Thursday Open Thread | 29 Powerful Black Women Calling the Shots in the Obama Administration

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African American women responsible for keeping President Obama's administration running

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81 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | 29 Powerful Black Women Calling the Shots in the Obama Administration

  1. vitaminlover says:

    I like that picture.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Carson beat Trump in 3rd Quarter fundraising

    Uh huh.

  3. eliihass says:

    So funny listening to Hillary try to explain her ‘connection’ to the Hispanic community by touting the time she babysat children of immigrant farm workers in Chicago. LOL..

    Hearing her tell the story of the children’s eyes light up as they saw the old rickety bus drive up knowing that their mothers, fathers, grandparents, big brothers, big sisters, uncles and aunties were on it and coming home to them…And watching the tired adults bent over with weariness after a hard days toil on the farms, scooping up their kids in their arms-

    She remembers telling her own mother that those families were just like them..

    Brings back memories of landing in Bosnia under sniper fire…with a generous seasoning of borrowed bits from many actual life stories as shared by the Obamas and V.P Biden…

    • eliihass says:


      Look at Dr. Ben and The Donald flexing their top spot muscles…Hey now..

      To be a fly on the wall listening in to the angry rants of angry red-faced white men held hostage by their own machinations. They really wouldn’t ever have predicted that their cultivating and empowering and cheering on of their predominantly racist base would not only come back to bite them in the butt, but would be used against them in such sweet ways…

  4. rikyrah says:

    Singing while black: Oakland choir threatened with ‘nuisance’ fines after tech workers enter neighborhood
    15 OCT 2015 AT 17:00 ET

    Members of a black church choir are blaming an influx of affluent tech workers for their group facing thousands of dollars in fines.

    Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in West Oakland received a cease-and-desist letter from the city threatening them with $500 a day in fines plus a $3,500 nuisance fee, CBS San Francisco reports. Church members believe the sudden complaints about the choir are due to the fact the area is becoming gentrified.

    “Kind of hard to believe because we’ve been here about 65 years in the community and all of a sudden we get some concerns about the noise,” Thomas A Harris III, the pastor at Pleasant Grove, told the local CBS station.

    The church just happens to be in a neighborhood full of the Victorian homes that characterize the Bay Area, and they’re being snapped up by wealthy tech industry workers, church officials told CBS.

    “Those persons who are just new arrivals should not come and try to change the culture that existed before they arrived here,” George Holland, president of the local NAACP branch, told CBS. “We cannot have people come attack churches about music.”

  5. rikyrah says:


    Allan Brauer @allanbrauer

    New York Times Staffer Tweets ‘F**k You Jeb Bush’ @TPM … / let’s get #FuckYouJebBush trending

    • Liza says:

      Totally in alignment with what I would expect from a Trump supporter.

      • eliihass says:

        It’s amusing and ironic that the opportunistic, spoilt, shallow, tantrum-throwing, entitled East Coast trust fund kid Trump is now hero to these poor, misguided racists he wouldn’t even spare saliva on if they were on fire and needed it..

      • Liza says:

        I guess their common denominator is their hatred for those who they think have no right to be Americans.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Just finished watching Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story – on Netflix. I liked it. I’m going to show it to Peanut. (It’s mostly animated.)

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jane The Virgin- Season 1, is now streaming at Netflix!

    • eliihass says:

      I remember already declared and running candidates being encouraged to drop out when their candidacy was faltering, I remember people being encouraged to get in the race, to run because we needed as many good options to make our decision..

      What I don’t ever recall is a viable candidate, a sitting V.P – the natural and traditional heir to an incumbent 2-term president – being asked not to get in the race because the process has been completely rigged to foist a particular nominee on the party..

      But if the deciders, who are by the way are mostly corrupt and self-serving types who’ve been paid to play, are completely confident in the superiority of the candidate they’ve undemocratically pre-selected for us, why the reluctance to test that superiority they tout?

      The extraordinary measures being taken to cushion and choreograph and micromanage every last bit including what ought to be completely natural processes and responses, is more of a red flag and cause for concern.

      These artificial and forced set-ups are only possible to the extent that the DNC controls the GOP and can force them to be reverent of their candidate, and play nice with Hillary – and if the candidate is elected, that the DNC force the world to treat her with kid gloves and to help prop her up by playing along.

      As for Julian Castro, I understand and appreciate the President’s attempt at building the next generation of Democratic leaders by elevating the young Mayor to Sec. of HUD. Doesn’t mean I thought Castro was deserving or up to it. His premature endorsement of Hillary today only confirmed my earlier take-aways about him.

    • Ametia says:

      How about Joe Biden’s the current VICE PRESIDENT with one the MOST SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS


      GTFOH Boxer!

    • Liza says:

      When I volunteered for the Democrats many years ago, I saw this firsthand and I was appalled. I had no idea that these “You need to get out of the way and endorse the candidate most likely to win” interactions were going on. It’s one of the main reasons why I stopped volunteering.

      But for Barbara Boxer to just put this out there in such a brazen manner really diminishes whatever respect I had for her. And this seems to be the new mantra preparing the way for Hillary’s coronation, that Hillary was so awesome in the debate that there is no need to doubt her ability to win and, therefore, no need for VP Biden to run.

      I was not impressed at all by Hillary’s debate performance. I got no real information from her, I’m just as uncertain about her as before the debate. And I don’t trust her.

      • eliihass says:

        You have to remember there’s self-interest at work here for Barbara Boxer…Her daughter Nicole was married to Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham – and if things go as planned, Nancy’s grandson Zach gets to have his aunty become the first woman president…And Tony Rodham might finally get another go at lucrative contracts to pay off his outstanding child support payments at least…

      • Liza says:

        OMG, isn’t it always about the money?

  8. rikyrah says:

    racist to the core.

    Alabama Guv Dismisses Outcry Over DMV Closures: ‘It’s Race Politics At Its Worst’

    PublishedOCTOBER 15, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) called the outcry over the state’s mass closure of DMV offices after passing a photo voter ID law “race politics at its worst,” in remarks to state Republican leaders in a closed-door meeting last week.

    A recording of the Oct. 7 meeting was obtained by In it, Bentley discussed with 17 members of the state GOP Steering Committee the Alabama budget woes that had prompted the closures and dismissed the concerns it would make harder for residents — especially African-Americans in the rural regions particularly hard hit by the closures — to vote.

    Per’s description of the recording:

  9. rikyrah says:

    The ‘ smart one’.

    Bush’s $4.8 Million Ad Blitz In N.H. Has Had No Effect On His Polling

    PublishedOCTOBER 15, 2015, 10:26 AM EDT
    The $4.8 million TV and radio ad blitz in New Hampshire by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his associated super Pacs has done little to bump up his polling in the state, which is considered crucial to his campaign.

    A report by Politico Thursday notes that in the weeks since the ad buy — which has pro-Bush ads taking up 60 percent of the political airspace in the state — the former governor’s average poll numbers have actually dipped down, from 9 percent to 8.7 percent.

  10. rikyrah says:

    They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

    by BooMan
    Thu Oct 15th, 2015 at 10:36:08 AM EST

    There’s basically no question in my mind that Erick Erickson’s indictment of the Rand Paul campaign is not only best but the truest thing he has ever written. I think he completely nailed everything that has been wrong with Rand Paul as both a senator and as a candidate. Erickson must be right about Rand alienating his father’s supporters or he wouldn’t be struggling to raise money. After all, he entered the race with an army of Paulist supporters that had been developed over more than two decades. Where are they? Why aren’t they opening their checkbooks? Why aren’t they plastering every road sign in the country with Paul bumperstickers like they did for his father?

    At this point, Rand really should shut down a campaign that isn’t going anywhere and focus on getting reelected to the Senate. But he should also reconsider what he’s doing with his political career and his life. He could have been a real maverick who could speak for people on both sides of the aisle and for those who are alienated from the whole process. He hasn’t lived up to that promise.

    At all.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Hastert is pleading guilty. Hopefully, he will get good jail time.

  12. rikyrah says:

     Black Deaths Matter

    Historic black cemeteries have devolved into trash dumps and overgrown forests, while tidy Confederate memorials still draw public funding.


    Seth Freed Wessler

    On a spring morning a few years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, Etta Daniels, a spry 72-year-old with oval wire-frame glasses, was in the northeast corner of Greenwood Cemetery, where she often came on Saturdays, searching for gravestones “before they disappear.” She’d already spent more than a decade helping families locate and honor their loved ones buried in Greenwood. That day, she was joined by 69-year-old Barbara Harris, who is “not usually one to go to the woods.” Wearing gardening gloves and long sleeves to keep off the poison ivy and bugs, Harris was hoping that, with Daniels’s help, she could find her great-grandmother’s grave.

    “We had to crawl over great big trees that had fallen,” Harris says of the trek through one of St. Louis’s oldest African-American cemeteries, founded less than a decade after the Civil War. “I wanted to find her grave again, but the stones are all covered and the paths, you can’t find them.”

    In the thick forest that Greenwood has become, the once-grassy plot where Harris’s great-grandmother, Henrietta Flowers Ware, was buried in 1966 had disappeared. Back then, Greenwood’s 32 acres were well kept, the lawns mowed close by the cemetery’s owners and by the families and funeral homes that patronized it. But by the late 1980s, Harris found whole sections uncut, the ravines piled with trash and junked cars. On her final trip to Greenwood, Harris’s car got stuck on one of the roads. “I didn’t feel it was safe to visit anymore,” she says.

  13. rikyrah says:

    One Black TV Writer on the “‘Empire’ Effect”: “My Creative Parameters Are Limited”

    by Anonymous

    10/15/2015 8:30am PDT

    What the Fox hit has wrought for one anonymous African-American scribe who has worked in TV for five years, including on an Emmy-nominated show: “Everyone in Hollywood is looking for the next ‘Empire’ from every black writer — because I cannot possibly have any other idea or perspective.”

    This story first appeared in the Oct. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

    On a good day, after I pitched my heart out to a roomful of executives, they would not dismiss my creativity and ask if I had an “Empire-esque” idea to pitch. Why would I pitch Empire? I don’t rap, my father isn’t a rapper and even though my mother did spend time in jail, it wasn’t to serve a 17-year drug sentence. Yes, the Empire effect is real — but it’s not what you might think. The good news: If you’re an established writer of color, you can get a pitch meeting. The bad news: Everyone in Hollywood is looking for the next Empire from every black writer — because I cannot possibly have any other idea or perspective. My creative parameters are limited to the next Scandal, Black-ish or a TV version of Straight Outta Compton. (Side note: The Straight Out of Calabasas pitch that Fox purchased [a comedy about two white parents who live in the celebrity enclave and whose kid is a basketball prodigy] is a complete abomination and the reason I wonder why I even try.)

    • eliihass says:

      I know this won’t be popular with my family here, but I’m one of those who think shows like Scandal and Empire though commercially ‘successful’ will have done us as a people a great disservice in the longterm…

      Sure, they’ve given a seemingly lucrative boost to some black Hollywood types – actors, producers etc., but it’s required the propagation and normalization of some of the worst and most damaging stereotypes and social mores to cultivate and sustain an audience –

      In a time and country where so many who have no real life models for healthy life choices and structures rely entirely on pop culture to mold them, we can do so much better than base shows like these…And no, I don’t buy the bogus argument that these story lines and characters are ok because they are ‘realistically’ ‘3-dimensional’ and ‘flawed’ ..

      Even with the fall of Bill Cosby, one can’t dispute the immeasurably positive and life-altering and life-saving impact of shows like The Cosby Show and A Different World on and for so many people who otherwise would never have aspired to, even known about or gone to college, forged healthy work, love and family relationships .. So many people who never knew better, saw and learned a new way, a better way – And it worked!

      These shows might be ‘entertainment’ for those who have solid, intact, functioning social, moral, family structures in place…People who take ‘entertainers and entertainment’ for what they and it is – and won’t and can’t be swayed by it –

      But that’s only a very marginal segment of our society – whether we want to admit it or not. Not everyone knows better..

      For the vast majority, these shows insidiously and very harmfully blur lines, validate, elevate, normalize and even romanticize some of the worst vices and moral failings that have and continue to wreak havoc and destruction in families, communities and societies…And just as our community and the larger society benefitted immensely from the positive lessons of the Cosby shows, we will pay dearly for the very unhealthy, debased and frankly irreparably harmful messages being disseminated and wittingly and unwittingly consumed/assimilated by its audience and society.

      • Ametia says:

        eliihass, 3 Chics is not about being popular. Personally, I respect your comments and perspectives.

        I can’t get down with “How to Get Away With Murder.” The title alone, does not appeal to me. But folks get what they get, regardless of what content, who’s writing it, or who’s starring in it.

        The media is a very powerful ifluence, that much is truth, for me. But we do have the freedom to choose, wittingly & unwittingly.

        We don’t have to all agree.

        Truth, various people’s truths are for the most part never very popular.

        We come from differenct backgrounds, life experiences, and creative tastes. Just keep bringing your truth.

        • eliihass says:

          Thanks Ametia…I really do appreciate how open to and accommodating of diverse views you, SG and Rikyrah are, and how you not only allow it, but encourage it..

          But I also don’t want to offend – or take away from the generally fun, pleasant feel of the blog with heavy rants that might make others uncomfortable..

          Mostly I share because I’m dying to hear other opinions – and my comments represent an opening/invitation for others to chime in and share *their* perspectives…There are so many smart, passionate, conscious women here and there’s no other place to get more honest feedback and varying perspectives on even long-held stances on any number of issues…

      • Like Ametia stated..Keep speaking your truth. We’re not about being popular. We each have our own thoughts and beliefs, but we respect each other’s views.

        • eliihass says:

          Thank you SG… As generous as you guys have been making us all feel so at home on this blog you’ve worked so hard at building, I also want to make sure I respect and honor you and it…Make sure my contributions are positive and keep with the spirit of the blog..

      • rikyrah says:

        Not mad at you, at all.

        There are so many of our stories that could be told. Want a story of the 1800s:
        how about Frederick Douglass
        Harriet Tubman
        Sojourner Truth…
        How about Harriet Tubman’s spy ring full of slaves….
        How about Black abolitionists….
        How about an in depth ‘fictional account’ of one of the original ‘beefs’- Booker T vs. W.E.B.

        And, if you are afraid of original content..
        there are Black MILLIONAIRE authors, who have been paid because of their Black content.

        Take their books and adapt them to movie/mini-series form.
        Built in audience.
        This shyt ain’t rocket science.

        I read a number of Black authors, and man, if I had a studio, I wouldn’t have to get original content for awhile. There are all sorts of Black authors: romance, suspense, mystery, mysteries that could be period pieces, action, science fiction, paranormal. If you want a genre…there’s a Black author who has been writing it, that all you’d have to do is find a good adaptor of books.

        I would love to see the first 3 books by Stephen L. Carter as mini-series. Educated Black folks, politics, conspiracies….I’d love to see them come to the screen.

        I always thought Devil in a Blue Dress was about 5 years ahead of its time. If it had been on a cable network, I think it could have been a series with Easy.

        Angela Winters’ View Park Series….
        would love to see Dennis Haysbert and Vanessa Williams in the lead roles as the Head of the uber-wealthy Chase family.

        Brenda Jackson – she has many series….many different families….

        I wanted any of Beverly Jenkins historical novels on my tv.

        I would love to see Beverly Jenkins ‘ Blessings’ series turned into a tv show. It would be right up the alley of a Family channel/Halmark style series.

  14. rikyrah says:

    October 14, 2015 3:32 PM

    Coming to Grips with GOP Obstructionism in the Future

    By Ed Kilgore

    At Lunch Buffet I mentioned and linked to a Paul Waldman column at the Plum Line that posed some uncomfortable questions for the Democratic presidential candidates about what, realistically, they can do to deal with Republican obstructionism in Congress if they are elected. As he noted, it is extremely unlikely that Democrats will retake control of the House next year, and even if they win back the Senate, the filibuster amplifies Republican power into a veto in that chamber. The only candidate directly asked about all that last night was Bernie Sanders:

    In 2007, Mark Schmitt called the argument among Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards the “theory of change primary.” As Clinton would describe it in speeches, Edwards thought you demand change, Obama thought you hope for change, and she thought you work for change. Sanders’ theory, as he lays it out here, is essentially that you force change, by making it too politically dangerous for Republicans to resist.

    Which is realistic in one way and unrealistic in another. On one hand, Sanders is not bothering to indulge the dream that you can reach across the aisle and bring Democrats and Republicans together. In fact, no candidate from either party is saying that — and after the last seven years, who could do so with a straight face? But that’s a dramatic change from the last couple of decades.

    Waldman calls Sanders’ scenario unrealistic, however, in its assumption that a mass political movement centered among pro-Democratic constituencies is going to have a crucial impact on, say, conservative Republican House members with zero interest in or fear of urban progressive constituencies. But it’s not the only unrealistic scenario.

  15. rikyrah says:

    they don’t care about fiscal responsibility. they never did.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Speaker or not, Paul Ryan’s career might never be the same
    Meredith Shiner
    Political correspondent

    ‎October‎ ‎14‎, ‎2015

    Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan does not want to be speaker of the House, for reasons that are as numerous as they are well-documented. But as he considers whether to accede to the overwhelming calls of his colleagues to seek the post, his most significant consideration could be the unintended long-term political consequences of ignoring establishment Republicans’ entreaties at a time they believe they need him most.

    The reasons not to reach for the speaker’s gavel are obvious: The job is arduous, thankless, and, at this juncture, practically impossible, with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, resigning and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dropping out of the race to succeed him. The hard-right faction of the party, a group of 40 to 50 members, will never believe any person connected to the GOP establishment — a category that includes Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee — will be conservative enough.

    Ryan, who presumably wants to run for president someday, would almost certainly be hurting his chances, perhaps irreversibly, by becoming speaker at such a difficult time. On the personal front, he has said he doesn’t want a job that would require him to spend most of his time, including weekends, away from his young children.

    But here’s the Catch-22 for the ambitious 45-year-old politician: If Ryan turns down the speakership because he has presidential ambitions, spurning his Republican allies at their most desperate time could potentially alienate him from them indefinitely. In other words, Ryan is at a crossroads, and both pathways seem to lead away from the White House. Take the gavel, compile a record as speaker that makes you unelectable as president. Or refuse the gavel and be caught in a no-man’s land where you’ve ceded much of your establishment clout and put yourself at odds with a wide range of colleagues who literally and very publicly begged you to run.

  17. rikyrah says:

    sure, they can. talk about voter registration. voter participation. And, taking back the Congress. See. I just talked about it.


    Why the Democratic candidates can’t confront the real elephant in the room

    By Paul Waldman October 14 at 12:30 PM

    In last night’s Democratic debate, there was only one question, to Bernie Sanders, on what may be the most difficult challenge that will confront the next president if he or she is a Democrat: What are you going to do about Congress?

    We’ll get to the answer Sanders gave in a moment, but first, some context. When Barack Obama was elected, congressional Republicans made what was in some ways a strategically shrewd decision, that they were going to oppose him on basically everything. Because he started with huge majorities in both houses of Congress, he had an extraordinary record of legislative achievement in his first two years, that opposition notwithstanding. But in 2010 Republicans won the House, and four years after that they took the Senate. For all intents and purposes, legislating was over.

    In those two wave elections of 2010 and 2014, a generation of extremely conservative Republicans who viewed all compromise as betrayal were elected, moving the party to the right ideologically and making it far more obstructionist. Now let’s say a Democrat wins in 2016. What happens then?

  18. rikyrah says:

    First Look Photos & Footage of Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in ‘The Wiz Live!’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 13, 2015 at 3:04PM

  19. rikyrah says:

    Yeah Denzel.


    Denzel Washington Will Make His TV Directing Debut with an Episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 13, 2015 at 4:20PM

    Denzel Washington has, interestingly, signed up to direct an episode of ABC’s Shonda Rhimes medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” for Season 12.

    Washington will direct this season’s 9th episode from a script penned by Stacy McKee, which will shoot later this month.

    This will be Washington’s very first time directing for TV. He has of course directed two feature films – “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    I can’t wait to see this.
    I went and checked on Amazon – you can rent it for $6.99.

    In Theaters as Well as on Amazon and iTunes TODAY: Nelson George’s Misty Copeland Doc – A Ballerina’s Tale’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 14, 2015 at 7:38PM

    Sundance Selects opens Nelson George’s documentary, “A Ballerina’s Tale” – a film about one of the most notable and trailblazing figures in the ballet world, Misty Copeland – today, October 14.

    Directed and written by George, produced by Leslie Norville, and executive produced by Dorria L. Ball, Ingrid Graham and Copeland, the film provides a behind-the-curtain look at the daily life of Copeland, the first African American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in two decades. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history.

  21. rikyrah says:

    I love turtles and videos like this crack me up.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Great video! Thanks for sharing it, Rikyrah.

      I love turtles, too. :) We have a tortoise that we bought in 1982. She is doing great, eats dandelion greens, escarole, cantaloupe and watermelon. She will probably live to be 80, and so I will have to ultimately put her in the care of a grandchild or niece/nephew.

      Here is a fun turtle video:

  22. rikyrah says:

    McConnell readies his debt-ceiling ransom note
    10/14/15 12:46 PM—UPDATED 10/14/15 04:33 PM
    By Steve Benen
    The debt-ceiling deadline has not yet arrived, but it looms on the horizon. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress recently that lawmakers have until Nov. 5 – three weeks from tomorrow – to extend the nation’s debt limit and prevent a default that would likely crash the economy.

    President Obama has already made clear that he will not negotiate with those threatening to hurt Americans on purpose, just as he won’t make any demands of his own – Congress needs to protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and when it does, the president will put his signature on the clean debt-ceiling increase.

    And yet, according to CNN, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is already preparing his ransom note, telling the White House what Republicans expect the president to give up in exchange for GOP lawmakers agreeing to do what they have to do anyway.
    Mitch McConnell privately wants the White House to pay this price to enact a major budget deal: Significant changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and funding the government. […]

    McConnell is seeking a reduction in cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security recipients and new restrictions on Medicare, including limiting benefits to the rich and raising the eligibility age, several sources said. In addition, the Kentucky Republican is eager to see new policy riders enacted, including reining in the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean water regulations.
    This doesn’t come as too big of a surprise. In 2011, in a quote that was largely overlooked at the time, then-Senate Minority Leader McConnell conceded that he saw the debt-ceiling crisis Republicans imposed on the country – hurting the economy and undermining America’s international standing – as a great idea. Once the ceiling had been raised and the crisis had passed, McConnell boasted about doing it again in the future, saying that Republicans learned this is “a hostage that’s worth ransoming.”

    There is, however, a catch: these dangerous schemes only work if your rival believes you’re fully prepared to kill the hostage – and in this case, McConnell lacks all credibility.

    Let’s back up for a minute. McConnell, like every other policymaker in Washington, realizes that the debt ceiling has to be raised periodically. It’s not optional – either the nation’s borrowing authority is increased or we default on our obligations. It’s as simple as that.

    McConnell, however, apparently has a wish list. He’ll agree to do what needs to be done – what officials in both parties have always done for generations – if Obama gives Republicans Social Security cuts, Medicare cuts, and more pollution. And possibly a pony. In exchange, Democrats would get nothing.

  23. rikyrah says:

    GOP leaders divided over whether to pretend to stage another doomed debt limit hostage crisis

    By Greg Sargent October 14 at 3:46 PM 

    So it looks like John Boehner may be contemplating a scenario that will get conservatives very, very angry but could spare the rest of us from a whole lot of noisy drama. Politico reports:

    House Speaker John Boehner is looking to move a bill to lift the debt ceiling before he leaves Congress, a tactic aimed at helping his successor, according to multiple sources with knowledge of internal party planning.

    Timing has not been decided, but the Treasury Department says the nation’s borrowing limit needs to be raised by Nov. 5, and Boehner (R-Ohio) would like to resolve the issue before a new speaker is sworn in. Boehner expects to step down Oct. 30. His office declined to comment for this story.

    Boehner is in discussions with Senate leadership and the White House over a budget package that would include raising the debt ceiling, but House GOP aides do not expect the talks to produce an agreement. GOP leadership aides have discussed passing a standalone debt limit bill should the talks break down. Many senior Republican aides and lawmakers see a “clean” debt limit bill as the only real option.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Newly Released Democratic Debate Ratings Prove That Voters Want Substance

    by Alice Ollstein Oct 14, 2015 1:17pm

    Despite assurances from the mainstream media that Tuesday’s Democratic debate would struggle to attract viewers — and suggestions its focus on policy would pale in comparison to the name-calling drama of Republican debates — the face-off drew the highest ratings in history for a Democratic debate.

    Nielsen reported Wednesday afternoon that 15.3 million viewers — the sixth-biggest nonsports cable telecast in history. That also beats the next largest viewership in history for a Democratic debate — the historic January 2008 showdown between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — by nearly a million people.

  25. rikyrah says:

    I love both of them, but think Stokes Mitchell is underrated

  26. rikyrah says:

    Here are some of the pictures, but go look at what T&L wrote about Taraji in their post.


    Taraji P. Henson for Essence Magazine

    Posted on October 14, 2015

    “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson covers the November 2015 issue of Essence magazine photographed by Dennis Leupold.


  27. rikyrah says:

    The difference between presidential pride and embarrassment
    10/14/15 04:58 PM—UPDATED 10/14/15 08:55 PM
    By Steve Benen
    At this point in the 2008 presidential race, a relatively crowded field of national Republican candidates was confronted with an unyielding reality: their party’s two-term president was deeply unpopular. According to Gallup, as of mid-October 2007, then-President George W. Bush’s approval rating was a woeful 32% – about 14 points lower than President Obama’s standing now.

    And so, GOP candidates were pretty cautious about their associations with the flailing Bush/Cheney administration. The very last thing Republican presidential hopefuls wanted was to be perceived as offering Bush’s “third term.”

    Fast forward eight years. Another two-term president is nearing the end of his tenure, but note what happened in last night’s debate when Anderson Cooper offered Hillary Clinton a chance to distance herself from President Obama. From the transcript:
    COOPER: Secretary Clinton, how would you not be a third term of President Obama?

    CLINTON: Well, I think that’s pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point, including President Obama.

    COOPER: Is there a policy difference?

    CLINTON: Well, there’s a lot that I would like to do to build on the successes of President Obama, but also, as I’m laying out, to go beyond.
    The response didn’t cause much of a stir, but it was a pretty extraordinary answer given the political world’s general assumptions about Obama, his standing, and the public’s appetite for an entirely different policy agenda.

    Given a chance to distance herself from the president – Clinton’s former rival – the Democratic frontrunner made no effort whatsoever to play along.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Another Republican admits: Benghazi panel is political
    10/15/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Congressional Republicans are no doubt looking forward to Hillary Clinton’s testimony next week before the GOP’s Benghazi Committee, but at this point, Republicans might just want to cancel – to prevent further GOP embarrassment.
    In an interview with WIBX 950 in New York on Wednesday, moderate Republican Rep. Richard Hanna said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was speaking the truth when he said this month that the committee had successfully injured Clinton.

    “Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth,” Hanna told the upstate New York radio station. “This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton.”
    ThinkProgress, which I believe was first to report the Republican congressman’s comments, posted an audio clip of Hanna’s on-air interview.

    Brian Fallon, a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, said in a written statement, “House Republicans aren’t even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce.”

    That’s not just a throwaway line in a press release; it’s an accurate assessment. Consider the series of recent events:

    * House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) publicly conceded that the committee’s work is an election scheme intended to undermine Hillary Clinton.

    * A lifelong conservative Republican who worked for the committee has complained that the committee’s sole interest was in tearing down Hillary Clinton.

  32. rikyrah says:

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