Day ahead: Obama names more key posts; Biden talks guns
January 24th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Day ahead: Obama names more key posts; Biden talks guns

Waking up to Washington's first dusting of snow this winter, the president is preparing for a day largely behind closed doors.  As of now there are no public events on his schedule.

However a senior administration official tells Jessica Yellin that an event will soon be added to the president's schedule: an announcement of former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as the choice to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In the same event, the president will re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was previously appointed to the post during a recess appointment.

Also on our radar this morning: Vice President Biden continues his role as the administration's point man on the issue of guns, set to convene a "Google Hangout" to discuss the topic this afternoon   This comes a day before the vice president heads to Richmond, VA to begin the PR push on the package of gun control reforms the president proposed last week.

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  1. acdcguy

    Assault weapon is a made up term to them sound scary and bad. These are semi-automatic rifles just like any other semi rifle or pistol. You can change a 10rnd mag with a pistol in 2-3secs. So when the next nut job decides to take out a crowd with 5 handguns and 20 extra magazines, our government will go after them next........

    January 24, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      5 handguns? One for each hand?

      January 24, 2013 at 11:32 am |
      • acdcguy

        proof once again, you just can't fix stupid..........

        January 24, 2013 at 11:50 am |
      • Caramon

        No, one for each hand, one for each foot and one in the mouth. That is how a person shoots their mouth off.

        January 24, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        I was actually thinking the gunman would bring 3 of his one armed relatives with him but I never thought the guy could be a circus freak. Good one Caramon.

        January 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • Caramon

        Unfortunately, with one arm it would take two to change the magazine.

        January 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        What if they are all circus freaks and can change magazines with their teeth?

        January 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
      • acdcguy

        Going out on a limb here and guessing you have never owned a gun or even shot one. Please try to educate yourself before commenting on a subject you have no idea about.........

        January 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • December 2012

        No, I have never owned a gun and shot defenseless people either. Isn't that what we are talking about here?

        A gunman who has to reload can be taken out. Those 2-3 seconds and possibly fumbling is crucial. I don't have to own a gun to understand that. Then just looking at the cold hard math of it, less bullets per mag would mean having to carry more mags if you really want to go postal. It would not be as convenient to kill as many people in a short amount of time. When they get into a shootout with police, it will be less likely for the police to be outgunned and outspent. This is not about getting the perfect solution which the NRA seems to pontificate over, knowing full well there are no perfect solutions. This is about doing whatever we can to minimize gun violence.

        January 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • acdcguy

        Well, we'll never come close to an agreement on this subject but try it, you might like it. There is lots of fun in sporting clays, hunting and just plain target practice, and yes with one them nasty evil "assault" rifles.......... heck, maybe even one day you will carry, doubt it, but stranger things have happened.....good luck !!!

        January 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • December 2012

        Believe it or not, I am not for any gun ban that is not already on the books. From a law enforcement standpoint, it will be better to improve background checks and cover all types of gun sales with these checks.

        I understand that people like to have fun with their guns, but they also need to understand that they should be more responsible with them also. There are just too many guns getting into the hands of the wrong kind of people and it doesn't matter what type of gun it is.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        Gun laws really vary from state to state when it comes to hunting game....and from the discussion here am I to take it I am one of the few people posting who has actually fired a gun? So knowing which guns are currently ban for legal hunting in your state, and what they can be used for would mean you need to do your research. Really saying you don't want any law that is not on the books....means in which state? Since some states it is on the books and in some states it is not.

        I personally think there should be a national assault semi-automatic gun ban, and their should be no getting around an universal background check....gun shows, private sales, personal family and friend sales, and online sales should all be uniformly submitted for a background check. Plus there should be a limit on the number of rounds....if you can't protect yourself with 10 rounds then you need someone to disarm you for your own safety, and everyone else's.

        For heaven sake just think who probably would have under any other circumstance inherited Nancy Lanza's guns. How many felons have a family member buy them a gun?

        January 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • John


      January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  2. trex

    ...Have you ever noticed that, whenever Defense CUTS are being considered, there ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE ANOTHER THREAT to our way of life. Why is that?

    January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • steveo

      You mean like North Korea's threats or us providing high tech F-16s to Eygpt?

      January 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I'm sure we can bomb Korea to extinction even with half of our current budget. The problem is with those other nuclear countries who happen to be neighbors, like China and Russia.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
      • steveo

        Sure we could but at what price? As you said, China, Russia, even South Korea, and Japan woud not be too excited about the regional mess that would create!

        January 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Marie

        We could but we won't. What would be kind of funny is if they fired and it blew up on the leaders of that awful country- I don't want the civilians to die, but I certainly would shed no tears over the oppressive military dictators. I was reading an article about the prison camps- did you know they put people in boxes underground? I don't know what to do about that country, but they are only getting closer to nuclear capability

        January 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • December 2012

        It truly is a horrible situation and the fact that it has been going on for so long, to an entire country, is the stuff of dystopian nightmares. If they are crazy enough to provoke something nobody can ignore so their leadership can be dealt with deadly force, the problem is, it will probably lead to WW3.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • jean2009

        And I really get a kick out of Jethro who thinks he and his trusty un-registered semi-automatic AR-15 rifle are going to take on the full force of the United States gubberment should they go all Nazi bonkers,and decide to come take his guns. Talk about Shock and Awe!

        January 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        We won't bomb unless necessary....what we have is the new untested Pompous Prince of the Evil North who wants to earn his stripes with a show of force for the locals.

        January 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I think you nailed it. It is basically an alpha dog ploy typical in a militaristic state. Deflect your weaknesses to a common enemy and hopefully the big bad generals won't kill you while you sleep.

        January 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      Gee Trex which branch of the gubberment has threatened your way of life? ...Or translated why should passing a simple gun background check threaten your way of life?

      January 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  3. John

    Hey CNN, did you see Hillary testify? Maybe if she wore a designer dress we would have an article on your site?

    January 24, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      You must be truly blind. CNN was all over the hearings yesterday. And no, there should be no article regarding Hillary on the 1600 Reports unless you want to call her Madam President.

      January 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • John

        Because Obama had nothing to do with Bengazi?

        January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
      • December 2012

        No John, because Obama doesn't have anything in his schedule related to Benghazi. Or would you rather CNN make stuff up for you?

        January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Moose

      Is odd no follow up on a white house scandal on cnn, (NOT) i guess not enough people were killed, but to quote Hilly whats the diff???

      January 24, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • Terry W.

        No Moose she said "What differece does it make at this point right now what the terrorist were doing taking a walk etc... let's do what it takes for it not to happen again!"... Sen. Johnson and McCain are on a political witch hunt and all for the sake of trying to gain some political strength against the current admin... they could care less about the almost 2 billion dollars that the state dept already has allocated to them for security and to build embassies that they won't release...The ARB stated that in their investgation this was a huge factor in the lack of security.... again the controlling party in congress is really at fault but they wont look at it that way will they.

        January 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      Oh for the love of...

      Here, just in case your outrage made your brain fail to make a simple search.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
      • Moose

        Dude, (I hope) if it were a rpub it would have pasted every where, the media consistanley covers for the errors these people make. Quite frankly if she didnt know than she should of been fired for being inept, she and the bamman both stated the buck stops here, i havent seen it stop, all i heard from this was point and blame subordinates

        January 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • December 2012

        It's dude, and no there is little chance a story so uneventful will hold anyone's attention for so long whether it is Fox News or MSNBC. The hearings were a cakewalk for Secretary Clinton, as everyone expected. So unless you want to keep hearing about speculations of a 2016 Presidential run, just let it go.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
      • John

        December – here is the bottom line. When Hilliary said "what does it matter" one of those fine reps of ours could have responded – it is the difference between telling the truth and telling lies.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
      • John

        "it was a cake walk" – maybe because the dems think she is queen and wouldn't dare question her about anything. You do not see a problem with what happened yesterday or with the fact that NOBODY WAS HELD RESPONSIBLE? It seems so easy for you dems to say "I wasn't really involved, but I am responsible and there is nothing to see here". If this were George Bush the media and you libs would be singing a very different tune.
        We want the truth not the BS Hilliary and the gang are spewing. This story is bigger than watergate and you dumb libs are buying what this administration is selling.
        Was the choice of what caused this between "a movie or a bunch of guys taking a walk" as Hilliary said? It was a terror attack on 9-11. You dumb libs can't seem to get that.

        January 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        So what part of her saying she is responsible doesn't register to you? She is not staying on as Secretary of State, there were people who have resigned their posts. So what is it realistically did you expect out of those hearings? She answered all the questions, from both Democrat and Republican even though we know it is all theater and the real issue is in the hands of the FBI.

        You wanted the truth? To quote a movie, you cannot handle the truth. The truth is 4 people died, does it really matter who said what in a politically charged environment? The truth is we need to know who is responsible and what we can do to prevent this from happening again.

        January 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • jean2009

      Quit whining and go back to the CNN Home Page and click on Benghazi Hearings.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thanks December I didn't see your reply.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      John it was a green designer pantsuit.

      January 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Moose

    Holder knew nothing about fast and furious, Hilly didnt know about Ben Ghazi & Bamman knew nothing about either one. I thought the 3 Stooges retired, well wrong again.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  5. sue

    laughed at rand paul yesterday telling Hillary if he where president he would fire her. Fat chance you moron. Was that a witch hunt or what. At least they all got their mugs in front of the camara. Bunch of trolls . OL rush making a big deal out of byance singing. What a waste. Do these clowns have nothing better to do. Try running the government instead of once again kicking the can down the road.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Moose

      Agreed, if bamman worked instead of being a celeb, we might be better off, maybe not. Either way well never know cause pres madonna dont work !!!! LOL

      January 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      Fat chance of Rand Paul ever being elected not happening!

      January 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  6. Marie

    It is true that if this was Bush everyone in the media would be covering it extensively. What I hate about these hearings is that it ping pongs between parties- Republicans yell at her without asking good questions and then Democrats tell her how good she is, and if it was a Republican under scrutiny vice-versa

    January 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • steveo

      To much chest beating and both parties do it. My question is this:

      Is it more important to discover the truth and fix the problem or is it more important to be a bar room bully and belittle the other guy or gal? Human decency appears to be going, going, gone! BOTH sides do it and when they do, they are BOTH dead wrong! In short I agree with you, Marie! What side bullies and what side coddles is all dependent upon who is in that witness chair!

      January 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Moose

        It shouldnt matter which party, but it does due to the pres trying to divide the parties. the scary thing is this, like ollie north and the rest, these hearings never lead to any type of justice. regardless who the pres is all you hear is lip service. If either party did a tenth of what thier pie holes said they are going to do we would be well ahead !!!! Im am just sick though of this admin doing nothing but stupid moves and the media gives them a pass, sorry i just dont get it.

        January 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • December 2012

      There were some who asked some real logistical questions about security which shows they have been paying attention to the region of conflict. This is basically the best lesson we can learn from this, everyone who wants to know more about what happened in Benghazi should be well aware about what is happening in West Africa and the jihadists that have taken root there.

      January 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • December 2012

        Whoops, I meant West and North Africa.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • steveo

        We may have to start rethinking who is our ally and who really isn't!

        January 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • December 2012

        That my friend, is a never ending struggle.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      It happens both ways, just like with gerrymandering, the party in power likes it and the one not in power says it isn't fair. The pendulum eventually swings back the other direction and the roles reverse.

      January 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • steveo

        So true KAP, it is all cyclic!

        January 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  7. Dee j Thor

    People you must revamp the Law its going to get us all killed i would perfer a G I joe or a Mean Harden Crimanal to go off to War Than a Bullshiting PANZE Talking Muther Fucker fuck a Felony thats what has are Goverment in the Situation thats it in. IF I were in OFFICE you weigh out the crime.your turning our COUNTRY into pussys CHECK ouy China picture with Kims jongs ARMY.wake the fuck up.TEC ONE DJT.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  8. jerry

    kerry is a suitable replacement for clinton...both are from the post kennedy mob who will do or say anything for political gain. Both are morally bankrupt and both are viewed as a joke on the international front. Where are the Henry Kissingers, Schultzs and Bakers? The strong methodical and respected leaders? kerry is nothing but a obama lackey...a joke.

    January 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  9. jerry

    I wish clinton would be gone...but she won't leave. we have had to put up with her since the Nixon impeachment hearings back in 1974..when she was hired by Ed Kennedy's attorney (the one who got him off the car accident mess) to serve on the impeachment staff, she was then in scandal and has continued in scandal through the Arkansas years on to the the white house and finally even today...corrupt to the bone. No wonder we are in trouble, when a person like her is considered presidential...

    January 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  10. Frank Marshall Davis

    Anyone with History and H2 on demand should watch "The Ultimate Presidents". I spent the last few days watching it, seems pretty balanced to me, anyone else watch it?

    January 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      Haven't had time to watch but it is being recorded.
      Enjoyed this take on it from the website.

      Tuesday’s kickoff to the eight-hour series points out, efficiently but effectively, how the Founding Fathers didn’t want to invest a whole lot of power in this job.

      Having just fought a war to get out from under one perceived tyrant, King George III, the last thing they wanted was to create a potential tyrant of their own.

      So the presidency was first conceived more as an administrative position, to carry out the will of the Congress.

      The Founding Fathers didn’t even want the masses to pick that guy, creating the electoral college system to ensure that more informed people could make the call.

      The first President, George Washington, didn’t want the job. But once he got it, he immediately started making it more powerful and important. So did the third President, Thomas Jefferson, a lifelong advocate of limited government.

      This series follows each President along the way, enhancing and often tweaking our understanding of what happened during his tenure.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        oops, It's really "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents".

        January 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Thanks for the heads up. I'll go check it out.

        January 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • Moose

        Please remember one thing, American history has been what i call whiteatized, (white man always look good) im sure the indians they over ran would have an opinion on this also,

        January 25, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  11. WakeUp48

    “The day we see truth and do not speak is the day we begin to die.”

    – Martin Luther King

    January 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Frank Marshall Davis

    Watching the whole thing you can see that the press from day one has never been completely unbiased and that politics today really hasn't changed that much other than the technology used to convey it.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:10 am |
  13. Bo Lies

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised questions during a radio interview today about whether the Obama administration was smuggling guns to jihadist rebels in a possible “international Fast and Furious” that the White House has tried to cover up.

    Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul said the guns scheme could help explain the reason for the coordinated attacks against the U.S. special mission and CIA annex in Benghazi last September.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  14. Moose

    @ Terry , sorry cant buy the point and blame anymore, it was her job to know if she didnt which i doubt. I know things happen, being over seas is a highly fluid situation. that people do get killed, thats the way it is. But please do not lie to America about some goofy film, All they had to say was, we got hit, we dont know yet whats going on, (hard to believe but i would give them a pass on that) but dont make up B.S. to cover your behind, that is unacceptable especially considering the positions these people are in

    January 25, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Nobody lied Moose, otherwise someone would be in legal trouble.

      It's just like nobody lied about the WMDs in Iraq.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • Moose

        Oh please, some movie caused this, thats a lie, if they didnt know they didnt know, thats alright, however they sent rice out with B.S. that my man is lying

        January 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • December 2012

        Uhh, that is not a lie. That is in the unofficial CIA talking points which even Congress knows about. Again, if anybody lied then there should be legal consequences. You are free to come up with all kinds of conspiracy theories though, it's nothing new at this point.

        January 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  15. jean2009

    I enjoyed..well had the best laugh in days.... watching Booby Jindal telling members of the GOP how they should become more inclusive, generous.... and gasp more like Democrats. In other words....keep their usual "it is all about all for me" principles but put on a phony front. :LOL!

    January 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I was admiring Jindal for putting up this front, that is until I learned more about his work as Governor. The latest mess takes the cake, how can you cut hospice care for the most vulnerable of your state? It was so damnable that he had to backpedal. First off, there are a lot of poor people in Louisiana so swallow your pride and take the Medicaid money that is given to you by Obamacare! You want the Republican Party not look 'stupid'? Do what Jan Brewer did.

      January 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Moose

      Ive always found Jindal to be pretty much a straight shooter, i dont understand your hate towards these people, if your a Dem your suppose to be from the live and let live party, again i see a lot of anger

      January 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • steveo

        Moose, Jean cannot bring herself to say one postive word about the GOP, not one! At least BOBBY (not Booby) Jindal sees something wrong and is attempting to point it out and get it fixed. Sounds like something positive to me!

        January 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        The problem in Jindal’s wanting to reach out and include diverse groups is not in his wanting to reach outside the GOP’s rich white predominately male social-conservative base and wanting to include more people …the problem is his not seeing that the GOP’s predominately rich white male social-conservative base does not want to be inclusive, or share its perks, or change its views.

        They and he still want to keep the party’s platform just as it is…one that denies equal rights for gays, still be against a woman’s right to choice, still wants to cut social programs to the bone, and keep workers’ wages low and lacking in benefits.

        The problem is that most of those current hard-core conservative policies are just plain unpopular with the majority of people. The problem is Jindal’s inability to understand a leopard can’t change its spots.

        Even his policies of cutting social welfare programs by practically saying to Louisiana’s poor, elderly ill and dying ….Drop Dead…. pretty much sums it up how out of touch the GOP is if he can’t look in a mirror and see his own problems with compassion and inclusion.

        January 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
      • Caramon

        GOP’s rich white predominately male social-conservative base.

        Not too long ago I read comments from someone with similar viewpoints as you. That person stated that the college educated tend to vote Democratic. The conclusion was that members of the GOP are the uneducated. You say it is rich white predominantly male. I think you will also find farmers and the military also tend to be Republican. Yes Jean I know the military in your family are not included. If you actually look at the numbers you will find that as the voting group grows older, they also move more towards GOP despite the money in their pocket. Note, how many advertisements say the GOP only supports the top 1 percent. Yet Romney still landed 47 percent of the vote. Are you saying the majority of this 47 percent are rich white guys?

        January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • Caramon

        Jean, do you perhaps think I am a rich white guy?

        January 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        And Caramon, you evidently missed the emphasis I put on "social conservative". I think you need to look at the demographics and you will find college educated, in general, do more often vote democratic. As a previous member of those farm families you will find today the bulk of those farm families who vote Republican are also those large farm families who expect government subsidies to support them with large handouts...and those my friend are not small farmers who work off the farm in factories, and who farm after hours and on weekends.

        Nearly 3/4th of farm subsidies go to 10% (not small farms), but to farm land which has been gobbled up by large corporations. A good percentage of Ohio farm land is now in the hands of the super wealthy.

        I can remember as a child going to my grandmother's in the nearest big city. At that time, it was a drive for several miles through open farm land dotted with a few farm houses and barns. Today it is a bumper to bumper 4 or more lane drive through acres of commerical and corporate owned farm land with farm land parcelled out between big box warehouses and upscale homes, condos, shopping malls, and an area predominately owned by some of the largest retail, food, and brewery corporations in the country. Very little of that farm land is actually farmed, if it is it is contracted out to large farm equipment owners.... who do nothing but plant and harvest someone elses fields, but most is just sitting idle with the government subsidy check coming in, and the land being taxed at the lower property tax rate for farm land.

        Steveo: Jindal's changed "evolution" happened when he knew his previous stand on end-of-life care for ill and elderly Louisianna's would surface at the same time as and once his phony change discourse was made to fellow Republicans. For you to imply he maybe didn't know what was gong on in Louisiana...paints a picture that is even more troubling than his fancy back-pedalling. Just like the students in his state must learn "creationism" therefore he probably would not understand the term "evolving".

        January 28, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • steveo


        Loving how you keep putting your words in my mouth. I am implying NOTHING! You are AS-SUMING I am implying something. I said nothing about Jindal not knowing anything

        Fancy backpedaling? So, does that apply to Obama and his changed stance on same-s-e-x marriage. If not, why not?

        You keep proving my point that you can not credit the GOP for anything positive!

        Why are you so fearful of students learning about creation. I thought you were about balance!

        January 28, 2013 at 10:31 am |
      • Caramon

        Well Jean, in some respects you may be correct. I do know in past history the government has paid farmers to not grow in order to increase low cost of produce. And, in truth, I do not know enough about who owns the farms in Ohio to debate what you say. However, since I tend to travel by car, I will tell you I have seen whole regions that are nothing but corn as far as the eye can see. Spotted along these routes are the barns and farmhouses. It isn't all owned by large corporations. The trip from Indianapolis to Chicago is all corn. The same is true about many areas of Wisconsin. Our family started in Wisconsin. The original farm is still there now under the care of generation 6. Could you provide a little more information on the super-rich who farm all this land? I know there are corporate farms. But how many?

        Yes college graduates vote Democratic. I should have been more specific and said recent college graduates. You will also see the demographics change to Republican as people grow older. If I recall, Romney gained more votes in the middle to upper age groups. Certainly many of these were college educated people. If not, then the President would have won by 15 percent instead of 5. Are there any people who vote Democratic doing so because they expect some form of subsidy?

        January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • December 2012

      My original comment is up for moderation.

      No, I am afraid she is right about Jindal. I also had a good opinion of him when he started rebuking his party for extremism, that is until I learned more about his record as Governor. Just this month I learned that he wanted to cut hospice care for the poor people of Louisiana. This is much needed care for the sick and dying! If not for a lot of outrage within his state from all fronts, he would not have backed down.

      Listen, if you want to be the voice of reason and intelligence within the party, admit that there are a lot of poor people in your state in need of help. Take the Medicaid money that Obamacare is giving you! Even Jan Brewer knows it is the right thing to do.

      January 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • December 2012

      This is the 4th time my comments are caught in moderation all because of the word 'hos-pice' which I now have to break up to slip through ??? Very odd to say the least.

      No, I am afraid she is right about Jindal. I also had a good opinion of him when he started rebuking his party for extremism, that is until I learned more about his record as Governor. Just this month I learned that he wanted to cut hos-pice care for the poor people of Louisiana. This is much needed care for the sick and dying! If not for a lot of outrage within his state from all fronts, he would not have backed down.

      Listen, if you want to be the voice of reason and intelligence within the party, admit that there are a lot of poor people in your state in need of help. Take the Medicaid money that Obamacare is giving you! Even Jan Brewer knows it is the right thing to do.

      January 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
      • Moose

        What i read (not thats its true) had a diff view he trying to close and move to hospitals annexes, true ??? but like reporting today, very seldon do you get the truth. bamman has had 2 court rulings against him recently, 1 for appointees, was over ruled and ethics commity just fined him $375,000 for illegal campaign funds ??? that should be public record

        January 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • steveo

        As you agreeing with Jean that "Booby" Jindal is a phony? December, you are a very reasonable guy! At least you gave some credit to McConnell for working with Biden, although I know you don't like his politics! If you look for it you can find find fault with EVERY politician in this in country and I mean EVERY politician (from local to national) to include all in the Executive Branch. You may not like Jindal's politics either but he is at least he is calling out his party to make some changes! I could intentionally mis-spell the names of EVERY Dem and point out where words and deeds don't match. What purpose is that serving other than to make been appear more partisan?

        January 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
      • steveo

        "other than to make ME appear".......

        January 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • Caramon

        "I mean EVERY politician" Maybe we should stop electing politicians. Oh, if it were only that easy.

        January 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • steveo


        Politicians are people and people have flaws but I think we need statemen/women (who are also people, who have flaws). The system we have, while far from perfect is probably better than most, if not all nations on the earth! Still, we need more people who care more for the nation than they do their party!

        January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • December 2012

        I don't know what else to call him but a phony, and I am being kind here. How could you be the voice of reason of your party when you decide to pull life saving help to the poor people of your state? He did this when he had other options, he just did not want to look liberal. That is beyond political malpractice, it is un-Christian and you should know this steveo.

        January 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • December 2012

        Correction, the hos-pice care is funded by Medicaid which he intended to pull 100%. This means terminally ill patients will end up in emergency rooms instead, so the cost to the state goes up even further. This is not just wrong politically and morally, this is also wrong fiscally. I know he is trying really hard to privatize the state but does anyone really think there is profit to be made here? Caring for the terminally ill is one of the obligations we have as a civilized society and it should not matter if they are rich or poor.

        January 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • Steveo

        I consider you to be a straight up guy. I will research your claims. You are correct though, we should not turn our backs on those who need us the most. What I wonder though is if he had other solutions in mind! Again, I will research. Thanks for your input December!

        January 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        I didn't use that word...or anything unusual and I am being moderated?

        January 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
      • jean2009

        See response to Moose above under my first post about you not see the hypocrisy of Jindal telling other members of the GOP to reach out when his own reach out is in the form of policies that would hurt those who can least afford to be hurt. Really how is he setting a good example? All he proves to the electorate, or at least those who actually think and understand the meaning of the word phony. That it is actually being phony when he says one thing and does the other.!

        January 27, 2013 at 9:48 am |
      • Steveo

        December, I just read an article from three days ago that stated Jindal would not move ahead with those hospice cuts. Today is the 27th, which means that decision was made on the 24th. Which is the same day of the article in which Jindal asked the GOP to reach. Maybe Jindal "evolved" in his position. Folks credit Obama for evolving in a position or two and he got a standing ovation. Never the less hospice care cuts was not a good idea. Glad he changed his mind.

        January 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
      • Steveo

        I have no idea why I am being moderated.

        January 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jindal reversed his decision on the 24th of January. Wasn't that the same day he asked the GOP to reach out? Glad I looked that up because NOBODY here bothered to mention that he did. In saying that he should have never tried to cut funding in that area. But he did not, after all. Maybe he "evolved"

        January 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
      • steveo

        note: I originally wrote this on the 27th, but re-wrote it on the 28th due to moderation

        December, I just read an article from three days ago that stated Jindal would not move ahead with those hos-pice cuts. Today is the 27th, which means that decision was made on the 24th. Which is the same day of the article in which Jindal asked the GOP to reach. Maybe Jindal "evolved" in his position. Folks credit Obama for evolving in a position or two and he got a standing ovation. Never the less hos-pice care cuts was not a good idea. Glad he changed his mind.

        January 28, 2013 at 10:04 am |
      • jean2009

        Steveo neither do I know why I am being moderated.

        January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • December 2012

        I think he had to back out because of all the backlash he was getting. People were ready to go to the streets in protest and stage vigils. Bobby Jindal may be a decent guy for all I know but I just thought there was no excuse for cutting hos-pice care. I sure do hope he is evolving for a more moderate approach.

        January 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
      • steveo

        December I agree. I wish he would have never traveled down that road (there are far better places to save money) He did but decided not to pursuit that. My point is folks sometimes change their minds! Like I said earlier, the president can change his mind and get positive pres. Reid has changed his mind (about guns) and got postive press. Jindal changes his mind and what? First off, nobody here bothered the to report that he did change his mind. that is all I am trying to say.

        January 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • December 2012

        Well it is good that he changed his mind. Like I said, I had a positive view of his message prior to learning of this so I guess no harm done.

        The only other thing I am skeptical about is his tax policy. I heard he is planning to eliminate corporate and income taxes, but also substantially increase sales tax to offset. I am worried about what this will do to lower income and middle class people in his state, and especially small business. I am hoping the finalized plan will take care of these issues and achieve a better balance.

        January 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
      • steveo


        I just read several articles about that. La. is but 1 of 3 states talking about this. Just in the proposl stage right now and I am sure the state legislature will have quite a lively debate over this before it is all said and done. Jindal is looking at raising the sales tax from 4% to 7%. I'm paying 8% right now. We will see but it does appear lower and middle class families will be affected but will increased jobs offset that? I don't know but is sure does look to be a gamble either way! I know Texas has no sale taxes but proper taxes is a monster. I saw a $400K house with $13K in property taxes. So even if you paid the mortage off you are STILL paying more than a grand each month just in taxes! I like Texas but not that much!

        January 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  16. Moose

    Court: Obama appointments to labor panel are unconstitutional

    January 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  17. Moose

    FBI mum on allegations Sen. Menendez 'received the services' of young prostitutes in Dominican Republic

    January 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  18. spacecalculus

    “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

    January 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  19. Moose

    Sen Mendez, is being invest for working girl use, and for illegal servant who was pedophile, read today, suppose gov put off to after elections ,, im schocked !!!

    January 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • December 2012

      Yes, he is under investigation. If he is found guilty then he should go to jail for a long time. I wish it were surprising but the state of NJ is not exactly new at this.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Just one of many on a sad sad list. He definitely won't be the last, although you would think they would learn after a while.

        January 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  20. James

    More Chicago cronies comming on board. Good gig for 4 years.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
  21. Rick

    This guy is sealing his fate as to running for president and they will find out in a few years as to how much they will become ostracized for their actions.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
  22. Tom1940

    Joe Biden had interesting comments about personal defense. A shotgun is (or as he suggests), a better self-defense weapon – however, I believe it's only a matter of time, before Sen. Feinstein's bill would be expanded to include these kinds of weapons also. Joe along with Diane F, following the Liberal Mantra that "people are not to be trusted with guns", is making it perfectly clear, that we, as citizens, are not to be trusted with any means of personal defense, or individual control over instruments of deadly force. The founding fathers would think this a radical totally foreign view as they did write the Declaration of Independence from the likes of King George, who, incidentally, held the same view
    on firearms (canon, shot, fuse and powder), as do Sen. Feinstein and Joe Biden.

    January 26, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • brad

      When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  23. Dan B

    Hey, just a question. I was gone for a while and when I got back, there was something about Obama's appointments in the courts or something. What was that?

    January 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • steveo

      Welcome backDan B,

      The only thing I remember is the Federal Court of Appeals, in DC ruled the president's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board was unconst-itutional as the Senate was not actually in recess. Hope that helps.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  24. Dale

    Thanks to Hollywood Just about every TV show and movie these days guns and violence, VIOLENT HATE RAP WHTH profanity sex and money, and VIOLENT GUN VIDEO GAMES where police are the bad guys, “this promotes killing”, TEENAGERS are doing this OVER AND OVER BRAINWASHING THEM, “We have a programmed society” that is self-destructing.
    People with Mental Problems, they are being brainwashed by this; People do not realize they are being BRAINWASHED and become DESENSITIZED from real life.

    January 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm |