What Real Leaders Do

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  1. January 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>>

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

    To all, I hope you display your sunny, energetic, and suave disposition today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I am thankful to God that I live to witness one of the greatest President of The United States of America in President Barack Hussein Obama ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  2. January 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Good morning!! And that’s fire starting my morning out with inspiration, NW.

  3. January 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I miss President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

  4. 5 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Hello Everybody.

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2 hours ago
    Secret of the Day: Who initiated tomorrow’s Trump-Putin phone call? “I won’t divulge that,” says Conway.

    • 6 Don
      January 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      I wish this guy would have told me before I booked a room for my family and I in New Orleans for the fourth of July.

  5. January 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    From Mayhew at BJ about Obamacare:

    Anti-ACA piccadores

    by David Anderson at 8:42 am on January 27, 2017. It has 15 Comments.

    It is becoming clear that there is a strategy to hamstring and hamper the ACA so there will be less public opposition to repeal because the law won’t be seen as delivering any benefits. But the hamstringing and hampering will not be great acts that immediately cripple the Exchanges but instead, small jabs and lances that bleed and break the sinews that hold the law together. The Day 1 executive order that sets the policy of the federal government to pass out hardship exemptions to the individual mandate as a matter of routine is part of this. And then the decision on Thursday to cancel paid for ads is another element of this strategy:

    Trump administration abruptly pulls Obamacare ads that had already been paid for – from @pauldemko https://t.co/F1yL0GEVQX

    — Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) January 26, 2017

    Why does this matter? Right now enrollment is either at or slightly above projected pace. But the distribution of enrollment most likely skews slightly older compared to the initial and final 2016 risk pool. Young or healthy people are usually the last people to sign up for an insurance product as it gives the least value while sick or old people who know that they could get sick are more likely to sign up early.

    One chart that explains why its so damaging to halt ACA ads now — young adult sign ups spike at end of enrollment. https://t.co/bolXGSRqtp pic.twitter.com/Dqq3AGNftj

    — Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) January 27, 2017

    Deadlines spur action. Deadlines spur young enrollment.

    • 8 GGail
      January 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      These tactics don’t matter in States like California and others that have State Run Exchanges. Our ads just keep airing.

      And the OFA has been prepared for this weekend since the first of this month. There will be Enrollment & Voter Registration Events going on all this weekend. The 27 – 35 year olds that are on our Team have been really working at the colleges and hang-outs to get young people signed up.

      We will not be deterred!

  6. January 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 10 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

  8. January 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    New Trump Agency Memo Gags Staff Communications, Democrats Say
    Jan 26, 2017, 3:59 PM ET

    The Trump administration is circulating a memo ordering federal employees not to communicate with Congress, a demand that Democrats are calling an illegal gag order.

    “The Trump administration has issued restrictions at multiple agencies on employee communications, including, in some instances, communications with Congress,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a letter Wednesday to new White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II. “These directives appear to violate a host of federal laws.”

    Cummings’ letter cited a memo — dated Jan. 20 — circulating at the Department of Health and Human Services from Acting Secretary Norris Cochran that tells agency division heads that “no correspondence to public officials (e.g., members of Congress, governors) … unless specifically authorized by me or my designee, shall be sent between now and Feb. 3.”

    Within the last two days, Cochran, in a follow-up message to staff that was provided to ABC News by an agency spokesperson, sought to “clarify” his earlier memo, telling employees the “memorandum should not be interpreted or implemented in any way that would preclude or in any way interfere with our HHS staff addressing their concerns to their elected representatives in person or in writing.”

    He said that the language in his memo was simply intended “to coordinate the Department’s policy positions with the appropriate policy staff on agency business.”

    Staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency earlier in the week told The Los Angeles Times that their new bosses ordered a media blackout, quoting one directive as telling them, “Only send out critical messages, as messages can be shared broadly and end up in the press.”

    Cummings accused the administration of imposing a widespread ban on agency communication.

    White House aides did not immediately respond to request for comment about alleged efforts to block employees from communicating with Congress, broadly, or about the latest in a series of letters from Cummings about the way they are handling the transition. The Associated Press reported that White House press secretary Sean Spicer said no directives to silence communication from agencies came from the White House.

    A call and an email to HHS requesting comment was not immediately returned.

    Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, refers to a memo circulating in the federal health agency that appears aimed at halting any effort to finish work on regulations that began during the prior administration. It is in that context that the acting agency head prohibited employees from talking with Congress.

  9. January 27, 2017 at 10:18 am

    At a key moment, Trump admin eyes Obamacare sabotage
    01/27/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump spoke at the biennial Republican retreat yesterday and made an unexpected acknowledgement. The new president said he recently spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) about “just doing nothing” with health care policy “for two years,” ignoring possible reforms to the Affordable Care Act, in the hopes that the system would struggle and hurt Democrats in the 2018 midterms.

    Trump said he ultimately decided against that route, but as the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman noted, the remark was nevertheless instructive: according to the president himself, he’s open to playing politics with Americans’ lives.

    Keep that in mind when reading this Politico scoop from last night.

    The Trump administration has pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season, according to sources at Health and Human Services and on Capitol Hill.

    Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled, the sources told POLITICO…. It is also halting all media outreach designed to spur signups in the days leading up to the deadline. Emails are no longer being sent out to individuals who visited HealthCare.gov, the enrollment website, to encourage them to finish signing up. Those emails had proven highly successful in getting stragglers to complete enrollment before the deadline.

    The point, obviously, is to try to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The enrollment deadline isn’t until Tuesday, and because so many consumers wait until the last minute, the last few days are crucial.

    The Trump administration, however, has decided to stop letting Americans know about their options – not to save money, since the ads were already bought and paid for, but because the White House doesn’t want people to participate and get covered.

    • 14 57andfemale
      January 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Waiting for Pelosi & Schumer to scream outrage. Effing crickets. Call it sabotage, attach emotional words to GOP actions. What the eff does it take to get Dem leaders to fight effectively?

    • 15 GGail
      January 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I’m so glad I’m a member of the OFA. As a member of an organization that is determined to do good, you learn that these tactics won’t work. We have Enrollment & Voter Registration events scheduled all this weekend and they are aimed at the demographics that need it the most.

      The States that have their own Insurance Exchange don’t need the government Ads.

      I’m more encouraged than discouraged. And I feel like I’m making a difference.

    • January 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Enrollments have been UP here in CA, and Covered CA is doing a huge final push in advertising, (because we have our OWN exchange, and not a part of Healthcare.gov.)

      Sure, it’s not as large as the first year – because most people have healthcare now. But there are a LOT of people calling, freaking out, and wanting to get SOMETHING NOW…. than wait to see what they try to do.

      The ACA took 4 years to implement. They can’t take everyone’s health insurance away overnight, without something already in place…. That would cause chaos, and tank the entire industry, and take the economy along with it.

      Their biggest task is actually coming up with an honest replacement that’s NOTHING REMOTELY LIKE what the MN House passed this week, basically attempting to make it legal for health insurance carriers to cover NOTHING, and get paid for it. That’s legalized embezzlement on a larger scale than it was before the ACA.

      Once they have an actual plan that helps people and is BETTER than Obamacare, but if it’s not, what Trump wants to happen to the Dems, has already happened to the GOP, and ripping away health care will destroy them. (Of course, if they outlaw elections it won’t matter.)

      They need to come up with an actual plan (of which the only sustainable thing is nation-wide NON-PROFIT Single Payer), then overlay that on the ACA…. so people can switch gradually… and there’s no complete setting fire to one of the largest industries in the country.

  10. January 27, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Trump’s bogus claims about American cities start to add up
    01/27/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 01/27/17 08:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    During one of the 2016 presidential debates, Hillary Clinton noted that the murder rate in New York City is dropping. “You’re wrong,” Donald Trump said, interrupting her. “Murders are up.” Trump was wrong; murders in NYC are down.

    Five months later, on Martin Luther King weekend, Trump thought it’d be a good idea to feud with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) after the iconic congressman questioned the legitimacy of the president’s election. The Republican responded in part by going after Lewis’ Atlanta congressional district, insisting Lewis should overlook the election scandal and focus instead of his “crime infested” city that’s “in horrible shape and falling apart.” A closer look revealed Trump’s condemnations of Atlanta weren’t at all true.

    Earlier this week, the president turned his attention to criticizing Chicago, insisting that during President Obama’s farewell address, “two people were shot and killed during his speech.” It turns out, Trump simply made that up and those shootings didn’t happen outside of the president’s imagination.

    Yesterday, as the Washington Post noted, it was Philly’s turn.

    Speaking in Philadelphia on Thursday, President Trump made one of his trademark digressions into a discussion of violent crime.

    Mentioning the increase in violent crime in some major cities nationwide – which is true, homicides have gone up in numerous big cities – Trump also pointed to the city where he was speaking during a Republican strategy retreat.

    “Here in Philadelphia, the murder rate has been steady – I mean just terribly increasing,” he said.

    Trump has no idea what he’s talking about. The murder rate in the city just decreased, and it’s improved steadily in recent decades.

  11. 19 Don
    January 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I miss those old boring days of the Obama Administration; I also miss Josh Earnest’s low keyed and sometimes dull press briefings.

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  13. January 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Bannon’s Battle Plan
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 27, 2017 9:19 AM

    A couple of weeks after the election, Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said this to Kimberly Strassel:

    I never went on TV one time during the campaign. Not once. You know why? Because politics is war. General Sherman would never have gone on TV to tell everyone his plans. I’d never tip my hand to the other side. And right now we’ve got work to do.

    One week into the Trump administration, we have a pretty good idea of the battle plan Bannon has been cooking up. Not only did he and Steven Miller write Trump’s combative inaugural address, according to reporting by Isaac Arnsdorf, Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim, they have written the series of executive orders that the president has signed this week, as well as those that have been leaked to the press.

    While their plan is an attempt to show an appearance of momentum, it’s not hard to see Bannon’s fingerprints on things like restricting Muslim refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S., the announcement that the administration will be tracking and publicizing individual incidents of crime by undocumented immigrants, attempts to cripple the U.N. and policies that will be a great recruitment tool for ISIS. It is a white nationalist Islamophobic dream come true.

    The problem is that apparently Bannon and Miller haven’t consulted with Trump’s cabinet nominees, the federal agencies involved or members of Congress on any of these plans. That means that many of them might be “unworkable, unenforceable or even illegal.”

    The backlash that has been unleashed, along with an obsession with the results of the election that placed Trump in the White House, have led Mr. Bannon to be more than a little bit combative – as he demonstrated in an interview with the New York Times.

  14. 25 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

  15. 26 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 10:41 am

  16. January 27, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Good morning Dear TOD family! Better than a great cup of coffee to stop in and find the house full of good people. It’s beautiful here in central NC today, sun and cold (for us) and our camellia bushes are completely covered with gorgeous hot pink flowers as big as saucers. Lots of work to do today so I must focus and stay on task. That is, go completely against my default way of being in the world. But I can do this! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝😎😎😎❤️

  17. January 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Trump’s voter-fraud nonsense takes a ridiculous turn
    01/27/17 10:41 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s been quite a ride for Donald Trump’s bizarre voter-fraud claims. Three weeks after winning the presidential election, the Republican said he secretly won the popular vote he lost, because of illegally cast ballots that exist only in his imagination. This week, the president repeated the claim, pointing to a second-hand anecdote from a German golfer he knows about people “who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote.”

    Trump has cited a report he didn’t read and blasted its author. The White House said it wasn’t calling for an investigation and then the president said the opposite. Trump was supposed to issue some kind of executive directive yesterday on initiating a probe into a problem that doesn’t exist, only to reverse course without explanation.

    It’s worth pausing from time to time to appreciate the fact that the new president of the United States isn’t just lying about details he doesn’t understand; he’s also attacking American democracy and the electoral system that put him in office.

    This morning, the president made the whole mess even more farcical with another tweet.

    “Look forward to seeing final results of VoteStand. Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal. We must do better!”

    Who’s Gregg Phillips and what’s VoteStand? I’m glad you asked.

    As Right Wing Watch explained, “Phillips is a longtime conservative activist who, according to his LinkedIn profile, has worked for the Mississippi and Alabama Republican parties and a pro-Newt Gingrich Super PAC, and currently sits on the board of directors of True the Vote, a group ostensibly created to root out the massive voter fraud that it has been so far unable to find. On his Twitter profile, Phillips says he is the founder of VoteStand, an app for reporting suspected voter fraud that True the Vote promoted heavily before this month’s election, despite its previous failure to uncover any evidence of widespread fraud.”

  18. January 27, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Trump’s White Supremacy on Display…Again
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 27, 2017 10:36 AM

    As a result of Trump’s discrimination against people of color in his buildings, attack on the Central Park Five, and revival of the birther movement against Obama, many of us had no doubts about his embrace of white supremacy. That was only confirmed by the kind of campaign he ran last year.

    But during his remarks at the Republican retreat yesterday, he went off script for a moment and dove deeply into his racist core.

    We also need to keep the ballot box safe from illegal voting. Believe me, you take look at what is registering, folks — they like to say, Oh, Trump Trump Trump… take a look at what is registering.

    Aside from his lies about voter fraud, any decent human being would have suggested that we we need to take a look at “who” is registering. The “what” in that sentence is simply dehumanizing. The backdrop to that is the story Trump recently told Congressional leaders about why he is so convinced that there was voter fraud in the election.


    When Trump admonishes us to take a look at “what” is registering, he is referring to “voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote.” In other words, they looked like they came from Latin American countries.

    According to this president, people who should vote obviously look like him…the person who comes from a great gene pool.

  19. 30 andogriff
    January 27, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Missing President Obama, his family and entire staff SO MUCH!! We seem to be living in a terrifying nightmare. 😥

    • January 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Yes, yes we do. NO doubt. My body stays in knots All.The.Time. Had a massage yesterday and it only helped a little and for a short time. 😦 😦 😦 What do we do?

  20. 33 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

  21. 34 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

  22. January 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

    • January 27, 2017 at 11:46 am

      I honestly don’t believe 60mil people voting for this insanity. Putin did this.

      Doesn’t it seem like there must be something else happening here? Like this is some giant sting operation to see just how much criminality the GOP will put up with and give it’s blessing to…. and Trump is the bait.

  23. 44 whenpamelawandered
    January 27, 2017 at 11:58 am


  24. January 27, 2017 at 11:59 am



    This is the press’s job.

    This is why the press was given an enumerated right in the Constitution, this, right here.

    This is the very moment when the press must step up and put their very lives on the line.

    This, this right here, is no less than their duty to the Republic, to every American, to the World.

    The press must step up now or forever give up their right to freedom.

    President Trump based his claim on a conspiracy theory put forth by Alex Jones and Greg Phillips, he must be held to account.”

  25. January 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    as Bob has said so many times….#TruthAndReconciliation

    • 47 Don
      January 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      That level of understanding could only take place in a country that hasn’t had in its history, millions of its citizens getting wrapped up in an imaginary game like fucking Pokémon.

  26. January 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Trump picks leader for federal agency overseeing his D.C. hotel
    The White House booted the agency’s designee for his own choice within eight hours.
    01/26/17 02:55 PM EST

    President Donald Trump has installed the head of the agency that has to decide whether to evict him from his Washington hotel.

    Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, an Obama-appointed General Services Administration official named Norman Dong became acting administrator, according to an agency email obtained by POLITICO. Seven and a half hours later, Trump replaced Dong with Tim Horne a Denver-based GSA official who had coordinated the agency’s transition with the Trump team, a second email showed.

    Democrats are already pressuring Horne to terminate the GSA’s lease for Trump’s hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue because a line in the contract arguably prohibits it from benefiting an elected official. The GSA hasn’t indicated what it will do, but the fact that the agency’s chief now owes his position to Trump cements the conflict of interest — effectively making the president both landlord and tenant.

    The reason for the whiplash isn’t clear. Political appointees like Dong usually offer to resign at the start of a new administration but sometimes stick around on an interim basis. It appears the GSA’s outgoing leadership wanted Dong to take over temporarily but Trump preferred Horne.

  27. January 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    GOP officials revive a scheme to help rig presidential elections
    01/27/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The scheme first crossed my radar in 2011 with a Republican effort in Pennsylvania. GOP policymakers in the Keystone State thought it’d be a good idea to change the way Pennsylvania allocated electoral votes in the presidential election: instead of awarding all of its votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in the state, they’d divvy up votes based on specific congressional districts.

    There was no great mystery behind the scheme. Democratic tickets won Pennsylvania, a key and competitive battleground, in every cycle for decades, and Republicans were looking for a way to mitigate the Dems’ advantage by rigging the process.

    The proposal eventually faltered – though, ironically, it would have backfired in 2016 – but the idea behind the scheme quickly spread. As regular readers may recall, after the 2012 elections, six states – Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – all considered plans to end winner-take-all electoral models. In each instance, cooler heads prevailed.

    The idea, however, isn’t going away. The Washington Post reported this week:
    Republicans in two swing states lost by President Trump in 2016 have introduced legislation that would have benefited Trump in the 2016 election, by splitting up their electoral votes by congressional districts instead of awarding them statewide.

    In Minnesota, Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt has introduced a bill that would assign one electoral vote to each of the state’s districts, and two to the winner of the statewide popular vote. In Virginia, Rep. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) has introduced identical legislation, and passed it through the Elections Subcommittee on a party-line vote.

    • January 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Don’t forget Anonymous stopped Rove from stealing Ohio in 2012. I believe Russia got away with vote flipping in 2016, in most of the swing states, including OH, PA, FL, MI, & WI.

  28. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    90 seconds of truth!

  29. 55 57andfemale
    January 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This is what 62M Americans voted for:

    • 56 COS
      January 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I think Mike Pence’s dirty laundry need more exposure than it gets. I believe at some point he will be President. He is just as bad or worse than Trump, because he hides his nastiness under the cloak of religion.

  30. 59 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is Insane.
    Hello TOD.
    I just saw this.
    Pardon me for posting this. I try not to post pics with the BirtherTrump here most of the time.

  31. 62 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm


    • January 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      i am quite tire of watchin white folks on TV explain away racism….just tired of all white casts…as if those folks are the only ones that matter.

  32. 64 catrst
    January 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm


    I know the source on this and I wouldn’t usually link to it. Not anymore anyway but I think this is worth looking at.

    • January 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      As a retired mental health counselor who has used the DSM diagnostic manual, this is not news. Trump’s behavior was typed with this at the beginning of the primary season. But it is helpful for people to recognize this and realize this is only going to get worse as the pressures mount on him.

      • 66 57andfemale
        January 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Checking twitter earlier, and I guess Trump didn’t have a meltdown during the presser with PM May, and some “journalists” were gushing and telling foreign leaders that they can rest easy now.

        This, from the institution that spread lies about PBO at every turn. I want to scream.

    • 67 Linda
      January 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I could fit my entire wardrobe in the bags under his eyes . He should stop highlighting them.

  33. 69 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Threatens Our Allies, Says She is ‘Taking Names’

    “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names, we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”


  34. 72 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Christine Armonpour’s husband…. Jamie Rubin just blamed PBO for the Syrian Refugee crises.

  35. 76 carolyn
    January 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Two comments:
    1. The article from Daily Kos on Narcissistic Personality Disorder is excellent. My husband, a psychologist, had diagnosed this awful man years ago. I hope the MSM get this article in triplicate. The people of the country and The Press have GOT to wake up. And WE need to keep the pressure on. Like a pressure cooker, he will eventually explode and totally melt down. He has never been under scrutiny before. Also, in addition to the article, notice that DT has no friends….from his past or present life.

    2. Is anyone else wondering what THE PRESIDENT (you know who I mean. there is only one) knows about the election that he is not saying and waiting to work itself out? He is being quiet, which I know is protocol, but I believe he knows what is going to come out eventually. He has been almost calmer than usual during this situation.

    Thank you NW for maintaining this home for all of us. It is vital to our mental health !!!!!

    • January 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I agree with you Carolyn about both Trump and our President Obama. Remember when he assured us everything would be fine? I felt a certainty in his voice. I hope that is true.

      • January 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        You know friends, I agree about what THE PRESIDENT said. His last words as he walked away from that press conference. As much as he loves this country and its people, I do believe he knows something but knows it is something that has to be EXACTLY RIGHT……..EVERY ‘I’ dotted and ‘T’ crossed. We know if it involves counter intelligence that those involved have to be careful on steroids and TAKE THEIR TIME. EVERY duck must be lined up PERFECTLY. Get my drift. We all know that. I’ve even begun to wonder if Hillary doesn’t also know what is going on and she agreed to “take one for the team”. IOW, short-term pain/defeat for the continuance of our democracy. She’s not perfect. However, I can see her agreeing to do that.

    • 79 idon
      January 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Yes. I agree. The President knows something and also knows what’s going to be done about it. I keep wondering if the US Secretary Geberal is involved.

  36. 80 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    • 81 Don
      January 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      So that means that we had a spy deep inside of Russia that a week into Trumps Administration gets found out? I hope the C.I.A is telling all of its agents to come back home before they are exposed.

  37. 83 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

  38. 84 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  39. 88 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  40. 90 whenpamelawandered
    January 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Be vigilant, don’t be afraid.” – PBO
    Bbl {{{ TOD }}} ❤👊🏼🗝

  41. 91 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    • 92 Obama Grandmama
      January 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      I remember the story of the kid who cried “Wolf” from my youth. It was about a shepherd boy watching his flock of sheep, becoming bored yelling “Wolf” then seeing all the villagers come out to kill the wolf. He repeatedly did it till the villagers decided to ignore him since they could not believe him. That story pops into my mind since DJT arrived on our scene. Not sure how it will play out, but it could be bad.

  42. January 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Could Trump round up Muslim Americans like FDR rounded up Japanese Americans….YES…


    During the early days of U.S. involvement in World War II, President franklin d. roosevelt issued orders authorizing the establishment of “military areas” from which dangerous persons could be expelled or excluded. This order was used to designate the West Coast a military area and to remove and imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in “relocation centers” for the duration of the war. The Supreme Court upheld the relocation order in korematsu v. united states, 323 U.S. 214, 65 S. Ct. 193, 89 L. Ed. 194 (1944), finding that the government had a compelling national security interest during a time of war to take such extreme measures.
    Following the September 11 attacks on the United States, Congress passed the usa patriot act, which gives the president increased powers to wiretap suspected terrorists without judicial supervision as well as the power to indefinitely detain Aliens who are suspected of Terrorism. U.S. citizens who have been held as enemy combatants in military prisons without the right to consult with an attorney or have a criminal trial have challenged the president’s authority. In Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 316 F.3d 450 (4th Cir. 2003), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the courts must defer to the president when dealing with issues of national security. Therefore, the president could order the indefinite detention of enemy combatants.

  43. 94 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    President Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, claims the same disgraced spiritual advisor as the Duggar family.

    Perdue credits Bill Gothard, who resigned nearly two years ago from the ministry he founded over sexual harassment allegations, as the strongest influence in his life aside from the Bible, according to the Homeschoolers Anonymous blog.

    “Nothing besides Scripture itself played a more important role in the daily guiding and leading of our family than Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles,” Perdue wrote in a blurb for Gothard’s book, “The Amazing Way.”

    “We immersed ourselves in the clear but profound and practical wisdom delivered by God through Bill,” Perdue wrote. “I found every seminar and every piece of literature was produced impeccably in honor of the One whose message it delivered.”

    The other blurb on Gothard’s book was written by David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby.


    Good Grief

  44. 95 No Child Left Behind
    January 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  45. 96 Don
    January 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    As crazy as it sounds I think that every family should have a “Go-Bag” on standby.

  46. 100 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm

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  48. 102 Allison
    January 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

  49. January 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    HFS!!! Go check out, Scott Dworkin’s twitter feed!!! Lots of incriminating stuff….

  50. 104 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

  51. 105 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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  53. 110 JER
    January 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

  54. 111 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Has anyone noticed that the media is calling Trump ” President Trump ” when for 8 years all the did was call PBO ” Obama ” ? I sure have.

  55. January 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

  56. 116 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Leaked Tape Reveals That Republicans Are Terrified And Running Scared On Obamacare Repeal


  57. 121 Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    MSNBC keeps running a clip of Paul Ryan, when Greta asked him about paying for Trump’s boondoggle, saying he wants to shift the taxes we pay on exports to taxing imports.
    Per Article 1 Section 9 of the constitution

    No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

    Ryan needs to read the constitution and so does Greta.

  58. 122 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

  59. January 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    back to work …

    • 124 carolyn
      January 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Nikki Haley, another eight year old in an adult body. That is not how one talks in adult company. I’m sure the other countries are quaking in their boots (NOT). That is just pathetic, and so juvenile. To go from people like Adlai Stevenson and Samantha Power to this little girl is just humiliating.

      • 125 FoxfireTX
        January 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        This is all the GOP knows Carolyn, shouting and bullying and destruction. Diplomacy is a skill that has long left their repertoire.

  60. 127 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    My Late Dad liked his show…….Mannix.

  61. 129 desertflower
    January 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm


  62. 131 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

  63. January 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry if already posted:

  64. 133 desertflower
    January 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm


    The potential consequences of this are plain and speak to intent. Open-enrollment ends on January 31; signups tend to surge near the deadline, and the composition of late enrollees tend to be younger and healthier; fewer reminders mean fewer signups, an older, sicker risk pool, and higher 2018 premiums, which will be announced in March. If the increases are greater than expected, Republicans will cite it as evidence that they inherited from Democrats a failing program that must be dismantled. They will turn their intentional mismanagement into misfortune for millions of Americans. Sabotage.

    The good news is the law’s supporters are so rightly outraged by this that they’re taking on promotion duties themselves, and, with a little organizing, will limit the damage the Trump administration’s trying to do.

    If anything, though, the level of outrage is insufficient. Consider:

    Most members of Congress and their staffs must, by law, get insurance through the ACA, typically via Washington, DC’s health exchange. Does it strike you as likely that they—Republicans on Capitol Hill—will forego insurance, in order to weaken the market and trigger premium spikes? Do you imagine that they’ll tell friends and family members to miss the deadline, go without insurance for a year, to make the law easier to unwind? If the goal is to minimize enrollment, won’t they lead by example?

    The answer is obviously no. This is about endangering your family in pursuit of political leverage. They want you to take very serious risks with your life so that it’s easier for them to get revenge for Obamacare. The purpose of pulling ads is to weaken the market by placing the risks of going uninsured (bankruptcy, death, etc) on to other people. It’s more disgusting than it looks.

  65. 135 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Australian Open: This Weekend.

    Williams Vs Williams on Saturday
    Fedex Vs Nadal.

    Any Williams win is OK by me 😉

    Nadal is my guy, sorry Amk 😉

  66. 139 desertflower
    January 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm


  67. 141 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I am not able to copy & paste any text from Facebook? I didn’t know that was the case until now. 😦

  68. 143 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

  69. 144 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  70. 150 Nena20409
    January 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Another show The Family watched & enjoyed.

  71. January 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I’m glad she has SS protection.

  72. January 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    • 160 CEB
      January 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      This could have been about any tragic event because there is no historical or cultural reference. It also contains a big lie : “we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.” This from a racist with his Muslim registry, disrespect of women, dismissal of Black and Brown people and the disabled. They put out this lame thing because it was expected, not because there was any real feeling about it. This man has lived a life for 70 years dedicated to his passions and his ego; most of us know what he is and those who were willfully blind are beginning to see who and what he is as well.

    • January 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Trump did not write this…he does not care about anyone or anything but himself

  73. 162 globalcitizenlinda
    January 27, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Friday is nearly over and we have seen the extent of the crazy … what comes next?

  74. January 27, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    My heart is breaking, on this of all days.

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