Early Bird Chat

President Obama greets the family of FBI Special Agent Tyler Call in the Blue Room of the White House. Special Agent Call was one of 13 recipients of the Medal of Valor yesterday. (Photo by Pete Souza)



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104 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    May 17, 2016 at 8:03 am

    GM Chips, Danny & Mom Chips. Have a wonderful day.

  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    May 17, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I don’t believe this, 1st ????

    • May 17, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Congratulations on gold, Roberta! Have a great day. President Obama is still our president so that gets us if to a good start! Good morning Chips, Ms NW, and all other TODsters!

      • 5 Roberta in MN
        May 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

        Thanks maryl1, yes it is always a god day when President Obama is still our POTUS.

    • 6 GGAIL
      May 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Congrats Roberta on First!

      • 7 Roberta in MN
        May 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

        Thanks GGail, did yo post pictures of your Brunch with Tally and the rest of you west coasters?

        • 8 GGAIL
          May 17, 2016 at 9:41 am

          Hi Roberta, Purpleshoesla took the pic. I’m hoping she or jojo will post it sometime today 😊

  3. 9 amk for obama
    May 17, 2016 at 8:19 am

    another primary war today? ooo, goody.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      May 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Can’t wait to have this whole interminable crap over. Kentucky and Oregon weigh in today and Hillary will move inexorably closer to the magic delegate count. I am going to celebrate the day when all paths forward are blocked for Bernie and he can’t delude his supporters any longer. Of course, they’ll cry ‘foul’ and say HRC cheated, but maybe reality will eventually set in for some of them.
      By the way, who won your election yesterday?

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    May 17, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Morning TODers. For those who aren’t too exhausted to care, the primary schedule going forward after the Kentucky, Oregon race today are: June 5–Puerto Rico; June 7–California, Montana, N. Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, S. Dakota. On June 14, the District of Columbia weighs in with its vote. It will be all over by June 7 and DC will be the icing on the cake for HRC. Then, finally, we can focus all of our energy on the general election!

    • May 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

      GM Thank you JackieG…

      i have grown weary of Sanders…who has brought his nasty destructive attacks on the DEM party….he has been in the Senate the last 7 years to witness the obstruction the GOP…but does he attack them…no…it is the DEMs he attacks…because to Sanders they ar the same…..


  5. 16 amk for obama
    May 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

    the sleeping pigs beauties.


  6. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    May 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Just as a guide for today and later primaries. Hillary currently has 1717 pledged delegates and needs 2026 to cinch the deal. Her goal for today is 51 delegates. That will leave her with only 148 delegates needed out of the remaining Hillary friendly states. These are pledged delegates, exclusive of the “Supers.”

    • 25 99ts
      May 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

      It was my understanding that the idea of “super” delegates was to give senior party members a say in the nomination. Sounds like the GOP needed it to defeat Trump. Seems like a good idea – too sad that some don’t want to follow the party rules. In my world the “supers” have 99% of the candidate selection votes.

  7. 26 GGAIL
    May 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  8. 28 MightyPamela
    May 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

      • May 17, 2016 at 9:20 am

        I’m trying it one more time………aspenprojectplay.org./events/2016-project-play-summit

        • May 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

          Oops my mistake. 😦

          • 33 GGail
            May 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

            Annieb, is this what you’re trying to post. Since this is scheduled for East Coast time, it might be in progress or over


            It’s been a year since the release of the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, and many organizations have taken action consistent with its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. At the 2016 Project Play Summit at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, meet leaders of these efforts and discover new opportunities to build healthy communities through sport.
            Our featured session is with First Lady Michelle Obama, who will be joined on stage for a conversation with her brother Craig Robinson, ESPN college basketball analyst, and moderator Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. Three kids from South Side Chicago, all grown up, will reflect on their childhood, parenting active children, and the importance of making sport affordable and accessible for all youth — regardless of zip code or ability. The half-hour conversation begins at 11:40am ET and will be live-streamed at http://www.aspeninstitute.org.

            • May 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

              Thank you GGail, I just finish listening to the First Lady, her brother Craig and Michael Wilburn discuss the lack of physical activity for kids, how important it is. Craig and Michelle’s Mom was in the audience. It was enjoyable seeing Craig and FLOTUS talk about their Dad.

  9. May 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. May 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    The enthusiastic embrace of ignorance
    05/17/16 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    President Obama delivered a powerful commencement address at Rutgers University over the weekend, taking some time to celebrate knowledge and intellectual pursuits. “Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science – these are good things,” the president said, implicitly reminding those who may have forgotten. “These are qualities you want in people making policy.”

    He added, “Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics, and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not ‘keeping it real,’ or ‘telling it like it is.’ That’s not challenging ‘political correctness.’ That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.”

    Donald Trump heard this and apparently took it personally. The presumptive Republican nominee responded last night with arguably the most important tweet of the 2016 presidential campaign to date:

    “ ‘In politics, and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.’ This is a primary reason that President Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!”

    I assumed someone would eventually tell the GOP candidate why this was unintentionally hilarious, prompting him to take it down, but as of this morning, Trump’s message remains online.

    • 37 kid kanga
      May 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

      So the president is for smarts and learning so the GOP is now against all that of course. I really wish he’d start talking about breathing and eating, so the GOP could come out against both!

        May 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm


  11. 39 JER
    May 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  12. May 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning TOD 🙂

    take care everyone …. will try to return later ….

  13. 42 desertflower
    May 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Look what $174,000/yr buys….or not

  14. 43 desertflower
    May 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

  15. 49 JER
    May 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

  16. May 17, 2016 at 9:34 am



    Republican senator draws parallel between his campaign, 9/11
    05/16/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is among this year’s most vulnerable incumbents, so it’s tempting to assume he’d be extra cautious when making his pitch to voters. If this Politico report is any indication, the Wisconsin Republican is going in the opposite direction.

    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Saturday compared the 2016 election to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying he is “panicked” about this “consequential” year.

  17. May 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

    May 16, 2016 4:00 PM
    Thanks to Republicans, We Now Have Two Dysfunctional Branches of Government
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    Today, the Supreme Court decided to not decide in the case of Zubik v. Burwell. Dahlia Lithwick gives us the scoop.

    Two things seem pretty clear: (1) the current court was 4/4 on this case, and (2) if Justice Scalia were still alive, this case would have gone the wrong way for those who support women’s reproductive freedom.

    But it’s also hard to miss the connection between the current deadlock in the Supreme Court and the ongoing dysfunction we’re witnessing in Congress. The former is a result of Republican’s refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee to the high court and the latter is a due to their unwillingness to negotiate and compromise. That leaves us with only one functioning branch of the federal government – the executive. This is no way to run a democracy. And it’s also why elections matter.

  18. May 17, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Wow 28% of Hispanics support trump in new nbc poll? After all his race baiting by trump- all the riots??? that’s a big number imo…

    Then only 84% AA support for Hillary against trump?
    Oh ok then?👎👎👎🤔

  19. May 17, 2016 at 10:12 am

    uh huh
    uh huh


    The fallout from Nevada’s Democratic unrest
    05/17/16 09:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In contemporary politics, when there are reports of partisan activists making death threats, throwing chairs, and scrawling ugly messages on walls, it’s easy to assume Donald Trump supporters are responsible. But in Nevada, it’s actually Bernie Sanders’ proponents.


    If state party officials were, in fact, responsible for genuine abuses at the convention, perhaps some of the outrage would at least be understandable, but Jon Ralston, Nevada’s top political reporter, published a piece late yesterday saying that the opposite is true.

    Despite their social media frothing and self-righteous screeds, the facts reveal that the Sanders folks disregarded rules, then when shown the truth, attacked organizers and party officials as tools of a conspiracy to defraud the senator of what was never rightfully his in the first place.

    Instead of acknowledging they were out-organized by a Clinton campaign chastened by county convention results and reanimated to cement the caucus numbers at the Paris, the Sanders folks have decided to cry conflagration in a crowded building, without regard to what they burn down in the process.


    Last night, the state party also lodged a formal complaint with the Democratic National Committee against the Sanders campaign. It concluded:

    “The people who fostered, encouraged, and gained from the unsettling scenes at the Nevada State Democratic Convention bring dishonor and discredit to our state and national parties. Having seen up close the lack of conscience or concern for the ramifications of their actions – indeed, the glee with which they engaged in such destructive behavior – we expect similar tactics at the National Convention in July.”

    • 58 mtmarilyn
      May 17, 2016 at 10:56 am

      I read about some of Bernie’s delegates change their registration back to independents then were mad they couldn’t be delegates. Is this what happened? I can’t understand the independents thinking they could not be a democrat when they are representing the party. I just don’t understand what happened.

        May 17, 2016 at 11:18 am


      • 60 arapaho415
        May 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

        GM MTM, hope Spokane is treating you well (sounds like you’re contributing to their economy, LOL).

        NV guru @ralstonreports has (a ton) of tweets about May 15 NV delegate selection (confusing to me — NV Dems caucused on Feb 20, but apparently delegates selected at NV state Dem convention over the weekend:

        Info on Berniebot delegate snafu:

        • 61 arapaho415
          May 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

          Despite Berniebots’ NV behavior, the candidate himself has nothing to say:

        • 62 mtmarilyn
          May 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

          Good morning arapho415, Spokane was wonderful! Great time away. Now back home to reality. Thanks for the links. I do know about Ralston but hadn’t checked his reports yet. I just read the tweet below that Bernie walked away from a question about the NV event. How can he even think he can be President when he can’t answer questions from reporters he doesn’t like.

  20. May 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Trump is FUMING about this ad today. If the shoe fits, Cinderella.

  21. May 17, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Axelrod is all over the map on this election but I agree with him on this move. I really hope she stops and thinks through these comments because this election couldn’t be more high stakes.

  22. 80 Dudette
    May 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Goooood Morning Good People of TOD! It’s great day in America! One day closer to the end of primary season and Barack Obama is still President! 😄

  23. 81 Dudette
    May 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

  24. May 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Congrats Roberta on #1 🙂 Happy Tuesday everyone!

  25. May 17, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Good morning, TOD! Like all of you, can’t wait until Bern is sent packing…

      May 17, 2016 at 11:20 am


    May 17, 2016 at 11:11 am


    • 87 Allison
      May 17, 2016 at 11:22 am

      ROOTS at the White House
      The White House will host a day-long exploration of how we find our American stories along with a screening of History Channel’s “Roots” . The cast and producers from HISTORY’s event series “Roots” – including Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose, Malachi Kirby, Co-Executive Producer and original Kunta Kunte LeVar Burton, Executive Producers Will Packer and Mark Wolper and Nancy Dubuc, President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks – will participate in the day’s discussions.

  27. May 17, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This mope is losing it with each passing day. Can’t wait until he crawls back to Vermont. UGH.

  28. May 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

  29. May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm


  30. May 17, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Just finish listening to the First Lady, her brother Craig Robinson, and ESPN Michael Wilburn discussing the importance of physical activity for our kids. Project Play Summit.

  31. 95 Nena20409
    May 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Hello TOD on a Tuesday Morning.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening.
    Samantha Bee. She’s awesome.

  32. May 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    ABC News
    The Holmes sisters are the NYPD’s very own “fab five,” five high-ranking and barrier-breaking officers who just happen to be related:

  33. 100 vcprezofan2
    May 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    /surfacing to see what’s cooking/ 🙂 🙂 Hi everybody!

  34. 101 Nena20409
    May 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest is starting LIVE at 12:45 PM

  35. 102 Nena20409
    May 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Politics need Never be part of this Trial.
    I don’t want him convicted nor to suffer any more.

  36. 104 Nena20409
    May 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm

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