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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…, 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…..

Rupert Murdoch’s son breaks with Trump….Joins other Business Executives …

Things ARE getting sideways between Donald Trump and corporate America…..

At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, James Murdoch sent an email to a list of blind-copied recipients offering a striking repudiation of President Trump and a pledge to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. He addressed the note to “friends,” stating in the first line that he was writing it in a “personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father.”

Yet for the son of the conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who speaks regularly with Mr. Trump, it’s impossible to separate the personal, the political and the corporate.

James Murdoch’s message, which he wrote himself, was sent to a number of business associates from his company email address at 21st Century Fox, the global media conglomerate where he reigns as chief executive. And within two hours, it had been leaked to the news media, offering a window into the nuanced internal and external politics of the Murdoch media empire.

The email also raises questions about whether it is a harbinger of change at the Murdoch-controlled conservative-leaning media outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — and the political direction of the company under a new generation of Murdoch leaders, James and his brother, Lachlan, the company’s executive chairman.

With the note, James Murdoch joined a number of other chief executives this week in rebuking the president for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and denouncing racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis. Most chief executives released public statements in their roles as business leaders, although some invoked personal terms in their messages….


In recent days, after the Charlottesville bloodshed, the chief executive of General Motors, Mary T. Barra, called on people to “come together as a country and reinforce values and ideals that unite us — tolerance, inclusion and diversity.”

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan said, “The equal treatment of all people is one of our nation’s bedrock principles.”

Walmart’s chief executive, Doug McMillon, criticized Mr. Trump by name for his handling of the violence in Charlottesville, and called for healing.

And in a rebuke to the president, who suggested that both the racist groups and the counterprotesters marching in Charlottesville were to blame for the violence there, a wave of chief executives who had agreed to advise Mr. Trump quit his business advisory councils, leading to the dissolution of two groups.

The forthright engagement of these and other executives with one of the most charged political issues in years — the swelling confidence of a torch-bearing, swastika-saluting, whites-first movement — is “a seminal moment in the history of business in America,” said Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation and a board member at PepsiCo.

“In this maelstrom, the most clarifying voice has been the voice of business,” he said. “These C.E.O.s have taken the risk to speak truth to power.”…


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Boston gets ready for a Right-Wing Rally in less than 24 hour’s

…from Reuters….

Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a “Free Speech” rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend’s violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

Some 500 police officers will be on the streets around the popular tourist destination. They are planning to close some roadways to vehicles, mindful of the car attacks that killed a woman in Charlottesville and 13 in an attack in Barcelona on Thursday.

“We all know the tragedy that happened in Barcelona. That only makes us more vigilant,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who was the department’s second-in-command during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Saturday’s rally has drawn intense concern from city and state officials following the violence in Charlottesville, when white supremacists at a “Unite the Right” rally fought in the streets with anti-racism protesters. A woman was killed at that event when a man said to have neo-Nazi sympathies crashed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring another 19 people….




Live updates: Protesters and ralliers are starting to gather on Boston Common.

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Bannon is correct….’That Presidency is over’….

With John Kelly cleaning house and gaining a hand over things the campaign rebel rousers are gone from the Trump Admin….Some are sitting with their lawyers and talking to FBI agents….

Some are back in the private rightwing world supporting their guy….

But former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is correct….

The establishment (Majority Republican) IS clawing back …Moving  to take control of a President that adopted them , but gives then the finger ever chance he gets….Being President seems to be a bit much for a New York Real Estate Guy who wasn’t supposed to win the big prize and shows everyone why not every time he can…

With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in his unlikely path to election, a new phase of the Trump presidency begins. Given Trump’s nature, what comes next will hardly be conventional, but it may well be less willfully disruptive—which, to Bannon, had been the point of winning the White House.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”….



In fact it is normal for campaign staff to NOT survive in running the governing  of American President….

Campaigning and governing are two DISTINCTLY different things….

Mean while?

All the Bull Shit media predictions that Donald Trump would turn things upside down where just that BS….In the end?..The Basic will remain the same….Trump CAN and will do things thru executive actions like Obama…But also like Obama ?…Congress DOES have a say in how America works….

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Organizations cancel events at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago ….

I always said vote with your feet….

Hit the company’s bottom line….

There have a rash of event cancellations at Trump properties …..

THAT is gonna effect Donald Trump’s bottom line since he has NOT given up making money from his businesses, something anybody would in legal trouble, but President’s are exempt from….

Donald Trump HAS dug himself in a ever widening hole….

We’ll wait for his response to this….

But Trump IS having a bad week…No Doubt….

The NY Real Estate guy is seeing big business turn it’s back on him….

How long can he take this?

The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen on Friday joined a growing exodus of organizations canceling plans to hold fundraising events at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, deepening the financial impact to President Trump’s private business amid furor over his comments on Charlottesville.

The major exits now mean more than eight of the club’s biggest event customers have abandoned it this week, likely costing the Trump business hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue or more.

Susan G. Komen, the nation’s largest breast-cancer fundraising group, said it would seek another venue after hosting its “Perfect Pink Party” gala at Mar-a-Lago every year since 2011.

The Salvation Army, which has held a gala at the club every year since 2014, said in a statement that it would not hold its event there “because the conversation has shifted away” from its mission of helping those in need.

And the American Red Cross said it would cancel its annual fundraiser at the club because “it has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees and supporters,” the charity said in a statement.

In a letter to staff Friday, chief executive Gail McGovern said, “The Red Cross provides assistance without discrimination to all people in need – regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or political opinions – and we must be clear and unequivocal in our defense of that principle.”…


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Another Trump advisory board falls apart…This one for Commerce….

Everyday ?

People walk away from helping a President who shouldn’t have the job because he doesn’t give a shit about anybody except himself….

For Trump the businessman?

Just about everything he touched turned to shit….

As President?

He continues his mastery of little to nothing…

More business executives are departing en masse from Trump administration advisory positions, with a new set of resignations from a Commerce Department advisory board following an exodus from two business groups advising the White House, which then disbanded both of them.

More than half of the members of the 15-person Digital Economy Board of Advisors, an expert board set up last year by the Obama administration to help the federal government navigate the digital economy, are known to have resigned this week in the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about the violence last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead.

Those no longer participating as of Friday afternoon include co-chairs Zoë Baird, president and CEO of the Markle Foundation; Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the tech organization Mozilla; David L. Cohen, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Comcast; Karen Bartleson, president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports; James Manyika, director of the McKinsey Global Institute; Sonia Katyal, chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law; and Corey Thomas, president and CEO of cybersecurity firm Rapid7. Their departures were confirmed by those individuals, their representatives or emails obtained by POLITICO.

The departures amplify the increasing rift between private sector advisers and the Trump White House…..



These CEO’s have companies that interact with the government while they do business  and their bosses are STILL bailing….

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Pelosi….Censure of Trump’s Charlottesville comments?

The rarely (once for a US President) used  condemnation a public official  is Not gonna happen….

But House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mentioned it in public will SURELY get Donald Trump’s attention and beg for a rebuttal from him….

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday endorsed a call to censure President Donald Trump for his response to last weekend’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va.

“The President’s repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values,” she said.

Pelosi noted that Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) have introduced a censure resolution and added, “Every day, the President gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary.”

At least 79 Democratic colleagues have already signed on to the measure, the three lawmakers said Friday.

A censure represents a rarely used, significant rebuke of the president and can be a preliminary step before impeachment. In a GOP-controlled Congress, this push for a censure will not get far.

Even for Republicans who have criticized Trump for his response to Charlottesville, it will be difficult for them to endorse such a move against a president from their own party.

Furthermore, in addition to taking aim at the president for his words, it also says Trump “has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country.”….



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Elizabeth Warren gets pushback on a lefties only wish for Democrats….

If you haven’t been listening here at the PDog you might think the 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes  hasn’t begun….

You’d be wrong….

Coming out of last November’s Hillary Clinton Clinton loss there was , and still is a push by Bernie sanders and Elizabeth Warren Lefties and Progressives to drag the Democratic party THEIR direction to the EXCUSION of some Democrats who have more moderate views on things like abortion and guns….

It appears that establishment (Obama and Clinton types) and the new Democratic flavor of the month, Senator Kamala Harris, are FIRM in their defense of a ‘Big Tent’ Democratic partying forward for 2018/2020 …..

A Gallup poll out this week showed that more than 6 in 10 liberal respondents have favorable views of Warren. But the same poll showed some respondents were split in support of her: 34 percent said they had a favorable opinion of her while 31 percent viewed her negatively.

While it’s still early in the 2020 race, Obama and Clinton loyalists have signaled that they have a favorite or two among potential candidates, including former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

In recent months, Harris has preached inclusivity, calling on Democrats to embrace centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who have been targeted by the party’s liberal wing.

Amid the 2020 speculation looming around Harris, she has maintained that her immediate priority is helping embattled candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, including moderates and centrists.

“We can’t afford to be purists,” Harris said at an event earlier this year, according to the Los Angeles Times. “You have to ask that question of yourself. Are we going to be purists to this resistance to the point that you let these guys go? Or can you understand that you may not agree with 50 percent of their policy positions, but I can guarantee you will disagree with 100 percent of their replacements’ policy positions. So, that is part of the question. What do we have to do in this movement to be pragmatic?”

At the same time, Warren is fighting to preserve her own space in the 2020 battle, should she choose to run, Manley said…..


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Donald Trump keeps ambushing his own tries at policy….

FiveThirtyEight gives a rundown of how Donald Trump is his own worst enemy in efforts to govern….

There is, perhaps, no better encapsulation of Trump’s first seven months in office than a press conference about the economy being derailed by a defense of — or at the very least equivocation about — white supremacists. Trump’s comments, and the near-universal condemnation they drew, have been much-discussed this week. But it’s also worth noting what wasn’t discussed as a result: the infrastructure plan that, in an alternate universe, could have been a lynchpin of a populist — and popular — Trump agenda.

Increasing infrastructure spending was one of the few policy areas where Trump and Hillary Clinton were in agreement during last year’s campaign. Economists mostly endorsed the idea too; repairing the nation’s roads and bridges could create jobs immediately while also boosting the country’s long-term productivity. It’s not hard to imagine a world in which a newly inaugurated Trump scored an early bipartisan win by daring Democrats to vote against a plan that would directly benefit their states and districts (and that their presidential candidate had broadly supported).

Instead, Trump chose to prioritize a divisive fight over health care, and he has seen his agenda repeatedly pushed from the headlines by distractions, mostly of his own making. His first days in office were dominated not by talk of policy proposals or Cabinet appointments but by a fight over how many people attended his inauguration. An early press conference announcing his new nominee for labor secretary devolved into an attack on the news media. A March speech meant to make the case for health care reform instead turned into a tirade against the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This week wasn’t even the first time that a Trump-induced controversy has distracted from infrastructure, specifically: The White House’s planned “Infrastructure Week” in June turned into a running joke on Twitter when the headlines were instead dominated by fired former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.

Twitter jokes aside, it’s hard to assess exactly how damaging the various scandals and distractions have been to Trump’s policy agenda. It’s possible that a more popular, savvier president would have been able to round up the one additional Senate vote necessary to pass a repeal of Obamacare, but it’s far from certain; the repeal effort was undermined, as much as anything, by internal divisions within the Republican Party. Tax reform, similarly, would be hard to get done under any president — that’s why it hasn’t happened in three decades. And for all Trump’s failures on Capitol Hill, his administration retains the power to make major policy changes in immigration, criminal justice, business regulation and other areas. As we’ve noted before, it’s a mistake to label Trump a “do-nothing” president.

But it would also be a mistake to think that the controversies and distractions — and Trump’s historic unpopularity — are having no effect on the president’s ability to govern…..


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Most of Trump’s Cultural Committee quits on him….

Donald Trump may have his 35% base….

But he’s losing business and cultural support…..

He is increasingly becoming an isolated man without much of a country behind him…

Oh, these people asked Trump to quit also…..

Yet another advisory group to the president is calling it quits following President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly events at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, whose members include Vicki Kennedy, the widow of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Caroline Taylor, wife of singer James Taylor, resigned en masse Friday morning.

“We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” members wrote in a letter to Trump. “Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of face, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity in un-American.”

Created in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan, the committee advises the White House on cultural issues. Members include artist Chuck Close, actor Kal Penn, and author Jhumpa Lahiri, among others.

“Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions,” the letter states. “Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.”…


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White House Sources…Bannon’s time in his day job are numbered?….Update…He’s Gone…


Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”…


While some are writing stories in the media that Donald Trump’s Charlottesville bob and weave was White House aide Steve Bannon’s idea…..

The growing consensus is new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly  has his hand on the trap door for Bannon…..Maybe….

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A decision is imminent from White House chief of staff John Kelly on whether Steve Bannon will keep his job, according to administration officials with knowledge of the situation:

  • Bannon, who has run afoul of Trump in the past, is now suspected by the president of leakingabout his West Wing colleagues. And Trump resents the publicity Bannon has been getting as mastermind of the campaign.
  • Many West Wing officials are now asking “when,” not “if,” Bannon goes.
  • Chief of Staff General John Kelly has been reviewing Bannon’s position.
  • A recent deluge of media coverage of Bannon — including Bannon’s explosive conversation with the American Prospect — have not escaped either the president’s or Kelly’s attention.

One White House source twists the knife: “His departure may seem turbulent in the media, but inside it will be very smooth. He has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.”

Why Bannon might still survive:

  • Trump often sends mixed signals about his personnel plans, and makes decisions — both to keep and dismiss people — on whim.
  • Bannon, with his close connection to the president’s base, is the one West Wing official who could do authentic damage to Trump on the outside.
  • We’re told that Bannon’s friendship with the billionaire Mercer family, who has been an important Trump ally, is a factor in the president’s decision and could be part of the strategist’s survival package.

Bannon is unfazed, according to friends and confidants….



Could this come down to Bannon vs Kelly?

Last guy who disagreed with Bannon ain’t working in the White House for Trump anymore….

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Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is in a political knife fight with his parties leader…Donald Trump…

And Trump  is getting on his plane to go to Arizona to try to twist that political knife next week….

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Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake took on President Donald Trump’s immigration views in an New York Times op-ed published Friday, arguing that U.S. immigration policy must leave open the nation’s doors for those arriving without any advanced skill but with a willingness to work hard.

The senator’s op-ed comes after Trump on Thursday attacked him on Twitter for being “WEAK on borders, crime and a nonfactor in Senate.” In the same post, Trump offered his support to Kelli Ward, who is running to unseat Flake in 2018. It also comes days before Trump is set to hold a rally in Phoenix.

“When re-evaluating immigration policy, it is right to give priority, through a point system or otherwise, to those who have skills and abilities unique to the new economy,” Flake (R-Ariz.) wrote. “But there must always be a place in America for those whose only initial credentials are a strong back and an eagerness to use it.”

A points-based immigration system is a major component of reforms proposed by President Donald Trump, policies that would dramatically limit the number of low-skilled workers coming into the U.S. and make substantial overall cuts to the rate of immigration into the country. While Flake said he supports a points system, he has opposed Trump’s plan to so dramatically limit the rate of lower-skilled immigrants and began his op-ed with a thinly-veiled shot at the president.

“Someone recently said, ‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,’” Flake wrote, recalling Trump’s famous remarks about Mexican immigrants in his campaign kick-off speech. “The man who said that never met Manuel Chaidez.”

Flake is a longtime critic of Trump. He didn’t support Trump during the 2016 presidential election and, besides writing a book on conservatism, has criticized the president publicly during television appearances…..



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The ACLU sets limits on who they will defend….

The won’t defend the free speech rights of White Power and Right leaning groups they say….

Once again, the ACLU is wrestling with how to respond to a far-right movement in the U.S. whose rising visibility is prompting concerns from elected officials and activists.

In response to the deadly violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, the ACLU’s three California affiliates released a statement Wednesday declaring that “white supremacist violence is not free speech.”

The national organization said Thursday that it would not represent white supremacist groups that want to demonstrate with guns. That stance is a new interpretation of the ACLU’s official position that reasonable gun regulation does not violate the 2nd Amendment.

Officials in Charlottesville had initially denied organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally a permit to hold the event at the site of a Robert E. Lee statue. But the ACLU filed a lawsuit defending protesters’ rights to gather there. The rally ended with one woman killed and dozens of people injured as neo-Nazis and other far-right groups that had come armed with shields, helmets and even guns clashed violently with counter-protesters.

Now, with more far-right events scheduled in California, the state’s ACLU affiliates are warning that there are limits to what they will defend.

“We review each request for help on a case-by-case basis, but take the clear position that the 1st Amendment does not protect people who incite or engage in violence,” said the statement, which was signed by the executive directors of the ACLU affiliates of Southern California, Northern California, and of San Diego and Imperial Counties….


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Some Democrats begin to set up for a 2020 campaign against Mike Pence …

While Donald Trump IS the natural target?

American Bridge 21st Century — a Democratic opposition super PAC and nonprofit funded by liberal mega-donors isn’t taking any chances…They are beginning to do opposition digging on Donald Trump’s Vice President in case , as many of us feel?……Trump doesn’t make the 2020 Republican cut….

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Democrats are already preparing for a possible 2020 presidential bid by Vice President Mike Pence, with a major group dedicating staff — including on the ground in Indiana — to dig up dirt on him, amid rumblings that Pence is positioning himself for a run.

American Bridge 21st Century — a Democratic opposition super PAC and nonprofit funded by liberal mega-donors — is leading the effort, which started earlier this summer and kicked into high gear following a New York Times story reporting on Pence’s “shadow campaign.”

The vice president has denied having intentions to run, but he has been meeting with top donors and has set up a leadership PAC that has already raised $540,000, as President Trump continues to make comments on race and other issues that are making Republicans increasingly uncomfortable.

The group, which will simultaneously continue its focus on targeting Trump, has three staffers dedicated to Pence more than three years before the 2020 election. Bridge shared its initial round of research with BuzzFeed News, giving a glimpse into Democrats’ early strategy against Pence — which is focused on denying the vice president an opportunity to distance himself from the administration.

“If he’s running for president, we are going to be prepared,” said Shripal Shah, vice president of the group, which spent nearly $20 million in the 2016 election cycle through its super PAC.

The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. In a statement in response to the New York Times story, Pence called the article “disgraceful and offensive.” “Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”…..



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Most Americans don’t like Trump’s response to Virginia violence….

Most Republicans do though….

Though sharply split across partisan lines, 55 percent of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. that turned deadly last weekend, a new CBS News poll finds.

Just over two-thirds of Republicans said they approve of Trump’s response to the attack, where a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The poll, conducted through and after Trump defended Tuesday his initial failure to specifically denounce neo-Nazi groups for their role in the attack, found rising disapproval of the president’s response.

Fifty-three percent of independents disapprove of the president’s response, while 32 percent approve. Among Democrats, 82 percent disapprove of the response.

Views on the president’s handling of the situation are closely linked to his description of the events. A majority of Republicans — 68 percent — say Trump’s description of the events was accurate, while a majority of Democrats and independents say it was not accurate….


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What should Republicans Do?

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…from the The Economist…..

Those in the administration face a hard choice. Some will feel tempted to resign. But his advisers, particularly the three generals sitting at the top of the Pentagon, the National Security Council and as Mr Trump’s chief of staff, are better placed than anyone to curb the worst instincts of their commander-in-chief.”

“For Republicans in Congress the choice should be clearer. Many held their noses and backed Mr Trump because they thought he would advance their agenda. That deal has not paid off. Mr Trump is not a Republican, but the solo star of his own drama. By tying their fate to his, they are harming their country and their party. His boorish attempts at plain speaking serve only to poison national life. Any gains from economic reform—and the booming stockmarket and low unemployment owe more to the global economy, tech firms and dollar weakness than to him—will come at an unacceptable price.”

“Republicans can curb Mr Trump if they choose to. Rather than indulging his outrages in the hope that something good will come of it, they must condemn them. The best of them did so this week. Others should follow.”

…from  Howard Fineman
“Trump seems perfectly willing to destroy the country to maintain his own power… The goal, as always with Trump, is to win amid the chaos he sows, to be the last man standing in rubble. And ‘winning’ is rapidly being reduced to the raw, basic terms he prefers: brute survival. With a record-setting low approval rating, world crises everywhere and a special counsel on his tail, the main victory he can hope for is staying in office. It’s not only an emotional imperative for Trump, it’s a deliberate ― and thus far successful ― strategy.”…
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Barcelona Spain has a terrorist incident…13 dead/50 injuries

…from the Washington Post…

A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead and more than 50 injured scattered along a stretch of tree-shaded sidewalk. Authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack.

Joaquim Forn, the interior minister of the Catalan regional government, confirmed the casualty toll in a Twitter message.

Some of those injured were in serious condition, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.

Earlier, Spanish police described the carnage as “massive.”

Spanish police did not immediately give details on the driver or other aspects of the incident.

The newspaper El Pais and the Agence France-Presse news agency reported that a possible suspect was holed up in a bar. Gunshots were heard in the area, but the source of the gunfire was not clear. Later, the Spanish broadcaster TVE said a possible suspect was arrested but gave no immediate details….



Donald Trump gets a break from the media….

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