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  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Jeez – can this country go one day without something awful happening?

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    October 31, 2017 at 10:20 pm

  3. 5 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 10:28 pm

  4. 6 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

  5. 20 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    friggin’ mod monster.

  6. 21 Mtmarilyn2
    October 31, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Gave out most of my candy. Have too much left over.

    Watching Dodgers game. This is such a great series. Went to so many games when I was in college in the late 60s. Still love those Dodges, just don’t follow as close as I use too.

    Can’t wait to listen to the speakers tomorrow at the Obama Summit. So needing the positive note of this summit.

    Thank you Nerdy for all you do for us. And thank you to all who participate here. We are the TOD family. And we are the Hope we have been waiting for..

  7. 22 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm

  8. 23 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 11:31 pm

  9. 24 amk for obama
    October 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm

  10. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    October 31, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Mr. Pierce is not playing with Mr. Kelly.

  11. 27 FoxfireTX
    October 31, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Good evening TOD! Hope that everyone had a happy Halloween. Nerdy Wonka, thank you so much for providing all the news on the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit. Really looking forward to Michelle’s time on the stage tomorrow. Saw some of these speakers from today but others I still need to watch.

    AMK, on your bail question. With white collar crime cases bail is granted in 90-plus percent of all cases. Flight risk is only one of many factors that the court must consider. The only cases where you usually see bail denied is with murder. The court has imposed two additional conditions on these defendants to try to ensure they do not leave the US. The first is that they must check in every day which is highly unusual with these types of charges. Second, and more importantly, they are under house arrest which is highly unusual for a white collar defendant. I really do not believe that they are going anywhere. In fact, I suspect that a marshal is stationed outside of their homes 🙂 The passport thing with Manafort is really quite stunning.

    • 28 amk for obama
      October 31, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks FF. But this must fall within that ‘rarest of rare’ cases, surely? The treason charges and the evidences are serious enough to warrant a slammer straight away. This is all about driving a narrative. Let’s start with the 3 passports, one of them under a false name. Really? How much white entitlement can you get?

      Also. Too. Time to white collar crimes punishments.

      • 29 amk for obama
        October 31, 2017 at 11:48 pm

        time to reassess …

      • 30 FoxfireTX
        November 1, 2017 at 1:12 am

        There is no doubt, AMK, that the system is skewed in favour of rich defendants. Always has been, always will be. I suspect given the passport issue Manafort May well be wearing a digital monitoring ankle bracelet 🙂 That will likely keep him from boarding any plane. The feds are pretty good at keeping tabs on someone when they are after them. They are not about to allow him to get out of the country. But the fact remains that a poor young a defendant with no assets would sit in jail for months because he or she is unable to post $1,000 bail while Manarort gets house arrest despite the severity of his crimes. It sucks.

        • 31 sherijr
          November 1, 2017 at 7:49 am

          What about those 3 passports- is that legal? And wouldn’t the White House, when they did their “vetting” of Manafort have been aware of these 3 passports? What legal / above board reason would someone have for needing 3 passports? Asking seriously as I really don’t know.

          • 32 99ts
            November 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

            Lots of discussion on the intertubes sherijr – apparently two is definitely legal – if you travel a lot & your passport gets full you can get a 2nd while the first is still valid – also relates to travelling to different countries which do not allow travellers to other countries (e.g. Israel & other middle eastern countries). Getting 3, unless official/service passports sounds like a stretch.

  12. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    November 1, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Goodnight, TODville – and all the ships at sea.

  13. 35 Anjo
    November 1, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Good morning all still checking daily for the headlines and happenings, love you all

  14. 36 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

  15. November 1, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    The Obama Summit kicks off this morning at 9:30AM Eastern, 6:30AM Pacific.
    The special event for today is our FLOTUS in conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at 11:45AM (She was PBO’s poet laureate for his 2009 inauguration)
    And then tonight: Chance the Rapper!!

    Today’s schedule:


    In a discussion moderated by Cecilia Muñoz, we’ll delve into the role workplaces and employers play in building strong, healthy communities.
    Andy Puddicombe @ Headspace
    David Simas @ Obama Foundation
    Ai-jen Poo @ National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Hamdi Ulukaya @ Chobani
    Joe Gebbia @ Airbnb
    Brian Alexander, Author
    Mary Kay Henry @ SEIU

    In a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander, Mrs. Obama will discuss her sources of inspiration and what it takes to live a life of public service.

    Solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are being invented and adapted every day by groups of people who have found common cause. President Obama to speak.
    Liz Dozier @ Chicago Beyond
    Eric Liu @ Citizen University
    Common, Actor and Musician
    Brenda Eheart @ Generations of Hope
    Adebola Williams, Nigerian entrepreneur and journalist
    Tina Rosenberg @ Solutions Journalism Network
    Chef José Andrés @ ThinkFoodGroup
    Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, CA
    Bryan Stevenson @ Equal Justice Initiative

    Join thousands gathering for our community event that will celebrate civic leaders making a difference around the world and inspire those in attendance and watching live to make a positive impact in their own communities. Don’t miss performances by Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan, and The National.

  16. 45 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Morning everyone! My President is just TROLLING, now!! 🙂

  17. 47 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

    LOL….can’t help but wonder who will get the hook today??!!

    • 48 amk for obama
      November 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

      fucking moronic thug.

  18. 49 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Damn fools.

  19. 51 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 9:06 am

    That “Diversity Lottery” the idiot blames on Chuck Schumer? Ronald Reagan’s idea.

  20. November 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    No such thing as a moderate Republican…..

    Where Moderate Republicans Are Wildly Popular
    by Martin Longman October 31, 2017

    Morning Consult has updated their popularity ratings for the nation’s fifty governors. Some of the results aren’t too surprising. The least popular governor in the country is Chris Christie of New Jersey. He’s followed by Connecticut governor, Dan Malloy. Also trailing the pack are Republican governors Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Bruce Rauner of Illinois.

    What’s less predictable is the profile of the most popular governors.

    The two most best-rated are Larry Hogan of Maryland and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts. Not far behind them are Phil Scott and Chris Sununu of Vermont and New Hampshire, respectively.

    What they all have in common is that they are Republicans serving their first term in states Hillary Clinton won. In fact, Vermont, Maryland, and Massachusetts were some of her strongest states.

  21. 53 amk for obama
    November 1, 2017 at 9:08 am

  22. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    November 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

  23. 60 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 9:27 am


  24. November 1, 2017 at 9:38 am

    If you missed the talk from Anand Giridharadas yesterday at the Obama Summit, I really urge you to listen to it. It’s fluid and thoughtful and deep and profound and moving and super inspiring……Check it out. It starts at about the 10 minute mark.

  25. 62 desertflower
    November 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

  26. November 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Newly unsealed court documents tie Manafort, Gates to Russia
    Rachel Maddow reports on newly unsealed court documents in the cases of Donald Trump campaign workers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which detail their terms of release and connections abroad.

  27. November 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Multiple passports cited in Manafort flight risk concerns
    Joyce Vance, former federal prosecutor, talks with Rachel Maddow about the concerns raised by federal investigators that Paul Manafort is a flight risk, including his history of using multiple passports and aliases.

  28. November 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Republicans miss their own deadline on tax plan unveiling
    11/01/17 08:41 AM—UPDATED 11/01/17 08:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Today was supposed to be the day. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and behind-closed-doors legislating, House Republicans recently boasted that their tax plan would be unveiled on Wednesday, November 1.

    House Republicans will delay releasing their tax bill until Thursday, it was announced Tuesday night.

    The bill had originally been scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday. But speculation over a delay was rampant on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night, with representatives of House leaders pointing to the Ways and Means Committee for any final decision or announcement…. Republican members privately aired their frustration with a process that they feel cut out of, and some issues were still unresolved hours before the bill had been slated for release.

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  30. 75 amk for obama
    November 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

  31. 78 globalcitizenlinda
    November 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

    For some reason, I just thought about Malik Obama – you know about that older brother who allowed himself to be used by the homegrown demagogue. What in the world did he get for being a political Judas Iscariot? Unless I am mistaken, he was promptly discarded once he had served the goals of scumbag#45

  32. 80 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Just in from CNN. The bird called Papalopoulos is singing.

    Candidate Donald Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia’s president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers last year, according to a person in the room.

    The idea was raised by George Papadopoulos as he introduced himself at a March 2016 meeting of the Republican candidate’s foreign policy advisers, according to a court filing.

    “He didn’t say yes and he didn’t say no,” the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump’s response to Papadopoulos.
    But the chairman of Trump’s national security team, then Alabama senator and now attorney general Jeff Sessions, shut down the idea of a Putin meeting at the March 31, 2016, gathering, according to the source. His reaction was confirmed with another source who had discussed Session’s role.

    Trump’s response to Papadopoulos’ offer could be of interest to special counsel’s office.

  33. November 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Ex-US Attorney: Trump team should worry as new aide testifies
    Barbara McQuade, fmr. US Attorney, says the White House should be “very concerned” about Sam Clovis’ cooperation with Mueller’s probe. It suggests others may soon be targeted for interviews. Ezra Klein, Barbara McQuade & Jonathan Capehart join Lawrence O’Donnell.

  34. 82 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 10:33 am

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    November 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

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    November 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

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  39. November 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love this PIC….

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  41. 89 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    The intellectually lazy president always finds expedient solutions that are easy on the surface but irrational on the merit.

  42. 91 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    • 92 No Child Left Behind
      November 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      In reply to Dotard’s…

  43. 93 No Child Left Behind
    November 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    • 94 No Child Left Behind
      November 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

  44. November 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    from the article:

    It explains why Trump is in constant fights with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Simply put, the idea that there are people in an organization with as much power as a CEO and that he can’t threaten, or fire is an anathema to Trump. He must treat these two weirdos in Men’s Warehouse suits as his equals? Also, why would the CEO need to get involve getting two division heads to finish a project? Trump, a man who has never worked for anyone other than his family interests or himself, doesn’t understand working with people as opposed to barking orders at them.

  45. 96 Dudette
    November 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Please share

  46. 98 Dudette
    November 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    More to share

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

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  53. 105 Allison
    November 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

  54. 107 ydavis00
    November 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

  55. 108 amk for obama
    November 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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  57. 112 JER
    November 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

  58. 113 JER
    November 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

  59. 115 ydavis00
    November 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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    November 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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  62. 118 Allison
    November 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

  63. November 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Gosh I can listen to Michelle Obama all day. I so enjoy her conversation today.

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