140 Responses to “Healthier America Summit”

  1. 1 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

    TY, Nerdy:) I’m home sick with the flu today….can hang out and listen to Forever FLOTUS!

    • 2 globalcitizenlinda
      May 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Team Treason really thinks that they can fool everyone

    • 3 amk for obama
      May 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

      • 4 pkayden
        May 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        Why would I trust the word of a lawyer who is being paid by Trump? Show us your taxes, you jerk. That’s what all other modern presidential candidates have done. What makes Trump so special?

  2. May 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    • 6 pkayden
      May 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      McCarthy is beyond cool. Dying for this week’s episode of SNL. It’s going to be on fire. They have so much material from this week to mock.

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        May 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        Can’t wait! She’s phenomenal. Think I heard she’s also playing “huckabee’s daughter.” Ugh.

  3. May 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Wow…actually surprised that 45 did the interview with Holt/NBC rather that FOX News.

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      May 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Think I saw later today he did a follow-up with FOX, where he denied everything he ever said in life yada yada yada.

  4. May 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

    That too, but also that they are enabling a psychotic dictator-wanna-be to destroy our democracy.

  5. 14 amk for obama
    May 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

  6. 15 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 11:30 am


  7. 17 JER
    May 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

  8. May 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    There should be a place reserved for them UNDER the jail.

  9. 19 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Got to tell Pence what to do and say….wonder what that disturbing sign says behind Pence?

  10. May 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

  11. May 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

    • 22 pkayden
      May 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      I wonder if it’s even legal for Trump to have taped Comey without Comey’s knowledge or permission. Sounds shady to me. Trump better hope that such “tapes” do not actually exist. He is such a liar that they probably don’t exist anyways.

      • 23 jacquelineoboomer
        May 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

        Ari Melber on MSNBC said today that in D.C., if one person in the conversation is both in and doing the recording, it’s legal. But Trump couldn’t, for instance, tape two or more other people who were unaware they were being recorded (if he weren’t in the recording himself).

  12. May 12, 2017 at 11:43 am

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

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

    To all, I hope that your eyes see, your ears hear, and you mind conceive all the goodness God has prepared for you today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  13. May 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

  14. May 12, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Wouldn’t it be more credible for accountant(s) to do this anyway?

    • 31 CEB
      May 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      His go to defense tactics do not work in the public service arena. He is boxed in and everyday faces the limits of his power and influence. We are not afraid, but it is very obvious that he is.

      • May 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        I was saying something similar earlier. He’s used to being able to bribe, threaten law suits, scapegoat, deny, and lie to get away with his cheating, criminal acts. Not working too well for him these days and he’s panicking like a cornered, rabid, animal.

    • May 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Dear IRS, My accountant has prepared a letter saying that I am A-Okay. Thanks, Me.(Saw this on twitter).

  15. May 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

  16. 35 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    It’s Friday. Yet, I can’t seem to appreciate the weekend. It’s all bad news from the WH all the time.

    Good Morning TODVille. Hope everyone is well and safe.

    • 36 CEB
      May 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      It is even m ore important to grab all of the joy that you can. Spend time with friends and family, visit places near and far that you have been in awhile, do something physical, laugh out loud, watch reunion videos on YouTube. In other words, do not forget what life is all about. As bad as things are, there are no troops fighting on our shores, no food and fuel riots, and if you are not Black or Brown, you are relatively safe in your neighborhoods. Live the life that is worth fighting for and do not give these short-term criminals and cowards, your peace of mind, your health, or you joy.

  17. 37 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 11:59 am


    Russia would have needed no inducements or collusion to support Trump’s election campaign. His personality is the kind they understand, his cynicism and his dishonesty are familiar, his greed is the same as their greed. Above all, his lack of respect for the law is their lack of respect for the law. Trump fired the FBI director to get him off his television screen; Russian police lock up dissidents to get them out of public view. No, it’s not the same thing. But it’s not that different either.

  18. 38 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Keep pulling those strings and following the $$$$$$$$$

  19. 39 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  20. 40 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    President Trump tweeted a thinly veiled threat to fired FBI Director James Comey, an extraordinary development in Trump’s ongoing feud with the agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and Russia.

    The tweet seemed to suggest there are possibly recorded conversations that could be leaked to counter Comey if necessary: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”

    Another tweet from the President offered a potential solution to criticisms that the White House can’t get its story straight about Comey’s firing: cancel all press briefings.

    “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump tweeted. “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
    Follow the day’s developments on the live blog and watch CNN.

  21. 41 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  22. 42 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    When did Evil become Good?

  23. 46 JER
    May 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

  24. 47 Allison
    May 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

  25. May 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Norm Eisen‏Verified account @ NormEisen 49m49 minutes ago
    Norm Eisen Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    this tweet another possible trump crime: 18 USC 1512, witness intimidation. comey witness 2trump’s possible obstruction by demanding loyalty

  26. May 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    2. First, it confirms tens of millions in income from Russian entities over the last 10 years

    3. Claim there is no income or debt beyond that depends entirely on Trump’s lawyers’ definition of “RUSSIAN ENTITY”

    4. How do Trump’s lawyers define a “RUSSIAN ENTITY.” They do not define the term.

    5. Without defining the term, Trump’s letter is meaningless.

    6. Without releasing his actual tax returns, the letter is unverifiable

  27. May 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

  28. 51 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    • 52 CEB
      May 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Were these people invited or did they just tell the college presidents that they were coming? Out of all of the outstanding A-A’s in all walks of life, why in the world were DeVos and Conryn ever in the running? Slave master mentality is obviously at play here. Thought A-A students would be so grateful for white folks to recognize them, did they? The students do not need their “favor” or condescension, or false words, especially when their actions hurt so many aspects of Black lives. Today’s young people have very different ideas about politics, the political parties, and how to live in a racists world that are very different from their parents and grandparents. White folks need to catch up.

  29. May 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    There must be some financial motivation for these HBCU presidents to extend invitations to the likes of Devos and Cornyn. The students are right. Having commencement speakers who exhibit values that are contrary to theirs and whose actions work to oppress rather than benefit would cast a shroud over a day that should be jubilant for them.

    A historically black college in Houston is canceling Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) planned commencement address, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

    In the run-up to the Saturday ceremony, 850 students at Texas Southern University had signed a petition urging the school to pull the plug on Cornyn’s speech.

    “Having a politician such as him speak at our institution is an insult to the students, to TSU, and to all HBCUs,” the petition reads, using the acronym for historically black colleges and universities.

    “This is our graduation. We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people.”

    The petition accused Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, of supporting “discriminatory policies and politicians,” and argued that hosting him as a commencement speaker would contradict the university’s values.

    • 54 CEB
      May 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, SW.

      This whole mess makes me think of all of the ways that white folks have used institutions to influence and to control Black people, and it makes my blood boil. The preachers who only read the scripture about being obedient to masters, but not the ones that followed that said if you can get your freedom do so; the white men who sat on the boards and were presidents of Spellman and other HBCU’s until about 25 years ago; the so-called benefactors who believe in charity rather than opportunity and upward mobility; the military that offered death as cannon-fodder to Black men and boys as a way to prove their loyalty and as a pathway to full citizenship, but reneged on their promises; the politicians, democrats and republicans who tell us “what do you have to lose” while each will use our votes and still keep us on the bottom; being told by society at large that we should wait, that we should be grateful, and for so many offenses large and small. So proud of these students who did not allow themselves to be used.

    • 56 arapaho415
      May 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      GA SWBG.

      State-wide stakeout all “six of John Cornyn’s Texas offices: Austin, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio” at the end of the month.

      Haven’t read this article, but love the photos — I’ve been to Houston a few times, really like the city (so different from many other parts of Texas), but not inclined to live through their 100F degree summers with humidity nearly that high. 😦

  30. May 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm


    A formal announcement is expected to come at the network’s upfront presentation next week.
    The end of the road is in sight for ABC’s Scandal.

    The network is expected to announce at next week’s upfront presentation that the Shonda Rhimes drama starring Kerry Washington will end with its previously announced seventh season.

    Rhimes has been vocal about the show’s uncertain future in the country’s current political climate. “I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview for its 100th episode. “We had a destination, and I don’t know if that’s our destination anymore.”

    This season, writers had to scrap a planned storyline that featured Russians hacking the presidential election when reality struck too close to home for ABC’s political thriller. A new president to replace Tony Goldwyn’s Fitzgerald Grant is expected to be revealed before the show wraps this season.

    Sources note that Rhimes always saw Scandal as a seven-season show. The prolific producer told THR ahead of season four that her fast-paced game-changing series — inspired by the life of fixer Judy Smith (who serves as a co-executive producer) wasn’t a “10-season or eight-season show. … I’ve already decided when Scandal is ending,” she said at the time. “I think there’s only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. … I’ve already decided how long that is and what that’s going to be.”

  31. May 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    “..the United States is currently led by a man who equates allegiance to the country with allegiance to him. As Americans learned this week, this mentality is a grave threat to American law enforcement. It’s only a matter of time until it threatens the American military too.”
    L’etat c’est Trump: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/letat-cest-trump/526431/
    Conway said Trump “expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration.”
    #45 — loyal to Putin and a line up of admired autocrats.

  32. 59 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hello TOD!
    Congrats, DF on your Au ⭐

  33. 60 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  34. 61 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    • 62 Nena20409
      May 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      The many lies told to justify the Iraq War. WMD, Nicolle?
      The Magic of Selective Amnesia, strikes again?

  35. 63 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  36. 64 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

  37. 65 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  38. 66 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Yep! Congress was designed to #RESIST!

    • May 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Yes they were, NCLB. Maybe they also need a refresher about the legislative branch’s role regarding checks and balances and their constitutional responsibility to the citizens of this country.

      Did eight years of having a black President cause them to lose all their mental faculties as well as whatever moral decency and integrity they may have once had?

    • 68 Believe Again
      May 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you!

  39. 69 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  40. 70 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  41. 71 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm

  42. 72 No Child Left Behind
    May 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    My world!

  43. 73 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

  44. 74 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

  45. May 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    But not “breaking” news. This has been reported in the recent past. Yet, he has the audacity to complain about someone potentially wiretapping him. Another example of him projecting his actions onto others with him as the victim.

  46. 78 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

  47. 80 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I love her.

  48. May 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Has the GOP conceded that their party is a lost cause and have decided to go out with a bang?

    It’s just hard to believe that *every* elected GOP legislator is okay with what’s happening and that *no one* is willing to put country and ethics above party — beyond lip service (i.e., expressions of dismay and outrage).

  49. 83 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  50. 84 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  51. 86 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm

  52. 87 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

  53. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

  54. 90 JER
    May 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm


  55. 93 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm

  56. 94 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm

  57. 96 Allison
    May 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  58. May 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    As a matter of fact, we like the distraction so we can sneak through bills that detrimental to the poor and working class.

  59. 101 mtmarilyn
    May 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Good Friday to al. Thank you Nerdy Wonka for keeping us going. I don’t know how we would all survive without each other. My other go to places of sanity have been the podcasts at Crooked Media. I have really enjoyed Derays new podcast Pod Save the People, but today’s podcast is either Edward Snowden. I can’t listen to it. If someone else does would you please let us know how he handles it.

  60. 102 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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    • 105 0388jojothecat
      May 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      This weekend the US Post Office is accepting bags of food that will be delivered to local food banks. I have been participating for about ten years. Unfortunately they accept canned foods and non-parishables. If you can please help the local food pantries in your neighborhoods. I know there are many of my TOD who give to our fellow americans who are struggling. But for the grace of God this could be any of us or our families. I remember growing up when there was more month than money to eat every week my mother, brothers and I would go to the local missions to get a bag of food after sitting through church service (food for the soul). I remember sitting there singing hymns and listening to the service with other needy families and homeless looking for a meal. I always thank God He made it possible that I can give something back to others.

  63. 106 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  64. 108 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

  65. 109 Nena20409
    May 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I hope they keep it up.
    That is the ONLY #MSM will be forced to stop copying #Fox.

    • 110 57andfemale
      May 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Rachel has been excellent on this, I must admit. I watched last night. I’ll never totally forgive her for her treatment of PBO, but she has been excellent on Trump & Russia.

      • 111 jacquelineoboomer
        May 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

        I’m exactly where you are on that. Also back to watching a few others, who have all of a sudden “seen the light” about what we had for eight years – and what was so admirable about him – compared to the nothingness we have now. But, still, they are among those not fully forgiven.

  66. 112 JER
    May 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Barack Obama after hours. (From 2010) — petesouza

  67. May 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    • 114 whenpamelawandered
      May 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm


      • May 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

        Putting the best possible spin on it that I can think of, maybe he’s concerned about who might be appointed. If he intends to go ahead and fully prosecute, maybe he thinks a special prosecutor appointed by Trump would thwart his investigation.

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  74. 123 desertflower
    May 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    • 124 Sandy1110
      May 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      This is why the Cabinet was chosen.

      The Trump Administration and Putin’s Russia are a White Nationalist alliance.

      Richard Spencer and the #MacronLeaks instigator both have Russian wives.

      David Duke timeshares a living space in Russia with another white supremacist. Our MSM aided and abetted Trump by totally ignoring Duke’s Trump-cheerleading posts during election season.

      White Nationalists Bannon and Miller chose Cabinet nominees intended to erode their agencies (and civil rights and protections) from within. That’s why Confederate Jeff Sessions was put in position to reinstate harsh drug penalties and inflict maximum damage on POC.

      DeVos will decimate public education.

      Carson will let HUD wither on the vine.

      Rick Perry in charge of the Dept. of Energy? Pruitt (oil lobby) in charge of the EPA?

      Civil rights groups need to be on constant RED ALERT until something somehow loosens this administration’s stranglehold on our democracy.

  75. May 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    This DOT needs to be connected:

  76. 126 JER
    May 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

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  79. 134 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    as people discuss and wonder about the homegrown demagogue’s threats about tapes;

    isn’t this a good time to reconsider that story which was reported in the second week of February about the confrontation between WH reporter from the American Urban Radio Network Ms. April D Ryan and that disgusting Omarosa Manigault;

    I remember reading and hearing that their interaction in which Omarosa threatened Ms. Ryan “was recorded”;

    if this claim is true, then that would be a some kind of confirmation that Team Treason is recording people;

    someone needs to use this as a starting point to see if this recording is indeed true;

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  82. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

  83. 140 whenpamelawandered
    May 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    W/MPW languishing all alone on the next thread 👽

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