Lincoln Chafee to announce run for President…

Who says No One will run against Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination?

Here’s another guy that will run at Hillary from the left…

And like the others?

He ain’t gonna win….

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will officially enter the presidential race on June 3, a source with knowledge of his plans told POLITICO.

He’ll make the announcement in a speech he’s scheduled to deliver next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia. Following the announcement, Chafee will travel to New Hampshire on June 4 for a previously scheduled event with local Democrats in Grafton County.

Chafee, who became a Democrat in 2013, has made Hillary Clinton’s support for the invasion of Iraq the chief rationale for his primary challenge to her. As a senator and member of the Republican Party in 2002, Chafee voted against authorizing the war.

In April, Chafee surprised the political world by announcing that he was exploring a presidential run.

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The President wants the Patriot Act approved….

He’ll even accept the House passed USA Freedom aAct which just moves the data collection to communications carriers , while leaving mostly everything else intact….

The Patriot Act TECHNICALLY ends May 31st…..

But who knows if they will actually turn off the switches then?

President Barack Obama and his aides on Friday heaped verbal pressure on senators to renew the domestic surveillance tools outlined in the PATRIOT Act, warning of potentially dire consequences if the measure is allowed to expire over the weekend. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper even entered the fray to back up the president.

Obama used an Oval Office meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to issue his most forceful comments to date on the matter. He pressed the case for the USA Freedom Act, a House-passed measure that would reform the PATRIOT Act’s disputed bulk data collection program while preserving other, less controversial tools for tracking potential terrorists.
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“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, those authorities go away, and suddenly we’re dark, and heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a terrorist attack or could’ve apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction of the Senate,” the president said. “So I have indicated to [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and other senators I expect them to take action and take action swiftly.”

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If something happens in the next few days?

Congress is gonna be in deep shit…..

Blatter re-elected as FIFA president….

Even with over ten people in the FIFA Soccer organization charged with being crocked….

The head guy gets to keep his job running the place….

Hmmmm?

 

Joseph “Sepp” Blatter was reelected to a fifth term as president of the international soccer governing body FIFA Friday.

After failing to secure the 140 votes necessary to prevent a second round of voting, Blatter’s only opponent, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew his candidacy before the second round had begun. In the first round Blatter received 133 votes, while his opponent received 73.
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“I want to thank all those brave enough to support me, but I will be withdrawing from the race,” Hussein said in a statement following his withdrawal.

Blatter’s reelection comes during a tumultuous time for FIFA. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a corruption indictment for 14 international soccer officials and sports business people, including 9 high-ranking members of FIFA’s leadership.

The result of an alleged 24-year scheme, the indictment alleges that FIFA officials raked in millions via bribes and kickbacks that Attorney General Loretta Lynch said undermined the integrity of the world’s most popular sport internationally.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 5/29/15… Former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert indicted

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R) leaves the stage after introducing U.S. President Bush to speak at a campaign fundraiser in Chicago October 12, 2006. Bush appeared publicly for the first time with Hastert on Friday since former Rep. Mark Foley's resignation over sexually explicit messages he sent to teenage male pages.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES) - RTR1I9K2

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Ex-Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert

Leading Off: WATN: Did anyone see this coming? Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, a Republican who represented Illinois for almost two decades, was just indicted on charges that he lied to the FBI and “structured” financial transactions to avoid IRS detection. Prosecutors have made few details of the allegations known so far (the indictment itself can be found here), but according to unnamed sources cited by BuzzFeed, the charges could stem from actions Hastert took before entering politics all the way back in 1980.

Hastert unexpectedly became speaker in 1999, after Newt Gingrich resigned from the House following a terrible election year for the GOP in 1998, and Rep. Bob Livingston, his designated successor, also resigned following revelations that he’d had an affair. During his tenure, Hastert was widely regarded as a figurehead, with real power residing in Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, whose career ended amid corruption allegations.

Hastert, by contrast, followed Gingrich’s path: After disastrous midterms in 2006 that saw Democrats retake the chamber, he, too, quit the House. By that time, Nancy Pelosi had become speaker, and in a further insult, Democrat Bill Foster picked up Hastert’s seat in a special election. Hastert always maintained a low profile in D.C., and he’s barely been heard from since he left Washington. But now it looks like we’re about to hear a whole lot more…..

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Political Roundup for May 29th, 2015…Common Core loses GOP support…Red Racing Horses

by: Daniel Surman

President

Trump: The always-outspoken Donald Trump will make a ‘major’ announcement on June 16th at the ego-driven iconic Trump Tower. The next day he will be New Hampshire bound. We’ll see how far Donald Trump gets in this presidential ‘campaign, a hobby he pursues every four years with varying amounts of buzz and wasted money.

Bush / Kasich: Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich are the last two Republican candidates for president left who support Common Core in the large primary field, now that Christie, Huckabee, Walker and Jindal have all backed off (at least partial) previous support of the education standards championed by the Obama administration.

Senate

AZ-SEN / AZ-5: According to “a source close to the representative,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R) is “taking a serious look” at primarying Senator John McCain. Already considering a primary is State Senator Kelli Ward. We’ve heard this before about the congressman though, and he himself has avoided committing to anything about his political future with the media (whether it’s a Senate run or reelection).

Governor

KY-GOV: As expected, Matt Bevin maintained his lead in the recanvass of his 83-vote victory completed yesterday (with no change in vote totals). Comer’s team will release a statement today about “the next steps he will take in this race,” which presumably will involve a recount or a concession….

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Jersey Governor Christie backs away from Common Core…

Under pressure from parents, and teacher unions….The Program that rode a wave of support in the past is being stopped in it’s tracks and rolled back slowly around the country….

The Educational program, supported by billionaire Bill Gates and sold to President Obama and others , was developed by educators and the US Education Department….

But the testing involved has developed resentment….

Jeb Bush has been supportive of the program….

But others running for the GOP nomination are NOT….

 

…..Christie finalized his slow-motion flip-flop on the issue Thursday, aligning himself with most of the other 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls.

“It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents,” he said. “And has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work. Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones.”

In place of Common Core, Christie called on New Jersey’s Department of Education to create “higher” standards that are more “New Jersey-based.”

Christie is the second major presidential candidate to publicly change his mind on this issue, a fractious one for the GOP. Last year, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, once an ardent supporter, announced that he would be pulling his state out from Common Core.

Other presidential candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are also Common Core opponents….

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The 2016 GOP field and Iowa and New Hampshire….

The Hill takes a look at how the top guys in the 2016 Presidential Nomination Sweepstakes are going at the early primary states….

Candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will soon have to decide where to place their chips, as they look to keep their campaigns afloat — and avoid disastrous finishes — in the key early voting states.

Unsentimental assessments are required about which states are most favorable to their chances, and which combination of contests might unlock a path to victory. The question of whether to compete in states where a candidate has little chance of winning is just as difficult.

Earlier this week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made news by suggesting to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he might not compete in Florida. Walker cited the likely strength of two home state candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. But his words were still met with consternation in the Sunshine State.

Arriving at the correct strategy is enormously difficult, especially at this distance. Get it wrong, and a candidacy can be stopped in its tracks. Just ask former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who took a pass on several early states in 2008, betting the house on Florida— and losing. Get it right, however, and the big prize is suddenly within reach…..

Here for the look at the guys….

Poll….America is More Pro-Choice…..

America changes it’s mind on abortion….

For the first time in seven years, Americans who are “pro-choice” hold a statistically significant lead over Americans who are “pro-life.”

According to a new Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans now call themselves pro-choice, including 54 percent of women and 46 percent of men. Only 44 percent of respondents labeled themselves pro-life, the lowest response in more than five years.
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The last time pro-choice respondents held this large of a lead was 2008. In 2006, at one point, Gallup found pro-choice leading pro-life by an even larger ten percentage points, but at one point in 2012, Gallup found that pro-life respondents outweighed pro-choice respondents by 9 percentage points.

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Donald Trump Update…June 16 Announcment…

Maybe he’ll run….

Maybe Not?

WMUR.com has learned that the business executive and reality television personality will make an announcement at the Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 16, and he plans to return to the first-primary state the following day.

A source close to Trump confirmed the dates and said a “major” announcement by Trump will be forthcoming, but stopped short of saying outright that Trump will announce his candidacy for president at that time.

All signs point to a Trump declaration of candidacy, however. He has been moving in that direction for many months with steps beyond those he took in his previous flirtations….

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Is he selling a book…Or just pushing his ‘brand’…..

US 1st Qtr economic shrinks a bit…But incomes up…

….from Bloomberg….

The world’s largest economy hit a bigger ditch in the first quarter than initially estimated, held back by harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and delays at ports.

Gross domestic product in the U.S. shrank at a 0.7 percent annualized rate, revised from a previously reported 0.2 percent gain, according to Commerce Department figures issued Friday in Washington. The median forecast of 84 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.9 percent drop. By contrast, the report also showed incomes climbed, fueling the debate on whether GDP is being underestimated…

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Congress backs away from the President Obama Islamic Fight Bill…

This surprise anyone?

Congress is just being Congress….

Staying in that safe place while a President handles a tough issue…

Gone is all the posturing about Congress being a co-partner in ‘what to do in Iraq and Syria’ and the idea of a Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) bill…..

Replaced by silence….

House leaders have tangled in recent days over whether Congress needs to give President Barack Obama explicit authorization to combat the Islamic State: House Speaker John Boehner called the president’s request for such authority “irresponsible” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Boehner has “refused” to even debate the issue.

But don’t expect that heated rhetoric on the House or Senate floor anytime soon, even as militants topple major cities in Iraq and Syria at a stunningly swift pace.

In an interview with POLITICO, even the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) called the idea of Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) legislation little more than an “intellectual exercise.”
He’s not alone.

“There’s nothing. Nothing’s happening on that. [The president] sent something down, I mean obviously they’ve been pushing it and lost interest in it. I haven’t heard anything about it except from you,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “He has the authority to do what needs to be done; I don’t think he needs it.”

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President Obama ALWAYS Had the power to do whatever he wanted to do in this from the jump….

New York State Senator Skelos and son indicted….

…from WNYC…..

The criminal case against former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is moving forward. On Thursday, a grand jury returned an indictment, charging the Long Island Republican and his son, Adam Skelos, with six counts of bribery and extortion. Among the charges is a new allegation that a medical malpractice insurer lobbying Senator Skelos gave Adam more than $100,000 for a no-show job.

The indictment comes weeks after United States Attorney Preet Bharara’s Office filed a complaint accusing Skelos of corruption….

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