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  1. 1 taiping1
    February 17, 2016 at 10:07 am


    February 17, 2016 at 10:17 am


  3. 8 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 10:18 am


    left something for ya in the last one.

  4. 13 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

    The first of several convoys carrying badly-needed aid to besieged areas of Syria has arrived at its destination.

    Thirty-five trucks have entered the town of Muadhamiya, near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Red Crescent told the BBC.

    Aid is heading as well to Madaya and Zabadani, also near the capital, and to the pro-government northern villages of Foah and Kefraya.

    Almost 500,000 people live in besieged areas in Syria, according to the UN.

    The deliveries are part of an agreement that world powers hope will lead to a “cessation of hostilities” by Friday.


  5. 15 Linda
    February 17, 2016 at 10:22 am


    The CNN polling for the Nevada Caucus is an embarrassment. They polled around 1,000 people but ONLY 282 were ” Likely Caucus Voters ” .

    The poll has a margin of error as high as 9 % for some of the questions, yet the entire media is screaming it is a tie….it is a tie…..


    • 16 amk for obama
      February 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

      any ‘poll’ over 2-3% moe is pure bs. no, not him.

      • 17 57andfemale
        February 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        I wouldn’t accept a poll of my Chicago neighborhood with only 282 people.

        And if that same subset was pro-Hillary, we’d be hearing that over 2/3 of NV voters are so turned off, they have no intention of voting.

        Dem turnout is down this year, but Bernie’s entire message is that the “people” will rise up and be engaged. He isn’t engaging anywhere near as many people as PBO did. But Bernie’s the savior?

        Bill Press was non-stop Bernie shilling this a.m.

    • 18 Obama Grandmama
      February 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

      I have a son and daughter-in-law who live in Reno. They caucused for Obama in 2008. I worry they will be caucusing for Bernie this year. She jumped on his bandwagon almost immediately and sends all kinds of FB posts out about how wonderful he is. I have not talked to her about it, but have on the phone to my son when I know he is alone. No headway though.
      She fits the personality type to follow Bernie as she has a quick temper and is a know it all being a non listener and gets firmly entrenched in her opinion. One time we were in a discussion initiated by her involving preschoolers, stay at home moms and working moms. I was giving her credit as a working mom with excellent day care for the kids, but she wanted me to diss stay at home moms. I had been a stay at home mom till my kids were all in school full time after working full time for four years before having kids. My youngest daughter is at home with her one year old. I said it depends on the situation that it can work in favor of the child or not either way. She blew up. Accused me of yelling (which was not the case). She would not even listen to me say I had not meant to upset her. She did not look at me or speak to me for two days. I was visiting for a little less than a week with a no change plane ticket.

  6. 19 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

  7. 20 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 10:37 am

    and, when a liar is caught by another liar…

  8. February 17, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I mean, what could go wrong?

  9. February 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

    OH, DEAR! GOD is giving up!

  10. 28 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    so which losah will quit after SC primary? dr. ben? that ohio dude? shurb3???

  11. February 17, 2016 at 11:02 am

  12. February 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Take note:

    • 33 Linda
      February 17, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Another attempted siege of a Federal facility ?

      Well that should go over well.

    • 34 Judith Fardig
      February 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Arrest every damn one of them if they enter the courthouse, and charge them with the same thing as the Bundy Bunch: armed interference with a government official doing their job. Finicum chose death by cop because he was scared sh**less to go to jail.

  13. February 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    • 36 GGail
      February 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      You guys have “got” to read this article. It is a hoot! Hillary has found her groove, people.


      Finally, he introduced one of the neighborhood’s most famous (and in recent years, infamous) sons, Representative Charlie Rangel. The 85-year-old Rangel walked out on the stage, but not without a crew. Following him, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray, Governor Cuomo and his partner, Sandra Lee, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton.

      Prior to the posse entrance, I’d just finished a conversation about what I saw as the myth of successfully convincing black people to think one way — and vote one way — purely based off the endorsement of prominent black people. That myth of “the black vote” being a monolith that thinks the same way and wants the same thing. And how getting the endorsement of a collection of black preachers, or even the Congressional Black Caucus, doesn’t mean as much as it did in election cycles past.

      There was one moment in Rangel’s introduction, however, when his presence — and his actions — were undeniably infectious to everyone in the room, especially the Black Harlemites: “It’s been brought to my attention that some people have been following the secretary of State around to disrupt rather than to instruct. Please be informed, you are in the village of Harlem.”

      This was met with wild applause from the room, a big smile from Hillary, and a Holder whisper to Cuomo, followed by laughs from both men. It was one of the more street-cred-pumping moments this campaign has seen. You fuck with Hill, you fuck with Harlem. And it capped off a perfect warm-up act for Hillary — New York State, New York City, and Harlem supporting not only Hillary being the next president, but her as someone who could do a lot of good for black people.

      Soon after, he finished up and passed it off to Hillary.

      It gets better from here…y’all really need to read this!

  14. February 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

  15. 38 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 11:13 am

  16. February 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

    • 40 Obama Grandmama
      February 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

      NPR had an article today about the Scottish golf course he built there including his eminent domaine like move that secured the land and his empty promises. Listen to it if you get a chance.

  17. 41 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    The Vice President’s visit commemorates the seventh anniversary of the Stimulus bill.

  18. February 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

  19. February 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Pure idiocy:

  20. February 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  21. 54 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm

  22. 55 57andfemale
    February 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm


  23. 56 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Syria crisis: Aid arrives in besieged Muadhamiya.

    The first of several convoys carrying badly-needed aid to besieged areas of Syria has arrived at its destination.

    Trucks have entered the rebel-held town of Muadhamiya, near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Red Crescent said.

    Aid is heading as well to Madaya and Zabadani, also near the capital, and to the pro-government northern villages of Foah and Kefraya.

    The deliveries are part of an agreement that world powers hope will lead to a “cessation of hostilities” by Friday.

    However, offensives by Syrian government forces and Kurdish militia fighters on rebel-held areas of the northern province of Aleppo have dimmed hopes for a truce.

    Almost 500,000 people live in besieged areas in Syria, according to the UN.


  24. 57 amk for obama
    February 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  25. 58 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Hello TOD. It’s still Sunny, Blue Sky and by Tomorrow, it will crack 40F in Feb & in MN 😉 Now that is something!
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this fine post and since last night.
    Josh “The Voice” Earnest is scheduled for 12:30PM EDT Presser at the WH, LIVE, starting shortly.

  26. February 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm


  27. 60 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    (CNN)Forget about Blue Steel. You need to get into this Purple Passion.

    The one and only Prince never does anything average, so when it came time to renew his passport he stepped up with a photo that shames all of ours.

    Seriously, like who looks like this in their passport photo?!

    The Majestic One, aka Prince Rogers Nelson, tweeted the image so the world could enjoy it in its piercing glory.

    Allow us to break down why this picture is everything:

    Prince is 57 years old
    Get into the skin of this almost 60-year-old man. It is as supple as if he is using a moisturizer made of unicorn tears and all our hopes and dreams.

    That coif
    Like Beyonce, we like our baby’s hair with baby hair and Afros. Enough said.


  28. 63 Linda
    February 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    CNN’s John King: ‘You can bet’ Obama will make Supreme Court fight about race

    King predicts that Obama “will go around the country trying to turn out votes, trying to turn out the Obama coalition in November to help the Democrats win the White House to make sure at least a Democrat gets that pick next.”

    So far, so CNN. Bland, obvious observations presented as incisive analysis. But what comes next …

    “And if he does that, he will make the case — and you can bet on it — that Republicans blocked him because he’s the first African-American president and they didn’t give it to him because of his race,” King concluded.


    oh… John….you are such a racist…..

    We all remember when you said the Boston Bomber was a ” dark skinned man “…. in custody.

    • 64 Nena20409
      February 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Remember he was once married to that Dana Bash who said on Saturday, the day Scalia was known to have died that Pres Obama was Technically POTUS. Their idiocy, bias, blatant GOP Ditto Heads are noted.

  29. 65 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    WATCH LIVE NOW: Vice President Biden speaks on anniversary of stimulus bill at Port of New Orleans – http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/live-joe-biden-speaks-on-anniversary-of-stimulus-bill-at-port-of-new-orleans/38040032

  30. 71 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  31. February 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This is the best explanation that I’ve seen as to why Jeb is still in the race from another blog:

    Re: Bush is a Drag on Kasich’s Support (4.00 / 4)

    I think you are missing an elephant sized point (or maybe not, maybe you just don’t delineate it).

    Why would Bush CARE whether or not Kasich does well? For all his faults, Bush is not stupid and his political advisors are not uninformed about what it takes to win. So why has he not saved himself a lot of heartache, travail and aggravation? In a word: “P”

    The FOURTH generation of Bushies. Just for shits and giggles, I did a google search on “Jeb attacks Cruz”. Not ONE hit. Plenty on Cruz being attacked by Trump, Rubio, Fiorina and the others. But not one single hit on Jeb.

    I’m not saying that Jeb never said anything bad about Cruz, I am saying he’s never said anything that can come back and haunt P (4th gen Bush) in Texas.

    Occam’s Razor: That explanation that best accounts for all know facts is probably the most correct explanation. Bush attacking Trump and not attacking Cruz is a forward payment for Cruz either helping or staying the hell out of the way of P.

    And there it is. The REST of the story.

    Its not about the Presidential nomination. Its about protecting the next generation from vituperative assholes like Cruz, and (possibly) keeping VP aspirations alive. If Trump gets the nomination, it means nothing to the Bushies except some embarrassment as long as Cruz doesn’t decide that Jeb hurt him and wants to get some of his own back from GPB.

    At this point there is nothing to indicate that Bush can get the nomination. He does not lack name recognition, he did not lack $$$, he did not lack political backing and he was not particularly despised by the Tea Party (granted, they didn’t like him, but that was more because of his name, than him).

    I think a deal has been made. Bush stays in and stays away from Cruz, steals Kashich’s chance, attempts to keep Rubio under control in FL and tries to hit away at Trump. Cruz stays away from GPB altogether regardless of the outcome. It wouldn’t be the first time a deal such as this was made … by the Bushies.

    Grab ’em by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow — LBJ

    by DerFarm on Mon Feb 15th, 2016 at 11:01:40 AM EST


  32. 73 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  33. 75 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  34. 76 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    • February 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm


    • February 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      This is what I thought all along and wasn’t sure why it meant that all phones could be breached. I’m thinking Apple could gain access to that one phone and turn the data over to the FBI. Maybe there are problems with chain of custody, I don’t know.

    • 79 nospin
      February 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      that is what I thought. but I got why they sought to make this a bigger deal to get folks all fired up about nonsense.

    • 80 Obama Grandmama
      February 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      The NPR article this morning sounded like it was including all future model backdoor access. Sounds like media not checking all the sources prior to telling the story. I am disappointed in NPR. I suppose Apple spokesmen could have purposely misrepresented the ruling.

  35. 81 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm


  36. 83 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’ll never forget Mitt Romney, the Real 47% Candidate!

  37. 84 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  38. 85 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  39. 86 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  40. 87 No Child Left Behind
    February 17, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    • 88 Nena20409
      February 17, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      I would have loved Dec 9th, 2000 included. Bush V Gore. Stopped singularly by Antonin Scalia. Without that dastardly intervention, No GW Bush!

  41. 89 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  42. 90 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  43. 91 JER
    February 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  44. 93 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

  45. 94 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Drop the Mic, Hon Josh “The Voice” Earnest.
    Hahahahaha 😉
    Next Pres might not be born in USA, he might be born in Canada! Team Obama want Trump for the GOP Nomination! It was epic! Fun! I laughed so hard. I let out a scream some turned around to ask what was going on!

  46. 95 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  47. 97 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

  48. February 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    It’s hard to avoid the feeling that we are heading towards a breaking point in this country as the polarization stretches the functioning of our government in every arena. A slow walk-back from that reality doesn’t seem very likely. Could a non-functioning Supreme Court finally be the last straw? I’m not so sure. But we might soon find out.

  49. 101 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

  50. 102 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm

  51. 105 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Please read the third paragraph.

    Ketanji Brown Jackson is a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was confirmed by without any Republican opposition in the Senate not once, but twice. She was confirmed to her current position in 2013 by unanimous consent – that is, without any stated opposition. She was also previously confirmed unanimously to a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission (where she became vice chair).

    She is a young – but not too young (forty-five) – black woman. Her credentials are impeccable. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. She clerked on the Supreme Court (for Justice Stephen Breyer) and had two other clerkships as well. As a lawyer before joining the Sentencing Commission, she had various jobs, including as a public defender.

    Her family is impressive. She is married to a surgeon and has two young daughters. Her father is a retired lawyer and her mother a retired school principal. Her brother was a police officer (in the unit that was the basis for the television show The Wire) and is now a law student, and she is related by marriage to Congressman (and Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan.

    Judge Brown Jackson’s credentials would be even stronger if she were on the court of appeals rather than the district court and if she had been a judge for longer than three years. One person whom I know who has been deeply and directly involved in prior confirmations is confident the president would not nominate someone from the district court.

    I disagree because these are special circumstances. It is easy to see a political dynamic in which candidate Hillary Clinton talks eagerly and often about Judge Brown Jackson in the run-up to the 2016 election, to great effect.


    • 106 idon
      February 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      I think President Obama will nominate from the Court of Appeals and will probably select either of the following two judges: Sri Srinivasan, 48 moderate – US citizen who immigrated from India was approved 97-0 for DC Circuit Court of Appeals He clerked for Republican-appointed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.or Paul Watford, 48 moderate – grew up in Orange County CA, AA was approved 61-34 for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (in southern California). JUdge Watford clerked for a clerk to influential 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both have been the extreme exhaustive Obama vetting process.

      Does anyone know if a 1st generation immigrant has ever been confirmed for the Supreme Court? If not, that would be an amazing pick. Truly amazing.

  52. February 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  53. 109 Judith Fardig
    February 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    OFA is holding a conference call tonight on SCOTUS nominee strategy. Those of you who have been on the monthly volunteer calls can just use your usual call-in and PIN. If you have not yet gotten involved but want to, you can sign up:

    We will have our Supreme Court Vacancy planning call tonight at 6pm PT/ 8pm CT/ 9pm ET.

    We will use our regular Monthly Volunteer Call dial in. If you need to register for the call, you can do so using the link below:


  54. 111 Allison
    February 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  55. 112 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  56. 113 Nena20409
    February 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  57. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    February 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Love how our President grants clemency, directs a hard look at the criminal justice system, and also visited a prison in our country … and love how the Pope visits prisons in the countries he goes to …

    Today, a band of prisoners played instruments and sang for the Pope in Mexico, at the start of the program. So very touching. One woman prisoner spoke about her hopes that her children will not repeat her mistakes … and that she believes love will help in her rehabilitation. She thanked the Pope “for remembering us.” Nobody knows all of their individual stories, but they are human beings with hearts and souls and families, and we ourselves could be those imprisoned but for not going down even just one wrong path in our lives or even being falsely accused.

    Also heard that the Pope still regularly speaks by telephone from the Vatican to several prisoners in Argentina, to whom he ministered there before becoming Pope. Works for me. And you don’t have to be a President or a Pope to recognize that human contact is sometimes all that’s needed to avoid or correct a wrong path.

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