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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…..

Democrats getting the House back might not be so hard?

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Joe Biden gets back in the running….

Joe Biden has tried for the Presidency several times only to drop out….

He’s been next in line for the job for 8 years…

While he’s four years older to Donald Trump….

The Democrats don’t have anyone in the lead now for 2020….

Democrats are waldering around lost ….while…

 Donald Trump IS a HOT MESS trying to undo all that Obama and Biden did for 8 years…

Sooooo….

Joe Biden is reportedly …..

AGAIN ….

Talking to people and making the rounds….

This dog sure is happy to hear about this….

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Joe Biden has been saying yes to nearly all the political invitations coming his way, with new ones arriving almost daily. Privately, the former vice president and his staff have started talking about how to begin planning a strategy with a roughly 18-month timeline so that if he decides on another presidential run, he’ll be best positioned to get it off the ground.

Biden will be 77 by the time of the next Iowa caucuses, but Biden 2020 just might happen.

He will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday night for a speech at the state Democratic Party dinner. After that, he’ll appear at a fundraiser for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and deliver, by turns, a speech to the Florida Democratic Party, an address to investment leaders’ SALT Conference in Las Vegas in May, and commencement addresses at Harvard University, Colby College and Morgan State University. It’s the kind of schedule that would fit with a candidate in the early stages of a White House run, but adviser say that at this point his activities are guided only by keeping his commitment to staying involved and helping rebuild the Democratic Party.

While former President Barack Obama is holding back to avoid being drawn in directly with his successor, Biden will be stating a case, and making sure people hear him state it. The former vice president, according to people who’ve spoken with him, is eager to be much more political, though not directly anti-Trump.

“He doesn’t sit still well,” said a Biden adviser. “He wants to have a voice. The more stuff he does like this, the more people hear his voice.”….

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Biden is going to New Hampshire already…

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Obama points out Obamacare IS MORE popular than President Trump…

Or Republicans in general….

OUCH!….

And Donald Trump and the Republicans have made it THAT way!…

At last Barack Obama goes to bat for the program now….

Former President Barack Obama hailed the political resilience of his signature health care law at a private event Thursday, pointing out that Obamacare is now more popular than his successor trying to repeal it: President Donald Trump.

As Republicans in Washington sputtered again this week in their efforts to undo the law, Obama noted to an audience in midtown Manhattan that “the Affordable Care Act has never been more popular — and it’s more popular than the current president,” according to a person in the room who paraphrased the comments.
Trump has recorded historically low approval ratings for a new president, while public opinion on the health care law has improved gradually amid Republican efforts to get rid of it.
Obama also predicted Thursday that it will be challenging for Trump and fellow Republicans to make any sweeping changes to a law that now provides health insurance for so many people, as he remarked how difficult it was for him to get Obamacare enacted into law in 2009…..
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People’s Climate March kicks off in Wash DC today…The Protests Continue…

It’s getting to be like back in 1960’s with protest marches every week in the nation’s capital against the guy’s trying to undo advances this country HAS made into the 21st Century...

Environmentalists will once again rally in the nation’s capital this weekend, this time for the People’s Climate March.

The Saturday demonstration comes one week after the March for Science and Earth Day rally, but organizers say the People’s Climate March will be more political and aimed at specific Trump administration policies.

It’s unclear how many people will attend, but demonstration permits from the National Park Service indicate that organizers are prepared to accommodate 50,000 to 100,000 people. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson and former vice president Al Gore are expected to attend, according to the permit.

Hundreds of smaller climate marches are planned across the country to coincide with the main event in Washington.

Thanu Yakupitiyage, national communications manager at 350.org — an advocacy group that is part of the coalition organizing the march — said march leaders have helped coordinate more than 450 buses to Washington for protesters from across the country.

“The March for Science was really the response of scientists who felt that there was really an assault on rationality and science,” she said. “This is really more of a community response.”

The People’s Climate March is the third large demonstration to occur on consecutive weekends in downtown Washington. The Tax March kicked off the string of high-profile protests on April 15, when people demonstrated in front of the Capitol and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, calling on President Trump to release his tax returns….

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Trump not happy with Congress going its own way…

Didn’t Trump campaign AGAINST his adopted parties people?

WTF would they go out on a limb for him?

President Trump says he is “disappointed” in the Republican-controlled Congress for how it has handled his major legislative priorities, including a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“I’m disappointed,” Trump told Fox News in response to a question about whether he was disappointed with how Republicans had handled big issues such as healthcare.
After host Martha MacCallum noted the possibility of a Friday vote on ObamaCare repeal had been raised before GOP leaders decided against it, Trump said: “I’m disappointed that it didn’t go a lot quicker.”….
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In the above interview?
Trump was CAREFUL NOT to knock his adopted party people TOO hard…
The guy has found out his base isn’t gonna be enough to get stuff done in Washington, eh?
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Open Thread for April 29th, 2017…Trump’s 100th Day….

Which features a new President that seems to be in over his head…..

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Deportations under Trump are actually lower than Obama”s…

In another example of Trump making noise , but actually having something different occur….

He has scared down the number of people illegally entering the US from Mexico in a continuance of a trend that began during the Obama Admin….

While it isn’t reported…

Under Obama ?

Deportations  rose….

The number of arrests of illegals in country has gone up…

Why is the man trolling for a ‘Wall’ and more money for immigration enforcement?

President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration — but so far his administration is deporting fewer people than his predecessor.

According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals.
The numbers also stand against other recently released statistics that showed an uptick in the number of arrests made by ICE in the first two months of Trump’s administration, especially of non-criminal immigrants.
From Inauguration Day until this week, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, according to the data shared with CNN.
Thus far, those numbers track slightly behind the pace of removals during the same time period during the past two years of the Obama administration — and greatly lag behind the rate of deportations before Obama ordered greater discretion.
From January 20, 2016, to April 24, 2016, ICE removed 62,062 individuals, including 24,953 non-criminals. The same time period in 2015 saw 59,938 removals, including 23,571 non-criminals.
During the year that led to Obama hearing the nickname “deporter in chief” from pro-immigrant advocacy groups, the same time period in 2014 saw 87,690 removals, including 38,471 non-criminals.
In contrast with deportations, arrests of undocumented immigrants has risen in the first few months of the Trump administration. In the first two months since the inauguration, ICE arrested roughly one-third more people than in the previous year, and more than double the number of non-criminal immigrants than the previous year….
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The number of non-criminal illegals detained though HAS gone up…
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Hey, working class Trump voters. Remember when Trump promised tax cuts for you and not the rich?

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 12: Activists gather across from Trump Tower before pulling down their pants and mooning on February 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was staged to protest the policies of President Donald Trump and to demand that he release his tax information. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump, The Today Show, April 21, 2016:

Q: Do you believe in raising taxes on the wealthy?

A: I do, I do, including myself. I do.

Donald Trump, November 7, 2016, Scranton, PA:

[I will] massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country.

Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, “Squawk Box,” CNBC, November 30, 2016:

Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions so that there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class.

Donald Trump Tax Plan for individuals, released April 26, 2017. Whom does it benefit?:

High-income earners. The plan would reduce the top rate on individual income tax — now 39.6 percent for income over around $470,000 for a married couple — to 35 percent. But that’s only part of the gain for high-income earners. It also would eliminate a 3.8 percent tax, used to help fund Obamacare, that applies to investment income over $250,000 for a couple.

Multimillionaires who want to pass money to their heirs tax-free. The plan would eliminate the estate tax, which currently applies to individuals with estates of $5.5 million or couples with estates worth $11 million.

Donald J. Trump. It is striking how many of the categories listed above affect the president and his family. He is a high-income earner. He receives income from 564 business entities, according to his financial disclosure form, and could take advantage of the low rate on “pass-through” companies. According to his leaked 2005 tax return, he paid an extra $31 million because of the alternative minimum tax that he seeks to eliminate. And his heirs could eventually enjoy his enormous assets tax-free.

Was there ever really any doubt?

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House passes ‘Clean’ stop-gap spending bill, Senate will follow…Trump left hanging…

Donald Trump’s wishes  get put aside by the Congress which  will NOT consider revenue for a ‘Wall’ or Repealing the Affordable Healthcare Law….

Congress is NOT gonna have a Government shutdown to allow Donald Trump to finally get a piece of major legisiation that would endanger Republicans in next years midterm elections…

An 11th-hour White House push to give President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office broke down late Thursday as House Republican leaders failed to round up enough votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Some White House officials had hoped for a vote on Friday on a measure to prove that Mr. Trump was making good on his promise to undo the sweeping health law — President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement — in his first 100 days in office.

But seesawing commitments and the reservations from numerous lawmakers throughout Thursday laid bare the difficulty that Republican leaders faced in trying to push through a repeal bill. While revisions to their bill won over conservative hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus this week, those same changes threatened to drive away other members, even some who supported the first version.

A senior House aide said late Thursday that there would not be a vote on the health bill this week. At least 18 House Republicans oppose the latest version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, and leaders can lose no more than 22 to win passage if all members vote….

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Update….

: Senate passes stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown

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US Economy flatlines for Trump’s first months in office…

The stock market rallied on Donald Trump getting into the White House…

Then investors got to see the man behind the bull shit….

They began to cool down…

Now we find out that despite all the promisaes to make great?

Donald Trump starts off not so hot after all….

The Commerce Department provided on Friday its first statistical snapshot of the American economy in the first quarter, the gross domestic product estimate.

■ The economy barely grew, expanding at an annual rate of only 0.7 percent.

■ The growth was a sharp decline from the 2.1 percent annual rate recorded in the final quarter of last year. It was the weakest quarterly showing in three years.

■ Consumption, the component reflecting individual spending, rose by only 0.3 percent, well below the 3.5 percent rate in the previous quarter.

The Takeaway

The first-quarter performance upset expectations for a Trump bump at the start of 2017.

Modest as the headline number looked, it did not come as a surprise to Wall Street — before the report, Wall Street had been looking for growth to come in at 0.9 percent. What is more, many experts said the data was skewed by seasonal factors, like unusually warm temperatures in many parts of the country in January and February.

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The economy’s weakness reflected new caution among consumers. Other sectors like housing and business investment turned in a stronger showing, but not enough to offset factors like weaker retail sales….

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Trump as President…There is NO Policy and Keep it Simple..

That essentially what a Politico piece is writing Donald Trump is walked thru making decisions as President…

They show a 70 year old man in capable of digesting large amounts of information…

And led him to make simple minded choices…..

(He admits the job he has is MUCH MORE Difficult than he thought it would be)

His way of running a government that is supposed to be taking care of 300million plus citizens is evolving in ways NOT ever seen…But then Donald Trump’s surprise election win was based on him TRYING to throw the American Government off balance…

For a few weeks that was the case…

But it isn’t anymore….

And Trump IS suffering for his miscues…

As Trump is beginning to better understand the challenges—and the limits—of the presidency, his aides are understanding better how to manage perhaps the most improvisational and free-wheeling president in history. “If you’re an adviser to him, your job is to help him at the margins,” said one Trump confidante. “To talk him out of doing crazy things.”

Interviews with White House officials, friends of Trump, veterans of his campaign and lawmakers paint a picture of a White House that has been slow to adapt to the demands of the most powerful office on earth.

“Everyone is concerned that things are not running that well,” said one senior official. “There should be more structure in place so we know who is working on what and who is responsible for what, instead of everyone freelancing on everything.”

But they’re learning. One key development: White House aides have figured out that it’s best not to present Trump with too many competing options when it comes to matters of policy or strategy. Instead, the way to win Trump over, they say, is to present him a single preferred course of action and then walk him through what the outcome could be – and especially how it will play in the press.

“You don’t walk in with a traditional presentation, like a binder or a PowerPoint. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t consume information that way,” said one senior administration official. “You go in and tell him the pros and cons, and what the media coverage is going to be like.”

Downplaying the downside risk of a decision can win out in the short term. But the risk is a presidential dressing-down—delivered in a yell. “You don’t want to be the person who sold him on something that turned out to be a bad idea,” the person said.

Advisers have tried to curtail Trump’s idle hours, hoping to prevent him from watching cable news or calling old friends and then tweeting about it. That only works during the workday, though—Trump’s evenings and weekends have remained largely his own.

“It’s not like the White House doesn’t have a plan to fill his time productively but at the end of the day he’s in charge of his schedule,” said one person close to the White House. “He does not like being managed.”

He also doesn’t like managing….

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Senate Minority Leader Schumer won’t approve a week’s delay in budget with GOP poison pill riders…

Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell has the votes to push the budget deadline back a week from Saturday…

But Schumer wants a clean short-term continuing resolution (CR) bill to do so…

He will NOT have Democrats agree to a ok bill that would have some the things Democrats have said they will NOT agree to, even if it means shutting the Government down…

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday objected to a deal on passing a one-week stopgap government funding bill, citing concerns about ongoing negotiations over a larger spending agreement.

Schumer said there were still unresolved “poison pill riders” being worked out on a longer spending deal that would fund the government through Sept. 30.

“Our position has been clear and it’s nothing new. No poison pill riders. The sooner we can resolve this issue, the quicker we can have an agreement on appropriations for 2017, so I object,” he said from the Senate floor.

He added that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been “cooperative and extremely helpful” but Democrats want to work on the remaining hurdles to a long-term deal before they can agree to pass the short-term continuing resolution (CR).

McConnell had asked for unanimous consent – which requires the agreement of every senator – to allow the Senate to automatically approve the one-week CR once it passes the House on Friday.

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Is Ohio GOP Governor John Kasich STILL a Republican?

Hmmmmm?

With points of view listed below?

(Except for his hard anti-abortantion stance…)

How could he be part of Trump’s Party today?

Moderate Republicans are supposed to be extinct …Except for a few in the House and the Senate…

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The Ohio governor and mainstay of the party’s mainstream is out this week with a book that at times reads like an angry breakup letter.

“Oh yeah, I’m a Repub… ,” Kasich trailed off, conspicuously unable to finish the word in his rapid-fire stream of consciousness from the front seat of a big SUV barreling toward New Hampshire on Wednesday night. Kasich finished second in the state’s hugely important presidential primary last year. That was enough to make it one of the few high points of his campaign and, also conspicuously, one of the first book-signing stops on his national tour.

“I’m pro-environment, I’m pro-trade, I’m anti-debt, I’m pro-immigration, I’m pro-NATO,” Kasich continued. “And when I look at the party, I see it moving in a different direction. But I’ve always said I have the right to define what it means to be a Republican and a conservative.”

At a time when he clearly wants to remain a player on the national stage, Kasich is struggling with his political identity — and so is his party. If and where he fits in a GOP led by Donald Trump will say a great deal about the kind of Republicans who can succeed in it, and whether there’s still space for the open and internationalist values Kasich and other Republicans long have cherished.

Twice Wednesday — once during a forum at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and later in the SUV — Kasich said the day is coming when a well-funded independent can win the White House.

“Both parties, I think, are missing it,” Kasich said…..

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Could we be  in for a possible Kasich/Sanders  ticket in 2020?

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The First Round of the NFL Football Draft…Quarterbacks!…

The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…

The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.

And the Browns passed. Three times.

The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.

The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.

The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.

And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….

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Here is the list….

image of North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky…. Ben Solomon for The New York Times…He went to Chicago Bears…

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Trump day 98…Few Surprises….

Donald Trump has been living the American White House for 98 days…

While some might be running around with their hair on fire still?

This Dog isn’t….

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President Donald J. Trump is mostly who he was before he got his new job….

A 70 year old  entertainer that that gave up his full time Real Estate job for a stint in Politics and Government…

Trump IS learning on the job that his new job is a LOT more difficult than he though it would be…

Trump HAS been up to his old Real Estate tricks which served him well during the recent campaign…

Go HARD at any adversary …

Make shit up if you have to…..

Then at the last minute back-up and make a deal using OTHER people’s money…

NOT Yours…

It’s been the same during the last 98 days….

Trump has gone hard on….

Immigration…

The Russians….

A Muslim Travel Ban…

A Bigger, Longer and better looking Wall on the US?Mexican Border…

Throwing out existing Trade Agreements with China, Mexico, and Canada among others…

Getting 8 major American Cities and the state of California to buddy up with ICE immigrant hunting…

and Of course trying to Repeal the Affordable  Healthcare Law , which has the nickname of Obamacare…

 

Please recheck the list immediately above…

Donald J. Trump has been UNABLE to find JOY with any of the ABOVE…

Sure he has been signing off on executive orders that reverse President Obama’s orders….

And he has done some military actions that made the headlines….

But on the whole?

Donald Trump has NOT be able run his act like he PROMISED….

 

Between Democrats, The Courts, Media , his supporters  and his adopted Republican Party?

Things have been sloppy and disappointing….

But….

His base IS still eating his sidewalk ACT up….

And the Media is only too happy asking questions and featuring  him , like he wants, as the Hit Parade….

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Two US Spec Operators KIA in Afghanistan….

With more American Spec Operations mounted in that country ?

Increased causalities are going happen….

And THAT IS gonna be put in the public’s eyes, something President Obama tried hard to NOT have on his plate…

The Pentagon said two U.S. service members were killed Wednesday night during an operation against Islamic State’s affiliate in eastern Afghanistan, near where an 11-ton bomb was dropped earlier this month.

Their identities, military branch and unit affiliations are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Thursday.

They are they second and third U.S. service members to die fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan in 2017. There have been 1,835 American troops killed in action since U.S.-led invasion in late 2001….

LA Times …..

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