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On this date in 1879, record low for Manhattan NYC was 23 F


As always, I'm sure you lovely Manhattanites were breathlessly awaiting that factoid

eta: same figure for Manhattan KS was 25 F in 2010.


**********BARACK OBAMA GROUP****President Obama did a GREAT job at his press conference

ETA for those who don't know:

Statement of Purpose

A safe haven for members of Democratic Underground who support the president and his policies.

He controlled his frustration.

He was pragmatic and diplomatic.

He wants workable, bipartisan (if possible) policies.

He is willing to use his EO pen if he has to.

He dodged the obvious gotcha questions.

He made me proud that he is the POTUS and the leader of our party.

Following last night's results, it was the best press conference possible. Attached to reality but not despairing, not defiant, not belligerent, very reasonable. He wants to
work with the other side, but I saw no hint of "capitulation" or "excessive compromise".

Now we need to support him until January 2017 against the tsunami of negativity that will be coming his way, even moreso than before.

Does President Obama have a "Kansas accent" ?

Not a troll question, honest, I just notice how he speaks seems like Kansas, maybe ?

His grandparents were from KS, right ?

We Democrats could have beaten the rich rat bastard alien last night

The Democratic turnout was sub-optimal. The Republican turnout seemed on par for a mid-term election or perhaps above.

My OP from last night: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025760706

Party registration stats: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/nvra/affiliation.asp

The Democratic Party is naturally the party of the PEOPLE. That means, we should be winning elections. It's an old story, the Republicans manage to get their people to vote via church, media propaganda, etc and we have to have a "rock star" candidate like President Obama to get ours to vote. For Christ's sake, MMJ was on the ballot, which should have brought out younger voters (largely Democratic) in droves.

Yes, I'm frustrated.

President Obama does a live news conference in about 90 minutes, link here


Medical marijuana went down to defeat in Florida

57.55% is a decent showing, but it takes 60% to win for a constitutional amendment.


It had pretty stiff opposition from law enforcement and the medical community. I do hope my son and his friends voted.

Florida turnout percentages, by county: pretty amazing....


Yes, all the results are not in yet, but look at some of the smaller counties' percentages.

67.39% for Sumter County, which is very rural and due west of Orlando. You better believe the vast, vast majority of those voters went for SCUMBAG CRIMINAL ALIEN.

ok, I'm calm again.

eta: Also consider this is a non-Presidential year election, so this high percentage of turnout is pretty amazing, to me.

Countdown thread to ousting Governor Voldemort in Florida !


I will bump this thread periodically with results. All other Florida DU'ers, feel free to update also !

GOTV ! Send Governor Voldemort HOME (which should be prison).

Please be aware that while Florida polls close at 7 p.m., Florida has two time zones. Voting will not be completed statewide until 7 p.m. Central / 8 p.m. Eastern, at which time, election results will be released.

First-time home buying hits lowest level in nearly three decades


First-time home buyers arenít buying homes like they used to.

The share of houses bought by first-time owners is at its lowest level in nearly three decades and down sharply from 2013, according to a new survey out Monday from the National Assn. of Realtors.

Just 33% of home purchases this year have been by first-time buyers, the trade group said, down from 38% last year and well below the long-term average of 40%, the trade group said.

Would-be buyers are struggling with higher prices, tight lending procedures and a still-unsteady job market, said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. Their absence, however, is slowing the overall recovery. NAR is predicting home sales will fall this year for the first time since 2010.

Dow, S&P 500 hit records in quiet session

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday following a sharp rally on Friday, but both the S&P 500 and the Dow inched up to intraday records, while strength in semiconductors boosted the Nasdaq.

Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since December 2011. The gains have largely come on the back of strong quarterly results, which have eased concerns over how corporations are faring in an uncertain global growth environment.

"The bull market may be old and wrinkly, but it is still alive and there's nowhere else for investors to really go besides U.S. equities," said Paul Schatz, president and chief investment officer at Heritage Capital in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

While the market's momentum is to the upside, near-term trading may be quieter as earnings season draws to a close. With results in from 73 percent of companies, 75.4 percent reported earnings above analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters data, above the long-term average of 63 percent.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/03/us-markets-stocks-idUSKBN0IN0W720141103
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