April 23, 2014

Monday Open Thread:African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

This week’s open thread will focus on African-American female entrepreneurs and executives.

fudge

Ann Marie Fudge is the former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of marketing communications companies. In early 2010, Fudge was appointed by President Barack Obama to his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (NCFRR).

Fudge was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended the city’s Catholic schools through 12th grade. “She cited the riots she lived through after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a ‘hurtful’ but formative experience. ‘They made me incredibly determined,’ she said. ‘I wanted to do something that black people hadn’t done before. When I hit roadblocks, that was what kept me going.’ … She grew up middle class in Washington, the first of two children born to a mother who was a manager at the National Security Agency and a father who was an administrator at the Postal Service. They stressed education … and [Fudge also] credits the nuns for pushing her to do her best.

Fudge is a graduate of Simmons College and Harvard Business School,  earning respectively BA (honors) in retail management, 1973; and MBA, 1977. 

Discussing her educational choices with Business Week in 2004, she said “When I was at Simmons College, I had this great professor — Margaret Hennig. She was the one who encouraged me to think about business and apply to Harvard Business School. She and Ann Jardim wrote the first book on women in business, called The Managerial Woman, and founded the Simmons Graduate School of Business. I applied to Harvard Business School my senior year.”

One job Fudge had while still in high school was with the Teen Board at Hecht’s department store. The job included advising on teen-age fashions and a trip to fashion magazines in New York. After college, Fudge worked in the human resources department of the General Electric Company before pursuing her MBA.

After Harvard, Fudge spent nine years at General Mills. Her biggest accomplishment there, was her part as a marketing assistant on the team that developed Honey Nut Cheerios. Today, it’s one of the nation’s biggest cereal brands. Fudge then served,  as president of the beverages, desserts and Post division, a $5 billion unit of Kraft Foods. At Kraft, she served on the management committee and managed many businesses including Maxwell House coffee, Gevalia kaffe, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, Post Cereals, Jell-O desserts, and Altoids.

In 1998, Fudge was named by Fortune magazine as 30th on the 50 Most Influential Women in American Business list (Carly Fiorina #1 Oprah Winfrey #2), while she was executive vice president at Kraft. At the time, coffee and cereals for which Fudge was responsible accounted for $2.7 billion (16%) of Kraft’s $16.8 billion in sales. She also at the time sat on the boards of AlliedSignal, Liz Claiborne, (both as of 1993) and Catalyst, Inc.

In 2001, after a year as president of the beverages division at Kraft, Fudge decided to retire. She related to Business Week that her choice to leave Kraft was based on a number of reasons. She had had a goal of retiring before age 50; she had dealt with the recent illness and death of her parents, some close friends and relatives.  She spent two years reconnecting with friends and family and delving into community work. Her charitable work included work with a number of organizations, including the Executive Leadership Council, a non-profit group of high-level African American leaders in business, the Boys and Girls Club of America, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the United Way, among others. 

Following the sabbatical, Fudge served as chair and chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam Brands from 2003 to 2007. In 2004, Business Week summed up some of the challenges facing her, saying Y&R “has suffered through poor management and a messy merger in recent years. The various units tend to work in isolation. The ad agency has lost some big clients. And employees are disgruntled … [including] reports of animosity between Fudge and creative head Michael Patti.”

Fudge was Inside the Boardroom guest, 2008, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

In February, 2011, Fudge was featured by the Commonwealth Institute in Miami, Florida, and in April, 2011, Fudge spoke at the Economic Club of Minnesota.

In 2011, Fudge serves on the boards of directors of General Electric, Novartis, and Unilever.  She also serves as chair of the U.S. Programs Advisory Board of The Gates Foundation; and she is a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations and Morehouse College.  She has been a Morehouse trustee since April 2006. She also serves on the board of Buzzient, Inc, and served as vice chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers.

In June, 2011, it was announced that Fudge would join the board of Indian technology and outsourcing company Infosys on  October, 2011, as an Additional Director. Fudge will be the sole woman on the board, and was recruited by retiring founder NR Narayana Murthy and nominations committee chair Jeffrey S. Lehman. Murthy had served also on the Unilever board and knew Fudge from there.

In September, 2011, Fudge was one of six Hall of Fame honorees named in advance of the National Association of Corporate Directors November gala in New York City.

In 2008, Fudge was a member of the Obama presidential campaign’s finance committee.

In early 2010, Fudge, was named by President Obama to the 18-member fiscal responsibility and reform commission, a bipartisan panel chaired by former Senator Alan K. Simpson, (R-WY), and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (D). The balance of the panel was three more members appointed by the President, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and six members of the U.S. Senate. The commission first met on April 27, 2010 and had a December report deadline. Though specific actions based on the report were limited, commission members who were also members of Congress reappeared in the so-called Gang of Six in spring and summer, 2011, in the debt-ceiling-increase debate.

In September, 2010, Fudge was listed as one of several possible candidates to replace Larry Summers as director of the National Economic Council. Some reports signaled that the White House could be looking for a female executive with business experience to fill the post.

In September, 2011, Fudge joined in the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) “Go Big” forum. CRFB, along with the New America Foundation, the Concord Coalition, and the Bipartisan Policy Center ”discuss[ed] the path ahead for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) and the reasons it should exceed its mandate”.

As a sophomore at Simmons, Ann married Rich Fudge. Before she graduated, they had a baby, Rich Jr. She had to balance personal and academic/professional demands from that early stage on. “Her fondest memory from General Mills … involved her younger son, Kevin, then 9. Ms. Fudge had just been made a marketing director, the first woman and the first black at that level. ‘I came home all excited, and was telling my family, and he said: “What’s the big deal, mom? So now instead of one brand, you have four. You can do that.” He was right. My sons have helped keep things in perspective.’”

Fudge is also noted for having pursued her career despite the glass ceiling which has been seen to thwart promotion to the top ranks, facing women and minorities in the corporate workforce particularly.And, in regards Fudge’s relatively early moves out of jobs, the 2004 Business Week article also included a sidebar on four “other women [who] left high-powered positions in the corporate world to find a place where they could work on their own terms.”

Fudge is currently based in Chestnut Hill, MA.  She and her husband have five grandchildren.

 

***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org**

  • Miranda

    Morning all!ugh…somebody please tell me the Kanye-KimK baby thing is just a bad dream and not true.

    • lamh36

      girl it’s true! Kim K finally got her “mogul” and that dum ass ninja Kanye did if. I can’t help but think his poor mom, RIP, is turning over in her grave.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Word. That brotha ain’t been right since his momma passed.

        • MsKitty

          Seriously. Losing your Mom is devastating and life changing but most folks come to terms with it in time. I don’t think he has. I really think he needs therapy to deal with the loss.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Oh come on, y’all know Kanye ain’t right in the head. Just a couple of days ago, he looked like the shag rug flying dragon from The Neverending Story. He should have KNOWN if Willie Jr. pulled out of it, then he should have had nothing to do with it. But ol dumbass Kanye gonna be the statistic of his old song. Ironic, isn’t it?

    • lamh36

      she’s 12 weeks pregnant?

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Isn’t she still married to Kris Humphries?

        GTMB! (Get That Money Boy!)

        • rikyrah

          That was gonna be my question

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Yeezy didn’t follow his own advice…

      http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A_bJTvcCQAAvSMf.jpg:large

      • Miranda

        She aint messing with no broke n**********

        • Town

          Shoulda got GEICO for his money…………..

          • AxelFoley

            Holla “We want prenup! We want pre–”

            Oh, wait…

    • GN

      Yikes.

    • Worldwatcher7

      It is as I have feared. A new dawn is dawnng. A new kind of stupid is being bred. Pray for this poor child. Pray for us all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ niranda. —–***BIG –HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA –HUG***

      – - — -***fistbump*** – — UGH! – — -Feelin’ sorry 4 the – -”WORLD of DRAMA”–that this child will enter.—-It’s -CHILD ABUSE–in da makin’!!

      Prayin’ 4 da CHILD!!. – - –Good 2 C U miranda. :>)

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA AH

    • AxelFoley

      Eighteen years, eighteen years…

      Now, I’m not sayin’ she’s a gold-digger…

      • TyrenM

        She ain’t fuckin with no broke…

  • Miranda

    Fred McGhee ‏@FredMcGhee
    Breaking News: Karl Rove is in Fox news saying the #Cowboys can still win the playoffs

  • lamh36

    sitting in the service shop of my dealership cor one last check of my car before moving to Baton Rouge.

    why do auto shops assume that everyone wants to watch ESPN? it could be worse, it could be on Faux News…ugh-. thank goodness for my kindle fire and my IPhone hotspot

    • Aquagranny911

      Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo! I wish you a happy & prosperous New Year & good wishes for your future in Baton Rouge.

      We got a Kindle Fire for Christmas & are enjoying learning to play with it.

    • MsKitty

      I can deal with ESPN. My local Jiffy Lube is all Fox News all the time. Luckily they’re steps away from a shopping center, so once we get what needs to be done sorted out I head to the stores.

  • lamh36

    Lord save me!! This woman is basically letting her grandson be obnoxiously running around begging her for a quarter for the gum machine. She kept saying no an finally he broke her down & and she gave him the quarter. She shoulda kept saying no and told his ass sit the he’ll down. Well be didn’t like what he got so now he’s still badgering her. There is another lol child here who hasn’t said a peep. Just sitting next to his dad & not jumping all over the same furniture.

    and now she’s giving him coffee! WTF!!! and now he’s complaining it’s too hot! the coffee a child should NOT be drinking g

    • crazycanuck

      She’s giving a child coffee? OMG!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      That wouldn’t have been my grandmothers. Me: Grandma, can I…….POW!!!!! Twenty minutes later after short deep coma, Chris remains quiet.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        OK! LOL

      • lamh36

        yup. you & I had the same grandmother

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – — -GOVCHRIS1988 – - –***BIG–HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA–HUG***

        Shos’ U RIGHT!! LOL – — -Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL!

      • MsKitty

        By the time I came along both of my grandmothers were disabled from strokes, but that did not stop them from putting us grandkids in check when we needed it. They.did.not.play.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – — lamh36!– – - – ***BIG–HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA – — HUG*** —

      – - — and now he’s complaining it’s too hot! – –Seeeeee. . .

      FIRST — -My dear GRANY woulda BEGAN with the – - -”EYE” —-
      THEN – — a placement in a seat. —IF that di-ent work—–a MAJOR WHOOPIN’–was eminent!! – —–LOL—

      UH—-Modern – - -Grandmas’ – - -LOL – — SPOILED ADULT–in da makin’!! – - — -So SAD!! – - –

      THANKS 4 da mornTin’ LAFF.—Good 2 C U—lamh36. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL at the “EYE” I’ve got that one down to an art form…all my grandkiddos know to pay attention to the “Ojo!”

        I guess I’m not a “modern grandma” because though I love my grandchildren to pieces, I do not tolerate ill behavior or disrespect & they well know this!

        About the coffee…I would not give my grandkiddos coffee because their parents would not approve but my Granny gave us cafe con leche when we were kiddos & my Mama let my children have it to sometimes. I did not see any wrong in that but times have changed I suppose.

        Hola, GLH…Happy Kwanza & Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo to you & yours. HUGS & ♥!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY aquagranny911. —***BIG – –FELIZ – -ANO NUEVO/KWANZAA*** :>)

          — LOL – –The —”OJOS” – –is da bomb!!! LOL — -

          Gotta “bounce” 2 an appointment. Back soon. :>)

          ***HUGS*** 2 U :>)

        • malletgirl02

          @aquagranny. My grandparents gave my siblings and I coffee. My siblings and I were good kids. It is not the coffee that makes the kid bad it is the lack of discipline.

  • GN

    The beltway press strikes again. More deplorable analysis on Meet the Press: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/12/mtps-lazy-pundits-explain-fiscal-cliff.html

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Damnit!

    EPA administrator Lisa Jackson resigns but says she won’t run for governor
    By Star-Ledger Staff on December 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    TRENTON — Lisa Jackson, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who clashed with Republican lawmakers and built a mixed record in Washington, said today she was stepping down, but ruled out a run for governor of New Jersey next year.

    Jackson, the first African-American to head the agency, said in a brief statement she was “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready … for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference.”

    Despite a flurry of speculation that she might try to unseat Gov. Chris Christie next year, or perhaps seek the presidency of Princeton University, she did not say what she planned to do next. But in an email to The Star-Ledger, she said would not run for governor in 2013.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/epa_administrator_lisa_jackson.html

    • TyrenM

      Go get paid Secretary Lisa. I think you deserve it.

    • TyrenM

      Go get paid Secretary Lisa. I think you deserve it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB/POU FAM☻ -HAYYPY DAY 6 of KWANZAA annd HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE. SOO BUSY 2-DAY: –Waitin’ 2 “FISCAL CLIFF” NEWS: -VP Joe is at the WHITE HOUSE; CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 SOS Hillary; MAJOR PROPS 2 U-PBOMB –LOOKIN’ FORWARD – — -2 THIS SERIES. Woo! Hoo!”> – –

    - — -☻KUUMBA: –Kuumba [koo OOM bah] is the sixth day of Kwanzaa. In the Nguzo Saba (seven principles), Kuumba means “Creativity:” to always do as much as we can to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.
    – — – -+CREATIVITY @ the WHITE HOUSE: – In Performance at The White House Stevie Wonder – -
    – — – - -+CREATIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY: – -Soul In Motion

    - — -☻Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks that had been on the brink of collapse, according to sources familiar with the discussion. – -Watchin’. . . . .

    — -☻THIS:- ->In early 2010, Fudge, was named by President Obama to the 18-member fiscal responsibility and reform commission, . . .Annnd: – In 1998, Fudge was named by Fortune magazine as 30th on the 50 Most Influential Women in American Business list . . . .Soooo HIGHLY QUALIFIED: :>) – - -VERY INSPIRING!. THANK U – -PBOMB. – -

    ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL KWANZAA TREAT. :>) – -

    B BLESSED 2-DAY :>) – - -HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE. :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – –LOL – - -Soooo da “B” is –”HOOKED on da ALPHABET” – - -PLAN C – — LOL – –

    — -A Defeated Boehner Forges Blindly Ahead with Plan C: Blame Obama – - -

    — – -Speaker Boehner made little sense Sunday as did a run around reality after Obama held him responsible for the fiscal cliff negotiation failures.

    Boehner pulled out his Republican Get Out Jail Free card, “Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame.” But he sensed that it was no longer enough just to cast general aspersions on the President, though certainly Boehner has given that a good go. What’s a humiliated-by-his-own-caucus Plan B failure to do? Plan C!

    Plan C is to blame Obama for being unable to stand up to his own party. Yes, in Boehner’s imagination, it was Obama who was unable to stand up to his party. Not the Speaker, whose own party left him impotent in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Some call this projection, and it happens more often when a person can’t face reality because it’s too painful. Thus, denial becomes projection.

    As if to prove this point, the Speaker (figuratively) pointed his finger as far away from himself as possible, “The president’s comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party. We’ve been reasonable and responsible. The president is the one who has never been able to get to ‘yes.’”

    – — -SNIP – –
    John Boehner says the President was elected to lead. What would he say he was elected to do? Fail and blame? If so, well done sir.

    Boehner is just tripping over himself now, and it’s getting embarrassing.
    THERE IS MORE – - — –LOL – — A FUN – -YET PITIFUL – -READ. LOL – -

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Too late John.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – - — -***fist bump*** woody45.—–HE’s such a LOOSER!! –WORST SPEAKER – - -EVA – –{I’m quotin’ U. :>)]

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Hol’ up! So, anonymous Dem sources (aka Cory’s friends) told Buzzfeed that PBO is the reason for Booker not running for governor??

    Nevermind that Dems governors gave him the cold shoulder during the DNC http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/dem_diss_for_newark_cory_B3XTpPr9YkxdciuWb5cx4M , or that his approval rating vs. Christie is around 35%, or that NJ Dems are pissed because he waited so long to announce his decision or that his record as mayor sucks.

    Nah…it couldn’t be any of that.

    • Miranda

      Cory betta watch it…..he bout to be as irrelevant as a beta tape.

      • rikyrah

        not betamax…

        LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - -***BIG – — HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA–HUG***

      - —-Cory B trippin’ annnnd – - – -MR. PRESIDENT KNOWS! — –

      He betta stick 2 bein’ – –”SUPER-CORY”—-annnd meet with some success – –’cause his POLITICAL continues 2 get shaky!! – - -

      ***shakin’ my head*** – —Good 2 C U–Sepia. :>)

  • lamh36

    I read the article from Jonathan chait & what he’s said was that the WH thinks it’s the Senate Dems who would cut them at the knees to save themselves & make a deal that undercuts the WH. certain groups always complain that the admin doesn’t have dem party back but rarely admit that on occasion the dems undercut the Prez

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – –THIS is SOS Hillary’s PREVIOUS –SIMILAR medical incident: —

    —-Hillary Clinton faints during speech in Buffalo — -

    — -NBC News and news services [updated 2/1/2005 8:18:57 AM ET]
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fainted Monday after complaining of a stomach virus before a scheduled speech on Social Security.

    Clinton, D-N.Y., received medical attention at the scene and then went on to give another speech Monday afternoon.

    “It wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds,” Clinton said after the 30-minute speech to about 125 people at the Saturn Club restaurant. She kept an appointment to speak later at a Catholic college Monday but canceled another speech scheduled for Tuesday.

    “About five minutes into the speech, she said she was queasy,” said Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan, who was at the Women’s TAP fund-raiser at the private club.

    Clinton left the podium and continued her talk sitting in a chair but eventually left the room, saying she needed a break, Lenihan said. She returned to the podium a short time later but fainted before resuming her speech.
    THERE IS MORE.

    - –PRAYIN’ 4 HER – - AMEN. — -

    • gc

      Praying for het here as well. She has been on my mind. Thank you so much for the report, GLH, and let me take this opportunity to wish you the very best New Year. I need to focus on other areas of my life, so I doubt if 2013 will be politics-centric like 2012 it is a privilege knowing you….GC

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTIN’ my dear Gc. :>) –***BIG – -HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA–HUG***

        - —- Joinin’ U in the PRAYER. :>) Annnd I PRAY 4 U♥ — -sooo EARNESTLY! :>) – — -

        – — – –CONTINUE 2 TAKE CARE if YOURSELF.♥ – — Hopin’ 2 CU —as U deem necessary. :>)

        - — – –“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – - -IS MY PRAYER — 4 U♥ – -[STOMP♥ -LOL]

        – — -4 U♥ —–

        • gc

          Stomp stomp stomp! *

          * Hugs back to you

          • TyrenM

            This will be my takeaway from 2012:

            STOMP STOMP STOMP.

            Happy New Year and best wishes.

          • gc

            Raffie and I are proud :)
            STOMP STOMP STOMP
            Happy NY, Tyren
            I’ve got my 2013 gift: he was on TV :)

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola GC! How’s by your casa? I hope all is well. I so understand your need to focus on other areas of your life. I was “politics free” for 10 days over Christmas & it was great!

        Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo to you & yours ♥

        • gc

          Y a ti, amiga.
          But for my no-politics zone, I’m obsessing about the fiscal cliff business :) Damn the Reps, damn them!

    • Aquagranny911

      I am sending Hillary healing. I have been concerned ever since her fainting incident. Blood clots are serious but I think she is getting the best of care.

  • GreenLadyHere

    McTURTLEMAN” —is GOING 2 SPEAK SOON

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — -A REPORT on BENGHAZI: — [Of course --there is an implication of BLAME - -2 MR. PRESIDENT.] ***tsk***

    — -Senate Panel Faults State Department And Pentagon In Benghazi Attack Report – -

    - — A bipartisan Senate Homeland Security report to be released today has found that the State and Defense Departments share blame for the security failures that resulted in the death of 5 Americans after an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya back in September.

    An independent review earlier this month faulted the State Department for failing to adequately respond to security requests prior to the attacks and called for restoring diplomatic security funding Republicans previously cut. While State Department officials have previously accepted responsibility for inadequate security in Benghazi, the new Senate report expands blame to the Pentagon, the Hill reports:

    – - -SNIP – - -

    THIS — ->HUH!The Senate report also criticizes the Obama administration’s mixed messages in the aftermath of the Benghazi assault, claiming the White House was “inconsistent” about whether it constituted a terror attack. The inconsistency “contributed to the confusion in the public discourse” about the attacks, wrote Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
    THERE IS MORE — -

    – - -Lookin’ FORWARD 2 MR. PRESIDENT’s response. – - –

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “An independent review earlier this month faulted the State Department for failing to adequately respond to security requests prior to the attacks and called for restoring diplomatic security funding Republicans previously cut.”

      Isn’t the last part of this statement the reason State couldn’t do the first part?

      “The Senate report also criticizes the Obama administration’s mixed messages in the aftermath of the Benghazi assault, claiming the White House was “inconsistent” about whether it constituted a terror attack. The inconsistency “contributed to the confusion in the public discourse” about the attacks, wrote Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME). ”

      The situation was ongoing and team PBO obviously went with the intelligence on the ground so it’s only natural that the message will change. This wasn’t a piece of legislation with some overarching theme. A full blown crisis and the aftermath were happening in real time.

      And even if their messaging had been on point what difference would that have made? This is a bone to the media so they can gin up the usual non controversy controversy.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “An independent review earlier this month faulted the State Department for failing to adequately respond to security requests prior to the attacks and called for restoring diplomatic security funding Republicans previously cut.”

      Isn’t the last part of this statement the reason State couldn’t do the first part?

      “The Senate report also criticizes the Obama administration’s mixed messages in the aftermath of the Benghazi assault, claiming the White House was “inconsistent” about whether it constituted a terror attack. The inconsistency “contributed to the confusion in the public discourse” about the attacks, wrote Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME). ”

      The situation was ongoing and team PBO obviously went with the intelligence on the ground so it’s only natural that the message will change. This wasn’t a piece of legislation with some overarching theme. A full blown crisis and the aftermath were happening in real time.

      And even if their messaging had been on point what difference would that have made? This is a bone to the media so they can gin up the usual non controversy controversy.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MONDAY MORNTIN’ –woody45 – - ***BIG –HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA- -HUG*** :>)

        – – - -***fist bump*** – - -Had my — -***side eye** on durin’ this whole article. – -Annnnd I was NOT CONVINCED by the – -BI-PARTISAN label!! — -HATAS EXIST in ALL parties!!!

        EVIDENCE — -Joe — LIE-berman!! – -susan collins [BOTH RE-THUCKERS!!]

        – - -YES!! – — >This is a bone to the media so they can gin up the usual non controversy controversy. — -ABSOLUTELY!!

        –BTW: — –Isn’t Ms. Hillary the SOS??? – –WHAT did SHE KNOW annnnd WHEN did she KNOW it?? —

        Oh! That’s right — -RESPECTFULLY – -she couldn’t testify. – -

        THIS is another PILE – -of ELEPHANT-Excrement! – - -

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          One thing I’m sure she knew:

          “…restoring diplomatic security funding Republicans previously cut.”

          • conlakappa

            Like the money being used to maintain the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

          • Aquagranny911

            I’ve gotten thoroughly sick of those people who criticize the Prez for not doing stuff when he was given only a frayed empty wallet & a maxed out credit card.

            Dizzy biscuits are too ignorant or just ignore the fact that Congress holds the $$$.

      • Miranda

        Isn’t the last part of this statement the reason State couldn’t do the first part? _________________________ And they wrote it without a hint of irony on their part

        • Aquagranny911

          Irony is something they think the maid does to their shirts.

    • nellcote

      wrote Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

      Lookin’ FORWARD 2 MR. PRESIDENT’s response
      ===
      Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out, Joe.

      • Aquagranny911

        I would like the door to hit his ass so hard that he goes into orbit! But that’s just my thinking.

  • aleth

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/dems-torn-over-schumer-plan-to-raise-taxes-on-millionaires-only.php

    If you ever wonder where the GOP gets its idea….they get it from dems seeking to undercut the president.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday Morntin’ aleth. – –***BIG –HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA –HUG*** :>)

      – - -THIS – ->“Republicans are worried about this proposal because it would expose that they are fighting for millionaires instead of the middle class,” said Schumer’s spokesman Brian Fallon in a statement to me.
      Just today, Republicans were forced off their usual tax cut talking points to blast Schumer’s plan not because it will raise taxes on millionaires, but because it focus groups well.

      NOTED the DATE – - –NOV. 30, 2010!! — –

      THIS — “FISCAL CLIFF” –BATTLE has BEEN goin’ on!! Annnd – -as U have said – –some DEMS – -have LED da charge – –in order 2 UNDERMINE MR. PRESIDENT.!!!

      I sooo APPRECIATE HOW CALM HE is KNOWIN’ WHO da –HATAS R annd STILL continuin’ 2 tryta work with them! —
      -BLESS U – -MR. PRESIDENT!

      Good 2 C U aleth. :>)

  • aleth

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/dems-torn-over-schumer-plan-to-raise-taxes-on-millionaires-only.php

    If you ever wonder where the GOP gets its idea….they get it from dems seeking to undercut the president.

  • crazycanuck

    A canadian ice dancer, who just happens to be black. He needs to cut his hair.

    • rikyrah

      thank you for the hat tip

    • rikyrah

      cc.

      my sister gave me the DVD for Person Of Interest. absolutely loving it.

      • crazycanuck

        I saw that I’m so jealous.

    • GreenLadyHere

      ***BIG –HAPPY NEW YEAR’s EVE/KWANZAA – — HUG*** :>)
      crazycanuck. – - – -

      OMG! —-He’s AMAZING!! – —that OPENING MOVE annnd the “catch-foot twizzle” – - – -VERY UNIQUE :>)—-

      Lookin’ FORWARD 4 MORE. – - – -THANK U 4 sharin’. – –Good 2 C u. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! I love ice dancing. What’s the matter with his hair? I think he’s a really cute guy & he sure is a powerful skater.

      • crazycanuck

        It’s too long, he needs a buzz cut. It’s also dated.

        • Aquagranny911

          Okay…

        • BoomerGal

          Black people don’t have the kind of hair for a “buzz” cut.

    • BoomerGal

      News Flash: Afros are NEVER “dated,” thank you very much.

  • crazycanuck

    A canadian ice dancer, who just happens to be black. He needs to cut his hair.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola! Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo to you & your family!

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: MR. PRESIDENT WILL MAKE an ADDRESS – -@ 1:30pm EST – -

    • crazycanuck

      And the ‘caving’ talk has begun yet again.

      • conlakappa

        I just told off Credo Action. Yet another “no deal is better than a bad deal” e-mail just like the one earlier in the week from Color of Change. I am so over these people.

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      Damn, the commenters lit her ass up! (flat ass at that!)

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – — -***BIG—HAPPY NEW YEARs’ EVE/KWANZAA- – –HUG***
      Alma – - – –

      –THIS – - –> – -TennisKid
      I watched the match. Wozniacki and Pervak play the same waiting game. They both should be ranked outside the top-60. A very boring match. No aces, no winners. Just wait until the opponent misses.

      Maybe THIS is –”WHYCOME”—she chose 2 CALL ATTENTION 2 HERSELF[albeit--NEGATIVE!!]—

      DAT—di-ent WORK 4 her – - -EITHER!!—DOUBLE–LOSER! – –HAH!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah!

  • aleth

    Progressives are a waste period… They create an alternative reality.we have GOP and people in negotiations o planning president too tough, then we have residents prog idiots go to ther never fail mentality. Can we make a resolution to ignore themin 2013

    • Aquagranny911

      That resolution won’t be at all hard for me because I already do that.

      • MsKitty

        4 years and counting. Not even a nano-blip on my radar.

  • rikyrah

    A ‘totally untrustworthy negotiating partner’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:05 AM EST.

    To understand why constructive negotiations between the parties have proven to be so very difficult, look no further than this message from one of the Republican Party’s purported “rising stars.”

    It’s possible, of course, that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is badly confused — public policy is generally not his strong suit — and doesn’t realize his rhetoric isn’t true. Or maybe he does realize he’s misleading the public and doesn’t care.

    Either way, the far-right Floridian has summarized a larger problem in just 135 characters. Rubio wants Americans to believe Republicans didn’t push for chained CPI — which would reduce Social Security benefits — as part of the ongoing fiscal talks. We know this isn’t even close to being true — indeed, by yesterday afternoon, GOP senators had agreed to drop this demand that they’d fought for earlier in the day.

    Paul Krugman added that Rubio’s bizarre falsehood is a reminder why it’s “crazy” to think Republicans would ever agree to a sensible Grand Bargain: “You can’t make big deals with a totally untrustworthy negotiating partner.”

    Also note what this tells us about the efforts to make bipartisan changes to entitlements. As Ezra Klein explained, “Today’s Republican Party thinks the key problem America faces is out-of-control entitlement spending. But cutting entitlement spending is unpopular and the GOP’s coalition relies heavily on seniors. And so they don’t want to propose entitlement cuts. If possible, they’d even like to attack President Obama for proposing entitlement cuts. But they also want to see entitlements cut and will refuse to solve the fiscal cliff or raise the debt ceiling unless there are entitlement cuts.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/31/16266699-a-totally-untrustworthy-negotiating-partner?lite

  • rikyrah

    The Story Behind the 47 Percent Video

    It took months to get the scoop that rocked the 2012 election.

    —By David Corn

    | Mon Dec. 31, 2012 3:31 AM PST

    Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Corn’s ebook, 47 Percent: Uncovering the Romney Video that Rocked the 2012 Election.

    As 2012 draws to a close, many year-end reviews of the election season have focused on September 17, the day Mother Jones released the 47-percent video that captured Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser. That moment, when millions of Americans saw the candidate denigrating nearly half the electorate as “victims” who do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” is widely seen as having upended the campaign. But the path to the scoop began months earlier, with a story about aborted fetuses.

    Early on in the election season, Mother Jones had made a decision to look closely at Mitt Romney’s record as a businessman—a record the campaign was promoting as a key reason why voters should choose him. As I dug into the history of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney had founded and managed, I found out about an investment it had made in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that in more recent years had been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing of aborted fetuses from family planning clinics. I obtained an electronic pile of documents related to the deal, including filings Bain had made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Romney was listed as an active participant in the Stericycle investment, which occurred in November 1999. This fact was significant; it undercut the claim that Romney had departed Bain in early 1999 to run the Winter Olympics, and had nothing to do with the firm’s actions after that point, including investments that relocated American jobs.

    On July 2, I posted a story on the candidate’s connection to Stericyle, reporting that Bain had filed SEC documents—including one signed by Romney—designating Romney as an active participant in the deal in late 1999. The story made news, and soon other outlets followed up.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/story-behind-47-video

  • rikyrah

    Charts for talking fiscal cliff
    By Laura Conaway
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:03 AM EST

    If you find yourself home for the holidays and arguing about the fiscal cliff, try these two charts. First, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows how we got all this red ink. Simply, the Bush tax cuts did it. Letting go of the tax cuts for the rich would save $950 billion in deficits over the next decade, the Center says. It’s worth reading their whole post.

    The chart below comes from North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, a Democrat. First posted by our pal Ezra Klein, it shows the level of tax revenue during the last five budget surpluses. We’re five percentage points, give or take, below that now, and we’re broke

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/31/16267931-charts-for-talking-fiscal-cliff?lite

  • rikyrah

    With 14 hours to go
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:30 AM EST

    By the time Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell turned to Vice President Biden as his new negotiating partner, one thing was clear: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had simply run out of counteroffers. Democrats had gone as far as they could go, and Republicans weren’t willing to say, “Yes.”

    Just how far had Reid gone in making concessions? For one thing, the income threshold for higher rates was moved up from $250,000 to $400,000 (or depending on which insider account you believe, $450,000). For another, Democrats had also largely caved on estate taxes, raising the eligibility threshold and accepting a lower rate.

    Both of these concessions, it’s worth emphasizing, would mean far less deficit reduction — the ostensible point of this exercise. The tradeoffs are a reminder that when Republicans say they’re desperate to address the debt, they really don’t mean it. Democratic proposals do far more to reduce the fiscal shortfall than GOP alternatives — and Republicans are the ones who pretend to see a “debt crisis.”

    As if this weren’t enough, Democrats were also offering to accept these terms without a debt-ceiling increase. Instead, all Dems would get in return are measures that have traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support: middle-class tax breaks, extended jobless aid, and temporary fixes on AMT and Medicare reimbursement rates.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/31/16267612-with-14-hours-to-go?lite

  • Miranda

    Live Stream is up of President Obama’s press conference!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alrighty NOW – - — -Thank U miranda. :>)

  • rikyrah

    this totally is one of my favorite segments of the election season..Maddow hit it out of the park with this one:

  • rikyrah

    What McConnell and Biden came up with

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:23 PM EST

    After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ran out of enticements to offer Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican turned to Vice President Biden, and the two invested several hours trying to work something out.

    At this point, they appear to have the framework for a deal they can live with. Whether anyone else can live with it remains to be seen, but we’re getting a look this afternoon at some of the details.

    The top tax rate rises to 39.6 percent for individuals making more than $400,000 and families making more than $450,000. Capital gains and dividends will be taxed at 20 percent with the same income thresholds. The Personal Exemption Phaseout (PEP) is set at $250,000 and the itemized deduction limitation (Pease) kicks in at $300,000. The AMT is patched permanently. The estate tax would exempt estates up to $10 million and tax them at 40 percent above that.

    The various business tax credits — R&D, wind, etc — would be extended through 2013, as would unemployment insurance. The stimulus tax credits — namely, the expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the college credit — would be extended for five years, which is hugely important to the White House. The scheduled cuts to doctors in Medicare would be averted through spending offsets that neither side considers injurious.

    And, of course, extended unemployment benefits would, as part of the deal, continue until 2013. The package would not include a debt ceiling increase.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/31/16269515-what-mcconnell-and-biden-came-up-with?lite

    • TyrenM

      400K I can live with. They should push harder on that capital gains and estate (10M way too high.) I know they lie about “deficit reduction” being the reason for this but my feelings wouldn’t be hurt if we went off the cliff and came back Wednesday with a real offer.
      I trust the President to do the right thing for all.

      • Aquagranny911

        I am totally with you on this!

  • rikyrah

    The case for the Dems’ negotiating strategy

    Posted by Greg Sargent on December 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    The White House and Dems are taking heavy criticism this morning for giving more ground towards Republicans in the fiscal cliff talks. Dems have offered to raise the income threshold to $450,000 and to keep the estate tax threshold at $5 million, in exchange for an increase in unemployment benefits but no additional stimulus spending. This is being widely denounced on Twitter and elsewhere as squandering Dem leverage.

    The view of the situation taken by White House and Dem negotiators, however, is at least worth thinking about.

    A White House ally spells out an alternative interpretation. Dems don’t necessarily believe going over the cliff will give them all that much more leverage in the talks next year. It’s been widely argued (by me and many others) that if we do go over the cliff, Dems can simply move to pass the Obama Tax Cuts For The Middle Class, forcing House Republicans to go along. But some Dems question whether House Republicans will feel the need to follow this script. Rather, the thinking goes, if Dems do that next year, the House GOP leadership can pass its own bill cutting taxes on all income up to, say, $500,000 or $600,000.

    If the idea is that it’s easier for Republicans to support continuing tax cuts just on some income levels after they’ve all expired, such a bill (with $500,000 or $600,000 as the threshold) could pass the House. What’s more, some Congressional Democrats may feel like they have to support such a bill, too. And the worry is that if this is then kicked over to the Senate, then some Senate Dems may feel tempted to support it or at least negotiate around it, which could divide Senate Dems. After all, some of them have already voiced support for putting the income threshold at $500,000 or $1 million.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/31/the-case-for-the-dems-negotiating-strategy/

  • GreenLadyHere

    STANDIN’ – - -”O”!! – — -Woo! Hooo! :>)–

    MY top Priority!! :>)

  • Miranda

    Chris Cilizza is so nauseating. My God, get him off my tv.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -Per Robert -Gibbs: – - -The RE-THUCKERS jus’ CAIN’T say –YES!! – –HAH!- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Someone just mentioned Ezra Klein [that he was wrong on a point.]

    Found the article – –BUT THIS COMMENT: – - – -

    – - -Star Member frazzled (8,532 posts)
    1. As for that last part …

    “The White House laughs off the GOP’s theory that they can use the debt ceiling to extract big spending cuts without any further tax increases.”

    Obama made that quite clear in his televised speech just now. Essentially, he said, “Hey, I’m the President, bitches.”

    TELL –’EM – –MR. PRESIDENT! —-HAH!

    Also- –Some RE-THUGS wanted him 2 make a somber address annd 2 recognize how – -HARD they have been workin’ – -NOT! — HAH —

    OUR PRESIDENT — is DA MAN!! – —DA PRESIDENT!- – -4! –MORE! –YEARS! – - -

  • crazycanuck

    Oh boy,Repubs are having a meltdown lol.

  • rikyrah

    Obama: a deal ‘is in sight, but it’s not done’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:40 PM EST.

    President Obama spoke briefly to supporters at the White House this afternoon, offering an update on the state of fiscal talks, stressing that a deal “is in sight, but it’s not done.” He added, “They’re close, but they’re not there yet.”

    Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the brief remarks was the Republican apoplexy that followed. Apparently, the president’s tone hurt GOP lawmakers’ feelings — so much so that many Republicans are now arguing that a fiscal agreement mail fail because Obama made them feel bad.

    Seriously. That’s what they’re saying. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor that the president’s tone represented “heckling,” and as a consequence, he “lost some votes” for a compromise deal. Soon after, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also said Obama was too mean and made Congress feel bad.

    Just when you thought watching Congress couldn’t be any more painful, lawmakers find a way to make the institution look a little worse.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/31/16270289-obama-a-deal-is-in-sight-but-its-not-done?lite

    • conlakappa

      They are such jackasses. He said put up or shut up and you have opted to do neither. Not a good look. Hard to dress it up when you come out with a non-deal and saying it was because the President didn’t show deference. That’ll keep millions satisfied while their finances are affected.

  • rikyrah

    What Obama is Doing

    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:33:58 PM EST

    Perhaps the administration’s best argument for the deal that is being floated is that John Boehner is too budgetarily-illiterate and politically inept to actually press any advantage on the debt ceiling.

    The White House laughs off the GOP’s theory that they can use the debt ceiling to extract big spending cuts without any further tax increases. For one thing, Boehner wouldn’t know how to achieve his “dollar-for-dollar” rule if you gave him total control of the budget. Raising the debt ceiling will cost around $1.5 trillion through 2014. Boehner has never named spending cuts even in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion. In fact, he’s never named many entitlement cuts at all. Republicans actually seem terrified of entitlement cuts.
    “You either cut Medicare or we default the country?” Asks one top Democrat, describing the fight the GOP is setting up. “And we don’t have the guts to put out our Medicare cuts so you need to put them out for us? And now you need to round up the Democratic votes to help us blackmail you? That’s the plan?”

    Indeed, the Republicans are playing with fire if they threaten to default the country again, but that is triply true when you realize that they can’t even craft a bill that would do what they say that they want to do and they are terrified of even trying to craft such a bill.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/31/143358/21

  • rikyrah

    Gov. Perdue Issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

    Gov. Bev Perdue today signed a Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 and issued the following statement:

    “I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten. This topic evokes strong opinions from many North Carolinians as it hearkens back to a very difficult time in our state’s past, a period of racial tensions and violence that represents a dark chapter in North Carolina’s history. These cases generate a great deal of emotion from people who lived through these traumatic events.

    In evaluating these petitions for clemency, it is important to separate fact from rumor and innuendo. I have decided to grant these pardons because the more facts I have learned about the Wilmington Ten, the more appalled I have become about the manner in which their convictions were obtained.

    In 1980, a federal appeals court overturned the convictions in a written decision that highlighted the gross improprieties that occurred during the trial. The federal court determined as a matter of law that numerous instances of prosecutorial misconduct and other constitutional violations took place. Among other things, the court ruled that with regard to the testimony of the prosecution’s key witness – upon whose credibility the case depended entirely — “the conclusion is inescapable that [he] perjured himself” and that “this fact was bound to be known to the prosecutor . . .” The court also declared that it was undisputed that key documents had repeatedly been withheld from defense lawyers. It also found numerous errors by the trial judge that had the effect of unconstitutionally prejudicing the defendants’ ability to receive a fair trial.

    Since the trial ended, the prosecution’s key witness and two supporting witnesses all independently recanted their testimony incriminating the defendants. Furthermore, last month, new evidence was made available to me in the form of handwritten notes from the prosecutor who picked the jury at trial. These notes show with disturbing clarity the dominant role that racism played in jury selection. The notes reveal that certain white jurors believed to be Ku Klux Klan members were described by the prosecutor as “good” and that at least one African American juror was noted to be an “Uncle Tom type.”

    This conduct is disgraceful. It is utterly incompatible with basic notions of fairness and with every ideal that North Carolina holds dear. The legitimacy of our criminal justice system hinges on it operating in a fair and equitable manner with justice being dispensed based on innocence or guilt – not based on race or other forms of prejudice. That did not happen here. Instead, these convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina’s criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer.

    Justice demands that this stain finally be removed. The process in which this case was tried was fundamentally flawed. Therefore, as Governor, I am issuing these pardons of innocence to right this longstanding wrong.”

    http://www.governor.nc.gov/NewsItems/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?newsItemID=2709

    • goldenstar

      Like the Etta James song, “At Last…”

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Sad news….

    Rep. John Lewis’ wife, Lillian, dies

    3:45 pm December 31, 2012, by Daniel Malloy

    Sad news amid the fiscal cliff madness: Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, died this morning in Atlanta, his office announced. Spokeswoman Brenda Jones said John Lewis is returning to Atlanta today but had no more details to release about the cause of death.

    The Lewises had been married 44 years. They have one son, John Miles.

    MORE: http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/12/31/rep-john-lewis-wife-lillian-dies/

    • GN

      RIP, deepest condolences.

    • rikyrah

      Prayers for the family.

    • goldenstar

      Holding light for the family.

    • Miranda

      RIP to my congressman’s family. She was a beautiful special woman.

    • MsKitty

      Condolences to Congressman Lewis and his family.

    • morphus

      Condolences to family and Congressman Lewis.

    • Alma98

      Condolences to Congressman Lewis and his son. RIP

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    USA TODAY ‏@USATODAY

    BREAKING: House won’t vote before midnight on ‘cliff’ deal http://usat.ly/WafRqo

  • Miranda

    Evening Thread is up!

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