Early Bird Chat

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  1. 1 Marlz (@marjgra)
    April 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Good Morning

  2. April 2, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Our President is fighting to hard for all of us and all the media thinks about is Trump. Wish we have the means for our own channels! This is so wrong and it seems we cannot do anything about it.

    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

      And, yet, Marlz, the President’s approval rating is rising and Trump’s is sinking, so something is getting through. My fifty-four year old Republican nephew, who’s never voted Dem in his life says, says he will vote for Hillary if Trump is nominated. I thought the earth actually shifted on its axis when he said that.

      • 10 desertflower
        April 2, 2016 at 9:55 am

        Morning to you, jackieg! Wonderful, yet not totally unexpected news. I have a feeling that we may actually feel a tectonic shift in the Earth itself, if he’s the nominee….Lots of shifting going to happen:) Good for him!

      • 11 catrst
        April 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        I have to admit to becoming not just unapproving of but alarmed by the Sanders campaign. It does feel like a group of fanatics to me now. The more people campaign against the President the more I see their true colors. Its kind of similar to Trump talking about punishing women for abortions and the right freaking out because they don’t intend for that to be known by everyone. Same thing seems to be happening for the Sanders campaign. The truth of their view of the world and of our President is unfolding. Perhaps though its an opportunity. If extremists in both parties are doing their damdest to show us who they are maybe the non extremists seem more positive. Since the GOP really doesn’t have someone non extreme that is winning their primary, I can see where lots of people will be giving Hillary Clinton a view with fresh eyes.

  3. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    April 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Morning, Chips and Marlz. We’re entering the PA version of monsoon season with rain forecast everyday for the foreseeable future. Looks as if we’ll be seeing a lot of Bernie triumphalism as he’s expected to win Wisconsin on Tuesday and then it’s a few weeks before the big states with closed Dem primaries begin. Sometimes it’s tough to be like our President and take the long view.

    • April 2, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Good Morning JG…. I was always on the fence as it was so difficult to choose someone close to the President. Now I will vote for Hillary because I cannot see Slanders in the White House with his hand on the red button at 3:00 am!

  4. April 2, 2016 at 8:28 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Marlz on #1, and Happy Saturday everyone 🙂

  5. 21 Don
    April 2, 2016 at 8:53 am

    The ego is a very powerful thing, and when it is bruised it can at times react unpredictably. I say that because when President Obama leaves the white house and settles into becoming a private citizen many world leaders will continue to seek his counsel both publicly and privately. I just hope whoever occupies the white house will not take it personally when this happens. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.

    • 22 arapaho415
      April 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

      GM Don.

      ICYMI – PBO and world leaders.

      I think it’s safe to say that the Canadian PM loves having PBO as world leader mentor 🙂

    • 23 desertflower
      April 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Agreed:) There is also that issue of trust….. He has always lived up to his word. If he said it, he meant it. He did it. Can’t say that for too many people…especially political ones.

      • 24 Obama Grandmama
        April 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        He also is self-reflective or owns his mistakes and uses them to learn by, a quality almost nonexistent among politicians with egos. It was so nonexistent that pundits would comment all the time about what a political mistake PBO was making, pointing out it was a weakness instead of a refreshing moral transparency.

  6. 25 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Gooood Morning Lovely People!!!

  7. April 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Gooooooood Morning…TOD….

  8. April 2, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This action by the Chicago Teachers’ Union ..will be worth watching…


    But perhaps most importantly, the teachers successfully made a case to Chicago’s public that they were fighting not just for themselves, but for the city’s schoolchildren — and that they were using a strike to do so. Multiple polls showed that parents believed them, siding with the union over Mayor Emanuel.


  9. 28 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • April 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

      The BIG question of the moment !! Morning TOD.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Exactly, LH. And why was he pushing to have PBO primaried in 2012? And how did he manage to spend 25 years in Congress and accomplish nothing?

    • 31 Don
      April 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Bernie misread the political landscape in that he thought President Obama didn’t go far enough into the reshaping of America. The noise that Bernie heard was from the professional left and the emoprogs and the purity ponies that were never going to be satisfied with whatever President Obama was able to bring home to his base. Bernie thought the noise he heard was from everybody so he campaigned as such.

      • 32 catrst
        April 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        That is so true its painful. Thanks, as always for your wisdom and sharing it here. I agree that it should be sent far and wide.

    • 33 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

      BOOM! This truth tweet needs to be front-paged!!

  10. April 2, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Morning Glories

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Honestly, Edwina, I think Bernie is a sad little man who is in way over his head. He never expected to get this far, but now that he has, his ego and love of money are driving him on. I so want Hilz to sew up this nomination so that we can move past this.

      • April 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

        i do not know what motivates Bernie Sanders..but look at his time in Congress prior to his running for office

        most times while in Congress he caucused with the dreaded DEM Party..as for the President he believed that he has never done enough…was too slow…and was not progressive enough….

        so now that we are here…why is everyone so surprised by what they find…

        he is who he has always been…

  11. 38 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

  12. 39 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

  13. April 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

    • 41 sherijr
      April 2, 2016 at 10:58 am

      huh. A tone deaf/ out of touch ad imo.

      I was disappointed in her response yesterday about the police shooting of the father & son two days ago. She automatically took the police side. Other candidates weren’t quite so quick to judge. I didn’t hear if they asked DeRay for his opinion/thoughts. When the killing of these two guys happened it was reported that they were shooting at people… a day later it was reported that they had weapons & looked like they were going to shoot some people. It’s all kinda iffy, imo.

  14. 42 amk for obama
    April 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using a recent analysis commissioned by The Washington Post to argue that Donald Trump’s trade policy platform could cause a recession.

    The business group, which is a consistent backer of Republican politicians, said in a blog post Friday that a recession would set in during the first year under the Republican front-runner’s proposed tariffs because China and Mexico would likely impose retaliatory tariffs.

    Trump has proposed a 35 percent tariff on Mexican imports to offset the $58 billion annual bilateral trade deficit and a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods to offset Beijing’s alleged currency manipulation.

    “Does a recession sound ‘great’ to you?” wrote J.D. Harrison, senior editor of digital content for the Chamber. “Does 7 million lost jobs sound like ‘winning?’ No, probably not. And yet, that’s exactly where our country would be headed under Trump’s trade policies, according to an analysis released last week.”

    Harrison said even if those countries decided not to retaliate — “an unlikely scenario based on recent history” — the tariffs would still result in the loss of at least 2 million jobs, and at least 1.5 million more wouldn’t be created.


    And yet these so called bidness leaders will keeping kissing the rethug asses and not support the saner party.

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Exactly. If the Chamber wants sanity, continued economic growth and international stability, vote Hillary. In other words, think clearly for once, instead of knee-jerking reacting against anyone with a D after their name.

  15. April 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • 46 amk for obama
      April 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

      da yung’uns want a dictator. unfortunately, the old man isn’t cut out to be one. despite his delusions.

      • 47 Obama Grandmama
        April 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        I hate to use GOP talking points, but it fits here as many just want free stuff immediately, especially totally free education. I am one that would like free college, but like Hillary for those not able to afford it. There should be stipulations in order to prevent those that are just staying in school to avoid the work world. All four of my kids got their degrees. It was a goal my late husband and I set for them. We had a rule that all money they earned including babysitting, dog walking, paper routes up and including high school odd jobs required they had to put half the earnings into a college savings account. We also believed in their needing to work along with school and activities so they knew the value of an education. It worked! All got their undergrad degrees in whatever they wished along with scholastic scholarships. None owed huge student loans. Three also got Masters degrees, something we never expected. On got a law degree on top of her Masters and one got her Cosmetology training in addition to her undergrad degree. I will tell you I heard comments along the way about kids skipping classes and what a waste of money and those working at a pizza parlor not using the opportunity the bosses gave them for up to so many free credits per term as stupid. I feel that initial buy in of it being their own money helped them have stronger resolve to graduate.

  16. 48 Don
    April 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    At yesterday’s press conference President Obama laid bare the blue print for campaigning against Trump, question his intellect. You want to wound someone, mock their intellect. The reason Trump hasn’t responded yet is because he just can’t jump out there and say something idiotic because if he does he will just be confirming what President said. So now Trump has to respond coherently, which he’s having trouble doing.

    • April 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Hit the nail on the head!

    • 50 Dudette
      April 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Harkens back to when PBO roasted his ass at the WH Correspondence Dinner. You could see Trump just seething as he sat that like a limp punching bag.

    • 51 catrst
      April 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      I have wondered what the best tact would be given his ability to verbally bully. Thanks for passing along your observation. It makes absolute sense and is clear as a bell now that you’ve pointed it out. 🙂

    • 52 Wilson Michael
      April 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hahahahaha!!!! Just the thought of Drumpf trying to get a coherent thought in his head that is longer than 10 syllables.

  17. 53 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • 54 arapaho415
      April 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

      GM Dudette.

      • 55 catrst
        April 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        I like to see the truth get out to the disappointeds. And they are still making it all about themselves. I don’t think Bernie was getting enough attention this week with the Clinton campaign pivoting to the general election. They have been more obnoxious and confrontational trying to take back the focus to themselves. I am not sure Bernie Sanders is even important in their rants and rages. Its almost like he’s just a kind of symbol and its not the real man they are backing but a pumped up image of him. They sure don’t answer any question about his true positions and past behavior. They just change the subject under those circumstances.

    • April 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

      I thought POTUS came into office talking about working together to get things done, his most famous speech was about that very thing. Where was these people at, were they not listening because they were so dam busy looking at the man and not paying attention to what the man was saying. Bernie will not get all the things done he is promising.

    • 58 Dudette
      April 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • 59 amk for obama
      April 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

      guess bs will pass all kindsa freebies and laws without reaching across his own party, let alone the thugs.

      also. too. it’s aisle, you effing emoprog idjit.

  18. 60 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

  19. 64 arapaho415
    April 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    GM TODville.

    Looks like GOP idea of “governing” by obstruction goes back to the 19th century — it just took the best President of modern times for them to lose their marbles (and their Congressional seats, heh) over a SCOTUS nominee:

  20. 65 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Just a sliver of the ugliness FLOTUS and the First Daughters have endured from conservatives

  21. 75 arapaho415
    April 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Paul Krugman is on a roll now.

    First his “Learning from Obama” piece (see TOD front page yesterday) and now this.

    All good rebuttals to scathing #Berniebot nonsense.

  22. 77 amk for obama
    April 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    A South African anti-apartheid veteran has called on President Jacob Zuma to resign following a scandal over improper spending at his private home.

    Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, said that Mr Zuma’s resignation would end a “crisis of confidence” in the government.

    Mr Zuma said on Friday he would repay the money but would remain in his post.

    He has faced widespread calls for his resignation from South Africa’s opposition.

    South Africa’s highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring instructions to repay some of the $16m in state funds spent on renovations at his private residence.

    In a televised address on Friday, Mr Zuma made no reference to the calls for his resignation.


  23. April 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Off to swim and run errands.

  24. 79 amk for obama
    April 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Stop bugging me. I am playing with my pet teddy.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  25. 82 MightyPamela
    April 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

  26. 83 arapaho415
    April 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

    GM to all those in the Midwest and northeast.

    Looks like a good day to curl up inside and dream of Springtime…


  27. April 2, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday!

    A very good explanation of how the bizarre convention delegate thingy works on the GOP side:

  28. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    April 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Good morning, sunshine-y Obama people!

  29. 86 Roberta in MN
    April 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

    GM everyone, congrats on 1st Marlz. Have a great day.

  30. 87 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

  31. 88 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

  32. 89 Ladyhawke
    April 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Barney Frank Is Not Impressed by Bernie Sanders


    I am disappointed by the voters who say, “OK I’m just going to show you how angry I am!” And I’m particularly unimpressed with people who sat out the Congressional elections of 2010 and 2014 and then are angry at Democrats because we haven’t been able to produce public policies they like. They contributed to the public policy problems and now they are blaming other people for their own failure to vote, and then it’s like, “Oh look at this terrible system,” but it was their voting behavior that brought it about.

  33. 90 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    [13 mins left for an east coast] *Good Morning*, TODobots and friends!

    • 91 arapaho415
      April 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

      GM VC.

      Love your PM — think he, Barack and Michelle will have some get-togethers after Jan 2017 🙂 (see upthread response to Don.)

      • 92 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

        Greetings, Arap.
        Nice to hear you love my PM. 😉 Right now my (political) love is all consumed elsewhere so he’ll have to wait until I’ve more time (2017) to assess how little/much I can siphon off for him. In the meantime, I like him well enough. 😉

  34. 94 MadameSoph
    April 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Chips and TOD for a place that I can come to and find news and info about a nuclear summit, instead of DC Madame rumors, hand size and finger-pointing – a place where the President’s accomplishments are chronicled in real time, which, if they bothered to pay attention and engage instead of ignore and abandon, people like Rosario Dawson would know that we are living through one of the greatest LIBERAL presidencies in our history.

  35. 98 MadameSoph
    April 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Have to go work. Will leave with this gem:

  36. April 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Good morning TOD!

    These are the realities that will continue to undermine any hope of stability in much of the world …. with places like Ferguson, Flint, Chicago …. having quite similar issues of greed-fueled violence threatening, if not outright poisoning, our children.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      April 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      That image of the children broke my heart! They still smile and laugh, not knowing …

    • 101 0388jojothecat
      April 2, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Many minority and poor children don’t have a safe place to play, can be killed any time and goes to be hungry.

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  39. 106 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

  40. 107 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

  41. 108 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Queen of Curves! ❤️

  42. 109 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  43. 110 Dudette
    April 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  44. 112 Obama Grandmama
    April 2, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Listened to the NPR response to the criticism of the media for Trump’s rise this morning. I almost turned it off in the beginning as to their making excuses for their actions, but in listening clear through found the commentator was right on in his own assessment at the end. Wish I could post it for you. Many here are skilled at that and might be able to do that.

    • 113 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Thank you obama grandmama i will try and find it and post it. I listen to NPR everyday. Today there was a Ted Talk about a woman in the UK who loved computing and started a business writing code for business applications in the 60’s. She hired all women who worked from home writing code. She used a seudo name, Stephen Shirley. It was fascinating story.

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