekend’s blizzard.

    “I don’t know what you expect me to do? Do you want me to go down there with a mop?” Christie sarcastically told the woman.

  4. January 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Keep safe everyone who has been dumped on.

  5. January 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Soar, G.O.P. Leaders’ Exasperation Grows
    JAN. 26, 2016

    DES MOINES — Republican leaders are growing alarmed by the ferocious ways the party’s mainstream candidates for president are attacking one another, and they fear that time is running out for any of them to emerge as a credible alternative to Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

    Leaders of the Republican establishment, made up of elected officials, lobbyists and donors, are also sending a message to the mainstream candidates, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, that they should withdraw from the race if they do not show strength soon.

    The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.

    The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.

  6. January 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    UH HUH

    UH HUH


    Lead poisoning strikes another US town

    AFP By Mira Oberman

    16 hours ago

    Chicago (AFP) – A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed Monday in Sebring, Ohio, and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports.

    Elevated lead levels were detected months ago but local officials failed to warn residents until last week despite pressure from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Some 8,100 people rely on the Sebring water system.

    The agency said it has “reason to suspect that the operator falsified reports” and has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal division for help with the investigation.

    • January 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Good grief. What is it with these people??? At least someone is calling for criminal charges. In Michigan we have the Republican Attorney General picking a big Republican donor to “investigate” the Snyder administration’s handling of his lead mess, a corporate lawyer with , of course, no accountability. I wish Sebring better luck in their proecution.

  7. 17 MightyPamela
    January 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

  8. 20 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 11:24 am


  9. 25 Allison
    January 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

  10. January 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    #DiplomacyHasConsequences …. thank you President Obama ….

  11. January 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Yo from Iowa – only 6 days, 8 hours and 21 minutes until the Iowa Caucuses. This Iowan has Caucus Fatigue Syndrome, which should be covered by the ACA: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/caucus/2016/01/25/why-have-caucus-fatigue-syndrome/79313832/. Tonight The Donald will host a rally here in Iowa City, on the U of I campus. Not sure why, but I expect there to be dozens of protesters b/c that’s what the liberal students like to do. It should be fun TV. 🙂

    • 29 mtmarilyn
      January 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      So appreciate your updates. Not sure how you survive this craziness. It has to be covered by the ACA somewhere.

  12. 30 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

  13. 31 JER
    January 26, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning Everybody

  14. 36 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Hello TOD
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last night.
    Guns in America! This time at a Military/Navy Hospital?

  15. 37 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    The Danish parliament has backed a controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep.

    Denmark says the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim benefits.

    MPs also approved plans to delay family reunions for asylum seekers.

    The bill was expected to go through even though it had been criticised by human rights groups.


    weren’t berniebots citing denmark as the shining example of soshalism?

  16. 39 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    No bachelors, sex or alcohol: The travails of renting in Delhi.


    just read it for funny pics. gunnite.

  17. 40 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    The bitching and moaning really needs to stop. I thought Ari was better than this. Sigh!

    • 41 nospin
      January 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      imo, this is an insult to women. Seems they are saying the female contender is unable to compete at the same level as her male counterparts, cannot win based on her own skills and resources and she needs POTUS to hand her the crown. smdh! Reeks of Ms. Ann entitlement to me.

      • 42 jackiegrumbacher
        January 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Nospin, get ready for it because there are going to be endless insults to women in the criticisms of HRC in the months ahead. Know that when they speak they show us who they really are.

  18. 43 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    • 44 Linda
      January 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Ed Markey put a hone on him yesterday. Bernie is jumping in.

      • January 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        Why are they blocking the FDA nominee?

        • 46 57andfemale
          January 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

          He has ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But what, exactly did he “advise” to those companies? Nothing Bernie or anyone can has yet pointed to.

          “Califf worked very closely with pharmaceutical companies at the Duke clinical trials center “convincing them to do large, expensive, and, for Duke, profitable clinical trials.”[9] He was a paid consultant for Merck Sharp & Dohme, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly per ProPublica from 2009 to 2013. The largest consulting payment was $87,500 by Johnson & Johnson in 2012, and “most of funds for travel or consulting under $5,000”, which has been called “minimal for a physician of his stature”.[10] From 2013-2014 he was paid a total of $52,796, the highest amount was $6,450 from Merck Sharp & Dohme, followed by Amgen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Daiichi Sankyo, Sanofi-Aventis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca.”

          Show me that his (extensive) research was in any way tainted.

          Can we assume that if Bernie was POTUS he’d find some T.A. assistant somewhere who was not tainted, whose expertise in any field would be yelling, “Revolution!” Would those be the people in his cabinet?

          I will say what I said when PBO was assembling his Cabinet: you need people who can talk to people in these industries.

  19. 47 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  20. 51 4morefor44
    January 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  21. January 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Brilliant news from President Obama announcing a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system.
    Love him so much!
    So now can we quit saying ‘goodbye’ to him on TOD?
    The First Couple is with us for many more golden months. Thanks to all.

  22. January 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  23. 56 Ladyhawke
    January 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

  24. January 26, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    from the article:
    Once again today, David Brooks is pleading with Republicans to “stay sane.” His supplications completely ignore the path the GOP took that led them to where they are today. As Zeilzer notes, “the alliance, the ideas, the rhetoric and the style have all come from the heart of Republican politics.” In other words, there’s no “staying” sane. That’s because the insanity started a very long time ago.

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      January 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      As you say, Pf, the “sane” train left the station for the GOP a long, long time ago. The only train left is the one with padded walls and barred windows.

  25. January 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  26. 63 forus50
    January 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    • 64 No Child Left Behind
      January 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      I wish I could get one to put in my car, too.

      Good afternoon TODVille,

      Bernie and his anti-Obama stance is getting under my skin. He put a hold on a nominee but dreams of POTUS embracing his campaign??? His purity-style of jargon give credence that there are extremists on both sides.

      • 65 57andfemale
        January 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        I’ve been trying to get an answer as to what horrible crime Califf committed, other than somehow being in cahoots with the “drug industry”.

        Califf was a cardiologist and researcher at Duke for 30 years.

        So, according to Bernie’s purity standards, if you are in any way connected with any industry it automatically makes you “evil”. Who, exactly, functions in the modern world under his standards?

        I dislike him and his screaming minions who make the PUMA’s look nice, more and more.

  27. 66 forus50
    January 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    lol. Unfortunately it’s photo-shopped.

  28. 68 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  29. 69 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  30. 70 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm

  31. 71 Gazelle
    January 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Dropping in real quick! Just saw FLOTUS on The Real, and she’s fabulous as always. Don’t have the video, but here’s a tidbit:


  32. 72 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  33. January 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    The Full Weight Of History
    by Zandar|1:15 pm
    January 26, 2016

    Ta-Nehisi Coates eloquently explains his position on the Democrats in 2016 as Hillary Clinton mentions that Lincoln was her favorite president due to his willingness to “reconcile and forgive” the Lost Cause of the South.

    Yet until relatively recently, this self-serving version of history was dominant. It is almost certainly the version fed to Hillary Clinton during her school years, and possibly even as a college student. Hillary Clinton is no longer a college student. And the fact that a presidential candidate would imply that Jim Crow and Reconstruction were equal, that the era of lynching and white supremacist violence would have been prevented had that same violence not killed Lincoln, and that the violence was simply the result of rancor, the absence of a forgiving spirit, and an understandably “discouraged” South is chilling.

    I have spent the past two years somewhat concerned about the effects of national amnesia, largely because I believe that a problem can not be effectively treated without being effectively diagnosed. I don’t know how you diagnose the problem of racism in America without understanding the actual history. In the Democratic Party, there is, on the one hand, a candidate who seems comfortable doling out the kind of myths that undergirded racist violence. And on the other is a candidate who seems uncomfortable asking whether the history of racist violence, in and of itself, is worthy of confrontation.

    These are options for a party of amnesiacs, for people whose politics are premised on forgetting. This is not a brief for staying home, because such a thing doesn’t actually exist. In the American system of government, refusing to vote for the less-than-ideal is a vote for something much worse. Even when you don’t choose, you choose. But you can choose with your skepticism fully intact. You can choose in full awareness of the insufficiency of your options, without elevating those who would have us forget into prophets. You can choose and still push, demanding more. It really isn’t too much to say, if you’re going to govern a country, you should know its history.

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      January 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Rikyrah, I’m very glad Coates added the last paragraph. Not voting because the candidates aren’t perfect is, in fact, voting for “something much worse.” The question to ask is, “who is open to listening, learning, growing and changing” and who is so entrenched in their views that change isn’t possible. I will answer that Clinton is smart enough to grow and learn and she, unlike Sanders, has shown herself willingness to listen.

      • January 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        Watching FLOTUS on The Real.

      • 80 0388jojothecat
        January 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Here, here….I messed up in my first year of high school, barely went to class, hung out with older kids trying to be grown. My guidance counselor called me in right before the end of the 10th grade and asked me if I planned to finished high school? I had to go to summer school to make up my grades and missed school. By the time I got to the 12th grade I only had to attend classes til noon because I continued to go to class, took extra classes, went to summer school and only needed Government and two or three Senior classes. It’s never too late to get your act together and get serious about school.

    • 81 0388jojothecat
      January 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      My sister-in-law and brother are going to need to practice letting go. My niece is an only child and she’s in the 9th grade. College is just around the cornor…..

  34. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  35. 83 Allison
    January 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    JPMorgan Chase will install new ATMs later this year that will allow customers to withdraw cash or initiate other transactions using their cellphone.

    The move will include new cash machines that don’t require a card and upgrades to existing machines that will allow customers to withdraw more money and in different denominations, said Chase spokesman Michael Fusco. The withdrawal limit will also be substantially higher, up to $3,000.

    The first generation of these new ATMs will allow customers to access the machine by inputting a code found on their Chase mobile app, Fusco said. Future upgrades of machines will allow customers to use their cell phone’s near-field wireless communication feature to access their accounts, using the technology that enables shopping checkout features such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.


  36. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  37. 93 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Without Mama, now Home sick?
    I hope his behind is thrown in Jail for at least 5yrs!

  38. 94 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    In KY, of all places? OK, then.

  39. 96 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

  40. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  41. 98 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  42. 99 vcprezofan2
    January 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm


    I like this (except trying to block the ‘fish rots’ image). 😀

  43. 100 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  44. 101 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  45. 102 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks, President Obama! You have done it again!

  46. 104 57andfemale
    January 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm

  47. 105 57andfemale
    January 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  48. January 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Good to see folk are catching a clue re: Secretary Castro …..

    “Let’s get this out of the way first: Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for president. #FeelingTheBern or not, the structure of the party would require Bernie Sanders to achieve not just support from primary voters, but also party insiders, superdelegates, and arm-twisters in the Senate. Barack Obama had Ted Kennedy and an identity as the fresh, young face of his party when he derailed Clinton’s bid for the Presidency in 2008; Bernie Sanders has Killer Mike, Ben and Jerry, and decades of serving in the House and the Senate without ever joining the Democratic Party. Big ups to delicious ice cream and Run The Jewels, but it’s not believed that the big names endorsing Sanders carry much sway within the party’s machinery.

    Which means that, barring highly improbable circumstances that cause Clinton to exit the race, the Democratic nomination will likely go to, er, a member of the Democratic Party. And as dreamy as Martin O’Malley looks playing the guitar sans shirt, the person is probably going to be Hillary Clinton.

    So media attention has largely turned to Clinton’s future running mate, and one name that’s gotten a lot of play lately will be familiar to Texans: the former mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro.

    Castro, who currently serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Obama’s cabinet, has seen his profile steadily rise in four years. But it’s been just the past weekend when that rising profile culminated in a bit of new conventional wisdom: the guy is an ideal vice presidential candidate.”

    I’ve told lots of friends that I’d actually be shocked if Hillary Clinton didn’t select Julian Castro as her VP running mate.

    My dream for 2020 is a VP Julian Castro + Senator Kamala Harris Democratic Party ticket for Pres/VP given I think it unlikely a President Hilary Clinton would seek a second term …… 🙂


    – See more at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/the-julian-castro-for-vice-president-train-is-chugging-along/#sthash.cos7AhlR.dpuf

    • 109 Don
      January 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      I think Castro would be an ideal VP, my only concern is that Bill will have a lot of say in a Clinton administration. I just don’t want Castro to be relegated to funeral duty and not have a voice in the administration

      • January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        One thing I’m very confident in stating – a President Hillary Clinton isn’t going to put up with any shade, crap or distractions from hubby …. and, I can assure you that Mr Julian Castro is no wall flower and will play second fiddle to no one if he’s VP.

    • 112 COS
      January 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I like what you are saying Bobfr. BS can get endorsements from Sarah Silverman, The Nation magazine, Cornell West, etc., but reality tells me that they are not a part of the machine. Unfortunately, I am afraid Bernie’s revolution will not matter in the long run.

    • 114 idon
      January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      LAWD! LAWD! One of my most important reasons for voting HRC in the primary is SEC JULIAN CASTRO as my VP in 2016 and hopefully my President in 2020 or 2024. And yes I’m voting for Kamala Harris in the senate primary.

  49. 115 57andfemale
    January 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  50. 116 57andfemale
    January 26, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    In my growing disgust with Bernie and his progressive tea partyish supporters, I need to get something straight: I would have loved a healthy challenge to Hillary. O’Malley, unfortunately, never looked ready for prime time. I would have loved a serious debate with someone younger, ready to take the Democratic party and progressives into the mid-21st century. I would have welcomed it with open arms.

    Hey, I’m glad that Hillary is doing a far better job than I ever envisioned at running her campaign. She at appears sincere in ways that I never expected. But I would have loved to see a new generation of Democrats.

    • 117 mtmarilyn
      January 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      I so agree 57. I am so tired of hearing about Hillary lieing and all this wall street, etc. I would love a debate about real issues and how it gets done. Things do need to be changed but it isn’t going to happen over night and it isn’t going to happen without the help of the mainline Democrats and Bernie is not helping there.

      I am warming up to Hillary, but I am not giving her full support yet.

  51. 118 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  52. January 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Jerry Falwell Jr. who endorse Donald Trump said that in his opinion Trump lives a life of helping others as Jesus taught. Lord forgive me, but that is a pile of sh!t.

    • 121 jackiegrumbacher
      January 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Bella, I couldn’t agree with you more. Anyone who thinks Trump is living the life that Jesus taught, is one screwed up person with one very messed version of the bible. Wonder how much money changed hands to get the Falwell endorsement.

    • January 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Haters make up shit when it suits them.

    • January 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Jerry Falwell Jr and Franklin Graham, who are in a positions that they are in because of their famous fathers, are making Christianity a mockery.

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