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I started blogging about three years ago on Politics1……and……. I owe a deep gratitude to Ron Gunzburger for his site…….along with all the guys and gals there who have helped me to come out and play in a brave new world……..I have always tried to tell things as I see it…..after all these years …….you won’t see things the way everyone else does….but that is good…….because me…….I have a lot to learn…….I have been in the presence of a quite a few of the old time ( 1970s to 1990s ) politicians, and you know what?…they all struck me as human beings, with a mission…..today, I see that same thing in the local ones…….so not much has changed…….I salute you all…. political junkies and others…..thanks for a great ride…..

Just don’t blame me…..Trump

The word was Trump wanted a Vote on Trump/Ryancare’s Repeal/Replace Phase One….

NOT GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan….

The word was Trump said in the end……

Pull the Bill….

OF COURSE Donald Trump doesn’t EVER say HE messed up….

In the past ?

He’d  just settle….

Well….

He’s 0 for 2  right now…(Immigratioin AND Healthcare)

And he has been right in the MIDDLE of BOTH loses….

Welcome ‘Mr. President’ to the new world where YOU get credit for wins and blamed for your loses….

The Democrats don’t have the votes, Right?

“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare,” Trump said of the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, respectively, immediately after remarking that he’d “be totally open to” working with the opposition party. “They own it — 100 percent own it. And this is not a Republican health care. This is not anything but a Democrat health care, and they have Obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future.”

“And just remember: This is not our bill. This is their bill,” he continued. “Now, when they all become civilized and get together and try and work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we’re open to it. We’re totally open to it.”

Yet asked if he would talk to Democrats now that Republicans are moving on, Trump said no….

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Trump tries to blame the Democrats on Trump/Ryancare failure to launch….

Another one of Trump’s attempt to bend reality….

Won’t work….

Trump and his buddy House GOP Speaker spent the last 48 hour trying get THEIR felloe Republicans to vote FOR their sake….

The Rightwingnuts and Moderate REPUBLICANS turned their backs….

This was a Republican IN-HOUSE thing….

Had NOTHING to do with Democrats who watched the show from the sidelines….

President Donald Trump said Friday that the failure of the House GOP’s long-awaited Obamacare repeal bill, which he himself backed “100 percent,” was the fault of Democrats.

“We were very close; it was a very, very tight margin,” he said. “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”

Trump’s comments glossed over the fact that Republicans currently control both houses of Congress and the White House, leaving them plenty of leeway to craft and push through a health care bill via reconciliation.

The President appeared defiant in a short remarks to the press pool in the Oval Office, where he was flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Vice President Mike Pence.

Thanking both men and as well as GOP leadership for their efforts to write the legislation and to gin up votes for it, Trump predicted that Obamacare will “explode” “soon” and that Democrats will be held accountable for that failure. He first announced that he would use this strategy in the event of the bill’s failure in a closed-door meeting with conservatives earlier this month.

“What would be really good with no Democrat support if the Democrats, when it will explode [sic], which it will soon, if they got together with us and did a real health care bill,” he said. “I would be totally open to it. And I think that’s going to happen. And I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. They own it, 100 percent own it.”…

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As long as Donald Trump JUST plays to his base?

Democrats ain’t gonna help him….

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Trump/Ryancare Bill pulled…No Vote….

Sensing  that Republicans did NOT HAVE THE VOTES and not wanting to throw GOP House members to dogs in next years Midterm elections,,,,

Trump has asked Speaker Ryan to NOT  do a vote that would  be politically hurtful…

Donald Trump losses another ‘deal’….

Immigration was the first one….

The Republicans  have spend years knocking Obamacare

They now have taken a hit and do not know WTF to do

Barack Obama has to be smiling

The Republicans have made the program more popular THEMSELVES….

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview.

In a news conference shortly after the decision, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) conceded that his party “came up short.”

The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and Ryan.

“I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, referring to Ryan….

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Trump WILL get updates about his businesses…

Remember the part about he wouldn’t?

Amidst it all, Eric Trump, who now manages the Trump Organization with his brother Don Jr., wants to emphasize that the Trump business is separate from the Trump presidency.

“There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise,” he says, echoing previous statements from his father. “I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor.”

But less than two minutes later, he concedes that he will continue to update his father on the business while he is in the presidency. “Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it.” How often will those reports be, every quarter? “Depending, yeah, depending.” Could be more, could be less? “Yeah, probably quarterly.” One thing is clear: “My father and I are very close,” Eric Trump says. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”….

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CNN Trump/Ryancare Update…Who to blame for the Bill going down?..

John King over at CNN is reporting that House GOP Speaker Ryan is briefing Donald Trump as I write this at the White House…..

His sources indicate that Ryan is telling the leader of his party that he’s throwing the dice…

House moderates have stiffen their backs AGAINST the Bill worried about their keeping their jobs next year and being able to face their voters who increasingly do NOT want the Obama healthcare program Repealed….

Ryan is said to be dropping the ball in Trump’s lap in asking him if he wants a embarssing NO vote on the bill….

Or….

Pulling the bill and moving to Tax Reform something Trump might like to deal with better ….

Ryan IS telling Trump they do NOT have the votes and if they keep this up ?

The MODERATE REPUBLICANS will provide cover for even MORE in the party to vote against the Bill and ease their lives back home at Trump and Ryan’s expense….

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The final leg of the Keystone Pipeline WILL be built…

Called this one way back when….

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

The state department says that it is confident that building the pipeline serves the US national interest. That is the opposite conclusion to the one the state department reached during the Obama administration.

“In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the under secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy,” the department said, according to the Hill website.

The remarks contrasted sharply with Barack Obama’s comments in November 2015, when he rejected the Keystone XL deal after seven years of political debate and grassroots campaigning….

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The over 380,000 members of r/The_Donald…

..from FiveThirtyEight….

President Donald Trump’s administration, in its turbulent first months, has drawn fire from both the left and the right, including the ACLU, government ethics accountability groups and former Bush administration officials. But one group has shown nothing but unbridled enthusiasm for the president’s actions thus far: the over 380,000 members of r/The_Donald, one of the thousands of comment boards on Reddit, the fifth-most-popular website in the U.S.

The subreddit, where posters refer to President Trump as the “God Emperor” and “daddy,” is arguably the epicenter of Trump fervor on the internet. Its membership has grown steadily since the 2016 presidential election, though its members were especially active during the campaign. They mobilized to comb through the hacked Democratic National Committee emails published on WikiLeaks and played a large role in spreading information and theories about those emails. More broadly, they waged the “Great Meme War”: an effort to get Trump elected by bombarding the internet with social-media-ready content promoting Trump or bashing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Some of those memes played on Clinton’s campaign gaffes, such as her use of the phrase “basket of deplorables,” while others involved an emerging pro-Trump iconography centered around images of Pepe the Frog — a cartoon character with a convoluted history that gained especial prominence after it was co-opted by white nationalists as a sort of unofficial mascot. Members of r/The_Donald like to say they “shitposted” Donald Trump into office; regardless of whether the flood of memes swung the election, it did overwhelm the front page of Reddit to such an extent that the site’s CEO rushed to deploy a change in Reddit’s algorithm that limits the influence of any single subreddit.1….

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GWB White House lawyer: ‘FBI uncovering evidence of treason. There is no other word for it’

 By Jen Hayden   @ Dily Kos….
Screenshot of George W. Bush ethics attorney Richard Painter on ABCNews talking about the Trump Transition.

And given Breitbart’s role in all of this, what a coincidence that key Breitbart players are now playing key roles in the White House:

Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign last August and now serves as Trump’s strategic adviser in the White House. The news site’s former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.

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Obama asks that his Healthcare law NOT be made ‘Worse’….

Barack Obama defends his efforts to increase Healthcare coverage for over ten million more Americans….

After he leaves office and their covergae is in danger ?

They finally come to realize what good the ex-President has done for them…

Just hours ahead of the House’s Thursday vote to gut and replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama marked his signature health care law’s 7th anniversary by urging Republicans not to make our health care system “worse for hardworking Americans.”

The former President celebrated the achievements the ACA realized, including averting 100,000 deaths and providing insurance to more than 20 million Americans, in a statement.

Acknowledging that the legislation still needs improvements, Obama urged Congress to “build on this law” rather than dismantle it….

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Trump meets with the Congressionsl Black Caucus members…

The CBC members do NOT expect anything from a guy who has ALREADY cut things that would benefit Black, Brown and other American’s who lost their support in the White House with Trump’s win  of the Presidency….

President Trump met with leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday, pulling reporters into the room to hear him praise African Americans.

“They’ve lifted up the conscience of our nation in the march toward civil rights, enriched the soul of America in their faith and courage, and they’ve advanced our country in the fields of science, arts and medicine,” the president said.

As he spoke, the CBC’s six-member executive board was sitting on the other side of a table — out of the TV cameras’ shot. That was no accident. The CBC, many members of which boycotted Trump’s inauguration, agreed to meet with the president only if the meeting was substantive.

“The Congressional Black Caucus is not going to be a potted plant or a photo opportunity,” said Rep. Donald A. McEachin (D-Va.), a CBC member who did not attend the meeting. “He did a photo op with the presidents of historically black colleges, and they got nothing.”

After eight years of working hand in glove with the first black president, the CBC is facing off against a president who portrayed that presidency as a disaster for black Americans — and spent years demanding Barack Obama’s birth certificate and college records. On the trail, speaking before largely white audiences, Trump would ask black voters “what the hell do you have to lose” by voting Republican….

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Women step up to run for local/state office’s after Trump…

In reaction to Donald Trump?

More women feel duty bound to try politics….

His caustic views and remarks about women have NOT been forgotten even though the Media has moved on…..

Political activism of all persuasions, ignited largely in response to President Trump, has swelled in the wake of the 2016 election. A monsoon of marchers swept through Washington following the inauguration, letters and phone calls flooded the White House and Congress, and protests erupted at congressional town hall meetings across the nation. But in the social media age, where protest movements often remain relegated to cable news screens and hashtags, some have wondered whether the fervor and energy would be reflected in local, state and federal ballots.

The answer seems to be a resounding yes. A surge in demand for programs around the country like the one at Rutgers, along with a significant spike in off-year small dollar fund-raising for local races, suggests that the protest movement is producing a flood of first-timers, led predominantly by new female candidates, on local ballots, from school boards to town councils to state legislatures.

Emily’s List, the national organization dedicated to advancing Democratic women in politics, has been contacted by more than 10,000 women saying they were going to run for local and state office in the four months since Election Day. In the two years leading up to the 2016 election, when the presidential election cycle was at its apex, the group said it had received fewer than 1,000 contacts. Emily’s List has tripled the resources devoted to state and local races to help meet the demand.

“What we’re seeing is not just in New Jersey but it’s happening all around the country,” said Debbie Walsh, the director at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. “Women are looking for a way to have a voice. They’re feeling that in ways that we haven’t seen the general public experience, the real understanding that elections have consequences.”….

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Trump will continue to Diss Judges….

And lose cases and pay settlements….

Makes sense to me?

During a speech at a Tuesday fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republican campaign arm, President Donald Trump disregarded the recommendation that he not lash out at judges.

“The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It’s ridiculous. Somebody said I should not criticize judges. OK, I’ll criticize judges,” Trump said while discussing court orders blocking his travel ban….

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Update….Trump DEMANDS a Friday vote on Trump/Ryancare Bill….

HOT DAMN!…..

Gonna be a rough night for House Republicans….

They do NOT have the votes to pass the Trump/Ryancare Bill….

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One would assume that Trump is making his demand to pressure EVERYONE….

Gonna be a political bloddy mess if this gamble fails….

Who would Trump blame?…He’s NOT gonna blame HIMSELF for a defeat….Would it be his adopted GOP establishment or the Freedom Caucus, eh?

Who would be left?

Democrats?

UPDATE: 7:42 p.m.: President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney said.

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President Donald Trump and House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday, endangering the prospects of passage and all but assuring any immediate vote on the measure would fail.

Hours later, House leaders canceled a planned Thursday night vote on the legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act. There was no immediate word when a vote might be rescheduled. The House Republican Conference is planning to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday about how to proceed, with procedural votes expected later in the evening.

Negotiations between Trump and the arch-conservatives opponents of the bill reached at least a temporary impasse after Freedom Caucus members were told recent concessions from the White House and GOP leadership represented a final offer. The group rejected that, wanting more.

The setbacks triggered a series of meetings later Thursday — between Trump and the moderate Tuesday Group, and separately between the Freedom Caucus and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

As it stands, Trump and Ryan find themselves playing see-saw with moderates and hard-liners. Lean too much toward one faction and they lose votes from the other. So far, they’ve been unable to find a sweet spot…..

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For Trump and Ryan it would seem this is no longer about other Americans…..

It’s about a political face saving, since there is NO Chance the Senate will pass whatever they come up with….

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Sonny Perdue Trump’s Agriculture pick gets grilled on cuts to rural programs…

Another guy reduced to explainiong about hoiw his boss wants to take stuff from people….

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, faced pointed questions about the administration’s proposed cuts to rural assistance programs during his otherwise friendly Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

Perdue, the final Cabinet nominee to receive a confirmation hearing, told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that he supports several programs that could face cuts under Trump’s budget, including programs that fund agricultural research, develop infrastructure in rural communities and help landowners preserve soil and water quality. He said he also supports making it easier for dairy farmers to employ immigrant workers.

The Trump administration’s budget would cut $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department’s 2018 budget, reducing its discretionary spending by about 20 percent. However, the budget provided few details about where the savings would come from…..

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Trump Admin looking to raise Federal Workers pay 1.9%….

…from the Wash Post…

The Trump administration, after announcing plans to slash spending across much of the government, will recommend a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers to take effect in January, according to a budget document and a senior budget official.

The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said agencies have been told by the White House to build a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees into their spending plans for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1….

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Democrats say they Will filibuster Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme’s…

Senate Minority leader Dem Chuck Schumer will mount a last ditch effort against Federal Judge Neil Gorsuc’s appointment to the US Supreme Court….

Schumer knows he doesn’t have the votes to stop the confirmation…..

While he might be able to stop Republicans from getting to the 60 votes needed ….

Senate Majority leader Republican Mitch McConnell CAN change the threshold needed to a simple majority of 51 votes ….McConnell doesn’t WANT to do that…But he will if it come to it….

Schumer is under intense pressure from Democratric Progressives to fight ANYTHING that Trump’s wants like the GOP ‘s efforts since Obama was elected….This will be alright for the short game but just means if the vote numbers are dropped it will be more difficult if a second justice spot becomes available for Trump to pick…..

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court — and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination.

“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

By saying Gorsuch’s nomination will have a cloture vote, Schumer indicated that Democrats will try to block Gorsuch’s nomination through a filibuster — which they can do unless Gorsuch can earn 60 votes from the 100-member Senate.

All 54 Republican senators are expected to support Gorsuch’s nomination, but it’s unknown whether he can get the support of enough Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to clear the 60-vote hurdle…..

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