Hundreds of Thousands show up to March AGAINST Trump in Wash DC around America and the World…

The number of women (and men) marchers in the streets of Washington DC and around  America and around the world give testiment that there are a LOT of people who do NOT like what the new American President says and wants for America….

The ‘Resistance’ protests are continuing ….

The sheer numbers, all together, are times the Trump swearing in numbers….

Hundreds of thousands of women poured into Washington Saturday for the Women’s March, a larger-than-expected crowd determined to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inaugural gathering for Donald Trump one day earlier.

By mid-afternoon, organizers had decided the crowd was too big to formally march to the White House Ellipse, although protesters were already on the move.

“They are going to tell the crowd they can go to the Ellipse if they want, but they are not doing the normal parade route, there is too many people,” said Chris Geldart, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.3w22

The marchers, who came from around the country and sometimes sleept on the couches of people they had never met before, overflowed the blocks at the east end of the National Mall. Organizers, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday they now expect as many as a half million participants, potentially dwarfing Friday’s inaugural crowd.

Similar scenes unfolded around the country. In Chicago, after a 150,000 demonstrators swamped downtown blocks, officials cancelled the march portion of the event. The Boston transit system added extra trains to accommodate tens of thousands of protesters there. Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, New York and Miami also drew big crowds.

In Washington, demonstrators said they wanted to take the most public possible stand against Trump, a candidate and now president whom they said routinely insults women and the issues they care about. But the gathering also provided a balm for many eager to immerse themselves in a like-minded sea of citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic bid for the presidency ended in defeat.

Clinton tweeted her gratitude as the rally got under way at 10 a.m., telling them: “Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always stronger together.”…

The crowd was buoyant, even joyous. Many held up signs — “I Am Very Upset!” and “Love Trumps Hate” and “Bridges Not Walls” — while others took videos of the moment on their cell phones. Every few minutes, a rolling roar swept over them, echoing through the concrete concourse. The throng had planned to move early in the afternoon, ending at the Ellipse adjacent to the Trump White House….

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Not exactily a vote of confidence for the incoming President, eh?

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“The President is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America,” @AmericaFerrera at the #WomensMarch.

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We’ll get thru this….Open Thread for January 16, 2017

We’ve been here before….

George Bush and ‘hanging chads’ in Florida….

Efforts to return to the ‘good ole days’ that wasn’t so good if you wasn’t a white male…

America IS IN the 21st Century…

It IS a changing place….

It IS a place where some American’s have been able to secure more ‘Rights’ to live their lives as equals….

It IS a place where some American’s are embracing diversity…

It IS a place where some practice tolerance for the new mix of those who help this place be great like American experienced a century ago….

America IS a great place…

THAT is why millions are betting their lives to get here…

By plane, boat and thru the dangers of coming on foot….

And as these ‘different’ people’s integrate themselves into America?

We become stronger….

We’ll get thru this…

Just as we have in the past….

Donald Trump may NOT know what he ‘s doing…

But America does….

‘We the People’ will keep us there…

With Trump in the White House won’t stop us…..

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Yes…Cory Booker seems in the lead in the 2020 Democratic speculation race…

The rookie Senator from Jersey has caught up and seems to have surpassed the Elizabeth Warren in speculation’s as first in line to run for President in 2020 for the Democrats…

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Intertesting….

…in interviews with over a dozen lawmakers, donors and operatives, Democrats say that whether he likes it or not, the 47-year-old senator is in the mix for the Democratic nomination in 2020 simply because of who he is — and what he’s doing now.

Booker is younger than Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, more charismatic than Sherrod Brown, better known than Martin O’Malley. He’s mastered social media and built a unique profile over the past 15 years as a telegenic politician that stands to resonate with an increasingly young, urban party. And his voting record is reliably liberal, despite critics on the party’s left flank.

Some of his moves seem to encourage the speculation, between last summer’s veepstakes, his hobnobbing with early state delegations during July’s convention, an interview with one of New Hampshire’s top TV reporters in January, and even his move to join the Foreign Relations committee.

“He obviously is interested in running for president, and he’s decided to position himself as vocally anti-Trump. There’s certainly an appetite for that,” said Bob Shrum, a veteran lead strategist for Democratic presidential campaigns. “He’s obvious, and I don’t find anything wrong with being obvious.”

Once comfortable keeping his head down and building his Senate profile from the ground up despite pre-existing national fame, Booker realizes his party and constituents are expecting him to become one of Trump’s chief critics. The youthful and buoyant former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has been engulfed by buzz, a longtime “next big thing” in the party now undergoing a Trump-era evolution….

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Trump’s Press Sec start’s off on the wrong foot…

First….

No questions from reports….

Second….

In defendding his boss , President Trump?

He made himself look foolish with incorrect demo numbers….

A Yes…The Media is now saying that work….’Lie’s’

The campaign is over….

Trump loses his free Bul Shit pass….

And in his statement Saturday, Spicer said, falsely, for the “first time in our nation’s history that floor covering has been used to protect the grass on the mall.” NBC Washington reported in 2013 that workers were scrambling to put in place grass protections ahead of Obama’s second inauguration. The press secretary also claimed that magnetometers on the National Mall limited access to the event. However, the Secret Service told CNN that “no magnetometers were used on the National Mall for Trump’s inauguration,” according to Jim Acosta. And Spicer claimed that the crowd extended from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. Photos show that it did not. All of this was easily checkable.

These falsehoods were so obvious ― and unnecessary ― that many in the news media, from the reporters summoned to the White House on a Saturday afternoon to others left in disbelief on Twitter, immediately pushed back against Trump and his team’s nonsensical spin.

One of media’s principal failings during the 2016 campaign was not challenging the lies and other unsupported claims Trump uttered in interviews, on Twitter and in rambling speeches carried live on television. Trump’s unprecedented dishonesty as a candidate only continued as president-elect. And too often, news organizations continued falling into the trap of credulously amplifying his claims that have no basis in reality.

But perhaps the media is catching on now that Trump has taken office. On Saturday, several news organizations and journalists on Twitter quickly refuted Spicer’s bogus claim, with some even calling it a lie…..

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Wikileaks turns on Trump…Looking for his Tax returns to be leaked…

This IS interesting, eh?

The Russian’s leaked stuff to them against Clin ton…

Now they are going after Trump?

WikiLeaks on Sunday took President Donald Trump to task for refusing to release his tax returns and offered to post them online, after a senior adviser said definitively that Trump would not be publicly disclosing the documents.

“Trump’s breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts,” WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

 The group also encouraged the leak of the documents. “Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway stated today that Trump will not release his tax returns. Send them to: so we can,” another tweet read.

It was an interesting rebuke from WikiLeaks after Trump has appeared to side with founder Julian Assange in pushing back against U.S. intelligence officials’ conclusion that Russia President Vladimir Putin directed cyberattacks on U.S. Democratic targets to try to tilt the election Trump’s way…..

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Donald Trump stalled and now will NEVER make his tax returns public…

That the word folks….

Anyone surprised with this?

I hope the Feds investigating the Russian/Trump Admin ties DO have a copy of them….

Senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the President will not release his tax returns.

“You also have more than 200,000 petition the White House calling on President Trump to release his full tax returns with all information needed to verify Emoluments Clause compliance,” George Stephanopoulos said. “Whenever 100,000 petition, that triggers a White House response. So what is the White House response?”

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Conway said. “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”

60 percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center survey released on Jan. 10 said that Trump has a responsibility to release his tax returns….

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I do NOT want hear from anyone about how Hillary Clinton was secretive….

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In Losing…Hillary Clinton awakens Women in America and around the World…

A march with THREE times the number of people who showed up President Donald Trump’s swearing in has represented that women are NOT happy with the Trump view of them and they are stronly NOT going to forget his words and contrary to Trump’s way of things?

They ARE going to KEEP making their voices heard…

Hillary Clinton may have lost…

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But she has awaken a sea of women and men who are vowing to NOT let America slip backwards after Baracak Obama pushed it forward….

……on Saturday, in what amounted to a counterinauguration, the speakers, performers and marchers proclaimed allegiance to a profoundly different vision of the nation. They voiced determination to protect an array of rights that they believe Mr. Trump threatens, and that they thought only recently were secure.

“Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are,” Gloria Steinem, the feminist icon and an honorary chairwoman of the march, told those gathered in Washington. “Pressing ‘send’ is not enough.”

To mobilize a progressive movement reeling from Hillary Clinton’s defeat, organizers broadened the platform beyond longstanding women’s issues such as abortion, equal pay and sexual assault to include immigrant rights, police brutality, mass incarceration, voter suppression and environmental protection.

But the march’s origins were in the outrage and despair of many women after an election that placed gender in the spotlight as never before.

Mrs. Clinton assertively claimed the mantle of history, offering herself as the champion of women and families, and calling out her opponent for boasting of forcing himself on women in a recording that prompted a national conversation about sexual assault. In a sly allusion to the crude remarks Mr. Trump made on the tape, many marchers, women and men alike, wore pink “pussy hats” sporting cat ears….

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Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times as Many People as Trump’s Inauguration…

Donald Trump LOST the 2016 Presidential Vote….

Donald Trump is the most unpopular President elect …..

It shows….

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And he’s gonna be reminded of the above…

Over and OVER…..

The marches were the kickoff for what their leaders hope will be a sustained campaign of protest in a polarized nation, riven by an election that raised unsettling questions about American values, out-of-touch elites and barriers to women’s ambitions….

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The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.

Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.

They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

The estimates are not comprehensive counts and were necessarily limited by the availability of photographs and video that covered the areas of interest. But their estimate was in line with one given by a city official who said that march participation likely surpassed half a million, according to The Associated Press.

The scientists had better images for the analysis of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd, which was concentrated on the mall. But the women’s march was more sprawling and fluid, so the actual number of people at the women’s march could be larger.

It is likely that the timing and location of the march — on a weekend, in a Democratic city in a Democratic region — helped drive the significant turnout….

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Trump claims he had more people at his swearing in…He didn’t….

Donald is just gonna be Donald folks…

EVERYTHING he does is BETTER that Everyone else….

Right?

President Donald Trump just excoriated the media for — in his view — massively understating the size of his inaugural crowds. “I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field,” Trump said at a speech Saturday afternoon at the CIA. “I’m like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people.”

The unnamed television network, he noted, estimated a turnout of 250,000 people — a figure he argued was way too low.

“Now, that’s not bad. But it’s a lie,” he said. “We had 250,000 people literally around in the little ball we constructed.” In other words, 250,000 people had been given tickets to the swearing-in ceremony, which is what the Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies told CNN.

“The rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the Washington monument was packed,” Trump claimed.

This is an exaggeration. Photos taken at 12:09 pm, just after Trump was sworn in, show the crowd thinning closer to the Washington Monument….

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Unfortunately Trump’s complaint about crowd size maybe the lead in some places …

Not the Woman’s protests stories….

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Trump’s visits the CIA and Bull Shit’s he’s ‘with them’…

While Trump spent weeks knocking the  CIA and the intelligence community for telling him the Russian’s ain’t his friends?

Now that he’s President ?

He’s ‘So behind you’?

How many people listening to him actually believed him?

“I am so behind you,“ Trump said, adding, “You’re gonna get so much backing. Maybe you’re gonna say, please, don’t give us so much backing, Mr. President, please, we don’t need that much backing.”

Trump’s comments, delivered without the aid of a teleprompter, oscillated jarringly between wanting to entertain, reassure, brag and attack. Roughly 400 CIA employees attended the speech, which was repeatedly interrupted by cheering and clapping. A TV pool report said that those cheering were arrayed along the sidelines of the event. A print pool report said the applause came from where rank-and-file were seated while senior staff were “far more subdued.”…

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Some GOP led state’s want to make protesting illegal….

Ina counter to Martin Luther King Jr, Ghandi and others?

And voicing protests against Donald Trump and his views….

Some Americans’ want  to move this country to criminalize your 1st Amendment right to ‘Free Speech’ and the Right of Assembly…

Women’s March on Washington will kick off what opponents of the incoming administration hope will be a new era of demonstrations against the Republican agenda. But in some states, nonviolent demonstrating may soon carry increased legal risks — including punishing fines and significant prison terms — for people who participate in protests involving civil disobedience. Over the past few weeks, Republican legislators across the country have quietly introduced a number of proposals to criminalize and discourage peaceful protest.

The proposals, which strengthen or supplement existing laws addressing the blocking or obstructing of traffic, come in response to a string of high-profile highway closures and other actions led by Black Lives Matter activists and opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Republicans reasonably expect an invigorated protest movement during the Trump years….

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These laws , in enacted will NOT stop Americans in anyway from protesting what they feel is wrong in their country ….

And those laws are mostly not legal anyways….

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Trump transition people fail to do background vetting First….

And it is causing Trump ‘s Administration picks problems….

Oh, and Chris Christie TRYING to run things in the beginning didn’t help at ALL….Now the media is a doing some of the leg work and getting headlines for it….

Actually?

NO ONE THOUGHT TRUMP WOULD WIN…..

According to a person involved in the process, a team led by Gov. Chris Christie initially provided a cursory vetting of more than 200 proposed nominees before the election.

That list included a number of people Trump eventually picked to join his Cabinet. But the review was based on publicly available documents, rather than questionnaires or interviews, because the team didn’t want the names of those under consideration to leak, this person said. “Many of the Cabinet members were on the list,” this person said.

Amid the shock and jubilation at Trump Tower in the days that followed the election, a transition operation was re-established under the control of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

The office, based in Washington while the president-elect remained in New York, was staffed by a number of attorneys with experience overseeing transitions and preparing nominees for their congressional hearings. Several of them were new to the Trump operation. “No one thought they were going to win, so they didn’t have a lot of people,” said one source close to the campaign.

The process bore little resemblance to the one conducted in 2012 by Romney, who wanted FBI background checks and other reviews conducted to unearth red flags before the press or opposition researchers could. Trump told his aides to not conduct a background check on him.

After the election, Trump’s team took a largely dismissive approach to paperwork in the weeks after the election, two people involved said…..

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Donald Trump gets Hillary and Bill Clinton a standing Ovation….

It HAD to be tough day for Hillary Clinton….

But she and her husband did the ‘right thing’ for the institution of the American Presidency by showing up at Donald Trump’s swearing in ceremony and afterwards….

Trump, who is VERY aware of people being ‘nice’ to him made sure to be gracious to the Clinton’s who he has socialized with before he ran for President and invited to his 3rd wedding….And of course said shitty things about during the Presidential campaign….

But then?

That’s politics, eh?

President Donald Trump led attendees at the Statuary Hall inaugural luncheon in giving a standing ovation to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. “There is something that I wanted to say because I was very honored — very, very honored — when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today,” he said of his inauguration. “I want you to stand up.” Watch the touching moment in the video above.

Trump, his family and the entire room applauded the couple. ”Honestly, there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people and thank you all for being here,” Trump said….

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Donald Trump and his adopted party….

I have pointed out here over and over that Donald Trump isn’t REALLY a true Republican…

Yes, as some here at this place point out he stole the GOP from under the parties nose….

But his control over the party WILL BE tested over and over in the near future….Congressmen do play to a different drummer than President’s …Especially one that is CLEARLY just about HIMSELF….

He has ALREADY jawboned the party ‘establishment’ on several things….

But now that he’s President?

We’ll see if a Republican led Congress is gonna continue toi follow his lead…..

Just as Trump figured out a way to co-opt the conservative movement, Republicans in Washington (from K Street to the Capitol) are now trying to co-opt him and the Trumpist movement. In many cases, the Trump-GOP relationship can be symbiotic. But the inaugural address hinted pretty strongly at the fundamental divergence between the two sides over the virtue of free trade, the value of immigration, the size of government, the role the state should play in people’s personal lives and America’s place in the world.

The most important question, which we will find out the answer to over the coming year, is whether Trump will let himself be used as a vessel to advance an agenda that is not really his own or whether movement conservatives will continue to capitulate and kowtow when their priorities and values conflict with Trump’s….

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Defense and Homeland Secretaries are confirmed by US Senate…

President Trump gets two of his retired generals on board….

James N. Mattis is being looked at a counter balnce to some in the Trump circle that seems to be a litlle to fast to entertain some President Trump’s views on National Defense and Intelligence matter….

James N. Mattis…Defense Sec.

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Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis was confirmed and sworn in as President Trump’s defense secretary Friday, breaking with decades of precedent as a recently retired general became the Pentagon’s top civilian leader.

Mattis, 66, was approved with a 98-1 vote after the presidential inauguration and then sworn in by Vice President Pence. The new Pentagon chief released a statement to U.S. troops afterward that credited not only them, but intelligence personnel as “sentinels and guardians of our nation” — rhetoric that is in line with Mattis’s past statements, but stands in contrast to the way Trump has criticized the value of U.S. intelligence in recent weeks.

Mattis also pledged to work with the State Department to strengthen U.S. alliances abroad, some of which have been rattled by Trump questioning their worth…

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John F. Kelly…Homeland Security Department

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The Senate confirmed John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security on Friday, putting the blunt-spoken retired Marine general in charge of securing the nation’s borders, including construction of the controversial southwest border wall that was a centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign.

Senators approved Kelly’s nomination to run the Department of Homeland Security, a sprawling entity of more than 240,000 employees who do everything from protecting the president to safeguarding the nation’s electrical grid….

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gets his diggs in…

The Democratic Senator from New York was the only Democrat to get before the mike at President Trump’s swearing in….

And he used his time wisely….

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“My fellow Americans, we live in a challenging and tumultuous time,” he began, striking a nervous tone. And his examples seemed to specifically warn of dangers represented by Donald Trump and his political coalition.

Schumer warned of a “rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind,” a somewhat more cutting remark when stated in front of a billionaire proposing massive tax cuts for the rich. Then he delivered his most pointed jab:

We Americans have always been a forward-looking, problem-solving, optimistic, patriotic, and decent people. Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we’re immigrant or native born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we’re all exceptional in our commonly held yet fierce devotion to our country.

To some extent, this is standard patriotic rhetoric. But when said in front of a man who thought a Latino judge was not fit to judge him, who has called for a ban on Muslim immigration and for mass deportations, who mocked a New York Times reporter’s disability, and whose entire rise to power would’ve been impossible without his own incredible wealth, it takes on new meaning. Mentioning “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in front of Mike Pence, a stalwart opponent of LGBT rights, stings as well.

Schumer concluded with a quote from a Union officer in the Civil War, Major Sullivan Ballou, from “when the north and south were lining up for their first battle, a time when our country was bitterly divided and faith in the future of our country was waning.” The excerpt of Ballou’s letter to his wife that Schumer quotes is a triumphant celebration of the Union and of its cause…..

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Trump signs executive order to ‘scale back’ Obamacare benefits…

The order is purposely vague….

Gives NO guidelines for agencies and does NOT REPEAL the entire Affordable Healthcare Law…

It instructs agencies to change or delay parts of the law….

Huh?

Typical Trump….

Just throw things up in the air and let them drop?

We’ll see how this plays…..

As each individual Government department could be on its own?

Interesting in that the Republicans want to also pass a law that forbids President’s from doing even stuff like this…

The one-page order, which Mr. Trump signed in a hastily arranged Oval Office ceremony shortly before departing for the inaugural balls, gave no specifics about which aspects of the law he wanted to target. But its broad language gave federal agencies wide latitude to change, delay or waive provisions of the law that they deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, doctors, states or patients,…

The order has symbolic as well as substantive significance, allowing Mr. Trump to claim he acted immediately to do away with a health care law he has repeatedly called disastrous, even while it remains in place and he navigates the politically perilous process of repealing and replacing it.

Using the phrase, “to the maximum extent permitted by law,” the order directs federal agencies to move decisively to implement changes, including granting flexibility that insurers and states had long implored the Obama administration to provide.

It also orders agencies to encourage the creation of a system that allows the sale of health insurance across state lines, which Republicans have long proposed as the centerpiece of an alternative to Obamacare….

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