Early Bird Chat

129 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 20, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Pretty striking when you see it on the graph. So proud of my President. So proud.

    • December 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

      GM all. Me too, df, me too. Also, thanks for the news that the singer backed out. YEA! Gotta run. Food pantry day. Love to all. NW! Thank you for keeping us open! ❤️💕❤️💕 {{{{{CHIPS}}}}}. and Danny. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

  2. 3 desertflower
    December 20, 2016 at 9:38 am


    What kind of nation allows the loser of a national election to become president — and then does it again 16 years later?
    What kind of nation retains an electoral process that was originally designed to inflate the influence of slaveholders?
    What kind of nation permits its Congress to write a time bomb into law that periodically forces rival factions into a game of chicken that could wreck the world economy?
    What kind of nation fights a civil war over the question of whether people of African descent are people or property, and then looks the other way when the loser ignores the resolution of that war? What kind of nation waits until 1965 to guarantee black people’s right to vote?

    • 4 desertflower
      December 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Really a MUST READ and share. This is a history lesson and one we all must learn. NOW!

      • December 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

        The constitution is a document written by flawed white men…but it stands as lighthouse for so many….the document is only sacred if #WeThePeople make it so….on the 200th Anniversary of the Constitution…Thurgood Marshall spoke in Philadelphia about the Constitution…he said that the constitution that he honors is the one that has all of the amendments….Amendments that the founding fathers did not create…that the constitution is a living breathing document…and that the founding fathers would turn over in their grave at the thought of a Black Man on the Supreme Court…

        so to i say…those that seek to take out rights away our rights..have always used the Constitution to justify what they seek to do…as is always the case it depends on whose interpretation is allowed to stand….Justice Roberts used his interpretation to throw out parts of VRA….

        it is not fault the Constitution for those discrepancies…it is the men and women who bend it to do harm and gain power….because…there will always be those who see to enslave and gain power over #WeThePeople…..

        But We Will Prevail…because we who value Truth and Freedom…MUST….

        #YesWeCan! #StrongerTogether

  3. December 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Morning Everyone 🙂

  4. December 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Thank you, NW for all you do. You rock!!! 🙂

  5. December 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Trump Voters Think African Americans Are Much Less Deserving Than ‘Average Americans’
    12/19/2016 06:16 pm ET |


    A few astute analysts, however, have noted that the sympathetic focus on white America’s problems stands in stark contrast with conservatives’ lack of empathy for communities of color. Indeed, when African Americans protest against profound racial inequality—unequal conditions that are directly traceable to discriminatory governmental policies—they are often condemned by the right as “whiners“ who should simply try harder to remedy their own situations.


    Perhaps most importantly, the display shows that the main dividing line between Clinton and Trump voters was on the question black deservingness. Most voters, regardless of who they supported in the presidential election, thought that average Americans are getting less than they should. Yet, Clinton’s voters were a great deal more likely than Trump’s to say that blacks have also gotten less than they deserve (57 percent to 12 percent respectively).

    It appears, then, that Trump voters weren’t simply motivated by their widespread belief that average Americans are being left behind. Rather, their strong suspicion that African Americans are getting too much—a belief held by the overwhelming majority of Trump voters—was a much stronger predictor of their vote choices in last month’s election.

    Racially resentful beliefs that African Americans are getting more than they deserve were so strongly linked to support for Trump, in fact, that their impact on both the 2016 Republican Primary and the general election were larger than they had ever been in before.

  6. December 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

    For those of us who are struggling with the emotional turmoil this election has caused, you might find this article and this thread of a few tweets:

  7. December 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Tom Perez is FOCUSED

  8. December 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    The rise of GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer

    By Matea Gold September 14

    Mitt Romney had just lost the 2012 presidential election, and a group of wealthy donors assembled in New York’s University Club was trying to figure out what had gone wrong. Suddenly, a young woman stood up before the largely male crowd and delivered an unsparing critique of the Republican’s technology and canvassing operations.

    Thomas Saunders III, chairman of the Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the man next him.

    Soon, there would be few in conservative policy and political circles who did not know the name Rebekah Mercer.

    Galvanized in part by the Republicans’ 2012 White House loss, the middle daughter of billionaire hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer has rattled the status quo by directing her family’s resources into an array of investments on the right. In the past six years, the Mercers have poured tens of millions into Republican super PACs, Washington think tanks, state policy shops, a film-production company, a data analytics operation and one of the country’s most provocative online conservative news outlets.

    This year, Rebekah Mercer has emerged as a heavyweight presidential player, leading a super PAC financed by her father that was the biggest outside benefactor of Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) during the Republican primaries.

  9. December 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I adored the special last night with FLOTUS and Oprah. So much inspiration and light.

  10. December 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

    We Must Have Trump, Because Colonialism
    by Martin Longman
    December 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    Let’s think about this:

    “Liberals say Mr. Trump’s victory is proof that the Electoral College is biased against big states and undemocratically marginalizes urban and nonwhite voters. Conservatives say the Electoral College serves as a necessary bulwark against big states, preventing California in particular from imposing ‘something like colonial rule over the rest of the nation,’ as the conservative analyst Michael Barone put it. California sided with Mrs. Clinton by a vote margin of four million, or 30 percentage points.”

    “Both sides have a point. But in the end, Mr. Trump won for a simple reason: The Electoral College’s (largely) winner-take-all design gives a lot of weight to battleground states. Mr. Trump had an advantage in the traditional battlegrounds because most are whiter and less educated than the country as a whole.”

    We can reconfigure this argument just a little and state it differently. For Michael Barone, it’s desirable that less educated people not be imposed upon with the “colonialism” of more educated people. If you don’t like that, you can say, instead, that white people, particularly white people with below-average education, should not be governed by a diverse group of better-educated people.

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  13. 22 Judith Fardig
    December 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Oprah’s interview with First lady Michelle that aired last night gave us all a much-needed lift on a horrible day. Join your local OFA group. #Resist! Congratulations, Desertflower, and thanks for the tweets, Meta!

  14. December 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Which means…NO NO NO NO to ‘accepting’ Cheeto Benito.

    What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump
    While it’s important to watch the president-elect closely, we also must be mindful of our own response to him.
    12/19/2016 07:13 pm ET


    These reactions to Trump and his supporters have a way of separating ideas that usually move in tandem. Facts and truth are suddenly unrelated. Power no longer implies responsibility. Legitimacy and decency are now somehow passengers on separate ships. In this dynamic, People magazine can champion both the perpetrator and the victim and see no contradiction or betrayal. Lilla can use the victory of a campaign steeped in identity politics to highlight the ineffectiveness of identity politics. And Lerner can argue that a campaign “advanced” by sexism, racism and xenophobia can tell us much about the targets of that bigotry, i.e. that they need to behave differently, but little about the supporters of that campaign.

    So, why the rush to defend Trump’s supporters? Why the self-recriminations? Why the willingness to stretch the bounds of legitimacy to accommodate Trump’s antics? Much has been written about Trump’s demagoguery and its similarity to totalitarian leaders of the past, but what about Trump’s opponents? Are many of us borrowing a page from totalitarianism without realizing it? Are we empowering him? Are we coordinating?

    The word Gleichschaltung is often translated from the German as “coordination” and refers to the process of ― politically speaking ― getting in line. It often appears in books about the Nazi era. German Jewish philologist Victor Klemperer and German journalist Joachim Fest wrote about the personal cost of coordinating in their respective memoirs. German author Sebastian Haffner and Americans including journalist William Shirer wrote about the propaganda and politics of coordination.

    German-born Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt, in one of her last interviews, explains it best.

    “The problem, the personal problem, was not what our enemies did, but what our friends did. Friends ‘coordinated’ or got in line.” And this coordination was not necessarily due to the “pressure of terror,” said Arendt, who escaped Germany in 1933. Intellectuals were particularly vulnerable to this wave of coordination. “The essence of being an intellectual is that one fabricates ideas about everything,” and many intellectuals of her time were “trapped by their own ideas.”

  15. December 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Amen to the president for his inspiration on Criminal Justice Reform,,,,

    and the beat goes on!

  16. 25 whenpamelawandered
    December 20, 2016 at 11:09 am


  17. December 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Good morning TOD ….

    For me, it’s simple ….

    NEVER EVER MY President ….

  18. December 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats df, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you let your ears hear, your eyes see, your heart feel, and your mind understand that the greatest start of this day is when you arose this morning. You can choose to be consumed be negativity or positivity. Your choice. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Notwithstanding the nightmare of BuffoonTrump in the Whitehouse, I am more than ever Thankful to God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

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  20. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Here’s one to keep handy. And GM/GA Nerdy and TODville! Has anyone heard from jackieG?

    • December 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      I spoke to her a week or so after the election….she had decided to take a break…

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

        Oh, thanks so much – I missed that. Just so “we” have heard from her!

      • 37 arapaho415
        December 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        GA PF58, and thank you.

        JackieG is such a force of nature, and she contributed more than 100% to 2016 election — we were all crushed by the election results, but can’t imagine how draining it was for her, after everything she did for Dems while pushing herself to exhaustion and ill health. 😦

        Good to hear she’s taking a well-deserved break — as you know, every. single. day. an avalanche of horrors about DJT emerge, it’s literally impossible to keep track.

        If you speak to her before she decides she’s ready to return here, please tell her how much we love her, appreciate her heroic contributions (only to be betrayed by her [and your] beautiful state), and that we are sending our best thoughts and wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

        Thank you, PF.

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  22. December 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    back to work … take care everyone and prepare for, literally, the fight of (and for) your LIFE and the lives of those you love …. It’s On …

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  26. December 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    The struggle continues…

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  28. December 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    #Trumpstapo …

  29. December 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    9 Things We Learned From Michelle Obama’s Farewell Interview With Oprah

    The interview is another reminder why so many people love her.
    If you ever wanted a lesson on living your best life, as well as “living out loud” — as our First Lady put it — it’s a must you watch this interview between Oprah and Michelle Obama.

    Oprah conducted Mrs. Obama’s farewell interview Monday night, a revealing and insightful chat that looked back at FLOTUS’ eight years in the White House.

    Oprah, a master interviewer, got into the nitty-gritty of it all, including how Michelle turned the White House into a more inclusive space, juggled the expectations of the First Lady job and raised daughters Sasha and Malia in the White House.

    Here are nine insightful and interesting things we’ve learned:

    Michelle has learned to not hold grudges or any heavy energy:
    The bad stuff I just don’t hold onto,” she told Oprah.”We, as women, do it. We, as Black women better be able to do it.”


    She is still a Black mama to Sasha and Malia:

    Oprah and FLOTUS spoke at length about what it took to ensure the First Daughters turned out okay. And though Mrs. Obama admits there were challenges for the girls, she wasn’t having any of their “high class problems” as complaints

    “You live in the White House,” she told Oprah about her girls. “You don’t get to complain about this.”


    She was able to navigate the First Lady role because she was “a grown up:”

    The role of First Lady had its difficulties, from setting a path without a map to handling the many expectations thrown her way. But her experience as a working woman helped. “I’ve been in the world…I have a very good sense of who I am.”

  30. December 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Obama Grants 231 Pardons- Most Ever In A Single Day

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes — the most individual clemencies ever granted in a single day by any president. As he nears the end of his second term, Obama has issued more commutations than the previous 11 presidents combined, according to the White House.

    “The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post. “While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them.”

    Of the people granted clemency Monday, 54 were serving life sentences. In the last months of Obama’s presidency, administration officials have moved quickly to rule on all the pending clemency applications. The president will continue to review clemency applications, and is expected to grant more pardons and commutations before he leaves office, Eggleston said.

    Obama has used his constitutional clemency power to reduce the sentences of 1,176 people since he has been in office, according to the White House. About a third of them, 395 people, were serving life sentences. The previous single-day record of 151 commutations was set by Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. Monday’s announcement doubles the number of pardons granted by Obama to 148 people.

    In 2014, Obama sought to bring attention to what his administration describes as over-sentencing in federal prisons by directing the Justice Department to prioritize petitions for commutations from nonviolent offenders who were serving longer sentences than they would receive today if they were convicted of the same crimes.

  31. 53 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  32. 54 57andfemale
    December 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    There are no words for how livid I am about this:

  33. 55 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  34. 56 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  35. December 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    ‘I’m still here’: How Valerie Jarrett defied her critics to become Obama’s longest-serving adviser
    By Jonathan Capehart December 20 at 10:20 AM

    “Oh, I totally disagree with that.”

    “That” was the assertion in a 2012 New York Times profile of Valerie Jarrett that “if Karl Rove was known as George W. Bush’s political brain, Ms. Jarrett is [President] Obama’s spine.” Jarrett’s immediate pushback in the 20th episode of “Cape UP” explains why she is the longest-serving senior adviser to a president in a town famous for inflating egos and corrupting souls. She never forgot for whom she worked.

    Make no mistake: Jarrett is very proud of her accomplishments. But she insists, as she has consistently for nearly eight years, that all of the credit goes to the boss in the Oval Office.“There isn’t an initiative that I’ve worked on since I’ve been here that he didn’t bless,” Jarrett said of the president. “If he didn’t care about the issues that I have put the shoulder to the metal behind, they wouldn’t have happened and they wouldn’t have been my priority.”

  36. December 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    In Donald Trump’s Washington, corruption will be utterly shameless
    By Paul Waldman
    December 20 at 9:25 AM

    In ordinary circumstances, an incoming administration is sensitive to political controversies that might distract it or derail its agenda. Once one emerges, everyone is on notice to be careful about keeping the controversy from turning into an outright scandal. You certainly don’t want to repeat the same behavior that drew negative attention in the first place. The only question is how to make the controversy go away as quickly and quietly as possible.

    But that’s not how the Trump clan operates.

    For example, one of the most difficult questions for the incoming administration concerns the president-elect’s apparent intention to use the highest office in the land as a moneymaking venture, leveraging his political power into greater wealth for himself and his family. To that end, his new hotel in Washington has been encouraging foreign diplomats to give it their business, which the diplomats clearly understand as a way of currying favor with the president, or at least avoiding his displeasure. As one said in a story that The Post broke a month ago, “Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’ Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?’”

    Indeed, quite rude. And now we learn that the Trump Organization is amping up the pressure on foreign governments to put more money in Donald Trump’s pocket. Judd Legum and Kira Lerner of ThinkProgress have the details:

    The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead.

    A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. The source, who has direct knowledge of the arrangements between the hotels and the embassy, spoke to ThinkProgress on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly. ThinkProgress was also able to review documentary evidence confirming the source’s account.

    In the early fall, the Kuwaiti Embassy signed a contract with the Four Seasons. But after the election, members of the Trump Organization contacted the Ambassador of Kuwait, Salem Al-Sabah, and encouraged him to move his event to Trump’s D.C. hotel, the source said.

  37. December 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

  38. December 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    And this is where our fights against Trump must begin once he is inaugurated. Undoubtedly, Donald Trump and Republicans will try to reverse Standing Rock, rescind health care, drill-baby-drill, turn the wheels back on criminal justice, and undermine family planning. They have to. If they don’t, their own voters will punish them. The fight against it will be uphill, fierce, and the toughest of our lives. But this is where we must draw battle lines; this is where we must fight. President Obama – by setting direction of the aircraft carrier – is buying us time.

    We must use this time – and President Obama’s legacy – wisely.

  39. December 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Trump’s OMB pick seems poised to ignite a worldwide financial crisis
    He’s content to default on our debt — and that’s dangerous.

    By Catherine Rampell

    It’s not the sexiest White House job. But it might soon be among the most dangerous.

    Over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to be his director of the Office of Management and Budget. This Cabinet-level post is responsible for producing the federal budget, overseeing and evaluating executive branch agencies and otherwise advising the president on fiscal matters. It’s a position with tremendous, far-reaching power, even if the public doesn’t pay much attention to it.

    Which is why it’s so concerning that Trump chose Mulvaney, who seems poised to help Trump ignite another worldwide financial crisis.

    Mulvaney was first elected to Congress in 2010 as part of the anti-government, tea party wave. A founding member of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, he is among Congress’s most committed fiscal hawks. He has repeatedly voted against his own party’s budget proposals because they were insufficiently conservative.

    All this will presumably put him at odds with Trump’s plans to balloon federal deficits through a $7 trillion cut in individual and corporate income taxes, another half-trillion in infrastructure subsidies and other major spending expansions.

  40. December 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Will Trump’s OMB Director Blow Up the Global Economy?
    by Martin Longman
    December 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post is worried that Mick Mulvaney will blow up the global economy by destroying the creditworthiness of the United States’ debt. It’s not an unreasonable concern considering that Mulvaney has been nominated to serve as Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position which is responsible for preparing the president’s budget proposal to Congress.

    Mulvaney is most famous as a congressman for being a debt ceiling truther. That is, he joined irresponsible nutcases like Paul Ryan in arguing that the United States government could fail to make debt payments on time without defaulting on its debt or causing a downgrade in our nation’s credit rating.


    In early August 2011, Standard & Poor’s downgraded our credit rating simply because we had come so close to defaulting.

    Here’s what Mulvaney said in October 2013:

    “We’re not going to default; there is no default. There’s an [Office of Management and Budget] directive from the 1980s, the last time we got fairly close to not raising the debt ceiling, that clearly lays out the process by which the Treasury secretary prioritizes interest payments.”

    Days later, Fitch Ratings issued a warning that “it could cut the sovereign credit rating of the United States from AAA, citing the political brinkmanship over raising the federal debt ceiling” and “Dagong Global Credit Rating downgraded the United States from A to A-, and maintained a negative outlook on the country’s credit.”

    Since entering Congress, Mulvaney has never voted to raise the debt ceiling and has opposed all budget deals crafted to avoid default. He has consistently argued that that we can prioritize interest payments without doing damage to our credit or blowing up the global economy.

    As Rampell notes, Mulvaney is out of his mind. And Trump is insane on this issue, too.

    …Mulvaney and the president-elect have at least one major thing in common: an alarming openness to defaulting on the federal debt.

    “I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed you could make a deal,” [Trump] said.

    When the financial press freaked out, he walked back the language — only to revive it a month later.

    Mulvaney has also questioned the need to preserve the country’s sterling reputation as a borrower.

  41. December 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Will be interesting to see what pundits like randi promote…

  42. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I keep getting this eerie feeling that there’s only one answer for us, after January 2017. Once things start bubbling up and then the bubbles start to burst – name the arena; Trump’s going for everything we value – it’s all of us “out of our houses and out on the street, making our voices heard.” If we couldn’t stop him at the ballot box, maybe we can stop him that way. Don’t know. But I’m so not looking forward to whatever will happen, because none of us are evil enough to even imagine where he’s going ~ or how high we’ll have to step up to bring him down.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    • December 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      The future does feel incredibly bleak. Trump will have enormous power to act out all his draconian fantasies. But I can’t help but harbor a sneaking feeling that his lethal toxic mix of ignorance and arrogance is going to get him into trouble, sooner rather than later. He’s used to being a thug and swindling his way to power but he is not careful. I think he’s going to make a big mistake at some point. Whether he’ll suffer any consequences for it remains to be seen.

      • 70 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

        Beginning to believe what you’ve intimated, here, too. And his “big mistake” might come sooner than we expect, because he can’t keep as many balls in the air as he thinks he can. Fingers crossed.

        • December 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

          I just think that at the bottom of it, he’s not smart enough to be POTUS. His sole full-time focus in life has been making money and making self-aggrandizing proclamations. He’s criminally programmed to do that and only that. So when the sh*% hits the fan in the Oval Office, he and his sycophant aides will fall hard and fast. They will react from their addled conspiracy-soaked gut and it will not be good. Will Congress notice and will they act? That is the big question.

  43. December 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  44. December 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Love this:

  45. 75 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  46. 76 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

  47. December 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Best Buddies: Trump, Austrian Neo-Nazis, and Putin
    by Martin Longman
    December 20, 2016 3:02 PM

    In the process of pointing out that their flirtations with John Birchers and other general “rightwing nutballish” behaviors are quickly turning the Trump administration “into the grease trap of American political history,” Charles Pierce stops to notice that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is still in league with the Russkies. To wit, the lunatic far-right Austrian Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache traveled to New York in November to meet with Flynn. The Freedom Party presidential nominee, Norbert Hofer, just came within a whisper of winning an revanchist Anschlussian political victory in the early December election. He had hoped to do better, saying just prior to the vote that he was drawing “encouragement from Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the United States.”

    So, Strache, Hofer, Flynn and Trump are best buddies, it seems, and now Strache and Hofer have decided to balm their political wounds by sidling up to the Kremlin:

    Heinz-Christian Strache, Freedom Party leader, and Norbert Hofer, the candidate who narrowly lost Austria’s presidential election earlier this month, signed a “working agreement” on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party, according to a statement from the Freedom Party.

    Pierce’s response is laconic:

    At the risk of being called a neo-McCarthyite, may I point out that this smacks an awful lot of the incoming administration’s involvement in a worldwide right-wing movement at the center of which is our good friend Vladimir Putin.

  48. 83 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  49. 84 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm


  50. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Perfect names for these thugs.

  51. December 20, 2016 at 7:09 pm

  52. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

  53. December 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

  54. December 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks, arapaho.

  55. December 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  56. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    yes, this is a time of great fear for many of us,

    ..but it is also a great opportunity to:

    ….. stop and appreciate the laws, rights, programs, benefits, resources etc. we now have;

    …………. many of which have been paid for in time, money, blood, sweat and lives by those who came before;

    …………. but which many of us have taken for granted or even not thought about what it took to get here;

    ….. …….. and are now facing direct threat from corrupt, greedy people who seem to lack an moral compass;

    ….. organize and do all we can to preserve them and enact new ones;

    ……….. if we choose to recognize our power and make the commitment to these values;

    ……….. then this period could represent a sense of re-energizing of activism and collective actions with people in the same coalition;

    …. I live in hope;

    • 108 globalcitizenlinda
      December 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      excuse the typos … this is when I can take the easy way out and remind myself that English is not my first language;

      “lack any moral compass”

  57. 112 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Likely shared here previously, but a little repetition about these accomplishments doesn’t hurt.

  58. December 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Tom Perez ‏@TomPerez Dec 19

    .@GOP If being Asst AG for Civil Rights makes me “radical on race issues” it’s worth questioning who’s “radical.”

  59. December 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

  60. 117 JER
    December 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  61. 118 FoxfireTX
    December 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Good evening TOD. This rendition of Hallelujah is beautiful and haunting. But it has soothed me during these difficult times.

  62. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2016 at 12:12 am

  63. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2016 at 12:15 am

  64. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2016 at 12:21 am

  65. December 21, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  66. December 21, 2016 at 8:04 am

    OMG. You’ve read about how scientists are downloading climate change data in fear of Trump admin deleting it. Now this.

  67. December 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State Department Workers
    A new twist on old McCarthyism.
    12/16/2016 04:57 pm ET | Updated 2 days ago

    A leading social conservative organization is calling on the Trump administration to “ferret out” employees at the State Department who worked to promote LGBT rights and replace them with conservatives.

    The Family Research Council, in a little-noticed statement on Thursday, accused the Obama administration of having deployed the State Department to advance an LGBT agenda, and argued it was incumbent on the next secretary of state ― likely ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson ― to stop it.

    “I certainly don’t see Tillerson cut from the same cloth as [Hillary] Clinton or [John] Kerry, but he doesn’t have to be for these anti-life, liberal social policies to continue,” said a statement that appears to be written by the group’s president, Tony Perkins. “He must have the courage to stop the promotion of this anti-family, anti-life agenda, which is very much a question mark given that he capitulated to activists pushing to liberalize the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuality when he was at the helm of the organization.

    “The incoming administration needs to make clear that these liberal policies will be reversed and the ‘activists’ within the State Department promoting them will be ferreted out and will be replaced by conservatives who will ensure the State Department focuses on true international human rights like religious liberty which is under unprecedented assault,” the statement concludes.

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