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CNN ANNOUNCES THAT AT 5:30 SENATOR HARRY REID WILL COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND ANNOUNCE THAT HE AND SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER HAVE REACHED A DEAL. BOEHNER HAS ALREADY MADE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELENTING TO THE SITUATION HE AND ERIC CANTOR CREATED. TURN YOUR TV TO CNN FOR THE TV ANNOUNCEMENT AT 5:30PM. IT IS HOPE THAT THE DEAL WILL BE SEALED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. THERE WILL BE A CONFERENCE AFTERALL. SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER WARNS THAT THIS IS A FIRST STEP AND SUCCESS WILL DEPEND ON ALL REPUBLICANS REALLY BEING COMMITTED TO THE DEAL. THE FIRST REAL TEST WILL BE EXTENDING THE TAX CUT FOR A YEAR.
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I was quite amused by Martin Bashir (from England) used Shakespeare to describe the relationship between Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Boehner is “Othello” to Cantor’s “Iago.” It is a wonderful play and even better opera. It is entertaining to read Wikipedia’s description of the character “Iago” in Shakespeare’s “Othello”:
Description of character
Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most sinister villains, often considered such because of the unique trust that Othello places in him, which he betrays while maintaining his reputation of honesty and dedication. Shakespeare contrasts Iago with Othello’s nobility and integrity. With 1097 lines, he has more lines than Othello.
Iago is a Machiavellian schemer and manipulator, as he is often referred to as “honest Iago”, displaying his skill at deceiving other characters so that not only do they not suspect him, but they count on him as the person most likely to be truthful.
Shakespearean critic A. C. Bradley said that “evil has nowhere else been portrayed with such mastery as in the evil character of Iago.” The mystery surrounding Iago’s actual motives continues to intrigue readers and fuel scholarly debate.
I’ve known the President and the First Lady for a long time.
I’ve seen them face some big years before. But the year ahead will be the biggest.
And as we head into 2012, I think we should show Barack and Michelle how many folks are standing with them.
A couple of us on the campaign are putting together a card for everyone to sign with our names and notes, wishing the President and the First Lady well for the year ahead. It may feel like a small gesture, but it’s one that becomes very large, very quickly, when hundreds of thousands of people add their names. I just know it’s going to mean the world to them.
This is Barack Obama’s last campaign. Let’s show him and Michelle that we’ll be behind them every step of the way next year:
Thank you, and best wishes for a happy new year.
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America
Jonas is 19 years old. Francky is 20. And a judge in Cameroon just sentenced them both to 5 years in prison for being gay.
Cameroon has several laws that criminalize homosexuality — at least 10 people have been arrested this year alone. Last July, Jonas and Francky were arrested outside a club on suspicion of violating these discriminatory anti-gay laws.
“Violence against gay people in Cameroon has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels: the situation is quickly becoming a crisis,” says human rights attorney Alice Nkom. “The president of Cameroon can put a stop to this and, if he feels enough pressure, he will do so.”
Stephane Koche is a Cameroonian LGBT rights activist working with the organization ADEFHO (Association of Defence of Homosexuals) to free Jonas and Francky. Stephane started a petition on Change.org demanding that Cameroonian president Paul Biya free Jonas and Francky immediately. Please sign Stephane’s petition today.
The good news is that Cameroonian leaders have been responsive to pressure in cases like Jonas and Francky’s. Indeed, pressure from local activists has already helped to free 3 of those 10 individuals who were arrested, and this past May, global pressure on the president of Malawi compelled him to release a gay couple who had been jailed after they got married.
If President Biya feels international pressure to release Jonas and Francky, he will do so, but time is of the essence. Please sign Stephane’s petition right now demanding that President Biya free two men sentenced to 5 years in prison for being gay:
Thanks for being a change-maker,
Bank of America will pay $335 million to settle federal claims that its Countrywide unit discriminated against minority borrowers, Justice Department officials announced.
Attorney General Eric Holder said a federal probe found discrimination against 200,000 qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers from 2004 to 2008 during the height of the housing market boom. He said minority borrowers who qualified for prime loans were steered into higher interest rate subprime loans.
Bank of America purchased Countrywide in 2008 for $4 billion in a deal that made the bank the nation’s leading mortgage lender at the time. The deal closed in July 2008 ahead of the meltdown in financial markets that fall. [QUOTE: CNN]
THIS JUST IN: PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL NOW SPEAK AT 1:00PM EST
The Republicans think they can shut us up.
When Democrats demanded a vote on the payroll tax cut yesterday, Republicans cut their microphones, tucked tail and ran right off the House floor. Speaker John Boehner even cut off the TV cameras!
Now, Boehner’s campaign squad is trying to shift the blame to President Obama and House Democrats for raising taxes on the middle class. Don’t let them get away with it.
My friends at the DCCC are looking to double-down on a massive Rapid Response Operation calling out these shameful Republicans. They’ve doubled their original $100,000 goal, and need just $32,231 by Midnight Tomorrow to hit $200K.
Contribute $35 or more before Midnight Tomorrow and House Democrats will match your gifts dollar-for-dollar!
I’m sorry if it hurts their feelings, but when House Republicans slam 160 million middle class folks with a $1,000 tax increase, you can be darn sure we’re gonna holler about it.
Funny thing is Mr. Boehner said he is not even stressed about it — nah, apparently no big deal to him — he told some reporters he doesn’t do “stress” and whined about how “grouchy” his Republican Members of Congress were being.
I don’t know about you but what makes me grouchy is these Tea Partiers in Congress protecting their billionaire and Big Oil buddies every chance they get.
A generous gift right now will go a long way to calling Boehner, Cantor and the rest of ‘em out. Heck, it might even make him grouchier — so it’s worth it for that alone. Help us today.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS AT 12:15PM EST ON TAX EXTENSION
Dems blocked on House floor as tax fight gets nasty
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Why is unelected Grover Norquist, Republican lobbyist (with questionable business dealings) on MSNBC this morning, speaking of US House business saying things like, “This is not the way we want to go?” We? Grover has elevated himself into our official power structure. Does he eclipse John Boehner and Eric Cantor in how our nation’s business and policies are conducted? Democrats might consider holding hearings on how much influence this business advocate has on the running of our government!
December 20, 2011
Obama calls Boehner and Reid on tax cut
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THIS POST IS FROM DECEMBER 22, 2010. IT MENTIONS THE RUMOR OF OBSTRUCTION IN THE CONGRESS IN 2011. THAT RUMOR CAME TRUE WITH A VENGENCE! PRAY WITH YOUR FAMILIES THAT 2012 WILL BRING US A NEW SPIRIT OF FAIRNESS AND CHRISTIAN PURPOSE IN THE CONGRESS. PRAY THAT OUR POLITICIANS WILL FINALLY BE MOVED TO PASS THE REFORMS WE HAVE NEEDED IN OUR GOVERNMENT FOR DECADES. LET THE LURE OF MONEY NO LONGER BIND THEM TO SYSTEM OF DOING BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON. LET “K” STREET BE CLOSED DOWN DUE TO A LACK OF INTEREST! PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BREATHE ON OUR CONGRESS.
Well, here’s your power team for 2011, 112th Congress, US Senate: Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader;US House of Representatives: Rep. John Boehner, Speaker and Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader.
Rumor has it that one person on the team plans more obstruction like during the first two years of the Obama Administration. Let us pray that this was idle gossip. Our holiday prayers should include blessings for these men who will guide the ship of the Nation in 2011. May they be given insight and a willingness to compromise on issues letting the ultimate good win out! Let the press of egos be a thing of the past. May they be given the stamina to work throughout the year like they are doing in the “lame-duck.” :) They are working their tail feathers off!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE US CONGRESS!