Serendipity SOUL | Monday Open Thread |U.S. Democratic Mayors Week!

This week 3 Chics will feature Democratic Mayors. Mayors who have paved the way for our current mayors and those who are making their mark in their cities in the age of President Obama.

In 2007, then presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks at the U.S. Mayor’s Conference:

Today’s feature is Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Kasim Reed

Wiki: Mohammed Kasim Reed, known as Kasim Reed (born June 10, 1969) is the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, taking office on January 4, 2010. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and represented the 35th District of the Georgia State Senate from 2003 to 2009. After serving as campaign manager for Shirley Franklin’s successful 2001 Atlanta Mayoral campaign, he ran for the position in 2009 since Franklin was term limited. He was one of two candidates to advance from the November 3 general election to a December 1, 2009 runoff election, which he won and was officially inaugurated as Mayor of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Mayor Reed is a Democrat and was once a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, an international law firm with offices in Atlanta.[1]

In college, he instituted a student fee that has added millions of dollars to the Howard University endowment since its inception in 1991. Mayor Reed’s civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized in publications such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ebony and Black Enterprise. He was selected as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars” in 2001, one of “10 Outstanding Atlantans” in Outstanding Atlanta, a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000, and a Board Member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, among many others.

3 Chics LOVES Mayor Kasim Reed. He’s been a gift to his city and a staunch surrogate for President Obama!

Here are a few video clips of a true MASTER-O-CHIN-CHECKIN’

First Mayor Reed knows his HISTORY:

GAME CHANGER

Mayor Kasim Reed Speaks at the 2012 Joint Center Annual Gala

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  2. BREAKINGNEWS: FBI probe into Petraeus sex scandal expands to Gen. John R. Allen

    http://wapo.st/PQJUWA

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  3. Texas Gov. Rick Perry does not stand behind a secession petition filed with the White House by a Lone Star State resident in the aftermath of the presidential election.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/rick-perry-secession_n_2120453.html

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  4. Petreaus Allowed Right Wing Think Tanks to Set Up Shop at his Afghan Headquarters

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021801412

    This, for instance, is a doozy where I come from: In Monday’s Washington Post, Greg Jaffe reports that in Afghanistan,

    “prominent members of conservative, Washington-based defense think tanks were given permanent office space at Petraeus’s headquarters and access to military aircraft to tour the battlefield. They provided advice to field commanders that sometimes conflicted with orders the commanders were getting from their immediate bosses.”

    And here I thought civilians in Washington were supposed to “listen to the generals.” Turns out, it sometimes worked the other way around. Tax dollars, I assume, were used to provide that office space and access to military aircraft to the same people who so brilliantly helped enmire us in two wars after 9/11; what could go wrong?

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  5. @davidfrum Have you not listened to the President at all? He never fails to say “thank you”. Listen to him here.

    And here in 08.

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  6. Ametia says:

    So note to GOP: GET YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM MY SOCIAL SECURITY!

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  7. BreakingNews: FBI spokeswoman: FBI is at the North Carolina home of Paula Broadwell, woman who had an affair with David Petraeus

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    • Ametia says:

      This is part of the answer to fix the debt. It’s like the thread on McConnell and nem says, the fiscal cliff scare is manufactured bs from the GOP & Rethugs to hold on to their toys=tax cuts. Let the MOFO BUSH tax cuts expire and problem solved!

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  8. ____________________

    Cleveland to the GOP –> Sexy Girl Middle Finger

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  9. rikyrah says:

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  10. BREAKING NEWS: Obama considering John Kerry for defense secretary

    http://wapo.st/TWGjqt

    President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.

    Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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  11. Rush: Cubans Aren’t Popular In Overall Hispanic Group b/c They’re Not As Dark & Oriented Toward Work

    http://ow.ly/felo7

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  12. Woman Blames Husband for Obama’s Reelection, Runs Him Over with Her Jeep

    http://gawker.com/5959933/woman-blames-husband-for-obamas-reelection-runs-him-over-with-her-jeep

    Upset over the result of last week’s presidential election, an Arizona woman ran over her husband with her car, believing him to be directly responsible for Obama’s reelection because he didn’t vote.

    According to police in Gilbert, 28-year-old Holly Solomon of Mesa and her husband Daniel argued loudly in a local parking lot before Holly got in her Jeep SUV and began chasing Daniel around. She eventually managed to pin him underneath the vehicle as he was trying to run away.

    Daniel sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

    “According to Daniel, Holly believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of President Obama’s re-election,” Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger said in a statement.

    Daniel’s presidential preference likely wouldn’t have mattered much to Romney: He won Arizona by a margin of some 200,000 votes.

    Holly was booked on charges of domestic violence charges of aggravated assault. Shockingly, neither alcohol nor drugs were listed as contributing factors.

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  13. Ametia says:

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012

    One Week Post-Romney: How Will White Conservative Masculinity Continue to be a Problem?

    Snip

    In day-to-day public discourse the power of Whiteness to construct reality around a set of unstated assumptions about privilege, power, and normality is signaled to by, for example, how the notion of “American” identity is understood by many to be synonymous with “white.”

    http://wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2012/11/one-week-post-romney-will-white.html

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  14. Report: Obamas invite boy band One Direction to White House

    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/267367-report-obamas-invite-boy-band-one-direction-to-white-house

    Now that that they’ve won another four years at the White House, a U.K. tabloid newspaper claims President Obama and the first lady have their sights set on a new goal: trying to bring a group of tween sensations to Washington.

    The Obamas have asked the boy band One Direction to come play a special gig at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., according to the Daily Star.

    The paper says that the trip to D.C. would be meant as a thank-you gift to daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, for their help during the presidential campaign.

    “A source close to One Direction revealed that Michelle Obama, 48, had been in touch personally to ask them to appear at the White House,” the paper reports.

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  15. Ametia says:

    Monday afternoon classic with Chaka!

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  16. Ametia says:

    400,000 People Call On Macy’s to DUMP DONALD TRUMP!

    A grassroots campaign for Macy’s to end their association with Donald Trump has caught fire. Nearly 400,000 people have added their name to a petition on Signon.org for Macy’s, which exclusively sells Trump’s clothing line and fragrance, to dump the controversial businessman.
    Trump gained prominence during the 2012 election for relentlessly promoting the discredited conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the United States. He vocally maintains that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.

    On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that the election results were “a travesty, a total sham, a disgusting injustice” and “urged Americans to march on Washington.” He claims global warming is “a concept created by and for the Chinese to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump also promotes dangerous conspiracy theories about vaccines.
    Macy’s touts themselves as a “socially responsible” company. Nevertheless, they have continued to embrace their relationship with Trump and will prominently feature him in its holiday Television ads.

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/11/12/1177871/nearly-400000-people-call-on-macys-to-dump-donald-trump/

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  17. Democrats pick up another seat in the House

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/12/democrats-pick-up-another-seat-in-the-house/

    (CNN) – Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Vernon Parker in the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, CNN projected Monday.

    Sinema’s win in the newly-created district adds one more seat to the list of pick-ups for Democrats in the House, putting the breakdown at 234 Republicans, 196 Democrats and two independents.

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  18. What Did Cantor Know, and When Did He Know It ????

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251244473

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  19. As the day progresses,notice all the new info coming. Rove,Gergen,Cantor,Reihecrt,Broadwell,Izza,and maybe others.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021798966

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  20. rikyrah says:

    The Least Surprising Outcome
    by BooMan
    Mon Nov 12th, 2012 at 01:37:08 PM EST

    The funniest thing about Mark Thiessen’s piece is that he is mystified that a “community organizer” could out-organize a Bain Capital outsourcer. But what could be more predictable?

    How on earth did Barack Obama, the community organizer, harness the power of data in the 2012 election like a Bain Capital numbers-cruncher, while Mitt Romney’s data-mining effort crashed and burned like, well, Solyndra?
    Mitt Romney was not the cool candidate. He ran on competence. But having the data system your campaign is relying on to turn out the vote crash on Election Day is incompetent. Not testing that system before Election Day is inexcusable. And letting a community organizer run a more precise, data-driven, metrics-based campaign than a Bain Capital executive is incomprehensible.

    There is nothing incomprehensible about it. President Obama hired people who believe in science. President Obama’s team used trial and error to hone the best possible practices. President Obama is a trained organizer which means he is very good at organizing people.

    Mitt Romney is an expert at hiring people to cut corners and find loopholes in the law and hide large amounts of money and to loot pension funds. He is trained to deceive and defraud people, and to cheat and steal. He designs and exploits systems that are rigged so that he cannot lose. He doesn’t organize people. He fleeces them. He’s a con man. Just ask his billionaire supporters.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/11/12/13378/065

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    • majiir says:

      Thiessen needs to recognize that it is community organizers who know how to communicate well with people from all walks of life. The republicans have spent so much time ridiculing PBO for being a community organizer that they missed how important it is to be able to get along with people who are different from yourself. Romney has no people skills beyond those he uses when he’s schmoozing with his rich friends. That’s why poll after poll showed that most Americans believe that PBO is more like them and understands their issues/problems. Sitting up in that Ivory Tower didn’t do Romney a bit of good last Tuesday.

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  21. rikyrah says:

    Did Petraeus foul the nest?

    by digby

    11/11/12:

    David Gergen — a friend of Gen. David Petraeus as well as the woman he reportedly had an extra-marital affair with — said on “Face The Nation” this morning that great men have affairs — and that those relationships can be very important to them in difficult times.

    “I would hope people would remember that there have been other great leaders in this country … Remember President Eisenhower, when he was General Eisenhower, Kay Summersby, how important that relationship was to him,” Gergen said.

    “Remember Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer, how important that relationship was to him during the second World War.

    “I think we have to be understanding that, as the saying goes,” Gergen stammered, “the best of men are still men, men at their best.”

    He’s not being inconsistent. Exactly …

    11/2/98:

    “We have our own set of village rules,” says David Gergen, editor at large at U.S. News & World Report, who worked for both the Reagan and Clinton White House. “Sex did not violate those rules. The deep and searing violation took place when he not only lied to the country, but co-opted his friends and lied to them. That is one on which people choke.

    “We all live together, we have a sense of community, there’s a small-town quality here. We all understand we do certain things, we make certain compromises. But when you have gone over the line, you won’t bring others into it. That is a cardinal rule of the village. You don’t foul the nest.”

    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/did-petraeus-foul-nest.html

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  22. rikyrah says:

    Patriotic Liberal
    @ThePatrioticLib

    Romney Campaign expenditures: $250 Mil. Romney super-pac expenditures: $300 Mil. Election night look on Carl Rove’s Face: Priceless

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  23. rikyrah says:

    A CURIOUS NOTION OF HOW POLITICS WORKS – ESPECIALLY WHEN DEMOCRATS WIN.

    Pundits: In Victory, Obama Must Accommodate His Opponents

    By Peter Hart

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    With the election over, you’re seeing familiar corporate media advice about the need for Obama to move to the right and learn to compromise with Republicans.
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    The clearest take, perhaps, came from NPR’s Cokie Roberts, who explained on Morning Edition (11/8/12) that the election showed that the country is divided. (This is, in a sense, what elections are supposed to do.) She explained the task for Obama:

    NPR’s Cokie Roberts

    It is a divide where he’s lost whites, he’s lost Southerners, he’s lost people of a certain income and age, and he’s really got to do something fast to deal with that.

    This is a curious notion of how politics work. After winning an election, the victor should immediately…do what his or her opponents want to do. It’s something the press has done before–especially when Democrats win.

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    http://www.fair.org/blog/2012/11/07/pundits-in-victory-obama-must-accomodate-his-opponents/

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  24. rikyrah says:

    CAN WE PLEASE DISPENSE WITH THE MISLEADING “FISCAL CLIFF” METAPHOR?

    When a misguided debate meets a wrongheaded metaphor

    By Steve Benen

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    Also, to echo a point Suzy Khimm raised on Friday, another part of the problem with the metaphor is that much of the political debate is predicated on the notion that the “fiscal cliff” necessarily refers to a fiscal problem. That’s actually backwards — if the automatic spending cuts and automatic tax increases kick in, the nation’s budget deficit would shrink a lot and in a hurry.

    This is important because it should, in theory, help shape the debate. I’ve heard pundits arguing lately, “We need a deficit-reduction plan to avoid the fiscal cliff,” but that doesn’t really make sense. Going over the so-called “cliff” would mean automatic deficit reduction. The point of the bipartisan talks, then, is to find an alternative solution to the same challenge. Policymakers are effectively looking to replace an unpopular austerity plan with a more palatable one.

    Ezra’s looking to replace the “cliff” metaphor with something more sensible. Here’s hoping something better comes along soon.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/12/15113613-when-a-misguided-debate-meets-a-wrongheaded-metaphor

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  25. rikyrah says:

    found this in the comments at TOD:

    donna dem 4 obama
    November 12, 2012 at 11:53 am
    I need to get something off my chest!

    I hate to make this about race but it is a reality.

    Since election night, I have read article after article talking about the need for the Republican Party to learn to adjust their tone and do a better job of outreach with respect to Latinos. I love my Latino brothers and sisters. I fought hard in this election for them as well as all other folks who want to be a part of our great society but can we African Americans get a little acknowledgement from all these pundits, writers and the Republican Party as a whole who sat by and watched us being demonized and discounted throughout this entire election. Yep I’m talking to you Chuck Todd with your AA’s are not going to be enthusiastic about the 2012 election et al… What makes them think that the Republican Party doesn’t need to adjust their tone and outreach in regards to people who look like me!

    Donald Trump being paraded around from station to station questioning everything he can think up about this President when no President prior to PBO was ever treated with such disrespect and it was all sanctioned by the media. Can you imagine if PBO had Rev. Wright as a spokesperson for his campaign what the fallout would have been. Two sets of rules and we all know why!

    Romney running those out right lying Welfare ads even when the fact checkers said they were false because he knew it played on the false notion that AA’s are lazy good for nothing “takers” who just want free stuff!

    Sununu, another Romney spokesperson, calling our President lazy as well as other ridiculous proclamations.

    All those Republican state officials that sent their racist emails to only apologize once they got caught (in case they offended anybody). WTH!!

    Then you have the long list of outrageous, egregious remarks over the last four years about our President not being American enough from the likes of Allen West, Michele Bachman, Joe Walsh and we will never forget the “You Lie” man, Joe Wilson.

    They act as if I am invisible. Yes, it would take a helluva lot of effort to win over AA’s to the Republican Party but less they forget that GWB got 12% of the AA vote in 2004. They better realize that ALL minorities are a voting force that they need to reconcile with or next time that zero vote we’re seeing precincts report that Romney got will spread like wildfire in future elections.

    Okay I feel better now.

    End of Rant!

    Everyone have a great productive O’Day!

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  26. rikyrah says:

    The Queen of Versailles’: the best film on the Great Recession
    Posted by Ezra Klein on November 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    “The Queen of Versailles” began as a documentary about a time-share billionaire, his ditzy wife, and their grotesque quest to build the largest house in the United States of America. It ended as perhaps the single best film on the Great Recession.

    The movie was supposed to be about conspicuous consumption. David and Jackie Siegel were building a 90,000 square foot palace nicknamed “Versailles.” The documentarians wanted to see what kind of people would do that. So they embedded with the Siegel family.

    But then the financial crisis hits. Credit dries up. Siegel’s business, which relies on cheap credit, begins to flounder. Versailles falls into disrepair. The family begins to crack. “This is almost like a riches-to-rages story,” Siegel tells the camera.

    Midway through the movie, there’s a scene that might stand as the single most complete vignette on the mechanics of the financial crisis and the subsequent slow recovery.

    It’s almost Christmas and David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, the largest time-share company in the world, is hosting a party. The party is in his huge mansion. But it’s not in his hugest mansion — the 90,000 square foot, still under-construction “Versailles” — which is, at that moment, falling into foreclosure because Siegel can’t keep up on the payments.

    Siegel, slumped in a ratty armchair, is regaling some friends with a tale that is, simultaneously, a sob-story about the desperate state of his finances and an extended boast about his skill at financial engineering. As Siegel tells it, he owes the bank $18.5 million, and he can’t pay. But the bank won’t write down the loan. So Siegel tapped a third-party to approach the bank about buying the loan, which they were able to do, for a mere $3.5 million. And then Siegel bought his $18.5 million loan back from the third-party at barely more than a sixth of its original value. This, he says, is why the financial system — and the economy — are in the toilet.

    It’s all there: The conspicuous consumption, the mania for ever-more real estate fueled by every-cheaper loans, the complicated financial engineering that made so many rich and then made their companies so poor, Wall Street’s destructive unwillingness to write down the principal on loans, and the way that, even during the depths of the recession, the rich were able to play by different rules — rules that helped them emerge from the downturn with more money than ever.

    Another scene in the film drives home the point. Jackie Siegel a beauty queen from a small town in New York, has reconnected with a high school friend. The friend didn’t move to the big city and marry a billionaire whose business relied on cheap money. But she got hit by the financial crisis nevertheless: her house is now in foreclosure. And it’s her real house, the one she actually lives in.

    The bank says she needs $1,800, and Jackie sends her $5,000. But in a late-night call some time later, she confesses that she lost the house anyway. The bank, she says, wasn’t willing to reverse the foreclosure process even though she’d been able to come up with the money. There’ll be no buying her loan back at a cut-rate price.

    There’s no good news in the documentary. It ends before the recession does. But there’s good news beyond the documentary.

    Siegel is, these days, best known as the vainglorious plutocrat who sent his employees an e-mail explaining they’d likely be fired if President Obama won the election and they should, you know, keep that in mind when they go to vote.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/11/12/the-queen-of-versailles-the-best-film-on-the-great-recession/

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  27. rikyrah says:

    The Republican agenda laid bare

    For most of my lifetime, the basic Republican message has been about 3 issues:

    Reduce taxes
    More military spending
    Privatize everything – especially entitlements

    In the past they’ve been able to sell a lot of the 99% on these things through fear – especially when it comes to their culture war. That’s one of the reasons this election was such a big deal. The country is changing and those cultural issues don’t work anymore. All of those things – including the Southern Strategy, marriage equality, women’s reproductive rights, demonization of immigrants, Islamophobia – were taken off the table.

    So now they’re left with having to openly defend those 3 basic goals the cultural issues were meant to obfuscate.

    The last fear tactic left standing is their attempt to claim that they care about the federal deficit. Even with data like this, too many people still buy that lie.

    All of that…every single one of those issues…is going to be on the table as Democrats and Republicans work out a deal on what has been described as the “fiscal cliff.” The first thing for Americans to recognize is that it has been the balanced approach of Democrats that has been proven effective in reducing our debt.

    Beyond that, the way the Democrats have set up the negotiations means that those three primary issues up top are going to be in competition with one another. The Republicans can go for broke on all of them – and lose everything. Or they can compromise on all of them. Or they can pick one and fight for it at the expense of the other two.

    I’d suggest that privatizing the entitlements is off the table at this point. So that leaves the other two – taxes and military spending – to fight it out.

    It’s crunch time for Republicans. Their agenda is being laid bare and is on the blocks. Grab the popcorn and watch the show brought to you by the superior negotiating of the Democrats.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-republican-agenda-laid-bare.html

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  28. Petraeus, Rove, and Paula Broadwell: I Smell A Rat.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021798966

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    • http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021798966#post15

      June 11, 2012 – Broadwell pictured with Rove, who tweets about it in June.
      June-August, 2012 – FBI receives complaint about “harassing emails” sent by Broadwell to Jill Kelley
      October 26, 2012 – Fox News “Exclusive” claiming CIA requested and was refused reinforcements.
      October 26, 2012 – Broadwell pimps the Fox News version of events at a University of Denver symposium
      October 28, 2012 – Rove hammers and expands on it in an interview on Fox News
      Approximately October 28-31, 2012 – FBI confronts Petraeus and interviews him about emails, determines no breaches of national security have taken place.
      October 31, 2012 – Cantor Chief of Staff contacted by Rep. Dave Reichert about FBI ‘whistleblower’. Cantor says he contacted the FBI immediately.
      November 6, 2012 – Barack Obama wins re-election
      November 6, 2012 – James Clapper (Director of National Intelligence) informed of FBI investigation
      November 8, 2012 – Petraeus submits resignation
      November 9, 2012 – Resignation accepted

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    • http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021798966#post15

      And then there’s this:

      As her answer continued, Broadwell seemed to speak on behalf of Petraeus: “The challenging thing for General Petraeus is that in his new position he is not allowed to communicate with the press. So he’s known all of this, they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya. Within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening.”

      Broadwell, herself a former military intelligence officer, began her discussion of the attack by referencing an exclusive Fox News report that had run that day. But while dramatic details of that story were later fiercely disputed by government officials, she relayed only parts of that story—like the attempt to send backup from a special-operations force—that were finally confirmed.

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    • dannie22 says:

      THE FIX WAS IN. set up from the word go. And petraeus fell for it.

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    • rikyrah says:

      if it doesn’t come out in the wash, it’ll come out in the rinse.

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  29. Michael Steele: When you’re losing the Cuban vote in Florida..it’s a brand new day in politics.

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  30. Dayyummm…

    In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20121112_In_59_Philadelphia_voting_wards__Mitt_Romney_got_zero_votes.html

    It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.

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  31. Rep. Peter King: Republicans ‘Have a Mandate’ to Keep Low Tax Rates for the Rich http://dlvr.it/2T6bNB

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  32. Ametia says:

    Prediction: Petraeus conspired with GOP on Benghazi to undermine Obama for Election

    I suspect this was a failed attempt to undermine the President in an election year.

    Why? What do we know to date?

    1. Classified documents were found on Broadwell’s computer
    2. Cantor was one of the GOP leading the charge on “investigating” Benghazi
    3. Cantor knew about his affair with Broadwell.
    4. Conflicting information came from CIA regarding Benghazi
    5. Rove seen with Broadwell this summer at NCSL
    6. FBI has known about the affair between Broadwell and Petraeus and has an active investigation on this incident.
    7. Romney/GOP were looking for something equivalent to Iran Hostage incident to discredit Obama on foreign policy (Romney’s recorded statements at a fundraiser).

    I suspect the administration is all over this and we will learn much more about this failed attempt in the days to come. It could mean the resignation of those Republicans in Congress who knew of this information as well as criminal charges.

    Update: consider this: Cantor knew of Petraeus affair (through connections in FBI). Cantor needed someone credible to discredit Obama on Benghazi, so he used his leverage over Petraeus to make a statement in late October to apparently counter statements from the administration (see here

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-throws-obama-under-bus_657896.html

    This statement from Petraeus got little coverage due to the hurricane.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=154853

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  33. rikyrah says:

    Right Wingers Ask, “Why Did Romney Lose?” The Answers Are Clueless.


    As Amanda Marcotte points out in Slate, single women are to blame in many circles. Not the misogynist crap Romney and the rest of the Republican Party spewed throughout the election season, but single women themselves. You know, because no right winger (and why can’t we all agree to stop calling them “conservative”?) could ever admit that, perhaps, their positions on abortion, contraception and their overall position on women’s rights are outside the “mainstream.” If 68% of single women voted for Obama, it has to be because they think he’s cute, right? [sound familiar? this is a years-old claim made by the ratfucking “left”–gn]

    This is actually a key point all right wingers twist themselves to make; Obama didn’t win, Romney lost. This is seen in the column by Rachel Alexander on the Townhall website, where she suggests, without apparent irony,” that Obama only “won” due to “election fraud.”

    The right wing mind is fascinating.

    http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/lyingsocialistweasels/2012/11/right-wingers-ask-why-did-romney-lose-the-answers-are-clueless.html

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  34. rikyrah says:

    In debt talks, failure is an option
    By Steve Benen – Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:00 AM EST.70

    President Obama and congressional leaders have about seven weeks until the end of the calendar year, at which point automatic spending cuts, which both parties oppose, will kick in, and all Bush-era tax cuts will expire. Policymakers seem to believe a debt-reduction agreement is still possible to avoid these measures, but it’s an uphill climb.

    The dirty little secret, though, is plenty of Democrats seem to realize that a deal isn’t entirely necessary.

    Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Sunday said Democrats were prepared to allow the expiration of all George W. Bush-era tax rates if Republican lawmakers objected to raising taxes on the wealthiest.

    “We can’t accept an unfair deal that piles on the middle class and tell them they have to support it. We have to make sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share,” said Murray on ABC”s “This Week.”

    Murray said one option would be to let the lower rates expire across-the-board and then return to the table next year with new talks on a tax-cut package.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/12/15109551-in-debt-talks-failure-is-an-option?lite

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  35. Jimmy Carter Proud of His Grandson’s Role in Romney’s “47 Percent” Tape | http://13wmaz.com http://on.wmaz.com/SAF7Fy

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    • majiir says:

      Awesome, SG!! That’s one of my local TV stations! I voted for Jimmy Carter as governor and for president. He’s a whole lot smarter than most people think he is. Thanks for the info.

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  36. Rasmussen: Obama job approval highest since July 2009

    http://tpm.ly/UD5jQf

    President Obama’s approval rating in Monday’s edition of the Republican-leaning Rasmussen tracking poll is at its highest level since July 2009. Obama’s approval is at 54 percent in the Ras tracker against 45 percent of likely voters who disapprove of his job performance. Those numbers mirror the numbers from July 1st, 2009, the last time Obama’s approval hit 54 percent in Rasmussen’s data.

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  37. Newt Gingrich ‘Dumbfounded’ By Obama’s ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Over Mitt Romney

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/newt-gingrich-mitt-romney-dumbfounded_n_2116401.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

    In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney in the presidential election, Newt Gingrich said it’s time for the Republican party “to stop, take a deep breath and learn.”

    Gingrich reflected on the outcome of the contest during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” on Monday.

    The former House Speaker, who made a failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination earlier this year, said, “The president won an extraordinary victory. And the fact is we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it.” He added, “But if you had said to me three weeks ago, Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain and it looks like he’ll be 2 million fewer, I would have been dumbfounded.”

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  38. Ingraham Points to Southern Strategy for Reforming Republican Party

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/ingraham-points-southern-strategy-reforming-

    Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday pointed to the roots of Southern strategy of the late 1960s — which appealed to racism in the South — as an example of how the Republican Party should reform itself after President Barack Obama won re-election.

    “If the reaction to the election is let’s dig into our core principles and try to remake them, I think the GOP will lose even more seats in 2014,” Ingraham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “If it becomes a bidding war with Republicans in either this group or that group — whether it’s Latinos or women — we’re going to give you more stuff or we’re going to do amnesty plus… it’s not going to work.”

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    • majiir says:

      I went out shopping for a little while today, and boy, the white folks here in GA are depressed, and they’re going to stay depressed after every election because they still have the mindset that they’re better than anyone else. OTOH, we blacks and Latinos were speaking to each other and sharing secret smiles. If the GOPers think they have us fooled and are going to offer us an olive branch and have us vote for them, they’d better think again. We know their hatred of us runs deep, and no cosmetic fix is gonna do anything to make us flock to them.

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  39. Well well, look at who Karl Rove was hanging with earlier this year?

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  40. Obama Will Hit the Road for Budget Deal

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/11/12/obama_will_hit_the_road_for_budget_deal.html

    As President Obama begins budget talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, the New York Times notes he “will not simply hunker down there for weeks of closed-door negotiations as he did in mid-2011, when partisan brinkmanship over raising the nation’s debt limit damaged the economy and his political standing. He will travel beyond the Beltway at times to rally public support for a deficit-cutting accord that mixes tax increases on the wealthy with spending cuts.”

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  41. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 11/11/2012 The secret to Barack Obama’s survival
    By Greg Sargent
    The prevailing explanation for Barack Obama’s reelection amid a difficult economy is that — unlike in 2008 — it was more perspiration than inspiration. It was ground out on the margins. It was rooted in demographic bean-counting and a campaign to tear down Mitt Romney that was all prose and no poetry — a ruthless, systematic, data-driven dismantling of his character and qualifications on every level.

    All of that is true. But it misses a major part of the story — that the Obama team also consciously built his reelection on a narrative designed to be as inspiring as the one that lifted him to victory in 2008, albeit in a different way. This year’s narrative turned on the sheer range and scale of obstacles Obama faced — the story of a leader who perseveres relentlessly in the face of extraordinary conditions to improve the future of the middle class.

    This storyline is key to Obama’s ability to defy the odds and survive, something that continues to flummox his opponents, just as Bill Clinton’s survival skills mystified his. And in the ultimate twist, Republicans themselves helped Obama build this narrative. Nope — Obama didn’t build that. Not alone, anyway.

    Obama’s original victory was improbable enough. But consider the extraordinary hurdles he overcame to win reelection. He won despite:

    1) Inheriting an economy in free fall and a crisis that is proving deeper and more in­trac­table than anything since the Great Depression.

    2) Facing an extraordinarily determined opposition that sought to deliberately deny Obama any cooperation of any kind, on the gamble that the sitting president would bear the blame for failing to unite the country, for government dysfuntion in the face of crisis, and for the failure of the economy to heal.

    3) Being the target of an unprecedented barrage of hundreds and hundreds of millions in outside ad spending, one that painted a dire picture of the Obama economy and widespread economic suffering in hard-hit battleground states for months.

    Obama guru David Axelrod is a believer in the centrality of storytelling to politics — he has been described as “the keeper of Obama’s narrative.” Faced with terrible economic conditions and an implacable opposition, Obama’s brain trust knew Obama would only survive if he ran a scorched earth campaign designed to tear apart his opponent. But the Obama team also married this to an uplifting narrative about Obama that appropriated the very economic and political obstacles he faced.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

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  42. rikyrah says:

    David, you bad, bad boy
    David Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA because of a self-confessed extramarital affair seems oddly puritanical, or just odd.

    Nearly 70 years ago our Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, managed to conquer both Nazi Germany and Kay Summersby and then proceeded to ask–in writing–the profoundly priggish U.S. Army chief of staff, George C. Marshall, what he thought about Ike, maybe, dumping Mamie and idyllically settling down with said Ms. Summersby. To which George responded–and I’m only roughly paraphrasing here–Ike, are you fucking nuts?

    Anyway, Ike’s temporary schoolboyishness (which wasn’t much of a secret) hardly prevented the general from going on to even greater heights. For the next seven years the thought of President Truman being in possession of Ike’s letter in Pentagon files worried the bejesus out of the latter, but Harry was an understanding sport, and never used it politically. These things happen, you know, boys will be boys, that sort of thing.

    But it doesn’t apply to David Petraeus, I guess?

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/

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  43. rikyrah says:

    found this in the comments at POU:

    Rhoda

    Good Morning, everyone!

    So, I’m watching Morning Joke and he is pissed off! I know why, because of the Republican house leadership involvement they can’t get at POTUS over this Petraeus mess.

    This New Yorker summary by Jane Mayer gets to the heart of the matter: who the hell drop kicked Petraeus out? Because, this was a political hit job.

    This is my theory.

    This all started in the summer with an investigation by the FBI, Jill Kelly apparently had a friend in the Tampa office and was freaked out by some emails she was getting. Apparently, she had no idea who they were from but were threatening. Andrea Mitchell alluded to the fact she’s seen them; and an investigation was begun that led to the affair being uncovered. No one did anything wrong; so that was the end of the matter until a rouge FBI agent went to House Republican leadership who turned to the FBI Director. [ETA: I don’t believe this, an investigation this long something went down that no one wants to talk about IMO which is why a “whistleblower: went to Cantor who couldn’t use the information IMO.]

    Now, apparently Cantor said he just informed the FBI Director of the facts but as Mayer points out in her summary the man knew. You don’t go after the director of the CIA and the director of the FBI not know! I suspect, Cantor wanted to blow this shit up in the press and was told he’d be attacked and given the national security interests he’d likely be breaking laws which is why we heard NOTHING but the facts were floating out there.

    So, Morning Joke was trying to say obviously the White House HAD to have known. But that is undercut by the fact Republican leadership knew. I suspect, Cantor and the Republican leadership were drawn into this story by the FBI to create an untenable political situation to get rid of Petraeus. And I suspect Eric Holder and the WH took the opportunity to clean house; because getting rid of Petraeus completely means getting rid of the neocons and in such a way that it’s going to be hard for him to make trouble for the WH in the next four years.

    I’m telling you, the way Petraeus (who ran roughshod over the Bush White House and controlled the village to the point were people were about to crown him the ’12 Republican nominee) has been marginalized is amazing. And it all started with his transfer to the CIA and now he’s been removed from there. And I don’t believe it was all coincidence.

    JMHO

    This is going to be gone by the end of the week and by next week, the Benghazi story will be played out. And Republicans are gnashing their teeth that they have nothing to impeach POTUS over, lol.

    I can not wait for the HBO miniseries of this administration. The movie is going to be something!

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    • majiir says:

      What none of these folks understand is that God is watching over PBO. Everything they’ve done in an attempt to make him look bad or to his demise has FAILED. They’re miserable because there has/have been no major scandal(s.) Although the republicans are always talking about what they believe to be God’s will, it doesn’t appear that God agrees with them.

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  44. rikyrah says:

    A moment of silence for my Bears…

    don’t gloat too hard, SG2 ;)

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  45. Ametia says:

    CHARTS: How Big Pork Screws Small Towns
    —By Tom Philpott
    | Mon Nov. 12, 2012 3:08 AM PST

    I’ve argued often that the food system functions like an economic sieve, draining away wealth. Imagine, say, a suburb served by a handful of fast-food chains plus a supermarket or Walmart or two. Profits from residents’ food dollars go to distant shareholders; what’s left behind are essentially low-skill, low-wage clerical jobs and mountains of generally low-quality, health-ruining food.

    But the food system’s secret scandal is that it’s economically extractive in farming communities areas, too—and especially in the places where industrial agriculture is most established and intensive. I first learned about this surprising fact from the Minnesota-based community-economics expert Ken Meter, specifially this 2001 study on a farm-heavy region of Minnesota. And now Food and Water Watch, working with the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, has come out with an excellent new report documenting the food industry’s effect on several ag-intense regions, with the main spotlight on the hog-centric counties of Iowa, the nation’s leading hog-producing state.

    http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/11/industrial-scale-hog-farming-screws-small-towns

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  46. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! Happy MUN-dane to ya. :-)

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