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  1. February 6, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama To Launch Podcast Inspired By Memoir ‘The Light We Carry’

    ‘Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast’ is slated to debut on March 7.

    “Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s New York Times best-selling book The Light We Carry has sparked empowering dialogue about the power of perseverance in the midst of uncertainty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Chicago native is bringing those crucial conversations to audio through the creation of a new podcast.”

  2. February 6, 2023 at 5:16 pm

  3. February 6, 2023 at 5:28 pm

  4. February 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Live Updates: Earthquake’s Toll Rises Past 3,800 in Turkey and Syria
    A magnitude 7.8 quake that struck in the early morning was followed hours later by a powerful aftershock. Rescuers are digging through thousands of flattened buildings in near-freezing temperatures.

  5. February 6, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

  6. February 6, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Ronald Klain to Lawrence O’Donnell: “2022 the year we just finished, is the first year this century where no American died in combat in Afghanistan.”

  7. 11 Dudette
    February 6, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    Hi There! I just to the JetPack WordPress reader on my phone. Anyone else using it? I don’t see much difference.

    • 12 tnmtngirl1
      February 7, 2023 at 12:35 pm

      Not familiar with it. Is it an app? Or, a network ‘thing’? Showing my ignorance here. LOL

      • 13 Dudette
        February 7, 2023 at 1:44 pm

        Hi! Same here. It’s an app. I kept getting prompted to switch to it when I came to WordPress to read TOD posts.
        Looks exactly the same exact everything that appeared in blue on the old WordPress app is green. Oh well. 😏

  8. February 6, 2023 at 8:48 pm

  9. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    February 6, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    Another plus that there’s a SOTU address tomorrow night is that the goofy news channels CNN and MSNBC (who can’t say anything nice about anybody, it seems) continue to show tiny excerpts from the SOTU remarks of other presidents …

    … like Barack Obama! Loving that!

  10. February 7, 2023 at 1:16 pm

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  12. February 7, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    College Board SVP: AP African American studies course offers digital library with Coates, Crenshaw

    “Last month the governor of Florida outlawed an Advanced Placement course on African American history claiming among other things that it, “significantly lacks educational value.” Weeks after the uproar from DeSantis and his allies, the College Board rolled out a new framework for the course that appeared to address many of those criticisms. The College Board issued a statement refuting that any changes were made as a result of any politicians’ remarks and were in fact decided upon last year. Steve Bumbaugh, College Board senior vice president, joins Joy Reid to explain the position of the College Board.”


  13. February 7, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Kimberlé Crenshaw, Intersectionality.

    “Twenty-eight years ago, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in a paper as a way to help explain the oppression of African-American women. Crenshaw’s then somewhat academic term is now at the forefront of national conversations about racial justice, identity politics, and policing­—and over the years has helped shape legal discussions.”

  14. February 7, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    My friend, a Floridian, on DeSantis and CRT:
    “What happens when you put gun-toting bible thumpers in charge.”

  15. February 7, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    mushroom tree, Japan

  16. February 7, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    People are afraid’: Antisemitic fliers found in Atlanta suburbs
    —Incidents of anti-semitism on rise. Doubled in GA and nationwide over the last few years.

  17. February 7, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Neo-Nazis intent on race war target U.S. infrastructure


    Kathleen Belew, author of “Bring the War Home,” talks with Rachel Maddow about why neo-Nazi groups in the U.S. believe they can trigger a race war by attacking infrastructure like electricity substations.

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  20. February 7, 2023 at 1:45 pm

  21. 38 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Long over due!

  22. February 7, 2023 at 1:49 pm




    Lowering Costs of Families’ Everyday Expenses

    More People Are Working Than At Any Point in American History

    Making More in America

    Rescued the Economy and Changed the Course of the Pandemic

    Rebuilding our Infrastructure

    Historic Expansion of Benefits and Services for Toxic Exposed Veterans

    The First Meaningful Gun Violence Reduction Legislation in 30 Years

    Protected Marriage for LGBTQI+ and Interracial Couples

    Historic Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Federal Judges of Diverse Backgrounds

    Rallied the World to Support Ukraine in Response to Putin’s Aggression

    Strengthened Alliances and Partnerships to Deliver for the American People

    Successful Counterterrorism Missions Against the Leaders of Al Qaeda and ISIS

    Executive Orders Protecting Reproductive Rights

    Historic Student Debt Relief for Middle- and Working-Class Families

    Ending our Failed Approach to Marijuana

    Advancing Equity and Racial Justice, Including Historic Criminal Justice Reform

    Delivering on the Most Aggressive Climate and Environmental Justice Agenda in American History

    More People with Health Insurance Than Ever Before

    • February 7, 2023 at 1:51 pm

      The Inflation Reduction Act is a historic legislative achievement that lowers costs for families, combats the climate crisis, reduces the deficit, and finally makes the largest corporations pay their fair share. For the first time, Medicare is able to negotiate the price of certain high-cost drugs, a month’s supply of insulin for seniors is capped at $35, Medicare beneficiaries pay $0 out of pocket for recommended adult vaccines, and seniors’ out of pocket expenses at the pharmacy will be capped at $2,000 a year. And thanks to the President’s actions, including a historic release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, gas prices are down more than $1.60 from their summer 2022 peak.

      from: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/therecord/)

  23. 41 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Love for the teachers! ❤️👏🏾

  24. 44 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    State of the Union tonight at 9pm

  25. 45 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Okay, don’t freak out from the headline. It’s a meteorite.

  26. 47 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    I would like to see it.

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  31. 53 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Well, duh!

  32. February 7, 2023 at 4:44 pm

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  34. February 7, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    The White House

    Under the previous Administration, 170,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.

    Under President Biden, 800,000 manufacturing jobs have been created.

    That is the fastest growth in 40 years.

  35. February 7, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Awarded more than $1 billion to initiate cleanup and clear the backlog of 49 previously unfunded Superfund sites, over $250 million to clean up hundreds of contaminated brownfield sites and $725 million for abandoned mine lands

    ( (https://www.whitehouse.gov/therecord/)

  36. February 7, 2023 at 5:23 pm

  37. February 7, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Rejoined the Paris Agreement on day one to reassert the United States global leadership to combat the climate crisis

    Jumpstarted the American offshore wind industry and convened the nation’s first federal-state offshore wind partnership

    Set new policies to reduce super pollutants like HFCs and methane to protect communities and reduce emissions fueling climate change

    Lowered the deficit with the single largest annual reduction in American history

    Secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers to increase speeds and cut prices

    Signed legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act

  38. 60 Dudette
    February 7, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    NASA-nerd stuff 🤓

  39. February 7, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Advanced cutting-edge research on cancer and other diseases through the ARPA-H initiative

    Signed legislation to put more cops on the beat and invest in community policing

    Signed the Electoral Count Act, which takes long overdue steps to protect the integrity of our elections

    Lowered the cost of hearing aids by making them available over the counter

    Created more manufacturing jobs in 2022 than in any single year in nearly 30 years

    Signed an Executive Order to encourage competition across industries

  40. February 7, 2023 at 7:21 pm

  41. February 7, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Black caucus sees State of the Union as an important chance to push for police reform

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling on President Biden to use the power of the bully pulpit to push for police reform in the wake of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, a Black 29-year-old father, at the hands of Memphis police.

    “It may have been Tyre Nichols yesterday, but it could be any one of us today and tomorrow,” CBC Chairman Steven Horsford, D-Nev., said during a Tuesday morning press conference ahead of the State of the Union.

    Barbara Sprunt: “(https://www.npr.org/2023/02/07/1155111018/state-of-the-union-biden-police-reform-black-caucus-congress)

    • February 7, 2023 at 7:47 pm

      It’s about police conduct…and the way we address it is through the George Floyd Policing Act”.
      “Can’t always change hearts, but we can change laws.”
      “Our President leans in…I’m going to ask him to take that compassion and lean in on this George Floyd Policing Bill.”
      (Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to Joy Reid)

      George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd on Congress members wearing AR15 pins:
      “To me it is barbaric..no compassion no empathy. Please pass the George Floyd Policing Act.”

  42. February 8, 2023 at 11:32 am

  43. February 8, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Chris Murphy

    I loved the President’s speech, especially the first half where he was talking directly to the middle of the country.

    An agenda to rebuild healthy cities and towns, healthy families, and healthy industry speaks to all Americans, regardless of party or geography.

    • February 8, 2023 at 11:36 am

      “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is describing America as a blood soaked, dystopian hellscape.

      When did Republicans become so pessimistic about America? I like President Biden’s can-do optimism better.”

    • February 8, 2023 at 11:36 am

      “If it felt uncomfortable to watch on TV as a bunch of Members of Congress act like blind drunk hecklers at a basement comedy show, it felt 10x creepier in the chamber.

      What a disgrace. What a terrible example for our kids.”

  44. February 8, 2023 at 11:37 am

  45. February 8, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Why Republican heckling of Biden’s State of the Union mattered
    What mattered more than Republicans heckling the State of the Union address? The fact that President Joe Biden and his team didn’t seem to mind.

    Steve Benen: (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/republican-heckling-bidens-state-union-mattered-rcna69664)

  46. February 8, 2023 at 11:42 am

    imho, after being blown to the 4 winds under disgraced trump, feels so good to be under the auspices of brilliant, experienced, honest and caring President Joe Biden. Wow what a night, SOTU. Congrats to our President, WH, and all staffs!

  47. February 8, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Philonese Floyd, Congresswoman Jackson Lee

    George Floyd’s brother: I want to hear the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will be passed


    Following the death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of police last, there has been a renewed push from Democrats to resume stalled police reform efforts such as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and her guest for the State of the Union address, Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, join Joy Reid.

  48. February 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

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