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Gabby's courage, strength, and optimism

Without question the most touching moment at last night’s State of the Union was the heartfelt welcome given to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who steps down today to continue her recovery from the gunshot wounds she sustained in Tucson, Ariz. last year. Not only was Giffords welcomed to the chamber with a whooping standing ovation, she was flanked throughout by colleagues whose ideologies could not be more different from her own. Explaining why he rose to help her stand for every ovation she offered President Obama during his speech, even when it meant he was the only Republican on his feet, Rep. Jeff Flake said that the optics just didn’t matter to him: “After sitting next to an empty seat last year, I couldn't be happier to have Gabby back in the House chamber for this year's State of the Union speech … Gabby's courage, strength, and optimism is able to cut through the partisanship and bring out the best in Congress."


Newt Pledges Moon Base

Newt Pledges Moon Base

JOSH MARSHALL JANUARY 25, 2012, 5:31 PM 38
Speaking in Florida moments ago, Newt Gingrich pledged to have a permanent US base on the moon by the end of his second term as president.

Speaking for myself, that sounds awesome. But I have to assume Team Romney will grab on to that and mock him like crazy. I don’t care how public/private you make it. The budgetary toll of a project like that would have to be massive. And I don’t think there are any strong near term business models for doing stuff on the moon.



Update from kos:
Mars, bitches!

Jon Stewart To Romney: How Do You Justify Making $57,000 A Day?

"How in the world do you, Mitt Romney, justify making more in one day than the median American family makes in a year -- while paying the same tax rate as the guy who scans shoes at the airport?"


Senate Democrats Plan To Put Republicans On The Wrong Side Of The Middle Class

Senate Democrats Plan To Put Republicans On The Wrong Side Of The Middle Class

Senate Democrats are preparing an aggressive legislative agenda to complement the vision President Obama outlined in his State of the Union Address. The goal is to test the idea that the public supports an agenda of aggressive federal action on behalf of the middle class, and that Republicans are locked in a pattern of reactionary opposition, even to popular policies.

The push is premised on the notion that the country has turned the corner on the fights over deficits and the size of government, and that keeping issues of equity and opportunity for the middle class at the center of the national debate will redound to Democrats’ political benefit, either by breaking the GOP or by putting them on the wrong side of public opinion.


“It’s a priority for us to act on some kind of Romney…I mean Buffett rule this year,” Schumer said, faking a slip-of-the-tongue. “The payroll tax debate has shown Republicans there is a price to be paid for opposing middle class people on issues of tax fairness.”


NASA Releases Amazing High Def Picture Of Earth

NASA Releases Amazing High Def Picture Of Earth



BoBo's tears

David Brooks: Actually I found your faith in Republican voters touching. Unjustified, but touching.

To me, this whole race is now about manhood. Newt won South Carolina because he’s a bigger Alpha and Republicans want bellicosity, not politeness. Mitt looked soft and in the debates seemed unwilling to fight.

Of course, as one of the callers on Bill Bennett’s radio show pointed out, it’s an odd thing when a leading Republican candidate has the children of his first wife attacking his second wife for things she said about his third wife and this candidate is the one getting social conservative support.


xlnt screen grab!!!

A screengrab from GOP DEBATE --Tengrain


(bonus) tee hee:

love me some puppets...

Cool Tool: "Mitt’s Income vs. Your Income" Calculator

Mitt’s Income vs. Your Income
How long would it take the GOP candidate to earn what you make in a year?

By Dan Check|Posted Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 4:35 PM ET

Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax return on Monday. His total income for the year was listed as $21.6 million, more than one-half of which came from capital gains. How does that stack up against your income? Enter your annual income below to find out how long it would have taken Mitt Romney to earn the same amount of money. (Don’t worry, we’re not collecting any data you type in.)


Billionaire Bill Gates-Joins Buffet - Calls For Increasing Taxes On The Rich: ‘That’s Just Justice’

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