What if Nothing Happens after Mueller can prove Trump and Co. committed crimes?…Open Thread for 11/3/17

Vox is out with a piece that asks a question that SHOULD be asked….

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What happens if the Republican majority in the House are MORE afraid of losing their jobs by voting to impeach a guy who 60% of America doesn’t approve, of and 49% are all right if they do bring him up on charges…… BUT….60% of Republicans do approve of the guy, not caring about his politics , or that he can remember what he said ten minutes ago …(Most American actually don’t seem to care about these doings because they do NOT affect them directly)

What happens if 60% of the Grand Ole party voters/supporters/party members poll that they do NOT care if Donald Trump starts a war with North Korea that could get tens of thousands of Korea’s killed and thousands of American soldiers also?

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What happen’s if Donald Trump keeps coaxing his adopted party to KEEP TRYING to ‘steal from the poor and give to rich?’…..

All these things ARE FUCKING SCARY…..

But so far?

It seems that almost NOTHING is more important to most Republican lawmakers than  KEEPING their jobs….

Some of those who don’t like what going on have stood up and been greeted with applause….But most who question Trump out loud are subjected to abuse from some of their local vocal party members …..

They get to add that to Trump berating them in public…..

In reaction to THIS?

Some have announced they’re giving up and not running for re-election…

But most?

Most keep their heads down, swallow hard and vote to support Trump’s all over the place requests and proclaim their allegiance to Trump’s  wishes….

The specter of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination and Presidency still haunts these party members….Heck, it still spooks the media which has always ignored the rightwingnuts…But now tries to front some of their crazy stuff….

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If you get the time to read the Vox piece by David Roberts…..It IS good to understand NOT the law and legal part of Trump’s story for the last year…It sis also important to understand the political dynamic he is running on the American government…..And things unimaginable  COULD occur next year that could change the American way of governance and way of life if one parties lawmakers do NOT grow the ball’s to stand up be counted if  Robert Mueller and his investigators and prosecutors lay down a story of a cover-up’s , lie’s ,  money, laundering, conspiracy , obstruction and maybe even treason….

What if facts and persuasion just don’t matter anymore?

As long as conservatives can do something — steal an election, gerrymander crazy districts to maximize GOP advantage, use the filibuster as a routine tool of opposition, launch congressional investigations as political attacks, hold the debt ceiling hostage, repress voting among minorities, withhold a confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee, defend a known fraud and sexual predator who has likely colluded with a foreign government to gain the presidency — they will do it, knowing they’ll be backed by a relentlessly on-message media apparatus.

And if that’s true, if the very preconditions of science and journalism as commonly understood have been eroded, then all that’s left is a raw contest of power.

Donald Trump has the power to hold on to the presidency, as long as elected Republicans, cowed by the conservative base, support him. That is true almost regardless of what he’s done or what’s proven by Mueller. As long as he has that power, he will exercise it. That’s what recent history seems to show.

Democrats do not currently have the numbers to stop him. They can’t do it without some help from Republicans. And Republicans seem incapable, not only of acting on what Mueller knows, but of even coming to know it.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe US institutions have more life in them than I think. But at this point, it’s just very difficult to imagine anything that could bridge the epistemic gulf between America’s tribes. We are split in two, living in different worlds, with different stories and facts shaping our lives. We no longer learn or know things together, as a country, so we can no longer act together, as a country.

So we may just have to live with a president indicted for collusion with a foreign power….

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Latest Alabama US Senate poll has Moore up by just 2% pts….

The race for the US Senate seat from Alabama IS close….

The margin of error of the survey is plus or minus two percent, meaning Moore and Jones are statistically tied three weeks before the special election.

The new poll suggests allegations against Moore have chipped away at his lead, which was 11% in a November 8th Raycom News Network poll conducted by Strategy Research.

When asked “what do you think about the allegations made against Roy Moore,” 45% believe all or some of the allegations; 34% do not believe the allegations; and 21% believe some or all of the allegations, but say it has not changed their vote.

The allegations, which have catapulted the Alabama race onto the national stage, has deeply divided many voters. Among Republicans, Sen. Richard Shelby has said he will write-in a candidate rather than vote for Moore. Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, has said she has no reason to “disbelieve” Moore’s female accusers, but will vote for Moore to maintain a Republican vote in the U.S. Senate.

Among party lines, nearly half (48%) of Republican voters surveyed do not believe the allegations. Another 24% of Republicans say they believe some or all of the allegations, but it has not changed their vote.

Seventy-four percent of Democrats believe some or all of the allegations….

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The RealClearPolitics average for this race has Jones ahead by +0.8….

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Mueller Trump Admin probe update…Checking on Jared Kushner

Despite Donald Trump’s warning to Special Council Robert Mueller ?

His people ARE investigating the actions of the President’s family….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are looking into White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his contact with foreign leaders, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s team is probing Kushner’s involvement in the controversy surrounding a U.N. resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

Trump, who was president-elect at the time, called for the US to veto the resolution, saying the resolution was “extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

The UN Security Council passed the resolution days later as the US abstained from vetoing it.

The Journal reports that Israeli officials reached out to several top officials involved in Trump’s transition, including Kushner and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and that Mueller’s probe is asking questions about those overtures.

Mueller’s investigators are also looking into Kushner’s role in setting up meetings and communication with foreign leaders during Trump’s transition, according to the Journal.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Kushner turned over documents to Mueller’s team as the special counsel began looking into his role in Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey…

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Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members

…from the Washington Post..

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration’s proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

In his 53-page order, Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”…

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Mike Francesa manage the Yankees?…Huh?

He’s a talking head…

He ain’t no coach….

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The Yankees are still looking for a new manager and the Sports Pope believes he’s qualified.

On his Monday show, WFAN host Mike Francesa said he feels he has what it takes to be the manager of the Yankees after being asked if he’d ever take the job if offered.

“Do I think I can manage the Yankees? Sure, but I’m not gonna get a chance to manage the Yankees,” Francesa said to a caller in audio captured by Twitter user Funhouse.

The caller tried to make the argument that if Donald Trump can be President, Francesa can be the Yankees manager.

“I definitely could, but the point is they’re not going to hire me to do that because they’re going to hire someone who either spent 20 years playing the game or spent that time as a coach or a manager and I understand that,” Francesa said. “Just like they’re not gonna give someone my radio show who doesn’t have any experience at least behind a microphone.”…

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Donna Brazile reveals that she thought the Russians were in EVERYTHING at the DNC….

Which is EXACTLY what the Russians wanted….

America might have won the ‘Cold War’….But the Russian’s are aceing the new cyber wars across the globe…

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“We had so much shit in our entire technology ecosystem that we couldn’t clean it up.  Oh man, those Russians were on us like white on rice.  I mean, they were, Joe, they were destroying data, critical data, Joe. I had a walking list for precinct 89 in Washington, D.C. I know precinct 89, right? And the Russians went in there and corrupted all of our critical data.  All of our critical data.  So, I no longer trusted this damn list that I’ve had for over 20 years of knowing every frequent voter, every Democratic voter.”

— Donna Brazile, in an interview on Sirius XM, on the extent of the Russian hacking of the DNC’s computer systems….

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McMasters joins Tillerson in unflattering views of his boss…

Sec of State called Trump a ‘moron’ out loud…..

Now we hear the President’s National Security Advisor doesn’t think much of his bosses brain pwer either calling him an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,”…..

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.

A sixth source who was not familiar with the details of the dinner told BuzzFeed News that McMaster had made similarly derogatory comments about Trump’s intelligence to him in private, including that the president lacked the necessary brainpower to understand the matters before the National Security Council.

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It appears that when confronted with questions about the comments heard?….People would NOT go on the record for fear that Trump, who reads thru the media might see their name mentioned…

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Alabama expects lower turnout for Special Senate election next month…

The state election officals are also not inclined to change the date from Dec 12…..

The state’s top election official Monday said he is lowering his prediction for turnout in Alabama’s December 12 special election, a potential measure of how sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

In an interview with NBC News, Secretary of State John Merrill also said his office has just sent local election officials more detailed guidance for processing write-in votes, a result he said of a higher volume of inquiries than his office normally receives from voters across the state.

“As Alabamians, we believe that its best for Alabamians and Alabama election officials to administer Alabama election laws,” Merrill, a Republican, said.

If President Trump were to contact him about altering the date, Merrill said he would hear him out.

“But I don’t see any circumstance today based on what knowledge we have that that’s something that would even merit consideration,”…

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Democrats look to push GOPer’s on the Dreamers Immigration policy…

The Trump Admin is moving to expel ALL illegal immigrants it can find, wether they have had past promise’s from prior presidential admin or not….This has been the policy of John Kelly when he became Dept. of Homeland Security head less than a year ago….

His explanation was he is just following the law….

In his move up to the President’s chief of staff, he has placed  a deputy to him over at DHS…..She seems to be following her old boss , who is still her boss….

Kelly has also explained that if there is to be a change in the law?

It has to come from Congress….

That IS a problem….

This Congress has unable to do much of anything except run around in circles and have its members talk to the media….

With the Republicans in firm control of things?

It seems like their position is to keep stalling and let the government keep rounding up undocumented people and ship them out….

Democrats have signaled that they will try to force action on the ‘Dreamers’ program in the next two final weeks of the 2017 legisaltive calendar … or…They will move to shut down the government….

The fight over “Dreamers” is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash that’s heightening the odds of a government shutdown.

Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess are in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children — legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expires Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before year’s end. Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isn’t included.

With just 12 legislative days left on the calendar — and the Republicans laser-focused on enacting a tax overhaul before Christmas — GOP leaders have some tough decisions ahead. And the question of timing on DACA is becoming every bit as sticky as the substance of the bill.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has repeatedly noted that Trump, in dismantling the Obama-era program, gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix. With that in mind, the Speaker has suggested Republicans would be fine addressing the issue early next year.

“I don’t think we should put artificial deadlines in front of the one we already have,” Ryan told reporters this month.

But a number of Republicans, moderates and conservatives alike, want to move more quickly….

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There was almost a agreement in September…But when GOPer’s saw Trump cutting a deal with Democrats?…They made sure they added things to derail the ‘agreement’…

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Federal Judge blocks Trump Admin Sanctuary City Money holdout policy…

This stop’s Attorney General Sessions efforts to force cities to cooperate and become a arm of the countries immigration/customs service…or lost funding for a wide range of programs….

The judges order permenatly orders the government to NOT go thru with its threats…

A federal judge on Monday permanent blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities, another legal blow to White House efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face” in his ruling, which made permanent his injunction from April. The White House had threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration and said it would publicly shame localities that failed to comply with attempts to increase deportations.

“The counties have demonstrated that the executive order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,” Orrick wrote.

The city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice said the order would apply to only a few grants and would involve far less money, an argument rejected by Orrick, who said it was written broadly in an attempt “to reach all federal grants.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision “a victory for the American people” and said the case was “a check on the president’s abuse of power.”

“This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,” Herrera said in a statement. “This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that.”…

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti 2020?

Another major city Democratic Mayor could be joining the 2020 Democartic Presidential nomination sweepstakes race….

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….never in the 228 years since Gen. George Washington was sworn in as president has a sitting mayor been elected to the White House.

Eric M. Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, may be out to change that.

The odds are long: Mr. Garcetti was sworn into his second term as mayor just five months ago, and has not built a particularly broad record of accomplishments to showcase to the nation.

But over the last few months, Mr. Garcetti’s sights have clearly been set beyond the Art Deco tower that is Los Angeles City Hall. He has traveled to Florida, Louisiana, and New Hampshire, and was in Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking to a convention of carpenters. He went to Indiana, to announce the creation of a group of mayors, business and labor leaders to promote infrastructure investments, and appeared on Chris Matthews’sHardball” to talk national politics.

And in the course of an hourlong interview in his office, Mr. Garcetti, 46, a Democrat, made clear that, as unlikely as it might sound, he is considering a run for president, after announcing he would not run for governor. “There are 23 states that have a population smaller than Los Angeles,” he said.

Mr. Garcetti’s attempt to test these waters — and the fact that he is being watched with some seriousness despite never running a national or even statewide campaign before — may say less about this city’s mayor and more about the national political landscape….

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DC Comic’s Justice League did $94M last weekend domestically ….

Some people are VERY disappointed in those numbers…..

My oldest son saw the movie….

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He thought it was just Ok….(He raved about the new Thor Movie)

Justice League opened to a tepid $94 millionlast weekend, a figure that has set off a new round of murmurs in Hollywood. The weak ticket sales are proof that the wild success of Marvel’s grand comic-book experiment should be seen as an exception rather than the rule—that simply teaming up big-name heroes isn’t enough to ensure a financial win. In the five years since Marvel officially struck gold with The Avengers, every major studio has worked to plan scores of expensive franchise films intended to build up to a guaranteed payout, but audiences already seem to be growing tired of this scheme.

After the critical and financial triumph of Wonder Woman this summer ($821 million worldwide on a $150 million budget), it seemed like the DC Comics movies had finally turned their fortunes around. Earlier offerings like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were critically reviled but made decent money anyway; Wonder Woman outgrossed them both domestically, despite a lower opening weekend, showing that positive word of mouth still mattered even for an action-packed superhero film. Justice League was more in line with previous efforts, recording a 39 percent Rotten Tomatoes score(compared to Wonder Woman’s 92 percent)…..

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International numbers for Justice league are better….@$185M…..(Thor @ $739M)

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Trump Admin to end Haitian emergency illegal status protection for 60,000…

The acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke has ruled that like the protected status for Nicaraguans….The same for Hailtians will be ended…..Following the view of her privious boss John Kelley….Their view is that Congress should be passing law to deal with this….

Congress probably won’t since they seem unable to come up with a law to protect the ‘Dreamers’ /DACA children brought to this country illegally that have been following the law and registering ….

Thier numbers are estimated from 500,000 to a million…

The Haitian ‘s involved could be around 60,000….

Duke has the Hatian dedline at July 2019 and the Nicaraguians at  January 2019 in hopes that either Congress will deal with the issue or those impacted will try other means to qualify to stay legally in the country…

….Immigration advocates have said it is wrong and unfair to consider sending large numbers of immigrants back to troubled countries, particularly Haiti. A report by the United Nations in January said the country is still mired in poverty and struggling to recover from a legacy of political upheaval and serial disasters, with about 2.5 million people still needing help.

The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the U.S., many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.

“This administration has no plan in place for the children who are U.S. citizens but may now lose their parents and caregivers to deportation,” said Amanda Baran of the Washington office of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a advocacy group for immigrants.

The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants currently covered by temporary status to stay.

Immigrants affected by the order said they worried for their future….

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Trump will put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terror…

This just out…..

It seems to be Trump’s intent of increasingly squeezing North Korea to try to get the country to come to the bargining table….

THAT has shown no success publicly so far…

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. ‘‘maximum pressure campaign’’ against the North.

The move returns North Korea to the list of countries the U.S. views as state sponsors of terror for the first time since 2008. That’s when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror…..

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With Trump No Foreign Policy/State Dept….The Senate moves into the vacuum…

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy consists of threats from last years campaign and in-action….

His Sec of State is in the process of taking his department apart  by neglect….

His Sec of Defense spend his first six months on airplanes going around the planet assuring foreign leaders that his boss would NOT just ignore pass agreements other president’s had done…

With all of this and President who STILL has the hots for the Russian President…What does the Congress do?

It seems that the Republicans have begun to band together to keep and eye on the Excutive branch….

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“Clearly, Congress has taken on a stronger role. You see that with the sanctions bill we passed with Russia—and, by the way, also with North Korea and Iran—that discretion that is normally given to the president has been taken over by Congress in our role as the policy arm of government,” Cardin told me. “We have been more prescriptive on the responsibilities of the president on foreign policy, and that’s Congress’s prerogative, and we’ve done that under President Trump. Yes, we are taking a more active role.”

Corker offered a highly symbolic – or at least seriously trollish — signal of how far he’s willing to take his feud with Trump last week when he held a hearing on the president’s authority to order a nuclear strike – the first time in 40 years that such an issue has been discussed on Capitol Hill. The session was widely – and correctly, Cardin said – interpreted as a senatorial rebuke of the president’s loose and inflammatory rhetoric about the “fire and fury” he might unleash against North Korea. “Congress is looking for a way to assert itself in that regard,” Cardin said….

Congress isn’t about the wrest control of nukes – or any other major levers of international power – away from the commander-in-chief anytime soon. Despite post-Vietnam efforts to rein in the imperial presidency, the executive branch retains nearly all the control over American foreign policy. And many members of Congress are just as happy to punt when it comes to taking responsibility for decisions of war and peace that might prove unpopular with voters, a fact painfully underscored when President Obama decided to seek authorization for a retaliatory strike on Syria after a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens—and members of Congress all but hid under their desks.

So no one’s suggesting Congress has suddenly grown a spine under Trump.

But the bipartisan talk of constraining and at times openly contradicting the president is something genuinely different about Trump’s Washington, and it already extends to a wide range of issues on the foreign policy front – a contrast to the fractured politics of such domestic issues as health care and taxes, where consensus is as elusive as the election results would suggest….

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Trump goes after Sen. Flake on the tax bill….

Typical Donald Trump….

When in doubt attack….

He knows the Republican Senator from Arizona does NOT like him …..

He needs his vote though for any tax cut bill…

So what does Donald Trump do?

He disses the guy….

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Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake’s office disputing the president’s claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party’s tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo’s latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring Flake — whom he mocked by referring to him as “Flake(y)” — will “be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Losing Flake would put the bill in serious jeopardy of failing, robbing Trump of a year-end legislative victory.

Trump wrote that Flake is “unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President…..

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to do a fundraiser in Iowa…

Could the Mayor be another name we add to the 2020 Democratic Nomination sweepstakes list?

He’s just handily won re-election in the ‘Big Apple’ , a  city with more people in it that most states and a budget that is half the entire state…

A certified progressive….He want’s more of a lefty tilt from the party…..

He does say he is NOT gonna run though?

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Bill de Blasio is headed to Iowa again, but the mayor of New York City insists he’s really not running for president.

De Blasio, whose unfulfilled national ambitions have never been far from the surface, will be in Des Moines in early December preaching the progressive message as the best means for Democrats to win control of statehouses nationwide and, the biggest prize, the U.S. House of Representatives. He will also be trying to define a new role for himself in the party.

More to the point, he’s diverging from the Clinton brand of Democratic politics from whence he came and fully embracing the Sen. Bernie Sanders wing of the party — a seemingly more natural fit for a man who won his first mayoral term on the message of income inequality.

“I think the Democratic party is ill-defined right now and I think it’s ill-defined because it’s lost touch with what should be its core ideology,” de Blasio said during a Gracie Mansion interview Sunday afternoon. “Because it’s ill-defined, they’re not winning elections and the two go together.”

De Blasio’s past Iowa trips have, thus far, produced subpar results — reflective of his struggle to command a more national audience. His delayed endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 left him isolated, irking the Clintons and siding against the left wing of the party where he said his own ideology is a more natural fit. He was relegated to knocking on doors for the Clinton camp. A progressive forum he hoped to host there never materialized.

This time, with a term under his belt having run New York City, he plans to fully embrace the type of doctrine he said Democrats should have welcomed last year. He sees himself now as someone uniquely suited to carry that banner.

“I have been very open about the fact that I wish the national party had actually run on that platform,” de Blasio said. “If the party does not bring the progressive wing in more fully, then it’s at the party’s peril. I think there was a huge mistake made in 2016 to not invite in the Bernie Sanders movement more effectively.”….

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