Mic Drop



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  1. 2 57andfemale
    May 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    HI, TOD.

  2. May 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    from the previous post:

    Election-year divisions rock North Carolina’s GOP
    05/02/16 10:40 AM—UPDATED 05/02/16 10:53 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Things could be better for North Carolina Republicans right now. After significant victories in 2012 and 2014, GOP policymakers are in a dominant position in the Tar Heel State, but as things stand, the right’s hold on North Carolina may not last much longer.

    The debacle surrounding the anti-LGBT HB2 continues to haunt the Republicans who rushed the law through, and the consequences are likely to linger. Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who was apparently caught off guard by the entire controversy, continues to struggle with the mess he helped create.

    Voters have noticed. A conservative group released a statewide poll on Friday that found McCrory losing his re-election bid to state Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) by 10 points, 46% to 36%. And while Mitt Romney won North Carolina four years ago, this same poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in North Carolina by 12 points.

    Sen. Richard Burr (R), meanwhile, is also seeking a second term this year, despite a low approval rating and a dwindling lead over his Democratic challenger.

    • 4 Don
      May 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Unless you’re a 1% percenter I haven’t the foggiest idea why you would vote Republican in first place. I refuse to that North Carolina is filled with millionaires and billionaires so much so that they vote Republican. At some point in time voters have to start voting their best interest because it they don’t more and more of these outrageous laws like HB2 will continue to past.

    • 5 amk for obama
      May 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      when gods decide you to punish you, they make you mad first. pure self immolation.

  3. May 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Conservatives in Congress urge shutdown of tax-collecting IRS
    Reuters 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s a U.S. taxpayer’s dream: make the Internal Revenue Service go away, and the largest conservative group in Congress is endorsing just that.

    The Republican Study Committee, which counts over two-thirds of House of Representatives Republicans as its members, called recently for “the complete elimination of the IRS.”

    The committee’s support for this idea, once confined to the fringes of conservative ideology, suggests it is more widely accepted on Capitol Hill than ever. But many in Washington, including some Republicans, have trouble taking it seriously.

    Calls to abolish the IRS have not been well thought through, said Republican Representative Charles Boustany in an interview.

    • 8 cd4biden
      May 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Yeah, like don’t they realize their cushy jobs + benefits+staff, etc. would vanish without the tax dollars raised each year by the IRS?

  4. 9 MightyPamela
    May 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Boy, that Obama knows how to spend other people’s money!! That will be the meme, right? HaHaHa!! He prolly enjoyed doing it as well!! ❤️

  5. 12 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    WH Presser LIVE, Already in Progress, with Josh “The Voice” Earnest

    Hello Beautiful TODbots. Happy Manic Monday.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since Friday.
    Now back to catching up.

  6. 13 amk for obama
    May 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    good of epstein to keep up his word.

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  8. 15 vcprezofan2
    May 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Monday greetings, TODobots! I’m around here somewhere, mustering the will to go do some needed chores. 😉 We shall see.

    • 16 amk for obama
      May 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      gunnite, vc.

      sd/ uglie

    • 18 mtmarilyn
      May 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      A beautiful place we go to. My son was just over there fishing this last weekend. I love the Interiors photos of all America. It has really helped people see how many special places we have. Thanks for always posting them VC.

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        May 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        You’re very welcome, M. To me the @Interior TL is one sure place to go to find beauty. 🙂

  9. May 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Interesting piece:

    • 21 vcprezofan2
      May 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Interesting indeed, Meta! Given the way things turned out, going forward I would like to think many people (naming no names) have learned *style* lessons here and there in diplomatic courage, governance, and etc.

      • May 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        I truly hope so. I’m very, very grateful for SOS Kerry.

      • 24 Don
        May 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        Yep, vc, I hope so, the ego is a funny thing. Sometimes people take the harder path just to prove a point. The thing I admire about President Obama the most is that he kept his ego in check. President Obama never courted the limelight, he does not crave attention and he never set out to be “that guy, but he ended up being a “better guy” than “that guy.”

        • 25 vcprezofan2
          May 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

          Hi Don! As we all know by now, President O is confident in himself; confident enough certainly to give others a chance to perform at *their* best – not too many leaders (and aspiring leaders) are. The prospective Dem nominee isn’t there yet, but she’s growing (unlike Sanders) AND I hope she will be smart enough to take her cues from #44 far more than from #42.

          • 26 Don
            May 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

            “AND I hope she will be smart enough to take her cues from #44 far more than from #42.”

            Bingo! That’s my number #1 concern, human nature being what it is I’m not worried about Hillary, I’m more worried about Bill, I don’t think he’s in command of his ego.

            • 27 vcprezofan2
              May 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

              Not funny really, but I actually chuckled. >> ‘I don’t think he’s in command of his ego’.

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  12. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  13. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Another favorite of mine – maybe same event – was when she ended up with both of her arms in the air (he wasn’t taking the same pose), standing like she was a goal post or whatever you call that sports-related thingie.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      May 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      😀 😀 NerdyW, where do you find these things???? :

    • May 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      GAH, they’re both so creepy!

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  16. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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  18. 50 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  19. 51 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    • 52 Don
      May 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Just for that I’m not going to build a hotel in Pakistan, which would have been huge by the way. People love my buildings, you should see my building on 5th avenue, a marble foyer is what it has. I’ve never heard of this Pakistan guy, I’ve got hotels around the world. The Pakistan people love me, my friend who’s from Pakistan said “Donald, you need to build a hotel in my country.” What am I going to do, people come to New York from all around the world to see my buildings.

  20. 54 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

  21. 57 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  22. May 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm


    Malia Obama Rebels, Sort of, by Choosing Harvard

    White House Letter

    MAY 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — So much for President Obama’s fatherly advice on college.

    Malia Obama, his older daughter and perhaps the nation’s most scrutinized and sought-after college applicant, has opted to attend Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2017, apparently disregarding her parents’ counsel that she need not choose a school with a big name and reputation.

    The White House announced Malia’s choice, and her decision to take a gap year, on Sunday in a short statement from the first lady’s office, ending a season of speculation and surveillance on her college search process. She will become the latest in a long line of presidential children to attend the highly ranked Ivy League university.


    But in the end, Malia, 17, a daughter of two academic overachievers who both attended law school at Harvard, gravitated to an institution with not only a well-known name, but also plenty of experience hosting — and, to some degree, protecting — the children of some of the world’s most powerful people.

    “The challenge of being a first child is to be normal within the context of all the scrutiny, and the challenge of everybody around them is to pretend like they’re normal and nothing’s out of the ordinary, which puts an enormous amount of stress on both the kid and the school,” said Gil Troy, a presidential historian at McGill University and the author of “The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s.” “The larger the institutional ego of the place, the more comfortable you can feel about the ability to cope with that and still have as close to a normal experience as possible.”

    Harvard has long been a destination for the children of American and foreign leaders as well as those of celebrities and the ultrawealthy; its police force even has a three-person dignitary protection unit.

    • 61 Don
      May 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      “overachievers” okay, right, whatever. Its not overachieving if you do what you do naturally.

    • 62 99ts
      May 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      No way unusual to follow in the footsteps of your parents – especially when they are successful.

  23. May 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm


    Malia Obama’s ‘Gap Year’ Is Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend


    MAY 2, 2016

    It sounds awfully nice: A yearlong postponement of schoolwork.

    The White House announced on Sunday that Malia Obama, the president’s older daughter, would be among the thousands of students to take a so-called gap year between high school and college.

    The hiatus from classrooms, textbooks and tests has become an increasingly popular choice. The idea is that university-bound students go on an adventure, do something meaningful and, if all goes to plan, arrive at campus a year later more mature, focused and attuned to their goals.

    Still, despite growing acceptance of the gap year, or bridge year, by university administrators — and its ready adoption in other parts of the world — many Americans continue view it with trepidation.

  24. May 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    GO CHELSEA!!!!

    (I have a good friend from Leicester.)

    • 67 GGail
      May 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      It appears that the Spurs can’t find another GOAL

      • May 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm

        They collapsed so hard yesterday – my friend had flown to the UK for the Man U/Leicester City game, and was on his flight HOME during yesterday’s game…

  25. 69 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    CA has 39M people. Latinos are nearly 39% of the population.
    Today, 4 States with Minority Majority Population.
    TX. FL. NM. CA.
    Currently, AZ is getting very close to become a Minority Majority State.

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  27. 73 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    • 74 COS
      May 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm


    • May 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Considering that it’s FOX…just how bad did it get?

    • May 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      These comments are disgusting. But we know it’s all Obama’s fault that he hasn’t ended racism. There are sick racists people out there, but thank goodness there are decent people out there too.

    • 77 0388jojothecat
      May 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      They have wholesaled racism as a brand and they are surprised to have to shut down their comments? Wait untim when they have to defend the nominee if it isn’t Trump. Serves them right.

  28. 78 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  29. 80 57andfemale
    May 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      May 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Good article. Thanks, 57.

    • 82 Kanga kid
      May 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Shared, i think well see more people coming around with a second look at hillary. I wont lie after 2008 i needed to do so myself.

      If nothing else she is a real human person unlike those troglodytes running for GOP nom.

  30. 83 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm

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  32. 85 Nena20409
    May 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    • 86 Don
      May 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I wish I owned a fainting couch business, I’d be a fucking billionaire before the month is out.

      • 87 sherijr
        May 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        lol, Don. 🙂

      • May 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm

        Whatever, I didn’t put out the effort to elect the first black president, only for him to be called “n”, by whomever; the irony is it was done by a so-called black man vs. a white man (although we already know he’s been called that many times in private ) !!

  33. May 2, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    John McCain’s son to the ‘ignorant racists’ criticizing an Old Navy ad with an interracial couple: ‘Eat it’
    By Emily Heil May 2 at 3:33 PM
    Sen. John McCain’s son, Jack, had a blunt response to the people criticizing an Old Navy ad featuring an interracial couple: You are “ignorant racists.”

    The controversy began when the low-price fashion chain tweeted an ad on Monday featuring a good-looking, adorably dressed couple with their “child.” Dad’s white, and mom’s black.

    Predictably, there was nasty backlash on Twitter. And backlash to the backlash.

    Which is where Jack McCain came in. The fifth of the Arizona Republican’s seven children, Jack McCain is a Navy lieutenant and helicopter pilot — and he’s married to a black woman, Air Force Reserve Capt. Renee Swift. “To the people upset about the #OldNavy ‘Scandal’ of an a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it,” he tweeted on Monday, along with a picture of the couple in military uniforms.

  34. 90 sherijr
    May 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    all hell broke loose here- because this just happened in the last hour http://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/16-year-old-18-year-old-shot-in-south-baltimore one street over from us. So damn sad.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      May 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Sheri, that’s horrific! Our children are being destroyed by guns and nothing seems to stop it. I do worry about your safety and that of your family. It’s difficult to live in an area where violence is so routine. Stay safe.

      • 92 sherijr
        May 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

        well luckily we don’t have many shootings right in this area. Today, though was bad- first there was the two kids in that article and 4 streets down from that- two more young people were shot, one of whom has died. Police are being pretty tight lipped right now. Hopefully the other three are going to be okay.

  35. 93 GGail
    May 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    In more pleasant news: LEICESTER CITY ARE CHAMPIONS

    The referee blows the whistle. It’s the greatest fairytale in Premier League history. In football history!


  36. 94 GGail
    May 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Also, I would like to wave & say Hello to CarolMae/WY. ❤
    You've crossed my mind several times lately, and I'm happy to see your avitar next to the "likes" up top.
    Hope you are doing well Carol {{{Hugs}}}

    • 95 mtmarilyn
      May 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      I just chatted with her on Facebook messenger last Thurs. She is doing well, her eyes are fine but she read much slower because it is harder to focus. Hope she responds here.

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  39. May 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    dr vox tweeted out a very good response to Grunwald’s latest piece on PBO and it got storified.

  40. May 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  41. 104 vcprezofan2
    May 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Oh dear, *the mike drop* is picking up speed. 😀

    • 105 GGail
      May 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      I guess now I’m gonna have to learn what the hell the Invictus games are and when they will be playing. 😀 😀

      PM Trudeau is such a cutie 🙂

      I might have to plan another vacation to visit my international sister – real soon, eh?

      • 106 vcprezofan2
        May 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

        In fairness I should confess that I live hours and hours away from your ‘cutie’ and the last time I went to his area was when I took a visiting exchange student to see our national place of government. Luckily for me the lad was no more fond of museums than I am, 😉 so I was able to shorten the sight-seeing visits without feeling guilty.

      • May 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

        Prince Harry developed the Invictus Games a couple of years ago. They’re an international Paralympics type of event for which wounded vets. FLOTUS is a big supporter and this year it’s happening in the US.

      • May 2, 2016 at 6:28 pm

        GGail I think they will start next week. FLOTUS and Dr. Biden will join Prince Harry for the opening ceremony.

      • 114 vcprezofan2
        May 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        Before your comment AND Meta’s explanation I’d simply accepted that Invictus was the name for games for disabled vets. Just now I decided to check if there was a *meaning* behind the word ‘invictus’. This is Wikipedia of course so (shrug) who knows, but it makes sense.

        by English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
        Out of the night that covers me,
        Black as the pit from pole to pole,
        I thank whatever gods may be
        For my unconquerable soul.

        In the fell clutch of circumstance
        I have not winced nor cried aloud.
        Under the bludgeonings of chance
        My head is bloody, but unbowed.

        Beyond this place of wrath and tears
        Looms but the Horror of the shade,
        And yet the menace of the years
        Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

        It matters not how strait the gate,
        How charged with punishments the scroll,
        I am the master of my fate:
        I am the captain of my soul.

        Henley’s literary reputation rests almost entirely on this single poem. In 1875 one of Henley’s legs required amputation due to complications arising from tuberculosis. Immediately after the amputation he was told that his other leg would require a similar procedure. He chose instead to enlist the services of the distinguished surgeon Joseph Lister, who was able to save Henley’s remaining leg after multiple surgical interventions on the foot.

        While recovering in the infirmary, he was moved to write the verses that became “Invictus”. This period of his life, coupled with recollections of an impoverished childhood, were primary inspirations for the poem, and play a major role in its meaning.



  42. 115 vcprezofan2
    May 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  43. 116 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I’m sure this has been posted here earlier – but I just had to – its too darn cute! Sorry for the duplicate if already posted! 🙂 🙂

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