If Only…

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  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    October 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Four more years for PBO

  2. 2 whenpamelawandered
    October 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Uh, well, 44 more years? Still wouldn’t be enough!

    ⭐️🌟⭐️ To GCL

    🎂🎈♎️🎈🎂 Happy day to Rikyrah and to Don!!

  3. 17 Jey
    October 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Too bad Kelly didn’t gain any compassion through the loss of his son.

    • 18 0388jojothecat
      October 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Someone on TOD posted a picture of Kelly at the Gold Star Families Dinner at the WH and he looked like he DID NOT want to be there. Now we know he disliked PBO too. Even yesterday at that pathetic speech he said, PBO did not call his family. I wonder if he meant his daughter-in-law too? Doesn’t matter he’s proved himself to be a filthy liar.

  4. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    October 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Everyone associated with Trump is scum.

    • 20 pkayden
      October 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      A Liar working for a Liar. He must have forgotten that a video was made of Rep Wilson’s speech. Good on the media for pushing back on this.

      • 21 cos
        October 20, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        Kudos to Lawrence O’Donnell for calling out Kelly for his hypocritical remarks against Congresswoman Wilson. He resorted to calling her names just like his boss. Lawrence is the only one who defended her last night, while everyone walked on eggshells. I respect him for being a Goldstar parent but he took it to far when he tried to humiliate Ms. Wilson.

  5. October 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    • 23 pkayden
      October 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      So sad to hear this. It will be so depressing if Gillespie wins. Please Democratic Virginians, get off your butts and vote vote vote.

  6. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    October 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Now is a good time to revisit and paraphrase : Lordy, there was a tape

  7. October 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/19/17
    Inexplicable Trump travel ban decision preceded US Niger exposure

    Rachel Maddow looks at the utterly confounding decision by the Donald Trump White House to add important partner Chad to the latest iteration of the travel ban, and how it might put U.S. military lives in danger in places like Niger.

  8. October 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/19/17
    Pentagon scrambles for answers on U.S. soldier deaths in Niger
    Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Pentagon’s effort to find answers about what happened in Niger that left four U.S. service members dead.

  9. October 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/19/17
    New Veterans Affairs proposal raises privatization concerns
    Rachel Maddow reports on a new proposal by the V.A. that has some veterans advocates concerned that conservatives are taking advantage of the Trump administration to enact the privatizing of veterans’ health care they have long sought.

  10. October 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    The media think everyone should worship Kelly.

  11. October 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/19/17

    FEMA grants dubious contracts in wake of hurricane disasters
    Matthew Philips, politics and policy editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, talks with Rachel Maddow about reporting his team has been doing into the companies being given FEMA contracts to help in the recovery from this season’s hurricanes.

  12. October 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    The Rachel Maddow Show 10/19/17
    CIA forced to walk back director’s statement on Russian meddling
    Rachel Maddow shares video of CIA director Mike Pompeo stating falsely that the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment is that Russia’s meddling did not affect the outcome of the election. The CIA would later walk that statement back.

  13. 34 JER
    October 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

  14. October 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

  15. 37 Allison
    October 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  16. 38 desertflower
    October 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

  17. 39 desertflower
    October 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  18. October 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    • 43 nathkatun7
      October 21, 2017 at 12:37 am

      This needs to be repeated over and over again: Four–Star-General, John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, LIED ABOUT REP. FREDERICA WILSON’S comments, in her 2015 speech. To justify his vicious attacks on the integrity, and humanity, of an African-American woman member of Congress, General John Kelly, a Chief of Staff for president Trump, lied with impunity! Surely, there must be consequences for a president’s COS—who also happens to be a highly decorated Marine—who used blatant lies to viciously attack a duly elected member of Congress, because she had the audacity to expose the callousness and insensitivity of the president towards a widow of a soldier KIA>

  19. 44 Dudette
    October 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  20. October 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

  21. 46 Dudette
    October 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    • 47 Dudette
      October 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      “The president is given these emergency powers as a temporary measure until Congress has time to act. It stretches credulity to think Congress hasn’t had time to act since 9/11 happened,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. “We should not be treating 9/11 as an emergency in 2017.”

    • 48 desertflower
      October 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      From this article:

      Also last month, Trump set aside congressionally mandated pay increases for military and civilian employees, cutting them to 2.1% for uniformed services and an average of 1.9% for civilians. The law allows the president to cut scheduled pay raises in cases of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”

      HE’S the national emergency!! Get him the hell out!

  22. 49 Dudette
    October 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

  23. 50 Dudette
    October 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

  24. 52 Nena20409
    October 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    GA, TODbots 😉
    Congrats, Linda on your Gold ⭐
    Thanks, NW for all you do for TODbots.
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}

  25. 53 Nena20409
    October 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  26. 54 Nena20409
    October 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

  27. 57 vcprezofan2
    October 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Hiya, TOD! Friday greetings!

    Offspring just shared this article with me (I’m still in the process of reading it) and since it’s definitely relevant to our daily commentary here I’m passing it on. Who knows, it might add a spark or two to our own discussion. I’d not heard of the author before, nor of this approach, so I’m interested in investigating it some more.


    @LONNAEONEAL September 20, 2017

    It’s a Wednesday night at a bookstore in a well-off part of Washington, D.C., and every seat is taken. More than 100 people spill into the aisles or crowd the stacks past the philosophy and cookbook sections to hear Ibram X. Kendi talk about the racist ideas that founded the nation. About how racial progress is always followed by new and more sophisticated racist progress. And, especially, about the deeply held beliefs that most Americans, including black people and liberal whites, woke up with this morning that they don’t even know are racist and wrong.

    For instance, “Black neighborhoods are not more dangerous than white neighborhoods and neither are black people,” Kendi tells the crowd. Layers of racist ideas account for why we think so.

    Last year, the 35-year-old scholar became the youngest person to win the National Book Award for nonfiction in 30 years for Stamped from the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

    And this year, his moment continues. He’s just moved to Washington, where he is launching the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University next week. He’s a historian of racism at a time when our public conversation is fixed on it, when successive presidents have triggered the tribal apprehensions of our Mason-Dixon lines, and when the threat of shoot-you-down, run-you-over racial violence feels as close at hand as the peril to the republic from fake facts and revisionist history. This convergence of circumstances keeps him perpetually on book tour.

    [ANDRÉ CHUNG for The Undefeated]
    A diverse group made up a standing-room-only audience during Dr. Ibram Kendi’s recent book promotion event at Politics and Prose.


  28. October 20, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    • October 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      I don’t suppose 45 and his ilk would stand up for this version of the anthem. Would probably consider this disrespecting the anthem/flag/military.

      You go Sheila E!!!!

  29. 63 Nena20409
    October 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

  30. 64 Nena20409
    October 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    • October 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      OMG, I don’t know how you could have listened to that hearing and come to this conclusion. OMG.

    • October 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Reports say she’s at 15 weeks. That severely limits the time for discussion and rejoinder. DHS and HHS are clearly trying to run out the clock. I’m very sorry for this young girl. It’s another egregious case of ICE run amok.

  31. October 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

  32. October 20, 2017 at 6:54 pm

  33. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

  34. October 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    OMG, these total idiots and liars…..

  35. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  36. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

  37. October 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

  38. 83 amk for obama
    October 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    DO.NOT.QUESTION.GENERALS is how fascism starts.

    And kelly is not a fucking general. Not any more.

  39. 84 FoxfireTX
    October 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    This is a very moving article by Joy-Ann Reid on the Johnson family and Rep Wilson.


  40. 85 amk for obama
    October 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    pootin: respect the turd

    turd admin: respect the pos cos

    respect is commanded, not demanded, you corrupt scums.

  41. 86 amk for obama
    October 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    and a ‘general’ is in charge. fuck him and his incompetence even in matters that he proclaims dear to his heart.

  42. 87 amk for obama
    October 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    and he failed.

      October 21, 2017 at 1:27 am


  43. 89 Dudette
    October 21, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Got my copy! Love it, love it, love it! ❤️

  44. October 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

    At what point will 45 trot out Omarosa as proof that he respects black women?

  45. October 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    That’s fine… as long as more significant focus/coverage is given to Niger investigation, Puerto Rico, California wild fires, health care, tax reform, Russia probe, North Korea….. there’s sooooooo much more media should be talking about.

  46. 94 JER
    October 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

  47. 95 JER
    October 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

  48. 96 JER
    October 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

  49. October 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Today is the funeral for the young soldier killed in Niger and what is that FAKE so call President doing this morning? Tweeting and attacking the Congresswoman. Why not tweet and offer his sympathy. He calls the Congresswoman wacky, look at his own self, it is no doubt that Trump has some mental issues. This is not the behavior of a christian. As far as the General, in his speech he talk about how woman use to be treated sacred , then he turns around and attacks the black Congresswoman. Makes no sense, maybe the General is more like Trump after all, maybe the four start General is the EMPTY BARREL.

    • October 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Gen. Kelly lost his son and I have sympathy for him, yes he was a four star general, but that does not mean that no one can question him, specially when he lied.

  50. 99 JER
    October 21, 2017 at 10:07 am

  51. 100 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Because they have no idea that these people are Americans….but they know they’re brown. Karma needs to pay a visit.

  52. 101 JER
    October 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

  53. 102 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

    AMAZING! We all have a special gift. All of us.

  54. 103 amk for obama
    October 21, 2017 at 10:25 am

  55. 104 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

  56. 105 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Liars lie.

  57. 106 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

  58. 107 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:47 am


  59. 108 whenpamelawandered
    October 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    🙏🏻🕯🎂 Happy Birthday to Carrie Fisher 🎈🎶🙏🏻

  60. 109 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    More truth

  61. 110 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 10:51 am


    • 111 carla4obama
      October 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Do not like the tone of Betty Bowers tweet …” to make sure everyone knows how really horrible THEIR customers are.” They are showing how really horrible humans can be and have the guts to show it. Not sure what Mrs. Bowers meant to say.

      • 112 Sandy1110
        October 21, 2017 at 7:47 pm

        I think all she meant was that BK was referring to its own customers, since they ran the experiment in their store, which was very powerful to me.

        They were willing to show how many people in one of their own restaurants would stand by and say nothing about a kid being bullied, but nearly all of those same people didn’t hesitate to speak up when they had an issue with the way their burger looked.

  62. 113 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Excellent interview by Rachel. Must See

  63. 114 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 11:05 am

  64. 115 desertflower
    October 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

  65. 116 amk for obama
    October 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

  66. October 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

    • October 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

      • 119 sherijr
        October 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        Happy to sign.

      • October 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        i am not in favor of litmus tests like this…because what happens if a candidate does not feel comfortable focusing on TRUMP in this way….i see trouble brewing

        • October 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm

          I guess I feel if you can’t stand against a horror show like Trump, you don’t deserve to be elected!

          It’s going to take a groundswell of citizens and the Congress to rise up. So I’m adding my voice as well as my vote.

          • October 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm

            it is not that you cannot stand up against a horror show…it is TRUMPISM that is the issue…Trump is just the carrier…you had mentioned earlier in the year…that our focus as DEMs has to be on the elections of 2017 and 2018….this is critical…in my county….18 polling places were moved…we were just notified last week….the vice chair of the county commissioners who is in charge of elections is a DEMOCRAT….many many votes will be lost because of this move…i do not think folks are taking this seriously…it is going to take a change in the face of Congress to impeach Trump…but it will take all of us…to defeat Trumpism…

  67. October 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

    So I ain’t flew the coop quite yet and couldn’t deprive Yiz of the following:
    GANGSTA: On Pride and Prejudice.

  68. October 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    And on Trump releasing distraction files about JFK’s assassination:
    Dotard Dicktraitor stated in Fox and Friends interview May 3 2016 that Ted Cruz’s: “father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot! I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous … And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don’t even talk about that, that was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible, I think it’s absolutely horrible, that a man can go and do that, what he’s saying there.”
    Trump repeatedly linked Ted Cruz’s father to the Assassination of JFK and was elected.

  69. October 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Later the Giant Whopper Factory said post-convention: ““Now, Ted never denied that it was his father. But they never denied. Did anybody ever deny that it was the father? They’re not saying, ‘Oh, that’s not really my father.’ It’s little hard to do. It looks like him.”
    More gross slander sanctioned by GOPKOCH. Zero ethics.

  70. October 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    OK bon voyage to this one!!

  71. October 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    UGH. Axe just gets on my last nerve with idiocy like this.

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