Early Bird Chat


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10:30AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing with FBI Director Comey, DHS Secretary Johnson, NCTC Director Rasmussen, and Deputy Attorney General Yates

12:45PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Daily Briefing

104 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 COS
    June 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

    GM NW and TOD.

  2. June 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning ☺, Everyone 😄

  3. 3 CEB
    June 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

    GM, NW and TOD ohana.

    Last night’s Tony Awards was a bright light in an otherwise tragic weekend (I live in Florida). It reminded us that there are more of us who choose to love and celebrate our diversity than there are those who fear, hate and destroy.
    So grateful to you, NW for continuing to take such good care of the village while Chips is caring for her mum. Many times I am to full of hurt or anger, or just so tired of the stupidity and hate that washes over us everyday, that I disengage from television and other form of media. However, I am here everyday even though I seldom comment when so much bad news is hitting us.

    Be the light as much as you can today, TOD; we need it more than ever.

  4. 4 MightyPamela
    June 13, 2016 at 9:02 am

  5. 5 GGAIL
    June 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW for being you in Chips absence 😘
    Congrats COS on first!
    The Tony’s were excellent last night. I was very pleased to see the winners – all well deserved 🎉

    • 6 Betsy
      June 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Good morning GGail. Your DC trip is coming up soon, isn’t it? Have a fantastic time!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m off for the summer now for the first time in 13 years, I am not teaching summer school. It feels good. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!! I hope you get to meet President Obama and FL Michelle on your white house tour. That’s my wish for you all.

      • 7 GGail
        June 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        Good morning dearest Betsy – enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your full summer vacation! ❤
        I hope you get some swimming in 🙂

  6. June 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

    The Ar-15 or m-4 semi automatic bushmaster fires a 5.56 round or a .223 . The m-16 fires a .356.
    It seems a war is being waged in our towns and cities with military style weapons.
    It’s just not being called that yet.
    Maybe we should leave military style weapons to the military? Get rid of these military style weapons for civilians.

    • 11 desertflower
      June 13, 2016 at 9:23 am


    • 12 57andfemale
      June 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

      We did. Until effing W. & effing GOP let the assault ban expire.

      I loathe these people.

      • 13 Betsy
        June 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

        So do I. I am so angry at Trump supporters, many of them in my community who are “well-educated” and refuse to see him for the dangerous demagogue he is. Some of them are Jewish too and plan to vote for him because he’s a Republican, smh.

  7. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    June 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Morning all. Thank you, Nerdy, for balancing the horror of yesterday’s tragedy with images of love, humanity and common sense in the last post. It’s a beautiful June morning, but I woke up feeling angry at the testosterone-laden males who presume to play God with other people’s lives and the hypocritical Republican political slime who give them easy access to military grade weapons and then pretend to care when people die. I was angry at the orange-haired weasel who pretends he can be president while promoting hatred and violence. And I was angry at the media who never look beyond the surface of the lies. But anger alone just drains energy and isn’t going to win us elections or help us pass laws or defeat the orange one. That’s going to take hard work and organization with all of us dedicated to the effort, block by block and state by state. Our children are counting on us and we can’t let them down.

  8. 17 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Morning everyone…morning Must Read. Such a fitful night’s sleep….


  9. 20 GGAIL
    June 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    So my local news has corrected the number of victims to 49 dead and the gunman also died.

  10. June 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    @Hill Dweller:

    Trump suggests President Obama may be terrorist sympathizer
    06/13/16 08:46 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 09:02 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Yesterday, Donald Trump responded to the mass shooting in Orlando in indefensible ways. This morning, as Politico reported, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee actually managed to make matters slightly worse.

    “He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said of Obama on “Fox & Friends,” speaking on the phone. “And either one is unacceptable.” […]

    And Trump again implied that the president was not a trustworthy leader when it comes to fighting terrorism. “We’re led by a man who is a very – look, we’re led by a man that either is, is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said. “And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot – they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”

    There isn’t much in the way of ambiguity here. As Politico’s Blake Hounshell summarized, “This morning, Trump implied President Obama is a terrorist sympathizer.”

    Update: On NBC’s “Today,” Trump added, ”Well there are a lot of people that think maybe [the president] doesn’t want to get it.”

    • 22 desertflower
      June 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Just read this at MaddowBlog. There is not a bigger piece of shit on the Earth, IMO. Lowlife, ignorant, hateful scum.

      • 23 99ts
        June 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

        Not enough words to describe him df – but he will never be President of your United States – and by the time he is thrashed in November his reputation & his businesses will not exist.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      June 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

      This is from a man whose words are used by ISIS on recruitment materials. If there are people on this planet more despicable and amoral than Trump, I hope I never meet them. We’ve had terrible candidates for president before, but I don’t remember a time when one of our two major parties actually nominated pond scum.

      • June 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Donald J. Trump is a disgrace to this country and the world.

      • June 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

        There’s probably also the hope that this will have a negative impact on PBO’s approval rating. In addition to the constant stream of crap that spews from his mouth, along with his childish inability to control himself, the President’s current rising approval doesn’t help his campaign.

      • 27 arapaho415
        June 13, 2016 at 11:27 am

        GM JackieG.

        It’s astounding to me that we’re in the situation we’re in now.

        I know 24% of the US is certifiably ignorant (recall that 24% think the earth is flat or that the sun revolves around the earth), but it’s still hard to believe we’re where we’re at now.

        Always thought @DanSenor was weasly pond scum, but:

        And expect more of this — Trump will double-down on insanity for two reasons — to hype up his gullible and revenge-seeking base and to deflect attention from his actual fraudster self.


        • 28 arapaho415
          June 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

          And lack of voter participation gets you Trump as candidate and Sanders whineabees status of actual contender:

    • 29 amk for obama
      June 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

      “managed to make matters slightly worse.”

      only slightly worse? really? fuck ‘librul’ media.

  11. June 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good morning, Nerdy Wonka and TODville.

    A terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach lingers. We need to end the sale of assault weapons to hormonal men who believe violence is the answer to anything and everything.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      June 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

      I’m going to try to remember to use that quote on some of our RWNJs who are all spewing the “thoughts and prayers” crap this week, as though they meant any of it.

  12. June 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    After Orlando massacre, Trump faces leadership test – and flunks
    06/13/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 08:10 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In the wake of the brutal murders in Orlando, President Obama delivered a somber address from the White House, asking Americans to consider what kind of country we want. The massacre, he said, is “a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

    His remarks followed a related, measured statement from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country,” she said.

    And then there was Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who seemed quite eager to talk about Donald Trump. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin reported:

    Trump, however, boasted that he had predicted the attack and thanked supporters for giving him credit for his achievement.

    “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “We must be smart!” He posted a similar statement on Facebook.

    He kept up the self-proclaimed victory lap in a longer statement that afternoon, again demanding recognition for noticing the threat of Islamic terrorism. […] “Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse,” Trump said.

    Here’s a good general rule: if you learn about the slaughter of 49 innocent civilians, and the first three words you’re eager to share with the public are, “Appreciate the congrats,” perhaps a career in public service isn’t for you.

  13. 33 GGAIL
    June 13, 2016 at 9:31 am

    How dumb is Trump? He’s calling again for a ban on Muslim migration? The shooter was born in the USA.

  14. June 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Debate over guns, terror watch list to begin anew
    06/13/16 09:23 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 09:30 AM
    By Steve Benen

    NBC News reported this morning, “How does a man investigated by the FBI for possible links to terrorism buy an assault-style weapon in America? Easily.”

    In the case of Omar Mateen, the apparent gunman in the worst mass shooting in American history, the Floridian legally bought an AR-15-style weapon and a semiautomatic pistol recently, despite the fact that the FBI was aware of him and looked into him twice.

    It was not immediately clear what if any watch list [the apparent shooter] was on at the time of the Orlando massacre – though he had come across the FBI’s radar on more than one occasion.

    He first came to the FBI’s attention in 2013 after co-workers reported he’d made “inflammatory” comments to them about radical Islamic propaganda. A year later the FBI looked into him again because of his ties to an American who traveled to the Middle East to become a suicide bomber.

  15. June 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Good Monday, Nerdy…TOD Family.

  16. 36 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Is this what freedom looks like? Liberty and justice for all?


    The question was, who pays for under or uninsured people when there is a mass shooting.

    You may want to read….not pretty.

    June 13, 2016 at 9:50 am


  18. 38 Don
    June 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Listen, part of my job is to carry a gun. I have to qualify with a gun once a year as part of my job. I have to qualify with a handgun, a shotgun, and a semi-automatic weapon. When I’m at the gun range I’m told by my instructor when and where the target will appear, and you know what, I still miss, even after being given all of this information I still miss. I’ve missed targets that were three feet in front of me; I have on the eye goggles, ear-protection and the whole nine yards. So anyone that comes up with some bullshit about a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun is talking out of their ass. Take it from me I’ve been shooting and qualifying with weapons my whole career, I’ve seen expert marksmen in person miss targets from three feet. A good guy with a gun isn’t going to do shit but miss or either shoots an innocent bystander.

  19. June 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    • 44 99ts
      June 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Also on a par with how McCain handled the financial collapse. GOPers are less than useless in any crisis – some of them yell – most of them pray. They have no other methods of coping with a crisis of any type. Bush went to war with a country that had nothing to do with his little crisis.

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  21. 46 mtmarilyn
    June 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Good morning TODville. I so agree with all the others about the TONY awards last night. Even my husband watched them with me and he doesn’t usually like awards shows. This is all so sobering. I just don’t understand how people can still think it is okay to own an ak-15 or such. This has got to stop!

    On a brighter note for those of us meeting in DC, it is 3 days and counting!!!

    Chips, we miss you and send you love, prayers and strength.

    Nerdy Wonka thank you for your important posts. Know how much you are appreciated.

  22. 47 99ts
    June 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

    The US media – always taking the words out of context

  23. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

    If you missed these two FABULOUS performances, get your life today!

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  25. June 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Cruz sees Orlando massacre as possible wedge issue
    06/13/16 10:09 AM
    By Steve Benen


    In an interesting twist, though, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a notable exception. The right-wing Texan is a fierce opponent of expanding civil rights to the LGBT community, but note how his statement yesterday referenced the Orlando gunman’s targets.

    “For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians.

    “ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all stand against it. Every human being has a right to live according to his or her faith and conscience, and nobody has a right to murder someone who doesn’t share their faith or sexual orientation.

    “If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.”

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  28. 70 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Remember this?

  29. 71 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

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  33. 82 Don
    June 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Isn’t Trump supposed to be giving his “crooked Hillary” speech today?

  34. 86 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 11:41 am

  35. June 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    POTUS is speaking on CBS.

  36. 89 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 11:45 am


    Hillary Clinton calls for renewed assault weapons ban: they’re a ‘weapon of war’

  37. June 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

  38. 91 amk for obama
    June 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    As expected, media minions are parroting rethugs’ distraction from gun control with why won’t he say radical islam.

  39. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    June 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Trump wouldn’t “get this” even if he read it, but that didn’t stop me. He wants to cast doubt on our President without payback? I don’t think so.

  40. 96 desertflower
    June 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Could not love Ken Burns more.

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  43. 99 GGail
    June 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    This is such blatant misleading bullschit!!!!

    Breitbart News – ‎2 hours ago‎
    After Terrorist Attack, Barack and Michelle Obama Celebrate ‘Hamilton’ At The Tony Awards

    I refuse to click on the link, but this is the title of the story that they have posted on Google News. /assholes!

    • June 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      GGail I saw that B.S. too. Breitbart is just like Fox and all the other right wing B.S. Anyone can tell that clip of POTUS and FLOTUS were taped before the domestic terrorists attack in Orlando.

  44. 101 JER
    June 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hello everybody.

    COMING UP: Pres. Candidate Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Cleveland, Ohio – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=4 AND http://www.msnbc.com/live-online/watch/live-clinton-holds-cleveland-rally-704567875529

  45. June 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    For Hamilton Fans, TONY Award Winner Leslie Odom, Jr., has been doing this series on Broadway.com, called Aaron Burr, Sir- backstage at Broadway.com. He’s up to episode 4. You never know who will show up in his episodes. This week, he was like, ‘ we’re at this eatery, and I’m going to see Josh.’

    To myself…does he mean Josh Groban?

    Yes, he does.

    One week, Shonda Rhimes showed up.

    I’ve been watching the clips on youtube.

  46. June 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm

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