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O/T..ha.

 

Democrats on the House Science Committee voted to give Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) the ranking member position on the panel’s space subcommittee Tuesday.

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"This is our generation’s Sputnik moment."

Obama said this last year in December. Why is he recycling this statement? Does it have some underlying significance? Didn't they basically cancel NASA?

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"This is our generation’s Sputnik moment."

Obama said this last year in December. Why is he recycling this statement? Does it have some underlying significance? Didn't they basically cancel NASA?

They had left over tshirts.

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Maybe it is because he used that statement regarding education...and Boehner has invited school choice advocates tonight. Who knows.

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Kumbaya Congress a sham?

Politico.com

 

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David Mark

 

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) says he is suspicious of the Democrats' motivations for the mixed seating at the State of the Union speech.

 

"I already believe very firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that Democrats are proposing," Broun said. "They don't want civility. They want silence from the Republicans. And the sitting together being kissy-kissy is just another way to try to silence Republicans, and also to show - to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now."

 

Does Broun have a point? Or is he snubbing a good faith civility effort?

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"This is our generation’s Sputnik moment."

Obama said this last year in December. Why is he recycling this statement? Does it have some underlying significance? Didn't they basically cancel NASA?

They had left over tshirts.

:lol: OF COURSE!

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Kumbaya Congress a sham?

Politico.com

 

100409_david_mark.jpg

David Mark

 

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) says he is suspicious of the Democrats' motivations for the mixed seating at the State of the Union speech.

 

"I already believe very firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that Democrats are proposing," Broun said. "They don't want civility. They want silence from the Republicans. And the sitting together being kissy-kissy is just another way to try to silence Republicans, and also to show - to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now."

 

Does Broun have a point? Or is he snubbing a good faith civility effort?

He has THE POINT!!!

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Obama lunches with TV newsmen before State of the Union

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Among the figures reported to be meeting with the president were CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos from ABC, Brian Williams from NBC and Chris Matthews from MSNBC. It wasn't clear whether there were more attendees at the meeting.

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o/t...Brian Williams will be the moderator for the first GOP debate, hosted by MSNBC on May 2nd

 

carry on.

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jaketapper Jake Tapper

RT @OKnox: "This State of the Union bipartisan seating thing is the political equivalent of a combover: Looks odd, fools no one."

 

Heh.

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FOX NEWS.COM

 

Unusual' Bachmann Rebuttal Could Scramble GOP Message on Obama Address

 

Published January 25, 2011

 

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It's bad enough that Rep. Paul Ryan has to follow President Obama. Now the brainy Wisconsin congressman tapped to give the official Republican response to the State of the Union address must also compete for attention with Tea Party star Michele Bachmann.

 

Bachmann, a third-term Minnesota congresswoman renowned for lobbing rhetorical bombs at her opponents, plans to rebut the president's address in an online broadcast at the Tea Party Express website Tuesday night.

 

While Ryan's remarks will be carried by all the networks and cable news outlets as they happen, television news outlets have agreed to share a camera to record Bachmann's comments -- and some could choose to air them live.

 

Bachmann claims she's not trying to step on the toes of the newly minted House Budget Committee chairman -- after all her speech will follow, not coincide with, Ryan's. "There's no overlap" between the Republicans' comments, noted Bachmann spokesman Doug Schatleben.

 

Bachmann told Fox News there's no "schism" between Tea Partiers and the GOP, and that she's assured Ryan and Republican leaders she's not competing with them Tuesday night.

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They must have changed their minds as CNN was going to be the only one to show Michelle's rebuttal, outside of Tea Party channel.

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What is the Republican's reason for doing this? Why when they get the majority bodies would they dilute that presence to sit next to the very ones that will stab them on the up and down?

 

Segregated seating makes the Democrats look small. I think that's the bigger impetus.

 

It's okay to be gracious and it's not necessary for anyone to call out during a speech. The opportunity to win comes in the Republican response.

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Preemptive briefing

Reporters prepped on W.H. message

By MATT NEGRIN | 01/25/11

 

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A press conference at the South Court Auditorium is shown. AP Photo

 

The White House is doing almost everything it can to keep the contents of President Obama’s State of the Union address a secret until he gives it at 9 p.m.

 

In the afternoon on Tuesday, six hours before Obama goes live, at least two White House officials will brief reporters on the speech.

 

But it’s not that simple: The briefing won’t be on camera, and the White House is requiring that the reporters not even talk about it until Obama starts speaking.

 

Here’s how the White House described the briefing, in the South Court Auditorium, for the press corps in the president’s daily schedule: “Senior Administration Officials will hold an off-camera briefing to preview the President’s State of the Union Address. The briefing will be embargoed until the beginning of the President’s speech.”

 

Clarification: This post originally stated that the briefing was likely to be on background. The Q&A is actually on the record, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

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If Michelle Bachman's speech reinforces Paul Ryan's that's great. But no one does policy rebuttal like Paul Ryan and it's a shame that Michelle Bachman feels the need to do this.

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If the WH is doing everything it can to keep it under wraps, why did they post it on their website hours ago?

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If Michelle Bachman's speech reinforces Paul Ryan's that's great. But no one does policy rebuttal like Paul Ryan and it's a shame that Michelle Bachman feels the need to do this.

Agreed.

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If the WH is doing everything it can to keep it under wraps, why did they post it on their website hours ago?

 

We established long ago that we don't think that they know what transparency means. Remember how bills would be available online for 72 hours before a vote?

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If the WH is doing everything it can to keep it under wraps, why did they post it on their website hours ago?

 

We established long ago that we don't think that they know what transparency means. Remember how bills would be available online for 72 hours before a vote?

That worked well. Tonight we get to hear how Obama wants all earmarks listed on a central website.

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I am looking forward to Paul Ryan's speech. I'd forgotten that the President finds him intimidating.

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I feel sorry for Tom Coburn. He's sitting with Chuck Schumer.

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I feel sorry for Tom Coburn. He's sitting with Chuck Schumer.

He should know better than to play into this shenangincrapola. :o

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freddoso freddoso

Schumer calls for tighter gun laws on Hardball.

 

 

didn't see that coming. :rolleyes:

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I'll put a link at the top post when the actual prom begins for those that join us and don't want to wander through the day's chatting. ;)

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I am looking forward to Paul Ryan's speech. I'd forgotten that the President finds him intimidating.

He is an intelligent, gifted, quick on his feet speaker, which Obama could only wish to be anywhere near half as good.

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