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  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    October 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The only FLOTUS ❤️

  2. 13 Judith Fardig
    October 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Congrats, Pamela! Michelle inspires millions to reach higher. Hi from upstate NY.

  3. 15 whenpamelawandered
    October 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  4. 19 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Do we really ever know people as well as we think we do?

  5. October 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Malala started her first day at Oxford today.

  6. 21 whatisworking
    October 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Everyone

    I live in Santa Rosa CA where the fires have been everywhere. Last night we had winds over 60mph and it spread fires to many areas of our city. Our home is safe. In fact 2 shelters for evacuees are blocks from our home. One daughter was asked to evacuate but her house is still here, the other daughter was on alert but not asked to evacuate.

    I volunteered at the evacuation area today and folks seem to be hanging in there. Food, volunteers, and supplies pored in. It felt great to be doing something that was immediately helping my neighbors.

    Many affluent areas were affected, wineries burned, and businesses were damaged. This is the most devastating fire to hit our area in everyones memory. The winds, the dry brush, the fact that it started at 11PM at night and fire fighters had to wait until morning to act all made things worse. The community will come together and rebuild. We are already very conscious of climate change but this will probably bring a few more folks into our camp.

    When things get really awful I tend to get stubborn and just decide to survive to spite all the forces that are trying to bring me down. So despite the fact that Trump and the R are trying to destroy all I hold dear, and despite the fact that the Sonoma County is a mess, I will survive this and live to see the beauty of the wine country and progressive ideas restored to my community.

    Having this wonderful place to come to each day makes it easier.


    • October 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks so much for checking in. I’m so relieved to hear you and your family are OK. Thank you for all you’re doing to thoughtfully help your devastated neighbors. It’s going to be a tough long haul. Northern California is breathtakingly beautiful and it will be once again.

      My extended family in Yountville are still evacuated but their home and vineyard are safe. It’s really a miracle because the mountain just across the street burned and the fire did jump the road but spared their home and land. We all need to take a deep breath and recognize how incredibly fragile our earth is. And then we must do everything we can to fight for all the measures to confront climate change.

      Stay safe.

      • 24 Betsy
        October 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        Rachel is reporting on it. All homes in an area called “coffee park” was decimated. 25,000 acres burned so far….

    • 25 CEB
      October 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      You and so many are going through so much that is heart-breaking, but you manage to have that within you that encourages others, myself included. Light and love to you and yours as you go through rebuilding your lives and communities.

    • 26 mtmarilyn
      October 9, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks for your update. I have friends in Santa Rosa and am very concerned. Don’t want to bother them, so I’ll just send prayers for them alll of you.

    • 27 GGAIL
      October 9, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Linda, I thought of you today while at work. So happy that you checked in with us. We are with you in spirit.
      Yes.We.Can! ❤️

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much for letting us know you’re okay!!!! Stay safe!

    • 29 sherijr
      October 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

      So glad you & your family are okay- I wondered about you yesterday. My mom & sister are in Santa Rosa also, they’ve been on alert but so far as last night had not had to evacuate either.

    • 30 MaewholoveourCIC
      October 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Those destroyed wineries will rise from the ashes thriving more better than before. Those lost homes can be rebuilt. But precious lives lost, hurt forever. The raging fires are vicious. I don’t know which are more devastating water or fire. Water is vital, we need it in order to sustain life. Unequal balance right now. Have water here on the east coast still flooding areas. You all take care best you can.

  7. 31 JER
    October 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm

  8. October 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    The Maddow segment from Friday about a rural town in Puerto Rico that FEMA says that they couldn’t get to because the ‘roads are blocked’.

    Yet…..the road is not blocked…


    I am becoming convinced that they are trying to kill those people in Puerto Rico.

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/6/17
    Media accesses Puerto Rico roads FEMA won’t drive with aid
    Rachel Maddow shares exclusive footage of some roads in Puerto Rico that are clear and passable even though FEMA insists they are not and won’t use them to deliver help to victims of Hurricane Maria.

  9. 33 JER
    October 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Former Second Lady Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at Hopelink’s Reaching Out Benefit Luncheon October 16 at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004. The luncheon will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m.

  10. 34 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I hate our own emmessem for being shouty, but at least they are shouty against the corrupt pols and authoritarian govt.

  11. October 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    THE CHEFS can make it to rural Puerto Rico…


  12. 38 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  13. October 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

  14. 40 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    All those hurricanes, fires and flood – sounds like that god sending boat and helicopter story in reverse.

  15. 41 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm

  16. 43 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

  17. 45 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  18. October 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    My FLOTUS keeps it REAL:

    • October 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Republicans are trying to say that their party isn’t all white all male. They have one black Senator, one black female Congresswoman, how many hispanics, ? Rubio shows a picture of Nikki Haley and Sen. Scott, that’s their diversity.

  19. October 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

  20. 49 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I am outta here.

  21. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Just spotted that it was Canadian Thanksgiving – happy day to all of our Canadian friends here, especially my buddy CanadaBarb! Also hope you enjoyed National Indigenous Peoples Day! Goodnight, TODville and all the ships at sea. zzzzzzzzzzz

    • October 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Thanks JO’B! My family celebrated on Sunday, so my stomach has pretty well recovered from the usual over eating. There’s only a tiny scrap of leftovers remaining in my home now. I might just have to ‘hoover’ those up today. 😊

  22. October 10, 2017 at 12:30 am

  23. October 10, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Thinking about Corker and “WW3”: (But no rules no laws for the Dicktraitor, Bannon, Putin.) So do you think the rest of us will still doggedly
    and very nicely and politely be following the ‘Rule of law’ concerning presidential powers come the Fateful day? Not a chance in hell. Imo we’ll
    be shifting the Madman and his arse out of the WH pronto. That’s what. The deluded one venting via a nuclear holocaust? Ain’t gonna happen.
    If it comes to between himself and the rest of us Anywhere on the planet he’s the one biting the dust.

  24. October 10, 2017 at 2:43 am

    If this has already been posted a billion times, apologies. I just ran across it, and it’s from early AUG.

    Clint Watts – former IC dude. This website tracks Russian propaganda on the web, and what they want us focusing on….. this is tracking manipulation in real-time.

    Go here. Bookmark it. Send it far and wide.

    Here is the About page, but the Dashboard is where it all goes down.

  25. October 10, 2017 at 2:50 am

  26. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    October 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Good morning everyone! Have a great day

  27. 61 JER
    October 10, 2017 at 8:36 am

  28. 62 desertflower
    October 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Ladies and gentlemen, Rosanne Cash.

    ’ve been a gun-control activist for 20 years. Every time I speak out on the need for stricter gun laws, I get a new profusion of threats. There’s always plenty of the garden-variety “your dad would be ashamed of you” sexist nonsense, along with the much more menacing threats to my family and personal safety.

    Last year, I performed at the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and we got death threats. People wanted to kill us because we wanted to end gun violence. That’s where we are: America, 2017.

    For the past few decades, the National Rifle Association has increasingly nurtured an alliance with country music artists and their fans. You can see it in “N.R.A. Country,” which promotes the artists who support the philosophical, and perhaps economic, thrall of the N.R.A., with the pernicious tag line “Celebrate the Lifestyle.”

    That wholesome public relations veneer masks something deeply sinister and profoundly destructive. There is no other way to say this: The N.R.A. funds domestic terrorism.

    A shadow government exists in the world of gun sales, and the people who write gun regulations are the very people who profit from gun sales. The N.R.A. would like to keep it that way.

  29. 64 JER
    October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

  30. 65 desertflower
    October 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I haven’t heard of a push to fix this problem…anyone?

  31. 66 amk for obama
    October 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

    2018 is the last chance before turdism is set as a new normal.

  32. October 10, 2017 at 9:04 am


    Maddow heard from FEMA about that rural Puerto Rican town.

    FEMA said that it wasn’t their responsibility to deliver goods. That it was the Mayor ‘s responsibility.

    They are trying to kill these American citizens.

    FEMA: Not our job to distribute food and water in Puerto Rico
    Rachel Maddow reports on the situation in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, which has not received any FEMA aid despite multiple visits from FEMA representatives who helped victims with paperwork. FEMA says its the mayor’s job to distribute food and water.

  33. October 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    US tech giants oddly unhelpful on Russia
    Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley correspondent for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the slow pace of discovery of Russian ad buying and other online manipulations as U.S. tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google have seemed reluctant to give up information.

  34. October 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Sen. Corker interrupts Trump ‘silent movie’ with uncommon candor
    Rachel Maddow explains that while the things Donald Trump says are often best ignored, sometimes even his petty Twitter fights merrit attention.

  35. October 10, 2017 at 9:12 am


    To ‘contain’ Trump, White House try treating him like a toddler
    10/10/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has unfolded, we periodically hear from people within the White House who suggest conditions, behind the scenes, are worse than Americans probably realize. In April, one presidential adviser said his job was to “talk him out of doing crazy things.” In August, another added, “You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill.”


    [I]nterviews with ten current and former administration officials, advisers, longtime business associates and others close to Trump describe a process where they try to install guardrails for a president who goes on gut feeling – and many days are spent managing the president, just as Corker said.

    “You either had to just convince him something better was his idea or ignore what he said to do and hoped he forgot about it the next day,” said Barbara Res, a former executive in the Trump Organization.

    At the Washington Post, Dan Drezner recently helped document each of the times White House officials have characterized the president in ways that make him sound like a small child. The fact that his list is in constant need of updates is terrifying.

  36. October 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    The Mercers: Taking the GOP Beyond ‘Peak Extremism’
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    October 9, 2017

    In the Buzzfeed article on the connections between Breitbart and white supremacists, we learned that this happened after Milo Yiannopoulos was fired for making comments the appeared to endorse pedophilia:

    After firing Yiannopoulos, Marlow accompanied him to the Mercers’ Palm Beach home to discuss a new venture: MILO INC. On February 27, not quite two weeks after the scandal erupted, Yiannopoulos received an email from a woman who described herself as “Robert Mercer’s accountant.” “We will be sending a wire payment today,” she wrote. Later that day, in an email to the accountant and Robert Mercer, Yiannopoulos personally thanked his patron.

    Why would Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah reach out to provide financial support to the guy Bannon hand-picked to be the bridge between Breitbart and white supremacists? Perhaps it is because, as Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax once said, “[Rebekah Mercer] is the First Lady of the alt-right.” Perhaps it also has something to do with what Robert Mercer’s co-workers told Jane Mayer about some of his political beliefs.

    Mercer, for his part, has argued that the Civil Rights Act, in 1964, was a major mistake. According to the onetime Renaissance employee, Mercer has asserted repeatedly that African-Americans were better off economically before the civil-rights movement…He has also said that the problem of racism in America is exaggerated. The source said that, not long ago, he heard Mercer proclaim that there are no white racists in America today, only black racists.


    Several former colleagues of Mercer’s said that his views are akin to Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Magerman told me, “Bob believes that human beings have no inherent value other than how much money they make…Magerman added, “He thinks society is upside down—that government helps the weak people get strong, and makes the strong people weak by taking their money away, through taxes.”

  37. October 10, 2017 at 9:26 am


    Something else Black people can’t do – defend themselves against an attack by Nazis. He shoulda known better..just let them beat the shyt out of him. But, people don’t understand why players are taking the knee.

    Black man attacked at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge
    By Derek Hawkins October 10 at 5:13 AM

    A black man brutally beaten at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is now facing a felony charge related to the August attack.

    A local magistrate on Monday issued an arrest warrant for DeAndre Harris on an unlawful wounding charge after an accuser, whom police did not identify, claimed to have been injured by the 20-year-old during the brawl, authorities told local media.

    S. Lee Merritt, a civil attorney for Harris, told The Washington Post the charge was “clearly retaliatory” and described the accuser as a member of a white supremacist group. He maintained that Harris did not instigate the fight.

  38. October 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    So some Hollywood people are starting to speak out about Weinstein. Now the media question is where are the Clintons and Obamas?

  39. 78 desertflower
    October 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    • 79 arapaho415
      October 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

      GM DF.

      I guess it’s because the tweeter is from a wire service, but he tweeted a week ago, and yet his (pinned) tweet HAS ONLY 4 retweets.

      FUBAR has the US MSM doing EXACTLY his bidding, which is to make all US “reporting” about FUBAR (and FUBAR/Bannon’s goal is the same as Charles Manson and the Charleston mass murderer — to inflame KKK/white supremacists to resent non-WASPs even more [with a rifle in each hand]).

      From the article:
      “A Russian company began routing North Korean internet traffic this month, giving Pyongyang a second connection with the outside world besides China.

      Bilateral trade more than doubled to $31.4 million in the first quarter of 2017, due mainly to what Moscow said was higher oil product exports, according to Russia’s ministry for the development of the Far East.

      At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with fuel cargoes this year have returned home despite officially declaring other destinations, a ploy U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions against Pyongyang.”

      Speaking of rifles:

  40. 80 GGAIL
    October 10, 2017 at 9:41 am

    We in SoCal are dealing with a major fire in Orange County, from the city of Anaheim to Tustin. Many homes have been destroyed.

    • 81 desertflower
      October 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

      I read that this morning…I hope that everyone takes care and heeds the warnings to get out if they need to….I don’t ever remember CA burning like this before. So many structures lost. Scary for all. Be safe.

    • 82 arapaho415
      October 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

      GM GGail.

      Any local media asking where Anaheim Hills’ congresscritter was yesterday during the height the inferno in her congressional district? (Hint: not in Washington DC, but only a few miles away, shoulder-to-shoulder with VP of stunts.)

      Not a photo of Orange County, but off the coast of Central/Northern California yesterday:

    • October 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Stay safe, GGail. I had to stop watching coverage of the fires, it’s so overwhelming and traumatizing. I found out last night my nephew lives a mile from the Paradise fire. It’s beyond scary, I can’t process all the damage.

  41. 84 anjo
    October 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Good morning TODers, please say safe and much prayers for our fellow TODers in California especially and all others in the path of nature’s wrath, have a blessed day all

  42. October 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Trump struggles to overcome his economic illiteracy
    10/10/17 09:21 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump has a talking point that he believes overshadows his embarrassing failures: economic growth, as measured by the Gross Domestic Product, is still pretty good.

    Two weeks ago, for example, after GDP for the second quarter was revised up to 3.1%, the president boasted via Twitter, “Many people thought it would be years before that happened.” No one actually thought that – because 3.1% quarterly growth has been quite common since the end of the Great Recession.


    He’s similarly proud of the GDP. “So GDP last quarter was 3.1%. Most of the folks that are in your business, and elsewhere, were saying that would not be hit for a long time. You know, Obama never hit the number.”


    According to Trump, under Barack Obama’s presidency, the economy never reached quarterly growth of 3.1%. And that’s true, just so long as we overlook what happened in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. To the extent that reality has any meaning in the debate, in the Obama era, quarterly growth reached or exceeded 3.1% eight times in eight years.

    So when Trump says Obama “never hit the number,” it’s the exact opposite of the truth.

  43. 86 amk for obama
    October 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Every day, the scum dives deeper.

  44. 88 desertflower
    October 10, 2017 at 10:48 am


    Yes, let’s see the fraud’s transcripts. He’s an idiot and a pathological liar. His stupid followers need to get a clue that they are all being lied to. Boldly. Like someone once said, “Is our children learning?”

  45. 89 amk for obama
    October 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

  46. 90 amk for obama
    October 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

  47. October 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

    a comment from TPV about Corker’s comments:


    The reference was to an adult day care center. That is different than child care. Adults with dementia are brought to a day program by their caregivers to allow for some respite. Its a completely different thing. I wish people would realize the true meaning of what Corker said.

  48. October 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

    • 93 CEB
      October 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      LOL! Time and again, it has been found that those who protest the loudest turn out to be partakers of whatever they speak against in public.

  49. 94 amk for obama
    October 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

  50. October 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

    When Your Only Political Strategy Is Division
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    October 10, 2017


    Since then, Trump has issued an executive order that removes the insurance mandate for birth control coverage and AG Jeff Sessions released guidelines on protections for religious liberty—which many have described as giving license to discriminate. He followed those up with a list of hostage demands that must be met in order for him to protect the Dreamers.

    Whether it is inherent to his personality or a planned political tactic (or some of both), it is clear that the president is betting on a strategy of division. This certainly isn’t the first time Republicans have done that. For example, in 2004, Karl Rove was credited with developing a “base strategy” in which he calculated that 50 plus 1 percent was good enough for the win. One of the tools he used in his efforts to get Bush re-elected was to place the question of gay marriage on as many state ballots as possible in order to inflame the base.

    Trump and his strategists have taken that kind of thing to a whole new level. The so-called “culture wars” not only include the agenda of the “court evangelicals,” but also Trump’s intention to exploit Islamophobia and the age-old issue of racial fear-mongering for political gain.

    This is why I’ve been saying for a while now that those who claim that Democrats are hurting themselves by embracing “identity politics” are, at best, naive. The Trump administration is doing everything humanly possible to attack women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims and LGBT Americans. That is their strategy right now. It is one that is based on nothing but fear, hate and division. To stay quiet or ignore those attacks is to be complicit.

  51. October 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

  52. October 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This is so horrifying. It will be a long time before these fires are finally put out.

  53. October 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Steve Bannon’s ‘war’ plans for 2018 come into focus
    10/10/17 12:52 PM—UPDATED 10/10/17 12:59 PM
    By Steve Benen

    As Bloomberg Politics reported the other day, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is ready to lead the charge.

    Steve Bannon plans to back primary challengers to almost every Republican senator who runs for re-election next year in an effort to depose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and streamline Senate voting procedures, three people familiar with his plans said. […]

    Bannon plans to support as many as 15 Republican Senate candidates in 2018, including several challengers to incumbents, the people said. He’ll support only candidates who agree to two conditions: They will vote against McConnell as majority leader, and they will vote to end senators’ ability to block legislation by filibustering.

    “We’re going to go after them. There’s a coalition coming together that’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz,” Bannon told Fox News last night night. “We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on. We’re going after these guys tooth and nail.”

    That, of course, will require considerable resources, and Bloomberg Politics’ report added that Bannon is in the process of holding “a series of meetings with donors, potential candidates and grassroots strategists.” Not surprisingly, hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, a Bannon benefactor, is reportedly involved in the endeavor.

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